What Are You Reading? (Vol. III)

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  1. purplehairedwonder

    purplehairedwonder No woman should suffer at the hands of men Moderator

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    Previous edition here

    The last thread was getting a bit packed so it seemed as good a time as any to start a new one. So, what are you reading?

    I got a Kindle for Christmas and I'm finishing my first Kindle read: Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions by Leland Gregory. It was free from the Kindle store and has been very interesting and a lot of fun.

    Next up I plan to delve into the classics I've stocked up on since they're all free. First up? Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
     
  2. SpongeJosh

    SpongeJosh A Bold Kid

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    I'm currently reading Q&A for school, otherwise known as the book that Slumdog Millionaire was based on.
     
  3. Light Lucario

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    I read Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure Volume eight, the last volume of the series, yesterday and I thought it was pretty good. I would have preferred Giratina being more of a threat at the end than it actually turned out to be, not to mention who won the tournament and what happened to Jun, but there was a nice sense of conclusion for both Mitsumi and Hareta, as well as Koya. I would have preferred if the series itself had a couple of more volumes since as it is, the story does feel really rushed, especially in the first three volumes and I would have preferred more focus on some of the other characters than Hareta, although I could see why kids who are actually in Pokemon's target audience would find him more appealing than I do as a main lead. But the artwork is great and the battles, especially in volume five and six, are terrific and it's an overall enjoyable series for most any fan of Pokemon.

    Starting today or tomorrow, I'm going to read Reckless by Cornelia Funke. I loved her Inkheart trilogy and her Dragon Rider book. Both the characters and the settings in these stories com out so well as I read along, so I'm hoping that this new book will be enjoyable as well.
     
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    defunctzombie Cutie Pie Moderator

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    I started working on Rurouni Kenshin again (I have all 9 of the omnibus editions but am only at 2), and I hope to have it finished before my next birthday (October).
     
  5. Vyse

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    Been reading two books. I'm slow-burning through Gears of War: Aspho Fields by Karen Traviss, which I got in early December. I've also been reading through the Scott Pilgrim books since getting them for Christmas from my brother. Almost done with book 1.
     
  6. Michael24

    Michael24 Moderator Moderator

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    I got three more James Bond books for Christmas -- For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service -- so I really need to finish off the others before I can start them, as I want to read them in order. (FYEO I need to take back and exchange, though, as the last short story is completely missing!)
     
  7. PeppeRaskell1

    PeppeRaskell1 Having a bad feather day

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    The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, by Robert E. Howard.
     
  8. Gatomon41

    Gatomon41 Call To Rebellion

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    I got Yotsuba Vol 4 and 8 on Christmas! :D Currently reading them, as well as various stuff I'm working on.

    Ow, Karen Traviss. I've haven't heard anything good about her. How's the book so far?
     
  9. purplehairedwonder

    purplehairedwonder No woman should suffer at the hands of men Moderator

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    I interrupted Sense and Sensibility with a couple of new reads; due to my current Supernatural obsession (seriously, I think this is my new favorite series) I picked up the season 4 companion and have been looking through it, enjoying the various behind-the-scenes tidbits that go along with each episode. I'll definitely have to get the ones for the other seasons.

    And for my Kindle, I've started The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I'm kind of jumping around reading material right now, slowly making progress.
     
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    Gatomon41 Call To Rebellion

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    Just got done with H.P. Lovecraft's "the Mound", a story ghostwritten for Zealia Bishop. It's Lovecraft's take on Utopian literature, with his typical dark twist. I enjoyed it, although I thought "At the Mountains of Madness" was much better done.

    Also going through Ramsey Campbell's collection called "Cold Print". Strange and interesting.

    Also still reading Stapledon's "Last and First Men". Its truly an amazing work of science fiction. But it reads more like a long history lesson than a narrative. The concepts and world it paints is wondrous though.
     
  11. Light Lucario

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    I finally finished reading Reckless last night. I started reading it later than expected since I became so focused on some of my new video games. It was a good book. The Mirrorworld is pretty dark, especially with its take on some well known fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty, and I still love the way Cornelia Funke describes the settings and intense events as I'm usually able to picture it happening so clearly in my mind. It did take awhile to get into it, especially after that twelve year time skip in just the second chapter, and a couple of characters, mainly Will and Clara, felt really flat and I still didn't really have a good idea of their own personalities. It felt like they weren't shown outside of their relationship with each other and Jacob, the main lead who did become more interesting, and perhaps more sympathetic, near the end. I also thought that romantic feelings between Jacob and Clara was extremely forced and I didn't feel any chemistry between them, but that might be from how I didn't really get to like or know that much about Clara by the end of the book.

    Fox was easily the best character with her clearly defined personality and genuine personal conflicts. Even with its flaws, it was an enjoyable read, but I hope that the second book in the series will improve the characterization and offer some better character development.

    I also read Pokemon Adventures volume ten earlier this week. It was kind of less exciting by the middle since it was only Crys searching for different Pokemon to capture for Prof. Oak, but it was nice to see another active female trainer in this series. Suicune was really awesome too and the artwork for it is beautiful. Now, I'm hopefully will be able to read The Lightning Thief tomorrow since I meant to start reading that book much earlier as well. I haven't seen the movie adaptation, but I've heard good things about this book, as well as the series, so I'll give it a shot.
     
  12. Urusei Yatsura

    Urusei Yatsura The Revolutionist

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    I just finished George Orwell's 1984

    It was a departure from my previous readings but I definitely enjoyed it..
     
  13. Michael24

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    Finished the third James Bond novel, Moonraker. Very good. I liked it more than Live and Let Die, but still not quite as much as Casino Royale. I can see why the film version was so radically different, though, as the novel's 1950s nuclear missile technology was outdated by then. But some bits and pieces did make it into the movie (as well as some of the others), so those were neat to see in their original context. A short break, then it's onto Diamonds Are Forever.
     
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    The Shadow in "The Bells of Doom".
     
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    WolfieKiwi We lil' devils

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    My only morning class was cancelled and I couldn't go back to sleep---so I started The Girl Who Played With Fire.

    I still need to see the film based of the first novel (and then in due time, the sequel.)
     
  16. Shawn Hopkins

    Shawn Hopkins TZ Member of the Year 2013

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    I'm reading Bible Stories for Adults, a collection by James Morrow. Really great science fiction and fantasy. He won a Nebula for one of the stories and it was well-deserved. Most of the stories take an interestingly skewed view on Biblical or religious themes, a world where, yeah, God exists but that doesn't mean we shouldn't question his actions. The Nebula-award winning story is called "The Deluge" and it provides an interesting answer to why we aren't all good and perfect after the flood. My favorite story might be "Abe Lincoln in McDonald's," an alternate history about what things might have been like if the Civil War had been avoided. His prose is snappy and clean with a nice wry sense of humor about it. It's not for people that are easily offended, but if you don't mind being challenged a little bit I'd recommend trying it out.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Stories-Adults-James-Morrow/dp/0156002442
     
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    That's funny, I'm reading Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures, the 11th, and as of now last collection of Robert E. Howard stories from Del Rey.

    I hope your enjoying the Solomon Kane stories. He's my favorite among Howard's series characters(Conan, Kull, Bran Mac Morn, ect.)
     
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    Gatomon41 Call To Rebellion

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    Well, I just got done with that yesterday. Bleak, depressing, but well crafted. Orwell manages to communicate the harshness and bleak life in a totalitarian society. Not a merely satire of Stalin's Russia, but also a warning to us today.
     
  19. Gold Guy

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    I just finished Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse.

    Its a very freaky nove;, yet also manages to be funny and heart-warming. How does it do that?
     
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    Current Kindle read: Supernatural: War of the Sons, a tie-in book to the TV series by Rebecca Dessertine and David Reed. I've seen mostly negative reviews for the majority of the tie-in books, but this one seems to get decent reviews and takes place during my favorite season (5), so I decided to check it out.
     
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