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Discussion in 'Cafe toonzone' started by wonderfly, Jan 15, 2013.
Oh yeah? How is it?
I'm always on the look out for sci-fi material worth checking into...
I'm currently reading some non-fiction, "George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution." Before that was "The Mezzanine" by Nicholson Baker and "Mrs. Caliban" by Rachel Ingalls. Earlier this year I really got into Capote and will likely get back to that. I'm also thinking of tackling "The Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoevsky or some Victor Hugo like "Les Miserables" or "The Man Who Laughs."
I only read 20 of the 48 books I wanted to read in 2014 (not counting the reading I did for work), so I lowered my goal to 25 books in 2015.
I just finished I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (1/25) and started Something Real by Heather Demetrios.
I'm reading an oldie: "Animal Farm" by George Orwell
Finished Something Real (2/25) and moved on to The Sky Is Everywhere, also by Jandy Nelson.
Just finished Allow of Law by Brandon Sanderson.He really has become my favorite author and he writes really fast which is a major plus.
Finished The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (3/25), the first of the Inheritance Trilogy. The mythology of the world was neat, but I never got an emotional attachment to the goings on in the book. I hear the second one is better, though.
I've been reading quite a bit.
Currently I'm going through Jane Austen's collection of works, beginning with Sense and Sensibility and finishing off with Persuasion.
Just began chapter two of The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin.
In the past 2 weeks I finished both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Both were excellent and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good fantasy series. The only problem is the wait for book 3 which has no release date yet.
Since finishing the last book I posted about, I've read:
Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas (4/25)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (5/25)
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (6/25)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (7/25)
Ciy of Savages by Lee Kelly (8/25)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (9/25)
I'm currently reading the sequel to Anna, Girl of Nightmares.
Can we mirror this in the entertainment board? It needs more book threads.
Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn's, the laid off EW writer turned screenwriter who's living my damn dream, giant controversial blockbuster, a massive, twisting potboiler mix of plot twists (though few as surprising as the author seems to think), epistolary interludes, and unreliable narrators. An examination of marriage, a malevolently dark social satire, a dark thriller, a twisted psychological examination, and a character study from hell. The prose is very much in the blockbuster Stephen King mold: a little flat, slightly vulgar, and very, very pop culture drunk. It's a great page turner, even if the plot doesn't stand up to much scrutiny. For all of its thematic underpinnings, it's basically all surfaces, plot twists and cliffhangers, though there's a dark satirical edge if you look. Too many characters are thinly sketched of just plot devices, and too many of the narrative implausibilities don't feel like they're part of the thesis as much as just shock twists. Basically a twisted slice of pulp before it's anything else though, and it gives you lots to chew on. If nothing else, it's a hell of a good argument for staying single.
Since my last post, I've read
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (10/25)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (11/25)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (12/25)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (13/25)
Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling (14/25)
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (15/25)
I'm currently reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This was a highly anticipated fantasy book and it's really fantastic so far.
Since my last post, I've read:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (16/25)
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (17/25)
Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson (18/25)
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (19/25)
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (20/25)
Up next is the second Mistborn book, The Well of Ascension. Yes, I am falling down the Brandon Sanderson rabbit hole.
Reading selections from The Castle of Days by Gene Wolfe. It's a collection of short stories and essays from his harder to find works.
Among them is The Castle of the Otter which is about the his famous work The Book of the New Sun series. While it didn't give as much information to provide clarity on the New Sun books, it did provide much context into how Gene wrote the books.
Yukikaze by Chohei Kambayashi. Really nice sci-fi story about a fighter jet with AI and its pilot.
Empire Of The Air: The Men Who Made Radio-purchased it last month at a Half Price Books store this past March.
In preparation for the upcoming Spielberg film, I'm reading Ready Player One. It's really fun, like a better-written version of SAO, except it takes place in a dark future where the earth has basically become a mostly desolate place. Also, tons of 80s references.
I'm running around on books. I'm reading the self-published video game books entitled Gamespite (Volume 5 specifically); Amy Poehler's Yes, Please, and the Anime Encyclopedia 3rd Edition. The last one is less "I want to read it all in one swoop" (because my ebook edition is 3,000+ pages!), but something to occasionally dig into during free time.
Since my last post, I've read:
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (21/25)
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (22/25) -- This one took me forever to finish. It was so unnecessarily long. A better editor needed to get their claws on it.
"Playing with God's Bowling Ball" by N.K. Jemisin (short story; 23/25)
Currently reading The Hero of Ages, the third Mistborn book by Brandon Sanderson.