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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Sat May 11, 2013 6:56 am

Partials by Dan Wells - Yep Dan Wells is pretty good stuff. Even if the important character deaths list was way smaller than I expected it to be, it was really refreshingly nice that the grimdark tone of the book matched the actual situation. A lot of the times YA stuff likes to try and show how dark and gritty it is but it's relatively tame in comparison to both a lot of fictional grimdark worlds and contemporary and historical settings. The setting was probably the highlight and it was super refreshing how interesting the whole thing was. The characters felt kind of, hmmm, thin? They all had a couple distinctive personality points but they felt more like templates for me to impress expectations into rather than fully-realized characters, but I think this is a YA thing? I'm actually going to read some other YA mostly for the purpose of trying to figure out how exactly that works. But uh, really good book, can't wait to read the sequel.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson - Sanderson is quickly working his way up my list of favorite authors (which is admittedly not that big because I haven't been doing nearly as much reading as I used to until now) because he's just so good at everything. Mistborn was a lot of espionage and subterfuge and there's a bit of that in this but I was really surprised to see it shift gears into a political fantasy. What was even more surprising is that the book didn't feel all that different from Mistborn. Sanderson's pacing is still boss and he actually nailed the climax this time; I think this was what he tried to pull off in Elantris but I think it worked considerably better, possibly because the climax is twice as long, and possibly because it's been setting itself up for the climax instead of the jarring tonal shift. Another highlight was some excellent displays of how really freaking cool Allomancy is. Duralmin added a veeeeeeery interesting new dimension to fights and seeing Vin either take on a Mistborn or a team of Mistings was really interesting and cool. I've got a couple things on my plate that are more immediate but this summer I'd really like to tackle the other two novels.

The Hollow City by Dan Wells - I picked this up partly because it was short and I needed some filler between WoA and waiting for I Don't Want To Kill You to show up and partly because I wanted to see what adults were like when they were Wells' primary characters. And uh it wasn't very helpful for that because the only character that really matters is the main one and because of the whole schizophrenia thing I don't think it is indicative of how Wells would write a book for adults about adults. Oh well. The whole thing was actually really creepy and interesting for the first two thirds, at which point there are some twists that make everything way less interesting. Oh well. Fine if you want more of Wells' stuff and you've already done Cleaver and Partials, but not a good starting place for his writing.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordian - It was okay. Some of it was kind of fun. Some of it was really dumb. It was also really short and I have been informed that it gets better so I'll probably at least check out the second book. Yep.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Wed May 15, 2013 12:03 pm

Started Stoneheart. So far, pretty good and a very interesting setup. I can't wait to see what the rest of the trilogy is like!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Thu May 16, 2013 2:37 am

I'm reading the Baccano light novels again. Started with The Slash ~Cloudy to rainy~ since that's where I left off last time, but that put me in the mood for the anime, which in turn put me in the mood to read the novels covering those events. So I re-read The Rolling Bootlegs and am now halfway through with The Grand Punk Railroad: Local Episode. I love picking out the differences from the anime and, even though I've seen that, I still need to pay proper attention to keep track of where everyone is running around on the train. I think I should map it out sometime.

Spoiler for the novels and the anime: SPOILER: Highlight text to read: This is just speculation, but I get the impression that "the woman in fatigues" (Rachel from the information brokers) is set up as a misdirect for the identity for the Rail Tracer and/or the identity of Claire Stanfield. <-Possible reason why he has a girl's name. She gets noticed by two different sets of characters in the beginning and is said to have a really intense air about her, then she disappears when the shooting starts and hasn't reappeared since.

There's also "the man in grey" who I don't recognise from the anime. He might be a misdirect for "Maiza's alchemist friend", who we know is on the train, but whose identity hasn't been revealed yet.

Oh and there's an extra named (Jack) member of Jacuzzi's gang. I also like that his friends/gang-members John and Fang get a bit more "screen-time" and there are a few fun interactions that didn't make it into the anime.


So far we're seeing things mostly from Jaccuzi's and Miria and Isaac's POV and it's much more chronological than the anime although not completely so.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ClaecElric4God » Fri May 17, 2013 7:26 pm

The Inheritance Series. Just finished Eragon, now I'm working on Eldest. Am I the only one who didn't know that Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon when he was 15, and was homeschooled his whole life? That is so cool to me.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Sat May 18, 2013 5:15 pm

I would like that series better if it wasn't ripped off of otherstories like the Skywalker tales.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Mon May 20, 2013 6:54 am

The Grand Punk Railroad: Express Episode.

Spoiler's probably okay if you've seen the anime SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I'm happy to see Claire commenting on his name and in-universe characters mistaking him for a woman before they meet him. I don't think it was ever really discussed in the anime and, well, with a character named Jacuzzi Splot, it's not all that clear if it's supposed to be unusual. It's even stated that he was named after his grandfather who was born in a time when Claire was also common as a boy's name.

Confirmed that Rachel was being set up as Claire in the previous novel. Some characters suspected this themselves.

I still don't know who the "man in grey" is.

This novel is focusing on Czes, Rachel and Claire's POV so far. I'm only about a quarter of the way in though.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mullet Death » Fri May 24, 2013 9:19 am

The Hobbit, in anticipation of the next movie. I will never stop loving the works of Tolkien. Except Silmarillion. Could never finish it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Sat May 25, 2013 11:57 am

Finished The Return of the King, and decided to read the Appendices this time (usually I don't bother). Ah, such a good book.

I'm now reading a book called How to Read Literature Like a Professor, without a whole lot of hope that it will be useful since I'm planning on becoming a high school teacher rather than a college professor, but we'll see.

I've also started reading The Book of Mormon, because one of my closest friends is LDS and I'd like to understand her point of view better.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LastLfan » Mon May 27, 2013 7:27 pm

Adam richman's book America the Edible(more on the side) and about to start 1984
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Lilac#18 » Fri May 31, 2013 4:43 pm

Currently reading Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore. It kinda starts slow, but I think it's worth the read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Jingo Jaden » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:57 pm

Now reading the Divine Comedy, as illustrated by Gustave Dore.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:18 pm

Up to my ears in Silvertongue.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby mysngoeshere56 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:34 am

"Triangles" by Ellen Hopkins. Almost skipped this one because it was written for an audience that typically doesn't enjoy my kind of books, but decided to try it because I liked her other books.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rocklobster » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:48 am

Look Me in the Eye It's the memoir of an Aspie.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:35 am

Baccano light novels: I finished re-reading Drugs and the Dominos and am skipping The Children of Bottle, which I've already read.

Now reading The Slash ~Bloody to Fair~ : pick your favourite monster/mafia/murderer. Narita makes it hard to choose.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Furen » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:38 pm

Lunatic by Ted Dekker
and all the books in the lost book series before that.

Also, not a what I am, but what I want is to read The Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby mysngoeshere56 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:21 am

"The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:34 pm

I finished Silvertongue. There was so much in that ending that they didn't need and sort of dropped out of the blue. I would have liked it better if George and Edie had become a different kind of couple.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:51 pm

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

I had mixed feelings on Dresden before this but I'd heard some things that made me interested in trying the series out again. I really like the world of Dresden and the background events and major factions and stuff is all very interesting, but I don't think I can really get into Dresden as a character, though I cannot say why that is. I think I might read more Dresden if I literally just need something to pass the time and don't have any other books available to me that I would choose to read, but otherwise I think I'm done here.

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson is the best and wrote a book where the fantasy world has progressed technologically and uses the already awesome magic systems he'd created to explore really interesting new dynamics with the changes in technology. This is on top of a clever tightly-paced plot involving several awesome characters makes for the most fun I've had reading a book in quite a long while. Eagerly awaiting Shadows of Self and it's neat to be caught up on this series.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:43 am

Finshed Baccano: The Slash ~Bloody to Fair~ which was loads of fun and awesome. Now starting Baccano: Alice in Jails Prison Episode. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: All the men go to jail. I know this is part of how Narita writes, but it's interesting how, like in The Slash, there's a bit of a set up period to get everyone in one place and then they're let loose from there, at least I assume the latter part since I'm not very far into it yet.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:35 pm

I just finished the first of the Larten Crepsley books. It's a very different take on the same sort of experience from it's predecessor, the Darren Shan saga. I don't know if I like it or not yet.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rocklobster » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:21 pm

Re-reading Summer Knight.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:37 pm

Finally finished How to Read Literature Like a Professor, which wasn't a whole lot of help and will be sent off to the used bookstore soon.

Now I'm picking back up on my latest rereading of the Harry Potter series. I couldn't remember where I was in Chamber of Secrets, so I started over again. This was my favorite book out of the whole series until Deathly Hallows came out, and I always enjoy reading it again ^_^
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Sheenar » Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:53 pm

Currently reading Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and the Case Against Disability Rights by Mary Johnson.

I'm roughly halfway through. Is a real eye-opener as I was 5 when the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. I highly recommend it if you are curious about disability rights--and why access and inclusion for people with disabilities is important. There's so much more I can say about the subject. The Amazon reviews do a good job of explaining what I'm trying (but failing) to express right now.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Kaori » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:29 am

Since I last posted in here:

Customs and Cultures by Eugene A. Nida. Basically it describes various customs of cultures around the world, with a focus of aboriginal cultures.

The Liberty of Obedience, a collection of essays by Elizabeth Elliot. Overall the essays stress the standard of acting in love as more important than avoiding something that might appear sinful to someone else, the importance of not judging other cultures by our own cultural standards, the uselessness of avoiding “worldly” things for the sake of piety, and that the rules in the Bible are meant to be practiced with discernment according to the situation.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I understand now why Anne is such a beloved character and this book is so famous. Also, Prince Edward Island sounds incredibly beautiful.

Literature of the Eastern World, an anthology of Chinese, Babylonian, Hebrew, Hindustani, Burmese, Islamic, and Japanese literature compiled by the editors James E. Miller, Jr., Robert O’Neil, and Helen McDonnell (1970). Skipped some sections because I had already read them, but of everything I did read, I enjoyed the Chinese poetry best, followed by the Hebrew poetry. Not really familiar enough with Eastern literature to evaluate the editors' choices of what to include, but I do wish that it had had more commentary and annotation.

The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen. Occasionally I was able to tell that something Nouwen said was valuable because it matches up with my own experience. However, it’s an intensely internal book about Nouwen’s spiritual journey during a difficult time in his life, and for much of the book I wasn’t able to identify what he said or connect it to my experience, so in those cases I felt that I had no frame of reference to be able to evaluate what he said. Thus, with a few exceptions, I felt that most of the book was not something I can apply to my own life.

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law: As much as I hate to not finish reading a book once I have seriously started it, I might not finish this one. I've read the first half, and while I do appreciate what the author is trying to do, he is unbelievably long-winded and repetitive, and his logic is not always good.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:18 pm

I finished "The Quiet Light", a novel about St. Thomas Aquinas and the times he lived in. It was surprisingly good.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ForeverInspired » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:44 pm

^I've heard that's really good. It's near the top of my to-read list.

Right now, I'm working my way through Les Miserables. It's a really good story, but it's so long.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LastLfan » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:53 am

The outsiders by S.E. Hinton
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:55 pm

I polished off the rest of the Larten Crepsly Saga and have transitioned to Demonata. This author knows how to keep you in suspense, although his use of fragments as sentences does get a little boring after a while.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Kaori » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:37 am

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition. Wish I had read this book cover-to-cover ten years ago (well, it was the 6th edition back then, but still).
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