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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Hunter, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. Hunter

    Hunter BeyondUnreal Newsie

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    I'm trying to get back in to reading a lot of books. Since I've stopped using public transport so much I don't read at all any more, except the odd comic or graphic novel.

    Currently I'm trying to get in to The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter Hamilton and would welcome suggestions on where to go next, a BuF Bookclub if you will.
     
  2. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    I'm almost finished this:

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    I'm a big fan of Fight Club (both the movie and the book) and this work of his is seriously bizarre, twisted and disturbing (just in case you thought Fight Club was disturbing).
     
  3. Balton

    Balton The Beast of Worship

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    ^Awesome! Finished Rant in two days. Love Palahniuk.
    Fight Club feels tame in comparison to Haunted. Chuck's crassest book IMO.

    If I had leisure time I'd either try to finish Salman Rushdies' Satanic Verses or Thomas Pynchons' V.

    What I am really reading is a bunch of statistics books, an introduction to R and other textbooks dealing with various aspects of psychology. I think I never mentioned it here but I started studying psychology at one of Berlins' elite universities last summer :)
     
  4. meowcat

    meowcat take a chance

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    I've read through most of Cormac McCarthy's books.... they are generally kind of dark (The Road, No Country for Old Men for example), though "Suttree" was a bit less so. I'd cautiously recommend "Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West". It is probably the most violent book I've ever read, but still strangely interesting. As I'm getting older, violence in movies/TV and other media is less appealing and more appalling, but I would still go see this one in theaters just to see how they portrayed the Judge Holden character, ...if they could ever figure out how to turn this book into a movie.

    I also recommend the books "The Box:..." by Marc Levinson and "Ninety Percent of Everything:..." by Rose George. They cover the history and development of the shipping container and a narrative overview and history of the shipping industry respectively. I thought the authors did a good job of making what could be a very dry subject, pretty interesting (they also do a great job of filling out part of the picture of "economic globalization" and how as transport costs dropped precipitously, trade increased, and jobs (labor costs) were shifted to wherever was cheapest). Another book, The Empire of Cotton, was pretty good at looking at the history of cotton growing, spinning, weaving and how it played a major role in world trade and industrialization, but this one was way too long to hold my interest so I never got around to finishing it.
     
  5. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Rant is the only other book of his I have read (so far) and it was intense even by Fight Club standards. Totally bizarre....
     
  6. Balton

    Balton The Beast of Worship

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    ^Loved the book too. There is supposed to be a sequel in the works and a movie was discussed at some point too.

    My top three Palahniuk books:
    1Invisible Monsters
    2Rant
    3Haunted

    The only book that was totally unreadable for me of his works is Pygmy. It's written in pidgin english, didn't like it at all, felt as if the book was starting to erase my English speaking capabilities. Funny cos I love reading Irvine Welshs' scottish books.
     
  7. tomcat ha

    tomcat ha Well-Known Member

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    ive been reading a lot again lately.
    https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/57394613-arif-aksit
    i even have a goodreads account.
    currently a short story collection of M.R. James and considering if i will ever finished the Peshawar lancers considering low lame that book became early on.
     
  8. tomcat ha

    tomcat ha Well-Known Member

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    I just finished Samarkand by Amin Maalouf. Good novel and made me a bit sad that it reminded me for how long the middle east has been messed with to its extreme detriment.
     
  9. Big-Al

    Big-Al amateur de bière

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    stuff on "pocket"
     
  10. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    [​IMG]

    I consider this guy to be much like George R.R. Martin; hugely successful and writes ripping yarns but will never be considered a giant of literature.

    Brown is always good for a page-turner and, as I haven't seen the movie yet and got this book from a thrift shop, thought I might give it a go. A good story but, like his other books, it's easy to see how derivative his plots are.
     
  11. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Just finished this:

    In my opinion this is Brown's best story so far... a real page-turner with tons of plot twists and surprises; and quite a moral story.

    Just started this:
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  12. tomcat ha

    tomcat ha Well-Known Member

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    reading another Dan Simmons story bundle truly a great writer. Reading Worlds Enough & Time to be specific
     
  13. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Just started this. The movie was great and I'm only into the first chapter of this book and I'm already fascinated.
     
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    End of the story compilation of Clark Ashton Smith stories.
     
  15. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Just finished this:
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    A fascinating read dealing with gangs and gang warfare in NYC during the 19th and into the early 20th century. It's a brutally violent history; very barbaric.

    Just started reading this:

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    A history of martial arts in certain traditions.
     
  16. Peavey

    Peavey Rattus Norvegicus

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    I've got a collected works of Percy Bysshe Shelley that I've been reading a piece or two at a time. Favorite book I've read in the last few years would be Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume though. Graham Greene is probably my favorite author; it's his novels I've read the most of. I keep going back for his level of detail.
     
  17. Balton

    Balton The Beast of Worship

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    <- Totally bummed that not a single reply in this thread reads 'Your mom'.
     
  18. NeoNite

    NeoNite Worst hack fraud ever

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    A book on H R Giger where the man himself tells about his life and lets you explore the wicked corners of his amazing imagination.
    It's called H R Giger Arh+ by Taschen.

    Always been one of my favourite artists.
     
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  19. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    Yeah; the guys rocks (may he RIP).
     
  20. tomcat ha

    tomcat ha Well-Known Member

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    finished the last book in the three body problem trilogy by liu cixin. What an excellent series that was.
    Read Terry Pratchets Reaper man in 1 day
    today started reading Past Master by R.A. Lafferty
     

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