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Title: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on March 23, 2010, 06:02:33 pm
Hi all,

I thought it might be interesting for us discuss what books we might be reading at the moment. I just finished reading Sleeping with Schubert by Bonnie Marson. It was about a woman who gets partially possessed by the spirit of classical composer Franz Schubert. I'm also very excited because I just got Dreamfever, which is the latest installment of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It's sort of a Romance/fantasy/vampire series. It is total chick lit, but horribly addictive.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on March 23, 2010, 06:39:15 pm
I've just finished "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Now begin to read "The Dark Tower" series.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on March 23, 2010, 09:36:30 pm
Dan Woog: "School's Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues On American Schools"


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on March 24, 2010, 04:13:37 am
I've just finished "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Now begin to read "The Dark Tower" series.

"The Dark Tower" series was a complete waste of time for me.

I'm reading "The Blind Watchmaker" by Richard Dawkins.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: lauraKJLBfan on March 24, 2010, 09:15:22 am
2 books :
"Misheu Laruz Ito"and"Sefer HaDikduk HaPnimi"by David Grossman.
Of course in italian!!!!  :D :D :D


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: w34vi1 on March 24, 2010, 12:44:02 pm
the Sookie Stackhouse series :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on March 25, 2010, 01:02:10 pm
I've just finished "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Now begin to read "The Dark Tower" series.

I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" in school when I was about 11 years old. I didn't care for it back then, but maybe I need to revisit it. I know it's supposed to be a classic.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on March 25, 2010, 03:01:18 pm
I've just finished "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Now begin to read "The Dark Tower" series.

I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" in school when I was about 11 years old. I didn't care for it back then, but maybe I need to revisit it. I know it's supposed to be a classic.

I watched the movie first. Then I read book in Russian. And after - book in English  :) Interesting - though translations of movies in Russia sucks, translations of books still very good.  :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on March 25, 2010, 03:20:20 pm
though translations of movies in Russia sucks

Oh rly? Most movies are just brilliantly dubbed in Russian!

But I watched "To Kill The Mockingbird" movie first, too, and perhaps i was too young at the time to fully embrace it. I read the book a bit later, then watched the film again - and there, I got it =))

Anyone read "A History Of The World in 10 1/2 Chapters"?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: w34vi1 on March 25, 2010, 04:19:19 pm
though translations of movies in Russia sucks

Oh rly? Most movies are just brilliantly dubbed in Russian!

But I watched "To Kill The Mockingbird" movie first, too, and perhaps i was too young at the time to fully embrace it. I read the book a bit later, then watched the film again - and there, I got it =))

Anyone read "A History Of The World in 10 1/2 Chapters"?

the history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters is the best ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: ERiKofSWE90 on March 25, 2010, 04:22:46 pm

"The Dark Tower" series was a complete waste of time for me.

I'm reading "The Blind Watchmaker" by Richard Dawkins.
[/quote]

What is that book about? Im intrested in Richard's book called "The God Illusion".

Right now I read Darkly Dreaming Dexter, since Im a big fan of the show "Dexter". But the book isnt really as good as the show to me, but Im still enjoying it.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on March 25, 2010, 04:25:11 pm
though translations of movies in Russia sucks

Oh rly? Most movies are just brilliantly dubbed in Russian!

But I watched "To Kill The Mockingbird" movie first, too, and perhaps i was too young at the time to fully embrace it. I read the book a bit later, then watched the film again - and there, I got it =))

Anyone read "A History Of The World in 10 1/2 Chapters"?

the history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters is the best ;)

let me shake your hand =))


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on March 25, 2010, 04:29:22 pm
What is that book about? Im intrested in Richard's book called "The God Illusion".

well it's basically "theory of evolution vs God", where  Dawkins explains origins of complexity by natural selection and such. Nice reading, but still I can't fully agree with the author.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: ERiKofSWE90 on March 26, 2010, 10:19:16 am
What is that book about? Im intrested in Richard's book called "The God Illusion".

well it's basically "theory of evolution vs God", where  Dawkins explains origins of complexity by natural selection and such. Nice reading, but still I can't fully agree with the author.


Is these things the only thing that he writes about? For a well accomplished scinetist he is in my opinion a little to much into one argument. Whats the difference between "The God Illusion", hes newest book, and that one you reads?

And about Richard, I havent heard one idea that he has ever said that to me didnt make sense. He's the self-proclaimed "protector" of atheists, which can be kinda good for a place like america where atheists sometimes gets treated like heretics. Hes very smart, but I do find him to be kinda annoying sometimes aswell, even if I agree with him...hes a strange man!

Do you recomment hes books?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Eva on March 26, 2010, 12:02:22 pm
I'm reading "La mort heureuse" from Albert Camus.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: ERiKofSWE90 on March 26, 2010, 12:14:20 pm
What is that book about? Im intrested in Richard's book called "The God Illusion".

well it's basically "theory of evolution vs God", where  Dawkins explains origins of complexity by natural selection and such. Nice reading, but still I can't fully agree with the author.


Is these things the only thing that he writes about? For a well accomplished scinetist he is in my opinion a little to much into one argument. Whats the difference between "The God Illusion", hes newest book, and that one you reads?

And about Richard, I havent heard one idea that he has ever said that to me didnt make sense. He's the self-proclaimed "protector" of atheists, which can be kinda good for a place like america where atheists sometimes gets treated like heretics. Hes very smart, but I do find him to be kinda annoying sometimes aswell, even if I agree with him...hes a strange man!

Do you recomment hes books?

I feel much the same as you; for someone who repeatedly denounces the narrow-mindedness and illogical behaviour of religious people, he's pretty devout himself - just to a different concept. Like you, I agree with his point of view, but I dislike him.

Yes. But maybe ii has became a more personal matter for him. I can really imagine that its a big thing in hes personal life, not just in his profession. Too big, he overthinks it. But maybe he didnt choosed to have it like that.

I think one person can only be truly happy when we learn to accept the world as it is, while still offcourse wanting to change it.
Find the "flow".

I saw one interview with him in youtube when he said how bad he felt about constanly getting hate-emails from religious people all around the world who wanted him for dead and werent ashamed to tell him so openly. These people even thinks they are doing their gods a favour wishing that. I can really feel his pain in that matter.



 ;D
Btw to talk about something else, one of the funniest books Ive ever laid my hands on is Douglas Adams "The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy". Read about Douglas on wikipedoa.org, he is a very funny man outside the books too. Crazy!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on March 26, 2010, 12:23:53 pm
What is that book about? Im intrested in Richard's book called "The God Illusion".

well it's basically "theory of evolution vs God", where  Dawkins explains origins of complexity by natural selection and such. Nice reading, but still I can't fully agree with the author.


Is these things the only thing that he writes about? For a well accomplished scinetist he is in my opinion a little to much into one argument. Whats the difference between "The God Illusion", hes newest book, and that one you reads?

And about Richard, I havent heard one idea that he has ever said that to me didnt make sense. He's the self-proclaimed "protector" of atheists, which can be kinda good for a place like america where atheists sometimes gets treated like heretics. Hes very smart, but I do find him to be kinda annoying sometimes aswell, even if I agree with him...hes a strange man!

Do you recomment hes books?

I don't know the difference between the two books as I haven't read "The God Illusion" yet. Yes, I do recommend his books but being a spiritual (not religious in its full meaning) person myself I don't quite agree with his ideas because they conflict with my own views and concept of deity/universal mind  :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on March 26, 2010, 02:15:10 pm

"The Dark Tower" series was a complete waste of time for me.

I'm reading "The Blind Watchmaker" by Richard Dawkins.

What is that book about? Im intrested in Richard's book called "The God Illusion".

Right now I read Darkly Dreaming Dexter, since Im a big fan of the show "Dexter". But the book isnt really as good as the show to me, but Im still enjoying it.
[/quote]

That's funny, I actually prefer the books to the TV show. You can get away with a lot more in print that you can on TV. Of course, I might also prefer the books because I read them before I watched the TV show. In any case, I like Dexter anyway I can get him - in a book or on TV :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on May 11, 2010, 05:08:23 am
All Quiet on the Western Front  by Erich Maria Remarque

Also re-re-re-reading The Labyrinths of Echo series.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mistress of Puppets on May 16, 2010, 04:41:01 am
Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
and
Dean R. Koontz - Watchers


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on May 17, 2010, 03:41:16 pm
I've been reading this book called "American Woman", about a white woman who marries into an Indian tribe in the 1920s. It's not bad. I'm kind of in a book slump right now. I haven't found anything in the past couple of weeks that has really grabbed me.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on May 18, 2010, 09:39:14 pm
I'm still working on Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, a very disturbing novel about a family who interacts with and explores a house that is bigger inside than out and has a mind of its own. Poe's album Haunted accompanies the novel, and together, they give me the willies...in a good sort of way. Both are beautiful.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on May 19, 2010, 03:32:03 pm
I'm still working on Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, a very disturbing novel about a family who interacts with and explores a house that is bigger inside than out and has a mind of its own. Poe's album Haunted accompanies the novel, and together, they give me the willies...in a good sort of way. Both are beautiful.

wow, that sounds like a fascinating book. I was reading about it on Wikipedia just now. It sounds like something I definitely want to check out.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on May 19, 2010, 03:41:40 pm
I'm still working on Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, a very disturbing novel about a family who interacts with and explores a house that is bigger inside than out and has a mind of its own. Poe's album Haunted accompanies the novel, and together, they give me the willies...in a good sort of way. Both are beautiful.

wow, that sounds like a fascinating book. I was reading about it on Wikipedia just now. It sounds like something I definitely want to check out.
second to this. Sounds intriguing and worth checking out


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on May 19, 2010, 10:55:56 pm
Hehe, I actually finished it this morning. My recommendation to you is that you follow every footnote and appendix reference - they'll all come back full circle by the end of the actual story. It may seem tedious, but they're like puzzle pieces.

I still can't get over what a labor of love this novel must have been for Danielewski to write. It's incredible and inspiring, and sad all at once.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: ERiKofSWE90 on May 20, 2010, 08:28:47 am
I've been reading this well-written book about the Tiger tanks:
(http://www.gosfordhobbies.com.au/shop/images/P/lge-564.jpg)

As Ive always been intrested in war vechicles, this book is very intresting. It's about the legendary Tiger tanks that was buildt by Germany during WWII.

The Tiger 1 tank was at the time is was launched on the battlefield the most dangerous and most modern fighting vehicle in the world and quickly gained the reputaion of being "un-destroyable" and "un-stoppable" which coused serious panic on all fronts at the early stages of the war.
Althrough the Allied army and the Red army after some years learned to build weapons and tanks capable take on the Tiger it remained one of the most deadly tanks through out the war.

Most of this book is about the Tiger 1 tank, but it also describes the Tiger II tank, which was suppose to be an improvement but is mostly concidered a failure.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wanna learn some warfare history!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 12:29:54 pm
"Reaper Man" by Terry Pratchett. Saying Terry Pratchett is enough to describe the book, right?

A couple of dozen Discworld book still to read, and can't wait to read them all! The man's a genius.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 12:48:34 pm
"Reaper Man" by Terry Pratchett. Saying Terry Pratchett is enough to describe the book, right?

A couple of dozen Discworld book still to read, and can't wait to read them all! The man's a genius.

Weird, I just started Mort. Again.

I've read Mort twice by now. First in Russian, then in English. The translation doesn't stand a chance. I won't waste my time on translations of Pratchett any more


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on August 01, 2010, 12:51:52 pm
"Moominland Midwinter" by Tove Jansson
(http://cs26.vkontakte.ru/u477828/2212400/x_bd7ea79906.jpg)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 01:33:30 pm
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by `J.R.Ward`

Vampire stories.

Anita.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 01:36:17 pm
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by `J.R.Ward`

Vampire stories.

Anita.

You're a big fan of vampire novels, aren't you? ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 01:39:49 pm
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by `J.R.Ward`

Vampire stories.

Anita.

You're a big fan of vampire novels, aren't you? ;)

I have been for some years. I own many novels and they are all about Vampires or Witchcraft  ;) and I have read them all. This is a series of eight books and are very intoxicating.  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 01:55:40 pm
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by `J.R.Ward`

Vampire stories.

Anita.

You're a big fan of vampire novels, aren't you? ;)

I have been for some years. I own many novels and they are all about Vampires or Witchcraft  ;) and I have read them all. This is a series of eight books and are very intoxicating.  ;)
I see. As a teenager, I was a huge fan of vampire stories. But then I stumbled upon the Anita Blake series (can't remember the author now) and totally fell out of the whole thing


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:03:25 pm
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by `J.R.Ward`

Vampire stories.

Anita.

You're a big fan of vampire novels, aren't you? ;)

I have been for some years. I own many novels and they are all about Vampires or Witchcraft  ;) and I have read them all. This is a series of eight books and are very intoxicating.  ;)
I see. As a teenager, I was a huge fan of vampire stories. But then I stumbled upon the Anita Blake series (can't remember the author now) and totally feel out of the whole thing

I know the Anita Blake series by ` Laurell .K. Hamilton` I only read  `Guilty Pleasures` and to be honest I cannot remember what the story fully was.
So far `The Vampire Chronicles` are my favorite by Anne Rice.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 02:07:21 pm
What about the... God forgive me for bringing this up... "Twilight Saga"? The mass hysteria broke when I was a school teacher and I read it to find out what my students were so psyched about


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:14:15 pm
What about the... God forgive me for bringing this up... "Twilight Saga"? The mass hysteria broke when I was a school teacher and I read it to find out what my students were so psyched about

I read the books long before the films came out, I don't feel the films do the books justice, I do prefer the more adult stories, I prefer a mix of sinister and erotica, hence `Eclipse` and `Breaking Dawn` were my favorites of the saga.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:17:50 pm
I was going to ask the same question, only it's a bit of a gamble. Half the people I know who love vampire lit love Twilight, and half would - hah - bite me if I mentioned it. I'm sticking with Dracula, it's safer! :D

Lmao  :D I do love Bram stokers  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on August 01, 2010, 02:21:01 pm
 I just finished reading a cheesy vampire book, Living La Vida Vampire, by Nancy Haddock. I've been away from the vampire book world for a while. I was big time into it when I was a teenager, and I read all of the Anne Rice books. I've been getting into an urban fantasy kick lately.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:26:04 pm
Lmao  :D I do love Bram stokers  ;)

Yup! Anything gothic, I'm in there like a shot.

Bit of a skip sideways here, but I just remembered I want to read Jekyll and Hyde again before Static Impulse comes out. I want to be fully prepared to entirely not get the lyrics.

I have not read `Jekyll and Hyde` I have watched films and documentaries on it though, that has to be a long while back though. I am more so drawn to dark things,  not just gothic but anything along those line, I am a practicing Witch though  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 02:29:40 pm
Bit of a skip sideways here, but I just remembered I want to read Jekyll and Hyde again before Static Impulse comes out. I want to be fully prepared to entirely not get the lyrics.
Good idea. Would have worked for me if I haven't finished re-reading it just a few weeks ago, after watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Didn't like the film itself, but it had me refresh a lot of great books in my memory


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 02:31:26 pm
I am a practicing Witch though  ;)
so that's where you get your incredible looks from? :p


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:33:29 pm
I am a practicing Witch though  ;)
so that's where you get your incredible looks from? :p

Why thank you very kindly. I am totally non wiccan, just your everyday Traditional witch.  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:34:37 pm
I am a practicing Witch though  ;)
so that's where you get your incredible looks from? :p

Aha!

Anita, be a dear and teach us? ;)

It all comes from within, the will is an amazing thing  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 02:35:23 pm
I am a practicing Witch though  ;)
so that's where you get your incredible looks from? :p
Why thank you very kindly. I am totally non wiccan, just your everyday Traditional witch.  ;)
pardon my ignorance, haven't got the faintest idea what either of that involves ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 02:37:56 pm
Good idea. Would have worked for me if I haven't finished re-reading it just a few weeks ago, after watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Didn't like the film itself, but it had me refresh a lot of great books in my memory

That film looks demented, but not in a bad way! :D
it's just the way they got all those book heroes merged together that got me cringy


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:39:03 pm
I have not read `Jekyll and Hyde` I have watched films and documentarys on it though, that has to be a long while back though. I am more so drawn to dark things,  not just gothic but anything along those line, I am a practicing Witch though  ;)

Shamefully, there doesn't seem to be a smiley for "what, seriously?!", but rest assured I'm very curious! What does that involve, if you don't mind me asking?



A Traditional Witch follows there own path, some believe in Gods/Godesses but I am totally agnostic and follow no religion, I was also born with a veil it is termed as a `Caulbearer` not many have heard of this. There is a lot to know and learn, and most of it comes from inside oneself.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on August 01, 2010, 02:45:23 pm
it's just the way they got all those book heroes merged together that got me cringy
Mm, I do take your point...Tom Sawyer and Captain Nemo?  ???
Allan Quatermain and Dorian Gray, Mina Harker that turns out to be a vampire, The Invisible Man and Dr Jekyll... I was almost insulted by the way they wiped their butts with so many great books


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 02:45:56 pm

A Traditional Witch follows there own path, some believe in Gods/Godesses but I am totally agnostic and follow no religion, I was also born with a veil it is termed as a `Caulbearer` not many have heard of this. There is a lot to know and learn, and most of it comes from inside ones self.

I have heard of cauls, and I remember something about them being considered lucky in the Middle Ages, but I don't know what it would mean for you. :)

Caulbearers were burnt at the stake as Witches many moons ago. Sailors used to buy the Cauls and wear them as a lucky amulet around their neck, as it is said a Caulbearer will never drown, myth and legend say they are Psychic and healers, there is much more, to much to put here lol.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 03:01:15 pm
Caulbearers were burnt at the stake as Witches many moons ago. Sailors used to buy the Cauls and wear them as a lucky amulet around their neck, as it is said a Caulbearer will never drown, myth and legend say they are Psychic and healers, there is much more, to much to put here lol.
:-[

Ah, thank you for the clarification. I seem to remember that it's quite unusual to be born with a caul, isn't it?



My pleasure, it is very rare, more so now with C-Section births, it used to be that there was one born in every 80,000 births now it is one in every 100,000. There is a lot on the net about Caulbearers and Trad Witchcraft, the occult world is very vast in variety, more so than people realise.  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 03:10:42 pm
My pleasure, it is very rare, more so now with C-Section births, it used to be that there was one born in every 80,000 births now it is one in every 100,000. There is a lot on the net about Caulbearers and Trad Witchcraft, the occult world is very vast in variety, more so than people realise.  ;)

It does sound very interesting...though that may be partly because I'm in the middle of a scientific degree, so everything that doesn't involve statistics seems extra-fascinating!  :D

Quantum Physics plays along the same lines as some of TW work, only Witches were working with it hundreds of years before Quantum Physics came along, Traditional Witches also work with herbs ect.  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 03:22:58 pm
That's not something I've heard before - what sort of aspects of quantum physics? (Bearing in mind I have only a nodding acquaintance with the subject from high school, you can make it up if you're feeling mischievous today!)

I have read some Quantum Physics, mainly about the success of manifesting your dreams and desires, but regarding TW, we had a thread about both in the forum I am a member of, I shall have a quick look to see what I can find to explain it. BRB.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 03:33:07 pm
I have read some Quantum Physics, mainly about the success of manifesting your dreams and desires, but regarding TW, we had a thread about both in the forum I am a member of, I shall have a quick look to see what I can find to explain it. BRB.

Oh hey, don't go to too much trouble on account of my nosiness! Though if you're procrastinating from something, don't let me stand in your way ;)

Well I was trying to avoid a conversation with my son about a fishing hook and weight LOL. I have found the thread, it is titled "Spiritual Reintegration,Science and Mysticism" the write up is massive, I have read it all sometime ago, it was very interesting, there is to much to flood this forum with, but if you are interested in anything, just give me a shout and I will pm you what I can.  :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on August 01, 2010, 05:48:22 pm
If you mean the fishing hook and weight convo, totally boring unless you love fishing LOL.
The thread is mainly based on Quantum Mechanics.

Chat soon.

Anita  :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on August 03, 2010, 03:27:13 pm
I've been getting into an urban fantasy kick lately.

Me too! Any recommendations? :)
My husband loves all of the books by Jim Butcher. He's got a series called the Dresden Files, I think. I haven't read any of those yet, but you might want to give them a try. My favorite urban fantasy author right now is Karen Marie Moning. It's urban fantasy with a side of paranormal romance. She wrote several straight up romance novels, which I wouldn't recommend unless you're into that sort of thing. But her Fever series is completely addictive. There is another author, Emma Bull, who wrote a book that everybody raves about called The War of the Oaks. I haven't read that one yet, but I have read another book of hers called Territory. It's a fantasy/Western novel. Pretty interesting. I've found that it's kind of hard to find good urban fantasy books. A lot of them are similar to each other, or badly written. But yeah, if you have any suggestions for me, let me know!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on August 04, 2010, 06:45:09 pm
Alan Wolfe's "Does American Democracy Still Work?"
T.W. Rolleston's "Celtic Myths and Legends"

Yup, they have nothing to do with each other. No worries. :P


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mélie on August 05, 2010, 06:33:01 am
I've just over The Star Rover, from Jack London, in English. I read it in French long time ago (I'm French). I like that book so much...
Now, I'm gonna read another book that I read some years ago, that's not so interesting but I don't why, I think about that story quite often... I'll read it in English too: A Great and Terrible Beauty, from Libba Bray... It's teenager's style, I guess, maybe I won't enjoy that reading... but well... I felt like so, we'll see!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Mélie on August 06, 2010, 09:29:02 am
I do like Jack London, have since I was in primary school, but I've never read the Star Rover. Just checked it out on Wikipedia and I'm going to have to find a copy - it looks amazing!

If you are a little bit dreamy as I am and your imagination has importance for you, I'm sure you'll love that book!
:)


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Post by: MuumiPeikko on August 12, 2010, 09:14:24 am
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez


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Post by: Magdalena63 on August 27, 2010, 08:32:36 am
`Alex Severin` her work is hardcore in every aspect, hence, do not read it if you are not into that sort of thing :o, she only writes short stories, her work is not tacky, it has depth and passion,it is art, I find what she writes very gripping, you can read her work on google ect, I won't put the link here.


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Post by: Magdalena63 on August 28, 2010, 06:56:17 am
I approached her site with a little caution, given your disclaimer (all things have their place, but hardcore anything leaves me cold on a lazy Saturday morning), but the story I read was gorgeously weird and dark. As a wannabe writer I spend a lot of time reading short stories, and I never see enough of these stream-of-consciousness type pieces, which - when done well - are really fantastic. Thanks for posting!

You are most welcome. I have a few favorites, I love the visionary her writing brings about.  :)


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Post by: Magdalena63 on September 02, 2010, 06:08:02 am
`Keri Arthur` Riley Jenson Guardian series. A bit far fetched but still very gripping and enjoyable.  :D


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Post by: thyer on September 06, 2010, 03:07:53 pm
Latinoamericando...of Ernesto Guevara after I saw the film "motorcycles diary"!!!


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Post by: Magdalena63 on September 09, 2010, 05:17:46 am
`Rachel Caine` The Weather Warden series, nine books in all, I have them all  :) There is my escape from reality for a while.  ;)


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Post by: Viola da Voce on September 10, 2010, 06:20:48 pm
Huh. Stephen King's Dark Tower series will become a film trilogy and a TV series. http://www.stephenking.com/promo/dark_tower_film_and_tv/news_tracker/dark_tower_pr1.pdf

At first I thought "great!". On consideration, with the shaky track record of King's stuff going to film/TV and the sheer scale of the project, I'm dubious. Any thoughts?

PS - how are they EVER going to find someone to play Roland convincingly? Someone zap Clint Eastwood with a time-reversal ray, quick!
the SyFy channel has been running a television series called Haven based on a Stephen King novel, although I'm not sure which one. It's a pretty decent show. Maybe this new project will be okay as well. Actually, one other successful TV transformation was a miniseries made back in the 80s from the novel The Langoliers.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on September 12, 2010, 06:28:53 pm
the SyFy channel has been running a television series called Haven based on a Stephen King novel, although I'm not sure which one. It's a pretty decent show. Maybe this new project will be okay as well. Actually, one other successful TV transformation was a miniseries made back in the 80s from the novel The Langoliers.

I didn't know about Haven, but the Langoliers was done really well. Here's hoping the DT...er, may need another abbreviation given the forum we're on...Dark Tower stuff ends up as faithful to the original. :)
you might be able to check out the episodes on Hulu.

Meanwhile, I've been trudging through an advance copy of "Apathy for the Devil" by music journalist/critic Nick Kent. It's about the bands/musicians who he got to know and wrote about in the 70s. It's an interesting book, but man, is it tiring. Very dense.


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Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 01, 2010, 10:41:15 am
Started "Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)" yesterday. Though I read only few chapters - that's brilliant! Can't stop laughing most of the time  ;D


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Post by: Natt on October 02, 2010, 03:50:56 pm
Thought it was time to revisit R.L. Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" :D


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Post by: Viola da Voce on October 04, 2010, 04:34:18 pm
Just finished "The Time Traveler's Wife" and really didn't get on with it, which surprised me a bit as so many people love it. The concept was fantastic (story of a romance in which the eventual husband time-travels randomly), but it really isn't as interesting as it should have been. It was pretty vapid and had no emotional payoff whatsoever for me (though I'm obviously in the minority); I couldn't help making unfavourable comparisons with the impact of e.g. "Coming Home" on SI. Sucky romantic angle plus no exploration of an interesting scifi concept doesn't exactly make for a fantastic read.  :-\

Ah well. I'm going to read Wodehouse now. I heartily recommend Jeeves to one and all.
I actually loved that book. It's one of the few books which made me cry. I can't imagine what it would be like to be holding your husband in his arms and have him disappear when you know that something really bad is going to happen (don't want to give too much in the way of spoilers for those who might not have read it). One of the only other books to make me cry was the Harry Potter one where Dumbledore died.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on October 05, 2010, 02:50:55 pm
I actually loved that book. It's one of the few books which made me cry. I can't imagine what it would be like to be holding your husband in his arms and have him disappear when you know that something really bad is going to happen (don't want to give too much in the way of spoilers for those who might not have read it). One of the only other books to make me cry was the Harry Potter one where Dumbledore died.

Heh, I was upset about Dumbledore too (though I cried more about Snape, as I recall). I was very surprised when I didn't get a reaction to TTTW because the concept, as you say, was heartbreaking. I felt as if I should have been in tears, but the execution just made it feel very hollow to me. I still haven't worked out why; there was nothing I could put my finger on that was wrong with it. Maybe it was because I found it hard to relate to Clare.

Regardless, I'm glad you got so much out of it! :)
one of the big problems I did have with Time Traveler's Wife was that it seemed like the author had just done a bunch of exercises in creating a character and slapped them together. I remember taking a fiction writing class a while back, and there were all these different things you have to consider in creating a character - every little thing that happened in their childhood, their favorite music, favorite book, favorite food, etc. A lot of the book just reminded me of one big writing exercise. However, since so much of the book was invested in getting to know the characters, I think that's why I felt so emotionally involved in them. I didn't have anything in common with either of the main characters, but when the character is drawn with so many details, he or she seems more realistic. So when the really bad thing happen to Henry, it felt like losing a real person.


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Post by: nicoli on October 08, 2010, 07:37:52 am
Jonathan Littell - "The Kindly Ones"

I'm not that far into it (and it's massive), but so far so good. It's very dark, though.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on October 08, 2010, 05:09:09 pm
I'm currently making my way through a collection of urban fantasy short stories called Dark and Stormy Knights. Authors include Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, and Ilona Andrews. I'm really enjoying it! Highly recommended.


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Post by: Swedish Goose on October 26, 2010, 01:47:06 am
Just started reading Wintersmith by Terry Pratcett.

I have read all of the "normal" Discworld novels and most of his other works but I still have this one and the latest "I shall wear midnight" to read.

It's so sad about his Alzheimers. Still he has given us a lot to read and laugh about through the years.


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Post by: nicoli on October 28, 2010, 09:10:07 am
Libba Bray - The Sweet Far Thing

Always loved this series...a former member of this board actually turned me onto it. :) I'm enjoying this third book so far.


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Post by: dethklok10 on October 28, 2010, 06:43:46 pm
the scarlet letter by nathaniel hawthorne


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 29, 2010, 05:53:23 am
Started The Discworld series... It's hard to read them - I laugh too often and loud  ;D


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Post by: Natt on October 29, 2010, 05:55:19 am
Started The Discworld series... It's hard to read them - I laugh too often and loud  ;D
yeah! after how many months of my nagging have you decided to? :D
What book are you reading now?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 29, 2010, 06:29:06 am
Started The Discworld series... It's hard to read them - I laugh too often and loud  ;D
yeah! after how many months of my nagging have you decided to? :D
What book are you reading now?

I don't remember, it all started, when you told me to watch Going Postal movie.  :P I'm reading The Colour of Magic now. :)


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Post by: Natt on October 29, 2010, 07:04:13 am
The Going Postal movie was beyond awesome :D  I only got it a couple of weeks ago as I was broke before, but I love it.
No doubt it was good, but still I prefer reading Pratchett to watching. At least, I'm glad Pratchett's books screen adaptations are not made in Hollywood, otherwise it'll be all epic battles and CG and no Pratchett at all. And I love the fact Terry Pratchett himself gets a cameo in each movie :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on October 29, 2010, 07:44:47 am
I'm still reading the same Wodehouse as I was a couple of weeks ago - no free time mid-term - but I think I'm going to re-read Thud when I'm done.
I'm not there yet - started reading Soul Music yesterday


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Natt on October 29, 2010, 08:17:36 am
I'm not there yet - started reading Soul Music yesterday
I'm with my boyfriend because of that book! He quoted it at me when we first met, brilliant way to get my attention :D
what was the quote, if you don't mind me asking?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Magdalena63 on November 07, 2010, 03:23:11 pm
Kelley Armstrong `Woman Of The Otherworld` series.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on November 08, 2010, 08:49:02 pm
Kelley Armstrong `Woman Of The Otherworld` series. G/quote]
I recently read a book from that series. Very entertaining.
I just finished "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier, about the friendship between two female fossil hunters in Victorian England. It was all right, although my favorite book by Chevalier is still "Girl with the Pearl Earring".


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on November 08, 2010, 10:20:33 pm
Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Fall of Avalon." A little slow-going, but I suspect it might be in the middle of a series which I haven't read. That would explain a lot. :P


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Post by: Magdalena63 on November 09, 2010, 04:57:05 am
I recently read a book from that series. Very entertaining.


I have got the first four books at the moment, I believe there are ten altogether.

The ones I have are.

`Bitten`
`Stolen`
`Dime Store Magic`
`Industrial Magic`

Anita.  :)


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Post by: sabonim on November 09, 2010, 07:30:50 am
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  ;)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on November 09, 2010, 11:05:51 am
Stephen King's Lisey's Story, which I got for a present a year ago (!) and haven't read yet (!!). And I've got two other unread SK books sitting on the shelf. The world is clearly ending because this is NOT NORMAL.

Oooh, I loved that one. It's so sad.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on November 09, 2010, 04:24:24 pm
Stephen King's Lisey's Story, which I got for a present a year ago (!) and haven't read yet (!!). And I've got two other unread SK books sitting on the shelf. The world is clearly ending because this is NOT NORMAL.

Oooh, I loved that one. It's so sad.

I love it when someone else has read something I'm reading. I'll report back when I've finished it.

Also, congrats on your wedding! I wish you both a long happy life together. :D

Most definitely, it's fun to talk about with other people. I have another friend who also loves "Lisey's Story," and she's the one who recommended it to me. It was certainly a different Stephen King than I was formerly used to. :)

And thank you!


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Post by: Viola da Voce on November 09, 2010, 09:53:29 pm
I recently read a book from that series. Very entertaining.


I have got the first four books at the moment, I believe there are ten altogether.

The ones I have are.

`Bitten`
`Stolen`
`Dime Store Magic`
`Industrial Magic`

Anita.  :)
I can't remember which one I read, but I did enjoy it and want to check out the others.


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Post by: marcosf on December 21, 2010, 01:50:04 pm
Primo Levi - A tregua

&

W.J.T. Mitchell - Picture Theory


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Post by: Asianhawk on December 23, 2010, 04:10:28 pm
Finishing 'The Phoenix Unchained' by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.


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Post by: MuumiPeikko on December 24, 2010, 08:41:23 am
I'm still in Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Reading Wyrd Sisters now. Seems like Witches series gonna be my less favorite  :-\ Though I like Granny Weatherwax very much  :D


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Post by: terrence181 on December 25, 2010, 06:13:04 am
Marry Christmas to all of you... My favorite book is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ... I  Just started Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson


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Post by: nicoli on December 30, 2010, 05:21:02 pm
I'm reading a few silly ones. I picked up this stupid teenybopper series at an airport bookstore called Pretty Little Liars (pubescent girls, gossip, secrets and scandals, what else?) and I've also been re-reading Libba Bray's series about the realms. I just finished A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, and I plan on getting The Sweet Far Thing from the library again. I'm appreciating the series a lot more now that I'm reading the books back-to-back rather than waiting a few years in between each of them - the plot is actually a plot, you know?  :P

Definitely on a young adult fiction kick. Not sure why that is.

I also spent $96 of trade-in credit at McKay's Used Books (one of my many versions of heaven, obviously) and bought several classic poems, including Dante Alighieri's Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso; The Epic of Gilgamesh; Virgil's Aeneid; Sir Thomas Mallory's Le Morte d'Arthur; a collection of Lord Alfred Tennyson; Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass...those alone were maybe $10 altogether. The rest were all politics-related textbooks, philosophy, green building and remodeling references, and history. And now my bookcase is entirely full. WHEE. :D I love getting books for ridiculously cheap prices.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on January 02, 2011, 05:38:07 pm
I just finished Tracy Chevalier's "Remarkable Creatures", about two British female fossil hunters in the Victorian era. I also read Aimee Bender's "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake". It was a very good, trippy fairytale.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on January 03, 2011, 03:58:26 pm
I just finished Tracy Chevalier's "Remarkable Creatures", about two British female fossil hunters in the Victorian era. I also read Aimee Bender's "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake". It was a very good, trippy fairytale.

I just looked the lemon cake book up and it looks amazing! Seems like a good use of Christmas funds. :D  *wanders off to Amazon*
it's an excellent, very quick read. I finished most of it in a three hour plane trip.


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Post by: alirocker08 on January 04, 2011, 05:48:56 pm
I started reading this book that I got for Christmas, 'The Curse of the Wolf Girl', however it's so confusing with so many characters being introduced (because I think it's the second in a series), so I've given up.

So now I'm going to start the new Terry Pratchett book, this is the first time I've read some of his work. I may have to re-read Dracula as well before I start my English Lit course, no such thing as reading for pleasure with the amount of books you have to get through. Though I'm sure I'll enjoy Frankenstein.


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Post by: ralph9cooper on January 05, 2011, 04:50:17 am
I have just completed a book "At The Mountains Of Madness" by classic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.
I enjoyed a lot while reading this book, now searching for another book of him.
Looking for some good suggestions over it.


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Post by: Asianhawk on January 08, 2011, 09:41:40 pm
Finishing up the new Simon Green Nightside book, 'A Hard Day's Knight'. This is a day book. Hmmm did I mention that I read about 150 books a year? Oh. Well, I do.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on January 09, 2011, 11:49:28 am
I'm reading the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard...because no matter how corny or immature a story is, I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. It's like a trainwreck, I can't stop! :-\


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on January 10, 2011, 04:07:15 pm
Finishing up the new Simon Green Nightside book, 'A Hard Day's Knight'. This is a day book. Hmmm did I mention that I read about 150 books a year? Oh. Well, I do.
That looks awesome! I'm definitely putting it on my reading list. I read a ton of books every year two, although I've never counted them up :-). Do you belong to any social book club websites? I just joined Goodreads.


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Post by: Asianhawk on January 16, 2011, 09:58:52 am
No I don't belong to any book clubs... I kinda wish... I rarely have anyone to talk to about the books I read, coz my friends might read 1-10 books a year, Except my brother in law... he is the only other fantasy/sci fi book nerd like myself that reads non-stop...
And I only count up all my books and have a list coz I am OCD over it!! Hahahah! My whole 3rd floor is my stdio and library...

I am finishing off the Tom Sniegoski's Remy Chandler series right now. There are 3 books, and one 100 page novella...the 4th book comes out on march 1st.

Next I will read Simon Green's Secret Histories series, then Kat Richardson's Greywalker series... I have been a kick of Urban Fantsy for a little bit  ;)

If you can recommend any other books for me I would appreciate it!


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Post by: Viola da Voce on January 16, 2011, 09:40:42 pm
No I don't belong to any book clubs... I kinda wish... I rarely have anyone to talk to about the books I read, coz my friends might read 1-10 books a year, Except my brother in law... he is the only other fantasy/sci fi book nerd like myself that reads non-stop...
And I only count up all my books and have a list coz I am OCD over it!! Hahahah! My whole 3rd floor is my stdio and library...

I am finishing off the Tom Sniegoski's Remy Chandler series right now. There are 3 books, and one 100 page novella...the 4th book comes out on march 1st.

Next I will read Simon Green's Secret Histories series, then Kat Richardson's Greywalker series... I have been a kick of Urban Fantsy for a little bit  ;)

If you can recommend any other books for me I would appreciate it!
I haven't read that many traditional sci-fi/fantasy books lately. I read a lot when I was younger, so I got rather burned-out. But recommendations, well, if you're a sci-fi fan, I'm guessing you must have read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. If not, you must read it immediately. One of my all-time favorites. If you're into urban fantasy, have you read the series by Jim Butcher? My husband loves it. He also love stuff by R A Salvatore (Dungeons & Dragons type fantasy), and he's started a series by Rob Thurman which he likes very much. I just started an urban fantasy/vampire type series by Laurell K Hamilton. The first book is called Guilty Pleasures. Oh, and another popular urban fantasy author who I haven't gotten into yet is Ilona Andrews.
I would definitely recommend joining Goodreads. There are tons of discussion groups on there, and many of them are sci-fi/fantasy. I haven't joined any myself, but if you're looking for someone to chat with, that would be a great place to go.


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Post by: Asianhawk on January 18, 2011, 01:48:22 pm
The Dresden Files is one of my all time face series. I am reading Kat Richardson's Greywalker series, now. I have been eye balling the Rob Thurman series for a while now.... ok I will check that out soon.

I normally go for the darker grittier stuff, but I will read just about any fantasy genre.

No, I have STILL never read Ender's Game... I have aleays been told all the books following it aren't that great...

I do read other young adult fantasy every once in a while when it catches my fancy...


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Post by: Viola da Voce on January 18, 2011, 02:29:08 pm
The Dresden Files is one of my all time face series. I am reading Kat Richardson's Greywalker series, now. I have been eye balling the Rob Thurman series for a while now.... ok I will check that out soon.

I normally go for the darker grittier stuff, but I will read just about any fantasy genre.

No, I have STILL never read Ender's Game... I have aleays been told all the books following it aren't that great...

I do read other young adult fantasy every once in a while when it catches my fancy...
You've never read Ender's Game, and you call yourself a sci-fi fan ;). You must go out and read it, right now! I agree with those who say that the sequels aren't that great, but the original is absolutely gripping!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on January 19, 2011, 02:15:21 pm
You've never read Ender's Game, and you call yourself a sci-fi fan ;). You must go out and read it, right now! I agree with those who say that the sequels aren't that great, but the original is absolutely gripping!

Actually reading it right now, oddly enough. :D
How do you like it so far?


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Post by: marcosf on January 24, 2011, 02:15:15 pm
What is that book about? Im intrested in Richard's book called "The God Illusion".

well it's basically "theory of evolution vs God", where  Dawkins explains origins of complexity by natural selection and such. Nice reading, but still I can't fully agree with the author.


Is these things the only thing that he writes about? For a well accomplished scinetist he is in my opinion a little to much into one argument. Whats the difference between "The God Illusion", hes newest book, and that one you reads?

And about Richard, I havent heard one idea that he has ever said that to me didnt make sense. He's the self-proclaimed "protector" of atheists, which can be kinda good for a place like america where atheists sometimes gets treated like heretics. Hes very smart, but I do find him to be kinda annoying sometimes aswell, even if I agree with him...hes a strange man!

Do you recomment hes books?

I'm never against reading, Dawkins is an icon of today's science, but there is a lot of lobby on the evolution thing. Try to balance your reading of Dawkins with Dave Hunt's response Cosmos, Creator, and Human Destiny and some stuff on The Intelligent Project. It is always nice to hear both sides, or all sides, for there may exist more than 2  ;)

I'm reading now In Visible Light: photography and the american writer, by Carol Shloss


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on January 25, 2011, 09:50:18 pm
Currently reading Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur"...because I'm an Arthurian legend freak like that. :P

Does anyone around here have any suggestions for Arthurian sci-fi/fantasy literature, or anything related to Guinevere, Morgan le Fay or Avalon? I've already read everything by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Rosalind Miles, Roger Lancelyn Green, T.H. White, Diana Paxson, Jack Whyte, Nancy McKenzie, Rosemary Sutcliff...etc.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on January 26, 2011, 04:01:19 pm
Currently reading Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur"...because I'm an Arthurian legend freak like that. :P

Does anyone around here have any suggestions for Arthurian sci-fi/fantasy literature, or anything related to Guinevere, Morgan le Fay or Avalon? I've already read everything by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Rosalind Miles, Roger Lancelyn Green, T.H. White, Diana Paxson, Jack Whyte, Nancy McKenzie, Rosemary Sutcliff...etc.
I used to be an Arthurian legend freak as well. I read just about everything in existence, to the point where I couldn't find any more new Arthur tales. I haven't looked for any in a while, but maybe Bernard Cornwell did something?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on January 27, 2011, 02:30:38 pm
Currently reading Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur"...because I'm an Arthurian legend freak like that. :P

Does anyone around here have any suggestions for Arthurian sci-fi/fantasy literature, or anything related to Guinevere, Morgan le Fay or Avalon? I've already read everything by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Rosalind Miles, Roger Lancelyn Green, T.H. White, Diana Paxson, Jack Whyte, Nancy McKenzie, Rosemary Sutcliff...etc.
I used to be an Arthurian legend freak as well. I read just about everything in existence, to the point where I couldn't find any more new Arthur tales. I haven't looked for any in a while, but maybe Bernard Cornwell did something?

I'll certainly look into it. Thanks! :)

To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if I'd already managed to read every Arthurian legend in existence, but you never know...they keep popping up. I ran into a Mercedes Lackey book about one of the three Gwenhwyfars (in some historical accounts of the early literature about King Arthur, it seems highly probable that there were in fact three Gwynhwyfars who were all married to King Arthur. Not proven or anything, obviously.) Heh, of all things...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on January 27, 2011, 02:57:57 pm
Three consecutive wives all with the same name? Now that would make an interesting TV show ; P


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on January 28, 2011, 08:54:43 am
Three consecutive wives all with the same name? Now that would make an interesting TV show ; P

Indeed it would! One of the reasons some scholars of British folklore think there may have been three Gwenhwyfars is because of all the drama that happened just to one supposed person. They didn't think it possible. :P


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Post by: SandalMonkey on February 21, 2011, 10:58:58 pm
Almost done with Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: w34vi1 on February 21, 2011, 11:54:46 pm
Almost done with Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice.

Anne Rice and Charline Harris know how to write Vampire books no doubt :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on February 22, 2011, 01:15:06 pm
I just finished Tracy Chevalier's "Remarkable Creatures", about two British female fossil hunters in the Victorian era. I also read Aimee Bender's "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake". It was a very good, trippy fairytale.

I just looked the lemon cake book up and it looks amazing! Seems like a good use of Christmas funds. :D  *wanders off to Amazon*
it's an excellent, very quick read. I finished most of it in a three hour plane trip.
If you like magical realism, "fairytale" books, you might like Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire by Margot Berwin. That was a good one. There is also this chick-lit author, Sarah Addison Allen, who does magical reality type stuff. She's all right, although I don't like her stuff quite as much as the lemon cake book.

By the way, for you vampire lovers, check out Laurell K. Hamilton. She has the Anita Blake vampire Hunter series which she's been writing since the 90s. I only discovered her stuff a couple of months ago, and I have become completely addicted.

VdV, I owe you times a squillion for this - I loved it to bits. Any other recommendations in a similar vein, by any chance? (She says hopefully...) :D


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Post by: Viola da Voce on February 22, 2011, 09:34:12 pm
Aha! I'm getting you addicted ;)


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Post by: hauntu4ever on March 18, 2011, 02:00:09 pm
I'm nearing the end of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.  Great stuff there!


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Post by: alirocker08 on March 24, 2011, 05:05:30 pm
The Divine Comedy! Huzzah!


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Post by: Hprog on March 26, 2011, 01:16:51 pm
I'm reading a book in German about the history of the GDR (German "Democratic" Republic). It's called "Goodbye DDR" by Guido Knapp.


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Post by: MuumiPeikko on April 22, 2011, 07:15:34 pm
Begin to re-reading The Picture of Dorian Gray.


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Post by: nicoli on April 23, 2011, 11:48:22 am
I'm on the second of four books in Mary Stewart's Arthurian series (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, and The Wicked Day.) Very engaging....but here's the weird thing. I found out about the series when I read an academic paper on the women of Camelot and how they are portrayed in recent popular fiction, and for some reason, the author of the paper seemed to think the portrayals of the female characters were feminist in comparison to prior Arthurian works, and somehow revolutionary. However, given that the narrator is the character Merlin in this series, and the fact that he seems to think women are inferior to him, I have to wonder how much self-inflicted misogyny the author herself might bear. Because it is fiction and not autobiography, it is impossible to tell if she is only being "realistic" given Merlin's character and the time period, or if she also believes as Merlin does. So I'm trying not to let it bother me - after all, the rest of the story is very well done.


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Post by: Natt on April 26, 2011, 06:11:42 am
I've just realised I've been reading Sir Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series for a year now! Wow. I'm currently on "The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents" with 10 books still to go and another one due to be released in October. I wonder if I can manage finishing the series to catch up with the new book by then :D


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Post by: Viola da Voce on April 26, 2011, 01:56:09 pm
I'm currently reading a lovely book called Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. It's a fictional book about Alice Liddell, the girl on whom Lewis Carroll-based Alice in Wonderland. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I am, but it's actually a page-turner.


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Post by: Diana on May 18, 2011, 07:46:53 am
I've currently been reading a fascinating, sensitive and extremely sad book by John Ernst Steinbeck (in German translation) - the book is known in English translation as "The Grapes of Wrath". Steinbeck is very, very much worth reading, in my opinion, "East of Eden" is also awesome.
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@ Viola da Voce
Sleeping with Schubert: The book sounds very interesting - thank you for the reading recommendation :).


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Post by: Traveller69 on May 18, 2011, 08:58:46 am
I just finished a biography from Richard Winters, member of Easy compagny and portrayed in Band of Brothers.

Currently I am rereading Lord of the Rings.


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Post by: marcosf on May 18, 2011, 11:56:03 am
I just finished a biography from Richard Winters, member of Easy compagny and portrayed in Band of Brothers.

Currently I am rereading Lord of the Rings.
The BOB series are great. Winters was pictured as an interesting man.
I'm currently reading The cruel radiance: photography and political violence, by Susie Linfield.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on May 18, 2011, 02:35:32 pm
I've currently been reading a fascinating, sensitive and extremely sad book by John Ernst Steinbeck (in German translation) - the book is known in English translation as "The Grapes of Wrath". Steinbeck is very, very much worth reading, in my opinion, "East of Eden" is also awesome.
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@ Viola da Voce
Sleeping with Schubert: The book sounds very interesting - thank you for the reading recommendation :).

You are welcome! It was a fun book.


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Post by: Diana on May 21, 2011, 09:48:51 am
I finished reading "The Professor", by Charlotte Bronte, last night. I couldn't put this book down – I found this novel to be very emotional and very touching. Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite writers.
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Currently I am rereading "Sturmhöhe" (the novel is known in English-speaking countries as "Wuthering Heights"), by Emily Bronte. This is a very wonderful and dramatic novel about the power of love ...
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@ Viola da Voce
You are welcome! It was a fun book.
I have ordered this book, can't wait to read it.


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Post by: Hprog on May 21, 2011, 12:52:24 pm
I'm deeply stuck into my research for my Master Thesis and haven't read only for pleasure in a while :(


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Post by: Viola da Voce on May 23, 2011, 04:45:00 pm
I finished reading "The Professor", by Charlotte Bronte, yesterday evening. I couldn't put this book down – I found this novel to be very emotional and very touching. Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite writers.
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Currently I am rereading "Sturmhöhe" (the novel is known in English-speaking countries as "Wuthering Heights"), by Emily Bronte. This is a very wonderful and dramatic novel about the power of love ...
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@ Viola da Voce
You are welcome! It was a fun book.
I have ordered this book, can't wait to read it.

I enjoyed "Wuthering Heights". My favorite, however is "Jane Eyre". I think that's by the other Brontë sister. I can never keep track…
Anyhow, I'm currently reading "The Lost Gate" by Orson Scott Card. It's pretty mediocre. I haven't been that impressed by his last three books.


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Post by: Diana on May 24, 2011, 07:10:24 am
I enjoyed "Wuthering Heights". My favorite, however is "Jane Eyre". I think that's by the other Brontë sister.

Jane Eyre is a timeless classic, I also love this novel - I have had read "Jane Eyre" at age of 14, and over the years, I have repeatedly re-read the novel; nevertheless it still revives the enchantment. Hmm ... I love books, e.g. by writers, like Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, Lew Tolstoi and Fjodor Dostojewski, Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus ... especially J.P. Sartre (especially his existential dramas), I am absolutely fascinated by the extraordinary scope of Sartre’s spirit, and of his understanding of the needs of the people ...
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I bought "Nemesis", by Philip Roth, and I have ordered "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (James LaBrie’s favorite novel ??), by Dee Brown, yesterday. :)


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Post by: nicoli on May 24, 2011, 02:53:24 pm
I'm currently reading Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" - it's beautiful so far, but I only have one complaint: some authors, when discussing a debate between characters, are too detailed; in this case, I actually wish the author would put <i>all</i> of the details of the debates in his passages when the characters are arguing about the Talmud. I think it would be fascinating. I understand that the book is about an unlikely friendship between two boys from completely different Jewish practices, and is supposed to focus on that, but being an outsider to the Jewish culture and religion, I'd love to know more. About everything.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on May 25, 2011, 03:08:56 pm
I'm currently reading Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" - it's beautiful so far, but I only have one complaint: some authors, when discussing a debate between characters, are too detailed; in this case, I actually wish the author would put <i>all</i> of the details of the debates in his passages when the characters are arguing about the Talmud. I think it would be fascinating. I understand that the book is about an unlikely friendship between two boys from completely different Jewish practices, and is supposed to focus on that, but being an outsider to the Jewish culture and religion, I'd love to know more. About everything.
I read that book a couple of years ago. Fascinating read. I think he wrote a couple of sequels as well.


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Post by: nicoli on May 25, 2011, 03:16:22 pm
I'm currently reading Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" - it's beautiful so far, but I only have one complaint: some authors, when discussing a debate between characters, are too detailed; in this case, I actually wish the author would put <i>all</i> of the details of the debates in his passages when the characters are arguing about the Talmud. I think it would be fascinating. I understand that the book is about an unlikely friendship between two boys from completely different Jewish practices, and is supposed to focus on that, but being an outsider to the Jewish culture and religion, I'd love to know more. About everything.
I read that book a couple of years ago. Fascinating read. I think he wrote a couple of sequels as well.

There was some commentary in the back, but it didn't mention any sequels. I'll have to look into that. I was planning on reading more of his bibliography.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on May 27, 2011, 10:23:47 am
I'm currently reading Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" - it's beautiful so far, but I only have one complaint: some authors, when discussing a debate between characters, are too detailed; in this case, I actually wish the author would put <i>all</i> of the details of the debates in his passages when the characters are arguing about the Talmud. I think it would be fascinating. I understand that the book is about an unlikely friendship between two boys from completely different Jewish practices, and is supposed to focus on that, but being an outsider to the Jewish culture and religion, I'd love to know more. About everything.
I read that book a couple of years ago. Fascinating read. I think he wrote a couple of sequels as well.

There was some commentary in the back, but it didn't mention any sequels. I'll have to look into that. I was planning on reading more of his bibliography.
I believe the sequel follows the life of the more conservative Jew. It's been such a long time since I read the book that I can't exactly remember. Anyhow, another book which you might enjoy is James Michener's The Source. It's a historical fiction book about an archaeological dig at a site in the Middle East. Quite a lot of it has to do with history and religion of the Jewish people. It might give you more of the info you are looking for.


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Post by: nicoli on May 27, 2011, 01:35:53 pm
I'm currently reading Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" - it's beautiful so far, but I only have one complaint: some authors, when discussing a debate between characters, are too detailed; in this case, I actually wish the author would put <i>all</i> of the details of the debates in his passages when the characters are arguing about the Talmud. I think it would be fascinating. I understand that the book is about an unlikely friendship between two boys from completely different Jewish practices, and is supposed to focus on that, but being an outsider to the Jewish culture and religion, I'd love to know more. About everything.
I read that book a couple of years ago. Fascinating read. I think he wrote a couple of sequels as well.

There was some commentary in the back, but it didn't mention any sequels. I'll have to look into that. I was planning on reading more of his bibliography.
I believe the sequel follows the life of the more conservative Jew. It's been such a long time since I read the book that I can't exactly remember. Anyhow, another book which you might enjoy is James Michener's The Source. It's a historical fiction book about an archaeological dig at a site in the Middle East. Quite a lot of it has to do with history and religion of the Jewish people. It might give you more of the info you are looking for.

I should amend what I said earlier - Jewish culture is something I know a good handful about; not a ton, but a good bit. It was more of the Talmud interpretations and sources and the sorts of things it would take years to read and understand. Because many of the arguments about the Talmud in the book seemed to be relevant to the development of the story or the symbolism, I thought the readers could have gained a lot from hearing which passages were being quoted and what the characters' interpretations were, even if the average non-religious reader would still have to take a good deal out of context. The historical parts, I felt, were explained very well, particularly the rise of Hasidism and the development of the Jewish/Arab conflicts in Israel/Palestine.

I'll certainly take your recommendation, though, since I'm always looking for something good to read. Thanks! :)


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Post by: Viola da Voce on May 28, 2011, 03:07:02 pm
I'm currently reading Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" - it's beautiful so far, but I only have one complaint: some authors, when discussing a debate between characters, are too detailed; in this case, I actually wish the author would put <i>all</i> of the details of the debates in his passages when the characters are arguing about the Talmud. I think it would be fascinating. I understand that the book is about an unlikely friendship between two boys from completely different Jewish practices, and is supposed to focus on that, but being an outsider to the Jewish culture and religion, I'd love to know more. About everything.
I read that book a couple of years ago. Fascinating read. I think he wrote a couple of sequels as well.

There was some commentary in the back, but it didn't mention any sequels. I'll have to look into that. I was planning on reading more of his bibliography.
I believe the sequel follows the life of the more conservative Jew. It's been such a long time since I read the book that I can't exactly remember. Anyhow, another book which you might enjoy is James Michener's The Source. It's a historical fiction book about an archaeological dig at a site in the Middle East. Quite a lot of it has to do with history and religion of the Jewish people. It might give you more of the info you are looking for.

I should amend what I said earlier - Jewish culture is something I know a good handful about; not a ton, but a good bit. It was more of the Talmud interpretations and sources and the sorts of things it would take years to read and understand. Because many of the arguments about the Talmud in the book seemed to be relevant to the development of the story or the symbolism, I thought the readers could have gained a lot from hearing which passages were being quoted and what the characters' interpretations were, even if the average non-religious reader would still have to take a good deal out of context. The historical parts, I felt, were explained very well, particularly the rise of Hasidism and the development of the Jewish/Arab conflicts in Israel/Palestine.

I'll certainly take your recommendation, though, since I'm always looking for something good to read. Thanks! :)
I think you'll like The Source. I'm Jewish, and I learned stuff from that book that I didn't even know. I think it may have even included a section with people debating the Talmud. Anyhow, hope you enjoy!


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Post by: Swedish Goose on May 30, 2011, 06:45:56 am
Finishing "One day" by David Nicholls


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Post by: marcosf on June 13, 2011, 01:59:30 pm
No Caption Needed: iconic photographs, public culture and liberal democracies, by Robert Hariman and John  Lucaites.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Diana on June 14, 2011, 04:06:09 am
I'm currently rereading "A Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren" as well as Letters to Sartre, by Simone de Beauvoir.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Hprog on August 09, 2011, 02:57:27 am
Hehehe while Diana devours books, all I read these days is stuff about the old German Democratic Republic, about which I'm writing my master thesis :)


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Post by: Donna on August 09, 2011, 11:01:42 am
I just finished reading "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. 


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Post by: Viola da Voce on August 12, 2011, 06:09:52 pm
I just finished reading "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. 
I haven't read the book, but I've seen the movie. I tried picking up her latest novel, but it was just too sad for me.
Meanwhile, I recently read the newest book by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. I found it pretty disappointing. I also just read The Killing Dance Laurell K Hamilton. Total vampire mind candy, but I love her stuff.


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Post by: Donna on August 12, 2011, 09:56:21 pm
I could see why.  This was sad, as well because it dealt with the violent murder of someone so young.  I mean...I know it happens in our society today, and it's a fact of life that people are living with daily, but wow.  When you have a daughter of your own, this book makes you want to just keep her in her room forever, you know?   :D  I didn't like the very end of the book though.  Justice was not served proper enough for me.  It kind of "petered" out at the end, and I was expecting a bit more.  But of course, this is what I get from watching all my big bombastic super hero flicks I love so much.  Maybe if Hugh Jackman came in with his Wolverine claws to do the murderer in, I would have liked it more. 




























MMMMMmrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooooooooooowwwwww.....Wolverine..... :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on August 16, 2011, 02:57:51 pm
[RANT]I can't believe white people in this day and age are still ignorant and insensitive enough to love a book/movie like "The Help." I mean, I can believe it, but REALLY? I expect much better of the human race. MUCH better.[/RANT]

I know this is sort of a non-sequiter, and I haven't actually read the full text, but the concept itself is enough to make me seethe and I've been reading a lot of discussions about it lately.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on August 17, 2011, 01:18:10 pm
I have actually read "The Help", and I have to say that I think it was highly overrated. I haven't seen the movie, but I get the impression that it is told mostly from the point of view of the character who is the white girl that is putting the book together. The book is told a lot more from the point of view of the black characters. Anyway, I'm not interested in the movie at all. I mostly read the book because I'd heard it was supposed to be really good. I got through the whole thing waiting for the "really good" part, but I never found it.


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Post by: nicoli on August 17, 2011, 02:36:14 pm
That's the impression I got from the summary alone. :P I'm one of those people who's curious enough to read or watch something I know will make me want to hurl, if only for the validation that I knew it all along and I was right, but even I was too scared to pick up that book at the airport the other day for fear that I might be caught reading it by, you know, anyone with half an ounce of racial sensitivity.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on August 17, 2011, 03:26:06 pm
I guess you can always pick up the electronic version. Then nobody has to see you reading it ;)


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Post by: Traveller69 on August 18, 2011, 07:40:14 am
During my vacation I started 'Catch 22'. Almost finished it but I already think it is a great book. Over the top characters, crazy dialogues and tought processes etc.


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Post by: Diana on October 02, 2011, 09:35:52 am
"One Day" by David Nicholls. A wonderful love story - very witty and melancholy at the same time.


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Post by: Traveller69 on October 04, 2011, 04:14:17 am
[RANT]I can't believe white people in this day and age are still ignorant and insensitive enough to love a book/movie like "The Help." I mean, I can believe it, but REALLY? I expect much better of the human race. MUCH better.[/RANT]

I know this is sort of a non-sequiter, and I haven't actually read the full text, but the concept itself is enough to make me seethe and I've been reading a lot of discussions about it lately.

I love the movie Der Untergang (about Adolf Hitlers last day in which he is not only portrayed as the mad man he most certainly was, but also as a friendly person who cared for the people around him). I don't think me loving this movie makes me ignorant or insensitive or even a neo nazi. I just think the movie was very beautiful and told the story from a different than usual and most interesting point of view.
Bruno Ganz did a wonderful job portraying Hitler and achieved to invoke some sympathy, which was how the role was written.

Haven't read The Help myself, but I found a review and read a synopsis. Sounds really interesting.


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Post by: Diana on October 04, 2011, 11:10:58 am
I love the movie Der Untergang (about Adolf Hitlers last day in which he is not only portrayed as the mad man he most certainly was, but also as a friendly person who cared for the people around him). I don't think me loving this movie makes me ignorant or insensitive or even a neo nazi. I just think the movie was very beautiful and told the story from a different than usual and most interesting point of view.
Bruno Ganz did a wonderful job portraying Hitler and achieved to invoke some sympathy, which was how the role was written.
Bruno Ganz is wonderful. It is amazing what this actor can do with his screen character. The movie was inspired by the book by Joachim Fest "Der Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des Dritten Reiches" - a historical sketch of Hitler's last days. I am always a bit prejudiced against films which are based on famous books (I always thought it is almost impossible to make a good book into a film), but the movie by Bernd Eichinger is really a masterpiece, despite some weaknesses and gaps. Eichinger invented Hitler a second time. In the film, Hitler seems to be more controllable, somehow steerable ...  "Der Untergang" has received very good reviews, here in Germany  (the literary critic, Marcel Reich-Ranicki also commented positively) ... but, I have ambivalent feelings about this documentation ... hmm .. it is difficult to be totally objective ... millions of people lost their life's during this time ...


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Post by: Viola da Voce on October 04, 2011, 01:40:09 pm
I'm now reading George RR Martin's "Game of Thrones". I've been taking my time and savoring the 800 page book. I'm also working my way through "What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Human Body", which talks all about human anatomy and how the muscles and bones work when playing the instrument. It's really valuable info.


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Post by: Traveller69 on October 06, 2011, 04:45:40 am
I love the movie Der Untergang (about Adolf Hitlers last day in which he is not only portrayed as the mad man he most certainly was, but also as a friendly person who cared for the people around him). I don't think me loving this movie makes me ignorant or insensitive or even a neo nazi. I just think the movie was very beautiful and told the story from a different than usual and most interesting point of view.
Bruno Ganz did a wonderful job portraying Hitler and achieved to invoke some sympathy, which was how the role was written.
Bruno Ganz is wonderful. It is amazing what this actor can do with his screen character. The movie was inspired by the book by Joachim Fest "Der Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des Dritten Reiches" - a historical sketch of Hitler's last days. I am always a bit prejudiced against films which are based on famous books (I always thought it is almost impossible to make a good book into a film), but the movie by Bernd Eichinger is really a masterpiece, despite some weaknesses and gaps. Eichinger invented Hitler a second time. In the film, Hitler seems to be more controllable, somehow steerable ...  "Der Untergang" has received very good reviews, here in Germany  (the literary critic, Marcel Reich-Ranicki also commented positively) ... but, I have ambivalent feelings about this documentation ... hmm .. it is difficult to be totally objective ... millions of people lost their life's during this time ...
It sounds like I'm an ignoramus, but I didn't know the movie was based on a book.
Just looked it up and it is availabe in Dutch so I will try to get my hands on it. Although I can understand German and speak it (albeit only in small talk) I prefer to read in my first language.

Thanks for pointing out the book to me.


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Post by: Diana on October 23, 2011, 02:51:53 am
I am currently reading "Eugénie Grandet" (The Human Comedy) by Honoré de Balzac.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Diana on October 29, 2011, 08:56:06 am
I am currently reading "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson and I can't put this book down. This is definitely one of the best biographies I have ever read. The biography is based on 40 personal interviews with Mr. Jobs and is fascinating like the genius himself.


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Post by: Traveller69 on October 31, 2011, 10:30:23 am
I have put the biography about Steve Jobs on my wishlist for Sinterklaas.


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Post by: Diana on November 01, 2011, 10:32:42 am
I finished reading the biography of Steve Jobs last night and I am deeply impressed and touched. I've never read a more exciting biography.
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I especially love the passage where Walter Isaacson writes (at the end of the biography, page 566):
"Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, unexpected, and at times magical. He was, indeed, an example of what the mathematician Mark Kaccalled a magician genius, someone whose insights come out of the blue and require intuition more than mere mental processing power. Like a pathfinder, he could absorb information, sniff the winds, and sense what lay ahead."


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Post by: nicoli on November 01, 2011, 01:38:40 pm
W.E.B. DuBois - The Souls of Black Folk


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on November 01, 2011, 01:44:50 pm
[RANT]I can't believe white people in this day and age are still ignorant and insensitive enough to love a book/movie like "The Help." I mean, I can believe it, but REALLY? I expect much better of the human race. MUCH better.[/RANT]

I know this is sort of a non-sequiter, and I haven't actually read the full text, but the concept itself is enough to make me seethe and I've been reading a lot of discussions about it lately.

I love the movie Der Untergang (about Adolf Hitlers last day in which he is not only portrayed as the mad man he most certainly was, but also as a friendly person who cared for the people around him). I don't think me loving this movie makes me ignorant or insensitive or even a neo nazi. I just think the movie was very beautiful and told the story from a different than usual and most interesting point of view.
Bruno Ganz did a wonderful job portraying Hitler and achieved to invoke some sympathy, which was how the role was written.

Haven't read The Help myself, but I found a review and read a synopsis. Sounds really interesting.

Before you buy too much into the hype, I would recommend looking for the criticism on the book from actual people of color. After all, if the book is supposed to be about them, and not some white woman's guilt, then it's their perspective that really matters.

No one's going to call you a racist for liking "The Help" or even finding it interesting, but you might want to examine the reasons why you would empathize with a main character who seems to think it is her responsibility to fix the problems of people who, in real life, did far more than she ever would have dared to do to fight for their own civil rights. Or who thinks taking their stories and publishing them under her name is somehow helping them at all.


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Post by: Viola da Voce on November 01, 2011, 02:25:56 pm
I have just devoured the first three books in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlane Harris. They are fun, easy reads. Hearing you all talk about the Steve Jobs bio is making me curious about that, as well.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: nicoli on November 05, 2011, 04:12:43 pm
Richard Adams' <The Girl On a Swing. Already halfway through, and I'm not sure when he'll get to the point, or if it will be at all as interesting as he's building it up to be. Technically great writing, though.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Diana on November 06, 2011, 02:26:24 am
I'm currently reading Woody Allen's short masterpiece "Without Feathers".
The stories are a mix of subtle humor, sex, philosophical ponderings and New York's life. This is a very, very funny and intelligent book.
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And I am absolutely in love with the video "A Year in New York", by Andrew Clancy http://vimeo.com/31159101 It's beautiful.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Diana on December 12, 2011, 09:22:34 am
I finished reading John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" last night. It is a magnificent novel about a community, and how certain actions reverberate and affect all of the inhabitants. And it is a character study of the people who live in the Cannery Row neighborhood in Monterey during the Depression. I read this book on the recommendation of my husband - he loves John Steinbeck's works - and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s beautiful literature and absolutely fascinating. 


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Post by: nicoli on December 12, 2011, 01:59:36 pm
Constance Curry's "Silver Rights," a biography of one Mississippi family's journey into the desegregation of schools. (The Carter family, the subject of the book, was the first to send 9 of their 13 children to a previously all-white school in 1965, and for the first year, they were also the only family to do so.)

So far, this book is excellent, but also heart-breaking.


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Post by: Diana on January 03, 2012, 08:49:30 am
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola (on the recommendation of my husband). A truly touching novel about the lives of the working class in the 19th century, the rise and fall of the family Macquart. I enjoyed it immensely.


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Post by: Diana on August 28, 2012, 03:00:26 am
Chad Harbach's debut novel "The Art of Fielding".


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Post by: Traveller69 on September 04, 2012, 05:44:35 am
Well, not right now, as I am at work.
But during my vacation I started reading the latest Jean M. Auel. Part 6 of the continuing story of Ayla, a prehistoric Cro-Magnon woman and all the great things she achieves. The series started going downhill after book 2 but I kept on reading as I was curious what she all did. Although the book is sometimes softporn it is a good read, alas part 6 is only slightly better than 5.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on September 06, 2012, 12:38:27 pm
Well, not right now, as I am at work.
But during my vacation I started reading the latest Jean M. Auel. Part 6 of the continuing story of Ayla, a prehistoric Cro-Magnon woman and all the great things she achieves. The series started going downhill after book 2 but I kept on reading as I was curious what she all did. Although the book is sometimes softporn it is a good read, alas part 6 is only slightly better than 5.
I really enjoyed the first two books in that series as well, and I agree that the series started going downhill after that. I haven't read any of those books in a while, but I remember I got tired of reading about all the herbal mixtures/drinks, and the traveling.
Meanwhile, I'm reading the second book in the Game of Thrones series, "A Clash of Kings". It's a fun read, although I have to do it in small doses because it's pretty dense.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: DTLaBriePortnoy85 on September 27, 2012, 12:17:34 am
HOLLYWOOD MONSTER by Robert Englund. I am a hardcore Horror Film fan.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 10, 2012, 05:29:13 am
"Set This House on Fire" by William Styron


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Traveller69 on October 10, 2012, 06:27:28 am
Dare I say it: 50 shades of Grey.

Got intrigued by the things my girlfriend said about the book and what I read on the interwebs only sparked up my interest more. Just a few chapters in, but I already want to keep reading. Keep you informed how it turns out - is it a novel from Harlequin disguised as literature or does it really have layers which make it truly literature.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: w34vi1 on October 11, 2012, 02:08:26 am
Dare I say it: 50 shades of Grey.

Got intrigued by the things my girlfriend said about the book and what I read on the interwebs only sparked up my interest more. Just a few chapters in, but I already want to keep reading. Keep you informed how it turns out - is it a novel from Harlequin disguised as literature or does it really have layers which make it truly literature.

..... keep in mind this is the book that people who obsessed over twilight over went to... and from my experience with people who thought Twilight was an amazing book wouldn't know real literature if it came up and bit them in the behind.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Traveller69 on October 11, 2012, 07:56:24 am
Dare I say it: 50 shades of Grey.

Got intrigued by the things my girlfriend said about the book and what I read on the interwebs only sparked up my interest more. Just a few chapters in, but I already want to keep reading. Keep you informed how it turns out - is it a novel from Harlequin disguised as literature or does it really have layers which make it truly literature.

..... keep in mind this is the book that people who obsessed over twilight over went to... and from my experience with people who thought Twilight was an amazing book wouldn't know real literature if it came up and bit them in the behind.
My girlfriend didn't read twilight (and she doesn't fall into the age category that likes it, her daughter however is a big fan of the movies).
Normally she only reads (mainly dutch) literature.

I on the other hand read mostly scifi/cyberpunk/technothrillers (a.o. Arthur C.Clarke, Tom Clancy, Neal Stephenson, Dan Brown).


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on October 11, 2012, 12:33:18 pm
I can't figure out why people are so worked up over 50 Shades of Gray. There are so many "erotica" books out there, and they've been around for so many years. It's not like this is the first one ever. Why is this one so special?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 11, 2012, 04:57:05 pm
I can't figure out why people are so worked up over 50 Shades of Gray. There are so many "erotica" books out there, and they've been around for so many years. It's not like this is the first one ever. Why is this one so special?

A good marketing, maybe?

Honestly, I've never heard about this book before, and its description didn't inspire me to read it.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Donna on October 11, 2012, 10:14:47 pm
Agreed.  I have friends that rave about the books, but I have no interet in reading what has been labelled "soft porn".  I am a happily married woman...I don't need to read about stuff like that.  Pointless to me....but to each his / her own.... ;)

I have been listening to my husband go through The Hobbit with our daughter.  Totally anticipating the movie in December... :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Viola da Voce on October 12, 2012, 04:27:28 pm
I can't figure out why people are so worked up over 50 Shades of Gray. There are so many "erotica" books out there, and they've been around for so many years. It's not like this is the first one ever. Why is this one so special?

A good marketing, maybe?

Honestly, I've never heard about this book before, and its description didn't inspire me to read it.
The description didn't inspire me to read it either. The only plus side to this book is it has apparently inspired a whole new audience to check out classical music (I think the main male character in the book is supposed to be a pianist or something). There was some classical music label which released an entire soundtrack which can go along with the book, and apparently, the album has been selling really well.

@Donna, I'm looking forward to the Hobbit movie as well :)


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Donna on October 12, 2012, 09:48:33 pm


@Donna, I'm looking forward to the Hobbit movie as well :)

Hee heeeee!!!  I like it! ;D


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Metropolis on October 13, 2012, 01:27:07 pm
Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: MuumiPeikko on October 15, 2012, 03:26:26 am
I'm looking forward to the Hobbit movie as well :)

Everybody looking for it, I guess  :D


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Traveller69 on October 16, 2012, 02:23:14 am
I can't figure out why people are so worked up over 50 Shades of Gray. There are so many "erotica" books out there, and they've been around for so many years. It's not like this is the first one ever. Why is this one so special?
As was mentioned earlier: marketing.

They sold the book as a bridge between literature and erotica. And although the writer tries to add a second layer of explaining why Grey is who he is and how he is, it keeps the same through the story. It is mostly used (imo) to make Grey angry so he can do what he wants. The dialogues are not that good and the thoughts of the female protagonist are a bit childish.

Well, I'm intrigued enough to read the other 2 books.

@Donna - I'm happily LAT-ting, so I don't need the book as an inspiriation - besides, the lifestyle in this book is not my (or my girlfriend's) desired lifestyle. But as you say: to each their own.

Looking forward to "The Hobbit" as well...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Diana on November 23, 2012, 05:33:03 am
I just finished reading "The Broom of the System" by David Foster Wallace. Now begin to read "Anna Karenina" by Lev Tolstoy - I absolutely love this novel and I can't wait to see Wright’s screen version with Keira Knightley and Jude Law ...


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Will.Holloway on April 15, 2013, 03:30:01 pm
currently reading Slash's auto-biography. so good. anyone read this?


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Sergzov on July 02, 2013, 07:16:55 am
I'm reading  "Living La Vida Vampire" ,  book written by  Nancy Haddock and I love that .


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Phsx2 on February 11, 2014, 03:21:15 pm
Thought i'd finally get around to delving into Asmiov's Foundation series. Due to university i'm only half way through book 1 (I know they're short..) but, much like his later work it's really rather fabulous.


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Post by: DTLaBriePortnoy85 on February 11, 2014, 11:48:55 pm
Just finished NO REGRETS by Ace Frehley.


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: Evegret on February 26, 2014, 11:46:50 am
I'm just re-reading all the Harry Potter Books  ;D I love them!

One wonderful book I read before I restartet HP is "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy. A wonderful tragical story written in beautifl words! So sad, but awwwwww!!!!!


Title: Re: What book are you reading right now?
Post by: jimihan on August 30, 2014, 05:41:25 am
Magic by Rhonda Byrne and I would definitely recommend the same to others