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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Pudpop » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:54 am

If you haven't read the Harry Potter series you haven't truly been to hogwarts. Definitely worth it if your an adult, but at the same time don't expect complex story telling. It's a great book but it is still a children's book.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Angelito » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:38 pm

@ VaVa

Great list.

Haven't read many from the lot (especially the non-fiction ones).

Regarding HP, you have to read it. It's essentially gripping storytelling. I've always maintained that for commercial filmmakers or writers, Harry Potter is a goldmine to learn the craft. It's a children's book as Pud said, but it ages - and that makes it a compelling read. Do expect loopholes and convenient storytelling liberties. That doesn't make it any less immersive.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Pudpop » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:02 pm

Va-Va-Voom wrote:- The Hobbit (Tolkien's magnum opus)


I'm busy reading through this. I'm only about halfway but I'm really struggling to see how it's anything more than a standard adventure story :hiding:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Angelito » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:38 pm

Pudpop wrote:
Va-Va-Voom wrote:- The Hobbit (Tolkien's magnum opus)


I'm busy reading through this. I'm only about halfway but I'm really struggling to see how it's anything more than a standard adventure story :hiding:


:shocked: :shocked:

I liked Hobbit more than LoTR.

Tell us about it after you finish the book.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Pudpop » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:26 pm

I will, as long as I'm not banned afterwards :hiding:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Yago » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:38 pm

nah, LOTR > Hobbit
Silmarillion > Hobbit as well obvs

also, yes, Blood Meridian is fantastic.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Yago » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:42 pm

Luzh 22 wrote:Anybody read the Malazan book of the fallen series? I'm currently on book 8-10. It's becoming more convoluted the longer it goes on...


Actually reading book 7 right now. It's a very interesting world he built, but I'm not always thrilled with the writing/characters.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Angelito » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:52 pm

My list keeps on changing - but here's a top-10 fiction list - not in any order:

- Dracula
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
- The Hobbit
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
- Anna Karenina
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- And Then There Were None
- The Shining
- The Sun Also Rises
- The Devotion of Suspect X


Yago wrote:nah, LOTR > Hobbit
Silmarillion > Hobbit as well obvs

also, yes, Blood Meridian is fantastic.


I have rarely enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed Hobbit. It's a top-5 for me definitely.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Luzh 22 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:24 pm

The Hobbit is written for young children, the LOTR is written for teens+. If you're looking for the dark undertones of LOTR, in The Hobbit, you're gonna be disappointed.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Luzh 22 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:26 pm

Yago wrote:
Luzh 22 wrote:Anybody read the Malazan book of the fallen series? I'm currently on book 8-10. It's becoming more convoluted the longer it goes on...


Actually reading book 7 right now. It's a very interesting world he built, but I'm not always thrilled with the writing/characters.


I like the characters (mostly) and find them interesting, particularly the fallibility of them. But, yeah, some of the tangents are too much imo.

2nd book (chain of dogs) is the best imo. Some great writing in that, it was intense AF.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LMAO » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:24 am

Angelito wrote:This section is usually so quiet.. So, list some of your favorite books that you have read. It may be fiction or non-fiction. Ideally, a top-10 list, but whatever you prefer.


I don't know if I can rank them because they were read at different periods in my life, which will undoubtedly affect the ranking. But in no order, ten of my favorite novels (there are plenty more, but for a quick list):
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov (GOAT sci-fi author and arguably his greatest work)
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Okonkwo is such a f***ing asshole, but I still love the novel for some reason)
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (possibly the worst I've ever felt for a protagonist)
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (like Vava said, hilarious)
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Cripps » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:17 am

Angelito wrote:This section is usually so quiet.. So, list some of your favorite books that you have read. It may be fiction or non-fiction. Ideally, a top-10 list, but whatever you prefer.

Chronicles of Prydain - 5 books. Favourite books of all time

Prefer Hobbit books to LOTR books. Much easier to read

Got all the Bourne books. Far better than films

Shit load of autobiogarphies as well
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ale1147 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:53 am

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Just have read this one. All in all a great book; a little too violent for my liking though!
Stieg Larsson has done a wonderful job with the characters I think.
By the way, does anybody here prefer e-readers?
Which one would you recommend? All help and suggestions will be much appreciated.
https://www.bestadvisor.com/ereaders
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Va-Va-Voom » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:48 pm

Finished A Brief History of Seven Killings recently.

It's a fictionalized account about the assassination attempt on Bob Marley and what became of the triggermen. Also deals with the political environment of Jamaica during that time.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby huskbold » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:12 pm

currently reading Origin, by Dan Brown
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