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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Angelito » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:23 pm

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.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Luzh 22 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:05 pm

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...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Va-Va-Voom » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:01 am

Fiction
- Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy is the greatest living writer imo)
- Catch-22 (Funniest book I've ever read)
- The Hobbit (Tolkien's magnum opus)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Native Son
- 11/22/63
- Crime and Punishment
- To Kill a Mockingbird
-Things Fall Apart
- The Man with the Golden Arm

Non-Fiction
- Sweet Thunder (Sugar Ray Robinson)
- Bob Dylan: Chronicles Vol. 1
- The Executioner's Song
- Mrs Kennedy and Me
- The Devil in the White City (Scorcese and DiCaprio are making this into a movie btw)
- Dream Boogie (Sam Cooke)
- Room Full of Mirrors (Jimi Hendrix)
- The Death of a President (JFK)
- On Writing (Stephen King)
- In Cold Blood

As a side note, is the Harry Potter series worth reading as an adult? I never caught the bug when I was younger, but now I'm kind of interested.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby AOL » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:46 am

Va-Va-Voom wrote:As a side note, is the Harry Potter series worth reading as an adult? I never caught the bug when I was younger, but now I'm kind of interested.


U fookin' wot m8?!

But for real, you should give the series a read. The films, while great in their own rights, do not completely capture the imagination of the reader the way in the series does and leave out some details found in the novels. I know it's cliché how it's commonly said that you can get lost in a good book, but it especially rings true with the Harry Potter series imo. Rowling managed to create an immense universe the reader can immerse themselves in in a way the films can never provide. Her world-building is absolutely magical (no pun intended) as you progress through the series and the character progressions really allow you to connect with them.
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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 AOL » 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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