#201 Posted by Cubic (171 posts) -

I'm not very good at focusing on one book (a problem which has only gotten worse since buying a Kindle), so right now I'm reading: 
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (I felt like re-reading one of my favourite books of all time). 
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. 
Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg. 
On Writing by Stephen King. 
The Prince by  Niccolo Machiavelli. 
The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin (as part of my effort to read as many strange politics books as I can in my lifetime).

#202 Posted by StrikeALight (1114 posts) -

I've been ona bit of a Ryu Murakami stint lately. I just finished In The Miso Soup, and will tackle Piercing when my nerves have recovered fully.

#203 Posted by FireBurger (1479 posts) -

Making the Corps for the second time.

#204 Posted by iDarktread (1206 posts) -

Marvel vs. Capcom 3's official strategy guide.

#205 Posted by nail1080 (1975 posts) -

what's a book

#206 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -
@nail1080 said:
" what's a book "
It's something you light on fire to see at night because your gameboy doesn't have a backlit screen. You kids wouldn't know about that.
#207 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Finished reading Looking for Alaska about a week ago. I really loved that book. 
 
Onto new territory, I suppose!

#208 Posted by cnlmullen (900 posts) -

Just finished The Shadow of the Torturer, moving on to The Claw of the Conciliator in Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series.  
 
Incredibly rich writing style and universe. My favorite sci-fi novel since I read Iain Bank's Look to Windward.

#209 Posted by Alex_Carrillo (281 posts) -
 "Books your currently reading." 
 
Lol.
#210 Posted by somethingdumb (115 posts) -

I've been really into Terry Pratchett lately. I just started the series he did with Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart called "The Science of Discworld". It somehow blends great fiction with hard science, dedlivered with the perfect amount of tongue-in-cheekiness. By the way, if you haven't rad any Terry Pratchett, go buy The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic right away. He's the Douglas Adams of fantasy, but better(?).
I also just finished Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth. It's a really interesting story that centers around the prejudice and class differences that happened as a result of suburbanization in the 50s. 
In between books I've been reading a bunch of Lovecraft stories. Dude can write like a motherfucker. He's like horror Dickens, if Dickens was any good.

#211 Posted by Harbinger_Of_Hippos (224 posts) -

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

#212 Posted by nywt (439 posts) -

Working my way through The Great American Novel by Keith Malley.

#213 Posted by BaneFireLord (2941 posts) -

First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher

#214 Posted by Chindie (192 posts) -

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
 
A little bit unweildy and a little bit too weird at points, but a cool steampunk yarn.
 
@somethingdumb:
I'm a big Pratchett fan (as the pic attests, his best character), my favourite author and a great shame he's got Alzheimers. If you're only just working you way through his (very big) back catalogue, he takes a few books to really start nailing what the Discworld is and where it's going, it all clicks around the time he writes Guards Guards, and from there on in it's pretty much universally glorious. The Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic are him more overtly writing a parody of fantasy, when he starts to seriously write the Discworld as an entity and weaves in the parody, the politics and the satire of the real world it goes to another level. Night Watch is probably the point where it all reaches it's crescendo, a great book and one to look forward to if you've not got to it yet.

#215 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3170 posts) -

I'm reading The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King. I like it but I never have time to read it.

#216 Posted by Jimbo (9820 posts) -

A Wise Man's Fear, the sequel to The Name of The Wind (which was rad) came out a few days ago, so I'll pick that up soon.  A Dance with Dragons just got dated for July 12th too, and the trailers for the HBO series are looking neat.  I don't read a whole lot of fantasy (or any fiction really), but these series' have their hooks in me pretty bad.

#217 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6301 posts) -

I'm going through The Accidental Billionaires but it's kind of disappointing so far. I'm only fifty pages in though, so it might get better.

#218 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

Vampire Wars: part of the Warhammer Old World series. Written by Steven Savile.
 
Vampire Wars is a decent read, but as I get nearer to the end, my interest wanes.

#219 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -

Thinner by Stephen King 
 
Nearly half way, it's all right so far, but it's only just coming to the boil.

#220 Posted by WatanabeKazuma (989 posts) -

Othello,oddly I hated it when I read it in college, now in University it's a completely different story.

#221 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -

Biomega - Volume 1.  

Only on Chapter 7 so still alot more to read before I can really comment, however the illustration is amazing.

#222 Posted by DelroyLindo (387 posts) -
@TheBeast said:
" I'm switching between a few depending on where I am/what state of mind I'm in - nothing fictional at the moment though:
  • The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
  • Long Way Down - Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman
  • C.O.D.E. - Charles Petzold
  • Don't Make Me Think! - Steve Krug
"
if your reading long way round you should check out Jupiters Travels by Ted Simon (they meet him in mongolia). Im about a quarter in and its really good so far
#223 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -
Candide by Voltaire
Ultimate Power by Anthony Robbins
#224 Posted by pwnasaurus (1286 posts) -

-Dune 
- Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? 
- never not reading LOTR trilogy.

#225 Posted by Enigma777 (6074 posts) -
The Wise Man's Fear by Patric Rothfuss 
 
Really, really damn good so far!
#226 Posted by Dylabaloo (1549 posts) -

The Fry Chronicles, the biography of Stephen Fry. I'm 100 or so pages in and its damn good. He's had a genuinely interesting life and has a very enthralling writing style.

#227 Posted by JackBauerCTU225 (127 posts) -

Reading  
Broke 
and Mass Effect novels

#228 Posted by Falx (347 posts) -

Dostoyevski - motres from underground, should finish it very soon

#229 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -
@Enigma777 said:
" The Wise Man's Fear by Patric Rothfuss  Really, really damn good so far! "
i ordered that, yesterday  did not realize it was out already. first book was so good
#230 Posted by Brendan (7817 posts) -

Other than textbooks I'm finally reading through "Dune" which I have been told to do for a long time.  

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#231 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -

Gauntlygrym by R.A. Salvatore it is a Drizzt Do'Urden book

#232 Posted by velucyraptor (358 posts) -
@CH3BURASHKA said:

" ... The Yellow Wallpaper is fucking incredible..."

Fucking, amen
 
also 
@DirrtyNinja: I really, really want to pick up Revolutionary Road at some point, how is it? 
@filthreaper: A student in one of my lit tutes at uni lent me a copy of  On Writing out of nowhere, I loved it 
 
At the moment I'm reading The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten, which is basically a collection of really intriguing thought experiments. Great to sporadically pick up &put down, incredibly thought-provoking, great conversation starter, the occasional mindfuck. 
 

#233 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -
@DelroyLindo: Cheers, will take a look!  

@Enigma777 said:
" The Wise Man's Fear by Patric Rothfuss  Really, really damn good so far! "
Just reading that at the moment too - so damn good, I don't want it to end. Such an excellent world he creates.
#234 Posted by NoCookiesForYou (761 posts) -

I haven't read in a while, but i have plenty of books on my shelf that are next on line. I should probably read Game of Thrones before the HBO series comes out.

#235 Posted by Jazz (2281 posts) -
@TheBeast said:
" @DelroyLindo: Cheers, will take a look!  

@Enigma777 said:
" The Wise Man's Fear by Patric Rothfuss  Really, really damn good so far! "
Just reading that at the moment too - so damn good, I don't want it to end. Such an excellent world he creates. "
and so am i. 
For a book written with music as such a focus it's wonderful how well the words flow. 
#236 Posted by Joe_Wildheart (76 posts) -

Currently reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and also Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

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#237 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

Just finished Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, diving into Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory. 
 
Next book I read will probably be by either Rex Stout or Raymond Chandler.

#238 Posted by Sayishere (1840 posts) -

Well iam reading The Watchmen Graphic Novel :D

#239 Posted by Commisar123 (1793 posts) -

Always quick to recomend Dan Abnett
#240 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -

I'm reading "Priceless", a book about the psychology of pricing.  It's not actually an economics book; it's more like a book that shows how humans aren't the "rational actors" of economic theory, so economics does a poor job of modeling real human behavior.

#241 Posted by EpicBenjamin (626 posts) -

Halo: First Strike by Eric Nylund.

#242 Posted by MattyFTM (14394 posts) -

Reading "Mostly Harmless" by Douglas Adams, the fifth book in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. I'm pretty sure that The Matrix rips off a small part of that book - the whole "Being virtually killed by a virtual laser in virtual space is just as effective as the real thing, because you are as dead as you think you are" thing is exactly like dying in The Matrix.    

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#243 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" Reading "Mostly Harmless" by Douglas Adams, the fifth book in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. I'm pretty sure that The Matrix rips off a small part of that book - the whole "Being virtually killed by a virtual laser in virtual space is just as effective as the real thing, because you are as dead as you think you are" thing is exactly like dying in The Matrix.     "
I'd say it's more likely that they got the idea from Snow Crash, which is more thematically in-line with what happens in the Matrix. Whether or not Neal Stephenson got the idea directly or indirectly from Douglas Adams, I can't say. 
 
Just a guess. I've read both.
#244 Posted by CharkeeFarlee (896 posts) -
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  • The Dante club
  • Men of the otherworld
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow (For the millionth time)
#245 Posted by Yummylee (21791 posts) -

Got me two books at once, lika BOWUS! Reading Scaredy Cat by Mark Billington, as well as The Stolen Thrown Dragon Age book.

#246 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Wuthering Heights (for a literature class)
#247 Posted by buzz_clik (6976 posts) -

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, for probably the twelfth time. Damn, I love that book. Not a big fan of the follow-up, though.

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#248 Posted by Sweep (8872 posts) -

I just ordered "The Wise Man's Fear" which is the second book in the King Killer Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss. It was recommended to me by Jayge and I really enjoyed the first. 
 
I also just ordered the fourth Gears Of War book. I don't want to talk about it.

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#249 Posted by dungbootle (2458 posts) -

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

#250 Posted by mnzy (2914 posts) -

"Your or You're for Dummies"