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#101 Posted by Phyrlord (193 posts) -

@joemarch said:

Fight Club. About half way through and it's pretty good...but I shouldn't talk about it

Fight club is the only book I have read where I thought the movie adaptation was as good or even better. More of a kudos to the movie makers.

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#102 Posted by Bruce (6238 posts) -

@Sursh:

A Richard Wright novel, two Irish plays, a Fairy Tale and Folklore textbook, and a poetry anthology.

Yeah.

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#103 Posted by Melos (240 posts) -

I'm about a third of the way through Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I think it's a bit metaphor heavy, and the dialogue gets grossly melodramatic sometimes, but overall it's intriguing. Plus I'm a sucker for prison stories. I never saw the movie, but I'm going to assume it's not as good as the book since that's the way it usually goes. What I was really looking for was a good psychological thriller novel. That isn't the genre that I feel Shutter Island falls in, so if anyone knows of any books that would qualify, bring 'em on.

Also, I'm stalled about halfway through Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. That book is well written, linguistically speaking, but the story seems to have a lot of padding. Then again, maybe I'm just used to the more economical pacing of a short story or short short.

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#104 Edited by Notkcots (29 posts) -

I just finished Portnoy's Complaint and VALIS by Philips Roth and K. Dick, respectively, and I'm still plugging away at Infinite Jest. I think I'm mostly over the hurdle of the absurdly long footnotes now, so the rest should be smooth sailing. I'm finna read Titus Andronicus and some cool looking medieval English history books afterwards.

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#105 Posted by HarlechQuinn (456 posts) -

Currently I am reading the third book of "Die Götterkriege" which is the follow up series of the "Das Geheimnis von Askir" (A German fantasy cycle by Richard Schwartz, no English translation afaik) and "Jacked" by David Kushner.

Furthermore I ordered an received "Letters from Hades" by Jeffrey Thomasand and I got "Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-face Combat" by Forrest Griffin as a present, so this will be the next two books I'll start to read in the next days.

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#106 Posted by drewbert (7556 posts) -

@BrickRoad said:

Recently read 'Nothing To Envy'. Pretty moving book really detailing some true stories from the DPRK. Not sure if has read it, or would even want to after his visit, but it is a great read.

Yep! I read it before I went. Probably the best book I've read on the subject, especially if your goal is to understand what life is like in the DPRK for the average citizen. Really well-written.

And while I'm here: just got done reading A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester, which is by far my favorite title of a book ever. It's a nonfiction book about the medieval era, specifically how the Renaissance, Reformation, and circumnavigation of the globe by Magellan helped bring humanity out of its thousand-year knowledge drought. I especially liked the first third of it, which talks about day-to-day life in the dark ages, but I also liked reading about the other stuff, since I didn't know much about the Renaissance before reading this book. It's also written for humans, unlike most textbook-style books on history that would bore actual history professors. Manchester isn't a historian (technically, though he is a biographer), so he comes at the subject from an outside perspective, which is perfect for the average reader.

Currently, I'm on Wired for War by P.W. Singer, another nonfiction book, this one about the role robots will play in the future of armed conflict. It's also pretty good, and not only showcases some awesome up-and-coming battle robots, but also delves into the psychology of using robots in warfare, and whether it's a good idea. Despite how awesome it sounds to have robots roaming the battlefield, there are some things Singer brings up that I never considered. Worth checking out if either robots or warfare interests you. Also very well-written.

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#107 Posted by mrmanga (243 posts) -

When i have some time off where i dont have a ton of homework or is busy with some kind of game, i am trying my best to get trough Game of Thrones.

But i really dont have a lot of free time lately so its going slowly.

I also started Battle Royale. Seeing as i loved the movie and the manga adaptation i figured i would enjoy the book as well. This one is going slow too though.

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#108 Posted by Kieran_Smith5 (176 posts) -

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution -Richard Dawkins

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#109 Posted by JusticeJanitor (530 posts) -

I've started reading Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos. I'm on the second book right now and I'm loving it. It's some great Sci-Fi that touches on a lot of interesting subjects not often seen in Sci-Fi.

Tangent : The Nexus 7 is an awesome reading device.

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#110 Posted by The_Infamous_C4 (142 posts) -

I'm about halfway through "No EasyDay: the only first hand account of the navy seal mission that killed osama bin laden" despite the way too long title is actually a fantastic read (very "One bullet away")

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#111 Posted by Hunter5024 (6671 posts) -

@GunslingerPanda said:

Read number 4 then get out while you still can! It gets real draggy after that, I've been trying to get through book 8 for nearly a year now.

Well you sure were right! I'm halfway through 5 and I don't think anything has happened in this whole book.

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#112 Posted by theuselessgod (339 posts) -

Dan Wells is an awesome writer. I highly suggest "I Am Not a Serial Killer" and "The Hollow City."