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#101 Posted by WMWA (1223 posts) -

Just got done marathoning the Song of Ice and Fire series. So good. Now, reading Stephen King's The Stand and Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

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#102 Posted by SpencerTucksen (444 posts) -

War and Peace

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#103 Posted by coaxmetal (1822 posts) -

Memories of Ice: Book Three of the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

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#104 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -

Right now I'm finishing up A Dance With Dragons, re-reading the Eisenhorn Trilogy, and taking a break from the Gaunt's Ghosts series for a while.

Might dive into the Horus Heresy series and Ciaphas Cain series or try out the Ravenor Trilogy soon.

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#105 Posted by SlightConfuse (3996 posts) -

reading the new steve king book11/22/63 then going to start book 12 of the wheel of time

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#106 Posted by _Zombie_ (1483 posts) -

Black Blood, by John Meaney. Though I suspect I accidentally skipped a book, as he wrote one called 'Bone Song', and the beginning of Black Blood is a bit vague regarding some details.

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#107 Posted by damswedon (3242 posts) -

Comics: INVASION! and Flesh: The Dino Files

Manga: Spice and Wolf

As for real books I read Mass Effect: Retribution just before New years.

I've just got started on The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel, which isn't all that good so far. But what do you expect from a book based on the Elder Scrolls games.

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#108 Posted by demonbear (1936 posts) -

Just finished A Game of Thrones, next up will be W40k : Space Wolf omnibus 1 and then its Stephen King's 11/22/63

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#109 Posted by Shimmy (203 posts) -

I'm currently splitting my attention between Redburn by Herman Melville and The Man with the Getaway Face by Richard Stark.

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#110 Posted by TheWyotee93 (221 posts) -

Factotum by D.M. Cornish. Old english, steampunk fantasy? Sign me up

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#111 Posted by shinboy630 (1387 posts) -

Currently reading A Storm of Swords. I'm going to start the Hobbit after that cause I never read it and I don't want the upcoming movies to be the first time I experience the story.

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#112 Posted by Tofin (184 posts) -

Reading Game of Thrones. I have a deal with my girlfriend; I read GoT, and she watches Community.

No, it did not occur to me to ask for sex. Yes, I am an idiot.

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#113 Posted by Cube (4385 posts) -

The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo. Then, onto Side-tracked by Henning Mankell and a boatload of other books.

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#114 Posted by chrissedoff (2368 posts) -

Flannery O'Connor The Complete Stories

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#115 Posted by tictocbehemoth (63 posts) -

I recently started reading Blindsight by Peter Watts. If anyone is looking for a hard science fiction novel to read you can get it on his website for free. He also has a donation thing set up there.

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#116 Edited by pixieface (122 posts) -

The Way of Kings by Branden Sanderson. About halfway through right now. I got that, Elantris, and Mistborn for Christmas, so that makes me pretty happy!

Just finished The Hunger Games and Ready Player One this week to see what all the fuss was about. I can see the appeal, but I didn't enjoy them. To THG's credit, I didn't actually know that was supposed to be a young adult novel until I was finished. I'm not saying young adult novels are bad - I just don't like most of them on the market. RPO was fun for the 80s trivia but I found the characters and the plot lacking in quality.

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#117 Posted by Mjolnir (501 posts) -

After hearing Will speak so highly of it, I got Ready Player One. I love it. The weird thing is that my girlfriend started reading it when I wasn't, and now she's further in than I am; she doesn't even like games!

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#118 Posted by mandude (2828 posts) -
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I could read this a million times over. Best. Book. Ever.

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#119 Posted by jetsetwillie (882 posts) -

going through the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, just finished the hound of the baskervilles which was fantastic.

thinking of reading Jobs biography next though

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#120 Posted by Stepside (559 posts) -
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Amazing read.

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#122 Posted by danielkempster (2707 posts) -

For Christmas, I got all seven books in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, so I'm reading those. Right now I'm about two thirds of the way through The Gunslinger and it's pretty cool. I really like the setting and atmosphere (which King himself describes in the foreword as 'Lord of the Rings meets The Good, the Bad & the Ugly'), but I'm not too struck with the seemingly one-dimensional characters. I've just read the first encounter with the Man in Black and he came across like a bad comic book villain. Then again, the series is seven books long, so I'm hoping for a little more depth the further into it I get.

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#123 Posted by Sjosz (489 posts) -

Currently, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

Making more of an effort this year to read more literature. Next up after this one are Nineteen Eighty Four and Crime And Punishment.

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#124 Posted by mandude (2828 posts) -

@dankempster: Ah, I have fond memories of that book. I think he intentionally left the characters as one dimensional in the first book. I don't think he knew how serious the series would be at that point, but the second book really picks it all up.

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#125 Posted by danielkempster (2707 posts) -

@mandude: Funnily enough, King pretty much says exactly that in the foreword of The Gunslinger! If the other six books take the world introduced in this one and populate it with some great characters, then I could see myself really enjoying them.

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#126 Posted by Mistzero (369 posts) -

"The Magicians" by Lev Grossman

It's like Narnia and Harry Potter books made love and had a kid that is more mature then them. Basically it for adults not kids.

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#127 Posted by citizenkane (10882 posts) -

I am finishing Utopia. After it, I am going back to finish Dante's The Inferno.

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#128 Posted by xMP44x (2227 posts) -

@Sjosz said:

Currently, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Making more of an effort this year to read more literature. Next up after this one are Nineteen Eighty Four and Crime And Punishment.

I had to read Of Mice and Men in English Literature last year, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of the books I most want to read, but still haven't gotten around to, and Crime and Punishment seems like it would be a lot of fun to read even if it was just to say you'd read it.

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#129 Posted by JokerFrown (321 posts) -
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Friggen awesome book.

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#130 Posted by super2j (2099 posts) -

I am right in the middle of "Fire upon the Deep" by Vernor Venge but I stopped like 6 months ago. Not that I dont like it, but i haven't been able to get myself to pick it back up. On the other hand, for a little while now i have been trying to find something to read.... and i am feeling for Will Smith's recommendation of ready play one... i guess all i lack is something to push me along.

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#131 Posted by Sjosz (489 posts) -

@xMP44x: Yeah. I enrolled in first year English literature and language course at university when I finished high school but did not find my place in an academic environment. Still fascinated with good literature though, and having a couple friends and co-workers who are knowledgeable in good books helps make me want to read more. There's a lot more books that they've already recommended I read, but I went and got these 3 first.

Aside from wanting to be able to understand where people come from when they reference well known literature in conversation, literature is awesome as a hobby. Also Lennie is so endearing. (only halfway through the book so far)

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#132 Posted by xMP44x (2227 posts) -

@Sjosz said:

Yeah. I enrolled in first year English literature and language course at university when I finished high school but did not find my place in an academic environment. Still fascinated with good literature though, and having a couple friends and co-workers who are knowledgeable in good books helps make me want to read more. There's a lot more books that they've already recommended I read, but I went and got these 3 first.

Aside from wanting to be able to understand where people come from when they reference well known literature in conversation, literature is awesome as a hobby. Also Lennie is so endearing. (only halfway through the book so far)

I'm not at university so you've probably done a deeper analysis of English Literature than I have (I'm only in high school), but it is definitely good to have friends who read if you're interested in reading more yourself. Being able to reference literature makes you feel amazing when you've got the right moment for it, since you look like some kind of genius. As for the book, I can definitely see what you mean about Lennie being endearing, and one of the acts will give you a little more information about him. Strangely I rather liked Carlson as a character: he seems to sum up the majority of working men during the era the story is set.

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#133 Posted by Sjosz (489 posts) -

@xMP44x: Not so much interested in sounding smart, I just want to be able to participate in conversation covering literature. Still, so far it's enjoyable. I've heard especially Crime And Punishment is not an easy read so we'll see what happens.

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#134 Posted by xMP44x (2227 posts) -

@Sjosz said:

@xMP44x: Not so much interested in sounding smart, I just want to be able to participate in conversation covering literature. Still, so far it's enjoyable. I've heard especially Crime And Punishment is not an easy read so we'll see what happens.

It does give a sort of inner satisfaction, though. I rarely consider sounding smart when I say things, but as long as literature appears in conversation there's plenty of reasons to read books. :P

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#135 Posted by James_ex_machina (1005 posts) -

I used to read all the time but after years of desktop publishing I'm tired of reading anything longer than a news headline or forum post. I bought the Steve Job book and lost interest in reading it after a hundred pages. It's not that the book is bad. I look at pages of manuscript all day everyday.

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#136 Posted by Demmetje (224 posts) -

I just started in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, thoroughly enjoying it so far. Bought all five book in the trilogy, so that will keep me occupied for some time.

Also I'm reading the play Hamlet.

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#137 Posted by Drakoji (337 posts) -

I'm reading Grant Morrison's Supergods. It's a weird mix of autobiography, weird new age believes and a chronicle of how comic book grew and changes with years and how they changed our world and culture.

It's awesome if only because Grant Morrison is weird modern age shaman who took a bit too much drugs but still have a head on his shoulder.

And I started this morning A Game of Thrones, but I find it hard to read it when I know all the twists from the TV show.

The temptation to go directly to A Clash of Kings is pretty hardcore.

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#139 Posted by Veektarius (6198 posts) -

@JokerFrown: Also reading this.

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#140 Posted by ABritishNerd (331 posts) -

A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

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#141 Posted by WileyS (119 posts) -

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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#142 Posted by JauntyHat (375 posts) -

Currently reading the third book in A Song of Fire and Ice and then planning on giving the series a rest until the sixth book comes out. Heard it takes a pretty steep dive in quality after the third book.

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#143 Posted by Thule (739 posts) -

I'm currently reading Iain M. Banks' Consider Phlebas. It's the first book in Banks' Culture series.

You should check it out if you like good sci-fi.

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#144 Posted by Korolev (1800 posts) -

I am reading "The better angles of our Nature" by Steven Pinker. It's about the relative decline in violence during the 20th/21st Century. You might scoff at the notion that the 20th Century was "peaceful" - but in terms of the amount of wars waged, and the amount of violent deaths per capita over the course of the whole century, the 20th Century was actually more peaceful than almost any time in the past. People make a great deal over WWII: But did you know that the 30-years war in Europe killed as great a proportion of Europe's Population as WWII? Or did you know that Homicide rates in the US are at their lowest in 50 years and that the homicide rates in the US are, historically speaking, some of the lowest in the history of the human species?

It's a real eye-opener. It's backed by all the historical data you could ask for, and the conclusion is sound: We are getting more and more peaceful as a species. We're still violent, still horribly violent, but compared to the past we are far less likely to torture, enslave or murder each other today. It's really confirmed that human social progress is possible - even if it does take hundreds of years, we can make progress towards a more peaceful society. The book however also states that the gains we have made are not permanent and can be reversed so we should keep an eye open for that.

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#145 Posted by hermes (2320 posts) -

Macbeth and House of Leaves...

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#146 Edited by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -

The 4th book in the hitch hikers guide to the galaxy series. I have the first four books in an omnibus that I read while at work when I get stuck on the dead shifts. Really haven't enjoyed a single one of the books thus far, and since everyone says the first two are the best I don't have much hope for this one. So far I'm not liking it ether.

After that I don't really have anything left to read. I got the last book in the Republic Commando series, but I don't want to read it because the series was supposed to keep going but the author quit because Lucas kept retconning all her work so I don't want to end the series in this cliff hanger. Plus I have read each one over such a long break in between that I feel like I need to start from the beginning to really remember all the details and plot twists, but that's like 4-5 books. I don't have the time for that.

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#147 Edited by MattyFTM (14812 posts) -

@crusader8463: If you didn't like the first 3 Hitchhikers books, you might actually like the 4th one. It's a very different book. Personally I love all the Hitchhikers books, but the story and pacing and everything of So Long And Thanks For All The Fish is very different to the other books. I've definitely heard people who weren't super into the first few books found the 4th one to be by far their favourite.

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#148 Posted by NoCookiesForYou (855 posts) -

I started reading Pushing Ice by Alistair Reynolds. It has interesting setting and cool characters.

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#149 Posted by Vrikk (1173 posts) -

The first King Killer Chronicle by Patrick Worfuss, and text books.

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#150 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

I got an android phone for xmas so I downloaded the kindle program and am going through various public domain stuff. I was looking up H.P. Lovecraft and ended up coming across The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood. Early 20th century horror is pretty good.