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What Are You Reading Part 30 [Dec]

Old 12-01-04, 06:44 PM
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What Are You Reading Part 30 [Dec]

Just finished Richard Morgan's "Altered Carbon".

Just started Alastair Reynolds' "Revelation Space".
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We should call this thread "what are you reading besides The Dark Tower books"


Anyway, about half way through The Lone Samurai: The Life Of Miyamoto Musashi. I HIGHLY recommend this book, I'm obsessed w/ the Samurai culture (although Musashi was never actually a samurai) & this is the very first American translated biography ever written about Miyamoto. "Musashi" is my all-time favorite book & this gives great insight into the greatest swordsman that ever lived & truly one of the most fascinating people of all-time.


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Currently on page one-sixty-something of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I hope to finish the remaining 900+ pages sometime this month but it's been real slow going for me so far, although I think I'm starting to get into the grove of things.
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Finished The First Man In Rome by, Colleen McCullough . Awesome book. If you like historical fiction, pick it up. I highly recommend it. I just ordered the rest of the series.

Now reading From The Borderlands , a dark fiction, horror anthology. Some pretty damn good stories so far.
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Originally posted by Sessa17
We should call this thread "what are you reading besides The Dark Tower books"


Anyway, about half way through The Lone Samurai: The Life Of Miyamoto Musashi. I HIGHLY recommend this book, I'm obsessed w/ the Samurai culture (although Musashi was never actually a samurai) & this is the very first American translated biography ever written about Miyamoto. "Musashi" is my all-time favorite book & this gives great insight into the greatest swordsman that ever lived & truly one of the most fascinating people of all-time.

Good to hear! I picked this up about a month ago and haven't been able to get to it yet. I hope to soon.
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Now that school is out for awhile I can finally enjoy some reading for fun.

All i have at the moment is Gifted Trust by John Paul Allen, but I hope to pick up Kiss me, Judas by Will Christopher Baer.
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I'm finishing up Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - this one took a long time to get me involved...the jury is still out on how I feel about the overall book. I should be finished with the next couple of days and will weigh in on this then.

Next up: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke based upon the recommendation of a member here. I'm really looking forward to starting this one.
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Just wanted to drop in and say thanks to the folks in Book Talk. Back in October I stopped in just to see what was being read and picked up a few Stephen Hunter books.

October: Bob Swagger Series
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November: I wanted to move to the Earl Swagger Series but Half Price Books only had two other Hunter books.
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Also read - Halo: The Fall Of Reach

I am off to see if anything new has come into HPB.

Thanks again for pointing me to a fine writer.
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Originally Posted by benedict
Just finished Richard Morgan's "Altered Carbon".

Just started Alastair Reynolds' "Revelation Space".
what did you think of Altered carbon? I got about 1/4 of a way into it but i just could not get into it

reading Speaks The Nightbird right now
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I've been skipping through David Hagberg's books, I'm on White House right now.
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Just started Darker by Simon Clark. I really like the other books by him I've read so far. I'm not liking this one too much right now. I'm about 120 pages in.
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Just finshed A Clergyman's Daughter, by George Orwell. Very, Very good book, with kind of a depressing ending. If you have only read 1984, and/or Animal you are missing out on some great books by him, Such as Keep the Aspirdata Flying, Burmese Days, and Down and Out in Paris and London, which a true account of him living in poverty in both cities.

I love his books, he does a great job of getting you to experience the characters. His books are loaded with social commentary about poverty in of the lower and middle classes in industial england. He also has a particular fondness for railing on the idiocy of London's middle class, for their arrogance and stuborness, for living above their means trying to portray this image of what society thinks they should be like. Great Stuff.
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I love Ender's Game, but the following books in the Ender's Series are even better. But they are different from the original, much more deeper, and philosphical and very engaging. I highly Recommend them.
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Just finshed A Clergyman's Daughter, by George Orwell. Very, Very good book, with kind of a depressing ending. If you have only read 1984, and/or Animal you are missing out on some great books by him, Such as Keep the Aspirdata Flying, Burmese Days, and Down and Out in Paris and London, which a true account of him living in poverty in both cities.

I love his books, he does a great job of getting you to experience the characters. His books are loaded with social commentary about poverty in of the lower and middle classes in industial england. He also has a particular fondness for railing on the idiocy of London's middle class, for their arrogance and stuborness, for living above their means trying to portray this image of what society thinks they should be like. Great Stuff.
I've been picking up his books lately, but haven't started on them yet. Have you read Homage to Catelonia yet? I've read that his experience in the Spanish Civil War made him re-evaluate his socialist ideology to some degree.
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I just finished Brian Keenes The Rising (thanks to those from this board who suggested it, but grr! at the ending) and Five Seasons of Angel.

Just starting Dan Brown's Deception Point.
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Finished Joe Gores' excellent early-70s PI novel Interface last night (sadly out of print).

Might try the new Crichton, State of Fear.

I've got so much in the TBR pile at the moment, it's a little daunting.
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