Book Talk A Place To Discuss Books and Audiobooks

What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Old 07-01-14, 01:45 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Posts: 11,947
What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:




Reading:

Coral is offline  
Old 07-01-14, 03:55 PM
  #2  
Mod Emeritus
 
benedict's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Outside of the U.S.A.
Posts: 10,674
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

I've just started Tim Powers' "Last Call".
benedict is offline  
Old 07-02-14, 06:51 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 2,093
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Silver Linings Playbook.
ytrez is offline  
Old 07-02-14, 07:05 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: a mile high, give or take a few feet
Posts: 13,303
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:

I really liked it, even though there wasn't any true resolution. Judging from the quick synopses of the sequels, I don't think I'll read any, just enjoying the mystery left from the first.

Started:

My Own Kind of Freedom: A Firefly Novel is a novel written by established fantasy novelist Steven Brust "on spec". It was originally proposed as an official Firefly novel to be licensed by Universal Pictures, but it was rejected. In 2008 it was instead published by Brust on the internet under a Creative Commons license as fan fiction.
Being a fan of Firefly, I read this was supposed to be good, even though it is fanfic (which I don't read, as it's too hard to find something good). So far (15%), it's okay. I obviously read it in the actor's voices, which is sort of fun, but as a novel, it's not all that great.
mndtrp is offline  
Old 07-02-14, 12:58 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 14,020
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finshed The Silkworm. Next up:



movieking is offline  
Old 07-03-14, 12:32 AM
  #6  
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Charlottesvilles, Virginia
Posts: 1
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

The Purpose of Driven Life.. Try to read this
jaismith08 is offline  
Old 07-04-14, 12:19 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: a mile high, give or take a few feet
Posts: 13,303
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:

My opinion didn't change. It was sort of fun, but not a very good read.

Started:
mndtrp is offline  
Old 07-05-14, 10:09 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 589
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:

Took me forever to get through the middle but it picked up in the end and overall it wasn't too bad.

Starting:
EEz28 is offline  
Old 07-07-14, 09:01 AM
  #9  
PAG
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Powell, Ohio
Posts: 632
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Just finished:

PAG is offline  
Old 07-07-14, 09:27 AM
  #10  
Video Game Talk Reviewer
 
Canis Firebrand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Formerly known as "Vryce"/Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 13,857
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Reading:

Canis Firebrand is offline  
Old 07-07-14, 08:57 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,174
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

writer106 is offline  
Old 07-08-14, 12:33 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Posts: 11,947
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:




Reading:

Coral is offline  
Old 07-08-14, 02:35 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,468
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:


It was torture trying to finish reading this one. Avoid it at all costs.
sleepyhead55 is offline  
Old 07-08-14, 03:05 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 7,861
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Originally Posted by mndtrp View Post
Finished:

I really liked it, even though there wasn't any true resolution. Judging from the quick synopses of the sequels, I don't think I'll read any, just enjoying the mystery left from the first.
I think this book and the immediate sequel (Fall of Hyperion) were intended as one giant book (the next two form their own little duology). If you really liked the first, I'm not sure why you wouldn't give the others a chance. They're all worth reading, even if none live up to the first book.

I finished earlier in the month the latest Robin Hobb fantasy series (4 books this time):






A good story, but far too much padding (a trend shared by too many fantasy series for my liking). Could have easily been two books instead of four.

Currently, I'm biting the bullet and finally reading GRRM's "Feast for Crows" (after having finished the first 3 books a decade ago, but tiring of waiting for him to finish the series). The tv series has served well helping me to remember the main character and stories, even if some of the differences between tv and books are a bit jarring at first. I just wanted to make myself immune to all the spoiler-monsters lurking out there on the web. About 350 pages in and ...

Spoiler:
while the book is well written, I'm seeing the consensus critiques to be mostly true. Hardly anything has happened. Cersei schemes. Jaime sulks. Brienne wanders around. Sansa sits around. The most action as taken place in new settings (choosing a new king for the Iron Islands and a potential revolt in Dorn), but even there it's mostly planning and talking. And nothing from the two characters who I've been most curious to see where their story went (Tyrion and Dany).

Last edited by brainee; 07-08-14 at 05:13 PM.
brainee is offline  
Old 07-08-14, 03:55 PM
  #15  
Moderator
 
Geofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: The Village Green
Posts: 39,098
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Geofferson is offline  
Old 07-08-14, 04:18 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
DJLinus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 8,624
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)



Every year I like to break away from my pulpy crime novels and comedian-penned books and read something of epic length, to me anyway. This year it's The Terror, which came highly recommended by some people I trust. (It's my nephew's all time favorite book and he's read it three times.) I'm a few hundred pages into now and enjoying it so far. It was great reading something set in temperatures of 60 below zero when I was on vacation at the beach last week.
DJLinus is offline  
Old 07-09-14, 05:52 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: a mile high, give or take a few feet
Posts: 13,303
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Originally Posted by brainee View Post
I think this book and the immediate sequel (Fall of Hyperion) were intended as one giant book (the next two form their own little duology). If you really liked the first, I'm not sure why you wouldn't give the others a chance. They're all worth reading, even if none live up to the first book.
Probably because I recently read the Rama series. While I loved the first book, each subsequent book degraded how I felt about the premise. At the moment, I don't want that to happen to Hyperion. As I mentioned, the synopsis presented for the sequel didn't leave me with the impression that it was going to improve the series. I may someday feel differently, and I haven't completely written it off yet.
mndtrp is offline  
Old 07-09-14, 08:14 AM
  #18  
Moderator
 
Geofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: The Village Green
Posts: 39,098
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Originally Posted by DJLinus View Post

Every year I like to break away from my pulpy crime novels and comedian-penned books and read something of epic length, to me anyway. This year it's The Terror, which came highly recommended by some people I trust. (It's my nephew's all time favorite book and he's read it three times.) I'm a few hundred pages into now and enjoying it so far. It was great reading something set in temperatures of 60 below zero when I was on vacation at the beach last week.
Will like to know what you think when you end up finishing it. I read it over the winter and absolutely loved it -- one of the more memorable stories I've read in quite some time.
Geofferson is offline  
Old 07-09-14, 08:22 AM
  #19  
Video Game Talk Reviewer
 
Canis Firebrand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Formerly known as "Vryce"/Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 13,857
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:



Reading:

Canis Firebrand is offline  
Old 07-09-14, 06:25 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 7,861
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Originally Posted by mndtrp View Post
Probably because I recently read the Rama series. While I loved the first book, each subsequent book degraded how I felt about the premise.
Ughh ... I made the same mistake with the Rama series. Should've stopped with the original. Though there were some warning signs ... the follow-up books came years after the award-winning original and Clarke was suddenly working with a co-writer (who didn't have much in the way of fiction-writing credentials).
brainee is offline  
Old 07-14-14, 04:08 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Posts: 11,947
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Finished:




Reading:

Coral is offline  
Old 07-14-14, 10:37 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,320
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

Jory is offline  
Old 07-15-14, 04:35 PM
  #23  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,174
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

writer106 is offline  
Old 07-15-14, 07:07 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
lwhy?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Nashville and Crossville, TN
Posts: 4,333
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

I set the Silkworm aside and starting reading this because my hold on it came in from the Library:

From Scratch: Inside the Food Network by Allen Salkin

lwhy? is offline  
Old 07-16-14, 09:07 PM
  #25  
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 14
Re: What Are You Reading? (July 2014)

DUPLEX, Kathryn Davis.
3-2-1 Contact is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.