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What Are You Reading Now.

Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Writing Forums Staff, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. DeadMoon

    DeadMoon Contributing Member Contributor

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    American Gods was a great read. I also enjoyed Anansi's boys. and speak of all thing Gaiman, I recantly bought and read his book of non-fiction book called "The View from the cheap seats"
     
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    I'm reading the new Peter Robinson "sleeping in the ground" (well I am at home... I'm at work presently so were I not on lunch I'd be reading "Guidelines on the provision and maintenance of aids to navigation" )
     
  3. Youssef Salameh

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    The republic by Plato
     
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    I'm re-reading Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. I feel like I have to re-read Moby-Dick every so often to remind myself what a novel is.
     
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    Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. Seeing what all the hubbub with the fatwa was about.
     
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    Just finished The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson. It was kind of meh... the type of book that tries so hard to be disturbing that it comes off a bit puppet show.

    Up next is The Last Don by Mario Puzo.
     
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    I want to give that a read too, just finished "The Dialogues of Plato" a week or so ago
     
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    Many moons since I read it (or parts thereof) at university. I've still got a copy. I must read it again someday. Another pretentious purchase that's done nothing but gather dust in the years since I bought it is Machiavelli's The Prince.
     
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    I just got a hold of The World of Ice and Fire, so I've started on that. Cracking good read so far. I'm very fond of the setting, and I like that it reads like an actual history book. It's put me in the mood for more of the same, so afterwards I'm planning to read some real world history, in the form of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. I left it a couple of hundred pages in. Great book, but mighty dense. Not something to skim through.
     
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    So now you can stop pretending to be Culcha'd and read it for real?

    I wonder how much our difficulty in getting through classic literature has to do with formatting. I inherited my dad's collection of "The Great Books" and I pulled out Tacitus' Annals at random. The material is potentially exciting, especially since he isn't shy about giving him opinion on the failings of various emperors and their hangers-on, but the wall-o-text layout is like old oatmeal to get through. I've given up for the time being.

    Oh, yes, and translation makes a biiiigggggg difference. Every so often I go through a stage where I'm looking up everything I can on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii. This last time I came across a recent translation Pliny the Younger's account of the disaster, and it read in the most natural, exciting, and heart-tugging way. So I went looking for more Pliny the Younger, and all I found online was stiff, stilted, and all-but-unreadable.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. Yes its a very great book that discusses all essential issues in a society; issues pertaining religion, philosophy, psychology of all living and even nonliving things.
    May God bless you all.
     
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    Thanks, I was wondering what you did with it.:meh:
     
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    Herodotus, Rule of St Benedict, and the bible (New American bible translation).

    Just some light reading. :p
     
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    The Optimist's Daughter, by Eudora Welty. I have never read her before, but think I will enjoy. In a literary sense only, because I also suspect it has annoying characters and no happy ending.
     
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    Laundry Service Bk 1, by Stross. I am working on a story that uses coding as a magic system, kind of. This book was the closest I could find that used a similar concept.
    The Laundry Service is a secret gov org in the UK that keeps certain secerets secret. The secrets they deal with are math eqations that have magical powers. I want to see how it is handled by anothe writer.
     
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    I haven't been reading much lately, but I started The Demonologist last night. I'm so irritated that it's in present tense because I love everything else about it. It's so damn jarring. :(
     
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    Winter Moon - Dean Koontz
    Way too much build up to the convergance of two story lines, like the first 3/4 of the story. Mental note- get to the point.
     

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