What Are You Reading Now.

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  1. Youssef Salameh

    Youssef Salameh Senior Member

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    The Cosmic code by Heinz R. Pagels.
     
  2. Adenosine Triphosphate

    Adenosine Triphosphate Old Scratch Contributor

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    Bought The Hexslinger Omnibus this week and started reading A Book of Tongues.
     
  3. Zerotonin

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    Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne

    Yes, I know this is a book based off of a videogame. Yes, I know I'm a nerd. Yes, you can have my lunch money.

    Thus far, it's interesting. We don't often get to delve into the headspace of secondary characters in the games so it's a refreshing change of perspective.
     
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    I just finished Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs.

    This is book 10 in her urban fantasy series. It has werewolves, vampires, fairies, and other mythical creatures. The main character is a skinwalker.

    I have never in my right mind been drawn to this genre. Twilight kinda ruined it for me (I read it before it was popular way back when I was in 7th grade, and once it blew up, I felt like the vampire/werewolf genre was becoming over-done and stayed with the same themes of possessive vampire-meets average girl who is weak and needs saving-meets werewolf (and/or vampire) who also has a thing for the weak human girl).

    My mistake was trying to pass time in Barnes & Noble and stumbling across this first book. Yes there is a vampire and werewolf in it, and the main character is "weak" by supernatural standards, but she kicks butt and spends her time rescuing herself and the vampire and werewolf. Her love interest is the werewolf, but she makes it really clear that she does "need" him. She was fine without him. And he reluctantly backs off from his possessiveness. She's a mechanic and honestly tries to stay low-key. Since finishing the 10th book, i went back to reread the first one. Regular humans don't know that the supernatural (aside from fairies) exist. The main character knows they exist (the werewolf moved in next door, and she's the vampire's mechanic), but she tries to keep that knowledge to herself. She knows about them and for the most part, tries to stay out of their business and tries not to draw attention to the fact that she's a skinwalker and can see/smell them. It makes for an interesting series.

    This kind of restored my faith in the urban fantasy genre

    (I can go on and on)
     
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    A Thesaurus. The Moby Dick of Thesauruses. It has portion in it called 'Thematic lists' listing everything from Metals, to cars, to birds, to elements, to gods and goddess etc. I'm basically going through these lists, learning each category. I believe I'm doing types of cars and boats right now.
     
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    Wenjack, a novella by Joseph Boyden. Part of the story is in the POV of a young boy who is running away from Indian residential school. The other POV is that of the Manitous, the spirit of the forest following him. Very distinctive voice, unlike anything I've read before.
     
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    Currently reading between the lines.
     
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    Hardey hardey har.
     
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    Trying to finish "Beren and Luthien" so that I can throw myself at Mary Renault's "The King Must Die".
     
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    Re-reading Ellison's Invisible Man. It's a lot funnier than I remember it being? Like not laugh out loud funny but just sort of subtly snarky. Never picked up on that the first time around so I'm glad I've revisited it.
     
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    Finished Hyperion last night. Loved it in places, found it droll in others, and definitely anti-climactic. Been aiming to read 4 books a month, and thats my first. So now I've picked up 'The Fall' by Camus and gonna blast through those 89 pages by supper.
     
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    The Book of Dust - enjoying it so far!

    Rgds
     
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    I gave up on "The Terror" and am now working on "Ready Player One".
     
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    The Hellbound Heart By Barker. Pretty damn good so far. :)
     
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    Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Sharer
     
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    big soft moose All killer, no filler. Contributor Community Volunteer

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    Flying the storm by cs arnott . It was a freebie on Amazon, distopian sci fi, it's okay but not amazing. I shall probably give it three stars
     
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    Read it many years ago in my Barker phase.;)
     
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    Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines. Interesting mix of superhero story and zombie apocalypse.
     
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    I'm just beginning The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell. It's pretty daunting. I'm hoping it lives up to its title and becomes dauntless before the end. However, I have become aware that it is merely the first book in a colossal waste of time an ambitious series on my bedside table, so who knows? I first heard of this book from somebody on this forum, but I forget who. It had better be good, though, or I will hunt you down and poke you with whatever is at hand. Probably a Cheeto. :D
     
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    Oh no! Please don't poke me repeatedly with Cheetos in the mouth, all while giving me time to chew and swallow them! That's my greatest weakness!
     
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    Ready Player One.

    Interesting in that so far it's almost all telling, exposition and backstory and I'm a half dozen chapters in. Yet it's a best selling sensation.

    Fascinating.
     
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    John-Wayne Madman with a pen in hand Contributor

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    A terrible book written by a terrible person.

    The concept is somewhat interesting, horribly executed poorly by this person and encourages what amounts to mental abuse.

    Naturally, I'm already writing a short story of my own, now. However it will not be inspired by this piece of garbage, but by a a show that is well written and that I enjoy.

    Now I just need to get through this book, so I can make my review in good conscience
     
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    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Naomi's Room.
    I think I'm on a bit of a horror spell. Just finished The Cipher by Kathe Koja (sufficiently creepy body horror) and I've got a list of about a dozen horror titles I want to read before year's end.
     
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    That book should be called: Ready Player One: Info dump from an 80s toilet. :p

     
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