What Are You Reading Now.

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  1. OmniTense

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    Yeah, Statement of Randolph Carter! And yeah, don't think he ever saw it, but he talked to it over the telephone wire they brought. Also, that is a gorgeous book! Feel like I might get myself that for Christmas. lol All my Lovecraft is spread over a bunch of paperback compilations. There's a lot of overlap with stories. Also, yeah! Think I remember The Stranger...they made a movie off that. Castle Freak? Something like that? Haven't seen it. Heard it was okay.

    -SIN
     
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    They even made a Lovecraft game. Shadow Over Innsmouth was the name I think. Very creepy, and fairly well done. If I remember right it was also inordinately hard too.

    Lovecraft will always have a special place in my life because it was one of the things that really got me into the whole supernatural genre. All interesting work, albeit sometimes done rather oddly and not all that well written. Still quite enjoyable though when it does kick up.
     
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    About to start reading Othello. Just finished A Midsummer Night's Dream. It took me a little while to like A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I'm not sure I entirely do, but it's growing on me. I've been meaning to read Othello for many years, so I'm happy to finally get to it.
     
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    I know, even though it was a Netflix film I was still looking forward to it. I guess it's a problem all published authors face when deciding to auction their books to film companies; will they do it justice? Books and films have a markedly different structure and the time difference is also hard on adaptions: what to include; what to leave out. It's a nice dilemma but a hard one. It's a shame for the films because it could have been great. I think I will go back at some point and read the first again but not until I've revisited the film and seen it through to the end.
     
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    Working my way through Pyramids as part of my mission to devour all things Discworld. It's great so far, as one expects.

    Also diving into Titus Alone, third of the Gormenghast books, which I've had on ice for some time. It's quite different from it's predecessors, perhaps inferior, but I find myself enjoying it a lot more than I was expecting to. Peake's writing is still a treat and a half, even in this arguably diluted batch, and it's great to get a look at the wider world that Gormenghast inhabits. Though this story seems to be failing to live up to its potential, I'm loving it anyway. It moves a little fast, it seems, cutting some corners at unsafe speed, but still. Electrifying in its weirdness and positively oozing with mystery.

    I'm also finishing up, at long last, the Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence. There are perhaps thirty pages left, which I intend to breeze through this evening. I've sent for the Red Queen's War trilogy by the same author, set in the same universe and within roughly the same timeframe. Looking forward to that.

    Before that, I'll be reading Skagboys by Irvine Welsh, which is the prequel to the more famous Trainspotting. It should be refreshing to read something that isn't Speculative Fiction. I've leafed through it a bit, and I'm intrigued by the writing style and what I guess is Scottish slang.
     
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    I was reading a book called His Ultimate Prize by Maya Blake but the writing is so bad it makes me feel more confident about mine!

    Romance used to be my favourite genre as I child but now it’s a toss between mystery and fantasy. I’m looking for other fantasy writers to dip in to, so any recommendation and I’ll give it a go. I hear Terry Pratchett is a good one. I haven’t read anything from him yet. Nor Phillip Pullman. I’ll have to give him a go too.
     
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    Jan Sobieski: The King Who Saved Europe
     
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    Terry Pratchett is brilliant, at least where Discworld is concerned. His writing style is great, vivid and extremely digestible. Read if you like witticisms, satire, zany characters, absurdity, and offbeatishness. Read if you want something light and goofy yet nuanced and significant. They are pretty short and mostly self-contained. High rereading value. Some of my favorite books in the world, these.

    The thing about Discworld books is that they're ordered into loosely affiliated subseries. Most if not all of them are borderline parodies of something or other. Where you should start might depend on what you're interested in. I know there are a number of suggested reading orders floating out there, but there seems to be general agreement that you shouldn't read them in chronological order. I agree that some of the earlier books are weaker.

    Personally I prefer the City Watch series. I love the cast of characters, and the city of Ankh-Morpork wherein most of them are set. These are great if you like crime dramas, police procedurals and suchlike. The Witches series is also stellar, a close second place.

    ETA: If you're interested in audiobooks I highly recommend the ones read by Nigel Planer.
     
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    Not technically a book, but the webcomic Kill Six Billion Demons is really interesting and it's free so it's almost better than a book (I know, blasphemy).
     
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    Everyone says this, but I've never understood why. The first few books with the wizard whose name starts with an r and that other guy were my favorite, and as I read further into the series I just got bored. The ones with Death and his daughter were really good, too.
     
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    To each his own. The Rincewind books are the ones I like the least, but hardly by a wide margin. They're still great. That said, I've only read 14 of the books so far.
     
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    I will give him a go but I’ve got a whole bunch of books on my reading list, at the m. I’ve been intending to pick one of his books up for YEARS. And I trust your judgement. I think I’ll probably start by picking up the one with the best looking cover. Tsk, tsk.
    :-D
     
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  13. talltale

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    I am halfway through reading:

    The Big Book of Science Fiction

    https://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Science-Fiction/dp/1101910097

    Some really fantastic short stories in there (For example):

    "The Star" by H. G. Wells

    "The Star" (same title, different story) by Arthur C. Clarke

    "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov
     
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    Joan Of Arc is quiet the interesting historical figure. Brave young lady, I should add. Almost done with Twain's book on her.

    Picked up The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes by Jackson Crawford and Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English verse by David Ferry. In the mood for some poetry.
     
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    A big book of short stories eh? :superthink:
     
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    I can't decide if I should continue with "The King Must Die" by Mary Renault or start with "Russian Hussar" by Vladimir Littauer.

    I'd like to applause your excellent choice here. Gilgamesh is a classic everyone should read and in my view the prototype for more famed heroes like Samson and Herakles.
     
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    I cannot get into A Prayer for Owen Meaney. The first chapter is ridiculously long (37 pages to be precise) and I'm bored.
     
  18. dbesim

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    You know you can delete the post yourself if you wanted to?? It’s the button right next to “edit.”

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    I'm afraid I don't as that option does not show itself to me on my posts. :(
     
  20. jannert

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    That's the kind of book cover that makes you want to dive right in, isn't it?
     
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    jannert Who? Whooo? Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Look underneath your signature, where you have written "Originality is no substitute for quality."

    You should see Edit Delete Report

    If you choose 'Delete' you should be able to delete that post. If that doesn't happen, PM one of the moderators and we'll try to help.
     
  22. Beloved of Assur

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    I am looking at it and I see "Edit" followed by "Report" but no "Delete" between them.
     
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    Okay, I'll see what I can do.
     
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    Thanks. :)
     
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    Mod hat on here: Apparently, according to our Administrator, the option to delete posts appears once you have achieved Senior Member status. It's a software-generated thing, like permission to use the Workshop, etc.

    Senior Membership requires at least 180 days' membership (6 months), 250 posts, and at least 50 likes.

    While it's okay to delete a post on occasion—as in the occasion above, when you wanted to combine your statements—we've had members in the past going through the forum deleting nearly all their posts. This trashes the threads and disrupts the flow of responses. Thread trashing is a rule violation, so the access to doing so is limited, to prevent new members doing it without realising it's a violation. Deliberate thread trashing will get a member banned, so use it cautiously, once you achieve the Senior Member status.
     
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