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Postby otters~1 » 2010.03.31 (22:28)

romaniac wrote:I actually found myself intentionally not reading it at every moment I could, because then it would be over too quick, and I wanted it to last.

I both love and hate that feeling. :)

I've read some historical fiction (Michener, a cool one about Dublin, and one set in and around the England's Royal Forest), and it's not usually my thing (maybe Michener's just awful), but I'll totally give it a try. Again, thanks.

EDIT: Oh, wait, duh. I've heard of Shogun and been meaning to read it. I'll also try the other stuff you mentioned.
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Postby Torex » 2010.04.14 (04:42)

Right now, I'm reading Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix, by Charles R. Cross. It's really good, and I'm thinking of reading his biography of Kurt Cobain after this one.
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Postby bobaganuesh_2 » 2010.04.14 (04:54)

Scrivener wrote:some of my all-time favorites:
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Glen Cook. I've heard of Black Company, but the only novel of his I've read is The Dragon Never Sleeps, which is a post-structuralist space opera and it can be very confusing, very vague, but very profound in my opinion.

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read James Hilton's Lost Horizon for the english course I am enrolled it. It is probably one of the only
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Postby otters » 2010.04.14 (16:51)

flagmyidol wrote:thoughtful, non-generic high fantasy

How do you classify that?
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.04.14 (17:04)

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flagmyidol wrote:thoughtful, non-generic high fantasy

How do you classify that?

Hmm. I almost want to say personal taste, I know it when I see it. My favorite imaginative works of fiction are LotR, Hitchhiker's Guide, Narnia, and the Foundation novels, if that tells you anything. All three are incredibly creative, detailed, or both.

@LF: The most interesting thing about that George Martin series was how he worked himself out of the traps that his narrative style created. That is, he couldn't tell of important events that happened "off-screen," because he spoke entirely through the eyes of his characters. That took some thought.
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Postby noops » 2010.04.30 (15:09)

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Currently reading the second one, and I'm planning on rereading the first some time soon. Both amazing books, The Salmon of Doubt sometimes delves into the ridiculous, as is the case with the Rhino Climb, and into the philosophical, as with Is There an Artificial God?. Very good books, both of them, as I'm sure most of you know already.
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Postby capt_weasle » 2010.06.08 (07:39)

Currently making my way through The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Almost finished with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
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Postby formica » 2010.06.10 (07:35)

wolfgang wrote:
SlappyMcGee wrote:What are you reading/ What have you just finished reading?

I just finished Neil Gaiman's American Gods, which was pretty awesome. It got a bit slow and confusing somewhere around the middle, but cam back to stride at the end.

No-spoiler preview:

Shadow is a criminal recently released from prison early after hearing about his wife's death. On his way back home, he encounters a conman named Mr. Wednesday. After some new shit comes to light, he decides to tour across America with Wednesday, who claims to be the American incarnation of Odin. What follows is some sort of mixture of Americana and religion. It's very, very recommended from Slappy for a modern book.

To get the ball rolling, I'd also like to hear people's thoughts on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (Rest in Peace!) and on Fyodor Dostoevsky. (Also dead.)

Next read for me is Farenheit 451, which I've not read despite owning it.

oh, and because people like scores, I'd rate AG a 4.5/5.



American Gods is a great novel, his usual charming prose and a great concept. As you said, it is a little light on a good plot throughout the mid section, but I didn't mind, his time spent in the town really hones in on the heart of the novel. It's my favourite from Gaiman, though I haven't read everything he has to offer.
If you haven't already you should get Anansi Boys, which is more of a spin off than a sequal, but still good. Much more light hearted than American Gods.


Hear hear. I also loved the middle section, and can't imagine the book without it.

Did you read the shorter version or the author's preferred text? I'm not completely sure (I haven't read the shorter one), but I'm pretty sure it cuts out a lot of the middle section to help keep the pacing up.

(also, Seneschal, the Kindly Ones is heartbreaking. I'd recommend reading The Wake right after- I left a few weeks between them, and it ruined it a bit for me)

I've just finished Donna Tart's The Secret History and Albert Sanchez Pinol's Pandora in the Congo, and I'm reading through Tatyana Tolstoya's "White Walls" collection of short stories atm. All are very good. Secret History was a 5/5, for sure. It's extremely fun and well paced, and has a lot of depth for anybody who's done any Greek studies or anybody into de-constructing fiction. The opening describing the protagonist's involvement in a murder, and from there it's neatly-ish divided into two halves, with the first half leading up to the said murder, and the second half showing the after- effects. It's all focused on this small, elite group of socially isolated Greek students and their brilliant teacher, and the more I describe it the lamer it's going to seem, so I'll leave it there.

Pinol's "Pandora in the Congo" adopts the plot of his "Cold Skin" as the sub- story of this one. It does high- camp comedy, fantasy and romance at the same time as commenting on colonial- era adventure stories, and it's just insanely fun to read.



Anybody want to recommend me some good Gaiman- type stuff?

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Postby Pheidippides » 2010.06.10 (16:14)

I've had a gift card to Barnes & Noble lying around for about a year now, and I've finally decided to use it. I'm buying:


I've also got some Robert A. Heinlein books lying around, so I should be having a rather eclectic summer. ^^;;
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.06.10 (20:15)

Pheidippides wrote:^^;;

What is this I've seen it twice now.
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Postby Pheidippides » 2010.06.10 (22:25)

ghoulash wrote:
Pheidippides wrote:^^;;

What is this I've seen it twice now.

^_^ minus mouth plus sweatdrop. Sorta.
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Postby crescor » 2010.06.11 (07:04)

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and it was awesome.
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.06.12 (03:59)

Pheidippides wrote:
ghoulash wrote:
Pheidippides wrote:^^;;

What is this I've seen it twice now.

^_^ minus mouth plus sweatdrop. Sorta.

I ... what? I'm sorry, I don't follow.
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Postby Pheidippides » 2010.06.12 (04:10)

ghoulash wrote:I ... what? I'm sorry, I don't follow.

It's a happy face, like this: ^_^ (eye-mouth-eye)
Without the mouth: ^^ (two eyes)
Plus sweatdrops: ^^;; (eye-eye-sweatdrop-sweatdrop)

Sweatdrops as in:
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Think of it as a sheepish grin emoticon. ^^;;
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.06.12 (04:24)

Pheidippides wrote:
ghoulash wrote:I ... what? I'm sorry, I don't follow.

It's a happy face, like this: ^_^ (eye-mouth-eye)
Without the mouth: ^^ (two eyes)
Plus sweatdrops: ^^;; (eye-eye-sweatdrop-sweatdrop)

Sweatdrops as in:
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Think of it as a sheepish grin emoticon. ^^;;

Okay. Shouldn't the sweat drops flank the eyes?

;^^;

And it can hardly be a grin without a mouth.
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Postby Pheidippides » 2010.06.12 (04:27)

ghoulash wrote:
Pheidippides wrote:
ghoulash wrote:I ... what? I'm sorry, I don't follow.

It's a happy face, like this: ^_^ (eye-mouth-eye)
Without the mouth: ^^ (two eyes)
Plus sweatdrops: ^^;; (eye-eye-sweatdrop-sweatdrop)

Sweatdrops as in:
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Think of it as a sheepish grin emoticon. ^^;;

Okay. Shouldn't the sweat drops flank the eyes?

;^^;

And it can hardly be a grin without a mouth.

Don't look at me. I didn't start it. ^^;; <-- Now I'm just doing it on purpose.
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Postby noops » 2010.07.07 (19:05)

I have the strangest feeling that I've posted this before... Hmm...

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Good stuff. It's surprisingly in-depth, and quite enjoyable. Even someone like me can understand it, which means he's doing something right.
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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2010.07.07 (20:01)

I find Asimov's writing rather boring, spoon. You're having a different experience? I haven't read that one.
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.07.08 (03:11)

spoon, if you liked that, read Asimov on Physics. Slappy, do you find Asimov's fiction boring too? (If so, i have nothing more to say to you.)
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