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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2010.07.08 (03:23)

SBD wrote: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.)


I exclusively find his fiction boring. I've never read his nonfiction. The fiction I've read seems to be written in such a dry style. It's why he's my least favorite of the Big Three of Science Fiction. (Where Heinlein is obviously my fave.)
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Postby Vyacheslav » 2010.07.08 (03:33)

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Yessir. I read Foucault.
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Postby t̷s͢uk̕a͡t͜ư » 2010.07.08 (07:04)

SlappyMcGee wrote:I exclusively find [Isaac Asimov's] fiction boring.

When I was around 11 or 12, I started reading Asimov's Foundation septology. I got through about two and a half books and never picked it up again, primarily because at that point my boredom overcame my interest. I do remember being thoroughly bored throughout most of the books, so I sympathize with you on that point, but my interest was just enough that I pressed on as far as I did.

SlappyMcGee wrote:I've never read his nonfiction.

My favorite work of Asimov's is actually his Treasury of Humor, which is a non-fiction book about the nature of humor that's full of hilarious/ly awful examples.
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.07.09 (04:59)

You two are terrible.
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Postby bobaganuesh_2 » 2010.07.10 (08:16)

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man, I regret the day when I was in a bookstore during a trip to the US last summer when I chose to by some shitty-looking fantasy novel over this graphic novel. and Persepolis. I remember skimming through this, and, by god, it looked absolutely amazing. according to Google books one of the characters is a "deadly communist monkey assassin". Yep, this sounds like my kinda novel.

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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2010.07.10 (14:50)

Grant Morrison is a genius.
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Postby noops » 2010.07.13 (19:57)

SBD wrote:You two are terrible.


QFE'd. I personally enjoy Asimov's writing style. Very engaging, but a little slow at times. I probably haven't read as much of him as either Suki or Slaps have, though. So hmm.

@Slaps: It wasn't really boring, per se. It got a little slow, at parts, but I'm fairly certain that that's due to my overall intelligence level. I find that sort of thing, biology and whatnot, interesting, so I liked it a lot. That's not the only thing he talks about,though; geology, science, flight, and other subjects are touched on in moderate detail throughout the book. Altogether a good book, and I definitely recommend reading it if you've got any sort of interest, and are interested to get a basic understanding, of any of those subjects.

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I really liked this one. I don't usually go for mysteries, but these were interesting. They got a bit predictable, after I figured out the basic... Formula, as it were, but, really, don't all mysteries get that way? (If they don't I would like recommendations plz.)

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I enjoyed this one as well. When you think about it, the entire plot was very simple. I think that that worked in it's favor, overall. Slaps may not like it, though. >.>
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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2010.07.13 (21:19)

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I really liked this one. I don't usually go for mysteries, but these were interesting. They got a bit predictable, after I figured out the basic... Formula, as it were, but, really, don't all mysteries get that way? (If they don't I would like recommendations plz.)



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Postby noops » 2010.07.14 (00:24)

Oh no! Google images has failed me!

Tales of the Black Widowers - Isaac Asimov.
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.07.17 (19:21)

Just finally finished A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and it was everything I expected it to be. The ending in particular was spectacular. Many of you would enjoy it.
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Postby Pheidippides » 2010.07.17 (19:50)

SBD wrote:Just finally finished A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and it was everything I expected it to be. The ending in particular was spectacular. Many of you would enjoy it.

I've developed an aversion to Joyce since reading Lestrygonians (from Ulysses) during an English Lit survey this past semester. I found it practically indecipherable.

In other news, I finally ordered and received those books from B&N. I've read a bit of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but am having serious attention-span issues (which in no way relate to the quality of the book -- they're two of my favorites). Hopefully I can sufficiently bury my nose in it on vacation, when I won't have the Internet to distract me.
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Postby toasters » 2010.07.17 (20:38)

Last two books I've read were The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Shōgun by James Clavell.
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Postby fawk » 2010.07.24 (17:24)

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It's really good, see this video for a quick synopsis.
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.07.25 (20:18)

@Pheidi: I got Ulysses, and I think I may agree with you. Portrait was enjoyable, though.

@kami: the movie was interesting in a dull kind've way.

@all: I've gone back through reading the various Wodehouse novels I missed on my first go. I love that guy.
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Postby Tanner » 2010.07.26 (01:50)

I've been reading and really enjoying The Trail of Socrates. Socrates is funny.
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Postby SlappyMcGee » 2010.07.26 (01:55)

Cloud Atlas pour moi.
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Postby Mustardude » 2010.07.26 (02:51)

I finished Talbot Odyssey by Nelson DeMille and currently reading Charm School by that author.
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Postby sTalkR » 2010.07.27 (15:11)

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seriously, everybody needs to read this. probably one of my top 5 all-time favorite books.
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Postby Destiny » 2010.07.28 (00:02)

Joe Abercrombie's recent and debut trilogy is so fantastic, it may actually be my favorite of all time.

Oh it's fantasy. And amazing.
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Postby noops » 2010.07.31 (12:58)

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I don't know how you guys thought that this was boring. A really good book. I definitely want to finish this series now.


Also also guys guess what I'm reading a Stephen King book and enjoying it :O.
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Postby otters~1 » 2010.08.01 (21:16)

ALWAYS wrote:i don't know how you guys thought that this was boring. A really good book. I definitely want to finish this series now.


Also also guys guess what I'm reading a Stephen King book and enjoying it :O.

Woah, now. One of my favorite books. Don't lump me in with those fools.

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Postby unoriginal name » 2010.09.08 (05:49)

Going camping in Maine, bringing Kauzo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled and Stephen King.
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Postby Pheidippides » 2010.09.08 (15:46)

I just started The Odyssey for an English class I'm taking this semester, and I've been pleasantly surprised. I'm usually not into the older-than-dirt literary scene, but it's proven to be entertaining so far.
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Postby noops » 2010.09.14 (21:21)

Reading Ender's Game. I am quite surprised that a book about gifted children, written for children, is so good. Reading the sequel next. Or, rather, the "Direct Sequel".

After those I plan on reading Card's Empire.


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