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Author:  Starrah [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:00 am ]
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Tell us what you're reading this month. I tend to be reading five books at any given time, and am always interested in finding new stuff. What's good, what's bad, what do you have your nose in at the moment?

    Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad: Kind of a special interest on my part, but great if you've ever lived abroad.

    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Deepak Chopra: A book explaining the spiritual aspects of Raja yoga. I just started yoga and wanted to know more about its spiritual foundations, and I'm pretty satisfied with this.

    He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt: It's a hype book.


I also just finished the new David Sedaris book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, which was excellent (a collection of hilarious nonfiction essays, for those of you not familiar with Sedaris). I also started The Restaurant at the End of the Universe a few months ago, and got distracted.

List your books!

Author:  inKy [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:49 am ]
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I keep starting books and forgetting to return to them later. Here's two that stand some chance of being continued:

* Virtual Light (William Gibson)

* Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K Dick)

Author:  nacho [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:59 am ]
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I finished The Restaurant at the End of the Universe on the bus ride to and from Spitecon. But it had been about eight years since I'd read HitchHiker, so I had to go back and read that again, since Restaurant references it a lot. Trying to make it through the series, sooo...
    Life, The Universe and Everything. (in the middle of it. WOP!)
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (gray, gray, gray!)
    Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (Eeee! SQUISH!)
    Spiderwick Chronicles (second book in, very slow)
    Anansi Boys (one chapter in, not holding my attention very well)

There's a few other books I put down a few months ago and never picked back up. I'll maybe finish them someday. Maybe. Possibly. Theoretically. Or not.

Author:  Munky [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:51 pm ]
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I'm currently reading Neverwhere (Moose got me a bunch of Gaiman), and enjoying it so far. It's intriguing.

In the past month or so I also read
-Moore, P. "The Little Book of Pandemics" (this one is just factual, but kinda interesting. Good for reducing self-pity during illness, apparently.)
-Grisham, J. "The Pelican Brief" (Well, if you've read one Grisham novel you've read them all... I do have a soft spot for the guy though, and this is one of his better ones.)
-McCaffrey, A. "Dragonflight" (I decided to read the first trilogy of Pern novels and that is what I have done, damn it. This one's good but just a mite plot-holey. The universe isn't as well-developed as it would come to be, but this is well worth the read.)
-McCaffrey, A. "Dragonquest" (This one was very good, more depth and a less obvious plot.)
-McCaffrey, A. "The White Dragon" (Kind of sappy and gay, but not bad all the same.)
-McCaffrey, A. "The Girl who heard Dragons". (This one is a short story collection, so it's all mixed. Interesting to see her attempt a) sci-fi that is not about dragons, and b) literature that is not sci-fi. She displays a surprising gift for the macabre in a few of them, which is surprising considering her normal style. A lot of the stories promt the reader to turn right back to the start as soon as they finish, since she's quite fond of... not plot twists, just sort of... filling in the missing pieces at the end. Good stuff for the most part, anyway.)
-Christie, A. "And Then There Were None" (A re-read, since I finally got a less... illegal copy. I do like this an awful lot, and would happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery writing. It's basically a locked room mystery, and it's also a very captivating and clever exercise in paranoia and mistrust. The good shit, in other words.)

All this talk of Douglas Adams makes me want to re-visit everyone's favourite 5-part trilogy. My pile of stuff to read is still a behemoth though, despite the relative success of the last few weeks...

Author:  Starrah [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:03 pm ]
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Nacho: The pressed fairy book is cute; I have it around somewhere. :) Also, we might be the only two people in The Internet who didn't read the Douglas Adams books years ago--go us!

Inky: are they sciency books? I'll look into 'em!

Munky: I read the first Pern book when I was a teenager, and remember really liking it. You remind me that they exist and should possibly be revisited. And you're giving me lots of ideas, which is the point of this thread!

Also, I've never read a Grisham novel, although every other English speaker on the planet apparently has. There was actually a heap of them in my apartment in Japan and I never touched them, mostly out of not knowing if they were worth it.

Author:  nacho [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:31 pm ]
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Wooo! Take that, internet! I've never read any Grisham, either. We are so awesome.

The Pern books were pretty good. Started out fantasy, then busted out some sci-fi.

Inky's books are cyberpunk, which is like Hackers, but in book-form. Blade Runner is based off Electric Sheep, so if you've seen that, now you know!

Author:  Munky [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:53 pm ]
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Grisham novels, Star, are... Well, the literary equivalent of junk food, I guess. They're pleasant and easy to read, even though there's precious little substance to them. Also, you read one and it's grand, but then it turns out that they're all the same! If you're going to try one, go with The Firm or The Runaway Jury, I reckon.

Author:  Starrah [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:43 pm ]
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Hm. I'll save them for the next time I need a serious distraction from Real Life. Dan Brown books (also categorically junk food reading), just by being easy to read and low on the thinking, got me through my last breakup. :)

Author:  nacho [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:45 pm ]
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Thinking gives you wrinkles! That is how I stay looking so young. I must look into this "Dan Brown" you speak of.

Author:  Starrah [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:46 pm ]
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While Dan Brown was good for a superficial distraction, it is by no means "good literature." In fact, I made a whole thread about it a while ago! :D

Author:  Lyssa [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:05 pm ]
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I have to read 17 Young Adult Literature books for a school thing as part of a petition to the school of education, apparently. I'm not sure what all I'm going to read, but right now I'm reading Breathing Underwater which is basically about a 16 year old who hits his girlfriend and goes into anger management. It's actually a pretty neat book, too. Well-structured, with bits of his court-ordered journal entries throughout it, explaining the past while the plot unfolds.

I'm also trying to read a lot of Pratchett, because Carrot always makes me grin and try to be a better person. It doesn't just work in Discworld! When reading Guards! Guards! the other day, I was inspired to be more like Carrot, and therefore did lots of cleaning. I'm going to read the next in the Watchmen series after this. Hopefully it'll be one I haven't read yet; I haven't read most of the older ones.

I'm gonna steal some of the book ideas from this thread, and read those too.

Author:  nacho [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:18 pm ]
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If you can read any old young adult books for that, someone recommended Lois Lowry's The Giver to me a while back. Might have been Starrah... ooor someone from #spite, anyway! Anyhoo, it's young adult, and apparently very good. It's in my ebooks dir if you want to check it out. I also got a few new Discworlds in there the other day.

Author:  Lyssa [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:22 pm ]
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Oooh, thanks for mentioning it! I've read that, so I can mark that down as a book I've read. :D

Author:  Caligo [ Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:13 am ]
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I've spent most of the last couple months revisiting old friends. Moving and unpacking reminded me that I have a lot of good books to read, or else reminded me of books I wanted to finish. So far this month, I've read some or all of these:

The Wind's Twelve Quarters, a story collection by Ursula LeGuin
Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions, by Robert Aspirin
The Minority Report and other classic stories by Phillip K. Dick
The Art of Seduction, by Robert Greene
Enochian Magic for Beginners, by Donald Tyson
A Linux phrasebook
And, after a conversation the other night, I think I want to go through The Secret Books of Paradys by Tanith Lee again.

New items I've gotten through are:

Fool Moon, a Dresden Files novel by Jim Butcher
and SM101 by Jay Wiseman

I still own a few Pern novels. I was a huge fan in middle school and spent all my babysitting money on collecting her stuff.

Author:  Munky [ Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:17 am ]
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Grisham is better than Brown because he doesn't actively (try to???) make you stupid!

Author:  nacho [ Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:17 pm ]
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I just finished Life, the Universe and Everything. Content-wise it was fine, but it was written really horribly. Awkward, rambly, run-on sentences; lame similes that feel like he was just plowing through writer's block; needlessly flashy words in spots and bland words in others. Bleeeh.

I'm still going to finish the five-part trilogy, just to see how it ends. But godDAMN, bad writing.

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