What are you reading?

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  1. Griffin

    Griffin Might be back

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    The original 6 Dune books are some of my favorites and dune is one of the best books i have ever read..
  2. braaains

    braaains gubble gubble

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    I like slaugheterhouse five. It's a good book. Reading it that young would have had no impact on me though
  3. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    I haven't read anything in quite some time, but I used to read plenty... To begin with, I really recommend the book Will, by G. Gordan Liddy. It is a very good book, about the guy who was directly involved with the Watergate Scandal (autobiography). It was a very interesting book, and well worth the time to read.

    I also recommend all of the Left Behind Series. I enjoyed every book up to the 6th or 7th one. They are quick reading, but very entertaining. You just have to be sure that you are reading them as a fictional book, with just some biblical meaning. They are still just a person's opinion on how the end of world will happen. Very interesting, and entertaining.

    I also really enjoy all John Grisham books. I have quite a few of them, and have really had a good time reading them. All are focused on lawyer stories, or on the defendant or prosecuter in court trials. They are really intersting.

    Just a thought.... I don't know if you are interested in any of the genres above, but I figured I would help if I could.

    ~Will Courtier~
  4. Wedge_

    Wedge_ Rogue One

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    Have you read any of the prequels or the new Hunters of Dune? Penny Arcade expressed my feelings about them quite nicely: Penny Arcade! - Honesty Time
  5. Griffin

    Griffin Might be back

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    I have read them and they definetly were very much below the originals.
  6. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    i read the first gunslinger, been meaning to pick up the others. i normally hate king, but those were good.

    i have a shitload of vonnegut, just finished the one thats the collection w/ short stories and speeches and shit (crampers, wontafalloons or something like that)

    besides that, i'm still slowly going thru a history of mathematics (huge fucking book) whenever I have time to read. If you are into math at all (and have a good background), pick it up. really interesting shit. its by ivan somebody
  7. El_Presidente_Pufferfish

    El_Presidente_Pufferfish I grew up here

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    [​IMG]

    yay for the end of the semester?

    for a more fun read, i plan on picking up the last book of the rogue/wraith squadron series next time i go home, forgot to bring it
  8. jake

    jake Vagabond

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    Down But Not Out - A survival manual for Canadian military pilots who are downed in the wilderness.
    The Devil and Miss Prym - Paulo Coelho
    Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond
    The Night Trilogy - Elie Wiesel
    The Beginnings of English Society - Dorothy Whitelock
    Secrets of Shamanism - Jose Stevens & Lena S. Stevens

    All the books on my nightstand currently.
  9. XEN

    XEN E Pluribus Funk

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    My Tank is Fight! - excellent so far
    Democracy in America - insanely accurate for being written in the mid 1800s
    Crime and Punishment - gotta love those russians
    Hocus Pocus - vonnegut, so it is good
  10. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    I want that so bad
  11. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Interesting. But just reading the reviews on amazon. It seems like this book would go waaaaaaay over my head. I know so little about writing, literature, and poetry. Would you say an average person could enjoy a book like this?
  12. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Definately got this one on my 'to read' list. I'm really looking forward to it.
  13. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    BUMP! I need suggestions!

    I started reading again recently... and here's the books I read in the past couple of months:
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (about brain damage, conditions effecting the mind, genetic disorders, etc... entertaining and educational)
    Gaviotas (non-fiction, about a self-sustaining city that was built on infertile soil in the middle of Colombia. Really cool engineering and city planning stuff, good story..
    The World Without Us (same author as above, about what happens if humans disappeared today, how long all our structures would take to decompose etc.)
    Contact (Carl Sagan fiction book that made a movie, about SETI / alien life, my mom sent it my way so I read it. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, highly recommended)

    Just picked up A Gradual Awakening hoping to gain some insight, and I started reading Speed Secrets to learn more about car control and racing.
  14. superman

    superman ?

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    Try it out. Seven types of ambiguity - Google Book Search
  15. Mr. Ali

    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    Currently reading Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer. I bought this months ago and I am now finally getting a chance to read it and so far it is very insightful.

    I am thinking of picking up his earlier book, All the Shah's Men.
  16. Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb!

    Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb! Not Just Handsome

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    I just finished "The Grass Harp" by Capote 2 days ago. It was pretty good. I'm still halfway through "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" and slowly going through that. I should just finish it already but school got in the way. I also have "On the Road: The Original Script" by Jack Kerouac that I got at a used book store. It's supposed to be the straight printing of his original writing with no changing of names and events. For some reason I'm not dying to read Kerouac but some friends are reading his stuff so I'd figure I'd give it a shot.
  17. Bear

    Bear Hoot!

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    I stopped reading about halfway through because most of the wording being used was just going straight over my head. From what I did read, it's a great book and it sure does go into detail.
  18. CroweBaby

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    The book I'm writing.
  19. Coleman

    Coleman fresh off the corner

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    Nothing. I made that huge ass list and I havn't chosen one to start with.
  20. bbsmitz

    bbsmitz Optimus Prime

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    Philosophical Investigations by Wittgenstein
    Being and Time by Heidegger.
    Various works by Nietzsche.
    A shitload of secondary literature.

    And last, but depressingly not least, a bunch of QFT notes.

    I have exams. :(

    Edit: 1000th post!!!!
  21. jake

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    1. Finishing Sandman series, I have about 20 comics left
    2. a few disc world novels I missed when I was a kid
    3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    4. The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 <- 1100 pages of zombie comic goodness
    5. Y The Last Man

    That should take me to mid summer.
  22. krod

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    Subterranean Kerouac by Ellis Amburn....wish I could been along for his ride

    edit: crackpipe didn't see your ref to "on the road", jack was cool before it was a word
  23. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    splitting my time between a marketing/psych book ("influence" - we just started a marketing dept at work and i'm #1 marketeer) and a non-military history of the 6 days war (I have gotten into this genre a lot lately. i just finish a book on yugoslavia. i am going to get something on the korean war next. the books dont really account for the battles much (I mean, they dedicate a few pages, but nothing at compared to the military analysis ones. It more goes into stuff like the ambassador to the un met with these guys and they debated this, which caused him to tell the PM this, etc.)
  24. El_Presidente_Pufferfish

    El_Presidente_Pufferfish I grew up here

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    Just finished Snow Crash, Treasure Island, and The Hobbit. Not sure what i'm picking up next
  25. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Sweet bumpage :)

    I've really slowed down on my reading lately (started playing TF2 again). I try to keep track of what I do read because I'm anal like that. Here's what I've read since the last post (in chronological order)

    A Clash of Kings (book 2 A Song of Fire and Ice) George RR Martin :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    A Storm of Swords (book 3 A Song of Fire and Ice) :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    A Feast for Crows (book 4 A Song of Fire and Ice) :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Beyond Reason - A. K. Dewdney :thumbsup:
    Imperium - Robert Harris :thumbsup:
    Slack Jaw - Jim Knopfel :thumbsup:
    The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller :thumbsdown::thumbsdown:
    Zen And the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Next - Michael Crichton :thumbsdown:
    How Life Imitates Chess - Gary Kasparov :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Roadshow: Landscape with Drums - Neil Peart :thumbsup:
    Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway :thumbsdown::thumbsdown:
    Science Friction - Michael Shermer :thumbsdown:
    American Gods - Neil Gaimen :-s
    A Once and Future King - T H White :thumbsup:
    The Bancroft Strategy - Robert Ludlum :thumbsup:
    Vimy - Pierre Burton :thumbsup:
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Toward the End of Time - John Updike :thumbsdown:
    The Shack - William P. Young :thumbsup:
    Snow Walker - Farley Mowat :thumbsdown:
    The Deep Range - Arthur C Clarke :thumbsup:
    Sphere - Michael Crichton :thumbsup:
    Simple Genius - David Baldacci :thumbsup:
    Canadian History For Dummies - Will Ferguson :thumbsup:
    The Collector - John Fowles:thumbsdown:
    Crash Proof - Peter Schiff :thumbsup:
    Across The Nightingale Floor - Tales of the Otori :thumbsup:
    Rising Up and Rising Down - William T Vollman :thumbsdown::thumbsdown:
    Fifth Business - Robertson Davies :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Riding Man - Mark Gardiner :thumbsup:
    The Road - Cormac McCarthy :thumbsup:
    Rockbound - Frank Parker Day :thumbsdown::thumbsdown:
    The Boat Who Wouldn't Float - Farley Mowat :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Pillars Of The Earth - Ken Follett :thumbsup:
    Pilgrimage to Hell - James Axler (Deathlands books 1) :thumbsup:
    The Door into Summer - Robert A. Heinlein :thumbsup:
    JOB: A Comedy Of Justice - Robert A. Heinlein :thumbsdown:
    Blink - Malcolm Gladwell :thumbsup:

    Currently I'm reading Dune. Only a hundred pages in and I'm liking it so far, but it's been more than a week since I last picked it up :roll: