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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Kanastrous » 2012-09-07 07:06pm

"Treasure Island," Robert Louis Stevenson. Came with my smartphone. It's really a very entertaining read, so far.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Xelloss » 2012-09-08 09:48am

I just finished reading "The Origins of Totalitarianism" by Hannah Arendt. Im deciding to go a little light now and started reading the original James Bond books by Ian Fleming.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Frank Hipper » 2012-09-08 03:01pm

Deranged, by Harold Schecter.

A slightly sensationalist telling of the story of Albert Fish, rich in details. *vomits*
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Guardsman Bass » 2012-09-10 12:49pm

I'm reading Cloud Atlas, after the movie previews got me interested in the books. It's a fantastic novel, one of the best I've read this year. I had slightly spoiled myself on some of the general plot details before reading the book, but that actually helped me to really appreciate the connections between the stories.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Spekio » 2012-09-10 12:56pm

Abraham Lincoln, vampire hunter.

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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dalton » 2012-09-10 01:03pm

Kanastrous wrote:"Treasure Island," Robert Louis Stevenson. Came with my smartphone. It's really a very entertaining read, so far.

Never read it before? If you ever wondered where a ton of the biggest misconceptions about pirates are rooted, look no further.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Surlethe » 2012-09-10 09:58pm

Aside from work-related reading, like Topology and Geometry of 3-Manifolds by Thurston*, Methods of Modern Mathematical Physics by Reed and Simon, Fourier Series and Integrals by Dym and McKean ...

The Great Divergence by Pomeranz and The Glorious Appearing by LaHaye and Jenkins have been our regular read-aloud books. I'll let you all guess which one is for thought provocation and which one is for lulz. :P

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Postby aerius » 2012-09-10 10:07pm

Queen of Wands by John Ringo. I have to say that Ringo writes comedy gold, and I'll read everything that he writes.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Guardsman Bass » 2012-09-11 02:51pm

I finished Cloud Atlas. I think that's the best novel I've read this year. I'm tempted to re-read it right away.

Aside from that, I've got Stealth of Nations to read. It's about the "shadow economy" in many countries, and particularly in the Developing World.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Terralthra » 2012-09-11 07:44pm

Just finished Jurassic Park for that thread in SLAM. On to The Lost World.

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Postby Guardsman Bass » 2012-09-12 03:24pm

I've got the e-book for Jurassic Park on hold, and I'm going to give it a re-read myself.
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Postby The Grim Squeaker » 2012-09-13 03:48pm

Over the past 2.5 days:
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"Fear To Tread"- James Swallow, Warhammer 40K, Horus Heresy - Damn good. Avoids the boring ass crap some other books fall for (I'm looking at YOU, Lion El Johnson), and it's a right crackling read.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby muse » 2012-09-13 11:40pm

Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The science behind drugs in sport Started reading it at the bookstore, couldn't put it down, bought it and spent the next few days studying it and thinking about it. Part 3 of the book raises some interesting questions, caffeine has performance enhancing benefits is legal yet other similar drugs are banned. Why? Yeah...
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Thanas » 2012-09-13 11:45pm

Just finished HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean.

A great book about the Murmansk/Archangelsk convoys, excelling in its description of the bitter fight and cold. It might be the best work of MacLean, even better than the Guns of Navarone.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby thejester » 2012-09-13 11:51pm

Thanas wrote:Just finished HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean.

A great book about the Murmansk/Archangelsk convoys, excelling in its description of the bitter fight and cold. It might be the best work of MacLean, even better than the Guns of Navarone.

McLean's best books IMO are Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra. HMS Ulysees is noticeably different (but still good) given how obviously it reflects his time in the Navy and the general anger towards the institution.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Silver Jedi » 2012-09-17 01:28am

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More or less. The first three are a true trilogy, ending on cliffhangers, picking back up immediately after, and telling a fairly coherent story. After that, things feel more like spinoffs, and IMO the quality of the writing declines a bit too.


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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dalton » 2012-09-17 12:49pm

Set aside Lensman for now for some Cory Doctorow - Down & Out in the Magic Kingdom. Intriguing so far, and I sense a lot of cues from Stephenson.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Thanas » 2012-09-17 01:07pm

thejester wrote:
Thanas wrote:Just finished HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean.

A great book about the Murmansk/Archangelsk convoys, excelling in its description of the bitter fight and cold. It might be the best work of MacLean, even better than the Guns of Navarone.

McLean's best books IMO are Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra. HMS Ulysees is noticeably different (but still good) given how obviously it reflects his time in the Navy and the general anger towards the institution.


Haven't read zebra, but Eagles suspended my disbelief too much with the whole commando raid into a German castle stuff.
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Postby The Yosemite Bear » 2012-09-18 10:38pm

re-reading my tomb kings army book, and reading the fifth elephant, sybil is trying to get sam to take a hint about something...
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Darth Nostril » 2012-10-01 07:33pm

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Postby Soontir C'boath » 2012-10-01 09:15pm

A bit more than a third of the way through Shadowrun's 'Finding Your Own Truth' and going through 'Working on the Railroad' by Brian Solomon.
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Postby Dartzap » 2012-10-02 01:23pm

Just hit the final third of 'Shadows of Treachery' the latest Horus Heresy book. Really enjoyed the internal monologue of Dorn and his fears. Was also very chuffed to find most of the book is an IDB Night Lords novella.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Terralthra » 2012-10-02 02:16pm

Darth Nostril wrote:Third of the way into Peter F Hamilton Great North Road, by the time I finish it Iain M Banks The Hydrogen Sonata will have autodownloaded :D


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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Guardsman Bass » 2012-10-02 02:31pm

I'm reading The Industrial Revolution in World History, by Peter Stearns. It's pretty fascinating so far, and definitely a book I have to read slowly while savoring it.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Omeros » 2012-10-02 03:44pm

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. I'm not very far into it but it's surprisingly readable so far, although keeping track of the characters is a bit tricky with all those lengthy Russian names to cope with.


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