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D. 10-05-2018 11:33 PM

Hey, can we have a rolling What Are You Reading thread?
 
Let's get down to business. Watcha peepin' these days?

D. 10-05-2018 11:39 PM

I'm currently reading IT by Stephen King. On track to finish it on Halloween because I spaced out the page count so I don't burn myself out.

I only started reading SK in 2010, which is kinda nice that I don't have any misplaced nostalgia wrt his writing. But it also means none of the books really scare me.
I started with Under the Dome, then went back to the beginning and read chronologically. When a new book would be released, I'd read that, then go back to the timeline.
So, so far, I've read Carrie through IT (except the Dark Tower books because I'm saving those to read straight through) and Under the Dome through Outsider.

Tyler 10-05-2018 11:40 PM

I like Samuel Beckett a lot. I'll probably reread Malone Dies soon and then read the Unnamable for the first time

D. 10-06-2018 12:03 AM

I have Waiting for Godot on the shortlist for my to-read. I'm sure you've read it!

redbreegull 10-06-2018 01:20 AM

I'm reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. It is good.

MyOneAndOnly 10-06-2018 01:54 AM

recently read Ammonite which was amazing. There is not a single male character i the entire novel. It is initially hard scifi, but turns into a weird wonderful lesbian trip

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonite_(novel)

Disco King 10-06-2018 02:19 AM

I haven't been reading much these days. I'll begin some books, then not read them for months because my brain sucks lately. Then I'll get back into them.

Right now, I'm reading I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter. Pretty much just him trying to explain how consciousness arises out of non-conscious inanimate matter, how an "I" emerges from the complex structure of our brains, using the analogy of strange loops in mathematical set theory. I've read enough philosophy of mind (Chalmers, the Churchlands, Dennett, etc.) that I don't foresee that his answer will be very convincing, but it seems like it'll be interesting nonetheless. And I'm really liking his quirky, poetic writing style.

Disco King 10-06-2018 02:20 AM

Er, and I guess I've been reading a bit of the Batman: Knightfall saga. I've only ever read the prose novelization by Denny O'Neil, so this is my first time reading the actual comic. I was also reading a bunch of Commish Gordon miniseries, but then I kinda stopped. I should finish them.

Shallowed 10-06-2018 02:28 AM

this thread may motivate me with some positive peer pressure

smashingjj 10-06-2018 04:26 AM

Sure.

FoolofaTook 10-06-2018 07:43 AM

I am reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It's ridiculous.

FoolofaTook 10-06-2018 07:46 AM

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy notes that Disaster Area, a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones, are generally held to be not only the loudest rock band in the Galaxy, but in fact the loudest noise of any kind at all. Regular concertgoers judge that the best sound balance is usually to be heard from within large concrete bunkers some thirty-seven miles from the stage, while the musicians themselves play their instruments by remote control from within a heavily insulated spaceship which stays in orbit around the planet—or more frequently around a completely different planet.
Their songs are on the whole very simple and mostly follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being beneath a silvery moon, which then explodes for no adequately explored reason.
Many worlds have now banned their act altogether, sometimes for artistic reasons, but most commonly because the band’s public address system contravenes local strategic arms limitations treaties.


lol

D. 10-06-2018 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MyOneAndOnly (Post 4468811)
recently read Ammonite which was amazing. There is not a single male character i the entire novel. It is initially hard scifi, but turns into a weird wonderful lesbian trip

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonite_(novel)

Looks interesting!

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Originally Posted by Disco King (Post 4468813)
Er, and I guess I've been reading a bit of the Batman: Knightfall saga. I've only ever read the prose novelization by Denny O'Neil, so this is my first time reading the actual comic. I was also reading a bunch of Commish Gordon miniseries, but then I kinda stopped. I should finish them.

I've not read anything graphic novel related since i was a wee teen, but I recently finished Bottomless Bellybutton by Dash Shaw.
And I also downloaded Batman: The Long Halloween because I'm a H-ween nerd. I'm going to go into it blind.

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Originally Posted by Shallowed (Post 4468816)
this thread may motivate me with some positive peer pressure

I live to pressure people into reading for fun

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Originally Posted by FoolofaTook (Post 4468829)
I am reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It's ridiculous.

I've only read the first two but I remember them being crazy entertaining.

Tyler 10-06-2018 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4468797)
I have Waiting for Godot on the shortlist for my to-read. I'm sure you've read it!

Yeah I like it lots. I got to see a really good production of it for the first time recently and it was real good. I like Endgame better though. No one seems to put it on though

Disco King 10-06-2018 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4468903)
And I also downloaded Batman: The Long Halloween because I'm a H-ween nerd. I'm going to go into it blind.

I remember it being one of my favourite Batman tales, but I haven't read it in forever, so I don't know how it holds up. Especially because nothing Jeph Loeb has worked on in the past decade has been any good. Tim Sale's art is definitely amazing, though.

It stands on its own, so there's no required prior reading to appreciate it. But it does work well as a follow-up to Frank Miller's Year One.

FoolofaTook 10-06-2018 04:01 PM

waiting for godot made my head hurt

D. 10-06-2018 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Disco King (Post 4468909)
I remember it being one of my favourite Batman tales, but I haven't read it in forever, so I don't know how it holds up. Especially because nothing Jeph Loeb has worked on in the past decade has been any good. Tim Sale's art is definitely amazing, though.

It stands on its own, so there's no required prior reading to appreciate it. But it does work well as a follow-up to Frank Miller's Year One.

Oh lookie there, my source for illegal pdf downloads has Year One. I'll tackle that beforehand.

yo soy el mejor 10-08-2018 03:12 PM

right now pleasure reading 'Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (p. 266 out of 486) and plan to start Homage to Catalonia next.

For school I'm reading a lot of the Bible (LOL. s'what i get for being accepted into a private jesuit school; it's required every student take at least one biblical studies class) and general stuffs for research. It's not so bad.

Mals Marola 10-08-2018 06:54 PM

Finally got around to Kerouac’s “On the Road” but then Bernard Sumner’s “Chapter & Verse” came in & kind of derailed that for the time being :beatup:

Elphenor 10-08-2018 07:39 PM

love Kerouac

Cool As Ice Cream 10-09-2018 04:44 AM

stephen fry - mythos: the greek myths retold

yo soy el mejor 10-10-2018 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Elphenor (Post 4469370)
love Kerouac

i bet you've never even read the subterraneans.

Disco King 10-10-2018 09:13 AM

Name three of his songs.

D. 10-10-2018 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Cool As Ice Cream (Post 4469463)

this looks interesting - does one need to have a good grasp of greek myths to enjoy it? or can a very rudimentary knowledge suffice?

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Originally Posted by yo soy el mejor (Post 4469817)
i bet you've never even read the subterraneans.

dope book.

kerouac is good while i'm reading him but i feel like i don't remember much once i've finished a book.

Shadaloo 10-10-2018 10:22 AM

Mervyn Peake - Titus Alone. Fucking weird compared to Titus Groan and Gormenghast, both of which were excellent.

Cool As Ice Cream 10-10-2018 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4469823)
this looks interesting - does one need to have a good grasp of greek myths to enjoy it? or can a very rudimentary knowledge suffice?

i don't think you need to know anything. everything is explained from the beginning of time. (the very beginning of the book is a bit boring, because there simply isn't that much happening; there aren't many actors. but it doesn't take long until zeus is there with all the other main gods, and mankind is added to the mix.)

it's a fun read. i like his style.

yo soy el mejor 10-10-2018 07:09 PM

i love the idea of jack kerouac

yo soy el mejor 10-10-2018 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4469823)
kerouac is good while i'm reading him but i feel like i don't remember much once i've finished a book.

he's good, for sure. but over-rated. kinda in the same vein as catcher in the rye for me.

Disco King 10-10-2018 07:25 PM

I like most of Salinger's other works better than Catcher.

Expect for Seymour: An Introduction. Even though it's a short novella, I just couldn't get through it. I've never been big on stream-of-consciousness narratives.

redbreegull 10-14-2018 09:26 PM



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