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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #840 on: September 04, 2014, 21:39 »
I just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which was really enjoyable! I was looking for some good historical fiction for ages, and I can honestly say that's the best of its genre for me. The writing style completely swept me up and blew me away and I need to get my hands on the sequel as soon as possible like wow :0
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #841 on: September 21, 2014, 17:07 »
Been plowing through the Divergent series, on Allegiant at the moment. I really enjoyed Divergent, Insurgent was good but not fantastic and Allegiant is so far...not that good but not bad.

Then after this it's Looking For Alaska by John Green and then back to TMI.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #842 on: September 28, 2014, 22:31 »
"Quality Management in the Imaging Sciences"

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #843 on: October 01, 2014, 02:27 »
Reading the Dragonlance: The New Adventures series again. It's really obscure, but if you're heavily into stereotypical fantasy (read my lips, wizards, elves, minotaurs, kingdoms, dragons and the like), it's pretty good.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #844 on: October 03, 2014, 17:57 »
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

Loving it. Definitely better than the Divergent series, I'd say. And as it is mandatory for English Lit I'm reading The Handmaid's Tale. I kid you not, it is hard to trawl through. I'm fine that it is a feminist novel but oh man it's not any good.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #845 on: January 09, 2015, 01:05 »
Star Maker by william olaf stapledon 
 
nothing like 1930s science fiction ey 
 
the concept is an interesting one- i mean it's basically an excuse for Elaborate Worldbuilding in terms of alien planets and lifeforms and cultures and i am such a sucker for that kind of thing. 
there's also a LOT of philosophical/spiritual/hypothetical discussion though, the kind that can go on for pages and pages. 
 
like five pages describing a group of bodyless explorers' consciousnesses all merged together and going over the subtleties of "we" compared to "i" in terms of describing oneself as part of a melting pot of different beings' experiences and knowledges and using that collective to attain higher planes of mental acuty but still being aware of one's own self... 
stuff like that, and at times i'm sitting reading it with a load of question marks floating through the back of my mind all with the magic roundabout music playing in the distance. 
i'm at a bit like that now where he's talking about intelligent life on planets enduring the struggle of ending violence and power grabs in exchange for altruism and self-love, to avoid destruction and achieve a utopia (but also risking a mental addiction to curiosity and telepathic spiritual travel of the universe which leaves their bodies to stagnate and die??? or something???) and um well this is a good bit to read at night tbh, it helps me to drift off. 
 
though reading makes me tired anyway, blame years and years of habitually reading in bed before i sleep and having the pavlovian response to it, SIGHS. 
 
 



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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #846 on: January 09, 2015, 02:58 »
Not usually much of a book... read... guy myself, but I was lent the first book in the Vampire Hunter D series a while ago and have finally taken the plunge. That said, lots of exposition in the prose and sudden rants coming from the characters themselves, which comes across as jarring and/or unintentionally hilarious, depending on what's said when.

If the rest of the books are like this, I might just stop after reading this one. In the middle of Chapter 4 at the moment, so I hope it at least picks up the pace, if it can't meet or exceed my expectations.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #847 on: November 12, 2015, 17:51 »
Waiting for book 13 of how to train your dragon to come out.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #848 on: November 12, 2015, 18:44 »
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen


It's really easy to read :-)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #849 on: November 12, 2015, 19:08 »
 The Bees by Laline Paull.

 It's really satisfying to read because it's so ridiculous so I've only read the first chapter.

 It's like tripping on honey. It's like 40K with bees. It's like walking in on your parents and realising they're bees.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #850 on: November 12, 2015, 20:43 »
I have a book on Maps that I'm flicking through in my spare time. Learning about a couple at a time :D
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #851 on: November 13, 2015, 00:59 »
the odyssey by homer. it's for school but im enjoying it is hEy!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #852 on: November 13, 2015, 06:46 »
The Odyssey is pretty good, but I prefer The Iliad! Except book 2, because the catalogue of ships is almost pointless, and likely a later addition to the poem
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #853 on: January 05, 2016, 00:36 »
im supposed to be reading hunger games... the first book... but i just cant bring myself to start.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #854 on: January 05, 2016, 01:42 »
I find it so hard to read while I have something I'm writing on the go. I love words but sometimes there are too many words ygm? Anyway, it's testimony to the fact that I'm not doing my creative piece coursework that I'm on my third book since Christmas lol.

I'm currently reading Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh which is... Interesting. I'm so glad it's a humorous book because if I wasn't reading about Renton falling into a pool of urine while simultaneously his trousers are getting covered in crap in the men's toilets of a betting shop I don't think I'd be able to cope with having to read everything written in Scottish eye-dialect.

I've also read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz (which is a really good contemporary YA feat non-straight protags, ethnic cast & is still painfully realistic and well-written rather than - as some books featuring a representational cast do - just leaving it to the cast/representation to carry the entire novel.

I read Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell too, it's for like 9 year olds but it's better written than most of the stuff you find in the general section. The characters are also the absolute best and everything about it is really vivid and exciting.

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