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General => General => Topic started by: Valentine Revolution on November 25, 2005, 03:58:44 pm

Title: Brain Food
Post by: Valentine Revolution on November 25, 2005, 03:58:44 pm
No this isn't about actual food, but brain food! I figured we should have a Reading Now thread, since I need some recs and I get discount at Waterstones. Just finished reading Spiral by Koji Suzuki. It's the sequel book to Ring and its actually pretty good. Kinda far out ending but the science-y bit is awesome. Got the first Warcraft novel as well but I'm not that far through it yet.

So come on, tell us what you're reading!
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Smeagol on November 25, 2005, 04:30:20 pm
I just finished the first three books of the Chronicles of Narnia (The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and The Horse and His Boy) last night (Yes, I suck. I hadn't read any of them before). Currently reading: Nothing as of yet, I'm currently trying to find the remaining four CoN books.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Laser.T on November 25, 2005, 04:49:07 pm
Just been reading Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, hopefully I'll be getting my hands on Thud! soon.

But the main book of the moment, or triliogy really, is Mark Chadbourn's Age of Misrule trilogy. I borrowed the first book, World's End, off Spunky's gf. Loved it and lent it to my mum. Mum loved it, so I just bought her the trilogy for her birthday. It's about the Celtic gods coming back to reclaim Britain, science crumbling before magic, and the actions of flawed heroes. The other two books are Darkest Hour and Always Forever, and I think he's in the middle of a trilogy that follows this one.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Lexx on November 25, 2005, 05:46:37 pm
Just been reading Anansi Boys By Neil Gaiman, good book, but not as good as America Gods.

Also read Thud by Terry Pratchett, which goes without saying that it rocks.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Valentine Revolution on November 25, 2005, 05:52:39 pm
I don't really get the fasination with Terry Pratchett. I've only read the first two but I just thought he was trying too hard. Are the later books any better? But it could just be my weird sense of humour.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Lexx on November 25, 2005, 06:04:01 pm
The first 2 are pretty different to his later books, try something like Mort, Night Watch or Thief Of Time.

Although he seems to change his style depending on who he's writing for, I prefer the watch books myself, you might want to give the witch books a shot. In which case I'd try Masquerade.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: L'homme magique on November 25, 2005, 07:40:45 pm
Well, I was reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, but I finished it.

Now I need stuff to read as well :P
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Bates on November 25, 2005, 08:04:20 pm
My last book was "The Analyst" by John Katzenbach. Can't recommend it, standard US thriller, nothing special.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Outboundlight on November 25, 2005, 08:46:14 pm
I too recommend the city watch books by Pratchett, their my favorite by far.

I've been reading a lot of comics recently, so I'll recommend a few:

Superman: Red Son, is a retelling of Superman and a few other DC characters based on the idea that Superman crashlanded in the soviet union and became a communist. It. Is. Awesome.

Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits is also great, very moody and very emotional. The storyline got ripped to shreds and stuck into the Constantine movie but the comic has a completely different feel and is, in my opinion, way better.

Fortune and Glory is the true story of Brian Bendis' (a comic writer/artist) trials and tibulations in hollywood. Its really original and really cool and also quite funny.

In terms of actual book books, I just read Fiesta: The sun also rises by Ernest Hemingway, to which I say... meh.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Einkoro on November 26, 2005, 10:04:51 am
Just recently binged on reading:
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Restaurant End of the Universe
Life, the Universe, and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Mostly Harmless
Full Metal Panic! The End of Day by Day   
Full Metal Panic! A Dancing Very Merry Christmas
Full Metal Panic! Continuing On My Own
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: daYak on November 26, 2005, 10:39:35 am
What im reading right now . . .  "Concise history of Western Music" . . . for music history class.

I find it very interesting too. Learned lots of how ancient music was made. Hell, now i know how to read 9th century manuscript music paper. -proud-  ;)
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: dialupdaemon on November 26, 2005, 10:00:17 pm
I just finished the first three books of the Chronicles of Narnia (The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and The Horse and His Boy) last night (Yes, I suck. I hadn't read any of them before). Currently reading: Nothing as of yet, I'm currently trying to find the remaining four CoN books.

The Horse and his Boy is by far the worst book in the chronicles of Narina.
Silver Chair FTW.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Jack Lupino on November 26, 2005, 10:09:44 pm
i read a donald duck.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Smeagol on November 26, 2005, 10:18:59 pm
That doesn't suprise me. Looks like our little Radicz0r found his level!
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: harvey danger on November 27, 2005, 10:12:43 am
Reading a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories by a woman named Oates. I wish I had found his stuff earlier. =/

Reading "Hiroshima" by John Hersey, on and off... not the most interesting little book.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on November 27, 2005, 01:15:58 pm
Fuckin Neal Stephenson.

Currently in the middle of his 3-part Baroque Cycle.
He rose to fame with Snow Crash and the whole cyberpunk genre, but these books are no-shit fantastic. He wrote them all longhand in 2 or 3 years, and it's a total of around 2500 pages. And the best part is that the stories are so damn engaging. The characters are huge, development-wise, he's not afraid to kill a few off, and he even manages to defeat the Trilogy Demon and provide some semblance of resolution at the end of each book. As for genre, it has a cyberpunk aura, but it's most obviously historical fiction-- takes place in the 16th-17th centuries, revolves around the politics in England at the time (the Restoration, etc.), and Sir Isaac Newton's strange journey through life and machinations regarding currency, as told from the points of view of 1) a cohort of Newton's, 2) a swashbuckling mercenary/pirate, Vagrant, and 3) a former Turkish slave who rises through the nobility of both France and england, even while they war.

It takes a little while to get started but it doesn't stop. I'm on the third book now and i just wish i had more time to read... If you're new to stephenson, i'd actually recommend his previous book Cryptonomicon. It's only one 900-ish page volume, and it's more modern, switching between WWII and modern times, with treasure hunting, digital economy building, Germany-foiling, cryptography, and of course a wonderful budding romance. I cannot recommend either of these nearly enough.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Smeagol on November 27, 2005, 01:23:04 pm
Reading "Hiroshima" by John Hersey, on and off... not the most interesting little book.

All I can say to that is, Dracula by Bram Stoker. That is one really badly written book.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: L'homme magique on November 27, 2005, 07:09:38 pm
The new Wheel of Time book really owns. I'd say it's as good as the first five, and worth slogging through the subpar 7-9 (and downright terrible 10) just so you know what's going on.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Lexx on November 27, 2005, 08:23:16 pm
Meh, I'm struggling to get through book 2.
Title: Re: Brain Food
Post by: Torp v2.0 on November 28, 2005, 03:46:19 am
At the moment, it seems like I'm only reading one book, The Mammoth Book of New Horror 15, a collection of the, according to editor Stephen Jones, best horror stories of 2003 or 2004 (I'm too lazy to check).