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#1 mrchainsaw

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 01:55 AM

This thread is for people to discuss what they are reading and to give recommendations to others.


I'm currently about 100 pages into You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers. I really liked his writing in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius so I decided to read more from him.

My next book will be either The Assist by Neil Swidey or The Last Shot by Darcy Frey, whichever comes in through my library first.

#2 darthbudge

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 01:58 AM

I am reading "V For Vendetta". The Graphic novel by Alan Moore. Very good.


#3 mykevermin

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:00 AM

$$$$er: An Autobiography - Dick Gregory
HLM 5: Hierarchical Linear and Nonlinear Modeling
One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008 - Pew Charitable Trusts
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life - Annette Lareau
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#4 Rocko

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:09 AM

Drawing of the Three by Stephen King, right now.

#5 Liquid 2

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:11 AM

The Woman Warrior: A Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension, by Michio Kaku

#6 GrimNecroWizard

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:12 AM

Drawing of the Three by Stephen King, right now.


I just finished Wizard and Glass (#4 of the Dark Tower series), do you like it so far?

Right now I'm reading Choke by Chuck by Chuck Palahniuk
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#7 Maklershed

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:15 AM

Currently reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. I'm probably gonna go through Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson again when I'm finished.

#8 Dr Mario Kart

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:15 AM

I've been chipping away at 'In the Blink of an Eye: How Vision Sparked the Big Bang of Evolution', by Andrew Parker.

Its about optics as it relates to the accelerated evolution during what we call the Cambrian Explosion.

I almost exclusively read non-fiction, mostly dealing with topics related to genetics and evolution.

#9 Mr_hockey66

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:24 AM

star wars vision of the future
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#10 SneakyPenguin

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:43 AM

Naked Lunch, by William S Burroughs
Only Revolutions, by Mark Z Danielewski

By four o'clock I've discounted suicide in favor of killing everyone else in the entire world instead.


#11 Maklershed

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:45 AM

Naked Lunch, by William S Burroughs


Is that the book that spawned that incredibly insane movie about the pest control guy getting high off his poison? That was one fucked up movie.

#12 trq

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:45 AM

The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany. For anyone who's gotten worn down by post-Tolkien fantasy, going back to the greats who predate him is wonderfully refreshing, and while Dunsany couldn't be more different from Robert Howard (as a person and as a writer), they're both great reads if you're tired of all the now-cliche genre tropes: dark elves, orcs, bands of adventurers, blah blah blah.

#13 Rocko

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:55 AM

I just finished Wizard and Glass (#4 of the Dark Tower series), do you like it so far?

Right now I'm reading Choke by Chuck by Chuck Palahniuk


Yeah, I'm liking it. I'm glad to be rid of the constant flashbacks of The Gunslinger. I've got to get to the book store and pick up the third book soon.

#14 joe2187

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:58 AM

The Rum Diary - Hunter S. Thompsom: Basically thompson takes a newspaper job in puerto rico and fucks, smokes, gambles, and drinks his way through san juan until he gets pissed off and stirs up some shit.

#15 Maklershed

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:02 AM

The Rum Diary - Hunter S. Thompsom: Basically thompson takes a newspaper job in puerto rico and fucks, smokes, gambles, and drinks his way through san juan until he gets pissed off and stirs up some shit.


Noice Posted Image. This book is also going to be the material for the next movie.

#16 JolietJake

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:05 AM

Currently reading my networking + book. Yay me.

I enjoy the videos and puns posted by Joliet Jake. I think he's almost as funny as my favorite comedian, Dane Cook. Now excuse me while I listen to Fallout Boy's music on their myspace page.


#17 MusicNoteLess

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:06 AM

The Game: The Underground Society of Pickup Artists - Neil Strauss

#18 SneakyPenguin

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:07 AM

Is that the book that spawned that incredibly insane movie about the pest control guy getting high off his poison? That was one fucked up movie.


Yep, though the movie isn't based exclusively on the book, it's based on a bunch of Burroughs stories, and some of his life.

By four o'clock I've discounted suicide in favor of killing everyone else in the entire world instead.


#19 CrimGhost

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:08 AM

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder - Richard Louv

Great Ecopsychology read.
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#20 Iron Clad Burrito

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:09 AM

For school:

Colonial America, Jerome Reich. Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early North America, Gary Nash. Race and Revolution, Gary Nash. Major Problems in American Colonial History, Karen Ordahl Kupperman.


For fun: The Hardcore Diaries, Mick Foley; also Re-reading the Wheel of Time series. That will be followed by A Song of Ice and Fire series.
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#21 jaykrue

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 03:42 AM

The Game: The Underground Society of Pickup Artists - Neil Strauss


Good man. 8-)

I'm reading Star Wars: Revelations by Karen Traviss & re-reading The Intelligent Investor by Ben Graham
My new fave anime: Lucky Star

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#22 Chris S

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 04:12 AM

Reading Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I'm on a mission to read "the classics" before I die.

#23 jlseal

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 04:22 AM

The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson
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#24 fart_bubble

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 04:43 AM

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#25 Shadows916

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 04:52 AM

rose estes' greyhawk book, price of power- when finished with that gonna re-read me some david eddings series

#26 eldergamer

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 06:49 AM

bunch of generic sci-fi/fantasy crap.
read david gerrold's a matter for men - pretty horrible
something by charles schefield - ick

the hidden stars - by melissa something. was good, actually

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#27 darkinferno9908

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 07:01 AM

Just finished re-reading (for the 3rd time) Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (the novel, not the manga).

Basic summary:
Japan's youth are horrible. They're causing too much trouble and frankly there are too many of them. So in light of this, Japan's government has created something called the "BR ACT" or Battle Royale. Each year 32 classes of high school students are chosen and then they are taken to various isolated places where they fight it out and kill each other till there is only 1 student remaining. Each student is given a bag with bread, water, and a weapon (anything ranging from an UZI to a spork, yes. A spork.) In the book we follow a single class and watch as they deal with having to kill people they've called friends, watch just how fickle humans can be when their lives are on the line, see just how little you can truly trust someone in the line of fire.

Great book, everyone should pick it up. It's basically a modern lord of the flies and worth the time reading.
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After Finishing BR for the 3rd time I switched to Boogiepop and Others by Kouhei Kadono and it blew my mind. Just wow. Pick this up. Now. No you don't have to have seen the anime. No you don't have to know anything about the series ( I sure as hell didn't) but pick it up now.

Pretty much there's been young girls disappearing from school and no one's doing anything about it. However there's a legend amongst the girls - a legend of Boogiepop; a shinigami or god of death. Boogiepop has appeared and is taking souls...or is he? In reality there's darker things at work here - namly the maneater Manticore.

It's just a great book.
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Right now I'm reading Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe. I have absolutely no clue what it's about because I'm just on the first page... >< Yea.
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#28 LonelyController

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 07:08 AM

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jlseal reminds me I need to finish the Baroque Cycle. Cryptonomicon was one of my favorite works of fiction I've read in the last ten years.

#29 darthbudge

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 12:35 PM

Hey Fart Bubble, how is "Ten Cent Plague"? I am thinking about getting that book.

Also I have a copy of Cryptonomicon laying around, I need to read that some day.


#30 wubb

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 12:37 PM

I'm reading the Legacy of the Force series (Star Wars). Good, light read.

Most of the books have a snip somewhere playing off the "Han shot first" controversy which is fun. There are probably other nods for the hardcore SW fan that I don't pick up on.