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#3421 gamingcamelcliente

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

Just started reading "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass... it's a more intense, less mainstream version of The Power of Now, and definitely what The Power of Now was based on...really eye opening book.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:45 PM

Recently finished James Clavell's Tai-Pan, and Shogun before that. Both were pretty outstanding reads, thought I'll say Tai-Pan starts a bit slower.

Tai-Pan revolves around 19th century European opium traders settling Hong Kong, Shogun towards the end of medieval Japan.

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#3423 Mandy I Am

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:35 AM

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

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Just finished these books. Awesome reading.
Hard to describe Shadow of the Wind...just a haunting and extremely well-written book about romance, secret libraries and mystery!
Ready Player One is just a fun book that appeals to the 80s children in us and video games.


Just finished ready player one and wanted to drop in here and recommend it for anyone who grew up gaming in the 70s/80s or has a soft spot for golden age gaming. Great storytelling.

I've also finished the wool series by Hugh Howey (selfpub'd and would benefit from an editor). Read the first prequel and am halfway done with the second. Gonna probably stop with this one. The wool books were good, albeit slightly overwrought at times, but still entertaining.

I'm moving on to cloud Atlas next. Excited for this and not sure how I missed it.

#3425 kill3r7

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

Just finished reading Cold Days by Jim Butcher (Book 14 of The Dresden Files) and I thought it awesome. Much better than the last book, although the overall tone of the series is changing.

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#3426 eldergamer

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

Nineteen Seventy Foure

Reads sort of like a British James Ellroy.
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Once you make it past a bit of what seems like forced noir prose, it gets pretty good.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

I finished The Raw Shark Texts. I very much enjoyed it. I began reading Life by "Keef" a couple of days ago.

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#3428 Maklershed

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

On the Kindle side of things I finished Best Served Cold (phenomenal) and started Echoes of Earth

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

I read that Echoes of Earth triology a few years ago. Pretty good, and it introduces some pretty far-out concepts too.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:24 PM

Just finished the strain. Damn that was a good vampire book. Written by the same guy who wrote the town, one of my favorite heist movies. Who knew he did vampire books too

#3431 GhostShark

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:59 PM

Finished up re-reading The Hobbit. It's just as fantastic, engaging and wonderfully written as I remember.

I am now moving onto Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects by Christie Golden and Neuromancer by William Gibson.
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#3432 Maklershed

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:10 AM

On the hard copy side I finished The Man in the High Castle and started The Lost City of Z

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

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#3433 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:14 AM

On the hard copy side I finished The Man in the High Castle


What did you think of it?

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


#3434 Maklershed

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

I liked it but honestly I'm not sure I understood all of it. For example,
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#3435 Maklershed

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:33 AM

On the Kindle side I finished Echoes of Earth and started The Lost World

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The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle


On the hard copy side I finished The Lost City of Z and started An Idiot Abroad

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An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington

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#3436 eldergamer

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchet.
Another Discworld book. Not bad, a bit more of the same but enjoyable.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:01 PM

Finished American Gods. Wasn't very impressed, thus took a while to slog through it.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

I'm reading The Hobbit since I didn't read any of the lotr books before seeing the films. I've seen the first part if The Hobbit already, and have to say I prefer the film. I I understand that the book was intended as a children's book, yes? If that's true, it shows. I especially so far do not like how the elves are portrayed. Like they're a bunch of silly children themselves, and not like the films more serious version.
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#3439 dmaul1114

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

I'm reading The Hobbit since I didn't read any of the lotr books before seeing the films. I've seen the first part if The Hobbit already, and have to say I prefer the film. I I understand that the book was intended as a children's book, yes? If that's true, it shows. I especially so far do not like how the elves are portrayed. Like they're a bunch of silly children themselves, and not like the films more serious version.


Yeah, it was written as a children's book.

I don't care for it nearly as much as I do the LOTR books or The Silmarillion. Thus I was very happy that they decided to expand on the book in the movie with the White Council/Dol Goldur stuff that happened off page and stuff from the LOTR appendices.

Planning on seeing the first movie this week, probably tomorrow.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

I do wonder how they're getting 3 movies from such a short book. They must really plan to expand a good deal.
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#3441 PancakesAreLove

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

I'm going to see the Hobbit this weekend so I just finished the Hobbit. Now I know this isn't the standard literature but I'm reading Thinking Recursively by Eric Roberts.

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#3442 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

I do wonder how they're getting 3 movies from such a short book. They must really plan to expand a good deal.


They did expand a lot, the movie really didn't drag at 2.5 hours. Jackson took the appendices from LOTR and basically showed you what happened during the Hobbit. In the book, for instance, Gandalf keeps disappearing but the dwarves just chalk it up to him being a wizard. In the appendices Tolkien talks about what he was doing during those times he was missing. In the film, Jackson just filled in the pieces in the correct timeline. He did it pretty flawlessly IMO too.

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


#3443 PancakesAreLove

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

They did expand a lot, the movie really didn't drag at 2.5 hours. Jackson took the appendices from LOTR and basically showed you what happened during the Hobbit. In the book, for instance, Gandalf keeps disappearing but the dwarves just chalk it up to him being a wizard. In the appendices Tolkien talks about what he was doing during those times he was missing. In the film, Jackson just filled in the pieces in the correct timeline. He did it pretty flawlessly IMO too.


I'm hoping this trilogy does really well as that gives a chance that we will see the Similarion as a movie.

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#3444 Maklershed

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:41 AM

On the Kindle side I finished The Lost World and started Roadside Picnic

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On the hard copy side I finished An Idiot Abroad and started The Dispossessed

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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:44 AM

After playing and loving Metro 2033 I started the book. Pretty good about halfway in. The action is written sort of woodenly but the atmosphere is still cool.

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#3446 GhostShark

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:15 AM

I hope you enjoy The Dispossesed, Mak. It's personally my favorite Le Guin text. At least of her Science Fiction stuff.
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:33 AM

Half way through Cloud Atlas. I got to the middle chapter with a lot of dialog from the Deep South and decided to take a break.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:32 AM

I read The Perks of Being A Wallflower in a day last week. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye which I heard Perks compared to a lot. I'm not sure if it's because I read both after a major death in the family but I really enjoyed them. I've always been an introverted outsider so both are relatable.

Now I'm reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I saw the movie already which was crap but I'm enjoying the book. The book is a lot better and quite different.

I bought both of those books during the summer along with LA Confidential and 3 other books by the same author. LA Noire got me in that mood while playing it. I'll probably read those next. I think The Black Dahlia is the first in the series.

#3449 Maklershed

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:10 PM

Finished Roadside Picnic and starting The Old Man and the Wasteland

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#3450 eldergamer

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:17 PM

I read The Perks of Being A Wallflower in a day last week. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye which I heard Perks compared to a lot. I'm not sure if it's because I read both after a major death in the family but I really enjoyed them. I've always been an introverted outsider so both are relatable.

Now I'm reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I saw the movie already which was crap but I'm enjoying the book. The book is a lot better and quite different.

I bought both of those books during the summer along with LA Confidential and 3 other books by the same author. LA Noire got me in that mood while playing it. I'll probably read those next. I think The Black Dahlia is the first in the series.


James Ellroy is the author of LA Confidential. It's actually the first in his LA series. Black Dahllia is just stand alone. He's got some good autobiographical stuff as well if you want to read how messed he (thinks) is.
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