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Books You've Read!


#1

Well, I've been somewhat bored recently and started to read a lot in my free-time. The most recent books I've read are: 'Travels in Scriptorium" by Paul Auster, "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad and "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, among others.

All three were awesome reads and would recommend them to anyone, "Heart of Darkness" was probably the most eloquently authored novel I have ever read, and the author wasn't even a natural English speaker.

Please share any books you've read, would recommend or plan on picking up!


#2

I’m currently randomly reading:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Iliad by Homer
Dinosaur Training by Brooks D Kubik
Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud
Fevre Dream by George R R Martin
Sperm Wars by Robin Baker

I’m planning to re-read:
Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
Sun Tzu: Art of War

This month I have read and finished:
Hedge Knight by George R R Martin
Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword by George R R Martin
The Game by Neil Strauss

If you enjoy fiction or fantasy, I strongly recommend George R R Martin’s unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire series. I read all 4 books twice already.


#3

I have read ‘‘à la recherche du temps perdu’’ by Marcel Proust.
I dont know why I am sharing this knowing that no one gives a shit (and it’s okay that way)

gotta find something else to do than lurking around here


#4

Currently reading

“The Fourth Thousand Years” - Cleon Skousen
“The Mythmakers” - Hugh Nibley
(both heavily slanted Mormon wise religious books)

also

“Meditations” - Marcus Aurelius
“Rough Stone Rolling”- I forget his name, he’s Mormon, best biography on Joseph Smith written from an almost completely unbiased view.
“Lies my teach told me” - James Loewe
“Altered Carbon- Takeshi Kovacs” -Richard Morgan


#5

All of Faulkner’s books lately.


#6

[quote]Mikaj wrote:
I’m currently randomly reading:

Iliad by Homer
[/quote]

Any good?


#7

[quote]hardgnr wrote:
Mikaj wrote:
I’m currently randomly reading:

Iliad by Homer

Any good?[/quote]

The Odyssey is better IMHO. Depends on the translation as well.

I am currently reading “The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Just finished “Crime and Punishment” and it was great. Someone mentionned Faulkner, one of my faves. Nabokov is an incredible writer. “Lolita” is still controversial, but it is an incredible read. Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is one of my all time faves. I happen to be somewhat of a book junkie, so I could go on all day…But I won’t.


#8

[quote]Mikaj wrote:
If you enjoy fiction or fantasy, I strongly recommend George R R Martin’s unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire series. I read all 4 books twice already.[/quote]

Agreed. It’s definitely not the faggy type of fantasy that many people might imagine when thinking of that genre.

I bought A Game of Thrones maybe two weeks ago (whenever the last Books thread was) and am halfway through A Storm of Swords (3rd in the series). Lengthy books - 800 - 1,000 pages per book, but Martin does a great job of keeping it moving without growing stale.

I’m gonna be pissed having to wait for the rest to come out, that’s for sure.


#9

[quote]anonym wrote:
Mikaj wrote:
If you enjoy fiction or fantasy, I strongly recommend George R R Martin’s unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire series. I read all 4 books twice already.

Agreed. It’s definitely not the faggy type of fantasy that many people might imagine when thinking of that genre.

I bought A Game of Thrones maybe two weeks ago (whenever the last Books thread was) and am halfway through A Storm of Swords (3rd in the series). Lengthy books - 800 - 1,000 pages per book, but Martin does a great job of keeping it moving without growing stale.

I’m gonna be pissed having to wait for the rest to come out, that’s for sure.[/quote]

If he doesnt finish the 5th book soon, I’m going to throw a fucking fit.

PS the Targaryans kick ass.


#10

[quote]DixiesFinest wrote:
anonym wrote:
Mikaj wrote:
If you enjoy fiction or fantasy, I strongly recommend George R R Martin’s unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire series. I read all 4 books twice already.

[/quote]
Yeah, it’s a great series. By the way, HBO is currently casting for a mini series. Here is what they have so far.

Eddard Stark - Sean Bean
http://www.pubfilms.com/static/actors/live/49.jpg
Robert Baratheon - Mark Addy


Tyrion Lannister - Peter Dinklage

Jon Snow - Kit Harington
https://media.nt-online.org/files/Kit-Harington7K4Fyd.jpg

I’m pretty happy with the cast so far, especially Peter Dinklage as Tyrion. I’m a little iffy on Mark Addy as Robert, but he might be able to pull it off.


#11

I actually just read Atomic Dog - TC and i thought it was equally hilarious, entertaining and thought provoking.


#12

Just read the Odyssey and Hella Nation by Evan Wright - pretty good short takes on weird Americans - and Tactics of the Crescent Moon - not so good - on a plane trip from Cape Town to Alaska (which by the way is a great state, even without the Sarah Palin-did she know I was coming?) Oil and the Glory about Central Asia by Steve LeVine also pretty good.


#13

[quote]Shaved wrote:
Yeah, it’s a great series. By the way, HBO is currently casting for a mini series. Here is what they have so far.

Eddard Stark - Sean Bean
http://www.pubfilms.com/static/actors/live/49.jpg
Robert Baratheon - Mark Addy


Tyrion Lannister - Peter Dinklage

Jon Snow - Kit Harington
https://media.nt-online.org/files/Kit-Harington7K4Fyd.jpg

I’m pretty happy with the cast so far, especially Peter Dinklage as Tyrion. I’m a little iffy on Mark Addy as Robert, but he might be able to pull it off.[/quote]

I was definitely pumped when I heard that it was going to be put on HBO.

Though I can’t speak for the acting ability of every cast member, but most definitely do justice to the mental images I’ve had in my head of the characters (Dinklage will have to be uglied up a bit, but I think he’s great).

Don’t know about Addy, either.

And Fuck Yeah! for Sean Bean.


#14

God damn it… More ASOIAF stuff to wait for!

Read Hedge Knight I and II if you read ASOIAF, it’s a short and sweet mini prequel.


#15

Just finished The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway and just started Underworld by Don DeLillo. I recently read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis for about the fifth time-I highly recommend it. I also recommend Brave New World and 1984 by Huxley and Orwell, and anything by Norman Mailer, especially Tough Guys Don’t Dance, Harlot’s Ghost and An American Dream.


#16

Anything by Chuck Palahniuk - author of Fight Club. Particularly good are Rant, Snuff, and Pygmy.

I enjoy the fantasy books by Robin Hobb, except the latest ‘soldier’s son’ trilogy. But the ‘farseer’ trilogy is very good.


#17

Recently I’ve read…
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Mr. America by Mark Adams
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Welfare Brat by Mary Childers
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I’d say all were interesting and/or entertaining, with the exception of The Catcher in the Rye, which sucked just as much as the first time I read it back in high school.