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What are you reading?

Postby Legend » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:55 am

I'm a big-time reader, and I'm always interested in what others are reading. I just got done with Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Just started The Engineer Trilogy by K.J. Parker. I guess I'm on a British author kick. What are you other readers working on?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby BillConnelly » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:59 am

Lets see, I just finished reading Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, which was dense and unreadable at times, but excellent at others. I'm currently reading Great Expectations, and I think I'll read Germs, Guns and Steel by Jared Diamond next.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Legend » Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:09 am

Cool-I like Dickens a lot. My next after the K.J. Parker will be Our Mutual Friend.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby CPWSolf » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:56 am

The liar by stephen fry
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DerikC » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:16 pm

Andre Gide's "The Immoralist"

I went into the library yesterday to return a past due book, but I really should have simply put it into a slot. I shouldn't be allowed in if I have a bag with me. I walked out with a book on Camus and Sartre's friendship, a book of Camus' plays, as well as "The Gay Science" and "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Friedrich Nietzsche. I love reading with my pipe...but this damn cold wind is hampering my style.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ewlewis » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:04 pm

Finsishing up "Under the Dome" by Stephen King, which a good read, but I abhor all the swearing and graphic nature of his style. I will probably never read him again. Next I will be reading some C.S. Lewis and possibly John Ortberg's "Faith and Doubt"
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby chiguire » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:48 pm

On Ugliness by Umberto Eco
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby gnossos » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:58 pm

On Ugliness is pretty fun! And I have a copy of The Immoralist around here somewhere... but right now I guess I'm reading Bernard Malamud's The Fixer. I just finished Take FIve by D. Keith Mano and I figure something a little more straightforward will fit the bill as a buffer.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby chaissac1 » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:37 pm

Douglas Adams--Long Dark Teatime of the Soul.

I need some humour at this point in time...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby frumplestiltskin » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:22 am

After a long string of classics (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Great Gatsby, The Bell Jar, The Grapes of Wrath), I'm reading a volume of Vonnegut's short fiction published posthumously, titled "Look at the Birdie". Smoking and reading are nearly inseparable for me.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Legend » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:01 am

ewlewis wrote:Finsishing up "Under the Dome" by Stephen King, which a good read, but I abhor all the swearing and graphic nature of his style. I will probably never read him again. Next I will be reading some C.S. Lewis and possibly John Ortberg's "Faith and Doubt"

Yes-S. King is a good author. He describes things and people so well. I recall reading "The Stand" while on a Navy deploment (nothing else to do on a ship after work is done), and I could see his character's attributes and such in some of my co-workers. All that aside, I must agree with you that he is rather crude and vulgar. That's the main reason I have not read him in awhile.
I have wanted to read some C.S. Lewis, especially the Theological stuff, which always interests me.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby BillConnelly » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:42 am

frumplestiltskin wrote:After a long string of classics (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Great Gatsby, The Bell Jar, The Grapes of Wrath), I'm reading a volume of Vonnegut's short fiction published posthumously, titled "Look at the Birdie". Smoking and reading are nearly inseparable for me.


Oh, I love Vonnegut. I read everything of his I can get a hold of. In fact, I had a couple first editions at one point.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DerikC » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:06 am

frumplestiltskin wrote:After a long string of classics (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Great Gatsby, The Bell Jar, The Grapes of Wrath), I'm reading a volume of Vonnegut's short fiction published posthumously, titled "Look at the Birdie". Smoking and reading are nearly inseparable for me.



You have no idea how much I sympathize with that last sentiment...

My favorite Vonnegut to date has to be "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater", of course I've yet to read Catch 22.

The Immoralist is pretty good, it's short too so it's not daunting. I'm waiting for the payoff and I think it will be a good one. Mostly because I think Gide was sort of a pre-existentialist existentialist. And they're just cool as hell.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ewlewis » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:00 pm

Catch 22 was written by Jos. Heller, not Vonnegut. Not that it really matters, i just wanted to point it out. And for the record I did not like Catch 22 one bit.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby gnossos » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:14 pm

I didn't like Catch-22 the first time I read it, but I gave it another ago a few years later and thought it was great.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Legend » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:29 pm

Heller wrote a book based on the life of King David, I can't recall the title at the moment. It was really strange, and I could not get into it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby gnossos » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:03 pm

God Knows i believe. I haven't read it. I tried reading his short stories, meh. I think people tend to feel that Catch-22 was kind of a fluke and the rest of his stuff... eh. At least that's the impression I've gathered, though God Knows gets four stars on Amazon.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Legend » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:38 pm

Any Joseph Conrad fans out there?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DerikC » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:19 pm

ewlewis wrote:Catch 22 was written by Jos. Heller, not Vonnegut. Not that it really matters, i just wanted to point it out. And for the record I did not like Catch 22 one bit.



I said Catch 22, and was thinking Breakfast of Champions. I have no excuse for that thought process haha.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby jms » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:45 am

After watching the movie Sideways the other night, I was prompted to go on a rampant search through the dustbin of older books I have and pull out all 713 pages of Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits (1973).

Excerpt:

"However they discovered it, the Persians evidently loved wine: according to Herodotus, all important matters were discussed twice in the councils of state- once when they were drinking, and again when they were sober."
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