The "What Are You Reading" Thread!

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  1. JohnE

    JohnE Supporting Actor

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    Well, since getting out of school for the holidays, I've been trying to get caught up on some reading. I've managed to put away a few winners over the last couple of weeks.
    Finally after seeing The Two Towers decided to pull my copy of The Silmarillion off the shelf and read it. And what a rewarding read it is if you're a fan of Tolkien. Highly recommended!
    I also just finished up Irvine Welsh's book Porno. It's the sequel to Trainspotting, and a damn good read.
    I also finished The Threatening Storm by Kenneth M. Pollack. Very informative read. Gives a good understanding of what's going on in Iraq and and the Middle East.
    A couple other's I've finished off lately that I thought were good but not great...
    Michael Crichton's, Prey
    Sean Russel's, The Isle of Battle
    Walter Jon Williams, Destiny's Way, the latest book in the SW New Jedi Order series.
    Anyone else read anything good lately?
     
  2. Steve Christou

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    I'm currently re-reading Stephen Donaldson's 'Gap' Novels I'm on the 2nd book now, I love 'em, very graphic, adult SF, non-stop profanity, brutality and rape while zooming across the galaxy and thats just our 'hero' Angus Thermopyle.
    This ain't Star Wars baby, perfect Xmas reading.[​IMG]
     
  3. Steve Simm

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    Just finished re-reading "Without Remorse" by Tom Clancy and getting ready to start either "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young" or "Band of Brothers". I can't decide which one and both look equally interesting.
     
  4. Steve Enemark

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    I'm reading Greetings, Carbon-Based Lifeforms!, a collection of Arthur C. Clarke's essays. Great stuff!
     
  5. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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    Lasher by Anne Rice
    The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
    On Writing by Stephen King
    The Dark Tower: The Wastelands by Stephen King
    Catcher in the Rye
    And yes, I'm reading these in the same day.
     
  6. Holadem

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    Brotherhood of War - The Lieutenants by W.E.B Griffin. I was looking for a WWII epic was told to get this, but little of the book actually takes place during the war [​IMG] [​IMG]. This is a book for people who love everything about the military, and is heavy on things like honor, rank, duty... interesting, but I don't see myself picking up the rest of the series.
    Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger (last month). The style got old very fast. 1/3 of the way into the book, I got confirmation online that the rest of the book was more of the same. I got the cynicism in the part that I read, and it seemed the rest of the book would bring me little else so I gave it up.
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  7. Patrick Sun

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    I just picked up the LOTR trilogy (all in one edition/book), so that's what I'll be reading.
     
  8. JohnE

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    Hey Patrick, if you're not too burned out on Middle Earth when ya finish up, I highly recommend The Silmarillion. It takes a bit to sink it's teeth into ya, but once it grabs hold it dosen't let go. I had been meaning to read it for almost 20 years, and only just now did it.
     
  9. Dave Smith

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    Just re-read LOTR for about the fifth time.

    Currently reading The Guns Of The South by Harry Turtledove, an alternate history of the Civil War where the South has access to the AK-47. It's extremely well written and pretty entertaining.

    After that I've got Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!, some of Richard Feynman's memoirs. He was quite a character.

    After THAT, it'll be The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley. Found it at Barnes & Noble for $5 in hardcover!
     
  10. Craig Robertson

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    i'm re-reading Deadeye Dick by Vonnegut. i couldn't sleep the other night and wanted something with a little humor.
     
  11. Josh Simpson

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    Reading Fellowship of the Ring right now, since college is wrapped up. Haven't decided if I'm gonna read all three yet. I might just read the first two, since I've seen the two movies. One thing about these movies, they've sure generated more interest in the books, which can only be a good thing.
     
  12. Carlo Medina

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    Just finished Prey by Crichton (took less than 2 days and I wasn't even reading straight through those days!). And since I got myself the new Alan Lee illustrated 3 vol hardcover of the Lord of the Rings (with the corrected text) I have started reading FoTR again! This will be my sixth time through the novel, I am an uber-dork - I can already hear Triumph knocking on my door... [​IMG]
     
  13. Dennis Nicholls

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    I'm reading The World Crisis by Winston L. S. Churchill. This is his history, with lots of background, of WWI. I had to go through various used bookstores on-line as it's been out of print since the 1930's. Interesting but not on the same level as his later and far better (Nobel prize winning) history of WWII.
     
  14. Jason Guardiano

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    I'm reading Return of the King, The Last Temptation of Christ, Digby (a play), and I still haven't finished T2:Infiltrator.

    Hopefully I can get some of this reading done before Winter Quarter starts since I'll be doing a lot of reading for school in my humanities course (and all my other courses (19 units)).
     
  15. Frank Zimkas

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    I've beeen reading The Once and Future King by T.H.White to my kids. although my 10 year old son reads at an 11th grade level he still enjoys having a book or two read to him and his sister. Reminds him of the "Good Old Days" I guess.[​IMG]
    I enjoy being able to share a good story with them! we've also read all of the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and of course all of the Harry Potter books together. I hope they don't out grow our reading time, it would break my heart.
     
  16. Jeff_A

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    After much HTF fanfare, I have been working on The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre. I must say that this title is taking me much longer to read than it probably should have (at 375 pages), as I have personally found his writing style somewhat laborious.
    That said, I found The Whisperer in the Darkness, The Colour Out of Space, and The Shadow Out of Time very enjoyable. But my very favorite would easily have to be The Shadow Over Innsmouth - chilling, absolutely chilling! [​IMG]
     
  17. Bill_D

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    Currently I am reading a Stephen King/Peter Straub collabo: Black House.
     
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    For six months I've been trying to get time to read "You cannot be serious", and I'm still trying to get time[​IMG]
    Brent
     
  19. Tim Hoover

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    Lemme take a look at the end table and see what I have stacked there...

    The Trial of Socrates - pretty self-explanatory.
    Black Edelweiss - a WW2 memoir by a member of the Waffen-SS
    Street Without Joy - Bernard Fall's landmark book about the French war in Vietnam

    I'm thankful for Amazon having a warehouse four hours away. I ordered these Sunday night, they shipped Monday, and arrived here Tuesday - and that's with UPS Ground!!!
     
  20. Christ Reynolds

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    just finished a couple books by chuck palahniuk - fight club, and survivor. fight club the movie was a lot better than the book i think. good book though. and survivor was fantastic, really creepy. i should be starting 'choke' soon, i like his writing style. on a side note, why does everyone who read the LOTR books assume that i will like them,, i tell them its not really my genre, as i hated the movie. 'no you will like them, they are good'. i'm sure they are decent books, but there are about 10,000 books i want to read before i get to LOTR, and harry potter as well. all the geeky math books i read are also good, but i dont push them onto anyone else. too bad my friends dont read this forum [​IMG]
    CJ
     

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