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So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby MeiTow » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:41 pm

Seen these on a few boards and I like to peruse and see what people have been reading. :) So, tell us what you are currently reading, how you like it, would you recommend it, a summary (no spoilers please), etc etc if you like!

Currently I've been reading sci-fi/fantasy books for an online class I'm taking and this week we need to read both Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

I started with Herland because I'd never heard of the woman who wrote it and the title intrigued me. Femminists will get a kick out of the men in this story. LOL! Basic summary is three men hear about a civilization of women. They are warned that those that went looking for them never came back but the thought of three guys with their pick of women is too much for them and they go looking. I'm about 60% of the way through and I actually like it pretty well.

I'm not sure if I'll have time to read the other one as I've been super busy this week and I have to write my essay for the school week on Monday sometime. lol

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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby Ally » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:42 pm

Right now I'm in the midst of re-reading the 'Harry Potter' series (about halfway through 'The Half-Blood Prince' right now) but I've got quite the stack of book to read through when I'm done with the series. I think I'll probably go onto 'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen when I'm done as I've been wanting to read it for ages, or 'Misery' by Stephen King, or 'Paint it Black' by Janet Fitch (I had a lot of fun at a local bookshops' recent going-out-of-business sale, and I bought a lot of books!).
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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby rockinwithrammstein » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:24 pm

I am currently reading a book called The Legend of Sigmar. It's from the Warhammer series (I guess it's a game like D&D?) I read a lot of things like that. Fantasy is my favorite genre and it seems that I always end up favoring the books written around characters from games I'd never heard of or know nothing about (Dragonlance, D&D, Warhammer, etc)

I love this book, it's well written and engaging. There are some one dimensional characters, but I've noticed that in a few of the others in the series' and they tend to get killed off. So...crossing my fingers, I suppose...as awful as that sounds lol

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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby no_need » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:56 am

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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby lcockitt » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:58 am

I'm also re-reading the Harry Potter series - just finished the Chamber of Secrets. I love going back and re-reading books I've not read in a while, it feels a bit like visiting old friends.
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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby rockinwithrammstein » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:39 am

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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby Eliste » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:15 pm

I've just started The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. I'm only three chapters in but really enjoying it. it's not at all what I expected, but it grabbed me straight away. Can't say I know enough to give a plot summary, but the world is very rich and the writing is good.

Sadly, everything else I've been reading has been college stuff, which while interesting to me, probably won't be to you.

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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby MeiTow » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:17 pm

Well, I was right in that I did not get a chance to read A Princess of Mars. Another book to finish after class is over, it seems. *puts it in the stack with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Island of Dr. Moreau*. I almost got through Herland (A chapter and a half left and I will probably finish it with my bedtime reading tonight if I'm not too tired).

The story for this next week is Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. I've never read anything by him but I am eager to give this a try. I'm usually not a huge fan of "classics" (this is the second time I've tried to read Dracula...it's still boring as hell). I will also be happy when this class ends in a few weeks (December 12) so I can go back to reading stuff I actually have an interest in reading (ie all the books I already have that need reading lol). My cousin and I have decided to start a long-distance bookclub like thing in January as a way to keep in touch (she's the only one in my family I actually feel somewhat close to, sadly) so I will probably be reading some things that I wouldn't have thought of before. I also really need to finish King's IT (it's been my toilet book for, like, five years lol).

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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby Ally » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:32 pm

Don't worry MeiTow, I had the same problem with 'Dracula'! I really wanted to like it, but the book was overly long and wordy, took me an age to finish! As far as classics go, I'd recommend 'The Portrait of Dorian Grey' by Oscar Wilde, about a narcissist who fixes it so a portrait ages instead of him. Brilliant book, and 'Frankenstein' was really good once I got into it too.
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Re: So...What Are You Reading Now?

Postby kuja.girl » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:02 pm

I just reread The Way of Kings. I finished it in under a week and it's over 1,000 pages. It's that good. The author, Sanderson, was the one tapped to finish the Wheel of Time series... which I hated. I got through 5 books before I gave up. The characters only ever felt half developed and good lord, the women were barely characters and more like plot points! It was horrible. And I agree with no_need's point - too many damned players in that story! ... Ok I'll stop :)

Just read The Way of Kings, the second book comes out in 2014 now that he's done finishing Wheel of Time for Jordon (like a 3-4 year wait arg!)
I also agree with rockinwithrammstein that the Sabriel series by Garth Nix is fabulous. I haven't been a fan of his other work, but that series is pretty wonderful and a quick read.

I'm reading some series I got on special: . So far it's amusing but not excellent.
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