[Literature] Currently Reading (discussion)

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Postby Markal » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:15 am

My current reading attention is split between David McCullough's biography on John Adams and one of Harry Turtledove's alternate-history novels, The Two Georges.
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Postby Director Black » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:51 pm

Nearly a month and a half and I'm barely 100 pages away from finishing Imajica. I know I said I was going to read Ulysses next...but I had a gut feeling that when I heard the themes and concept of the former, I would fall in love with it.

For once, my gut was right.
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Postby Director Black » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:34 am

Well, I finally finished Imajica about half a month ago and I can safely say that this is easily the best fantasy book I've read...but, I still have plenty more to go.

Following that, I read through Brave New World (With classic dystopias on my list ('Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' in particular)) and, perhaps not surprisingly, it's a great book that's still relevant in many different ways. Huxley is an author who I need to read more of.

And currently, I'm taking a leap of faith and attempting to read David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. When first hearing about it, it sounded like it was nearly made for me. I can't form an opinion on it since I'm only on page 60 out of 1,076, so it's going to take me a while or more to form it fully.
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Thu May 04, 2017 8:25 pm

I'm somewhat behind the times, but I just blew through The Martian. Good book, haven't been glued to a book like this in a very long time.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Fri May 05, 2017 3:50 pm

I indulged myself recently by picking up John C. Wright's Awake in the Night Land, which is essentially a set of professionally published fanfic of Hodgson's The Night Land. It's a creditable pastiche of the original, though occasionally one can hear the sound of auctorial axes being ground. And by the third piece, it has fallen to the usual fanfic vice of "spot the reference" as it seeks to fill in some of the ages between the Edwardian times of the original's opening, and the far distant future where the main story takes place.

Like most fanfic, recommended for people who liked the original and want another helping.
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Postby big_big_bozo » Sat May 06, 2017 10:30 pm

Had a friend lend me his copy of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, heard a lot of good things from him. To hear him tell it, you'd be hardpressed to see a piece of fiction that ""challenges"" the medium in a more interesting manner, and coupled with the horror aspect, it's apparently quite the ride. Conversely, I've heard others describe it as one long parade of gimmicks, broken up by unnecessarily cryptic n' pretentious tangents, that ultimately amounts to nothing more then a shoddy experiment. Gonna try and not let either stance colour my own perception. Just sat down for an hour to give it a once over, and I can safely say it's ...... weird. But in a good way, sorta.
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Postby Director Black » Mon May 29, 2017 9:21 pm

I finally made it through Infinite Jest, and, though I may sound like a pretentious jackass, and reflecting two weeks after finishing it, it's definitely in the top 3 list of my favorite books. So much detail, story, themes, and great characters all in one. I know many people are bothered by the footnotes, but I got through them OK...so to each his/her own.

And now I'm flipping through a collection of essays/speeches by renowned writer Noam Chomsky...and yeah, he is a fantastic writer. He puts thought into his political views and pointing out the flaws of our society and government, and the fact that he's been doing this for over half a century is astounding.

And I'm currently reading one of the inspirations of Evangelion (Especially Episode 16 seeing as how the book's title is also the name of the episode): From Sickness Unto Death. I normally don't go for Christian-themed books (Me being an atheist and find a lot of what's written very farfetched and cheesy), but setting aside the religious themes, it's still a solid philisophy book; it talks about how a despair is a reflection one's self and the different types of despair that are "a sickness' that last "unto death." I plan to write a thread about how much there is to relate it to Evangelion once I'm done with it.
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Postby Tankred » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:08 am

HOW THE WEST WAS LOST - Alexander Boot

I've been meaning to pick this book up for a good while, ever since I started following, the man's blog. I'd previously bought How The Future Worked, an autobiographical book on Mr. Boot's early life in the USSR and how it formed his way of thinking, quite humorous and terrifying. HOW THE WEST WAS LOST goes into depth regarding the Wests woes and how the Enlightenment is the most immediate cause.

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Postby Ray » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:08 am

Here's a list of what I've been reading recently.

OLD MARS and OLD VENUS both Edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois.


A compilation of short stories by modern day Sci-Fi authors set on versions of Mars and Venus that wouldn't be out of place in the old pulps from the 1960's. Where Mars and Venus weren't dead desert worlds, but teeming with life and lost alien civilizations. My favorite short stories are in the Venus volume, my favorite"Pale Blue Memories" By Tobias S Buckell in the Venus volume. It's a really creepy planet of the Apes pastiche that really goes into detail about the dehumanizing (de-venusianizing?) nature of Slavery. It's in start contrast to the relatively upbeat stories in the rest of the volume.

This series really piqued my Interest in my old Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars Books, So I read through those again too.

A Princess Of Mars and Gods Of Mars By Edgar Rice Burroughs,

It was a joy to revisit Barsoom after all these years away. Especially today with all this cynical modern day talk of colonizing a Mars where there aren't any sexy pink alien princesses, or green four armed men, or ancient crumbling medieval cities.

I also picked up this one and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, given its a kind of alternate history sci-fi story that has been done to DEATH.



UNITED STATES OF Japan by Peter Tieryas

It's basically a Wolfenstein the New Order fanfic, but with the Japanese Empire instead of the Nazis. It's part genuinely unnerving political espionage drama, but it also not so serious it can't have Imperial Japan with fucking EVANGELIONS.

Speaking of Evangelion, there's a lot of easter eggs here for fans of various anime series if you know where to look. For example, there's a Red haired half-Japanese Half-German girl named Tiffany (Asuka's English VA). . . . and the process by which the Japanese Empire makes their giant machine technology is really inhumane, bringing to mind the worst horrors of things like Unit 731. Though I will say the writing style may be a bit too 'everyman' for some people who expect this book to take the topic as seriously as something like Schindlers list. . . You're gonna have a bad time.
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