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Books You Are Currently Reading? Answered

So fellow Instructable-rs, what books are you reading at the moment?

I find reading a good thing to do, but i do it very rarely now, cause i'm allways on instructables doing absolute BUPKISS! ( serious I explore randomly on the site waiting for an Amazing Instructable)!

Not good use of my time!

Anyways, I'm reading Guinness Book Of Records: Game Edition 2008 I'ts so very intrestiing learning about the history of video games and consoles and Handhelds.
There are so many fun facts and figures about the world of Gaming.

Recomendation: 5/5 READ IT!

Definate for the Gaming Fan!

So What Books You Guys Are Reading?

Discussions

I just finished the curious incident of the dog in the night time. go out and read it. now!

Dracula - Bram Stoker. Figured I should probably read it.

Time to bump this back up!

I've recently finished the following books:

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall - very good, Neil Gaiman meets Ernest Hemingway. :P

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - I love his young adult stuff! This was a very quick book, but I enjoyed it greatly. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, and more!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling - I really like fairy tales and folk tales, so of course I love the ones from Hogwarts, even though I'm a muggle.

Delta of Venus by Anais Nin - I was curious, and my curiosity is now satisfied. ;)

Just finished Oliver Sacks' old The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and will probably go back and reread A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee.

Just finished "Hacking the Xbox: A guide to reverse engineering" and starting the fifth read of 1984.

Sorry I know this is a late post lol..... What exactly is 'Hacking the Xbox' surely Microsoft would prohibit such a book. (Not that I want them to.....I'm All for Modding)

By all means, Microsoft tried. The book's original publishers pulled out and left the author to find a new one.

Just finished reading I am legend, and then I watched the film witch I bought on dvd, I preferred the book, but then thats usually the case with me.

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westfw

9 years ago

  • Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 2)
  • Morality for Beautiful Girls (Book 3)
  • The Kalahari Typing School for Men (Book 4)
(All by Alexander McCall Smith)
I read the first in this series (No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) some time ago, and picked up the next three at a book fair recently and polished them off in short order. The premise is that one Precious Ramotswe, a woman resident of Botswana Africa, takes her modest inheritance and founds that countries first Detective Agency owned by a woman. The books cover her adventures in solving cases, running a business, and getting on with her life.
Precious is not the hard-boiled detective found in many American detective stories (Marlowe, Rockford, Magnum, etc.) Botswana is a kinder, gentler place, and these books are best described as quaint. I like them, though I'm left with a slightly uncomfortable feeling that I'm reading some old white guy's fantasy of the way things are, that might be as unintentionally racist and offensive as those happy, singing, plantation slaves in some older tales of the US deep south. (The consensus on the net is NOT; you can find the discussions yourselves if you're so inclined. I didn't seen any opinions posted from black female Botswani, however...)
The books are entertaining and nicely upbeat; recommended!

I read Brisingr a while back...

Just working through Bill Brysons "I'm a stranger here myself" and a new one from Greg Bear, "Darwins children".

Just started "A short history of nearly everything". Not to bump a dinosaur topic, but westfw already did. :P

I don't see why it doesn't continue to be an interesting topic, so long as it doesn't get TOO huge, and doesn't develop one of those "noise" sub-threads. Assuming that most people read the forums in a way that "bumped" topics cause them to show up. Thanks for making me not the only one bumping the thread...

You know, one of the things I love about instructables is the dominant attitude towards stuff like this. On other sites, I've had moderators and admins yell at me for bumping an old thread with (new and relevant!) material, while simultaneously getting angry at people who made new threads that the old buried ones touched one. :\ It's so nice to be on a site that's so much more tolerant...

Whoops, developing into a noise sub-thread here...I'll stop now. :)

Haha, you're welcome...

Reading James Hogan's "Inherit the Stars" downloaded from Baen books, it seems to want to aspire to hard boiled technobabble, but doesn't quite get there.

What do you want from a computer salesman? I think I'd recommend his "The Two Faces of Tomorrow" somewhat more highly.

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westfw

9 years ago

"The Fall of Reach" by Eric Nylund (Halo, book 1.) I attended a panel on "Trends in written SF" at the World SF Convention this summer, and one of the things they mentioned was Novels (and etc) with Game tie-ins (Halo (the video game) and Magic (the card game) were mentioned specifically, IIRC) So when the first three (?) Novels showed up at the local library's book fair, I snapped them up for my 12y-old son. (He's a pretty avid reader, but doesn't seem to have the patience for searching through piles of unorganized books...) I haven't actually played the game, BTW... TFoR is apparently a prequel to the game, covering the development and early battles of the "Spartan" augmented super-soldiers, and first contact with the nasty and technologically superior Aliens (multiple species thereof) who are intent on wiping out all humans. The Halo artifact itself doesn't show up till the last page. It's certainly not great literature, and not even great SF; the science is pretty much at the old Star Trek level: magic with techno-buzzwords. But overall not bad for the genre, I think. Significant violence of the "I punched him and felt his jaw shatter" level, but not "too much." I was relatively pleased with the consistency of behavior of weapons systems and technology. I guess that overall I'd call it pretty well balanced and well paced.

"The Flood" by William C Dietz (Halo, Book 2) This book pretty much sucks. It's everything I was afraid the first book would be: back to back firefights between endless supplies of cannon fodder (on both sides) with endless ammunition and little discernible strategy, inexplicable lack of military discipline in communications ("You don't want to know." Gimme a break!) And look! A new unlikely enemy even worse than the last set! It reads rather exactly like a thin veneer applied to a successful "mission" in Warcraft/Starcraft/etc (remember I haven't played Halo.) Now, it may be that this is exactly the intent, and perhaps the book would be redeemed by containing hints on how to complete the game missions. But OH MY the veneer needs to be thicker! Sigh. At least I'm almost done. Reading Niven's "Ringworld" to the 12y old son. "This is what a book about a ring-shaped artifact OUGHT to be like..." He keeps falling asleep, though. :-( (Niven came SO CLOSE to predicting global warming, but didn't!) Reading McCaffrey's "Dragonflight" to the 10y old, having finished the juvenile "Harper Hall trilogy." You know, the Pern books came a LONG way since this initial novel, with it's rather violent and easily offended (duel to the death!) main characters... Reading Bujold's "Sharing Knife" (book 1) to the 14y old. Everyone should read a romance novel to their teenage daughters. Pick the right one, and it opens examples and discussion of sexual behavior that might otherwise be well into the "I don't want to talk about it" category...

Books based on a video game? Ugghh! BTW have you read Niven's "Fallen Angels"? Written based on the theory of Global Cooling. Available for free at Baen Books.

Well, like I said, the first book was ok. The second, not just based on the game it seems, but perhaps exactly on a particular game play (the way I hear some fantasy novels are based on D&D; campaigns.) Ah well. Haven't read "Fallen Angels" (N & P, btw. A much different flavor than N alone.) Heard it was a bit too much "fan service for SF fandom" when it came out, and haven't been that tempted (even though I am one, more or less...)

Yeah, your description is spot on, and is why it's probably why it's his only book I've only read once, seriously Filk singing is deplorable. ;-)

I like filk singing. Both the old-fashioned awful kind sung by drunken white nerds, and the more modern sort mostly performed by people with actual musical talent. Some of my best friends are relatively famous filk singers... (and also here)
(Niven, however, seems to particularly like the old-fashioned awful kind, but he's been a fan for far longer than I have.)

Ah well, tastes vary, especially in music...

In what "down time" I have (waiting for the washer to finish, waiting at the doc's office, etc), I started reading Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories vol. II

Just finished Doctorow's Little Brother and now I'm barely into Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

Little Brother was an excellent book (I finished it a while ago), and I just started reading Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden.

1984 was a drag, but his Animal Farm turned out to be much better...

Since then, I've also read Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon for school; it's an alright book, not much of a King person... And' I've started JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.

How's Black Hawk Down so far?

Animal Farm would have made more sense during the Russian unit of my Freshman year, instead of a random book read in an eight grade reading unit. When we started the Russian unit, our whole class agreed to that.

How's Black Hawk Down so far?

I haven't been able to start it because of homework. I prefer to read late at night (when I have some peace and quiet), but I can't do that due to school.

Ah, I agree with you... I dunno why but last year (freshman year) I had NO homework, now I have tons...

I think Honors History and Honors English made the difference for me, I was assigned an essay the very first day. Do you keep getting those "about me" picture collage assignments every year? I swear I've been doing that since the first grade. It's almost guaranteed to be your first homework assignment.

Yeah. I hate those stupid about me homeworks.... And I have AP European History. Whoop-dee-doo. I've failed both tests so far...

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westfw

9 years ago

Oh! I'm reading some non-fiction!
Caveman Chemistry by Kevin Dunn.
A sort of combining of "Intro to Chemistry" with "History of Chemistry" and "philosophy of alchemy" and a bunch of experiments. Unlike the usual book of chemistry experiments, these don't start with a trip to the chemistry supplier for ultra-pure chemicals; instead you make things as they might have been done early in their history, when their were no chemical suppliers. Starting with how to make fire...

So far, it seems a bit chatty in places, but the history and experiments are pretty fascinating.

Right now I'm reading Desecration It's the 10th book in the Left Behind series. so far it's pretty good.

I just finished 'The Quiet American.' It was a very good book. I recommend it to older teens and up.

Ivanhoe.
I tried starting it about six years ago, and got frustrated with the verbosity. Now I find it more palatable.
now I know what "obstreperous" means lol

Not too long ago I read The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
It was better than the movie, I'd say.

I just finished Oryx and Crake, and now I'm starting Running with Scissors

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9 years ago

Finished Bujold's "Passage (The Sharing Knife: Book 3)" in less the 20 hours real-time. (I was hungry.) Enjoyed Bujold's reading (from book 4) and GoH speech at WorldCon ("SF readers got to book 3 and said 'oh there is a story after all!'" I can see that.) I hadn't realized quite how deliberately she had mixed the romance and fantasy genres. Also enjoyed Kathy Mar's new song based on the series ( "Everybody knows" ) (performed at HER worldcon GoH concert.)

Now I've started "The Spiderwick Chronicles." Eh... It'll go quick.

im reading "drowned wednesday" and "Artemis Fowl:the time paradox"

I'm reading Kurt Vonnegut,
Galapagos Islands
,something like that...

Tchoang Tzeu. The interpretation of the reality as described by Tchoang Tzeu is quite interesting and (somewhat) frightening (despite it is described in a more entertaining (and more general) way than Lao Zu did). It seems to be a global and external view of the reality. All of what "exists" compacted in a single point directly seen from itself as a single object without distinctions ... It seems to be the human mind send back to it's primordial nature, where there is no distinction between concepts and ideas. The human mind in it's most natural form (like in a new born), directly connected to the origin of the time, of the matter, of the space and of the conscious ... and "naturally" filled with virtue, like an empty jar naturally filled by the rain, or a plain "naturally" changed into a lake ...

I've finished it.

For one who is interested about philosophy or about "the meaning of life" (or even about metaphysics, or even about science, politics or utopia or about "how to improve the world"), I think this old book is a "must read".

I have to admit it gave something consistent to chew to my brain, and taught me many things ... This book put myself and my perception of "how to improve the world" back into questions ...
Because of that, my view of the world is dramatically changing =o/

We generally see the world as a struggle between "good" and "bad" forces, and we choose a camp. But we tend to forget (despite we're convinced that we know) where these two concepts come from ...

If you're too afraid to change, avoid this book.
If you're looking for an other perception, read it.

I am back to the CET study guide, myself.

Bardo Thodol
(the version translated in English by Kazi Dawa-Samdup)

I'm finding it quite interesting, and its "concept" fascinating.

What's interesting is that it talks and describe some "mysterious things" (the bright light, for instance) that have been experienced by many peoples around the world ...

And what I find fascinating, is that the purpose of this book is to take care of something that most of our western and modern cultures left aside ...

Even if this is all "imagination" and natural "brain activities", this book is a "guide" for the ultimate human experience. The guided is not left alone till the total "extinction" of his/her consciousness.

I finished it. I think I will read it again, because I find it very very very fascinating. Even for one who does not believe in all of that, and/or who does not understand (like me) most "technical" words that have been kept untranslated (because they describe concepts that are hard to translate in our western languages), I think it is a very interesting reading. Probably comparable to Dante, in a less poetical form. It's a metaphysical exploration of what remains yet unexplored by our memory.

Dao De Jing ... but it's all in Chinese, I understand nothing Xo)

Okay, I just finished this old classical. Reading only one translation/interpretation of it may be a bad idea for one who want to have a chance to understand Lao Tzu. I read 3 different translations/interpretation at the same time (1 french, 2 english) and each differed. Strangely, one of the two english version was poor at the beginning and good at the end, while the other one was good at the beginning and poor at the end. And the french version was poor in the middle ...

There was a fascinating discussion on r.a.sf.written a couple years ago; apparently one of the participants had been the translator of some Bujold novels into Italian, and she was talking about just how difficult it was to translate some scenes. One example was descriptions involving rather subtle hand gestures; Italian culture not being well known for subtle hand gestures at all!