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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:23 am
by Hambelt
I've absolutely loved 2312 and enjoyed Aurora, but could not finish Red Mars no matter how hard I tried.

Have had trouble focusing on reading lately, but was about 50 pages into this:

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when I got distracted and finally dove fully into:

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Which is awesome as expected.

2140 isn't bad, and i'll probably pick it up again, not sloggy like the mars books, just didn't click yet.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:24 am
by Hambelt
Also really need to finally pick up some Vinge, where should I start?

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:56 am
by dvr
fire upon the deep. Or deepness in the sky (actually the second book, but doesn't really matter)

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:39 am
by mancubz
i had kind of a hard time getting really into memoirs of a polar bear until the second part, but oh dang was it good.
then i read this book because the internet reviews made it seem like it'd be a light read that was also like well done or whatever. holy shit did this book suck.
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like the fact that npr compared this WASP soap opera to the bell jar is fucking nuts. never read this god-awful book.

but i'm now in the middle of
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which is just so much better.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:14 am
by abs
mancubz wrote:
but i'm now in the middle of
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which is just so much better.


just finished this and i am just.. so not impressed. I thought that the first essay was very strong but then there was this odd mixture of memoir essay and sincere journalism that sort of missed the mark on both accounts. I felt like I could see the meat of the story that she was offering about homelessness, or the bird sanctuary, or whatever, but that ultimately her voice was lost and they fell flat for me.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:36 am
by abs
bread - you know her, right? saw your last name referenced in the final essay.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:01 am
by moses
Really nice psychoanalytic intro for early childhood development stuff
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Wow. Absolutely loved this. Highly recommended.
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:43 pm
by abs
ok ya time for this

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:36 pm
by winjer
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reading the second half of this because i forgot about it, and just started:

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:43 pm
by gold and glass
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A lovely book, as long as you aren't expecting a biography of Vic or something



finally finished this today, which was hard to do. feel like i lost a friend i never knew.

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^This made me feel awful all day, but I loved it


everything this guy writes slays, i hope he keeps it up

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:20 am
by Eyeball Kid
Finally finished Europe Central. While I liked it overall, I kinda wish Vollmann had written a novel entirely centered on Shostakovich.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:36 am
by criss elliott
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my first graham greene

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:37 am
by criss elliott
mostly trying him because this song has been stuck in my head lately

it feels like it's time

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:32 pm
by futurist
just ordered a bunch of Dennis Cooper. excited to dig in.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:56 pm
by Eyeball Kid
Eyeball Kid wrote:Image

Barbara Comyns - Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

80 pages in; Comyns's prose moves nimbly enough making this a quick (so far) read, but too much of this is like misery porn

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:06 pm
by what the schmuck
just finished
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now reading:

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and

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:17 pm
by tricksforchips
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currently. Also trying to get better at chess so a few chess books!

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:22 pm
by forest design
winjer wrote:Image
reading the second half of this because i forgot about it



Love An Elemental Thing and didn't end up loving this one as much as I was hoping. It was pretty scattered and uneven, imo. The magic of An Elemental Thing, for me, was in Weinberger's straight-faced retelling of the stories/myths/whatever of so many different cultures. Right away in Ghosts of Birds he's retelling the Judeo/Christian stories and rolling his eyes the whole time, which made it read more like a snarky blog post than what I expected from him.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:43 pm
by abs
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:47 pm
by abs
I'm a huge noir/crime fan and this definitely scratches a certain itch. I think he's one of the better contemporary writers in that specific genre.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:07 am
by wolfie
i read like 3/4 of this

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and i'm stopping reading it now because it's... boring and not good. reads like it was written by a high school student, and tbh this guy just isn't a good enough story teller to make his life seem that interesting.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:27 am
by wolfie
furrowed brow wrote:lol.

To be fair, The Gambler was rushed and has an unusually generic main storyline. The actual gambling scenes are great though, imo. Have you read The Double?


i have not

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:13 pm
by Gnarls
saw that the interlibrary loan system has a Charles Willeford book I haven't read
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trying to hold off until beach weather

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:24 pm
by blurst of times
from the last month or so:
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got reminded of this today. i liked it a lot! looking forward to seeing how the tv show handles this material. outside of the flashbacks, it's very claustrophobic and purposefully limited in its perspective, so it'll be interesting to see how/if they decide to expand it outward.

side note: i had a used copy of the book, so it was kinda distracting/amusing to read a passage and see it underlined and something obvious like "SHE IS AFRAID" scribbled in the margins. oh well.

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i had mixed feelings about a few of these stories, but for the most part i thought this was very good. i think some of them (especially the first couple) leaned too heavily on shock factor and made characters unlikeable to the point that they didn't seem believable, but the ones that took a more subtle approach were more successful. i loved 'weirdos,' 'malibu,' 'slumming,' and the final story especially.

currently reading:
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the first few chapters are a little slow and feel like a standard noir/detective story, but it's starting to get more interesting now that they're delving more into the contrasts between the two cities. excited to keep going with this...

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:32 pm
by the upland trout
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Never read this before. He is the sort of person I mute on Facebook.


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Finished this yesterday. I thought it was fantastic and, because I'm a dork, I have been thinking about how I would fit this on a syllabus and teach it alongside the movie Safe.


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Just started. So far really interesting.

What's a good straight-up history of Chernobyl?

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:33 pm
by the upland trout
moses wrote:
Wow. Absolutely loved this. Highly recommended.
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Hell yeah.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:39 pm
by dvr
Hambelt wrote:I've absolutely loved 2312 and enjoyed Aurora, but could not finish Red Mars no matter how hard I tried.

Have had trouble focusing on reading lately, but was about 50 pages into this:

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when I got distracted and finally dove fully into:

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Which is awesome as expected.

2140 isn't bad, and i'll probably pick it up again, not sloggy like the mars books, just didn't click yet.


Red Mars is going alright. Very little character development but all the traveling around Mars makes up for it. The book just seems really rushed. Antarctica was the Robinson book that initially drew me to the author. I just couldn't find it in stores.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:47 pm
by deadwolfbones
Finished:

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Reading:

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Up Next:

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:17 pm
by dmitry
i started reading Count Zero because i want to feel like it's the 90s again, it's alright so far. the thing that bothers me is the extremely silly depiction of actual computer use/hacking, this late into the 80s, when in just a couple years the events that inspired Hackers would take place

it's extremely unlikely that this book will deliver anything Neuromancer didn't, but that's OK, the matrix didn't need sequels either





this is pretty off topic but, even though people are turning around on Hackers, it's weird to me that it's described as some wildly inaccurate movie. the inaccurate/awesome aesthetic was caused by the fact that the screenwriter attended 2600 meetings and they acted as wild as they could to be funny. but the actual hacking -- planting a worm, rather than punching ICE or whatever is supposed to be going on in Sprawl hacking, digging through dumpsters to find credentials, and most importantly that theres someone on the other end when you're trying to break in, trying to stop you, and its an adversarial and slow process -- is pretty spot on. also since this is a book thread, if you're interested in a 3/5 book about the events that inspired Hackers, read Masters of Deception. its got a lot of interesting stuff like how the hacker that inspired Dade got into a fight with a grateful dead dude (the one who founded EFF) on WELL.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:46 pm
by mancubz
atomicbombshell wrote:
mancubz wrote:
but i'm now in the middle of
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which is just so much better.


just finished this and i am just.. so not impressed. I thought that the first essay was very strong but then there was this odd mixture of memoir essay and sincere journalism that sort of missed the mark on both accounts. I felt like I could see the meat of the story that she was offering about homelessness, or the bird sanctuary, or whatever, but that ultimately her voice was lost and they fell flat for me.


i am part-way through the homelessness essay and i just don't really feel compelled to finish this, but i have to finish a book before i decide i don't like it, which is really hard when there is nothing that pulls me in. BFF was super strong, but then there's this pattern of split narrative that's just too similar in too many essays. i'm waiting for some new interesting information or insight, but whatever. it's just kind of boring (except that religion essay which was holy-crap-so-boring).
after "the futures" i coulda read grease patterns on a kitchen wall and been relieved.