Whatcha reading? (359)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-06 18:55 ID:SuCel/Q1

Okay folks, let's get this party started.

What book(s) are you reading right now, and what do you think of it?

2 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-06 20:12 ID:YVlFzCSr

Instant Review: Kafka on the Shore

slightly disappointing

3 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-06 22:54 ID:R5xNgX9p

Quick Review: Jorge Luis Borges, Fictions

This should actually be called sci-fi in today's terminology, although it is simple, straightforward fiction written in an era when sci-fi meant outrageous space opera. Borges writes about totally fascinating "what if"s that bring philosophy down to earth. Themes in this book are repeated in everything else he writes, but he does it here first and best. Here's a story from Fictions, worth your time:


4 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-06 23:51 ID:w32HPPDp

I'm reading Good Omens, so far it's pretty good, but I'm only a few chapters in...

5 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-07 01:42 ID:VgHgA3Qw

Reading Iron & Silk, about 1/3 through it. Good stuff - an American in his 20s, traveling through 1980s China.

Very amusing anecdotes that still describe China today - EVERY driver on the road honking ALL the time, day and night; regulations against everything, waivers for said regulations, new regulations created on the spot to invalidate what those waivers are permitting, etc.

6 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-07 02:27 ID:ocTSsmE2

I just read The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem. Someone said his fiction was a lot like Philip K. Dick's sometimes... they were right.

It's basically about someone attending a convention at a hotel where all sorts of other weird societies and groups have congressed, and soon the place is sacked by the rioting local populace. The narrator hides and then undergoes a series of hallucinatory realities.

7 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-08 03:48 ID:Heaven

Just about done with Maldoror.
Amazing amazing...

8 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-08 23:18 ID:2FdH8xUZ


I haven't read much of his work, but I love Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius to death, even though it does take quite an effort to get through it, as short as it is. The whole text is available on the net, for those curious:


And on the subject of the thread, last thing I read was Iain M. Banks' The Algebraist, which was highly entertaining. It did feel a bit like he took all his earlier books and melted them down and poured them into a cast for this book, but I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing.

9 Name: Alexander!DxY0NCwFJg : 2005-12-09 13:56 ID:AjRD77ct

Stanisław Lem - Solaris

Been reading this for a while. Not a lot of text, but seriously creepy. Refreshingly different, and I'm looking forward to reading other Lem stuff (several people have recommended him).

Jorma Ojaharju - Valkoinen kaupunki ('(the) White City')

Book about my hometown of Vasa (Vaasa). I doubt anyone is interested. ; )

10 Name: Bubu F. Blackstab : 2005-12-09 21:53 ID:Heaven

just finished:
Boris Vian - L'Ecume des jours
loved it, almost as good as the ever-brilliant arrache-cœur. If you like the gruesome brand of absurdist-dadaist surrealism that oscillates between acidic humour and utter bile, this is for you.

Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh - De uitvreter
Liked Titaantjes better, which was amazing. De uitvreter also exhibits some serious greatness, but I'm missing those golden peppercorn sentences à la »..."Springen kon je het niet noemen", had de brugwachter gezegd, die te laat kwam om hem tegen te houden, "hij was er afgestapt"...«.

Joseph Roth - Hôtel Savoy
Still undecided whether Radetzkymarsch, Kapuzinergruft or that is his best work. In any case: Man could that guy write! His narrative is remorseless and very clear - no euphemisms. At the same time, he maintains a light air of sympathy for his characters - chapeau!

Владимир Сорокин - Голубое Сало
It was puerile and/therefore boring. Pushed by the likes of Yerofeev for a reason (Choroschi Stalin was similarily shitty), I don't see neither what's so great or so scandalous about this puberal waste of paper. F-

11 Name: shadytrees : 2005-12-10 01:22 ID:x9ehQ3+H

I loved Good Omens. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman really made a good author pair for that book. If nothing else, it was just really funny and clever.

"The kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance."

12 Name: Bubu F.W. Kraftjerk : 2005-12-13 01:22 ID:Heaven

Donna Tartt - My little Friend
I read it in the original and the RS traduction, and the traduction was almost better. The original is just so fucking lo-fi (grave mistypes), that I couldn't help but dot at it. I mean, I don't really want the fucking internet outside of it's confined habitat inside my computer, and I especially don't want it inside my books, thanks!
The wording is very "english", which I didn't like so much, and there's some severe problems with the speed of the narrative sometimes, but the ending is good, the storyline is delightfully uneventful in parts, and when the author dedicates herself to situations and characters instead of the "action", it's pretty decent. Additional points for the theory of mind working even for meth-heads and tranq-addicts in this book. Too bad my favorite character (Allison) is somewhat of a slop-job. Otherwise largely negligible, 4/6 pts.

13 Name: Bubu F. Blowhard : 2005-12-13 02:11 ID:Heaven



14 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-13 17:48 ID:i+oPByw5

I tend to read a few books at a time, mostly because I'm a master of misplacement, and because I'm wired that way.


"Regulators" by Stephen King as Richard Bachman
"Cryptonomicon" by Neil Stephenson
"Vampire Hunter D": the first novel translated into English.

15 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-13 17:49 ID:Heaven

>I mean, I don't really want the fucking internet outside of it's confined habitat inside my computer, and I especially don't want it inside my books, thanks!


16 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-14 07:51 ID:Heaven

I agree with >>12 about the internet

17 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-14 22:14 ID:w9vQ1Lx9

The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick

Best review at: http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/ozickc/putterp.htm

The chick-book thread should pay attention... this book contains 5 odd stories about Puttermesser, a woman between thirty and sixty years old depending on the story. She creates a golem in her sleep, she becomes mayor of New York, she is murdered and then raped posthumously, she visits Paradise. Each story starts out fairly realistically and then becomes rapidly abstract and fantastical. The words are carefully chosen, written with great skill. This Ozick person is a master.

18 Name: Bubu F. Bästard : 2005-12-15 02:28 ID:Heaven

Benito Mussolini - Rudolph
Instant Review: "Lol".

19 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-18 02:46 ID:R5xNgX9p

Исаак Бабель - Собрание сочинений

I'm afraid to list this on Amazon with all the good reviews, but the Penguin Classics translation of this book SUCKS HAIRY COCKS. Book itself is pretty sweet writing, but it's ruined by some translator who decided "hey it's a Russian book so let's use random Russian words all over the place".

(hint: Isaac Babel - Collected Works)

20 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-18 03:05 ID:EeT2HnKo

Just finished:
Lord of the flies :William Golding.

Band of Brothers : Stephen E Ambrose.
Mobile suit Gundam : Yoshiyuki Tomino [Translated into English]

21 Name: Bubu F. Blazer : 2005-12-19 00:09 ID:Heaven

Andrzej Stasiuk - Dukla
(in the O.K. traduction)
Didn't expect something like that to come from Poland. Stunning.

22 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-19 05:59 ID:Heaven

Poland is the new Japan

23 Name: Bubu F. Blazer : 2005-12-19 22:55 ID:Heaven

they're suddenly really keen on suicide and rape in the subway there now, aswell?

24 Name: Bubu F. Bubu : 2005-12-20 00:13 ID:Heaven

Cynthia Ozick - The Puttermesser Papers
(original & Piper traduction)
upon the recommendation of >>17.
I'm not quite as euphoric about it as >>17.
2.5/6 pts.

25 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-20 03:47 ID:Heaven

>>24 That is interesting, how come?

26 Name: Bubu F. Blabla : 2005-12-20 06:28 ID:Heaven

oh, to keep with the tradition of twentieth-century misogynists.
Actually, no.

tl;dr: WORDS, WIT, WORLD!!!

The work's strongest point is the very elegantly maintained balance throughout the whole book, I liked that. Also, I enjoyed the somewhat Gogolian collapse into into chaos.
On the weaker side - which somewhat bogged down the experience for me - is prima facie the language (I don't quite follow the "The words are carefully chosen, written with great skill."). While it's agreeably written, it didn't strike me as quite as pristine as I'd expected from >>17. As mentioned in >>12, probably a very unfair bias on my side. Sorry. Otherwise, I must admit, that a fair amount of ennui just stemmed from the fact that I'm probably miles away from the writer's world. We don't share the same brand of humour, my interest in the cultural environment employed is negligible, her intellectual affiliations that seep through the whole work are lightyears far from mine; and so I remained reasonably entertained, but largely unimpressed.

27 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-21 04:50 ID:Heaven

>>26 So you're saying you're unimpressed because of an unfair bias?

28 Name: Bubu F. Blabla : 2005-12-21 06:06 ID:Heaven


Iain Pears - An Instance of the Fingerpost
Light read, but extremely entertaining, because well-plotted (polyphonic!) and placed in my favorite epoch of british hystory (Restoration/Ministry of Clarendon) and elegant use of famous figureheads of the fledgling science (Wallis, Morland, Boyle) and politics (Clarendon, Thurloe, Arlington), modelled after details gleaned from historical correspondence etc.
Especially Wallis' arrogant, hateful and bitter brilliance and Morland's monomanic, wily borderline-genius truly shine.
World well-built, closely following Plessis' humorous bonmot about the Englishmen of that time being "an odd gang of ill-mannered louts which spend most of their time in joust by seeking to crush each other by endlessly sputing biblical quotes".
Ending uneventful, writing so-so, overly nattering at times, entertaining.

29 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-21 19:25 ID:i+oPByw5


To be fair, a person's taste in literature doesn't always have to be fair. People do have preferences when it comes to writing styles, and what they consider humorous.

I'm not really a huge fan of a few of the writers listed, and I see that an author of which I am a big fan, Steven King, has coming under some criticism. For those who wonder why I'm a big fan, I like his characterisation, and imagery.

Others don't like it, but it's what I like. I don't like other things, but other people do.

30 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-21 22:43 ID:2FdH8xUZ

How could you even judge a work of fiction without subjective bias? It's a big set of lies packaged to evoke emotional response of one form or another. Pretending you can be objective about literature is just silly.

31 Name: Dan Quayle : 2005-12-27 06:33 ID:1qG58HKp

The book of imaginary creatures by Jorge Luis Borges

instareview: reeks of 'invisible cities' but is moste awesome in its own righte

ps. i also have the 'whatshisname' book, inwhich he doesn't use a single e
pps. Umberto Eco, i think, but i can't be bothered to look it up

32 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-27 13:42 ID:EUSLHACR

Then how does he sign his name?

33 Name: Bubu F. Bombard : 2005-12-30 14:28 ID:Heaven

Kurt Tucholsky - Gesammelte Werke
While I disagree with some of his political views, as a writer, an aphorist and satirist he is quite unbeatable. In the (german, nota bene!) 1920s this guy was intellectually already in the 21st century. Also, his brilliant writing and his caustic wit are utterly funny.

34 Name: KJI!XDpPLAUYlQ : 2005-12-31 11:12 ID:+RMYeD4n

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

It's not as good as I expected, but okay.

35 Name: Bookworm : 2005-12-31 15:17 ID:Heaven

I'm actually re-reading it right now because I was too young to quite get it the first time.

But it's still kind of annoying.

36 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-04 03:12 ID:Heaven

I even finished it! It was kind of annoying most of the way through, though. Holden's repetitive narration gets old pretty fast.

37 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-07 05:49 ID:e3XPCmAu

Maybe you need to space out reading it over the course of time, to lessen the annoyance. My interest was piqued with it's interesting/cryptic reference in Ghost in the Shell, and was furthered when I read about John Lennon's murderer. Can't remember his name now though (´д`)

38 Name: Bubu F. Buuhuu : 2006-01-08 14:19 ID:Heaven

Baltasar Gracián y Morales - El Criticón
Every page a letdown. I can see (by a long stretch) how people might have "enjoyed" this book in the fundamentalist Spain of 1651, but how today's critics manage to praise this as "a pleasurable read", "aesthetically pleasing" and "entertaining" is beyond me.

39 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-09 14:01 ID:Heaven


I did - it's a pretty short book, you know.

40 Name: Bubu F. Blackfire : 2006-01-11 04:17 ID:Heaven

Luisa Famos - Poesias
(original - there is a Camartin traduction I'm curious about but haven't yet looked at)

Partly incredible (Pitschna indiana, Meis nom, Hoz valutuon a fün), partly horrible (np 4 "GOD").
Overall pleasing, 4.5/6

41 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-11 16:42 ID:4XsSAAhl

Bernhard Hennen - Die Elfen

Well, a pretty well written Fantasy book. If you're into fantasy stuff and are in need of a good book ( And able to read german, obviously ), I can only recommend it.

42 Name: Bubu F. Blackstab : 2006-01-19 06:38 ID:Heaven

Kenzaburô Oë - Tagame Berlin-Tokyo
(in the SF traduction)
I'm not sure how much I agree with the ostentatious autobiographical element, but the subtle and carefully crafted narrative is very enjoyable. The book is more complex than his earlier works - in my eyes a plus. Can't comment too much on the writing per se, because I'm unable to read the original.
Overall a solid novel, nice.

43 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-21 00:29 ID:k4JJuORt

Terry Pratchett — The Colour of Magic

I'd put off reading any Pratchett for ever and ever and finally go around to checking him out. He's great. Silly yet well-written fantasy: looking forward to finishing this book and reading more of his stuff.

44 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-01-21 08:46 ID:Heaven

Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose

I read this alongside an encyclopedia to understand various refernces. I think I read the encyclopedia 90% of the time. o.o;

45 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-21 09:12 ID:Heaven

>>30 wins!

46 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-26 18:17 ID:bTPoZ6Zz

I just finished an August Wilson play, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." It was pretty good, but I still like "Ma Rainey's Big Black Bottom" better.

47 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-27 03:24 ID:k4JJuORt

Mercedes Lackey — By The Sword

I'm a fantasy buff, and Lackey is an old-school fantasy writer... which means the chances of me liking her stuff are slim to none. Most of the older fantasy is clichéd as all hell and is no fun to read no matter how well it's written. However. By The Sword is freaking great, despite the fruitiest and most demeaning cover art I've ever seen in my life. Excellent writing, interesting characters and plot: I'm about 2/3 of the way through and I reward it **_4 out 5 internets**, and may rate the coveted 5 internets if there's lots of explosions and sex in the last third of the book.

...who am I kidding — who the hell else here reads fantasy?

48 Name: Bubu F. Blackstab : 2006-01-27 19:24 ID:Heaven

Christoph Ransmayr - Morbus Kitahara
A morose narration about people in a post-ww2 Europe where instead of the Marshall-Plan, an extreme version of the Morgenthau-Plan/JCS1067 (thinly guised as "Stellamour" in the book) has been implemented.
Quality through the skies, the somewhat cyclic structure works out great (which is quite the feat), and instead of all-out focusing on a monomanic dystopia, it places the protagonists in the spotlight, preventing the narrative from getting lost in uninteresting and repetitive details. Writing tailorfit for the story.
6/6 pts.

49 Name: Bookworm : 2006-01-31 19:00 ID:A6e9tD3I

I bought a copy of "Wicked" and will probably start it this weekend. it's written as a prequel to the wizard of oz about the wicked witch of the west before she became the wicked witch of the west.

50 Name: Bookworm : 2006-02-01 18:19 ID:Heaven

Wicked - I read it recently, it really was not that good. First 1/4 of it was very interesting though!

51 Name: Bubu F. Beekeep : 2006-02-16 23:02 ID:Heaven

Ian McEwan - Saturday
I'm somewhat tempted to describe it as the textual equivalent of someone masturbating over a neurology textbook. However, masturbation usually involves some sort of enjoyment, while this book definitely doesn't.
Cardboard-flat characters propped into an uninteresting narrative, which far too often stretches to give way to the author's monomanic ego-stroking over the neurological knowledge that would fail to impress even a freshman student of medicine.
Every neuro-post-op is more entertaining, and at the same time at least educating, while containing even more of the author's fetish, neurology.
-10/6 pts, F---

Chingiz Aitmatov - Dshamilja
(union edition)
The undoubtedly skillful writing is hampered by the fact that, if you dislike wading through a pit of molasses, this book is not for you. Therefore, this book wasn't for me. His artistic allusions to Kyrgiz traditions and the situation during the great patriotic war are worth a lot, but they don't make the book work for me. Too syrupish.
2/6 pts.

52 Name: Bubu F. Beekeep : 2006-02-17 18:54 ID:Heaven

Pierre Bourgeade - Téléphone rose
Light, but extremely entertaining. Mornios and Le Têtard are some of the choicest flics to ever grace a book with their existence, the writing is very amusing, and the plot is so parodistic it almost wraps around itself. Extra points for being devoid of any respect for anything whatsoever.

53 Name: Bookworm : 2006-02-23 00:09 ID:Heaven

Finished reading Memoirs of a Geisha, and an started on reading Geisha, a life.

54 Name: bubu : 2006-02-23 20:05 ID:Heaven

Nagib Mahfous - Rihlat Ibn Fattouma
(Kilias traduction)
In a parabolic voyage (the title translates to "the journey of the son of fattouma"), a man named muhammad el-innabi ibn fattouma travels through unique regions, seeking the mysterious land of Gabal.
This plot serves as a metaphorical pretext for Mahfous' philosophical assessments of the world at large. Much more careful than "the children of our district" (indexed by el-Ashar U. for "heresy"), but largely also much too tame for my taste.
Narratively very stereotypically "arabic" (cf. Shota, Shamee, ..), which needs some getting used to. A hint of knowledge about critical developments in arabic history helps, but it's generally very easy to see what he hints at.
Overall, solid, but somewhat mediocre.

55 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-08 21:34 ID:JC1ihkIb

I'm halfway through the book and I just love it! I am so very much in love with Elphaba! MOEEEEE!!!

56 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-09 14:15 ID:4/xj6NJo

Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel

The paperback version of this book is far too cubical for comfort, but just one chapter in, I'm already enjoying it immensely. Page-long footnotes mocking ancient acadamic traditions are a definite plus.

57 Name: bubu : 2006-03-10 08:12 ID:Heaven

Ursicin Gian Gieli Derungs - Il saltar dils morts
oh, how typical.

58 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-03-12 03:20 ID:Heaven

The Chrestomanci set of stories by Diana Wynne Jones.

Very light reading, since it's for kids. It's similar to Harry Potter, just older, shorter, and more entertaining.

59 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-14 15:10 ID:Heaven

Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow for the umpteenth time.

Can anyone recommend authors with a similar style?

60 Name: bubu : 2006-03-14 15:40 ID:Heaven

Andreas Maier - Klausen
I always found Wäldchestag to be a masterpiece of almost Bernhardian proportions. Klausen isn't of the same...grandezza, but by no means a letdown.

61 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-16 03:43 ID:4R5tSa1H

Frank Rich - <i>Hot Seat</i>

Not exactly a work of eternal literature, but a fascinating collection of Rich's theatre criticisms and essays during his tenure at the New York Times. I'm currently up to the 1986-7 season (the book starts at 1980 and goes through 1993).

Before that I was working on Michael Kunze's <i>High Road to the Stake</i>, but lost my concentrated reading time to make progress on it....<i>Hot Seat</i> is something that can be read for 5 min here and 10 min there.

62 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-16 03:52 ID:5i7XMHmi

I read that a few years ago. Good book, but nothing overly spectacular.

Currently I'm reading 世界の終わりとハードボイルドワンダーランド by Murakami Haruki. I read the english translation (Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World) a few years ago and loved it, but I'm just now getting to the point where I can actually follow it in the original language.

63 Name: bubu : 2006-03-17 17:39 ID:Heaven

(anonymous) - plitoscht plitäza plibluscht
finally some belles lettres between all the academic sludge.
Written by an anonymous court clerk of the late 17th from Sariisa, published last year in a hist. annotated edition. Very coarse, very fitting language, describing the (somewhat agonizing) "life" in a small village of the time, which consists mostly of starving and then croaking. Very poetic in an awkward way, a bit like cuntrasts. I like!

64 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-20 12:03 ID:oV0PrEbA

The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx

65 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-21 05:31 ID:6veWdZ0u

kim - rudyard kipling
the hero of a thousand faces - joseph campbell

66 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-21 15:07 ID:Heaven

Peter F. Hamilton - Judas Unchained. No matter how far back in head my eyes keep rolling, it's still very entertaining. Except for the eye-rolling parts. As a writer, Hamilton lacks any kind of subtlety or finesse, but his silly space melodrama is second to none! I wish he'd write more about SPACE and less about PEOPLE.

67 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-21 22:12 ID:Heaven

Huckleberry Finn

68 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-27 21:55 ID:10RiCvzS

I'm reading Journey to the West, the three volume set.

69 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-27 23:26 ID:l8x5ST2Z

three-volume journey to the west? wu cheng'en's journey to the west?

did I read an abridged edition? the penguin classics ('monkey') is single-volume.

70 Name: cosmo gunny : 2006-03-28 14:15 ID:10RiCvzS

Well, in a way, yes. I first read the Arthur Waley version, and thought it was so great, I purchased the unabridged, illustrated version. The poetry is lovely. Here's a link to see what I'm talking about:

71 Name: Bookworm : 2006-03-28 20:02 ID:Heaven

Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn.

72 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-04 23:16 ID:A6e9tD3I


probablty. journey to the west is LONG!

73 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-06 00:19 ID:NrAquZzt

Battle Royale.

What? ._.

74 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-06 00:27 ID:Heaven

Samuel Pepys - Diary 1660-1669, Wheatley Edition

best book ever.

75 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-13 13:07 ID:EXFH//mG

Just started the WoT series last month. I'm on Path of Daggers now.. if i can find a copy of it at my library

76 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-13 14:32 ID:VhRWntUL

La bas, by Hyusmans.

77 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-15 19:27 ID:uWbLwNP4

Finished that one last week.

I'm out of books now...

78 Name: cosmo : 2006-04-18 01:31 ID:7wsOQy+o

I just went to a Christopher Moore signing, and purchased A Dirty Job, Lamb, and Bloodsucking Fiends. He said that his next book will be a sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends.

And he wrote the most sympathetic portrayal of zombies ever.

79 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-20 15:59 ID:R6Lz/qvR

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Soon to start on Banana Yoshimoto's N.P.

80 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-22 15:40 ID:Heaven

The Catcher in the Rye

81 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-23 17:21 ID:Heaven


Annoying, isn't it?

82 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-25 05:53 ID:ghBqONXG

Death of a Salesman

83 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-04-26 09:32 ID:Heaven

Depressed yet, >>82?

I'm currently reading The Stupidest Angel, thanks to the urgings of Cosmo Gunny. The author, Christopher Moore, seems to casually meander through the story, both in tone and pace.

It's a change from the last few books I read, which took themselves Seriously.

84 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-26 17:51 ID:A6e9tD3I


loved that book

85 Name: Bookworm : 2006-04-28 16:41 ID:RdYFjWdd

I always have several on the go, but currently
master of petersberg by JM Coetzee
City of Dreaming books by Walter Moers

86 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-04-29 11:58 ID:Heaven

David Weber - On Basilisk Station

According to The Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List it's supposed to be quite good, but so far I'm unimpressed. On the one hand it's a fun and brainless romp, but the rather heavy Mary Sue vibes I'm getting are ruining my enjoyment of it a bit.

PROTIP TO AUTHORS: please stop beating readers' heads with third-person evaluatios of how awesome the protagonist is at X, Y, and Z, mmkay?

87 Name: Kurari : 2006-05-02 09:52 ID:sn4MQ/2M


hell yeah Catcher in the rye is my favorite book. Read carpenter raise high the roof beam and seymour an introduction. he makes alussions to catcher and his life. Holden Caulfield was hilarious, yet hypocritical, but enjoyed his uber harsh review of all the people in his life!

88 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-02 12:30 ID:Heaven

Holden Caulfield is a whiny brat on the verge of a nervous breakdown (there is a reason he's in a mental institution as he tells the story). As an insight into a troubled mind I guess it works, but overall he just gets kind of annoying. He's not hilarious, he's pitiable.

89 Name: Kurari : 2006-05-04 05:58 ID:sn4MQ/2M

>>88 Holden isn't in a mental institution he has walled himself away alone from the world in the end of the book. I thought his observation about people were quite amusing. I like how he ogled girls and got angry at things that he himself did.

90 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-05 01:11 ID:Heaven

I was recently reading "Metamorphs", http://very.net/~nikolai/sf/meta/meta-1a.html. It grabbed me at first, but then at about part 3 it got really weird and lost direction altogether and then sort of went nowhere. But it was still an interesting read.

91 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-05 10:14 ID:jQ8bvSl2

The Good Person of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht

I really like it, but can't help feeling I'm missing a lot by not seeing it performed.

92 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-05-05 13:15 ID:Heaven

The Black Company by Glen Cook.

It's a fantasy novel in a sketchy, almost stream-of-consciousness fashion. No excessive detail here.

And it's about the "bad guys". These people are on the wrong side, and they largely don't care, although they're scared stiff of their employers. They're gray people, each with agendas and rationalizations, trying to survive as members of a mercenary unit in a much larger game.

So far I'm liking it.

93 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-09 06:00 ID:eJiagqQ0

Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto

I just love her writing. Ity really makes you feel warm and fuzzy; it's dramatic but sweetly mundane at the same time. She deals mostly in relationships and the theme of family, so if you like 'human' writin, I'd recommend her.

94 Name: Ulrich : 2006-05-12 14:26 ID:KWuF9hSs

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marai Remarque.
Good book. Currently reading it for a novel exam.

95 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-15 09:52 ID:jQ8bvSl2

The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

As far as novels with many allusions to history and other works go, Pérez-Reverte makes me feel much less stupid than Eco.

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98 Name: Ulrich : 2006-05-18 10:58 ID:+klJmfCH

Anyone ever read Romance of the Three Kingdoms? I want to get that book.

99 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-19 11:36 ID:4/xj6NJo

100 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-20 21:25 ID:UnPhnOXJ

About to read The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson. any good?

101 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-05-21 05:48 ID:Heaven

David Feintuch - Midshipman's Hope

The protagonist is an inflexible masochistic sadist, lashing out at everyone and constantly loathing himself.

Cheer up, emo kid.

102 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-05-24 12:56 ID:Heaven

Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart.

It's difficult to classify, but I think it's wonderful. A rather fantastic adventure filled with colourful characters, great escapes, and plenty of humor. The novel almost dances its way through the story.

Be forewarned though, the humor is often ironic and irreverent. Hughart treats everything in a light-handed manner, even rape and murder; some may take offence.

103 Name: draikjester : 2006-05-25 20:47 ID:ROVz+Xmj

 i found that a good series is the wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan. it's about eleven books and growing. It is classified as fantacy and justly so. There are basically 3 main characters. Mat, Perrin and Rnad. Rand is the most important character though because he is suppose to destroy "The Dark One" at Tarmon Gai'don (the last battle). As the story progresses the reader finds out that these three guys are ta'verren. instead of going with the flow they inwittinly change the flow to suit their situation. There are several other keky character's who are all intersting to read about in their own respect but you'll have to read the series to find out who else there is.
Okay, maybe one hint. In Rand's land the raven is a bad omen as well as being a spy for the dark one, BUT!! in another kingdom across the ocean it is the imperial symbol!

104 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-26 08:54 ID:Heaven


Any chance of a mod deleting that? It's not like the thread is going to disappear any time soon.

105 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-26 12:08 ID:Heaven


But it's so profound!

106 Name: draikjester : 2006-05-26 20:58 ID:2o+grR0p

ya, sorry bout that. i didn't know that it would do that.
if i had known it was going to do that i would have done it better.

107 Name: Bookworm : 2006-05-26 21:33 ID:Heaven

Wakabamark strikes again!

108 Name: draikjester : 2006-05-30 02:49 ID:LBh/axZi

who or what is Wakabamark?

109 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-05-31 06:33 ID:Heaven

Markup that allows you to do things like this, this, notthis, and other things too.

It usually works transparently, but sometimes kicks in unexpectedly for those that don't know about it. If you want to disable it, click on the "More Options..." next to the reply button.

110 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-01 05:03 ID:WRzBac+I

James Patterson - "Mary, Mary"

Any other Alex Cross fans here?

111 Name: draikjester : 2006-06-01 21:15 ID:BZGxV9yS

the ring of five dragons by Eric Van Lustbader.
it is a very interesting read, but it would make you read it
tice in order to understand everything.
It is a kind of blend between fantasy and sci-fi in the way that
the two races work. The Kundallans (i think that's how to spell
it) are the natives of the planet and are a race that is spiritually
inclined while the Vorrn are very scientific,
the Vorrn are a planet invading race and through out the
three book series you come to find out more abou the two races.

112 Name: shaolintrooper : 2006-06-07 17:53 ID:frhPvWDq

David Sedaris, "I talk pretty some day"

113 Name: cosmo : 2006-06-07 19:31 ID:10RiCvzS

Heh. I'm reading "Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim" by David Sedaris, too.

114 Name: holdincourt : 2006-06-08 06:36 ID:f9IviQpy

Susan Hill - The Woman In Black

115 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-09 12:26 ID:W/7plqVC

Dan Brown- Da Vinci Code

116 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-10 05:12 ID:Wf1I86G7

>>112 wow! "Me Talk Prety Someday," i'm reading that now too =)

i really like his writing style so far from what i've read in that book and also pieces from "Naked."

117 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-12 19:52 ID:Heaven

Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

Concept-wise, it was quite entertaining. Writing-wise, filled with clichés and eye-rolling awkwardness. The author seems to be overreaching his capabilities. But I suppose I will read the next book, if for nothing else then because of the cliffhanger ending.

And yes, I have been watching too much Haruhi.

118 Name: Loopy!YjNyvCYegA : 2006-06-16 23:28 ID:7aCiR6eM

The Fellowship of the Ring. For someone who's had this series for six years now and is just reading it, I feel terrible. Alas, alas~

119 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-17 22:23 ID:iaEgF6IO

The Remains of The Day Kazuo Ishiguro

120 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-17 22:27 ID:H5sV0ZTv

I recently finished The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Hippies are funny. What amazed me is that they would get all goofed up on acid, speed, and god knows what else, jump into a car and drive up a mountain and not die. It was also one of those stranger-than-fiction moments to find out what kind of life was led by the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

121 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-18 15:22 ID:DIt3S9z4

Just finished The Foundation Trilogy by Asimov. Very intellectual Sci-Fi. First time reading an Asimov novel instead of any of his short stories.

122 Name: 117 : 2006-06-19 12:35 ID:4/xj6NJo

Just finished Fall of Hyperion. It was better, not because the writing was better but because the author was not overreaching any longer, and just writing straight computers-and-spaceships scifi. The eye-rolling moments were far fewer, although they did exist.

PS: >>120, speed makes you a better driver, generally.

123 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-19 13:09 ID:10RiCvzS

>>122 Also a better student. You may refer to it by its proper name, "Study Aids."


124 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-19 13:13 ID:10RiCvzS

Oh, yes. I just finished reading the third volume of WJF Jenner's translation of Journey to the West. Magnificent story, beautiful poetry. As nearly every chapter is an individual ordeal, it's easy to pick it up and drop the series, and not lose the thread.

125 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-19 21:13 ID:Heaven

The Collector.

126 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-21 10:44 ID:U01VDc7K

Jumping between:
"Teach Yourself Neuro-Linguistic Programing"
"Stumbling on Happyness"
"Misquoting Jesus"
And I just realised that none of 'em are fiction.

127 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-21 10:55 ID:Heaven

>>126 is after teh womenz.

128 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-22 15:01 ID:N6V/19r0

Silence of the lambs

129 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-23 20:23 ID:dMk2Mwkx

Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima

130 Name: draikjester : 2006-06-23 22:11 ID:5LgP6p35

do you read like a book a day to be able to post so much bookworm?

131 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-23 22:22 ID:gl3lRTAP

130: Guess what happens if you leave the name field empty.

132 Name: Bookworm : 2006-06-24 02:22 ID:Heaven

Teh end of TEH WERLD!?!

133 Name: Amarok : 2006-07-07 00:30 ID:9L2/yr6M

Into the Wild

134 Name: Bookworm : 2006-07-07 07:19 ID:duLq3RfI

"Going Postal" by Terry Pratchett.

135 Name: Humbaba : 2006-07-08 03:53 ID:AEL6jIJp

I am reading a few different books at once and switching between them.

The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

From Here to Eternity (James Jones)

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)

136 Name: Bookworm : 2006-07-08 05:01 ID:a2ULNgHW

Ahh, james jones, he is the best!

137 Name: Bookworm : 2006-07-08 16:11 ID:qcIigPnr

Boogiepop and Others

138 Name: Anonymous : 2006-07-09 01:34 ID:/i9J++is

David Gemmell, 'Quest for lost heroes'. Start the series with 'Legend'. Druss rocks.

139 Name: Bookworm : 2006-07-09 03:19 ID:81H0AlfJ

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

140 Name: Klaymen : 2006-07-09 05:00 ID:FNZDpUPJ

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

141 Name: L30eightyfive : 2006-07-21 17:08 ID:47hhkrWz

I just finished reading Dune(1965) by Frank Herbert and I loved it. It was much more political and much less religious than the 1982 movie by David Lynch. I'll soon be starting the second book, Children of Dune, as soon as I find a copy.

142 Name: draikjester : 2006-07-30 23:50 ID:hmh4S5+u

"The Messenger" and "The Usurper" by Angus Wells.
the plot and characters are not bad, the descriptiveness of sword play is very good.

143 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-04 16:23 ID:McXhybut

School reading! I was just given Old School by Tobias Wolff to read, which is a wonderful, easy read, but as I never took a particularly comprehensive American literature class, I fail to understand some of the literary references within. Thus, I am closely chasing the novel with The Sun Also Rises.

And there's nothing like delving into Understanding Language Structure, Interaction, and Variation: And Introduction to Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics for Nonspecialists.

144 Name: random : 2006-08-07 23:43 ID:WRP0WStA

the zahir by paulo cohelo (highly recommend his books)

145 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-15 18:40 ID:8ScSlFHd

That sounds very pomo. Will you use the Postmodernism Generator to produce all your class papers?


146 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-17 22:26 ID:JC1ihkIb

sense and sensibility

147 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-18 11:43 ID:Heaven

I read Endymion some time ago and now I want to kill Dan Simmons so he doesn't write again.

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149 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-20 23:32 ID:Heaven

I'm reading Transmetropolitan for the nth time...

150 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-21 14:53 ID:10RiCvzS

I'm reading the fine fiction of E. Nesbit, currently The Story of the Amulet.

151 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-21 22:17 ID:lJQwcHmJ

The Hacker Ethic.
Very interesting.

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153 Name: Bookworm : 2006-08-23 22:39 ID:Heaven

Markus Heitz - Schattenjäger

It's a collection of three shadowrun novels.

154 Name: Bookworm : 2006-09-01 19:09 ID:Heaven

lol tuxedo mask

155 Name: Bookworm : 2006-09-06 23:20 ID:Heaven

Naked Lunch.

I'll really have to finish it sometime..

156 Name: Bookworm : 2006-09-10 03:21 ID:Heaven

I downloaded it maybe six months ago and read it all in like three days. I don't know why, but it's still the most entertaining comic I've read
>>155 I'm reading it too. Rather, I'm like one page into it and I'll probably just start from the beginning when I pick it up again since I don't read very often.

157 Name: Bookworm : 2006-10-26 06:50 ID:nyRhgAkJ

Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko

158 Name: Bookworm : 2006-10-26 19:18 ID:Un5qbiAW

The Gods Themselves, Asimov. Kinda getting boring . . . trying to finish.

159 Name: Gnomon : 2006-10-27 16:23 ID:hTV7oZCV

The Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian--you know, the novels that inspired the "Master & Commander--The Far Side of the World" movie. I've just finished H.M.S. Surprise, and only have 17 more to go...18 if one counts the unfinished last volume.

160 Name: Kannon : 2006-10-28 18:32 ID:3zWsWsrN

Sue Tounsend 'Adrain Mole: cappuccino years' and a play of a british author (don't remember the name) based on biblical history. Rather interesting

161 Name: Soulrebel : 2006-11-01 07:14 ID:UjSm9mMS

The time traveler's wife by..Audrey..sumthing O_o

I needed a good cry n the title says it ALL

162 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-11-01 23:39 ID:Heaven

I've heard that novel is quite good. What's your opinion on it?

163 Name: Rustem : 2006-11-18 22:50 ID:Ydl58ykp

The Ground Beneath Her Feet - Salmon Rushdie
The Dubliners - James Joyce

164 Name: Bookworm : 2006-11-23 12:16 ID:UslVNQog

Koushin Takami - Battle Royale

That makes me cool, rite?

165 Name: Bookworm : 2006-11-23 13:15 ID:V2bjfMWL

M. John Harrison - Light

Again. It was good the first time, and awesome the second. Recommended for anyone who wants more Literature in their sci-fi.

166 Name: Bookworm : 2006-11-23 21:32 ID:IyDGjD0K

Ian McDonald - Terminal Cafe

167 Name: Bookworm : 2006-11-25 05:19 ID:mKbAFEB6

King Dork - Dr. Frank

it's pretty rad, has a LOT of rock and roll, and nerdy references in it, and I can relate to it pretty easily.

168 Name: Bookworm : 2006-11-30 13:15 ID:Heaven

2001: a space odyssey and a confederacy of dunces

both very, very slowly

169 Name: Bookworm : 2006-12-27 22:52 ID:xE6g0glU

Garth Nix - Sabriel

for the 2nd time. I loved this series.

170 Name: Oily Skin : 2006-12-28 15:57 ID:vNXP31Uf

-the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy-

171 Name: Bookworm : 2006-12-29 06:35 ID:rLH5D4DD

Raymond Feist -- Magician (Actually just finished Apprentice again, but I don't have Master, the second half, and am in a hotel in oregon trying to head home, and away from this horrible runon sentance)

172 Name: L.O.V.E.S.U.C.K.S : 2007-01-10 07:35 ID:sr6K3Cjw

i love stephen kings!!!!

173 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2007-01-10 07:58 ID:Heaven

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The synopsis didn't seem promising at all. It sounded downright cheesy, the kind found on the back of cheap romance novels. But the writing thus far is vibrant, the backdrop is lush, and the tale enjoyable. No whiffs of harlequin yet.

174 Name: Bookworm : 2007-01-10 20:59 ID:QwfDVdPy

Kinski Uncut, the autobiography of Klaus Kinski.

175 Name: Crystal Raye : 2007-01-25 03:09 ID:S7Xl2qNF

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. It's really interesting but was sort of a let-down for me. I usually root for the underdogs in literature (Morgan le Fey, Grendel, The Phantom of the Opera, etc) and I thought that I'd fall in love with the creature and be on his side the whole time. Sadly, he's not quite the hero that I had imagined but all hope is not lost; I haven't completely finished the book yet.

176 Name: MAC_BETH : 2007-01-26 00:02 ID:4LBKOzhm


Grendel in Beowulf? What could possibly make you sympathize with it?

177 Name: Bookworm : 2007-01-26 02:26 ID:0nrqfXkp

Little Green Men- Christopher Buckley

178 Name: Bookworm : 2007-01-30 06:46 ID:B4Yu6osT

179 Name: nikki : 2007-02-05 00:15 ID:jIQ6saiY

I just finished Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. It was a long read and a little dry in a few parts it is worth it.

I just started reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I have read it several times but I love it more every time. For anyone that hasn't read it, it is basically the Arturian legend told from the point of view of the women (including Arthur's mother, the lady of the lake and Morgaine LeFay and others). It's really a very different story when told from these viewpoints.

180 Name: Cheap Shot : 2007-02-11 05:16 ID:DiiAM44W

I'm more than halfway done with Anne Rice's Interview with The Vampire, and I hate it. Her style of writing bores me. I desperately want to read something else, something interesting.. but I already paid for the book, so I'm forcing myself to read it.

181 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-12 13:49 ID:jd/G7Vwd

That never stopped me from saving myself from horrible writing.

182 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-15 17:05 ID:EjilzJXw


Just sell it, mate.

183 Name: Nox Puss : 2007-02-22 13:13 ID:tHzZ1KYw

Theif of Time, by Terry Pratchett. It's absoluetly fantastic. Read it or be missing a part of your soul forever.

Sorry, I get carried away when it comes to Pratchett. ^^;

184 Name: Bookworm : 2007-02-24 06:34 ID:z/JIAjJq


My father does this all the time, even with books he gets from the library. He'll go on at length telling me how terrible the latest book he's reading is, and then end with "Luckily, I've only got a few hundred more pages to go." I don't get it.

185 Name: Bookworm : 2007-03-08 22:14 ID:xISta0iX

VALIS by Philip K Dick

186 Name: Bookworm : 2007-06-04 18:09 ID:VOeg8oap

Nope, that sounds structural (or modernist, rather than postmodernist) to me. The pomo thugs tried to murder structuralist linguistics, replacing attempts at scientific (or scientistic, depending on your prejudices) methodology with narcissistic gobbledygook philosophy.

Thankfully, their influence in linguistics is at last beginning to wane... the other social sciences aren't so lucky.

Oh, and to be vaguely on-topic, I'm reading John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead. He's a great writer.

187 Name: Bookworm : 2007-06-05 19:08 ID:HB1JiEau

Earth: David Brin.
Fragile things: Neil Gaiman.
Neverwhere: Neil Gaiman.

188 Name: Bookworm : 2007-06-05 19:09 ID:HB1JiEau

Earth: David Brin.
Fragile things: Neil Gaiman.
Neverwhere: Neil Gaiman.

189 Name: Bookworm : 2007-06-10 17:31 ID:87zqi8JQ

Pedestrian Wolves by James L. Grant.

190 Name: Bookworm : 2007-06-23 00:07 ID:YRjMfMcY

in the middle of:

Generation of Swine by Hunter S. Thompson
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
and Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski

i'm such a fucking hipster.

191 Name: Bookworm : 2007-06-26 01:34 ID:mSyAtcZG

Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
Totto-chan by Tetsoko Kuroyanagi

192 Name: Bookworm : 2007-06-27 03:16 ID:c3ENeWci

Just finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I enjoyed it, along with Starship Troopers. Might read more Heinlein in the future, but for now I'm moving on to A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bryson.

193 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-01 07:45 ID:svcyjZ84

heinlein is the shit. if you are interested, I recommend Friday and have space suit- will travel.

the latter because it's so campy and 1950's pulp-y.

194 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2007-07-05 02:32 ID:Heaven

I've regressed and been reading the Artemis Fowl series. They're children's books, and filled with eye-rolling moments, but fun all the same.

What caught my interest was the synopsis of the first novel: kid criminal mastermind wants to take over the world, and does it by terrorizing a secret society of sci-fi fairies living underground.

ya rly

195 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-05 14:57 ID:RUKVJoGU

I borrowed one of my roomates' books which has H. G. Wells' "Time Machine" and "Invisible Man". I finished "Time Machine" at work and I'm working on "Invisible Man" right now.


196 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-07 04:15 ID:t8j0uuSs

You can get his works online, since they're all out of copyright. Time Machine is great, no film adaptation ever did it justice.
I'd recommend Land of the Blind

197 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-07 11:27 ID:P0IVLEfZ

People magazine

198 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-09 12:39 ID:IFXZGHmV

Down To A Sunless Sea - David Graham
LaGrange Five - Mack Reynolds

199 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-09 15:07 ID:JkQboOXY

Tristan, by Gottfried von Strassburg.

Maybe it's better in the original German, but I'm thinking of dropping it. Long, bad prose, wierd misinterprations of the story, etc.

200 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-11 05:48 ID:Ex4ic2Ty

i'm reading a translation of the melancholy of haruhi suzumiya novel. its great :)

201 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-14 13:40 ID:hEYY0RAt

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

202 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-16 12:30 ID:GB5gwxjx

In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust in Finnish. I'm about to finish the second book of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower.

203 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-17 16:54 ID:HB1JiEau

From whence did you receive this translation?

204 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-21 23:12 ID:lLFVRb2z

>>203 there's one at http://baka-tsuki.something (org I think)

I'm reading bastard operator from hell, I have a pdf with pretty much all of it.

205 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2007-07-21 23:34 ID:Heaven

More light reading: Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook. Think of detective noir in a low-key low fantasy setting; it's an entertaining twist.

Like his other set of books I've read -- Black Company -- it's written in a rather sketchy style, reminiscent of stream-of-consciousness. Unlike Black Company, it's humorous.

I usually don't recommend fantasy novels, but so far I think this is worth a read.

206 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-22 05:30 ID:xmM/erLU

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

You should all read that book, brilliant. :D

207 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-24 23:50 ID:B4Yu6osT

a complicated kindness

208 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-26 11:42 ID:3vUjGowg

William Gibson - Neuromancer
Just started yesterday. Seems dark and gritty! I didn't know it was set in Japan. I need to look up the definition of some words.

209 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-27 01:22 ID:t8j0uuSs

this thread

210 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-27 11:46 ID:LZmZoJ/8

Only the first part is set in Japan.

Sidney Lumet - Making movies
It's pretty interesting so far. Lumet basically describes the various processes involved in, uh, making movies. Too bad I've never really liked his films that much.

211 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-28 23:20 ID:W/2sY5Gk

it's teh rox, don't forget to read count zero and monalisa overdrive.

212 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-30 22:32 ID:uWa7wx45

The Case Against Adolescence, by Robert Epstein. Genius nonfiction. Looks at education, history, sociology, psychology, etc...

213 Name: Bookworm : 2007-07-30 22:57 ID:YrmJ9IvK

I just finished All Quiet on the Western Front. Good book.

214 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-01 02:04 ID:SpPyQUkd

yesterday:The Monitors (Keith Laumer)(Purchase it in the secondhand bookstore.JP)
   (REPRINT in JAPAN 2005 (trancelate to JAPANESE)

mmm... OLD SF days.

215 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-05 04:05 ID:g1ilF7wU

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. It's really too young for my liking, but the movie's coming out, so I thought I should read it.

216 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-06 18:34 ID:BuEE4vtS

The Trouble with Physics, by Lee Smolin. About how since the 70s, in physics, theory has gotten way ahead of experiment and people are imagining all this string theory and fantastic stuff like that, which may not be possible to actually test.

I'm not by any means a physics geek, but it's fascinating so far.

217 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-07 13:44 ID:+KTaeX4l

Lolita, again. The writing is so poetic and full of alliteration that it makes for a very tiring read, it took me far too long to finish reading it.

218 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-13 01:00 ID:G8Re4C9w

The Golden Bough by James Frazer. For a rambling obsolete anthropological work, it's pretty cool I guess.
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman et al. Oh god oh god oh god I love this thing.
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami. I have no idea what the hell I'm reading and I'm enjoying every word of it.

I have a problem with reading many things at once ;_;

219 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2007-08-14 05:07 ID:Heaven

V for Vendetta.

It's a graphic novel (har har har).

220 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-19 06:58 ID:VQzeGwYJ

Finished Siddhartha and Prelude to the Foundation

Now reading Foundation.

221 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-23 17:47 ID:MppJfGvb

just finished snow by orhan pamuk. real good

222 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-23 21:12 ID:h/o6MOFC

Tokyo Cancelled, by Rana Dasgupta. It is sort of like a "modern" Canterbury Tales, really.

223 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-26 16:21 ID:mqqhB0Da

"The Man Who was Thursday" by G.K. Chesterson: it is a fantastic turn-of-the-century metaphysical thriller about the conflict between order and anarchy.
"Roadside Picnic": the inspiration for the movie "Stalker" and the game "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.", and I gottta say it is some of the best soviet sci-fi I have ever read.

224 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-27 12:42 ID:/PpzgN2W

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

225 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-28 03:00 ID:+KTaeX4l

What do you think, so far?

226 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-28 10:28 ID:/PpzgN2W

Just finished this morning. Its my first Murakami book and it was pretty good makes me want to read more of his stuff. Didnt really understand the whole people in reflections thing but i did love the ending

227 Name: Bookworm : 2007-08-30 03:34 ID:Heaven

Hi, I'm >>218, and I'd like to join in your murakami circlejerk.

Started Noctes Atticae by Aulus Gellius. It's a commonplace book of an ancient Roman.

228 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-02 03:46 ID:nDXPbsWO

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

229 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-02 14:36 ID:t+DxTQvH

finished the Harry Potter series. WAY too overhyped.

230 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-04 22:22 ID:8Zpt7Klu

The Fermata by Nicholson Baker

231 Name: El grande : 2007-09-05 01:24 ID:wX7yisck

Im reading about zen budism ideology, its better than read the bible.

232 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-05 23:32 ID:WaYzzD+L

>>231 lol, first learn to spell before criticizing a book

finished Foundation, going to start Foundation and Empire

233 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-06 00:08 ID:mZICxjXv

Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami

234 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-07 15:33 ID:lSkixzKH

Trying to read Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis, but it's a tough journey.

235 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-09 10:40 ID:rKCg2EVN

A Note of Madness, by Tabitha Suzuma. It's quite interesting, it's about a talented music student who's been having crazy mood swings.

236 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-14 06:37 ID:zRkdQHc7

Just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Amazing book.

Starting on Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie Macdonald.

237 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-14 07:20 ID:kKvHBKM1

I just finished reading train man by nakatano hitori. it drove me to post here...

238 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-15 17:36 ID:BBOrwPpR

1984 by Orwell

239 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-26 02:30 ID:t8j0uuSs

Just completed reading a short story by Ernest Hemingway. Email me for the complete text.

240 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-26 23:24 ID:Heaven

Against a dark background - Iain M Banks

The green knight - Iris Murdoch

I was surprised to like the second one so much; I am not used to these Bronte-like themes.

241 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-29 16:48 ID:0Ez931kb

the wind-up bird chronicle by haruki murakami

i wish he didn't namedrop so much

242 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-03 11:15 ID:Heaven

im read this also, Lets Race!

243 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-17 09:31 ID:F3890FUE

Just finished Strange Wine by Harlan Elison, collection of fantasy and science-fiction stories.
Now nearly done Visonary In Residence, a genre spaning short story collection by Bruce Sterling, with a collaboration with other other authors on a couple stories
In the middle of the Great Gatsby and A Brave New World (I really should finish them, but I'm kind of ADD)
I lost my collection of Kafka short stories when I was part way through and my father refuses to by a new copy ;_;
I did love The Metamorphosis though. Is it strange that I relate to Gregor Samsa? (I am about as close to Hikkomori as is possible in America...)

244 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-17 17:01 ID:W3tKCVtS

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (Yuji Oniki translation); last read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

245 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-19 23:58 ID:kUB61UIE

The Handmaid's Tale by Margarete Attwood. What a pain, it's so frustrating somehow

246 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-23 17:07 ID:eQX2hU7i

I never really liked Margarete Attwood. Ursula Leguin does better feminist commentary.

Reading The Book of Lost Things by John Conolly. Don't know if want, but leaning toward do not want. Which sucks because I bought it new.

247 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-25 03:10 ID:otkru6pc

The Bible, by God OR some random dudes over a period of several generations

The Lord is a bit of a douche in the first couple chapters. Are things going to stay this formulaic (i.e. God: hey guys lemee help you all out; Jews: Haha whoops we disobeyed you; God: FUCK YOUFUC KYOU FUCK YOU okay that's out of my system)?

248 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-02 17:20 ID:2jebJYV/

good book

249 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-03 22:41 ID:Heaven

I just read the Neverending Story. It's beautiful.

250 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-04 15:09 ID:Heaven

The Collected works of a great hungarian poet : ATTILA JÓZSEF

251 Name: sage : 2007-11-05 22:21 ID:otkru6pc

Archetype and Allegory in The Dream of the Red Chamber by Andrew H. Plaks

I think I could just stop reading everything else and just read critical essays on The Dream of the Red Chamber and I'd be perfectly happy.

252 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-07 19:04 ID:W3tKCVtS

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

253 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-09 00:42 ID:uDW6FIG2

Just finished William Gibson, Virtual Light. I'll be starting Idoru (the sequel) as soon as I have some free time.

And I'm also reading Vladimir Nabokov, Despair. It's not as good as Lolita - kind of boring.

254 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-09 22:40 ID:Heaven

I loved your description.

255 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-10 03:32 ID:dKB4hv4w

The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner

256 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-28 14:05 ID:UgW/DZJW

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

257 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2007-12-01 06:37 ID:Heaven

I'm close to the end of Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon.

It's a space-opera type novel, about some female captain in charge of a bucket of bolts with a small army of assassins after her.

It's okay. I think the prior novel, Trading in Danger, was much better.

258 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-03 18:28 ID:Heaven

1984 right now.
I don't have any money for Discworld books right now, so I'm going through my list of out of copyright books right now.

Its a bit of a pain reading on my screen though.

259 Name: Walpaper : 2007-12-04 01:06 ID:QdEX+4nF

Space odyssey
The Ransom Trilogy by C.S. Lewis.

Its good. I might get into science fiction after all.
He talks about being in space and instead of it being full of nothing, its full of life because it is where life came from.
Never thought of it that way.

My advice on 1984, Put 1984 down right now and never pick it up unless you need it for a class.
There are many better books.

260 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-04 01:44 ID:Heaven

Its okay so far...

Also good choice on C.S. Lewis's space trilogy. Those in my opinion beat the shit out of most of the Narnia books.

261 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-05 07:45 ID:suLpxGLu

Missing by Gakuto Coda.

262 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2007-12-06 06:18 ID:Heaven

I thought 1984 was quite good...

263 Name: Serial ATA : 2007-12-07 07:11 ID:FggKTCxI

Finished this Malay thriller novel entitled "My Heart is in Harajuku" (original title: Hatiku di Harajuku). Very good story, if not a bit boring, it's about a Malay yakuza who relinquished his lifestyle and left Japan but had to return to the country to settle some unfinished business.

264 Name: 'Nonymouse : 2007-12-14 16:47 ID:HrON0pel

I'm currently engrossed with Milton's <i>Paradise Lost</i>... not as good as I thought it'd be.

265 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-15 17:37 ID:Lv7gzcnI

i just finished reading "World War Z" by Max Brooks. made up of monologues and dialogues of future survivors of the global zombie war. pretty entertaining, decently written, although there were a handful of cliche memories too.

266 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-19 22:17 ID:uf47AJTg

I'm reading house made of dawn and it.ls good but the author tends to draw out his scenery discriptions.

267 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-30 00:47 ID:PdoqEbYL


Just got World War Z. I'm enjoying it a lot so far. It's great how each individual story stands alone... easy to get others hooked on the story by reading some of the cooler parts.

Also reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and just loving it. I'm such a sucker for mystery and tragic loves. And the language is just beautiful, without being distracting. It's set to become one of my favorite books.

268 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-01 19:08 ID:Juii/u50

I'm starting to read Portal by Brian Reaves, Relentless by Robin Parrish, and Things I've Overheard While Talking To Myself by Alan Alda.

269 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-02 00:30 ID:ScQh7RHw

Awesome. Alan Alda is the man :P

270 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-02 02:12 ID:Juii/u50

Indeed he is.

271 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-02 04:56 ID:Uk7VTaxN

I just got done reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, and I soon will begin Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
But as a break, I'm reading The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry. (in English and Spanish. =P)

272 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-08 14:47 ID:/JRTeDPI

Clair de Lune, by Guy de Maupassant.

French literature is awesome.

>>271, it's a shame you don't read it in french/english. And it's Antoine de Saint-Exupéry :p

273 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-09 01:15 ID:3dgKodA0

About to start 'After Dark" by Haruki Murakami.

274 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-11 04:20 ID:gWoF4E8W

I just started The War of the Worlds, having just finished Neverwhere.

Heh, I have The Little Prince somewhere. I remember reading it and thinking it was the dumbest thing ever before suddenly realizing years later with no real prompting whatsoever that it was allegorical.

275 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-11 05:33 ID:y4e7M76R

wanderlust by rebecca solnit

the first 10 pages are great

276 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-11 22:10 ID:MKVwRyq/

Just finished up Pyramids in the Discworld series.
Gotta go buy some more of those soon...

277 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-14 15:52 ID:mMWGpkSC

I read Momo. Very nice.

278 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-29 02:04 ID:jBFN1eT+

Just finished: "Time's Arrow" by Martin Ames
One of the more unique books I've read.

Now starting on: Riverrun Trilogy by S. P. Somtow
Meh, not his best work so far.

279 Name: Anonymous : 2008-01-30 04:40 ID:H7Z9n75i

Just finished:
"The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman

Still reading:
"Branded" by Alissa Quart
"Welcome to the NHK" light novel by Tatsuhiko Takimoto
"No One Writes to the Colonel" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (short story collection)
Various sci-fi and fantasy literary journals

I like to be reading lots of things at once...it helps my attention span to be able to read a chapter of one thing, than a chapter of another, sort of like word Dim Sum

280 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-30 18:50 ID:dSgFyGpI

Just finished:
"Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami

currently reading:
"The Human Be-In" by Helen Swick Perry

Want to read next:
"Out" by Natsuo Kirino
"Hwangjini" by Hong Seok-Jung (but I don't know if my Korean is really good enough, it would be a challenging read)
or maybe "Heart of a Dog" by Mikhail Bulgakov

281 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-31 10:17 ID:Wns78NdL


>"Out" by Natsuo Kirino

Hey, I'm just about to start reading that. It's been lying on my floor for a couple of weeks, I kept getting distracted by other things.

Last night I finished reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr. Then I had a dream that featured lots of helicopters and jungle.

282 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-02 19:42 ID:fQaNeCpC

Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Geochemistry: An Introduction, by Francis Albarede.

283 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-03 21:22 ID:snGMmdSW

Some Bruce Lee biography. I bought it for £3 in HMV and its actually pretty good.

284 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-03 22:33 ID:quhypM76

Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger.

He's not one of my favorite statesmen, but he is a good political science writer, I'll give him that.

285 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-04 16:50 ID:yt8gCxns

Re-reading The Brothers Karamazov. It's a good novel. I like it more than Crime & Punishment: it's more succinct, and it has a totally freaky sub context.

On the other hand, I'd rather be re-reading Chekhov; so much less depressing.

Have you read Profiles in Courage by JFK? I found it to be a good read. It's also relatively short.

286 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-04 17:12 ID:twxhdgr0

Fun Fact: JFK didn't actually write that book, it was ghost written for him. If you did this in college, it would be called plagiarism.

287 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-07 05:39 ID:2MwhF2zS

R.A. Salvatore - Paths of Darkness (Forgotten Realms)
Weis/Hickman - Dragons of the Fallen Sun
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

All alright so far.

288 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-08 02:28 ID:Juii/u50

I'm currently addicted to the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.

289 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-09 00:49 ID:ST5LsRrK

Brocas Brain - Carl Sagan

290 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-09 02:26 ID:y4e7M76R

Just reread Snow Crash.

Now it's time to read "Quranic Studies" by John Wansbrough. One line at a time.

291 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-09 02:48 ID:P0e4l0dG

Strange, I just put down Snow Crash. I enjoyed the pop-linguistics, but the weeaboo was a little too strong for me. Also reading Foucault's Capitalism and Schizophrenia, just finished Borges' Labyrinths, and I'm just about to move into the infinite jest.

292 Name: Nameless Fairy : 2008-02-12 01:47 ID:Heaven

re-reading for the i don't know time The Stand, by Stephen King.

293 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-12 03:01 ID:kr/oMuBf

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

I don't actually know what else to read, so I'm making it through as much Murakami as I can.

294 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-12 14:11 ID:wTR+25f3

The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
It's OK so far.

295 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-15 03:16 ID:wHF7IUV7

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Taking a Murakami break at the moment.

296 Name: High Fructose!!/V3MTq9S : 2008-03-14 17:44 ID:Q8rKBe25

Well, yesterday I finished The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect by Roger Williams (a friend gave me an actual printed & bound copy as a gift).

I liked it, but the anti-transhumanist message is a bit didactic. And the zombie sex part was just fucked up. I get what Williams was trying to do (specifically, to show just how incredibly screwed up humanity got after the singularity), but he went a little too far. The whole Death Jockey business was already pretty bad, but not nearly as disgusting, and he could have left it at that.

So now I'm starting We Nehrus by Krishna Nehru Hutheesing.

297 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-14 19:00 ID:c1G8c0/B

Finished The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, started The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu.

298 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-17 05:27 ID:A2eYSiZA

I just finished Haruki Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun. It was amazing. Moving onto some Vonnegut now.

299 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-18 15:07 ID:42DwP0d3

Currently reading Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher, will start on Death Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case soon.

300 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-18 18:49 ID:zC08zO4x

Are you me? I'm doing the exact same thing. Well, I was. But I just finished Dance Dance Dance. Now I've got four Murakami novels left to read, starting with South of the Border, West of the Sun.

301 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-19 02:45 ID:c1G8c0/B

Suddenly shifted my focus from rich historic cultural experience to intricate magic related fantasy. Peril's Gate, by Janny Wurts.

302 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-19 20:39 ID:ICvydws/

I'm reading the dream cycle of H. P. Lovecraft right now. I was expecting stories of horror and death, but was pleasantly suprised at how beautifully detailed and extensive Lovecraft's dream world is.

303 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-25 01:03 ID:UVrXhn0n

I finished reading Le Rouge et le Noir (Translated into English), by Stendhal. Somewhat humorous, all in all.

304 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-25 07:20 ID:jBFN1eT+

I'm going through Discworld again.
Most recently Night Watch, possibly the best book in the series.

305 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-26 00:00 ID:Heaven

Bilingualism and the Latin Language by J.N. Adams. It's a text on the various intersections of language in the Roman world.
A New Introduction to Greek by Chase & Phillips. Your basic ancient Greek primer.
Selected Poems of Jorge Luis Borges, edited by Alexander Coleman, translators various. Of what I've read, the poem Amorosa anticipación has really touched me.
NIV Bible. lol

I'm really not reading as much as I should, it's just spread out over different things.

306 Name: Bookworm of College Park,MD : 2008-03-26 14:54 ID:EjMyaIwp


307 Name: Bookworm : 2008-03-26 16:24 ID:Heaven

The Survivors of the Chancellor

308 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-05 18:21 ID:rmkYXpOT

Starship Troopers.

In reading Heinleins other books I always feel he places to much of himself in them, or even creates a character for himself to speak through. But this book just feels like Heinlein's personal military masturbation fantasy. I kept hoping it would get better but I think I'll stop now and find something else to read.

309 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-07 22:41 ID:asuL31sR

Currently reading Sabriel. Not sure what to make of it yet considering I just started (chapter 3).

310 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-08 19:01 ID:IYURzVoL

Sputnik Sweetheart, my first Murakami

311 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-09 21:18 ID:Heaven

I've been trying to track down a copy of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle at my local bookstore to no success. I may simply have to order it on amazon.

I recently completed Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. I'm not certain it had the same insight and energy as Fight Club, but it was still a very entertaining read. I liked the few medical references and the nods to all those famous urban sex legends. The ending was sufficiently twist-y and ambiguous. I wonder how the upcoming movie will do? Also who was surprised that Palahniuk is gay? *does not raise hand*

Now I'm on to Pyramids by Terry Pratchett and it's the same old funny-ish Pratchett wordplay with a bit more engrossing of a story than the last Discworld book I read, Wyrd Sisters. It's a nice change of pace for both the story of the past and the present to be told at the same time rather than just constantly flipping channels between key characters. I'm not very far into the book yet, just maybe the first 50 pages are done so far.

To be honest I should get around to reading Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. I bought a copy a few years back, found it inscrutable, and stopped reading it. I hope I'll have better luck this time.

312 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-11 16:13 ID:1YAZNRHI

I liked that book. I, in fact, have ruined my eyes by reading the whole book via LCD in 2 days. I actually was interested in their whole philosophy of government.

313 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-13 06:57 ID:HOvsUooT


unrelated note: I really need to find a copy of I, Robot again. =|

314 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-13 11:10 ID:snGMmdSW

I'm going to read 'The Alchemist' soon. I've heard good things.

315 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-13 18:05 ID:Heaven

The one by Paulo Cohelo?

316 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-13 20:35 ID:Heaven

bilingualism and the latin language by j.n. adams

317 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-14 04:43 ID:Heaven

my mom bought me a book on water resources engineering today, so, that

318 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-14 22:20 ID:snGMmdSW


319 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-15 07:40 ID:Heaven

Naked Lunch

320 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-28 02:35 ID:jBFN1eT+

1632 by Eric Flint

you can read it online for free here: http://www.baen.com/library/0671319728/0671319728_toc.htm

321 Name: Bookworm : 2008-05-21 05:04 ID:Z0ol1KyL

the devils by dostoyevsky...pretty much a masterpiece theater with guns, but since you're imagining it instead of watching it...it gets rid of all the gayness of masterpiece theater

322 Name: bookmark : 2008-05-21 14:18 ID:Mul335d6

I'm going between Innocent Mage by Karen Miller and Lost Horizon by James Hilton

323 Name: Bookworm : 2008-05-22 00:03 ID:123MNAca

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.

324 Name: Bookworm : 2008-05-22 06:33 ID:Heaven

The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury, hilarious satire of leftist university life and hypocrisy.

325 Name: Bookworm : 2008-05-29 17:56 ID:Pqa0KuTD

Currently reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville after it I´ll start Starship Troopers

326 Name: Bookworm : 2008-05-29 17:56 ID:Pqa0KuTD

Currently reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville after it I´ll start Starship Troopers

327 Name: Bookworm : 2008-05-31 16:49 ID:+f+8cChP

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

328 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-02 03:33 ID:NlhXgVD7


329 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-02 19:02 ID:RfyD5ZoM

shadow at evening by Chirs Walley

330 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-08 18:57 ID:+f+8cChP

Cannery Row

331 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-10 02:56 ID:aR5CkdUn

monstrous regiment by terry pratchett
just finished his going postal, so...

332 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-12 09:01 ID:YQ9ZT3Ii

just finished reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfeild
one of the best and involving novels i have ever read!!

now i am rereading The Crysalids by John Wyndham
it amused me in high school so i bought it.
a good light post apocalyptic sci-fi

333 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-12 09:04 ID:YQ9ZT3Ii

was a good novel, the second one was also good
just waiting for the special order i put out for the third one to come in

334 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-14 16:09 ID:123MNAca

Currently reading Lolita.

335 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-19 13:42 ID:dzUsJErK

Currently reading Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

336 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-22 20:07 ID:Xwj1kGke

Les Miserables

337 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-23 14:56 ID:juLW0N/Q

Altered Carbon

338 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-24 03:23 ID:oFC3APGm

Harry Potter

339 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-03 18:29 ID:X+qPhtM1

Diamond Age: or a young lady's illustrated primer.

340 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-05 03:45 ID:tz9BFZbg

Recently finished Edward Abbey's book The Monkey Wrench Gang

341 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-06 00:59 ID:U48ziicS

1) Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

2) Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

1 is awesome; 2 quite the opposite.

342 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-07 17:48 ID:VnG0Y2Ak

A compilation of Lovecraft tales named "The Intruder". Third volume of of 4.

Next, Abarat, by Clive Barker.

343 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-08 13:00 ID:+kJlbToF

The Great Gatsby

344 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-08 15:05 ID:zgq5Bom/

The Other Boleyn Girl
The Dragonlance Saga
The Old Kingdom Series

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346 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-10 16:16 ID:9MVw0t28

Currently reading Villa Incognito, by Tom Robbins. Finding it highly amusing, but not really as good as Still life with Woodpecker.

347 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-16 19:09 ID:zFuULllq

Stahlfront part 2, you won't know it , it isn't brought out in america because it is not politicly correct enough

348 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-23 19:54 ID:10RiCvzS

I've been reading my way through Discworld, and just finished the latest of the Harry Dresden novels by Jim Butcher.

349 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-24 05:43 ID:4//nrZzD

I've finished Discworld 1 - The Colors of Magic! What a great novel!

350 Name: Bookworm : 2008-11-18 21:11 ID:C8exeoqi

I'm reading mostly stuff in Spanish. Finished a book called Los Mártires del Freeway (not very good). I'm currently reading Norwegian Wood and Albina y los Hombres Perro. Crime and Punishment on hold for an indefinite time.

351 Name: Bookworm : 2008-11-20 15:52 ID:nJQ96NhS

herodotos' histories

352 Name: Bookworm : 2008-11-20 16:53 ID:aQyf/jpI

Some crap of Kant's. It sure is crap, and I mean that in the affectionate way.

353 Name: Bookworm : 2008-11-21 02:14 ID:fKi2Nm4v

the Thin Man one-book

354 Name: Bookworm : 2008-11-22 04:43 ID:sVz/uy/R

classical binge
adelphi by terrence
history by herodotos
greater hippias by plato

355 Name: Bookworm : 2008-11-30 18:34 ID:olhREJ0r

I'm not reading anything because i can't even afford bus fare to get to the library.

356 Name: Bookworm : 2008-12-01 21:01 ID:afqgpRkq

Yet you're posting on the Internet.
Also, e-books. And you have two legs, why don't you use them?

357 Name: Bookworm : 2008-12-12 02:49 ID:n2AhpadJ

im reading The Complete Works of Lewis Carol (sp) im at the start, Alice in Wonderland is good, though Alice herself is pissing me off....dumb bitch

I plan on reading Plato's Republic, and Mein Komph...

yeah..I cant spell, nor do i have good grammer....

358 Name: Bookworm : 2008-12-14 20:28 ID:KXcFlMEv

do you mean "mein kampf" by Adolf Hitler?

359 Name: Bookworm : 2008-12-20 09:29 ID:bJHWVmrw

Jonathan Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I picked it up off a sale rack outside a bookstore a couple days ago.

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