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What are you reading?

Postby rogue0208 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:19 pm

So, since I got a Nook last January, I have read more books than I have in years. It's very exciting to me! I love to read, but could never find time. Somehow, since I've gotten the nook, I've found the time. :)

Anyways, right now, I'm reading Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan. It's about dog behavior and how to keep your dog balanced and happy. I've been watching the Dog Whisperer for years, but now that we have Freddie, I wanted to make sure that we're doing everything right so we don't end up with a pushy or aggressive dog.

I'm also reading Cloud Atlas. I started reading when I saw the the movie was coming out and I like it, but have put it on hold to read Cesar.

In the past year, I have read:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - GREAT BOOK. Highly recommend
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Not so good, don't really recommend.
Interview with a Vampire - a re-read for me, always love this book.

So, what are you reading?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby soxtalon » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:51 pm

Being a little A.D.D. I tend to read numerous books at a time (read 1 chapter go on to a different book) and so on in a cycle. Right now?

A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time VII) - Robert Jordan
Walking A Golden Mile - William Regal (I REALLY love pro-wrestling biographies. That world is so interesting)
World War Z - Max Brooks
Star Wars: X-Wing - Mercy Kill - Aaron Allston
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris

AND to the kids when we get all of us together
Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets - JK Rowling.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:57 pm

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ney » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:35 pm

Just finished:

"And Another Thing" - Eoin Colfer, the "6th" Hitchhiker's book. Pretty hilarious.
"The Martian" - Andy Weir, an amazing book about a man stranded on Mars after our first mission there.
"Mirror Earth" - Michael D. Lemonick, a non fiction book about the Kepler program and our hunt for alien planets.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:16 pm

Not currently reading, but I highly recommend the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko. It's urban fantasy, set in Moscow. I really enjoyed the way it plays with the Light side and the Dark side - fascinating themes under a fairly entertaining set of stories.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ney » Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:58 pm

Just grabbed "Agile: A Begginer's Guide to Agile Software Project Management".
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rogue0208 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:35 am

Ney wrote:Just grabbed "Agile: A Begginer's Guide to Agile Software Project Management".


That sounds fascinating. :-B

Sam, how's the language in Night Watch? I like fantasy books, but often get a bit overwhelmed by the amount of description they put into the simplest things. Hence why I don't read Stephen King. I'm a bit ADD when it comes to reading and can't focus on one thing for more than a few paragraphs.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Emperor's Prize » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:52 am

It's not too bad, actually. The books are briskly paced, with lots of action. Once in a while the author will go off on a certain "magical move" the main character makes "I fired a triple star blade at the vampire" for example. But for the most part, it's straightforward and easy to follow. If there's a criticism, it's in the fact that the author uses the characters to debate the difference between Light and Dark, good and evil - which is a good thing, but it is once in a while heavy-handed. Otherwise, there's plenty of intrigue, action, and characters who aren't strictly good or evil. In fact I LOVE how the author plays on the strengths and weaknesses of the two factions.

In fact, as a teaser, based on the book, I'd most definitely be a Day Watch agent ... and advocate of the Dark.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Salty » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:57 am

Last book I read was A Haunting Revisited by Clara Miller.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rogue0208 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:12 am

Just added it to my Goodreads list. We need a Goodreads RSS feed or something....
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Salty » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:19 am

I'm surprised you guys haven't heard of that before considering Clara Miller's old house is in upstate New York.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Viper » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:40 am

You know, rogue, word on the streetz is that Wally Lamb is coming out with a new book. "We are Water." Not sure when it's coming out though, as it's only been mentioned in passing in some articles about him.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rogue0208 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:44 am

Oh, I loves me some Wally Lamb!

What have you been reading lately, Vipes? You and I have similar taste in books. I read a book last year that made me think of you because I thought you would like it. It's called Look Me in the Eyes by John Robison. He's the brother to the guy that wrote Running with Scissors. Look Me in the Eye is Robison's memoir about life with Asperger's. It was just a really fantastic book.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Darth Mall Guard » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:46 am

I just finished reading, 'Find A Way' Merril Hoge's book. Personally autographed for me from a friend who met him and told him my story. Good motivational read
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Viper » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:48 am

rogue0208 wrote:Oh, I loves me some Wally Lamb!

What have you been reading lately, Vipes? You and I have similar taste in books. I read a book last year that made me think of you because I thought you would like it. It's called Look Me in the Eyes by John Robison. He's the brother to the guy that wrote Running with Scissors. Look Me in the Eye is Robison's memoir about life with Asperger's. It was just a really fantastic book.


Oh yeah, I've seen that one. Been wanting to read it.

Me? I've been reading Math and Physics textbooks trying to relearn all the shit I need to learn to actually teach this stuff. :p

I'm missing my reader/writer life quite terribly right now, but I keep telling myself that I will eventually get time in my life to actually do that stuff again...someday. lol
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rogue0208 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:59 am

You will! I promise!! I have free time now, so many years later. You'll get there!

I'll have to check out that book, Mike. My therapist tells me I should only read motivational and inspiring books before I go to bed because that's the stuff that gets absorbed the most into your psyche. However, I've been reading vampire books....no wonder I'm so disturbed. :P
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Tegarend » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:53 pm

The end of the old order: Napoleon & europe, 1801-1805
The Wages of Destruction: the making & breaking of the Nazi Economy
Richelieu & his age
The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire
Napoleon: his wives & women
The old regime & the French Revolution
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Calandria » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:38 pm

A lot of things:

    Hansjörg Seiler: Einführung in das Recht - one of the best introduction to the Swiss legal system for someone approaching the topic for the first time. (in English the Title translates to "Introduction to Law". Very glamorous reading I know.)

    Christiane Nord: Textanalyse und Übersetzen - A very theoretical approach to analyzing a text for translation. (English title: Text analysis and Translation)

    Julian Barnes: Pulse - A collection of short stories revolving around the body, love and sex. An absolutely brilliant writer who uses language like an expert surgeon uses a scalpel. I can't wait to read the last 3 stories.

    George R.R. Martin: A Dance with Dragons - He's getting a bit longer winded, but it's still brilliant!

    Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, in Italian - It's quite the challenge for my linguistic skills. I usually read one chapter in Italian, summarize what I understood, then read the English equivalent. I end up cringing a bit at my misinterpretation. My hopes is that by the end, I won't need the English equivalent to get a good grasp of what's going on. My Italian is so rusty, it creaks and squeaks quite a bit when I use it. It's time for a good oiling. ;)

I've actually ordered 10 new books, and have about 30 more on my shelves currently unread. But I love it. No matter what, there's always something to read suitable to my mood, whether it's a volume of poetry, and history of someplace, a book on linguistics, or simply something easy on the mind. That also means my lists then to end up rather eclectic.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby The Count » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:46 pm

Just finished The Guns of August. Starting tomorrow, I'll be reding nothing but anatomy texts.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Calandria » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:44 am

Finished Pulse and started on Is that a Fish in Your Ear: the amazing adventure of translation
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Emperor's Prize » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:58 am

The Magicians - Lev Grossman (by recommendation)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ney » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:00 am

Security+ book, an enterprise Java development book and a book on advanced jQuery.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Lord Tuvitor » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:02 am

Learning Python, 4th Edition by O'Reilly Books
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Viper » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:12 am

There's a book out there called "Map of Time" by Felix Palma that has caught my eye. I think it'll be next on my list when I get the time again.

I just recently got Cloud Atlas but haven't had a chance to dive into it yet. Saw the movie already and am wondering how the book compares.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby soxtalon » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:29 pm

Updating my ADD reading:

Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time 9) - Robert Jordan
When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops? - George Carlin
Star Wars: Red Harvest - Joe Schreiber
V: The Second Generation - Kenneth Johnson
The Freedom Fighter - Some scrub writer ;)

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