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    What are you reading?

    Because resurrecting the threads of Old ETS is important or something. So what has everyone been reading lately?

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    Mass Effect: Ascension on my KINDLE FIRE!!!!!!!!!

    But yeah, it's a good book.

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    So many books in both print and on my Kindle.

    Fool's Rush In
    A Paper House
    Fables Vol. 3

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    I just read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, since, you know, I figure I should know what the whole thing is actually about.

    Do research journal articles, technical specifications, and programming APIs count as reading?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgalbraith View Post
    I just read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, since, you know, I figure I should know what the whole thing is actually about.

    Do research journal articles, technical specifications, and programming APIs count as reading?
    Sure! No point in getting picky because reading is fundamental.

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    Reading Up in the Air although it's nothing like the movie! (Which is a great film) And I actually finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a while back...good stuff

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    Re-reading Ian Fleming's Casino Royale on my ipod. Just recently finished Generation Kill too.

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    was never much into reading actual books, mostly due to time constraints, but since about a year ago i had to start commuting almost 2 hours a day, i've gotten into reading quite a lot. and for some reason it doesn't feel right to be reading just one book. so these are the ones i keep rotating:

    The Passage (Justin Cronin)
    Class (Paul Fussell)
    BAD, or the dumbing of America (Paul Fussell)
    The Spell (Allan Hollinghurst)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garebear View Post
    Reading Up in the Air although it's nothing like the movie! (Which is a great film)
    Nothing like the film = worth reading or nothing like the film = which was so good this book isn't even the same freaking story? I'm curious because I actually like, uh hem related, to the film.

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    I actually really liked Up in the Air too.

    Im reading 'The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen'

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011...forshaw-review

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    Back to reading Harry Potter. I never did finish the book series so I decided to go back and get it done. Last I left off was Prisoner and I am now just about five or six chapters from finishing Goblet. It's pretty good so far but I can't wait to get into Order.

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    It's not as cumbersome as it looks and it's a very easy read. It also doesn't paint a rosy picture of Steve. In fact, the only input he had on the book was the photo used for the cover.

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    Jesus' Son
    http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Son-Stor...mm_pap_title_0

    First off, No the book has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. The title comes from the Velvet Underground song "Heroin." Without giving anything away, its essentially a collection of interconnected short stories by Denis Johnson, each of which concerns a drug addict named "Fuck Head." Author Chuck Palahniuk, of "Fight Club" fame, claims he has read Jesus' Son over 200 times. He reads it every time he gets writers block. Its an incredible book, I highly recommend it.

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    This is pretty awesome, but could have done with 1/3 of it being cut.

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    Reading book 7 of The Dark Tower series at home, it's taken me so long to get through all these books but it's been awesome. A couple of the books could've benefited from being a little shorter

    The first book of the A Song of Fire and Ice series on my phone. Watched Game of Thrones when it aired so figured I'd finally get around to starting the books, I'm loving it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdrcraig View Post
    The first book of the A Song of Fire and Ice series on my phone. Watched Game of Thrones when it aired so figured I'd finally get around to starting the books, I'm loving it.
    Me too, I'm about 3/4 through it and I'm literally gobsmacked by the level of detail and intracity. I haven't been this absorbed by a book in months.

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    After seeing the Harry Potter movies too many times, enough to notice the nagging little inconsistencies, I've started reading The Philosophers Stone. For that I've put aside A Tale of Two Cities which hasn't really kept my interest anyway. After this I'll have to try and remember to pick up the Fire and Ice series as well, the show was great and I've only heard good things about the books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdrcraig View Post
    Reading book 7 of The Dark Tower series at home, it's taken me so long to get through all these books but it's been awesome. A couple of the books could've benefited from being a little shorter
    Right before the very end, King's gonna suggest you stop reading at a certain point. Heed his warning. Unless you've already had the end of the whole thing spoiled for you, in which case whatever.
    I'm reading 11/22/63. Brevity has never been King's strong suit (in novels, that is) but it reads so smoothly I can't believe I'm over 300 pages in.
    I don't do two books at once. Last thing I read was The Boy in the Suitcase by Kaaberbol and Friis. It's a Scandinavian thriller involving a kidnapping, but don't expect it to be anything like TGWTDT. Fortunately the authors are a little more... concise than Mr. Larsson. It's a quick read, but worth it.
    And next up is gonna be The Falls, 12th in Ian Rankin's DI Rebus series, which is a series I emphatically recommend to anyone who likes mystery. Book one, Knots & Crosses, is one of my all-time favourites. If the prospect of a 17-book series is too daunting, well, you could probably skip from 1 to 8, which is when they get back to being amazing rather than "pretty damn good".

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    Currently reading The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes. If you have any interest in the Romantics or science history at all, it's an excellent and emphatically recommended book. Full of information, very well-written, with brilliantly fleshed-out portraits of the players in these early days of inquiry.

    Also have a couple books I've borrowed from friends. They ought to be next, but I'd really like to get around to reading Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. It's just been sitting here, casting a sour glare any time it can catch my eye, since I picked it up on the release date.

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    I partridge, we need to talk about Alan.

    ...fuckin genius

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    Can I just say that I adore the subtitle of this forum? It's so my mentality.

    I'm reading Jack Kerouac's classic, On the Road. I already have crazy amounts of wanderlust, and this book is making me want to run right out the front door. Adventures really are out there waiting to be had dammit! Stupid society and rules and rent and stuff.

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    Just started this, the fourth in the series. Shit, there's a fifth! ARGH

    Then I'm going back to read The Girl Who Played With Fire, which I started a long while ago and put down and whatever the last one is.

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    I just took out books I have only half finished from my bookcase, and it's rather large, so I've got to finish those before I impulsively buy any more. First up, I'm reading selected Lord Byron Poems. He's a funny guy, snarky in the long review of reviewers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magtig View Post
    I'm reading Jack Kerouac's classic, On the Road. I already have crazy amounts of wanderlust, and this book is making me want to run right out the front door. Adventures really are out there waiting to be had dammit! Stupid society and rules and rent and stuff.
    Reading Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums made me want to do the same thing...

    Just started reading Norwegian Wood tonight, after two friends recommended it highly more than a year ago. First chapter ends with a heartbreaking revelation... I'm going back in.

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    I'm trying to get into Tropic of Cancer. I started working with the Henry Miller Library recently, so it only seemed right.

    My difficulty with it lies in the lack of structure. Which is really, really wierd for me. When it comes to film or music, I'm all about the wierd experiments, odd structures... so here I thought it would be great. And he's a truly wonderful author, he oozes poetry, his words are magical.

    But After pages and pages.... I wish there was some kind of plot to actually hook me. When I get pas the poetry and wonderful phrasing, I really like to have some depth of character to hold on to. In a story I kind of have to wonder what happens next. With Tropic of Cancer, it's total chaos. Maybe if I took up weed again?

    It's kind of embarrassing too. I do have to finish it. My producer lent me the book, and he's a lit. scholar. I feel like not finishing it would diminish me in his eyes... lol... oh man...

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    I just finished part 3 of Batman: Knightfall, and I really enjoyed it. :3

    Up next are "What If?" and "The Viral Storm".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Randazzo View Post
    Mass Effect: Ascension on my KINDLE FIRE!!!!!!!!!

    But yeah, it's a good book.
    With the occassional mention of the possibility of a Mass Effect movie, I've long wondered if Mass Effect could exist outside of the gaming medium... Without the choices, the interaction.... the feeling of commanding a fucking space cruiser...

    How does it work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wretchedest View Post
    I'm trying to get into Tropic of Cancer. I started working with the Henry Miller Library recently, so it only seemed right.

    My difficulty with it lies in the lack of structure. Which is really, really wierd for me. When it comes to film or music, I'm all about the wierd experiments, odd structures... so here I thought it would be great. And he's a truly wonderful author, he oozes poetry, his words are magical.

    But After pages and pages.... I wish there was some kind of plot to actually hook me. When I get pas the poetry and wonderful phrasing, I really like to have some depth of character to hold on to. In a story I kind of have to wonder what happens next. With Tropic of Cancer, it's total chaos.
    Sometimes it helps to cheat:

    http://www.enotes.com/tropic-cancer-...r-miller-henry

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    I decided to hold off on Harry Potter - Order of the Phoenix. I picked up two new books yesterday - Bill Clinton's Back to Work and Stephen King's 11/22/63. I decided to start off with Buba's (Bill's) book then move on to the King's. So far Back to Work is pretty good.

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    Infinite Jest and Brief Interviews With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace. They're both fantastic, after I finish them I'm going to my schools research library to look through his personal notes. I really love this mans writing.

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