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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Diet Poison View Post
    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 kept reading and didn't mind it, I could see where it would piss people off but it didn't bother me.

    Started book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire on my phone, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. It's so god damn good.

    Reading Inheritance at home, the last book of the Eragon series. It's ok but it's taking forever for anything to happen, I'm half way through and thought more cool stuff would've happened by now.

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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
    I still haven't finished that one. I literally threw the book across the room when Spoiler: Randal Flagg died. That was six years ago. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by nin64 View Post
    I still haven't finished that one. I literally threw the book across the room when Spoiler: Randal Flagg died. That was six years ago. . .
    That one was an acquired taste for me. On my first reading I skimmed over most of what happened and felt pretty let down by most of the key plot developments (particularly the one you mentioned). The ending left me almost heartbroken. But weirdly I really loved it second time through, I loved the storyline and the imagery and landscapes towards the end were on par with The Gunslinger in terms of trippy-ness. And the ending actually seems really fitting to me now, though could have done with a little more clarification. Only the meeting between Spoiler: Roland and The Crimson King really irks me because it's just so flaccid and uneventful.

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    haruki murakami, 1Q84, pt I

    i like his prose. his language is rather plain and yet his books ooze with the mysterious and the fantastical

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    Quote Originally Posted by andreas View Post
    haruki murakami, 1Q84, pt I

    i like his prose. his language is rather plain...
    I'm in the middle of Norwegian Wood. His language is plain and I think that helps me to see the scenes vividly. I point that out because I haven't read a book in a long time that I get pulled into the world like that and actually "live" in it. With Norwegian Wood, it's so easy. Maybe because the characters in this book seem like such real people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trains View Post
    That one was an acquired taste for me. On my first reading I skimmed over most of what happened and felt pretty let down by most of the key plot developments (particularly the one you mentioned). The ending left me almost heartbroken. But weirdly I really loved it second time through, I loved the storyline and the imagery and landscapes towards the end were on par with The Gunslinger in terms of trippy-ness. And the ending actually seems really fitting to me now, though could have done with a little more clarification. Only the meeting between Spoiler: Roland and The Crimson King really irks me because it's just so flaccid and uneventful.
    Gotta agree - those were the two main issues I had with the final volume of the series (which, on the whole, I loved). The Spoiler: death of Flagg, who has been my favourite SK character since The Stand was a real disappointment. I'm not saying it couldn't have happened, but it read like King wanted it to happen and had run out of time and came up with a quick way to wrap that subplot up. And as for flaccid and uneventful, absolutely agree. What I wanted was Spoiler: to see that whole image that had been spun in an earlier volume of Roland at the top of the tower, confronting his enemy but oh well. Loved the books on the main, though. A fantastic accomplishment.

    I'm re-reading Sailor on the Seas of Fate by Michael Moorcock, because I've been picking up the Del Rey Elric compilations. Great stuff.

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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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    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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    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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    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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