Since B Man's been incognitis for a while, I figured I'll get this thread going again. Rules are simple: just post the book(s) you're currently reading and give a bit of commentary on them if you want.
Technically, I got the paperback edition but this was the only correct cover I saw on google.
A very detailed account of the shooting thus far. I haven't made it that far so I'm only where he's piecing together all the eyewitness accounts that were around the kill zone at the time. It's amazing to see just how many people The Warren Commission totally ignored when filling out their report.
Been able to squeeze in some light reading between everything else during holidays. While I don't think I'll ever get over putting everything non-film/non-TV pre-Disney into the "Legends" category, it seems like the Lucasfilm storyboard has hit the ground running with these new-canon novels. Tarkin's the real gem: adds a whole new dimension to the character, James Luceno's writing is pretty damn robust, and the way Clone Wars is blended in with it feels natural. Lost Stars is still enjoyable, even if heavily reliant upon the original trilogy's set pieces.
Tarkin is a must though if you have any interest in diving into new-canon EU stuff beyond the movies and TV shows.
Post by Nineball2112 on Jan 15, 2016 13:15:45 GMT -5
Ok, I'm currently reading Ready Player One
Plot summary From the back cover:
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
The OASIS is a virtual universe, containing thousands of worlds. It functions both as an MMORPG and as a virtual society, with OASIS currency being the most stable currency in the world. Upon his death, the creator of the OASIS launched a contest to look for a hidden Easter Egg within the OASIS. This was his legacy, and per his will the winner would receive his vast, real-life fortune and control over the OASIS. In essence, this would make the winner into one of the most powerful people in the world.
Those who are "egg hunters" begin to be called "gunters". The contest goes for many years with no one having any success at even completing the first stage in the contest. Public interest wanes and all but the most dedicated abandon the hunt until Wade Watts (who seems the least likely of candidates) completes the first step. Shortly thereafter, he is soon followed in his success by fellow gunter, Art3mis. This brings the Egg Hunt back into the spotlight and kicks the competition into high gear again. Wade competes both against his peers, friends, and the evil Innovative Online Industries (IOI).
This is currently the last Star Wars canon book on my Kindle. Pretty fun adventure romp. Starts out slow but it's exciting once the pieces start falling into place. Count Vidian was an interesting, complex villain. Tarkin would still be my current favorite, but these books are holding their own. Miller's often been a reliable choice.
Got around to finishing With Malice Toward None. Quite an interesting biography. Sifting through his whole life's story to make a one-volume book. I guess my only criticism would be the less-than-exciting detail presented about The Civil War, specifically x or y battle or a bird's eye view on the Union's advantages. There's sense in focusing on Lincoln's feelings at D.C. during this time, but some more statistical analysis on the big battles or technological advancements during the war would've been nice to see. Overall, an easy recommendation for anyone interested to know about Lincoln's life.
Now, I'm on to reading Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
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Decided to hold off on reading Heart of Darkness and decided instead to read through The Pearl first. A simple tale but considering it's inspired by an old folktale that's kind of the intention. Steinbeck does a good job with the material. I like his prose here too. A simple-to-read novella (probably in the middle-school reading level) that has a sincere story to tell. Not among the great novellas but enjoyable nonetheless.
Haven't really posted anything in a while, despite reading several books since The Pearl. Not going to list all but the last two I've completed.
Slaughterhouse-Five is a very strange novel that fits in comfortably to our 'post-modern' era as far as literature is concerned: an anti-war book inspired by Vonnegut's experiences of the Dresden bombing aftermath yet also featuring a non-linear structure, time travel, aliens, and the author himself speaking directly to the audience in the first and last chapter. It's sometimes placed in the Top 100 Novels of All Time category, or near there, and I can see why. I'm not sure it'd crack that high on my list--once I'm able to make a more resolute judgment on that from reading more books--but I can dig what it was going for: balancing the emotionally heavy with black comedy. Plus, compared to other novels of similar caliber this an incredibly easy book to read. Recommended if interested in a different kind of anti-war novel.
I just got around to completing A Journey to the Center of the Earth several hours ago. I guess the best way to put it is considering it a good fantastical romp. It's more of a travelogue wrapped around a plot than a standard narrative itself. The structure's basically about going from A to B to C, with a lot of fantastical things happening along the way. It only works as well as it does b/c of Jules Verne's wealth of knowledge and prose. If you're looking for a meatier story with greater themes and such you've come to the wrong place. For everyone else, you'll probably enjoy it.
Been reading it off and on. It's an applicable piece of writing, especially nowadays with quality in just about anything deteriorating. Details the life of the author from birth to adulthood as an artist to a solider and then politician, as well as a number of other topics such as boxing. Past that it goes into detail revolving around the political aims of the author, most notably National Socialism and the revaluation of the author's countrymen and right to self-determination. Overall I give this book a recommendation for anyone wishing to indulge themselves in the political arena and like a rags to riches story. I would however suggest picking up the Reynal and Hitchock edition, as it's the closest to the original English translation of this since heavily edited novel.
Don't knock it just cause you're scared of having your worldview turned upside down. If you're gonna block out something that you have no knowledge of then you're just limiting yourself intellectually.
Like I said on Steam, an autobiography ain't gonna bite ya.