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Old 11-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #1031 (permalink)
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Started reading We need to talk about kevin recently. Seems like a good book, but to be honest i haven't been able to really commit to it yet
The first fifty pages or so of that book are really dry and, dare I say whiny, but after that it spirals into some intense nastiness really quickly. I'd definitely recommend sticking with it.

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Inbetween Game of Thrones and 1Q84 at the moment. I shouldn't have chose to read two 1000+ page books at the same time.
I seem to be in the minority that found the three books of 1Q84 to be easily amongst Murakami's work. Have you read any of his others?

Just finished my third time reading 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy. There's a great quote on the inside sleeve of my copy of a critic calling it "the first great novel of the globally warmed generation" which is about a perfect summation of it as a book possible, simultaneously hellishly bleak and heart-wrenchingly uplifting in the way that much of McCarthy's works tend to be.

It also amazes me the way in which it might as well be a companion piece to the game Fallout 3 despite them being created and released pretty much at the same time. The imagery and descriptions of a desolate and destroyed America (though the book lacks the sci-fi elements of the game) are almost identical. I got both at around the same time and was hooked on each, they basically exist within the same mythos to me and I love each one of them for it. Highly recommended.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:03 AM   #1032 (permalink)
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Well the idea of the world being a post-apocalyptic destroyed wasteland certainly isn't a new idea so the comparison to Fallout never popped into my head when I was reading that book. And whatever happened in The Road wasn't hinted at being man made destruction like Fallout's well um.... nuclear fallout (its possible I guess) or really delved into even, it was just bad shit going down.

Obviously punctuation marks have no place in McCarthy's future though.
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Well the idea of the world being a post-apocalyptic destroyed wasteland certainly isn't a new idea so the comparison to Fallout never popped into my head when I was reading that book. And whatever happened in The Road wasn't hinted at being man made destruction like Fallout's well um.... nuclear fallout (its possible I guess) or really delved into even, it was just bad shit going down.
One of the things I liked most about 'The Road' was the total lack of explanation of the current situation. They're likely just entwined in my head because I read one in between playing the other but even with hindsight the descriptive comparisons are uncanny.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:31 AM   #1034 (permalink)
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The Road has been a blind spot for me. Many times I've had it recommended but never picked it up. Think I will.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:57 AM   #1035 (permalink)
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Anybody know any ebook torrent sites??
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:23 AM   #1036 (permalink)
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I haven't read a book in AGES so that thirst to read something worthwhile and entertaining hit me this week. Finally I've picked up A Game of Thrones. Looking forward to starting it since there's so much hype around this series and the HBO adaptation. I'm hoping I won't hate it.
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I haven't read a book in AGES so that thirst to read something worthwhile and entertaining hit me this week. Finally I've picked up A Game of Thrones. Looking forward to starting it since there's so much hype around this series and the HBO adaptation. I'm hoping I won't hate it.
What do you think of them? I started reading them last Christmas and ended up enjoying the first few chapters of the first book and then getting too busy to carry on.

My iPad is broke and Apple are shits, so I'm going to start reading some paper backs I have mounted up. Some GK Chesterton... Anyone read any of his?
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What do you think of them? I started reading them last Christmas and ended up enjoying the first few chapters of the first book and then getting too busy to carry on.

My iPad is broke and Apple are shits, so I'm going to start reading some paper backs I have mounted up. Some GK Chesterton... Anyone read any of his?
I've been busy so haven't had the chance to start reading it yet. I'll get to it once my Christmas shopping and baking is done and my break has begun.

I have not read any Chesterton.
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Need some good philosophical books for school next year... any ideas?
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Need some good philosophical books for school next year... any ideas?
How deep into it are you, man? Are you looking for books to help you with school work, or to help you along with a subject?

Since I broke my iPad I haven't read anything but magazines. Crap.
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