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Re: What are you reading?

Postby D.o.S. » Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:45 am

Ooooooh white noise is lit.

I remember very little about it (deep in the trees at the time) but it is tremendous.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:09 am

It is definitely a book I will read again. And I can say that confidently when I'm like 10% through. It's good stuff
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MrNovember » Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:05 am

So I recently read How to Write One Song and Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy and I absolutely loved them. He's actually a really funny guy apparently.

How to Write On Song in particular was amazing. It gave me a whole new perspective on song writing and includes some exercises he uses to write lyrics that are actually pretty interesting and fun.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Seance » Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:22 am

Currently re-reading Raymond Chandler.

Can't decide whether next up will be re-reading Alice Munro or Denis Johnson or Katherine Dunn.

Sometimes I get into these moods where I read as much as I can of one particular author in chronological order.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Heraclitus Akimbo » Wed Sep 29, 2021 12:24 pm

Seance wrote:Currently re-reading Raymond Chandler.

Sometimes I get into these moods where I read as much as I can of one particular author in chronological order.


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Between other things I've been re-reading Dorothy Sayers' mysteries, which are a pleasing comfort to me at this stage of life. And dipping back into lesser Victorian detective fiction — I get into trouble going down Project Gutenberg wormholes and downloading bunches of books to my phone.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Seance » Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:34 pm

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Seance wrote:Currently re-reading Raymond Chandler.

Sometimes I get into these moods where I read as much as I can of one particular author in chronological order.


Always down with the RC.



Between other things I've been re-reading Dorothy Sayers' mysteries, which are a pleasing comfort to me at this stage of life. And dipping back into lesser Victorian detective fiction — I get into trouble going down Project Gutenberg wormholes and downloading bunches of books to my phone.

I've always loved the playful (almost surreal) touch with word play of Raymond Chandler.

I haven't read much Dorothy Sayers, but my wife has a bunch of Sayers. So that's on the list.

I've already re-read all the Dashiell Hammett and a bit of Dorothy B. Hughes (In a Lonely Place is fantastic).
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby D.o.S. » Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:49 pm

Just ordered a copy of Carl Hiassen's Sick Puppy. Haven't read it since it was a "new" book, so I guess that's 21 years ago now. Excited to see how it holds up, I absolutely devoured his catalog around the turn of the century but really haven't thought about him much since.

Also managed to get my hands on The Weird, which is nice even if I'm familiar with some of the stories already. And that's sitting underneath Monolithic Undertow, which has been a quick read thus far but I haven't had much time to read for pleasure recently:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MrNovember » Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:28 pm

I forgot to mention what I was currently reading. I took a break from the Dune series (I'm on book 5) to read those Jeff Tweedy books. I also re-read Jeff Vandermeer's Borne as I recently picked up Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts, which are apparently set in the same world, but aren't necessarily sequels. Just started reading Strange Bird. I'm probably going back to Dune after Dead Astronauts, but I also picked up Asimov's Foundation, which might keep me away from Dune a little longer.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Paul_C » Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:49 pm

All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, really enjoying it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Dowi » Thu Sep 30, 2021 6:27 am

MrNovember wrote:I forgot to mention what I was currently reading. I took a break from the Dune series (I'm on book 5) to read those Jeff Tweedy books. I also re-read Jeff Vandermeer's Borne as I recently picked up Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts, which are apparently set in the same world, but aren't necessarily sequels. Just started reading Strange Bird. I'm probably going back to Dune after Dead Astronauts, but I also picked up Asimov's Foundation, which might keep me away from Dune a little longer.


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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Sep 30, 2021 7:44 am

Dowi wrote:
MrNovember wrote:I forgot to mention what I was currently reading. I took a break from the Dune series (I'm on book 5) to read those Jeff Tweedy books. I also re-read Jeff Vandermeer's Borne as I recently picked up Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts, which are apparently set in the same world, but aren't necessarily sequels. Just started reading Strange Bird. I'm probably going back to Dune after Dead Astronauts, but I also picked up Asimov's Foundation, which might keep me away from Dune a little longer.


Yes, yes, YES!
Be sure to read the whole Foundation cycle (the 3 main books, the 2 prequels and the 2 sequels). To me it is the greatest book cycle of all time.

Re:Dune the first 3 books are the best (Dune, Messiah and Children), the other two by Herbert are still good. I read a couple of the sequels written after his death by Herbert's son and another author - whose name I don't recall right now- but never fully enjoyed those.

I only grabbed the 3 main books in the Foundation cycle (they came in one hard cover book). Should I be reading them in chronological order (prequels, main, sequels)? If so I might have to grab the prequels at least before starting.

Also, I agree that the first three Dune books have been my favourite. God Emperor of Dune was also good, but definitely had a bit of a different feel that the first three. I'm planning on just finishing the main series with Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune. I don't think I'll both with any of his sons work.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Thu Sep 30, 2021 1:16 pm

Paul_C wrote:All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, really enjoying it.

I read that a couple of months ago and liked it a lot. Fun read, slightly different and fresh feeling take on very familiar tropes and ideas.

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MrNovember wrote:I forgot to mention what I was currently reading. I took a break from the Dune series (I'm on book 5) to read those Jeff Tweedy books. I also re-read Jeff Vandermeer's Borne as I recently picked up Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts, which are apparently set in the same world, but aren't necessarily sequels. Just started reading Strange Bird. I'm probably going back to Dune after Dead Astronauts, but I also picked up Asimov's Foundation, which might keep me away from Dune a little longer.


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Hm I've never read beyond the initial trilogy of Foundation. I do have one of the later ones that I "borrowed" from a colleague but because I didn't have the preceding one I've never read it :lol:

Agreed about all the Brian Dune is at least worth a read. God Emperor was my favourite first time through, I have been reading through them this year, and I got through Children and was bored by the end so I haven't picked up God Emperor yet. :idk: Definitely remembered being more gripped by Messiah/Children first time round, but Dune remained a good read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Sep 30, 2021 1:47 pm

As far as re-reading Dune goes, I can definitely see the first one being a book I could enjoy reading over and over. I actually almost want to revisit it before seeing the movie and I haven't even finished the whole series yet! I'm not sure how well I'd fair with re-reading the others; I have enjoyed all of the others so far, but I'm not sure if I'd enjoy them as much on subsequent readthroughs.

And yeah I looked it up and as with like every large sci-fi series, there's tons of different recommendations on how to read Foundation. I'll probably stick with the main three and then see where I go from there.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Heraclitus Akimbo » Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:11 pm

I devoured the Foundation books when I was in high school... it might be interesting to re-visit them as more of a grown-up. Even then, I could see there was a recognizable tonal shift from the more terse, pulp-y original ones and the more expansive later ones.

That said, Asimov is kinda tainted in my mind from all of those creepin'-on-women/ass-grabber stories that came out, so there's a part of me that thinks there's probably something more current/by someone more worthy I could spend my attention on.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby sears » Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:24 am

"A Gentleman of France" is fantastic. It's a straight up yarn but the characters are all distinct and understated. The humor still works too.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1939

Now I'm working on "Mr. Cannyharme."
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