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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Keiji, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Keiji

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    The Reader's Lounge

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    This thread is for the discussion, recommendation, rating and reviewing of
    books and literary works. Like with all the other discussion threads, and all
    threads in general, we expect civilized behaviour. Respect that someone
    may have a different opinion than you, and rather attempt fronting your
    own opinions instead of raging at theirs.

    Happy reading!


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    Recommended by the Community:

    Fiction

    Fantasy Science Fiction Fiction
    • Game of Thrones by George RR martin
    • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
    • Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    • Geralt Saga by Andrezj Sapkowski
    • Immortal Series by Allyson Noel
    • Dragon Lance by Richard A. Knaak
    • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
    • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
    • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
    • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
    • The Demon Cycle Series by Peter V. Brett
    • Dune by Frank Herbert
    • Three - By Jay Posey
    • Legion by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Girl with All the Gifts by Mike Carey
    • Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
    • The Martian by Andy Weir
    • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    • Cry Freedom by John Briley


    Non-Fiction

    General Biography
    • How to write a Thesis by Umberto Eco
    • Vision by David Marr
    • Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer by Rob Manning
    • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    • On The Road by Oliver Sacks
     
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  2. Deathcom3s

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    Honestly, I read the books and every time a sex scene would come up, I found it amusing. Most of the time, it felt like a dirty old man just needed a thrill. It felt... immature, to be quite frank. I have no problems with sex, per se, but rather George RR Martin's use and portrayal of it. To me, sex is an intimate portrayal of love and affection towards a very special individual. In GoT, it feels like it was thrown in there, just because he could. Almost as if he asked himself, "How can I make this all dark and gritty? Oooooh, I know! Sex! lots and lots of sex!" And then he justified it as a means to advance the plot, or whatever. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

    To each his own, I suppose.

    Either way, I got tired of the books (felt like they're going nowhere, feels like he hardly has a plan, and in general keeps chasing random tangents and threads and generally takes an eon to write the next book, which just involves more running around) Because I got tired of the books, I have no interest in watching the show.
     
  3. Keiji

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    I'm pretty sure he did it that way thinking he'd be a modern day Robert E. Howard, or even better.
    Game of Thrones is a nice praise to the old-school dark fantasy genre. And, excluding The Gentlemen
    Bastards sequence by Scott Lynch, is also one of the better dark fantasy stories I've watched/read
    lately.

    I certainly see your point, as far as the books go, though.

    I read 3/4 of the first one and quit reading, part because I knew what would happen
    and part because, well. It's more of a visual story than an imaginary one.

    I love the show, because it's good story-telling, great acting and nicely directed.
     
  4. Deathcom3s

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    From the little that I've seen of the show, it does appear to be well-done. I just feel that it suffers in a few areas due to the use of weak story-telling devices on the part of the author. If it were just a show that didn't rely upon the books, I might actually enjoy it as it would allow for a lot more creative freedom.
     
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    You're right, I did overstate it, or at least didn't explain it well enough.

    I understood what I meant, can't see why you all don't understand the entire article from my one sentence. /s



    Anyhow, not TV or film yet, but everyone should read the Mistborn novels and start the Stormlight Archives.
     
  6. Keiji

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    Admittedly, I haven't read the entire article, yet.
    So there might be something about it I don't get.

    Books. Maybe we should have a sticky for
    recommendations and discussions of that.
     
  7. Deathcom3s

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    Mistborn and the Stormlight Archives are fantastic. Brandon Sanderson does some great work. Maybe one day i'll be able to enroll in the creative writing class he teaches at the University south of here.

    Another recommendation? Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
     
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    Should tag books with Genres. Mistborn Series [Fantasy] - Stormlight Archive [Fantasy].
    For something a little different from Sanderson: Legion [Sci-Fi]

    Also Deathy, you read the Reckoners as well? I was disappointed with the length of Firefight [Sci-Fi]. Loved reading it though. I think I may like it that series more than mistborn (but not as much as Stormlight).

    Edit: I don't really like the tags look. But I still thnik we need to somehow provide genres for the books we recommend. Also, classifying Sanderson can be hard. Firefight and Legion are not really what I think of as Sci-Fi.


    Props to Keiji for doing his moderator thing and making this from the ramblings.
     
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    Looks like the first posts of this thread were pulled from the TV thread (for the confused).

    Latest book I've read is Game of Thrones, which I'm about 90% through.

    Before that I read Isaac Asimov's Foundation (sci-fi) trilogy's first book, which was pretty good. Since it tells a story about the development of a society, it consist of multiple smaller stories set in different eras and with different characters. Each story has a protagonist that will somehow solve the crisis they're facing at that time.

    Anyone not familiar with Asimov (and everyone else too) should read this short story:

    http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html
     
  10. Keiji

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    Just finished "A Wise Man's Fear," the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, and I'd
    like to quote Scott Lynch on those books:

    They're good books, but they're far from the best books I've read, even if they are
    great :p

    The Mistborn sounds intriguing, I might consider giving it a go.
     
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    Name of the Wind - Review

    From my point of view and in my opinion, the book itself isn't about just him killing a king particularly. If anything, it's a look at how stories, mythology, fairytales, etc. have, at the very least, a small grain of truth. It's a story about stories and the evolution of those stories, beginning with the stories surrounding Kvothe, and expanding to the Fae, Chandrian, etc. That's why I find it interesting, personally. It also looks at language, and how stories are mutated and changed in the process of translation and as different cultural filters are applied (as any bilingual person knows, there is almost always information lost in the process of translation. "Lost in translation" is usually a very accurate phrase.) As an aspiring author, and someone who loves learning new languages, that all appeals to me.

    I just finished "The Slow Regard of Silent Things", the side-story about Auri from Name of the Wind/Wise Man's Fear. Definitely different, for sure.

    Gilles, I actually just barely began reading Steelheart. I enjoy it so far, but I haven't had as much time to read lately so I can't form a solid opinion. But, if there's one thing Brandon Sanderson does well, it's twisting typical genre tropes and magic systems (ala Mistborn/Stormlight Archives) so I imagine this will be just as good, possibly better.
     
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    Just going to throw this in here: if you haven't read Andrezj Sapkowski's "Geralt Saga", do it. It was the best series of books I've ever read. Everytime one came out, I've devoured it in 2-3 days. You fall in love with the characters, his writing-style, his humour, his whole world.

    And if you haven't, play the "The Witcher" games afterwards. They continue the story and if you have read the books, they enhance the gameplay immensely.
     
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    I used to read novels about romance. Well, not really, cz the only series I have followed is Immortal Series by Allyson Noel. But at least I loved it. The time when I stopped reading books was the first time I learned about programming c:

    Oh, and I read Goosebumps novels too if you know them. They are ridiculously good, childish but very nice.
     
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    Ah, this is a nice spot to post about books I like it, kudos to Keiji-kun!

    I couldn't remember some of the titles I've read so far now, but I'll just name drop the Authors so that some of the guys here can trace their published works.

    Alright let's see, I'll start with Richard A. Knaak - He's best at writing story lines based on fantasy-based games such as Dragonlance and Warcraft, my best pick is the War of the Ancients storyline and his duo collaboration of making a Warcraft Manga called the Sunwell Trilogy. I lost my copy of the Sin War for the Diablo franchise so I might pick up one again when I get some deep free space time again.

    Then there's Rick Riordan, for creating a fun adventure supernatural story "Percy Jackson" that molds Greek Mythology and modern day theme, I actually manage to finish all 5 novels for just 2 days during a vacation. The film-adaptation though sucks.

    I also manage to completely finish J.R.R Tolkien's the hobbit and lord of the rings novels and yet I'll do a time table for getting the Silmarillion and that little story about just Hobbits doing thug life I guess, lol.

    This also goes for J.K Rowling's Harry Potter novels, R.L Stine's Goosebumps(lol 90's shit was good dope), and K. A. Applegate's Animorphs.

    There's quite more here than I really want to express, but I mainly focus on fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, and modern military like Tom Clancy. I'll probably re-assemble my library again if I can squeeze a space for my desktop and gaming stuff. :grin:
     
  15. Keiji

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    Those are certainly fascinating aspects, and educational, but personally I think Patrick
    Rothfuss has something of a problem with his pacing. He dwells too much on certain
    parts of the book, and simply rushes by others, and I'm not always agreeing with which
    he does what with. That said, there are great parts and good story-telling, I'm just
    being the bastard critic I've always been.

    Why are you saying this as if it's some sort of achievement? As if you're saying:

    "They were really horrible, but I read through to the end anyway!"

    Admittedly, I find LoTR a little too grand and a little too flexed with scattered and
    useless details for my liking, but there is no denying that it's a damned amazing story.
    The Hobbit, on the other hand, is one of the best stand-alone stories I've ever read.

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    The Lies of Locke Lamora (Series) - Review

    Personally, I would like to recommend a book called "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and all
    it's sequels in the "Gentlemen Bastards Sequence" written by Scott Lynch. But be wary,
    these are adult books, and is not meant for children's eyes or of those who are easily
    offended. It's a book series about a con-artist and his little gang of hustlers in a
    marvellously designed fantasy world, a great fiction with a touch of Oceans 11 and an
    over-abundance of the kind of jokes you find in Pirates of the Caribbean.

    Throughout the book series, so far, you'll experience daring heists, with death, magic
    and daggers waiting at every corner, you'll experience piracy and gambling, there's
    theatre and even the rigging of a political election. And everything makes sense.

    Suffice to say, this is my favourite book series of all time,
    and I really think you should read it.
     
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    I agree with this.I have read the books and have played The Witcher 1 and 2.Saving up for 3 ;)
     
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    Actually no I wasn't I think you misread it, I actually enjoyed reading all of those books in a manner that I seem to finish all of them, and yeah your right with the part where it seems like the writing can be off in some parts but its quite a good read.

    I'll look up for those Scott Lynch books, whenever someone recommends me some book titles, I get this invisible excitement that I couldn't understand, probably a book-gasm? haha alright then. :grin:
     
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    So I lost a bet and now have to read the entire 50 Shades trilogy, wish me luck.
     
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    I have not been able to read any book in recent times due to a very tight schedule.
    I started on a book some time ago but gave it up midway (which felt disgusting) and I decided that I will now only pick up a book to read if I will have the will to finish it.

    The last book I had read was some two years ago, Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. It was a moving experience as I was going through a spiritual void in my life which the book had filled in a miraculous way. Though I fear, many won't find it appealing as the ideas within it are conflicting with modern lifestyle.
     
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    I really haven't been able to read anything from modern times either until this. In fact most of what I read is from at least before 1990. I'm incredibly hyperactive so as much as I love reading it's hard for me to sit down and just read without electronic distractions in the background. ADD can be a bit annoying.