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Inbetween pwnz0ring people in games and getting some lulz on teh intarwebs, there must be atleast some of you here who actually read a book now and then.

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What are your favourite books/authors?
What are you reading right now/have just read/planning to read?


Don't forget non-fiction books, poetry...

Language of the books doesn't matter, but if possible, do try and translate the title into English.


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Well, I just got done reading Slash's autobiography (ex-guitarist of Guns N' Roses for teh nubZ out thar) and it was mediocre. I respect Slash as a musician, but certainly NOT an author. The dude skips around subjects way too often. It's f****** insane. For example, when he was talking about one episode that involved his security guard THEN talked a little bit about one girl, say "But we'll get to that in a little while" and went back to talking about the hotel fiasco with the security guard. It was quite confusing, to say the least.

Oh, yeah, the dude says "All things considered" in ever other paragraph... AND THERE ARE 457 PAGES. Imagine that.

All in all, if you have the patience to deal with these flaws, then pick it up if you're still interested in reading about the early roots of GNR, the between, and the post- events.
 
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Haha. He should have hired a ghost writer or something.

Last I read was The Romance of Reynard, a medieval Dutch story. Gotta love medieval literature. This is actually kind of like Disney avant la lettre, with main characters as speaking animals etc.


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Currently reading:

Black and White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge.

Enjoying it for the moment. It's always a bit of a gamble when buying a book but this turned out great.

It's about the near future where superheroes are a part of everyday life. And the story follows two superheroes. One gone bad and one going by the book. But not all is as it seems....
 
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Sounds like a novelised comic book tongue.gif

QUOTE(ReMcO @ Jun 8 2010, 10:55 ) *
But not all is as it seems....
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QUOTE(Nico @ Jun 8 2010, 10:59 ) *

Sounds like a novelised comic book tongue.gif

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Well yeah it does. But trust me it's good.
 
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I do. I'm a big fan of sci-fi overall. For example I can really recommend the first Halo novel, "Halo: The Fall of Reach", by Eric Nylund. It's a great book on its own, and for Halo players it really adds depth to the games, must-read for Halo fans IMO.

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There are more Halo books, but I haven't touched any yet. The second book, by a different author, is said not to be as good as the first one by Nylund, so therefore I am kind of hesitant.


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I saw a 3-pack of those at the bookstore once. Didn't buy it because I'm a bit hesitant about books based on something. Is it someone trying to make a few bucks on a popular franchise or is it a genuinely good story? You can't tell from the cover. tongue.gif
 
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At the bookstore? Sweet, I never found any here, had to buy it online.

This first Halo novel definitely isn't just a book form of the game. It's about what happens before the first Halo game. You learn a lot more about the SPARTAN program and such, and how the aliens are generally kicking the humans' asses when the Master Chief isn't around. Whereas the games are usually like OW YEAH BOOM HEADSHOT, this book is much more tragic.

But the second book is said to be kind of a book version of the game though...


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Sounds like a novelised comic book tongue.gif

dun dun DUUUUUUUUUUN

Well yeah it does. But trust me it's good.

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Hasn't been any good science-fiction in a while. The last good authors are Dan Simmons (whom I read and recommend to everybody), and apparently Lois Bujold (whom I heard a great deal about). Well, Stephen King, somewhat.
Otherwise I'm mostly forced to read stuff pertaining to my studies, doesn't leave that much time.

Oh yeah, recently read that trilogy by Stieg Larsson that are extremely popular nowadays. They're all right, quite entertaining, though a bit too obviously feminist.


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Haha tongue.gif

I think this whole Twilight hype is a good thing. Atleast it gets people reading. And the books can't be that bad.

Oh wait, it's about vampire romance.

Yes, they MUST be that bad.


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Twilight and its fans must be erased from the face of the earth. Get rid of the "glitter vampires" and in with the real deal.

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Having said that has anyone seen Daybreakers (trailer) yet?
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Yup, Sucky movie, cool, but sucky... tongue.gif


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QUOTE(ReMcO @ Jun 8 2010, 09:11 ) *

Twilight and its fans must be erased from the face of the earth. Get rid of the "glitter vampires" and in with the real deal.

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Having said that has anyone seen Daybreakers (trailer) yet?
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I read the Twilight books when they were first released, WAY before there was ever any mention of a movie. I enjoyed them, I won't lie, and I'm VERY much against vampires... and romance...

However, I'm not going to Hot Topic and buy a freaking Twilight shirt, Blu-ray disk, bracelet, etc. I hated the movie for what it was, tbh. dry.gif
 
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Haha, that movie. I've seen some part of it (in class last year someone did a presentation about it), and it's crazy how actually the whole movie seems to be bathing in that odd, blueish light huh.gif


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Anyway, less talking about what we don't want to read, more about what we DO want to read.


My all-time favourite must be 1984 from George Orwell, simply brilliant. I'm sure some here have read it too.


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QUOTE(ReMcO @ Jun 8 2010, 19:11 ) *

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Having said that has anyone seen Daybreakers (trailer) yet?
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The remaining humans are hunted and farmed for blood? So not only is everybody a vampire, but also an MMO gamer. Heh.


Frank Herbert's Dune is something any self-respecting fan of science-fiction should read.

On the non-SF side, I like Haruki Murakami.


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Frank Herbert's Dune is something any self-respecting fan of science-fiction should read.

Woah, according to Wikipedia that has sold 12 million copies blink.gif Why have I never heard of it? I'm so getting that. Thanks for the tip!


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All the six books, don't forget.

Have you read Dan Simmons' Hyperion/Endymion books though? It's more recent and somewhat less mind-bending.


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Nah. Absolutely mind-bending or I won't read it.


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For some reason I haven't read any of the great sf books yet. 1984, dune etc. have been in book stores a lot but I never picked em up. Maybe I should.
 
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Definitely, you will not regret reading books like these.

The Day of the Triffids is also a nice sci-fi book, definitely one of the ultimate 'cosy catastrophe' stories. Gotta love the genre yes.gif


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What on earth (or any other universe) may "cosy catastrophe" be?
 
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Haha tongue.gif That might not be a very common term. That's how the post-apocalypse-with-small-groups-of-survivors genre is sometimes called.

'catastrophe' for what has happened, 'cosy' because of the rebuild and such by the survivors, I guess.


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Nah. Absolutely mind-bending or I won't read it.

It's very high-quality science fiction. In fact, as I said, he and Lois Bujold are probably the only important science-fiction authors right now.


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So, what about poetry? I'm quite a fan of the Dutch Jotie T' Hooft, neo-romantic poet from the seventies. Drugs etc, died very young, he's the poetical version of people like Morrison.

In English, what comes to mind first is Poe's The Raven. Can't get tired of that one!


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I'm not too much of a poetry person, I confess. Some of the things I know from childhood still move me, and I do respect it. But nowadays it has this unfortunate connotation of "reading poetry to show off that you are so deep"...

But yeah, Poe is great. Gotta love the great-grandfather of gothic stuff tongue.gif


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