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What are you reading?

Post  Kevlar on Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:36 pm

I figured some of us here are probably fairly avid fiction readers, so why not have a thread to share what we are reading, have just read, or really want to read?

I guess I'll start,


Just finished Solaria by Fran Heckrotte



Thought it might be an interesting read, being about Androids and AI's, about a deep study into what makes us human by way of fiction about a 'manufactured intelligence'. (like Joel Shepherd's Cassandra Kresnov series)

But turned out to be a loose generic sci-fi plot about evil corporation creating a android, android realizes company is evil, destroys company. Mix in some lesbian leanings.

Guess I was some what disappointed, though not that much. I didn't exactly know what the book was when I found it, had no real expectations, so I didn't have far to fall.


6.8/10 (readable, though generic and unimaginative)
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Carlen Darko on Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:37 pm

I am not currently reading anything (I know, shame on me) but I can recommend one of the best sci-fi books ever written (in my opinion):

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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Jasterk Staren on Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:02 am

Im reading Indiana jones and the unicorns legacy and millennium falcon. This is the 5th time i've read this particular indiana jones, its a really good book.






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Post  Bahn Durm on Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:58 am

I'm currently reading through the latest Dan Brown novel, "The Lost Symbol". I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

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Post  Guest on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:44 am

I've got a pretty full plate at the moment. I'm reading these and soon will be picking up about 4-5 more textbooks as class starts back up. No fiction to be found here.


"The race for the new game machine"
This book is told from the point of view of one of the lead engineers who helped design the chips inside of the XBOX360 and the PS3. The book tells the story of how all that went down. I recommend for those tech junkies out there who are interested in the origins of the next gen consoles. About half way through this one.



"Mastering Unreal Technology: Volume 1: Introduction to Level Design with Unreal Engine 3"
Reading this one for the project. Don't be fooled by the tiny picture, it's a massive book. I haven't put a dent in it yet. I'm still working on my modeling skills with Blender.

"Blender 3D: Noob to Pro"
This one is an online free "wiki book" that I'm using to familiarize myself with Blender before purchasing a more advanced book.

I've got another book I'm reading for the project on storyline writing and such but the title escapes me at the moment. Between reading books for the project and actually doing the project things are moving pretty slow.

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Post  Guest on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:46 am

Kevlar wrote:I didn't exactly know what the book was when I found it, had no real expectations...

Oh come now Kevlar. There is a naked woman on the front cover and you are telling me you had no expectations?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Kevlar on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:55 am

Garr Talon wrote:"Blender 3D: Noob to Pro"
This one is an online free "wiki book" that I'm using to familiarize myself with Blender before purchasing a more advanced book.

Also reading that at the moment =P.

And as for the cover, I don't usually judge books by their cover, cliche, but true, a lot of really good books have awful covers, especially older sci-fi novels.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Arashi Storm on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:18 am

Just finished SW's Vector Prime, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and started Dark Tide 1.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Carlen Darko on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:26 am

I'm telling you, all of you...you should read The Carpet Makers (see above post).
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Kevlar on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:41 am

Carlen Darko wrote:I'm telling you, all of you...you should read The Carpet Makers (see above post).

Can you give a brief synopsis? What's it about?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Udumbara on Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:16 pm

I'm reading an owner's manual for a new car I just bought. It's much more engaging than New Moon was.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Kevlar on Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:30 pm

Just finished Carrie Vaughn's - Kitty's House of Horrors.



book 7 in the Kitty Norville series. (Paranormal fiction, the main character 'Kitty' is a werewolf)

Pretty decent, as expected, a bit different and darker then the series usually is. Carrie Vaughn manages to pull it off though.


7.9/10
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Post  Beadle on Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:39 pm

Just finished reading Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. It's about football (soccer) but not really...

I love the discworld series and would recommend it to anyone, although this would definitely not be the book to start on.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Jalen Lojed on Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:57 pm

I just finished the Imperial Commando novel 501st. by Karen Traviss.
I enjoyed this series of books, this being the 4th in a series. It gave the perspective of the clone wars thru the eyes of the clones and their Mando trainers. A good read. This series gives you a new perspective on the Jedi, and the Republic. You get to see the hyprocracy of the Jedi, the curruption of the Republic, and the manuvering of Palpatene to use the war to get in power.
One warning though, after reading these you want to become a Jedi hunter. And the Republic doesn't smell too good when your done reading eather.


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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Jalen Lojed on Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:00 pm

Kevlar wrote:Just finished Carrie Vaughn's - Kitty's House of Horrors.




book 7 in the Kitty Norville series. (Paranormal fiction, the main character 'Kitty' is a werewolf)

Pretty decent, as expected, a bit different and darker then the series usually is. Carrie Vaughn manages to pull it off though.


7.9/10

Hummm, suprise suprise it has a girl on the cover. lol
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Kevlar on Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:04 pm

Jalen Lojed wrote:Hummm, suprise suprise it has a girl on the cover. lol

hah, yeah, thats true for about 90% of the novels that I read. I dislike reading and following a male character, though if the story and plot is good enough, then I can make an exception.
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Post  Jalen Lojed on Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:15 pm

A really good book I read years ago was Weather War. Excellent plot, good imagination, good si-fi. It's about the governments being able to influence the weather. A reporter uncovers the truth and becomes the target of some powerful enemies. Reminds me of a recient Will Smith movie. One caution though, it should have been rated PG-13 or R in places.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Carlen Darko on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:13 pm

Kevlar wrote:
Carlen Darko wrote:I'm telling you, all of you...you should read The Carpet Makers (see above post).

Can you give a brief synopsis? What's it about?

"Enthusiastically introduced by no less than Orson Scott Card, this
far-future novel does credit to everyone concerned, starting with its
German author. A barren, isolated planet's whole economy turns around
weaving carpets, allegedly for the emperor's palace, out of the hair of
the weavers' wives. Although a weaver must have several wives to make
his particular carpet, he may have only one son, who becomes his
successor when he finishes his carpet and dies. Then the empire falls,
creating a classic situation of a static society having to change--a
theme heavily but not always well used in sf and fantasy. Eschbach
records both the lead-up to it and the change from the viewpoints of
many well-drawn characters, eventually affording a panorama of the
rebels' becoming resistant to change themselves and revealing the
secret of the carpets. Despite being broken into short episodes, the
novel is one fluidly integrated story. If others of his books are as
well translated in the future, Eschbach is likely to become an
international phenomenon." - Roland Green
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Post  Guest on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:42 pm

Awesome! I love Orson Scott Card and the Ender's Series. I will definitely check this book out.

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Post  Kevlar on Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:37 am

Just finished Vigilante by Laura E Reeve.



(The second book in the Major Ariane Kedros series)

Amidst
an uneasy peace between the Autonomists and the Terrans, Major Ariane
Kedros and her partner,MatthewJourney, have discovered alien ruins on a
remote planet - ruins that bear evidence to an ancient and highly
advanced technology. But their discovery has drawn the interest of high
stakes players from every corner of the universe - including that of
the rogue leader of a fringe Terran sect. Ari must find a way to stop
him, before they all become ancient history...



Pretty decent, though the series isn't quite what I was expecting it to be. A relatively new author, liking her stuff so far.

8.2/10
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Jacan Na'al on Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:39 am

Kev, you seem to read alot of books - do you get them from your local library or buy them?

I hate used library books they always smell funny so I prefer to buy them but they are so expensive...

I do love reading though.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post  Kevlar on Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:44 am

Jacan Na'al wrote:Kev, you seem to read alot of books - do you get them from your local library or buy them?

I hate used library books they always smell funny so I prefer to buy them but they are so expensive...

I do love reading though.

On average, I read about 3~5 novels a week, though the majority of them will be re-reads. I own about 200 novels overall, while the rest of my library is in ebook (.lit format and html.s) I think last count was about a couple hundred below three thousand ebooks.

The majority of them are, ahem, borrowed =P
All of the really good I've read. novels I've gone out and purchased physical copies to collect on my shelf.
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Post  Rebel Marksman on Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:56 am

Im currently reading Salem's Lot by stephen King. I'm about 3/4 of the way done and find it to be very good, i have not seen the movie, nor do I no the ending so no one better tell me, you hear.



I get 70% of all my books from the library, the rest are usually starwars or part of a series.
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Post  Jacan Na'al on Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:05 am

Ah, Father Callahan from Salems Lot is refered to in Stephen Kings Dark Tower series, specifically book 5 (?) Wolves of the Calla - a weird and wonderful 7 book series which I never got around to finishing, 'Song of Susannah' is the next one I need to read but it has been years since I read the previous one.
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Post  Rebel Marksman on Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:16 am

I am all most finished with the 4th book in that series I called think its the wizard and the hour glass. Its a good series.
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