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What book have you finished recently? - Part 1

Discussion in 'Reader's Corner' started by Tazmo, Mar 31, 2012.

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    "Life of Pi"

    Good book, I indeed love the story with the animals.
     
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    3rd book in the Bartimaeus Sequence of 3 with a 4th acting as a prequel.

     
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    Before I started my most recent book, I plowed through all three of the Hunger Games novels for the first time in 10 or so years it feels. Great easy to love story, but I always felt it could have been made into one book. I felt like the story never really climaxed until you hit near the end of the third book.
     
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    Finished re reading Hate Begins at Home by Joan Aiken. Can't say my opinion changed at all, the concept at the beginning is neat and I feel it but afterwards it's just ass. Terrible book, ending is like the author ran out of paper to write on so it just stops and I'm like "??" as that kind of ending doesn't fit a dragged out story like this. Ridicilous.
    Took forever to finish rereading this just not feeling it. Luckily I was missing like 4 pages at the end during the climax, idk where they fell off to. What I do know is that I didn't really miss anything.
     
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    I just finished Grant by Ron Chernow. Took me over a month.
     
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    Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

    short book but was worth every penny, one of the shortest I've read actually
     
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    Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
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    A really enjoyable book about the troubled Italian painter. He was often on the run from the law for murder and other crimes. His work is described in terms of psychological intrigue, homo-eroticism and cinematic tenebrism/chiaroscuro lighting. Gives the reader a lot of insight into the contemporary issues surrounding the Catholic Counter-Reformation and how the art of the Baroque era reflected these societal changes.
     
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    Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

    avoid this series

    unless you're a tokyo ghoul fangirl, then you'll most likely lap this drivel up greedily like a dolt
     
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    Goosebumps: The Beast from the East (R.L. Stein)
     
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    The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
     
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    The last book I finished with recently is Facebook. I'm NEVER using that site again beleive me! :) :)
     
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    the last novel i finished was steven erikson's memories of ice, the 3rd book in the malazan, book of the fallen series. currently on the 4th book, entitled, house of chains. this series is massive!
     
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    What happened? VM me.
     
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    Oh, fuck, but they're so GOOD! I've started the Esselmont series, and they are almost as good as Erikson. If you enjoy Malazan, you have to read Esselmont when you're finished.

    The last several books I read (having finished these all in the last month):
    Empires of Eve - Tells the story of the first 5 years or so of Eve Online. Reads like a military history novel. Reading this book was probably 1,000 times more exciting than the actual game (bullshit spreadsheets in space)
    Of Mice and Men - Classic Steinbeck. Short read. I loved it. It wasn't anything life changing, but it seemed like the novel was just perfectly composed.
    Metamorphosis - This is Kafka, not Ovid. Short, an interesting premise, a lot to digest and discuss, but not that entertaining when read in a vacuum. Barely worthy of reading while taking a shit. Which is where I read 75% of this one.
    Namesake - A novel about an Indian boy in America named after a Russian. I feel like the entire thing was just stagnated. Nothing happened, characters didn't seem to develop, and there was no real story arc. At the end, I still didn't know how Gogol felt. But I do feel like I could probably fumble my way through writing a Pulitzer prize winner. Seems pretty formulaic.
    Monetary Theory and the Credit Cycle - Holy fuck, it took me 6 months of attempting to read this at bedtime before I finished. I lost my place once, and reread about 15 pages until I realized that I was rereading shit, that's how dull this thing is. Unless you've got a graduate degree in economics, I promise you that you will understand nothing of this book.
    Stonewielder - The 3rd book of Esselmont's Malazan series. About as good as the average Erikson book, but not as good as the 2nd and 3rd books in his Malazan series, which would honestly be almost impossible to top in fantasy.
     
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    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Not sure how much I liked it. I enjoyed the narrative structure, one character after another. I liked the characters themselves, or at least I liked the way they were developed. And the tone of the book was delightfully dark and depressing. But the ideas themselves being portrayed were rather odious. McCullers seemed to have a massive hard-on for Socialism, and about half the book seemed to be thinly veiled propaganda. The characters were all rather unsympathetic, too, despite being well-designed.

    Singer is a deaf-mute with no personality that the other characters all seem to be attracted to for unknown reasons. I think because Singer couldn't talk back to them, so they could basically treat him like a sounding board. Singer, from his POV chapters, seems equally confused by the attention he gets. Singer is otherwise a very boring individual who sits and plays chess by himself, eats by himself, and then goes to visit his fat love interest, another deaf-mute dude who was committed to a mental institution.

    Mick is a 12 (?) year old girl from a poor family that is convinced that she will one day be a famous composer, despite having no musical training, nor having any other character even comment on her musical ability. She is also rather selfish, and treats almost everyone around her like shit.

    Biff owns a diner with his wife who seems to hate him, and Biff himself doesn't seem to be bothered by anything. Toward the end of the novel you're not sure but you begin to suspect that he's a cross-dressing p*d*p****.

    Copeland is a black doctor that basically thinks everyone is a piece of shit, especially white people. The only people he seems to think have any worth are his own children. He pretends that they're highly educated despite not seeing that at all. He is a racist communist, and he might have also been a wife-beating adulterer. Oh, and he thinks Christians are stupid.

    And then there is Blount, a fat alcoholic Communist who wants to spread Communist propaganda. He is also a bum who won't pay for anything.

    What a great set-up for a story about loneliness or something, right? I would care more that some of these people are lonely if I cared for any of these fucking people.
     
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    I finished the girl on the train. It was entertaining.
     
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    Moving Pictures (Terry Pratchett) and the Massacre of Mankind (Stephen Baxter).
     
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