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Porcelain_Doll 03-06-2007 08:09 PM

The Readers' Corner
 
I have no patience to search the forums and see if this has already been done in the past.
If it has, I don't care, for it hasn't been done by me so it's different than the other one.

Anyway, as many of you don't know, I'm a big reader. Ok, I'm a certified bookworm. And so I thought it would be nice to have a readers' thread, instead of all the "do you know what perfume Keira wears" threads.
Words never killed anyone. Unless you're Socrates, or...wait, nevermind that.

So, it would be rather nice if people posted their favourite reading material, their latest purchases in that area, discussed books and authors and recommended them for others to read.
For example, at the moment I'm reading "The Mill on the floss", by George Eliot. I'm really liking her voice, and Maggie has won me over from the start. People have told me I should also purchase "Silas Marner" by her, and "Middlemarch" too.

I bought "Timbuktu" by Paul Auster but haven't started it yet, I've heard many different opinions on him and can't wait to make up my own.

So there you go. Discuss. And don't you dare ruin this with "I don't read" or "all I read are shampoo bottles" 'cause I'll voodoo you. If you don't read, why on earth are you viewing this thread?

Bullets19 03-06-2007 10:09 PM

Well I just got finished reading a good book called flyboys though it can be slow at times and I finaly just got ahold of a copy of Davinci Code even though I already saw the movie, the book came out along time ago but I would still like to get caught up on some parts that did not seem to make sense in the movie.

Leonie 03-06-2007 10:14 PM

PeeDee, on a completely platonic level, I love you.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Porcelain_Doll (Post 75607)
I bought "Timbuktu" by Paul Auster but haven't started it yet, I've heard many different opinions on him and can't wait to make up my own.

I am supposed to read the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster, but I have only read the opening paragraph so far (it was part of an exam). It sounds incredibly interesting, though, and the teacher recommending it is positively awesome, so I'll have to try to get my hands on it.

I am currently reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, recommended by the wonderful Margarita. Hardly any of you have had the pleasure of knowing this most awesome KKW member, but she rocks, trust me. And so does the book, so far. I'll post a more comprehensive review once I've finished it.

In the quick read section, I am reading Nora Roberts' Heaven and Earth, because it's about witches and beautifully cheesy.

Bullets19, you read, and therefore you know the importance of punctation. Could you try using a fecking full stop occasionally? Thank you. :)

Bullets19 03-06-2007 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leonie (Post 75649)
PeeDee, on a completely platonic level, I love you.



I am supposed to read the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster, but I have only read the opening paragraph so far (it was part of an exam). It sounds incredibly interesting, though, and the teacher recommending it is positively awesome, so I'll have to try to get my hands on it.

I am currently reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, recommended by the wonderful Margarita. Hardly any of you have had the pleasure of knowing this most awesome KKW member, but she rocks, trust me. And so does the book, so far. I'll post a more comprehensive review once I've finished it.

In the quick read section, I am reading Nora Roberts' Heaven and Earth, because it's about witches and beautifully cheesy.

Bullets19, you read, and therefore you know the importance of punctation. Could you try using a fecking full stop occasionally? Thank you. :)

Yeah I know its just a bad habit.

Leonie 03-06-2007 10:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bullets19 (Post 75650)
Yeah I know its just a bad habit.

I greatly encourage you to break it.

I should add, I'm also planning to finally read all my Jane Austen books this summer. Until now, I have read Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Sense & Sensibility. I've also read substantial chunks of Persuasion and Mansfield Park. I couldn't finish the former because it was part of a course and I got too busy. I'm having a lot of trouble getting into Mansfield Park because I just don't care for the main character. Every time I get into it, something comes up and I don't finish it. I adore Jane Austen though, so I'm going to try my best to finish those two, and add Emma and Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon to the list.

Porcelain_Doll 04-06-2007 12:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leonie (Post 75649)
PeeDee, on a completely platonic level, I love you.

That's one of the biggest compliments since someone called me "the Devil itself".

I'm (not) shocked that only two people at kkw read. So prove me wrong, if you wish. :p

By the way, I also bought "Learning To Live" by Luc Ferry. No, it's not a help book, it's philosophy. And it rocks.
here's the link, if anyone's interested: click

Bullets19 04-06-2007 01:54 AM

It sounds like a interesting book on philosophy. Perhaps I will read it some day.

michael22 04-06-2007 05:10 AM

The books I have recently started or finished

A demon haunted world by Carl Sagan.
great a must read for everyone
Dune-Frank Herbert= READ!
Bourne Identity, twas good
Rob Roy- sir Walter Scott
damn he was a good writer, and damn what a story
War and Peace- finnished in two days woot!!
Crime and Punishment- great exploration of guilt

kingdumbass 04-06-2007 05:47 AM

I'm on vacation at the moment, so I'm reading quite a bit....
Just finished:
Tales of the South Pacific, and
Mutiny on the Bounty.

Currently reading A Confederacy of Dunces.

Good. All of them.

Pygmalion 04-06-2007 08:52 AM

Cold Comfort Farm

I thought it was ok, I wish Flora'd come and make MY life awesome like she does for the country bumpkins in the book.

Surprize 04-06-2007 09:21 AM

PeeDee, thank you for this thread! You know, I like reading and writing too. I began to read "Hobbit". I have read it and the next trilogy "The Lord of The Rings" when I was 10. Now I want to remember it.

x.keirafan.x 04-06-2007 04:23 PM

I have read these last few weeks:
Jane Austins: Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abby and Mansfield park and Emma.
and two doctor who books. But my doctor who books i read in one day so they dont really count to me because they had big wrigting.
Ilove books me and my mom are decorating my room now and my mom found all my old books under my bed all together i have 58 books!

duckula 04-06-2007 04:29 PM

Just finished:

Mindhunter by John Douglas

This is a great but pretty disturbing book about criminal profiling and serial killers by a former FBI profiler (think Silence of the Lambs). Totally gripping.

Sea Harrier Over The Falklands by Cmdr. 'Sharkey' Ward:

Another first hand account, this time of the air war during the Falklands conflict by a Sea Harrier Squadron Commander. Fascinating study of modern air warfare and simply a great tale. You just can't make this shit up.

In progress:

I'm not one for reading just one book at a time so here are the ones I have on the go currently.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

On the few occasions I have been forced to read Shakespeare or endure sitting through one of the plays I have been bored and uninterested and so I have generally just avoided his work. My interest was however, awakened following the viewing of a tv show about a Canadian theatre festival. Now on the surface this sounds like a recipe for rampant snobbery and boredom, it is actually fucking brilliant. It is called Slings & Arrows and in my not at all humble opinion it is one of the finest television shows ever created (watch it bitches).

So I thought I should give old WS another go and so I've started reading Hamlet. Seems pretty good so far.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin:

Haven't got very far but what I've read I've enjoyed. I loved Pride & Prejudice so I reckon I will enjoy this.

The Utility of Force by Rupert Smith:

Rupert Smith is a retired British General and this is basically his thoughts on the roots and realities of modern warfare. I would say it is the most important work on warfare since that of John Boyd (look him up) and before him Von Clausewitz (if you have to look him up then shame on you). Required reading for anyone interested in current affairs.

Next up:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon:

Finally taking the aforementioned advice of Mags (where are you?)

Leonie 04-06-2007 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by duckula (Post 75756)
In progress:

I'm not one for reading just one book at a time so here are the ones I have on the go currently.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

On the few occasions I have been forced to read Shakespeare or endure sitting through one of the plays I have been bored and uninterested and so I have generally just avoided his work. My interest was however, awakened following the viewing of a tv show about a Canadian theatre festival. Now on the surface this sounds like a recipe for rampant snobbery and boredom, it is actually fucking brilliant. It is called Slings & Arrows and in my not at all humble opinion it is one of the finest television shows ever created (watch it bitches).

So I thought I should give old WS another go and so I've started reading Hamlet. Seems pretty good so far.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin:

Haven't got very far but what I've read I've enjoyed. I loved Pride & Prejudice so I reckon I will enjoy this.


Next up:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon:

Finally taking the aforementioned advice of Mags (where are you?)

You must be in my head or something.

Anyway, I was posting to say that I have the same thing with Shakespeare. I have majored (more or less) in literature, among other random stuff, and I'd never read anything more than a few pages of Shakespeare. I felt kind of bad, so when I came across a giant collection of all his works for just six shiny euros (kindly donated by Liam), I decided to give it a go. I'm reading the Merchant of Venice currently, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

Also, Northanger Abbey is quite possibly my favourite Jane Austen novel so far. The main character has everything Elizabeth Bennett I love, and then some more that's Catherine Morland's own. Loved it. I read it after failing to get into Mansfield Park for the umpteenth time - and I finished it quick smart.

hasselbrad 04-06-2007 06:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leonie (Post 75810)
You must be in my head or something.

Anyway, I was posting to say that I have the same thing with Shakespeare. I have majored (more or less) in literature, among other random stuff, and I'd never read anything more than a few pages of Shakespeare. I felt kind of bad, so when I came across a giant collection of all his works for just six shiny euros (kindly donated by Liam), I decided to give it a go. I'm reading the Merchant of Venice currently, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

Also, Northanger Abbey is quite possibly my favourite Jane Austen novel so far. The main character has everything Elizabeth Bennett I love, and then some more that's Catherine Morland's own. Loved it. I read it after failing to get into Mansfield Park for the umpteenth time - and I finished it quick smart.

He's stalking you telepathically.
I started reading Pride and Prejudice, but stopped when I got busy with this screenplay. Now, I'm reading a screenwriting book.

Porcelain_Doll 04-06-2007 06:47 PM

I found this amazing old copy of "Alice in Wonderland" today...it was totally fate, just yesterday night my sis and I were discussing philosophy, the tales of the cavern and the rabbit and all, and I mentioned the "follow the white rabbit" that Neo gets in The Matrix, and she mentioned the Bunny that was always in a hurry in Carrol's book.

Talk about coincidences...that would make the amount of books I'm reading at the time about 4, not including the ones for literature at school.

DanMan 04-06-2007 07:27 PM

Well, better make that three KKW members that read constantly!
I recently read "The Davinci Code" and recommend it to everyone.
I also read Atonement and hated it! The movie does seem to have
some changes that allow Keira's Character quite a bit more face time it
appears than if they went strictly by the novel.
I read lots of books on architecture even though I am no longer
pursuing a degree in that field.

Leonie 04-06-2007 07:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanMan (Post 75871)
Well, better make that three KKW members that read constantly!
I recently read "The Davinci Code" and recommend it to everyone.
I also read Atonement and hated it! The movie does seem to have
some changes that allow Keira's Character quite a bit more face time it
appears than if they went strictly by the novel.
I read lots of books on architecture even though I am no longer
pursuing a degree in that field.

You hated Atonement? I read it after reading Ian McEwan's Saturday, and I loved both novels. Also started his novel The Cement Garden, but that one was way too weird for me on so many levels.

Atonement really is Briony's story, and Cecilia is a minor character. However, Briony's actions greatly influence Cecilia's life. I think the director originally wanted her to play one of the Brionies, even.

Anyway, I thought it was incredibly well-written. Even though the story was predictable enough after a certain point, his characters kept the story from becoming bland.

michael22 05-06-2007 01:38 AM

The Three Musketeers- wow what assholes these guys were. No really thy were abnoxious servant beating pigs. I want to be one now

Surprize 05-06-2007 05:00 AM

I see that rather many people say that they have read Pride and Ptejudice. I read it last week but I think the film was more interesting.


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