What book are you currently reading?

Discussion in 'General Books' started by Radagast, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Taliesyn

    Taliesyn It's a feral reality out there, kids.

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,350
    Likes Received:
    254
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Ratings:
    +423 / 2 / -0
    I'm halfway through The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. It's an entertaining read.
     
  2. Oddrun

    Oddrun I speak languages.

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2005
    Messages:
    5,809
    Likes Received:
    166
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    planet Earth
    Ratings:
    +200 / 1 / -0
    Yay! It´s one of my fav books!:)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. anonymous

    anonymous the king

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    4,606
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Riga, latvia
    Ratings:
    +115 / 2 / -3
    The Martian by Andy Weir
     
  4. bloodfiredeath

    bloodfiredeath Die by the Sword

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2006
    Messages:
    4,563
    Likes Received:
    89
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +92 / 0 / -0
    "What if I had never tried it?" the autobiography of Valentino Rossi.
     
  5. Firiath

    Firiath Halfling barbarian

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Messages:
    20,590
    Likes Received:
    541
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    good ol' Germany
    Ratings:
    +790 / 5 / -0
    How do you like it? Have you seen the film as well?
     
  6. anonymous

    anonymous the king

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    4,606
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Riga, latvia
    Ratings:
    +115 / 2 / -3
    No movie yet. AND I absolutely love it
     
  7. Sparrow

    Sparrow Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    2,823
    Likes Received:
    159
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    here and there
    Ratings:
    +251 / 3 / -1

    I listened to the audio presentation of The Martian right when it came out, long before it hit big... so I had no real expectations other than hoping it was worth spending my monthly credit on. It's "hard" science fiction, so if you want something epic like the main character discovering ancient artifacts from some alien species... it ain't in there.
    I thought the story was well done, not great, but pretty good. I guess a lot of people really like the Mark Watney character, the geeky guy whose got to overcome dreadful circumstances... to be honest, I thought he was a bit annoying at times. Also, the book was given high marks for scientific accuracy, but as others did I found it lacking a bit in that department. You cannot grow potatoes in sterilized Martian soil, nor do hurricane force winds on Mars equate to hurricane force winds on Earth... but still, I'm a fan of hard science fiction and it's good to see Hollywood making films like Gravity and The Martian; with no stupid aliens out to destroy the planet, or turn us into zombies.:eek:
    So, the book is definitely a good read, but you may just want to see the movie version of it.


    I'm currently listening to The History of the Ancient World, by Susan Bauer... really well done, and not your typical history book. Very lively in it's speculative moments when she relates what we think we know about the ancient world, and piecing together scant clues to what might have really happened. She overlays modern human psychology and just plain common sense to historical figures and events.
    Also listening to Midnight Riot, by Ben Aaronovitch... about a London Homicide Detective (and not a particularly talented one), except that he can see and talk to ghosts, who after his first experience with a ghost is quickly moving up the food chain in his profession. Don't know if it's any good yet as I've just started in on it.
     
  8. Daughter of Hell

    Daughter of Hell damosel in distress

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2015
    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Thailand
    Ratings:
    +15 / 0 / -2
    Sparrow,

    Interstellar is a good movie like that. I'm going to watch The Martian soon. Also, if you like sweeping history, I'm still going through Warfare in the Classical World.


    Anyway, I read the Sansa sample chapter on George Martin's website yesterday. The writing was good, but honestly, it's neither realistic like people claim, nor did anything remarkable happen in the chapter whatsoever. And I'm sick of characters using people's full names in their thoughts. Sansa thinks of her own da as "Lord Eddard Stark" for Hell's sake. It ought to be ol' Ned and leave it there.

    I'm writing a series too. I decided to have no surnames in it whatsoever, partially as a rejection of Martin's massively repedative nonsense.

    I read his blog, too... go look at it. It's a shameless infomercial. I doubt he even wrote it himself.

    Oh, 'tis sad to see such an intelligent piece of work fall from the sky like a damn comet.
     
  9. Sparrow

    Sparrow Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    2,823
    Likes Received:
    159
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    here and there
    Ratings:
    +251 / 3 / -1
    The problem I had with Interstellar, besides multidimensional aliens giving us a free handout in the form of a wormhole because the stupid ape-people on Earth can't chew gum and save humanity at the same time... was that horrible ending; sure, I'd go through hell and high water to get with Anne Hathaway too, but they made it so ridiculous. The guy jumps in a rocket ship with his robot friend and off he goes to hook up with her. Roll the credits. Occasionally, I'd like to see a movie be brave, and the main character is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for a cause, instead of another happy ending.
    What I did really like about the movie, was the take they had on robots. They didn't bother making the robot humanlike, it was a real robot! I wish they'd spent more time planet-hopping, and perhaps explored another planet or two.



    I've washed my hands of GRRM, and A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones.
    Whatever Martin had once imagined the story to be, that is a story with a narrative arc, it has gone hopelessly off the tracks and devolved into melodrama. As for Martin the man; I think he's allowed himself to get caught up in the fame and fortune, and as a result it has affected his output.
    I read The Hangman's Daughter, a mystery set in Medieval Germany c1660 by Oliver Pötzsch... and enjoyed the hell out of it, way more than A Feast for Crows. Which will be my last Martin book.
     
  10. Taliesyn

    Taliesyn It's a feral reality out there, kids.

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,350
    Likes Received:
    254
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Ratings:
    +423 / 2 / -0
    I think it's fast becoming one of mine. I'm glad my friend recommended it. She has good taste.
     
  11. Herald Of Woe

    Herald Of Woe Scourge of the seven seas

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    Messages:
    3,754
    Likes Received:
    151
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    the lost ship
    Ratings:
    +211 / 2 / -0
    Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe
     
  12. Midnattblod

    Midnattblod Ranger of Shadow

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2014
    Messages:
    6,005
    Likes Received:
    365
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Ulfgard
    Ratings:
    +528 / 3 / -0
    Spice and Wolf vol. 4
     
  13. S.J. Faerlind

    S.J. Faerlind Flashlight Shadowhunter

    Joined:
    May 29, 2012
    Messages:
    5,672
    Likes Received:
    191
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Canada
    Ratings:
    +298 / 2 / -1
    Just finished re-reading A Brief History of Time/ The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking.
     
  14. Sparrow

    Sparrow Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    2,823
    Likes Received:
    159
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    here and there
    Ratings:
    +251 / 3 / -1
    The Year's Best Short SF Novels

    I usually stay clear of these sort of compilations because you get a couple of good stories, some average, and too many duds.
    So far they've been really good.
     
  15. Numenor53

    Numenor53 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2005
    Messages:
    244
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0
    Tower Lord - Anthony Ryan
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. Midnattblod

    Midnattblod Ranger of Shadow

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2014
    Messages:
    6,005
    Likes Received:
    365
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Ulfgard
    Ratings:
    +528 / 3 / -0
    Spice and Wolf Vol. 5
     
  17. Taliesyn

    Taliesyn It's a feral reality out there, kids.

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,350
    Likes Received:
    254
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Ratings:
    +423 / 2 / -0
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Not bad at all so far.
     
  18. Midnattblod

    Midnattblod Ranger of Shadow

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2014
    Messages:
    6,005
    Likes Received:
    365
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Ulfgard
    Ratings:
    +528 / 3 / -0
    I think I might start rereading the Mithgar saga by Dennis McKiernan
     
  19. S.J. Faerlind

    S.J. Faerlind Flashlight Shadowhunter

    Joined:
    May 29, 2012
    Messages:
    5,672
    Likes Received:
    191
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Canada
    Ratings:
    +298 / 2 / -1
    The Fire Prince by Emily Gee
    This series isn't going to be a favourite of mine I think, but it's OK.
     
  20. Midnattblod

    Midnattblod Ranger of Shadow

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2014
    Messages:
    6,005
    Likes Received:
    365
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Ulfgard
    Ratings:
    +528 / 3 / -0
    Man-made Monsters by Dr. Bob Curran

    not my favorite by him but still quite good