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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ~NoodleDemon~ » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:16 am

First one was fine, but as I said, I have read better.

Ubi - if you have not yet read Manifest Destiny (I'm not sure if it is early or particularly late Longyear), you should. It adds a lot of scope to Enemy Mine...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:08 am

War and Peace, Tolstoy.

I'll probably read To Kill a Mockingbird first, though. (Have to read it for English.) So let's go with that.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Charlie » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:10 am

I've read it so I'll spoil it for you. Dumbledore dies.

The Gunslinger - Stephen King

Tiger In The Well - Phillip pullman

Both very nice books.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:17 am

I find it somewhat ironic that you're reading a book about a gunslinger when your skills at slinging guns is... dubious. How many times did you shoot me yesterday?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Charlie » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:32 am

Hey, I was purposely playing the role of the crazed trigger-happy maniac that time. That meant pressing the trigger endlessly and as fast as possible.

And add The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman (My favourite out of the three)

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:59 am

My favourite was the last one - more wordtime for those awesome wheeled mammoths, and the way Pullman described that flow of energy or whatever it was was rather enchanting.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Capellini » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:17 am

Charlie wrote:I've read it so I'll spoil it for you. Dumbledore dies.

The Gunslinger - Stephen King

Tiger In The Well - Phillip pullman

Both very nice books.


Do NOT read the Gunslinger series. That series was the single biggest literary disappointment of my life.

Edit: And you know, I think the second was "His Dark Materials".
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Charlie » Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:00 pm

I'm pretty sure the second book is called the Subtle Knife. His Dark Materials is the name of the trilogy. I haven't got very far through Gunslinger. Besides, I'm only reading the Dark Tower books so I can understand the Dark Tower comics later.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Capellini » Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:21 pm

Charlie wrote:I'm pretty sure the second book is called the Subtle Knife. His Dark Materials is the name of the trilogy. I haven't got very far through Gunslinger. Besides, I'm only reading the Dark Tower books so I can understand the Dark Tower comics later.


I know, I was referring to the series intentionally, because it was the series in its entirety that I despised. The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass. The second biggest literary disappointment of my life. In both cases, though, I was referring to the whole series, so I should have referred to 'the Dark Tower' rather than the Gunslinger. The first one was actually very good, it's the series as a whole that enrages me.

I was so disgusted by the last three books in the DT series, I don't even care that the comics exist. Maybe if you're coming from the other direction and have read the comics and want to know the background it's different, but seriously, if I ever met Stephen King, I think I'd kick him in the nuts.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Wawizzle » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:40 pm

I say: READ the Dark Tower series. I thought the first book was horrible but the 2nd and onward really picked up (the 2nd in particular is my favorite).
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Capellini » Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:15 pm

Wawizzle wrote:I say: READ the Dark Tower series. I thought the first book was horrible but the 2nd and onward really picked up (the 2nd in particular is my favorite).



NO! Don't listen to him, he's being paid to spread propaganda, it's all downhill from book 5 on!

Where is the snarling, slavering FSM when you need him??
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ~NoodleDemon~ » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:22 pm

Capellini wrote:
Wawizzle wrote:I say: READ the Dark Tower series. I thought the first book was horrible but the 2nd and onward really picked up (the 2nd in particular is my favorite).



NO! Don't listen to him, he's being paid to spread propaganda, it's all downhill from book 5 on!

Where is the snarling, slavering FSM when you need him??


Stephen King is more hit than miss, all the same, in this case.

Book 5 wasn't all bad, but yeah, the ones afterward did not do the series justice.

HDM, on the other hand, was just okay all around. While I like much of Phillip Pullman's work, that particular series was not the masterwork it was made out to be, IMO. But I still thought The Subtle Knife was a good time-killer. And he spits in the faces of fundies everywhere, which is always a plus. If only he didn't have that annoying habit of taking it too far...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:23 pm

I suspected this argument would begin again.

I say: Read it and draw your own conclusions.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Charlie » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:31 pm

I liked the series, but I didn't think it was his best work. Lyra was a loser and Will was way cooler. I liked his Sally Lockhart books much better because there seems to be more of a thought out plot in them. And fight scenes.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Capellini » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:15 pm

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:I suspected this argument would begin again.

I say: Read it and draw your own conclusions.


Excuse me, but we're talking about LITERATURE here. This is NOT the time to be diplomatic! This is the stuff wars should be waged over!
True terror lies in the futility of human existence.

Malcolm Reynolds is my co-pilot.

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