Books!

Discussion in 'Chelsea Off Topic Threads' started by Kazuma, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    July 12.
     
  2. adri

    adri Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Vancouver, Canada
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    will believe it when it's in my hands:D ugg i need a refresher though, i remember very little of the last couple in the series.
     
  3. Walter3000

    Walter3000 Member+

    Apr 8, 2004
    gainesville, Florida
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    I held off reading a Feast for so long just so I didn't have a huge gap, can't wait for the 5th, hopefully we don't need 15 years to finish the series
     
  4. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    I wouldn't have minded holding off on Feast - easily the most bloated and worst book in the series (it's not actively bad, just not as good as the prior 3). I'm guessing there were at least a few fights his editors lost on that one. There's one POV character whose chapters I began skipping and only one I found truly compelling.
     
  5. Yaroni

    Yaroni Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Tel Aviv
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    for any history dudes out there

    The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire, only started reading but its fascinating as hell

    http://amzn.com/0674035194
     
  6. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    A yes, the rebuttal to Arther Ferrill.
     
  7. Qindarka

    Qindarka Member

    Nov 24, 2006
    Malaysia
    I'm worried GRRM won't be able to finish the series. He is over 60 now and seems to take longer and longer for each book.
     
  8. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    Same, but then again, I might be dead before he finishes it too!
     
  9. Bruckner283

    Bruckner283 Member+

    Apr 25, 2006
    Lake Of The Coheeries
    If he stopped going to every Con, signing, tea party, etc he would have finished these years ago. I am pretty sure that if you invited him over to tea and to discuss his books he would show up. Nice of him to be sure but would be even nicer, TO FINISH THE GODDAMN SERIES! If he pulls a Jordan I swear I will dig him up myself and put a pen in his hand.
     
  10. Kerry Dixon's Boots

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    Jun 6, 2006
    77 degrees
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  11. Bruckner283

    Bruckner283 Member+

    Apr 25, 2006
    Lake Of The Coheeries
    Just finished The Tiger by John Valliant. It was fantastic. I cant recommend it enough. Remember the first time you saw Jaws and didnt want to take a bath after it? Now imagine that with tigers. You get a ton of Russian history, zoology, sociology, politics, etc all masterfully woven together in this nonfiction book. I get that some people may not like the digressions into Nazis living in a desert or nocturnal baboon habits but they do (eventually) highlight the point being made. Roman even gets a little if slightly derisive mention in the book. I really REALLY enjoyed this book.
     
  12. yasik19

    yasik19 Moderator
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    Oct 21, 2004
    Daly City
    The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco. I love Eco, but god damn it's hard to read him. He's too damn smart for his own good. It's incomprehensible to me how one person can know so much.
     
  13. Kerry Dixon's Boots

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    Jun 6, 2006
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    I had the same thought after reading Foucaults Pendulum (a book that Dan Brown also read by all accounts).
     
  14. yasik19

    yasik19 Moderator
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    Oct 21, 2004
    Daly City
    Dan Brown read a book?:D

    I read Eco in Russian, so maybe it creates a bit extra of "lost in translation" moments, but for me, The Island of the Day Before was beyond confusing. Now, In the Name of The Rose, everything made complete sense, though there were so many facts thrown at a reader, I thought my head would explode.

    Good thing Sean Connery decided to make a movie.;)
     
  15. nicephoras

    nicephoras A very stable genius

    Jul 22, 2001
    Eastern Seaboard
    Foucault's Pendulum is one of the few books I've stopped reading halfway through. I just got tired of the information overload. Reminds me of Infinite Jest, another book I didn't really like very much.
     
  16. Bruckner283

    Bruckner283 Member+

    Apr 25, 2006
    Lake Of The Coheeries
    I contemplated putting down The Island Of The Day Before. Its an exercise in rhetorical devices and period language though it was tough was worth it. Have you tried Baudolino? I thought that was great.

    RE: the Sean Connery movie. I saw that movie with my Mom (I was a teenager) and that kitchen scene was probably the most uncomfortable moment in my life.
     
  17. yasik19

    yasik19 Moderator
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    Oct 21, 2004
    Daly City
    I read all of his books except the last one (Prague cemetery or something like that)

    lol, I bet.
     
  18. Yaroni

    Yaroni Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Tel Aviv
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    question for all you GOT nerds, im assuming each season is a book in the series, and therefore ive watched 3/5. Im planning on reading the rest before i next season comes out.

    Can i do that or did they leave out too much to continue with the books, also, do the first three have enough unseen/read content that i can start by reading 1 2 3.
     
  19. Bruckner283

    Bruckner283 Member+

    Apr 25, 2006
    Lake Of The Coheeries
    Season's 3 & 4 are book 3. Having heard friends talk about the happenings recently they still have a lot to show. I havent seen the past season of the show. I am a big fan of the books but not the HBO series. Personally, I think you should read the books regardless.
     
  20. Miguel Alvarez

    May 12, 2006
    I'd suggest reading A Storm of Swords and go from there. Been a while since I've read the books, but they're definitely worth reading.
     
  21. Yaroni

    Yaroni Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Tel Aviv
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    halfway through the first book (got the first 2 for free) really glad i started from the begining, for one thing you dont remember every detail from the show, but the book reveals so much more and watching the show kinda makes you appreciate it more. Looking forward to doeing the reverse in reading 4th and 5th and then watching the show afterwards.
     
  22. Kazuma

    Kazuma Member+

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    Jul 30, 2007
    Detroit
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    If you're into the graphic novel thing, Fables is well worth a read and it's still ongoing. Would also suggest Y: The Last Man as well.

    Garth Ennis' Preacher is great fun if you're not offended easily.
     
  23. Yaroni

    Yaroni Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Tel Aviv
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    Chelsea FC
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    The show sucks. Also tales of Dunc and Egg if you're waiting 10 years for the WOW.

    I'm Ken follet now, pillars of the earth.
     

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