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Books: a literary discussion

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So I've been eying and lusting after a nook and its fancy new 1.3 firmware even though I know I can't afford one. And all that looking at something meant to read books made me think about...BOOKS.

Let's talk about books. Anybody read anything recent that was really good? Have an obscure old favorite?

Where do you read books? When do you read them? What books do you read? How do you read books?

Etc and so forth.

If it involves books, say it. I'd like some good recommendations on recently published books and currently running ongoing series, too.

My favorite book of all time is Dumas's "Count of Monte Cristo"(or at least the unabridged English translation), though I of course love the geek standbys as well(Hitchhiker's Guide, Neuromancer, Slaughterhouse-Five, Snow Crash, et all). I also have Star Wars books as somewhat of a guilty pleasure.

Also, this isn't the thread about pictures of boobs. There shouldn't be pictures of boobs in this thread.

...unless it's a picture of a book that just HAPPENS to contain boobs. Because then it's absolutely on-topic and worthy of discussion.



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  • I'm currently trying to read "Tunnels"... but I don't have the time unfortunately. And I kind of hit a dull moment in the story. Is it a good book? Or should I move on?

    I've read that. I'm the type of person to read a book I've started all the way through no matter if I like it or not, so I can tell you that I thought it was generally quite dull all the way through. Slow paced and not too much happening. Then all of a sudden it seems to kick off (not much, but more than the rest of the story at least) at the end where it stops at a cliff hanger meaning you need to get the next one to find out what happens. Overall, my opinion is skip it. I certainly don't plan to read my copy again, and I won't be getting myself the sequal.
  • On the e-reader front, B&N's new Nook has been announced with a longer battery life than that of the Kindle 3, and they seem to be backing it up with pretty good testing criteria. Amazon, in response, changed how they measure battery life by halving the daily read time they used to reach the "1 month" measurement.
  • A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. If you read for one hour a day, you will get battery life of up to one month.
    And if you use it for fifteen minutes a day you'll get three months, etc.

    Shouldn't that be four months?
  • It should be, but they went with the simple logical fallacy "halving it added a month, halving it again should add ANOTHER month" because, I dunno, they didn't drink enough coffee or actually think that one through.

    I've read through about half of The Last Wish(the first piece of the main Witcher canon) over the past few days, and so far it's pretty excellent. It hits all the right tones for me, stark and gritty, witty and sarcastic, realistic and fantastical. The prose of the english translation is excellent, and I've found myself entirely drawn in by this world crafted around Geralt the mutant monster-hunter.

    Also, I just figured out that free samples of books in the Nook ebook store are based on the relative size of the rest of the book. As a result, an ebook that is a collection of the entire Song of Ice and fire series has a free ample of 375 pages!
  • Wow, that's a pretty cool free sample. It's what, the first book in the series?
  • I bought this when it came out. Still waiting for it to show up in the mail. It should arrive this week or next. I can't wait.

    Bruce Campbell's autobiography is still the best I've ever read. Hilarious.
  • jeeno0142 wrote: »
    I've read that. it was generally quite dull

    Ah, I see... Thanks!
    I'll try to see if it goes anywhere interesting. More likely, I may drop it.
  • I've decided to start getting into books again. I've started reading "American Gods", bought a book light and Pre-ordered the final book of the inheritance cycle "Inheritance". When I finish American gods, I shall be re-reading Eragon/Eldest/Brisingr in preparation.
  • So many little time...

    My floor already has a mountain of unread books on it, and yet I find myself constantly compelled to buy more as well as visit the library as often as possible. Hopefully, I will be able to complete all my literary obligations by the end of the summer...
  • Chyron8472 wrote: »
    I really enjoy listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks as read by Stephen Fry. I have the whole set on mp3. :)

    It had been a while since I last heard Jim Dale's reading of the books, so I decided to listen to it for a bit, just to see if I'm not being fair in my preference of Fry over Dale.

    ...but it turns out that I just confirmed for myself that Stephen Fry is indeed far superior.

    I mean, seriously. compare these two:

    Jim Dale:

    Stephen Fry:

    Hands down, Fry is better. The twins mocking Percy isn't even funny at all in the Dale version.
    Do a search for on youtube for "Cassetteboy VS. Harry Potter", and that notion will change. Not safe for work or children.
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