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    I'm reading my assigned Uni texts for next semester. Just started Sebald's The Rings of Saturn which I think I'll enjoy.

    I have an overwhelming urge to re-read Moby Dick though, as a treat. Decisions, decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hot4Latinos View Post
    ^^The Waves is my favorite Woolf. One chapter of my Thesis focused on the Waves.
    Really? Why? I'm really curious about her other work. What was your thesis about?

    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    Dear Sub, Virginia's stream-of-consciousness stories were revolutionary back in the 1930s.

    It's best to emulate the book cover— do them lying out in the fields on a balmy day away from all distractions other than nature. Empty your mind completely and let Virginia's prose and rhythms take you over.
    Thanks for the info. As mentioned, I had this in my Brit lit course at the university, so my teacher pretty much got us covered of the importance of Woolf. I did however not really have the time to read it out in the nature. I don't know if it would have effected or changed my reading of it though. But her style is definitely unique and well done - I'll give her that.

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    Just starting Thomas Penn, Winter King, Henry VII and The Dawn of Tudor England, Simon & Schuster, 2011. The English 1400's a passion.

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    I am reading The Devil Colony by James Rollins. It is part of his Sigma Force series.

    In a world where technology accelerates at an alarming rate, Sigma Force, a secret branch of DARPA operated by combat trained science experts, is tasked with investigating reports of dangerous new technologies which may pose a threat to the U.S. Opposing Sigma is a shadowy worldwide network known as The Guild. The Guild specializes in tracking down the lost technologies and plagues of history and legend in order to create new weapons of mass destruction. However, The Guild's true purpose is shrouded in a mystery that dates back to founding of America itself and possibly thousands of years before.

    Rollins seamlessly blends James Bond style espionage with Indiana Jones style adventures. He also weaves amazing conspiracies that span centuries and continents by combining ancient myths with cutting edge new scientific discoveries.

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    I've also been reading Kelley Armstrong's Women of Otherworld series. I know it'll start off sounding like one of those dime-a-dozen supernatural series but just hear me out. The books revolve around the misadventures of a group of loosely associated women who are part of the Otherworld, a underground society of supernatural races. There are major races (witches, sorcerers, necromancers, vampires, werewolves, half-demons) and a handful of minor races (shamans, clairvoyants, etc.).

    Usually I find series that try to throw so many different supernatural elements together silly. A book exclusively about vampires, werewolves or witches might be good but throw them all together and things can get ridiculous. Not so with Kelley. For one I like how she tones down the supernatural aspects of the characters. Vampires are no stronger than normal humans, werewolves run like everyone else whenever someone pulls out a gun, witches are pacifists, and sorcerers are more likely to set their body guards after you than actually cast a spell.

    Above all what keeps me coming back is the actual character interactions. The romances are dysfunctional and believable, characters have well rounded personalities and the conversations are witty. No other series makes me laugh this much.

    Books | Kelley Armstrong

    On a side note, there is a homosexual side character who struggles with having to hide his preferences from his family. Kelley portrays him in a very positive and sympathetic light.

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    Boyfriend suggested it: "Assholes Finish First" by Tucker Max.

    Has anyone read it?
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    Yes, I have read all of his books. I am appalled by his actions and attitude but find it oddly compelling. Perhaps, like everything else, it is fascinating to read about people doing things you'd never do yourself.

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    I haven't read anything for a while. Hanging out for Jasper Fforde's new Thursday Next book which should be released in a few days in Australia.
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    John Green.

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    For all sad words of tongue and pen,
    The saddest are these, 'It might have been.'


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    I just finished:


    and am currently between two books:


    but focusing more on the earlier; The Passage is a weigh in the hand
    come now, my child. if we were planning to harm you, do you think
    we'd be lurking here beside the path in the darkest part of the forest?

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    Redshirts, by John Scalzi. Anyone who has watched the old Star Trek series will probably get the meaning behind the name. It's an awesome spoof, in which those who were meant to be cannon fodder become the heroes of the tale.

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    I've just finished Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid which was very funny. I've never read anything of his and not thoroughly enjoyed it.



    I've started Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara:



    This book is a gift from one of my JustUsBoys chums. I've never read O'Hara before, but I think it's going to be another hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anders123 View Post
    I'm currently reading The Naked God. It's part three of the epic sci-fi trilogy entitled The Nights Dawn by Peter F. Hamilton.

    Definitely 'yay'. This trilogy is the greatest piece of science fiction literature I've ever read. Even greater than my previous favourite, the Revelation Space series by Alastair Reynolds.

    The protagonist, Joshua, despite being promiscuous, arrogant and hedonistic, somehow manages to maintain his likability. Whereas the major antagonist, Quinn Dexter, is without a doubt the most vile, disgusting, evil character I've ever encountered in any novel, of any genre, ever. He also grows exponentially more evil, and more powerful as the series progresses.

    At times, due to the copiousness of the planets, habitats, races, societies, and cultures being introduced, it can be quite difficult to 'keep up', but most of the necessary information about each habitat / character is listed in the back of the book for reference.

    I couldn't recommend this series more to anyone who is looking for something interesting to read, even if you're not typically a fantasy / science fiction fan (and not just so that I have someone to talk to about how awesome it is ). That said, the series is incredibly deep and extensive, deciding to read them all is quite the commitment, but it is a commitment well worth making.
    The Nights Dawn series was great but but but...you think it's better than the Revelation Space books? I prefer my sci-fi hard

    Though I recently finished all the Polity books by Neal Asher and it's sci-fi of the softer variety. A society of hundreds of planets run by fair AIs, where politicians, corporate heads, religion all went the way of the dinosaurs centuries ago. Action, interestingly alien aliens, enormous intergalactic entity called Dragon which spouts nonsense while working on it's own secret agenda and all sorts of villainous types and horriffic animal lifeforms across the various planets. Really enjoyed it. Not sure what to read now

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    Read 2 "time travel" books recently.

    11/22/1963 by Stephen King is about JFK's assination, & 2 guys trying to stop it from happening. Excellent, suspenseful, best King I've read in years. What happens in 2 parallel periods is IMO engrossing

    REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS I'VE FORGOT, by Bob Smith. Gaycentric time travel book. 2 guys early this century, partners, 1 a scientist who "invents" a time machine at the behest of W & Cheney. He's become republican because of 9/11. His partner, the narrator, can't stand the person his BF has become. He is inadvertently sent back in time (by Cheney!!) & decides he will change history by keepng W from becoming president, hence keeping his BF out of thr righty orbit, oh & BTW, changing some family tragedies. LOL funny & thought provoking.

    Some "lite" horror. HORNS, by Joe Hill. (Hill is actually Stephen King's oldest son) A man is suspected of having raped & murdered his childhood sweetheart/fiancee, though he didn't do it. He begins to grow horns, which allow him to read minds (& know who the rapist/killer really is) & also allow him to have others do what he wishes them to do (nothing against their will, though). I found it entertaining, he has the same populist writing style as his dad. To be made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe

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    Quote Originally Posted by unloadonme View Post
    I've just finished Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid which was very funny. I've never read anything of his and not thoroughly enjoyed it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by freefall View Post
    How are you enjoying this?

    It was so haunting. Not the easiest read but it really stays with you afterwards.
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    The saddest are these, 'It might have been.'


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    Soon I Will Be Invincible (re-reading).

    It surprised me the first time round and I am appreciating its detail and intricacies a lot more the second time.

    For all sad words of tongue and pen,
    The saddest are these, 'It might have been.'


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    Quote Originally Posted by braex27 View Post
    How are you enjoying this?

    It was so haunting. Not the easiest read but it really stays with you afterwards.
    It's a nice yet bumpy ride. The whole story is so depressing you can smell even before you reach half of the book, but it was very implied since the storytelling barely exclaims it; the misery smoothly exudes with every word. Not to mention the twist, which happens naturally and unforced, as if it were already revealed from the beginning. It's a treasure, a whole different experience compared to the movie.

    What else to say? I dig it these kind of stories
    come now, my child. if we were planning to harm you, do you think
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    I am rereading "The Truth Machine" by James L. Halperin. It is a great novel with some interesting ideas.



    For anyone interested you can click the link and read the book for free. You can also read the authors other book for free as well. Both are good reads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quasar View Post
    These are my recent ones - love them all!







    I can only see one book cover. Is "The Secret Crown" part of a series?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freefall View Post


    The Passage is a weigh in the hand
    I was suckered into reading The Passage via comparison with The Road. It's not true.

    I thought Cronin's book was crap, but I know lots of people have enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freefall View Post
    It's a nice yet bumpy ride. The whole story is so depressing you can smell even before you reach half of the book, but it was very implied since the storytelling barely exclaims it; the misery smoothly exudes with every word. Not to mention the twist, which happens naturally and unforced, as if it were already revealed from the beginning. It's a treasure, a whole different experience compared to the movie.

    What else to say? I dig it these kind of stories
    Yes, I think the movie revealed too much too quickly but I understand why it needed to do so. I quite liked the movie. Mulligan, Garfield and Knightley were admirable in difficult roles.

    The slow reveal in the book is what unsettled me, and when the truth of what was happening dawned on me... that was just it. Such great story-telling.
    For all sad words of tongue and pen,
    The saddest are these, 'It might have been.'


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    Currently reading Cowl by Neal Asher. Bizarre time war between two factions of trans-humans, with a young girl and a trained killer from the mid 22nd century getting caught up in the struggle. Not as good as his epic space operas but otherwise quite an enjoyable read.

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    A biography of Benjamen Rush

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    Ransom by David Malouf
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    A good read if you care about old Hollywood...I like bios anyway, if I think I care about the person...Mineo had his "15 minutes" in the late 1950s...and he was gay.

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    I came across a news story on theadvocate.com about that hottie from Transamerica, Kevin Zegers, being cast in a gay role for the adaptation of some book called "The Mortal Instruments". Never heard of it so decided to download it. I've since discovered that it follows a "teen, supernatural" storyline but oh well. After finishing six of Jane Austens books I can go for something written in at least this century.

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    The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Barry, really good book by a great author!

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    Hey guys - I am interested in gay fiction, novels, books, reading ect. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions and or use the post to talk about there favorite gay books and readings.

    Currently have Sebastian by Rigby Taylor on the nook but am looking for some more good ideas!

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    I have read a lot of gay fiction including a shit load of gay horror novels. But still Anne Rice's books are still the best. Her Witching Books and all her Vampire books have heavy gay themes. Cry to Heaven is another gay book she did. Really fascinating reading. I also have read every gay comic book trade. The Rawhide Kid from Marvel is hilarious. Worth the read even if you don't read comics.

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    Currently reading The Player of Games the second of the Culture books by Iain M Banks.

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    the black hole.

    its actually a graphic novel by Charles burns about a sexually transmitted disease that turns it's victims into gross mutations.

    its actually a cool fun read imo.

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    For all sad words of tongue and pen,
    The saddest are these, 'It might have been.'


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    Today I've been reading Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. It's a quick read and very funny.

    Thank you Braex for the recommendation.


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    "Most Talkative" by Andy Cohen...half way thru...interesting...i like AC...

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    I'm reading DAYS OF DESTRUCTION DAYS OF REVOLT a non fiction , tour de force political manifesto by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. I strongly recommend it.
    I'm also reading THE SEVEN WONDERS by Steven Saylor the latest in an engrossing series about Gordianus the Finder a detective in ancient Rome. The historical detail, character development and plot are fantastic. It's a treat to read.

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    I took these two home from work after a friend suggested them:







    I'll see you all in a few days.

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    Just read Stephen King's novella The Mist as I really love the film.

    Now on Use of Weapons, book three of the Culture. I'm starting to space out my ravenous consumption by reading a classic or a horror/ghostly type novel in between.

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    Neutron Star by Larry Niven.

    It's an older short story collection set in his Known Universe stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeredKaiNev View Post
    Have you read the first two yet? I loved Consider Phlebas.
    Yes. Consider Phlebas was great. I actually read the 4th book, Excession first, many years ago and found it a tad confusing but can't wait to reread it, now knowing the Culture universe a little better.

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    Neutron Star by Larry Niven.

    It's an older short story collection set in his Known Universe stories.
    I'm going to read through Niven's Known Universe books after I'm done with Iain Banks.

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    I just read Anne Rice's Vittorio and Pandora vampire books. I'm reading The Gods of Mars right now, the second Barsoom series book and it is good. The John Carter movie was based on the first book.

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    "Not Taco Bell Material" by Adam Carolla

    I think AC is funny, and this book is interesting if you enjoy reading how people became famous...
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    I make my bed with the stars above my head and dream of a place called home.

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    Gather Blue by Lois Lowry and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HorniLad89 View Post
    I prefer my sci-fi hard

    Not sure what to read now
    are you familiar with Greg Egan? One of his most recent "Incandescence" is so hard that I think a physics degree is required.

    But his earlier book "Distress" is ABSOLUTELY perfect. Unbelievable how good it is. He's also well known for his short stories and novellas and I'd recommend those as well. (There's a gay themed one that is excellent but I can't remember the title. Almost all of his short fiction gets shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula and he's won those multiple times.)

    Another personal favorite, very deep, if not hard sci-fi is Jack McDevitt's "The Hercules Text."

    Not really "hard" sci-fi but one of the best writers today is Robert J. Sawyer: Flashforward (forget about the short-lived TV series, the book is incredible), Calculating God, The Hominids/Hybrids series, Rollback. He's so good and so fast that I'm behind by about five books already.

    And not hard sci-fi at all but so good that when I think of it I forget that it's not by Ursula le Guin--it's THAT good: "Dark Water's Embrace" by Stephen Leigh. What's good is that although it's out of print for a while Leigh now has the rights and you can get ebook versions. The sequel "Speaking Stones" is real good as well.

    Sheri Tepper's work is incredible but not hard sci-fi.

    A book that now is a series that I've fallen so far behind on I may as well admit that I'll need to start over is Allen Steele's "Coyote."

    So. I hope all this isn't irrelevant since the summer's over.

    Oh, and the best gay coming of age novel that no one seems to know about is John Fox's "The Boys on the Rock."

    Oh, and for "dark fantasy" or gothic fantasy or whatever, one of the best writers period is Elizabeth Hand. Her short story "Justice" wow! Her book "Waking the Moon." Flawless. Her first novel "Winterlong" so many ideas in the first couple of pages.

    I know this is a lot to throw at you. PM if you want more info and where you might want to start. I'd say the short answer is Egan's "Distress." Then, "Dark Water's Embrace," and then "Waking the Moon."

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    Re: BOOKS: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeredKaiNev View Post
    Stadt der goldenen Schatten. I've read it in English a dozen times or more. Now I'm trying it in German.
    a english book translated into german to learn german? really ?

    german literature has so much to offer...

    may i recommend kafka to you?

    i'm pretty sure you've heard about him.

    kafka is the very best german literature has to offer.

    i highly recommend reading it, e.g. the penal colony (In der strafkolonie), with this as the english translation and this as the german original.

    believe me, it's REALLY worth reading; AND kafka "only" made 3 whole romans (while only one of them is really "complete", the other ones are called "fragments", though they are practically finished and doesn't have a open ending or so; that means most of his work are kinda short-stories (that are sometimes just as long as a piece of paper and sometimes halfway books).

    his most popular work (also in the english speaking countries) might be "Metamorphosis", in german "Metamorphose" or "Die Verwandlung", you can find the german original here and the english translation there

    An English mother-languages person will understand the term "Angst" after and ONLY after reading Kafka
    - my old english teacher
    Last edited by beetle; October 1st, 2012 at 12:46 AM.
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    Re: BOOKS: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by shaychboi88 View Post
    are you familiar with Greg Egan? One of his most recent "Incandescence" is so hard that I think a physics degree is required.

    But his earlier book "Distress" is ABSOLUTELY perfect. Unbelievable how good it is. He's also well known for his short stories and novellas and I'd recommend those as well. (There's a gay themed one that is excellent but I can't remember the title. Almost all of his short fiction gets shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula and he's won those multiple times.)

    Another personal favorite, very deep, if not hard sci-fi is Jack McDevitt's "The Hercules Text."

    Not really "hard" sci-fi but one of the best writers today is Robert J. Sawyer: Flashforward (forget about the short-lived TV series, the book is incredible), Calculating God, The Hominids/Hybrids series, Rollback. He's so good and so fast that I'm behind by about five books already.

    And not hard sci-fi at all but so good that when I think of it I forget that it's not by Ursula le Guin--it's THAT good: "Dark Water's Embrace" by Stephen Leigh. What's good is that although it's out of print for a while Leigh now has the rights and you can get ebook versions. The sequel "Speaking Stones" is real good as well.

    Sheri Tepper's work is incredible but not hard sci-fi.

    A book that now is a series that I've fallen so far behind on I may as well admit that I'll need to start over is Allen Steele's "Coyote."

    So. I hope all this isn't irrelevant since the summer's over.

    Oh, and the best gay coming of age novel that no one seems to know about is John Fox's "The Boys on the Rock."

    Oh, and for "dark fantasy" or gothic fantasy or whatever, one of the best writers period is Elizabeth Hand. Her short story "Justice" wow! Her book "Waking the Moon." Flawless. Her first novel "Winterlong" so many ideas in the first couple of pages.

    I know this is a lot to throw at you. PM if you want more info and where you might want to start. I'd say the short answer is Egan's "Distress." Then, "Dark Water's Embrace," and then "Waking the Moon."
    Thanks for the recommendation. I haven't actually heard of Greg Egan before. I'll be sure to check him out when I munch my way through the Culture books. I've taken a little break from reading as my ereader seems to be having emotional issues at the moment.

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    Re: BOOKS: What are you reading?

    At the moment I'm reading through the Xaos Saga: violent sci-fi/fantasy. Author obviously didn't have an editor, but The Four Swords had a truly spectacular finish. Check them out on Smashwords.com, they're absolutely free!

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