What Are You Reading?

Welcome to tonight's themed open thread, Kotaku readers. While your free to make conversation on any topic, video game related or otherwise, readers of novels, comic books and other forms of printed material are invited to share.

Me? In addition to reading the Internet, I'm finally getting around to reading Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker. That's pretty much it for me, as I tend to get through books at a snail's pace—I only managed to creep through maybe three or four novels in 2010. Sad.

But maybe you can turn me and the rest of the Kotaku readership onto to must-reads. So what are you reading right now? Just the following items of interest?


    Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals

      Awesome book. Terry just keeps topping himself. Did you read Nation, too?

        No, I haven't been able to find a copy!

          Well, I recently learned there's another Discworld book focused on Sam Vimes book on the way called Snuff, supposedly due out in October.

          Something to look forward to.

            Wow Terry's assistant must be amazing. She is holding him together while he is suffering from Alzheimers. I believe he donated a million pounds into research for Alzheimer's, but for him it will be too late. I have read them all except for 'unseen academicals'. My favourite are definitely the sam vines books.

          Then you mustn't have heard of The Book Depository then.. I did all the research for you!


          Free shipping on all books - I do apologise in advance if you get addicted and hate me for spending your life savings there. But seriously cheaper than EVERYWHERE for majority of its listings.

          Currently, I'm finishing True Grit again - started it over after watching the newest film. I forgot how funny the novel is and its really captured in the film. I can't get over how talented that 14 year old girl is - I'd vote for her any day for that Oscar over the old chick in The Fighter that everyone is crazy about.

      That was the last book I finished. Terry Pratchett at his finest.

    Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Well, actually finished that last night. So on to one I've been meaning to read for donkeys; Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.

    Highly recommend Gaiman's book; makes for gripping reading, as long as you're into fantasy. It's modern, religious fantasy, but a good kind. Can't give anything away, but give it a chance.

      American Gods was fantastic, although I liked Anansi Boys better. So ridiculous and great. He's such a good writer.

      I actually picked up the first book in the Absolute Sandman by him. Haven't read too much of it yet, but it's pretty cool so far, and interesting to see a comic rather than a novel.

    NICE! Darwyn Cookes take on Parker is madgood, enjoy!

    I just finished Planetary by Warren Ellis.

    I am in Vol3 of Seven Soldiers of Fortune by Grant Morrison.

    I am always reading Bendis' Avengers.

    Looking forward to Batwoman by JH Williamms III, that guys a genius.

    Finally got around to reading Fight Club, and I have a copy of the Zombie Survival Guide handy as well.

    Just finished 'The Balvarine Order'... the Fable 3 book.

    Not a great read.

    Anyone know if Setven Kings 'The Dark Tower' is available as a complete set... instead of seperate boks?
    Also, anyone know when the new Eragon novel is supposed to be coming out?

      Sadly no, I don't think there is a complete Dark Tower set. You can buy the first 4 in a set, but not the last 3.

      I actually sent an email to his website ages ago (after the final book came out) asking if there were any plans to release a single set of the illustrated editions of all the books, but they replied and said there were no such plans.

      Which is sad. I've already got all 7 in the standard paperbacks, but I'd happily pay good money for a nice set of all 7 books in their illustrated editions. It'd be worth it just for the first one - Michael Whelans illustrations for that were superb.

        For me the big issue is that I want them all to have the same art style on their cover, but trying to find all seven that match individually is a nightmare.

          Bookdepository.com has all of the books with the same style covers (like this one: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780340829752/The-Dark-Tower-Gunslinger-Bk.-1) but the downside is that The Gunslinger seems to be out of stock.

          This is my problem too. I have the first five in a large paperback form, but I can't find the last 2 to match them anywhere, it's so frustrating. And I don't want to buy any other ones, because they really need to match :(

    My current on-the-bus-to-work read is Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson (print). My at-home-in-bed book is Stories Volume 2 by Ray Bradbury (print) and my sitting-on-the-can-taking-a-dump book is book 2 of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series - The Drawing Of The Three (Kindle reader on my phone). I've already read The Dark Tower in its entirety, but the announcement of the film + TV adaptation inspired me to go back to it again.

      Kim Stanley Robinson is a great author, been meaning to check out Galileo's Dream for a while now.

    Re-reading The Wheel of Time series in preparation for the last one next year. Only started last month, and just finishing the first, but with uni, work and games distracting me, I think I can get about one down every month, maybe two over Christmas. Should be finished in time for AMoL next March (fingers crossed that it doesn't get delayed).

      Although, looking at release dates, I'll be taking a break for Feists's next book, and the sequel to Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind...

      I started reading Jordan's wheel of time series when I was a teenager and gave up on about book 7. After too much waffle and not enough action, I thought enough is enough. I prefer George RR Martins A song of ice and fire series'. Although he needs a kick up the bum as it has been far too long a wait for the next book. HBO is releasing a TV show based on the first book this year!

    Kraken, by China Mieville. Then starting on Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward

      Just finished Kraken a week ago myself. China certainly is an interesting author, one I've just discovered. I read Perdido Street Station before it and enjoyed it more than Kraken. I plan to read The City and The City next, seeing it won the Hugo, but my in-law has lent me Keith Richard's biography, so I should really read that first.

    About 2/3rds through Neuromancer. Its good, but can be hard going at times.

      I like Gibsons later novels the best:
      Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero Country.

    Anyone see Christopher Pike's books The Last Vampire series and Remember Me re-released? I read these books when I was a kid and really liked them, along with all of this other young adult horror/sci fi. The fact that some of his titles have been re-released is good, but the fact that the covers look like bad twilight posters and the books are put right beside 'The Vampire Diaries' sickens me.

    These are books that predate this vampire craze by at least a decade, and even though looking back now they are a little average, I'm sure its better than the stuff that's coming out now.

    H.P. Lovecraft - Omnibus 1
    Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion
    Michio Kaku - Hyperspace

    The Walking Dead comics ... AGAIN :-)

    Currently in a lul after finishing Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.
    Waiting for the next Terry Pratchett or Raymond Feist book to be released or a chance to go on a comic collection shopping spree in Melbourne.

    Think it might be time to read through World War Z again.

    Brian Jacques died not long ago so I'm re-reading the early parts of his Redwall series, in honour of the man of who in part gave me a great love of reading.

      He died? Aww. :(

      Loved those books.

    I just finished reading Prey by Michael Crichton (one of my favourite authors). I liked it a lot.

    Next up will either be Mogworld by Yaztee Croshaw (I've had it for ages but never got around to it) or Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (only just arrived in the mail. After seeing the film recently I just had to get the book).

    So a nice spread of genres there. lol

      Yahtzee* :P I knew that I spelt it wrong and forgot to change it... Oh the embarrassment! lol

    Just recently finished reading the Farseer's trilogy by Robin Hobb and am now reading Heavens' Net is wide by Lian hearn

    Frank Herbert's Dune.
    I had to after looking at youtube videos of the orignal game (based on the book).

    I think it'll be my third time through this one.

    Night Angel Trilogy- Brent Weeks

    The cover and name of the series put me off, but my woman bought the set for me and I just could not put it down.

    If you're into fantasy/violence/sexy scenes/irony get into this, it'll be a movie/game in the future, sure of it.

      Oh, I loved that trilogy. There were some great morally grey areas like who was and wasn't a bad guy.
      Which reminds me, I need to grab Weeks' latest.

    Trying to finish off Peter F Hamilton's "The Evolutionary Void." I've been going on this for ages, I just can't sit down for hours and get a chunk done... But a 15 hr flight tomorrow will help. After that I've got Drew Karpyshyn's mass effect novels, a game of thrones, the girl with the dragon tattoo trilogy all to read. The way I'm going I'll be set till 2013

    Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince series. Specifically, Stronghold. I break this series out once over 2 or 3 years.

    Before that I finished the original Riftwar saga by Feist. Man, I LOVE that series.

    The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett

    Necronomicon, assorted stories by H.P. Lovecraft

    A History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russel

    Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Luo Guanzhong (on hold forever)

    I work in a public library, so I read a wide range of books.
    Although I have always really enjoyed the sci-fi/fantasy genre.
    Currently I am reading 'Dragon Haven' by Robin Hobb. My favourite of her series would have to be the liveship trilogy and this some what follows on from this.

    I great sci-fi book I just read was 'The Wind Up Girl' by Paolo Bacigalupi. It is well worth checking out.

    A teen book I just finished was 'Factotum' by D.M Cornish, 3rd in the Monster blood tattoo series. Imagine if Charles Dickens had written a fantasy.

    I don't normally ready short stories very often but I really enjoyed 'The Boat' by Nam Lee.

    Just finished Dan Abnett's The Lost Gaunt's ghost omnimbus...best series I've ever read. Anyone who likes war book should pick them up.
    Reading 'the art of war' now and probably go back and finish some short stories by Sandy Mitchell.

    Just finished - 'The Last Wish' & 'Blood of Elves' by Andrzej Sapkowski. First two books in the series that was the inspiration behind the Witcher PC RPG. Awesome books though a touch hard to follow in places.

    Currently reading Gears of War: Anvil Gate by Karen Traviss. Nice easy read after finishing the Polish books.

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