What Are You Reading?

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?


        • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Taking a break from the Dune books (read them all, even the ones by his son and to be honest I’ll probably get the next one, as much as I don’t want to admit it) to read “The 13 and a half Lives of Captain Bluebear” by Walter Moers (I think). Very strange book. Quite comic and bizarre. Still quite tempted to go back and read “Fat” by Rob Grant (very good book). Meanwhile I’m going through Farscape comics as and when they come out.

  • Finishing Scott Westerfeld’s Risen Empire and Leviathan, a bunch of Alex Sanchez books (Rainbow Boys is awesome!) and the Dragon Age novels (David Gaider is actually a great author). Oh, and I just finished I Am Number Four (surprisingly fantastic).

    I have an embarrassingly high non-fiction pile as well.

    • I am number 4. I saw the movie preview and then saw it in our library. I think I would rather read the book. I will give it a go seeings as you think it’s ‘surprisingly fantastic’

  • I’m currently reading through ‘House of Leaves’ by Mark Z. Danielewski. It’s easily one of the strangest, creepiest and best books I’ve ever read. I won’t give away too much, but it’s esentially a book about a book about a film. The number of layers, not to mention the footnotes within footnotes, hidden messages and bizarre text layout, at some points border on being pretentious, but as a whole it works, and works well.

  • I just finished ‘Flight of the Renshai’ by Mickey Zucker Reichert. Came across it in a ridiculously cheap bookshop in America and nearly jumped for joy. The previous series’ are some of my most favourite books and I hadn’t even known she’d started a new one.

    Currently reading Thomas Sniegoski’s second Remy Chandler novel ‘Dancing on the Head of a Pin’ and enjoying it as a good piece of escapism.

  • Just finished re-reading Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma, about to start on Jane McGonigals’ book about games changing the world, Reality is Broken.

  • Currently working on Snow Crash (yes, it’s old) by Neal Stephenson.

    If anyone else is still reading this thread can you suggest any other books along the same line as this book? Cheers!

    • I love Snow Crash when I read it too. A lot of Neal’s later books are pretty dense compared to Snow Crash. One of his other earlier books ‘Zodiac’ (an eco thriller) is fun, although it’s not cyberpunk or scifi.

      A book that I think you would really enjoy is David Morgan ‘Altered Carbon’, here is a blurb:

      Mankind is strung out across interstellar space, and human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies, but some things never change, so when Takeshi is downloaded into the body of a ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer he shouldn’t be surprised.

      Also check out William Gibson’s ‘Pattern Recognition’

  • Just about finished book 2 of the Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons (Fall of Hyperion). Epic does not even begin to describe this series.

    Once I have finished the whole cantos, I’ll probably start on another David Gemmell series.

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