Off Topic: What Are You Reading?

'I don't get much time to read nowadays': that's what I usually say, but the truth is I'm just lazy! But I'm on the look out for something good to read, so let's make some recommendations. Have you read anything good lately?

I've been on a Sam Harris blitz recently, reading his Letter To A Christian Nation and Free Will. I found both interesting, but Free Will was definitely my least favourite. I found he tended to repeat the same argument over and over again, whereas Letter To A Christian Nation was just a complete all-out logic assault. Loved it.

That's all I've been reading. I can't remember the last time I sat down and read fiction. That makes me feel a bit sad.

What have you been reading?


    Dividing my time between A Storm Of Swords by George R R Martin and The Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark by Carl Sagan.

    Currently reading The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls. After that I'll be finishing off the Malazan Book of the Fallen series with The Crippled God and then I'll start on I think it's the fourth Game of Thrones book, because the TV shows gotten up to where I left the books off.

      I was taken to see the City of Bones movie on the weekend. Almost against my will (almost - the leading lady is pretty hot), because it looked a tad twilighty to me, with the fairly stereotypical romance angles.

      Are the books any good/better than the movie/get better?

    I read one of the Jack Reacher books during my last flight, and now I'm midway down a deep, deep hole...

    Been alternating between the Immortal and Song of Ice and Fire Series.

    I also have a stack of Artimus Fowl books I need to read (I only read the first three in the series and stopped on the forth due to study/research.

      The Artemis Fowl books are excellent, and supposedly being turned into a film.
      I got onto them after reading the extra Hitchhikers Guide book the author wrote.

        True that. My favorite part is still when Butler tried to sneak up on Mulch in the first book, :-P

          The fascinating thing about Mulch is the way Colfer makes all the different abilities funny-gross as well as sensible.

            That's what makes him so funny at times.

            My other favorite is when he escaped a submarine by inhaling all the air, hahahaah!

    Half way through A Clash of Kings, it was a tad slow in the beginning I found but i'm really enjoying it again!

    Afterwards I might have a break from the series and read Rum Diary, I really liked Fear and Loathing and I need a change from the bleak and unforgiving world of Westeros.

      Fear and Loathing is great, although I didn't really like The Rum Diary. It's a much better story by a conventional sense, but it doesn't have the same twisted edge that Fear and Loathing has.

        Yeh I thought that might be the case :\ Maybe i'll read Fear and Loathing again heh.

    I'm not in the middle of a book right now. I've been about to start a Storm of Swords for weeks now, I just need to get around to buying the ebook from iTunes so I can read it on my phone while commuting. Of course now I've gotten a 3DS and Animal Crossing so that's been keeping me occupied on the train, but I'll totally get around to it.

      I actually went mad and got the Song of Ice and Fire books in hard cover (only been able to find them on Amazon so I think Australia only gets the paper back version).

      Makes the text easier to read but I swear each book is heavy enough to turn me into the next Schwarzenegger!

      Still, far better than needing to use a microscope on the paper back edition.

        I think the last hardcover I bought was the final Harry Potter book. Fun fact: I have two copies of each of the last two books because my wife and I decided we were incapable of sharing.

        I haven't bought many books since then, the occasional paperback (and most of those have been the Sookie Stackhouse books True Blood is based on... for the wife, I swear), but I've started making the transition to ebooks.

          for the wife, I swear

          Too late. We have you branded now, :-P.

    I just started reading The City and The City by China Miéville. Its pretty good so far. Its a murder mystery set in an eastern European city

      Finally some good taste. Currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

    I keep meaning to get into Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I tried to get through the first chapter when it came out and just wasn't in the right mood for it.

    I also did a business writing course the other day and was given a book called The Little Red Writing Book. I want to read that purely so that I can say the title more often.

    Been reading the Thrawn Trilogy and I can't seem to put it down

    Nothing! But when I find the time I'll be starting on A Feast for Crows.

    Just started reading American Gods by Gaiman, as I finished Fragile Things not too long ago.

      Should also check out "Anansi Boys" if you're enjoying American Gods.

        It's worth noting that the two books share a similar setting but are not related. Gaiman has said that he just happened to like the character of Anansi so much that he put him in both books, he doesn't actually tie the two together.

        Anansi Boys also has a much smaller scope than American Gods but is brilliant in its own way.

      Fragile Things is one of Gaiman's best works.
      he's just showing off there. 'Oh look at me, I kick-arse at ALL the literary forms...'

    Currently reading The Devil's Knot. It's about the murder of the three 8 year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Also it speaks about the three teens who were accused of the murder, the corrupt police and much more. It's a fascinating read. It's probably also a good idea to watch the documentary West of Memphis as well. That gives more insight again. I'm yet to see the three documentaries Paradise Lost 1, 2 & 3 though.

    I'm still yet to finish Corey Taylor's new book "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven: (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process)" i'm not finding it as capturing as his first book Seven Deadly Sins, which was a brilliant read.

    Other than that I also have sitting there waiting to be read "Trust Me I'm Doctor Ozzy" by Ozzy Osbourne "Tattoo's & Tequila" by Vince Neil & "Adlers Appetite" by Steven Adler

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    My reading Pile of Shame is as big as my video game Pile of Shame. I like to think that playing heavily story driven games is the equivalent of reading a book (especially since I largely play RPGs) but at the moment I'm reading "The Twin Knights" by Osamu Tezuka. The Princess Knight anime is coming out over the next couple of months so it's a bit of a spoiler, but not that much.

    Fighting Fantasy: Forest of Doom

    It's a choose your own adventure with dice rolls and stats etc.. so technically a book.. but also a game too :) got it for the ipad.

    Additionally, I am reading "Men At Birth", which is a book of stories written by Australian men about their experiences before, during and after their partners give birth. My wife and I are expecting our first child in November, so having something to relate to is very helpful.

    I'm just about to read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy for the second time.
    It's one of the most dense and horrific books I've ever read but is incredible.
    If you haven't read any of his books before, check out The Road and don't watch the film until after you read it. The movie captured the imagery well but didn't do the story justice.

    Catch-22 & War and Peace.

    Been wanting to pick up 1Q84. Get back into reading in general.

      I read 1984 a little while ago. It was great, but worth it just to be able to understand references from it. Catch-22 is probably one of my favourite books. If you liked it, I'd recommed A Farewell To Arms by Hemingway.

      Catch-22 is a really good book.

      I should pick it up again sometime soon..

    just was handed On the road by Jack Kerouac. I'm usually a sci fi/fantasy style reader and this is rather hard to get into but a girl gave it to me and wants me to read it. Stupid females making me say yes to things i dont want to.

      I just finished On the Road, and I loved it. I agree it's a bit hard to get into, the trick is to read it as quickly as you can I think. I'm usually a reader of a sci-fi (not fantasy though...) but I like to alternate with some 'literature'.

    Blink - The Power of Thinking Without Thinking: Malcolm Gladwell, The Art of a Beautiful Game: Chris Ballad (basketball related) & Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife: Eben Alexander.

    Am reading The Road at the moment but have found it hard to keep plugging at it. I like the setting and wacky/dark events, but the little boy shits me to tears. Always complaining and scarred of his own farts(figuratively).

    Need to start a Feast for Crows when Uni work is less busy.

      I've been meaning to read this for ages, it just seems like it's going to be pretty heavy going which is why I keep putting it off! Is it worth a read though?

    I'm halfway through "The Long War" by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter at the moment andf loving it, it's the second book in the Long Earth trilogy and it's a great little series so far. Eagerly waiting on the next book.
    I've also got Raymond Feist's "Magician's End" ready to start, but I'm reluctant to bring an anthology I've been reading since high school to an end.
    Also have an eye on the horizon for the next Discworld book, "Raising Steam".

    I'm reading through John le Carré's works currently. Some of it is slow going, but he builds his stories well. Old school spy novels, but without the James Bond stuff.

      He spins a good yarn, that le Carre. Ian flemming on the other hand, was the JK Rowling of his time.

        Flemming writes a good fluff novel. Most Bonds are short, well written, and well paced. I still need to read them all.

          I have ennjoyed the Bond books I have read, I agree that the story and pacing were great, but IMO they are not well written books at all (that's what I was getting at with the JKR comparison).

            The ones I have read were well written (for fluff). Easy to read while in transit or some such. Not deep, easy to digest. Like a trashy romance novel, but on the flip side of the coin. :)

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    Bernard Cornwells Stonehenge.

      I remember reading that years ago. The characters were great but the pacing was horrible

        I know what you mean, but still can't put his books down. This is like 8th book of his I've read in a row.

    Being and Time by Martin Heidegger. I love philosophy but I'm constantly "What the fuck am I reading"ing.

    Reading Blood of Elves, which is one of the Witcher novels. about to start "on stranger tides," as Ron Gilbert said it was one of the books that influenced Monkey Island (and was the direct inspiration for Pirates of the Caribbean 4)

    I'm in the middle of around 4 books now, which is quite silly of me I reckon.

    Rant by Chuck Palahniuk (love anything by this guy)
    11/22/63 by Stephen King (awesome book, no idea why i've put it down)
    Marching With The Devil by David Mason (about the foreign legion)
    Brotherhood of Warriors by Aaron Cohen (about Israel special forces)

    I'm sure there's more lying around with bookmarks in them as well.

      I used to love Chuck Palahniuk, but I totally stopped after I read "Haunted" it just seemd so much less than his other stuff. I read and loved everything he did up til Haunted though, maybe I should give him another go.

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