Off Topic: What Are You Reading?

Okay everyone: I want to know what you're reading right now? It can be comics, mangas or actual (gasp) books! Let us know in the comments below.

Me? I'm reading a bloody book called 'Training For Climbing'. I'm also reading Rise of the Videogame Zinesters, which I'm ashamed to say I haven't read yet.

So that's me at the moment, although I admit it's a struggle to find time to read these days...


    Gardens of the Moon (first of the Malazan series) - Steven Erikson

    Pretty good so far. Apparently it really grabs you as you keep going.

      The first few books in this series are epic. Very unique take on the dark fantasy genre. His writing leaves a lot to your imagination, which is challenging and liberating all at once. I took a user name from one of his awesome characters - 'Surly'. Enjoy! PS. I had to take a break after the 4th books...heavy going.

      Edit: PPS. you will find how he incorporates the use of 'magic' in the stories is quite fresh as well.

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        I'm slowly getting my head around magic and how it works. Definitely very interesting and very fresh.

          Upon reflection - generally speaking, a lot of people find the GOT series is punctuated with a lot of gray areas and characters. I would say that the Malazan series muddies the divide between good and evil even further. Good, virtuous, honourable or even remotely noble, simply does not exist in these books. Pure survival of the fittest.

            I’m coming off finishing The First Law series. Every book after that is just puppy dogs and rainbows.

              Intriguing. I have not read these books. I'll check then out.

                It's a trilogy and then 3 stand alone books that are in the same world that continue with side characters.
                That grey area you have in GoT, it turns it up to 11 and you seriously start to hate certain protagonists and love ones you probably shouldn't.

      I must get around to reading this one of these days, given how heavily influenced by "The Black Company" it's meant to be. Maybe after I finish off Glen Cook.

    I'm currently getting my partner to read the "Lincoln Rhyme" series by Jeffrey Deaver, so I'm re-reading the series as well, but 1 book in front of her so as to refresh my memory at all the little plot twists and surprises so when she gasps in shock / horror / surprise / delight I have an idea of what's coming next.

    So currently I'm reading "The Stone Monkey" by Jeffrey Deaver.

    Anything from Privateer Press or the novels they're outsourcing to Skull Islands.

    Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance - Just for some light reading..... (Matthew Reilly's The Tournament is next on the list)

    Non fiction: Basic something something in intensive care.
    Fiction: The last thing I was reading was Thief of Time.
    (Yes, I often have several things going at once.)

    Just finished Divergent, now a couple of chapters into Vampire academy

    Still going through Sanderson's The Way of Kings. Just over halfway through, really enjoying it, but hard to find time to read nowadays...

    Cheers to Childbirth - A dads guide to supporting your partner during labor.... trying to get my head around being a support to my 7 month pregnant wife without falling apart in the delivery room.

    1984 George Orwell
    Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
    Non-fiction: Invisible: A memoir by Hughues de Montalembert (story of an artist who interrupts a home-invasion/robbery only to have acid thrown on his face. It's how he coped with suddenly losing his eyesight).

    Just finished my Kickstarter copy of Rudy Rucker's "The Big Aha"

    Picked up a second-hand copy of "Godel, Escher, Bach" a few months ago, the spine is heavily creased up to the half-way point, marking where 35 years of readers have hit the bit about programming theory and given up. I'm in the middle of it now, still hopeful of finishing...

    I'm reading (technically, audiobook) Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton

    Just finished Thrones (finally), so moving onto Isaac Asimov's Foundation. It's a pretty cool guy so far

    I should really finish reading 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) by Corey Taylor, but I just lack the motivation. His first book Seven Deadly Sins was great and a much better read.

    Halfway through A Dance with Dragons and just started Marching Powder.

    Bought one of the Witcher novels online today too :)

      Marching Powder is incredible. Now that I think about it, where's my copy..?

        I went to a book store with a friend and she bought it for me saying how good it was. Pretty intrigued now :)

      I'm just reading The Last Wish at the moment and it's pretty great.

      I'm not usually a big reader but the story has really sucked me in.

    I'm working my way through The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. So far up to 2nd book Shadows Edge. They are great haven't been able to put them down.

      You've got to read the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks when you're done with Night Angel Trilogy. Amazing series, can't wait for the next book!

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        Yeah, except SO LONG TO WAIT :(

        It took me a bit to get used to his writing style, but all his books are epic :)

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    Reading the Gone series by Michael Grant... for a series aimed at teenagers its pretty dark and gritty. Finally on the last book

    Just finished reading the chemist warehouse sign outside the office window.

    I'm reading Kaffe Fassett's Passionate Patchwork while I wait (im)patiently for Joe Hill's Locke And Key Volume 2 to arrive in the mail.

      I think I'm up to volume 4 of Locke and Key. You just reminded me I need to get on with that. Is it weird that I enjoy Hill's writing more than King's? Slightly more macabre, and slightly more magical.

    2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson. Only a few chapters in, but it's hooked me so far.

    I just finished Magician by Raymond E Feist for about the 30th time (no exaggeration) so I'm deciding what to pick up next. And, as usual, The Walking Dead is on my commuter rotation.

      I really liked those Feist books too, though oddly (?) I prefer the *blah* of the Empire books.
      In fact, when I first started using names on the internet, my first was Macros The Black ;)
      Sounded more bad-ass than Pug lol

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        I haven't read much of his other stuff apart from Darkness at Sethanon and Silverthorn, but Magician I can for back to again and again. My cat's name is Pug, and when I'm able to get a dog I'm calling it Tomas. Me like that book :)

          Definitely read the Empire trilogy, it's set the same universe as Magician et al but takes place on the Tsurani (sp?) home world. Really good.

            Yeah, I've heard they're pretty good and the Game of the Council seems intriguing ... putting them on the list.

          I'm only missing the 3 "Empire" books from my collection - I own every single other book in the series. I suggest you read them all in release order first, then there's a chronological order published on his website that gives you a bit of a different path through them.

          There's a couple that a somewhat weak in places (compared to the rest of the series, but still awesome). As a series it's an epic journey that throws some very interesting curve balls at you. Highly recommended.

          Sorry for necro, but after this thread I got thinking it's time to re-read some Feist again, as it's been years..
          Picked up the Riftwar Trilogy for Kindle, only to realise it's (Magician at least) been re-released in the intervening years as a sort of 'Feist's Directors Cut' version, with a bunch of extra bits and pieces (better explained, some bit's re-written, extra dialogue etc).
          Not sure if Silverthorn and Sethanon got the same treatment (they probably did, would be weird to only do the first book of the trilogy), but there you go, just some FYI for you.

            How long ago was your revised version published? My copy of Magician is the revised edition, and I've had it for about 15 years. So far as I know Silverthorn and Sethanon haven't gone through the same treatment, but unless he's added even more since then it should be the same book I've been reading for years.

              Um not sure. I think it was revised in around 1992 there abouts, so your copy might well be that one. There's a 2 page 'forward' from Feist at the start of the Kindle book explaining the reasoning for the revisions etc.

              "Originally published in 1982 this is the first book in the Riftwar Saga series which after its success led to many more books being written by Feist about the fantasy world of Midkemia. It was re-published as a revised edition in 1992 which contained text omitted from the original release."
              - from

              The only version I have read was the 1982 first edition, so it's a bit different to me.

              *dons hipster hat with ironic glasses* I was reading it before it was cool... ;)

                Ha ha, yeah I would have got mine after '92, and it has the foreword. From memory, the main differences were reinstating dialog which the publisher pushed to edit, and expanding on Kelewan's history (particularly in regards to the Enemy) during Pug's Testing on top of the tower.
                Feist says it was about 50,000 words.

                  Cool, mind you it's been so long since I read the series that it's all again quite new. I remember bits and pieces, like the names, but the sequence of events was lost to me.
                  Good stuff, I'm enjoying it greatly.
                  Great to put the cricket/soccer on in the background and read away :D

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