Community Book club - What are you reading and what have you read recently

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Just wanted to update that I got into The Black Prism really quickly. Much more quickly than 100 pages. I'm around 40% into it right now and it's had some good plot developments and I'm curious to see where it goes.

If anything my only "complaint", if it can be called that, is that with the different characters it takes a bit long to return back to characters I want to see moved along their story.
 

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#52
Just wanted to update that I got into The Black Prism really quickly. Much more quickly than 100 pages. I'm around 40% into it right now and it's had some good plot developments and I'm curious to see where it goes.

If anything my only "complaint", if it can be called that, is that with the different characters it takes a bit long to return back to characters I want to see moved along their story.
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Oh, I thought it was all out and complete. Glad I won't have long to wait for the fifth book it seems. I'm reading a bit slowly between other things so it'll take me some time to get there anyhow.

Edit: Wikipedia says August 29, 2019. If that's right then I should be done way before that, yikes.
 

Kuro

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I'll reveal that the amount of books I've read after school can be counted with 0 hands, but this Christmas I got "Ikigai" as present.
Book about secret to long life may be your reason for existence.
 
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I'll reveal that the amount of books I've read after school can be counted with 0 hands, but this Christmas I got "Ikigai" as present.
Book about secret to long life may be your reason for existence.
How long has that been? I mean since school.
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Just wanted to update that I got into The Black Prism really quickly. Much more quickly than 100 pages. I'm around 40% into it right now and it's had some good plot developments and I'm curious to see where it goes.

If anything my only "complaint", if it can be called that, is that with the different characters it takes a bit long to return back to characters I want to see moved along their story.
Ohh nice. Glad to hear that u like it.
I started First Law World #4: Best Served Cold and Lightbringer is on hiatus. Going to finish Best Served Cold soon and get to Lightbringer, coz I am dying to know what happens next.
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Gevin? Gavin?
Lord Prism is here.
 

Fluffynov

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#57
Currently cycling between 12 rules for life by jordan peterson, rich dad poor dad by robert kiyosaki and words of radiance (audible) by brandon sanderson
 

Mivey

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Anyone here also familiar with the Rivers of London series? It's from Ben Aaronovitch, a former Doctor Who writer. It's essentially a police procedural, except with a magical twist. A bit Men in Black, except there isn't a whole agency, it's just two people, and it's magic instead of aliens.
It's also very clear that it's written by someone who really loves London and knows a lot of its history and architecture, as those elements are everywhere in the books.



I recommend the first book to anybody, it's a great introduction into this world, and will only let you hooked for more, at least it did with me.

Currently reading the 7th novel, Lies Sleeping.

And the books still feel interesting, and fresh, so that's something. The only bad thing that would come to my mind is that it's pretty clear that he makes up the plot as goes along, which surprisingly, isn't as bad as it sounds. It makes for some crazy surprises, which do turn out to make a lot of sense in the end.
 
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einstellung

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Dec 31, 2018
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Read 36 books this year. Here's my quick attempt at an awards write-up.

Best Fiction of the Year:
  • The Three-Body Problem -- A pretty quick read for a 500+ page monster. Exciting sci-fi with cool xeno-sociological vignettes, very cool alien warfare tech, a compelling cult, a neat Ender's Game-esque videogame thingy and a good depiction of first-contact. Also make's me want to learn more about the Cultural Revolution in China.
  • The Dispossessed -- A book that actually depicts a plausible leftist society. The back third is a bit weak, but the book is affecting. I felt self-conscious using possessive pronouns for a week after reading.
  • The Great Divorce -- It's a fun exploration of a possible incarnation of heaven. I enjoyed it very much for the imaginative ride even if I don't agree ideologically or in belief with Lewis.
  • The Fifth Science -- A Youtuber's sophomore short-story effort. It's better than his first. It didn't quite all come together, but I really liked how the stories all told the history of a single civilization across large swathes of time. A lot of fun ideas here. He also sees the teleportation problem for what it is, which it sometimes seems as if surprisingly few people (on the internet) do.
Best Non-Fiction of the Year:
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree -- This is my kind of self-help book. It's like an amalgamation of a self-help book, a pop-sci, pop-sociology and pop-psychology book. It's has motivational rhetoric and those sweet morsels of data and dives in to studies. Very satisfying. I imagine why this type of self-help is so rare is that it takes a lot more work (research) to produce, instead of just farting out aphorisms and half-made-up anecdotes.
  • The Disaster Artist -- I listened to this memoir as an audiobook. The oral delivery really strengthens the story. The voice of Tommy is great. An interesting portrait of a damaged, confused man, who may be a minor-monster, but is also still a human who just wants a friend.
Weakest Fiction of the Year:
  • Kraken -- I hesitate to call this book bad, but it has problems. It's like a cantankerous, noire, Cthulhu-inspired Harry Potter, but written for adults. While Harry Potter is perhaps over-explained, it is at least coherent. Kraken under-explains its world yet is 500+ pages and it's convoluted. The book tries to cram too much in to it's run-time. It does have a few awesome components: the comeuppance to one particular antagonist is an incredible scene, there are a handful of really cool aspects to the magic of the world and one of the henchman has a very compelling cross to bear and a great redemption arc.
Weakest Non-Fiction of the Year:
  • Chaos Monkeys -- A betrayal of expectations is probably what most damaged my impression of this book. I was hoping for an expose, but it was mostly an overly-long memoir. Too little insider information, too much a somewhat boring record of a jerk's life.
  • Religious Rehab: A Memoir -- This is the worst memoir I've ever read. It was like reading a high-schooler's journal that's nothing but lines and lines of "and then I did this, and then I went here, and then I did this, and then I ate an apple and then I went to sleep..." Rather than specifics or philosophizing regarding a major event, it's simply mentioned and the author immediately moves on to his next "and then I did this..." Extrapolating on what a crossroads means to the author is a very rare occurence, and even when it does, very brief. The author also comes off as a clueless idiot with no self-awareness or sense of responsibility (even though he has kids).
  • Custom Reality and You -- I want to like Peter Coffin, and I do. I like some of his YouTube videos. But there's something about the way he writes that I have a hard time following. I feel as if I never quite know what he's talking about. It seems this books assumes a lot of knowledge I don't possess, or his references to outside material are too obfuscated for me to discern. His signature observation of Validation Gangs is fantastic, but in all else, I can't follow what he's talking about. He said he wrote this book 45 minutes at a time at 1AM and it reads that way. I'll still watch your videos Peter, but you need to hire an editor.

  • Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You -- I'm a sucker for a pop-science book peppered with studies, data and analysis. This one's analysis and data is simply far too sparse for my tastes. The author seems to be going somewhere interesting with his points and then the idea/chapter is abruptly concluded instead.
 
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Kuro

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How long has that been? I mean since school.
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Ohh nice. Glad to hear that u like it.
I started First Law World #4: Best Served Cold and Lightbringer is on hiatus. Going to finish Best Served Cold soon and get to Lightbringer, coz I am dying to know what happens next.
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Gevin? Gavin?
Lord Prism is here.
At least 10 years, could be few more. I like reading books if its good enough that I can use my imagination to make movie of it in my mind but for some reason havent found any I'd like to read, just remember one book about witches I had to read for book report was fun.
 
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Read 36 books this year. Here's my quick attempt at an awards write-up.

Best Fiction of the Year:
  • The Three-Body Problem -- A pretty quick read for a 500+ page monster. Exciting sci-fi with cool xeno-sociological vignettes, very cool alien warfare tech, a compelling cult, a neat Ender's Game-esque videogame thingy and a good depiction of first-contact. Also make's me want to learn more about the Cultural Revolution in China.
  • The Dispossessed -- A book that actually depicts a plausible leftist society. The back third is a bit weak, but the book is affecting. I felt self-conscious using possessive pronouns for a week after reading.
  • The Great Divorce -- It's a fun exploration of a possible incarnation of heaven. I enjoyed it very much for the imaginative ride even if I don't agree ideologically or in belief with Lewis.
  • The Fifth Science -- A Youtuber's sophomore short-story effort. It's better than his first. It didn't quite all come together, but I really liked how the stories all told the history of a single civilization across large swathes of time. A lot of fun ideas here. He also sees the teleportation problem for what it is, which it sometimes seems as if surprisingly few people (on the internet) do.
Best Non-Fiction of the Year:
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree -- This is my kind of self-help book. It's like an amalgamation of a self-help book, a pop-sci, pop-sociology and pop-psychology book. It's has motivational rhetoric and those sweet morsels of data and dives in to studies. Very satisfying. I imagine why this type of self-help is so rare is that it takes a lot more work (research) to produce, instead of just farting out aphorisms and half-made-up anecdotes.
  • The Disaster Artist -- I listened to this memoir as an audiobook. The oral delivery really strengthens the story. The voice of Tommy is great. An interesting portrait of a damaged, confused man, who may be a minor-monster, but is also still a human who just wants a friend.
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Pretty cool dude. I only read like 8 books, since i only really got into reading post-July. Going to do at least 40 this year.
I only read Fantasy these days. I really can't read anything else, especially non-fiction stuff.
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At least 10 years, could be few more. I like reading books if its good enough that I can use my imagination to make movie of it in my mind but for some reason havent found any I'd like to read, just remember one book about witches I had to read for book report was fun.
Do yourself a favour and read First Law trilogy or any Brandon Sanderson books. hehe.
 
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Fluffynov

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Pretty cool dude. I only read like 8 books, since i only really got into reading post-July. Going to do at least 40 this year.
I only read Fantasy these days. I really can't read anything else, especially non-fiction stuff.
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Do yourself a favour and read First Law trilogy or any Brandon Sanderson books. hehe.
I second the Brandon Sanderson recommendation. I finished way of kings earlier this year and am currently listening to words of radiance. It's so good.
 

Mivey

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Pretty cool dude. I only read like 8 books, since i only really got into reading post-July. Going to do at least 40 this year.
I only read Fantasy these days. I really can't read anything else, especially non-fiction stuff.
You really started reading as a hobby since earlier this year? Interesting, most people I know have either "always" been reading (basically since they were old enough to read and pick up books on their own), or never touched anything they didn't need to read for school or a job.
What made you start it as a hobby? A really great book?
 
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You really started reading as a hobby since earlier this year? Interesting, most people I know have either "always" been reading (basically since they were old enough to read and pick up books on their own), or never touched anything they didn't need to read for school or a job.
What made you start it as a hobby? A really great book?
I have been reading since i was old enough to read, but the past few years i fell out of it mainly because of gaming and work. This year since my travel to work is like 30-40 mins, i started listening to The Blade Itself (First Law #1) on audible (My first audible listen btw). I loved it and ended up buying 6 more audiobooks of the First Law World. Also bough hard copies of many other books.

One of my main resolutions for the new year is play less and read more. hehe.
 

Atraveller

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You really started reading as a hobby since earlier this year? Interesting, most people I know have either "always" been reading (basically since they were old enough to read and pick up books on their own), or never touched anything they didn't need to read for school or a job.
What made you start it as a hobby? A really great book?
That’s so true. If I’m ever going to have children, the first thing I do is to stuff them with books. Fuck raising your child with an iPad.

I could never get my sister to read no matter what.
 

Milena

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I started a new job a little more than a year ago and it's a 50-60 minutes ride to work now. I never would have accepted without audiobooks.
And since I can't resist sales (one of the worst things I got from my mother), I now have 162 audiobooks.

Right now I'm going through The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell and The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. I did read The Warlod Chronicles years ago, so I knew I loved it, but last time was in Italian. I must say that the narrator for this series is great, I'm sad they didn't use him for the entire series of The Last Kingdom as well.

And The Lost Fleet is pretty nice, I've just finished the second book this morning :)
 
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I finished this 2 weeks ago and technically it is the first book i finished this year. It is the first 'first law' standalone book set after First law trilogy. I would say i liked it overall, but not as much as first law trilogy books. Totally wasn't a fan of the protagonist, but thankfully the insanely good cast made up for it.


Since then, i started reading "Final Empire" (Mistborn #1) and "Theft of the Swords" (Riyria Revelations #1-2). Technically listening to audio book and enjoying both so far.
 
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I just finished The Black Prism and purchased the next book in the Lightbringer series. I really enjoyed that first book, but in some ways I wish more happened at the end. I know there's just plenty of set up since it's a five book series but other than the very, very end it didn't really strike me as feeling like the events were super impactful.

For people that have read the book this probably sounds crazy because of the event that makes up the last quarter of the book and resulting events. I suppose I just expected some other sort of big revelation for the characters in the world.

Looking forward to read more. I wanted to bump up the amount of reading I do so I expanded my Goodreads profile and marked my goal of 25 books for this year.
 
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I'm currently reading 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster, am about halfway through. The book is about 4 possible alternate lifes of Archie Ferguson, and since the different versions aren't narrated one after each other, but rather split by decades - it can get a little confusing. The premise of the book is really interesting, but I can't help but feel this would have worked better as a shorter story, rather than a 1000+ page book.