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    Default Books: What have you been reading?

    Since the Books forum is gone, I thought I'd restart this thread, albeit with a slightly less in-jokey name.

    I've been reading Christopher Moore's Serpent of Venice, a sequel to Fool. It's a riff on Othello and Merchant of Venice, featuring a disreputable court jester commenting on and meddling in the action. It's fun, but a little overstuffed. Fool was just based on King Lear (the lead character in both books is Lear's Fool), but Serpent tries to pack in too much. There's even an extended Poe sequence. It's far from essential, but for a Moore fan or a Shakespeare buff, it's worth a look.

    Anyone else read any good prose, lately?

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    Reading "Little America", a book about the afghanistan war. It's pretty interesting so far. The author did the book "Imperial life in the Emerald City" as well, which was also good.

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    War: What is it Good For? by Ian Morris and His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir by Dan Jenkins are the two books I'm currently reading.

    Last book I read was How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity by Rodney Stark.

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    Re-reading the Sandman series. Got a sub for the current lot... but felt like a refresh.

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    I just recently finished re-reading Joan Didion's The White Album, Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal," and essays by George Orwell, John D'Agata, Theodor Adorno, and E.J. Levy about the essay as a literary form. These were all things I was teaching. My summer reading list-- to start next week!-- includes the collected short stories of Flannery O'Connor and Joan Didion's nonfiction work from the 80s and 90.

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    Its been ages since I've read an actual book (one without pictures). I really need to make time for it again some day.

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    I've been reading The Great Book of Ignorance, or a title to such effect, based on the QI TV show hosted by Stephen Fry - lots of myths, stories, etc explained and what-not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arvandor View Post
    Its been ages since I've read an actual book (one without pictures). I really need to make time for it again some day.
    Same here, although lately I have been reading 'Dr No' by Ian Fleming off and on...

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    I've read a bunch of books so far this year.
    Syrup and Company from Max Berry
    Panic by Lauren Oliver
    Everyday by David Levithan
    Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    Me Since You by Laura Weiss
    Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    Half Bad by Sally Green
    Allegiant by Veronica Roth
    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Missing You by Harlan Coban
    the Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro

    Currently reading the Fall (sequal to the strain)

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    Quote Originally Posted by saul_on_the_road_to_damascus View Post
    I've read a bunch of books so far this year.
    Syrup and Company from Max Berry
    Panic by Lauren Oliver
    Everyday by David Levithan
    Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    Me Since You by Laura Weiss
    Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    Half Bad by Sally Green
    Allegiant by Veronica Roth
    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Missing You by Harlan Coban
    the Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro

    Currently reading the Fall (sequal to the strain)
    So I left my copy of the Fall at home the other day so I picked up
    Just one Day
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    JUST one Year by Gayle Forman author of a few books I read two summers ago. Both were very good if you like the teen romance genre (think sisterhood of the traveling pants not gossip girl.

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    I finished reading the Jussi Adler-Olsen novel The Keeper of Lost Causes today. Really liked it a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saul_on_the_road_to_damascus View Post
    So I left my copy of the Fall at home the other day so I picked up
    Just one Day
    and
    JUST one Year by Gayle Forman author of a few books I read two summers ago. Both were very good if you like the teen romance genre (think sisterhood of the traveling pants not gossip girl.
    I finished the fault in our starsby john green and steel heart by Brandon Sanderson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saul_on_the_road_to_damascus View Post
    I finished the fault in our starsby john green and steel heart by Brandon Sanderson.
    What are your impressions of Steel Heart? I've been holding off getting a copy. I'm also hoping to get his Mistborn series at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danmar85 View Post
    What are your impressions of Steel Heart? I've been holding off getting a copy. I'm also hoping to get his Mistborn series at some point.
    It was good. I've read a few "superhero novels" that aren't based on comics and this one was really good. It's got a sequel coming and I am looking forward to it. Plus there were some nice homages to the greats of the comic industry. I read his rythamtist last year and really enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danmar85 View Post
    What are your impressions of Steel Heart? I've been holding off getting a copy. I'm also hoping to get his Mistborn series at some point.
    Steelheart is good but Mistborn is great. Mistborn is essentially a superhero trilogy set in a fantasy world. I'd definitely go Mistborn before Steelheart, especially since Mistborn is a completed trilogy. And literally it is a superhero novel. You have people who have the mutant ability to gain superpowers when they ingest metals. Each metal gives them a different superpower and last until they've metabolized the metal. Some get superstrength, some supersenses, some telekinetic like abilities, etc. The only thing really setting it apart from a novelized superhero comic is the backdrop which is a medieval like world where evil won about 1000 years ago.
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