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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby Bakajo Nono » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:55 am

I am currently reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes. Finallyyyy xD
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:17 pm

I've been reading Connie Willis lately. Last week it was Uncharted Territory, and now I'm in the middle of Impossible Things, a collection of short stories. The story I just read is "Ado," a snarky response to censorship.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby Bakajo Nono » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:32 am

I am currently reading the first in The Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling. It's called Luck in Shadows. It's really good so far. I haven't really read fantasy books properly since I was a kid, so I'm excited to get into a series.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:35 am

Right now I'm reading Embassytown by China Miéville, a novel set in a human settlement on a planet inhabited by creatures who use a strange language spoken by two different voices at once. I'm attracted to linguistically-oriented sci-fi and fantasy, in case you hadn't already figured that out.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:40 pm

Sunday I finished reading Esperanto in The New York Times (1887-1922), edited by Ulrich Becker. It's simply a compendium of public domain New York Times articles that mention Esperanto, but it's a fascinating time capsule.

Yesterday I started reading Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, the third volume of M. T. Anderson's "Pals in Peril" series. I love these books; they're absolutely hilarious.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby Moh » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:22 pm

Finished:
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Airframe by Michael Crichton
Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard

Reading:
Under the Dome by Stephen King

There's supposed to be an Under the Dome mini-series, I'm trying to finish the book before it starts. :lol:
That way I can say "THEY DID THIS WRONG, THEY DID THAT WRONG..." :fear:
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Sun May 05, 2013 3:25 pm

Yesterday I finished reading Being Colloquial in Esperanto: A Reference Guide by David K. Jordan. It's very informative (I'm sure I'll be using it for reference quite often) and often entertaining. Jordan injects humor into a lot of his sample sentences, which wins points with me. A few examples:

Ŝi ordonis al li donaci sian salajron al la movado por vestigi katojn.
She ordered him to donate his salary to the movement to clothe cats.

Legi stultajn romanojn estas bone. Vidi stultajn filmojn estas pli bone.
Reading stupid novels is good. Seeing stupid films is better.

Ni sukcesos iel ajn disvastigi pacon, eĉ se necesos mortigi ĉiujn ajn!
We'll succeed in some way or other in spreading peace, even if we have to kill absolutely everybody.

Diskuto buĝeta estas preteksto nek por perforto nek por la angla.
Discussing the budget is no excuse either for violence or for English.

Ŝi parolaĉis Esperante, esperante tamen, ke la bela japano respondos angle.
She stammered along in Esperanto, hoping however that the handsome Japanese would reply in English.

Mi faros ion ajn, eĉ studi Esperanton!
I'll do anything at all, even study Esperanto!
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby Moh » Sun May 26, 2013 2:55 pm

Finally finished Under the Dome. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but sometimes I got a few characters confused, there's so many of them. :lol: Can't wait to see how they screw it up on TV.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby koregaboku » Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:29 pm

I decided that one of the perks of graduating college is that I can spend more time reading. It'll be nice to read something other than a textbook or a case study for class.

Because of that I bought David Guterson's Ed King today because I totally loved Snow Falling on Cedars (albeit four years ago now). I hope that it's Guterson's style of writing that I like. I also bought Nigel Slater's Toast because I really enjoyed the movie that they made based on it. Hopefully the book is better (since they usually are).


Sidenote: There's a part of me that wants an e-reader (most likely a tablet) so that I can buy a bunch of books for cheap but there's the part of me of that really enjoys physical books as well as perusing bookstores.

Plus the econ major in me realizes that e-books can kill jobs since it takes jobs away from printing presses, binders, and brick and mortar stores.
Oh the debate that rages inside of me.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby boinsie » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:00 am

From my understanding (and unless something has changed in the past 2 years), for the most part e-books are either relatively expensive (since you can't buy them used, they basically match cover price), or completely free (because they're public domain/you pirate them). ^^;;
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:06 am

^ E-books are generally less expensive than their print counterparts, but they can still be quite pricey. I was looking at Otto Jespersen's Language: Its Nature, Development and Origin yesterday. There's a hardcover reissue from 2006, which has a list price of $220 and which Amazon is selling for $209. The Kindle edition is $168.

http://www.amazon.com/Otto-Jespersen-La ... 415402476/

The book was originally published in 1922 and is therefore in the public domain. And yes, there's a completely free and legal e-book on Google Books:

http://books.google.com/books?id=z7NFAQAAIAAJ

I like real books, though, so I bought a used copy of the original 1922 hardcover at a local independent bookstore for $12.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby koregaboku » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:44 am

I caved and bought Lauren Graham's Someday Someday Maybe.

It's a decent book, especially for a first book if not a little predictable.

Hardcover books are expensive. Lauren Graham's lucky I'm a diehard Gilmore Girls fan.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:37 pm

I recently read The Fall of Arthur, a newly published poem in alliterative verse by J.R.R. Tolkien. The poem was never completed, and the final text as presented only runs to some 956 lines. Most of the volume consists of commentary and notes by Christopher Tolkien. Though the unfinished poem itself is quite interesting, my favorite part of the book is an appendix on Old English verse, taken from a lecture by JRRT on the subject.

I'm currently reading Runor och ABC, a collection of scholarly papers dealing with various types of contact between the Germanic runes and other alphabets, presented at a symposium in Stockholm in 1995. For now I'm only reading the five papers in English and the one in German. I wish I were more capable of reading the four in Swedish and especially the one in Norwegian, which looks particularly interesting, since it compares characteristics of historical runic inscriptions with samples of writing by modern-day children.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby koregaboku » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:45 am

The cool thing about Swedish and Norwegian that I learned after making a Norwegian best friend is that the languages are so similar you can largely understand both languages even if you technically only speak one.

And I'm reading World War Z right now but I don't find myself picking up the book too often since it reads like anthologies so I just read a few of "interviews" at a time and then put the book down.

I have a pile of books I've been meaning to read though....
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby Moh » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:56 am

Read Gillian Flynn's Dark Places. I liked it, though some parts were a tad disturbing. :lol: It'll be interesting to see how the movie turns out, anyway.
I just started The Shining today, hopefully I'll finish it before the end of the week.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:50 pm

I'm currently reading The Pronunciation of Japanese by Masatoshi Gensen Mori, published in 1929. Mori describes the fine points of Japanese pronunciation in minute detail (for 300 pages), saying little about historical development but giving lots of information about dialectal variation. Some of the pronunciations he discusses may be old-fashioned or even obsolete by now, but much of what he describes is still valid. Sometimes he'll point out a phonetic peculiarity that I never realized before, and it's particularly satisfying when I can hear it in my own pronunciation. Case in point: "Before [ma], [me], and [mo], the vowel [u] becomes [m], as in [mma] for [uma] ("a horse"), [mme] for [ume] ("the Japanese apricot")...." I hear it now.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby DSQueenie » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:45 am

I'm reading Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hondgson Burnett, it's apart of my desire to read books that were extremely popular when they were released (LLF was so popular that middle class mothers in America started dressing their son's in the same outfit as the aforementioned Lord) but not the authors most popular work now.

So far I understand why Burnett's book The Secret Garden is more popular now since is has a very unique sense of wonder that LLF and A Little Princess don't but I've all ready cry once at how sweet LLF is so it's is differently are very good book so far!
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:41 pm

Today I started reading Der reparierte Scheinwerfer, a collection of theatrical scenes and dialogues by the great German comedian and folk singer, Karl Valentin. It's in the original German, of course. I don't think much of his stuff has ever been translated into English, since a lot of his humor relies on wordplay and his use of Bavarian dialect.

This film is an excerpt from "Tingeltangel", the first piece in the book:

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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby koregaboku » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:48 am

My bestie and I want to start a "Book Club" together. Lol.
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Re: The Book Thread! What are you reading?

Postby erilaz » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:42 pm

I just finished Mu Revealed by Tony Earll, more evidence "proving" the existence of a lost continent that sank beneath the Pacific Ocean thousands of years ago.

Quoth the blurb:
in 21,050 B.C., at the age of twelve, a boy entered the ancient Temple College of Mu to begin his training for the ruling priesthood of that extraordinarily accomplished society.

During his second year there, the boy—Kland was his name—began to keep a journal, which he brought with him when he emigrated later to Mexico. There, in 1959, the diary scrolls were found in the buried ruins on an earthquake-devastated temple.

Translated at last, the scrolls are here available to the public for the first time—an incomparable record of the nearly forgotten supercivilization of Mu!

I was rather disappointed to learn that this book was an outright hoax, written by Raymond Buckland, the author of numerous books on Wicca and the occult. His pseudonym, Tony Earll, is merely an anagram of "Not Really." I somehow find it more satisfying when the crackpots actually believe the drivel that they write.
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