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Posted : Sunday, 29 August 2010, 12:19 | Permalink
Jayenkai


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My current aversion to coding seems to want a short amount of book reading to keep it slowly charging to normal levels.

Anyone read anything good recently (nothing codey!)
Or should I finally dig into the Battle Royale that I got a couple of years ago?

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Posted : Sunday, 29 August 2010, 12:45 | Permalink | Mark Here
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I read the first 24 pages of the Life of Pi the other day but got bored.

I read very infrequently. I think the last book I read was an economics one: The Bottom Billion. It was very interesting; it is about the less developed countries, why they are poor, how they can stop being poor etc. It's an easy read (hence it being teh only economics book I have actually finished) and really quite good. The stuff inside it was so useful that it made up the vast majority of both the geography and economics essays in the recent exams.
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Posted : Sunday, 29 August 2010, 13:36 | Permalink | Mark Here
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On the non-fiction side of things, I recently read 'Bad Science' by Ben Goldacre. It's an entertaining but interesting read on pseudoscience and alternative medicine. Currently, I'm reading 'Can a Robot be Human' by Peter Cave. Again non-fiction, it's a book of some interesting philosophy questions.

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Posted : Sunday, 29 August 2010, 13:50 | Permalink | Mark Here
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You should finally dig into Battle Royale! It's an awesome book.

You should also check out Masters of Doom, which is also awesome. It's a biography about John Carmack and John Romero starting up Id Software.

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Posted : Sunday, 29 August 2010, 14:22 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Posted : Sunday, 29 August 2010, 18:21 | Permalink | Mark Here
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If you ever get a chance to read Microserfs, do it! In short, it's about a group of programmers who quit their day jobs and start their own indie software company in a garage. What really makes it stand out is how realistic the characters are; the book avoids all the tired 'geek' character clitches that you'd find in a movie or on TV. It's funny and, at times, very emotional, and I guarantee everyone on here could identify with the characters in some way.

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Posted : Sunday, 29 August 2010, 20:07 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Could read the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson. That's a pretty good series.
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Posted : Monday, 30 August 2010, 01:56 | Permalink | Mark Here
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I couldn't actually find any evidence that 'My Struggle' has been released in it's English form yet, but I did find the previous book that Knausgaard wrote. It's available on Amazon.

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Posted : Monday, 30 August 2010, 02:58 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Of course 'My Struggle' shouldn't be confused with it's wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Struggle) which is the UK edition of a seperate book by a certain famous German author.

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Posted : Monday, 30 August 2010, 03:06 | Permalink | Mark Here
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@Joe: I was going to make a joke but thought it would be inappropriate.

@Cower: Awesome. Neal Stephenson is one of my favorite authors, though last thing i read by him is Snow Crash

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Posted : Monday, 30 August 2010, 05:01 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Yeah, the book (which I understand is to be released next year) will get the title 'Sterben', meaning 'To Die' in Germany.
But the author was aware of the title when he named the book, and although not directly alluding to it in the text, the book contains plenty of evidence why his life is a struggle.

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Posted : Monday, 30 August 2010, 07:47 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Posted : Tuesday, 31 August 2010, 04:11 | Permalink | Mark Here
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i was going to suggest Neuromance by William gibson but as you mentioned Snow Crash im going to assume you have read that already.

I too dont read often but found the forgotten realms books very good, the Drizzt tale is very very good indeed.

Im currently reading Count Zero by Will Gibson but have been since october :S
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Posted : Thursday, 07 October 2010, 11:42 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Thought I might add this!

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Posted : Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 09:13 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Posted : Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 09:55 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Oddly not finding myself in a reading mood.
Shrugs

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Posted : Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 22:25 | Permalink | Mark Here
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After seeing John Carter and being unfamiliar with the source material, and then discovering it free on Kindle, I've started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars".

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Posted : Friday, 30 March 2012, 00:43 | Permalink | Mark Here
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I always suggest K-PAX to people, mainly because it's one of the few books I have ever read more than once. I assume you've probably seen the movie with Kevin Spacey, but the book is much better.

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Posted : Friday, 30 March 2012, 03:52 | Permalink | Mark Here
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Re-read Clive Barker's Books Of Blood (1-6) again recently. Great if you like horror.
Posted : Friday, 30 March 2012, 09:12 | Permalink | Mark Here
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George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" (5 book series).

Excellent writing, awesome character development, and stuff to make you empathize with characters.

All in all a great read.
Posted : Friday, 30 March 2012, 10:31 | Permalink | Mark Here
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K-PAX is short, a decent read, and, yes, far better than the movie. I read it before the film arrived, and was sorely disappointed in the flick.

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Posted : Friday, 30 March 2012, 14:37 | Permalink | Mark Here
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I just recently finished reading Ready Player One by Earnest Cline, I enjoyed the book a lot.

www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-ebook/dp/B004J4WKUQ/ref=kinw_dp_ke?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

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Posted : Sunday, 01 April 2012, 03:47 | Permalink | Mark Here
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K-PAX is short, a decent read, and, yes, far better than the movie. I read it before the film arrived, and was sorely disappointed in the flick.


The problem is, I read the book after seeing the movie, and, well, now I can't imagine prot as anyone other than Kevin Spacey, even though he's described as being quite a bit different.

I wasn't overjoyed by the fourth book though.

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Posted : Monday, 02 April 2012, 23:04 | Permalink | Mark Here
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I'm half way through The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists. It was written in 1910 but still very modern, "widely regarded as a classic of working-class literature". I think Afr0 would like it, not too sure about everyone else!

The copyright has expired, so you can get it for free as an ebook from gutenberg

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