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  1. #588892013-06-12 17:01:49johan_5179 said:

    My newest babies <3<3<3. Okay, I have read Crime and Punishment before. It is in my top 5 books of all time along with Atlas Shrugged, The Golden Boughs, 1Q84, and The Fountainhead. But this was the Penguin edition for fuck's sake. Everyone knows that as far as readability and durability goes, Penguin comes out with the best.

    Also here are Ulysses by James Joyce, the Oxford edition of the 1922 text. I picked the Oxford edition on purpose because while the penguin is better aesthetically, Oxford comes out with the best Introductions and background notes. And you don't read James Joyce (in my humble and hastily formed opinion the only true modernist writer, the rest are shams) without background notes. [I once spent 2 months labouring under Finnegan's wake, got to page 35, it was amazing, but i just didn't have the time]

    You will also find 'Ayn Rand Answers, the best of her Q&A. I like her.

    I have never read Agatha Christie. Never. This will be my first read ever.

    Turgrnev just tagged along with Dostoyevsky. All I know is that he is a Russian realist/naturalist. The book 'Fathers and Sons' is very highly regarded. I look forward to it.

    Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' I bought on a friend's recommendation, who suggested this book since I had enjoyed Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' last semester.

    The two non-descript books are some background essays. Just picked them up for the fun.

    'The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics'. I have seen samples of this system at work, and found it to be pure Gold. I guess I have to thank the Nazi's for this, since Trachtenberg came up with a way to do mental calculations in various concentration camps, where paper was at a premium and he only had enough to write down the finished results. Will look through this. Faster calculation never hurt anybody.

    The total bill was $32. I am, needless to say, converting currencies and I would like to know how much this would cost you in your country.

    What gets me to but a book? Well, reputation goes a long way, and word of mouth praise. Anything that catches my fancy will be bought.

    What gets me to start a series? The last series I read was Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Beautiful, brilliant, almost blinding in scope, range and vividness of thought, but imploded the fifth book onwards. Horrible sixth book. Unforgettable 7th, that's how hauntingly bad I found it to be. So, nothing can cause me to start off on a series. Nothing. The heartbreak is too much T_T.

  2. #589002013-06-12 17:40:31hellstorm901 said:

    These two were my last purchases.

    Both of these books are set after the Human - Covenant War but are interesting as they show something not usually explored and asked in Military Sci-Fi works. "What happens when the war's over?" The answer in these books for the Halo Universe is simple. Despite the hand shaking of Halo 3 and declarations of Peace no one has been able to forgive one another with Humans rightly mad that they were put on the verge of extinction and the races of the Covenant angry that all order has collapsed within the Covenant. So these books pretty much explore people of both sides attempting to continue the conflict through Black Ops and dirty dealings whilst others simply try to survive and maintain the peace.

    Also some shit with the remaining Spartans forms a good amount of the plot but to be honest I find the average revenge hungry Human soldiers/Noble Elites out to restore their greatness side of the story to be more interesting as it reminds us that Wars, especially the aftermath, are not pretty nor is everything going to be better just because the actual fighting has ended.

  3. #589102013-06-12 18:04:47 *Namida said:

    @archangel The name of the wind was pretty catchy in some ways. I still have to read the Wise Man's Fear, however i have a nice pile of books waiting for me, so i guess it will take time to get there. Hope you can read it soon, so u can give me a clue, i heard from one of my friends it wasn't that good as the former, but i don't trust his judgment so it will be nice to have a second opinion in the meantime.

    As for me, i got my hands on this three guys I got them all for $20 on an old used-books store. I never read those authors (Brenson, Fowler or Perdue) due they are pretty well known, and i didn't look for much info or reviews about this particular titles. I like to search for random used-books like this in stores once in a while, letting my instincts and first looks in charge, kind of a personal game i have. Three different authors and genres. The one from Alex Brenson, is an espionage novel. Pandemonium from Christopher Fowler is a dark satire novel with comedy touches. Don't know much more about those two, still waiting in my bookshelf. The one i started reading is from Lewis Perdue, pretty interesting novel so far, about controlled biological menaces, genetic virus and a powerful international company getting their hands on them.
    For now i want to stop buying books, i have a lot catch up to do, the pile is growing too fast. But in the end i know i can't help it.

  4. #589172013-06-12 18:55:02DarkChaplain said:

    My latest duo. Almost done with Headtaker, only two into Baneblade.
    Headtaker has been excellent so far. David Guymer really feels right at home on the topic of sneaky, scheming Ratmen. Can't wait for him to get the green light on more Skaven characterpieces.
    Guy Haley's Baneblade feels good so far, nice prose and overall style. Using the rites of blessing of the Baneblade as the book's prologue was a great idea.

    My preorders for Guy's Skarsnik and John French's Ahriman: Exile should be with me in around two weeks as well.

    For now i want to stop buying books, i have a lot catch up to do, the pile is growing too fast. But in the end i know i can't help it.

    Weakling. My backlog is evergrowing, yet I don't moan about it - I treasure it!

  5. #589192013-06-12 19:04:03johan_5179 said:

    @DarkChaplain Try as I might, I can't treasure my backlog. Every time I think about it, it physically hurts. And then I see threads like these with titles I may never get around to reading, and for a moment there I lose my mind. So much to read, so short a life. T_T

  6. #589292013-06-12 19:42:28johan_5179 said:

    @DarkChaplain And you collected them yourself? I envy you. Mine is close to 50 novels/anthologies etc. I have a lot to live and a lot to learn and a lot to backlog. Just you wait. By the time I hit my twenties, I would have built a similar backlog.

  7. #589452013-06-12 20:19:57DarkChaplain said:

    I do not own physical copies of all of those, nope. I'm working towards it, especially with upcoming books, but a lot of those are digital only or long out of print, so I need to wait for re-releases or copies to go up on second hand sites. =/

  8. #589432013-06-12 20:18:50DarkChaplain said:

    ....if it makes you feel better, I didn't. I throw too much money at books as-is, so stuff outside my natural habitat gets double-checked before I buy it.

  9. #589562013-06-12 22:22:20DarkChaplain said:

    People always seem to confuse being a more or less responsible consumer and looking for deals wherever possible and saving a bit here and there and not buying triple-A games usually with something like wealth, I've noticed...

  10. #602082013-07-01 17:59:13 *johan_5179 said:


    Its finally here, they finally delivered after having cancelled my order twice.I had borrowed this book from a friend to read, and didn't return it for ages since I just had to reread vast sections of it for clarity. This book is huge, complex and mischievous and you will have a lot of fun with it. It is impossible not to get caught up in Murakami's web of intertwining narratives, once you start on this book, you can not let go. Waiting for Goldfinger now, which will complete my James Bond collection.

    Although I have to say, the page quality and binding is a bit of a downer.

  11. #603692013-07-04 09:27:18johan_5179 said:

    Goldfinger - Ian Fleming

    The point where I paused Gurren Lagann to take the delivery is very significant. These bastards made me wait 3 extra days

    This completes my James Bond collection. All the Ian Fleming books are now in my power. I have not read this book but I am looking forward to it. I'll write something about it when I'm done reading.

  12. #609282013-07-15 01:46:32saitama said:

    Alt text After listening to Jin's music on NicoNico, I decided to try his novel. Picked this at a local bookstore for about $10.

  13. #609592013-07-15 08:49:31 *Chestnut_Rice said:

    I'm actually buying a lot of fucking books in China.

    Attack on Titan manga vol 2, SAO vol 1, and what I think translates as "God's notebook" vol 1 so far gonna see if my boredom goes further.

  14. #629902013-08-26 18:02:39 *johan_5179 said:

    A couple of days ago I told DC about how I had had the perfect day and that I was very happy. Oh how wrong I was. This day today is when I'm happy. Truly happy. So happy I can't even fucking sleep, that my hands shiver as I type. Today I went to the annual book fair in my city.

    28 books in a day. I sweated and I toiled and I made my way across town to buy them, and carry them back. It nearly defeated me, the effort. But fuck that, my massive ego triumphed.

    Hannibal - Thomas Harris

    Where have all the Leaders gone? - Lee Iacocca

    Beat the 2008 recession - Nicholas Bate

    Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

    The Girl who played with Fire - Steig Larsson

    The Girl who kicked the Hornet's nest - Steig Larsson

    The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas

    Complete Short Stories - Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

    Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

    Japan's Modern Myth - Roy Andrew Miller

    Dubliners - James Joyce

    A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

    The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy

    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

    Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes

    Dracula - Bram Stoker

    The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky

    The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

    Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott

    Adam Bede - George Eliot

    Middlemarch - George Eliot

    Chandrakanta - Devkinandan Khatri.

    The first high fantasy series written in Hindi, it was one of the first of the modern Hindi novels to appear and gain popularity as well.

    Lotsa great literature at my feet yo!

    And, I'm not done yet. I will be going back tomorrow for more loot ^_^

  15. #665842013-11-26 14:18:39Rinneko said:

    My recent book purchase would be the Heroes of Olympus: House of Hades. As I've read all of the prior books in the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series, I was interested in this latest book. Originally, I was planning to wait it out until it was available in the local library. However, when I was going about purchasing textbooks I found out that it was on 25% discount so I quickly grabbed it.

    It was an exciting book that I didn't tire of. I was a bit disappointed though, with the ending. I expected more of the story to be elaborated in this book and not simply left to build up in the final book (releasing in August 2014). The cliffhanger left me feeling more unsatisfied than stuck in the suspense of wanting to read more.

    On one hand I'd like to know what gets you to buy a book, start a series or disregard them,

    There's not much to say on this for me. The local library ensues the freedom without monetary limitations to start on a series based on pure interest. I usually pick up books based on whether I like the cover, then whether I like the synopsis. I'd disregard the series if I lost interest in it or am unhappy with some aspect of it. I'd buy a book if I knew that I would want to read it again and again or if I could not find it elsewhere.

    on the other I'd like to hear how often you buy books, and when you bought your last one

    I actually rarely buy books, unless there is a sale somewhere, and I bought the House of Hades two days ago.

  16. #669602013-12-06 15:22:23johan_5179 said:

    This is what I will be studying for the next semester, I have 45 days of vacations left, but it pays to start early. Not that I'm excited about all of them this semester :/

    Zola is going to be a drag, I dislike his writing style, Flaubert will be bearable, and Balzac mildly interesting. To think that last year in the same paper I had Dostoevsky, Turgenev and Tolstoy, all good writers...

    For the second paper I have Gulliver's Travels and poetry by Johnson, Gray and Goldsmith. Not too fond of poetry. Last sem I had Shakespeare and Webster in the drama paper which will not be continued in this one.

    Last paper has more poetry, Paradise Lost, The Rape of the Lock and a play called The Rover which I have no idea of. This paper seems to be the most interesting one this year.

    Since the course books are not that great, I think I'll read a lot more this year :3

  17. #669742013-12-06 20:24:59DarkChaplain said:

    Heh, that's the dead tree pile I've picked up since the last picture end of july:

    A few books are still to come this month, I guess. Would've ordered more if Hermes hadn't turned out to repeatedly fuck up the deliveries...