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  1. #623972013-08-10 09:11:26 *johan_5179 said:


    The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

    A Gift of Wings by Richard Bach

    Toll for the Brave by Jack Higgins

    I saw that I had been reading too much non-fiction, so I went ahead and picked up the first three novels I found. I have half a Saturday and my entire Sunday to end the remaining books left, seeing that I'm almost done with one.

    I'm almost through with The Silence of the Lambs, and I'm convinced that this is a book best enjoyed once you've seen the movie. The movie is very true to the book, and gives you a face for every character. At the same time, the book has much more of the brilliant dialogue and theorising. I now realise that if I were to ever kidnap a person, I will not be able to kill them by hanging :(

    When you show the odd flash of contextual intelligence, I forget your generation can't read, Clarice.

    Seems like he knows about CL

    Will edit to include the others when I do read them.

  2. #626132013-08-14 11:12:19johan_5179 said:

    A Gift of Wings. This book I love. I picked it up thinking it was a novel, but it turned out to be a short story collection, all of which are connected to flying. The author has ample experience, and reading these stories will tell anyone that he has what every writer needs the most - Passion. This man loves flying, and his stories are exactly to my taste, slow, elaborate pieces which deal with the wonder of everyday life, the everyday life of a pilot in this case.

    Toll for the Brave is your average potboiler. Good to while away the time I had in between classes.

  3. #625582013-08-13 06:41:31DarkChaplain said:

    Helsreach is done. Still going through Vulkan Lives and Bioshock: Rapture

    Meanwhile, I've been taking things slower, and thought it'd be nice to tackle Turn of the Golden Witch with the pretty much complete HD patch etc.

    Aside from that, I've done a short review of the first part of Scars, an upcoming Horus Heresy novel, which gets released around february (hardback collector's edition) / may (trade paperback), but gets serialized over the next three months. Part 2 is due tomorrow, and I'm very excited for it, as Chris Wraight did a lot of good with the first part.

    I also listened to Censure, a Horus Heresy audio drama tying into Know No Fear and Mark of Calth. Thankfully, it appears like we're finally moving on from Calth - that's been dragging out quite a bit, as important an event as it was. But hey, Censure worked well for me!

  4. #625592013-08-13 06:51:37 *Toku said:

    "English Poetry 1170-1892" Published 1907 and was used by Clifford Beem, one of the people who helped build up our Community College here. More than 100 Years old. I just like poetry and old books.

  5. #625712013-08-13 15:54:37RyukiStar4ever said:

    I am currently reading the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. It's an older series, but it is still awesome. The first book is 749 pages and the print is about a 10 font size. The characters are lovable, hate able, will make you laugh, make you cry, and the author sure knows how to use imagery. The details make the books beautiful! The plot is even wonderful. I recommend these books to anyone who can stomach fantasy war books, adventure, and a hint of romance with a dash of sorrow. And plot twists. Oh and also, be warned, the first book has a three page history lesson you need to get through to a) understand the book and b) get to the good stuff. :)

  6. #626022013-08-14 03:14:45lolikitsune said:
    I am currently reading the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. It's an older series, but it is still awesome.

    Oh man I remember reading that in middle school. Reading it is the only part I remember, but I'm sure I enjoyed it.

    I just finished reading Mistborn and The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the trilogy (The Hero of Ages) when I get home from the trip I'm on.
  7. #626142013-08-14 11:32:52johan_5179 said:

    @Gwynn told me to read this, and I am happy that I listened to her.

    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow


    Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is seventeen years old. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

    But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security.

    When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

    I found the author discussing ideas which I have had a lot of times. The limits of freedom, the morality of surveillance and the extent to which we can take it. Does tyranny have to be as apparent as it was for Marcus' San Francisco for us to wake up and take action? Or would we be boxed in even then by ourselves and others, shutting each other out as we face a discourse that is increasingly revoking our freedoms in the name of an elusive security.

    The problem I usually have with such books is that they completely romanticise the characters involved. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a bit of exaggeration as much as the other guy, but there is a point when its just too idealistic (I'm looking at you, James Patterson). Doctorow is a writer who gives the impression of being a man who knows his shit. He gives sufficient weight to every solution, and the one which finally works is not the stupid !![we hate adults] but a more tempered and pragmatic one.

    I could have lived without the romance angle, but because it balances the book I don't mind it. Also, since I am a total noob at computers, I have a lot to read up on in order to fully appreciate the book, which is never a bad thing.

    Do I put the book down for a great read? No. But Little Brother is special, in its own way, and I was pleasantly surprised.

    The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris


    I finished The Silence of the Lambs last Saturday, and then moved over to this. I like it up till this point, and I can see that I will like this. Good setting, and the story and characters are fairly interesting as well, even though Will Graham is nothing compared to Clarice Starling. Lecter is as engaging as he has ever been, and even tough I saw a big flaw early on, I will deem it forgivable because this book is good enough to afford it.

  8. #638202013-09-22 10:25:44Kirn said:


    Haven't red anything that good in a while. Bill, The Galactic Hero is a book by Harry Harrison - well-knows science fiction writer. The book was written in 1965 and it is a sort of a parody on the army and the government.
    Bill was a simple farm-boy on one of many planets of human empire, but he was drugged and forcefully credited into army. After that he was sent into combat, awarded medals, court-marshaled, pressed into government service... His whole journey is unbelievable and, really, extremely stupid, which adds even more charm. The book is damn good and a very entertaining read.

    “Safe as houses. Safest place during the war is in the army. The jerks in the front lines get their asses shot off, the civilians at home get their asses blown off. Guys in between safe as houses. It takes thirty, fifty maybe seventy guys in the middle to supply every guy in the line. Once you learn to be a fileclerk you’re safe. Who ever heard of them shooting at a fileclerk? I’m a great fileclerk. But that’s just in wartime. Peacetime, whenever they make a mistake and there is peace for a while, it’s better to be in the combat troops. Better food, longer leaves, nothing much to do. Travel a lot.”

  9. #638262013-09-22 12:57:20DarkChaplain said:

    Currently reading those four, depending on my mood.

    • Traitor Marines vs Orks, no real good guys, death and destruction, no care for the human losses? Siege of Castellax.
    • Futile attempts at containing undying horrors, at the expense of many loyal sons of Ultramar? Fall of Damnos.
    • Superb Genestealer massacre? Death of Integrity.
    • Something short and hopefully self-contained, picked from dozens of stories? Space Marines Omnibus.


    Too bad I don't have anything Warhammer Fantasy to go on this month. City of the Damned, the new Gotrek & Felix novel, isn't out yet.

    Oh, and I'm somehow reading/listening to the Pacific Rim novelization. Because why not, they've got Kaiju and Robots.

  10. #640932013-09-29 20:21:50 *cj3366 said:

    screw you @DarkChaplain, find a life and stop getting pissy with me you lifeless imp. cause the really question here is you have a life like in reality with ppl? and they put up with that tude and don't punch that bullcrap out you're mouth?

  11. #639762013-09-27 03:30:30 *Rune said:

    I just read Escape from Camp 14 which I found after watching this vlogbrothers video:

    Pretty much what he says should be enough to describe what happens in the book so I'm going to skip most of that detail.

    My impression of the book is that it's a very heavy material to digest. I think that if more people read this, it would be good in a way that it would open up people's eyes on what is really happening in North Korea's concentration camp. At the same time though, this book, despite all of it's very well-done scenes of Shin's life after escaping from the camp all the way leading up to his final settlement in the US, I find it hard to enjoy the book at that point due to the very, very dark scenes of life in Camp 14 that would make even Winston's life in Airstrip One seems jolly in comparison.

    Yes, this book, is way, way darker than Nineteen Eighty-Four in my opinion and it manages to be this way because it spends so little to almost none of any of the political issues about North Korea. All it is about, is how a kid who was born in a concentration camp escaped not because he wanted freedom, but because he wanted food. In fact, to drive the point home even further, Shin, unlike any other North Korean defectors, had never heard of Kim Il-Sung nor Kim Jong-Il because they never teach that kind of propaganda in the camps. He was a slave, nothing more.

    So, if you like to read about North Korea, I highly recommend this book because it gives you powerful insight to a life that is even a secret to North Koreans. On the other hand, if you're looking for an entertaining read about a dystopian totalitarian society, this is not the book that you are looking for. That book would be Nineteen Eighty-Four.

  12. #640992013-09-30 00:06:50Kyuuun said:

    In school I'm reading Midsummer Nights Dream by Will Shakespeare and this is my second time reading it for school and I'm not enjoying it at all because all the ridiculous over-analyzing we have to do bothers me more than anything. Personally, I've taken to re-reading A Clockwork Orange and I'm reading a book my mom picked up from the bookstore called It's Kind of a Funny Story about a suicidal boy, it's pretty funny. I've been in the biggest reading slump ever and I'm not inspired to read any of these books consistently.

  13. #641072013-09-30 01:41:17Eyelids said:

    @cj3366 Actually, he's normally really civil. He's just not a fan of people acting stupid...and you're not really helping your case here.

    A simple "Yes, I do read." probably would have worked...but you got all crazy about it, and made yourself look very, very dense and immature.

  14. #641732013-10-01 18:44:29cj3366 said:

    actually @Eyelids she's always got a tude with me. Probably cause of that joke thing i said to her a while back. but still get over it i was just kidding damn that's no cause for an eternal hate.

  15. #641762013-10-01 19:38:36 *Kirn said:

    Can we please get rid of this retardness? We are discussing books here. You want to discuss someone's gender on CL? Go and make a dedicated fucking thread about it!

  16. #652852013-11-02 20:35:37youBAKA said:

    Eh, just finished Veronica Roth's Allegiant (the last book of the Divergent-trilogy) ;n; and am now starting up on a read-for-school book: Vildanden (The Wild Duck), a play by Henrik Ibsen, yea....

  17. #662672013-11-16 23:14:48DarkChaplain said:

    Just finished with this beauty here:

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    And could probably chew everybody's ears off about how well it clicked with me, how all the implications panned out and how strong the finale turned out to be, and how many tiny details came back to haunt the reader.

    Instead, I'll just leave this:

    Amazon.co.uk - Amazon.com

    Buy this book if you enjoy really bleak horror with colorful characters and a deeper truth ready to swallow and crush them all

  18. #666202013-11-27 05:00:36Rinneko said:
    What are your fav. books, writers, and why?

    I haven't given this much thought. It's more common to go through book after book and generally just get lost in the world of books.

    My favourite book would Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I think it's a work of art; how he managed to spin nonsense ideas in to a coherent and amusing story. Really makes people wonder what kind of mind he has.

    I don't have a favourite author as of now. I think I did in the past, but I gave up tracking his/her books because of the long intervals between each book's release or something akin to that.

    Currently reading David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. I'm not sure how new/old the idea of underdogs succeeding is but it's an interesting thought. If you're planning on reading this book and worried about the 'religious' title, it doesn't actually mention much religious content aside from using David as an example. Ah, and also be prepared for a lot of examples.