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Old 08-15-2007, 12:18 AM
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Thread title's self explanatory, I assume (and hope :P).

I'm currently winding my way through the Bourne Identity. I'm about halfway done, and it's striking how much of the book got cut out or changed in order to fit into the movie plot and the change in time (from late 70's, early 80's to 00's). It makes you realize just how good a job the people in charge of the screenplay were. I'm still on the fence on whether I actually like the book or not. Have to finish it and see.

Next up: Parasite Eve (once I track down a copy, anyway)
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:26 AM
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I'm rereading the second book in Clive Barker's Abarat series. I hope he hurries up with the third one. This is taking forever.
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:27 AM
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I was almost considering bumping the old topic. This is fine though.

I have the Gunslinger and 1984 checked out, and also decided to get The Hero with a Thousand Faces after the mention in the HG101 Vagrant Story feature. Read through a part of the Gunslinger and like it, but I just really haven't felt like going through more of it. I already renewed it twice, I may have to just return it in the end unfinished.
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:42 AM
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just finished Heat by bill buford (a former editor of the new yorker goes and works for mario batali, and all sorts of other awesome food porn), and am working through diamond age by stephenson.

also, obligatory DL book of the month--The Rebellion (stonetellers 1) by Jean Rabe.
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:04 AM
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Maximum City, by Suketu Mehta. A big, sprawling, hyperkinetic look at the similarly-characterized city of Bombay*. It's completely fascinating.

* He's a native, from before it got renamed/re-Anglicized to Mumbai.
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:05 AM
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dude, i LOVE Maximum City! Its such a damned awesome book in so many ways. makes me yearn for my home back in india.
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:41 AM
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I sadly don't have much time to read anymore. But when I get back to it, I'm still in the midst of George R.R. Martin's A Clash Of Kings.
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:11 AM
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I just finished the first volume of the Man-Kzin Wars. It was quite good, (especially the story by Poul Anderson) which makes me all the more annoyed that the second volume doesn't seem to be available (unused) anywhere.

Reading now: The Last Unicorn. Too early to give any verdict.
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Old 08-15-2007, 04:25 AM
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Just finished William Gibson's Spook Country over the weekend. I might pick up the Warren Ellis novel just to see what all the fuss is about.
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Old 08-15-2007, 04:41 AM
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Oh snap, I really need to get back to "Dragons of the Dwarven Depths." I was enjoying it until Harry Potter usurped it.
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Old 08-15-2007, 04:55 AM
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I am waiting for The Lost Chronicles Trilogy to be completed before I start reading the first one myself.

As far as what I am reading, currently it is "The Best of HP Lovecraft", Gibson's "Virtual Light" and later this week I will be starting "The Hunter's Blades Trilogy"
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Old 08-15-2007, 05:09 AM
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I am waiting for The Lost Chronicles Trilogy to be completed before I start reading the first one myself.
That's not a bad idea. Just be careful where you buy the books. I got mine at a major Canadian chain.

CASHIER: "Oh, the second book is out, too."

ME: "Yeah, I might wait 'til it hits paperback."

CASHIER: "(Spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler.)"

ME: "Thanks, bye!"
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:12 AM
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I'm thinking about starting either "Soon I will be Invincible" or "Stardust". I want to track down Mike Carey's "The Devil You Know" though. In audio, I started listening to "The Terror", but I don't know if I'm going to stick with that one.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:32 AM
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Currently reading "My Tank is Fight!" It's a pretty good read, even if you don't know anything about WW2.

After this is up in the air. I need to finish Gene Wolfe's "The Wizard," but I also want to reread American Gods or Fragile Things. I'm also tracking down a copy of John M. Ford's "Dragon Awaiting." It shall be mine some day!
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:45 AM
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My reading list is frighteningly close to sraymond's, as I just finished "Soon I Will Be Invincible" and I'm in the middle of "Stardust".
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:51 AM
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Reading Phillip Roth's "The Plot Against America". Nearing the end and it has been pretty wonderful.
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:19 AM
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That's not a bad idea. Just be careful where you buy the books. I got mine at a major Canadian chain.

CASHIER: "Oh, the second book is out, too."

ME: "Yeah, I might wait 'til it hits paperback."

CASHIER: "(Spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler.)"

ME: "Thanks, bye!"
Luckily, I order most of my books online so I don't have to deal with that as I would have been pissed.
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:31 AM
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I just started reading "Scattered Suns" by Kevin J. Anderson (waiting for the flames), and I'm about to start reading Harry Potter. The first one.
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:36 AM
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If the footnotes in Gungrave Design Works don't count, then Stupid White Men. It's rather quaint!
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:45 AM
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I just finished the two most recent books in the current Star Wars EU storyline.

Not enough Boba Fett.
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:54 AM
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I was re-reading one of my college textbooks about Ancient Chinese Philosophy, but then the Penny Arcade collections I ordered off Amazon arrived...
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:12 AM
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I'm very casually reading The Zombie Survival Guide.

Next, perhaps The Godfather or Ulysses.
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:17 AM
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I'm about halfway through Russell Hoban's "Ridley Walker". It's good, but I know I'm missing a lot of refrences. For instance, a lot of the people's names seem to be the names of companies or products, but I don't recognize any of them. I really want to finish it, that way I can look up all the shit I missed.

I also picked up "Mainspring" by Jay Lake at the library. I don't know anything about it, but it had an airship on the cover and the word automaton on the jacket, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Clockwork robots are cool.
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:18 AM
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Just finished Deathly Hallows so now I can get back to Perdido Street Station and Shriek: An Afterword.

Then I think I might read The Book of the New Sun again.

Also, my bathroom time is currently used to peruse The Cartoon History of the Universe (Volume II).
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:43 AM
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Expect a gushing review within the next week.
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:32 AM
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I just finished the two most recent books in the current Star Wars EU storyline.

Not enough Boba Fett.
I agree. It seems like he's only in the Karen Traviss written books. Also that part at the end just smaked of stupid bullshit to me.

*spoilers*

If when Mara died she didn't become a Force Ghost to leave behind a message, why not become one, come back to Luke and say "Jacen killed me". It's not like her murderer is a complete stranger to both of them. Plus that seems more in character for Mara, to not be all cryptic and just get to the point of the matter.

*end Spoilers*
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:10 AM
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I finished up The Amber Spyglass last week (blurgh) and am currently betwixt book endeavors so as to better appreciate MGS3 and BioShock et al. However, next on my list is A Confederacy of Dunces, which I've been wanting to tackle for years. I actually picked it up on the way to TGS last year... maybe I should save it for this year's trip.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:25 AM
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It took me forever to get through a monstrosity of a Wilkie Collins book (NOT WORTH IT), so now I'm reading a trashy Stephen King book by the name of The Regulators.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:58 AM
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Just finished a few of Pratchett's discworld novels, Going Postal and Moving Pictures. The former was great, and the latter was good, but not as amazing as some of his stuff. Now I'm starting on Dune, because I need to start reading some more (actually, any) sci-fi, and it seems like it'll get me in a decent political bent of mind that I need for the story I'm trying to write now.

I also keep going through A Feast For Crows because Martin won't quit writing fan-fiction long enough to finish A Dance With Dragons.
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Old 08-15-2007, 01:26 PM
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I think I'm gonna hit Watership Down by Richard Adams next, mostly thanks to Donnie Darko.

Once school hits, I'll have no time for reading what I want, as I'll be stuck reading assigned books like Alice in Wonderland. Why an Advanced Placement senior english class is reading a children's book, I'll never understand.
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