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Old 02-12-2009, 05:59 PM
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Anyone got anything good? I'm getting the first Malazan book tomorrow night, but I've been in a slump for a while. Trying to read Stephen King's "The Talisman" but it's slow going.

What are you guys reading?
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The Talisman is a good book - it definitely starts out slow, but it gets excellent as it goes on.

I'm not reading anything right now (instead of reading, I'm trying my hand at writing yaoi fanfic, for the sheer pointless fun of it).
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What other reason would there be? lol...it will be fun, and it's surely pointless since I will never make any money off of it, nor will I be able to use it as an example of writing talent or anything.

I suppose I lied - I am in the middle of Guns, Germs, and Steel, but I've gotten bored with it so I'm not really reading it right now.
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I'm reading a friend's book that he wrote- part 1 of a trilogy.

That doesn't help, I know....

I recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora.
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reading Return of the Crimson Guard. one of the non-main story Malazan books. so far I love it. seems like Esslemont is a bit more fond of actually explaining stuff to me
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Haven't read RotCG yet, but I read Night of Knives, and ICE came across as a bit simplistic to me in that book, with weak character development and no real sense of drama like SE has.
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Weavers of War by David B. Coe

So far the series has been fairly good...the above is the 5th and final book from what I understand.
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I'm reading So Long and Thanks For All the Fish from the Hitchhikers series and also working on Guns, Germs and Steel. So far I would recommend both of them.
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Guns, Germs & Steel is pretty good (although Diamond is a bit slow sometimes). If you haven't already read it, "Collapse: Why Societies Fail" is also another interesting read by him.
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Haven't read RotCG yet, but I read Night of Knives, and ICE came across as a bit simplistic to me in that book, with weak character development and no real sense of drama like SE has.
well yeah. I agree with that. but I like actually learning a bit more about the malazan world. that's why I like the extra books
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LOL I'm in the tail end of my millionth reread of WoT...in CoT right now....
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Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter
The Economic Institutions of Capitalism by Oliver E. Williamson
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Currently reading Acacia by David Anthony Durham. It's better than I was expecting, actually.

Also I'm supposed to be doing an early reading of a book by a friend's parents sometime in the next couple weeks - it's their first book and apparently my friend suggested me as a good person to give feedback. So that was kind of nice.
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the Meacham Andrew Jackson bio

Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire (fascinating, but dense)

Another reread of Rubicon by Tom Holland

and of course, about 600-700 pages of reading about Ur III and Gutian inscriptions, which is a real pain in the ass, because I have to translate half the primary source crap while I go.

I highly suggest ANYTHING by Piotr Michalowski. He's a genius.
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The Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison... I am only 30 pages or so into it, but so far I am impressed.
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Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac. I've got to for class, but its an interesting novel. Besides, who would refuse to read a book by a guy who just decided he was part of the aristocracy one day and never had anyone call him on it? If nothing else, it's got to be interesting.
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I'm re-reading "Devil in the White City", a non-fiction novel about a serial killer in Chicago in the 1880s and 1890s during the World Fair. It's so good.
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