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chandrakirti

Golden Oldies out there...what books are you reading right now?

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EarthMama
On 10/9/2017 at 1:10 PM, chandrakirti said:

Now I'm on 'Quiet' by Susan Cain, which is about the power of introversion, which is so overlooked in a noisy , empty society. The history of how society stopped being thoughtful and considerate in favour of the loud and charismatic is very interesting.

I'm gonna have to dig that one up.

 

Right now, I'm working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire (book 3 of 5) by George R.R. Martin - which is what the Game of Thrones series was based off.  I binge-watched seasons 1-5 throughout the summer, watched season 6 as it revealed in the fall, and decided to jump into the books after the season ended.

I'm a sucker for dragons.  Toss some scaly beasts into a novel, and I'm right there.  I'm also an addict of any literature with an Egyptian tie-in or hints of classical mythologies and/or magic.   

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chandrakirti

@EarthMama, people keep telling me that the Ice and Fire books are much better than the series. As I've seen neither, I'll probably read the books. as I never got into the series at all.

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teatree

I just got "The Stranger in the Woods" out of the library this morning. The book was mentioned a while back--a true story about a guy who lived for 27 years in a tent in the woods in Maine, stealing what he needed from summer cottages. Finally got caught....

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smack12776
On 12/9/2017 at 8:57 AM, teatree said:

I just got "The Stranger in the Woods" out of the library this morning. The book was mentioned a while back--a true story about a guy who lived for 27 years in a tent in the woods in Maine, stealing what he needed from summer cottages. Finally got caught....

Hmm. "The Stranger in the Woods" sounds interesting! I just reserved a book, "Ada Blackjack: a true story of survival in the Atlantic" by Jennifer Nivens. It's about a young Inupiat seamstress who wound up on an expedition with four men in Siberia and was the sole survivor. 

 

I am currently reading "Adventures of a Female Medical Detective" by Mary Guinan. It's several short stories about Dr. Guinan's career stint with the CDC. 

 

 

 

 

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EarthMama
On 12/9/2017 at 6:13 AM, chandrakirti said:

@EarthMama, people keep telling me that the Ice and Fire books are much better than the series. As I've seen neither, I'll probably read the books. as I never got into the series at all.

The books are good, a lot more depth to them vs. the show (which is usual with screen adaptations of written works) - the only thing I question on the author's narrative is the lengths he goes to describe what people are wearing...again, and again, and again.

 

the fun part about this is...I watched the show first, then jumped into the books after the last season aired...so I'm 'reading' the books with the characters 'show' faces and voices.

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Kazbe
4 hours ago, EarthMama said:

so I'm 'reading' the books with the characters 'show' faces and voices.

I have the Game of Thrones books but I'm waiting until after the series ends to read them - partly to get the actors out of my head! Also waiting for the last book - if George R R Martin ever finishes it. I grew up reading fantasy writers like Michael Moorcock, Anne MacCaffrey and Poul Anderson. All the books I read in the 80s and early 90s seemed to be rehashes of these and I became bored with fantasy. However, seeing the GoT series on TV piqued my interest in Martin's work. Interesting characters, lots of strong women. complex political story.

 

I'm currently reading "Imajica" by Clive Barker. It's been sitting on my bookshelves for years but it is huge and not easily transportable. Now that I am having a break over Christmas, it seems like the perfect time to read it. When I'm working, I tend to read on trains using my Kindle but I refuse to buy a Kindle version of "Imagica" when I already have the hard copy.

 

At the moment when travelling, I'm reading "Woolgathering" by Patti Smith and "Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories" a collection of horror stories, many by well known writers like Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker. The latter is a Kindle book and the former is a size you can easily carry in a handbag.

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teatree
5 hours ago, EarthMama said:

the fun part about this is...I watched the show first, then jumped into the books after the last season aired...so I'm 'reading' the books with the characters 'show' faces and voices.

This is the part I don't like! I don't want someone's else's idea of the characters in my head when I read the book. So I try to always do it the other way 'round. (Or don't watch the movie at all, as in "Gone Girl"--Ben Affleck is NOT who I pictured as the husband!)

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ABryonJ.maybe

Anyone else so full of self loathing that they torture themselves by reading philosophy?

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chandrakirti

@ABryonJ.maybe, I read philosophy all the time. Marcus Aurelius is a favourite Stoic writer of mine!:lol:

@EarthMama & @teatree, the only films I've ever seen that were just like I imagined in the books, were the first two Harry Potters, even though they cut half of the story lines...

 

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Always looking for answers

I began reading both Sleeping Beaties (by Stephen and Owen King) and Dead Simple (by Peter James) several weeks ago, but haven't gotten to reading for 3-4 weeks due to finals. I guess I'll be picking one of them back up next weekend so I can finish my Goodreads reading challenge for this year :) 

 

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Blitzentan
On 12/12/2017 at 12:20 AM, ABryonJ.maybe said:

Anyone else so full of self loathing that they torture themselves by reading philosophy?

Plato is one of the topics in my module. :) 

 

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Kazbe
On 17/12/2017 at 5:15 AM, chandrakirti said:

Marcus Aurelius is a favourite Stoic writer of mine!

I'm rather fond of Marcus Aurelius. I went through a stage of reading philosophy in my 20s, but rarely read non-fiction books nowadays unless I need to do so for a research project.

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Midland Tyke

My last was "Borrowed Time" by Robert Goddard. His specialty is stories either set in the past or investigating events of the past (or sometimes both). His early works are much better than his latest offerings (IMHO) and I'm filling in the gaps rather than reading the new ones.

 

Some of the action in Borrowed time is set on Hergest Ridge, a ridge that forms part of the Offa's Dyke path which runs the length of the England/Wales border. I happened to be planning to do a walk on the ridge, so I took the book with me and read a few pages 'in situ'.

 

 

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