The General Book Thread

Y-San

Shinki
Were all literate people so why isn't there one yet? (unless there is, and I've missed it)

Discuss and talk about any books you want here including light novels, but no manga.

Anyway, today I read "Room" by Emma Donoghue, its probably one of the best books I've read to day, yes, even better than "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

The Room is a harrowing tale through the eyes of a 5 year old "Jack" as he grows up in a 12 by 12 foot room with his mother.
Jack is led to believe by his mother "Ma" that they way they live is how all humans live, but things are not as they seem and with in a second there whole world changes.

What surprised me about the book was I started expecting the extraordinary to happen but really it was rather ordinary, in fact almost plausible as something that would happen everyday, almost.

Saying anymore would spoil the book but there is a reason it is short listed for the 2010 man booker prize.
 

Sparrowsabre7

Za Warudo
Hmm interesting. I just finished "Crime and Punishment" I enjoyed the psychological cat and mouse parts and the philosophising on his fate, but towards the end I found it becoming a bit confusing and uninteresting.

Just bought Dante's Inferno to read so I'll be getting on with that soon =)
 

Genkina Hito

映画男!!!
AUKN Staff
About to read Magnificent Bastards by Rich Hall.

The last book I read was... Broken Angels by Richard Morgan (he's writing Crysis 2) which was exciting sci-fi at its best.
 

memorium

Za Warudo
i read A Hero of Our TIme by Mikhail Lermontov, and i have to say, it is an amazing read, i would definately recommend it, Pechorin has such an interesting character, just go read it :)
 

chaos

The Boss
I'm reading Garth Nix's Keys to the kingdom series - reading Superior Saturday now. A good fantasy series, albeit no master piece.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
Sparrowsabre7 said:
Hmm interesting. I just finished "Crime and Punishment" I enjoyed the psychological cat and mouse parts and the philosophising on his fate, but towards the end I found it becoming a bit confusing and uninteresting.
After he'd finished writing about the crime bit and moved on to the punishment, I felt it dragged a bit there for me.
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
I read The Keys to the Kingdom over the years as each one was released, chaos, really like Garth Nix. Let me know what you think of it once you're all done.
 

chaos

The Boss
@maes - so far, so good. I've started Lord Sunday yesterday and I found quite chocking the fact he let the city be nuked...
 
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BlackWolf

Godhand
After i finish reading the last of the UFO books i got i'm going back to one of my favourite authors since i managed to find some old print editions of his books. HP Lovecraft, think i'll start with Dagon and go from there.
 

Genkina Hito

映画男!!!
AUKN Staff
BlackWolf said:
After i finish reading the last of the UFO books i got i'm going back to one of my favourite authors since i managed to find some old print editions of his books. HP Lovecraft, think i'll start with Dagon and go from there.
Oh Lord... Lovecraft and weird fiction... So trashy and overwrought yet entertaining.

Magnificent Bastards started strongly yet became hit and miss. The best stories drew elements from his past. He's great at building up scenes and characters but some of the stories became increasingly trivial and unfunny.

Starting Me Cheeta
 

MaxonTreik

Chuunibyou
Last novel I read was The Portable Door by Tom Holt. It made for some decent reading during my summer job. The humour was pretty, uh, how do I describe it? I guess it had a facetious tone combined with sarcasm. Basically, it was pretty typical British humour. It was a bit of an odd novel because not a lot happens until about two thirds of the way through, then suddenly "MAGIC. MAGIC EVERYWHERE". It still makes for some fun light reading though. I'd give it a go if you like the type of humour I described.

I was given the His Dark Materials trilogy for Christmas a couple years ago but haven't got round to reading it yet. I may give it a read soon, or read the Che Guevara biography I've had for even longer.
 

Shirayuri

Shinigami
Stuart-says-yes said:
Were all literate people so why isn't there one yet? (unless there is, and I've missed it)
We're, dude.

Stuart-says-yes said:
Anyway, today I read "Room" by Emma Donoghue, its probably one of the best books I've read to day, yes, even better than "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
Dude, you read "Room" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" both in one day? ****.


OT: I'm about to start reading Of Mice and Men tommorow. I hear it's a classic, so i'd like to check it out.
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
I'm not a massive fan of most of John Steinbeck's stuff, but Of Mice and Men is one of the great books of all time, yes.

Any other classics that people particularly like? My two favorite books are Wuthering Heights and The Count of Monte Cristo.
 

Y-San

Shinki
Godot said:
Stuart-says-yes said:
Were all literate people so why isn't there one yet? (unless there is, and I've missed it)
We're, dude.

Stuart-says-yes said:
Anyway, today I read "Room" by Emma Donoghue, its probably one of the best books I've read to day, yes, even better than "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
Dude, you read "Room" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" both in one day? ****.


OT: I'm about to start reading Of Mice and Men tommorow. I hear it's a classic, so i'd like to check it out.
erm, yeah I did indeed, the hungry caterpillar isn't exactly a big read after all, still a good book though
 

ayase

State Alchemist
memorium said:
Of Mice and Men is good, i recall reading it in GCSE english...
Same here, but that experience of having to study it what seemed like forever (and having an English teacher who insisted there were "right" and "wrong" ways to interpret things) ruined it for me for a good while. Only when I came back to it later did I realise what a great book it was. I was compelled to seek out some of Steinbeck's other stuff as well, and have liked what I've read.
 

Shirayuri

Shinigami
Maxon said:
Godot said:
OT: I'm about to start reading Of Mice and Men tommorow. I hear it's a classic, so i'd like to check it out.
It's good ****, man. Just be prepared to be depressed when reading it.
How come? Is it cause of the brother getting shot in the back of the head? I got spoilered on that bit.
 
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Jaymii

Baka Ranger
ayase said:
memorium said:
Of Mice and Men is good, i recall reading it in GCSE english...
Same here, but that experience of having to study it what seemed like forever (and having an English teacher who insisted there were "right" and "wrong" ways to interpret things) ruined it for me for a good while. Only when I came back to it later did I realise what a great book it was.
Same here, kinda. When we had to read books, I always tried to read without the rest of the class - meaning I enjoyed it as much as one can enjoy a book being forced upon you.

Also, I know its not a good read, but I'm going to get the Southern Vampire Mysteries stuff soon.
 
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