• Books v2
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[QUOTE=Noble;35157299]I just finished BNW, it's a great book, but 1984 is easily the better of the two in my opinion.[/QUOTE] I like Brave New World better. 1984 is a bleak world. It sucks. It could happen, but that type of world wouldn't last long. BNW is a place that you hate to love. 1984, you love to hate. I also think BNW is more relevant today than 1984. Anyway, just finished the first Foundation book, surprisingly good. I mean, I'd heard it was good, but I expected the style to be, I'm not sure, old? But I really liked it. Next, finally get to read the first Game of Thrones.
[QUOTE=shatteredwindow;35159067]I like Brave New World better. 1984 is a bleak world. It sucks. It could happen, but that type of world wouldn't last long. BNW is a place that you hate to love. 1984, you love to hate. I also think BNW is more relevant today than 1984. Anyway, just finished the first Foundation book, surprisingly good. I mean, I'd heard it was good, but I expected the style to be, I'm not sure, old? But I really liked it. Next, finally get to read the first Game of Thrones.[/QUOTE] Honestly, 1984 is the more likely of the two to actually happen. Any 'utopian' society is bleak, regardless of it's merits. [editline]16th March 2012[/editline] I'm reading 'A Clash of Kings' ATM, it's amazing.
I'm reading Lone Survivor. [img]http://www.beyondhollywood.com/stillsx/2007/08/lone-survivor-book.jpg[/img] A basic summary is on the cover of the book above^^^. It's also about what it takes to become a Navy SEAL, as it details every part of training Marcus Luttrell had to go through to become one. I seriously recommend this book to anyone who's interested in joining the special forces of the U.S military. It's really opened my eyes to what it takes to do what they do, which is truly some pretty intense stuff.
[QUOTE=Speedstream;35160007]I'm reading Lone Survivor. [img]http://www.beyondhollywood.com/stillsx/2007/08/lone-survivor-book.jpg[/img] A basic summary is on the cover of the book above^^^. It's also about what it takes to become a Navy SEAL, as it details every part of training Marcus Luttrell had to go through to become one. I seriously recommend this book to anyone who's interested in joining the special forces of the U.S military. It's really opened my eyes to what it takes to do what they do, which is truly some pretty intense stuff.[/QUOTE] That book was great. I could feel my balls shriveling when I was reading about the training parts.
[QUOTE=ForgottenKane;35159117]Honestly, 1984 is the more likely of the two to actually happen. Any 'utopian' society is bleak, regardless of it's merits. [/QUOTE] It is bleak. It's a shallow world full of instant gratification. And that's why people would love it. Not over night of course, but it could steadily get there. It's already heading that direction. Now I'm not saying that it would for sure happen, but I think it's more likely. 1984 has an underground group. BNW doesn't, because no one wants it to change (well, besides John and a handful of others, who are given what they want anyway).
[QUOTE=Patriarch;35154498]Finished Cat's Cradle recently. Christ, that ending sure was[sp]bleak. I don't mean to say that it's caused me to re-evaluate my life, or that it was exceptionally dark, but I did not expect that at all.[/sp](Not massive spoilers, but I just don't really feel like giving anything away.)[/QUOTE] I like how, despite the [sp]bleakness, life goes on. It's not the end. Also, in the first page Jonah says that he started his book "two wives ago", which implies that they do meet up with some more survivors[/sp]
[QUOTE=shatteredwindow;35159067]I like Brave New World better. 1984 is a bleak world. It sucks. It could happen, but that type of world wouldn't last long. BNW is a place that you hate to love. 1984, you love to hate. I also think BNW is more relevant today than 1984. [/QUOTE] True, when I read BNW I was sort of thinking "hmm..maybe this wouldn't be so bad after all.." Anyway, currently reading this right now [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/MvnAY.jpg[/IMG]
[QUOTE=Negrul1;35163582]I like how, despite the [sp]bleakness, life goes on. It's not the end. Also, in the first page Jonah says that he started his book "two wives ago", which implies that they do meet up with some more survivors[/sp][/QUOTE] It seemed to me though that they were [sp]fucked. They showed no interest is having sex with the only other woman. Furthermore, he made reference to two wive's thing when he was writing his book on the atomic bomb. His first wife is unkown, and his second was Mona.[/sp]
[QUOTE=Patriarch;35164377]It seemed to me though that they were [sp]fucked. They showed no interest is having sex with the only other woman. Furthermore, he made reference to two wive's thing when he was writing his book on the atomic bomb. His first wife is unkown, and his second was Mona.[/sp][/QUOTE] should probably fix that tag.
[QUOTE=ForgottenKane;35159117]Honestly, 1984 is the more likely of the two to actually happen.[/QUOTE] Wat no it isn't [editline]16th March 2012[/editline] As long as you're living in the developed world, that is
[QUOTE=Patriarch;35164377]It seemed to me though that they were [sp]fucked. They showed no interest is having sex with the only other woman. Furthermore, he made reference to two wive's thing when he was writing his book on the atomic bomb. His first wife is unkown, and his second was Mona.[/sp][/QUOTE] Actually I just reread a bit of the book to see if you were right and he does mention [sp]his second wife leaving him shortly before his trip to Ilium - so he'd had one unmentioned (I think) wife before her, then her (the first wife of the "two wives ago"), then Mona.[/sp] So yeah you're probably right.
[QUOTE=shatteredwindow;35163550]It is bleak. It's a shallow world full of instant gratification. And that's why people would love it. Not over night of course, but it could steadily get there. It's already heading that direction. Now I'm not saying that it would for sure happen, but I think it's more likely. [B]1984 has an underground group.[/B] BNW doesn't, because no one wants it to change (well, besides John and a handful of others, who are given what they want anyway).[/QUOTE] no, there actually isn't
[QUOTE=shatteredwindow;35159067]Anyway, just finished the first Foundation book, surprisingly good. I mean, I'd heard it was good, but I expected the style to be, I'm not sure, old? But I really liked it. Next, finally get to read the first Game of Thrones.[/QUOTE] The first Foundation was excellent, but I found as the series progressed that nearly every character you find is a puppetmaster and it got sort of dumb. Definitely jumped the shark at Edge.
[QUOTE=Krinkels;35167436]The first Foundation was excellent, but I found as the series progressed that nearly every character you find is a puppetmaster and it got sort of dumb. Definitely jumped the shark at Edge.[/QUOTE] I've only read the first 2.5 books (foundation, foundation and empire and half of 2nd foundation) an so far it seems like all the characters are uber-manipulative puppet masters because in this sort of centuries-spanning history it's only the puppet masters that are actually worth mentioning. But I could see it getting too much later. Also I liked foundation and empire more than the first one; the first one was great but it was very disjointed, almost as if as soon as you got to know a character it skipped 200 years in the future and they were forgotten about. Foundation and Empire felt more coherent as a whole novel with one strong story arc with a beginning, middle, and end. Also the psychologist guy (I forget his name, I think it started with 'E'?) was cool.
[QUOTE=Noble;35163730]True, when I read BNW I was sort of thinking "hmm..maybe this wouldn't be so bad after all.." Anyway, currently reading this right now [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/MvnAY.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] I love his books, he's inspired me to write a 6000 word dissertation about objective morality.
Someone recommend me a good sci-fi book. I was convinced that they're all star trek or star wars-ish and disregarded the genre up till a friend persuaded me to give them a try. I've only got 1984 in my basket so far
I'm starting to reread The Great Gatsby for the 5th time, if you haven't read it yet, I'd recommend that you go do it right away. [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b0/Gatsby_1925_jacket.gif[/IMG] It's probably my all time favorite.
I hated that book. Loving American Psycho though. I don't know why, but it's very enjoyable to read.
Reading through aDwD, [sp]wtf did they do to Theon![/sp]
[QUOTE=GoDL1Kelol;35179027]Someone recommend me a good sci-fi book. I was convinced that they're all star trek or star wars-ish and disregarded the genre up till a friend persuaded me to give them a try. I've only got 1984 in my basket so far[/QUOTE] [t]http://filesmelt.com/dl/shit_yeah_sff.jpg[/t]
[QUOTE=DainBramageStudios;35180233][t]http://filesmelt.com/dl/shit_yeah_sff.jpg[/t][/QUOTE] That's quite the chart. I did it twice and both times I came to a serie I've read and adored.
I've been reading Ramsey Campbell's anthology- a Lovecraft short story mythos writer, but the book isn't all Lovecraftian Horror- and I'm liking it so far. I have to say, the last one I read was kind of odd. It dealt with Aztec-graffiti worship that is actually an Aztec god who fiddles little girls. Was weird as fuck, but interesting as hell. He apparently put them in order of worst to best in his opinion, and I'm still in the beginning. Check it out if you like horror/Lovecraft, it's called "Alone with the Horrors." [editline]17th March 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=OogalaBoogal;35179234]I'm starting to reread The Great Gatsby for the 5th time, if you haven't read it yet, I'd recommend that you go do it right away. [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b0/Gatsby_1925_jacket.gif[/IMG] It's probably my all time favorite.[/QUOTE] I actually didn't like the great Gatsby. Like, the message was good, but the writing, in my opinion, was utter crap, and the characters were unlikable across the board. Then again I was made to read it for school, so my opinion is skewed I suppose. Books aren't usually enjoyable if you're being forced to read them.
Just read Jurassic Park. To bad the movie wasn't like the book, would have been a lot better, but i guess it would have been rated R then.
Am I a hipster because I refuse to read The Hunger Games because everyone at school is?
[QUOTE=Euphorium;35181515]Am I a hipster because I refuse to read The Hunger Games because everyone at school is?[/QUOTE] You're atleast silly.
Seriously though, what is the deal with The Hunger Games? some people hail it is as brilliant, while at least 60% think it badly written shit.
It must be brilliant, it's the only book my sister has ever read (Or at least started to read, willingly).
[QUOTE=myalt22;35181577]Seriously though, what is the deal with The Hunger Games? some people hail it is as brilliant, while at least 60% think it badly written shit.[/QUOTE] I don't know yet. I'll be reading it somewhere next week to find out how good it is. Mates of mine are diverted; 2 find it quite good while another thinks it's utter crap.
[QUOTE=myalt22;35181577]Seriously though, what is the deal with The Hunger Games? some people hail it is as brilliant, while at least 60% think it badly written shit.[/QUOTE] From what I've seen, most people get attached to the plot or the setting. No one that I've talked with has had any specific comments about how good/bad the writing is. imo, the writing is decent at best, but the series isn't really anything special.
I read the first Hunger Games book, I don't really remember anything particularly good or bad about it. Make of that what you will.
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