• Books v2
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I've read the first ~60 pages of the first hunger games to see what all the fuss was about, and it seemed very derivative and just plain badly written the film actually looks pretty good though, and by film standards it would probably be reasonably intelligent and original My main problem with the whole thing is the fans who think it's this amazingly original and deep and intelligent work of literature when actually everything in it has been done better before. It just presents the same ideas in a more accessible format I guess.
[QUOTE=Negrul1;35183538]I've read the first ~60 pages of the first hunger games to see what all the fuss was about, and it seemed very derivative and just plain badly written the film actually looks pretty good though, and by film standards it would probably be reasonably intelligent and original My main problem with the whole thing is the fans who think it's this amazingly original and deep and intelligent work of literature when actually everything in it has been done better before. It just presents the same ideas in a more accessible format I guess.[/QUOTE]I'm looking forward to the movie because I think it'll fix my biggest problems with the book.
Ironically I just read all three books in about a day (very short reads). I really liked the basic story, even if it's cliche or been done before. I love reading about dystopian society and uprisings, so the first book really drew me in. I found the last book to be "meh" compared to the first two, whereas the first was my clear favorite. Also, the film looks like it'll be a good depiction of the story's events.
I'm glad I finally found the books thread. I would have expected to see a whole thread section for books, just as the movies have one. This is what I'm reading now: [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c9/Erstausgabe_von_Mein_Kampf.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/uploads/Thus-Spoke-Zarathustra-by-F.-Nietzsche-ebook-cover.jpg[/IMG] These are my favorites yet: [IMG]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9f6ZSKm2arg/TKZBcU1NXPI/AAAAAAAAAJI/RxLrKB8o2jA/s1600/Candide.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c2/The_Brothers_Karamazov.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.ippbooks.com/store/images/T/t_22530_02.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.americanliterature.com/images/bookcovers/lastmohicanpen.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/'The_Vanished_Diamond'_by_L%C3%A9on_Benett_01.jpg/300px-'The_Vanished_Diamond'_by_L%C3%A9on_Benett_01.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://cdn100.iofferphoto.com/img/item/411/956/76/o_jules_verne_book.JPG[/IMG] +methamorphosis and the judgement-kafka,king rat-clavell,the house of the dead-dostoievski,captain blood-sabatini
[QUOTE=godfatherk;35193521]I'm glad I finally found the books thread. I would have expected to see a whole thread section for books, just as the movies have one. This is what I'm reading now: [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c9/Erstausgabe_von_Mein_Kampf.jpg[/IMG] [/QUOTE] Somehow, I doubt that.
Isn't Mein Kampf terrible?
Bought The Necronomicon. Never read any of H.P. Lovecraft's stuff before, hoping it was worth the exorbitant amount.
[QUOTE=DainBramageStudios;35180233][t]http://filesmelt.com/dl/shit_yeah_sff.jpg[/t][/QUOTE] by the way, if anyone feels like making a non-terrible OP filled with lots of these awesome charts, go for it.
[QUOTE=Dominicus;35193548]Somehow, I doubt that.[/QUOTE] What are you doubting? Mac, I've read 200/2000 pages and I don't have the same impression on Hitler as I had before starting to read it.It's thrilling to find out how he became from a poor proletarian to the ruler of an empire.
[QUOTE=DainBramageStudios;35180233][t]http://filesmelt.com/dl/shit_yeah_sff.jpg[/t][/QUOTE] My basket just got 200pounds heavier, thanks a lot!
[QUOTE=myalt22;35200845]Bought The Necronomicon. Never read any of H.P. Lovecraft's stuff before, hoping it was worth the exorbitant amount.[/QUOTE] $30 is exorbitant? :v:
[QUOTE=JohnnyMo1;35206446]$30 is exorbitant? :v:[/QUOTE] It is when you are some broke jobless teenager. Also, for some reason I have trouble paying more than £7 for books. It's probably because I finish them within 3 days and can't justify buying books constantly.
Just finished reading Crank. Such a good book. [IMG]http://ellenhopkins.com/YoungAdult/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/crankCvr.jpg[/IMG] Plan on reading Glass soon. Anyone here read Glass, if so how was it?
reading some noir books atm, just finished "Daemon" (really good read)
[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 just finished it yesterday, it wasn't the best thing ever but I still enjoyed it mostly due to the setting I suppose.
Reading Bram Stoker's Dracula. Amazing book. Just really hard to get over the different grammar system they had back then.
That NPR chart isn't really that great IMO, I don't know about the fantasy side, but there's a lot of great Sci-Fi on that chart that they're missing out on. Maybe I'll make one for hard sci-fi.
Still busy with the fourth part of A Song of Ice and Fire. Compared to the third book I find it not quite as awesome. But I'm only halfway through, so who knows.
[QUOTE=Zombii;35210950]That NPR chart isn't really that great IMO, I don't know about the fantasy side, but there's a lot of great Sci-Fi on that chart that they're missing out on. Maybe I'll make one for hard sci-fi.[/QUOTE] I don't like the fact that the only Philip Dick book on there is 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep', which imo is one of the less interesting ones. Needs 'A Scanner Darkly' at least.
I generally love anything that Stephen King pushes out. Especially The Stand.
[QUOTE=godfatherk;35202476]What are you doubting? Mac, I've read 200/2000 pages and I don't have the same impression on Hitler as I had before starting to read it.It's thrilling to find out how he became from a poor proletarian to the ruler of an empire.[/QUOTE] and he did all that whilst being a lousy and self-indulgent writer
Apart from Animal Farm and 1984, does anyone know a good ( and possibly similar? ) George Orwell book that I could start reading?
Reading The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Tim Gowers - a "where has this been my entire life?" moment. A nice overview of the modern field itself for the relatively intelligent reader - it starts with the "nature" of mathematical research, goes on to describe the main abstractions (so far!) and our means of operating of them, detours into how the body of knowledge developed itself, and that's all I've read so far... Treats the reader as an educated layman; more importantly, it treats the "body" of math not as the closed-minded exercise in Solving Problems school makes it to be, but as a colossal artifice to endlessly tinker within and something to be passionate about. Makes me suspect someone can be "recreational" about maths (and not just problem solving!) as much as someone can be "recreational" about foreign affairs (witness ITN) or about computers (witness PCHS) or what-have-you - the difference is in the depth required. Rigor might be a shibboleth, but the game remains just as creative. I did, however, have to follow along with some of his arguments on paper. I'm not blessed with an extraordinarily large working set. That shit's for real mathematicians.
[QUOTE=lil timmy;35217409]and he did all that whilst being a lousy and self-indulgent writer[/QUOTE] Didn't you read the same stuff as I did? At least he had the guts to admit some of the truths of those days and that of wich the workers had so little of a wage that in some days they & their families starved. Hitler himself felt hunger too; mostly in the winter because he couldnt find work. His hobbies while in vienna were strolling in search of intriguing architecture and reading lotta books. He even states that up untill the age of 20 he had little contact with jews and disliked the press that at those times were against jews.He had a jew colleague at school that people bullied because of his religion but he stood against that. I am yet to find why he turned anti-semitist in the end...
[QUOTE=jakeabbott96;35217578]Apart from Animal Farm and 1984, does anyone know a good ( and possibly similar? ) George Orwell book that I could start reading?[/QUOTE] From what I've heard none of other books are remotely similar to 1984 or Animal Farm...
[QUOTE=thefreeman;35231730]From what I've heard none of other books are remotely similar to 1984 or Animal Farm...[/QUOTE] Damn. Thanks anyway.
Brave New World Fahrenheit 451 We
I like to sniff books occasionally when reading them. The different paper they're printed on, or they're age, give off a smell that really enhances the experience, especially if they're good books. Am I the only one that does this.
[QUOTE=Snake7;35240252]I like to sniff books occasionally when reading them. The different paper they're printed on, or they're age, give off a smell that really enhances the experience, especially if they're good books. Am I the only one that does this.[/QUOTE] I don't sniff them, but I do like the smell of old books. And the feel. Used books have a character to them that new books just can't compete with. [editline]21st March 2012[/editline] I also like used book stores because they're generally cozier and friendlier than buying books from a big chain store. There's a used bookstore in my town that I've been going to for years.
I miss the smell of books, I was forced to switch to a kindle recently Fortunately that's the only downside of it
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