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Old 07-07-2013, 12:03 AM   #166
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I'm reading the Crying of Lot 49. It's a strange read, to say the least, but I'm flying through it.

On the shelf, but I'll get to them: 1984, Under the Volcano, House of Leaves
I'm back to tackling some post-modern classics. About a third into Pynchon's V (after a quick detour of plowing through Inherent Vice), and a long literature conversation with a friend has led me to pick up William Gaddis' The Recognitions again. At over 900 pages, it's a mammoth undertaking, and doesn't move nearly as fast as Infinite Jest, which it apparently was a big influence on.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:07 AM   #167
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Here is a list of the next ten books I'll be reading, in no particular order:

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
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Does this have anything to do with THE LADY MELISANDRE?

Or GENDRY OF THE HOUSE BARATHEON???
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God I hope so.
Is this your first Zelazny, NSW? He's been one of my favorites since junior high, but that one isn't what I would call entry-level. It's quite dense and hard to get a foothold in compared to other works. It's an amazing, acclaimed book but he has many others that are better.

Funny you should mention Game Of Thrones, because Zelazny has a similar series of fantasy books that from what I've read blows George R.R. Martin's writing out of the water.
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It is my first, believe it or not...been thinking about reading his stuff for ages but just have not pulled the trigger. Which series blows GoT out of the water?
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:54 AM   #169
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The Amber Chronicles. It has the same kind of vacant throne political intrigue, but stylistically closer to Raymond Chandler with a sardonic first person narrative. It's also not pure fantasy in that part of it takes place on present-day Earth.

Really unique stuff and I can't recommend it enough. The first book is called Nine Princes In Amber. It's less than 200 pages and is a breeze to read.
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Finished Joyland. For those curious, my write-up on Goodreads:

Certainly not bad, but not great either. I wish King had been able to just hang up the super important stuff that he thinks he's writing for one little pulpy mystery/horror. Instead, we don't get into the meat of the mystery until ~150 pages in, and then, the mystery isn't even that mysterious. I had two guesses on whodunit by that point, and by 50 pages later, I was positive I knew who it was...and I was right. And I'm not a mystery buff, it just really didn't have a great mystery set-up. And the thrills weren't there either. One of the main plot points is resolved in a matter of paragraphs, to no fanfare, and the conclusion of the mystery is half-baked, and rushed as well.

I don't know, this review comes off more negative than I would like. I enjoyed reading the book, but some more conflict at the end would have been nice.
 
I don't know, I thought we could have had a BIT more of a struggle with Dev coming to terms with the fact that Lane was the guy. He seemed to almost worship Lane, but then he turns on him in seconds. And I don't buy Lane suddenly snapping and going crazy. There could certainly have been more tension, I feel like. The Carolina Spin was a nice touch, but, again, I never really felt like Dev was in danger. Probably because he's writing this story from old age. Perhaps him at least getting injured in some way would have helped. I don't know


But the ending, the very last couple pages, I did enjoy a great deal. He's done this before,
 
The psychic child who is the key to the puzzle bs
, but I liked Mike, so I didn't mind the rehash.
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Greetings fellow book readers.

I've just finished Martin Amis' Money and this could be the funniest novel I've ever read. Highly recommended.

I'm waiting for my copy of Infinite Jest to come (that'll be my first 1000+ page novel), but before that, I'm thinking whether I should get back to Cloud Atlas. It's certainly intriguing (I haven't seen the movie yet), but I got to the chapter with the musician and his tutor and I just found it so plodding. But then again, the genre-switching might fix that. Opinions about the book are most welcome.

*And now I've used the search function and it seems laz and NSW will rip me a new one if I don't continue reading it.
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Yes, you should finish Cloud Atlas!!

Each section is only like 30 pages so it's not too long of a wait 'til the next storyline.
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Oh man, I forgot, I never finished Cloud Atlas. I was on the last chapter when the movie came out, and I'd already had plans to go to the midnight showing, so I went anyways. Completely slipped my mind to finish the book .

~ 200 pages into Dance with Dragons. I haven't quite got into it yet, but I'm enjoying it. Love the characters and coming back to them after the few years it's been since I read Feast For Crows.
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Yes, you should finish Cloud Atlas!!

Each section is only like 30 pages so it's not too long of a wait 'til the next storyline.
The Zedelghem part is over (for now) and now I'm on the Luisa Rey storyline, which is stylistically almost the complete opposite - quick-paced and dialogue-heavy. Not to mention it's a thousand times easier to read as a non-native.

So I'm pretty sure now I'll finish it.

Oh, and out of curiosity, how fast do you guys read? Like measured in pages per hour or something.
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Oh, you'll finish it, or we'll finish you.
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My hands are shaking out of fear so badly that I cannot turn the pages anymore.
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Oh, and out of curiosity, how fast do you guys read? Like measured in pages per hour or something.
Your question led me to this, which I found nifty:

Staples eReader interactive infographic.| Staples.com«
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Oh, and out of curiosity, how fast do you guys read? Like measured in pages per hour or something.

About twice as fast as my housemate if i'm reading something over his shoulder. According to Staples that's how fast high-level executives read. But based on posts in this thread, I'd say something like 147 times slower than cori or martha is much more accurate.
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Your question led me to this, which I found nifty:

Staples eReader interactive infographic.| Staples.com´┐Ż
My result:

You read 322 words per minute.
That makes you 29% faster than the national average.

Nice!
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I'm slightly above the average college student, which apparently means I could read War and Peace in 21 hours. Challenge unaccepted.
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