What are you reading 2.0

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Aduiavas Ida, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. Polegnyn Nemeara

    Polegnyn Nemeara Aes Sedai

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    We rewatched the film after just starting the book, and I will agree it doesn’t have the same magic as an adult, especially given the possibilities that CG can produce these days. The amount of technical effort and practical effects is still amazing, though. That swamp! We even watched all the special features, and Michael Ende’s criticisms of the film was pretty funny.

    I didn’t realize the first film only made up half the book until Mr. Nem read facts listed at IMDB. Fortunately, I had seen Neverending Story 2 as a child and vaguely remember how it differs from the second half of the book. The first movie is still my favorite.

    Eta: one advantage of the film over the book is not having to read green text on a white page. The red text is alright, but the green text kills my eyes.

    Eta^2: and given the advancements in CG, it makes me wonder if this will be remade at some point. Hopefully Ende won’t roll in his grave at this attempt.
     
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  2. Lenore Carvoe

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    I really liked the green and red text! :D And I saw the film as a child, too, but even then I didn't like it.
     
  3. Polegnyn Nemeara

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    Concept of using it is great; not so much actually reading it :lol But I finished the book this morning despite having to basically cuddle a lamp while reading :)

    ETA: forgot to mention I started Word by Word. It’s about how words make it into dictionaries. The author is pretty entertaining :giggle

    ETA^2: Though WbW can be rather sobering.
     
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  4. Kassina Tendar

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    I just started reading Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. A sci-fi/fantasy podcast I listen to is reading it for October and it's really good so far! It's about a black family during the Jim Crow era who goes on a trip to find the main character's dad (who's left a cryptic note to follow) and ends up finding.... creepy stuff. :look I'm about 1/5 of the way through so I haven't fully uncovered the plot yet, but there are lots of hints of creepy Lovecraftian horror stuff, but balanced with a healthy dose of horror from everyday people that comes from living in the era of Jim Crow laws. The writing is very compelling and I'm certainly intrigued to uncover more about the world and all the creepy stuff happening. And the main character's family is full of sci-fi fans, which is a good way to make them sympathetic to readers who are also sci-fi fans. :giggle
     
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    I have just started reading Roger Daltrey's memoir, “Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite”. I love a good autobiography, it is good to hear it straight from the horses mouth so to speak.
     
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    Mathias, how far along in Shadow Rising are you? I would imagine that certain key chapters would be hard to put down when the chapter ends :look
     
  8. Mathias Vielfrass

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    We are ready for Chapter 30, Beyond the Oak. It is an exciting time with several chapters in a row on the same story. The most tempting was the ending of Chapter 22. ;)3 This is a re-read of the series for me and a first for my wife. We started with New Spring and have plugged along for months. There was one chapter that was 39 pages and that just about did in my voice that day. I think I'll set a limit of around 20 pages in the future.

    Ida Sedai, I highly recommend reading out loud to couples. It is a good bonding experience as we share the books together.
     
  9. Aduiavas Ida

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    I was thinking more about chapter 25 and 26... But there are indeed some good cliff-hanger endings in the WoT.

    Just curious, what will you do when you come to a certain chapter in Memory of Light? :p
     
  10. Gedhan Audax

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    I'm currently reading Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman, a Biography of 18th Century Russian Tzarina, A Discovery of Witches, a modern fantasy that is currently a TV show (The book is different and better than the show) and Army Life in the 90's (1890s) a look at the late Victorian Army.
     
  11. Mathias Vielfrass

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    I read several of Rutherfurd's books out loud. He doesn't use chapters, so after a certain number of pages, I would look for a stopping point. So, I think when I get to the legendary chapter in MoL I will find a daily stopping point every 15 to 25 pages.
     
  12. Stephen Lightheart

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    I'm (re)reading Harry Potter. I previously read the first three, but I found them to be poorly written and gave up. I'm still on the first one, but this time I find myself actually enjoying the story. The writing is still making me cringe here and there, but it's bearable.

    What's interesting to me is the way Hermione is described. I never realized this before, but I feel like she was totally meant to be black. How anyone interpreted her as Emma Watson after the way she's described in this book is beyond me.
     
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    I'm also re-reading Harry Potter, in the beginning of book four. The thing about Hermione is that there isn't really much physical description. Bushy brown hair, brown eyes, large front teeth. That's about it, and I think it leaves a lot of room for interpretation (including dark skin). Aside from the teeth, they made Emma's appearance in the first movie match that. It wasn't until the second movie that they tamed her hair.
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    I am reading American Gods, and it is a hell of a ride! :D I keep forgetting how much I love Neil Gaiman, and there he waits, in the shadows, always prepared to take me on a magical journey. ^^
     
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    I like that there are no real description for Hermione :) It doesn't really matter what she looks like, she is not there as just a pretty girl. Hey, it takes 3 books before they even think about the fact that she is a girl :p

    But I have to admit that Hermione looks more and more like Emma Watson in my head :look It hasn't happened with the other actors, but I just think that Watson is an excellent actor who really nailed that role ^^ I have a problem seeing her in any other role though, so I wondered what Hermione was doing playing Belle :p
     
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    I always had the image of an incredibly intense haystack with buck teeth. The early Hermione, pre teeth shrinking (from the Books), from the films never seemed right to me.

    Just started the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harknes and I'm quite enjoying it. She doesn't have the penchant for random sex breaks that many modern female authors seem addicted to. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm on book three now. Snape has just used Neville's potion on his toad. It was so dang abusive. Everyone is making Hogwarts out to be this epic place. There are theme parks and such. But, like, I would never in a million years send my kids there. That place is awful. Teachers are abusive. The entire house system with extremely partial point competition teaches children terrible values. And then there's the bullies who bully others right in front of teachers and don't get challenged on their behavior even once. I honestly don't remember how Draco turns out in the movies, but if he is redeemed without having his behavior challenged I will be very upset.

    The story is fantastic. I can tell why Rowling is doing detectives now. She's so good at that. But dang, her writing is awful beyond words.

    Oh! Also! Her magic. Like, whyyyy? The characters are experiencing hard magic. As in, magic with rules that can be taught. I mean, the whole setting is a magic school. Yet, all the reader gets is soft magic. Which is darn lazy writing. Imagine how good these books would be if a decent writer like Brandon Sanderson wrote them. D:
     
  18. Stephen Lightheart

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    I should have posted an update here much sooner.

    I'm currently in the wrap-up of book six. It's been crazy. For years upon years, I've thought I hated Harry Potter. I've told everyone who wanted to listen (and, honestly, also everyone who didn't) that I hated Harry Potter. And really, the first three books, which is all I'd ever read, are really not well-written. They are bad books, written by a terribly lazy author who put zero effort into her characters and world.

    And then I read book four. It's like it's written by a completely different author. I have no clue what happened to J.K. Rowling. Maybe she woke up one day and was like, "Ah, well, these books are popular now, I guess I'll actually work for the money people are throwing at me." It blows my mind how suddenly her style changes between books.

    So I devoured book four. And book 5. And book 6. And I'll probably be done with this series by the end of the weekend. D:

    HOW IS THIS SO GOOD?!

    By book three, I wrote on Goodreads that I knew Dumbledore was going to die, but I wouldn't care one bit, since he was basically a villain to me. Yeah, I cared. That final battle was so ridiculously well-written, too!