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I see it's been a while since the last topic on this came up, but I thought I'd ask since I just started a new book myself.
Just started reading The Histories by Herododus. I was interested in this since I love most things about ancient Greece. Probably why I'm still loving Assassins Creed Odyssey. :P But these things are unrelated to why I chose that book.
So, what is SG reading now? Manga does count in this.
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Skyward, by Brandon Sanderson
Looks interesting. Going on my wishlist
I binged most of it near the end, and I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to the sequel!
I've read almost all his stuff so far, this is still waiting :)
This was my second Sanderson book, and my favourite so far!
What is the other one?
Some of his books belong in an overarching series called The Cosmere, I only found this out after the first few books so then decided to follow one of the reading orders people came up with. It is only a suggestion the reading order, some books have minor spoilers for other books, but it's mostly cameos :)
The other was The Final Empire. After I read the two other books in that trilogy, I'm probably moving on to The Stormlight Archive.
Cool, the Mistborn Trilogy is very good, and The Stormlight Archive will have a 4th book released in November :)
I think Stormlight Archive is my favourite series....
The sheer size of Stormlight is intimidating to get started, but everyone seems to like it so much, I guess it's good to have so much of it!
Yeah, it is huge.
For a bunch of books I have several copies, I try to get the same versions for my bookcase, but to read it I'll buy any version :P
Should sell a few soon...ish.
I love Brandon Sanderson's work! I haven't read Skyward yet, but I'm re-reading The Way of Kings so I can continue with the rest of the Stormlight Archive. :)
Nice! Did you happen to see this alternate universe version of Way of Kings that he's giving away on his site?
Yes! I've been following the Kickstarter campaign. Sadly I wasn't able to pitch in.
Same, it's on my to-do list when I win the lottery :P
"I own many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."
Leatherbound with metallic highlights is dignified and all, but I like my book covers to express what the book is about, or illustrate a scene from the story, so I'll go with these editions:
I have that Oathbringer, the rest of mine are the white versions.
Sounds really cool. Adding it to my Goodreads readlist.
Happy Cake day btw :)
"One summer. America 1927", by Bill Bryson. Pretty cool, funny style, a lot of stories and anecdotes. Quite instructive :)
I can recommend every Bill Bryson book -- he is hilarious and brilliant and just pretty much wonderful. I finished The Body -- A Guide for Occupants earlier in the year and it was awesome.
I borrowed this from my gf, that has enjoyed some of his books, at the point that I was curious. Indeed a nice discovery to be added to my infinite backlog, he is a great writer! :D
Never Grow Up, by Jackie Chan.
Been a fan of his for a long as i can remember, when i saw it on sale the other day i had to pick it up.
I really should pick up again a few things up on my vacation...
I Shall Seal the Heavens
Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint
And more classical
Asimov's The End of Eternity
Maybe some 40k too...
Ofc, this doesn't include the web novels I read as they come out like Overgeared and Overlord of Blood and Iron
Heh, I read most of ISSH. Pretty fun journey though the only thing I remember is lord fifth appearing and nobody daring to causing strife!
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dirk Gently #2) by Douglas Adams. I just finished the first Dirk Gently book and just started the second. I love Douglas Adams. .
I'm also reading Final Fantasy XIII: Episode Zero: Promise by Jun Eishima which is a prequel to Final Fantasy XIII. I'm playing through the trilogy and thought I would read the books too.
Good old Herodotus, Father of History, Father of Lies
Wish I could say that I was reading right now - used to read at least one book a week. Now, all I do is watch movies. Though I have been trying to finish The Folding Knife since forever, but it seems like the only time I get around to it is when the power goes out.
Currently in the middle of three:
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden
Waking Up by Sam Harris
I've only got about 60 pages left on Dracula so I'll probably finish it tonight. Why two vampire novels? Because I am running The Curse of Strahd for my D&D group.
I was very apprehensive to read Waking Up. In fact it is the last of Sam Harris's works for me to read, which shows you it took reading his other works before I was willing to pick it up. But with his familiar style and already in chapter 2 I am thoroughly engaged with the book and would recommend it to all.
I'm not spiritual at all, so I get a bit confused to see a guide on such a topic, as if you are building a Douglas pine pergola in 60 days... :P
I'll join the D&D campaign instead, 3.5e? :D
(nah not really, have no time, but one day, good luck though, sounds good)
Waking Up is short and not filled with woo-woo and hokum like one would expect from a spiritual book. If you're like me and cringe at the idea of reading a book about spirituality, then it might just be for you!
I'll place it in a dark corner at the end of my to-read list, best I can do for now, but thanks for the extra info :)
Karl Marx - Das Kapital
It's always seemed impenetrable. Are you getting much out of it?
Well, it depends. I guess this is a classic case of hearing so many opinions and comments, and reading essays, reviews and countless takes on this matter, without actually ever dealing with the original text. So, I figured it was finally time to see for myself.
May just be me, but I don't think that it is hard to read. It's definitely very verbose and that unquestionably gets tiring pretty quick, but I actually like that it contains so many empirical observations and descriptions (at least Volume I), even if Marx is just quoting other reports.
But economics in general is a topic I was always interested in, and have read stuff about since I was pretty young, so this might explain me not having any issues in that regard, not sure.
Am I getting much out of it? To be honest, probably not. I think that this is a text so widely studied by now, I can't imagine that anyone could make any substantial new discovery here. Whatever you may have heard about the books, it is probably true - at least partially ;-)
On the other hand, there is such a wide range of varying critiques, it is hard to guess what someone else's opinion might be. Well, my short-run analysis, Marx makes some astute observations, and it's hard to deny the effort (and obsession, probably) that got put into it, but for the most part, especially with regard to the predictions made within, it's hilariously wrong.
So, If you want my opinion, I don't think that it is actually worth reading in our era. I guess everything wrong that can be said about this work has already been said, and conversely, everything true has also been said. So, I'm not sure why anyone should bother nowadays.
Have you watched David Harvey's Reading Marx's Capital series?
No, I have not actually.
Studying for Konkoor
And surprisingly, it is going to be during the this COVID-19 situation...
Exciting, good luck :)
the complete fiction of h.p.lovecraft
Wait, Lovecraft is fiction?
For a moment I thought the reviewer was the guy from Silicon Valley, until he started talking :P
You are laughing now, but when Cthulhu arrives only we can be destroyed happily.
Been gaming more than reading these days :P
Legion and The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
I just finished Claudia Gray: Lost Stars. :) And now I continued the "re-reading" of the Thrawn trilogy :) So now I am reading Dark Force Rising :)
Have you read the new ones?
The new Thrawn trilogy? Not yet :) The only new-canon book what i read was this Lost Stars :) I am planning now to finish the old Thrawn trilogy, then the The Hand of Thrawn Duology and then the new trilogy + I am looking forward for the other Claudia Gray books as well :) I heard they are also good. However I read quite slow lately, so it might take a while :D
I've read Lost Stars and it did not live up to the hype for me. I thought it was too low action and too melodramatic. Didn't come close to as good as the Thrawn trilogy. The new one is good too. I haven't read Thrawn: Alliances yet though.
Have you read Asimov's Foundation trilogy? I'd highly recommend it if you enjoyed Thrawn. Also Hyperion, though at this point I'm just picking other sci-fi books I enjoyed.
I had high hopes for the Lost Stars as well, and mostly enjoyed it... For me just the ending was too much... That scene on the Star Destroyer should have ended in a more "darker" way :D
Yup, I read Foundation :) and not just the trilogy. But the whole series: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation, Foundation, Foundation and Empire,Second Foundation, Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth.
Although I had to admit I did not liked the ending there neither :D
Anything Asimov is a good read. I enjoyed his non-fiction as much as his fiction. :)
Svetlana Alexievich: Chernobyl Prayer
Very depressive and unsettling book.
Count me in!
I saw it getting some praise on another forum, and I like depressive books/movies.
In fiction The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of my favs.
Started the fifth book in Song of Ice and Fire series (Aka game of thrones) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10664113-a-dance-with-dragons?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=2R7LMWp4Ki&rank=1
I bought the first book some 6 or 7 years ago, but got through it only in the beginning of this year. Really captivating, so been binge reading all the books. Going to be hard waiting for the rest of the books
What are some good suggestions to take up after finishing this one ? Especially from fantasy genre. I havent read anything from Tolkien so I suppose his books definitely. But what else ? I'm fairly new reader in this genre - really started only after reading witcher last year and then finally picking up GoT
Okay, I stopped reading your reply after the first line, I'm on the last 2 chapters of A Feast for Crows.
Okay I read the rest of your reply, had to be careful. :)
I love how the books have enough differences with the series to keep it interesting. Some things had me go "Aw man! That sucks..." while others had me go "Yes! Glad it is different!"
It is good to see many of the changes they made for the series make sense, it ain't all bad, but now I'm going to go into new territory with starting book 5 like you.
I loved the The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, which is being turned into a TV series too.
And I've read a lot of Brandon Sanderson, he finished the above series when Jordan passed away, he is juggling a lot of different series of his own now, many of which are loosely tied together (very loosely in some cases) but solid on their own.
Next for me after GoT are The Witcher and The Dark Tower.
I watched series only up to red wedding I think. I dont remember seeing anything else. Though I know a lot of key points from spoilers as well.. So it was a bit of a let down already knowing many of the most dramatic scenes beforehand;. But Martins writing style still keeps everything captivating. I suppose I will watch the series after finishing this book at some point. I want to see that trainwreck thats supposed to be the ending :D And it'll be fun comparing to Martins eventual books
Thanks for suggesting "The wheel of time". I'm seeing a lot of books in the series - https://www.goodreads.com/series/41526-the-wheel-of-time - which ones are the "main story" as it goes.. Or should I just go through them one by one as in the list ?
Kind of forgot about The Dark Tower. I really like Kings books and was introduced to Dark Tower universe in Black House (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10607.Black_House). I should try to remember reading these as well.
Whicher was a treat. Really enjoyed the books.I haven't played the game still, really would love to buy it but as of now I'm strictly in bundle budget (more precisely 1st tier humbles :D:D) so no Witcher at least for now
For Wheel of Time I just read the full numbers which are the main story, so 0-14, not the 0.1 and 1.1 stuff.
As for watching GoT, just watch it knowing the writing did not receive the same attention as the books. It's like an aged wheel of Gouda cheese versus the plastic cheese with Gouda flavouring they put on burgers :P
Tolkien for sure. You might like Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy, beginning with The Crystal Cave.
Have you read Harry Potter?
Thanks for suggesting Mary Stewart. Will definitely take a look :)
Harry Potter completely had fallen out of my mind to be honest. I noticed it several times when checking GoT books out at library and thought I should read Potter as well. I saw the movies not so long ago, so maybe I'll put it off for some time and read something else so it's not so fresh in my memory when eventually reading the books :D
If you have never read Tolkien, you have never read fantasy ;)
I suggest Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy. It took me by surprise by how good that was.
This thread I guess
The Shadowmarch series by Tad Williams, nice fantasy series. Up to the 3rd very large book.
The Devil In The White City：Murder，Magic and Madness at the fair that changed America
If that's the one about Burnham and Holmes, great book! I pretty much liked it, it was quite interesting. I heard about some plans to make a movie with Leo Di Caprio, but it seems the project has been forgotten.
The Lost World -- Michael Crichton
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings -- Maya Angelou
Lost World is a great sequel. I wish he'd written another.
What did you think of the 2nd and 3rd movies from the original trilogy?
I like the original by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle better myself.
Thanks, I just started reading it on your recommendation and it's quite enjoyable. After playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider I became obsessed with the Amazon and I needed something to satisfy the craving.
No problem. it's a real classic.
I love the book -- I am re-reading for probably the 7th time.
I love almost all of Crichton's books. Couldn't make heads or tails of Eaters of the Dead and never read the pirate book that I think was finished by someone else...but other than that, I like everything.
I loved the original Jurassic Park movie... but man, I hated all of the other movies! Just terrible.
For whatever reason, Crichton books tended to be pretty bad on film. I loved Congo -- terrible movie. I loved Sphere -- not a great movie. I loved Timeline -- terrible movie.
Another writer I have to read more, I read just 4 or 5 of his books, and they are usually brilliant. The last I particularly enjoyed (because it has "something to do" with my "job", and because I simply found impossible to put it down) was Prey. :)
I have read it 15+ years ago. It was not a bad book for a teenager. I don't know how should i feel about it now.
The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald
The best book ever written. You're in for a treat.
A classic. Even if I don't remember much of the story, it was quite some years ago.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I'm a huge fan, but it's been years that I haven't read the whole saga. So this year, I wanted to do that again :)
Since I've become a translator, I barely have time for reading books for pleasure. Basically what I'm reading is what I'm working on.
Currently that would be Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio.
If I may ask, how's that job for a life? Do you enjoy it? Did you take any course or superior education to do it? I'm nothing close to that (finishing an engineering masters) but I do find it really cool and is something I'm interested in (in languages as well in general).
I'll try to answer, but what is true for my country isn't necessarily true for other countries.
Special education is not required over here; I'm a BA in French and English, but plenty of well known translators are engineers, biologists, geologists etc by education. From my experience with various publishers, nobody even asks for your education. You're given a test assignment to translate something and if you do well, then you can get a job.
As for my enjoyment, well, it depends on a book. :) Some are fun, some are tedious. I wanted to be a writer at first, but realized I don't have enough imagination to write full fledged stories, so I opted for translation as the next closest thing to it. I guess I can say I enjoy it, yes. Not having a strict schedule is a bonus as well. :D
It doesn't pay much though. I'm earning enough for myself, and my gf has her own income, but having children is out of the question at the moment. Most of the translators with families have to take on extra jobs, usually as teachers or bookstore clerks, but I know one who's a part-time security guard, for example. Or a full-time security guard and part-time translator. It depends. :)
Thank you for your answer! From what I'm aware, at least in the translation of the shows and alike, in my country is pretty similar in regards to the pay and work conditions. But it's always great to know the thoughts of other people.
As Jinnai said it differs from country to country. In my country we have at least 2 universities that I know that teach languages and translator professions. But the standard is pretty high and getting actual jobs translating professional grade texts is tough. I have a close friend who finished the school and is translator from English. She has been rejected tons of times even with university degree and pretty spotless resume. It takes very specific knowledge of vocabulary in the specific field you want to translate to or from. She has constant flow of work but it fluctuates a lot. There can be a huge texts from companies that pay well and you might get pretty good sums, but there might as well be periods of no work and you might struggle to make the minimum wage (if you are freelancer - but it's not easy getting a job in a company that guarantees good pay and will actually take you)
I can speak and write in English very good, but after trying to translate the texts that are required to be translated I usually fail pretty hard. Being engineer I'm quit good at technical terms but even then I struggle to find the correct meaning in my native tongue even though I fully understand it in English.
But I dont doubt it's easier to translate fiction as it usually contains everyday language. But you still have to understand how to correctly translate a whole sentence so it doesnt sound weird in another language. I've read tons of translated books that have horrendous translation. They are translated professionally and everything is fine but the whole meaning is lost because the "correct" translation isnt always the most appropriate. What I wonder though is how difficult it would be to find someone willing to pay for your translation of a book if you'd make one.
Thanks for taking your time! Yeah, I completely understand what you mean. One thing is understanding what it is said and what it is supposed to mean, but translating it to the right thing is a completely different thing.
«The Kingkiller Chronicle»
It's a great series. I hope "The Doors of Stone" will come out soon.
I'm currently reading Sapiens, halfway through. I also started reading the Percy Jackson main series two months ago, since I never read it when I was young, and I'm 5 chapters from finishing the last book. It's quite okay and easy to read. I don't know if I'll read the other books in the Rick Riordan mythological world, but if I do it won't be that soon. After I finish one of the books I'm reading, I'll probably continue reading through the Witcher books or the Mage series. The first one I've read the first three books, so my next would be Time of Contempt. In the Mage series I've only read half of the first book, since the translation in my country divided the original book in two.
There is no shame in being an adult and loving young adult books. One of my absolute favorite authors is Tamora Pierce. I've read pretty much every book she's written and LOVE her books.
Yeah, completely. I mean, I only started reading more seriously when I joined the university but I did start with young adult novels and read them from time to time. For me, it's like traveling through time to a different era, in which things were simpler (because it also reminds me of my childhood, if I make myself understandable).
I'm gonna check out her books. Thanks for the recommendation!
Start with Alanna the First Adventure as that's her first in the Tortal world.Then work on it in series order as she has it listed.
I'll make sure to do that! Thanks once again!
Been slowly making my way through Fuck Yeah, Video Games by Daniel Hardcastle because you can never have enough video games related stuff apparently.