What are you reading/Have read recently?

Want to talk about Art, Books, and awesome Culinary Experience pick up a pen and write about it.
User avatar
Kraydl
Shrubbite
Posts: 809
Joined: December 10th, 2011, 5:40 pm
Location: Hartford, CT

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Kraydl » December 11th, 2011, 4:50 pm

 
With the impending release of John Carter, I'll am re-reading the Burrough's series.

I read everything Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote when I was a kid. His Barsoom series(1912) of about 10 books was my favorite. It's about Carter, who lives in Kansas, getting transported to Mars (where he can breathe... remember 1912) where he becomes a sort of cowboys and aliens Conan. There is the main girl, Thuvia, princess of Mars and he has a a couple martian buddies in his adventures, one who is green (Tars Tarkus). To this day, it's still the best scifi series I've read. But you know how that is; sorta like your first girlfriend.

If the movie doesn't change things, this is very soft scifi, ie. back then prop planes could fly to planets; there were no science issues with atmosphere, temperature... people just didn't know.

I recently saw the action-packed trailer for the movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlvYKl1fjBI
Lotta Star Wars similiarities.

The series:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barsoom

If you want to read any, they are out of copyright. Just check the order in the wiki link above, then go to the link below, find which one you want to read and download in whatever format you want.
http://www.manybooks.net/authors/burroughse.html


(ps. I just finished Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68428.Mistborn)
Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.   -John Wayne

User avatar
Rottencock
Shrubbite
Posts: 932
Joined: September 22nd, 2011, 1:36 am

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Rottencock » December 11th, 2011, 6:57 pm

Finished REAMDE and I hate to admit I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it was a great story and the MMO stuff was a lot of fun. It just didnt have the prophetic brilliance that I go to Stephenson for. I did love the underlying message of "don't shrubicorn around with the U.S. citizenry, 'cause our whackos are armed and will stomp your ass!" Probably because, while not a whacko myself, I have definite whacko sympathies [smilie=paladin.gif]

Lately I've been reading Alistair Reynolds 'Revelation Space' novels and really enjoying them. They're kind of genre space opera but with a twist. one thing I really like is that instead of inventing FTL he just changes the timescale to allow for sublightspeed intersteller travel, which opens up a lot of good storytelling possibilities. These books remind me a bit of Iane M Banks 'culture' novels, although not really in the same class.

User avatar
Netrok
Shrubbite
Posts: 1932
Joined: July 26th, 2011, 12:04 am
Location: Fairfax, VA

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Netrok » December 11th, 2011, 7:41 pm

It was definitely Neal Stephenson's more moderate undertakings, after the Baroque Cycle he probably felt he owed his fans something like that.
Image

User avatar
Rottencock
Shrubbite
Posts: 932
Joined: September 22nd, 2011, 1:36 am

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Rottencock » December 11th, 2011, 8:09 pm

LOL, we will probably argue this till Anakin brings balance to the force by being a whiny bitch. C'mon now, how can you not enjoy a poxy, lunatic pirate with half his wiener burned off roaming the earth seeding chaos, chopping off nobleman's heads with a katana , crashing royal costume balls, destabilizing English currency and being a general menace while a gorgeous ex-courtesan shrubicorn her way across Europe as the ultimate double agent/provocateur and witnesses the birth of international finance, the scientific method, and knowledge theory? THIS IS GREAT STUFF!!

p.s. I am convinced that Vagabond Jack was the inspiration for Jack Sparrow. [smilie=rtfm.gif]

User avatar
Netrok
Shrubbite
Posts: 1932
Joined: July 26th, 2011, 12:04 am
Location: Fairfax, VA

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Netrok » December 12th, 2011, 11:24 am

I blame early onset Alzheimer on my lack of attention span for that GARGANTUAN series.
Image

User avatar
Rottencock
Shrubbite
Posts: 932
Joined: September 22nd, 2011, 1:36 am

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Rottencock » December 12th, 2011, 10:35 pm

Did you like "Matter"? That was one of his shorter ones and was pretty fun. Got into some really wierd quantum physics territory.

User avatar
Tauru
Shrubbite
Posts: 233
Joined: September 24th, 2011, 11:12 pm
Location: Seattle, WA

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Tauru » December 12th, 2011, 10:42 pm

Rotten wrote:Lately I've been reading Alistair Reynolds 'Revelation Space' novels and really enjoying them.

I read one of Alistair's books randomly picked up. Didn't know it was part of a series, you wouldn't happen to know the start of the series?
ImageImage

User avatar
Netrok
Shrubbite
Posts: 1932
Joined: July 26th, 2011, 12:04 am
Location: Fairfax, VA

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Netrok » December 12th, 2011, 11:04 pm

I actually got stuck not far into the first book. :(
Image

User avatar
Rottencock
Shrubbite
Posts: 932
Joined: September 22nd, 2011, 1:36 am

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Rottencock » December 12th, 2011, 11:21 pm

It really doesn't seem to be a series as much as a cluster of books set in the same universe. They reference each other a bit but each has an independent story. I think k started with 'Revelation Space'. I really lime his standalone work as well. 'Terminal World' was a great, kinda steampunky adventure yarn with some really different themes (and airships). 'House of Sons' is like this epic conspiracy among people who travel the galaxy for hundreds of thousands of years at a time.

User avatar
Rika
SOS High Council
Posts: 583
Joined: September 28th, 2011, 4:48 am

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Rika » December 13th, 2011, 5:24 am

It has come time again for me to start reading The Wheel of Time again,

Just finished book one... it never gets old
Too many games to count.

User avatar
lostkangaroo
High Prophet
Posts: 2539
Joined: June 1st, 2011, 11:53 pm
Location: Cypress, TX

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by lostkangaroo » December 13th, 2011, 7:19 am

Good luck on the Wheel I have the latest book sitting on my shelf waiting on the moment when it shall grace my eyes again. Speaking of which I am actually impressed with the new authors continuation of the saga.
Image

User avatar
Rottencock
Shrubbite
Posts: 932
Joined: September 22nd, 2011, 1:36 am

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Rottencock » December 13th, 2011, 8:00 pm

Rika wrote:It has come time again for me to start reading The Wheel of Time again,

Just finished book one... it never gets old



Save yourself!!! That way lies madness.

User avatar
Shaddo
Shrubbite
Posts: 761
Joined: November 8th, 2011, 10:51 am
Location: Portland, OR

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Shaddo » December 13th, 2011, 11:36 pm

I'm reading the most fantastic thing...Shrubby Guildchat!!! {at least for those moments that i recall it's top left of screen rather than bottom left}
Fancy Sig

Madagain
Shrubbite
Posts: 5
Joined: December 15th, 2011, 10:28 pm

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Madagain » December 16th, 2011, 12:24 am

Kraydl wrote: 
With the impending release of John Carter, I'll am re-reading the Burrough's series.

I read everything Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote when I was a kid. His Barsoom series(1912) of about 10 books was my favorite. It's about Carter, who lives in Kansas, getting transported to Mars (where he can breathe... remember 1912) where he becomes a sort of cowboys and aliens Conan. There is the main girl, Thuvia, princess of Mars and he has a a couple martian buddies in his adventures, one who is green (Tars Tarkus). To this day, it's still the best scifi series I've read. But you know how that is; sorta like your first girlfriend.

If the movie doesn't change things, this is very soft scifi, ie. back then prop planes could fly to planets; there were no science issues with atmosphere, temperature... people just didn't know.

I recently saw the action-packed trailer for the movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlvYKl1fjBI
Lotta Star Wars similiarities.

The series:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barsoom

If you want to read any, they are out of copyright. Just check the order in the wiki link above, then go to the link below, find which one you want to read and download in whatever format you want.
http://www.manybooks.net/authors/burroughse.html


(ps. I just finished Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68428.Mistborn)


The John Carter of Mars series was what turned me into a life long reader. Reread them all about 5 years ago.

Someone else mentioned the Night's Dawn Trilogy, so good I have read it twice. :D

A favorite series of mine that no one has mentioned is the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, truely epic space opera. http://www.webscription.net/c-29-honor-harrington-series.aspx

Kesnit
Shrubbite
Posts: 189
Joined: November 30th, 2011, 2:29 pm

Re: What are you reading/Have read recently?

Post by Kesnit » December 16th, 2011, 5:19 am

Madagain wrote:A favorite series of mine that no one has mentioned is the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, truely epic space opera. http://www.webscription.net/c-29-honor-harrington-series.aspx


I've read many of those and really like them. My problem comes because there are so many. Eventually, I just burn out and have to read something else.

Post Reply