Reading is fun!

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  1. littleedge

    aa littleedge L1111: Clipping Guru

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    So the chat went from X-Men movies to books earlier today. So...

    TF2 Mappers, I ask you this... Do you read? What do you read? Is Eragon and Eldest really that bad? Is it bad for people to publish an author's book that he had finished but not wanted published after he died?


    My bookshelf is full of mostly series.
    -A Series of Unfortunate Events
    -Harry Potter
    -Charlie Bone
    -Inheritance Cycle
    -Maximum Ride
    -Daniel X
    -The Chronicles of Narnia
    -Shadow Children

    Currently, I'm reading every single DragonLance novel by Weis and Hickman. They are fricking epic.
     
  2. ANova

    ANova L7: Fancy Member

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    I don't know how to read
     
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  3. Penguin

    aa Penguin Clinically Diagnosed with Small Mapper's Syndrome

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    As a Penguin, I am rendered illiterate.
     
  4. sniprpenguin

    sniprpenguin L6: Sharp Member

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    As a penguin with a sniper rifle, I shoot people who read as my way of acting out my frustration with illiteracy.

    Seriously though, I liked the Game of Thrones series before A Feast for Crows. I also enjoy Lovecraft and philosophy, especially Machiavelli, as unreadable as it is.
     
  5. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    Some of my favorite series...
    • The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
    • Anything by Terry Pratchett, with a bias towards his later works where his humor gets a bit more subtle and less "zany".
    • Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold
     
  6. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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  7. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    I have a number of books from the "Black Library". That would be WarHammer Books, the Heresy 40k series. I have about 20 Art/Graphics books.. can't be arsed to name titles though. Most were course recommendations (that turned out to be shit), i prefer finding books of my own accord, i'm way more interested that way.

    A couple "how to draw" books, covering landscape and portraits. They help a little bit but arn't really worth the money you pay for them. You're better of spending the money on supplies to actually practice.

    I would like to read more, but given where i am in life (finishing uni), i'm split between trying to keep a social life together while it's at its peak, doing level design, writing, drawing, playing bass guitar..

    Always doing too many things at once, that sounds about right.
     
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  8. Howling

    Howling L1: Registered

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    Terry Pratchett, anyone? I have been unable to read any fantasy novels since then. Even LotR seems a hack. I prefer Haruki Murakami and fat 'n heavy philosophical books whenever I find one that's actually readible. For some reason I find it fascinating to read reports of investigations in urban planning.

    Only thing it's like I go through a period of reading, non-reading, reading, non-reading... what's up with that?
     
  9. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    I know what you mean, Howling.

    If you're interested in Urban planning you HAVE to look up Le Corbusier, a French Architect. He practically invented the tower block, and wanted to redesign paris etc etc.. he's done loads on urban planning, from a singlular house to eutopian mega cities.
     
  10. Howling

    Howling L1: Registered

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    Ooh yeah I know him, had an architecture course at art academy. I find his Villa Savoie probably the best. Glad he didn't redo Paris if you consider he did this aswell!
     
  11. Randdalf

    aa Randdalf

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    Michael Crichton books are what I read at the moment (though I've read most of them, currently looking for Sphere).

    I also read Mark Kermode's autobiography recently, and I'm probably going to read Alex James' one next. (Wikipedirise them if you don't know who they are).
     
  12. nik

    nik L12: Fabulous Member

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    Atlas Shrugged turned me into a right-winged doucher
     
  13. Dr. ROCKZO

    Dr. ROCKZO L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    2 series I really enjoyed were the His Dark Materials trilogy (turned into action packed hit blockbuster The Golden Compass!:facepalm:) and the Bartimaeus Trilogy. I highly recommend the later, it's deliciously laden with humour and has a somewhat intriguing plot.

    Recently I've been going down a list of 100 Books everyone should read (I had already read about half before I started grinding them) and quite enjoying it, not looking forward to War and Peace though..
     
  14. Radaka

    Radaka L7: Fancy Member

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    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Series--If you want to laugh your ass off, as well as gain a new sarcastic outlook on the way reality functions.
     
  15. FlavorRage

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    Orson Scott Card

    He's one of my heroes, as I aspire to be a sci-fi novelist myself one day
     
  16. Leminnes

    aa Leminnes

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    My three favorite books are:

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

    and for kicks, this is a pic of House of Leaves:

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    I also love everything by Franz Kafka.
     
  17. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    If you can get your hands on one of the copies of Nightfall and Other Short Stories, you'll fall in love with it. Perfect for any science fiction reader. It was published in the sixties, though, so finding one is gonna be hell. I recommend Dune, as well as anything by Neal Stephenson or William Gibson.
     
  18. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    Clive Cusser and Tom Clancy,
     
  19. Seba

    aa Seba DR. BIG FUCKER, PHD

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    I found some Henning Mankell books at Books-a-Million a week ago; nothing like a disgruntled, drunk, middle-aged Swedish cop named Kurt Wallander having sex dreams about black women. No joke.
     
  20. Firest0rm

    Firest0rm L4: Comfortable Member

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    i'll read anything that's not a horror book (can't stand scary things) or a biography (so boring)