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115 No. 115 [Edit]
So, what books do you currently reading?

I'm reading Murakami Haruki - 1Q84.

I'm halfway through and I think it's okay, but pretty weak for a Murakami. Maybe I was just expecting too much, because I haven't read anything from him in a long time. But hell, it's still enjoyable.
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>> No. 2002 [Edit]
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Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan

Classic and very good so far.
>> No. 2003 [Edit]
I'm reading "Three Plays for Puritans" by Bernard Shaw. I'm really not a fan of plays, but I've come across a lot of his works lately, and thought I'd read more.

Post edited on 28th May 2012, 8:44am
>> No. 2006 [Edit]
I feel the same way, and I really enjoyed this book. It really gets into the mindsets of all sorts of people. It's the kind of book that you can take something from, whether you're religious or believe in demons and angels or not.

Not a book, but I just read this essay by Jack London

I don't have any particular interest in houses, but I like the way he writes. Nobody writes like this anymore, at least not that I've read.

I also just got done reading The Great Gatsby, which I never read in high school for some reason. A sad story about lost dreams and crushed ideals. I liked it, though it was a little difficult at times.
>> No. 2019 [Edit]
Today I'm reading the play Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, in Russian.

I'm curious, how long does it take you guys to read a book?
>> No. 2020 [Edit]
I usually read a hundred pages or so in a sitting. I get bored/distracted easily so I usually don't read more than 200 or 300 pages a day, but there's some exceptions.
>> No. 2022 [Edit]
How many pages do you read per hour? Sounds impressive.

I'm currently reading The Great Hunt, second novel in the Wheel of Time series. Loving it so far. As I Lay Dying is up next.
>> No. 2023 [Edit]
Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett.

I can finish a book a day depending what I'm up to, if they're not too long (400~ pages). Anything greater and I'll usually get bored or tired.
>> No. 2024 [Edit]
I've been reading a book by THIS guy today called "Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics." I don't know why but for some reason he's just so damn interesting. The way he sees things feels so natural, but at the same time it's terribly exciting. Maybe someday I can write like him. It's a little hard to read, but it's very good.

I would say I could read maybe 40 or 50 pages an hour, nothing fantastic. Sometimes I can manage 70 or 80 though. It depends on the kind of book and how I'm feeling. I like spending time with my books though, because it helps me enjoy the story and ideas in it much more carefully. It's so sad to form a close bond with the characters only to see them leave so soon... I'd rather read a bit, go fuck around a bit online, watch some anime, read some more, write, and juggle around a bunch of activities at once.
>> No. 2025 [Edit]
Okay, not that much faster than me, then. But I never read as much as 200-300 pages a day. I'm inspired now, though, thanks.
>> No. 2029 [Edit]
I just read The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, who died a few days ago. If you like the old Twilight Zone, you have to read this. It's a great series of connected short stories about the process of humans' contact with a civilized Mars and generally how everybody fucks everything up.
>> No. 2036 [Edit]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For like, the 16th time. It's my favorite Western book. Hunter S. Thompson is my favorite author of all time, I discovered. I think they handled the movie version quite well, too, but that's irrelevant.

He manages to express how he felt about the late-60's counterculture that he found himself a part of in such a perfect way. The Wave Speech is probably the best part of the book, because you can tell that although the time seemed wasted to most of the people, he highly valued it. The idea of "solace in excess" (totally stole that from wikipedia) is highly appealing to me, too.

His articles are also really nice. I'm not really into his sports articles, with the exception of The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved (which hardly counts as a sports article), but his other articles are extremely well-written. Almost makes me motivated to become a journalist. Or at least a published writer in some way - He said that he wanted to be a novelist more than a journalist.

All of my favorite writers killed themselves too damn early.
>> No. 2037 [Edit]
I knew there had to be a reason why I liked you.
It's a great fucking book and a great fucking movie. I don't know if it's my favorite from Thompson, but it sure is the one I re-read the most often, and it has some fucking legendary quotes. I have also thought to myself many times while reading that book that the Good Doctor's use of drugs to "hide from the brutish realities of this foul year of our Lord, 1971" was very reminiscent of how today's hiki use {anime, eroge, what have you}. But this isn't represented very well if at all in the movies so most people here probably have a very negative opinion of him.
I also wonder from time to time if the fact that I am neither American nor a native English speaker somehow hinders my ability to `really understand' Thompson's books, since they are very much American at heart.
Anyway, yeah. Good book.
>> No. 2042 [Edit]
Nah, you don't need to be American to "get" Thompson's writing. Maybe his more politically-charged stuff, yeah, but certainly not Fear and Loathing (which has it's political references, but it's not charged - although it's roots are in the idea of HST and Oscar Zeta Acosta's friendship and racial tension in LA). That's like saying you need to be Japanese to "really understand" anime - You might miss out on a few jokes or references, but the overall message, the reason why they made what they made, is still crystal clear. He wrote F&L to illustrate the death of the American dream, not build it up. If you look at it that way, it should seem even more appealing/relatable from a foreign POV. I mean, I don't believe in an "American dream". I think we all have the same dream, all around the world.
>> No. 2049 [Edit]
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Random plays. Most are comedies from rather unknown authors. I don't know why because I don't even like reading these. Suppose I just have so many lying around I do anyway.
>> No. 2050 [Edit]

Dropped for André Gide. This guy is real cool.
>> No. 2052 [Edit]
I have been very lazy lately. I was reading an abridged version of Les Misérables that I got for fifty cents but I have no motivation to continue. Maybe if it was the full version, I would, but I feel it's not worth it like this, especially because when I get the full I will probably re-read the chapters I've already read anyway.

I will probably read The Gambler, since it's pretty short and maybe it will help me get into reading again. I also have Malafrena, which might be fun, but I'm not feeling like reading it.

I'll probably read A Short History Of Chinese Fiction afterwards then. It seems interesting.

I have also been considering keeping a notebook and writing down my thoughts of whatever I read. It seems to help formulate my opinions better, but I'm afraid it will just be a distraction. Does anyone do this or have any experience doing it?
>> No. 2053 [Edit]
>I have also been considering keeping a notebook and writing down my thoughts of whatever I read. It seems to help formulate my opinions better, but I'm afraid it will just be a distraction. Does anyone do this or have any experience doing it?

I believe keeping notes while reading/studying is essential. I strongly suggest picking up the habit. Buy a few cheap notebooks and just take notes, write your own thoughts, opinions and philosophies down.

And, I would suggest you get an unabridged version of Les Misérables, it's worth it.

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>> No. 2055 [Edit]
Roszak's "The Cult of Information". The previous was Lanier's "You are not a gadget". Both harp on similar themes as >>1116.
>> No. 2056 [Edit]
Poetry sucks, but I found this nice piece from a rather unknown Norwegian writer "Sigbjørn Obstfelder":

I look at the whitish sky,
I look at the clouds, blue-grey,
I look at the bloodshot sun.

So this is the world.
So this is the planets' home.

A raindrop!

I look at the lofty houses,
I look at a thousand windows,
I look at the far away spires.

So this is Earth.
So this is the home of mankind.

The clouds, blue-grey, are gathering;
the sun's gone away.

I look at the well-dressed gents,
I look at the smiling ladies,
I look at the tired horses.

Now the clouds, blue-grey, thicken.

I look and I look...
I must have come to the wrong planet.
It's so strange here.

>> No. 2065 [Edit]
Ended up not reading The Gambler after all, I'll do that later. I started reading A Brief History of Chinese Fiction but only made it through some 60 or 70 pages before giving up: it requires a person to know about Chinese history, and the short quotes from random old books were boring me. Too much of the same, the only remotely interesting thing was that it is easy to distinguish patterns in the folk tales, and common characteristics. For example, instead of there being a non-physical heaven, their heaven was simply said to be in a faraway land, and all the major gods lived outside of wherever the storyteller was. Everything sacred or divine came from foreign lands. I really dislike the kind of mentality that cultivates.

I started reading a biography of William Burroughs today and will probably be finished by tomorrow. He was an interesting man. After it I'm going to read Dubliners, then head downtown to get more books.
>> No. 2066 [Edit]
>get more books

Get this:
>> No. 2067 [Edit]
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Philosophical Investigations is interesting, but I think that his Tractatus beats it. Short, simple, precise, elegant. both are great, though!
>> No. 2069 [Edit]
Well, for all I know, epistemologically at least, Wittgenstein himself thought the opposite. The Tractatus was, indeed, much more resounding, parsimonious and elegant; the thing is, the ambitious problems he was trying to solve (the unification of scientific metodologies; the principles of language reduced to logic; setting the limits of philosophy... to destroy it to the core) proved to be irreducible to those rather aesthtical/stylistical expectations...

But, in the end, he himself said as well that the Tractatus was most of all an essay about ethics; a branch whitin, I still think, the work is still damned valid.
>> No. 2070 [Edit]
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.
>> No. 2071 [Edit]
I recently found some German editions of Hegel for real cheap, so I've been slowly peeking into them to help learn German. I've already studied him but I love re-reading stuff in their original languages when I know them or am learning.
>> No. 2079 [Edit]
Book recommended to me by a pal online, really interesting read (but a little dry).

There's a bunch of other good books he's put in that directory too.
>> No. 2092 [Edit]
I just read this short and virtually forgotten Voltaire story:
>> No. 2107 [Edit]
Bought a bunch of books today

Currently Reading:
Danielewski, Mark - House of Leaves

Aristotle - On Man in the Universe
Borges, Jorge - Labyrinths
Campbell, Joseph - Skeleton's Key to Finnegans Wake
Descartes, Rene - Discourse on the Method and Related Writings
Descartes, Rene - Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings
Pynchon, Thomas - Gravity's Rainbow
Sartre, Jean-Paul - Being and Nothingness
Thompson, Hunter - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
>> No. 2108 [Edit]

Those are all great books. Hope you enjoy them.
>> No. 2109 [Edit]
Been reading Polya's How to Solve It and Broda's biography on Boltzmann.
I should have finished both twice by now

Post edited on 13th Jul 2012, 10:08am
>> No. 2112 [Edit]
To cheer me up, someone took me out to buy books today. I got a bunch of rare essays/books from Spinoza, Descartes, Locke, Durkheim, Lenin, and Hume along with a few non-fiction titles. I can't wait to start reading them.
>> No. 2116 [Edit]
Uploaded a few books here:

Since getting a tablet, pdfs come in handy. Though I still much prefer a real, physical book.
>> No. 2212 [Edit]
I just finished reading H.G Wells' Outline of History in two volumes. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who knows how to read and has even a passing interest in history.
>> No. 2219 [Edit]
I started 2666 by Roberto Bolano for the first time in 2-3 years or so. I'd say it's one of the best books I've ever read. I didn't really follow it when I first bought it (almost exactly 3 years ago - I also got 1984 on the same day), but now that I'm actually taking in the information and following the story, I see how brilliant it is.

Hamlet and Macbeth, by the good ol' Bard of Avon. They're weird choices for "pleasure reading", but I've been trying to get into the spirit on account of what's been going down in Horizon. I think they're better outside of a school environment. I can put my own spin on things. Plus, not having to do mundane, useless assignments that test my basic reading comprehension is nice, too.

Keeping in mind that I was reading these, until I got my internet back up. And then my attention span whittled down to that of a young child with ADHD.
>> No. 2295 [Edit]
The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future

Alright book, but has a slight bias to it.
>> No. 2307 [Edit]
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reading War Z and I stumbled upon a hillarious chapter about an otaku in the zombie world of glorious dieseas infested Kyoto

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>> No. 2328 [Edit]
He's not unknown in Norway!
I can see why Norwegian modernism would appeal to people here though. Have you tried reading anything by Hamsun? He's pretty good, I especially recommend 'Hunger'.
>> No. 2329 [Edit]
I just got a SHITLOAD of books in.

A Foreign Police of Freedom (Paul)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce)
Economics in One Lesson (Hazlitt)
End the Fed (Paul)
Freedom Under Seige (Paul)
Gold, Peace, and Prosperity (Paul)
Keynes’ General Theory: Reports of Three Decades (Lekachman)
Les Misérables (Hugo)
Liberty Defined (Paul)
Pillars of Prosperity (Paul)
Pursue the Cause of Liberty (Paul)
The Case for Gold (Paul)
The Failure of the “New Economics” (Hazlitt)
The New Freedom (Wilson)
The Revolution: A Manifesto (Paul)
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishimia)
What Has Government Done to Our Money? (Rothbard)
Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters as Governor
Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters as President

Totals up to 5810 pages. I've my work cut out for me.
>> No. 2332 [Edit]
In Japanese, I'm reading Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. In English, I'm reading the official tutorial at if that counts.

Ron Paul was the one who got me thinking and reading about economics. But while I can sympathize with many of the social aspects of Libertarianism, I quickly turned my back on Austrian economics. Paul correctly recognizes the vast power the bankers have and how they corrupt our government with it, but the policies he puts forth wouldn't really do much to take that excess power away from them, instead he would empower them even more.
My economic views are much closer to distributism now:

And in particular, I think one of the most important changes we have to make is to get rid of usury, i.e. mainly the act of charging interest on loans, and replacing our current banking system with something more along the lines of Social Credit or Islamic Banking. May I suggest reading some of the works of Gottfried Feder, G.K. Chesterton and Ezra Pound on the topic:
>> No. 2333 [Edit]
You should read this too
>> No. 2334 [Edit]
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oh thanks, that comes in really handy. I was actually planning to teach myself some Perl because there's a book on regex I'm planning to read, and it uses Perl for the examples
>> No. 2373 [Edit]
Currently reading "A Storm of Swords". I really enjoy the book so far, and I have the next two books in the series waiting for me on my bookshelf.
>> No. 2422 [Edit]
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I just finished Julian by Gore Vidal. This guy is a great writer, and Julian is a pretty great novel, an interesting look at one of the most controversial figures in world history.

As the "last pagan emperor" of Rome, Julian was basically an introverted bookish kid who ended up unexpectedly becoming emperor in the 4th century. He's best known for trying to destroy the power of Christianity in the Roman Empire and to restore the old Greco-Roman religion, and all after his grandfather Constantine the Great made Christianity the state religion.

The book isn't dry at all - it's really exciting, full of intrigue and all that kind of stuff. If you like historical fiction, get it. The only criticism I can give is that Vidal does seem to have a pro-Julian bent - but only slightly, because he does address some of the more persecutory stuff the emperor did against Christians in his short rule. Julian himself took a serious beating from Roman Christian historians after his death, so maybe a little bent in the other direction isn't a bad thing, anyway.
>> No. 2681 [Edit]
Had to delete this becuase I got some copyright C&D complainant about it.
>> No. 2699 [Edit]
Currently reading "The House on the Borderlands."
I can see why Lovecraft was so inspired by it. The indefinite horror which it instills in the reader really knocks the socks off of the Gothic horrors which preceded it.
>> No. 2734 [Edit]
I just finished The Good Earth. There was some decent payoff at the end but I'm not sure what the book was about, apart from THE LAND. Apparently the series continues but I've had enough.

Started reading Sand by Hugh Howey.
>> No. 2944 [Edit]
I'm currently reading Mobidic, about 15 chapters in. Might be my dirty imagination but I'm surprised to see there's a hell of a lot of gay undertones. Main characters meet in a bedroom where in the two men sleep together soon after with one waking to find the other holding him like they would their wife. They form a marriage like bond the next day, one gives the other his head, and the word "seamen" gets repeated over and over. These two chaps are having one gay old time together I tell you.
>> No. 2966 [Edit]
Joseph R. Shoenfield's Mathematical Logic.
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Currently reading the next revolution. It's an interesting book for sure.
>> No. 2980 [Edit]
Confessions of a Mask - Yukio Mishima
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