Djeinus

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Or in other words, what books are you reading now? We all know you want to share your endless vast deep intellect. After all, it's endless. Vast. Deep. Intellect.
So share with us your current reading material, be it The 120 Days of Sodom, or The Story of the Little Mole who went in Search of Whodunit, we need to know! It is a matter of great importance! A matter of life and death! This is a question about survival of the species as a whole! About the very foundation of our moral values and our duty towards our fellow man! We need to know and we need to know now! Do you want to be the one to doom mankind to oblivion and doom forever? No? Then share! It is your civil moral duty! For a better South-East Europe! Post today!

Anyways, if it is so important to you, I'm reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, which are by far, not the smallest books I've ever picked up.

 

 

Ryder13

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Okay I am going to lose out on the intellectual points here big time.
I have never read Atlas Shrugged. I did read 120 Days, not exactly one I would recommend.
I just finished World War Z. I am now reading a lawyer book. Not a patch on John Grisham.
Ryder13

 

FlanneryCam

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Nothing! Glorious glorious nothing! :) Haha. But I just finished my 3rd semester as an English Lit. PhD student. So I think it's fair that I take a week or so off from reading.

But the last book I read was The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Love it. But after reading it and writing about it for the past 3 weeks, I'm ready to forgetaboutit.

 

Haffina

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Thud by Terry Pratchett and assorted female romance novels.

 

Triss

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I'm re-reading Hamlet and other Shakespeare's plays. I also finished reading Kafka on the Shore by H. Murakami.

 

Victor Leigh

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I am reading some really serious stuff alright. Fanny Hill. Before that The Golden Lotus. Somewhere further down the list Fifty Shades. All in the name of research. After I can't very well write about erotica without reading it first. Right?

 

FlanneryCam

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I am reading some really serious stuff alright. Fanny Hill. Before that The Golden Lotus. Somewhere further down the list Fifty Shades. All in the name of research. After I can't very well write about erotica without reading it first. Right?

Haha. Yes. Exactly. You have to read Fifty Shades if you want to know what not to do. What a silly book. At least for me, not even a little sexy. Just silly. But I enjoyed the silly.

 

Victor Leigh

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I am reading some really serious stuff alright. Fanny Hill. Before that The Golden Lotus. Somewhere further down the list Fifty Shades. All in the name of research. After I can't very well write about erotica without reading it first. Right?

Haha. Yes. Exactly. You have to read Fifty Shades if you want to know what not to do. What a silly book. At least for me, not even a little sexy. Just silly. But I enjoyed the silly.

Well, I didn't get to Fifty Shades yet. After Fanny Hill, I went into The Romance of Lust followed by The Pearl. All serious stuff, mind you. It's interesting to see how the English language has evolved over the years. Does anyone remember anything about she-noodles?

 

pandandesign

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I'm currently reading three books, which I read all three of them throughout the day. I know I sound insane, but I can read 4 books at the same time.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, Bloom by Elizabeth Scott, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - these are the books I'm currently reading.

 

Ryder13

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Now just finishing Stephen King's Dr. Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. Interesting, good read.

Ryder13

 

pandandesign

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Now just finishing Stephen King's Dr. Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. Interesting, good read.

Ryder13

I haven't yet read The Shinning, but I have heard it's quite good. I will check this series out someday. Thank you for the suggestion!

 

Misspittypat

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I read a lot of different things but right now I'm just re-reading a nice inspiring easy read called A year like no other by Pauline Lawless. It's about four women who are thrown into a new life in paris and me being a 24 year old single female well I just find it inspiring and it reminds me that anything can happen and it is never too late to make changes in your life. I guess it isn't the greatest literary masterpiece but reading is good for the soul and whatever makes you happy there and then is perfect. <3 :) has anyone else read this book? :)

 

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I have started reading Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. It is a novel about philosophy, a cross between Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy and Alice in Wonderland.

 

jackofroses

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I'm reading Winter's Tale. I'm still at the start but I've heard it gets very interesting.

 

EllyMarks

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I just finished reading World War Z.

It's nothing like the movie, although I liked the movie.

In this book, the journalist-narrator is not the main character. He makes everybody else the focus, and their stories aren't necessarily connected except for that they all took place during a zombie apocalypse. It breaks a lot of conventional rules of novel-writing, and I think it works well!

 

christine

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I'm almost halfway through Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs). Has anybody else read this?

First few chapters were really exhilarating, but towards the middle, it kind of got all lost and boring for me. I'm keeping a good pace through it just so I could hopefully see the story get back on track at least in terms excitement as a mystery piece.

What really got me were the immensely strange photographs distributed in between sections. The photos were interesting, scary, and beautiful altogether.

 

mjhunter23

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A book called Oblivion. It is the last installment of a series I stared reading a long time ago. The book is part of a 5 part series of teen novels and the only problem is the author took 6 years to write the last one so I'm no longer a teen and I don't really like the book I just want to know how it ends.

 

thetravellingbling

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I'm currently reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham because it's a reading assignment for our class on Wills and Succession. I can't seem to get into it, though. I don't know why, but I have a problem with Grisham's style.

I've also started reading Divergent series, The 48 Laws of Power and some investing book.

 

EllyMarks

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I've just come into my room with my very own copy of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente!

So far, I think she's got a unique voice. Not too detailed, but marvelously strange things keep happening. Still, it feels like something I'll take slowly instead of inhaling the prose like I do with a lot of other books. It's cute, but I don't feel like I'll get engrossed in it right now.

 

hoodoowytch

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I am reading Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. The whole shebang. From the beginning to end. First and second parts of the World(s) of Amber and the Courts of Chaos. Starting with Corwin and into the second series with Merlin ...Corwin's son....which I have NOT read yet.  I'm going to start at the beginning and read all the way through. :) Just finished rereading all of our collection of Terry Pratchett's Disc World novels again. We are up-to-date and fixing to purchase the newest one...Raising Steam.  :yes: Will read it as soon as me mate gets done reading it.   :D

 

bunnyboo

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Right now i am not currently reading anything because of school. Over the summer i plan on reading Eye of the Dragon. I have a list of book I would like to read over the summer and this one is the first one I will read. I have read the first few chapters of and I got hooked to right away. Who doesn't like dragons? ;)

 

thetravellingbling

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I've just finished reading Kiera Cass's The One, the last of The Selection trilogy. It's been sitting in my shelf for quite a while so I finally decided to pick it up. All I can say is that it has a really pretty cool cover art. Hahaha. The story actually didn't sell for me.

 

RobotCarousel

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I always read two or three books at the same time because I like to switch back and forth depending on my mood. I just started reading a book called "Zone One" by Colson Whitehead. It is in the horror genre and is about a zombie apocalypse! The prose style is a bit dense, so I have been reading it a bit more slowly than my usual pace, but I suspect I will start getting really into it once I have gotten past the first few chapters and develop an emotional attachment to the characters.

The other book I am reading is called "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell. It is a light-hearted magical realism book about a varied cast of paranormal individuals. I absolutely love magical realism.

 

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, after almost everyone in the Middle Earth Club talked about how great it was (And yes I'm in a Middle Earth Club, judge me all you want  :cantlook:).  One of them even said Martin is "the fantasy author of our time".  I'm only halfway through as they're quite big books, but I think I have to agree, the book is fantastic!  I love all the different character perspectives.

 

Rosyrain

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I was seriously needing a vacation from real life and so I am reading "The Matchmaker" by Elin Hildebrand.  Nothing that is going to change the world, or give me any profound knowledge, but it is summer afterall.  The book is a light read, and I can just escape for a while.

 

Wordee

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Just today I finished the book "Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstores" - it was so much fun! It's kind of a strange mystery about and indie bookstore clerk who gets involved with a mysterious literary cult, google programmers, and a pilgrimage of sorts. A very fun and quick read with an exciting contemporary feel and lots of nods to classic literature and a reader's life in general. Really good stuff!

 

 

KittyK

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I like to have a couple of books on the go at any one time - usually one novel, and one non-fiction book.  My novel of choice at the moment is 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn.  I'm completely enthralled in this book, and I've never read anything like it before. 

My non-fiction choice is a book called 'On Desire: Why We Want What We Want' by William B Irvine.  I'm reading this rather slowly because I keep taking breaks to think about what the author is saying.  It's a thoroughly interesting read though. 

 

Zikkled

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I'm currently reading The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Back when I watched the movie I didn't even know it was based on a book, so I was thrilled to find this at Barnes & Noble the other day.

It's a little embarrassing, yes, but I love children's books!

 

umbrellaausten

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I am currently reading (well, more like re-reading) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I really love the novels of Jane Austen because her topics are almost always about women and their roles in society. I plan to read Under the Dome by Stephen King soon because I heard that this is a good novel even though it's very long. I am also a fan of Stephen King because the universe he created for all his characters is just amazing.

 

HearingInk

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I just finished reading "Room" by Emma Donoghue. It's a really interesting story but I find that every time I read this book I become less attached to the voice of the narrator and more curious about the details behind his mother's story. She bore her son after her kidnapper got her pregnant after he snatched her and I wonder about what happened when she was kidnapped and her emotional journey from being kidnapped, to having her son, and through all of the events of the book. You find out about her big milestones, but since it's from the perspective of her son, obviously you don't find out everything about her since her son only gets tidbits of her conversations and he isn't with her at points in the book that I'd really like to know more about. I'd buy a rewrite from her perspective in a heartbeat.

I'm not sure what I want to read next. I am trying to decide between The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, and Angles and Demons by Dan Brown. I'm going to read both but I can't decide which one to start with.

 

WillaCatherFan99

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As always, I'm in the  middle of a few books. I'm rereading Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) for about the 12th time. I always seem to be in the middle of a Poirot novel! Also reading a few books off of the Indie NextList. Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Mrs Queen takes the Train by William M Kuhn, and the Mirage by Matt Ruff. The last one is very entertaining- a head turner for sure. The United Arab States are being threatened by Christian fundamentalist terrorists.


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I'm not sure what I want to read next. I am trying to decide between The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, and Angles and Demons by Dan Brown. I'm going to read both but I can't decide which one to start with.

I admit to being a sucker for Dan Brown books! I personally liked Angels and Demons over Da Vinci Code. When they were selecting the new Catholic pope a few years back, all I could think about was Angels and Demons and the conclave process. Be warned though, if you watch the movie- it deviates a lot from the book and is pretty disappointing. I'm talking big, key plots points and moments either left out or changed.

 

EllyMarks

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I'm reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

It's basically a legacy of historians who have researched Dracula as in Vlad Tepest. It's not a vampire romance, phew! It's more like Eat, Pray, Love without any of the happiness. I'm liking the main character so far.

This reads like it's going to be a classic, or that it should have been a classic. No hook. Slow start. Unconventional teller, whose voice I like although the personality I haven't seen yet, and it's basically a slow buildup.

 

WillaCatherFan99

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I'm reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

It's basically a legacy of historians who have researched Dracula as in Vlad Tepest. It's not a vampire romance, phew! It's more like Eat, Pray, Love without any of the happiness. I'm liking the main character so far.

This reads like it's going to be a classic, or that it should have been a classic. No hook. Slow start. Unconventional teller, whose voice I like although the personality I haven't seen yet, and it's basically a slow buildup.

Oh, The Historian is a favorite of mine! I was surprised it didn't become a classic as well, but I think the long length had something to do with it. Another book I read right after The Historian, which kind of had the same feel, was Angelology by Danielle Tussoni I believe. Definitely not as good, or as well written, but a fun and interesting book about angels that takes place in present day and in Nazi Europe during World War II. Unfortunately, the book ends on rather a cliff hanger and the second was much less promising than the first.

 

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I've just finished reading The Daylight War by Peter Brett which is the third in a fantasy series that's a bit different to your usual fare. As much as I enjoyed the book, I'm a bit annoyed, because I thought it was the last in a trilogy and it's turned out not to be, so now I have to wait ages to find out what happens. The fourth book's not even published yet, and it may not be the last one either, so the big showdown and payoff I was expecting has just been indefinitely postponed  :(

I'm also partway through Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. My sister bought it as a birthday present for me and I think it's the first in a series of urban fantasy but heavier on the detective story than the romance angle, for a change. So far so good, so if I like it it's a whole new series of books for me to work my way through.

I don't have the head space for heavy reading at the moment - family life is just too hectic - but if I ever get a bit of a breather I've been meaning to go back to Game of Thrones and it's sequels. I refuse to watch the TV show until I've read the relevant books, and it's got quite a way ahead of me now, but it's so long since I read the first couple that I think I'm going to have to start from scratch again.

 

DancingLady

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I am sort of reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth, but honestly I read maybe once a week.  I am so busy right now I don't have time to read.  I have this huge long list of books I would like to read, but no time for it.  I need to spending more time in the Bible anyway so forget about books unless I randomly don't have internet for a while or something, don't want that to happen though, I need to work online.

 

EllyMarks

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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin. It's kind of cool and strange, and I'd like a movie adaptation that would be like Vanilla Sky except...better... But while I don't like morality in books to be less subtle than a rain of anvils, I also think that some morality anvils do need to be dropped because after reading this book I can't help but feel that I'm missing something huge because all I got from it was "that's strange!"

Soul Kitchen by Poppy Z. Brite. It has no plot, or at least it has a lot of side plots with no real climax. It's not a fair play whodunnit. It's very slice-of-life, really. The descriptions give me vicarious joy, and it's riveting enough all the way through. So, in general I liked it as much as most contemporary or literal fiction. But it reminds me of why I stick with speculative fiction as a genre.

These two books brought to me by The Wandering Library, run by my group of friends on the basis of "oh, I finished reading this one and thought that you'd like it." Ebook readers might change the lending process to just word-of-mouth recommendation, and sadly I'll no longer find the bookmark substitutes between the pages: faded receipts with poetry scribbled on it, or doodles on card paper, or sometimes paper money (which I continue to use as a bookmark and return with the book, of course.) Ah, well, gettin' with the times, we've all got to!

 

tasha

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I have just finished reading "Cecilia Aherns" "The gift" which started off really boring and amateurish and then I battled to force myself to read it but the end few chapters made up for the entire book because it was brilliant! Well worth the read and so much so that I have got another one of hers just to hurry through to the end.

 

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I am just starting a new book called "The Annunaki of Nibiru" by Gerald Clark.  It explains about the other lost books of the Bible, and why they were lost. The lost books go into much greater detail both about God, and also the creation of mankind, the great flood of Noah, and more of the other stories  written about in the Bible.   
I have just been studying about Nibiru, also called Planet X, and I am really interested in see how this book will tie the two subjects together.

At the other end of the (reading) spectrum, I am also read a vampire novel , which is very entertaining. So, whichever I am feeling like reading, I can do, and either study and learn about the ancient history of the world, or  I can just relax and be entertained with the vampire novel.

 

Rosyrain

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That sounds like a very interesting book Happy! I have not had any time to read a single book in the last couple of months and I am feeling a little down about it. I love to read. It is time for me to go to the thrift store and pick up a couple or download some library books to my trusty Kindle. Hmmm maybe this will have to wait until after Christmas because we are still decorating...grrr

 

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It doesn't take very long to find a good book on Kindle, Rosy.  Do you use Bookbub ? I signed up with their free account, and they email me ideas for books that I might be interested in.
When you register, you tell them what you  like to read, that way they only let you know about ones you might like.  A lot of them are free, and most are around $1-2 .
It is an easy way to find out about books you would like, and then download them to the Kindle.

 

Rosyrain

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I just found a really good book at the library the other day, even though it is a traditional book. It is called "Think Like a Billionaire, Become a Billionaire." It is about how to make the most out of the money you have and talks a lot about vision. It explains why there are people who become hugely rich while many settle into a lifestyle of barely getting by.

The main premiss of the book is about finding your vision and working hard to go after it. I am finding it to be a very inspiring book.

 

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I bought Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad. I was thinking of reading those.

 

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I have just finished re-reading the Sherlock Holmes canon. That's good stuff! I'm reading some Agatha Christie novels, beginning with "And Then There Were None." I have eclectic tastes that run from Hamish McBeth mysteries, to  "Crime and Punishment," to Shakespeare.  Out of them all, mysteries are my favorite genre.

 

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I'm reading (and I'm being totally serious btw) "Collective ramblings of a mentally unstable alpaca", by C├ęsar Vitale, a guy who writes very short stories in response to writing prompts in reddit. In fact, the book is just a compilation of some of those stories, which can be read for free in the /r/WritingPrompts subreddit or his own. I got the book because he did a free promotion on Amazon and I'm enjoying it a lot. Most stories are humorous, but some are not, and nearly all of them (of those I've read already) are great. I'll give it five stars.

Obligatory (?) link (non-referral because come on, does that work?): http://www.amazon.com/Collective-Ramblings-Mentally-Unstable-Alpaca-ebook/dp/B00W5FX9JC

 

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The Dresden Files! Generally, I like it. It's a genre that I like, the world manages to combine vampires and fairies and angels in a way that makes sense, even the different kinds of werewolves are cool, and all the characters are interesting. It's an easy read style-wise, and every scene is a gem.

It's told from the point of view of a wizard named Harry Dresden, who is like an American (Chicagoan) version of grown-up Harry Potter, professional Auror and perpetual tapdancer into disaster after disaster.

The thing that I notice most is how Dresden notices most women. He thinks like a guy friend of mine talks, so I wonder if it's safe to say that The Dresden Files is an open invitation to the mind of a man who is conditioned with all the standard conditioning to be a man. This apparently means that if a beautiful woman stabs his hand through with a dagger, he will still notice that she has nice legs (while she's walking away.)

At the same time, it's not just pure fetishization fantasy. I know that Dresden is a lecher because I'm literally reading his mind, but the female characters in the story don't act like sexual objects no matter what Dresden thinks of them, and Dresden knows better than to let his lecherous thoughts become any more than thoughts. He's also honest and self-critical about it. For example, when innocent non-magical people die violent deaths, he is sure to clarify that it wouldn't have been less wrong if it were an innocent nonmagical man who'd been victimized...but it just bothers him more when it's an innocent nonmagical woman. It's just his gut feeling.

On that point, I think it's an excellent example of counternarrative. Fanfiction writers might be familiar with the term Mary Sue, which I think can happen outside of fanfiction when the beliefs of the character (or the author) can't get any friction from anywhere else in the story. That spark is needed to create a believable and interesting conflict.

When it comes to gender roles, I think it's interestingly realistic, (despite...no, especially because it never goes the predictable route of Harry being Proven Wrong By Strong Female Character) but I read for the fantasy and that's where the counternarrative really explodes.

It's Harry Dresden against the world all the time. Harry versus poverty. Harry versus the wizard government. Harry versus family secrets that necessitate (apparently!) his pretending to be his own brother's lover. Harry versus an alliance of vampires and fairies. Harry versus the police, and leaders of organized crime syndicates, and werewolves, all at the same time...I just want to wrap the poor dear in a fluffy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows.

 

elbitjusticiero

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Wow, now I have to get "The Dresden Files".

 

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I read both Ayn Rand and Tolstoy some years ago. I am about to start reading Stephen King's 'On Writing'
This is Writer's text book as well as a memoir on his life. I think it should be interesting reading.

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I forgot to mention that I have completed reading the first chapter of a book I downloaded called 'Utta Drivel'.  Now that I have managed to get through the first chapter, I am considering deleting it off my phone.

 

elbitjusticiero

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Don't hold your breath on "On writing". It's a nice book, touching, interesting if you like King as a writer, but the actual advice on writing is sparse. Maybe that's why the Spanish translation is "Mientras escribo" (i.e., "on writing" as synonymous with "while I write") instead of "Sobre la escritura" (i.e., "on writing" interpreted as "about the art of writing").

If you want actual, concrete advice on writing, I'd suggest you to get a copy of "On being a novelist" by John Gardner, which is much more useful and inspiring. Also, someone on reddit, I think, made a very good suggestion about this: if you want to know how to write well, grab what you consider the best book in the genre you're interested in, and grab a bad book in the same genre, and read them back to back. What the first one does and the second does not, and vice versa, is the difference between good and bad writing.

 

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I went to the library today and picked up Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I haven't started it yet, but I'm about to.

 

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I'm currently in the middle of re-reading The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. I read it ages ago, when my older brother recommended it to me, and though I forgot the title, I've never forgotten the book. I almost didn't believe it when I found the damned thing at Barnes & Noble, and now I'm enjoying seeing how much I've forgotten, and how differently I understand the space novel about the Vietnam war now that I've grown.

 



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