What books are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by bfun, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. City of the Dead by Rosemary Jones

    Project Management for Dummies
    I'm not actually reading it yet but I plan to.
  2. Well, I just finished reading Richard Dawkins 'The God Delusion', possibly one of the best books I've ever read. It was very witty and well researched, I highly recommend it.
  3. God is not a delusion! Just cos you can prove how eggs work with science doesn't mean your atheist views hold any (holy) water with the big man himself.
  4. LOL. You're a funny one Chi.
  5. Ender's Game

    Pretty good so far. It does a good job of depicting how military training tends to crush the humanity in people, and has an interesting dystopian sci-fi setting. Also, despite being from the mid 70s, it predicted the rise of the kind of extremely realistic video games we now take for granted, and talks about how they could be used to train soldiers and military commanders.
  6. I remember reading Enders game a while back Enders shadow tells the other side of te story, observing ended.
  7. I aint got time to read!

    You got time to duck?
  8. What duck?
  9. The Hunger Games

    Awesome book so far. I don't want to put it down. The movie is coming out in 2012.

  10. Currently reading Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy and currently nearing the end of book three named Assassin's Quest.

    I love this series. And going to read all her others too. There are so much books I still need to read though.

    After this one I start reading "The Bro Code".
  11. I bought the whole Harry Potter collection with a 50% off coupon for Borders. I'm not sure if or when I will ever read them but it seemed like a good collection to get.
  12. Isn't borders going out of business?
  13. Not according to them. But I can't see how they survive. There prices are 30% higher than Amazon. Even with a 50% coupon the deal is only slightly better than Amazon prices.
  14. I just got Wilderness Survival 2nd Edition by Gregory Davenport. Supposedly its pretty definitive. I need to get ready for the apocalypse.
  15. I've seen Survivorman. I think I'd prefer to die.
  16. Started reading the Han Solo series. So far it's okay. I'm only about of 1/3 the way through of the first book.
  17. Dune

    I read it back when I was 12 or 13, but I think I was too young to really appreciate it. It's hard to overstate how influential Dune has been on the sci-fi genre. Star Wars is basically a Dune rip-off, especially Episode 4 A New Hope.
  18. I would be interested to hear more of your take on the Star Wars ripoff. I read the series a few years back, and it never brought Star Wars to mind at all. To me Dune was all about exploring the consequences of prescience, and how it would shape the evolution of a civilization across millennia. It just seemed way more ambitious and vast in scope than any other scifi ive ever read.
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    There are too many similiarities to list really

    -Paul = a combination of Luke Skywalker and young Anakin Skywalker
    -Sardaukar = Imperial Storm Troopers
    -Jedi have mind tricks and the voice, Bene Gesserit have mind tricks and the voice
    -People fighting with swords despite the fact it's the distant future, better explained in Dune
    -Arrakis = Tatooine
    -Baron Harkonnen turns out to be Paul's grandfather in a big twist, Darth Vader turns out to be Luke's father in a big twist
  20. I dunno mang. A lot of those comparisons are pretty tenuous. And they left out the one element that Lucas definitely lifted from Dune. Namely, that giant penis lookin space worm thing that tries to eat the millennium falcon. That thing had sandworm written all over it. Ill buy the idea that George Lucas is a hack who tried his best to rip off Dune, but I dont see that much resemblance in the finished product. If Episode IV is meant to be Dune, than it is so dumbed down as to be barely recognizable.