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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Melong » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:02 pm

I gave up on re-reading the Song of Ice and Fire books in anticipation of the upcoming season of HBO's Game of Thrones.

Yesterday, having high expectations, I bought Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. 86 pages in and so far, so good. I don't normally read fiction.
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Annie » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:32 am

I am finally reading Anne Rice's new book, "The Wolf Gift." It's wonderful...
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby BOB1 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:44 pm

Well, today I read the First Act of Shakespeare's Tempest... difficult to comprehend here and there but altogether great pleasure!

I love this line for instance:

Go, make thyself like a nymph o' the sea: be subject to no sight but thine and mine; invisible to every eyeball else.

I wish I could speak like that on daily basis :wink:
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Carl » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:23 pm

Lot of film versions available for The Tempest. ( Plays are better seen than read, imo.)
We're set tonight for the Helen Mirren film of a couple years back.
The b/w TV version of a bygone age is excellent. Richard Burton was funny as hell as Caliban.
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby BOB1 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:00 pm

But I like to read plays, too! I know it's not exactly the typical way but I really enjoy it. And with Shakespeare it's additionally a language thing, this language is very difficult for me but it's a challenge at the same time, and pleasure, too.

But of course I saw at least two versions of Tempest, including the one made by BBC (I've got quite a collection of BBC adaptations of Shakespeare and sometimes I watch something... they're in most of cases terribly long, though!)

And I saw parts of Greenaway's Prospero's Books once and I found it very intriguing. I can still remember those images even though it was over 15 years ago nad I never saw any more of that movie.
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Carl » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:08 am

By all means enjoy! :D

I personally am able to follow the flowery dialog (in WS, often intentionally obscure; apparently he was parodying a popular style at the time) when I see the stage business and hear the actor's inflections.
*Many thanks for reminding me of Prospero's Books. I'll catch it next time around for sure.
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Melong » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:37 pm

I am currently reading Iain M. Banks's first Culture novel Consider Phlebas. The later Culture novels are supposed to get (even) better, but this seemed a good place to start.

Edit: Shit eating Polynesian cannibals in space! Goodbye €6.50. :?
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Melong » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:38 am

Now reading Surface Detail Iain M. Banks latest Culture novel. Much better than the first, so far.
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Indifferent43 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:47 pm

I'm currently reading The Stand by Stephen King.

Is anyone on goodreads.com? It's a brilliant book social networking site. Feel free to add me, time2stand.
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Annie » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:39 pm

I'm reading the trilogy of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. Am now on the second book, which is a lot better. Kind of strange because the translation from Swedish is a little bit off. I always have "War and Peace" on stand-by when I run out of books...
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Melong » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:18 pm

I think I'll finally read Dune later this year. Never got around to it during a previous period of prefering (English) Science Fiction while in high school.
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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Melong » Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:56 am

After finishing Surface Detail I read Player of Games. This morning I started Use of Weapons. Already looking forward to Banks's latest Culture book The Hydrogen Sonata.
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Re: Last Book You Read

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Re: Last Book You Read

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Re: Last Book You Read

Postby Melong » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:10 pm

Finished Bank's Use of Weapons, what a bore, and have just started Excession, the one I have been most looking forward to.

Am also reading Haruki Murakami Underground, The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche.

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