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Dollop of Whipped Cream
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quote:
Originally written by Dintiradan:

Speaking of toilets, who here reads Uncle John's Bathroom Readers?
I do. They are quite interesting.

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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Some parts aren't too funny, and some jokes are outright ripped off from other people, but it has its gems.
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quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus.:

quote:
Originally written by Dintiradan:

Speaking of toilets, who here reads Uncle John's Bathroom Readers?
I do. They are quite interesting.

Seconded. We had like 6 of them at my house... I have none at college, regrettably.

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Classical and Quantum Computation

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Finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman last night. Have read it once before. I've still got a big stack of books waiting for me now. Not sure which one I'll pick, though. Still haven't got the one I reserved. :( Whoever's got it hasn't even returned it on time. It's now nearly two weeks late, the bastard...

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I am reading Blackbeard America's Most Notorious Pirate by Angus Konstam. This at times is very dry and historical. He is comparing different records of what happened with Blackbeard. There are interesting moments throughout. Lets capture us a musician, get the merchantman sloop with sugar and rum, mix up and the sugar and rum to make some punch, sail to the islands where we will bring in the local whores and build a giant bonfire where we will drink rum punch and eat for a week straight, make the musician and whores dance and have a good time.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

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I've just finished Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things. Next up, Terry Pratchett's Wintersmith, except that first I'll read some excessively geeky magazines (cVu and Overload)

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Pratchet is an excellent author, I find myself laughing to his books far too much, and far too loudly. This is probably a dumb comparison, but some of his characters remind me of Shakespearian characters, or at least the comic ones. I even enjoyed the picture book for Vime's son that got published.

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Terry Pratchett worked for eight years as a technical writer for the nuclear industry. He claims it was a lesson in how to write well, because it is so easy for things to go wrong with the equipment.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

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Since this is back up, I'll just say that I recently finished Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell) and We (Yevgeny Zamyatin).

Dikiyoba is now starting Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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I finished Notre Dame two days ago. D'you know, I had no idea it could be so boring. Not the bits with the characters and the plot advancing, you know, with all the story, but the whole chapters where he just described places. I never skip anything while reading, but that was too much even for me. It was completely pointless! But the actual story was entertaining, yes.

Although... I absolutely hated Esmeralda. At some point I just started hoping for her to die at the end. I actually checked the ending at one point and was grimly satisfied to find a passage of her getting hung. Admittedly, I nearly felt that maybe she should've gotten saved when every other character tried to do something for her, but then she opened her mouth and just, that... Ugh -_- "Oh, for f---'s sake! Just kill her already!"

I may be in trouble since my MC in my NaNovel is a lot like her in that stupid love aspect. Except Rosalie doesn't fall in love, just has a huge crush and she at least has the sense to know that Jonathan doesn't really love her. Probably makes her even more stupid to accept his advantages, though. (sorry, OT :\ ) Girls!

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by The Green Dragon:

Finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman last night. Have read it once before. I've still got a big stack of books waiting for me now. Not sure which one I'll pick, though. Still haven't got the one I reserved. :( Whoever's got it hasn't even returned it on time. It's now nearly two weeks late, the bastard...
I'll look for American Gods in the bookshop some time this week - if Good Omens was any indicator, his books are awesome.

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I'm reading Nietzsche... can't read enough Nietzsche... give, more, Nietzsche...
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By Diki:
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We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
Good, from what I remember of it.

Introduction to RISC Assembly Language Programming by John Waldron. My joy knows no bounds.

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Law Bringer
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American Gods is really nothing at all like Good Omens. It's still great and still funny in places, but it's much less light-hearted and much less obviously explained, quite possibly because of the lack of Pratchetesque footnotes.

—Alorael, who learned everything he knows about the old British currency system from a Good Omens footnote. He also learned most of what he knows about cloistered orders from the same.
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(I got it! I finally got it! And now I'm not reading it. Why is that, I wonder? Damn these boards.)


Have I actually mentioned what the hell it is that I've been wanting to read for so long? Hmm. Well, it's Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud, anyway. The last book of the Bartimeus trilogy. Gonna finish iiiit...

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Just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. A nice little piece of post apocalyptic fiction. This is about what it means to stay human under nightmarish conditions.

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

Star Bright, Star Light, Oh I Wish I May, I Wish Might, Wish For One Star Tonight.

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My beloved is reading Wintersmith, and chortling much.
I am reading the Divine Comedy and not chortling much at all.
Should I read Fragile Things?

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I'm currently reading The Stand by Stephen King. 500 pages down and so far so good.
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Right now? A Clive Cussler book. Believe it or not, the bad guy loses through his own greed.

Next? House by Tracy Kidder.

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The Woman In White..Just finished it...Instantly made me a Wilkie Collins fan....Story never stalls....Great mystery..
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Alan Moore's Watchmen. If you haven't read it already, what the hell is wrong with you?
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Currently reading Witches' Brew, from Terry Brooks' Landover series. The series is good, if you're looking for mostly lighthearted fantasy.

I also recommend his Shannara series and Word/Void trilogy. They're more serious.

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Retief of the C.D.T.

Everyone knows your superiors are idiots. Retief just proves it.

Also, Bad Prince Charlie by John Moore.

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Well, just finished The Thin Place, by Kathryn Davis. Excellent book, very convoluted.

quote:
Originally written by Old Fogey:
n. stodgy, outdated guy:
American Gods is really nothing at all like Good Omens. It's still great and still funny in places, but it's much less light-hearted and much less obviously explained, quite possibly because of the lack of Pratchetesque footnotes.
Quite, quite dark, in fact... but awesome nonetheless.

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