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August 24th, 2012, 20:24
I'm a guy… And I don't see how this is relevant O.o

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August 24th, 2012, 20:58
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I'm a guy… And I don't see how this is relevant O.o
Because the book is basically literary porn aimed at women. A guy reading it would be similar to a straight guy checking out a Playgirl magazine—not "wrong" by any stretch, but still a bit pointless and certainly not likely to provoke the author's intended response.

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August 25th, 2012, 14:15
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Because the book is basically literary porn aimed at women. A guy reading it would be similar to a straight guy checking out a Playgirl magazine—not "wrong" by any stretch, but still a bit pointless and certainly not likely to provoke the author's intended response.
There is a reason it is called 'mommy porn'.

Here is Gilbert Gottfried reading excerpts

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August 27th, 2012, 21:32
I just finished Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven', which I really enjoyed.

Now reading a book my kids introduced me to a few years back that I never finished and has now been re-released in an updated form: 'So You Want to be a Wizard' by Diane Duane. Targeted for middle-schoolers, but a pretty fun read (even though it is very much aimed at that age group)

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August 27th, 2012, 23:50
Originally Posted by txa1265 View Post
There is a reason it is called 'mommy porn'.

Here is Gilbert Gottfried reading excerpts
Sorry for the OT, but if you like that, seeing GG's dirty jokes performance is a must. Terribly filthy, extremely funny. Part 1 of 4 is here.

Gilbert Gottfried- Dirty Jokes Part 1
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August 28th, 2012, 12:41
Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
Sorry for the OT, but if you like that, seeing GG's dirty jokes performance is a must. Terribly filthy, extremely funny. Part 1 of 4 is here.

Gilbert Gottfried- Dirty Jokes Part 1
You aren't sorry … because that is hilarious! My kids shared that with me after I showed them the link I shared a few months back.

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August 28th, 2012, 13:55
I started reading the Mistborn trilogy last night based on the comments here. I got hooked within 10 pages. I am liking it alot which is great as I have a few half read books that I just can't seem to finish. Nothing has grabbed me this good in a bit.
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September 2nd, 2012, 20:47
Can't decide what to read next : War and Peace or Les Miserables.

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September 2nd, 2012, 23:19
Finished The Riyria Revelations books by Michael Sullivan, its a good fantasy series that hearkens back to simpler times without all the million page long descriptions and drawn out epics of today. Then read the Ulrika the Vampire warhammer fantasy series by Nathan Long, the first two books are very good, didn't think the third book was as good. It's a pretty interesting unique take on the vampire mythos, which normally I avoid. I'm currently reading The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, and not enjoying it. Too cliche and boring unlikable characters, doubt I will pick up the next two books in the trilogy.
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September 3rd, 2012, 05:46
Originally Posted by bloodlover View Post
Can't decide what to read next : War and Peace or Les Miserables.
War and Peace is downright torture to read. I got through 25% once and just couldn't go on.
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September 14th, 2012, 10:02
Reading Ender in Exile, a direct sequel to the well-known and incredible Ender's Game. The chronology of the series can be a bit confusing, since there's all kinds of sequels, prequels, side stories and spin-offs of the original novel. I'd just go with the publication order in case anyone wants to delve deeper into the Ender universe. I found all books quite interesting so far, although everyone should definitely read Ender's Game.

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September 20th, 2012, 21:50
Just got done rereading The Alienist, a great book I first read maybe 15 yrs ago. Written by Caleb Carr, he does an excellent job of blending historical setttings with facts and fictions. If reading a mystery set in the 1890's in a vibrant New York City w/ cameos from some of the most interesting characters from that era sounds appealing, pick it up.


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September 21st, 2012, 03:10
I finished the Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. It was good but a bit depressing. A time traveling historian accidentally gets sent too late into the middle ages, and arrives during the black plague. The whole village dies, despite her attempts to help them, after they took care of her when she arrives with a deadly case of influenza. The village priest saw her arrive from the future and took her for an angel sent by God to help them, which she did, but to no avail.
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September 21st, 2012, 08:51
After a relatively long sci-fi diversion, I thought it was time for some good old fantasy again and started reading A Wizard of Earthsea, and since it's rather short, I'm almost through. Very different from the more modern works I'm familiar with, mostly due to the quaint language structures and there being little dialogue. At times I was slightly reminded of H.P. Lovecraft's stories.

It feels simple and at the same time intriguingly archaic. I like it and am already looking forward to the other Earthsea entries.

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September 21st, 2012, 10:37
I just started Redshirts by John Scalzi. A surreal little deconstruction of Star Trek by a writer I gain more and more respect for the more I read about. I figure I should read something he's written aside from articles on gawker sites and occasional links people give me to his blog. He was a creative consultant on Stargate Universe and that show was pretty great. I wonder what he did there.

I read fiction so slow these days because I spend so much time reading RPG books. I wonder if I'll even finish this book before Xmas. It's very neat so far, though.
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September 21st, 2012, 12:17
Finished Tolkien's The Hobbit. ( Listening to its audio-book every night before sleep. ) I think the biggest problem of the book is that it's way too childish ( even for a children novel ) both in the way it's written and the way story unfolds. Except for the superb finale ( 4 last chapters ) and the somehow bittersweet ending, earlier parts are a bit stale and had a hard time keeping my attention for long.
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You might have heard this before. But it doesn't do harm to hear it again. If you plan to read the novel or you're waiting for the movie, do not expect something like Lord of the Rings at all. Hobbit is far more simpler and innocent and doesn't have a quarter of ambition LOTR had. But with all of the things said, I'm very glad that I read The Hobbit. It was very simple, yes. But it had spirit like few other novels ( that I know about ) have. It's one of those novels that you will feel really nostalgic about later in your life.


War and Peace is downright torture to read. I got through 25% once and just couldn't go on.
Unfortunately, the same thing happened to me with War and Peace. I think it was way too reliant on history and culture of the time frame and the location events happen in the book which makes it extremely inaccessible for people who don't know all about that stuff.
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September 21st, 2012, 14:03
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I finished the Doomsday Book
This one ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesday_Book

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September 21st, 2012, 20:39
The author of that one isn't Willis.
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September 21st, 2012, 20:52
Reading Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw (yes, the guy who does the 'Zero Punctuation' reviews). Decent enough so far - it was on a sale for $2.99 for the Nook version the other day.

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September 22nd, 2012, 21:25
Finished The Tombs of Atuan, second book in the Earthsea series, in one sitting, which wasn't difficult: At 224 pages it's even shorter than the first one, but once again a real page turner.

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