--- Registration is closed. I don't want your Cialis. ---

Author Topic: What are you reading?  (Read 147898 times)

Rama

  • The Laziest Man on Mars
  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 10350
  • Owl Pellets: 1124
  • Sex Robot...Sex Robot
    • View Profile
    • Radioactive Theater
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1140 on: Jun 18, 2017, 12:43:31 AM »
I'm going to start reading these trades of Dc's Bombshells series....here soon...any minute now...Just like I read that Bio of Lovecraft.....yep.

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1141 on: Jun 19, 2017, 05:29:54 AM »
Im stocked the eff UP because a new Tolkien book just came out- this time about Beren and Luthien.  (they are like the "original" Aragorn and Arwen, also she was Arwen's great great great great x10 grandmama)

Rodent of Unusual Size

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 3982
  • Owl Pellets: 12
  • *chug Chug CHUG*
    • View Profile
    • http://bonr.shwiggie.com
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1142 on: Jun 20, 2017, 06:32:24 PM »
Oh, crap! I'd forgotten when it was coming out, since I thought I'd pre-ordered that on Amazon last year! I'm now debating whether I want to get it from Amazon or just pick it up tomorrow. Probably the former, as it's not material I haven't seen before (besides the illustrations included), but still...New Tolkien book.

Anyway, I'm reading a fanslated version of the DanMachi light novels. I liked the show, but I elected to read the LNs rather than the manga. It's not an easy read due to the poor English which assaults my senses, but it's not like I know where to get official translations.

DanMachi, if you don't know, is short for Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, or "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" It's like reading a novel just to read what it's friggin' name is....
Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1143 on: Jun 21, 2017, 02:52:32 AM »
Oh, crap! I'd forgotten when it was coming out, since I thought I'd pre-ordered that on Amazon last year! I'm now debating whether I want to get it from Amazon or just pick it up tomorrow. Probably the former, as it's not material I haven't seen before (besides the illustrations included), but still...New Tolkien book.


Yes its all stuff that has been printed before in the Silmarillion and the Middle Earth books (which Im still stuck in volume 1 so Im waaayy behind).  But yeah Im definitely getting it.
Also, I heard that its an easy and fast read, like Children of Hurin.

B E C K

  • 高橋 啓介 FANGIRL
  • Administrator
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 22432
  • Owl Pellets: 888
  • I ♥ 高橋 啓介!
    • View Profile
    • Rabbit In A Suit
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1144 on: Aug 27, 2017, 07:27:30 AM »
I'm reading On Writing by Stephen King and half of it's his life story. Boring!  :joe:

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1145 on: Aug 30, 2017, 03:51:56 AM »
How can he even remember most of it? He spent more than half of it on drugs/drunk off his ass

B E C K

  • 高橋 啓介 FANGIRL
  • Administrator
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 22432
  • Owl Pellets: 888
  • I ♥ 高橋 啓介!
    • View Profile
    • Rabbit In A Suit
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1146 on: Aug 30, 2017, 08:02:47 AM »
Well, it's a 17 year old book so maybe it was a bit fresher back then. And some things he wrote in little blurbs. Anyway, it was really uninteresting. I rarely read biographies and his was never one I had any interest in.

Rodent of Unusual Size

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 3982
  • Owl Pellets: 12
  • *chug Chug CHUG*
    • View Profile
    • http://bonr.shwiggie.com
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1147 on: Sep 04, 2017, 08:48:16 PM »
Yes its all stuff that has been printed before in the Silmarillion and the Middle Earth books (which Im still stuck in volume 1 so Im waaayy behind).  But yeah Im definitely getting it.
Also, I heard that its an easy and fast read, like Children of Hurin.
I completely re-read the Silmarillion before starting Beren and Luthien today. However, what I've read of the latter reads more like textual criticism and an overview of textual transmission: highly academic and completely uninteresting to me. But I haven't gotten to the meat of it yet, having only basically taken on the foreword.
Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1148 on: Sep 05, 2017, 08:34:24 AM »
I completely re-read the Silmarillion before starting Beren and Luthien today. However, what I've read of the latter reads more like textual criticism and an overview of textual transmission: highly academic and completely uninteresting to me. But I haven't gotten to the meat of it yet, having only basically taken on the foreword.
Ah crap I hope it gets better! Im going to Nihon this month so Im def getting it over there.

Rodent of Unusual Size

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 3982
  • Owl Pellets: 12
  • *chug Chug CHUG*
    • View Profile
    • http://bonr.shwiggie.com
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1149 on: Oct 08, 2017, 01:32:39 PM »
My verdict on Beren and Lúthien: only get it if you're interested in new Alan Lee artwork, poetry, and a final example of just how big a chore it was for Chis Tolkien to edit his father's material. It is basically divided in thirds. The first part is primarily the original draft of the story, where Beren was an elf and it was Tevildo the Prince of Cats who captured Beren and from whom he was rescued by Luthien and Huan rather than Thû/Sauron. It's a comparatively rough draft, but close enough to what we wound up with and with enough altered names to be tedious.

The second part is old-school couplet poetry...I read somewhere that it is written in tetrameter, but since I haven't taken a literature class in decades I can't say that of myself. Reading poetry in the best of times for me is maddening (rhyme that doesn't end a phrase is annoying as hell) so while this is artistically the most important part of the book I will never read it again. Not only that, but it stops when the return to Doriath without the Silmaril. But that's a problem with everything here: none of the pre-existing material was ever in a final form or completed, so it had to be hodge-podged together.

The third part is, to borrow from Tolkien, flotsam and jetsam...pieces from various sources that didn't find their way into the Silmarillion narrative. Different accounts of how Beren obtained the Nauglamir and their attitudes toward it, and how it shaped the lives of their son Dior, his daughter Elwing, and her family, Eärendil, Elrond, and Elros.

Again, unless you love Alan Lee, ancient-sounding poetry, and textual criticism, stick with the Silmarillion version of events and forego the cost of the book.
Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1150 on: Oct 11, 2017, 08:31:08 AM »
Thanks for the comprehensive review!

Im a sucker for all things Middle earth so i will definitely get it but I will probably skip the poetry part since Im not a fan of it.


Didnt get the book here (they are only selling hardcovers in Amazon JP) so Ill get it in Deutschland. Here I got House of Leaves so Im looking forward reading that

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1151 on: Apr 06, 2018, 07:12:24 AM »
NEW BOOK ABOUT THE FALL OF GONDOLIN BEING PUBLISHED BY TOLKIEN

https://www.tolkiensociety.org/blog/2018/03/new-tolkien-book-to-be-published/

Haven't even bought the last one yet cause they still don't have it in paperback in Japan :'(

Rodent of Unusual Size

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 3982
  • Owl Pellets: 12
  • *chug Chug CHUG*
    • View Profile
    • http://bonr.shwiggie.com
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1152 on: Apr 07, 2018, 05:15:56 PM »
If it's the same as the recent Beren and Luthien release, I will forego this one. B&L is really only useful as anal hygienic material.
Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

jonhammstein

  • Religiously Anon
  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 6708
  • Owl Pellets: 15
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1153 on: Apr 08, 2018, 02:28:58 PM »
I know this is the book thread, but seeing as there's so much Tolkien talk, how do you guys feel about the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series? Optimistic? Apprehensive?

B E C K

  • 高橋 啓介 FANGIRL
  • Administrator
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 22432
  • Owl Pellets: 888
  • I ♥ 高橋 啓介!
    • View Profile
    • Rabbit In A Suit
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1154 on: Apr 10, 2018, 09:46:58 AM »
Appremistic. :) I was telling Fifi on FB it's a win-win: it'll either be somewhat decent or it'll be a hilarious flaming trainwreck.

Rodent of Unusual Size

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 3982
  • Owl Pellets: 12
  • *chug Chug CHUG*
    • View Profile
    • http://bonr.shwiggie.com
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1155 on: Apr 10, 2018, 06:01:41 PM »
If it's based on existing story lines I'll give it a try so long as they don't stink it up (re: the Hobbit movies). But I'll pass hard if it's a bunch of barely related Hollywood fanfic.
Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

B E C K

  • 高橋 啓介 FANGIRL
  • Administrator
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 22432
  • Owl Pellets: 888
  • I ♥ 高橋 啓介!
    • View Profile
    • Rabbit In A Suit
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1156 on: Apr 18, 2018, 04:10:09 PM »
I tried reading "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" and it just made me so fucking angry and sad. Here's the Wikipedia article about the events in question if you're curious. The book's actually very readable in terms of how it's written but the subject matter just bothered me too much and I need more cheerful subject matter at this time in my life.

Rama

  • The Laziest Man on Mars
  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 10350
  • Owl Pellets: 1124
  • Sex Robot...Sex Robot
    • View Profile
    • Radioactive Theater
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1157 on: Apr 22, 2018, 09:56:59 PM »
That book has been going out like crazy at work.

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1158 on: Apr 24, 2018, 03:51:39 AM »
I know this is the book thread, but seeing as there's so much Tolkien talk, how do you guys feel about the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series? Optimistic? Apprehensive?
I want to stay neutral as long as I can. Just wondering who will they get to play Luthien? IMO you wont find anyone better looking than Liv Tyler. I wonder if Cate Blanchett will sign up to play Galadriel again

B E C K

  • 高橋 啓介 FANGIRL
  • Administrator
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 22432
  • Owl Pellets: 888
  • I ♥ 高橋 啓介!
    • View Profile
    • Rabbit In A Suit
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1159 on: Apr 24, 2018, 07:23:40 AM »
Would not mind if they brought back Sir Ian McKellen and just recasted the shit outta everyone else. And they need to have plenty of hot elves. Really hope they don't go the route of trying to insert "big" names into this that don't belong... like Bieber-tier reality-show psuedo-stars. Please no Tauriel/OC shit either.

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1160 on: Aug 27, 2018, 05:57:20 AM »
Silmarillion was packed full with hot elves.  All the daddies and grandaddies  :aroused:

Fiero

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7318
  • Owl Pellets: 2004
    • View Profile
    • Inert Itinerant
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1161 on: Aug 31, 2018, 01:27:26 PM »
They haven't actually confirmed what period the story will be set in, right? Other than the vague "prequel to LOTR" statement and a rumor from a fan-site saying they confirmed that it's about a young Aragorn (which could easily be speculation).

Some of the elves were alive through a lot of the Middle Earth history, so you could maybe see certain elves even if they did something set in the first age or something. I'd prefer to see something like the Fall of Gondolin (which actually just got released as a novel recently) than stuff closer to the core story.
Get a little closer let it fold
Cut open my sternum and pull
My little ribs around you

Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1162 on: May 26, 2020, 08:44:28 AM »
Whatever they do I hope they recreate the Fingolfin vs Mordoth fight. That's my top one, book narration included. Ive had a painting of it as my computer background for years now and I even had a poster of another one :3


Faye Valentine

  • Peruvian Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7832
  • Owl Pellets: 2105
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1163 on: May 26, 2020, 08:47:16 AM »
Finished reading Inio Asano's "Oyasumi Punpun" like a month ago and I still think about it every couple of days. 10/10 it has become my Grave of Fireflies-manga. Amazing story (beautiful drawings) but will not read it again.

jonhammstein

  • Religiously Anon
  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 6708
  • Owl Pellets: 15
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1164 on: May 26, 2020, 02:24:43 PM »
Fingolfin vs Mordoth

You can't tell me this isn't the name of a kaiju film.

B E C K

  • 高橋 啓介 FANGIRL
  • Administrator
  • Your Personal Jesus
  • ********
  • Posts: 22432
  • Owl Pellets: 888
  • I ♥ 高橋 啓介!
    • View Profile
    • Rabbit In A Suit
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1165 on: May 27, 2020, 02:04:58 PM »
A giant shark with a golf club vs an edgy moth?

Rodent of Unusual Size

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 3982
  • Owl Pellets: 12
  • *chug Chug CHUG*
    • View Profile
    • http://bonr.shwiggie.com
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1166 on: May 29, 2020, 06:13:47 PM »
Whatever it is, apparently the Amazon LOTR series will cover the Second Age going by the maps they showed on Twitter. I'm not very thrilled about this, since it's a fairly spaced out time frame without a lot of focused narrative...that means a bunch of ad-lib without the constraint of a known and proven story. Would it suck if it just did it's own thing in the fantasy setting? Not necessarily, but how much of the setting would there be to appeal to fans of the Silmarillion who are likely jonesing for an actual adaptation of First Age stuff?
Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

Fiero

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7318
  • Owl Pellets: 2004
    • View Profile
    • Inert Itinerant
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1167 on: Jul 06, 2020, 01:25:25 PM »
Whatever it is, apparently the Amazon LOTR series will cover the Second Age going by the maps they showed on Twitter. I'm not very thrilled about this, since it's a fairly spaced out time frame without a lot of focused narrative...that means a bunch of ad-lib without the constraint of a known and proven story. Would it suck if it just did it's own thing in the fantasy setting? Not necessarily, but how much of the setting would there be to appeal to fans of the Silmarillion who are likely jonesing for an actual adaptation of First Age stuff?


I don't think they are going to cover the entirety of the Second Age, for the reasons you mentioned. My guess at the most reasonable choice is a bit before the War of the Last Alliance. Gives room to establish characters before going into giant battle seasons.




I'm kind of hopeful that it'll be the lead-up to
Whatever they do I hope they recreate the Fingolfin vs Mordoth fight. That's my top one, book narration included. Ive had a painting of it as my computer background for years now and I even had a poster of another one :3

It's going to be mostly second age, based on what little promo we've seen since then. They might do something similar to the films, where we saw the end of the Siege of Barud-dûr as part of a recap of former events. Even if that's all we get, would be cool to see that, and the death of Glaurung, the fall of Gondolin, the Battle of Sudden Flame and more, even if it's from a big view and not down in the details of it. More likely in such a preview we'll get some of the War of Wrath as that was the last big event of the First Age, followed by Beleriand sinking into the sea and Númenor being established, likely some of the events that take place in Númenor before whenever the show's setting starts (rather than all of the biggest battles of the War of Beleriand).
Get a little closer let it fold
Cut open my sternum and pull
My little ribs around you

Fiero

  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 7318
  • Owl Pellets: 2004
    • View Profile
    • Inert Itinerant
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1168 on: Jul 06, 2020, 01:29:36 PM »
Reading China Mievelle's The Iron Council (third in the Bas-Lag "trilogy," in quotes because they're only loosely connected). It's been mostly fun. It hard a very strange section in the middle of the book where it broke away from a chapter structure and had probably the contents of 5-6 chapters as almost a stream of consciousness from one character's perspective, which the author did not do in the previous two books at all. That part was kind of difficult to get through, but the rest of the book has been quite good and what the character in the middle went through was still important to the story. I've enjoyed some of Mievelle's other work but I'm still unsure of recommending him in a general fashion. If you like weird semi-gonzo only-vaguely-steampunkish fantasy, it works.
Get a little closer let it fold
Cut open my sternum and pull
My little ribs around you

jonhammstein

  • Religiously Anon
  • Crunchy Greenie
  • Vending Machine Panties
  • *******
  • Posts: 6708
  • Owl Pellets: 15
    • View Profile
Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1169 on: Aug 24, 2020, 08:44:48 PM »
The Fireman by Joe Hill. Not at all what I thought it would be. Compelling, though.