edited July 2011 in Visual
What do you guys read? I'm big on the fantasy thing right now but I'd love any good recommendations.


  • I love reading! Though I don't read so much I love collecting books on science and stuff. The only novels I've read are fantasy novels called Monster Blood Tattoo. Its pretty good! And really thick books so I'm proud I've read them. I've only read two of the books in the series and he was writing the third when I finished. Its coming out late this year so thats pretty exciting.
  • Right now I have a big stack 'o feminist books piling up on my desk because I have no time to read cause of school. I'm almost done with Les Miserables and I really enjoy it. It's FUCKING LONG though. I haven't read much fantasy though. Does His Dark Materials count? They've never seem liked kids books to me. It's probably my favorite series, it kind of affected the way I look at the world in a spiritual sense.
  • have you read The Magician series of books? Those are a fantastic fantasy set. I can't remember exactly who the writer is but can find out if you are interested.
  • Hi, I'm a public librarian specializing in Young Adult and Small Press litterachure. Your local librarian is your best source for reader's advisory. You can also check out Fantastic Fiction UK, a great site for read-alikes. I know scifi better than fantasy but can do Reader's Advisory for both. What genre of fantasy are you reading? I can suggest more accurately if I know. To answer your question, I am reading: Inubaka (manga), Ephemera (scholarly), Is Your Pet Psychic? (new age schlock), and The Wachula Woods Accord (primate science) (do monkeys got brainses). Last two good books I read: The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz and John Dies at the End by David Wong. Anything by David Foster Wallace gives me an aneurysm- he was so frakking funny and smart.
  • [quote="Shinsy"]Right now I have a big stack 'o feminist books piling up on my desk because I have no time to read cause of school. I'm almost done with Les Miserables and I really enjoy it. It's FUCKING LONG though. I haven't read much fantasy though. Does His Dark Materials count? They've never seem liked kids books to me. It's probably my favorite series, it kind of affected the way I look at the world in a spiritual sense.[/quote] I LOVED His Dark Materials!!!! Probably one of my favorite fantasy series! I never imagined it as a kid's story either. I think there are themes in there a kid's mind couldn't comprehend.
  • Columbine It's pretty good but right now I gotta read the illustrated man for school
  • I am currently reading The Catcher in the Rye. It's really great, I'm excited to see where it goes.
  • I have to read Catcher in the Rye for my sophmore English class over the summer so I'll definately read that. Infinite Jest looks really good too. Everyone who's read it says it's amazing. Too much of an undertaking for a high schooler?
  • The fantasy I'm reading right now is George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Highly recommended dark fantasy.
  • I'm really bad at finishing books and well, most things lately. I started reading Malcolm X's autobiography and On The Road maybe a month, two months for the former, ago and somewhere along the way I forgot about the autobiography and never got round to reading Kerouac novel much before I had to return it to the library. The one I suppose I'm in the process of reading now is Lolita - I think after my exams are over I will try to finish this one as I'm almost at the halfway mark as it seems a waste and of course because it's quite compelling. Sorry - TMI!
  • Lolita is really great there's a good movie by Stanley Kubrick too. i recommend Kerouac for everyone, On The Road is good, my favorite is Dharma Bums
  • I'm also terrible at finishing books. I'm more of a movie person. (obviously) But the last book I actually finished reading was the Shining <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile-1.gif" alt=":)" title=":)" /><!-- s:) --> So wonderfully terrifying and suspenseful. I love that book. Anything by King is the best.
  • I think I'm going to read On the Road next. just because i've heard so much about it.
  • I just picked up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but have yet to crack it open. After that's done I am probably going to re-read The Magus because I've promised to lend it to a friend, which means I'm probably not going to get it back. It's the only book I've thrown across a room because it pissed me off so much.
  • Why did The Magus piss you off? I started re-reading it (for the third time) about 2 months ago but got side-tracked. It's at my library so i can go back anytime. Maybe we could read it together and have a little Book Club!
  • Currently I reading "Prince Caspian" from the Chronicles of Narnia series. It's a series that I never read as a child, so I thought I should go back and read them.
  • very cool series, i remember staying up at night to read those books....
  • I always wished I had a magical wardrobe... I'm reading the Tao of Pooh, need to start on The Art of Racing in the Rain, and perusing various magazines and gardening journals.
  • I loved the Narnia books so much. classics
  • [quote="winilula"]Why did The Magus piss you off? I started re-reading it (for the third time) about 2 months ago but got side-tracked. It's at my library so i can go back anytime. Maybe we could read it together and have a little Book Club![/quote] didn't see this til just now; mostly the ending, with the going back and forth... "it's not real" "oh YES IT IS" "i've ruined your life and crapped in your psyche!" "but you're a better person" "that chick isn't really real, i'm just playing with your head" i mean, i loved it, but so frustrating. AFAIK everything's he's written is just great great great.
  • Palahniuk. Oh, hey, I'm new around here.
  • hey, I like Palahniuk too. The last thing I read by him was Diary though and I wasn't super into it. That was when that first came out. I know there have been quite a few since. I really enjoyed Invisible Monsters and Choke. Survivor was my favorite of that batch though. My favorite author is really Charles Bukowski. Oh yeah, and Oscar Wilde.
  • Survivor is probably my favorite. I haven't read them all, but I'm trying to. I'm getting through Haunted right now. I like Bukowski as well, although I've only read one of his novels.
  • yeah, I've read quite a bit of Bukowski. I'm half-heartedly reading Notes of a Dirty Old Man right now. Its all the articles or whatever that he used to write for magazines or something like that. I'm too lazy to open it up and see what it says. How is Haunted? That was the one that came out right after I lost interest in reading his stuff. I wasn't really excited by what I heard about it, so i'm very curious to whether I should've been or not.
  • Kurt Vonnegut FTW
  • I'm not that far into Haunted, but it's okay so far. Not terrific. The short stories are the best part. The main plot is kinda meh. I will say though there are some short stories that are disturbing (maybe you've heard of the one called "Guts") Anyway, other than Palahniuk I really enjoy Chuck Klosterman, The Catcher In The Rye, The Bell Jar, and this really funny book called Then We Came To The End.
  • I certainly expected some of it to be disturbing. Would it be Palahniuk if there wasn't gore? I heard about Guts too. I watched an interview with Chuck where he said that people faint at his readings sometimes when he reads that story. I never really liked The Catcher In The Rye. I think there's something wrong with me on that front.
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  • I should definitely read more. I can't get interested in fiction though. Catcher in the Rye is the only novel i appreciate so far. I just read A Brief History of Time by Steven Hawking, and I'm definitely going to have to read that again a couple times to grasp all of it. I love autobiographies, especially by comedians. My local small town library is really lacking in that area, sadly <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/sad.gif" alt=":(" title="sad" /><!-- s:( -->. The last one I read was All My Best Friends by George Burns. Vaudeville is quite intriguing to me. I'm going to try to find Rodney Dangerfield's next. He seems like a rich character.
  • Oh stop that. We is all able for the readings.
  • i've started reading again! I read Bone in the Throat (or something like that) by Anthony Bourdain yesterday and i'm reading Against Nature by Huysman right now. that book is insane.
  • i've got barth's "lost in the funhouse" cracked, re-re-reading david wong's "john dies at the end", "the tao of pooh" is in the car (I read it to my son to help him sleep. he doesn't care about taoism but he likes daddy's voice reading pooh-bear.) i've got oliver sacks' "musicophilia" with a bookmark about 1/5 of they way in lying around somewhere but damned if i can find it. once i finish 'lost in the funhouse' i'm going to start bolanos' "2666" in spanish.
  • I've never heard of Lost in the Fun house (or Against Nature) but I know the rest (not 2666 though). I'll have to check those out! I'm reading Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs (from the tv show Bones) and a book on Artist Trading Cards, which I've been making a lot of lately.
  • its assumed that Against Nature was the french novel that Lord Henry gave Dorian Gray which then inspired him to indulge in everything. its nice to hear all this reading going on.
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  • I'm looking for something to read over the summer, hopefully not something light, but something I can ponder over for hours, my favorite books are like, Catcher in the Rye, Into Thin Air, Lord of the Rings and House of Leaves! any of your thoughts would be appreciated was thinking about reading "infinite jest" but I'm not sure about how much effort i'm able to put into it before the length gets to me. thoughts?
  • If you like sorta surreal awesome reads I think you'll like Pedro Páramo. Look into it. It's one of my new favorite books.
  • can't believe how much of a hyper book house of leaves became and that infinite jest is the new one oh god? the level of infinite jest talk / praise since i read it last sumner is quite oft-putting to say the least! ... it was quite the beast and featured many things but it is held too darn high! probably the 2nd hardest book to get through on account of just gutter mundane passages... [hardest was the follow-up to house of leaves... only revolutions! ... that one was the biggest beast of all! what will he do for Book 3! ... you down with MZD? <!-- s>__< --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/mad.gif" alt=">__<" title="mad" /><!-- s>__< --> )))
  • Infinite Jest is one of my absolute favorites, it's one of those books that I read at just the right time and it sort of changed my life. The length is deceptive since there's end notes (about 200 pages worth) so that when you get to the end of the book you still sort of think you have like 200 pages to go and you hit the end suddenly and it's this gorgeous image. It's hilarious, sad and beautiful all at once. [url=]here's DFW talking about humor and sadness in Infinite Jest[/url], there's a really excellent interview with DFW by Charlie Rose ([url=]here[/url]). If IJ is really that intimidating, you might want to check out "A supposedly fun thing I'll never do again", a book of his essays; it's less dense and intimidating. House of Leaves is the only book that gave me nightmares. when i finished it i felt like my fever broke and i had that just-got-done-being-sick feeling you get when you feel like you've been ridden hard and long and you feel sort of sickly still. I have been reading Grant Morrison comics and if you're into mindfuck psychedlia, I cannot recommend his stuff to you enough. Particularly "THE FILTH" or "The Invisibles"
  • house of leaves is crazy good
  • leave / leaf house! <!-- s>__< --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/mad.gif" alt=">__<" title="mad" /><!-- s>__< -->
  • I wet my read before I play the contra baritone sousaphone. It's a new hybrid of woodwind and brass.
  • Oh, snap. I wasn't expecting that.
  • Don't lie, fool! Ah gon' pop a cap up in your ass 'fo I let some cub scout motha ge'et smart wid me. <!-- s>__< --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/mad.gif" alt=">__<" title="mad" /><!-- s>__< -->
  • You know, Shake 'n Bake, I just don't understand how some "world-reknowned" (overrated) author can act like such a pompous jerk. I wish you'd leave forever. Haven't you been dead for 400 years? What kind of schlemiel comes back to life after 400 years and trolls an internet forum?
  • I'm gon' get back into da rhymin' game. My stage name gon' be "2B". Mah only concern is dat it get confused wid "Tubey". Dat's why I'm back, so don't be trippin'. Rappin' Shakespeare gon' find you and rhyme you, foo.
  • Wait a minute... are you really Shakespeare?
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