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Night Patriot (Applicant) 11/17/2010 1:24 PM EST : Recommended Reading/Viewing
Night Patriot
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Just thought I would put out a few suggestions for things to read or watch.  Please feel free to add to this.  What's on your nightstand, on the big screen, or in your dvd player?

I am currently working through Simon R. Green's books. Picked up the first two Drood family books the other day.

Man With the Golden Torque
Daemons Are Forever

I am enjoying them a lot

As for what is currently playing on the dvd player. . .Scott Pilgrim vs the World!  I just can not get enough of this movie.  I watch it and find more things going on.  Its also very funny and smart.  Kids like it for the video game jokes and adults like it for the messed up romance.  Plus it has a great cast and the guy who directed it also directed a couple of other well known little films. . .Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
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EyesofHades (Applicant) 11/18/2010 7:03 PM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing

EyesofHades
Posts: 49

Lets see here, currently, i am reading 109 East Palace. It's about the Manhattan Project, very interesting read thats for sure.

As to what I am watching? Well, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is probably going to live in my DVD player for a while. TV show wise, The Walking Dead, another amazing show, seems to want to try and push the limits of what can air on TV if you ask me. Burn Notice, cause I loves me some spy shows, No Ordinary Family, its like a live action incredibles and when its on season, Warehouse 13, cause well, its fun to see what kind of mayhem will be brought about by things like Edgar Allen Poes quill and H.G. Wells Time Machine.
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Winter Tornado (Applicant) 11/19/2010 11:10 AM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing
Winter Tornado
Posts: 578

For television viewing, I've been mostly watching football. 

(I blame MMOs for that; don't watch nearly as much as I used to...of course, I've been unimpressed with a large crop of shows for a long time now.)

I recently finished reading "The Gathering Storm" by Robert Jordan (well, technically by Brandon Sanderson off of Jordan's notes, but since it's Jordan's series, that's what I'm sticking with).  Next on my stack is a recent release, the first of the Star Trek "Typhon Pact" books.  It's a nice bit of light fare before I wade into the hips into my next major read, "Against All Things Ending", book three of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson.
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Gods Speed (Applicant) 11/19/2010 11:38 AM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing
Gods Speed
Posts: 728

EVERYONE needs to read George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. The first book is called "A Game of Thrones", and is my absolute favorite medeival "fantasy" novel of all time. Yes, ALL time. This includes Tolkien....so there. Heck, they even call the guy the "American Tolkien".

The series takes place in a world where dragons are considered by the inhabitants in the same way as dinosaurs are considered by us, and the only real 'magic' you see is in a tournament; A "monk" who wields a flaming sword (you later learn he goes through a few swords a month, as it's all for show and he's dousing them in oil and thatch and lighting them on fire to intimidate opponents.) Oh..and there are zombies...ice zombies...sort of.

 The most important thing to know , is there's no silliness, no "trite" medeival fantasy tropes to slog through. You won't find any elves, or dwarves (but there is a "height challeneged" character named Tyrion who you'll love to hate AND love..). I can't do the book justice. It's unbelievably good.

 Just make sure you at least buy the cheap paperback version and read it before the HBO series starring Sean Bean starts this winter. OH! And don't get too attached to any character in the book. EVER.

-GS
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Winter Tornado (Applicant) 11/19/2010 11:47 AM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing
Winter Tornado
Posts: 578

My only beef with GRRM is his inability to get to the next book in that series.  He's worse than Robert Jordan was in timely book releases.  It's been years since the last book was released, and no indication that the next one is anywhere close to coming out.

If those books weren't so damned good, I'd have written him off years ago....
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Gods Speed (Applicant) 11/19/2010 12:01 PM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing
Gods Speed
Posts: 728

 I have that same issue with him, but I just can't get enough of his "understated" fantasy style, complete with inter-family intrigue and plot. He really does need to stop playing around on the set of the show and get his doughy butt back to work on the next book. Feast for Crows left me a little cold.
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Empowered Woman (Applicant) 11/19/2010 3:06 PM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing

Empowered Woman
Posts: 809

My current reading load is all scholastic in nature: texts on rhetoric, composition, cultural studies, etc. As far as my viewing, I spent the last couple of months watching the first four seasons of the revived Doctor Who series. Season five is not yet available on netflix for instant viewing, so no spoilers please!
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Genner31 (Applicant) 11/19/2010 4:17 PM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing

Genner31
Posts: 57

Song of Ice and Fire is a good series of books and one of the few series of books that have made villains I loathe with a passion.  There were several times that I uncharacteristically - to myself - was cheering the most awful and torturous comeupance  of two characters in particular.  I was shocked to find that after rereading passages a few times that I was disappointed those characters were now dead and could not suffer more.  Trust me there are two that definitely earned eternal suffering and damnation.

There are a lot of characters in these books - you may need a spreadsheet to keep them all sorted - but unlike Jordan's dreadfully boring series where every single rock, inn, keep, row boat and stone has about 30 pages of history these books move along at a pretty good clip.  As an added bonus the majority of the female characters do not come across as cold, icy shrews, nor do they come off as men with a set of boobs.  They're actually very feminine, but aren't pushovers or damsels in distress.  Well maybe one Stark daughter is but I still like her a lot anyway.  She's a lady but she shows a lot of her mother's courage.

The only downside would be that he's a slow writer and as has been mentioned we've been waiting for the next book forever.
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Saedor (Applicant) 11/19/2010 5:51 PM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing
Saedor
Posts: 655

On TV I usually watch shows on Discovery channel (Cash Cab, Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, etc) and History channel. The only series shows I watch are 'No Ordinary Family' and 'Walking Dead'. As to movies, 'The Expendables' is coming out on the 23rd on DVD

Recent reading has been Robert E. Howards original 'Conan' stories from the 1930's.
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Liberty Rose (Member) 11/19/2010 6:42 PM EST : RE: Recommended Reading/Viewing
Liberty Rose
Posts: 1784

Haven't had a TV in two decades now... and have pretty much decided that we've worked our way through as much of StarGate1, Babylon 5, and Heroes on DVD as we're likely to get.  My usual "light watch" - which happens maybe twice a year, would be one or another of the Jane Austen BBC DVDs.  I'm a big Austen fan.  But my brain doesn't turn naturally to thinking of watching a movie or TV.  MMORPGs have far more sociability.  Though it really sounds like I should pick up a copy of Scott Pilgrim.....


I always have several books going on at once.  I just went around and collected the current piles. <grin>  I will NOT go into the "To Be Read" piles.  I have 'way too many books.....

Just finished:
  •     The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic (though I'm still going over the pictures; haven't learned all there is to learn from them)
  •     Icons: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee (ditto)
  •     The Red Pyramid (a throw-away novel by Rick Riordan without nearly the draw of his Percy Jackson series.  Don't bother unless you're a Riordan completist.)
  •     Three Cups of Tea  (biography of an American trying to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  I read it with mind open to details that might make Afire "feel" more real.)
  •     Four Queens: the Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe (Read for the 2nd time.  History as it SHOULD be written to get folks to read history. )
  •     Throne of Jade (Fantasy.  Horatio Hornblower meets Pern.  Fascinating concept.  This is the 2nd book - and not quite the page-turner the first, His Majesty's Dragon, was.  Haven't gotten ahold of the third yet.)


Currently reading:
  •     Medici Women:  Portraits of Power, Love, and Betrayal (art history/ art analysis/ biography ... and quite well written)
  •     Twelve Years A Slave (biography.  Surprisingly easy read... and should be a classic for Americans, though this is the first time I'd run across it.)
  •     The Sultan's Shadow (Scholarly but very readable history of Oman and slavery on the east side of Africa)
  •     Kavalier & Clay (Fictional novel set during the early history of comic book publishing.  Sad and funny in a Woody-Allenesque fashion.)
  •     Famous Writers Course:  Principles of Good Writing Vol 1  (Trying to practise what I preach and learn how to write so people want to read.  Found this in a used book store.)

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