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Old 08-13-2015, 07:19 PM   #1
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What are you reading or just finished reading?

What kind of books/magazines, etc., do you like to read?

What's your favorite book/author?

Do you prefer Paper or Plastic? (traditional books vs e-books)


I prefer traditional books, because it's hard to show off your e-books in the study/library room, although i do have a few e-books, when there is no other option to get a book. :tonyted: :tintyted:

I read a ton of books and have been actively collecting some for several years.

I've read about 200 in the past 4 or 5 years and average reading about 40 books a year

I generally shy away from modern era (1900+) books and try to focus on anything from antiquity up until the Industrial era.

My favorite genres are Medieval, Renaissance, Steampunk, and Victorian Era themes.

I have a wide assortment of books that include medieval murder mysteries series by various authors, medieval cookbooks, technical/reference or college books on medieval history, steampunk, video game books (Elder Scrolls, Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect), modern cookbooks, a good portion of classical science fiction (Verne & Wells) and i also like to collect old worn books.

I just finished reading a book a few days ago called A Short History of Myth, which argues the growing extinction of myth and religion in current times and I'm currently reading a book on Goddesses called Everyday Goddesses: Ancient Myths for Modern Women, which dedicates a page per Goddess (356) with 2 paragraphs for each one. I got both of the books at Goodwill.

The current book has 2 pages of notes inscribed by a mother to her daughter and it was a Christmas gift. Sadly, the daughter didn't read the book, because it was in perfect condition with no signs of even being opened. I doubt she even read the inscription.

Edit:

Forgot to note that i have about 400 books catalogued and have read over half of them. I also have another 150-200 books from college or younger days which i have read, but just not catalogued/inventoried.

Picking a favorite book or series is pretty hard, but i would probably go with the Chonicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander, as it is one of the first sets of young adult-adult books i read and helped shape my thinking and beliefs at the time.
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:37 AM   #2
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Re: What are you reading? (and General Literary Thread)
I'm reading this thread

Not read anything serious lately, just a load of video game art books
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Old 08-14-2015, 02:10 PM   #3
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Masters of Doom.

Not recently, but it's the last book I read. Highly recommended.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:44 AM   #4
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Masters of Doom.

Not recently, but it's the last book I read. Highly recommended.
Compared to the Doom & Fallout Bibles?


I do collect books, but don't always read them.
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:08 PM   #5
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Compared to the Doom & Fallout Bibles?


I do collect books, but don't always read them.
Are you referring to the Doom design document? That's the only "Doom Bible" I'm aware of.

If so, they're nothing alike. Masters of Doom is a proper book, telling the story of id Software from the early teen years of Carmack and Romero to the collapse of Ion Storm.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:49 PM   #6
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Ok, i finally got through that Goddess book. Seemed to take forever.

I am back on a 3-book series i initially started a few months ago called Dhampir.

The story seemed very good, but sadly when i got to page 91, it suddenly turned into page 250 and went on until page 130 or so as if page 130 was 290 or whatever. I was hoping the real page 250 would be page 90, but no luck. It was a misprint.

I recently took a gamble and ordered a set of the original book and the 2 sequels online and fortunately, i got a newer edition from the same year and it doesn't have the huge misprinting, so i am about 70% done with the first book. It's pretty good and about a vampire hunter.
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:43 AM   #7
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I am reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:04 PM   #8
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Turns out the 3-book series is more like 12 books. After ordering the other 2 books, i later noticed that there were several more books after that, so i ordered them and am up to around book 6 in the series. Currently on Child of a Dead God.

I'd like to see them make it back to town, because that is where the series shines. the last few books have taken place in the wilderness or in very small and remote villages. I'm at the end of this book with about 85 pages left . I fear some important characters may die, but i sure hope not.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:47 PM   #9
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I am reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Was that by John Romero?

Currently on the Noble Dead series still.

Book 7/14: In Shade and Shadow.

Getting close to the end of it.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:43 AM   #10
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I read so many books I don't even remember the titles of each one of them.
Anyways, my favourite author is Tracy Chevalier.
I am reading Star Wars first book.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:07 AM   #11
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Finished Worm (by Wildbow) a while back. A web-serial longer than all the Harry Potter books. It's a fairly intense take on the superhero genre.

And free to read.
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