Login |  Register |  FAQ
   
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 46 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

books

 Post subject: books
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:49 am 
Offline
Sergeant
Sergeant

Joined: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:22 am
Posts: 853
Location: fighting the nids on the eastern fringe
so here is a list of books im reading or just finished... you guys cant make fun of me for certain books though, ok?

so my fiancee and i rented twilight when i came out a little bit ago and i have to say i actually kinda liked it. so i decided to read the books. (you cant make fun of me) i finished the first 3. im about to start the 4th. they are an easy read, and i do like them. but they were not what i was expecting. they are defiantly written for teenage girls. though not so completely that they are bad. all in all i think they pretty good books. though i try not to tell to many people.

another book i just finished was called 'what americans really believe' i had no idea what it was about when i got it. i just liked the title, so i grabbed it from the library. anyway, its about a baylor university study on religion. i had no idea about what it was about goin in, so it turned out to be pretty interesting.

now im starting another book, called 'the ten big lies about america.' its by michael medved (a total gop supporter, but still one of the best debaters i have ever seen. i dont maybe agree with him a little less than half the time, but he is so good at controlling a debate) the reason i got it is that it has a chapter on how america did not commit genocide against the indians. with my fiancee being 50% choctaw and my dad having lived on a res for several years, i have an affinity for native americans. i want to read this to see if he can justify what happened. i can say right now its going to be an up hill battle for him, so ill let you guys know.

i usually read two or three books at a time so im going to start 'dune' too. anyone read that yet? i have the three grey knight books sitting at home as well as another book called 'the invention of air.' im debating what to read. any advice on those or anyother books? im pretty much open to almost anything.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:26 am 
Offline
Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:52 am
Posts: 1713
Location: Right Behind You.
Never read "The Twilight" series, I also figured it was 90210 with an Undead cast.

I hated 90210 all other teen drama/angst series. I'm also not a big fan of the glorification of vampires. I read "The Vampire Lestat" and it was pretty anticlimatic, heck I friggin forgot what happens other than the ridiculous rock star scenes.

If you like books about religion I recommend "A letter to a Christian Nation" and "The God Delusion". However, you can skip a couple of chapters of the God Delusion as they are AGGRESSIVELY boring.

Another good book about America and the BS we believer (US History) is "Lies my teacher told me". That was a fun read. It covers social castes in America, political shananigans, acceptable racism in the 17th -19th century (hatred of Irish, Italians, Jews, and groups other than blacks; which were though of property.)

They even go through the differences in what kids are taught as of 2006 and what was actually said by US heroes like Abe Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, George Washington, and other great 'heroes'.

Also "The Book of General Ignorance" is a good one too. However, they focus on the BS UK school children are taught instead of US civics students.

At present I am about to start a book titled "The Stranger" translated from the original French.

I am also reading a Manga series called, "Parasyte", that's a good series too.

-Dr R.

_________________
"Kindness is nothing but hypocrisy in disguise. It is a human deception. Man enjoys the suffering of others - it gives him something to be thankful for, something to feel good about, something to feel superior."
<a href="http://www.the-n.com/games/quiz/3290"><img src="http://www.the-n.com/media/quiz/badges/evil_quiz/scary.gif" border="0"></a>

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (colloquially translated as No one f**ks with me**)


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:34 am 
Offline
Sergeant
Sergeant

Joined: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:22 am
Posts: 853
Location: fighting the nids on the eastern fringe
yes it was a little high schoolish, like i said. but i do like vampires... zombies too, world war z was a pretty good book. i read that recently too.

that is not the first time i have heard the god delusion was horribly boring. but i might check out some of those other books. lies my teacher told me sounds interesting.

anyone heard of tammy bruce? i saw a book of hers and i started looking into her. interesting perspective, i might have to read hers too.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:46 am 
Offline
DOWN HIVE MISFIT
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:02 am
Posts: 1330
Location: WANDERING THE BADZONES
Twilight???
dude, you just lost like a zillion man points.... :P

You should read the Darwin Awards...now thats a book 8-)

_________________
Check out my blog

http://www.krug666.blogspot.com

Buy my junk

http://www.ebay.com/sch/krug_tr6_138/m. ... pg=&_from=


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:55 am 
Offline
Sergeant
Sergeant

Joined: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:22 am
Posts: 853
Location: fighting the nids on the eastern fringe
i said you couldnt make fun of me! like i said im open to read almost anything.

yes! i do want to read the darwin awards, i get those emails every once in a while, so i would love to read the book


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:57 pm 
Offline
Officer of the Watch
Officer of the Watch

Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:35 am
Posts: 471
Location: Reno.
Sorry r6stunner, but TWILIGHT? You're going to be climbing out of that hole for a LONG time. I've had to sit through the DVD, and I found nothing worthwhile about Twilight whatsoever.

However, good reads recently include "Patient Zero," it is a sort of mashup of Tom Clancy and zombies. Check it out.

Also I bought the Codex:Cityfight rulebook when I was in Portland at Powell's. If you are boycotting Amazon like I am, they can help you out with pretty much anything, plus their stores are AMAZING.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:24 pm 
Offline
DOWN HIVE MISFIT
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:02 am
Posts: 1330
Location: WANDERING THE BADZONES
Dude, The Emperor would have totally killed you for reading Twilight...but he forgives so I guess your off the hook...first you must read all the books in the Horus Heresy series to regain your manliness....or at least buy a poster of Chuck Norriss... :P

_________________
Check out my blog

http://www.krug666.blogspot.com

Buy my junk

http://www.ebay.com/sch/krug_tr6_138/m. ... pg=&_from=


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:38 pm 
Offline
Sergeant
Sergeant

Joined: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:22 am
Posts: 853
Location: fighting the nids on the eastern fringe
hahaha weagmacht, i know, i know... i have to admit at times it was a little painful, but overall... honestly not so bad

and thanks, i have been looking for another good zombie book since i finished wwz... i still havent read the necro zombie book, i have it sitting on my shelf too.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:39 pm 
Offline
Sergeant
Sergeant

Joined: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:22 am
Posts: 853
Location: fighting the nids on the eastern fringe
krug, i have been meaning to read the horus books, but they seem daunting to me for some reason, arent there like 10 of em and they are like 1000 pages each?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:41 pm 
Offline
DOWN HIVE MISFIT
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:02 am
Posts: 1330
Location: WANDERING THE BADZONES
They are long-but some of the best stories I have read...

_________________
Check out my blog

http://www.krug666.blogspot.com

Buy my junk

http://www.ebay.com/sch/krug_tr6_138/m. ... pg=&_from=


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:36 am 
Offline
Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 25, 2005 7:44 am
Posts: 1675
Location: Australia
Careful, Twitards are dangerous.
http://www.yourmovies.com.au/news/?i=15 ... ws&rss=yes

I read the first book of the Horus Heresy series and didn't like it at all. I'll go into detail if you want, but in general I don't think the series adds anything (good) to the setting. There are these legendary semi-mythical tales of triumph and catastrophe and betrayal and epic conflict, of demigods and titanic battles. But what you get in the Horus Heresy books is just paltry pulp war/action/drama featuring supermen of sub-human intelligence stomping about in a naive escapist juvenile fantasy.
There's a planet full of nasty primitive but formidable aliens that minced up our vanguard. Let's exterminate them by engaging them in a protracted and extremely costly infantry ground war where we will suffer massive casualties.
High-five my demigod brother, we shall hold hands and fight them together.

I think Dan Abnett hit his peak with the Eisenhorn Trilogy and the first Ravenor book. I highly recommend them and rate Ravenor as the best. I found the sequel to Ravenor tiresome but passable, the third in the trilogy pretty terrible. I suspect it's been downhill for Dan Abnett ever since.
Probably what I liked most was the vision of the Imperium as a place that wasn't constant doom and gloom all the time, it made the Imperium an interesting, diverse, almost believable place, where real people live and have hopes and dreams, as opposed to living short miserable existences as battery hen cogs in a broken rusting machine. It mad the Imperium more than just a backdrop for, or facilitator of, constant boring grimdark war.
I suppose the Imperium and 40K universe as a whole in Eisenhorn and Ravenor was more 'space opera' than 'gothic space fantasy'.


I highly recommend Frank Herbert's Dune books, read the original 6 he wrote, steer well fcuking clear of the siht his retarded son Brian and butt buddy hack Kevin J. Anderson churn out.


I warn you against reading Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers from 1959. Simply because of the danger it represents by making every other science-fiction story you ever read or watch seem totally lame by comparison.

_________________
Warhammer 40,000 5th edition
The least worst rules for 40K.

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity.
With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog, behind which halftruths and untruths can frolic and procreate unmolested.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:25 am 
Offline
Lance Corporal
Lance Corporal

Joined: Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:43 pm
Posts: 240
If you haven't read them already, John Steakley put out two awesome books:

Armor - By far his best, IMO
Vampire$ - John Carpenter's "Vampires" movie was based off this one.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:37 am 
Offline
DOWN HIVE MISFIT
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:02 am
Posts: 1330
Location: WANDERING THE BADZONES
Stunner, pay no heed to ye old fuddy duddy La Funk....read it for yourself and pass your judgment.
Icycool, hell yes John Steakley !!!

_________________
Check out my blog

http://www.krug666.blogspot.com

Buy my junk

http://www.ebay.com/sch/krug_tr6_138/m. ... pg=&_from=


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:44 am 
Offline
Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 25, 2005 7:44 am
Posts: 1675
Location: Australia
Of course, if the subject of the Horus Heresy series interests you and you don't mind the standard of literature Black Library publishes, by all means read the series, I'd recommend that you do. It certainly didn't float my boat or twiddle my biscuit though.
But if you want just one 40K book to get started with, I'd recommend the Eisenhorn omnibus.

I read Armor by John Steakley a few years ago, shortly after I read Starship Troopers I think. I remember reading somewhere that Steakley wrote Armor as a response to Starship Troopers due to being unsatisfied with the amount of power-armoured combat.
While Armor certainly has a far greater quantity of power-armoured action, it's extremely repetitive and in no way excuses its lack of quality. Given that I was essentially sold on it as 'Starship Troopers but with more action' I found it disappointing, but still a pretty good read.

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is not bad.

_________________
Warhammer 40,000 5th edition
The least worst rules for 40K.

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity.
With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog, behind which halftruths and untruths can frolic and procreate unmolested.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:33 am 
Offline
Sergeant
Sergeant

Joined: Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:22 am
Posts: 853
Location: fighting the nids on the eastern fringe
thanks for the vote of confidence robbie :P but i dont think i liked either of the twilight books enough to defend em, let alone to the point of throwing acid in someones face :(

the horus books seemed like mythology books set in the 40k universe, and i have been here and there on mythology books. so i will probably get around to them eventually, but i dont think i will put them at the top of the list (though they are on it)

yeah i heard the dune books had a huge down turn when his son and friend wrote em... ill see how the first one goes.

ill look into steakley

you know i think i read starship troopers in jr high or highschool, i cant remember though, i might read it again.

a series of books i have read in the past were the enders game books... i liked those.

i also liked the foundation books only read two so i want to read the rest.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 46 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

cron

Powered by phpBB ® Forum Software © phpBB Group