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IceAlisa
08-03-2011, 03:22 AM
Exactly. Looking forward to that....just hoping it comes in for me before the fall semester begins. I have exactly three weeks to read fluff then it is back to history.
I am 171st in the library queue right now for Dreams Of Joy. That is not good.

Allen
08-03-2011, 03:40 AM
I loved Room to bits. The child narrator takes a bit of getting used to but once I got past it, I could not put it down.

When I first started reading it, I kept finding myself putting it down, but once I got past the first 30 or so pages, I read it in one sitting.

I finished House of Leaves tonight and I found it totally stunning. What a fabulous book!

I'm moving on to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon next. I read Anathem a while back and loved it, so I decided to finally read Cryptonomicon. Stephen's Snow Crash is one of my favorite novels, but I always avoided Cryptonomicon because one of my professors from undergrad told me at a conference that she wasn't "sadistic enough" to teach it. The woman is my mentor and the hardest professor I ever had, so if she thought it was a sadistic experience, I thought I should avoid it :) But since it's part of this thesis, I've got to read it. I have to give it to this student, the two books she is reading for her thesis total over 1600 pages not including all of the research she has done. After all the reading I've done for her thesis, I have no sympathy for my students who complain about reading 50 pages in two days.

rfisher
08-03-2011, 04:00 AM
Cold Vengence by Preston & Child. Another :kickass: Agent Pendergast book. Lurve me some uber goth FBI guy.

Allen
08-03-2011, 04:18 AM
Cold Vengence by Preston & Child. Another :kickass: Agent Pendergast book. Lurve me some uber goth FBI guy.

Is this a series I need to read? I've been wanting to start a new mystery series.

rfisher
08-03-2011, 04:35 AM
Yes, but you need to start with Relic. Great book which was turned into a horrible movie. P&C wouldn't option another after what they did. Lot's of cool inside stuff on the Museum of Natural History in NY. If you start with it and work forward, you'll understand who all the players are. Not all of them appear in each Pendergast book, but they can pop up any time. There is an entire cult of Pendergast fans.

Allen
08-03-2011, 04:40 AM
Yes, but you need to start with Relic. Great book which was turned into a horrible movie. P&C wouldn't option another after what they did. Lot's of cool inside stuff on the Museum of Natural History in NY. If you start with it and work forward, you'll understand who all the players are. Not all of them appear in each Pendergast book, but they can pop up any time. There is an entire cult of Pendergast fans.

I just downloaded Relic to my Kindle. I'll start it after I finish Cryptonomicon.

PrincessLeppard
08-03-2011, 04:55 AM
Relic is one of my favorite books. Don't read it in bed, because when the lights go out? That's when things show up to eat you. :EVILLE:

And, yes, the movie was........not good.

rfisher
08-03-2011, 05:00 AM
I just downloaded Relic to my Kindle. I'll start it after I finish Cryptonomicon.

The order is Relic, Mount Dragon, Reliquary, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Ice Limit, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life With Crows, Brimstone, Dance of Death, The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, Fever Dream and Cold Vengence. Not all of these are Pendergast focused (those in italics), but they all introduce characters which appear in later books. Some are more than a little spooky.

Spinner
08-03-2011, 05:58 AM
I'm moving on to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon next. I read Anathem a while back and loved it, so I decided to finally read Cryptonomicon. Stephen's Snow Crash is one of my favorite novels, but I always avoided Cryptonomicon because one of my professors from undergrad told me at a conference that she wasn't "sadistic enough" to teach it. The woman is my mentor and the hardest professor I ever had, so if she thought it was a sadistic experience, I thought I should avoid it :) But since it's part of this thesis, I've got to read it.

I have an advanced copy of his new book Reamde (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reamde-neal-stephenson/1100608610?ean=9780061977961&itm=1&usri=reamde), which comes out late September. I should get to it in a few weeks and I'll let you know what I think.

Nomad
08-03-2011, 06:04 AM
The Roaring Nineties was pretty damned good. I could have used a glossary for some of the Aussie vocabulary, but that's a minor gripe. Am now scouting around for a decent California Gold Rush novel to compare it to.

Allen
08-03-2011, 06:08 AM
I have an advanced copy of his new book Reamde (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reamde-neal-stephenson/1100608610?ean=9780061977961&itm=1&usri=reamde), which comes out late September. I should get to it in a few weeks and I'll let you know what I think.

Please do! I can't wait to read Reamde.

Spinner
08-03-2011, 06:13 AM
Please do! I can't wait to read Reamde.

In true Stephenson fashion, it's almost 1000 pages :lol:

Allen
08-03-2011, 06:21 AM
In true Stephenson fashion, it's almost 1000 pages :lol:

I've had students complain about Snow Crash being long (it's just under 500 pages) and I always immediately tell them that I could instead make them read Cryptonomicon or Anathem which are pushing 1000 pages.

Spinner
08-03-2011, 07:06 AM
I've had students complain about Snow Crash being long (it's just under 500 pages) and I always immediately tell them that I could instead make them read Cryptonomicon or Anathem which are pushing 1000 pages.

Tell 'em to stop whining. Under 500 pages is nothing. One of my proudest bargain finds? A first edition hardcover in near perfect condition of Anathem on the clearance table at B&N. Got it for $7. :D

Buzz
08-03-2011, 01:02 PM
Ooo, that sounds interesting! How is it so far?


As travel books go this one is sad and heart breaking. It talks about people who got sent to the Gulags for making comments or jokes about the regime that they did not like. But it is also scattered with bits of hope and light and so far it has me captivated. A very worthwhile read. :respec: