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Posted 6/22/13 , edited 6/22/13
What (non-manga) books and comics are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? Tell us a little about them.

In a coincidence of suitability for the newly consolidated Books & Comics forum, I'm about 3/4 of the way through a book about a comic. Superman: The Unauthorized Biography is an intelligent, well-written and entertaining history of Superman, by Glen Weldon (who I know from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast). It covers the comics, the early animated cartoons, radio shows, tv, music references, and movies right up to (I assume) Man of Steel. I'm not a comics-nerd (though I occasionally read some comics) so I found it both educational and enjoyable--there's depth regarding key details but it doesn't get bogged down in minutiae, instead using a few examples that give a flavor for the whole. However, I think even anyone with an encyclopedic knowledge of Superman would enjoy this book because it really is fun to read. The tone is respectful when appropriate, good-humored about the ridiculous, and insightful but genuinely funny in assessment of eye-rolling failures.

I just started Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (English translation by Jay Rubin), and I really like it so far, but I haven't read enough yet to say much about it.
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Just finished The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm. He speaks of knowledge and truth. I might buy another one of his books. The Sane Society. Those are good reads!
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Posted 6/22/13
I don't know if this counts as reading but I read stuff on MIT opencourse website.
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I've been reading through Jim Butcher's series The Dresden Files. Right now I'm on book 8, Proven Guilty.
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Posted 6/23/13
The nonmanga book I am currently reading is Incanceron and a few other mystery novels. I am trying to read M. C. Beaton's novel series. I just read two so far. I ended up getting really lazy because I ended up watching anime every single day of the week because my mom finally got us wifi. I'll try to continue reading again. They were really good.
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I am currently (re)reading The night angel trilogy. I honestly can't find a fantasy series that in my eyes matches this one...
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Posted 6/23/13
I just Finished a book very few people will read, but I enjoyed it
A Post-American World 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria (not a novel, non-fiction, informative) about America's position in the world amongst rising nations like The People's REpublic of China, Indian, and Brasil.

No Easy Day a book about the raid that Killed Osama bin Laden

Metro 2033 a videogame was based on the book of the same name (good videogame by the way). Post-nuclear world set in Russia.

The Graveyardbook by Neil Gaiman. Ghost and fantasy. About a living boy named Bod who is raised by ghost.

Finished all these about the same time. I read many things at once, but take for ever to finish.
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Posted 6/25/13 , edited 6/25/13
Rereading Steven Erikson's A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. I usually dislike really long fantasy series (like The Wheel of Time, etc.), but this is an exception: I don't think I've actually stopped reading this series since I first picked up Gardens of the Moon a couple years ago. Whatever book I'm on is always closeby and I'll read a few pages (or more than a few) a couple times a week. Almost finished with The Bonehunters, then on to Reaper's Gale.

Just sucks that the first book and a half is so hard to get through the first time you read them.


Gokumon wrote:

I am currently (re)reading The night angel trilogy. I honestly can't find a fantasy series that in my eyes matches this one...

I need to get around to reading this, I've heard good things about it.
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I list most of what I read on my profile, so you can find most of this there.

The book I most recently finished is "Blood Oranges" by Kathleen Tierney (aka Caitlin R. Kiernan). This book really didn't work for me. It wasn't poorly written, it just suffered from a surfeit of style.

I'm currently reading:
- The Mist-Torn Witches -- Barb Hendee
- ココロコネクト ヒトランダム - 庵田 定夏
- The Complete Joy of Homebrewing -- Charlie Papazian
- A History of Modern Computing -- Paul Ceruzzi
- The Tale of Genji -- Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translator)
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I just finished reading Stranger in a Strange Land. Now that I ran out of books that I can get I'm reading TIME magazines now
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Believe me if you read it you won't regret it! I love this series so much! I've read it 6+ times and it never gets old and i always find something new about the book!
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I finished "The Mist-Torn Witches" by Barb Hendee. It was a fun and quick read with an interesting twist on witch powers. I expect there will be a sequel.

Next up is volume 8 of "Fables" by Bill Willingham. I love this series.
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Posted 6/26/13

deadpanditto wrote:

[many interesting things plus...]
- The Tale of Genji -- Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translator)

That's kind of sort of on my "next up" list. Trouble is I mostly don't buy print books any more and this wasn't available in the US as an eBook in a non-abridged version. So, I bought the fat print version, figuring I'd either use it as "at home" reading or cut the chapters out to carry with me. Well, I'm not managing to read much at home, and I did get through one chapter as "commute" reading, but then I kept forgetting to grab the next chapter and...

Which is to say, your post reminded me that I have this waiting. So the next time I post what I"m currently reading, I plan to have that in it.

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Yeah, it's kind of difficult to carry around since it's the size of a phone book. I'd be interested in hearing what you think as you read it.
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Posted 6/27/13
Almost finished slogging through the last few hundred pages of Homestuck to get current. I like it, and it's quite enjoyable...but I still can't quite figure out why it's become such a phenomenon. It's like the Angry Birds of webcomics IMO.
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