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What are You Reading Right now?

Discussion in 'Books & Comics' started by Suspiria, Aug 26, 2015.

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    I prefer the movie too and I read the book back when the movie came out so it wasn't nostalgia. Perhaps my opinion was formed by seeing the movie first though. It's been a while but from what I remember the book had hotter dinosaur action but the characters were much better and likable in the film. I plan to re-read both the books, I read TLW and I don't remember a single thing about it except that I preferred it to the movie. I recently picked up a pretty cool leatherbound from B&N that has both the books in it but I haven't gotten around to re-reading them with so much I haven't read still in the queue.

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    I'm currently about halfway through reading Starship Troopers. I never cared for the film so I never bothered with the book but finally decided to give it a shot because I've heard so much about it over the years. I'm just not feeling it, feels more like a conservative manifesto thinly disguised as a story.
     
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    I'm currently reading Dune for the 10th time, or something. :)

    This book is the great love of my life ❤
     
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    I'm a huge Stones fan, I've seen them live several times and own every album/live album/concert film plus a USB with hundreds of Stones bootlegs. I've read a few books about The Stones that mention but don't go too deeply into Altamont, Gimme Shelter shows what happened but doesn't give a whole lot of context. This book does so it's been a pretty interesting read so far, seeing how the thing unfolded is like watching a slow motion trainwreck.
     
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    There are lots of interesting things in this Altamont book but one thing I wasn't aware of (maybe I would be if I'd ever get around to reading "George Lucas: A Life") is that George was at the concert working as a volunteer on the Maysles' "Gimme Shelter" film crew. I don't suppose any Hell's Angels are going to beat him over the head with a pool cue as he's currently with another photographer on a hill far away from the violence completely unaware that the situation is becoming a disaster.
     
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    I just finished Dracula, the classic one. I really enjoyed but the book its very slow at some parts and too long, also.

    I bought Stephen King's Under the Dome and I will start to read it this week.
    The tv series was awful but I read some reviews of the book and they were positives.
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    Started this June with reading the star wars books. It's something that I wanted to do for a long time, especially since the new canon novels came out. Sinds June I've finished Thrawn, Thrawn Alliences, Lords of the Sith, Ahsoka, Dark Disciple & currently I'm reading Bloodline and I'm really enjoying it! A question for you guys: I'm really a snob in thinking that the books that I read should be canon. Are the non canon books like Plagueis and Bane worth the read?

    Thanks! :D
     

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    IMHO, Dracula is one of the few examples where the film (Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 flick - Bram Stoker's Dracula) was better than the book :) Tension and melodrama works much better on screen, I think, and Gary Oldman-Dracula has SOOOO much more presence and cool compared to the book character. (+ the marvelous score, of course). Also, the expanded Mina-Dracula love-through-the-ages arc was a great addition! :D

    That said, the original novel is an interesting read. Especially the epistolary format of the book I find very interesting.
     
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    I love the Dracula impersonated by Oldman, one of the best behind the Nosferatu by Klaus Kinski (my favorite).
    The problem that I had with Dracula by Coppola was with Van Helsing (Hopkins), the character looks silly in the movie.
    Actually the first half of Dracula is superb, the last act and the apparition of Van Hlesing I dislike.
     
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    Ooh just discovered this thread :)
    Have just started Lords of the Sith by Paul S.Kemp enjoying it so far . .Can anyone here recommend me absolute must reads of the canon Star Wars novels ?With a Few months to go before TROS panic is setting in :eek:and I realise am not gonna get through all of them. Have read some of them already but just wondered what you guys thought were the essential reads before TROS ? Thanks . :D
     
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    You're going from my favorite book ever to one of my least favorite. I never saw the TV show but that is one of the worst reading experiences I've ever had. The only praise I've ever heard for the book is that its better than the TV show.
     
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    Well, fair enough. I find van Helsing a pretty over-the-top character in any case, but yeah, he's definitely not a strong point of Coppola's Dracula, heh heh. (Keanu Reeves isn't exactly awesome in the film either). On the other hand, the movie does have Tom Waits in the role of Renfield, which is absolutely brilliant! :D
     
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    Oh god. Don't say that...hahaha
    Well, I will try the book anyways, I already bought it and also saw good reviews, as I said before.
    One of the "monster's book" that I read and Loved its Frankstein by Mary Shelley, this is for sure one of the best i ever read.
     
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    You may like it, I think part of the reason it got old fast with me was that I had read the more recent collaboration he did with his son, Sleeping Beauties, which was in many ways a rehash of this book. Also it's one of those books where everybody is just either cartoonishly stupid or evil... or both. It's hard to explain but I almost gave myself a concussion with how much I slapped my forehead. I LOVE King but that book was like everything I've ever not liked in his books and then multiplied by 1000.

    I haven't read Frankenstein since high school. My senior year in HS they started a science fiction class as a literature elective and I took it thinking we were just going to sit around watching Star Wars or something. Instead it was a lot of reading and not really the type of space sci-fi I generally get into, it was stuff like Frankenstein and The Sword Of Shannara which is a fantasy novel but I think the teacher was a fan and threw it in.

    As for Dracula I don't know if I'd say the movie is better than the book but I do love the movie. It was because I enjoyed the film that I first read the book, I think I was 12 or 13 when it came out. The movie that is, I wasn't around in the 1800's when the novel "dropped". Ted "Theodore" Logan could do no wrong in my young mind but even then I was like...I don't think I would have put him in this movie. He never bothers me and in a way it's kind of an unintentionally fun/funny aspect of the film. I always like Hopkins as Van Helsing but I can understand where some might not care for it.
     
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    I just finished The Wheel of Time series.
    Delightful. Thoroughly loved it.
     
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    So have recently finished Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy & then it’s sequel The Honourable Schoolboy

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    & have now just started The Chestnut Man by the creator & script writer of The Killing

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    I think we've disagreed on a number of things here on this site, mostly RIan Johnson and The Last Jedi, but this right here makes me love you to death. Dune is fantastic! Been a while since I've read it, but I've started reading the prequel series and then I'll reread the Herbert books in order to get ready for the film next year.
     
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    Gotta love the used book store. As for the book itself, Tron is a film that works best if you don't think about it too much and the book makes you think about it too much. Still it's a fun read and captures the spirit of the film.
     
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    Just started with LOTR again.
     
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    Reading a little horror for October, starting off with this...

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    It's two books actually, by John Russo who wrote "Night Of The Living Dead" with George Romero and then retained the "Living Dead" rights while Romero made his "Of The Dead" movies. This book is the novelization of "Night Of The Living Dead" and the sequel novel "Return Of The Living Dead" which the later film of the same name has very little to do with, but Russo wrote the film novelization too. Unfortunately it's not in this book and I'll have to hunt down a copy because I LOVE that movie. I finished the first book and it was really good, it's a little different from many novelizations I've because Russo was the guy who wrote the script with George Romero and he didn't novelize the script until like 6-7 years after the movie. So it's not a rush job to tie-in with the movie by some hired gun. You can almost imagine it was a novel before it was a film. And there is enough expansion of the plot/characters to make it interesting even if you've seen the movie so many times you're almost sick of it.

    The next book I'm a little less sure about, it's supposed to be kind of weird and pretty much none of it was in the film. I think it has something to do with religious cults worshiping zombies or some crap.
     
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