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Posted by Mikyz on 22.02.2011 at 21:14
I realize not as many people read books, as people watch movies and listen to music but I still think it would interesting to see what kind of books our fellow metalheads read. So, I'd like you guys just to give me the name and author of the last book you read along with a brief description of the genre and topic.
I'll start:

Cockroach By Rawi Hage

I don't really know to which category this book belongs to but nevertheless this book perfectly depicts the life of an outsider from the perspective of said outsider. It follows the life of an exile, who migrated to Canada following some kind of middle eastern crisis ( I believe the Lebanese Civil War) , and is living a poor and desperate life, which is contrasted with that of a cockroach. This book depicts how he adapts and copes with the environment, there also is an intricate love story cleverly weaved into the whole debacle. Highly Recommended + The author's writing style is unique, he has very clever, hypocritical and satirical descriptions.

Also If you like something this deep and well written, you should check his other book Deniro's Game.



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deadone
Nu Metal Warrior

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  11.02.2014 at 05:24
Written by Kirg on 22.01.2014 at 18:15

Dune by Frank Herbert, a classic of sci-fi literature. It depicts an epic struggle between political and religious factions as well as survival in harsh conditions of the planet Dune. It's one of those books where you read last hundred of pages in one day, as secret schemes unfolds.



Dune is a a classic indeed.

Just finished Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld opus, Raising Steam.

Good stuff as always.
IronAngel

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Age: 25
From: Finland

  11.02.2014 at 10:28
Recently finished Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (in translation), the Lais of Marie de France (in English prose translation; it's originally in Anglo-Norman octosyllabic verse so a lot of the effect is sadly lost), and a collection of Lovecraft's short stories (the longest piece being At the Mountains of Madness).

I must say I enjoyed Lovecraft at his best, but he's also very formulaic and repetitive. Every story has a similar, intelligent and often darkly curious academic protagonist. They all use the same format of storytelling, being some kind of indirect recordings after the fact (typically letters, newspaper articles, memoirs). The reader usually guesses what's coming long before the shocking revelation, softening its impact (see: Whisperer in Darkness). And I'm supposed to believe him when he just lists a bunch of adjectives to describe the protagonist's inexplicable fear, and go along with the horror. Doesn't work for me; not a scary writer at all, though a very intriguing one. Don't take this to imply I thought he was bad. Not at all; I quite liked the sci-fi and fantasy mystery. I just expected something scarier and of more literary prowess, given his immense reputation.

Now reading aloud Dumas' The Red Sphinx, which seems promising but has an annoying tendency to go on an unnecessary tangent about the historical reality behind the characters and events (much moreso than The Three Musketeers). By myself, I am reading a Finnish translation, slightly abridged like the English one, of Le Roy Laudrie's classic microhistorical/annnalist study Montaillou. It presents a lot of interesting details of everyday peasant/shepherd life from Inquisition records, but I think it's a little incoherent and probably owes most of its reputation to being among the first of its kind.
Leni

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Age: 27
From: Russia

  19.02.2014 at 15:46
Arthur Clarke - Rendezvous With Rama.
I'm completely hooked on sci-fi.
Fritillaria
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  19.02.2014 at 18:35
Have anyone read Alchemist ? Any comment on it ?
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Darth Revan

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  21.02.2014 at 06:12
I'm in the slow, slow process of reading all of the "War of the Spider Queen" novels. Last one I read was insurrection, which was pretty cool. There's not really too much to say about it, continued the story from dissolution without changing too much. Swords, magic (lack thereof as well) and elves.
no one

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Age: 30
From: New Zealand

  21.02.2014 at 06:53
The outsider - albert camus
IronAngel

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  21.02.2014 at 13:17
Written by Darth Revan on 21.02.2014 at 06:12

I'm in the slow, slow process of reading all of the "War of the Spider Queen" novels. Last one I read was insurrection, which was pretty cool. There's not really too much to say about it, continued the story from dissolution without changing too much. Swords, magic (lack thereof as well) and elves.


I was DMing for a Neverwinter Nights server (and playing drow) when I read it, so I mostly enjoyed it for the information value. It found it very uneven, though. Some of the writers are really boring, others are quite good. I didn't like the first book (I think?), because it had too much action and the D&D basis was stressed in some awkwardly obvious ways - like the description of how Pharaun casts a Bigby's Forceful (or Grasping?) Hand spell. And later you'll get a very unorthodox use of Time Stop. It was a decent series, insofar as throwaway WotC fantasy goes, but often I felt it was a bit too obvious about advertising and advancing the story of a game setting, rather than telling a good self-contained story. Never was a fan of gods having a go at it, anyhow. (If you want to read a great example of lower-key FR adventure, you should check out the City of Splendors Waterdeep novel.)
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin

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Age: 24
From: India

  10.03.2014 at 09:44
Last Words - George Carlin and Tony Hendra.

Everything you want to know about genius George. Amazing life span he had.
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no one

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Age: 30
From: New Zealand

  10.03.2014 at 19:22
Gene wolfe - book of the new sun

Totally overated and boring
no one

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Age: 30
From: New Zealand

  29.03.2014 at 02:42
Latitude Zero by Windsor Chorlton

This was actually pretty damn good being a type of story line i wouldn't usually go for. A plane crashes making for a lord of the flies type scenario and shit hits the fan every way imaginable. Never gets boring with lots of surprises, but not surprises to drastic to be real or fuck up the story line.

Next book is "Druids" by Morgan Llywelyn which also sounds really good.
Silent Jay

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Age: 25
From: UK

  16.04.2014 at 13:51
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

Book 5 of his A Song of Ice and Fire series (The books that the TV show Game of Thrones is based on). Finally starting it after taking about half a year to read book 4 (A Feast for Crows). I really like this series but AFFC was a massive drag for the most part. I'm really excited to get through ADwD though as many of the characters missing (some of which are my favorites) from the previous book will pop back up. I'd like to get through this one pretty swiftly as the TV adaptation will be showing some of this material in the current season.
no one

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  16.04.2014 at 16:53
Written by Silent Jay on 16.04.2014 at 13:51

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

Book 5 of his A Song of Ice and Fire series (The books that the TV show Game of Thrones is based on). Finally starting it after taking about half a year to read book 4 (A Feast for Crows). I really like this series but AFFC was a massive drag for the most part. I'm really excited to get through ADwD though as many of the characters missing (some of which are my favorites) from the previous book will pop back up. I'd like to get through this one pretty swiftly as the TV adaptation will be showing some of this material in the current season.

never even watched a single episode of game of thrones, the media rave on about it so much i thought it's got to be commercialized crud. I bet the books are way better ?
Troy Killjoy
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  16.04.2014 at 18:31
Written by no one on 16.04.2014 at 16:53
never even watched a single episode of game of thrones, the media rave on about it so much i thought it's got to be commercialized crud. I bet the books are way better ?

You should probably watch it and form your own opinion rather than assuming it's bad simply because it's popular. Makes you sound like a bit of a hipster douchebag - not saying you are one, but definitely makes you sound like one.
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IronAngel

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Age: 25
From: Finland

  16.04.2014 at 21:02
Finished the Red Sphinx. It got better towards the end, but my original impression was fairly accurate. Clinging to historical events and probably outright inserting source material (like a diary entry from the king's physician) happened at the expense of storytelling, but still a decent read. The Finnish translation was amateurish though.

The Return of Martin Guerre, by Natalie Zemon Davis. A small classic of social/microhistory. She writes well and the story is quite amazing (as you will know if you've seen the movie, which she also consulted on), and yet she doesn't resort to flights of fancy or overt popularizing. Martin Guerre leaves his wife in a French village in the 1500s to wander around Europe. Another guy comes to town posing as Martin Guerre and continuing life with the wife. After some time people start to wonder (or, rather, have reason to do something about what they knew from the start?) and there's a trial to determine his identity. It might turn in his favor, but then the real Martin Guerre returns. Dramatic!

The History of England volume I: Foundation, by Peter Ackroyd. Ackroyd is not a historian, and it shows. Way too popular for my tastes, with absolutely source references or other footnotes. I am also not too fond of his unanalytical, smug, witty yet pompous style. He writes really short paragraphs and might juxtapose completely unrelated facts or end chapters in some banality in an attempt to say something profound. All that said, the book was very readable, entertaining and quite successful in telling the story of England from prehistory to Henry VII. And he did have an argument and interpretation of his own, regarding continuity, as vague as it was. If you dig historical overviews that span a long time, this one is worth a read.

The Trial, by Franz Kafka. A bit uneven. The best part was the second-to-last chapter, which integrated the famous parable he previous released as Before the Law. It was hilarious, absurd and distressing at times, but Kafka never finished it (it was posthumously edited) so the story isn't quite coherent, and at least my personal interpretation of events is sort of contradicted by the ending. Something might be missing there.


And aloud, we read some medieval sources:

The Confession of Saint Patrick and Letter to Coroticus, in translation by John Skinner. Generic early medieval/late ancient spiritual autobiography/apology. It had some interesting and entertaining historical details, and it's always fun to read letters and other works where the author is trying to justify himself or affect the behavior of others, but Patrick definitely was not a literary mastermind. I mean, contemporary to Augustine and Jerome, literary giants, he is more interesting as a saint than as a writer.

Einhard's Vita Karoli Magni (Life of Charlemagne). I have not read Suetonius' lives of the emperors, but apparently Einhard modeled his work on them. Concise and readable work that, for the modern reader, gets more interesting towards the end when it describes Charlemagne's life, character and property (rather than what wars he fought where). A quick read, two short sessions, so I can recommend it to anyone interested in history or biographies. Won't take much of your life, and it is one of the most important secular biographies of Western culture.
Silent Jay

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From: UK

  16.04.2014 at 21:29
Written by no one on 16.04.2014 at 16:53

Written by Silent Jay on 16.04.2014 at 13:51

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

Book 5 of his A Song of Ice and Fire series (The books that the TV show Game of Thrones is based on). Finally starting it after taking about half a year to read book 4 (A Feast for Crows). I really like this series but AFFC was a massive drag for the most part. I'm really excited to get through ADwD though as many of the characters missing (some of which are my favorites) from the previous book will pop back up. I'd like to get through this one pretty swiftly as the TV adaptation will be showing some of this material in the current season.

never even watched a single episode of game of thrones, the media rave on about it so much i thought it's got to be commercialized crud. I bet the books are way better ?
I thought the same for a while. Even watched the first episode and didn't think it was all that. Then sometime between the second and third seasons I went back and gave it another go... now I'm hooked. Its a really well done show and easily one of the best shows on television. After watching those two seasons I decided to start reading the books as I heard that there was much more to it that what was shown on the show. The books go into a lot more detail, has more sub-plots, characters and history. I definitely recommend them if fantasy novels are your thing. Though the show can at times feel very underwhelming after reading the books, and a few changes do make me cringe in frustration, I feel it still does a good job considering the limitations of a television show and is as faithful of an adaption as it can be.
no one

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  17.04.2014 at 06:39
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.04.2014 at 18:31

Written by no one on 16.04.2014 at 16:53
never even watched a single episode of game of thrones, the media rave on about it so much i thought it's got to be commercialized crud. I bet the books are way better ?

You should probably watch it and form your own opinion rather than assuming it's bad simply because it's popular. Makes you sound like a bit of a hipster douchebag - not saying you are one, but definitely makes you sound like one.

there's plenty of the same sort of sex violence ridden medieval shows out there already, so i had good reason to make the assumption.

Maybe you should lay off the beers or get over your hang over or something
no one

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  17.04.2014 at 06:46
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Written by Silent Jay on 16.04.2014 at 21:29


I thought the same for a while. Even watched the first episode and didn't think it was all that. Then sometime between the second and third seasons I went back and gave it another go... now I'm hooked. Its a really well done show and easily one of the best shows on television. After watching those two seasons I decided to start reading the books as I heard that there was much more to it that what was shown on the show. The books go into a lot more detail, has more sub-plots, characters and history. I definitely recommend them if fantasy novels are your thing. Though the show can at times feel very underwhelming after reading the books, and a few changes do make me cringe in frustration, I feel it still does a good job considering the limitations of a television show and is as faithful of an adaption as it can be.


i usually like fantasy, more on the historical fiction side though. If i do check this out it will definitely be the books as they always seem to be better.
Troy Killjoy
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  17.04.2014 at 15:15
Written by no one on 17.04.2014 at 06:39
there's plenty of the same sort of sex violence ridden medieval shows out there already, so i had good reason to make the assumption.

Maybe you should lay off the beers or get over your hang over or something

All I'm saying is if you're going to judge a series (be it movie or book) without having seen it, it says a lot about how you allow external influence to dictate your tastes. Wasn't drunk or hungover at the time of posting either.
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toxx

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  17.04.2014 at 20:56
Haven't read a full book in years, but I think the last one was Pirate life, by Anders Odden. Biography.

Last fictional book was Pillars of the earth by Ken Follett.
no one

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  17.04.2014 at 22:40
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2014 at 15:15


All I'm saying is if you're going to judge a series (be it movie or book) without having seen it, it says a lot about how you allow external influence to dictate your tastes.


it's just i have been recommended those medieval tv series before by friends and a over hyped media before, and i have rarely got past one episode.

The way i made an assumption about a Hollywood tv series without seeing it doesn't say a lot about how i allow external influence to dictate my tastes...also i just said i thought it's got to be, not it IS crud

I will always hear music before i judge it, well maybe not the new lady gaga, no matter how much the media goes on about it




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Wasn't drunk or hungover at the time of posting either.


sorry you said you had been on the piss and stuff and your posts are usually more tactful

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