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Title: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: SCUZZ Cadence Abergnathy on November 29, 2014, 06:04:20 am
Since the majority of INIT. is capable of writing and reading, I was wondering what books you are reading at the moment and what titles are your alltime favorites?

To kickoff the thread here are my first entries:

current read:
The Martian by Andy Weir (http://www.amazon.de/The-Martian-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/product-description/B00FAXJHCY/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=299956&s=books)

genre: sci-fi-thriller
It is basically a Robinson Crusoe story in space.
Finished about 1/4 now and so far non stop thrilling flavored with fine bits of humor!

Quote
Chapter 1

LOG ENTRY: SOL 6
I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
Fucked.
Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.


Recommendations:
Passage Trilogy:
The Passage by Justin Cronin (http://www.amazon.de/Passage-Trilogy-Justin-Cronin-ebook/dp/B003TJA8Y2/ref=la_B001H6J17E_1_3?s=books-intl-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1417239635&sr=1-3)
The Twelve by Justin Cronin (http://www.amazon.de/The-Twelve-Book-Passage-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B007GBTBMY/ref=pd_sim_eb_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=02CQ3AGMF5DKSE5KMCD8)
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (release in 2015)

genre: horror-thriller
When you blend vampires, zombies, the apocalypse, the FBI and a little girl that saves the world, this is what you get!

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The story opens in 2016 A.D. (or 5 B.V. in Cronin Count) with the discovery of a virus found in some nasty Bolivian bats that has the disagreeable effect of transforming you into a rampaging, blood-drinking beast that glows in the dark. But don't call them vampires, they're virals. You'd think that the sensible response to this discovery would be to send in the military to napalm the bloody jungle, but when was the military ever sensible in apocalyptic fiction? No, the army thinks the whole thing is totally awesome and wants to create a new breed of soldiers by reengineering the virus to give the infected superhuman strength and eternal life and promptly begins the usual "let's-create-indestructible-super-soldiers" experiments on death row inmates they've shipped to super-secret underground labs in Colorado to start Project NOAH. Predictably, the project goes kablooey: things aren't exactly working out as planned with the prisoners, to put it mildly. Enter Amy Bellafonte, a six-year-old orphan child who may or may not hold the key to save the project. Morally conflicted FBI Agent Brad Wolgast, is ordered to locate and transport her to Colorado because the military's medicine men got the feeling that the virus's development might be easier to control and direct in the developing system of a child. But the military will never know the effects of the virus on Amy - which are indeed profoundly different - once all hell breaks loose.



waiting for the threadnought...
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on November 29, 2014, 07:12:19 am
Hyperion
Author: Dan Simmons

The first book of the trilogy, written almost like a Canterbury Tales in space.

Recommendations:

Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: highfield on November 29, 2014, 08:00:23 am
The Origins of Political Order
Author: Francis Fukuyama
 
As the title describes.

Will amend when I'm not on mobile.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: SCUZZ Cadence Abergnathy on November 29, 2014, 09:13:07 am
Hyperion
Author: Dan Simmons

Oh yeah! Finished Endymion (the sequel to Hyperion) some months ago! The writing style is a bit different compared to Hyperion but I enjoyed it even more than the first one! Though... had a good guess about the ending and almost hated reading as the inevitable climax came closer and closer!
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Post by: VANIS S0zi0P4th on November 29, 2014, 10:24:35 am
Currently i am reading the forum's
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS To0bE on November 29, 2014, 10:28:35 am
After i watched the Movie i will start reading The Maze Runner Trilogy from James Dashner.
Looks like a cool Story.
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Post by: 07NBD Milann Nightwind on November 29, 2014, 12:06:05 pm
Currently reading a book with the lovely title The Complete Idiot's Guide To String Theory. XD Those books are pretty nice though so don't be put off by the title, just like the For Dummies books (this is in the same style).

Last one I finished was I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I read it cause I've seen the film and wondered if they went more into something I thought they hinted about there but never explored. Turns out it's pretty much a completely different story from the film. Would recommend.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: SCUZZ Cadence Abergnathy on December 01, 2014, 11:13:23 pm
Finished "The Martian", awesome! Looking forward to the movie adaption directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon!
Just downloaded "Sword of Truth" by Terry Goodkind on my kindle, will start reading tonight!
Regarding "I am Legend", I had mixed feelings about the movie... if the book is different i might give it a try!
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Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on December 02, 2014, 01:59:22 am
Finished "The Martian", awesome! Looking forward to the movie adaption directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon!
Just downloaded "Sword of Truth" by Terry Goodkind on my kindle, will start reading tonight!
Regarding "I am Legend", I had mixed feelings about the movie... if the book is different i might give it a try!

I will warn you that if you read the entire Sword of Truth series books 5 (Soul of Fire) and book 7 (The Pillars of Creation) were a little boring for me to get through. Not that they were terrible books just a little dry.
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Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on December 02, 2014, 02:10:04 am
I will like to add to the list nearly every Stars Wars book out there. I'm a huge Star Wars fan.

Ones that stick out would be

The Thrawn Trilogy and The Hand of Thrawn Duology by Timothy Zahn
The X-Wing Series by multiple authors -- Is literally just about Rogue Squadron flying around blowing things up some great space battles.
The New Jedi Order by Multiple Authors -- About a new alien race coming from outside of the galaxy who don't exist inside the realm of the Force. Everything they use is alive from their armor to their spaceships (think Zerg from Starcraft) Very bloody and action packed.
The Game of Thrones by George R Martin -- If you watched the show and enjoyed it you should enjoy the books. So much detail and long reads. The character building is wonderfully done.
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

I'll add more later. I love reading!
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: SCUZZ Cadence Abergnathy on December 02, 2014, 05:29:49 am
If you love Star Wars you have to read the Darth Bane Trilogy:

Path of Destruction
Rule of Two
Dynasty of Evil

written by Drew Karpyshyn and are by far the best I've ever read in the Star Wars Universe!
If you don't know the author, he used to work for Bioware and was main writer for Baldurs Gate, KotoR and Mass Effect!
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Post by: DCON. Meruhe Daidra on December 02, 2014, 08:44:03 am
Due to the lack of time, I'm still reading "the wheel of time" and "Die Chronik der Unsterblichen".
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: 07NBD Milann Nightwind on December 02, 2014, 10:34:31 pm
Due to the lack of time, I'm still reading "the wheel of time" and "Die Chronik der Unsterblichen".
I can take AGES to read books since I tend to read multiple ones at the same time and my favourites require peace and quiet and good mood so the ones I love the most have a tendency to take longer. :P
My all time favourites ever are The Wheel of Time books which I must admit I started reading more than 15 years ago. XD Still love them and not done with them all yet. :)
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Post by: SCUZZ Cadence Abergnathy on December 03, 2014, 06:21:15 am
Wondering why nobody mentioned the Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett.
"Thief of Time" and "Night Watch" are my personal favorites, but you should only read them if you
have read the preceding novels of the DEATH and City Watch Storyarcs!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld
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Post by: VANIS Icognito theReal on December 03, 2014, 07:32:44 am
last read:
Dean Abbet, Warhammer 40k, the storycompendium of Inquisitor Giddeon Ravenor.
english, good to read like most warhammer novels if you like blood and gore :) i strongly advise the reading of the fall of horus, a compendium of 6+ books worth reading in english.
(eventho this book has a moar downstyle mood)

today:
The Philosophy of Lao Tsu, german translation, 1982
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Post by: VANIS Mattasaurus on December 03, 2014, 08:50:30 am
My highly recommended Sci-fi reads - (Good things come in threes  :D )

Orphans of Earth Trilogy
Evergence Trilogy

Both written by Sean Willaims and Shane Dix

Astropolis Trilogy
Sean Williams


I also really enjoyed
The Nights Dawn and The Void trilogies by Peter F Hamilton

Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR Baron Blackadder on December 03, 2014, 07:03:58 pm
A Read a huge amount, a few good suggestions would be :

Historical Books -
The Parthian by Peter Darman (first in a series of three)
Emperor by Conn Iggulden (first in a series of Five)

Fantasy -
The Magician by Raymond E. Feist (first in s series of three)

Sci Fi -
Swarm by B.V Larson (first in a series of Ten)
Moon Wreck (Slaver Wars) by Raymond L. Weil (first in a series of Seven)

Alternate Histroy -
The Whale has Wings by David Row (first in a series of three)


Would also agree with some of the other books listed, I also liked The Thrawn Trilogy and Terry Pratchet is one of the funniest writers ever, Mort is my favourite.


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Post by: VANIS Bryson McRock on December 04, 2014, 07:05:49 am
Regarding my readings I am actually more into fantasy than space ships and I just found out my most favourits ("Götterkriege" by Richard Schwartz and the "Zwerge" Series by Markus Heitz) seam to be only german and not translated...

In English I am reading the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik which is in a parallel universe to ours just by the detail that there are Dragons and they are like cool horses in the time of the napolean wars.. At least it is this way until the dragon Temeraire starts to work on some changes :)
In the 5th or 6th book it starts drifting away from actual happened history and get more into what could have happened (Napoleon actualy conquers Britain partly) but the funniest aspect of this book is the Dragon Temeraire.

if you are into dragons another book I recomend is the Eragon series, which is in book form better than the movie was (not a surprise)

Scifi wise I like the Battletech universe starting from the origins up to the most reason Mechwarrior the dark age series..

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Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on December 04, 2014, 08:43:33 am
I am looking for an English copy of The Ringbearer. I'm not sure of the author but it was written in Russia. It is suppose to be the Lord of the Rings but from the viewpoint of Mordor. About how Mordor is on the cusp of an industrial revolution and the West is populated by fairy creatures and people who believe in witchcraft and magic and false gods.

Would be interesting to read but I am sure it is filled with propaganda.
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Post by: 07NBD Milann Nightwind on December 04, 2014, 01:37:15 pm
On the topic of alternative history and political stuff, I want to recommend Fatherland by Robert Harris.
It's set in the 1960s Germany but where the nazis won the war and is basically a detective thriller kind of book. I like how they've not made it into some sort of "nazis won so everyone is now evil" thing, but rather show a normal society with their own flavour and their own dark past (like any society has but we like to forget).
There's a movie based on this book as well but they changed the plot quite a bit so it's two different stories after the buildup. I prefer the book's version - better characters in it too. :)
Fun fact: I found this book by accidentally sitting on it when visiting a corp mate. XD
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Post by: DCON. Cuchulin on December 04, 2014, 04:14:28 pm
Something that I would definately recommend for SciFi ethusiast like myself:

The Orbit Hospital Series (12 Books all in all) by James White

Its kinda like a mixture of House and maybe ER but in Space :D One of the very few SciFi series out there that was written with a completely pacifistic mindset and manages to still be a fun and compelling read all the time. At least in my opinion. Noone saving the world or fighting against eternal evil in there...but its realy not needed. Also Mr. White puts A LOT of effort into describing probably more than a dozend alien species that are all very different from humans.

For fans of the complete opposite (meaning shoot first...ask no questions...) I recommend the Horus Heresy Series that describes the Beginnings of the Warhammer 40k universe. The individual books differ quite a bit in style, but thankfully not so much in quality.

Some other favorites of mine are:

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (for the SteamPunk ethusiast)
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke

Happy Reading :)
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Post by: DCON. ReeeZaaa on December 05, 2014, 10:32:53 am
Due to the lack of time, I'm still reading "the wheel of time" and "Die Chronik der Unsterblichen".
I can take AGES to read books since I tend to read multiple ones at the same time and my favourites require peace and quiet and good mood so the ones I love the most have a tendency to take longer. :P
My all time favourites ever are The Wheel of Time books which I must admit I started reading more than 15 years ago. XD Still love them and not done with them all yet. :)

funny, i finished the wheel of time series when the last book came out in 2013. took me around 4 years of reading and waiting :) and yeah, i'd also say it's one of my favs.
i read historical novals a lot (all the ken folett stuff e.g. the pillars of the earth, lots of rebecca gablé). that brought me to fantasy after some time (also swords and stuff :) ), but now after the wheel of time series and some other german fantasy novels (markus heitz, bernhard hennen) it's enough of fantasy for the next fw years so i'm trying psycho thrillers now. currently it's jussi adler-olsen with kvinden i buret, german translated ofc :)
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS DRACOincarnation on December 07, 2014, 07:46:29 pm
'A fully decompressed synthetic bacteriophage øX174 genome assembled and archived in yeast' by Paul R. Jaschke, released 2012. Pretty good stuff for a lazy evening with a glass of wine!
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Post by: VANIS Malcanis on December 07, 2014, 08:33:58 pm
Just finished Stations Of The Tide by Michael Swanwick. Outstanding book, reminded me of Gene Wolfe's stuff.
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Post by: VANIS Prime FLux on December 07, 2014, 09:19:49 pm
Honorverse serie by David Weber, a spaceship scific version of C. S. Forester´s Hornblower
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Post by: VANIS Florian Silbereisen on December 08, 2014, 08:17:04 am
'A fully decompressed synthetic bacteriophage øX174 genome assembled and archived in yeast' by Paul R. Jaschke, released 2012. Pretty good stuff for a lazy evening with a glass of wine!

your dirty talk makes me so hot
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Post by: AIR Korotani on December 18, 2014, 03:19:31 pm
Just finished Templar One minus most of the punctuation. One of these most infuriating things I've had to do, but it was worth it at the end.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: SCUZZ Cadence Abergnathy on December 18, 2014, 10:18:00 pm
Simon Sinek - Start with why
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Post by: GARST JPOP007 on April 28, 2015, 09:08:23 am
SiFi - "Genesis" by Thariot
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: 07NBD Krebskasper on April 28, 2015, 12:14:30 pm
COMIC READERS, ASSEMBLE !
What are these books you speak of? ;)

I like graphical novels aka. comics.
Currently I'm going through the youngest iteration of Infinite Crisis, again, which is pretty awesome.
Mainly because I think the current "The Flash" series is heading that way.

After that... maybe the infinite crisis from 1984, but I don't enjoy the images that much... so we'll see.

So, this is a book reading thread, I've mentioned comics, televsion.. whats missing for the unholy trinity of bookworms...
Right... Audiobooks...

Latest was, "Old Man's war" by John Scalzi, that was fucking amazing...
Before that:
Enders Game
Speaker for the Dead
Xenocide
Children of the Mind

Also pretty awesome...
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Post by: VANIS Soraya Kha'marr on April 28, 2015, 01:21:24 pm
Latest was, "Old Man's war" by John Scalzi, that was fucking amazing...
Before that:
Enders Game
Speaker for the Dead
Xenocide
Children of the Mind


Good stuff right there!

Also try the short novel "All you need is kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazak, you might recognise certain elements of a recent Hollywood movie.  8)
Title: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: 07NBD Hedgeman Maken on April 28, 2015, 01:23:00 pm
Finished reading "er ist wieder da" (he is back again)

A Novell which puts hitler into today's Berlin and media circus -- tough satiric stuff!
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Post by: highfield on April 28, 2015, 04:04:29 pm
Francis Fukuyama - The Origins of Policical Order
Tom Clancy - Red Storm Rising

GoT audiobooks.
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Post by: -D R- Speedkermit Damo on April 28, 2015, 04:13:47 pm
Selfish Whining Monkeys

By Rod Liddle
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Post by: DCON. ReeeZaaa on April 28, 2015, 04:25:16 pm
reading mosaic patch notes atm. really good read.
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Post by: red_rose on April 29, 2015, 10:48:09 am
im too lazy to read and i always fall asleep while reading so i just do audiobooks mostly fantasy, mythology or crime

What i did this year ...

* The Dwarves (Heitz)
* Legends of the Albes (Heitz) - i guess this is german only
* The Children of Húrin (Tolkien) (can only recommend if you know the Silmarillion kinda well)
* Agatha Christie Crimes
* The Judge and His Hangman (Dürrenmatt)
* Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece
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Post by: AIR Mr Digs on May 11, 2015, 06:34:40 am
Excession (Banks)

Before that

Red Shirts (Scalzi)
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Post by: VANIS ES Kosmokrat on May 11, 2015, 07:00:25 am
Perry Rhodan
Silver Book Nr. 52   
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: KOMER Razaar Tunebraka on May 11, 2015, 10:47:28 am
Stephen King - The Dark Tower (8 Books)
His lifework. Don't get fooled by the first impression of a western like theme. It's an awesome fantasy saga.

James Rollins - Sandstorm, Operation Amazonas and most of his other books, especially Sigma Force. Basically Thriller with Fantasy and SciFi elements.

Frank Schätzing - The Swarm, Thriller

I've read all of these books in german but I guess they are at least equally awesome in english.

cya
Raz



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Post by: NSPWN Mellaniic on June 24, 2015, 06:35:15 pm
Currently reading The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. On book 9 atm.

Genre: Fastasy with some Mystery set in  modern Chicago.

I really recommend this series to any fantasy readers, its really hard to put down.
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Post by: 07NBD Demonos Silentium on June 24, 2015, 08:57:24 pm
i just started readin Star Trek  Deep Space Nine - A Stitch In Time by Andrew Robinson. (you really dont need genre definition... its star trek after all right?)

so far its been very VERY good read. and characters are true to the characters in deep space nine tv series. (the book was written by the actor who played Garak)

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Post by: AIR Mr Digs on June 24, 2015, 09:36:12 pm
This (http://www.saiglobal.com/PDFTemp/Previews/OSH/iso/updates2007/wk16/ISO_14229-1-2006.PDF)

Its related to my work. If you can guess what I do you get a cookie.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Malcanis on June 25, 2015, 06:27:45 pm
Stone by Adam Roberts.

If you haven't read any Adam Roberts, you're missing out. Check out Jack Glass for the best SF murder mystery ever.
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Post by: AIR Matster on July 06, 2015, 02:21:56 pm
The Immortal Prince, by Jennifer Fallon........ it's pretty good, typical fantasy type novel, there's 4 in the series and this is the first, so I'm hoping it's going to be a decent read.

I read a lot of books, so I'd strongly recommend,

- Brandon Sanderson, anything by this guy seems to be great, he is touched with genius! (especially The Stormlight Archive series)

- All the "Wheel of Time" books, classic with great characters and epic story, the kind of books you could read over and over again!

- The First Law Series, by Joe Abercrombie (and all the others set in the same universe, there's another 2 or 3), really excellent gritty fantasy, Longen Ninefingers is one of my favorite character out of all the books I've read.

-The Dresden Files, I've read all 14 or so and they're nice and simple modern fantasy, not too long too!

- Richard Morgan, anything from this guy, both Sci-fi and Fantasy, really good stories, no messing with the action!

- The Void Trilogy, by Peter F. Hamilton

- Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, another modern fantasy classic, if he'll ever finish the series!


 :) (edited after noticing my heinous crime to Robert Jordan!)
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Post by: 07NBD Milann Nightwind on July 07, 2015, 09:32:50 am


- All the "World of Time" books, classic with great characters and epic story, the kind of books you could read over and over again!
Think you mean Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan? :)

Throwing in another suggestion too: Neuromancer by William Gibson. THE classic in cyberpunk literature. Has been an inspiration for stuff like The Matrix and Shadowrun.

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Post by: VANIS Mattasaurus on July 07, 2015, 10:48:09 am
Unitl I read this thread I had not read the wheel of time..... now I am hooked...... missues just lurrrrrves me lying in bed at night with a head lamp reading to the wee hours!!! :angel:
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Post by: DCON. ReeeZaaa on July 07, 2015, 12:19:51 pm
Unitl I read this thread I had not read the wheel of time..... now I am hooked...... missues just lurrrrrves me lying in bed at night with a head lamp reading to the wee hours!!! :angel:

was the same with me. startet with the first book and did't stop 'til the end :)

atm i'm reading "rattentanz" from michael tietz. a really well written thriller about a scenario in which everything shuts down, no power no fresh water, no authorities. kind of post-apocalyptic.
funny my city had some serious power cuts the last days so that was really scary  :o
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Post by: VANIS DRACOincarnation on July 07, 2015, 10:42:47 pm
Insight into the structural organization of the omega leader of TMV RNA: The role of various regions of the sequence in the formation of a compact structure of the omega RNA by Sultan C. Agalarov et al., pretty interesting stuff. ^^.
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Post by: VANIS Calder Vanir on July 12, 2015, 05:11:44 pm
Im really impressed with Init's booktastes, especially when I see Fukuyama ;-) Rhea read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_History_and_the_Last_Man ...

Currently the https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malazan_Book_of_the_Fallen

For you Wolfe lovers and those that do not appreciate one gazillion tugs of a certain braid... I like the Wheel books but my god, he could really learn not to repeat himself. The guy finishing those books is a so much better writer.

Generally recommending...

Books
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Deed_of_Paksenarrion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Morgaine_Stories
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorsai!
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Zelazny Amber serien är riktigt bra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daggerspell mfl
http://www.reeves-stevens.com/galen.html
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Vance Dying earth, Cugel saga, Lyonesse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_Crash
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diamond_Age
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuromancer
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Van_Lustbader Framförallt boken Ninja.
http://www.crydee.com/
http://www.csfriedman.com/ coldfire triology
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(novel) and all the sequels, really good sci fi.

Nice topic. Sorry for the Swedish links but I think you get it, was a copy paste of a reading list for a friend just starting in the field.

/Calder
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: DCON. Celleste on July 14, 2015, 03:43:21 pm
just finished the Michael Robotham Books:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Robotham
http://www.krimi-couch.de/krimis/michael-robotham.html <--- really good Thrillers.


and Cassandra Claires City of heavenly Fire. <--- Nothing really good, but i  started the series and wanted to know how it ends.

Will start with Erik Axl Sunds Krähenmädchen( http://www.krimi-couch.de/krimis/erik-axl-sund-kraehenmaedchen.html ) today or tomorow.

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Post by: MABIT Surtsey Huginn on August 27, 2015, 08:46:30 am
I'll add my very bests books references with my impressions for you guys !

1) Jurassic Park :

If someone said the book was better than the movie I would'nt believed it, but .. it is !!
The story is pretty much the same but all the details explained are making it a completely another story.
If you like the movie, grab it asap, REALLY  !!
Also there is a lot technical stuff (computer science and maths) which are, for a nerd like me a boner giver !!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_Park_%28novel%29

2) Failure is not an option

The real story of Gene kranz, from the beginning of NASA to Apollo missions.
Very good book, if you like technical details, engineering and space race it's worthwhile !
With this book you have a very good overview of the preparation and what happens at mission control during missions and honestyle, I wasn't expecting what I read, even if, prior of the reading, I was already a "space-nerd". I recommend it !!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/141499.Failure_is_Not_an_Option

3) Pale blue dot

A book by Carl Sagan, this guys changed the way I see our position in the universe, what can be ou futur.
If you need a step back from our human condition, learn a lot of cool stuff about our solar system this book is made for you.
It's been a life-changing reading for me, really. Thanks to this book, I became passionnated about not only space engineering stuff, but more generally about astronomy !

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot_%28book%29

If you guys like my posts or the books don't hesitate to say it !
I have plenty others but as I am at work I can't do the rest right now !  :'(


Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: -D R- Speedkermit Damo on August 27, 2015, 01:23:01 pm
Chckenhawk - by Robert Mason,

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickenhawk-Robert-Mason/dp/0552124192
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: MABIT KEH AL on August 27, 2015, 02:20:38 pm
Yo,

At the moment I'm reading one of the most prolific science fiction writer: Philip K. Dick.

I'm reading "The Man in the High Castle" where the story takes place after the WW2. It tells the story of the victory of the Nazis. United states are occupied by the Nazis and Japanese. But a rumor that a book sold on the black market recounts the victory of the Americans (The True Story ^^) written by The Man in the High Castle, and nobody knows who this person is.

He won the prize "Victor Hugo" for this book. It's just awesome.

He also wrote other books as well known in the world of American's cinema, like:

   - Total Recal
   - Blade Runner
   - Monority Report
   - A Scanner Darkly
   - Paycheck
   - The Agency

For those who do not like to read but who loves science fiction, I recommend his shorts novels.

Also, if you likes the Comic Books, you should read "THE INCAL" by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Moebius. And also watch the documentary on the film "Dune" by Alexandro Jodorowsky (not the one of David Lynch, which is a dark shit).
The best film of all time, which inspired "Star Wars"! But that has never been done :(

On this, I wish you a good read :D

Read Safe ;)
KEH AL
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Wenoc on August 28, 2015, 10:01:56 am
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life by Richard Dawkins.

It's a journey backwards in time from humans to our beginnings. I've come as far as primitive apes and it is a very interesting read. Dawkin's rich language is enjoyable too.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: 07NBD Krebskasper on August 28, 2015, 10:37:46 am
I'm about to finish the 6th book of "the first law".
and its brilliant..

If you haven't read it/don't like reading, get it on audible.com ;) It's totally worth it.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Florian Silbereisen on August 28, 2015, 08:03:43 pm

If you guys like my posts or the books don't hesitate to say it !
I have plenty others but as I am at work I can't do the rest right now !  :'(

I like your posts.
and i like film adaptions
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: DCON. Mograine Gastoves on August 30, 2015, 11:53:04 am
http://www.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/Elon-Musk-Audiobook/B00UX8ODPM

better than the steve jobs bio
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Constantine Arcanum on August 31, 2015, 09:37:33 am
A Scanner Darkly and Riverworld at the moment
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: 07NBD Hedgeman Maken on August 31, 2015, 04:13:19 pm
Philip K. Dick., yeah he is the man.

but i realy want to recommend another excellent author of SiFi

Stanislav Lem


(all titles are translated from me, so mabe the english title might be a little different)

I started with "der Unbesiegbare" (the invincible)
and moved on to the "Sterntagebücher" (star diaries).
finally Eden, or Solaris (best movie: tarkovkis film but there is also an us remake with george clooney?) --
i liked also "also sprach golem" (Golem XiV)

a list of all his books can be found here:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanis%C5%82aw_Lem

Lem has studies cybernetics and is a MUST READ if you likek starships. ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on September 25, 2015, 03:40:09 am
Stranger in a Strange Land

by Robert A. Heinlein

An absolutely wonderful Sci-Fi writer. I recommend any of his books even if you are slightly interested in Sci-Fi. On to Dune now!
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: -D R- Speedkermit Damo on October 06, 2015, 12:48:34 pm
Just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

Would recommend
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on October 06, 2015, 07:24:49 pm
Every time I go to the store I consider buying The Road hadn't met anyone who's read it. Pretty interesting read?
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: -D R- Speedkermit Damo on October 07, 2015, 10:45:20 am
Every time I go to the store I consider buying The Road hadn't met anyone who's read it. Pretty interesting read?

It is very bleak, as a post apocalyptic setting would be, but also very moving.

Now I need to see the movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Jean LaForge on October 07, 2015, 11:39:25 am
Yes, very grim, but very good.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: -D R- Speedkermit Damo on October 07, 2015, 06:03:27 pm
Yes the grimmest book I have read, with the exception of 1984.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on October 08, 2015, 03:18:36 am
This all makes me excited to read it. Kinda sounds like a truer story about a post-apoc world then some of the "nicer" ones.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on April 23, 2016, 02:06:55 am
Missing this thread so deciding to bring it back from the dead with a list of short stories I just recently read while at work.

The Veldt by Ray BradBury
    http://www.veddma.com/veddma/Veldt.htm

I Have no mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
     http://hermiene.net/short-stories/i_have_no_mouth.html

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
     http://multivax.com/last_question.html

All three are nice and quick reads, The Veldt actually kind of disturbed me a little. If anyone has and further short stories I'd be interested in reading them.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: -D R- Hells Pleasure on April 24, 2016, 06:11:02 pm
Calculating God
Robert Sawyer
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Constantine Arcanum on May 03, 2016, 10:42:57 am
Every time I go to the store I consider buying The Road hadn't met anyone who's read it. Pretty interesting read?

It is very bleak, as a post apocalyptic setting would be, but also very moving.

Now I need to see the movie.

"Bleak" doesn't do it justice IMO. Normally in post-apocalyptic fiction there's some sort of hope or comfort for the characters to experience, but not in The Road. I'm glad I read it, but I wouldn't read it again.
The film adaptation is decent too, does a good job of capturing the abject misery I felt all the way through the book. Again, I wouldn't watch it again.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: 07NBD Dark Shines on May 05, 2016, 11:55:50 am
I'd recommend any of the Peter F Hamilton books. Ive just finished my 5th of hit books and they are all great.

All Sci fi books based on humans but set in the future.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Soraya Kha'marr on May 05, 2016, 12:38:15 pm
I finished his Commonwealth Saga a few months ago; it was amazing to say the least.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR VastoLorde Stark on August 17, 2016, 12:53:14 am
Doing my annual re-read of Travels With Charley by Steinbeck - if you want to gain passion for the open road, this book is your key.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Black Summer on August 18, 2016, 04:35:39 pm
mucky books
Title: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: 07NBD Hedgeman Maken on August 19, 2016, 12:09:46 am
"Der Hexer" from Wolfgang Holbein - not sure if if was translated, should be "the witcher" ...
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: AIR Joe Odinson on November 24, 2017, 02:58:43 am
Pulling this thread from the dead.

Armor by John Steakley

Feels like reading Starship Troopers buy with more of a Warhammer 40k vibe to it. Humans in Power armor waging interstellar war against bugs, what more could you want.
Really it's a fairly simple read and something I enjoyed doing to kill an afternoon.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: TGRAD Jason Galente on November 24, 2017, 04:58:49 am
Metro 2033. Awesome book. If you liked the game at all, go get it.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: TGRAD Warhead Tamarkus on April 11, 2018, 04:44:29 pm
decent into darkness

a book written by and about the salvage divers in pearl harbor just after the december 7 attack.

excellent read. chilling.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: VANIS Poll on April 13, 2018, 02:04:39 am
Just finished Fascism A Warning by Madeline Albright I add it to my recommended reading list along with The Devil's Chessboard and The Brothers by David Talbot, The Plot  to Seize the White House By Jules Archer Dark Money By Jane Mayer and Democracy in Chains By Nancy MacLean That's my recommended reading order for anyone just digging into teh subject of why American policies are the way that they are. Confessions of an Enonomic Hitman 1st edition is better than 2nd but are both good as well...

Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: lillith_artenes on May 29, 2018, 11:30:25 pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/482116.Game_Set_Match_

A superb classical "spy" series, based in Cold War Britain.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: sikandar_cole on May 30, 2018, 06:28:47 pm
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Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: arturis_beck on September 15, 2018, 12:37:14 am
2 great books i keep on my kindle. by Douglas Richards, Amped and Wired. he uses a form of Faction that makes it the stories so real they could be maybe true.
Imagine what happens if we could pop a pill and make our intelligence 1000 times what it is now. great reads
the author has several other books ive read and enjoy them all.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: gobble_myknob on October 15, 2018, 11:56:03 pm
The Expanse series is absolutely amazing.


Since the majority of INIT. is capable of writing and reading, I was wondering what books you are reading at the moment and what titles are your alltime favorites?

To kickoff the thread here are my first entries:

current read:
The Martian by Andy Weir (http://www.amazon.de/The-Martian-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/product-description/B00FAXJHCY/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=299956&s=books)

genre: sci-fi-thriller
It is basically a Robinson Crusoe story in space.
Finished about 1/4 now and so far non stop thrilling flavored with fine bits of humor!

Quote
Chapter 1

LOG ENTRY: SOL 6
I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
Fucked.
Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.


Recommendations:
Passage Trilogy:
The Passage by Justin Cronin (http://www.amazon.de/Passage-Trilogy-Justin-Cronin-ebook/dp/B003TJA8Y2/ref=la_B001H6J17E_1_3?s=books-intl-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1417239635&sr=1-3)
The Twelve by Justin Cronin (http://www.amazon.de/The-Twelve-Book-Passage-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B007GBTBMY/ref=pd_sim_eb_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=02CQ3AGMF5DKSE5KMCD8)
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (release in 2015)

genre: horror-thriller
When you blend vampires, zombies, the apocalypse, the FBI and a little girl that saves the world, this is what you get!

Quote
The story opens in 2016 A.D. (or 5 B.V. in Cronin Count) with the discovery of a virus found in some nasty Bolivian bats that has the disagreeable effect of transforming you into a rampaging, blood-drinking beast that glows in the dark. But don't call them vampires, they're virals. You'd think that the sensible response to this discovery would be to send in the military to napalm the bloody jungle, but when was the military ever sensible in apocalyptic fiction? No, the army thinks the whole thing is totally awesome and wants to create a new breed of soldiers by reengineering the virus to give the infected superhuman strength and eternal life and promptly begins the usual "let's-create-indestructible-super-soldiers" experiments on death row inmates they've shipped to super-secret underground labs in Colorado to start Project NOAH. Predictably, the project goes kablooey: things aren't exactly working out as planned with the prisoners, to put it mildly. Enter Amy Bellafonte, a six-year-old orphan child who may or may not hold the key to save the project. Morally conflicted FBI Agent Brad Wolgast, is ordered to locate and transport her to Colorado because the military's medicine men got the feeling that the virus's development might be easier to control and direct in the developing system of a child. But the military will never know the effects of the virus on Amy - which are indeed profoundly different - once all hell breaks loose.



waiting for the threadnought...
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: idris_kaptan on October 16, 2018, 02:07:10 pm
I'm reading Fahrenheit 451 atm and then the next one's probably will be Call of Cthulhu. I'd recommend if you're haven't read it and have an interest in sci-fi.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: cadence_abergnathy on November 20, 2018, 07:30:10 pm
The Expanse series is absolutely amazing.

It absolutely is! Love the tv show too!
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: soul_enviousity on November 29, 2018, 02:46:42 pm
I read; Init Forums, The Graduates Forums, Denver Broncos Reddit, and Eve Reddit... other than that Emails.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: barukor on November 30, 2018, 11:10:17 am
Finally getting around to reading The Man in the High Castle from Philip Dick.
Title: Re: What are you reading atm? (...and book recommendations in general)
Post by: jason_galente on January 23, 2019, 05:38:53 am
Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

I highly recommend the audiobook so you can hear a posh elder English gentleman read out Roman graffiti.

"Hey Flavius, you suck cock."