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08 Jan 2010 - 11:1524995
What are you reading?
I'm being nosey now! ^_^ What do cosplayers read? (No manga. Novels or non-fiction please!)

Myself, I have five on the go and I just finished one; Poison Study by Maria V Snyder, which I would totally recommend to anyone who loves a good fantasy! It's supposedly aimed at teens... I've ordered the next two, hope they arrive soon!

Other books I'm reading are:
Mister Monday (Garth Nix)
Slaves of the Mastery (William Nicholson) - read The Wind Singer by this guy - it's awesome
The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Inkspell (Cornelia Funke)
Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire

Enjoing most of them. Yes I know they are (mostly) for kids but I prefer these kinds of books for starters, and secondly I'm doing an MA in Writing for Young People so it all counts as research! ^_^

So what are you guys reading? Got any recommendations?


08 Jan 2010 - 11:2324996
hi dude
im reading great teacher onizuka (GTO)
i have also read the portrtait of dorian grey excellent book
hmm.. books im reading well i have read norwegian wood about 37 times, great book by haruki murakami
been reading love hina and naruto


08 Jan 2010 - 13:0625005
I got two books for Christmas, both of which I've already finished ("Fear and Trembling" by Amelie Nothomb and "A Cat Called Norton" by Peter Gethers). Next will probably be "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.


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08 Jan 2010 - 14:1725019
I'm currently reading Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory. It's amazing but rather different from the Musical.
I really recommend it!


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08 Jan 2010 - 14:3925024
The Hobbit.

I always reread the Middle Earth books in the new year, and this year I'm doing a dissertation on the LotR so I need to get through them asap!


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08 Jan 2010 - 14:5225027
Just started reading the first Metal Gear Solid novel. Loving what I've read so far! and interesting to see how it's been adapted.


08 Jan 2010 - 15:1225031
Quote ZeroSilence:
I'm currently reading Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory. It's amazing but rather different from the Musical.
I really recommend it!


It's a fantastic book isn't it! I read it before I saw the musical, and I have to say the plot of the show becomes very disappointing if you read the book before seeing it.

I've got the new Discworld novel, Unseen Academics, at the ready to start, I'm finishing a manga series and Peter Kay's second autobiography. The autobiography I've not been pleased with - his first was hilarious, and seemed like he genuinely wanted to share all the stories from his career. This one just feels like the generic christmas biography that all comedians release.


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08 Jan 2010 - 16:2025038
If you're reading Garth Nix and William Nicholson then you should definitely look into Chris Wooding if you haven't already. I'd say Poison, Broken Sky and The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray are probably most similar (they're YA fantasy, anyway!).

I prefer his adult fiction now, though, his latest book Retribution Falls actually, just wow, yeah XD. (Though my favourite would definitely have to be the Braided Path trilogy, starting with the Weavers of Saramyr. Mind = fully blown by that.)
The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix are another few of my favourite books... I can't decide whether I like them better than the Keys to the Kingdom series, though...

I'm currently reading stuff by James Clavell, totally not SciFi or Fantasy but really gripping nonetheless!

Edit: And somewhat relatedly, I've been meaning to cosplay Kia from Broken Sky or Cathaline from Alaizabel for the longest time; I really should get on with that!



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08 Jan 2010 - 16:2425039
I take English Lit at university so sadly I dont have much time to read for pleasure...but luckily the set books this term have all been pretty awesome so far! I finished 'The Passion' by Jeanette Winterson about a week ago and I would recommend it again and again, absolutely stunning piece of work. Right now I'm reading 'Waterland' by Graham Swift...I'm not as impressed as I was with 'The Passion' but I am enjoying it so far. It's a little bit strange though.


08 Jan 2010 - 16:3225041
Quote MoonLily:
I take English Lit at university so sadly I dont have much time to read for pleasure...but luckily the set books this term have all been pretty awesome so far! I finished 'The Passion' by Jeanette Winterson about a week ago and I would recommend it again and again, absolutely stunning piece of work. Right now I'm reading 'Waterland' by Graham Swift...I'm not as impressed as I was with 'The Passion' but I am enjoying it so far. It's a little bit strange though.


Ah I remember those days of reading what you had to and not what you want and only occasionally getting to read something you liked...*sigh* So glad my course lets me read loads of stuff I want to! ^_^


08 Jan 2010 - 16:4125042
I've just started Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay ^^ though I can't seem to just stick to one book at once, so I've also got Red Dwarf; Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant/Naylor on the go as well as rereading Tales from a Big Country by Bill Bryson for like, the hundreth time XD


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08 Jan 2010 - 17:5725054
Quote Cobra_Roll:
Just started reading the first Metal Gear Solid novel. Loving what I've read so far! and interesting to see how it's been adapted.


Ah, I never heard there was a Metal Gear Solid novel!
I will definitely have to look into getting a copy ^_^


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08 Jan 2010 - 21:3925076
Resident Evil Caliban Cove.

The second novel in the Resi series by S.D.Perry. I'm really enjoying reading these =)


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08 Jan 2010 - 22:3825081
OMG, I have nothing left, I'm reduced to biographies ... ahhhhhhh


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08 Jan 2010 - 23:1625084
Found myself a copy of the good old classic: Treasure Island. ^^ Hoping to try and write a stage adaptation from it perhaps. Yay pirates!


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11 Jan 2010 - 21:4925237
Reading "Wasting Police Time" and "Perverting The Course Of Justice". Both novels by ex police officers talking about all the weird and innane stuff they have to deal with, as well as the avalanche of red tape and paperwork. Really quite good.


11 Jan 2010 - 22:0425240
-Inkspell is a fantastic book, i love the entire series-

At the moment i'm reading Pride and Prejudice and zombies As well as re-reading The Children of the Red King series i used to love when i was about 12 years old. It really is a lovely series


13 Jan 2010 - 16:0325325
Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring.

I'd forgotten how much I love it. <3


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13 Jan 2010 - 16:2125328
Susan Hill 'The Pure in Heart'

I loved 'Woman in Black' written by the same woman and my dad said she'd written longer novels.
This is the second one in a series about a devtective Simon Serrailler.
The first one is call... "The Various Haunts of Men"
Whcih really chilled me. There were two parts in that book in particular that shocked me.

They're very good!


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13 Jan 2010 - 16:3525330
I've currently got two books on the go. Firstly is Stephen King's Skeleton Crew (Which is a collection of short stories) Im finding it very difficult to get through this one. Its not to standard of his usual works, most of the short stories are really boring. Im determined to finish it though, dont get me wrong some of the stories are good. But most just leave me hanging with lots of unanswered questions.

Second one is Under the Dome by Stephen King (Its his newest one~<3) And its typically gorey straight in. But i'm really enjoying it regardless. Its a massive book mind you!!

@Dusttee: Is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies any good? I remember being forced to read the original P and P and I hated every minute of it. But I've seen the zombie copy in my local Waterstones and I am very tempted by it XD'



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13 Jan 2010 - 16:4225331
Quote Special-Pleb:

@Dusttee: Is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies any good? I remember being forced to read the original P and P and I hated every minute of it. But I've seen the zombie copy in my local Waterstones and I am very tempted by it XD'


It might be my opinion only.

I read it and really didn't like it.

It was just Pride and Predjudice rewritten with zombies thrown in at random points... it didn't make any sense and I didn't find it funny. But that's just me.


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13 Jan 2010 - 16:4825332
Quote Silver:

It might be my opinion only.

I read it and really didn't like it.

It was just Pride and Predjudice rewritten with zombies thrown in at random points... it didn't make any sense and I didn't find it funny. But that's just me.


If that's the case I might just avoid it, I really did not enjoy the original book, and if its the same second time around...With Zombies? (I personally cant see how it would work XD) Thankyou for the feedback Silver :3 You may of just saved me some money.


13 Jan 2010 - 17:1625334
I might cost you some!

Personally I thought it was very good, the sort of thing I could pick up, read over a day or so and feel satisfied.

It surprised me just how well it worked. The story is pretty self-cohesive, which is impressive given what is blended together. I've never really got on with Jane Austin, as while she has an interesting and slightly tongue in cheek tone, her subject material trends to be trite and her characters never really engaged me. Throw in the zombies and suddenly everything just works.

It's not laugh out loud funny, but there were several points that made me giggle, especially Elizabeth not only being infuriated by Mr Darcy, but imagining killing him, ripping out his heart and eating it.

Borrow it from a library if you don't want to spend money!


13 Jan 2010 - 18:0025343
I just finished reading A Clockwork Orange which I loved. I must see the movie now. :V

I also love to snack on trashy crime novels, I love a bit of Scarpetta, Grafton and Evanovich! Just finished a Mark Billingham - Lifeless.

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Quote ZeroSilence:
I'm currently reading Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory. It's amazing but rather different from the Musical.
I really recommend it!


It's a fantastic book isn't it! I read it before I saw the musical, and I have to say the plot of the show becomes very disappointing if you read the book before seeing it.

I've got the new Discworld novel, Unseen Academics, at the ready to start.
How did you find Unseen Academics? I managed to find it in the library, loved it! I haven't had a chance to read Discworld in ages! I'm also quite tempted to find Wicked, I've heard so many good things about it.


13 Jan 2010 - 22:4725375
I've been reading True Blood by Charaline Harris. I just finished watching the series so I thought I'd read the book 8D


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