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What are you reading?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:38 am
by OL
Could have sworn there was a topic for this a while back... just can't be arsed to find it.
Just post whatever novel, comic book, magazine, article, or anything else that you're reading right now.

I just finished:


It's far, far better than any adaptation would lead you to believe. Far more thoughtful, far more violent, and far more entertaining than any other version.
Excellent book. Edgar Rice Burroughs is probably my favorite author (based on this, and the John Carter of Mars series). Recommended to anyone and everyone.

Now I'm reading:


Finally managed to find it at a local bookstore. It's a fictional account of Miyamoto Musashi's life, written in the 30s I believe. But despite being mostly fictional, it's generally regarded as the best depiction of Musashi available (just about anything based on Musashi gets its info from this book).
It's a 1000-page monster with small print that reads like an old-fashioned adventure story.
Great so far.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:47 am
by ThyDarkAngel
I'm always reading. Comics if nothing else. :)
I'm finishing last year's Green Lantern events. Yesterday I finished Rebirth now I'm moving to the Sinestro Corps Wars. Shamelessly I'm getting many comics in broken order.
Today I'm also looking forward to read Ghost in the Shell Man-Machine Interface, the paperback collection.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:50 am
by Vyse Hazuky
Back in the times of quality broadcast, it was usual for BBC to publish some accompanying guidebook, which is the case. I have some others (the "story of popular music" stands out), and they're all quite interesting.
This one's title is very literal in translation. It's composed of 7 essays (4 with text and images and 3 with just images) on a number of subjects; the ones I read so far went into the importance of seeing over reading, and the other on the significance of the depiction of women in art (a very very interesting read!)

This is quite a massive manga book, with, I think, 32 chapters ("skirmishes" in the series' lexicon). I have never seen the animated feature, but I'm aware of it's graphic style, which is quite a bit different from the manga.
There's a critical visual brilliance in everyshot. Taiyô Matsumoto cooks up some impressive angles which, aided by his sometimes quasi-cubist art-style makes for a very expressive read.
The story is well told and above all, well paced, with the title characters of Black and White, clearly defined from the start, but constantly surprising the reader with their development. Above all there's an impressive amount of depth to go around.
Another critical piece is the environment of "Treasure Town" where the action unfolds. Probably inspired by Tokyo's Shinjuku ward and its seedier Kabuki-chô district (akin to the Yakuza games series), it's illustrated in an even zanier rendition, not as seen by the eyes of middle aged gangster but by the eyes of the child protagonists. The above-mentioned "camera"-angles and art-style do just as much to characterize it.
I'm only about 10 chapters left to finishing it and so far it struck a deep chord in me, as it seems to be one of the best manga of its kind that I've ever read, up there with the works of Jirô Taniguchi (which is so different)
The only minor quirks is that the edition I have is mirrored (read from left to right, western style) and that it is almost too big and difficult to handle, haha.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:47 am
by Martin
This thread.

Sorry :P

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:42 pm
by Kenny

Went through a few chapters. Its incredibly detailed. I only read it at work though during my breaks so I haven't even got to the part where John met Paul.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:56 pm
by MiTT3NZ
Blackest Night
Batman: Blackest Knight
Batman: Life After Death
Streets of Gotham

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:45 pm
by Crimson Ryan

Very recommended, don't let the price stop you.

And for my trip:


PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:21 pm
by [mYLES]
I read probably 2 hours a day since that's the amount of time it takes me to get to and from work. I'm a little more mainstream than some of these books listed... lots of Dean Koontz and Stephen King.


Just finishing up this book, about 75 pages left.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:11 pm
by Bluecast

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:27 pm
by Vyse Hazuky
Crimson Ryan wrote:Image

Very recommended, don't let the price stop you.

Ordered 8)

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:29 pm
by Crimson Ryan
Vyse Hazuky wrote:Ordered 8)

Good man. What was the price and condition? I got mine from Amazon UK, it shipped from Germany and still had the factory seal!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:51 pm
by Jokatech19

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:55 pm
by LawXiu
^ I thought you'd be complaining there's no lego version.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:56 pm
by Crimson Ryan

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:06 pm
by Riku Rose