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What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:27:31 am »
Howdy folks,
New-ish member here!
Just wondering, what books folks are reading at the moment?
Any recommendations, etc?

I'm reading ""True History of the Kelly Gang" by Peter Carey



Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011, 09:30:25 am »
That's a great book! I'm reading 'The Fry Chronicles' by Stephen Fry. It's autobiographical and fabulous if you're a Stephen Fry fan.  ;D


Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 09:31:44 am »
I just finished Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. I definitely recommend it if you're willing to put the time into reading it.
Now, I'm reading The Honey Ditch, by Chris Haynie.


Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2011, 09:33:44 am »
My girlfriend is reading that  :D

She couldn't recommend it high enough, so it's next on the menu.

It can be tough to find books here, eh!

 


Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2011, 09:39:14 am »
Has anyone read "Please Look After Mother" translated from the Korean novel by Kyung-Sook Shin?


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2011, 09:42:16 am »
Just finish all of the Codex Alera books my Jim Butcher.

Now moving onto the Discworld novels, got 25 years worth of books there to catch up on!


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2011, 09:43:16 am »
I'm reading 'Saving Fish from Drowning' by Amy Tan.  Not a bad read.  I feel naked if I'm not reading a book so does anyone know any good places to buy english books here?


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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2011, 09:43:54 am »
I'm starting to read 1984. Cultural necessity that I've missed out on till now. Only ten pages in and already impressed. I heard a lot about it but didn't expect this!

Since I've been in Korea I've been making the most of Kyobo's decent Classics section. Been going through Dante's Inferno, The Count of Monte Cristo, some Dickens... This kinda thing.

Also discovered Murakami. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was a good read, though a little lacking in plot.

I love being here because the books, somehow, tend to be cheaper! And since I'll be here long term I don't need to worry about all the extra weight to take home.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2011, 09:45:53 am »
An interesting book in comic form called Korea Unmasked which take s a view of Korea by a famous Korean professor.  Very intersting perspective on Korean personality and culutre.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2011, 09:46:20 am »
Howdy folks,
New-ish member here!
Just wondering, what books folks are reading at the moment?
Any recommendations, etc?

I'm reading ""True History of the Kelly Gang" by Peter Carey

boldboy I am reading 'With the old Breed' a memoir of his experiences in the Second World War by Eugene Sledge. He was protrayed on 'The Pacific'.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2011, 09:47:35 am »
I buy most of my books at What the Book in Itaewon. Peter Carey is fantastic and I think that is his best book. I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged. I will keep an eye on this thread for recommendations.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2011, 09:48:29 am »
True History of the Kelly Gang was an awesome book.

I'd recommend Shantaram to anyone. It's beautiful, funny, and interesting as hell.

You can buy book in Itaewon in English. Used books!!

http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110304000721


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2011, 09:49:07 am »
I would definitely recommend Infinite Jest, it's my favourite book ever. If you have a stressful school schedule, though, you might find it tough to find enough energy to finish it-- it's a serious amount of work but it's well worth it in the end. I'd actually recommend anything by David Foster Wallace, try his essay collections for some of the lighter stuff. Also worth checking out: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Blood Meridian, White Noise, Europe Central, Lolita.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2011, 09:49:43 am »
reading I am a cat ! so good !


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2011, 09:50:24 am »
I'm starting to read 1984. Cultural necessity that I've missed out on till now. Only ten pages in and already impressed. I heard a lot about it but didn't expect this!

Since I've been in Korea I've been making the most of Kyobo's decent Classics section. Been going through Dante's Inferno, The Count of Monte Cristo, some Dickens... This kinda thing.

Also discovered Murakami. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was a good read, though a little lacking in plot.

I love being here because the books, somehow, tend to be cheaper! And since I'll be here long term I don't need to worry about all the extra weight to take home.

Murakami's a good one to get into. If you're looking for more by him, I personally liked 'Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World' and 'Sputnik Sweetheart'. Wicked author, did my dissertation on him.

I'm readin A Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe. Good read so far..


Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2011, 09:51:23 am »
The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather, Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, and I'm listening to a TTC lecture series about Vikings while riding the bus/shopping/whatevs.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2011, 09:51:44 am »
I am currently reading Will Fergusons' "Beyond Belfast A 560 mile walk across Northern Ireland on Sore Feet".  It's been very enjoyable.  I agree What the Book is a great place to buy new and used books and if you are not in Seoul then they deliver from their online site.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2011, 09:52:02 am »
For the past few weeks, I've been working on 'Hop on Pop'.


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2011, 09:52:31 am »
Since I've been here I've read: A brave new world, 1984, Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance, The doors of perception, and a couple of course related political science books which would probably be fairly un interesting to many people so I won't bore you all with the details. Any further recommendations of good reads would be appreciated, btw are you all aware of 'what the book' located in Seoul but offering nationwide delivery service, they are awesome!


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Re: What Books are you reading???? just curious!
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2011, 09:55:54 am »
Your Republic is Calling You by Kim Young-Ha and two Civil War books: Battle Cry of Freedom and The Killer Angels, which is one of my favorite books.

I'm supposed to be a librarian, so I'm always reading a ton of books at once.^^