Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ethiostar, Feb 9, 2010.
I had heard The Doors of Stone is supposed to be released on May 1st but who knows.
I read that also, but I'm thinking it's going to be more like 2014.
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
First non-NPR list book I've read in a while, but my wife wanted to see the movie so I took a flyer. It was definitely well written, but the plot and charterers really didn't do anything for me. I don't think the movie will be good.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (#2 on NPR list)
I've been procrastinating reading this one because I saw some of the movie and didn't really like it, but the book is so much better (as usually is the case). I love the authors witty/zany sense of humor.
Good call, just watched an interview with Rothfuss that he did last month and he says it probably won't be this year but will be before 2015. LMAO.
Here is the interview.
I couldn't stand Great Gatsby...maybe it's because I had to read it in high school, but I just thought it was awful. Nothing interesting happened, didn't care about the characters, etc.
Agree with you about Adams. Great writer. Though I can see why some people don't really like him.
Love his stuff, as is evident by my sig.
He's mostly harmless.
I Love the The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series. The first book ranks very high on my all time favorite books, regardless of genre.
World War Z: 9/10
I was inspired to read this book by seeing the movie trailer, and plus it had caught my eye near the check out aisle several times.
Anyway, although it turns out to be nothing like what the new trailer seems to portray, it's a very addictive and eerie read (I think I'll like the book far more than the movie FWIW).
The book is presented as a post war oral history in which the author travels the globe interviewing survivors of a Zombie war-- most of the interviewees being deeply involved military or political factions, but the normal civilian accounts are what really set the tone of panic.
Has some interesting themes and social and political commentary which lends a bit of realism to an otherwise unrealistic genre.
My only issue with the book was the way it ended. Not how it ended... I thought that aspect was perfect, but rather how it was presented. Something you'll have to read to understand and isn't really that large of a complaint.
I heard they're having a hard time with that movie. The budget went from 100Mil to 300Mil and insiders are saying that it is all messed up and cant be saved.
That was a very good book... I've read it a couple of times.
I gotta say I was stunned when I saw the trailer and how it is nothing like the book.
And I'm not just talking the "fast zombie vs slow zombie" thing, I'm talking the whole premise.
It looks like Brad Pitt & co. bought the rights to book and then totally ignored it... And then created a cluster-fudge of a movie.
Went to Hawaii over Easter and have read a couple Pearl Harbor related books since...
Resurrection: Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor by Daniel Madsen
Highly recommended for those that have an interest in what happened to the damaged and destroyed ships from December 8th on.
It was a fascinating read. A little too technical at times but overall gives a good background on the salvage efforts that occured.
The Navy and shipyard folks did an amazing job patching and raising the various ships. Amid all the destruction only two major vessels were lost, the USS Arizona, which suffered massive damage due to the forward magazine exploding and the USS Oklahoma, which was raised but found to be beyond repair. The USS Utah, which was mistaken as an aircraft carrier by the Japanese pilots and subsequently took a great abundance of hits was also left in place, but was of at that point in its life not considered to be of military importance as a fighting ship.
I went in March. Was surprised at all the fuel still leaking from the Arizona. The guide said it still had half a million gallons in it's tanks.
Yes, World War Z is a great book and the movie trailer looks very different.
I have read a dozen or so books since I last posted a review but I can't recall specific titles and I don't want to look them up now. I've been reading books that I know I won't keep because I'm moving in a couple of weeks and I don't want to pack more books than I have to.
A few books by Elmore Leonard, which I enjoyed ok. A few by Lawrence Block from the Matthew Scudder series which I enjoyed quite a bit. A few others I can't recall at all at this point.
You don't like the Kindle, ethio?
Yep. I've read that they dive the wreck quite often in order to judge how secure the structure is. The last thing they want it is for a 1/2 million gallons of fuel to suddenly be dumped into the harbor.
Great place to visit though... A whole lotta walking involved! Between that, the USS Missouri and the hanger tour we're were spent by the time we walked through the sub.
Did you do Diamond Head / Hanauma Bay?
I'm not sure of the validity, but I read it was initially supposed to be a starting point for a trilogy, or at least it was supposed to have a sequel. There were a ton of rewrites (the original script was supposed to be more true to the book), but the studio wanted more of a 'Day after tomorrow/2012' type feel because I suppose most horror films don't rake in a lot.
Anyway the rewrites kept continuing and eventually they just had to begin filming without actually having an ending set, thus the ending was still very confusing/open ended to accommodate a possible sequel.
Well it turns out that ending sucked so they had to re-shoot up to 40 minutes of footage to salvage the film. Word is they'll have to make at least $400 million to break even.
Not so much I don't like it but I have a few reasons that I haven't bought one yet.
First, I have over a hundred or so books (maybe closer to two hundred )I have purchased (mostly from a used book store) over the last couple of years that I have yet to read. I need to finish reading those before I consider buying an e-reader.
Second, prices for e-books are a bit too high, IMO. I can buy used books for $3.50 or less from a store near my house. I have had a very good relationship with them so I can give them a list of books to look out for and they will set them aside for me when they come in and call me. When I'm done reading them I take them back to the same store and get $2 or so credit, which I can use to buy other used books. At the rate with which I read books, on average 2 books a week, that is more palatable for our budget. We have two kids (these suckers cost a lot of money) and we've been saving to buy a house. I should also say that I do buy few new books but those are rare and usually are books I can't find at the used book store/online or are books I've been waiting for a long time to be published and I can't wait for them to be available as used books.
Third, I hate reading more than a couple of pages on a computer screen. I am a researcher and an evaluation specialist by trade so I spend a lot of time reading and writing for a living everyday. If I have to read a document and it is more than two pages I have to print it on recycled paper. Maybe e-readers are different, I won't know until I actually spend some time using one.
Lastly, I really like reading paperbacks and hardbacks. There is something about it that is comforting to me. I can't really explain this last part but it just is.
In the end, I just think I am a cheap old fart who can't seem to get with the times.
I really have no idea where the movie is headed. The latest Wikipedia update states that Pitt plays Gerry Lane who takes the place of Max Brooks as the interviewer, so maybe it may somewhat resemble the book? I'm not sure. It certainly looks like they've ignored the source material and just bought the rights to the WWZ title to generate buzz.
[ I can agree with your last point; I do miss the feel of the page. I Download all my books from torrent sites so I don't pay for any of them. Most the classics are free anyway. I have the Gen 1 Kindle and it's not like a computer screen at all--can't speak for the new ones they have come out with, though.