Home Entrance Wiki Search Login Register

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
March 28, 2023, 04:28:35 pm - @686.52
Forum activity rating: Three Star Posts: 32/24hrs Unread Topics | Unread Replies | Own Posts | Own Topics | Recent Posts
News: :ha: Check out the new FONTS!!! :ha:

+  MelonLand Forum
|-+  Interests Zone
| |-+  ✑ ∙ Writers Corner
| | |-+  What're you reading?

« previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Author Topic: What're you reading?  (Read 609 times)
Jr. Member ⚓︎
Posts: 84

Safe when used as directed.

View Profile WWW

Joined 2022!
« on: September 29, 2022, 02:18:34 pm »

What are you reading at the moment, and would you recommend it?

I'm currently reading a zombie horror story, Pontypool Changes Everything. It's written in a very stylised way, which some people apparently find quite jarring, but I've enjoyed so far. I haven't read much horror other than a bunch of Stephen King novels and the excellent House of Leaves, so this is a nice change of pace.
Sr. Member
Posts: 357

Hwelcne cræft canst þu?

View Profile

Joined 2022!
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2022, 01:44:02 am »

I haven't been reading much of anything for a long time. I have quite a few books on my list, but either don't have the time to read or can't commit mentally to doing just one thing in my spare time.

But since my phone has two screens, I spend most of my evenings sitting in bed barely paying attention to a youtube video on one screen and mindlessly scrolling through/refreshing a few websites on the other. So I decided to replace the doomscrolling on the second screen and give e-books a try instead. I downloaded the kindle app and purchased digital copies of a couple of the anthology books I've been wanting to read. So now I'm slowly working my way through the Conan the Barbarian and John Carter of Mars collections.

I'm actually regretting picking up John Carter. I really liked the Disney movie, but Edgar Rice Burroughs leans a lot heavier into the fact that he was a confederate soldier. So ... like ... fighting on the side of slavery (where's the puking emoji when you need it?). That made getting through even the first chapter of the first book a challenge. Maybe he changes his views later on, but so far it isn't written like his racism is a problem. Given that the series Burroughs is best known for is Tarzan, it's probably safe to assume that he himself had right-wing views. I might have to give up on John Carter because I definitely can't slog through a dozen books of confederate sympathy.

Not only that, but it's also written really ... not poorly, but I guess you could say "simply." What I mean is that it reads like a YA novel, which I have never enjoyed. I honestly expected a lot more sophistication from such a revered author. I don't mean to sound pompous, but books written for young adult readers like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc. never appealed to me. When I was done with kids books, I moved straight into the adult fiction section of the library.

Conan the Barbarian, on the other hand, is a treasure. I absolutely love it. The stories are brilliant and the world that Robert E. Howard crafted is so fleshed out that it feels real. I would honestly put it up there with the detail Tolkien put into defining Middle Earth. And even though there is definitely a degree of titillation, I heard a story a while back (I think it was on an episode of Extra Sci Fi) that Howard only included that in his stories because the magazine he submitted them to for publication was more likely to feature your story on the cover if there were sexy scenes they could illustrate and attract more sales. Cover stories thus earned a lot more money and Howard needed the money to support his mother.

So I definitely recommend Conan the Barbarian, but wouldn't recommend John Carter at all unless you can overlook the confederate sympathies.
« Last Edit: September 30, 2022, 01:49:47 am by MamboGator » Logged
Posts: 9

View Profile

Joined 2022!
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2022, 01:23:21 am »

My roommate just got a new library card and brought back a good little haul. Right now I'm casually reading through "Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography" by Laurie Woolever. Fittingly enough I've mostly been flipping my way through it while working in the kitchen. The format - a biography of Anthony Bourdain via interviews with people who knew him - makes it a good read for multitasking, as most of the snippets are well less than a page in length. I'm unfamiliar with the author, but as per the notes on the jacket she's apparently been an assistant and coauthor for him for many years. Still a little bummed out since his passing.

Besides that, I've been reading Frank Herbert's Dune. I suppose there's probably been a good bit of interest since the movie last year. Stopped at book II: Muad'dib, need to puick that back up soon
Full Member ⚓︎
Posts: 173

He/him, scaley little dragon

View Profile WWW

Goose!Pocket Icelogist!High Speed Ozwomp!Joined 2022!
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2022, 02:32:05 pm »

Not reading anything at the moment but the last thing I read was Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin (and all the earlier Earthsea books before that). Would reccomend the series! I love the characters and setting.

"I would have thought you to be above something so banal as despair. Am I mistaken?"
Sr. Member ⚓︎
Posts: 398

SpaceHey: Friend Me!
iMood: SilkSkull
Matrix: Chat!

View Profile WWW

MARIO64.PNGCool Dude AwardJoined 2022!High Speed Ozwomp!
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2022, 05:33:53 am »

Dean Koontz - The Key to Midnight. It's gotten me back into reading and reminds me a lot of Perfect Blue, for a summary check out this https://www.deankoontz.com/book/the-key-to-midnight/

"Don't you dare go hollow"
Posts: 49

Feel free to email me and be pen pals :)

View Profile

Joined 2022!
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2022, 10:48:17 am »

I was reading stephen king's fairy tale recently, but when the twist happened a third of the way through the story became pretty uninteresting to me. Before that I read Frankenstein which is really good! Shelley writes in such a beautifully articulate way
Hero Member ⚓︎
Posts: 1298

So many stars!

SpaceHey: Friend Me!
StatusCafe: melon
iMood: Melonking
Itch.io: My Games

View Profile WWW

spring 2023!Squirtle!!!!MIDI WarriorMIDI Warrior1234 Posts!OzspeckCool Dude AwardRising Star of the Web AwardMessage BuddyPocket Icelogist!OG! Joined 2021!The Smallest Ozwomp Known To ManBug!
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2022, 09:12:35 pm »

~Moved to the Writers Corner!

Iv been reading a few short stories by Franz Kafka recently; Iv never read any before and they really are sparkly; I though Id share a very short one here!

When you go walking by night up a street and a man, visible a long way off--for the street mounts uphill and there is a full moon--comes running towards you, well, you don't catch hold of him, not even if he is a feeble and ragged creature, not even if someone chases yelling at his heels, but you let him run on.

For it is night, and you can't help it if the street goes uphill before you in the moonlight, and besides, these two have maybe started that chase to amuse themselves, or perhaps they are both chasing a third, perhaps the first is an innocent man and the second wants to murder him and you would become an accessory, perhaps they don't know anything about each other and are merely running separately home to bed, perhaps they are night birds, perhaps the first man is armed.

And anyhow, haven't you a right to be tired, haven't you been drinking a lot of wine? You're thankful that the second man is now long out of sight.

EDIT: Theres a bunch of them online here: https://zork.net/~patty/oldkafka/
« Last Edit: October 23, 2022, 09:19:02 pm by Melooon » Logged

everything lost will be recovered, when you drift into the arms of the undiscovered
Posts: 37

is this thing on?

View Profile

Joined 2022!
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2022, 10:18:39 pm »

i've been reading compendiums of the works of poe and flannery o'connor; for the former, i wanted to revisit old favorites like "the masque of the red death" and "fall of the house of usher", and for the latter, i wanted to finally get around to reading works like "a good man is hard to find" and "yonder stands your orphan".
Newbie ⚓︎
Posts: 44

I will wobble once more

View Profile WWW

Joined 2022!
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2022, 04:19:45 am »

'In the Penal Colony' was my favorite Kafka short story. I guess I like the gruesome stuff

Just finished Emperor of All Maladies which is about cancer - very interesting stuff it's weird how little they knew about it when chemotherapy started as a practice

Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »

Vaguely similar topics! (3)

RSS Feeds you enjoy reading?

Started by MelooonBoard ✑ ∙ Writers Corner

Replies: 10
Views: 1170
Last post November 20, 2022, 03:50:06 pm
by Melooon
Why do you watch YouTube?

Started by MelooonBoard ⛺︎ ∙ Cinema

Replies: 24
Views: 1444
Last post March 14, 2023, 03:07:08 am
by Tiffany
Underappreciated YouTube Channels You Want to Share

Started by MamboGatorBoard ⛺︎ ∙ Cinema

Replies: 21
Views: 1195
Last post February 28, 2023, 01:43:02 pm
by /home/user/

Melonking.Net © Always and ever was! SMF 2.0.19 | SMF © 2021, Simple Machines | SMFPacks Super Quote Forum Guide | Rules | RSS | WAP2

MelonLand Badges and Other Melon Sites!

MelonLand Project! Visit the MelonLand Forum! Support the Forum
Visit Melonking.Net! Visit the Gif Gallery!