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  1. lookout
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    Since we play to much video game and less reading... what book have you read lately? or recommended?

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    I reading this one...

    "Out" was first published in 1997 and won Japan's top mystery award.

    Everything about the setting of Natsuo Kirino's new novel Out is bleak. Set in Japan with four disillusioned and desperate women as the anti-heroines who work the graveyard shift in a boxed-lunch factory, there is little in the story that inspires hope or confidence. Each of the four has problems that threaten the life she has created for herself, and each life sits precariously on the edge of a precipice. When one of them snaps and murders her abusive and neglectful husband, she leans a little too far over the edge and by asking the others to help her dispose of the body, pulls them over with her.
    In the ensuing downward spiral of all the women they are joined by the man the police suspect for the murder, a wealthy but disturbed casino mogul, and a loan-shark with yakuza connections who discovers their secret. The novel's themes of murder, extortion, blackmail, rape and dismemberment create an absolute mess for the characters to find their way out of, and in the process they learn far more about themselves than they are comfortable with, especially their capacity for doing the undesirable.
    Although there is no real suspense or a twisting plot, this dark mystery makes for compelling reading. Its main difference from and appeal over other crime novels is that it's told primarily from the point of view of the culprits rather than the victims or detectives. The characters, with all their personal demons and failings, are described without judgement or attachment in a cold, factual tone which adds nothing to warm the novel, but is surprisingly effective. Their actions inspire a mixture of sympathy and contempt, all the while making you wonder exactly how you would react in their situation. The worrying thing is that given the parameters, the actions, which in some cases are truly abominable, seem to make sense. The only person with whom it was impossible to identify was the casino owner whose darkest past feeds the brutal ending to the story. Several times in the novel he is referred to as a monster, and without a doubt, Kirino has created one.
    Out provides a detailed look into the dark and dreary lives of otherwise ordinary people living in Tokyo, and is written with intelligence and an observant eye, but is ultimately a punch in the gut disguised as a lesson in human motivation and despair.
     
  2. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

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    Not reading anything yet... but I will, as I am forced to read 4 books for 4 of my classes next year. I don't really mind, but the gay part is doing these huge assignments for them.
     
  3. BoneMonkey

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    select books that have movies about them ! no need to read !
     
  4. fischju

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    I read all 3 Dexter books, but just read the first 2.

    I'm right in the middle of the Hitchhicker's Guide books, they are hilariously awesome.
     
  5. Linkiboy

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    They give me names of the books which I have to read ):

    The worst part is that, there are only torrent/warez downloads for two of them, I have to buy the other two and strain my eyes reading paper.
     
  6. Prophet

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    No offense, but as you clearly stated we do play too many games and most of these games come from japan, so maybe we should read something that is not also of Japanese origin.

    I know, I know; We're all Otaku's in the making but let's at least try to broaden the horizon a bit.

    Sometimes I feel like I know more about the Japanese culture than I do my own. Kind of worrisome to me. [​IMG]

    but anyway The host is a great read
    http://www.amazon.com/Host-Novel-Stephenie...r/dp/0316068047

    ... and no it's not based on the South Korean horror movie.
     
  7. Strokemouth

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    I just finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow a few days ago. Very good book that is a good mixture of surprisingly accurate usage of technology and post-9/11 paranoia. Highly recommended, especially since it can be downloaded for free from the author's site. His other books are good, too. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is recommended as well.
     
  8. Mewgia

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    You actually prefer using eBooks? I can't stand eBooks and would much rather read a print book...


    Anyway right now I'm reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, it's great [​IMG]. I've been getting through a bunch of his books lately, my parents have about 7 so I've been reading those.
     
  9. JPH

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    I don't plan on reading shit this summer [​IMG]

    I've been reading all year, and have two weeks summer school.
    Reading? No thanks.

    But, a few weeks ago we had to read Animal Farm. Didn't read it, just got cliff notes lol
     
  10. CrystalSweet

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    one of the best love story's you will ever read.
    and not just love, but action packed to
    its tres cute

    'nuff said.
     
  11. Strokemouth

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    I use a Sony Reader (PRS-505) and prefer it to paper. I bought it for my wife for Xmas, but I use it as often as she does. I might pick up a Kindle for myself so we aren't always fighting over "the book."

    I learned to love e-books back when I was in college when I used to read novels on my Palm IIIxe in the middle of lectures. [​IMG]
     
  12. Orc

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    I've read that too. It made me feel depressed after for some reason. Also read the censored version of Grotesque by the same author.
     
  13. xcalibur

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    They're brilliant but I think it kind of loses after the fourth book...

    I used to be a regular old bookworm but I haven't had much time for anything lately, let alone reading a book.
    The last good book I read was Angels and Demons by dan brown.
     
  14. Linkiboy

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    What I like about ebooks is that I can set the font to be as big as I want, so i can read it on my TV as I'm falling asleep.
     
  15. Man18

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    I haven't read a book in a long time. Last book i read (which was actually super short) was Mister B Gone by Clive Barker. I plan to pick up the Enders Game series again here soon(short but I like them) or Wheel of Time which are ok, more of a horror/sci-fi guy.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!