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  1. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    There are some pretty crackpot theories, but the level of detail the books go into can be astonishing. For example, from A Feast for Crows: Later
  2. Who is the Great American Novelist?

    Moby-Dick's prose got so good at times I had to put it down just to process what I was reading. It's sometimes wordy and pretentious, but it's mostly fantastic. Power Moby-Dick is useful for understanding references, especially Biblical ones.
  3. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    The merling thing is a joke that everyone just does, isn't it?
  4. Books, books, books...

    You are going to love The Big Sleep or the Hoke Moseley books.
  5. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    There's more of it, but I seem to have forgotten most of it. Sorry. It's been over a year since I read the series. On the other hand, this is a pretty screenshot from season 3.
  6. Books, books, books...

    Can't go wrong with Thomas Pynchon (he said, having only read a bit of V and putting it aside when exams hit).
  7. Why is it bad? I already bought it. Is it worth reading? Edit: I just saw the comic on the previous page. I'm going to read it.
  8. Books, books, books...

    Isn't Alex lying at the end of A Clockwork Orange, though? I remember picking that up. Also, a self-questioning character isn't one lack depth, even if they end-up on the morally "good" side of things. Anyway, you can't go wrong with noir for that stuff, so try: Jim Thompson (The Grifters,The Killer Inside Me), Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep), Charles Willeford (Miami Blues, New Hope for the Dead), which I can vouch for. However, there's some authors I haven't tried yet: Chester Himes, David Goodis, Patricia Highsmith, Charles Williams, Dashiell Hammett. Start here and look around. The "Books other customers bought" are all good. Since you mentioned Dark Tower, try A Song of Ice and Fire, which has its share, especially as it goes on. Lots of gray morality. Jack Ketchum's novels often have amoral characters in the spotlight. The Lost and Old Flames - a great novella which comes paired with an even better one titled Right to Life - are tight, haunting reads.
  9. Maybe it's because it's almost 3 am and I should be asleep, but this was hilarious.
  10. Books, books, books...

    He dies on page four, although I think we're going full circle soon and re-arriving at the fateful night at the doughnut shop. Skippy's one of my best friends, although thankfully he hasn't died. I see a lot of myself in Howard. Great book.
  11. Guns and gun control

    Even if they didn't, the idea of having a shoot-out in school shouldn't even come-up. I sometimes see my baby cousin, who is six, off to school. I expect her to come home knowing a couple of new things, having made new friends, developed a crush on someone, maybe gotten a bruise on her knee from the playground. She's off to school to get started in life, not to witness other people, coming at her with a pistol, getting shot at by the guy who waves her into school each morning.
  12. Books, books, books...

    I'm reading Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray, which is a wonderful, absorbing, and perhaps even poignant work. I think it has also become one of my favourite novels; being four hundred pages in and with two hundred pages left, it's hard to be 100% sure yet. Nevertheless, it's hard not to think of it like that, since it's stuffed with characters that all feel real, and are all vastly different: teachers, students, priests, drug dealers, school bullies and that odd girl who likes to project that she's the shit but who suffers from severe self-consciousness issues. You'll know the characters as soon as they start talking because of how well-defined they are. It has some meditation on relationships (there was something on page 85 of my British paperback that actually made me put the book down in realization that I was reading about myself), some stuff about string theory, what it's like to be fourteen, drug use, being in love for the first time, etc. It's wide, complex, brilliant, funny and sad. Do give it a look.
  13. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Hey Ben, did you read any of the explanatory hidden stuff I posted earlier? It's too bad I can't remember most of it.
  14. 1 books at a time or multiple

    Well, it depends. I mostly read one at a time, to give each book the concentration and respect I think I can only give by reading it as such. But occasionally, I'll be reading a long, dry piece of non-fiction that I find absorbing, but that I need a break from, say every four hundred pages. When that happens, I wash it down with sporadic readings from something pulpy, a good paperback thriller or a children's novel or what-have-you.
  15. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    How far in are you, page/percentage wise?
  16. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    GRRM released a new book six chapter yesterday, replacing the old one on his site. It's obviously spoilerific, but it's kind of glorious. All the released material from book six is here, and some of these are transcripts of readings, but it gives a good idea of how the various arcs come together.
  17. eReaders - What is everyone's thoughts?

    I'd like one, but I can't buy the damn eBooks. I can't even accept gifts. It is annoying. I know I like them, though, because that's how I read the classics. Or, you know, hers. I'm sure she can grab a paperback and skim it.
  18. Oh come on. The movie will be written by Justin Marks (Disney's in-development "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li'). :tdown:
  19. General Video Game Deals Thread

    Would you buy from them if they stopped using UPlay?
  20. Movie/TV recommendations

    Secondhand Lions wasn't good, though.
  21. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Like I said, there's more. I think I threw the "mayhaps" one in this thread somewhere. Prophecies are covered here. Two more: And there's more. It's been over a year since I finished the series, and I've read plenty of good books since, so my memory's dimmed on it, even if my appreciation and love of the series has not.
  22. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Did you ever figure-out the other thing about the "Prince Of" chapter? I wish I could remember all the little stuff. Here's a few I'll run off in the few minutes I have (all books spoilers): Gosh there's so much more. It's pretty dense. I can't remember a lot of it right now.
  23. I love Stephen King, and I find his books captivating. I did not, however, enjoy The Dead Zone, and I think it's overrated.
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    "This game will murder your face." - "This game wins the competition. Game over, man, game over." - "I came, I saw, I conquered, I came again." - "This game. This game." 9.BILLION/10
  25. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    There are quite a few hints throughout the series, but that's the first, albeit most hidden, clue. More here (books 1-3 spoilers). Hence the lovely sad scene where (book 3):