What are you watching/reading?

Posted by F1ak3r on Nov. 13, 2015, 12:16 p.m.

We've got music, games and projects already, so this is for books, movies, series and other things of that ilk you've been enjoying lately. Recommendations and condemnations alike are welcome.

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Mega 8 years, 5 months ago

I've been reading the Discworld novels recently, along with Gardens of Imagination by Christopher Lamption, an excellent old book on classic 3D engine stuff (Raycasting, Raytracing, Polygon Geometry, etc).

Haven't watched a movie in ages, but as for series… if anime and cartoons count, I'm watching One Punch Man and Rick and Morty at the moment.

Jani_Nykanen 8 years, 5 months ago

I've been reading some cheap paperbacks I bought in a bookstore. They are mostly thrillers and detective stories (I'm not sure if they are the same thing in English) from United States, Great Britain and for some reason Sweden and Denmark. I'm reading them in Finnish, although last summer I read the final three books in Stephen King's Dark Tower series in English. Oh, and I also read Alastair Reynolds' Poseidon's Wake last summer, too.

I read a lot, I own over 130 books (excluding comics). Five years ago I had barely ten books, so I have spent a lot of money on books lately. I wonder how many books I'll have when I turn 60…

I don't watch movies or TV series.

LAR Games 8 years, 5 months ago

I started watching "One Punch Man". It's seriously amazing.

This is what animes should aspire to be. So much happens in just 20 minutes, and it's absolutely hilarious!

I recommend it to anyone who likes comedy.

Jani_Nykanen 8 years, 5 months ago

Forgot to mention which book I'm reading right now: Toden ja ilveen verkko (Det grovmaskiga nätet in Swedish) by Håkan Nesser. This book was apparently the author's first novel, and it can be seen in the text. It's not bad, but I can see how much his skills have improved since I have read another, more recent book of the same author.

F1ak3r 8 years, 5 months ago

+1s all round for Rick and Morty. It is one of the best shows on television right now.

Another animated show I watched recently and highly recommend is Bojack Horseman. It starts out feeling fairly predictable and flat, like it's a typical Adult Swim cartoon and you know where it's going, but once you get past the first three or four episodes that all changes.

On the book front, I tend to read a bunch of things all at once and listen to at least one audiobook on my long, traffic-tastic commute.

I'm listening to Don Quixote (unabridged English translation). For being one of the oldest known novels, it reminds me of nothing so much as a comedic Let's Play or Cesque Shenanigans blog. It's about an old guy who goes insane after reading too many books about knights and starts thinking he is a knight, dons a cardboard helmet and then goes off on stupid adventures where he beats up friars after mistaking them for kidnappers and mistakes windmills for giants.

Among other things, I'm reading Steve Levy's Hackers, which is about the original obsessive nerd programmers who attended MIT and Stanford in the 1950s-80s and basically invented interactive computing and the idea of having fun with programming.

Quote: Jani
Stephen King's Dark Tower series
I haven't read much King, but I really enjoyed his On Writing. At some point I decided it might be fun to go through his stuff chronologically, but I only ended up reading Carrie and Salem's Lot (the latter of which I found a bit overlong, which I gather is a common criticism of King). Still, I'd like to read some more at some stage.

NeutralReiddHotel 8 years, 5 months ago

reading pokemon adventures. got to page 3 last night and fell asleep (I was exhausted). i want to re-read the whole series again, i read up to the gold/silver chapter years ago and just left it there, but i want to finish the whole thing. sounds like an ambitious, time-consuming project i'll never finish

just finished watching Being Human on netflix. none of that UK shit, the real one, the US remake. OMG best show ever. and i hate vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, but the actors were amazing. aidan's such a pimp (even though he cries a lot in the show and if you don't watch the whole show you wouldn't know), Sally's freaking hot (and i'm never into indian chicks), and Josh… is just josh. at first he's a crybaby niceguy but later on he finds his two testicles in his pants and i end up liking him.

also, Friends on netflix is good for a laugh and for a super corny love story if you're into destroying a whole week of your life like i did watching the 10 seasons :)

Cpsgames 8 years, 5 months ago

The last movie I went to see at the theater was The Martian. It was very good. I've also just finished Narcos recently on Netflix. It's based on Pablo Escobar and the Medellín drug cartel. Worth watching.

Zuurix 8 years, 5 months ago

Just finished reading Alastair Reynolds Chasm City. Plot twists were breathtaking.

Before that I have consumed Smoke Bellew by Jack London, few books from Labyrinths of Echo by Max Frei, The Fellowship of the Ring, etc. I've read all of them over 5 times since I'm suffering serious lack of good books to read.

Talking about watching, currently I'm at episode 27 of Steven Universe. I wish I watched it before I watched Archer and Rick and Morty, would have enjoyed it a lot more. Still good through.

Also, few days ago I watched last Hobbit movie. I really enjoyed it, especially when Legolas was on screen!

DesertFox 8 years, 5 months ago

Watching Fringe, reading Jack the Bodiless by Julian May.

Cpsgames 8 years, 4 months ago

Ja, Das Boot ist gut.

One of my favorite movies. It has aged very well, too.