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post #1231 of 1625 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 07:29 AM
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Re: The Book thread.

Just finished reading "Count to a Trillion" and "The Hermetic Millenium" by John C. Wright. Man, those took me about three weeks, I think. It always takes me longer to read his books, because there is just so much to absorb and take in. His imagination is off the charts, and I can't wait for the third book to come out.

Both books so far span over 8000 years of human and posthuman history. Now another race is within 500 years of showing up to enslave what is left of humanity, and we won't know if it is all in vain for another 60,000 years... Crap,this is all moving so fast...

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Re: The Book thread.

Read So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme & the Murder That Shocked the World by Peter Graham today. non-fic about a lesbian couple 16yo murdered one of their mothers in the fifties in 1950s

One of the girls ended up being author Anne Perry which is just totally totally bizarre. She's a complete narcissist.

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Re: The Book thread.

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You're a good dude. Also, I need new book recommendations soon.
I don't know if you caught what I said before, but I can see you liking The Demon Cycle books by Peter V. Brett. Try that out. So far three of the five books in the series have been written. I am almost done with the third. Those books never disappoint.

BTW, thanks for your support in "other" threads. Definitely not one of my finer moments.
Oh well, I thought it best just to get it over with and move on.

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Re: The Book thread.

Just thought about this book. For anyone who is looking for something gritty and based in real life, I highly recommend the book "Monster" by Sanyika Shakur. The author is a former high ranking member of the LA Crips gang, and is currently serving time (Life?) in prison. This book is essentially an autobiography detailing how he grew up and became the gang member he was in South Central LA. It is a pretty rough and at times graphic story, but is really gripping, and it's beyond interesting to see a life in a perspective so far removed and different from my own.

I grew up like a lot of my peers listening to N.W.A. It's one thing to listen to the music, or watch "gangstas" on TV or movies. It is another thing entirely to read about it from someone who lived it in their own words.

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Read this book called Legend. It was good but pretty predictable,bad guys did a good job of getting under my skin though.

Started The Wheel of Time series. sounds like a huge undertaking though, 14 long books.


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Re: The Book thread.

Currently reading Decision Points by President George W. Bush, and The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

Decision Points is pretty interesting so far, I'm not that deep into it yet but he seems to be getting the childhood/pre-Presidential stuff out of the way quickly. Good, his was one of the most consequential Presidencies ever, which is why I grabbed the book and I'm glad he's focusing on it from the get go. His prose is surprisingly good, since you know, he's not known for being a writer. Very plain and not too wordy, nice fit.

The Dog Stars I'm also not too deep into yet but very good so far. There have been some surprisingly funny spots for whats mostly a somber post-apocalyptic novel. I like that Heller downplays the whole "post-apocalyptic" aspect of the story though, seeing as how the rise in popularity of zombie novels (there are none in this book) and the like have really turned the whole concept into a cliche. This feels really fresh. It's character driven. The characters, not the apocalypse, are the center-piece which is part of why it feels so fresh. The narrative is written 1st person limited in an odd, stilted, halting sort of way. I didn't like it at first but now I'm used to it. I think the main character may have suffered some brain injury that isn't revealed until later which would explain the odd way the narrative is written.
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Oh. yeah. Is new Robin Hobb any good?

I've read The Farseer Trilogy/Liveship Trilogy/Follow up Fool Trilogy and the Soldier son trilogy. I like her - but I find her very inconsistent within each book, even. Like when things are going well the story is great and moves along nicely but then she tends to get bogged down in boring details.

I didn't like the Soldier Son/Liveship stuff anywhere near as well. Farseer trilogy is fucking great, though. I just haven't read anything new.

aMOL was pretty overwhelming. Don't want to re-read it though. Not sure I'll like it as well, and I kind of want to like it. There are just some thins I didn't like first time that I may more than "not like" next time.

I should Finish the Fall of Hyperion. Just couldn't get into it at the start and dropped it.
I liked the Liveship books because it was basically all about the journey so it didn't get bogged down in dumbass shit, plus most of the characters were young so there wasn't any stupid "I'm mysterious and can't be bothered to tell anyone anything" bullshit. All in all they were really good. Only thing is the ending was really abrupt. I'd still recommend them, though.

I was hesitant to reread aMoL, but I started along with Leigh's reread over on Tor.com since I'd been going along with all her other ones, and honestly, some stuff that pissed me off the first time actually pissed me off less this time. I guess maybe it felt like there was less at stake this time, or maybe I had time to calm down and just accept that this was the only ending we were going to get, or something. I don't know. I'm firmly in the severely disappointed camp (pacing, lost opportunities for characterization because of the shit pacing, hanging plot threads because of the shit pacing, and hanging plot threads in general, plus WTF TOM BOMBADIL RAND GO TO HELL) so if I can reread it without getting pissy, it can be done! I liked tGS a lot, too. Anyways.

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I don't know if you caught what I said before, but I can see you liking The Demon Cycle books by Peter V. Brett. Try that out. So far three of the five books in the series have been written. I am almost done with the third. Those books never disappoint.

BTW, thanks for your support in "other" threads. Definitely not one of my finer moments.
Oh well, I thought it best just to get it over with and move on.
I'll have to check those out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Read this book called Legend. It was good but pretty predictable,bad guys did a good job of getting under my skin though.

Started The Wheel of Time series. sounds like a huge undertaking though, 14 long books.
It's worth it. Despite all my bitching about the last book. It's ridiculously worth it. So freaking worth it. Just do it. Seriously. Do it.

Try Leigh's re-read over at Tor.com if you want to go concurrently with what you're reading -- she usually goes two chapters at a time or so. Linda at 13th Depository has some incredibly well done essays.
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Re: The Book thread.

I'm about 200 pages into the first one, good book. Reminds me a lot of Lord of the Rings.


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Re: The Book thread.

The first third or so of the first book is basically an homage to LoTR. Totally. Once it gets past a certain point, and you'll know it when you get to it, the story goes its own way. But it's cool, I think, that he does it that way. Not only because it's fucking cool, but because at the time he wrote Eye of the World, it really was one of the only epic fantasies out there of that size, so he needed to make it recognizable enough to make people comfortable and keep them reading long enough to draw them in to his story.

I have special feels for WoT, sorry. <3
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