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« Reply #3360 on: August 14, 2020, 11:40:35 AM »
Also lmao at how this book essentially about how the United States has been built upon slavery, theft, massacres, lying to friends, breaking agreements, oppressing women and minorities at every step of the way for centuries and so on, somehow gets most exceptionally cynical about this country in the the period of the 1970s-1990s where the book basically becomes just a series of "this shit never changes, every fucked up policy of destruction and interference with other nations and fucking over the poor and minorities at home stays in place no matter which party is in charge, no matter what they say on record, fuck this country" :lol

but also :goty


EDIT: Has there been any US intervention post WW2 that benefited the country in question in any way at all

This isn't the bad vibes thread, breh. :juicy
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« Reply #3361 on: August 22, 2020, 09:37:25 AM »
Does anyone here use goodreads? Is it any good for getting recommendations?

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« Reply #3362 on: August 22, 2020, 10:37:35 AM »

I'm a huge RHCP fan, and I'll have to read this. To tell the truth, Kiedis' Scar Tissue bio showed him to be such a narcissistic, mentally abusive, fuckstain that it's caused me to enjoy their music less than before. I've always felt Flea is the stronger character of the two. Chad Smith seems like a good guy, and a tremendous talent, but his superpower seems to be "don't get caught up in Flea and Kiedis' drama."

Frankly all of them were pretty big assholes in their time. Chad Smith too from some of the things I've seen and read particularly in the earlier days. This seemed to mostly go away by the time we are in the mid 90s from what I can tell. But yeah that sleazeball cock rock stuff from the 70s poured over to the Chili Peppers in their wilder days. It's kind of part of the conflict with this band too. They may have strived for better than how they acted (the subject matter in songs. How they reflect in interviews about various subjects, heck in these books), but they definitely fucked up way too many times. Definitely lots of shitty behavior they more or less got away with that probably wouldn't have been kinda brushed aside a decade latter.

I can't speak for John or Chad as I never read much about their upbringing, but you can see how people like Flea or Anthony turned out to be fuck ups even if they had desire to be better people. A sort of do as I say not as a I do thing. the blokes were lucky to be blessed with so many second chances.
It's sort of like how a dog that was raised badly is now in a loving good environment, but still resorts to some of that bad behavior from their early days because bad habits die hard kind of thing. I get that impression with how the band treated others from time to time up till say the mid 90s now and then.

https://thegrayishcarpet.com/2016/04/20/blood-sugar-sex-dickheads/

https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/12/12/the-flaming-habaneros/

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yeah... I have lots of love for the Chilis, but they got a checkered past of bullshit.
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« Reply #3363 on: August 22, 2020, 10:47:32 AM »
Does anyone here use goodreads? Is it any good for getting recommendations?

Yes and kinda.  I prefer reddit for fantasy, horror, and history recs.  The scifi subreddits suck though.
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« Reply #3364 on: August 22, 2020, 05:45:06 PM »


It took me weeks but I'm finally finished :mjcry. I can do about half of the problems in this book now... that number gets smaller in the chapter on factorization in integral domains and my brain nearly melted in the chapter on Galois Theory :heh but I fucking did it, I'm done :stahp

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« Reply #3365 on: August 22, 2020, 05:49:46 PM »
Maybe you should be sober when trying to do your math homework, sonny

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« Reply #3366 on: August 27, 2020, 10:19:03 AM »
Does anyone here use goodreads? Is it any good for getting recommendations?

Yes and kinda.  I prefer reddit for fantasy, horror, and history recs.  The scifi subreddits suck though.
oh speaking of scifi, is the three-body problem any good? last scifi i read was starship titanic like 10 years and a colleague keeps recommending this to me

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« Reply #3367 on: August 27, 2020, 10:31:21 AM »


Were on my plate the past few months

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« Reply #3368 on: September 12, 2020, 03:10:47 PM »
Let's see, since last book, finished

Mistborn Series #2, Book #3 of 4 - The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson - This was great. It was a grand Indiana Jones-esque adventure with comedy, action, detective work, good characters and a good length. The first book in this new series was a fun short pulp steampunk western w/magic and the second book was not very good and was a short dark Victorian-era political murder mystery, but this third book really rebounded well with a big adventure that pretty much hit all the notes. Liked it a lot and had some interesting updates to the overall lore of the Mistborn books and hints at Sanderson's Cosmere universe. The setup for the final book is solid and makes it seem like it will be very Cosmere lore heavy, so looking forward to that when it comes out hopefully next fall. Feels weird finally being caught up on one of the active Sanderson mini-series within Cosmere. Only 2 books left in my full Cosmere catch-up read. Arcanum Unbound short novella collection and then Stormlight Book #3 Oathbringer. Book #4 Rhythm of War lands mid-November so should be caught up in time no problem.

Tetris by Box Brown. I saw they were making a new movie based on the story of Tetris and I'd owned this book in my backlog but hadn't read it. Turns out it's a graphic novel! Hadn't even flipped it open before and discovered that. Read it in one sitting last night after finishing the above. Was good, especially if you're familiar with the game industry and all the people and companies involved. Even knowing that stuff I still found it pretty hard to follow the legal trail of IP ownership (it's very confusing), but the characters and stories within were really interesting. Will watch the movie.

Does anyone here use goodreads? Is it any good for getting recommendations?

Yeah, I find it pretty helpful for recommendations. If I wasn't lazy I'd make an account myself.

Also check authors you enjoy, often they have their own good read page of books they like and you might find some good stuff from it. Like I read the first Discworld book Colour of Magic and didn't care for it and bailed on the series, and the only other Terry Pratchett book I had read was Good Omens and loved it, and I'd heard one of the top ones was Men at Arms, book #2 in the City Watch series. Kept it in the back of my mind and then I was checking out Brandson Sanderson's goodread recommendations page where he lists only 5-star books that he felt were great and takes inspiration in his writing from and he had Terry Pratchett's Men at Arms on it.

In his review he said something to the effect of I was late to Discworld and started with the first book Colour of Magic which people say isn't the best place to start and it wasn't a very good book and I bailed. I read Good Omens and loved it and wanted to give Discworld another try and then people told me Men at Arms was one of the top-tier Pratchett/Discworld books and I read it and it was totally fantastic.

Since that basically lined up 1:1 with my experience and I like Sanderon's writing style, it made me think I'd probably like Men at Arms a lot if I gave it a shot so I picked it up and am about to start it.

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« Reply #3369 on: September 14, 2020, 09:04:14 AM »
sandmann companion by hy bender

alan moore's favorite neil gaiman anecdote is just the story of how moore trolled gaiman and the best part is right at the end where he says "I remember looking down , with no sympathy for him whatsoever, and just chuckling and saying "neil scary trouser gaiman, master of modern terror"  :snob

seems appropriate right now  ::)
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« Reply #3370 on: September 14, 2020, 11:14:15 AM »
I'm 40% through my Dinosaur textbook.  Guys don't know if you know this, but dinosaurs are pretty cool. 
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« Reply #3371 on: September 17, 2020, 02:13:48 PM »
About a Boy by Nick Hornby

Loved it. Second book of his that I read. The previous one was How to be Good. I think I enjoyed this one more. Especially once all the main characters finally bump into each other. The start when some key players are doing their thing before they all meet had me kinda lukewarm. Of course me being a Nirvana fan helped when it became clear that Kurt was a big part of this book in an indirect way. Funny how that worked out for me.

I suppose I see myself a little bit in both the characters of Will and Marcus. I'm more of a Will now of course without the strange romantic relationship strategies. Once I got to the second half of the book I was pretty much reading it everyday. I like the subject matter in this book and the odd relationships. They shouldn't work on paper. Heck they seem all wrong if you just described it, but the way it all plays out makes sense and you see how these types of individuals would get caught up in this oddball friendship/acquaintanceship.

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« Reply #3372 on: September 18, 2020, 07:25:20 AM »
Terry Goodkind died.
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« Reply #3374 on: September 24, 2020, 09:50:46 AM »
Never did read any Terry Goodkind, even though I was all about reading fantasy back when he came on the scene.
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« Reply #3375 on: September 25, 2020, 02:34:43 AM »
Terry Goodkind is apparently pretty much a horrible jerk. His politics lean hardcore into very conservative libertarianism, or something like that. A friend of mine did a bunch of research on him and just went off on him a couple years back. Iíll see if I canít find something on it over the weekend. But anyhow: fuck him.

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« Reply #3376 on: September 25, 2020, 04:12:04 AM »
Almost finished with Discworld - Men at Arms, it's a good book. Not that hilarious though it has some funny bits, but a good cast of characters, a fun murder mystery story and a well fleshed out setting. While I didn't like Colour of Magic, I'd like to read more good Discworld books like this.

Probably read Mort next, since a book starring Death sounds fun. Up for more city watch adventures too.

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« Reply #3377 on: September 25, 2020, 08:33:50 AM »
Terry Goodkind is apparently pretty much a horrible jerk. His politics lean hardcore into very conservative libertarianism, or something like that. A friend of mine did a bunch of research on him and just went off on him a couple years back. Iíll see if I canít find something on it over the weekend. But anyhow: fuck him.

A quick google search said he was a proponent of Ayn Rand's Objectivism. So yeah, probably a huge piece of crap.

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« Reply #3378 on: September 25, 2020, 05:39:05 PM »
 Not very good or kind, eh? Heh heh heh.  8)

... I'll show myself out the door  :-\

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« Reply #3379 on: September 25, 2020, 05:48:42 PM »
Terry Goodkind is apparently pretty much a horrible jerk. His politics lean hardcore into very conservative libertarianism, or something like that. A friend of mine did a bunch of research on him and just went off on him a couple years back. Iíll see if I canít find something on it over the weekend. But anyhow: fuck him.

I think I might have read that article before. :neogaf
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« Reply #3380 on: September 27, 2020, 02:44:50 PM »
Finished up Terry Pratchett's Men at Arms. Yep, liked this one. Liked the cast mostly, story was alright and I still find Pratchett's writing a bit hard to follow even at this point in his career 15 books into Discworld. It's mostly easier to follow than book #1, but he loves to flip PoVs all the time between characters without so much as a paragraph break. There's definitely times where I'm not sure who is talking and then have to back up.

Still it's pretty readable and a fun good story. Liked the Trolls & the Dwarves a lot. Will check out some more books at some point. Next few books I'm reading are pretty stacked since I've got my reads planned out through Stormlight Archive #4's release mid-November. After that in December have no reading plans so probably will read Mort then.
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« Reply #3381 on: September 27, 2020, 10:31:49 PM »
Terry Goodkind is apparently pretty much a horrible jerk. His politics lean hardcore into very conservative libertarianism, or something like that. A friend of mine did a bunch of research on him and just went off on him a couple years back. Iíll see if I canít find something on it over the weekend. But anyhow: fuck him.

I think I might have read that article before. :neogaf

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« Reply #3382 on: September 27, 2020, 10:39:44 PM »
Bless you for bringing us this good food, chrono. :lawd
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« Reply #3383 on: September 29, 2020, 11:03:21 PM »

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« Reply #3384 on: October 11, 2020, 09:29:05 AM »


about a third of the way through. enjoying, but wish I could sit in my car near a beach and just binge read.


interesting read so far. the characters seem so real, and it's fiction! 8)
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« Reply #3385 on: October 15, 2020, 04:25:51 AM »
Finished up Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere Novella collection Arcanum Unbounded

Absolutely fantastic read. So much variety in the novellas and Mistborn Secret History was a daaaaaaaaamn good true ending route finale to the original Mistborn trilogy. Sixth of Dusk and Shadows of Silence were cool horror-ish tales, Emperor's Soul which I'd read before and was re-reading is still great and Edgedancer the Stormlight Novella linking Book #2 and Book #3 was great. Even the White Sands graphic novel was alright.

At this point I've read every Cosmere story outside Stormlight book #3. Gonna start that soon and then jump into book #4 when it releases next month on the 17th.

Pretty much a big fan of Cosmere at this point. It's fantastic and the speed and quality which Sanderson writes to keep it moving is crazy but also great. Feels like a better version of the MCU of books with a couple new entries every year and building up for crazier stuff.

Would highly recommend Cosmere to anyone that likes Sci-fi/fantasy. There's a lot of good starting points, but overall my feeling is Sanderson started off solid but didn't get really great until ~2009 with Warbreaker and almost everything in Cosmere since has been fantastic.

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« Reply #3386 on: October 15, 2020, 08:32:54 AM »
Bebpo do you collect physical books?  Subterrian press just sent me an email about leather bound copies of The Way of Kings.  Subterrian does a lot of speical editions of fantasy books and I know the Malazan ones are now extreamly valuable.   

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Important: The Way of Kings must be ordered by itself. Do not include any other books or products in the same order.

When packed, this two volume set will weigh in at nine pounds or more. The postage costs, especially for our international customers, will be substantial.

About the Book:

The Dragonsteel edition of The Way of Kings consists of two volumes bound in premium bonded-leather, and the pages are smyth-sewn, not glued like most regular books.

The Way of Kings is printed in two-color offset inks on quality, acid-free paper, includes a bound-in satin-ribbon bookmark, gilded pages, and two-color foiling on the cover. A 24-page four-color offset art gallery starts off the edition and features never-before seen artwork and fanart. 

Weíve made this book a beautiful match for Mistborn: The Final Empire, Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages.

First Printing. Brand new leather-bound hardcover, signed by Brandon Sanderson: $200
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« Reply #3387 on: October 15, 2020, 12:54:28 PM »
Yeah, I followed the kickstarter. Signed up for $1 to add on a physical version of the new novella for $16 afterwards.

I don't mind digital and read some stuff that way, but I actually find physical books easier to read so I still get physical for most stuff. But I'm not a collector in the sense of spending $200 for some fancy version of the book that's otherwise $20 or less.

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« Reply #3388 on: December 22, 2020, 07:24:02 AM »
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« Reply #3389 on: December 25, 2020, 09:10:01 PM »
Finished The Stormlight Archives - Book #3 Oathbringer




Damn, 1233 pages and 2 months later, what a ride. This was such a good book oh man. Really good characters, world building, pacing, epic, epic stuff, tons of characters, lots of action & mysteries, lots of fantasy elements. Book #2 was really good, but also had very stop/start pacing which was a bit frustrating. Book #3 is just good solid pacing and then conclusion.

Also I'm impressed how books 2/3 felt very conclusive standalone despite being part of a larger story. I see books #1-2 as being the first arc and book #3 feels like a complete arc in one book.

So far books 1-3 for me have been:

Way of Kings - 3/4
Words of Radiance 3.5/4
Oathbringer 4/4

Definitely gets me hyped up for Book #4 which came out last month. This series feels like the Lord of the Rings/Dune, big top-class epic fantasy series for the current generation. I think Oathbringer was one of the best books I've ever read.

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« Reply #3390 on: December 25, 2020, 10:19:59 PM »
Reading this:


In preparation for this:



So I don't get spoiled when I watch season 4.
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« Reply #3391 on: December 26, 2020, 05:36:47 AM »
Reading this:
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In preparation for this:
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So I don't get spoiled when I watch season 4.
I liked the book a lot more than the show depiction to be honest, mostly because you get a lot of cool insight into the biology of the flora & fauna of the planet which didnít really fit in the show.

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« Reply #3392 on: December 26, 2020, 06:20:20 AM »
I got William Gibsons Neuromancer as a christmas gift  :D

Now only to read it

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« Reply #3393 on: December 26, 2020, 09:05:35 AM »
I'm actually a little concerned going into book 4/S4 of The Expanse because I've absolutely loved the political intrigue aspect and Avasarala is by far my favourite character along with Fred Johnson and the whole OPA thing. I hope it doesn't lose that grounding and turn into some shitty space opera thing. I have faith it won't, but I'm still concerned.
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« Reply #3394 on: December 26, 2020, 10:42:18 AM »
I got William Gibsons Neuromancer as a christmas gift  :D
The sequels were on my wishlist. Instead I got a second copy of Neuromancer.

It's a great novel and I'll pass it on to someone who hasn't read it.

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« Reply #3395 on: December 29, 2020, 04:39:30 AM »
Started on Stand on Zanzibar. I'm loving the worldbuilding.

It's incredibly cynical and the little paragraphs consisting of "future" advertisement, newspaper bits and thinkpieces hit way closer to home than they have any right to.

And that was just reading the first 20 pages.

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« Reply #3396 on: December 29, 2020, 11:36:03 AM »
I've been devouring everything I can find from Adrian Tchaikovsky, Probably my fav SciFi/speculative fiction writer now that Iain Banks has passed and Dan Simmons has rightwing brain worms.

I'd recommend Children of Time to just about anyone (except maybe Arachnophobes). It works as a stand-alone book but it's "sequel," Children if Ruin (which is more of a parallel story) is just as good.

Both books have some of the best depictions of alternate forms of sentience and sapiens I've ever come across.

Don't want to spoil too much as I knew very little going in and I think that heightened my enjoyment of it.
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« Reply #3397 on: December 31, 2020, 10:17:55 PM »
Read the first 2/3rds of His Majesty's Dragon today - enjoying it a lot.  Basically a more (young) adult version of How to Train Your Dragon so far but during the Napoleonic Wars.  It's really formulaic but that's fine. 
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« Reply #3398 on: January 11, 2021, 03:21:45 AM »
Finished Sanderson's novella Dawnshard that is Stormlight Archives 3.5 like the Edgedancer novella was 2.5 between books 2->3. Was alright. Probably the least interesting story of the Stormlight stuff, but still a good read.

Will start Book #4 Rhythm of War pretty soon.

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« Reply #3399 on: January 11, 2021, 04:28:25 AM »
Finished up Cibola Burn. It was ok. Probably my least favourite in the series so far.

Started up on Terry Pratchett's The Last Continent. Been looking forward to this one because it is a satirical look at Australia.
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« Reply #3400 on: January 12, 2021, 12:17:36 PM »
I've been trying to read Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It popped up for January's book for one of the online book clubs I'm in and I've had the book sitting around for a decade and in the meantime they've made a tv show and everything.

Thought it would a nice break book from Sanderon's Cosmere stuff. But then it's eight hundred pages long, and it's dense af. I haven't been enjoying it and it's been taking some time because the pages/paragraphs are really, really dense and it's dry, slow & boring like an old boring period piece. But I figure I'd give it 50 pages and I'm 41 pages in now after the intro stuff finally finished. Pretty sure I'm gonna drop it and move to something else. Might cheat for the book club and watch the tv adaptation if I read that it's good & pretty close.

Found this on google which sounds like the book is pretty slow and doesn't pick up until about 300 pages in -_-
https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/9srque/jonathan_strange_mr_norrell_im_bored_out_of_my/

Also read up on the BBC adaptation which and the reviews say it's very good and accurate and almost flawless adaptation in 7 parts.

I think I'm gonna bail and watch the show.
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« Reply #3401 on: January 12, 2021, 01:52:29 PM »
I listened to the audio book of Jonathan Strange. It was great, but I can see how reading might be a different prospect. I would say stick with it for a little longer, but if you're not feeling it, watch the show.
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« Reply #3402 on: January 12, 2021, 02:18:32 PM »
I love the concept of audiobooks, but the only time I ever got into them was when I had a commute to listen to in the car. Otherwise I don't see when I'd have time to listen. I can't imagine listening in bed at night when I would normally read, just staring at the ceiling.

Probably doesn't help I can't multi-task with audio. So like I can't be working at the computer or playing a game that I'm paying attention to while also paying attention to an audiobook being read. Driving is pretty brainless so it's the one place I can pay attention to audio and multi-task.

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« Reply #3403 on: January 12, 2021, 07:04:59 PM »
I'm the same. Audio books for me were great when I was commuting by bus or car and just wanted to zone out.

I must say though that the Jonathan Strange one is exceptional and worth the effort.
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« Reply #3404 on: January 12, 2021, 07:22:21 PM »
I let books be (e)books, and keep the audio fare to podcasts (when I'm smoking up, 'nache.)

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« Reply #3405 on: January 12, 2021, 10:07:05 PM »
So I tried to find out which streaming service even has the BBC show and someone linked me to goodreel and it said it was on Netflix, so I re-subbed to Netflix after a half year away

...and it's not on Netflix  :doge

Well I was gonna resub in a couple weeks for the Euphoria guy's movie anyhow, so I guess that's fine. Ended up just buying the show digitally on Amazon. Gonna try watching a couple eps and if it gets me more invested I might go back to the book.

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« Reply #3406 on: January 13, 2021, 03:39:17 AM »
Watched ep1, thought it was going to cover the intro chapters I read that took me 3 nights of reading maybe 2-3 hours.

...it covered that in the first 15 mins  :lol

Now that I actually see where the show is going, I'm more interested. But I feel like it'd probably take me like a week of reading to cover this one ep. Book club is in about two weeks. Think I'll watch the show and then skim the book.

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« Reply #3407 on: January 17, 2021, 03:18:18 AM »
Well I haven't watched any more eps past ep1 of Strange & Norrell and instead went back to the book and have been reading for a few nights and just past where ep1 ended. A bit over a 100 pages in now. The main difference between the show adaptation is just the show interweaving Strange's story.

The book's grown on me and I am enjoying it, but I'm not a big fan of the huge blocky paragraphs of description prose with sometimes dialogue imbedded. Just reads slow and feels a bit like work.

I also started Sanderson's Stormlight Archives 4 - Rhythm of War and reading both at the same time it's just night and day difference in style. Sanderson writes short sentences that are pages mostly filled with dialogue, between dialogues are short descriptions or action, but the pages tend to be a bunch of single sentence or few sentence paragraphs and it just moves fast. Sanderson reminds me of a Stephen King, very straight-forward layman easy reading to focus on dialogue & plot.

Whereas in Strange/Norrell an entire big page may be one giant block paragraph and a giant block footnote below it. Fair enough for people that enjoy that type of writing. It's always given me School English class PTSD flashbacks, so never been into books written like that.

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« Reply #3408 on: January 17, 2021, 05:49:42 PM »
Finally getting around to Stephensonís Cryptonomicon. Pretty good, but reading time has been minimal lately. Audiobook is a good reading, so I may make it the whole way.

Also reading a paperback of Elmore Leonardís Mr. Majestyk. Easy to parse, and the act of reading text is transportative in a way that audio is not. Iíve missed it. COVID has lessened my focus and attention, so this is my rehabilitation.

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« Reply #3409 on: January 18, 2021, 10:23:34 AM »
There are a few short parts on coding and cryptography in Cryptonomicon that probably won't translate well to audio. On the other hand, if that's the way you can find the time to enjoy the book then listening to the audio book is a lot better then skipping the book entirely.

I've read three novels by Stephenson and he is quickly becoming my favorite author.

I started reading Count Zero by William Gibson this week. I've barely read physical books since the pandemic started and it's nice getting back to my old reading habit.

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« Reply #3410 on: January 20, 2021, 10:01:26 PM »
Count Zero was seriously good.

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« Reply #3411 on: February 09, 2021, 07:27:16 AM »
Finished The Last Continent. Not my favourite Terry Pratchett book, but it was ok.

Have moved on to Nemesis Games by James SA Corey. I'm about 20% through and am really loving the Amos and Alex POVs. Holden and Naomi's POVs I don't really care for so far, but I hope that changes.
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« Reply #3412 on: February 10, 2021, 02:02:31 AM »
Amos' storyline in that was one of those escalating things that left me wondering, "Wait, how far are they actually going to take this destruction?"

BLOOD MUSIC by Greg Bear also did that.

It's nice to be surprised.

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« Reply #3413 on: February 10, 2021, 04:55:32 AM »
Finished The Last Continent. Not my favourite Terry Pratchett book, but it was ok.

Have moved on to Nemesis Games by James SA Corey. I'm about 20% through and am really loving the Amos and Alex POVs. Holden and Naomi's POVs I don't really care for so far, but I hope that changes.

The Amos novella The Churn is really good. Publication order is before Nemesis Games, although I read it much much later on. Really explains a lot about the power dynamic Amos has with Erich.

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« Reply #3414 on: February 10, 2021, 05:00:43 AM »
Finished The Last Continent. Not my favourite Terry Pratchett book, but it was ok.

Have moved on to Nemesis Games by James SA Corey. I'm about 20% through and am really loving the Amos and Alex POVs. Holden and Naomi's POVs I don't really care for so far, but I hope that changes.

The Amos novella The Churn is really good. Publication order is before Nemesis Games, although I read it much much later on. Really explains a lot about the power dynamic Amos has with Erich.
I've read The Churn. Was good.
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« Reply #3415 on: February 22, 2021, 03:36:57 PM »
I finished the first half (~550 pages) of Stormlight #4 Rhythm of War last night. I'm pretty letdown so far. Especially after spending 4 years+ reading the entire Cosmere universe series catching up to this point only for one of the weakest books yet so far.

It basically feels like going from Storm of Swords -> AFFC including nixing half the cast (and like ASOAIF nixing a lot of the more interesting cast)  :(

I kind of feel that this is Sanderson's first transition from smaller scale (books #1-3) to larger scale epic (book #4 of 5) and he may be struggling managing it.

Sanderon's stuff almost always comes through in the endgame though and a lot of his stories are positioning and moving things a long to come together for the finale, so hopefully the second half of the book picks up. Still kinda bummed I only got half a book left of Cosmere and then I'm all caught up and got nothing for another year or so until Mistborn2 book #4 is out.

I do appreciate that there is a Planescape Torment nod though. It's nice reading books written by nerds.

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« Reply #3416 on: February 22, 2021, 07:13:46 PM »
Anybody fucks with DRM free ebooks? Is there a good store for such? Want to stay as legit as possible.

Calibre is a massive pain and I used to have it working quite well, but something in the chain has broken down in the last year (between Google Play's DRM, Kindle's DRM, Adobe's Digital Editions software, Calibre, or all of the above.) So I'm trying to buy DRM free from the start if possible.

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« Reply #3417 on: February 22, 2021, 08:46:23 PM »
Does your library have an online aspect? If they offer downloads via Overdrive you can download via MP3 and keep the downloads forever.

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« Reply #3418 on: February 24, 2021, 06:24:55 AM »
Finished Nemesis Games and have moved on to Storm Front by Jim Butcher.

Three chapters in so far and it's pretty much grabbed me.
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« Reply #3419 on: February 24, 2021, 11:16:06 AM »
This gets said a lot but the first two and a half Dresden books are a bit rough but after that it basically just keeps getting better and better.
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