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« Reply #3660 on: July 15, 2022, 08:14:08 PM »
Got started on book 8 but I was very tired of it -- all the characters suck and the story starts to just crawl after book 5, so taking a break.  I will finish it mostly to see Sanderson's books.

Yeah, your tapering out on the series kinda killed my motivation to start book 2. Just seems like there are better fantasy series to spend the time on.

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« Reply #3661 on: July 15, 2022, 11:10:51 PM »
It's called "The slog" for good reason. Keep at it because you'll get whiplash from the change of pace one Sanderson takes over.
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« Reply #3662 on: July 17, 2022, 04:46:21 AM »
Gar Ryder Hanrahan’s The Gutter Prayer. It has been wildly inventive so far.

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« Reply #3663 on: July 17, 2022, 07:27:29 AM »
Got started on book 8 but I was very tired of it -- all the characters suck and the story starts to just crawl after book 5, so taking a break.  I will finish it mostly to see Sanderson's books.

Yeah, your tapering out on the series kinda killed my motivation to start book 2. Just seems like there are better fantasy series to spend the time on.

I think I would have been more forgiving about the book's faults had I not read Malazan, which kind of broke epic world-building for me, because nothing will ever be as good as Malazan, and so I'm certainly in less awe over arguably the best aspect of WoT than I think the majority of its readers.  I read enough fantasy that's worth my time reading it just to have the experience but I can't say it's good.

Gar Ryder Hanrahan’s The Gutter Prayer. It has been wildly inventive so far.

I loved this book so much.  Think it's a minority view but I loved the Shadow Saint even more.     
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« Reply #3664 on: July 18, 2022, 09:26:04 PM »
Finished The Blacktongue Thief strong ending that feels decently self-contained but also got me hyped as shit for the next one. 
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« Reply #3665 on: July 20, 2022, 12:13:08 AM »


There's good stuff here but I'm not sure it outweighs the bad really. Dirk's fun! It's fun to learn about his near lifelong trainer and to hear other people talk about Dirk memories and so on. But like half the book is about the author who thinks you want to hear about how he interviewed Steve Nash about Dirk not just what Nash said about Dirk or about all the things he ran around in a bunch of cities while following Dirk, there's no structure to any of it and he tries to create some grand theory of Dirk's success that he never supports and which Dirk's trainer basically says is wrong anyway. Weirdly, the guy spent all this time in Dallas for years and talked to most everyone in Dirk's life except Mark Cuban.



I liked this but I imagine if you followed this stuff you wouldn't really learn anything as it really mostly tells you what a bunch of articles probably already said. AT&T's clusterfuck is funny still (even if the book makes the mistake of leaving out the historic HBO Max premiere of the Academy Award winning Zack Snyder's Justice League) and it's nice that they were able to account for COVID's impact on streaming. My actual main complaint is mostly because of knowing what's happened since they had to stop writing, they only slightly touch on WarnerDiscovery since it hadn't happened yet, just announced nor Netflix's recent more choppy waters. I always love stories of arrogant corporate suits who don't know anything failing though so there was plenty here.



One of those dangerous and irresponsible books that spreads the fascist lie that the free flow of information and thought is important. Completely denies the proven fact that the elite suppressing any thought it dislikes by imprisonment or killing is how true freedom is achieved. The book never even grapples with the fact that the only reason its many misleading examples of historical "failures" of thought control occured is because someone somewhere refused to obey. Hopefully the author will soon be strongly convinced to admit his folly and use free speech appropriately by warning those who may try to think in unapproved ways to silence themselves so as to protect our right to not have to live around people with blasphemous thoughts.



This book is really weird. It's sorta a history of Star Trek but the dude doesn't seem entirely interested in it even as he constantly gushes about its themes while never saying what they're supposed to be? He spends a lot of time lamenting that TOS doesn't meet 2022 social justice standards. His DS9 and VOY sections focus on how Sisko is Black and Janeway and Seven are women with almost nothing else said about the shows other than how Seven is obviously "queer" without ever saying how other than how she has a girlfriend twenty years later in Picard. He proclaims that Janeway will be the most beloved captain going forward and his only real supporting evidence is because AOC likes her. He says that AbramsTrek and the new series are the best versions of Trek but never says why. He even suggests that Trek 2009 is the riskiest and most original thing in the franchise and maybe all sci-fi. For a book based around how much the dude loves Star Trek he never actually says why he apparently loves Star Trek. Like the closest thing I seem to understand is that it's... geek? Or something? Really I have no clue. He liked Spock when he was younger and therefore continues to like Star Trek because it has continued to exist.

I usually don't read the Goodreads reviews for these but this had a really high score so I looked at some of them and even while giving it five stars a bunch of them are like "it was meandering and I didn't really learn anything but it was great, FIVE STARS!" This isn't why I don't read Goodreads reviews but it's certainly not going to get me to start.

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« Reply #3666 on: July 20, 2022, 01:44:57 AM »


I liked this but I imagine if you followed this stuff you wouldn't really learn anything as it really mostly tells you what a bunch of articles probably already said. AT&T's clusterfuck is funny still (even if the book makes the mistake of leaving out the historic HBO Max premiere of the Academy Award winning Zack Snyder's Justice League) and it's nice that they were able to account for COVID's impact on streaming. My actual main complaint is mostly because of knowing what's happened since they had to stop writing, they only slightly touch on WarnerDiscovery since it hadn't happened yet, just announced nor Netflix's recent more choppy waters. I always love stories of arrogant corporate suits who don't know anything failing though so there was plenty here.

About halfway through and this mirrors my thoughts so far, especially since I read so much Deadline. And yeah as soon as the book hit I was already wondering when a Part 2 would be good to make, WBD and Netflix news alone was just this year.

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« Reply #3667 on: July 20, 2022, 01:58:24 AM »
Actually, that's a pretty good point now you mention it. The book very much is sort of a Part I, it gets you to everyone launching but even we don't know what will happen yet. Disney raising the price, AT&T ditching, the continuation of content deals expiring back to their owners, ViacomCBS deciding to also join in, etc. is mostly stuff the book couldn't really cover even as it got a delay thanks to COVID. The book wasn't even really in position to know that there never was a COVID boost that ushered in a permanent subscriber base, it just knows the early numbers on the subscribers beat the future projections for most companies not whether or not they stayed to actually meet those 2024 projections.

Not necessarily a knock on the book, but definitely a bit of one on the subtitle, it does cover their attempts to launch the battle but we don't know all they'll all adjust let alone what the result might be. So maybe there needs to be a Part II and Part III. And what if somebody actually does buy Netflix or something? They mention how most of the Hollywood players passed on Netflix at some point, but what if it's somebody like Microsoft? Netflix would then be able to subsidize itself from other divisions like all the major companies were thinking would be their advantage.

As an aside this book combined with some other ones made me wonder if Kevin Reilly is one of the least appreciated guys who actually delivers for these companies, he's turned around so many who quickly dump him and then immediately start making bank off all his decisions they doubted him on. :lol
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« Reply #3668 on: July 20, 2022, 02:04:57 AM »
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So maybe there needs to be a Part II and Part III. And what if somebody actually does buy Netflix or something? They mention how most of the Hollywood players passed on Netflix at some point, but what if it's somebody like Microsoft?

One thing's for sure: I'll be getting both books lol. Despite my nitpicks it's been one of the more enjoyable reads I've had this year.




Reggie's book seems written for a 9th grade level which is fine, that's also been making it a pretty easy read haha.

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« Reply #3669 on: July 20, 2022, 09:41:29 PM »
Berserk is pretty cool.
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« Reply #3670 on: July 22, 2022, 10:40:01 PM »
Just got done with the Eclipse.  Jesus.  Lots of stuff to love there.  The whole theme(?) or messaging around stepping on others to greatness was amazingly done.  It was walking a thin line to being smut at times though. 
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« Reply #3671 on: July 24, 2022, 08:02:10 PM »
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, was boring trite for the first 75% then had a stellar ending. 

The cool thing, which I haven't seen before in multi-verse stories but makes complete logical sense

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that the multi-verse is always splitting, even as the story unfolds, so all those actions during the story actually cause mid-story parallel universes/characters.
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« Reply #3672 on: July 29, 2022, 10:31:01 PM »
Berserk continues to be amazing.  On chapter 230.  Read Hellbound Heart finally because of the Hellraiser influence of Beserk; it was great.  I also started reading the Shinning, which I am liking a lot, and generally, it takes a long time for me to get into a King book. 
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Bebpo

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« Reply #3673 on: July 30, 2022, 11:32:30 AM »
I think I might've read Hellbound Heart back in the day. I read a lot of Barker as a teen. Should check out some of his stuff from the last twenty years.

And yeah, Berserk is greaaat. I will get back to it at some point.

Bebpo

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« Reply #3674 on: July 30, 2022, 03:13:29 PM »
So watching the Coen Bros talk about Blood Simple & Miller's Crossing, they basically talk non-stop about the novelists of Noir, Dashiel Hammet and Raymond Chandler and how like Yojimbo is based on Hammet's Red Harvest and Miller's Crossing is a mix of Red Harvest and The Glass Key.

Anyone read any Hammet/Chandler? Do these old detective books still hold up as entertaining reads these days? I love detective noir and kinda interested in reading some of them, especially if they're short and breezy reads (and if they're good and still hold up).

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« Reply #3675 on: July 30, 2022, 04:31:08 PM »
Red Harvest is like 200 pages. You can blast through that in an evening. Biggest thing you gotta keep in mind with older books is the time period in which they were written.

https://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/hammettd-redharvest/hammettd-redharvest-00-h.html

https://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/hammettd-glasskey/hammettd-glasskey-00-h.html

Here's the entire thing on the canadian Gutenberg. Apparently it's not copyrighted over there anymore.

Edit: Just saw this is the guy that also wrote The Maltese Falcon. Can't talk about the book, but the movie still holds up, so I'm going to assume the books do as well.
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« Reply #3676 on: July 30, 2022, 08:09:46 PM »
Yeah, I also saw the Hammet audiobooks are free if you have Audioble (which I do at the moment).
The Chandler Phillip Marlowe ones (The Big Sleep, etc..) are not though.

I think after I finish Dracula (almost done, like 3 hours left in the audiobook), I'll give Red Harvest audiobook a shot.

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« Reply #3677 on: August 02, 2022, 12:59:36 PM »
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« Reply #3678 on: August 03, 2022, 08:10:46 PM »
Finished the audiobook for Dracula

Honestly kind of a dull read/listen that took me a month to get through. The first 1/3rd where it's a guy going to a strange castle and meeting a strange count and trying to escape is great, then the next 1/3rd about London and Lucy and Van Hellsing and Dr. Seward and Mina Harker learning about vampires and how they working is solid, then the last 1/3rd or back half is like an entire half a book of a group of people talking about what they're going to do and not really doing much and whenever there is a confrontation Dracula just runs away and then the final scenes they go and kill the vampire women and dracula in their sleep without any real opposition from them.

Basically the back half is pretty boring. Went through the cliff notes analysis as I listened to it because I tuned out at times because it was dull and I was rpg grinding while listening to it and the cliff notes ends with this bit:

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Actually, for most readers, the last half of the novel becomes somewhat long and drawn out, but this novel was written at the end of the Victorian period when the reading public expected novels to last a long time.

I think my biggest issue besides nothing much happening in the back half is that compared to modern vampire stuff Dracula himself is nerfed af here. Yeah he can get in with some difficulty and suck some blood. And yeah he kills some old people and breaks Renfield's back off-screen. But when he actually is confronted he just runs away like a scaredy cat and is a total pushover, which feels weird coming from more modern vampire stuff where Dracula is a badass mofo.

Also the book is crazy sexist (a time period thing) and the whole book after the first 1/3rd in the castle is men trying to save the women and women talking about how men are just too amazing and wonderful and they do all this for little ole' women. What gallant individuals! Men so good, women pathetic and need men to do everything, etc.. etc...

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« Reply #3679 on: August 03, 2022, 08:13:14 PM »
After which started listening to this thing Audible was advertising called Space: 1969 written by Bill Oakley and starring Natasha Lyonne and it's pretty funny so far. Kind has that Fallout alternative 50s history satire thing going in a space colony. Lyonne voice works really well for audio stuff.

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« Reply #3680 on: August 04, 2022, 03:10:51 PM »
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/starsofscifisummer-books

Anything actually worth reading/good in there?

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« Reply #3681 on: August 04, 2022, 10:38:06 PM »
The Shinning was great, even if the ending wasn't.  I haven't seen the movie in 15 years so will revisit that.  Also makes me want to read Doctor Sleep.  I started Carrie and its starting better than I thought it would.
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« Reply #3682 on: August 05, 2022, 12:58:38 AM »
The Shinning was great, even if the ending wasn't.  I haven't seen the movie in 15 years so will revisit that.  Also makes me want to read Doctor Sleep.  I started Carrie and its starting better than I thought it would.

Yeah, the movie had the better ending.
Doctor Sleep is a boring book. Don't bother. The movie, while not amazing, is better than the book.

I've never read Carrie. Will keep an eye on your thoughts. The movie is still great.

Don't remember if you were the person here who read Salem's Lot last year (I think it was JoeMolotov?), but if you haven't read Salem's Lot, you should absolutely read Salem's Lot and Jerusalem's Lot. Both are really good.

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« Reply #3683 on: August 05, 2022, 03:05:43 AM »
Under the Dome is the best by Stephen King that I've read lately. I read most of his novels as a teenager.

I'm currently reading Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson. Covid and climate change are major themes in it.

Also reading a book about Swedish engineering history. I decided I want to read more non-fiction so I've been juggling books more. Leaving different books in different rooms helps.

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« Reply #3684 on: August 05, 2022, 06:48:15 AM »
I did read Salem's Lot last year and liked the last half a lot but hated how long it took to get going.  It's also a book I think about from time to time, so my opinion has kind of sweetened on it than when I first read it. 
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« Reply #3685 on: August 05, 2022, 12:00:32 PM »
Under the Dome is the best by Stephen King that I've read lately. I read most of his novels as a teenager.

I'm currently reading Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson. Covid and climate change are major themes in it.

Also reading a book about Swedish engineering history. I decided I want to read more non-fiction so I've been juggling books more. Leaving different books in different rooms helps.

I haven't read Under the Dome. I'm kind of turned off by how long all his post 2000s books are and still haven't read much of them outside Dr Sleep and some of his short stories from the last decade-ish. Will check it out.

I did read Salem's Lot last year and liked the last half a lot but hated how long it took to get going.  It's also a book I think about from time to time, so my opinion has kind of sweetened on it than when I first read it.

I like the first half the best because it's creepy the way it sets up things with spooky mysterious stuff happening in town. That was my favorite stuff in Dracula as well. I like creepy slow burn setup in my horror.

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« Reply #3686 on: August 05, 2022, 06:00:04 PM »
Mistborn movies are likely to happen.  25 mins in
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« Reply #3687 on: August 06, 2022, 02:28:09 AM »
Yeah, kind of a shame. I don't see anyway this doesn't turn into a generic YA fodder film that'll bomb and no one will adapt his stuff for a while.
Mistborn era 1 is ok, but it's a bit generic fantasy with people flying around throwing coins at each other and dancing in ballrooms.

Sanderson doesn't want to start off with a Stormlight adaptation and I understand why but that is really his only Cosmere book that would be successful imo in the current TV/film climate. Stormlight #1 is basically just a medieval GoT thing and budget-wise it doesn't really need anything beyond a GoT S1 budget for a premium TV adaptation of book 1. Like almost the whole book just takes place on a field in some camps and a flashback in a small town. Now book 2 would need a bit more budget and book 3 and beyond would be problematic to adapt to TV because the special effects. But that's why you do Books 1/2 and see if you can get an audience so they'll fund S3 with more budget.

They could always adapt Warbreaker as a film, but idk how much film audiences are down with talking swords in their live-action films.

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« Reply #3688 on: August 06, 2022, 09:52:11 AM »
TBF Mistborn was always generic YA adjacent. 

Carrie was great with only a decent ending that kind of dragged a bit for another wise fast pace book. 
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