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Old 07-10-2017, 09:05 PM
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I've been reading some lesser known Agatha Christie, So Many Steps to Death and They Came to Baghdad. Did you know she wrote some Bond-esque spy mysteries? The two I've read feature an unassuming woman who gets recruited to do some spying an stumbles ass backwards into helping people out. They are like Bond movies if you take Bond out and have his female companions solve everything. I'm not quite sure if that is great or not.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:32 AM
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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
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Old 07-11-2017, 12:59 PM
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Y'all better be reading 17776. Updates daily.
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:31 PM
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Done with Guards, Guards, which was a lot of fun. Another one of the really good early Discworld books.

I thought I'd take a break from Discworld for now, so I decided to go for something completely different. After watching the movies half a year ago I started reading Atlas Shrugged. It makes me laugh a lot - the characters are ridiculous, especially the main one feels more like a robot.

Also, everyone knows how Tolkien goes on and on about the landscape? Rand does the same, only with a steel factory. Not good in any way, the whole thing, and way too long, but surprisingly entertaining. Reminds me of Twilight, in terms of quality.
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:34 PM
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Y'all better be reading 17776. Updates daily.
I love how the key joke remains "nobody in the NFL actually knows what the fuck a completion / possession actually is"
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:19 PM
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Does anyone have any other Lem recommendations? I want to read more, eventually.
The Futurological Conference - A bunch of futurists go to a conference, get caught up in a riot, get dosed with hallucinogens, and have problems figuring out what's really happening.

The Cyberiad - A pair of robot engineers roam through the universe and have whacky adventures with other robots.

Tales of Pirx the Pilot - Average astronaut gets in and out of trouble (generally by the seat of his pants).
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:17 PM
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In a way the setting for the story is almost exactly the opposite of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, and yet the story itself is almost the same one.
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Old 07-12-2017, 03:17 PM
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The Futurological Conference - A bunch of futurists go to a conference, get caught up in a riot, get dosed with hallucinogens, and have problems figuring out what's really happening.

The Cyberiad - A pair of robot engineers roam through the universe and have whacky adventures with other robots.

Tales of Pirx the Pilot - Average astronaut gets in and out of trouble (generally by the seat of his pants).
Thank you!
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:51 AM
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The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:01 AM
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My DNF game has unfortunately been very strong this year. I gave this last one about 65 pages before calling it quits. Anyway, reading something a little bit lighter: Strip Tease by Carl Hiassen. Never read anything by him, so this should be interesting
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:24 AM
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Finished American Gods last week. Very good. Want to check out the TV show now. Also now I feel like reading a bunch of folklore and myth.

Instead I'm reading 1984 because I never finished it when I was supposed to read it back in high school.
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:55 AM
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Continuing to mine the top fantasy novels list for all the stuff I should have been reading.

Just finished The Lies of Locke Lemora and man, what a wild ride. Its like ASoIaF (gritty realism, magic on the edges) combined with like an Ocean's Eleven caper. I really like the fantasy bits. Most of the magic being alchemy isn't really that different from our modern world. A glow stick isn't really that different from a glow globe. Other than the Falconer, it feels like a realistic place (sort of Venice with a dash of London in some of the district names). I really liked the story jumping back and forth between past and present to keep the story going but also gradually fill me into the details needed to understand the world.

So thanks again to the top fantasy novels list. Another good recommendation.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:07 PM
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Lies of Locke Lamora is like The Count of Monte Cristo meets Ocean's Eleven.
I was half-right, at least.
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:34 PM
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Doing a sort of re-read of American Gods, but this is the expanded, tenth anniversary edition, so in a way, it'll be like a new experience for me
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:25 AM
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Doing a sort of re-read of American Gods, but this is the expanded, tenth anniversary edition, so in a way, it'll be like a new experience for me
Since I just read the original printing for the first time, I'm interested in hearing what things you find different about this edition.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:21 AM
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It's been at least ten years since I read the original, so I really couldn't help you there
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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Finally finished The Book of the New Sun last night. Decided to power through the whole series. I know I still have Urth of the New Sun left, but that's still somewhat on its own, and I can wait on that.

Up next, Orthodox Alaska by Fr. Michael Oleksa.
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Finally finished The Book of the New Sun last night. Decided to power through the whole series. I know I still have Urth of the New Sun left, but that's still somewhat on its own, and I can wait on that.
I hear these books are really politically astute, though they seen things through a conservative lens. Can you comment on that?
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