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Old 06-26-2015, 11:59 AM
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OH MAN I BET ORSON SCOTT CARD IS SO MAD RIGHT NOW

GONNA GO HOME AND FART INTO MY COPY OF ENDER'S GAME

HA HA HAAA
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:52 AM
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Has anyone here ever read In Hero Years, I'm Dead? It sounds really interesting but Michael Stackpole books are so hit and miss I'm not sure I want to take the plunge.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:24 PM
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The laundry room in my building has a little library in it with books, I assume, that are donated from... somewhere?

Anyway.

I went down earlier with girlonion and I took a quick look on the shelf and lo and behold a first edition paperback of The Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. I've never seen one in the wild before. What are the chances I'd eventually run into it in a damned public laundry room?
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:39 PM
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:27 AM
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I mean, it won't be of any use to anyone who randomly picks it up without having read the previous volumes...

I'd really be saving the other residents 50 pages of annoyed confusion, wouldn't I? If they even bother to pick it up at all...
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:59 AM
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Ernest Cline's followup to Ready Player One sounds like TVTropes: The Novel.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:35 AM
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Lucky Wander Boy gets more prescient by the hour. My God.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:00 AM
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The review makes that book sound excruciating.

Ready Player One has been on the very edge of my radar for a while now just for the sheer frequency with which I hear it mentioned, though I never had a clear picture of what it was actually about. I feel like it's probably safe to disregard now.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:04 AM
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The review makes that book sound excruciating.

Ready Player One has been on the very edge of my radar for a while now just for the sheer frequency with which I hear it mentioned, though I never had a clear picture of what it was actually about. I feel like it's probably safe to disregard now.
I never get tired of sharing my review of it!
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:13 AM
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Ready Player One came out in 2011. That was the year I was engaging in nerd bigotry well before it became a pervasive dialect on social media. I was... ahead of the times. Au courant! And I've been over it for about two years now and find it boring.

Anyways, this book sounds dumb and anyone who pays to get their hands on it is funding the creative wellspring of an elitist dork who traffics in pointless and irrelevant pop culture trivia.
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:32 PM
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So I just read the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman. You can tell it was written before Mockingbird because it feels like the work of a much less mature author. I always wanted another Harper Lee novel, but not like this.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:20 PM
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The laundry room in my building has a little library in it with books, I assume, that are donated from... somewhere?
It's probably a Little Free Library. The idea is for readers to take books and replace them with different ones (or return the originals when you're done reading them). If you want to keep the book, just leave something else in its place.
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:08 PM
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Yep, looks like I can safely ignore Watchman.
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:18 AM
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The review makes that book sound excruciating.

Ready Player One has been on the very edge of my radar for a while now just for the sheer frequency with which I hear it mentioned, though I never had a clear picture of what it was actually about. I feel like it's probably safe to disregard now.
It was a book I hated so much that, when I finished it, I flipped it the bird.

With both hands.
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:58 AM
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True story, I tried reading Ready Player One because my brother and my best friend both recommended it.

I couldn't get past the first few chapters. The sheer level of self-indulgence that reeked through the pages... I felt as if I was witnessing the masturbation session of somebody who defined himself as "a real man" and who couldn't get pleasure from anything other than memories from his sad, forgotten youth. Never before a book had made me feel dirty. I couldn't wash that feeling away so I dropped it, never looked back.

And that's how I finally came to terms with the fact that both my brother and my best friend's taste in books sucks.

That said, I am curious to finish reading it just to see how Spielberg manages to make a decent movie out of it. All I need to do is find something akin like a mental condom because eeew.

Or spoil myself with Wikipedia. That might work, too.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:23 PM
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There is one good thing about "Watchman" and it is this: The next time a celebrity author starts whining about how editors only destroy the pure expression of an author's creative Muse, their editors now have proof that the muse ain't worth shit when taken alone.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:03 PM
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Umberto Eco has a new novel coming, Numero zero (or Issue Zero in English. I'm pretty pumped. It comes out in November allegedly.
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:52 PM
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I keep reading that as Watchmen, and I'm thinking "yeah, probably."
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:14 PM
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I keep reading that as Watchmen, and I'm thinking "yeah, probably."
Me too Büge, me too...
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:00 AM
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I bit the bullet, and after reading only 14.5 pages of The Girl With All The Gifts, went ahead and read a spoiler summary to confirm that it IS yet another gorram zombie novel. :/ And it had started so well and I was so looking forward to it, too...

I can't wait for this goddamn fad to end. Guess I'll start reading The Long Earth or The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime instead. Maybe if I leave TGWATG in our common/game area with the rest of the donated books someone at the office will appreciate it more.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:18 PM
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Reminder that StoryBundle's Summer Video Game Bundle ends Thursday 9 PM PDT, or Friday 12 AM EDT!

[ I wanna make these reminders a regular thing, because I remember how disappointed I was that I spaced the end of the Humble Nindie Bundle. ]
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:19 PM
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Those times in your life when you look back and see only one set of footprints? It was me carrying you!
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:22 PM
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:44 PM
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The current Humble Book Bundle has some sweet comics and books about music. INcluded are Wicked + Divine Vol. 1, Phonogram Vol. 1 and Scott Pilgrim 3 (in colour!) Pick this up!
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:14 AM
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Ursula K. Leguin has some interesting things to say about Go Set a Watchman.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:56 AM
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Is there a name for the rule that any given series from a single author, when they have been going on long enough, eventually read like fanfiction?

I am talking about the retcons and reinterpretations from past books that suddenly appear in later works as the writer realizes that they have written themselves into a corner or simply because they have changed their mind regarding past characters or events, or because they want to tie everything into a nice knot, including past, contradictory works.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:57 AM
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It's one of the symptoms of Brain Eater Syndrome (also may involve an increase in political rants or an fixation on certain sexual activities).
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:39 AM
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I just finished reading Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr, and realized that the text on the back of the book spoils a major plot point near the end of the book:

"Then and there he vowed never to rest until he'd rightened that wrong-and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill and all those whom she would hold dear: her father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against darkness. . ."

Thing is, Rhodry spends most of the book as a noble lord, it's only at the very end he makes a mistake and becomes an exile. I spent reading most of the book thinking that I had missed something important.

It's like if the back of The Empire Strikes Back DVD cover would say "Luke Skywalker must once more fight his father, Darth Vader..." Or if the cover to the Planet of the Apes DVD had the Statue of Liberty on it. Oh wait...
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:36 PM
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Oh shiiiiiiiit, new Vorkosigan novel early next year - Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. Takes place after Cryoburn.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:13 AM
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Umberto Eco has a new novel coming, Numero zero (or Issue Zero in English. I'm pretty pumped. It comes out in November allegedly.
Following up on this:

I want to read the last Eco novel I haven't read before his new one comes out.

Problem is, I can't find The Island of the Day Before anywhere. Not in stores, not online, nowhere.

What's the deal?

Does anyone know where I can swing a copy? Are any of you willing to part with this book if you have it in your collection (in relatively good condition)?
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