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Old 02-10-2019, 05:24 AM
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Started reading Wicked, because I knew that either the book was a whole lot better than the musical, or the musical was a whole lot better than the book, but I couldnít remember which and opted to gamble on the one thatís easier to access.

In the first few chapters, Iíve learned that Oz is just astonishingly racist, and the book seems to imply that the Wicked Witch is evil because of her nebulous genitals. Though they brush over the fact that her very first action after being born was to bite someoneís finger off with her razor-sharp shark-teeth. Which seems like a way better indication of evil than an absent peener.

Also, boy oh boy does everyone hate that baby.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:29 AM
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I just finished Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. It felt like it started as a Dr. Who script, which according to that most trustworthy of sources wikipedia, it kinda sorta did. It is unusual for the red herring in what appears to be a murder mystery be the murder.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:24 AM
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Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009 by J. Randy Taraborrelli
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:15 PM
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Reading a book about Ministry and Al Jorgensen. It goes into all the drugs and drinking he did as well as tours and making all of his albums. It's a broken record, but interesting, especially the parts where Sascha Konitzeko of KMFDM and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers talk about how they knew him. The parts about his childhood and early Ministry were new and interesting.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:37 PM
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I finished Jasper Fforde's Early Riser. As with any Fforde book, describing it is a challenge. It is a thriller set in a world where people hibernate, set among the people who stay awake to keep everything running while everyone else is asleep. The central plot revolves around a giant corporation that sells a drug to help people hibernate, but also turns a negligible number of them into essentially zombies. They are preparing to roll out a new version designed to be cheap enough for everyone to afford. Also, a half dozen other things are going on. It isn't my favorite of his books, but I liked it a whole lot. I am a little unsure of how the one trans character was portrayed. I think it was good, but it is kind of hard to decipher among all the weirdness that is the setting and plot.
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:06 PM
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Reading a quickie before moving on to bigger things: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:35 PM
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Keeping with Black History month biographies with Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:29 AM
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That was really good. Highly recommend if you want to learn about Muhammad Ali

Back to fiction now with Making Money by Terry Pratchett
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:18 AM
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Well, still not sure if itís supposed to be the book or the musical of Wicked thatís supposed to be the good one, but I kind of feel like I may have backed the wrong horse? There are bits I liked; the revisionist history going on that makes it so that if the Wicked Witch was the protagonist, the rest of Oz needs to suuuuuuuuuck (and boy does it), and I also liked the viewpoint flip on the events of the original film.

But The vast bulk of the book is a series of theses on the nature of morality and/or long long side-stories that contribute very little to the overall arc however... and those were not what I was signing up for.

Canít help but feel that the stage show didnít have a musical number about what to consider of the ethical cost of terrorism.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:20 PM
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Alright, so, I consider Terry Pratchett one of my favorite authors of all time, but I just couldn't get through that story. I actually DNFed a DIscworld book. Oh well, let's see how Wild Cards 1 (expanded edition) edited by George R.R. Martin goes
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:24 PM
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Been eyeballing that series; like to know how it is.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:48 PM
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Been eyeballing that series; like to know how it is.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:21 AM
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It's great so far. I'm more than 200 pages in and I have a feeling it'll be one of my favorites of the year.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:39 AM
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Sounds good to me!

And the Kindle edition is currently... two Canadian Dollars. So I think thatís safe to gamble on regardless.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:52 AM
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Sounds good to me!

And the Kindle edition is currently... two Canadian Dollars. So I think thatís safe to gamble on regardless.
The first three books are on sale right now.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:48 PM
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So it seems. Well, guess Iíd gamble $6 as easily as I would 2!

Anyway, I also finished Double Wonderful, which was not only far less funny than the Frank Burly series, but it also had a fair few jokes that were tasteless enough that I retroactively started liking John Shwartzwelders writing less.

Anyway, on to The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcadtle, because who doesnít want to read a locked room murder mystery based on Groundhog Day?

Heck, I left an Octo-shaped dustcloud in the store running to the cash when I read the back cover!

Well, I got it on my Kindle, so I left a home running to my pocket
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Old 02-22-2019, 06:46 AM
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Think Iíll circle back around to that one; a little too Great Gatsby and not enough pizzazz early on.

So, instead, on to The Hod King, because boy oh boy, do I like this series.
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:18 AM
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Started reading book 2 of the Legend of the Condor Heroes by Louis Cha, called A Bond Undone, and it's fabulous. Pure kung fu drama. this series is great, man.
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:43 AM
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I'll admit, some of the stories in Wild Cards I wasn't much of a fan of, although it's more like two. It was a very solid read, and I'll definitely continue on (I managed to grab the next two, taking advantage of the sale)

Now, about to reread a modern favorite of mine, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I'm finally going to read the sequel, but I need to refresh my memory
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:14 PM
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it's been three years since I last visited Discworld, and it's high time I get back there with Wintersmith
it's been a lot longer than 3 years since I visited the Disc. I started reading the series from the beginning (which means Mort will be the first one that is a re-read), and holy shit, it's so good. I never really understood how it started as "Terry Pratchett making fun of D&D". I'm on Equal Rites by now and very excited to get back to the ones I have read before.
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Old 02-24-2019, 03:03 PM
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A coworker lent me A Field Guide to Snowflakes and it's just delightful.

He's the source of the temperature diagram for snowflake morphology if you've ever seen that:

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Old 02-24-2019, 06:24 PM
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I had to know more.

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Old 02-24-2019, 09:37 PM
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I finished Borne, which I think I liked very much. Immediately moved onto A Strange Bird, a novella set in the same world.
Finished this - it was beautiful and brutal and heartbreaking - and moved on to Komodo, another short novella/short story? by Vandermeer.

Having finished that, I've taken a very different direction and started reading Hope Never Dies, "An Obama-Biden Mystery"
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:38 PM
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Having finished that, I've taken a very different direction and started reading Hope Never Dies, "An Obama-Biden Mystery"
I tried so hard to get into this and just couldn't. Curious what you think!
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:14 AM
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it's been a lot longer than 3 years since I visited the Disc. I started reading the series from the beginning (which means Mort will be the first one that is a re-read), and holy shit, it's so good. I never really understood how it started as "Terry Pratchett making fun of D&D". I'm on Equal Rites by now and very excited to get back to the ones I have read before.
I'm on Wyrd Sisters.

I wonder if anyone has ever followed the good advice of skipping the first three or four Discworlds if they want to read the series. Not a dig on Lady, I didn't follow it either! And doing things that way was helpful because between Colour of Magic, Light Fantastic, and Eric I now know that the Rincewind books are very skippable. I skipped Sourcery and will probably never read it. :P
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:32 AM
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I did, but not by design so much as by ignorance. I zig-zagged through the entire series. Except for the Tiffany Aching books, which I did read in chronological order.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:32 PM
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The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss is finally going down
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:24 AM
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Bridge of Birds (feastivus gift from the amazing MrChris!) was really memorable. Was it appropriative? Yes. Was it an upsettingly patriarchal fantasy world? Big time. Did it depict humanity as a fishbowl of cannibal piranhas devouring each other? Mm-hmm, In excruciating detail for hundreds of pages.

But it was so brightly written and well structured that I couldn't put it down regardless. I'm very glad to have read it.
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:53 PM
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Bridge of Birds (feastivus gift from the amazing MrChris!) was really memorable. Was it appropriative? Yes. Was it an upsettingly patriarchal fantasy world? Big time. Did it depict humanity as a fishbowl of cannibal piranhas devouring each other? Mm-hmm, In excruciating detail for hundreds of pages.

But it was so brightly written and well structured that I couldn't put it down regardless. I'm very glad to have read it.
Loki gave me that one a previous festivus and it was a fun time. Clipped along quite nicely. I definitely get your first and second issues with it. Somehow I forgot the third.
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Old 03-02-2019, 06:09 PM
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That's probably because it's my personal impression! I don't think I've read something with so much blood and death and be so flippant about it.
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