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Old 09-07-2017, 06:15 PM
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Popping in my head in to say that I've taken another run at Malazan Book of the Fallen, and it's sticking this time in a way it never has before. I'm almost done with the third book, Memories of Ice, and I have all the others on my shelf just waiting.

I'm also pushing on with my read of In Search of Lost Time. I'm almost done with the second volume, Within a Budding Grove.

Any bets on which series I'll finish first?
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:43 PM
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I'm 4 chapters into the audiobook of Crash Override. It's really good- it's a very blunt and unfiltered description of everything that happened to Zoe, but it's also quite lighthearted and funny at times. Definitely recommended.
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:22 AM
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Popping in my head in to say that I've taken another run at Malazan Book of the Fallen, and it's sticking this time in a way it never has before. I'm almost done with the third book, Memories of Ice, and I have all the others on my shelf just waiting.
Cool. There's also a series of novellas about a couple wizards from that book, and a companion series by the writer's friend, and a prequel trilogy about the early Tiste society, and another prequel trilogy by the friend about the seeds of the empire.
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:21 AM
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I'm almost ashamed to admit that I haven't read Good Omens up until now.
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Old 09-09-2017, 01:28 AM
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With this year being the centennial of the Russian revolution, I wanted to read a few books from now to the end of the year dealing with the subject, so I'm starting with Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Masie
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:57 PM
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Wound up dropping Daggerspell pretty early on; turns out Gaelic is a more difficult dialect to follow than most crazy fantasy languages I've read. Instead I read Just One Damn Thing After Another which was... A bit of a roller coaster.

The back cover, (and first half of the book, for that matter), makes it seem like a fun and breezy light sci-Fi novel, about a historical research institute that forgoes searching archeological sites and text books in favour of just using time machines to figure things out first hand. Bit more Mr. Peabody than Doctor Who.

And then a big ol' dump of trauma and drama. More so the former.

Boy, is there some heavy-duty trauma.

So much so that the attempts afterward to go back to being light and fun feels really hollow. And it keeps swapping between being light and horrible.

The Fun/Harrowing transition is the kind of trick you can really only do once in a book, and it's only supposed to go one way.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:17 AM
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Cool. There's also a series of novellas about a couple wizards from that book, and a companion series by the writer's friend, and a prequel trilogy about the early Tiste society, and another prequel trilogy by the friend about the seeds of the empire.
When he was promoting the prequel trilogy, Erikson said that he intended it to be readable on its own. Ignoring the fact that three big bulky books is more manageable than ten and I am kind of lazy, is that actually true, or are there enough callbacks that I ought to read the BotF series first anyhow?
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:20 AM
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Only the first two have been released, but I don't think you need to have read the original series to get them. I feel like I'm getting references I wouldn't, but I also figure the same would occur going the other way.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:15 PM
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I think I've arrived at the part in Don Quixote where I left off last time I tried to read it. I'd dropped it before because of a bad depressive episode--I wasn't up to finishing such a long book.

It's the part where Don Quixote and Sancho Panza puke on each other.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:47 PM
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Making headway into John Crowley's Little, Big. Really liking it so far. Finding myself reading it out loud more often than not. So far the "What if 100 Years of Solitude but instead of magical realism, just plain magical" is working for me pretty well too.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:58 PM
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:02 PM
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Just finished Dark Tower: Gunslinger on my continued journey through TT's top 50 books. This was the first miss for me on the list. I really didn't get it. I powered through to the end and the book would hook me at times. However for the most part, I felt like I didn't understand. I just stayed confused and at the end of the book, I still don't get it.

that was enough of the dark fantasy for a while. I'm headed back to Pratchett.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:03 PM
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:03 PM
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Just finished Dark Tower: Gunslinger on my continued journey through TT's top 50 books. This was the first miss for me on the list. I really didn't get it. I powered through to the end and the book would hook me at times. However for the most part, I felt like I didn't understand. I just stayed confused and at the end of the book, I still don't get it.

that was enough of the dark fantasy for a while. I'm headed back to Pratchett.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:26 AM
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Started reading Dreamcatcher by Stephen King, only about a hundred or so pages into it but... well...

I can tell it's going to have a recreation of the dinner-scene from Alien, except the monster is going to be farted out on the toilet.

I know this is going to happen. The foreshadowing is very clear.

I keep reading at a faster and more desperate pace just to get past this point I know is coming. I'm more apprehensive of it than I am the spooky space monsters and encroaching sense of helpless dread. I'm fine with that, it's the poop monster whose foretold coming makes me cry out in my dreams.

And that's why King is the Master of Horror.
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:40 PM
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:46 AM
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Started reading Dreamcatcher by Stephen King, only about a hundred or so pages into it but... well...

I can tell it's going to have a recreation of the dinner-scene from Alien, except the monster is going to be farted out on the toilet.

I know this is going to happen. The foreshadowing is very clear.

I keep reading at a faster and more desperate pace just to get past this point I know is coming. I'm more apprehensive of it than I am the spooky space monsters and encroaching sense of helpless dread. I'm fine with that, it's the poop monster whose foretold coming makes me cry out in my dreams.

And that's why King is the Master of Horror.
Okay... yeah... I'm tapping out.

I can deal with a lot of things from your work, Mr. King. I can deal with all the monsters and murders you write about. Fine with all the situations both spooky and emotionally taxing. Those are all things I can handle.

Anus-Xenomorphs are, apparently, the one line I can not cross.

Moving on to damn near anything else, thanks.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:29 PM
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Okay... yeah... I'm tapping out.

I can deal with a lot of things from your work, Mr. King. I can deal with all the monsters and murders you write about. Fine with all the situations both spooky and emotionally taxing. Those are all things I can handle.

Anus-Xenomorphs are, apparently, the one line I can not cross.

Moving on to damn near anything else, thanks.
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:02 PM
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Yeah, that really isn't one of Mr. King's finer works.

In the urge to get lost in a big book, with Drood by Dan Simmons
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:21 AM
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The Rithmatist was a lot of fun. It's a YA story from Brandon Sanderson that, on its surface, is Harry Potter; a dopey kid has a distinctive scholarship at a magical school where he befriends a girl who doesn't fit in with other students and a weird faculty member, and suspects the resident overly arrogant professor-who-hates-him of a string of magic-murders.
I'm reading this right now on Octo's recommendation and, yup, it's incredibly fun. I'm still mid-book, but it has me really hooked. I had only read Sanderson's "Legion" novellas before and I really liked those too... Maybe I'll have to check his other books after I'm done with this one.
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:53 AM
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Finished The Rithmatist and I think it's my favorite book I've read this year. And I've read some very good books this year... It was tons of fun, with well rounded characters. And Sanderson knows you've read YA books before so he twists the formula in delicious ways.

But the thing I like the best is that, unlike other novels, the ending to this one feels earned. The last chapter in particular is the culmination of the characters' journey during the book, and everything comes together beautifully - and then it ends just where it should end, even if said ending is cruel to the reader.

And now that I'm finished I find myself wanting to spend more time with the characters, which is always a good sign. Alas, the Internet has failed me as it appears that no Rithmatist fanfiction exists.

Sequel, pls!
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:01 PM
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The lack of a sequel is especially grating since Branderson writes books like nuts. He might put Stephen King to shame for the sheer-damn-quantity of published works. And he he certainly isn't shy about sequels, or spin-offs or sequels to spinoffs.

...except for Rithmatist, which just exists in a dang vacuum!
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:40 PM
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He's said he is working on one, but it keeps getting moved down his list of active projects.
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:22 PM
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On the subject of Branderson, I've started re-reading Stormlight Archives in anticipation of the soon-to-be-released third book. I'm about a quarter-way through the first one.

I don't know how it came to be that I not only enjoy a door-stopper epic fantasy, but that I enjoyed it enough to read through it twice and would recommend it to others. Probably with the qualifier of "no, honestly, it's good!". Plot moves pretty briskly early on, enough that you get a firm handle on the main characters, before it settles down and heads into the nitty-gritty. The world presented is well crafted and quite dissimilar to most fantasy settings, and one characters arc is basically the fantasy equivalent of The Bad News Bears.

It's a fine book. Just one that is gargantuan.
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:26 AM
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:24 AM
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I just finished Eliza and her Monsters, a book written in first person about an extremely introvert and anxiety-attack prone teenage girl who is secretly the creator of a very popular webcomic, "Sea of Monsters". She keeps her online and real life carefully separated to be able to keep functioning. But then she meets this new guy at school who writes "Sea of Monsters" fanfic...

You know where this is going.

What I liked from the book is that it starts extremely cutesy, but ends up being much heavier than I expected. It's an exploration of the need of anonymity and our online communities and of teen drama versus real depression and of the sense of fandom entitlement versus the mental health of a creator. It is downright painful to read sometimes, and I enjoyed every page.

It also has a fourteen year old university students majoring in engineering as a major support character, in case you're afraid it takes itself too seriously.
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:54 AM
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:55 AM
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Almost finished with David Craddock's Break Out, which I bought from Amazon the minute I heard about it on retronauts. It's good, though I hope if he does another volume he talks to more of the EA "artists", since Seven Cities of Gold and Archon aren't even mentioned in this one.

Also most of the Apple ][ screen shots are printed way too dark, except for the ones in the last few chapters. Is this just my copy or are they all like this?
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:11 AM
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I'm finally done with Atlas Shrugged. Well, that was interesting. And dumb. Very, very dumb. I have never experienced such an incompetent totalitarian government. The "heroes" are awful people, and only work in any ay because of that absurd level of incompetency.

Surprisingly, it wasn't a slog (except for the 70-pages MONOLOGUE near the end, I started and soon just skipped that). I guess my love for dialog and totalitarian dystopias helped here, but I generally enjoyed reading this monstrosity. It also helpled that I enjoy reading bad novels and thinking about what doesn't work about them. I also regularly talked about (=made fun of) what I read with a friend, which were some of the most enjoyable moments of this summer.

I could talk for hours about the book, but I guess I will just lay it to rest and never think about Ayn Rand again.
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:44 AM
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What breaks my heart about AS is that there's a compelling mystery powering the first third, which makes me wonder about what Ayn Rand could have done with her writing if she hadn't been a psychopathic ideologue.
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