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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #700 on: 05 Dec 2012, 09:02 »

I agree with you there. I've loved some of the new influx (particularly the Verghastites) but some of the older characters are still around, I'm sick of (Criid, for one, and her shitbag of a son).
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« Reply #701 on: 05 Dec 2012, 09:19 »

Oh yeah, I mean the series got far better (and worse....DAMN YOU CUU!) in the Saint arc and the new recruits, and it was also the arc that showed you that no one was safe. Its brave of Dan Abnett to be wholly willing to kill characters off, but he's also kind of shooting himself in the foot by bringing in these new recruits. Unfortunately, I lost interest in the latest couple of books after the Armour of Contempt with another character being killed off. There are only a couple of characters from the original core still alive that I like, like Varl. The new characters kind of feel like square pegs being fit into circular holes.
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« Reply #702 on: 05 Dec 2012, 11:03 »

I hated that he ruined Van Voytz's character. Van Voytz was the only reasonable officer they'd ever served under, so obviously he had to become a dick in the last couple of books. Sigh.

Blood Pact is a great story, but I really wish it had more of the characters in it.
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« Reply #703 on: 05 Dec 2012, 19:17 »

I'm reading an interesting NYTimes article about how batshit-insane John McAfee was/is, even before he was wanted for murder in Belize.
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« Reply #704 on: 06 Dec 2012, 12:21 »

"Cold Days" AKA, Dresden Files 14 - Hells yes.  God I needed a fix of Dresden.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #705 on: 29 Dec 2012, 01:45 »

2nd part of the 50 shades trilogy.

Book seems to imply that the urge for kinky fuckery can come from having a history of abuse and mental problems. So, yeah, might be a bit problematic for some people.
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« Reply #706 on: 29 Dec 2012, 06:41 »

Has he talked about his mother yet? I read that passage and it sounds priceless.

I'm reading Rod Stewart's autobiography. It came out in October and I got it free from a PR to review on my blog - then the whole marital breakup happened so I never bothered. I didn't expect to enjoy it much, but it's actually really good. He's got a laid-back tone, he's genuinely pretty funny and insightful and he doesn't dwell on his own alleged awesomeness too much.
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« Reply #707 on: 29 Dec 2012, 07:23 »

I have to ask - did he mention at all whether or not "Every Picture Tells A Story" was autobiographical?
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« Reply #708 on: 29 Dec 2012, 10:08 »

He is very cagey about his writing process in general, and I'm not sure I believe him.

He says that he mostly comes up with lyrics on the fly close to deadline, shoving together whatever works, and hasn't really illustrated any eureka moments. He mostly just seems to think that's a good tune and not much more.

So he doesn't really say.
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« Reply #709 on: 29 Dec 2012, 10:42 »

"Existence", David Brin. The ideas overwhelm the story. I'm OK with that.

Now reading something that claims to be the best American humorous short fiction. The stories seem to depend on long-dead cultural assumptions for their humor. It doesn't include "The Night the Bed Fell". If it predates that story, that's still no excuse: they should have delayed publication by however many decades it took so they could include it.
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« Reply #710 on: 29 Dec 2012, 14:46 »

Has he talked about his mother yet? I read that passage and it sounds priceless.
He has. It is. The theory is that he chooses his subs because they look like his mum. And then he beats them and fucks them. Merry fucking christmas! After that revelation the criticism levelled at these books became a bit more understandable.
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« Reply #711 on: 29 Dec 2012, 15:08 »

I got a kindle for christmas, so I went on a book rampage.  Currently reading Octavia Butler's Patternist series.
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« Reply #712 on: 29 Dec 2012, 17:36 »

Has he talked about his mother yet? I read that passage and it sounds priceless.
He has. It is. The theory is that he chooses his subs because they look like his mum. And then he beats them and fucks them. Merry fucking christmas! After that revelation the criticism levelled at these books became a bit more understandable.

I sort of understand the 'is terrible with women because his mother was a whore' motivation, but the fact that he is not only aware of it, but drops it in a clod of exposition is just mind-blowingly brilliant.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #713 on: 30 Dec 2012, 01:01 »

It's ... not good, I think I can say that. I was very lenient with the first book, because, you know, what do you expect from porn/romantic fiction (ha! It's 'slash fiction') but this is just ... not setting a good example. A bad way to treat kinky fuckery.
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« Reply #714 on: 02 Jan 2013, 16:07 »

So I'm working on a 3 different books right now.

Phillip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly

Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes

William Gibson's Neuromancer
 
And I just finished John Scalzi's Old Man's War

The thing is, with the exception of Scalzi I've read all of these books before, though it's been many years. I wanted to see if something I kind of suspect to be true was actually accurate. I know sci-fi wasn't well regarded as a genre up until the 80's or so, and even up to now it's looked upon with some disdain. Popular sci-fi works are labeled as something else entirely in many instances, with scant acknowledgement that they might dare be science fiction. On the other hand, every time I go back to read older sci-fi novels, I kind of feel like the genre has done some things to deserve it.

One of the things that I know a lot of sci-fi nerds do, including myself, is forgive a hell of a lot of problems in a work as long as there is an interesting premise. Lower quality writing and many tropes are regularly ignored, or even celebrated, as long as the interesting shinies the story promises deliver. Prose is generally a background consideration at best, as long as the internal logic of the "science" is intact. I feel like this is especially evident with writers like Robert Heinlein, Larry Nivel and William Gibson, though it's certainly not unique to them. These faults of the genre are part of why I just love Ray Bradbury so damn much. His prose is basically sex in the form of literature. He basically ignores the things that hardcore sci-fi lovers demand and just writes amazing stories, which is incredibly refreshing. He also does something that I wish more sci-fi would do, which is to get rid of the fucking white male Libertarian baggage so much of sci-fi loves to bandy about.

There are many others who get around these problems, though strangely enough it seems to be mostly female sci-fi authors in my experience. Margaret Atwood, Ursula LeGuin, Melissa Scott especially come to mind. In fact, here is a list of female sci-fi writers someone on my G+ shared if you are interested.

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For XXX specifically, but really for anyone out there who doesn't think that women write Science Fiction. Because not only do they write SF, they write some of the best SF.

Elizabeth Bear -- her Jenny Casey trilogy is a great place to start.

Lois McMaster Bujold -- the Vorkosigan Saga is her magnum opus, a series of books in theory starring (or at least based around) the eponymous family.

Emma Bull -- Bone Dance probably should've won the Hugo.

Octavia Butler -- many reccomend her Patternist series, but I like the Xenogenesis books better.

CJ Cherryh -- Oh, where to start; she's written over sixty novels, about fifty of them SF, about two-thirds of that in one continuous universe. I adore the Foreginer series, which is currently at 14 books and waiting on the next one.

N. K. Jemisin -- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was gobsmacking, considering it was her debut novel. Look for better stuff to come.

Nancy Kress -- XXX mentioned her Beggars trilogy, but I liked the Probability books better.

Madeline L'Engle -- seriously, she single-handedly introduced an entire generation of readers to SF, me among them; before I read RAH, I read MLE. And glad I did.

Ursula K. LeGuin -- nevermind her Earthsea books, since they're Fantasy; set aside one of the single best essay collections by a writer about writing, The Wave in the Mind; if you read nothing else, read The Lathe of Heaven and then you'll know why she's a Grand Master.

Elizabeth Moon -- She wrote not one but two of the best Military-SF series ever written, and if you don't like Mil-SF then you can console yourself with Remnant Population or Speed of Dark and be happy.

Andre Norton -- You owe it to yourself to read Sargasso of Space if you have any adventurous soul in you. Or, you could pick from any of the 100+ other works she wrote since 1936 .

Melissa Scott -- Everyone raves about how much they loved Neuromancer and how it introduced them to cyberpunk and how it changed their lives. But for my money, Trouble and Her Friends was the book that really made me want to live in the future. And Night Sky Mine made me want to be a writer (I was later disabused of that notion).

Alice Sheldon -- You probably don't recognize this name. That's because she wrote under the name James Tiptree, Jr. and as 'Tip' was one of the most influential short-form writers of the 20th Century. She wrote only two novels, but Up the Walls of the World is one of the greatest meditations on what it means to be a thinking being ever written.

I've ended up leaving a bunch of names off this list; Naomi Novik, because she only writes Fantasy; Anne McCaffery because I can't stand her, Margaret Atwood because she doesn't "consider herself a Science Fiction Writer", and others I'm sure. There is a huge well of talent out there. When the Hugo Awards were handed out at ChiCon 7 this year, 10 of the 18 awards (including Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novellette, and both Best Editor awards, as well as the Campbell Award) were given to women. Any time someone talks about SF being a boys club, kick them in the junk. Then go read some really excellent work by women.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #715 on: 02 Jan 2013, 19:01 »

You all make me feel like that one kid who didn't do their summer reading assignments because he was wasting time leveling up his mage in Phantasy Star. Ugh...
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« Reply #716 on: 02 Jan 2013, 19:07 »

Nah, no reaosn to feel that way. I've had some serious problems getting myself to focus enough to read for the last several years and this is part of what I'm doing to force myself back into it. Re-read some of the more enjoyable classic reads and sprinkle it with small bite size chunks of of works I haven't read. It's working, but it's incredibly frustrating for someone who used to read a couple of books a week yer around.
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« Reply #717 on: 02 Jan 2013, 20:56 »

For fuck's sake, I'm going to go broke on books this year.  I'm already on my third of the new year.

(in other words, thanks for that list!)

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« Reply #718 on: 04 Jan 2013, 01:46 »

I dunnoo, I revisited "A wrinkle in time" and found it very boring and pretentious.


For Johnny Tolkien's birthday I got meself the 1978 all-books-in-one paperback and have a go at LOTR again.
It´s the one with the black riders from Bakshi's comic film on the cover :)
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« Reply #719 on: 04 Jan 2013, 09:05 »

You all make me feel like that one kid who didn't do their summer reading assignments because he was wasting time leveling up his mage in Phantasy Star. Ugh...

Bro I'm a literature critic and I don't even finish half of what I read.
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« Reply #720 on: 04 Jan 2013, 19:30 »

You all make me feel like that one kid who didn't do their summer reading assignments because he was wasting time leveling up his mage in Phantasy Star. Ugh...

Bro I'm a literature critic and I don't even finish half of what I read.

I feel like I've accomplished what I needed to earlier on...I read Handmaid's Tale, 1984, and Brave New World all in one week as a summer reading assignment. After reading my synposes, my english teacher said I had a dark mind. (Bitch, what the fuck was I supposed to write, given that source material?!)

But after that, the only thing I've read front-to-back are take-me-away-from-reality things, like Harry Potter and Tolkien's works.

...I've been meaning to get JK Rowling's new novel, but I keep forgetting about it.
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« Reply #721 on: 04 Jan 2013, 19:34 »

...she thought the paper based on 3 of the more dystopic popular science fiction novels was gonna be cheery?
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« Reply #722 on: 04 Jan 2013, 19:54 »

Maybe it was my choice of reading material...we had to pick three books from a list of about a dozen, and after reading summaries of all of them, and eliminating all the crap by Hemingway and Steinbeck, those three seemed to pique my interest the most. Heh...maybe it is me. Figures.
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« Reply #723 on: 05 Jan 2013, 01:18 »

Mhh, reading Steinbeck in the late afternoon sun in august after work, the only person waiting for the train at a run down station with overgrown plattforms simmering in the heat :)
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« Reply #724 on: 05 Jan 2013, 06:29 »

Mhh, reading Steinbeck in the late afternoon sun in august after work, the only person waiting for the train at a run down station with overgrown plattforms simmering in the heat :)

Yeah, that's what I mean. They say a picture's worth a thousand words...but only those two would actually use A THOUSAND GODDAMN WORDS to paint that picture.
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« Reply #725 on: 05 Jan 2013, 06:37 »

Stay away from Faulkner then, I guess :mrgreen:
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« Reply #726 on: 05 Jan 2013, 09:57 »

And Victor Hugo.  I swear, there were a half-dozen chapters in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, each of which just described a part of Paris at a certain time of day... 
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« Reply #727 on: 05 Jan 2013, 10:25 »

I'm rereading The Hobbit, and I'm also reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.   I figured I should try out some of his writing, since he was selection to finish WoT and all.
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« Reply #728 on: 05 Jan 2013, 11:08 »

Yeah, that's what I mean. They say a picture's worth a thousand words...but only those two would actually use A THOUSAND GODDAMN WORDS to paint that picture.

Yeah, that's why I can't stand Anne Rice - 3 fucking pages of bougainvillea description and I was about to lose my fucking mind.  Sorry, just felt the need to share.

Also, reading John Dies at the End again, because I'm about to pick up This Book is Full of Spiders.  :D
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« Reply #729 on: 07 Jan 2013, 23:20 »

I'm all set to order This Book Is Full of Spiders at the end of the month. Yay!

After a while of hanging out in 4chan's /tg/, I finally gave in to THE GLORY OF THE EMPRAH and checked out a couple of Warhammer 40k books from the county library. Currently working on Legends of the Space Marines. It's just fine for what it is, though in the interest of full disclosure I fuckin' loved the Dragonlance books for a long time and am still fond of many of them.

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« Reply #730 on: 19 Jan 2013, 04:14 »

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« Reply #732 on: 19 Jan 2013, 18:59 »

I am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki, a book that, "satirizes the follies of upper-middle-class Japanese society during the Meiji era."
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« Reply #733 on: 19 Jan 2013, 23:53 »

During the Meiji? I wasn't aware upper middle class was quite so bourgeois at that point in time...shows how much I know of Japanese history.
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« Reply #734 on: 27 Jan 2013, 22:51 »

"Real Man Adventures", by T Cooper, about the life of a trans man, a non-binary one.
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« Reply #735 on: 30 Jan 2013, 08:14 »

Nowhere Near Normal by Traci Foust. It's..interesting.
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« Reply #736 on: 09 Feb 2013, 14:23 »

"Conservatives Without Conscience" by John Dean.
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« Reply #737 on: 09 Feb 2013, 19:16 »

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« Reply #738 on: 09 Feb 2013, 22:11 »

"Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air", http://withouthotair.com
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« Reply #739 on: 12 Feb 2013, 13:22 »

I got Neil Young's "Waging Heavy Peace" as an xmas gift from my sibling in laws, and I've been reading it little by little whenever I find some free time. Some of it is really interesting, but a lot of it just reads as an advertisement for his PONO/Puretone audio format and takes you out of the stories.
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« Reply #740 on: 12 Feb 2013, 18:13 »

This Book is full of Spiders, and Good Omens - Both Excellent so far.  I think David Wong's writing might the most fun I have had reading in my entire life.
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« Reply #741 on: 13 Feb 2013, 19:02 »

"The Holocaust is Over, We Must Rise From Its Ashes", Avram Burg.
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« Reply #742 on: 13 Feb 2013, 21:09 »

"Nexus"....a currently unpublished book. I've agreed to beta-test it for the author. So far, I'd say it's kind of 1984 meets Hunger Games, except better. ;D
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« Reply #743 on: 14 Feb 2013, 21:18 »

Judge by Karen Traviss

She's not an Author I've read before but got intrigued by the book.  Will look at getting more of her work after I finish this one.
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« Reply #744 on: 15 Feb 2013, 11:32 »

Judge by Karen Traviss

She's not an Author I've read before but got intrigued by the book.  Will look at getting more of her work after I finish this one.

I read her Gears of War story a few years ago, Aspho Fields.  I thought she did great work.  She is a very talented writer, in my opinion.
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« Reply #745 on: 16 Feb 2013, 01:19 »

"True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism".
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #746 on: 16 Feb 2013, 21:30 »

The Book of Were-Wolves, by Sabine Baring-Gould.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #747 on: 17 Feb 2013, 08:32 »

After putting it off for months I am reading Hannibal by Thomas Harris. I already know what happens storyline wise and so I braced myself for it being fucking awful and... it's actually kind of amazing.

I forgot how absorbing and unique Harris's writing is.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #748 on: 07 Mar 2013, 12:58 »

I am not sure if this fits here, but I just reread a plot summary of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë on Wikipedia. I had read the books a few years ago.

I just realized that there is no way I'd read it again.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #749 on: 07 Mar 2013, 13:09 »

Judge by Karen Traviss

She's not an Author I've read before but got intrigued by the book.  Will look at getting more of her work after I finish this one.

I totally fell in love with the Republic Commando series of her, which I like better than the original Star Wars movies (even the older ones), so I was devastated when the last book of the series was cancelled. George Lucas decided that the "Clone Wars" animated series would bring in more cash, and as the storylines were a little bit conflicting he declared the novel series (which had started long before "Clone Wars") as out of canon. Karen Traviss then decided not to write the last book, which really bummed out her fans.

If you don't mind having an open end I would still recommend these books though. The first three novels don't end with such a big cliffhanger, and are absolutely fantastic. It's basically the clone wars of the perspective of some rather ordinary foot soldiers (read clone "special forces"), than of the position of these omnipotent Jedi. Contains humor, drama and romance.

But currently I'm reading through Terry Pratchett's novels once again. I'm reading them not in chronological order, but following the story lines. Right now I'm in "Thud!" of the City Watch story line. Afterwards I'll skip right to the latest novel "Snuff".
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