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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2013, 11:05:56 AM »
Don't recall... I read it when it came out, maybe 4 years ago.

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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2014, 08:19:09 AM »
It's a whole thing. I found out about them unexpectedly. Hall hid interstitial chapters in real life locations and on the web (in un-space), apparently not all of them have been found, too.

While neat, part of me wants him to get on with it and write another novel, though.

In other news, just started Karin Tidbeck's Jagannath. If anyone likes their books expertly and confidently assembled, while thoroughly rolling around in weird (as a genre) get this collection. Slipstream fiction like this (writing it, defining it academically) is a solid 40% of why I'm headed back to grad school.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2014, 04:14:34 PM »
Reading Dune.
 
Gave a copy to one of my nephews for Christmas and realized that I've never read it myself.
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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2014, 09:09:04 PM »
You are in for a treat!

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2014, 11:19:33 AM »

I re-read Dune with my 12 year old last year and was disappointed.  It's dated, sexist, and the ending is a major anticlimax.


It's time to admit that I am a reading junkie. I just looked at my kindle purchase history.  I have read at least 56 novels in the past year.  This includes the complete works of Joe Abercrombie (a favorite), John Scalzi (always fun), Hugh Howey (fun at first but basically junk food), Justin Cronin (started out so good, boo) and almost everything by Peter F Hamilton (huge novels, always interesting, but there's an underlying conservatism that starts to bug me over time).  Plus Karen Thompson Walker (very good), Chris Wooding (OK but I hoped for better), Dan Simmons (very uneven), Neal Stephenson (mostly the best ever), Eoin Colfer (always entertaining), and hey Tim Krabbe (always good but too short).


Oh yeah, and the complete Dark Tower series (really great until the Stephen King character shows up).

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2014, 11:32:22 AM »
Oh yeah, and the complete Dark Tower series (really great until the Stephen King character shows up).


I just started rereading the first book

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2014, 11:40:20 AM »
I just started rereading the first book


The beginning of the first book is just brilliant, how it loops back on itself twice.  I love the raw energy of Stephen King in that era, I imagine him completely high on speed and pounding the **** out of the typewriter keys.


A couple of years ago right after reading Cronin's The Passage, which was great, I re-read King's The Stand.  The books are so superficially similar and so utterly different in execution.  The Passage is a carefully crafted screenplay; The Stand is a long burn through the 70's.
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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2014, 12:16:31 PM »
I'm going to have to re-read Dune, now.

I'm also so glad this thread is cooking along. Most of the folks I've met through riding/racing so far aren't the biggest readers. Since that occupies so much time, it's been a bit lonely on the literary front.

John Scalzi is an interesting guy. He was one of the first authors I've come across to really nail a sarcastic-but-never-cynical protagonist. I really respect that.

Diving into Mikhail Bakhtin's The Dialogic Imagination. Basically a bunch of essays on narratology and the collected poems of Countee Cullen. I'm pretty stoked.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2014, 08:09:01 PM »
I read a fair share as well but mocking 'book club' is more my speed than participating in a discussion on Dune.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2014, 09:40:54 PM »
Just finished the 2nd book in the Locke Lamora series. Have to say I was really fond of the character who was written out of it near the end, was pretty bummed when that happened.
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« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2014, 10:37:12 AM »
I built a spreadsheet with all the books I've accumulated but haven't gotten to yet. I knew it was bad, but I didn't realize how bad (I've got a lot of books in general). Gifts from family tend to involve Amazon gift cards, and I can't go past a closing library or estate sale without checking things out. However, I found out exactly how bad the stacks had actually gotten.

The plan was to put myself on a moratorium until I'm caught up. My usual rate is a book a week. It's going to take four years to get caught up. At least I won't be bored.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2014, 11:52:25 AM »
In 4 years I may have finished the Wheel of time books!

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2014, 11:54:36 AM »
I built a spreadsheet with all the books I've accumulated but haven't gotten to yet. I knew it was bad, but I didn't realize how bad (I've got a lot of books in general). Gifts from family tend to involve Amazon gift cards, and I can't go past a closing library or estate sale without checking things out. However, I found out exactly how bad the stacks had actually gotten.

The plan was to put myself on a moratorium until I'm caught up. My usual rate is a book a week. It's going to take four years to get caught up. At least I won't be bored.

Up first: The Anti-Matter Anthology: A 1990s Post-Punk & Hardcore Reader.

I think you should bump it to 2 a week!

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2014, 09:32:06 PM »
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Re: Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2014, 08:36:33 AM »
I built a spreadsheet with all the books I've accumulated but haven't gotten to yet. I knew it was bad, but I didn't realize how bad (I've got a lot of books in general). Gifts from family tend to involve Amazon gift cards, and I can't go past a closing library or estate sale without checking things out. However, I found out exactly how bad the stacks had actually gotten.

The plan was to put myself on a moratorium until I'm caught up. My usual rate is a book a week. It's going to take four years to get caught up. At least I won't be bored.

Up first: The Anti-Matter Anthology: A 1990s Post-Punk & Hardcore Reader.

Kindle deals do this to me. Daily email with a bunch of free/0.99 books means I'm accumulating a big backlog. I suspect some of them will suck and I'll rapidly give up, but there's still a lot to read.
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