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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2014, 08:38:42 AM »

I think you should bump it to 2 a week!

Ha, yeah, that's likely to happen now that road season is looming and 'cross season is hot on its heels.   


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How is it?

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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.
 


It's taking serious willpower to avoid stuff like that at the moment.





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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #31 on: March 10, 2014, 09:02:37 AM »
How is it?

I like it but a) I think we've established that I'm not very critical and b) I'm a programmer so I can identify with it.
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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #32 on: March 31, 2014, 08:53:23 AM »
Hey Whipple, Squeeze This!


Pretty good piece on advertising, both strategy and copy. It's a very honest, un-self conscious look at the creative process in a corporate setting, producing research driven, quality work while also dealing with micro-managing c-suite types that do not recognize their own limitations (essentially, how do you produce creative work while being looked at by a dude who irritates the contractor building his second home constantly and then, when it's done, declares himself "an architect.") It's a great counter point to the Ogilvy book that was basically just, "creativity is stupid, just do research and never change your layouts."

For fun I'm digging into Countee Cullen's collected poems (still, I might have mentioned that elsewhere). It's pretty interesting to read a collection written by a deeply religious (and closeted) black man from the 1920s. He wrote mostly earnest, joyful poetry but, and it might just be knowing the context influencing me but, all the crap he was dealing with in his own head just trying to get through the day occasionally rips through the lines.

Also dug into Greg Rucka's Queen and Country series (if there are any comic book readers on here). Good stuff. British spies.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #33 on: March 31, 2014, 09:10:35 AM »
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« Reply #34 on: March 31, 2014, 09:23:52 AM »
Spin was on a list for me to read, but I never got to it. How's the sequel?

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #35 on: March 31, 2014, 09:48:22 AM »
I am halfway through it.  I liked Spin.  the sequel seems good so far but I am hoping something will "happen" by the end.
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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #36 on: March 31, 2014, 09:55:04 AM »
I am chewing rapidly through the Baroque Cycle.  About halfway through The Confusion.  Lots of fun.

I started reading the series years ago and gave up on it early. Last month I was casting about for something to read and remembered, oh yeah, there's a 10000 page epic by one of my favorite authors that I never finished.

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #37 on: March 31, 2014, 11:37:01 AM »
I'm in book 2 of the Wheel of Time series.


I'm the last guy to read them, I think.

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« Reply #38 on: April 02, 2014, 09:09:37 AM »
I am chewing rapidly through the Baroque Cycle.  About halfway through The Confusion.  Lots of fun.

I started reading the series years ago and gave up on it early. Last month I was casting about for something to read and remembered, oh yeah, there's a 10000 page epic by one of my favorite authors that I never finished.


Oh, man. I loved Cryptonomicon but I bailed like 100 pages into Quicksilver. I should dive back in.

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I'm in book 2 of the Wheel of Time series.


I'm the last guy to read them, I think.
 


I've never read them. I got part way through the first one and thought, "Life's too short for this." I was a teenager, though. How is it?

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #39 on: April 02, 2014, 11:04:15 AM »



I've never read them. I got part way through the first one and thought, "Life's too short for this." I was a teenager, though. How is it?


Serviceable bedtime fantasy books, so far. I think I might enjoy them more if I weren't aware there are 11 more waiting after this one...

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #40 on: April 02, 2014, 11:49:09 AM »

Serviceable bedtime fantasy books, so far. I think I might enjoy them more if I weren't aware there are 11 more waiting after this one...

I think I stalled out somewhere on the third one
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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2014, 01:04:03 PM »
After getting to the epilogue of Vortex, I feel that I can recommend the Spin series.
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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #42 on: April 08, 2014, 08:16:08 AM »
Watch, you get to the acknowledgements page and it's revealed Robert Wilson is in NAMBLA or something horrifying.

THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING SO PREMATURE.

Anyway, yeah, you've thoroughly convinced me to give it a whack.

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« Reply #43 on: June 16, 2014, 10:55:14 AM »
<gmt>! Did you see Spin got optioned and is going to the SyFy channel?

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Re: A book thread? A book thread!
« Reply #44 on: June 17, 2014, 10:52:47 PM »
Huh, tastes in line with my own.


Was in a very sci-fi mood for the past year and read through the Spin series, a handful of Iain M Banks (was crushed when he passed), including The Hydrogen Sonata and Transition. Hydrogen is a Culture book, so you have always have an idea of what to expect. Transition, though, was a different setting entirely - I really enjoyed it, which made it all the more sad that, with his passing, it's a book universe that won't be explored further.

Also finally got around to reading the 2nd and 3rd Gentleman Bastard (Locke Lamora) books. They're enjoyable, though sometimes a little too clever. That won't stop me from reading the 4th when it comes out, though.


Read through the Mistborn trilogy. I enjoyed it, but would like to see that world, pre-books 2/3, explored a little more.


Those of you on the fantasy bent should check out Joe Abercrombie's books, starting with the First Law trilogy. Memorable characters, a surprising amount of humor, lots o' fightin' and killin'. Seeing the GoT series take off on HBO makes me think that Abercrombie's work would be well-received if it were given the same treatment. Speaking of GoT, I've finally started reading A Song of Fire and Ice - didn't feel very compelled to read it in the middle of season 4, but now that it's over, I'll plow it to it a little more.