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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't read books anymore because I have become part of the idiocracy. I am watching "The Handmaid's Tale" and it's made me realize just how evil the Patriarchy is and that I must do my part to stop it before that happens for real.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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yep, if you like your fantasy Lawrence is a good read - (also recommend Abercrombie's First Law series, there's a new book due out later this year, in the same universe - A Little Hatred)
It'll be a bit of a "stretch" for me. I tend to find that plots involving Earth or "alternate history" settings pull me out of the story a bit. Stasheff's A Wizard in Rhyme series did this, but it wasn't bad. I read the first four in the series. And Butcher's Dresden Files is based out of Chicago. And I've avoided Salvatore's The Woods Out Back for that reason.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bones McCracker wrote:
Here's a great Sci fi story from 1959 (the whole thing is at the link) :

Cat and Mouse (by Ralph Williams

That was a fun read. Thanks. :)

Here is a favorite of mine, also on Gutenberg: H. Beam Piper Space Viking
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Touch, F. Paul Wilson. OK. Not nearly as good as the first two in the cycle.


Did you finish that one? When I got near the end of that book, I loved it. The next two (Reborn & Reprisal) are very good, but Nightworld is the masterpiece.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Touch, F. Paul Wilson. OK. Not nearly as good as the first two in the cycle.


Did you finish that one? When I got near the end of that book, I loved it. The next two (Reborn & Reprisal) are very good, but Nightworld is the masterpiece.
I did finish it. I thought it seemed like the first thing he may have ever written (as a complete novel). There wasn't a lot going on in general for a good part of the book. It did help develop the various characters well, but I kept waiting for "something." Then at a certain point, it became very predictable; roughly from the time when Bulmer and his lawyer meet the board (Ch. 23, p154 of 327, mass-market paperback). Up to that point, almost half the book, I thought it was setup and character development. That was fine, just a bit slow. Although, one thing I'm most curious about in his newer material is how he breaks into and out of buildings with more than "first generation" security technology :). I liked it. I just liked the prior two and other stuff I've read more.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The road. Not a bad book, although I take off a star for the overwhelming urge to kill myself I get when I read it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, interesting. I'll have to see if I can find a copy.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The road. Not a bad book, although I take off a star for the overwhelming urge to kill myself I get when I read it.


The movie was the most depressing thing I've ever watched.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

getting back on topic... ;)

Currently I am reading Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye. This book was an impulse buy at a flea market: I'd never heard of the author nor the series before. About halfway through it at the moment. Definite early Harry Potter vibe, except there is no school for magic: our two heroes are mostly left to figure stuff out on their own.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. The info on wikipedia makes it sound on the level of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which I thought seemed on the simpler end of a children's book compared with Potter.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With The Old Breed by E.B. Sledge.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Death of Chaos, #5, Saga of Recluce. About 1/2 way through.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading A Song of Ice and Fire for the first time. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. There's a lot of context the show lacks and makes the world more immersive. I'm a bit of a masochist: I reading the series, then rewatching the show, topping it off with the last season, which I haven't seen yet.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to know why european settler made an ocean crossing to seek
their freedom: Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann
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The vagrant, actor, entertainer and provocateur Tyll Ulenspiegel is born in the early 1600s. Tyll’s father, a miller, is also a magician and explorer, and soon arouses the ire of the village churchmen. Tyll is forced to flee, accompanied by Nele, the baker’s daughter. During his travels through a country devastated by the Thirty Years’ War ...

I have read in german language. I hope english and spanish translations give it the same vivid and film like approach.

PS: Ulenspiegel = owl mirror
Yes, I thought of Tyll Ulenspiegel, when selecting my Gentoo user name. Tyll is a figure of the middle ages, who famously fooled all.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See [split] Bones McCracker's Argument Clinic to continue whatever that sub-topic was about.

A couple of posts were off topic here due to having comments related to both topics.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Death of Chaos, #5, Saga of Recluce. About 1/2 way through.
Finished it.

I liked the first 4 about equally well as one another. A bit less so with the 5th. I think it seemed a bit longer than needed, was more character focused, and seemed to have some parts milieu that lasted longer than necessary. Not too out of spec from the earlier ones, but perhaps lacking a little more of the interesting bits. Details toward the end seemed a bit forced for a specific outcome with the main characters.

What makes it more interesting is that the author pubslihed them in out of order chronilogically. #1 year 1850, then 900, 1200, 1650, and the 5th in 1855. The 5th is actually (so far) chronologically the last book in the series, and seems likely to be the last. There are 21 in print with 22 due out next year. I tought the out of order aspect worked well for books 1 - 4, but now I'm not sure. It seems weird for it to be "over" but still have 17 books to read :).


Next I'm going to finish Treason Keep, #2 of the The Demon Child Trilogy.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm reading A Song of Ice and Fire for the first time. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. There's a lot of context the show lacks and makes the world more immersive. I'm a bit of a masochist: I reading the series, then rewatching the show, topping it off with the last season, which I haven't seen yet.


It's a fantastic series of books. I started reading them 1/2 way through the first season of the show, so by season two I was past the show, then Dance with Dragons came out and I thought the books would keep ahead... but that was the last one published. There are supposed to be two more, so I hope they are published before GRRM's heart explodes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:40 am    Post subject: Daniel Silva Reply with quote

reading Moscow Rules right now

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been looking at some older authors I've had on my "someday" list for a very long time.

Any fans of Mercedes Lackey?

I'm looking for opinions about her writing style, etc. She has "140 books and writes novels at a rate of 5.5 per year," which seems influenced by frequently writing with other authors.

The Valdemar universe has 35 books plus "anthologies and other publications" There was some backfill as well. Not a concern in itself, but with the 5.5/yr and partnering so much, it makes me wonder. The first book in another series includes "Boyz" in the title (hey, it was the 90's, and everyone makes mistakes maybe?). Another has "an American witch, practicing a fantasy version of Wicca." She also retells some fairy tales (many titles covered by Disney).

I'm also not generally compelled by "alternate history" stuff (our world, but not). I also find that, conceptually, Sci-Fi / Fantasy clash rather than blend, such as might be with "elves and dragons arrived from dimensional portals."

So, to paraphrase George Carlin, there's a lot going on there.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Admirals by Walter R. Borneman
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Just finished a load of books by Larry Correia, the Monster Hunter books are a bit pulpy but highly entertaining (urban fantasy I think they call it) - then stumbled over his Son of the Black Sword series, not read any oriental/Japanese slanted fantasy before, different and a good read, after a bit of mental adjustment.
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Found a used copy of Good Omens, but have a lot of other stuff in queue before I start it.


Treason Keep - FInished. Decent enough. I don't recall why I stopped reeading it. I thought it was because a character seemed to be making too many obviously poor choices, but I re-read some of it and didn't notice it. Unfortunately I haven't found next/last in the series.

The Forge in the Forest - I remembered liking the first one, but that was a number of years ago. This one was fairly disappointing compared to my memory of the first. Two-thirds was about inconsequential travel (essentially pp64 - 325 of 384). And a semi-important seeming sub-plot of the travel was ignored (as well as its failure) only to be brought up again at the end under different dressing and no acknowledgement of the failure. Hopefully #3 is better.

The Wayfarer Redemption - Starts out decent. Will decide whether or not I look for the rest of the two related trilogies and any of the author's other books.
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Feels like plagiarism of Planet of the Apes, The 100s, etc. Hope for you it will enter another dimension to these stories by me mentioned here.

How is it so far?
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