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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a little over half way through Midnight Mass. So far my least favorite of his stuff that I've read (not too much yet).

Maybe my hopes were set too high by the jacket summary:
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The vampire forces have come to a small town in coastal New Jersey to finish pacifying the area. Dan, a disgraced priest accused of abuse, hides out and drinks, waiting for the end -- until he is galvanized into action by his niece, who has fled the collapse of New York; a rabbi; and a nun who has become a killer of both cowboys and vampires.
I mean, come on... "a priest, a rabbi, and a nun..." this should've been awesome!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, Midnight Mass isn't quite up to par. Draculas, on the other hand, is f***ing amazing!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bram Stoker's Dracula scared the bejeezus out of 12 year old me. I haven't read the ones just mentioned though.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just finished Children of the Mind, last book in the Enders series

going to start on the GoT series.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How have you liked the Ender's series? I liked Ender's Game, but not so much Speaker for the Dead or Xenocide. I stopped there. And until just now, didn't realize the series was much larger.



I'm a little over half through Command Decision (4th of 5 in Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nearly done with 'Dodger' (Terry Pratchett).
Very dark and only a very few funny parts, mostly it is about the poor people in London, murder, relationships between the Germanies and England, oh and we also got a love story -.-
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nueromancer by William Gibson.

having a really hard time following what is going on. I'm not sure if its the writing style or what but its pretty frustrating.

Theres also something in it called the matrix but its not the Matrix matrix afaict and the book really hasn't described it in any worthwhile manner yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Great Deformation by David Stockman

And just finishing Lord Of Chaos and getting ready to start A Crown Of Swords in the Wheel of Time series.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the joy of x
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

X, as in X Windows?



War of Three Waters. Third and last in the series.

I don't recognize any of his other works, so I think this is my only experience. Based on the style of this series, I don't have much hope I'll like others. I may give something else a try. In general, I didn't find his writing style to pull me through the story. Some of it is interesting, but other parts seem to not have much thought put into them.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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X, as in X Windows?


It's an overview of various maths type topics (I keep trying) - anyhow finished that up and am now onto The Etymologicon
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm, once again, reading through the magnum opus of 'hate speech', the Qua'ran. Each read disgusts me more and more. Behead those, kill them, stone her... its really sick and disgusting.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's an overview of various maths type topics (I keep trying) - anyhow finished that up and am now onto The Etymologicon
Cool. I often wish i had a knack for math, I might have pursued something down that path.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I often wish i had a knack for math, I might have pursued something down that path.


I do as well :wink: I'm a counterweight to those who are naturally gifted
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Yeah, me too.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

Yeah, me too.

I'm with you guys.

I am so jealous of the dmitchell types out there.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of them on all kind of subjects. It go from "Svenskarnas religion" by Åke Ohlmarks and Berndt Gustafsson to "Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design" by Constantine A. Balanis, and from "La musique dans la joie" by Jeanne Bovet to "Español Qué tal?" by École Club Migros.

EDIT: I read comics too. Black Summer by Warren Ellis and "Les indiens" by Hans Kresse are 2 of my favorites.
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Currently, I am reading "Cuba and Venezuela, an insight into two revolutions" by Germán Sanchez, "L'irruption de la morale sexuelle" by Wilhelm Reich and "La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre - Símbolo de cubanía" by Olga Portuondo Zúñiga.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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War of Three Waters. Third and last in the series.
Finished, finally.

Now on Path of Daggers. So far so good (not very far yet).
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How have you liked the Ender's series? I liked Ender's Game, but not so much Speaker for the Dead or Xenocide. I stopped there. And until just now, didn't realize the series was much larger.



I'm a little over half through Command Decision (4th of 5 in Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series).


lol I forgot about this thread.
Honestly? I hated it, I actually hate reading scify. SciFy writers try to hard to legitimise some freak epiphany to create something that completely defeats some overwhelming looming destruction/disaster - probably why I preferred Babylon5 (with the OhShi some stupid powerful aliens which we actually cannot stop!!!) to Startrek (OhShi some stupid powerful aliens we cant sto... wait, if we combine the negative entropy pump from the quadlithium chamber with the positron avalanche inhibitor from the tachyon recombine array!!! my GOD we done it, this will cause their ship to spontaneously change into flan)

EnderGame was good.
The next couple were ok, further exploring the ethical dilemma they got themselves into ... Thats when the "scify derp" kicked in, the almost magical spontaneous creation of some wonderful silly powerful technology backed up with some pseudo-explanation ..
There were pockets of nice discussion points, especially around a couple of the other key planets with some interesting views (I did like the explanation of the appearance of free will while not actually having one IF the notion of a god was to be accepted).
It actually got quite interesting towards the end of the series with this new alien species and just as they are about to make contact THE END...



I am trying to catch up on the discworld books, WheelOfTime put me behind by about 4 and then its onto A Song of Ice and Fire
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

:)

Thanks, I'll put the other Ender's books on my "some day, maybe" list. I'll have to see if I can find them used.

I liked Babylon 5, but for different reasons than Trek. I can appreciate the "we cannot stop them" aspect, but that too can get as ridiculous* as the Trek outcomes (what I liked about some of Trek's was the pure bluffing, luck and other trickery rather than physical dominance). I didn't watch a lot of B5, but most of I watched was good (the "janitor's perspective" episode was horrible. Not that they did it, but how).

I had a hard time not laughing at the Vorlon encounter suits and some of the "Earth nature inspired" ship designs.

* Earth has just barely survived an accidental war with the much more powerful Minbari, who, despite their superior technology, mysteriously surrendered at the brink of the destruction of the human race during the Battle of the Line. --wikipedia. I don't think this is the one I was thinking of, but I'm not that familiar with the series, so stopped searching when I found this one.


I've mostly given up on A Song of Ice and Fire. I didn't make it through the first book.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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War of Three Waters. Third and last in the series.
Finished, finally.

Now on Path of Daggers. So far so good (not very far yet).

I'm just finishing The Path Of Daggers (again). Also reading Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also reading Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better
Is that any good? Seems somewhat obvious... to practice. Does it help with figuring out how to practice for tasks less obvious? Music is pretty obvious. Play & learn new things. Other arts would seem to be similar.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading it as part of a reading group at work. It has some good ideas on rethinking practice and unlocking creativity through repetition. The difference between drilling and scrimmage. Sounds counter intuitive, but it does make sense. I would recommend it.

Has anyone here read Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code? It has come recommended.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE POWER in REASON ~ Andrew Eisele

Just a tech manual for Reason, but it's got some nice details.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Old School: Thanks, I may take a look in a book store. I generally don't read self-help (or the "business" variants) much, so not familiar with The Talent Code. Haven't noticed anyone I know with it either (some read stuff like that).


@Muso: lol, I thought it meant "reason" (seems like an odd name for music tools).
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