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Title: Books - What are you reading?
Post by: SyndE on February 10, 2015, 11:44:44 AM
(And maybe this time I'll be better about maintaining it!)

Been a very slow year for me reading so far. Lots of books started and discarded, only two actual novels finished and enjoyed:

+ Wolf in White Van / John Darnielle
+ Revival / Stephen King

FYI, here's my reading log from 2014: http://syndicateproduct.tumblr.com/post/107259295746/2014-reading-log (http://syndicateproduct.tumblr.com/post/107259295746/2014-reading-log)

So, what's everyone been reading this year?


Forum Housekeeping:

Deleted "Fresh again for 2015!" from the title to make this the one home for discussion of all things related to "What Are You Reading" throughout the - & every - year :)
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Post by: Transmute Jun on February 10, 2015, 01:49:36 PM
Recently I started reading the Peter V Brett Demon Cycle series. He will be at ECCC and I am looking forward to seeing him there and picking up the fourth book in the series!
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Post by: TardisMom on February 10, 2015, 03:32:39 PM
I recently finished The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Next up is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, along with multiple travel books for Japan, Tokyo and Kyoto.  Oh, and re-reading Insurgent before the movie is released.
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Post by: Chris on February 10, 2015, 03:35:01 PM
Do these books have pictures?   :o
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Post by: alyssa on February 10, 2015, 03:37:50 PM
i saw you replied chris & was about to jump in with "Black Science"
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Post by: Chris on February 10, 2015, 03:50:08 PM
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i saw you replied chris & was about to jump in with "Black Science"

Oooo!   That looks like it has pictures.  I like pictures.
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Post by: Jim Watari on February 10, 2015, 07:29:49 PM
I'm reading (or I should say listening to) The Baroque Cycle by Neil Stephenson , I'm in the middle of "The Confusion"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baroque_Cycle
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Post by: BadWolf on February 11, 2015, 07:16:03 AM
I'm reading The Ruins by Scott Smith.
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Post by: SyndE on February 11, 2015, 07:27:40 AM
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I'm reading (or I should say listening to) The Baroque Cycle by Neil Stephenson , I'm in the middle of "The Confusion"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baroque_Cycle

Is listening to Neal Stephenson's work easier than reading it? Last year I got about a third of the way through REAMDE and gave up out of shear frustration. And I usually enjoy his work!
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Post by: birmabang on February 11, 2015, 08:02:19 AM
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I'm reading (or I should say listening to) The Baroque Cycle by Neil Stephenson , I'm in the middle of "The Confusion"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baroque_Cycle

I really enjoyed the Baroque Cycle, and especially it's links to the "Cryptonomicon"

Historical Fiction of this type is something I really love getting in to, especially when someone like Stephenson goes into the mundane things of everyday life.  I'd really like for him to further explore some more of this "world".
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Post by: darkron9 on February 11, 2015, 08:28:55 AM
I just finished reading 'Chobits' by Clamp.  Loved the story!
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Post by: AzT on February 11, 2015, 12:01:30 PM
Just completed (yet another!) Fred Saberhagen, his eerily prescient 1981 Octagon. On par with his usual standard of awesome :)
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Post by: Jim Watari on February 12, 2015, 09:47:25 AM
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Is listening to Neal Stephenson's work easier than reading it? Last year I got about a third of the way through REAMDE and gave up out of shear frustration. And I usually enjoy his work!

Probably, I really like the narrators they use I really enjoyed REAMDE.

With Stephenson you really need to be in the right mood/mode to get into his books. It took a second try for me to get into Quicksilver the first book in this series, which is really 3 books, and not really until the second part of Quicksilver :D
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Post by: SyndE on February 24, 2015, 07:16:38 AM
Anyone else ever go through one of those phases where you can't get into *anything* you try to read? That's been happening to me a lot this year. I pick something up, give it a good try, and just have no interest. As an avid reader (OK, I have a book problem. Just ask birmabang for confirmation on that), I wonder if I'm just going through my "dumbening" (like Lisa worried about on The Simpsons).

I've been trying to read short story and essay collections, and also comic strip collections, comics, and stand-alone graphic novels.

That being said, here's a few things I've enjoyed the past few weeks:
+ Silver Screen Fiend // Patton Oswalt. (I LOVED this. Fantastic. Hoping he shows up at SDCC so I can track him down.)
+ Displacement // Lucy Knisely (Yikes. I didn't think any book could be more depressing than Roz Chast's "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant" from last year, but certainly makes an effort. This is a GN of Lucy's experience taking her very elderly grandparents on a cruise.)

Did not finish:
+ Station Eleven // Emily St. John Mandel (I'm hoping my book club will let me know what happened in the second half of the book, because I could not slog through this. I have no idea how it was a National Book Award finalist last year.)

Anyone else ever get Reading Fatigue?
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Post by: Michael M on February 24, 2015, 08:09:46 AM
Right there w/you SyndE, so much so I'm re-reading classics i read from when I was younger.  Currently on Ice Dragon, book #2 of Richard Knaak's Dragonrealm series of books.
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Post by: TardisMom on February 24, 2015, 06:58:36 PM
Today I started Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl.  I'm enjoying it so far!
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Post by: SyndE on February 25, 2015, 08:19:24 AM
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Today I started Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl.  I'm enjoying it so far!

Oooo... Gone Girl is an amazingly well-written book that required a long shower upon finishing, and I will never need to read again.

I do want to read her previous two novels, but I have to pace myself.

Yesterday I started re-reading Slaughterhouse-Five again. For the n-th time.
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Post by: vegasndn on February 25, 2015, 01:47:20 PM
I think I'll get this one next week. Star Wars Heir to the Jedi.  http://is.gd/r9ujpM

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
 
A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and-for the first time ever-written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.
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Post by: TardisMom on February 25, 2015, 08:28:14 PM
I finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  Two days, so obviously I was drawn in.  I'd recommend it!

I've never read Slaughterhouse Five or many of the other "classics" mentioned.  I need to start a reading list from this thread!
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 01, 2015, 11:35:02 AM
Just finished binge reading Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance and The Way of Kings.


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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 01, 2015, 11:36:43 AM
Slaughterhouse Five is an absolute must read, TardisMom. You will LOVE it!


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Post by: Michael M on March 01, 2015, 11:46:13 AM
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Just finished binge reading Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance and The Way of Kings.


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These were the newest reads to me that I recently finished...great, great books.  Can't wait for the next to come out.  Best new thing I read in ages.
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 01, 2015, 12:01:00 PM

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These were the newest reads to me that I recently finished...great, great books.  Can't wait for the next to come out.  Best new thing I read in ages.

Have you read his Mistborn series? Also very good.


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Post by: Michael M on March 01, 2015, 12:04:52 PM
I have, as well as the rest of the Wheel of Time...him taking that over I thought really made those books great.
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 01, 2015, 05:38:36 PM
I bogged down in Wheel of Time when the books were first coming out. I thought they were never going to come to a conclusion. Now that the series is finished, I may give them a try again. I really love Sanderson's character development.


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Post by: Michael M on March 01, 2015, 06:04:45 PM
I was getting tired of them, much like I totally fell out of favor with the Game of Thrones books (after #4), but when Sanderson took the reins to finish Wheel of Time, it was excellent I thought.  That turned me onto Way of Kings.  Waiting for that next book now.
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Post by: TardisMom on March 01, 2015, 08:35:35 PM
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Slaughterhouse Five is an absolute must read, TardisMom. You will LOVE it!


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Oooo... Gone Girl is an amazingly well-written book that required a long shower upon finishing, and I will never need to read again.

I do want to read her previous two novels, but I have to pace myself.

Yesterday I started re-reading Slaughterhouse-Five again. For the n-th time.

I just ordered Slaughterhouse-Five.  Need to see why you all like it so much :)  And the Gillian Flynn book I haven't read yet, Sharp Objects.
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 01, 2015, 08:39:50 PM
You will find the book very different. Some are delighted,; others are put off. It made me a huge Vonnegut fan.


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Post by: SyndE on March 02, 2015, 08:53:25 AM
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You will find the book very different. Some are delighted,; others are put off. It made me a huge Vonnegut fan.

Yep, just go in with an open mind and enjoy the ride. It is fairly short and moves quickly.
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Post by: SyndE on March 09, 2015, 11:22:24 AM
Monday updates:
+ Slaughterhouse-Five (re-read)
+ The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 / Charles M. Schulz

Just started:
+ Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age / Cory Doctorow
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Post by: Transmute Jun on March 09, 2015, 01:15:34 PM
I finished the Demoncycle books and I am now reading The Darwin Elevator, but Jason M. Hough.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on March 09, 2015, 01:31:18 PM
I just finished "The Martian" by Andy Weir, and it was amazing. Near-future hard sci-fi, reminiscent of Interstellar and Gravity, but more reality-based. I'm telling everyone I know that likes sci-fi at all to read it.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on March 09, 2015, 01:56:33 PM
My daughter just finished that book. I'll have to 'borrow' it from her... ;)
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Post by: angoradebs on March 09, 2015, 03:44:09 PM
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I just finished "The Martian" by Andy Weir, and it was amazing. Near-future hard sci-fi, reminiscent of Interstellar and Gravity, but more reality-based. I'm telling everyone I know that likes sci-fi at all to read it.

I read this at the beginning of the year. It is amazing and definitely one of my favorite recent sci-fi novels. I recommended it to a ton of people, but I do warn them that the first part of the book is heavy on the science. That was one reason I loved it, but I know that's not for everyone.

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Post by: semigeekgirl on March 09, 2015, 03:51:12 PM
Hmm. It IS very science and math-heavy, but I felt like it really walked you through it in an entertaining way, so that if that's not your thing you could just sort of follow along and assume the math worked out. I LOVED the math and science, though, so mine is not an unbiased point of view.  :D
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 09, 2015, 05:17:43 PM
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I just finished "The Martian" by Andy Weir, and it was amazing. Near-future hard sci-fi, reminiscent of Interstellar and Gravity, but more reality-based. I'm telling everyone I know that likes sci-fi at all to read it.
This book was fantastic!
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Post by: Az_Rael on March 10, 2015, 10:50:41 PM
Ooo, fun thread!  Fellow fantasy and scifi readers,yay!

I love Sanderson, have read all his stuff but the Wheel of time ending books. (I made it thru book 7 or so of the original series before I quit, and I just can't bring myself to slog through to get to the end.   Maybe someone will do a cliff notes version, IDK). I just finished Firefight and am really enjoying the post-apocalyptic super villain world he has created

I just started reading Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, which has lots of anti-heros.   The characters are crazy unlikeable, but I keep coming back for more books, so I guess that says something. 

I waffle back and forth between epic fantasy and hard scifi, and right now I am in my fantasy period, so no recent scifi stuff lately.   I have downloaded The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey and have that queued up to read.  Totally stoked he is going to be a guest at SDCC.  Hoping for some announcements related to the Wool series.


I do own a Kindle e-reader, and that thing has been a blessing and a curse.   I used to have to wait to go to the bookstore to buy the next book in a new to me series, now I just buy the next one right after finishing the first one.   So I totally binge read Netflix style.   BUT, I have found waaaaay better authors than I used to just perusing the Barnes and Noble shelves.   Amazons suggestion system is actually pretty good, and their free/low price sales they do for new authors are great.   I just signed up for Kindle Unlimited, but they need to expand the scifi/fantasy catalog more.   There is good stuff in there now (Wool is included), but I had already purchased a lot of it before joining the subscription. 
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Post by: Jim Watari on March 11, 2015, 09:43:54 AM
Just finished "Half the World" by Joe Abercrombie  , Az_Rael I think you'll love it. "Half a King" was the first in his new trilogy
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Post by: Han Shot First on March 11, 2015, 10:47:58 AM
I have a couple of the old Star Trek novels published by Pocket Books back in the day. So far they seem pretty fun.
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Post by: Mike on March 11, 2015, 11:07:56 AM
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire. I got the paperback as swag the last time GoT had their panel in Ballroom 20. Sadly I suck at finishing books these days so I decided to go the audiobook route. It makes me look forward to my commute. I'm hoping to catch up to the show by the time it starts again next month but doubt it's going to happen.
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Post by: Michael M on March 11, 2015, 06:57:31 PM
A good, easy read, that turned into something that I couldn't put down, was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Being a child of the 80s, this book was faaaaaaaantastic.
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Post by: mllNY on March 12, 2015, 07:17:44 AM
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Just finished "Half the World" by Joe Abercrombie  , Az_Rael I think you'll love it. "Half a King" was the first in his new trilogy

Oh I want to read half the world, i got half a king at comic con and enjoyed it, though i still have the other 3 books he wrote outside of the first law trilogy to read as well

since January I restarted the Drizzt series by RA Salvatore. He has 30 books in the series (not counting the cleric quintet which I am not re-reading). I've pretty much been on a rampage these two months and have gone through about 19 of the books but his newest one released last Tuesday so I am waiting to read that one until I 'catch up'
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Post by: Chris on March 12, 2015, 07:19:24 AM
Y'all are making me feel illiterate...   :-\
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Post by: SyndE on March 17, 2015, 05:50:32 AM
This morning, during what has become regular insomnia, I finished OVER EASY by Mimi Pond, a graphic memoir about working as a waitress in a funky dive diner in Oakland CA during the 1970s. It was fantastic. Highly recommended.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on March 17, 2015, 06:04:11 AM
I just finished Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough. I really enjoyed it, so today I start the sequel...
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Post by: Jim Watari on March 19, 2015, 10:19:35 AM
Just finished Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle
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Post by: SyndE on April 03, 2015, 05:53:09 AM
Just finished The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (of Understanding Comics fame). It was a big, thick GN, maybe about 500 pages. And yes, it was beautiful to look at, but it could have used some editing. And the ending was kind of one big cliche.

Next up: The full run of iZombie comics, all 28 issues.
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Post by: SyndE on April 09, 2015, 10:19:59 AM
Still working on iZombie comics (wow, very different from show), and also started Walter Tevis' THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, which is amazing so far.
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Post by: Kay on April 09, 2015, 10:43:38 AM
I watched The Scribbler and now am working on getting a copy of the graphic novel; such an odd ball story that's totally up my alley.

I think im on book 2 in the GoT series but i liked his Wild Cards series better.  Its kinda like his take on superheros.

Im also trying to finish off The Dresden Files before the new one comes out and hopefully get into another of his series.

I've finished Mira Grants Newsflesh series and want to get into her Parasitalogy series.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2015, 10:55:44 AM
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Just finished Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle

I just started this! I loved Cryptonomicon, but I'm finding Quicksilver slow going so far.
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Post by: birmabang on April 09, 2015, 11:52:39 AM
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I just started this! I loved Cryptonomicon, but I'm finding Quicksilver slow going so far.
Keep going! it's a slog admittedly, and you might need a bit of suspension of belief here and there, but it's a roller coaster ride eventually!
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Post by: semigeekgirl on April 09, 2015, 12:50:02 PM
I plan to! I've started reading Station Eleven as well, so I can switch back and forth as the mood takes me.
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Post by: TardisMom on April 09, 2015, 09:52:27 PM
I finished The Girl on the Train for my book club, I read it on the plane and enjoyed it.  Now I can start Slaughterhouse Five. 
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Post by: Jim Watari on April 10, 2015, 08:19:46 AM
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I just started this! I loved Cryptonomicon, but I'm finding Quicksilver slow going so far.

It is slow, but worth it if you like his other stuff. The second part of the book or second novel depending on which version of the series your reading , will get you hooked (Jack Shaftoe !!!)
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Post by: SyndE on April 10, 2015, 10:34:59 AM
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I plan to! I've started reading Station Eleven as well, so I can switch back and forth as the mood takes me.

I'd be interested in hearing how you feel about Station Eleven after you finish it. That was the book for my book group last month, and I found it very difficult to finish... so I didn't.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on April 10, 2015, 10:43:12 AM
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I'd be interested in hearing how you feel about Station Eleven after you finish it. That was the book for my book group last month, and I found it very difficult to finish... so I didn't.

Will do! I'm about halfway. I'm not finding it a difficult or slow read, but neither am I finding it particularly engaging. I hope to finish this weekend.
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Post by: Keyframegirl on April 10, 2015, 03:33:13 PM
I just finished Girl with All The Gifts and now I've started Red Rising. Randomly both have Kieran characters. I really enjoyed Girl With All The Gifts!! I think it will be a difficult movie to make, but it has the potential to be fantastic!

Previous to that, like a lot of you, I read Girl on the Train. I liked it ok, the story picked up steam in the back half of the book. <groan> Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on April 11, 2015, 12:05:25 PM
Finished Station Eleven, and frankly you're not missing much. It was fine, but it seemed convinced it was being profound and deep while actually being fairly shallow and obvious. The world she created was interesting, but the story sort of went nowhere. I think that was part of the point - your story is a "story" even when it doesn't necessarily have a defined beginning-middle-end, but that wasn't really a revelation to me. I also thought it focused way too much on the coincidental ways things happened, and outlining for you exactly how each person/plotline came together. I felt like it was trying to make the mundane profound, and show that the things we believe to be profound are sometimes altogether too mundane, but I just couldn't connect with it on that level. It felt very shallow to me, and somewhat like it was trying too hard. I won't be seeking out the author's other work.
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Post by: TardisMom on April 11, 2015, 12:16:53 PM
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Previous to that, like a lot of you, I read Girl on the Train. I liked it ok, the story picked up steam in the back half of the book. <groan> Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.

Groan.....  ;)  Now let's get this thread back on track!  (See what I did there?!?)
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Post by: Keyframegirl on April 11, 2015, 09:39:30 PM
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Groan.....  ;)  Now let's get this thread back on track!  (See what I did there?!?)

haha you truly are my people.

:D

Do any of you have audiobook recommendations? I have a commute now so I'm going through twice as many books reading at home and then listening in the car.
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Post by: Jim Watari on April 12, 2015, 07:00:47 PM
Have you tried Joe Abercrombie?

"The First Law" series is great

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Blade-Itself-Audiobook/B003LZ8PMG/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1428890338&sr=1-1
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Post by: Keyframegirl on April 13, 2015, 09:30:22 AM
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Have you tried Joe Abercrombie?

"The First Law" series is great

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Blade-Itself-Audiobook/B003LZ8PMG/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1428890338&sr=1-1

Nope, I haven't tried any of those yet. I added them to my list now. Thank you!!
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Post by: TardisMom on April 27, 2015, 04:48:01 PM
I finished Slaughterhouse-Five today.  I enjoyed it!  It wasn't what I expected at all (not sure what I expected, though).  Next in my pile of books is Dead Wake by Erik Larsen, the story of the last voyage of the Lusitania.  So it goes.
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 27, 2015, 10:26:23 PM

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I finished Slaughterhouse-Five today.  I enjoyed it!  It wasn't what I expected at all (not sure what I expected, though).  Next in my pile of books is Dead Wake by Erik Larsen, the story of the last voyage of the Lusitania.  So it goes.

Nice! "So it goes." Tardis  Mom, If you liked Slaughter House Five, you'll really like Cats Cradle and Sirens of Titan. Finish with Breakfast of Champions.


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Post by: TardisMom on April 29, 2015, 04:47:09 PM
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Nice! "So it goes." Tardis  Mom, If you liked Slaughter House Five, you'll really like Cats Cradle and Sirens of Titan. Finish with Breakfast of Champions.


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Thanks!  I'll add them to my summer reading list.
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 29, 2015, 05:14:57 PM

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Thanks!  I'll add them to my summer reading list.

That said, Becky, you definitely should read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series before you read anything else.


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Post by: TardisMom on April 29, 2015, 07:13:40 PM
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That said, Becky, you definitely should read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series before you read anything else.


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My iPad is getting really heavy with all these ebooks to read! ;)  I will adjust the list accordingly!
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 15, 2015, 01:48:40 PM
Just finished reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson, great book !!!. At first I was hesitated reading this book because of the use of a different language , but that fear was over blown. Imagine Harry Potter , but instead of magic , it is your intelligence that gets you chosen to be put into these special enclaves of knowledge, separated from the rest of humanity until you are needed. The story builds slowly but once it kicks into gear, wow.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on May 15, 2015, 02:02:59 PM
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Just finished reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson, great book !!!. At first I was hesitated reading this book because of the use of a different language , but that fear was over blown. Imagine Harry Potter , but instead of magic , it is your intelligence that gets you chosen to be put into these special enclaves of knowledge, separated from the rest of humanity until you are needed. The story builds slowly but once it kicks into gear, wow.

I loved Anathem. It's definitely a slow start, but amazing once you're in.
I've gotten a little stuck on Quicksilver. I put it down a couple of weeks ago and haven't been able to convince myself to pick it back up yet. I also started Ancillary Sword, and I'm about halfway through Ready Player One, which is great and much more fun than I expected.
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Post by: TardisMom on May 15, 2015, 02:15:59 PM
My daughter again hijacked my list with a YA novel she wanted me to read, this time Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I ended up enjoying it and finishing it in less than a week.  It takes the Cinderella fairy tale and throws in androids, cyborgs, etc.  And it is the first in a series so my next read is now Scarlet (the 2nd book).
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 15, 2015, 02:17:59 PM
I just finished the latest Walking Dead volume and Game of Thrones Graphic Novel (Volume 4). Next up is the Skull Throne by Peter V Brett.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on May 15, 2015, 02:25:25 PM
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My daughter again hijacked my list with a YA novel she wanted me to read, this time Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I ended up enjoying it and finishing it in less than a week.  It takes the Cinderella fairy tale and throws in androids, cyborgs, etc.  And it is the first in a series so my next read is now Scarlet (the 2nd book).

I read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress on a plane ride and loved them. I was so disappointed when I got home and realized Winter wasn't out yet!
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 15, 2015, 02:56:06 PM
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I loved Anathem. It's definitely a slow start, but amazing once you're in.
I've gotten a little stuck on Quicksilver. I put it down a couple of weeks ago and haven't been able to convince myself to pick it back up yet. I also started Ancillary Sword, and I'm about halfway through Ready Player One, which is great and much more fun than I expected.

Quicksilver: Have you gotten to the Jack Shaftoe part yet? :D
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Post by: semigeekgirl on May 15, 2015, 03:03:04 PM
No, Daniel Waterhouse is still camping out with the scientists avoiding the plague at Comstock's estate.
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Post by: TardisMom on May 15, 2015, 08:30:07 PM
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I read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress on a plane ride and loved them. I was so disappointed when I got home and realized Winter wasn't out yet!

Yes, my daughter is dying for Winter to come out!  She has Fairest in my reading stack as well.  I'm glad to hear you liked the rest, I'll get going on them!
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 19, 2015, 12:54:28 PM
I just finished reading/Listening to "Pines" by Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines book 1 of a trilogy)

It will be fun watching the series now that I've finished the book :D
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Post by: angoradebs on May 19, 2015, 03:55:17 PM
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I just finished reading/Listening to "Pines" by Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines book 1 of a trilogy)

It will be fun watching the series now that I've finished the book :D

Just a warning, in case you have preferences regarding reading a book first vs. seeing an adaptation first, I've read that the series will incorporate all 3 of the books, not just the first one. The first book will be wrapped up by episode 5, with the last half of the season drawing from books 2 & 3.
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 19, 2015, 07:24:05 PM
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Just a warning, in case you have preferences regarding reading a book first vs. seeing an adaptation first, I've read that the series will incorporate all 3 of the books, not just the first one. The first book will be wrapped up by episode 5, with the last half of the season drawing from books 2 & 3.

Thanks!!! , that makes sense now that you mention it :D, the books are about 8 Hours long each
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Post by: dolphina on May 20, 2015, 02:43:24 PM
When I was at SWCA Del Rey was giving out free SW paperback books so I ended up with 2 of them. Right now I am reading SW X-Wing Mercy Kill. I'll find out the name of the first book which I really did enjoy even though I'm not a die-hard SW fan.

Since Tardismom mentioned YA series, did anyone ever read the "I am Number Four" book series?
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Post by: semigeekgirl on May 20, 2015, 02:56:38 PM
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Since Tardismom mentioned YA series, did anyone ever read the "I am Number Four" book series?

I did. Or at least I think I read all the ones that are currently out? They didn't seem to be on any type of schedule so I kind of lost track of them. I think I read the ones about Four, Five, Six, and Nine?

I liked them but didn't love them. I would read the rest if they ever come out, though.
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Post by: angoradebs on May 20, 2015, 03:20:53 PM
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Since Tardismom mentioned YA series, did anyone ever read the "I am Number Four" book series?

I'm actually currently reading these; I've read the first 3 novels and am currently in the middle of the first set of "Lost Files." I thought the first book was just okay, but I really enjoyed 2 & 3. They aren't exactly great literature, but they're fun, light reads.
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 20, 2015, 03:55:00 PM
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No, Daniel Waterhouse is still camping out with the scientists avoiding the plague at Comstock's estate.

The first part you are in is tough to get through , hang in there :D
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Post by: dolphina on May 20, 2015, 03:57:20 PM
My son had them and when I ran out of reading material I go looking through his collection :) but I enjoyed them, and I've seen something on FB regarding the next (last) book.
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 20, 2015, 03:59:12 PM
I just started listening to "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson , it came out yesterday :D
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Post by: TardisMom on May 20, 2015, 05:31:31 PM
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Since Tardismom mentioned YA series, did anyone ever read the "I am Number Four" book series?

My daughter read these and we saw the movie based on the book.  It was pretty bad. 
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 20, 2015, 09:06:53 PM
I agree, the I Am Number 4 movie is mediocre, but we enjoyed the books.
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Post by: dolphina on May 21, 2015, 05:45:30 PM
The movie wasn't good, but I have enjoyed the books.
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Post by: dolphina on May 22, 2015, 04:25:57 PM
Does anyone here read Dean Koontz?
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 22, 2015, 05:34:53 PM
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Does anyone here read Dean Koontz?

Oh wow, not in forever! I read a few of his books a loooong time ago...
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Post by: dolphina on May 22, 2015, 06:14:50 PM
He is one of the reasons I went to my very first con (Wondercon) 3 years ago. I've read his books (I think ALL of them) for the past 30+ years and he had a panel at Wondercon and I had to go see this author whose books I had been reading all these years. My all-time favorites: The Watchers, Lightning, The Frankenstein Series, and The Odd Thomas Series.
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 26, 2015, 08:04:43 AM
I'm usually caught up on his books his most recent books
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Post by: SyndE on May 28, 2015, 07:24:18 AM
Ooof. I'm having a spate of bad reading luck lately - lots of stuff that just didn't work for me at all.

However, I have nothing but great things to say about Kim Gordon's memoir GIRL IN A BAND. It is amazing and deserves all the praise that has been heaped upon it.

Currently reading jPOD by Douglas Coupland, and also trying to read more comics and GNs than usual because: Summer!
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 28, 2015, 08:35:00 AM
Just finished Seveneves by Neal Stephenson , if you like Stephenson you'll enjoy it. End of the world story Stephenson style.
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Post by: alyssa on June 13, 2015, 06:43:30 PM
lucked into a booth at SE:NYC that specialized in old sci-fi
they're digitizing the old fiction & have bundles for $15

their site is
http://singularity.co/index.php/our-ebooks/bundles
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Post by: SyndE on July 19, 2015, 04:27:48 PM
So, here's my reading for the next few months:

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F41.media.tumblr.com%2F5058be2726f1330deea5654923ee4256%2Ftumblr_nrrcciVBqw1rgkyfco1_500.jpg&hash=00cf713f1fbd84a284714605fb367c0a)

(OK, I've already read Childhood's End, Man in the High Castle, and Ready Player One. But I collect paperback editions of Childhood's End with different covers, my copy of Man in the High Castle was shredded, and I wasn't going to miss having a signed copy of Ready Player One!)
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Post by: Transmute Jun on July 19, 2015, 08:58:42 PM
I just got Armada by Ernest Cline! Looking forward to reading it!
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Post by: TardisMom on July 20, 2015, 07:59:18 AM
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So, here's my reading for the next few months:

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F41.media.tumblr.com%2F5058be2726f1330deea5654923ee4256%2Ftumblr_nrrcciVBqw1rgkyfco1_500.jpg&hash=00cf713f1fbd84a284714605fb367c0a)

(OK, I've already read Childhood's End, Man in the High Castle, and Ready Player One. But I collect paperback editions of Childhood's End with different covers, my copy of Man in the High Castle was shredded, and I wasn't going to miss having a signed copy of Ready Player One!)

Wow, very ambitious reading plans!!  I'm reading Dead Wake - The Last Crossing of the Lusitania now.  An uplifting summer read ;)
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Post by: mark on July 20, 2015, 08:11:35 AM
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(OK, I've already read Childhood's End, Man in the High Castle, and Ready Player One. But I collect paperback editions of Childhood's End with different covers, my copy of Man in the High Castle was shredded, and I wasn't going to miss having a signed copy of Ready Player One!)

If anyone has budget left after SDCC, this edition of Man in the High Castle is gorgeous, http://www.foliosociety.com/book/HCS/man-in-the-high-castle (http://www.foliosociety.com/book/HCS/man-in-the-high-castle)
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Post by: tragedys on July 20, 2015, 09:27:00 AM
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I just got Armada by Ernest Cline! Looking forward to reading it!

I just picked this up too at a book signing he had in Beaverton, Oregon.  So not only do I have this new book to read, I got it signed too!!  He based some of the story in Beaverton so it was a nice way to give back!
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Post by: SyndE on July 20, 2015, 09:34:05 AM
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If anyone has budget left after SDCC, this edition of Man in the High Castle is gorgeous, http://www.foliosociety.com/book/HCS/man-in-the-high-castle (http://www.foliosociety.com/book/HCS/man-in-the-high-castle)

The books from The Folio Society are so beautiful that I don't have a bookshelf worthy to put them on!
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Post by: SyndE on August 05, 2015, 05:31:23 PM
Some recent reads:

The Three / Sarah Lotz - This was the latest book club read. It was... fine. I didn't like how the author suddenly switched from writing an oral history (like WWZ) to a third person narrator near the end of the book.

Therese Raquin / Emile Zola - OK, full disclosure, I'm reading this because a version of it will be on Broadway (at the old Studio 54) this fall featuring Kiera Knightly and Matt Ryan.

Also working through the huge (800+ page) Drawn and Quarterly 25th Anniversary book, which I got from the library. Heavy!
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Post by: mark on August 06, 2015, 10:20:44 AM
Curious to hear what people think about Armada. I was mixed on Ready Player One, I mostly liked it, and the references in it hit my nostalgia sweet spot, but I kept getting put off by what I'll call the Stainless Steel Rat effect, (after Harry Harrison's books with which I have a similar odi et amo relationship,) where I would keep getting the sense that the author kept making things up and would just backfill the story. A bit of this is fine, I guess I'm just sensitive to anything more than a dash of iocane powder.

Just read the 1st 3 issues of Ales Kot's Material. Really powerful stuff, and the footnoted references and essays at the end will keep you busy.

Going to spend some time going through piles of old Deadpool comics, I guess this is due to the trailer but also figure it will get me in the proper mindset to watch the presidential candidate debate tonight.

Then planning to dive into Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, I have somehow not read any yet, should keep me busy for a while.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 06, 2015, 11:36:12 AM
I loved Ready Player One, and I enjoyed Armada. It's definitely in the same vein, and it feels a bit more like he's just dropping those nostalgia references. I also felt like the plot was a little more predictable than in Ready Player One.

But I still had fun reading it and would recommend it.
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Post by: NCDS on August 06, 2015, 11:41:11 AM
I'm finally on the last Wheel of Times book. 

After I finish it I'm going to focus on any book that is not a series.  Is Ready Player One a stand alone book?
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Post by: mark on August 06, 2015, 11:57:06 AM
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I'm finally on the last Wheel of Times book. 

After I finish it I'm going to focus on any book that is not a series.  Is Ready Player One a stand alone book?

Completely stand alone. And definitely worth a read (despite my earlier negative comment.)
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 06, 2015, 12:17:14 PM
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I'm finally on the last Wheel of Times book. 

After I finish it I'm going to focus on any book that is not a series.  Is Ready Player One a stand alone book?

Yes it is! And you should read it! *poke*    >:D
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Post by: NCDS on August 06, 2015, 12:24:30 PM
I actually own it, I think I got it in Lootcrate.  Poke received, I'll move it up on the list.


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Yes it is! And you should read it! *poke*    >:D
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 06, 2015, 01:37:44 PM
Ooh, another good book to read that is standalone is World War Z. Don't let the horrible movie put you off of it. And if you like that, Robopocalypse is good (although that one has a sequel).
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Post by: NCDS on August 06, 2015, 01:46:36 PM
I've read World War Z. I like the title Robopocalpyse.  Does two make it a mini-series?

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Post by: ceddyced on August 06, 2015, 01:59:31 PM
Just started reading Batman and Philosophy by William Irwin.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 06, 2015, 02:59:52 PM
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I've read World War Z. I like the title Robopocalpyse.  Does two make it a mini-series?

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LOL, that's a good name for it! ;)

Robopocalypse is by Daniel Wilson. It's the same idea as World War Z: robots/machines becoming self-aware and rebelling against their human masters. Yeah, sounds kind of Terminator-esque, but it is told in a World War Z style - different voices across different continents, highlighting cultural impact and how humanity joins together to fight back.
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Post by: NCDS on August 06, 2015, 03:15:25 PM
I really enjoyed that style when I read Wold War Z.  It was really unfortunate they weren't able to translate it into film.   It would probably be better as an HBO series where each episode told a different story.

It is now added to my to-read section.

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LOL, that's a good name for it! ;)

Robopocalypse is by Daniel Wilson. It's the same idea as World War Z: robots/machines becoming self-aware and rebelling against their human masters. Yeah, sounds kind of Terminator-esque, but it is told in a World War Z style - different voices across different continents, highlighting cultural impact and how humanity joins together to fight back.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 06, 2015, 03:49:23 PM
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I really enjoyed that style when I read Wold War Z.  It was really unfortunate they weren't able to translate it into film.   It would probably be better as an HBO series where each episode told a different story.

You're right. I hadn't thought of it that way, but it would make a much better TV series, with one 'story' per episode.
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Post by: Arcaos on August 07, 2015, 06:09:16 PM
Currently reading Spider-Verse. About mid way through the trade. Missed out when the single issues were releasing and recently just bought the trade. 100% would recommend it to any Spider-Man fan.
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Post by: Jim Watari on August 11, 2015, 05:36:17 PM
Just finished listening to "You're Never Weird on the Internet, Almost " by Felicia Day, forward by Joss Whedon . That was very insightful and a little scary (GamerGate)
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 12, 2015, 06:45:11 AM
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Just finished listening to "You're Never Weird on the Internet, Almost " by Felicia Day, forward by Joss Whedon . That was very insightful and a little scary (GamerGate)

Ooh, is it out? I'll have to get on that. I got the sampler at SDCC which contained the first few chapters, and really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Jim Watari on August 12, 2015, 03:29:27 PM
Got published tuesday
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Post by: TardisMom on September 13, 2015, 09:09:24 AM
Weren't there more posts in this thread?  I came to say I finished The Martian (in 2 days, really enjoyed it) and it looks like the last month has disappeared.  Or am I mis-remembering?
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Post by: NCDS on September 13, 2015, 09:36:26 AM
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Weren't there more posts in this thread?  I came to say I finished The Martian (in 2 days, really enjoyed it) and it looks like the last month has disappeared.  Or am I mis-remembering?
I remember there being more.   

I want to read The Martian I'm glad to hear is good.

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Post by: Transmute Jun on September 13, 2015, 12:50:44 PM
Glad you enjoyed The Martian, TardisMom!

I'm currently reading The Third Kingdom, which is the a book in the Sword of Truth series.
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Post by: BadWolf on October 02, 2015, 11:36:34 AM
In honor of Everest I just finished rereading Into Thin Air. I recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest.


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Post by: mark on November 24, 2015, 04:48:34 PM
Finally read through some piles of comics that had been sitting around, 2 series in particular that I enjoyed much more than I thought I would.

The Darth Vader series from Marvel, which leads into the title spanning Vader Down arc that just started. Really good, very much the Vader we remember from the original trilogy, takes place after A New Hope. Important to read it before Vader Down and start with issue 1. I particularly like the
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Bizarro, basically a wacky road trip with Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen through the DC world. Pretty silly but a fun, creative all ages title. Each issue has a page from a guest artist, such as Bill Sienkiewicz or Darwyn Cooke. As a quick example of the fun, at one point they meet up with Zatanna (doing a show in Branson no less.) Zatanna uses backwards words to do her magic, but who in the DC universe would you expect to be the best at anything backwards? Exactly. :)
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Post by: perc2100 on November 25, 2015, 11:05:50 AM
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Finally read through some piles of comics that had been sitting around, 2 series in particular that I enjoyed much more than I thought I would.

The Darth Vader series from Marvel, which leads into the title spanning Vader Down arc that just started. Really good, very much the Vader we remember from the original trilogy, takes place after A New Hope. Important to read it before Vader Down and start with issue 1. I particularly like the
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Oh man that murder-droid protocol bot is easily my favorite expanded universe character!  Every panel that bot is in is freaking gold!
And I agree the Darth Vader comic is great: maybe my favorite ongoing comic these days!  The Star Wars proper book is also really good, but the Vader series really rides the perfect line between the Vader who was tough but clearly not at the top of the bureaucratic chain (think the scene in A NEW HOPE where Vader is getting taunted & arguing with high-brass) with the super terrifying Big Dog Vader from EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

I really can't recommend enough how awesome this comic is if you're a Star Wars fan.  They just released the first storyline in trade paperback form to get you started so jump on that one for starters!
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Post by: NCDS on December 08, 2015, 12:18:06 PM
I'm on to Bad Astronomy, so far I really like it.
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Post by: NCDS on January 25, 2016, 09:01:12 PM
If anyone uses Goodreads it will show you your stats for the year.  I thought this was a really cool feature, I enjoy stats.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/19462517
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Post by: Jim Watari on January 27, 2016, 09:08:07 AM
My stats

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/22600159-jim-watari
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Post by: Devorah on January 27, 2016, 09:40:05 AM
Currently reading: Walking Dead Compendium Vol. One

About to Start: The Goldfinch

Recently read:
11/22/63 - Had this one for a while but finally got into it in anticipation of the Hulu miniseries. It was really good!
The Girl on the Train - I wasn't crazy about it, super bleak.
To Kill a Mockingbird - First time reading this, loved it!
Station Eleven - 6/10 - if you like post-apolcalyptic fiction you should enjoy this. Same for the Apolcalypse Triptych below.
The End is Nigh/The End is Now/The End Has Come - The Apocalyse Triptych
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Post by: NCDS on January 27, 2016, 10:03:13 AM
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My stats

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/22600159-jim-watari

Thanks for sharing!
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Post by: NCDS on February 29, 2016, 10:56:17 AM
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I loved Ready Player One, and I enjoyed Armada. It's definitely in the same vein, and it feels a bit more like he's just dropping those nostalgia references. I also felt like the plot was a little more predictable than in Ready Player One.

But I still had fun reading it and would recommend it.

Finished Ready Player One last week and LOVED IT.  Thanks for the suggestion.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on February 29, 2016, 12:03:16 PM
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Finished Ready Player One last week and LOVED IT.  Thanks for the suggestion.

Glad you enjoyed it! Now you can wait with the rest of us for the movie... which appears to be in Development Hell Limbo. ;)
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on February 29, 2016, 06:20:54 PM
I got a free copy of Pierce Brown's Red Rising at SDCCI last year....enjoyed it and bought the last 2 books in the series.
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Post by: NoOtherOptions! on March 15, 2016, 11:52:21 AM
Soon, I shall Become Invincible great if you are a superhero fan.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on March 15, 2016, 02:07:08 PM
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I got a free copy of Pierce Brown's Red Rising at SDCCI last year....enjoyed it and bought the last 2 books in the series.

I just started that one! So far, I'm enjoying it.
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Post by: dcuodust on March 16, 2016, 03:45:32 PM
I am thinking about reading The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It will be complete nonsense, but I know a lot of people who have read it and they are annoying.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 27, 2016, 07:30:50 PM
So, I am an avid reader. After going thru everyone's reads I have picked up some of the books on my kindle. Just finished Ready Player 1 and loved it! Big thank you to all!
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Post by: Dougie90 on March 28, 2016, 02:08:54 PM
I just finished reading the Walking Dead compendium volume 2. Much better than the first compendium I thought.

Just about to start Frank Beddor's Seeing Redd. I read the first one in the trilogy (The Looking Glass Wars) years ago and didn't realise that he wrote more. And I think he's going to SDCC this year.
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Post by: mark on March 28, 2016, 08:33:04 PM
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I am thinking about reading The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It will be complete nonsense, but I know a lot of people who have read it and they are annoying.

I'll read it if you read it  :D

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I just finished reading the Walking Dead compendium volume 2. Much better than the first compendium I thought.

Just about to start Frank Beddor's Seeing Redd. I read the first one in the trilogy (The Looking Glass Wars) years ago and didn't realise that he wrote more. And I think he's going to SDCC this year.

Agreed on the WD. Next compendium is solid too and brings you pretty close to current on the comic. Will have to check out Beddor, don't think I've read anything by him.

Some random things from the recently read stack that I would recommend:


And on the soon to be read pile, just saw this at the library and did a big double take.

Mycroft Holmes, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (!!!) and Anna Waterhouse.
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Post by: dcuodust on March 30, 2016, 07:09:29 PM
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I'll read it if you read it  :D
I read the preface. It's for sociopaths. I'll pass. Below are the 2nd and 3rd laws.

LAW 2: NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS, LEARN HOW TO USE ENEMIES
Be wary of friends, they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

LAW 3: CONCEAL YOUR INTENTIONS
Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelop
them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.

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Some random things from the recently read stack that I would recommend:
Looking at my bookshelf, here are a half-dozen:

- Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Warpath, David Mack
- Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptors Wing, Michael A. Martin
- From the Ruins of Empire, Pankaj Mishra
- Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942-45, Randall Hansen
- Why Evolution is True, Jerry Coyne
- Clear Light of Day, Anita Desai
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Post by: mark on March 31, 2016, 07:16:07 AM
Yeah, you're right. And it's long too, people can say what they want about Machiavelli, at he least he got to the point. Still might read it any way, if only so I can confidently ridicule it later. I've already got Law 46
well in hand, "Never appear too Perfect."

Thanks for the list, it's interesting, both the Desai and Mishra books were recently recommended to me by an Indian coworker.
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Post by: Dougie90 on May 02, 2016, 12:08:01 PM
So I finally finished Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars trilogy. Loved it. It's an alternative take on Alice in Wonderland.
Also he's apparently coming to SDCC this year.
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Post by: chomprawrmoo on July 26, 2016, 01:56:29 PM
I'm currently busting through so many books its crazy. I tend to stick to audiobooks since I work with photos (photography) when I'm at a computer. I'm now running out of ideas of what I should listen to. I listen to just about anything, Young Adult (Hunger Games, Red Queen, Vampire Academy) to more adult fictional stories (Game of Thrones; Sookie Stackhouse series; Tall, Dark and Dead)

So here's my question: What are you reading/What is a good series?
There will be no judgement, everyone has a different interests and tastes! This is one of the few ways I can hear about a book series I may not have originally looked at or heard about!  ^-^
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Post by: Transmute Jun on July 26, 2016, 03:08:03 PM
I'd recommend the Newsflesh and Red Rising series (off the top of my head). I also enjoy the Demoncycle books.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on July 26, 2016, 03:21:12 PM
The Expanse series by James S A Corey has been fantastic so far.
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Post by: Angology on July 26, 2016, 03:59:59 PM
If you are in to audio books-have you listened to World War Z? The audio books are done like a series of interviews with an awesome voice cast. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  recommended it, and we found it at Half Price Books. We listened to it on a long road trip, and it was fantastic!
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Post by: Chris on July 26, 2016, 04:06:31 PM
I've got about 247 recently procured comics that I need to start reading.  ::Cracks knuckles::  Time to dig in
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Post by: chomprawrmoo on July 27, 2016, 06:59:32 AM
Good haul from the con, I assume? lol
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Post by: mark on July 27, 2016, 10:35:13 AM
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I've got about 247 recently procured comics that I need to start reading.  ::Cracks knuckles::  Time to dig in

You're going to READ THEM?!  :o

shudder

j/k, Before SDCC I had to brave the attic and dig out an old 70's sci-fag mag to get signed. Read it through several times in the airport and everything in it was fascinating, stories, book/film reviews, science talk, etc.  Once con-brain has passed going to read the whole run.
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Post by: Chris on July 27, 2016, 11:30:27 AM
I will read most of them.  Some I get for the art and am pretty sure trying to read them will ruin it so I just stare at/study the pretty pictures.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on August 02, 2016, 08:59:32 AM
Game of Thrones!
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Post by: Jim Watari on August 02, 2016, 09:04:43 AM
"End of Watch" by Stephen King
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Post by: Devorah on August 02, 2016, 09:16:48 AM
Wool Omnibus Edition (1-5) (Silo Series) by Hugh Howey

Good read!

https://www.amazon.com/Wool-Omnibus-Silo-Hugh-Howey-ebook/dp/B0071XO8RA (https://www.amazon.com/Wool-Omnibus-Silo-Hugh-Howey-ebook/dp/B0071XO8RA)
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 02, 2016, 09:40:12 AM
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Wool Omnibus Edition (1-5) (Silo Series) by Hugh Howey

Good read!

https://www.amazon.com/Wool-Omnibus-Silo-Hugh-Howey-ebook/dp/B0071XO8RA (https://www.amazon.com/Wool-Omnibus-Silo-Hugh-Howey-ebook/dp/B0071XO8RA)

Ooh, that's a good one! It starts off slow, but grows on you.
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Post by: mark on August 02, 2016, 09:45:42 AM
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Game of Thrones!

Yesterday ws the 20th anniversary of the first book! I already have 3 copies of it, looks like I'll probably be picking up another.

A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One comes out in October.

http://grrm.livejournal.com/496185.html (http://grrm.livejournal.com/496185.html)

https://www.amazon.com/Game-Thrones-Illustrated-Song-Fire/dp/0553808044 (https://www.amazon.com/Game-Thrones-Illustrated-Song-Fire/dp/0553808044)

Still binging on old scifi/fantasy mags, great stuff. Only problem is that they are full of reviews and mentions of other books that I now want to read.
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Post by: Resin on August 02, 2016, 11:34:49 AM
I started re-reading Anne McCaffrey's Talents series (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Ride_Pegasus#Series) on my flight home. It's all about the emergence of people with different abilities (telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, etc.) and their integration into society. The first book starts off strong before spiraling off into nothingness; I sold my copy, and I never sell books. You can probably get by with the recap at the start of book 2.

After finishing that I moved onto the Tower and the Hive series, which is set later in the same universe. It's interesting for the first few books and then starts getting weird
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, much like the Ender's Game series. I've yet to finish the series as a whole.

Also, because I mentioned it, the Ender's Game series (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ender%27s_Game_(series)). I'd recommend reading by publication date, not chronological order.
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Post by: Chris on August 02, 2016, 11:45:33 AM
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Game of Thrones!

I'll probably read these next.
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Post by: dartz13 on August 06, 2016, 10:40:52 PM
"The Lions of Lucerne" by Brad Thor
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Post by: vegasndn on August 09, 2016, 12:07:05 PM
Inferno from Dan Brown, I got because I saw a trailer for the movie


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Post by: NCDS on August 09, 2016, 01:11:43 PM
The Dead Key cause it was free
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Post by: angoradebs on August 09, 2016, 01:57:31 PM
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The Dead Key cause it was free
I like that one! It's a slow burn, which I enjoy. And the abandoned bank setting was really creepy and different

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Post by: dcuodust on August 09, 2016, 02:16:04 PM
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The Expanse series by James S A Corey has been fantastic so far.
I am planning on starting this hopefully this week.
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Post by: Bert Su on August 10, 2016, 01:31:56 AM
I'm reading Twelfth Night for English class next semester
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Post by: Bert Su on August 10, 2016, 01:32:38 AM
I'm reading Twelfth Night for English class next semester
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Post by: vegasndn on August 12, 2016, 04:00:23 AM
Finished Inferno now I'm start on Ready Player One


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Post by: NCDS on August 12, 2016, 09:04:09 AM
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I like that one! It's a slow burn, which I enjoy. And the abandoned bank setting was really creepy and different

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I liked it also, I should take more chances on free books!   
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Post by: Bert Su on August 26, 2016, 02:02:35 PM
I finally picked up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Post by: TardisMom on August 26, 2016, 02:19:23 PM
An Ember in the Ashes.  Another recommended YA fiction from my daughter.
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Post by: mark on September 06, 2016, 10:49:17 AM
Box of Analog issues, cost a couple of dollars at a church book sale.

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Post by: NCDS on September 06, 2016, 11:12:15 AM
Behind Closed Doors and it is really making me mad.   I want to jump into the book and yell at them.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on September 06, 2016, 12:11:18 PM
I'm currently reading Morning Star, the last book in the Red Rising trilogy.
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Post by: Bert Su on September 09, 2016, 03:10:58 PM
I finished reading Cursed Child. It was fun, like a TV series I enjoying binge watching. I would like to see the play someday.
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Post by: mark on September 15, 2016, 12:02:35 PM
Big box of books came in the mail today, including 1262 pages of Alan Moore's Jerusalem. See you in a couple of months ...
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Post by: Bert Su on September 29, 2016, 12:14:17 AM
I'm reading Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Lives for my ethnic studies class.
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Post by: mark on January 22, 2017, 05:34:57 PM
Haven't had a book thread in a while, so here's a book thread!  :)

Some recent events sent The March trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell  into amazon's top spot for a time. The slipcase set is still unavailable on Amazon but available elsewhere for around $30. It was an honor to meet Congressman Lewis at SDCC last year, this is an important book and extremely well done.

(https://comiccondad.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/20170121_145930.jpg)

Also, it won't be published until September, but there will be a new children's book based on story notes that were found in Mark Twain's papers. “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.” Love what I've seen of the illustrations so far.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html)
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Post by: AzT on January 22, 2017, 08:46:39 PM
Forum Housekeeping:

Merged "Book Corner" into this "What are you Reading?" thread, carry on :)
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Post by: Transmute Jun on January 23, 2017, 07:28:21 AM
Well, since your'e asking, I'm currently reading The Circle. The dangers of what the company is doing seem incredibly obvious to me, but then I admit that I'm more sensitive to that kind of thing. The heroine is naive and just downright stupid at times. Yet the portrayal of the company is what keeps me interested, wanting to know what they're doing, their ultimate goal...
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Post by: AzT on January 27, 2017, 08:02:36 PM
Any forum members involved in the CCI Graphic Novel Book Clubs?

http://comic-con.org/toucan/happy-new-year-happy-new-reading
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Post by: AzT on January 28, 2017, 07:12:20 AM
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Haven't had a book thread in a while, so here's a book thread!  :)

Some recent events sent The March trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell into amazon's top spot for a time. The slipcase set is still unavailable on Amazon but available elsewhere for around $30. It was an honor to meet Congressman Lewis at SDCC last year, this is an important book and extremely well done.

(https://comiccondad.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/20170121_145930.jpg)

Also, it won't be published until September, but there will be a new children's book based on story notes that were found in Mark Twain's papers. “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.” Love what I've seen of the illustrations so far.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/books/mark-twain-childrens-book.html)

Amazon may be one of the few remaining places where a graphic novel can enjoy a "top spot," due to this recent decision by the NYT as covered in ComicsBeat (includes what appears to be a giant ?!? NYT misunderstanding of March's content):

http://www.comicsbeat.com/the-stunning-reason-why-the-ny-times-eliminated-comics-related-bestseller-lists/

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Post by: Transmute Jun on January 28, 2017, 08:53:00 AM
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Amazon may be one of the few remaining places where a graphic novel can enjoy a "top spot," due to this recent decision by the NYT as covered in ComicsBeat (includes what appears to be a giant ?!? NYT misunderstanding of March's content):

http://www.comicsbeat.com/the-stunning-reason-why-the-ny-times-eliminated-comics-related-bestseller-lists/

That's not entirely true. The Comics Beat article points out that graphic novels are also reported on Bookscan, which compiles sales from major retailers across the country.
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Post by: mark on February 04, 2017, 07:12:56 PM
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Well, since your'e asking, I'm currently reading The Circle. The dangers of what the company is doing seem incredibly obvious to me, but then I admit that I'm more sensitive to that kind of thing. The heroine is naive and just downright stupid at times. Yet the portrayal of the company is what keeps me interested, wanting to know what they're doing, their ultimate goal...

Curious to know what you think of it when you're done. Have read other things by Eggers but not The Circle.

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Any forum members involved in the CCI Graphic Novel Book Clubs?

http://comic-con.org/toucan/happy-new-year-happy-new-reading

All great choices and quite a variety! If you like creepy things, Clean Room is genuinely so.

Weekend reading from a recent visit to Bell's Books in Palo Alto, CA. If you are a book nut and happen to be in downtown Palo Alto, it's a magical place. Would take it over Tahiti any day.

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Collected Buck Rogers with a foreword by Ray Bradbury and an "autobiography." Selections of course but various complete story lines from 1929-1946, many in color.

2 Krazy & Ignatz books, complete strips from 1927-1928 and 1931-1932. I pick these up whenever I see them, wonderful stuff.

"The Best Of Eagle," selections from the British comics series from the 50-60s.

A copy of Camões's Lusiads, (the Portuguese epic poem.) This book store gets a lot of collections from Stanford and this book belonged to a former literature professor. It has a lot of notes, but they are informative, written in a beautiful script and neatly tucked away in the margins.  Nothing better for a rainy morning.

Random bonus was finding a Green Lantern mug. When it's warm a nice chunk of the corps appears, from Apros to Xax.

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Post by: NoOtherOptions! on February 09, 2017, 07:19:18 AM
I am currently working on "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson.  I love it, seems very prescient in terms of satire to our current political and socioeconomic climate.  Anyone else read it?
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Post by: mark on February 09, 2017, 12:17:50 PM
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I am currently working on "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson.  I love it, seems very prescient in terms of satire to our current political and socioeconomic climate.  Anyone else read it?

Great book! IMHO you can't go wrong with Neal Stephenson's books, though Cryptonomicon and the Baroque cycle take some patience  :)

I think you're right about its prescience. I read it when it came out in 92, back when the internet was just coming into its own. We didn't even have the Mozilla browser yet.

You might The Diamond Age as well, which he wrote a few years after.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on February 09, 2017, 12:33:18 PM
I LOVED Cryptonomicon... and have been stuck in Quicksilver for eight months. :(
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Post by: mark on February 10, 2017, 10:04:59 AM
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I LOVED Cryptonomicon... and have been stuck in Quicksilver for eight months. :(

I think a lot of us have books like that.  I have never been able to get through War and Peace and I spend so long between attempts that I have to start over each time. I use a different bookmark for every attempt so they are all just stuck there like javelins in a contest.

Something that I always find amusing in Stephenson's books is how the stuff he is dreaming up for the future is often easier for me to believe than some of the historical things he describes that actually happened.

I have been so impressed with Noah Hawley's work on Fargo and now Legion, thinking I might track down some of his novels and give them a try.
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Post by: NoOtherOptions! on February 10, 2017, 10:34:49 AM
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Great book! IMHO you can't go wrong with Neal Stephenson's books, though Cryptonomicon and the Baroque cycle take some patience  :)

I think you're right about its prescience. I read it when it came out in 92, back when the internet was just coming into its own. We didn't even have the Mozilla browser yet.

You might The Diamond Age as well, which he wrote a few years after.

I think next for me is Neuromancer.  Trying to get through some of these cyber punk books I've never read.  That or start the Hyperion series.
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Post by: AzT on February 10, 2017, 01:01:00 PM
Any forum members joining this fifth CCI book club?  :)

http://comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-adds-fifth-book-club-encinitas
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Post by: mark on February 10, 2017, 03:58:32 PM
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Any forum members joining this fifth CCI book club?  :)

http://comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-adds-fifth-book-club-encinitas

Wish I lived closer, Encinitas has a beautiful library.

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I think next for me is Neuromancer.  Trying to get through some of these cyber punk books I've never read.  That or start the Hyperion series.

Gibson had some signings at SDCC 2016. In the one I went to, instead of the nice collectibles people usually bring, there were lots of old, beat up, well read copies of his books. Lots of Neuromancers.

Stephenson did a Q&A on slashdot a while back. His answer for who would win in a fight between him and Gibson is great.

https://slashdot.org/story/04/10/20/1518217/neal-stephenson-responds-with-wit-and-humor (https://slashdot.org/story/04/10/20/1518217/neal-stephenson-responds-with-wit-and-humor)
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Post by: NCDS on February 10, 2017, 09:15:16 PM
Just bought TRANNY - Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.  It's by one of my favorite artist and I'm excited to start it! 

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Post by: mark on February 15, 2017, 08:53:03 PM
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Just bought TRANNY - Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.  It's by one of my favorite artist and I'm excited to star it! 

Her interview in the Daily Show last week was great.

Started The Good Father by Noah Hawley. Bit heavy, especially for a parent, so breaking it up with an old archy and mehitabel collection I found.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on February 16, 2017, 08:41:46 AM
Currently reading "Robopocalypse"' but before that I had read the Unwound series by Neal Shusterman... it was a bit unsettling.
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Post by: AzT on February 16, 2017, 10:00:42 AM
http://comic-con.org/toucan/heres-what-we-read-february

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUBS! Here's What We Read in February!
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Post by: Jim Watari on February 16, 2017, 03:45:17 PM
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I think next for me is Neuromancer.  Trying to get through some of these cyber punk books I've never read.  That or start the Hyperion series.

The Hyperion series (By Dan Simmons) is great
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Post by: AzT on March 03, 2017, 03:28:47 PM
What are you will I be reading?

#ThrawnZahn

http://www.unboundworlds.com/2017/03/learn-editions-star-wars-thrawn/
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Post by: mark on March 03, 2017, 03:45:26 PM
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What are you will I be reading?

#ThrawnZahn

http://www.unboundworlds.com/2017/03/learn-editions-star-wars-thrawn/

I was so hoping that would be published earlier so I could have bought it for my son's birthday next week. Have you read the other ThrawnZahns?
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Post by: Michael M on March 03, 2017, 04:41:06 PM
Finished Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.  It was an interesting story...but the style or the writing distracted me...I would call it...overly verbose?  But it was a recommendation from a friend so I pushed through it.  Good an interesting story tho.
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Post by: AzT on March 03, 2017, 06:15:33 PM
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I was so hoping that would be published earlier so I could have bought it for my son's birthday next week. Have you read the other ThrawnZahns?

That would be an awesome gift for an apprentice, Master Jedi!

Yes, have read - and recommend - the Thrawn Trilogy and the Hand of Thrawn (long live the EU).
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Post by: Devorah on March 07, 2017, 09:10:15 AM
Forum Housekeeping:

Merged the "Books - What are you reading?" thread in Con Suite Off-Topic Chat with the "What Are You Reading?" thread in Con Suite Comics, Books and Toys. These two threads are discussing the same topic.
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Post by: mark on March 09, 2017, 07:51:30 PM
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Finished Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.  It was an interesting story...but the style or the writing distracted me...I would call it...overly verbose?  But it was a recommendation from a friend so I pushed through it.  Good an interesting story tho.

If you're up for it, there's 6 more books in the series, worth it IMHO if you liked the first. I'll have to go back and look at the style, I'm not really much of a Koontz fan but I liked these.  Ticktock too, kind of a horror comedy?

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Yes, have read - and recommend - the Thrawn Trilogy and the Hand of Thrawn (long live the EU).


Seconded! My son quite liked them too. Thrawn always reminded me a bit of Father Brown somehow, and we got to meet Zahn at SDCC some years ago and I was all excited to ask him if there was a connection. He just gave me a weird look and said no and that he had based him a bit on Sherlock Holmes. (I still think I'm right.)

Been working through a pile of old, dusty books about Iceland and the sagas. Wonderful stuff but my sinuses are not happy.
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Post by: AzT on March 26, 2017, 10:25:16 PM
What are you will I be re-reading? A reissue of 1984, for $19.84? Yes please ;)

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/73144-1984-and-the-handmaid-s-tale-get-hardcover-reissues.html
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 28, 2017, 06:52:16 AM
While waiting as patiently as I can for Brandon Sanderson's next installment of the Stormlight Archive, which is due out in November, I've been doing some "light" reading. John Hearne's Iron Druid series is an enjoyable distraction.


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Post by: Jim Watari on March 28, 2017, 07:36:15 AM
Reading 'Ready Player One' for the first time, I know bad nerd.

Wow, I guess this book was written for my generation. I know almost every reference and played D&D back then. We never played "that module" , my brother (DM) wrote most of what we played.
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 28, 2017, 07:49:48 AM
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Reading 'Ready Player One' for the first time, I know bad nerd.

Wow, I guess this book was written for my generation. I know almost every reference and played D&D back then. We never played "that module" , my brother (DM) wrote most of what we played.
Your brother wrote your campaigns and was the DM? You do know you led a blessed life, right?


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Post by: Transmute Jun on March 28, 2017, 07:51:51 AM
That's awesome, Jim! Does he still play?

We did play 'that module' and I even DM'd it when we played the 'Return to 'that module' module' as adults. And the text-based computer game they reference later, I played that too....

Ah, I feel both old and young at the same time...  :-\
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Post by: Jim Watari on March 28, 2017, 07:54:02 AM
He did not reveal anything to me :D , My cousin Robert also wrote a few scenarios.

We also played with a friend of my brother's who played D&D with Will Wheaton , small world
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Post by: Jim Watari on March 28, 2017, 07:56:26 AM
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That's awesome, Jim! Does he still play?

We did play 'that module' and I even DM'd it when we played the 'Return to 'that module' module' as adults. And the text-based computer game they reference later, I played that too....

Ah, I feel both old and young at the same time...  :-\

Very cool

No we play WOW (World of Warcraft) almost all the time now,  patch 7.2 is out today :D

I have 5 toons at level 110 item level 870's
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 28, 2017, 11:15:41 AM
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He did not reveal anything to me :D , My cousin Robert also wrote a few scenarios.

We also played with a friend of my brother's who played D&D with Will Wheaton , small world

When I started my career as a professor, I had a house two blocks from campus. I hosted marathon AD&D sessions with some very talented and imaginative students as DM's and players. Yes, Transmute, I'm feeling old and young as well.


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Post by: mark on April 15, 2017, 04:51:11 PM
Bought the new Thrawn book from Barnes and Noble, but my son stole it, (and is taking his sweet time reading it  ::) )

In the meantime, working through Death Note. I'm not typically much of a manga or anime person but am enjoying it.
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Post by: matthew on April 15, 2017, 11:38:30 PM
i dare you all to read this. http://www.webtoons.com/en/thriller/chiller/life-and-death-dey/viewer?title_no=536&episode_no=1
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Post by: matthew on April 15, 2017, 11:42:57 PM
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Very cool

No we play WOW (World of Warcraft) almost all the time now,  patch 7.2 is out today :D

I have 5 toons at level 110 item level 870's


try everquest 2  https://www.everquest2.com/home   perhaps watch a documentrary on everquest the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHnDSr-b02Q


good luck, may the digital dice be ever in your favor.
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Post by: Miss Kitty on April 16, 2017, 11:41:34 AM
I read Man in the High Castle and hated it. My opinion, it felt like a blurb of a bigger book. I started watching the show on Amazon and it's better.

I just finished Rise of the Governor and now I'm finally reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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Post by: Michael M on April 24, 2017, 11:05:25 AM
"A Conversation in Blood (Egil & Nix #3)" by Paul S. Kemp.  Read his stuff in the Forgotten Realms RPG Fantasy genre...really like how he writes.  Just started...
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Post by: Transmute Jun on April 24, 2017, 11:39:29 AM
I picked up an advance reader copy of 'Lost Boy' by Christina Henry at ECCC. It's the story of Captain Hook and his relationship with Peter Pan, in a vein similar to Wicked. I believe it comes out July 4. I would recommend it to others interested in these kinds of stories.
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on April 24, 2017, 04:44:56 PM
Until Patrick Rothfuss finally comes out with his third book, I'm all about Brandon Sanderson. I can't get enough. His third installment of the Stormlight Archive comes out in November. I'm hoping he'll be back at SDCC this year to promote it.


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Post by: mark on May 05, 2017, 10:34:55 AM

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51q54Xfo2oL.jpg)

A koan: If a book is given away for free, can it be overpriced?

https://www.amazon.com/Tender-Wings-Desire-Colonel-Sanders-ebook/dp/B0713XG522 (https://www.amazon.com/Tender-Wings-Desire-Colonel-Sanders-ebook/dp/B0713XG522)
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 05, 2017, 10:38:50 AM
Wow, that just looks like fanfiction gone amuck.

Nitpick: How is it 'wings' of desire if she's holding a drumstick?
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Post by: Michael M on May 05, 2017, 10:40:16 AM
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Wow, that just looks like fanfiction gone amuck.

Nitpick: How is it 'wings' of desire if she's holding a drumstick?
Well the bucket on the cover has wings in it...I'm pretty sure as all the buckets I've had had wings in them :)
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Post by: TardisMom on May 05, 2017, 10:40:50 AM
I'm reading White Trash - The 400-year untold history of class in America.  Interesting so far.
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Post by: mark on May 05, 2017, 10:45:24 AM
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Wow, that just looks like fanfiction gone amuck.

Nitpick: How is it 'wings' of desire if she's holding a drumstick?

Excellent point. Also not sure about the rings on both hands.

Pluses: He is rocking the sleeveless-western bow tie-pocket square look.  And I like how the title is nested gently in his snowy white curls.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 08, 2017, 05:15:03 PM
Anyone else excited for Andy Weir's new book? If you don't recognize his name, he is the author of The Martian.

http://nerdist.com/andy-weir-artemis-book-details-cover-the-martian-movie-exclusive/
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Post by: angoradebs on May 08, 2017, 05:19:30 PM
Oh my gosh, me!! The Martian is hands down the best book I've read in the last 5 years at least, maybe ever. I love it so much. Last year I rushed to the book store right before SDCC so I could get a physical copy for Weir to sign (since I only had it on my Kindle). He was really nice and was willing to sign and take photos last year, which was great.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 08, 2017, 05:35:34 PM
I'm hoping he might have some Artemis ARCs at SDCC this year...
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 09, 2017, 08:07:54 AM
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I'm hoping he might have some Artemis ARCs at SDCC this year...

Grab one for me  ::)
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Post by: AzT on May 09, 2017, 08:52:02 AM
Forum Housekeeping:

Merged "Andy Weir's new book: Artemis" into the already established "Books - What are you reading?" thread, carry on :)
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Post by: Jim Watari on May 09, 2017, 09:04:53 AM
Currently listening to "Change Agent" by Daniel Suarez
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Post by: SnowBlossom on May 09, 2017, 09:11:46 AM
Rereading one of my faces: The Book Thief. Highly recommend 👌🏽
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Post by: mark on May 09, 2017, 09:34:43 PM
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Rereading one of my faces: The Book Thief. Highly recommend

I had kind of missed this book, but one of my kids read it for school and left it lying around. Thought the movie was pretty well done too.

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Anyone else excited for Andy Weir's new book? If you don't recognize his name, he is the author of The Martian.

http://nerdist.com/andy-weir-artemis-book-details-cover-the-martian-movie-exclusive/

Thank goodness, I was actually a little worried that he'd never move on from The Martian, when I've seen him at panels it's all he would ever talk about.

Been working through Roald Dahl's short stories.
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Post by: AzT on May 12, 2017, 08:33:41 AM
Are any of these titles on your list? :)

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUBS May Books from Our Book Clubs!

https://www.comic-con.org/toucan/may-books-our-book-clubs
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on May 15, 2017, 03:38:37 PM
I'm now into the 7th book of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series.


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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 31, 2017, 03:45:17 PM
For those who were interested in Artemis (Andy Weir's new book( this is the first chapter.

http://www.readitforward.com/longform/artemis/
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Post by: BunkeyBrain on June 02, 2017, 03:30:55 AM
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Until Patrick Rothfuss finally comes out with his third book, I'm all about Brandon Sanderson. I can't get enough. His third installment of the Stormlight Archive comes out in November. I'm hoping he'll be back at SDCC this year to promote it.


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I just started reading The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss.

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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 02, 2017, 07:19:08 AM
I just started reading The Chrysalids again. I haven't read it since high school. While I remember the basic plot, there's a lot I've forgotten.
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Post by: mark on June 02, 2017, 09:04:10 PM
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I just started reading The Chrysalids again. I haven't read it since high school. While I remember the basic plot, there's a lot I've forgotten.

That's funny, I was just talking to a coworker yesterday about The Day of the Triffids and how Trouble with Lichen is one of my all time favorite book names. Haven't read any of Wyndham's stuff in forever,  I have The Chrysalids somewhere though I think the copy I have is called Rebirth?

Speaking of Inuit country, (this is going to be a sloppy segue,) I was scouring a library sale and came across a large, beautifully bound, edition of Kipling's Jungle Stories in Italian. What little Italian I have is limited to words that might be in Dante or on a restaurant menu so I'm not really going to be able to read it but it has these gorgeous paintings as illustrations. They were mostly forest or jungle settings, so far so good, but the animals and imagery tended to South American with some surreal elements. I had to buy it when it saw this

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Lousy photo, but hopefully some of the details come through. And yes, that is what I think is a Spanish conquistador, a devil, two dogs that appear to prefer Jesus to the other occupants, the last of which is Superman with an oar. This picture is smack dab in the middle of the story Quiquern, which unlike the other Jungle Stories is an Inuit tale.

Looking into it more afterwards, the paintings are works by José Gamarra, an artist originally from Uruguay, and they have nothing to do with Kipling. Someone just thought they should go together, which unless I'm reading too much into things is really interesting. (btw, I'm always reading too much into things.) Gamarra's other paintings tend to be more subtle than the one I posted but a common theme is an element, sometimes obvious but sometimes you have to look for it, that illustrates the encroachment of a foreign element into the scene. Soldiers, a helicopter, Superman in a boat. Given the criticism about Kipling's imperialism, it's a fascinating combination. And even if it's unintentional I'll still have the picture above, where 2 of the passengers on the boat can fly and another can walk on water.
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Post by: Miss Kitty on June 02, 2017, 09:16:38 PM
I'm reading a 1912 printing of Treasure Island. When I read it as a kid, I had lots of great artwork and I kind of miss the art, but the smell of the old book and the wonderment of how many people before me have read this very book is kind of exciting.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 03, 2017, 08:51:50 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  I can see why you almost lost it with that painting that includes Superman! Hmmm... I wonder f DC sued for copyright infringement? ;)

And segueing on from that... science geeks will probably enjoy this Superman essay by Larry Niven.

http://www.astro.sunysb.edu/fwalter/AST389/SupermanAndSex.html
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on June 03, 2017, 08:56:02 AM
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I just started reading The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss.

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Post by: mark on June 07, 2017, 08:50:27 PM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  I can see why you almost lost it with that painting that includes Superman! Hmmm... I wonder f DC sued for copyright infringement? ;)

And segueing on from that... science geeks will probably enjoy this Superman essay by Larry Niven.

http://www.astro.sunysb.edu/fwalter/AST389/SupermanAndSex.html

That Kipling/painting combination really intrigues me, there's got to be a story there somewhere.
 
Essay reminds me of this Miracleman panel. (Just the baby part of the essay, there's nothing ooo-la-la in the picture.)

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I'm reading a 1912 printing of Treasure Island. When I read it as a kid, I had lots of great artwork and I kind of miss the art, but the smell of the old book and the wonderment of how many people before me have read this very book is kind of exciting.

I love old books, and I know what you mean, especially when you find ones that are inscribed or have old notes or pressed flowers or other things. I also take a juvenile sort of pleasure when I find a book that still has some of the pages uncut and I know from that point on nobody else has read those exact pages. Also funny how the older books often have fewer typos than newer editions.

Reading The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey. Nonfiction, about all the big great white sharks that live around the Farallon Islands, which are just off the coast from where I live. Kind of mind-blowing.
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Post by: dcuodust on June 08, 2017, 10:17:01 AM
Today I started Marvel Civil War II, all 154 in reading order, and Karl Marx: His Life and Environment by Isaiah Berlin.
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Post by: superkatchick on June 08, 2017, 11:06:30 AM
I've been on a tv/film adaptation kick lately! Just finished Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, which I really liked, starting Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
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Post by: Saitama85 on June 11, 2017, 04:03:17 PM
Just finished Robin Hobb's latest Farseer book, loved it and am now carrying on with the Dresden Files - on book 10 and absolutely love them!
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on June 12, 2017, 06:04:08 PM
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Just finished Robin Hobb's latest Farseer book, loved it and am now carrying on with the Dresden Files - on book 10 and absolutely love them!
Been thinking on picking those up for some time. Thanks for the recommend/reminder.


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Post by: angoradebs on June 13, 2017, 06:29:45 PM
For sci fi fans (which... I'm guess is a lot of you  ;) ), I want to recommend Michael C. Grumley's Breakthrough series. So far there are 4, with a fifth in progress. They are quick reads and action-packed. The main plot in the first one is that scientists build a computer program that allows them to talk to dolphins. The government then uses the program to investigate some disturbances at the bottom of the ocean.

I randomly borrowed the first of the series from the Kindle Owners Lending Library last year, and I was finally able to get my hands on the fourth one, so I'm all caught up. I believe all of them are available on Kindle Unlimited. Only the first one is available on Prime Reading, but they are all still available for lending through the Lending Library (which is unfortunately one-book-per-calendar-month).

I'm not scientifically minded, so I don't know how accurate the science is in these, but the books present (to me, anyway) as hard science fiction.

Anyway, I think they're fun books, so I wanted to let people know about them.
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Post by: Jim Watari on June 13, 2017, 06:36:37 PM
Just finishing "The Handmaid's Tale" , while watching the Hulu series.
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Post by: mark on June 16, 2017, 04:48:41 PM
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For sci fi fans (which... I'm guess is a lot of you  ;) ), I want to recommend Michael C. Grumley's Breakthrough series. So far there are 4, with a fifth in progress. They are quick reads and action-packed. The main plot in the first one is that scientists build a computer program that allows them to talk to dolphins. The government then uses the program to investigate some disturbances at the bottom of the ocean.

I randomly borrowed the first of the series from the Kindle Owners Lending Library last year, and I was finally able to get my hands on the fourth one, so I'm all caught up. I believe all of them are available on Kindle Unlimited. Only the first one is available on Prime Reading, but they are all still available for lending through the Lending Library (which is unfortunately one-book-per-calendar-month).

I'm not scientifically minded, so I don't know how accurate the science is in these, but the books present (to me, anyway) as hard science fiction.

Anyway, I think they're fun books, so I wanted to let people know about them.

I'll check them out. I recommended The Martian to some coworkers and they keep bugging me for more hard sci fi recommendations but don't have the patience for things like Asimov's Foundation. Picky buggers.

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Just finished Robin Hobb's latest Farseer book, loved it and am now carrying on with the Dresden Files - on book 10 and absolutely love them!

Dresden is one of those series I keep putting off, partly because I know I'll have to go through all of them once I start. One of these days though ... :)

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Just finishing "The Handmaid's Tale" , while watching the Hulu series.

My son just got his summer reading list for school and that's one of the options. My daughter's reading list (she's going into 9th grade) was surprisingly sci fi heavy, with I am Legend, Never Let Me Go, Ready Player One, some Bradbury stories, etc.

It's Bloomsday today so all Ulysses for me tonight. Maybe I'll attempt a page of Finnegan's Wake if I feel up to it.
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Post by: Shauni48 on June 17, 2017, 08:16:34 PM
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I'm hoping he might have some Artemis ARCs at SDCC this year...

I've never tried for ARCs at SDCC, but I want to this year. Are the lines chaos or controlled? Or does it just depend on the book/publisher/booth?
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Post by: angoradebs on June 17, 2017, 08:31:56 PM
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I'll check them out. I recommended The Martian to some coworkers and they keep bugging me for more hard sci fi recommendations but don't have the patience for things like Asimov's Foundation. Picky buggers.


Well, I have to say that Breakthrough is definitely not on the same level as The Martian (but what is?). It's much lighter on the scientific specifics. But definitely good for people with little patience! Without spoiling too much, there are some "not of this world" parts. So that might be a turn off for some people.
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Post by: mark on June 28, 2017, 03:12:48 PM
The Batman Elmer Fudd comic that is out today is really, really good. (So good I didn't type "weally, weally good" in the last sentence.)
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The Batman Elmer Fudd comic that is out today is really, really good. (So good I didn't type "weally, weally good" in the last sentence.)
Do you have a link?


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Here's one review

http://io9.gizmodo.com/batmans-greatest-adversary-isnt-the-joker-its-elmer-fu-1796484728 (http://io9.gizmodo.com/batmans-greatest-adversary-isnt-the-joker-its-elmer-fu-1796484728)

To buy it looks like it's sold out on most of the online places, I see the variant still available at bada$$

http://www.badasscollectibles.com/DC_Comics_Batman_Elmer_Fudd_Special_1_VAR_ED_Variant_Edition/p2539005_17262632.aspx (http://www.badasscollectibles.com/DC_Comics_Batman_Elmer_Fudd_Special_1_VAR_ED_Variant_Edition/p2539005_17262632.aspx)

I'm sure it's available digitally at the usual places but I'm still a paper person. Overall, these crossovers have been really good. Last week's Wonder Woman / Tasmanian Devil was great. There's a collection out next February.
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Post by: TardisMom on June 28, 2017, 04:31:56 PM
I finished Handmaid's Tale yesterday.  Wish it could go on and on...
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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 28, 2017, 06:02:26 PM
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I finished Handmaid's Tale yesterday.  Wish it could go on and on...

At least the series fleshed out more of the background, and will continue the story next season...
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Post by: debster on June 28, 2017, 06:28:05 PM
I got a ton of ARCs at BookCon this year (mostly YA, the YA fan base is huge at BookCon), and I have yet to read any of them. :)

I just finished reading The Leavers by Lisa Ko, which I really liked. I've been reading a lot more books on my phone now that I figured out how to get ebooks from my library...
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on June 28, 2017, 08:24:00 PM
In preparation for his forthcoming third installment of Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive entitled Oathbringer, I have reread everything that I know of Sanderson's writing for the second time. I was convinced the guy in the drive through at McDonald's was Hoyd. Now, to settle myself down before the Con, I've gone back home. Right about now Goldberry is going to sing our young hobbits to sleep, along with yours truly.


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Post by: rushfanyyz on June 29, 2017, 06:01:24 AM
My small town library just got ebook access a few months ago so I finally got a library card!! I didn't get one before because they were pretty much only open during the hours I was at work. But now, I have read so many books already! I just read Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood since I loved the Handmaid's Tale and now I'm on to the "sequel" The Year of The Flood.  Oryx and Crake was really good-another dystopian novel but it's hard to describe without giving out spoilers. The Year of the Flood is more like a companion as it takes place around the same time but with different characters.  I'm having a hard time getting hooked but I'm only 25% through it.  I know the third book in this series goes back to Oryx and Crake (or I think at least) so I'm going to push through as I want to know what happens with those guys.  If you liked The Handmaid's Tale I would recommend Oryx and Crake. It is written more like a novel, it doesn't have the grammar "issues" like Handmaid, but does share the dystopia themes and social issues.
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Post by: TardisMom on June 29, 2017, 08:29:46 AM
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My small town library just got ebook access a few months ago so I finally got a library card!! I didn't get one before because they were pretty much only open during the hours I was at work. But now, I have read so many books already! I just read Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood since I loved the Handmaid's Tale and now I'm on to the "sequel" The Year of The Flood.  Oryx and Crake was really good-another dystopian novel but it's hard to describe without giving out spoilers. The Year of the Flood is more like a companion as it takes place around the same time but with different characters.  I'm having a hard time getting hooked but I'm only 25% through it.  I know the third book in this series goes back to Oryx and Crake (or I think at least) so I'm going to push through as I want to know what happens with those guys.  If you liked The Handmaid's Tale I would recommend Oryx and Crake. It is written more like a novel, it doesn't have the grammar "issues" like Handmaid, but does share the dystopia themes and social issues.

I just downloaded Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - beach reading for next week, can't wait!  I'll add the others you recommend, as well.

An aside, we have a summer cottage on the Rideau and I read my way through the small town library when I was a teen.  Good memory!
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Post by: jamiesugah on June 30, 2017, 06:39:53 PM
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I got a ton of ARCs at BookCon this year (mostly YA, the YA fan base is huge at BookCon), and I have yet to read any of them. :)

The other night I arrange my BookExpo/BookCon haul (https://twitter.com/jamiesugah/status/871854058633560064) by release date (this is the original picture so they aren't in order), but right now I'm reading Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom which is a very cool sort of retro sci-fi book where the author did his own illustrations. It's neat. But I'm not very far into it so I can't yet say whether or not it's good.
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Post by: debster on June 30, 2017, 08:38:17 PM
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The other night I arrange my BookExpo/BookCon haul (https://twitter.com/jamiesugah/status/871854058633560064) by release date (this is the original picture so they aren't in order), but right now I'm reading Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom which is a very cool sort of retro sci-fi book where the author did his own illustrations. It's neat. But I'm not very far into it so I can't yet say whether or not it's good.

Nice, you got a good haul! :)
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Post by: jamiesugah on July 01, 2017, 06:51:55 AM
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Nice, you got a good haul! :)

Thanks! I'm so glad it was back in NYC this year. I didn't go when it was in Chicago and then it was just like, "BUT WHAT DO I READ NOW?"
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Post by: debster on July 01, 2017, 07:57:36 AM
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Thanks! I'm so glad it was back in NYC this year. I didn't go when it was in Chicago and then it was just like, "BUT WHAT DO I READ NOW?"

Yeah, last year in Chicago was the only year I didn't go to Book Con since they started having it...
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Post by: mark on July 17, 2017, 10:12:05 PM
Had to share this. We leave for San Diego tomorrow so buying books is the last thing I needed to be doing today, but I needed a haircut and the barber is by a thrift shop, and I cannot resist a thrift shop.

And I found this, an autographed first print of Gaiman's Graveyard Book  ;D

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Post by: mickeyjack3 on July 17, 2017, 10:43:49 PM
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Had to share this. We leave for San Diego tomorrow so buying books is the last thing I needed to be doing today, but I needed a haircut and the barber is by a thrift shop, and I cannot resist a thrift shop.

And I found this, an autographed first print of Gaiman's Graveyard Book  ;D

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Nice!


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Post by: FBS on July 18, 2017, 05:13:45 AM
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Had to share this. We leave for San Diego tomorrow so buying books is the last thing I needed to be doing today, but I needed a haircut and the barber is by a thrift shop, and I cannot resist a thrift shop.

And I found this, an autographed first print of Gaiman's Graveyard Book  ;D

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Wow! That is quite a find.

Love that book. I hope one day someone turns it into an animated feature film.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on July 18, 2017, 07:16:58 AM
Awesome! Love the tombstone sketch!
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Post by: mark on July 18, 2017, 09:03:30 AM
Would love to see an animated version of the Graveyard Book, thought the graphic adaptation was well done too.

This is shaping up to be a very strange week. Just found something even more interesting while walking the dog, will save that story for the meetup today since it poses something of an ethical dilemma best discussed over "sodas."
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Post by: Jim Watari on August 15, 2017, 06:40:01 PM
I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing Max Brooks , (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide) , I did not know that Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks were his parents
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on August 15, 2017, 09:06:52 PM
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I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing Max Brooks , (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide) , I did not know that Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks were his parents
Mind blown!


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Post by: TardisMom on August 16, 2017, 04:49:43 PM
If anyone is looking for a quick but meaningful read, check out "The Hate U Give".  It is a young adult book and is EXCELLENT.

"Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice."
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Post by: vegasndn on August 18, 2017, 08:52:57 PM
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I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing Max Brooks , (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide) , I did not know that Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks were his parents
Did not know wished that I did when he signed my WWZ at sdcc, I probably would've asked him too many questions.


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Post by: Transmute Jun on September 07, 2017, 05:52:15 AM
I finally got to Artemis (my TBR pile is huge) and I am really enjoying it! The story is not at all like The Martian, but given that it takes place on the moon, the scientific accuracy is there.
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Post by: mark on September 07, 2017, 12:38:41 PM
My cubicle neighbor at work has still not forgiven me for failing to get the Artemis ARC at SDCC.

Couldn't sleep much during our recent heat wave so made a sizeable dent in one of the to-be-read piles at least, one nice find was "Chuck Amok," an autobiography by the legendary Chuck Jones. Lots of great stuff in it, like the strict list of rules that every roadrunner cartoon had to follow.

Also, too late for me alas, but http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/40-books-to-read-before-youre-40/ (http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/40-books-to-read-before-youre-40/). I would be at 20/40 but I can never seem to finish War and Peace, so 19.7/40 I guess.
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Post by: rushfanyyz on September 08, 2017, 08:42:50 AM
I'm also getting through some of the ARCs I got at sdcc:

Otherworld by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller
Really enjoyed this one! It was similar to Ready Player One and the Eye of Minds books in that it is a virtual reality based story, but different enough that I was happy with it.  Without giving to much away, there is a different "bad guy" and the way the virtual reality works is different.  I liked the different areas he had to go through, the characters were neat, plot moved quickly.  If you liked Ready Player One I would recommend it.

Also, thank you random person that was at the booth the same time as me and asked for it.  I had no idea the giveaway was happening, so I just copied him and said I was also there for Otherworld and she handed me the book as well as some sunglasses.  Nobody needs to know I didn't know what the book was and was in the right place at the right time. Ha.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Another good one, albeit simple.  Kinda a murder-mystery plot, kinda an investigative journalist plot.  An environmental lawyer goes back to her hometown to essentially solve a murder but there is a bigger conspiracy afoot! gasp! lol.  It wasn't super unique, I could tell what would happen early on, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy it.  I couldn't put it down, I wanted to keep reading to see if I was right/find out what would happen to a few characters.  A solid quick read-beach read? Is that what I'm going for? Good first book by Krysten.


Artemis-I think I've talked about it on here already but I'll say again I really really really liked it.  Haven't read The Martian so don't know how it compares but I lovvved Artemis.
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Post by: TravT77 on September 08, 2017, 12:19:10 PM
Second Hand Souls by Christopher Moore (sequel to A Dirty Job). Honestly, can't say I'm in love with the story. I read the first book expecting things to get more exciting, but they never really did. So I kinda felt I had to read the follow up just to see if the story gets any better. So far, meh.

Also been nibbling on the The Game is Life series by Terry Schott. It has a Ready Player One/Matrix feel to it.


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Post by: NCDS on September 08, 2017, 12:56:00 PM
I bet nobody can guess what I plan to start reading this weekend!
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Post by: Transmute Jun on September 08, 2017, 01:00:32 PM
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I bet nobody can guess what I plan to start reading this weekend!

Does it have a chin? ;)
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Post by: NCDS on September 08, 2017, 02:48:50 PM
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Does it have a chin? ;)

Maybe  :o
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Post by: mark on September 08, 2017, 03:30:56 PM
This has a chin. Might it be related somehow?

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Post by: NCDS on September 08, 2017, 05:12:33 PM
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This has a chin. Might it be related somehow?

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I'm not reading Harry Potter!  :P

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Post by: mickeyjack3 on September 09, 2017, 02:49:26 PM
Brandon Sanderson fans, TOR Books is releasing 3 chapters a week every Tuesday of his latest installment of his Stormlight Archive series, Oathbringer leading up to its release in November FOR FREE.

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Post by: AzT on September 12, 2017, 11:57:01 AM
https://www.comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-adds-sixth-book-club-escondido

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In 2014, Comic-Con International embarked on an ambitious program to create graphic novel book clubs in the San Diego Public Library system. Two of the clubs started that year (Downtown and Mission Valley), and two more were added in 2015 (La Jolla and North Park). Earlier this year, a fifth club was added at the Encinitas Public Library, part of the San Diego County Library system, and we’re happy to announce the addition of a sixth official Comic-Con International Graphic Novel Book Club at the Escondido Public Library, beginning in October!

We are currently accepting membership applications for this new group, which will be meeting once a month at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. You must fill out a membership application to be considered for this new club. You can download the official membership application by clicking here, but please keep in mind the following guidelines:

Members must be 18 years of age or older
Members must have a Comic-Con Member ID
Members are responsible for obtaining their own books for each monthly meeting, either in print or digital versions or borrowed from a local library
Please submit the application form to us at [email protected] by Monday, October 1 for consideration for membership in the club. Membership is limited to 20 people. If accepted, you will receive a confirmation email from us with details on the first meeting.

Want to see what we’ve been reading? During the first 3 years (2014—2016), the Graphic Novel Book Clubs have read over 75 books! Click here to download our complete Reading List, which lists all the books the various clubs have read over that time period.
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Post by: AzT on October 26, 2017, 10:25:49 AM
Ash signing tonight (bold = mine), from: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/oct/26/bruce-campbell-signing-mysterious-galaxy-bookstore/

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Bruce Campbell, a Comic-Con favorite for his role as Ash in the "Evil Dead" movies and Starz show, will be at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore 7 p.m., Thursday to sign his new book, "Hail to the Chin."

As Ash, Bruce Campbell has been fighting off deadites for decades with a chainsaw hand and a smart-alecky attitude. At conventions he comes across as the coolest of the cool cult heroes paying reverence to no one and to nothing.

So it may come as a bit of a surprise to discover in his first book "If Chins Could Kill" and his latest book "Hail to the Chin," that what may define him most is that he's a hard working actor with an old school sense of professionalism and respect for the craft even if you are working in B movies.

"But there is that ridiculous, inescapable difference between the persona and the actual person and hopefully if anything that’s what books can do is round out that image a little bit," Campbell said. "I just like wearing dumb outfits and going to conventions and this stuff gives me the excuse to do that. For some reason I do pretend like I don’t take any of it seriously and there’s a lot of it that I don’t take seriously but I actually do take the craft seriously. Like being a good bricklayer. I think you should take pride if you are a craftsman, you should take pride in being a good craftsman so I guess I do take that seriously. There is always going to be a difference between the onscreen schmo and the guy who runs around on his property."

It's been 15 years since his first book and Campbell decided that enough had happened in his life to merit a second one.

"The industry has changed a lot," Campbell said. "The B movies that I have championed for a long time seem to be very prevalent now in that all the A movies are B movies. If you are bitten by a radioactive spider that’s a 1950s B movie. So I feel vindicated now. Hollywood has just caught up with my visionary thinking."

Campbell’s books contain entertaining anecdotes as well as with insights into how the industry works.

For all of you "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" fans, this book will have to satisfy your need for a Campbell fix because the premiere of the show's third season has been postponed from this month to February.
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Post by: mark on October 27, 2017, 12:07:07 PM
It's spooky time! Currently "warming up" by reading Roald Dahl or M.R. James short stories before bed. Then was planning some Norden books, (granted the last one is a bit of a stretch.)

I Remember You, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir
Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Explorer and Other Stories, Jyrki Vainonen
Horrorstör, Grady Hendrix

Not sure where to go after that, have had House of Leaves on the shelves for a while.
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Post by: AzT on January 11, 2018, 10:32:10 AM
https://www.comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-adds-seventh-book-club-balboa-park

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In 2014, Comic-Con International embarked on an ambitious program to create graphic novel book clubs in the San Diego area. Two of the clubs started that year (Downtown and Mission Valley), and two more were added in 2015 (La Jolla and North Park), all four part of the San Diego Public Library system. In 2017 we added a fifth club at the Encinitas Public Library, part of the San Diego County Library system, and a sixth club at the Escondido Public Library. Now we start off 2018 with a bang, adding a new club in Balboa Park at the site of the future Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture, the former Hall of Champions building!

We are currently accepting membership applications for this new group, which will be meeting once a month at the Balboa Park location. You must fill out a membership application to be considered for this new club. You can download the official interest form by clicking here, but please keep in mind the following:

Members must be 18 years of age or older
Members must have a Comic-Con Member ID
Members are responsible for obtaining their own books for each monthly meeting, either in print or digital versions or borrowed from a local library
Members should live in the greater San Diego area
Please submit the application form to us at [email protected] by Wednesday, January 31 for consideration of membership in the club. Membership is limited to 20 people. If accepted, you will receive a confirmation email from us with details of the first meeting.

Want to see what we’ve been reading? During the first 3 years (2014—2016), the Graphic Novel Book Clubs have read over 75 books! Click here to download our complete Reading List, which lists all the books the various clubs have read over that time period.

Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
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Post by: Jim Watari on March 05, 2018, 02:44:43 PM
Hey I just finished listening to "A Gift of Time" by Jerry Merritt

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32622432-a-gift-of-time

"When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler’s glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his ten-year-old self, knowing everything he’d known at eighty and gives him access to advanced equations of space and time.
But living life over knowing the future isn’t as easy as Cager has anticipated. His every action alters the future he remembers until much of what he remembers never happened at all. And those changes work against him at every turn, preventing him correcting the most serious mistake of his life. Now he must use his advanced mathematical ability to build his own time machine to go back and try again. But he needs a fortune even to begin.
Then he receives help from a strange, young woman with no history. While perfecting time travel, Cager and his new partner overcome enormous problems, even being hunted by dinosaurs in the Cretaceous. After that, though, things get really bizarre."


I really enjoyed this book. It's probably the best time travel book I have ever read.

It has the best technical explanation of time travel I have ever read. I mean most time travel books , TV shows and movies gloss over the technical details. They never take into account the movement of the earth around the sun , the sun around the galaxy ... etc.

The story is also a murder mystery , and has a serial killer .
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Post by: angoradebs on March 05, 2018, 04:18:14 PM
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I really enjoyed this book. It's probably the best time travel book I have ever read.

It has the best technical explanation of time travel I have ever read. I mean most time travel books , TV shows and movies gloss over the technical details. They never take into account the movement of the earth around the sun , the sun around the galaxy ... etc.


Split Second by Douglas Richards is another time travel book that takes planetary movement into account. I recommend it, although the time travel isn't the primary focus.


I just started reading The Terror by Dan Stephens, which is being adapted for TV and will air on AMC. Has anyone read it? It's really long, and slow to start, I'm about 15% in and things are just starting to get interesting.
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Post by: mark on April 18, 2018, 06:45:41 PM
Was thinking about starting The Terror on tv, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login what did you think of the book and have you watched the series? Always curious what people recommend about reading versus watching it first.

Saw this at a bookstore but didn't pick it up. Glanced inside and yep, the title is spot on.

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Found this at the library, normally I don't like crossover stories like this but the main story here is alright.

(https://comiccondad.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/20180412_121534.jpg)

You get Bernie Wrightson art in a story that ends with a Batman versus crocodile-based xenomorph battle on a stone floor that covers a lava pit and is gradually being eaten away by the alien's acid. Someone's been reading my dream journal.

(https://comiccondad.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/20180412_121615.jpg)

Earlier posts mentioned time travel. David Gerrold was at SVCC and I was able to pick up a perfect 1st printing of The Man who Folded Himself. Haven't read it since I was a kid.
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Post by: angoradebs on April 18, 2018, 07:01:09 PM
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Was thinking about starting The Terror on tv, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login what did you think of the book and have you watched the series? Always curious what people recommend about reading versus watching it first.


Re: The book. Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it. It does start slow, but once it picks up, it's paced really well. The first few chapters kind of jump back and forth in time and can get confusing if you don't make note of the dates at the beginning of the chapter, but partway through the book it becomes a linear story.

The actual "terror" and the mystery surrounding it were a little weirder than I anticipated, and I'm not sure I loved the resolution of that part of the story. I did really love other parts of the book, specifically the depictions of the ships' crews simply trying to survive the elements. The characters exemplified the best and worst of human nature.

I have been watching the show, although I haven't seen the most recent episode. It's very well acted and well made. I thought the first episode was gripping. The rest haven't quite been as good, but based on my preference for the latter half of the novel, I'm confident that the show will get better as it progresses. There have definitely been some changes, most notably to the main female character, Lady Silence, and the protagonist Captain Crozier. So far I haven't considered those changes anything particularly egregious, but it does make me wonder how they will handle some later plot points (or if they'll forgo them entirely).

I personally would read the book first before watching the show. Or maybe watch the first episode, and if it strikes your fancy, read the book before continuing. Since the novel takes a bit to get into, it might help to have an episode under your belt so you know a bit about what you're getting into.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 19, 2018, 07:04:22 AM
I'm currently reading City of Endless Night by Preston & Child. It is part of their Agent Pendergast series.  I have really enjoyed these books and now pre-order them for my kindle.
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Post by: jamiesugah on April 19, 2018, 07:18:59 AM
I finally started The Martian the other day. One of my alumni groups does a semi-monthly book club called Page & Popcorn, where we pick a book that was made into a movie, read the book, and get together to watch the movie and eat. Last month it was A Wrinkle in Time.

Last week I read Ship It, which I was really excited about, but was highly disappointed in. It's a YA LGBT+ romance that revolves heavily around fandom and con culture, and I did not like the way fans came across in it. The main character was way too entitled and her behavior crossed the line many times, but she kept being rewarded for it.

Also if any of you read manga, you should read Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. The English translation came out on Tuesday and it's adorable.
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Post by: Emerald_Mom on April 19, 2018, 07:30:31 AM
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I finally started The Martian the other day. One of my alumni groups does a semi-monthly book club called Page & Popcorn, where we pick a book that was made into a movie, read the book, and get together to watch the movie and eat. Last month it was A Wrinkle in Time.

Last week I read Ship It, which I was really excited about, but was highly disappointed in. It's a YA LGBT+ romance that revolves heavily around fandom and con culture, and I did not like the way fans came across in it. The main character was way too entitled and her behavior crossed the line many times, but she kept being rewarded for it.

Also if any of you read manga, you should read Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. The English translation came out on Tuesday and it's adorable.
Really enjoyed  The Martian; and the movie adaptation was surprisingly good. I really enjoyed them both.
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Post by: Miss Kitty on April 19, 2018, 07:48:54 AM
I'm reading Frankenstein.
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Post by: mark on April 19, 2018, 07:52:44 AM
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I'm currently reading City of Endless Night by Preston & Child. It is part of their Agent Pendergast series.  I have really enjoyed these books and now pre-order them for my kindle.

I binge on those every now and then but I soured on them for a while after Brimstone. I adore Wilkie Collins and when they lifted Count Fusco for their book it pretty much ruined it for me. I'm over it now though. And I just remembered that there is  Woman in White adapation that starts this Sunday.

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I finally started The Martian the other day. One of my alumni groups does a semi-monthly book club called Page & Popcorn, where we pick a book that was made into a movie, read the book, and get together to watch the movie and eat. Last month it was A Wrinkle in Time.

Last week I read Ship It, which I was really excited about, but was highly disappointed in. It's a YA LGBT+ romance that revolves heavily around fandom and con culture, and I did not like the way fans came across in it. The main character was way too entitled and her behavior crossed the line many times, but she kept being rewarded for it.

Also if any of you read manga, you should read Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. The English translation came out on Tuesday and it's adorable.

What a great reading group idea!

One series I have never read is Discworld. I tried a few times but my brain just wasn't in the right space. Thinking I might finally give it a go this summer, knowing it'll probably end up dominating my life for a few months.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on April 19, 2018, 08:35:19 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login One of the best things about Discworld is that it's really episodic. I've always felt able to dip in and out as I pleased, even if that meant I sometimes ended up reading books that "happened" before other books after those other books. Some subsets of the world (the Watch, the Witches, etc) do have mini-arcs, but they're still not "series" in the sense that each book is building to a shared story or conclusion. Rather, each book mostly stands alone, and the only real reason to read the arcs in order is to watch the characters develop.
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Post by: AzT on April 21, 2018, 11:18:11 AM
From https://www.comic-con.org/toucan/april-showers-bring-more-graphic-novels

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We took a month off from recapping in March to present WonderCon Anaheim 2018, but we’re back with another recap from all SEVEN of our Comic-Con International Graphic Novel Book Clubs, flung across the far-reaching cosmos of San Diego County!
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Post by: mark on April 25, 2018, 02:22:45 PM
Ok, this is just plain mean. Saw an email announcing a new book from George R. R. Martin and it's a PREQUEL to ASOIAF.

Actually, am looking forward to it and GRRM has a charming entry about it on his notablog http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2018/04/25/fire-blood-on-the-way/ (http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2018/04/25/fire-blood-on-the-way/) Drops November 20th.

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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login One of the best things about Discworld is that it's really episodic. I've always felt able to dip in and out as I pleased, even if that meant I sometimes ended up reading books that "happened" before other books after those other books. Some subsets of the world (the Watch, the Witches, etc) do have mini-arcs, but they're still not "series" in the sense that each book is building to a shared story or conclusion. Rather, each book mostly stands alone, and the only real reason to read the arcs in order is to watch the characters develop.

Thanks! I have a tendency to binge but maybe I'll be able to break it up. I also came across a copy of The Compleat Ankh-Morpork, although I can't currently figure out where I put it.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on April 25, 2018, 02:25:07 PM
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I also came across a copy of The Compleat Ankh-Morpork, although I can't currently figure out where I put it.

Somehow that seems completely appropriate for that particular book. It's probably made its way to the Unseen University library...
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Post by: mark on April 27, 2018, 10:53:59 AM
Had some time to kill before Infinity War yesterday so went scavaging for books. Some nice finds at a library friends store.  Almost all of these are signed :)

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Post by: jamiesugah on April 27, 2018, 11:55:13 AM
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Had some time to kill before Infinity War yesterday so went scavaging for books. Some nice finds at a library friends store.  Almost all of these are signed :)

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Nice!

I just started Reflection. It's part of Disney's Twisted Tale series, where they take one of their movies and put a new twist on it. The first one (Aladdin) was not that great. The second one (Sleeping Beauty) was better. I haven't read the third one yet (Beauty and the Beast) because I gave my copy to a friend for Christmas. Reflection is the fourth one - it's a twist on Mulan. Basically, Shang saves Mulan from Shan Yu's blade on the mountain and dies, and Mulan travels to the Underworld to save him. I'm not far into it yet but I like it so far.
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Post by: cciveg on April 28, 2018, 10:10:01 PM
I read the adaption of Star Trek V while recovering from surgery and on pain meds. :o
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Post by: AzT on August 09, 2018, 11:22:43 AM
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idwpublishing It’s #BookLoversDay! What are you currently reading?

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Post by: mark on August 09, 2018, 02:59:21 PM
Just started Doctor Sleep. Been watching Castle Rock so was in the mood for some Stephen King.  Earlier I went through all 5 volumes of the Lucifer comic, I had only read the first volume before. The first volume was still my favorite but still quite strong for a 700+ page comics story.
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Post by: angoradebs on August 21, 2018, 07:25:44 PM
Just started reading The Passage. I'm glad the show isn't premiering in the fall, because this one is going to take a while! I'm reading it on my Kindle, and after my lunch hour I was only like 4% in, and I thought, that can't be right... but then I looked and it's almost 900 pages. Hope it's worth it!
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Post by: Miss Kitty on August 21, 2018, 08:19:53 PM
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Well, it's audio, does that count? Paris is reading Metal.

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Post by: mark on August 21, 2018, 11:20:00 PM
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Just started reading The Passage. I'm glad the show isn't premiering in the fall, because this one is going to take a while! I'm reading it on my Kindle, and after my lunch hour I was only like 4% in, and I thought, that can't be right... but then I looked and it's almost 900 pages. Hope it's worth it!

It's worth it (I think.) And if it helps, parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy are actually shorter,  (unlike most authors.) Also thanks so much for your recommendation about The Terror, it was spot on.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Well, it's audio, does that count? Paris is reading Metal.

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Totally counts.The Harry Potter audiobooks got us through so many roadtrips,

As for Paris, Dark Knights Metal?
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Post by: Miss Kitty on August 22, 2018, 12:06:31 AM
Yes Mark, Dark Knights Metal. Oh and Peculiar Children, book 2.

I'm also reading Sam and Max and a book about Obama and Biden solving a crime. It's in my bag to start tomorrow at work. It's been slow.

Kass is reading  Farnsteins Freehold. Apocalyptic theme.

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Post by: hasan459 on August 22, 2018, 08:25:56 AM
recently I am reading wolverine(marvel comic)
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Post by: TardisMom on August 22, 2018, 10:01:33 AM
I'm watching Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams.  I remember reading Gone Girl and then running out and buying the other books by Gillian Flynn and reading them, but as the show unfolded I couldn't remember it at all.  So I found the book in my bookcase and it was pristine, not a wrinkled page.  Apparently I never read it.  I took care of that :).  Old lady brain troubles  8)
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on August 22, 2018, 01:44:28 PM
I’m on an a Gaiman binge. I’m just finishing American Gods. I highly recommend Neverwhere.


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Post by: Michael M on August 26, 2018, 03:50:32 PM
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I’m on an a Gaiman binge. I’m just finishing American Gods. I highly recommend Neverwhere.


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Both very good!
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on August 26, 2018, 03:52:12 PM
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Both very good!
Good Omens is next.


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Post by: Michael M on August 26, 2018, 04:02:18 PM
I'm currently reading The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy by Brian Staveley.  Not bad and keeps my attention.  Not necessarily Epic Fiction, but not a bubblegum read either. (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chronicle-of-the-unhewn-throne-brian-staveley/1125167960?ean=9780765396143 (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chronicle-of-the-unhewn-throne-brian-staveley/1125167960?ean=9780765396143))
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Post by: Miss Kitty on August 26, 2018, 04:12:00 PM
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I'm currently reading The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy by Brian Staveley.  Not bad and keeps my attention.  Not necessarily Epic Fiction, but not a bubblegum read either. (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chronicle-of-the-unhewn-throne-brian-staveley/1125167960?ean=9780765396143 (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chronicle-of-the-unhewn-throne-brian-staveley/1125167960?ean=9780765396143))

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Post by: accelerate on August 26, 2018, 06:43:24 PM
I just finished Waking Gods -- book 2 of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel. His first book -- Sleeping Giants -- was his debut novel, and it had me hooked almost right from the beginning. I love his approach to narrating, where each chapter is a "file", either a voice recording of a conversation (one of the main characters has a habit of recording all his conversations), a personal log, a newspaper clipping, or a transcript of a news broadcast. Basic premise is that they find pieces of a giant robot buried all over Earth, and the journey of figuring out who built it and why and the consequences of piecing the robot back together.

The books are quick reads. If you're dedicated, you could finish the book in a day. Maybe even two books if you're a fast reader. Book 3 (I think the last book) -- Only Human -- just came out on hardcover, but I'll wait for the paperback before finishing it off.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on August 26, 2018, 09:12:50 PM
I just finished The Quotable Negan.  >:D
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Post by: mark on September 06, 2018, 11:45:30 AM
While I oppose drawing on books in general, I'll allow this one. Random thrift shop find.

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Post by: angoradebs on September 19, 2018, 06:13:17 PM
Finally finished The Passage! Very long but very good. The last page really took my breath away because it was very unexpected.

Considering what happens about a third into the book, I'm very curious as to how they plan to adapt this for TV, and if they are going to completely change what happens.

I definitely want to read the rest of the trilogy, but next up for me is the new Cormoran Strike novel, Lethal White

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Post by: Michael M on September 29, 2018, 05:08:45 AM
Thought this book was great.  The second in the series was a lil bit of a tougher read to me and not as enjoyable as the first.  But the first...great read.
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Post by: Miss Kitty on October 10, 2018, 09:09:12 PM
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Post by: jamiesugah on October 13, 2018, 10:14:16 AM
I'm so far behind on Miss Peregrine. I have the second book but I've never read it.

Today I started Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, and, like, what is it with books I've read this year and people's dogs getting killed? This is the third one so far, and the second one in the past couple of months.
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Post by: codeviolet on October 13, 2018, 01:59:31 PM
finally picked up the hobbit! haha so slow.....
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Post by: hasan459 on November 15, 2018, 06:53:47 AM
recently i have finished weird science
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Post by: chocolateshake on November 15, 2018, 11:02:30 AM
I just finished reading Ready Player One.  I liked the movie better version.  The two aren't the same.  It's like an outline was handed out and two different authors wrote stories based on that.  The movie version in my opinion was better storytelling.
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Post by: Miss Kitty on November 18, 2018, 05:02:14 PM
I'm reading Hope Never dies, it's a mystery that Obama and Biden try and solve together. It's actually really good. I'm also listening to The Graveyard Book on YouTube. Its free folks! Check it out.its Soo cool to hear Neil read it.

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Post by: AzT on November 30, 2018, 09:49:55 AM
Open enrollment:

https://www.comic-con.org/toucan/graphic-novel-book-clubs-open-enrollment-2019

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Comic-Con has been hosting seven Graphic Novel Book Clubs over the past five years, mainly in libraries around the San Diego County area (plus one at the future site of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park). We’re going to be adding two new groups in early 2019—one in North County and one in South Bay—but in the meantime five of our existing clubs have some membership slots open. You don’t have to be a veteran comics reader to join … many of our members were curious about comics and took the plunge and now are graphic novel fans!

Applying for membership is easy … just download this form, fill it out and send it to [email protected] Please check whichever locations interest you; while, as a newcomer, you can join only one group, we’ll let you know which ones still have availability and help you find the one that matches your schedule and location. New memberships will begin in January 2019. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

The clubs meet in the evening once a month (some clubs skip July) and gather together for a giant potluck Holiday Party in December, where everyone reads the same book. Members must be 18 years of age or older, have a Comic-Con Member ID, and—obviously!—live in San Diego County to attend the meetings. Meetings last about 90 minutes; members are responsible for obtaining their own copies of the selected books, either via local comics shop, online, digitally, or from their local libraries. The members of each group decide what the group will read by pitching and voting on graphic novels.

There are five groups accepting members starting in January 2019. Wondering which club is best for you? Here’s some additional info:

    Downtown meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM
    Encinitas meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM
    La Jolla meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM
    Mission Valley meets the first Wednesday of every month 6:00 PM
    North Park meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM

While there are openings in each of the five above-mentioned groups, memberships are extremely limited (no more than 20 people per group). This open enrollment period for existing groups ends on Friday, Dec. 14, so if you’re interested, get that form to us ASAP to be considered. The Comic-Con Graphic Novel Book Clubs offer a fun way to meet new like-minded comics fans and to discuss some of your favorite books … and you’ll definitely find some new faves (and make some new friends), too!

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Post by: AzT on January 11, 2019, 10:43:23 AM
https://www.comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-adds-two-more-graphic-novel-book-clubs

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TWO NEW BOOK CLUBS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY! Comic-Con Adds Two More Graphic Novel Book Clubs!

Comic-Con has been sponsoring seven graphic novel book clubs over the past few years, mainly in San Diego libraries (plus one at the future site of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park), and we’re happy to announce that we’re adding two new groups to start off 2019, a new one in Chula Vista and a second club in Escondido!

You can join only one of these clubs, so pick the one that works best for you, location-wise.

Applying for membership is easy … just download this form and return it to us at [email protected] by Thursday, January 31. Please check whichever location interests you. Membership slots in both clubs are extremely limited. In order to have a fun and enjoyable discussion group, each Comic-Con Graphic Novel Book Club is limited to around 20 members.

The clubs meet in the evening once a month (some clubs skip July) and gather together for a giant potluck Holiday Party in December, where everyone reads the same book. Members must be 18 years of age or older, have a Comic-Con Member ID, and—obviously!—live in San Diego County to attend the meetings. Meetings last about 90 minutes; members are responsible for obtaining their own copies of the selected books, either via local comics shop, online, digitally, or from their local libraries.

This year marks the beginning of the sixth year for our flagship groups, Downtown and Mission Valley. North Park and La Jolla joined us in 2015, Encinitas and our first club in Escondido in 2017, and Balboa Park in 2018!

Wondering which club is best for you? Here’s some additional info:

    Chula Vista will meet the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM
    Escondido will meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM

Download the form for more information. https://www.comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/CCIBookClub_2019_CV-Esc2_InterestForm_IA.pdf

The Comic-Con Graphic Novel Book Clubs offer a fun way to meet new, like-minded comics fans and to discuss some of your favorite books. You’ll definitely find some new faves (and make some new friends), too!

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Post by: rabbitwarren on January 11, 2019, 12:37:25 PM
I'm reading Fall of Gondolin.  I feel like I already read all of it in unfinished tales and HoME. 

I have Scar by the Dyachenkos as my reading material for my plane trip to Asia on Thursday

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Post by: TardisMom on January 11, 2019, 05:51:11 PM
I'm reading Rachel Maddow's book Drift, and I have Michelle Obama's Becoming next in line.  Is there a theme?? :D
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Post by: AzT on January 24, 2019, 02:23:03 PM
ICYMI: https://www.unboundworlds.com/2018/11/some-news-about-unbound-worlds/

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Dear Unbound Worlds readers,

Ten years ago, Penguin Random House set out to create a home for science fiction and fantasy readers, with the aim of providing you with book recommendations, exclusive author essays and interviews, excerpts, fun sweepstakes, and so much more. Over the years it’s been our privilege to have helped our readers discover new books and series, re-discover old favorites, and to provide insight into beloved authors.

Today we’re announcing that the conversation with our readers is ready to evolve in new and exciting ways. In the new year, the articles, interviews, and lists you have enjoyed on Unbound Worlds will have a new home within penguinrandomhouse.com (http://penguinrandomhouse.com). That means we’ll no longer be publishing new content on Unbound Worlds after this month, but we’re excited to be able to deliver even more of the very best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror books, curated collections, and offers through our email programs.

We’ll have more details to share in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, we hope that you’ll visit PenguinRandomHouse.com. There, you can sign up to receive personalized recommendations and discover even more about our books and authors as you join us on this journey through the stars and beyond.

Although the site is closing, we still wanted to have a special community for our readers to connect with the books they love and with each other. You can join our new community at the Facebook group here.
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Post by: justboogie on January 24, 2019, 03:42:06 PM
Just finished reading Ready Player One. After watching the movie, the book is waaaaaaay better. I had no idea how different each medium was, but I understand why the changes had to be made to appeal to a more massive audience.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on January 24, 2019, 05:16:35 PM
There are visual aspects as well. Playing a video game (especially a text game) isn't really that exciting to watch on a movie screen.
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Post by: Virgo911 on March 03, 2019, 05:35:35 PM
I'm working my way through Tom King's Batman Rebirth graphic novels. I gotta say, I'm not really liking them much...
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Post by: Miss Kitty on March 03, 2019, 09:17:17 PM
I'm reading Sam and Max and on the side, attempting The Cursed Child. I am having trouble getting into it.

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Post by: Transmute Jun on March 04, 2019, 07:15:21 AM
I am reading Good Omens, in preparation for the show's release in May!
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Post by: angoradebs on March 04, 2019, 04:38:30 PM
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I am reading Good Omens, in preparation for the show's release in May!

Good Omens is SO good! Cannot wait for the show
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Post by: perc2100 on March 05, 2019, 12:15:23 PM
I've been casually reading "The Soprano Sessions," written by two very prominent TV critics (one of which is my favorite in the business, Alan Sepinwall, formerly of HitFix and currently with Rolling Stone).  It deconstructs each episode, has some great interviews w/David Chase, etc.  I just re-watched the series from Thanksgiving Break-early Feb. so all these eps are fresh in my mind.  I consider myself a big of an intellectual type, and the nitty-gritty this book gets into as far as themes and symbolism and whatnot of episodes is really fascinating: some of which I totally missed, even after watching "The Sopranos" series probably 4 or 5 times in full.  Great book if your a fan of the most influential TV series of my lifetime, and IMO the 2nd most influential TV series in history behind only "I Love Lucy."
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 05, 2019, 08:49:05 PM
I just finished Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane. Can’t wait for Good Omens.


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Post by: Miss Kitty on March 05, 2019, 10:40:54 PM
Do any of you cry when reading? I'm totally not saying I do. I'm just, you know, really tired and yawn which makes my eyes water.


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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 06, 2019, 05:09:03 AM
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Do any of you cry when reading? I'm totally not saying I do. I'm just, you know, really tired and yawn which makes my eyes water.


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I do, Miss Kitty, but only in a really macho way.


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Post by: Emerald_Mom on March 07, 2019, 06:36:30 AM
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I'm reading Sam and Max and on the side, attempting The Cursed Child. I am having trouble getting into it.

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I feel your trouble on The Cursed Child..... did not care for it at all.... >:(

Just finished reading several books by K. Patrick Donooghue, his book UMO was especially enjoyable.
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Post by: Miss Kitty on March 07, 2019, 06:53:03 AM
Our SDCC book club voted and we are reading Mister Miracle, Saga #1, and Batman:The Long Halloween for the next 3 months

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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 07, 2019, 07:37:31 AM
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I feel your trouble on The Cursed Child..... did not care for it at all.... >:(

Just finished reading several books by K. Patrick Donooghue, his book UMO was especially enjoyable.
Cursed Child doesn’t read well. It’s much better as a stage play, but it still doesn’t fill the HP void for me.


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Post by: perc2100 on March 07, 2019, 08:48:52 AM
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Our SDCC book club voted and we are reading Mister Miracle, Saga #1, and Batman:The Long Halloween for the next 3 months

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I'm doing one for Educators (and so far it's not quite as cool as that, but I think initially it's more about bringing some non-comic fanatics up-to-speed). 
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Post by: perc2100 on March 07, 2019, 08:56:10 AM
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Do any of you cry when reading? I'm totally not saying I do. I'm just, you know, really tired and yawn which makes my eyes water.

Yep.  The best type of art is that which evokes strong emotions.  I was reading "Lovely Bones" at the same time one of my students was raped & murdered (like, that incident happened when I was only about a quarter of the way the "Lovely Bones") and the rest of the time reading that book I was mostly bawling.  Some of the book is a little goofy, but the fundamentals real hit home.  I can't imagine I could read that book ever again, and I've never attempted the movie.  After reading that, I read "Vengeance," the true story of the Israeli Mossad hit-squad who went after the Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorists who murdered the Israeli athletes and coaches at the Munich Olympics in 1972 (Spielberg made a movie about called MUNICH).  Where I was at at the time, the book of vengeance, hunting down and murdering terrorists, was very therapeutic, especially after "Lovely Bones."  And I have to say after the opening description of the terrorist acts I didn't shed one freaking tear reading "Vengeance"
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Post by: mickeyjack3 on March 07, 2019, 12:14:05 PM
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We do a lot of reading at our house, and we read aloud to our children until they became teenagers who then read aloud to us. There were a lot of tears. We all cried together when Kili and Fili died, and don't even get me started about the waterworks that took place reading Bridge to Terabithia! Mom and Dad's tear stains were in our copies of LOTR when they picked it up for themselves. So, the answer is yes, eyes got watery to say the least.
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Post by: Pyramid on March 24, 2019, 10:32:53 PM
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I teared up when Dumbledore died and was shocked at how close I had become to the characters JK Rowling had created.

Currently, I am reading an X-Files book entitled, Devil’s Advocate.  It follows a young Scully who is more open minded and falls prey to a fallen angel.  Yeah ... it’s a young adult book and I curious what the writer is trying to do with one of my favorite fictitious characters.

As for comics, I am reading Murder Falcon.  It’s about a guitar player who summons a chicken god with heavy metal.  It’s crazy fun.  Excellent art and story.  I highly recommend it.  Trade should be out later this year.


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Post by: harry95632 on July 12, 2019, 11:45:40 AM
I am reading chaotic sword god novel and This is one of the best.