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28-01-2014, 03:48 PM #1921
28-01-2014, 04:34 PM #1922
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I took the plunge this week and started The Dark Tower series with The Gunslinger. I'm liking it so far. Everyone I've talked to about the books has told me the first one isn't that good, but to stick with it as the later books are fantastic. I'm enjoying the first one though. If they only get better, then I guess I'm in for a treat."What were we talking about? Pegasuses, pegasii, that's horses with wings. This motherf*cker got a sword that talks to him. Motherf*cker live in places that don't exist, it comes with a map. My God."
28-01-2014, 06:17 PM #1923
28-01-2014, 06:37 PM #1924
Not sure if I mentioned it, but read the first book of Malazan the other week. Very fun universe and I like the concepts of faith and the like, but holy crap was it confusing. If I ever return to the series, I will probably keep the wiki on my phone/tablet while I read so that I can look up details.
Why would I return to a series that confused me so because of the author's policy of "I told you in an offhand comment 500 pages ago, you should remember this"? Don't I have higher standards and expect authors to respect my time more? Well, not realy. But more importantly, it is because of THIS
That is a ~20 MB ebook. It makes me immensely horny in my pants on principle alone...
Still gonna hold out for a while though because there are a lot of books I am interested in coming up and I suspect the TOC will be broken horribly in that book. And it may make my kindle explode...
That being said, I finished up Snow Crash the other night. Good book, but I feel it hasn't aged as well as other cyberpunk works. The concepts it puts forward are still a great read and I recommend it for anyone, but tech-wise it is kind of like watching one of the less painful episodes of NCIS. It gets a LOT wrong and takes a Hackers-esque approach to computers (well, Hackers takes a Snow Crash-esque approach, but shut your face :p). I fully acknowledge that most of this is my own problem and isn't a flaw of the book, but it just kept annoying me that apparently any form of programming is "hacking" and that using proper software engineering techniques is tantamount to mind control by the government.
And currently reading Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. Fun fact: After finishing up Snow Crash I started my usual skimming of my Good Reads "to-read" list (135 books and growing!) and skimmed the book summary thingie. Seemed interesting, so started going down the list of user reviews to see if there were any glaring issues. Saw one by a user named "Felicia", thought the picture looked familiar, realized it was Felicia Day. Holy crap is her review shitty :p
But decided to give it a shot anyway, and so far I like it. A few interesting concepts and I like the structure (basically a condemned man telling the story of how he became Hope Killer), but I already see a lot of the plot twists coming from a mile away.
28-01-2014, 07:04 PM #1925
Further to some association with the TV show True detective I've started reading 'The King in Yellow' by Robert W Chambers which is a series of inter-related short stories that tie back to this otherworldly play that seemingly drives any who read it insane ('The king in yellow' of the title). Chambers was seemingly a huge influence on Lovecraft, and it's clear to see how based on what I've read so far.
28-01-2014, 09:35 PM #1926
Also Crows has about 3 episodes worth of story in it but I can imagine dance taking about a season or a season and a half to tell so george has about three years to finish it up which I dont think is going to happen.
28-01-2014, 09:51 PM #1927
And while I personally feel that dance and the other one were a complete waste of time and pure filler, I forget when the timeskip was supposed to end. So it is actually possible that Fatass And The Stolen Baby might be important to the plot as a whole.
And do you have a link to the article about the TV show diverging substantially? It would make sense, but that might be too close to "fanfiction" for ol' George to tolerate and I know there was a big stink about how he let the showrunners know the broad strokes of how it will end. So I would assume they would follow Martin (more or less) until they run out of Martin.
29-01-2014, 04:19 AM #1928
I do hope that God of Guilts, the latest Lincoln Lawyer installement by Michael Connelly, would have mass market copies sooner. The larger size version sold for RMB110, too expensive. Plus, I prefer size of pocket books.
29-01-2014, 04:16 PM #1929And do you have a link to the article about the TV show diverging substantially? It would make sense, but that might be too close to "fanfiction" for ol' George to tolerate and I know there was a big stink about how he let the showrunners know the broad strokes of how it will end. So I would assume they would follow Martin (more or less) until they run out of Martin.
Depends how dense the new book is, but yeah, I also don't think he'll make it.
But im am hesitant with the showrunners making things up have been burned by to many anime where the main writers just ruin it with filler episodes totallynot getting the characters
30-01-2014, 07:11 AM #1930
over halfway through Boneshaker and enjoying it, interesting premise and I like the whole concept of retrofitted city with sealed off tunnels and large funnels to bring fresh air into it. However, I do see the complaint someone else mentioned before how some steampunk stuff seems to be there just for the hell of it.
also the book reminds me of Dishonored a lot - some related concepts ideas (plague, rotters) and the world/setting feels very similar
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30-01-2014, 10:22 AM #1931
30-01-2014, 11:25 AM #1932
I took the plunge this week and started The Dark Tower series with The Gunslinger. I'm liking it so far. Everyone I've talked to about the books has told me the first one isn't that good, but to stick with it as the later books are fantastic. I'm enjoying the first one though. If they only get better, then I guess I'm in for a treat.
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Then you came here and you're writing about it in exactly the same place where my post would go.
After reading almost whole Dark Tower I don't belive in coincidences.
BTW, I love how almost all other King's books are tied with Dark Tower. It was good move to read DT after reading the rest of his works.
01-02-2014, 10:31 AM #1933
Currently read Faherinet 451. Plan to start reading comedy novels soon though when I make a trip to the bookstore.
01-02-2014, 05:36 PM #1934
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Finished reading The Fall of Hyperion. Bit of a disappointment, compared to the first book. Just how worthwhile is the Endymion pair? I feel like I should drop the series before it gets any worse.
01-02-2014, 06:35 PM #1935
Cat Sense by John Bradshaw. All things cat behaviour acording to the latest science. Adorable.
03-02-2014, 10:22 PM #1936
I'm reading Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens. It's a short and acerbic work written during Mother Teresa's life on why she's not the wonderful person she's popularly believed to be.
05-02-2014, 09:01 AM #1937
Finished the Culture series by Iain M Banks recently (highly recommend!), now getting into the Amber series by Roger Zelazny (which I started reading years ago as it was recommended reading for Planescape Torment fans, but I hadn't gotten into it properly the first time around).
05-02-2014, 10:23 AM #1938
I really like the Culture books, especially Excession and Use of Weapons. It's a great shame he done went and died, there was certainly untapped potential still left in that series.
05-02-2014, 10:34 AM #1939
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06-02-2014, 01:16 PM #1940
Ive read Blackout, winner of 2011 Hugo award. Nothing really fucking happens in whole book but it is very well written and compelling to read. Basically action starts around 50 pages before the end. Still I need to read the second book.