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LobsterJ

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Postby LobsterJ » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:58 pm

Read "The Son" by Philipp Meyer a few weeks ago. Very good, this shit is going to win the Pulitzer next year.
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bkthomson

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Postby bkthomson » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:47 pm

Zero wrote:
Kinda? It's about a London policeman who finds out magic is real and becomes apprentice to the last magician on the force. It's pretty good, and has a few sequels. Very very English.

What does very very English mean?
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Cernunnos

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby Cernunnos » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:49 pm

The original version of The Stand by Stephen King. I've read the uncut version many times, but I've never been able to find the original version until this past Saturday.

MikeinLA

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Postby MikeinLA » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:03 pm

"Going Clear" by Lawrence Wright. Its a history of Scientology.
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Cernunnos

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Postby Cernunnos » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:52 pm

Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard
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bkthomson

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Postby bkthomson » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:34 pm

Cernunnos wrote:Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard

The only book i put down after 500 pages. Still i hope you enjoy it.
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TimDrake'sDumbWings

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Postby TimDrake'sDumbWings » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:16 pm

I just started reading Iceberg Slim's Pimp: The Story of My Life.

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I've been pretty engrossed so far. It gets terrifying, though, when I find myself understanding and agreeing with his logic and then realize what it's being used to justify.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:16 pm

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bkthomson

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Postby bkthomson » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:07 pm

Punchy wrote:Image


Sound like a title to a Doctor Who episode.
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TimDrake'sDumbWings

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Postby TimDrake'sDumbWings » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:49 pm

Help, all!

I can't decide on my next book. Anybody want to weigh in?

Choices are:
The Twenty Year Death by Ariel S Winter - I remember this having quite a bit of buzz as a hard-boiled noir last year. It's been on my "to read" list.
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane - As much of a Hammett and Chandler and Leonard fan as I am, I have yet to read any Lehane besides seeing his work on The Wire and the films of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. He feels like a pretty important crime writer for me to ignore. Is this the right book of his to start?
American Gods - I HATE Gaiman's Sandman, but this novel seems to be pretty well-praised outside of comic book circles. Might this get me to appreciate his work?
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven - I really want to read some hard scifi. Big fan of Heinlein and wanted to give something else a try. Would this do?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Seems like a fun SciFi premise, and many of my friends have praised it.
Wool by Hugh Howley - I've seen this receive praise outside of SciFi circles, which is weird for a self-published original. Anyone read this? No one will give me a solid answer as to what its about.
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Midas

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Postby Midas » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:29 am

Ready Player One may be my favorite "non-classic" book of all time. It's such great fun. I could not recommend it more highly. Especially if you're a child of the 80s.

I thought American Gods was really fantastic too.

I've only read Ringworld by Niven but I thought that was pretty darn good. If you haven't read that and are looking for hard sci fi, I would give that a go. For more recent hard sci fi that I really enjoyed, try Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder if you can find it.

Can't speak to the others.
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bkthomson

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Postby bkthomson » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:55 am

Ready Player One. Great book and one im sure i will go back and read again and again.
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TimDrake'sDumbWings

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby TimDrake'sDumbWings » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:24 am

Thanks for the recommendations, guys. Just downloaded Ready Player One. I'll let you know what I think!
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LobsterJ

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Postby LobsterJ » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:16 am

"The Son" by Phillipp Meyer is excellent. First book I've given 5 stars on my goodreads.com account since Moby Dick three years ago. My pick to win the Pulitzer next year. And unlike a lot of modern literary fiction, SHIT HAPPENS. It isn't whiny rich white people having epiphanies about modern living.
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bkthomson

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Postby bkthomson » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:17 pm

LobsterJ wrote:"The Son" by Phillipp Meyer is excellent. First book I've given 5 stars on my goodreads.com account since Moby Dick three years ago. My pick to win the Pulitzer next year. And unlike a lot of modern literary fiction, SHIT HAPPENS. It isn't whiny rich white people having epiphanies about modern living.

:lol: maybe that is why i have such a hard time with modern fiction.

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