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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby holtom2000 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:01 am

Star Wars Darth Plagieus... really good read. Makes the next three movies make a lot more sense.

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby Midas » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:23 am

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I'm only five stories into this book but every one has been consistently excellent and I would highly recommend this. First of all, two of its three editors are creators of great web comics (Ryan North/Dinosaur Comics and David Maliki/Wondermark) so it's not surprising this will be in most comic fans' wheel house. Second, and more importantly, at least so far all of the stories are extremely clever and creative, and feature very interesting characters and settings.

For the uninitiated, the conceit of the book is that some mysterious company develops a box that can predict a persons death with a drop of blood. The only problems is that it can't tell you when, and most importantly, it has a flair for the ironic. For example, if the machine says you die of "old age" that could mean you live a long life and it could mean you get run over by a senile old man.

That's a cool setup for ironic death stories, but that's not what these stories are about. They've mostly been about how people deal with such a machine and how it impacts their lives. In most of the stories I've read, all of which have an incredible human element, the lead characters don't die and half the time nobody dies at all. It's really fun to see how creative people got with these stories. And they're all reasonably short so they're a nice diversion from bigger books.

I highly recommend this.

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby Punchy » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:19 am

Finished Gravity's Rainbow, now onto something a bit easier, but probably just as good (in a different way)...

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby monkafunk » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:55 am

"Nothin' To Lose: the Making of KISS"

A fascinating and detailed read on how hard the band worked in their early days to get where they got.
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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby McKegan » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:10 am

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Very dense, and not really plot-driven, but amazing.

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby Mr. Log » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:20 pm

Just finished Ready Player One. (Audiobook read by Wil Wheaton, which is an in joke itself.)

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Next up is NOS4A2.

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby Chris » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:48 pm

Ready Player One was great. My second favorite geek book last year after Scalzi's Redshirts.

And N0S4A2 is my favorite book this year.
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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby thefourthman » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:10 pm

John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman.

Enjoying it very much, they all just got high with Dylan for the first time.

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby HNutz » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:38 pm

Log-Man wrote:Just finished Ready Player One. (Audiobook read by Wil Wheaton, which is an in joke itself.)

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Next up is NOS4A2.

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Oh, I didn't know Ready, Player One was available on audiobook already. I've already read it but it might be fun to listen to with the gf.

How is NOS4A2?

I'm working on this:

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Michael Crichton's "Pirate Latitudes".

It's... okay. It's based off a manuscript written before his death (obviously) but he never did anything with it. The first CD (out of 8) read like a textbook, complete with descriptions of the day-to-day activities of the governor of Jamaica, like paragraphs describing his morning routine. By the second disc, it's turned into a pirate version of Ocean's Eleven. But where it should have ended... it just kept going. There's a Kraken involved and I have 1 more disc to go. So... yeah.

Was looking at Charming by Elliott James. It looks a lot like Grimm.
Anyone tried this one yet?

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby bkthomson » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:53 pm

Chris wrote:Ready Player One was great. My second favorite geek book last year after Scalzi's Redshirts.

And N0S4A2 is my favorite book this year.

Do you need to know about Scaliz past work?
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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby bkthomson » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:54 pm

Log-Man wrote:Just finished Ready Player One. (Audiobook read by Wil Wheaton, which is an in joke itself.)

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Next up is NOS4A2.

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What did you think of Player One?
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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby bkthomson » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:56 pm

Need to post my reading list but I'm saving NOS4A2 for Christmas break.
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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby HNutz » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:21 pm

bkthomson wrote:What did you think of Player One?


My thoughts from a few pages back.

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Ready Player One - It's the Matrix with video game and 80's nostalgia thrown in. Can't recommend it enough.

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Re: What are you reading, Book-wise not comic-wise?

Postby Bond Hengbu » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:25 am

Reading nothing, just finished 2 different history books.
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