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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1725 on: May 23, 2018, 01:09:39 PM »


I really loved Play it as it Lays.

Wow. I thought it was just okay. I think her nonfiction is divine, though. Super enviable writing style.

I think part of it was honestly the short chapters. I didn't want to put it down.

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« Reply #1726 on: May 23, 2018, 01:11:37 PM »
Finished the third book in the Stormlight series, Oathbringer.  Good but not great, keeps the plot moving.

Also read a very good Sci-Fi book called “Leviathan Wakes,” which is the first book in a series called “The Expanse.”  Scyfi Network made it into a series that got good reviews, but I haven’t seen the show.  Anyway, this book was super cool and fun to read if you like space ships blasting the eff out of each other and dudes getting their heads blown off in zero g gun fights.  Also lots of science around space travel and life support systems on other planets in our solar system.  Loads of fun.

I'm on book 6. So obviously I kinda like it. I will say there are some kinda lame moments across the series but man are there some great characters and cool space crap. I even like the politics and I think it's adorable that Mars is full of Asians with Texan accents.

missed this originally. I lot interest during book 4. it was actually the politics that made me do huge eye rolls while reading and eventually quit. too much force feeding today's political issues into a far future. The first one was great, then good, then pretty good, then giant eye rolls started for me. hopefully I didn't quit too soon. just checked and notice there are now 8 of them, holy crap.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1727 on: May 24, 2018, 10:23:16 AM »
I think her nonfiction is divine, though. Super enviable writing style.

After writing this, I borrowed South and West last night, which I'd never read before. And this is what I got right at the beginning. I mean, holy crap.

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In New Orleans in June the air is heavy with sex and death, not violent death but death by decay, overripeness, rotting, death by drowning, suffocation, fever of unknown etiology.

The place is physically dark, dark like the negative of a photograph, dark like an X-ray: the atmosphere absorbs its own light, never reflects light but sucks it in until random objects glow with a morbid luminescence. The crypts above ground dominate certain vistas. In the hypnotic liquidity of the atmosphere all motion slows into choreography, all people on the street move as if suspended in a precarious emulsion, and there seems only a technical distinction between the quick and the dead.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1728 on: May 24, 2018, 03:41:29 PM »
about to start Infinite Jest!
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strap in for a few months!

i am embarrassed to find out i started this book 3 months ago

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1729 on: May 24, 2018, 04:10:45 PM »
Infinite Jest is coming up on my reading list very soon. I've already read Broom and Pale King, both pretty great, and am excited!

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1730 on: June 13, 2018, 06:44:27 PM »
The Revelation Space books by Alistair Reynolds are very good Pete. Don’t know if you’re into a lot of space stuff but I liked them a lot.


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Just finished The first Revelation Space book.  I really liked it!

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1731 on: June 13, 2018, 07:08:42 PM »
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1732 on: June 17, 2018, 06:38:45 PM »


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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1733 on: June 19, 2018, 04:44:56 PM »
I really enjoyed Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee



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« Reply #1734 on: June 20, 2018, 08:00:19 AM »
I really enjoyed Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee



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I enjoyed smoke and pickles.  Is this more memoir than cookbook?

He also had a great story about a benefit auction with Anthony Bourdain.

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« Reply #1735 on: June 20, 2018, 09:17:32 AM »
I really enjoyed Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee



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I enjoyed smoke and pickles.  Is this more memoir than cookbook?

He also had a great story about a benefit auction with Anthony Bourdain.

It's more food travel writing with a couple of recipes per chapter.

Fairly formulaic, and kind of Bourdain-esque, but well done:
1.  Lee goes to place and eats ethnic/regional food, frequently one you might not expect (i.e: Nigerian in Houston, Peruvian in New Jersey)
2.  Gets to know the restaurant owner/chef, learns culinary and cultural history for the area
3.  Relates observations to own experiance.

Does something like this in 10-15 different places.  Really interesting, and added a lot of restaurants I would like to visit to my list. He is a good writer, and is pretty insightful.
 
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