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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1925 on: September 13, 2019, 09:01:01 AM »
Fleishman Is in Trouble is a really incredible novel about marriage, divorce, and getting older these days. Top 10 out of the last 100 books I've read.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1926 on: October 03, 2019, 10:00:11 AM »
I'm fascinated when the movie is better than the book. Because it's incredibly rare and also because, typically, the movies are much worse than the books.

This example is a little different because the movie is a loose adaptation, but Apocalypse Now is pretty rough ridin' incredible and Heart of Darkness is pretty rough ridin' shitty.

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« Reply #1927 on: October 03, 2019, 10:31:19 AM »
I just got that on audible for a beach vacation next week
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1928 on: October 03, 2019, 10:38:12 AM »
Just read "A river runs through it"

I enjoyed it.

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« Reply #1929 on: October 03, 2019, 01:07:13 PM »
A Republic of Pirates   Very Good, really interesting
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1930 on: October 04, 2019, 10:09:24 AM »
I miss mr bread   :Crybaby:

I just finished another fantastic fantasy.  Joe Abercrombie's new book, "A Little Hatred."  It picks up where his original series left off.  If you liked The Blade Itself and that series, then you'll love this book.  I loved it. 

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1931 on: October 04, 2019, 10:26:02 AM »
Murderbot Diaries series is fantastic for the sci fi folks.


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« Reply #1932 on: October 06, 2019, 06:42:59 PM »
First fiction I’ve read in ages

Dark matter
Sci fi multiple universes physicists etc

Fast read wish it got more into the nuts and bolts of the theories on alternate realities etc.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1933 on: October 16, 2019, 06:17:53 AM »
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« Reply #1934 on: October 16, 2019, 09:04:21 AM »
LMAO

Also I just finished "A Little Life". Holy hell

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1935 on: February 10, 2020, 09:59:15 PM »
"The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks"

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1936 on: February 10, 2020, 10:59:13 PM »
I just finished Ed Snowden's book. Quick, troubling non-fiction and I learned a lot about what he did, how he did it, and what he discovered.

Also read the last of the Neapolitan Novels. Lila Cerullo is one of the best literary characters of all time.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1937 on: February 10, 2020, 11:03:10 PM »
I just finished Ed Snowden's book. Quick, troubling non-fiction and I learned a lot about what he did, how he did it, and what he discovered.

Also read the last of the Neapolitan Novels. Lila Cerullo is one of the best literary characters of all time.

I know this is the wrong thread but have you watched Citizenfour? It's a very good documentary.
"The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks"

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1938 on: February 10, 2020, 11:04:27 PM »
I just finished Ed Snowden's book. Quick, troubling non-fiction and I learned a lot about what he did, how he did it, and what he discovered.

Also read the last of the Neapolitan Novels. Lila Cerullo is one of the best literary characters of all time.

I know this is the wrong thread but have you watched Citizenfour? It's a very good documentary.
I should watch it. He mentioned it in the book. Also I'm glad his girlfriend moved to Moscow

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1939 on: March 14, 2020, 09:56:29 PM »
Speaking of pandemics, the 1980s AIDS outbreak is the background of one of the best novels I read last year, The Great Believers.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1940 on: March 24, 2020, 07:45:41 PM »
I'm two stories in to The Knife Thrower.  Pretty good if you like slightly weird stuff. 

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1941 on: April 21, 2020, 12:27:02 PM »
Any of you rough ridin' wonks read anything actually fun and entertaining lately? You know, books that you actually really love reading, and not because you couldn't wait to tell someone you read it so that you could look smart.   :jerk:

SD has given me some solid sci-fi recommends over the past couple years since mr bread left, but the rest of you are essentially worthless to me in this thread.   :dubious:

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1942 on: April 21, 2020, 12:32:40 PM »
I liked The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker, both by Nick Harkaway. I think both would be to your alley (if you haven't read them already).



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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1943 on: April 21, 2020, 01:13:22 PM »
I liked these for pure entertainment:

 The Partner, John Grisham
  Hunting for a dude who stole insane amount of money and disappeared (my hero!)  :excited:
 
 Jericho's Fall, Stephen L. Carter
  the spellbinding story of a young woman running for her life from shadowy government forces  :horrorsurprise:

The only snobby book I read lately that I really loved is East of Eden. An all time favorite.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1944 on: April 21, 2020, 02:06:51 PM »
Any of you rough ridin' wonks read anything actually fun and entertaining lately? You know, books that you actually really love reading, and not because you couldn't wait to tell someone you read it so that you could look smart.   :jerk:

SD has given me some solid sci-fi recommends over the past couple years since mr bread left, but the rest of you are essentially worthless to me in this thread.   :dubious:

Last book: The Unincorporated Man by Dani and Eytan Kollin. Was a good entertaining read. Will probably finish the next books in that series.
Just started Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Good so far.
Next series will probably be the Black Ocean series by JS Morin

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1945 on: April 21, 2020, 02:11:11 PM »
@Pete have you read the Murderbot diaries? They are all technically novellas but are very fast paced, funny sci fi. One of my favorites over the last year.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was a pretty fun interesting one. A closely related one was The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. The Sympathizer seems like a "seem smart" book but it's kinda funny and lighthearted.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1946 on: April 21, 2020, 03:45:58 PM »
Pete, may have already done these but:

Peter F. Hamilton - Commonwealth books, Void books (kind of same as Commonwealth), and his new Salvation books are all great.
Alastair Reynolds - Revenger books. 1 and 2 are out. 3 is coming. He has other good stuff.
Ted Chiang - Short stories. Has two sets iirc. Both spotty but the good ones are very good.


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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1947 on: April 21, 2020, 05:01:49 PM »
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« Reply #1948 on: April 21, 2020, 09:03:44 PM »
Okay, back to snobby books. The Overstory tells stories about different people throughout history where trees are featured in one way or another. The first few chapters were engrossing and profound.

The chapter I'm on now is about a dude who participated in some mumped up psychology study and then enlisted and works on a cargo plane in the Vietnam War. I was starting to wonder where in the hell the trees were. Then:

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They manage to jettison all the cargo. One of the pallets explodes on the way out of the plane. crap detonates as it falls through the air. Then Pavlicek, too, is floating down to earth like a winged seed.


MILES BELOW and three centuries earlier, a pollen-coated wasp crawled down the hole at the tip of a certain green fig and laid eggs all over the involute garden of flowers hidden inside.

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« Reply #1949 on: April 21, 2020, 09:18:20 PM »
"The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks"

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