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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1700 on: February 16, 2018, 03:34:20 PM »
Also, also Leviathan Wakes was a top 10 book on Goodreads list of best sci-fi books of the 21st century. 

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1701 on: February 16, 2018, 04:28:51 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.

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« Reply #1702 on: February 16, 2018, 04:53:46 PM »
I like sci-fi movies. So, I try to get into sci-fi books. But I just can't do it. Just recently failed with Ubik, which takes place in the future (1992) and everything is both futuristic and also coin operated.

So, after that, I read "All the Pretty Horses." It was GREAT. I never knew a Western could be so intellectually stimulating and philosophically interesting. I want to read a bunch more Cormac McCarthy now.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1703 on: February 16, 2018, 05:22:46 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.

Awesome, I immediately bought the second book upon finishing the first.  I will be starting that tonight! 

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1704 on: February 16, 2018, 07:00:20 PM »
I like sci-fi movies. So, I try to get into sci-fi books. But I just can't do it. Just recently failed with Ubik, which takes place in the future (1992) and everything is both futuristic and also coin operated.

So, after that, I read "All the Pretty Horses." It was GREAT. I never knew a Western could be so intellectually stimulating and philosophically interesting. I want to read a bunch more Cormac McCarthy now.
I loved Ubik! @Kat Kid sent it to me and i thought it was great. PKD is one of my top authors though
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« Reply #1705 on: February 16, 2018, 07:01:29 PM »
ATPH is awesome too though
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« Reply #1706 on: February 16, 2018, 09:47:02 PM »
I like sci-fi movies. So, I try to get into sci-fi books. But I just can't do it. Just recently failed with Ubik, which takes place in the future (1992) and everything is both futuristic and also coin operated.

So, after that, I read "All the Pretty Horses." It was GREAT. I never knew a Western could be so intellectually stimulating and philosophically interesting. I want to read a bunch more Cormac McCarthy now.

The Road is really great by CMac

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1707 on: February 20, 2018, 01:47:12 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.

Awesome, I immediately bought the second book upon finishing the first.  I will be starting that tonight! 

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I got about 10% through the second book and dropped it.  I am moving on to “Old Man’s War.”

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1708 on: February 28, 2018, 08:51:07 PM »
Old Man’s War was fun.  Cool concept.  They recruit 75 year olds for military service and have a way of giving them the physical abilities they need.  Lots of space and spaceships and crap.  Very fun.

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« Reply #1709 on: February 28, 2018, 09:17:08 PM »
That is a good one. All the sequels get progressively crappier.


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« Reply #1710 on: February 28, 2018, 09:17:23 PM »
So don’t read them I guess is what I’m saying


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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1711 on: February 28, 2018, 09:19:14 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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« Reply #1712 on: February 28, 2018, 09:24:32 PM »
I like to alternate between new and old books.
Just finished Connecticut Yankee and now about to start Infinite Jest!
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« Reply #1713 on: February 28, 2018, 09:27:42 PM »
I just started Perdido Street Station and it's pretty wild

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1714 on: February 28, 2018, 09:28:02 PM »
So, after that, I read "All the Pretty Horses." It was GREAT. I never knew a Western could be so intellectually stimulating and philosophically interesting. I want to read a bunch more Cormac McCarthy now.

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« Reply #1715 on: February 28, 2018, 09:56:02 PM »
I just started Perdido Street Station and it's pretty wild

All three are wild.


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« Reply #1716 on: February 28, 2018, 11:24:08 PM »
Just finished Hitch-22 audiobook... Great stuff!
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1717 on: March 01, 2018, 09:30:41 PM »
So don’t read them I guess is what I’m saying


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I will take that advice.  I had read the blurb about the second one and was a solid meh on it, so I didn’t get it.  Glad to get this confirmation of meh.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1718 on: March 01, 2018, 09:31:13 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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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1719 on: March 02, 2018, 08:02:48 AM »
I just finished 4 3 2 1, and maybe it's because of where I am right now in life, but it was fantastic.  Easily one of the best things I have ever read.

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« Reply #1720 on: March 02, 2018, 12:28:53 PM »
I just finished 4 3 2 1, and maybe it's because of where I am right now in life, but it was fantastic.  Easily one of the best things I have ever read.

I will probably read anything chings recommends so this is on my list.

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« Reply #1721 on: March 04, 2018, 09:37:24 AM »
Just finished "Left of Boom" about a dude that was a case officer for the CIA. Pretty good. Am currently devouring an Elon Musk bio by Ashlee Vance. Really good. Pretty fascinating dude.

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« Reply #1722 on: May 23, 2018, 12:19:36 PM »
Just did American Pastoral by Roth, not as fun. Interesting dismantling of the American Dream though.

Roth just died. And I happen to be reading this. Halfway through and I think it's pretty great.

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« Reply #1723 on: May 23, 2018, 12:49:13 PM »
I really loved Play it as it Lays.

Could not get through the third book of the Perdido Street Station series. I just quit a quarter of the way in.

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« Reply #1724 on: May 23, 2018, 01:00:46 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.