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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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Re: book recommendations
« 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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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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« 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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Re: book recommendations
« 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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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1736 on: August 20, 2018, 02:26:11 PM »
I just finished reading 1984, so now I need a book to read on my next vacation.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1737 on: August 20, 2018, 02:35:05 PM »
Did you like it?
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« Reply #1738 on: August 20, 2018, 02:44:50 PM »
Did you like it?

Yes, except that Gooch wanted to watch the movie right before I got the book so it ruined it a little - of course the book is much better than the movie and more detailed. There are a lot of things happening inside Winston's head that can't be translated into a movie very well.

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« Reply #1739 on: August 20, 2018, 02:46:11 PM »
Also if you throw a handful of 1984 quotes and a handful of Trumpers quotes into a bag, it is hard to figure out which is which.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1740 on: August 20, 2018, 02:47:38 PM »
I've never seen the movie, but read the book probably 5 times. It's my favorite  :thumbs:
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« Reply #1741 on: August 20, 2018, 02:49:05 PM »
I've never seen the movie, but read the book probably 5 times. It's my favorite  :thumbs:

The idea of Newspeak was interesting to me.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1742 on: August 21, 2018, 07:09:43 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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Took a break to read the Assasin’s Apprentixe series by Robin Hobb, but back into this series now. Just started the third one, Redemption Ark.  Second one, Chasm City, was fun, but I was like “why the eff are these Chasm City “Canopy” people willing to help him...why would they give a eff?”  Still fun book tho.

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« Reply #1743 on: August 21, 2018, 07:56:29 PM »
I also read a couple of Ken Follett books recently.
A Column of Fire (third in the Kingsbridge trilogy)
Night Over Water

Both very good.


Has anyone in here read A Brave New World?

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« Reply #1744 on: August 22, 2018, 07:30:30 AM »
Non-Fic:
I am enjoying Michael Pollan's How to Change your Mind.  All about LSD & magic mushroom research as well as him trying them.

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« Reply #1745 on: August 22, 2018, 07:45:09 AM »
I’m halfway through “The Bitcoin Standard” and it’s very good.  I really liked how he author structures the book.  The first third of the book maybe mentions Bitcoin a handful of times, saying it will be explained later.

He goes through the entire history or money and what eventually made the gold standard the best way of having sound money.  When we got away from it during WWI and how even though we don’t use it anymore, all money is still tied to it.  Countries hold amounts of US Dollars in their vaults the same way they used to hold gold, and the US Dollar was originally based on gold, so everything is still connected.

The way Bitcoin was created, hows you interact with it in the world, and having no boundaries are all great points.  The book really does a good job of explaining money in general and more specifically why Bitcoin may be an even better money system than gold ever way.  Very good read.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1746 on: August 22, 2018, 07:58:55 AM »

Has anyone in here read A Brave New World?
Has anyone here not?
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1747 on: August 22, 2018, 09:29:36 AM »


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« Reply #1748 on: August 22, 2018, 09:58:18 AM »
Started listening to ready player one yesterday. Balls hooked firmly
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« Reply #1749 on: August 22, 2018, 03:03:19 PM »
Started listening to ready player one yesterday. Balls hooked firmly

I have heard the most polarizing reviews of this book I can imagine. I'm probably staying away.
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