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Old 06-11-2017, 08:55 PM   #1376
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:07 AM   #1377
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Just finished Al Franken's new book -- would definitely recommend it, regardless of your political affiliation. There was a lot I didn't know about how the Senate worked....

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Old 06-14-2017, 07:53 PM   #1378
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Finished China Miéville's "Embassytown" (thanks for the recommendation, Shifty) today. Not the best book I ever read, but still very good sci-fi. Language as a drug is not a concept I've ever seen before, but China Miéville is an interesting author and he portrayed it well. I think this one will be better on a re-read though. So many details and concepts being thrown out that you can get a bit lost along the way.
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:32 PM   #1379
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Finished China Miéville's "Embassytown" (thanks for the recommendation, Shifty) today. Not the best book I ever read, but still very good sci-fi. Language as a drug is not a concept I've ever seen before, but China Miéville is an interesting author and he portrayed it well. I think this one will be better on a re-read though. So many details and concepts being thrown out that you can get a bit lost along the way.
Yeah, chunks of it were a bit hard to wrap my head around but it had some interesting concepts. The Bas Lag novels are really awesome. Especially if you are into urban fantasy. Perdido Street Station has this cool Lovecraftian horror vibe going on.
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:32 PM   #1380
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Yeah, chunks of it were a bit hard to wrap my head around but it had some interesting concepts. The Bas Lag novels are really awesome. Especially if you are into urban fantasy. Perdido Street Station has this cool Lovecraftian horror vibe going on.
I'm going to re-read it in a month or two. I'll bet I spend a lot of time thinking "that makes more sense now" when I do.

I've got to finish the series I'm currently reading, the Alex Benedict" series by Jack McDevitt , before I start another series. Once done though, I think I'm finally going to do "Perdido Street Station" and it's accompanying volumes.
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Old 06-16-2017, 11:05 PM   #1381
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EDIT: And for the record I haven't read Palmer yet. Just heard great things about her. No clue how good she actually is.
"Too Like the Lightning" has been nominated for this year's Hugo award so it can't be all bad.
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:55 PM   #1382
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Blood Meridian's ending more than made up for the book. Having read its entirety I want to read it again to get a better perspective of it. Perfect. Felt like the end of the sopranos a little. Read it if you havent
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:27 PM   #1383
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Started Perdido Street and had to stop. Way too much detail and way too many things happening to keep track of while working. I'm going to have to postpone it (the premise is incredibly intriguing) until I can get to it on my Kobo.

So, I did a re-read of "Airman" by Eoin Colfer. It's one of his stand alone novels about a young man who is born in an air balloon, unjustly accused of murder and treachery, becomes an Airman and eventually wins the day. Yes, all the tropes are there, but it's so well written that it absolutely works. Really fun read.
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:46 PM   #1384
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Finished the week with another re-read. "Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson. If you've read his Stormlight Archives, you'll probably be exited that book three is due out in November.

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I finally got "Echopraxia" from the Library. Gonna do a re-read of "Blindsight" (it's been a looooong time) and then that one.

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Old 06-23-2017, 09:59 PM   #1385
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Finished the week with another re-read. "Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson. If you've read his Stormlight Archives, you'll probably be exited that book three is due out in November.

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I finally got "Echopraxia" from the Library. Gonna do a re-read of "Blindsight" (it's been a looooong time) and then that one.
Nice!

I'm thinking of doing a re-read as well after Rifters.
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Old 06-26-2017, 04:06 PM   #1386
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I just read a great book called I Predict that discussed a lot of things we are likely to see in the next 5 to 10 years. I would definitely recommend it.
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I'm feeling in the mood for a Western. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-27-2017, 06:13 PM   #1388
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I have been playing the video game Witcher 3 lately. I discovered the game is based on a series of books. Got the first one, Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski. Not a bad read. Fantasy genre, obviously.

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Glad to see Reynolds getting back to some of the darker scifi. The Poseidon's Children trilogy was complete crap, I didn't even finish the last book.

I also read A Talent for War after all the buzz around here. Not bad, I will get to the next one after I finish Scalzi's new book.
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:09 AM   #1391
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I just finished CJ Box's latest, Vicious Circle. It was his typical easy reading Wyoming mystery. If like that kinda of thing, ohtdoors, hunting and fishing, Wyoming with an occasional Colorado and Broncos reference, it's worth the time.
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I'm in the middle of True Grit. Going for No Country For Old Men next. Haven't seen either movie
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I'm in the middle of True Grit. Going for No Country For Old Men next. Haven't seen either movie
I read True Grit not too long ago. Having seen the movie, I wouldn't really call No Country For Old Men a Western. But it would probably be an interesting book, nonetheless.

I used to love Michael Crichton. Then he died. It's hard to get into his new material, when he's dead. But one of his old manuscripts was found and released by his wife, not too long ago. It's a western, and almost what you could consider historical fiction. Much of it was set in Deadwood. Pretty interesting. I didn't love it. But it was okay.
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I read True Grit not too long ago. Having seen the movie, I wouldn't really call No Country For Old Men a Western. But it would probably be an interesting book, nonetheless.

I used to love Michael Crichton. Then he died. It's hard to get into his new material, when he's dead. But one of his old manuscripts was found and released by his wife, not too long ago. It's a western, and almost what you could consider historical fiction. Much of it was set in Deadwood. Pretty interesting. I didn't love it. But it was okay.
I moved to NH recently and have a 1.5 hour train/subway ride to and from work every day. Which sounds terrible, but it's not so bad. It does mean I get a lot more time to read (alone time I won't get at home) and my to-read list has about 8 Westerns lined up lol.

The Last Gunfight (the OK Corral shooting)
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I did just finish Hondo in like 3 days after Blood Meridian. Reading blood meridian in two weeks and following it up with Hondo was like watching Saw and following it up with an episode of the teletubbies. Way simpler and easier to read, and kinda corny. But it's good if you're just looking for a short story and not too much metaphorical and deep writing
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Old 06-28-2017, 05:45 PM   #1396
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Not traditional westerns, but I've heard good things about the Walt Longmire Mystery series. The show on Netflix ain't half-bad.
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Any books comparable to A Song of Fire and Ice or Lord of the Rings? I gave Wheel of Time a shot recently. It's good but a little too G rated.
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Any books comparable to A Song of Fire and Ice or Lord of the Rings? I gave Wheel of Time a shot recently. It's good but a little too G rated.
I think The Paradise War by Stephen Lawhead is sort of close. It's a trilogy. I've only gotten thru half of the book because I bought it when I never really had time to read. But it's almost like GoT. If a 1 were nothing like it and a 10 was exactly GoT, this book is probably at a 6.5. Again I've only read half the book though so it could probably turn out completely different but as far as I read it might be what you're looking for
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