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« Reply #160 on: 12/ 20/ 2012, 09:33:33 PM »
ive been reading 1Q84, but its been slow going. thats mostly my fault, because im lazy and it basically takes me having nothing else to do before i sit down to read, even if i really enjoy the book im reading.

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« Reply #161 on: 01/ 07/ 2013, 07:16:31 AM »
Finally finished reading Ringworld and I enjoyed it well enough, though I thought that the book got significantly worse when they began meeting the native life and it turned into more of an adventure book. Still it was fun, and now I'm going to read "The Name of the Wind."

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« Reply #162 on: 01/ 07/ 2013, 12:36:47 PM »
"The Name of the Wind."

 One of the best fantasy fiction books I've ever read.

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« Reply #163 on: 01/ 07/ 2013, 06:11:37 PM »
One of the best fantasy fiction books I've ever read.

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« Reply #164 on: 01/ 17/ 2013, 08:56:04 AM »
I finished The Hobbit last night, read it for the first time after watching the movie, i'm impressed for the amount of content they added and slashed from the movie. I thought it was going to be a heavy read but i enjoyed it .

Now i have 4 books in my "to read" list and i can`t figure out which one should go first, i have:  Anthony Bourdain: Medium Raw and A cook´s tour , Game of Thrones, A book called "A geek in Japan" and Marvel Comics: The Untold History

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« Reply #165 on: 01/ 17/ 2013, 10:19:18 AM »
The only one I know out of these is Game of Thrones and that is well worth a read!

I can also, unrelated to that, definitely recommend the books of one Junot Diaz. I have only read "This is how you lose her" but it was beautiful. "The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao" is pretty great as well, those first 20 pages I have read at least. Loots of references to X-Men and other stuff like that. It is great!

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« Reply #166 on: 11/ 17/ 2016, 04:00:07 PM »
Picked up Ready Player One! before I went on my holidays and spent a lot of my holiday reading it just because it's basically a geeky book for geeks.
Sooo many references, and soo many moments where I could totally relate to the MC.

A high recommendation from me!

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« Reply #167 on: 11/ 18/ 2016, 12:33:27 PM »
since i switched to an Audible subscription for my books I've had a lot more time to read (listen, but whatever) because now i can throw my headphones on at work and just listen for hours at a time.

I got through a bunch of Neal Stephenson books. Cryptonomicon and Seveneves are probably my two favorite. Zodiac and Reamde were also very good. Right now im working through The Expanse series. im on book 4 i think right now.

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« Reply #168 on: 11/ 19/ 2016, 10:53:39 AM »
How was that third Expanse book? I have read the first two, but I don't know if I should go for the other ones.

I also want to recommend "Normal" by Warren Ellis. It is short, very inventive and has somewhat of a Black Mirror vibe. Really cool.

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« Reply #169 on: 11/ 19/ 2016, 01:33:43 PM »
i liked the third one. i liked it better than the second one, i think. so far none of them have really been a disappointment.

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« Reply #170 on: 11/ 19/ 2016, 09:20:22 PM »
I accidentally tune out audio books. I'm too preoccupied to concentrate. I'm not as bad on podcasts, but still miss bits.

I read a couple of Mercedes Lackey's "Elemental Masters" books, but stalled out on the third installment. The series is basically Avatar (the cartoon) meets Grimm's fairy tales. I'll pick them back up, since each new book doesn't really refer to the previous elementalist much.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/40363-elemental-masters

Started reading The Paper Magician and while it had a chance to be super exciting, like Read or Die, it's more like reading a Resident Evil type of book, where the main character is mostly running away and slowing down the bad guy. I'll finish it, but I don't know if I'm going to continue reading the series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20727654-the-paper-magician

and finally, I'm reading Genius: In their own words
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/842141.Genius_in_Their_Own_Words
Which is part historical and part autobiographical. Frankly, I feel a bit stupid because I can't remember much from my old Philosophy classes, so I have to stop and look up philosophy movements and such. I'm mainly in it to learn about Bertrand Russell. I've heard some of his thoughts and am intrigued by his "Celestial Teapot" explanation of why he's agnostic.


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« Reply #171 on: 11/ 27/ 2016, 10:49:13 AM »
Almost done with Anthony Ryan's "The Waking Fire". It's got dragons and a very cool system of magic type stuff. It is set in a kind of steam punk corporate world that is very much alive. Too bad that the general story gets kinda boring after the first halve. The reason for everything seems so shallow and just kind of boring. The action is alright and if you like yourself a pie with party dragon, parts Indiana Jones, some James Bond and a nice bit of sea battles this is gonna be entertaining for a bit. Don't expect too much though, get it as a nice and small paperback.

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« Reply #172 on: 03/ 16/ 2017, 04:44:26 PM »
We carry the -gatari books at the bookstore now. This is weird. And awesome. But I don't think they are for me...

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« Reply #173 on: 03/ 18/ 2017, 03:56:12 AM »
It's amazing that they're finally being translated and published here.

Shaft's animation and the voice acting really brings a lot to the series so I can see why it is really difficult to get into the book series. It's a totally different monster that took me a good few chapters to get into it.

I haven't seen it in book stores but I have seen the series at my local comic book store.

They also released the cover for the last Bakemonogatari book recently


Looks waay better than the second one.

ive been reading 1Q84, but its been slow going. thats mostly my fault, because im lazy and it basically takes me having nothing else to do before i sit down to read, even if i really enjoy the book im reading.


Dunno why I'm only just seeing this now. Dude I frickin' love Murakami and that book I couldn't put down!
His stuff can border on plain everyday life but for some reason that really engrosses me.
Gotta say I think 1Q84 is probably his best work, it mixes slice of life (if you can call it that in fiction), thriller, mystery, and paranomal.

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« Reply #174 on: 03/ 19/ 2017, 12:29:41 AM »
i think im gonna restart it as an audiobook. i can listen at work so its a lot easier to get through books by listening these days. ive forgotten all of what ive read at this point.

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« Reply #175 on: 08/ 04/ 2018, 08:04:18 AM »
Wow been a long as time since I posted here.
Been getting into self help books recently.
Finished Rich Dad Poor Dad- A must read for anyone and everyone. Even if you have no interest in getting mad rich or in business, it completely changed my mindset on money and how to spend it.

How to win friends and influence people. There's a lot about this title that I hate- it implies you need help making friends (and you're lonely) and that you want to influence or manipulate them.
While there are aspects of this- I think it's more of a book about how to be a better person and be more likeable. Again another must read for everyone especially if you're working with others in an office or close environment.

Anyone got any other recommendations for self help (another term I hate) books?
I'm leaning towards Jordan Peterson's 12 rules of life as my next book

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« Reply #176 on: 08/ 06/ 2018, 12:17:02 PM »
Peterson is an absolute bestseller, but I absolutely despise the person. I can tell you to sit up straight and you have learned all there is to learn from the man.

“He was angry at God because women were rejecting him,” Mr. Peterson says of the Toronto killer. “The cure for that is enforced monogamy. That’s actually why monogamy emerges.”

Mr. Peterson does not pause when he says this. Enforced monogamy is, to him, simply a rational solution. Otherwise women will all only go for the most high-status men, he explains, and that couldn’t make either gender happy in the end.
If someone thinks "forced monogamy" as in forcing women to be with men chosen for them by the men is the solution to anything, I don't want to read a thing the man has to say.
From this.

Really, I do not like the man one tiny little bit. This one is also really good in looking at the book. Laurie Penny  on Peterson -  sorry to go all nuclear on this, but this guy makes my skin crawl.

In regards to self help books. We sell a whole lot of "The Power of Now", "The Power of not giving a fuck" is a bestseller as well. Everyone seems to really dig the Will Ferris Books: 4 Hour Work Week, Tools of Titans and another one that I can't remember right now. Strelecki is very well regarded as well.

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« Reply #177 on: 08/ 08/ 2018, 12:04:40 AM »
i'm with you. i really hate Jordan Peterson. i wish i had some good alternative motivational or self help suggestions, but im just not familiar with that world.

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« Reply #178 on: 08/ 08/ 2018, 08:00:37 AM »
Wish the monogatari novels were being released as e-books. I really don't buy real books anymore unless it too old to be in digital or the kindle price is too high.

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« Reply #179 on: 08/ 08/ 2018, 12:55:04 PM »
Wish the monogatari novels were being released as e-books. I really don't buy real books anymore unless it too old to be in digital or the kindle price is too high.
I'm waiting at the moment until they release the first season as a box set. It's set to release in November.
I wish I'd invest in an eReader. Lord knows I'll read waay more when travelling instead of risking my books being damaged in my bag.
Sadly I don't travel that much