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Old 25-02-2015, 23:14:01   #1101
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See my comments at #1056.
I would now add "magical realism" to that review.
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:35:28   #1102
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Grrrrrrrr! I just wrote a long, insightful and almost poetic review and the damn site lost it.
Anyway I read Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It the first of a planned trilogy.
3/5 or 5/10
Too bad you missed my brilliant summary.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:27:57   #1103
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It can't be 3/5 or 6/10 it has to be 2.5/5 and 5/10 or 3/5 and 6/10

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Old 12-03-2015, 15:35:52   #1104
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I will be re-reading all of Terry Pratchett.
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Old 12-03-2015, 17:14:55   #1105
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I have not read any of his books yet. Where should I start?
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Old 12-03-2015, 21:14:37   #1106
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Hard to say. My first Pratchett was Small Gods, but probably not where to begin. Here's a chart
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Old 12-03-2015, 21:16:03   #1107
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With your sense of humor I think maybe the Death novels a good place to start.

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Old 12-03-2015, 23:37:53   #1108
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zmama, the chart is hugely useful thank you, thank you, thank you.
Whadya mean, my sense of humor? I ain't got one.
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Old 26-03-2015, 09:05:43   #1109
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Last Stand At Khe Sahn: The US Marines' Finest Hour In Vietnam. By
Gregg Jones (2014)
I got this book because I am basically ignorant of the strategy and tactics used by the different sides during this long war. While the book does shed light on the US side But it does a poor job describing or explaining the North Vietnamese.
Some of the descriptions of the various ambushes, skirmishes and battles can be harrowing but the fact that these took place in tall grass or at night leaves only confuses images. Which, I know, is how the combatants experienced them.
The narrative is also hindered by the author's decision to present mini-profiles of everyone KIA, wounded or otherwise intensely involved.
If this was the marines' finest hour I can understand why we won battles but lost the war.
Overall I cannot recommend this book unless you are intensely interested in the "American War."
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Old 04-04-2015, 20:25:57   #1110
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"On The Slowness Of God To Punish", Plutarch, Essays, Penguin Classics.

Just got past the introduction, and first thing he gives Epicurus a slap. 'Cuz Epicurus don't buy into Providence.
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Old 05-04-2015, 18:30:15   #1112
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Ender's Game, somehow this passed me by. On book 3 now. Really good, as everyone and all awards committees have known forever.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:21:34   #1113
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I picked up The Martian by Andy Weir (2014) in an airport the other day when I was desperate. It is about an astronaut who is marooned on Mars and his fights for survival. Its an engineers view on how men can do things.
I enjoyed the first half of the book but all of near death calamities got to be boring. One thing really missing from the book is the presence of Mars. Except for the lack of atmosphere the story could have taken place on Earth, IMHO.
I'll only give it a 2/5 but I didn't like Ender's Game either.
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Finished the last GoT book a few weeks back - had to cos the TV series has now caught up!
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Old 27-04-2015, 10:36:00   #1115
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Oh and still remember the first Pratchett books coming out...
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Old 28-04-2015, 08:00:32   #1116
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I missed the Pratchett chart...

Don't start with the first two Rincewind books, they were the first two but they aren't the best, and he does get better and better.

I started with Equal Rites, maybe that then Mort then Guards Guards then see where you want to go.
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Old 29-04-2015, 22:04:26   #1117
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I started with Small Gods, maybe not the place to start but I was hooked.
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Are the Game of Thrones books worth reading? I won't get pissed off in the end and feel gyped, will I? I need to read something that isn't work in a bad way.
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Old 01-05-2015, 17:17:13   #1119
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Sorry Trip, I can't help you. I have a low tolerance for fantasy outside LotR.
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One more 'ho hum' space opera. This snore fest is titled Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber (2007). It is the first installment of a series of at least 5 more volumes (Safehold Series).
Let's see, Earth meets an advanced civ and loses the war. Survivors hold out in a far off planet hiding behind pre industrial tech. It is mostly a sea world so most of the action is around oar and wind driven navies. It is as if Weber wants to be Patrick O'Brian.
Anyway, it was a waste of my time. 1/5
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Old 15-05-2015, 05:12:51   #1121
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I remember readimg a series of books by some schizophrenia authornabout lizarf people. It was pretty.cool seeimg wjat batshit insanity doesm to ones logic ocer seven booksm
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Philip K. Dick?
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I have read "The Long Earth.". Some interesting concepts. But not interesting enough for me to continue. I guess I am too jaded.
I am going to revise my opinion. I have read The Long War (2013) while lounging next to the pool in Kaua'i. �� The book is entertaining and full of interesting ideas. In fact maybe too many. It seems to me that Pratchett (RIP) and Baxter strung a bunch of short story ideas on the prop of infinite Earths. Still, a good read and I will give it a generous 4/5. How can one be mean in Hawai'i? I will take The Long Mars with me on the red eye home.
Time for more sun block, a G & T, and to turn over.
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Old 17-05-2015, 23:44:57   #1124
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I read a book. Can't remember the name, but it's good. Cool writer btw.
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Old 02-06-2015, 03:28:08   #1126
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I read that one too. It was rubbish and it was in German.
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I am going to revise my opinion. I have read The Long War (2013) while lounging next to the pool in Kaua'i. �� The book is entertaining and full of interesting ideas. In fact maybe too many. It seems to me that Pratchett (RIP) and Baxter strung a bunch of short story ideas on the prop of infinite Earths.
Yeah, I think that's both a strength and weakness of the series.
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I stopped at the Long Earth. Didn't like it. I'll probably read the others sometime since I hear they are a bit better.
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Well, folks, I'm looking for a good SciFi read. Please help. Also, it needs to be in English, no French, Dutch or German or Chinese either.
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Ancillary Justice was very good (Ancillary Sword was good).

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Reading nothing but news papers lately, lazy git.
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Just saw "Jurassic World."
It was OK, just what you would expect. No surprises or thrills. I would give it a 6/10.
If you haven't seen the first three then it would be terrific.
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Back to reading real books: West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt (2014). it contains a number of vignettes describing events that took place in the year 1776 in other places of North America other than the East Coast. Most of the topics involve European and U.S. contact with Native Americans. An interesting volume for those of us steeped in the issues wrapped up with the transformation of the 13 colonies into the U.S.
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Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal (2015)
Well, it is fairly well written for an academic work. I did learn a lot about the competing plans of the Americans, Native Americans, British, French and Spanish. It is just that it was a trial to wade through. I couldn't shake the feeling I was going to be tested on what I read every night. Not a pleasant reminder of college daze.
If I were to rate it I would give it 3/10 just because the author deserves something for writing it.
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2313 Kim Stanley Robinson (2012)
This was a total disappointment. The story, what there is of it, takes place 300 years in the future. The solar system is now populated by humans and maybe what can be characterized as post-humans both physically and socially. To me it seemed the book was just an excuse for KSR to speculate on what the solar system would look like if current trends continue. No aliens, no star drives, now significant new technologies at all. Just a lot of scooting around between planets in a post-shortage universe. I give it only a 4/10. Do we really need a city on Mercury that rolls on rails?
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Leviathan Wakes the team of James S. A. Corey (2011)
Yes, this is the first of a series if books that explores the space opera that belongs in the Expanse universe. And, yes, it is now a SciFy channel series (which I have not seen). It is pretty good. Lots of action and a series of likable characters. It all takes place in our solar system in the near future (2312?) where there is political friction among The Belters, Mars and good old Earth. A shooting war breaks out that may, or may not, involve alien technology.
This was OK light reading. I am not too impressed. I will not go out and buy the sequels, alt least not right away. I guess my quest for a satisfying space opera has been tarnished by reading the likes of Herbert, Banks and Vinge.
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I've been reading The Lazy Project Manager by Peter Taylor. Quite informative and interesting. I particularly liked the bit where he assumes you've skipped to the end
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Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell (2014)
The author is well known as the creator of the "Sharpe's Rifles" series of historical novels and TV shows (Sean Bean before he got famous). I was, therefore, expecting something exciting and illuminatingly fresh about this famous battle. I was disappointed. This would be a good book as an introduction to the battle and it's immediate military context. But if you are at all familiar with its history and hunger for more insight into the tactics of the period then this volume is not for you, IMHO.
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Voltaire's notes on Rousseau's notes on Rousseau's Discourse On Inequality.

Summary: Voltaire rips Rousseau several new ones.
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Ulysses, James Joyce. Figured it was time to tackle it, but it is fun reading.
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I read some of Finnegan's Wake in a bookstore.

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Then I put it in the Occult section afterward because it was obviously an incantation to summon a demon or some shit like that.
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Anathem by Neal Stephenson (2008)
Well, I really wanted to like this book. There is a nice little space opera in there but, for me, all of the dialogs on philosophy and cosmology were distractions. I started to skip over those parts. Does that make me a shallow person?
Maybe The Mad Monk would appreciate it more than I did?
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I might like it because I'm bored with space operas anymore.
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I think the recent space operas have gotten boring too. If you pick up Anathem make sure you consult the Glossary in the back. I didn't see it until I was half way through.
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Old 12-05-2016, 13:53:47   #1149
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I've graduated to Finnegans Wake. It was extremely hard going until instead of just reading, I pronounce the words in my head. Many puns and other funnies that way.
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Old 25-05-2016, 19:19:10   #1150
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Wolf Hall, by Hillary Mantel (2009). If you didn't already know this is a novelized treatment of the political/religious struggles during Henry VIII's reign during the 1530's. It focuses on the interactions and personalities of Thomas Cromwell, Anne Boleyn and Henry. I struggled for weeks to get this novel. Granted, it is a historical period that doesn't interest me but I thought that this award winning treatment would draw me in and educate me. It did not. It's unique style that jumps around in time and interweaves thought and conversation just kept me confused and bored. From my point of view I could not recommend this book.
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