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Old September 21st, 2011, 08:54 AM   #2101 (permalink)
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I'm officially giving up on this one, and I almost never walk away from a book. I'm sure there's a good story somewhere in there, but getting there is just too tedious.

I stuck it out for the whole book, but I have no idea why it got the accolades that it did. Tedious is an excellent word for it.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 08:11 PM   #2102 (permalink)
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I loved it, but it's definitely not for everyone. The atmosphere and language was really what did it for me.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 12:21 PM   #2103 (permalink)
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 04:41 AM   #2104 (permalink)
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Finished David Weber's A Mighty Fortress, so next up is......




...while, ironically, I await some Amazon purchases to arrive.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 05:57 PM   #2105 (permalink)
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I'm officially giving up on this one, and I almost never walk away from a book. I'm sure there's a good story somewhere in there, but getting there is just too tedious.
You an me both dude. I tried really hard to get into it. I might have made it 100 pages in, but I could do no more.

I get that it's an amazingly detailed book, and the complexity must be what earned it a Hugo, because it's painful to read.

Finishing up non-fiction related crap, but...next up, World War Z by Max Brooks.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 01:52 PM   #2106 (permalink)
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To be honest, it was a mixed bag. It was welcome to have a heroine still trying to figure herself out, but I'd expect someone who went through the trauma she did to have a much tougher time accepting the person who was responsible for that trauma. Also, some aspects of the story were confusing and I didn't always understand what was going on.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 02:22 PM   #2107 (permalink)
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I finished The Help and watched the movie. It wasn't as racist as people were making it our to be; some people just got their panties in a bunch over what ended up being a pretty good story.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 02:39 PM   #2108 (permalink)
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Old September 27th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #2109 (permalink)
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You an me both dude. I tried really hard to get into it. I might have made it 100 pages in, but I could do no more.

I get that it's an amazingly detailed book, and the complexity must be what earned it a Hugo, because it's painful to read.

Finishing up non-fiction related crap, but...next up, World War Z by Max Brooks.
WWZ is one of my favorite books EVER.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #2110 (permalink)
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Old September 29th, 2011, 02:37 PM   #2111 (permalink)
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Old September 29th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #2112 (permalink)
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Is it wrong that I have not read a book (recreationally) since high school?
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Old September 29th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #2113 (permalink)
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I think you are missing out on a lot of enjoyment.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 02:58 PM   #2114 (permalink)
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YES. At minimum you ought to read Mean Deviation, Jeff Wagner's book about progressive metal.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 03:49 PM   #2116 (permalink)
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Personally speaking, I agree with Cheiron 100%. From a professional point of view, readers have a lower incidence of dementia, memory issues, and general decline in cognitive function as they age.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 04:01 PM   #2117 (permalink)
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One out of one metal-loving doctors agree!
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Old September 29th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #2118 (permalink)
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Currently reading Catch-22. I'm not nearly as amused, or interested in what is going on in this book as I thought I'd be. :/
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Old September 29th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #2119 (permalink)
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Currently reading Catch-22. I'm not nearly as amused, or interested in what is going on in this book as I thought I'd be. :/
Really? I had to read it in high school, and I didn't think much of it then, but when I read it ten years later with a lot more experience (and cynicism) under my belt, I thought it was hysterical.


I've been rereading the first three Diana Gabaldon Outlander books. I had started rereading the first one during the hurricane power outage, and the momentum just kept going.
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I've been rereading the first three Diana Gabaldon Outlander books. I had started rereading the first one during the hurricane power outage, and the momentum just kept going.
They are fun and addicting. Somehow I stopped after the 3rd. Got distracted with something else I suppose.
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Really? I had to read it in high school, and I didn't think much of it then, but when I read it ten years later with a lot more experience (and cynicism) under my belt, I thought it was hysterical.
I find the protagonist, Yossarian, to be infinitely annoying.

Actually, thus far all of the characters annoy me.
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They are fun and addicting. Somehow I stopped after the 3rd. Got distracted with something else I suppose.
Honestly, you're not missing much after the third, although the fourth is worth it just to see two particular characters meet for the first time, but at that point the story gets heavily tangled in the runup to the American Revolution and so dragged out, not to mention taking away a lot of the focus from Jamie and Claire (I like John Grey, but I don't need half a book on him, let alone Brianna and Roger), so it gets pretty tedious.
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Awaiting some arrivals in the mail from Amazon*, and the timing should work out well since I'm almost finished with the Percy Jackson books:









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Up after them is probably Eric Flint's 1635: The Eastern Front or Jacqueline Carey's Naamah's Curse.


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Old September 30th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #2124 (permalink)
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For anyone interested, looks like they just announced R.A. Salvatore for Dragon*Con 2012. Now if they can get Martin as well that would be epic.

Also the new Legend of Drizzt comic book is pretty cool, don't want to spoil anything but they found a way to make Pwent even more bad ass.
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Now if they can get Martin as well that would be epic.
Sadly, I'm told his absence is no accident. He bears a grudge against D*C (loong story involving WorldCon and scheduling) and apparently will not attend. You'll also note a depressing lack of GoT actor guests as well.

Oh, well, their loss. Actors make BANK at D*C; just ask Shatner or Nimoy.
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