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Discussion in 'ProgPower USA Lounge' started by Rakosh, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. jhallum

    jhallum Computer guy

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    Just finished Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale(Book 7), and loved it. Now I'm moving on to The Voyage of Jerle Shannara Omnibus, and it's pretty good so far.

    After that, hopefully it will be on to books 3 and 4 of Butcher's Alderana series.
     
  2. metalprof

    metalprof Ken Luther

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    That was a pretty good series. Anymore, Brooks is writing "product" not novels, so they all have exactly the same length, and he makes sure to fill a trilogy with what might have otherwise fit in just one or two books. But Jerle Shannara is entertaining because of the mix of fantasy with remnants of older technology.

    The followup series High Druid of Shannara may have been a good single book, but ends up being pretty awful as a trilogy.

    Ken
     
  3. spag

    spag I am a leaf on the wind

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    I finished the latest Verner Vinge, "Rainbows End" and decided to take a break from scifi for a bit. Now reading "Red Storm Rising" by Thomas Clancy. A little dated now, but an enjoyable read. Don't know what's up next after that. A friend gave me "Crum: The Novel" and told me to read it, but I don't know if it's my thing.
     
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    Just finished In Milton Lumky Territory, one of Philip K. Dick's early non-sci fi works. Blade Runner this ain't!

    It's a realistic look at the life of a travelling salesman and the mindset of life on the road...among lots of other good stuff. I loved it, considering a good chunk of my life is spent on the road.

    :Smokin:
     
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    ashaman7122 Crazy on a ship of fools

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    Hmm...from one salesman to another...you just might have to share that one...

    Rock on!
     
  6. Bear

    Bear Got Shred??

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    Right in the middle of the Hunters Blade trilogy by RA Salvatore....

    Bear
     
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    OrbWeaver BECAUSE FALCONER

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    Started in on my second volume of Lovecraft stories. "The Picture in the House" was pretty good, but kind of...average, I suppose, for a Lovecraft tale. I'm now reading "Herbert West, Reanimator" and it's already reasonably scary.
     
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    Pellaz Tigron of Immanion

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    I think I managed to make it through four books before I succumbed to the same "eh....haven't we read this plot before?" feeling. I have all the original cover art as photoprints from Michael Whelan, though. :kickass:

    Yes, it would be quite dated now, but I remember loving that book back in the day. I think I'll dig it out and re-read it.
    I've only met Clancy once (at Dragon*Con many years ago), but he was gracious and paid me a nice compliment. I'd had to re-edit and proofread his bio for the con, and he liked the final result. :kickass:

    Now Reading: nothing! I'm up at ChattaCon in Chattanooga, TN, which is a weekend party masquerading as a literary SF/fantasy convention. :)
     
  9. LunaTEKKE

    LunaTEKKE Madness Reigns

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    "Let's Eat Out - Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" :mad:

    And for some LESS depressing reading, I'm still working my way back through the Harry Potter books...right now, I'm part way through "Order of the Phoenix".
     
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    The good news Luna is that you will live healthier now. Breads/grains aren't very good for us. They are actually somewhat toxic, and result in a lot of people having stomach issues, bloating, and more. Its just that most people have more tolerance than your body is giving you.

    Since you can't eat bread anyhow (at least... unless its made with gluten free flour) I encourage you to go and search evolutionary fitness, or paleolithic diets.

    --

    Right now I'm reading very rarely. Just not making the time I guess. I'm 3/4 through Order of the Phoenix. I have several books at home waiting to be read though. I'm also reading "Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High." Its an interesting book on how the leading mountaineers/alpinists climb, and their mindset.
     
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    :puke: Bands playing in the con suite, where I used to be able to talk to my friends.
     
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    Yeah! Rainbow's End was my favorite book last year. I love that book! I should re-read it again!

    Good call!
     
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    LunaTEKKE Madness Reigns

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    I've read a bit about the "Caveman" diet...I'll have to check out the other option you mentioned. I know this is a positive change for my health, but I haven't quite gotten over the "pity party" stage. :lol:

    The good news, though, is that I have VACATION coming up in March (woo hoo!), so I picked up some beach reading...

    Katherine Kurtz - Childe Morgan
    Michael Crichton - Next
    Jimmy Buffett - Where Is Joe Merchant?
     
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    Pellaz Tigron of Immanion

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    Yeah, I'd call that an "epic fail." When your convention's primary focus is socializing in the consuite (i.e., hospitality suite, with free food and booze) and then you put some unknown and generally dire bands on stage all night, drowning out any attempts at conversation...hell, I might as well have stayed home.

    Hmm, haven't read that Crichton book yet. (His State of Fear was brilliant, if a bit controversial.)

    As for KK, she will be a guest at ChattaCon next year along with David Weber, making the purchase of a 2009 membership a no-brainer for me even with all of the problems this past weekend. :kickass:
     
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    spag I am a leaf on the wind

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    I thought the book had some neat ideas, but I wasn't crazy about it overall. Wasn't my favorite Vinge anyway but I'm glad I read it. One thing that was cool about it was that the setting was all local, UCSD campus, the Geisel library, etc.
     
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    Yippee38 Living the dream!

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    I just started The Lies of Locke Lamora. Seems cool so far. Couple of LOL parts already.
     
  18. Debbie Schnell

    Debbie Schnell Supreme Goddess

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    I am reading the very same book right now. It has some great stories and the best g-f bread recipe I've found anywhere. She writes my favorite blog too, also called "Gluten-Free Girl". Do you have Celiac?
     
  19. LunaTEKKE

    LunaTEKKE Madness Reigns

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    Actually, my issue with Gluten is an allergy, which was identified while I was getting treated for another autoimmune disorder (Graves).

    Yep…I do check out the Blog from Shauna James Ahern every now and then, as I really enjoy her writing. I’d love to see her try her hand at fiction one day!

    Here's a link to the blog for anyone who has an interest...the "food porn" is pretty enjoyable as well. :)

    http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/
     
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