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« Reply #340 on: June 29, 2018, 03:18:20 AM »
Divergent
Insurgent
Allegiant

A coming-of-age series about angsty teens growing up in a dystopia separated by groups (factions). Various infighting, senseless slaughtering, big brother, etc. Not bad. Apparently they made movies that were terrible though.


The Giver

A well-written story hitting on some heavy themes (also set in a dystopia). Loss of innocence, more big brother, and some real fucked up shit. 9/10.


I actually did these on audio book. I have a long commute to work and got tired of AM sports radio.
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« Reply #341 on: July 02, 2018, 03:24:24 PM »
The Giver was one of my first favorite books. I remember going through that one in a single day as a young lass. Good stuff. And I still love dystopian themes.

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« Reply #342 on: August 07, 2018, 03:47:55 AM »
Just got ‘Rock and Sand’ by Josiah Trenham. I haven’t read it yet, but this interview of him about the book is the best presentation I’ve ever heard about Protestantism from the Orthodox Christian perspective. Although Orthodox himself, the interviewer asks good tough questions like a well informed Protestant might.


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« Reply #343 on: November 10, 2018, 09:25:56 AM »
Also, I'm writing what is looking to be a pretty long review of Ready Player One, which I read over the past few days. It is not a good book.

Oh, yeah, finally got around to finishing that one. I owe a huge thanks to Snupes for encouraging me to keep working on it beyond the original draft, I think it turned out pretty well.

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« Reply #344 on: April 09, 2019, 08:42:38 PM »
Grabbing up some TinTin lately. Finally acquired the whole series. Only two left to read.

Oh also, the poems of Zoroaster. I indeed like him.
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« Reply #345 on: April 09, 2019, 08:57:33 PM »
Finished Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Starting to think I just don't find SF particularly impressive. This was overlong and most of the stories (it's modelled after The Canterbury Tales) are boring pulp with the occasional explosion of ultraviolence. "The Priest's Tale" and "The Scholar's Tale" were very good, however.

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« Reply #346 on: April 09, 2019, 11:33:09 PM »
i've been on a john lecarre kick.

i've finished a murder of quality and a call for the dead, both george smiley novels.  i really liked them.  slow burn spy thriller/murder mystery done quite well imo.  i still need to read the spy who came in from the cold as i hear it tells mundt's backstory.

just started the first book of the karla trilogy, tinker tailor soldier spy.  when i finish i'll leave my review in the prearranged dead drop.

also: george, seriously bro, stop letting ann back into your life.  she's just gonna leave again.
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« Reply #347 on: May 16, 2019, 08:22:29 PM »
Just finished reading Snow Crash, at the recommendation of Junker.

Really great book. Mixes a lot of eclectic topics into a nice read.
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« Reply #348 on: May 16, 2019, 09:58:45 PM »
I'm about halfway through the 1200 page U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos. It's basically about working class people, labour movements, anarchists etc. in early 1900s America. It's good but can be quite confusing because it shifts around through so many different characters and times and places, and some of the chapters are like fragmented first person memory narratives, while others are literally made out of cuts from newspaper headlines and articles. Enjoying it so far.
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« Reply #349 on: May 16, 2019, 10:38:02 PM »
Just finished reading Snow Crash, at the recommendation of Junker.

Really great book. Mixes a lot of eclectic topics into a nice read.

Well done, Franklin. It is time for Neuromancer.
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« Reply #350 on: May 17, 2019, 11:14:14 AM »
I love Neuromancer! Great Cyberpunk.
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« Reply #351 on: May 17, 2019, 11:17:14 AM »
Then Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and you will leave no cyberpunk trope unturned.
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« Reply #352 on: May 17, 2019, 12:50:46 PM »
I have read excerpts of Sheep. I took a bunch of Lit classes in college. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I tend to favor Fantasy fiction over Sci-Fi - my dad read us the Hobbit and the Sword of Shannara when I was 6 or so. I was hooked after that.

My favorite series of all time is the Wheel of Time - and I am anticipating great things for the Amazon screen adaptation.
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« Reply #353 on: May 17, 2019, 03:24:46 PM »

For Fantasy, I would recommend The Malazan Book of The Fallen by Steven Erikson, dense, complicated and a damn good read.
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« Reply #354 on: May 17, 2019, 03:29:02 PM »
Then Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and you will leave no cyberpunk trope unturned.

Indeed. You will wonder why you ever wasted your time watching Blade Runner after that... But it is easy to fall down the PKD rabbit hole, which I did. There are only a couple of his novels I haven't read yet.

Actually, Franklin, put A Scanner Darkly on your list. Then, when you are done reading it, get lit af and watch the animated movie. You'll thank me.

Also, get yourself a SegaCD emulator and acquire Snatcher. Then your Cyperpunk life will be mostly complete.
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« Reply #355 on: May 17, 2019, 03:55:56 PM »
Then Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and you will leave no cyberpunk trope unturned.

 Then your Cyperpunk life will be mostly complete.

Not without Slaughtermatic by Steve Aylett.
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« Reply #356 on: May 17, 2019, 08:44:38 PM »

For Fantasy, I would recommend The Malazan Book of The Fallen by Steven Erikson, dense, complicated and a damn good read.
I'm reading that now, in fact. About halfway through Deadhouse Gates. Pretty good so far, but I wish that Erikson didn't introduce a new cast of characters for this one. Kindof sucks, considering I prefer the characters from book one.
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« Reply #357 on: May 29, 2019, 03:34:08 AM »
i finished tinker tailor soldier spy.  the book is significantly better than the 2011 movie, especially the jim prideaux plotline.

i think i'm gonna take a pause from george smiley and the karla trilogy.  gonna read some sci-fi next.
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