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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Anna Raven » 09 Oct 2020, 05:10

I'm reading Dune for the first time. It's about what I expected...
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by tokenBG1009 » 09 Oct 2020, 18:09

das_boot wrote:
02 Oct 2020, 19:58
So, I’m about half way through Battle Ground (the second Dresden Files book this year) and just... no spoilers but
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I’ve had to walk away for a second because I absolutely wasn’t ready.
I reached that moment.

...fuck.
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Cable » 09 Oct 2020, 19:10

Anna Raven wrote:
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I'm reading Dune for the first time. It's about what I expected...
You expected it to be the greatest novel ever written?

Well put together all of his original Dune novels into one work and I would give it that.
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Post by Anna Raven » 09 Oct 2020, 21:53

No I expected to be let down because everyone says that about it and I had a feeling I would not agree just based on the movie.

No I mean I get why it was revolutionary at the time, and I can see how it inspired a lot of the sci-fi people know and love today. But to me it's just kind of a dry, bleak, bland, dystopian future with no charm or mystery or sense of wonder. Even Blade Runner which is bleak and dark has this mysterious, seductive quality that makes it intriguing. Dune, to me, is literally like the planet it is set on: nothing but dry, sandy, bleakness for hundreds of miles. I'm going to give it a full shake and read further, but it's not my cup of tea, sorry.

Having said that I get the hype, I really do. Like I said it's just not my style.
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by das_boot » 09 Oct 2020, 23:24

tokenBG1009 wrote:
09 Oct 2020, 18:09
das_boot wrote:
02 Oct 2020, 19:58
So, I’m about half way through Battle Ground (the second Dresden Files book this year) and just... no spoilers but
Spoiler: show
I’ve had to walk away for a second because I absolutely wasn’t ready.
I reached that moment.

...fuck.
Token, the book flew from my hands and hit a wall. I literally cannot remember the last time that an event in a novel hit me so hard. I’m actually really so... almost betrayed, honestly.
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Post by tokenBG1009 » 10 Oct 2020, 01:26

das_boot wrote:
09 Oct 2020, 23:24
tokenBG1009 wrote:
09 Oct 2020, 18:09
das_boot wrote:
02 Oct 2020, 19:58
So, I’m about half way through Battle Ground (the second Dresden Files book this year) and just... no spoilers but
Spoiler: show
I’ve had to walk away for a second because I absolutely wasn’t ready.
I reached that moment.

...fuck.
Token, the book flew from my hands and hit a wall. I literally cannot remember the last time that an event in a novel hit me so hard. I’m actually really so... almost betrayed, honestly.
I've avoided spoilers for the book, but I knew immediately when it was coming. I've been listening to the audiobook and I'd just gotten home when the moment happened. I sat in my car and just let the next chapter play before finally heading inside.
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I can't tell if it was intentional or not, but after the moment James Marster's voice has a bit of a quiver in it when he states the next chapter. It really hammered the moment home.
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Post by tokenBG1009 » 16 Oct 2020, 19:41

Finished and it ended about how I expected. When read together the two books feel much better and complete.
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Post by das_boot » 26 Oct 2020, 20:15

tokenBG1009 wrote:
16 Oct 2020, 19:41
Finished and it ended about how I expected. When read together the two books feel much better and complete.
I watched a YouTube interview with James Marsters and Jim Butcher, and Butcher stated that book 25 is the end of Dresden, but he wants to pick up a series featuring Goodman Grey. I am
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Post by tokenBG1009 » 29 Oct 2020, 02:56

I know he wants to do something for Grey and something for Maggie as well. He’s also mentioned he’s probably adding another book to the series to deal with the aftermath of Battle Ground.
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Post by das_boot » 16 Nov 2020, 12:10

Currently reading Children of Ruin, the follow up to Children of Time.

Not loving it as much as the original. While I thought that the author was really good at building concepts, and the chapters based around the
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spiders and their evolution
were great in the first novel, there’s just something missing here, and I really feel that it’s like other than Dr Kern and her development, all the other human characters kind of feel... flat.
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Post by Spectral Knight » 21 Nov 2020, 13:18

Rian Hughes - Logo-A-Gogo

I sort of stumbled into finding this book, but Hughes' body of work in designing comic logos and masthead brands is enormous yet fairly unknown when discussing comics (at least as far as I can tell).

Good read for anyone interested in graphic design or typology. It's fun seeing all the concept development work that goes on that doesn't get to print.

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Post by das_boot » 21 Nov 2020, 21:06

Spectral Knight wrote:
21 Nov 2020, 13:18
Rian Hughes - Logo-A-Gogo

I sort of stumbled into finding this book, but Hughes' body of work in designing comic logos and masthead brands is enormous yet fairly unknown when discussing comics (at least as far as I can tell).

Good read for anyone interested in graphic design or typology. It's fun seeing all the concept development work that goes on that doesn't get to print.
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Post by Spectral Knight » 22 Nov 2020, 13:10

What can I say? I'm just full of good ideas.

As someone who dips his toes into some graphic design, it's amazing the patience and consideration that is shown in developing commercial mastheads. It's a lovely book full of ideas and visuals.

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Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 19 Dec 2020, 23:29

A Crown For Cold Silver by Alex Marshall was great, except I didn't realize I'd need to read two more books when I picked it up.

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Post by das_boot » 08 Jan 2021, 19:57

EvilMonkeyPope wrote:
19 Dec 2020, 23:29
A Crown For Cold Silver by Alex Marshall was great, except I didn't realize I'd need to read two more books when I picked it up.
I got this on your recommendation
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Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 10 Jan 2021, 23:33

My recommendation was so vague though.

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Post by das_boot » 11 Jan 2021, 01:09

EvilMonkeyPope wrote:
10 Jan 2021, 23:33
My recommendation was so vague though.
Okay, to be more accurate, your recommendation made me check what people had to say about it on Goodreads, and after automatically excluding the negative reviews that were filled with typos and mostly complained it was too long, I decided to buy it 🤷‍♂️
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Post by EphemeristX » 15 Jan 2021, 12:59

I've decided to read First Blood by David Morrell. I saw a thread on Reddit about how different John Rambo was in the first movie versus the rest and I found out that it was a novel. The first movie was quite a bleak and moving film about how soldiers lose their souls for the government, and how these trained killers lose everything but their ability to kill. If you've never watched the first movie, you might be surprised.
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Post by das_boot » 07 Feb 2021, 00:45

EvilMonkeyPope wrote:
10 Jan 2021, 23:33
My recommendation was so vague though.
Not far into this, but I enjoy so much that the main character is an incredibly angry and world-weary bad ass old lady with a talent for violence.

I relate on many levels
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Post by Milkshake08 » 17 Mar 2021, 19:40

I'm finishing up Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, and I have to say, i don't understand why so many readers adore him so much. This is the third series I've read by him and will be the last. Interesting plot? Sure, but I've read better, and his writing style is absolutely awful in my opinion. He has no understanding of rhythm and cadence of a sentence, loves to use the same words/phrases multiple times within one page (ie, corpses instead of bodies) that makes it an awkward read, and his attempts at humor are like reading a novel of dad jokes from every character. Plus, he suffers from a bad editor, with chapter upon chapter of rehashing the same thing over and over (one of the characters going through religions to see if any has the answers, and it's just the same questioning of religion repeated with no difference in every chapter).

Anyone have any recommendations for a good book to read next? I have a few in queue but want something exciting to look forward to.

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Post by tokenBG1009 » 18 Mar 2021, 20:25

I've heard one of the complaints about Sanderson is he is poor at prose and I guess that reflects in your comment. I haven't personally read any of his work, but I'm forever hesitant to offer advice on books because my taste is generally considered poor. I also read like... two authors so my experience is terrible as well.
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Post by das_boot » 21 Mar 2021, 09:25

I’ve read one Sanderson novel and that was enough for me. Granted it was a YA novel, but similar to Shakes, I really hated that he seems to lack the ability to highlight a word, right-click, and use the thesaurus function when he realises he’s used a word two or three times in a paragraph.
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Post by Wings » 21 Mar 2021, 13:47

Milkshake08 wrote:
17 Mar 2021, 19:40
I'm finishing up Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, and I have to say, i don't understand why so many readers adore him so much. This is the third series I've read by him and will be the last. Interesting plot? Sure, but I've read better, and his writing style is absolutely awful in my opinion. He has no understanding of rhythm and cadence of a sentence, loves to use the same words/phrases multiple times within one page (ie, corpses instead of bodies) that makes it an awkward read, and his attempts at humor are like reading a novel of dad jokes from every character. Plus, he suffers from a bad editor, with chapter upon chapter of rehashing the same thing over and over (one of the characters going through religions to see if any has the answers, and it's just the same questioning of religion repeated with no difference in every chapter).

Anyone have any recommendations for a good book to read next? I have a few in queue but want something exciting to look forward to.
This isn't a fiction book, but I've been making my way through Underland by Robert McFarlane, which is a book about underground landscapes and how humanity has interacted with them and how we continue to do so in the present. The prose is beautiful and really draws you in. I've been in a reading funk for quite a while (since COVID started really) and this book has really been helping me out of it. Sounds like it would be a good tonic to the faults you're describing in Sanderson's writing, Milkshake. (I've never read him either, token. )
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The Terror is reaffirming my desire to never search for the Northwest Passage.

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