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Postby walt whitman » Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:39 am

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Postby freezinseason » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:08 am

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finally got enough downtime to have a proper read again :)
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Postby office plant » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:50 pm

abs did you read the new philip pullman yet? i just blew through it in like a day
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Postby Hambelt » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:56 pm

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that cover/style is so cool that it made me angry i never see anything and prompted me to complain about it

nice work


I have this book and a couple others of his in this cover style but I haven't read any of them cuz I use to buy old sci-fi-fi books by the pile and won't ever get around to reading them all
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Postby Pope Laserblast IV » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:58 pm

ahb next time you're in dc hit up capitol hill books, all kindsa pulpy stuff in the basement and i've picked up a few delanys

its hit or miss but worth a shot
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Postby dmitry » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:05 pm

finished the first revelation space book. maybe... 5 things actually happen in 600 pages. it's an alright book -- the science is hard, the characters are all pieces of shit, the universe is bleak which is cool for a space opera. it's just that he uses the same pattern for conversations and plot timing and it gets old. it's also his first -- does anyone know if he hones it in a bit in the other revelation spaces? im pretty tempted to just jump into the next book but i dunno, if im gonna read a space opera i should read foundation or something

i started the third sprawl book but gibson drops the n word on like the third page and i thikn im gonna take my business elsewhere. i dont know, i want to see what happens to molly millions but there are a lot of other books out there. if im being honest with myself i would probably keep right on reading if i was that interested in the book, because gibson uses blackness in indefensible ways in both other sprawl books, but thats what made me put it down

i think im finally gonna dig into the unreal and the real
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Postby reversemigraine » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:25 pm

While we're on SF, has anyone read the new Ann Leckie book yet?
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Postby moses » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:49 pm

My first vollmann...

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Cant say I enjoyed it...
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Postby mudd » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:53 pm

this is the second time someone here has picked that as their first vollmann.

that should not be your first vollmann. if you don't want to take on a big book, try one of the story collections. the atlas is my favorite.

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Postby chandler » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:58 pm

Warlock - Oakley Hall

don't know how I hadn't heard of this until i picked it up a couple of weeks ago but its commentary on american society and politics sure feels uber relevant to this day

no way the deadwood creators hadn't read this right before they came up with the show
i've been getting really into pestcest too lately. haven't really been able to find much good ant stuff, though. anybody have any links to some good biting vids/pics?
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Postby abs » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:39 pm

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I CANNOT recommend this highly enough.
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The moon put her hand over my mouth and told me to shut up and watch.
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Postby broodstar » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:01 pm

mann on hitler

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Postby deadbass » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:24 am

I'm currently reading and loving Seiobo There Below. I just finished the chapter with the Christ-painting and I had to stop because the final sentence completely gutted me. It felt like the Twin Peaks finale. This book is a thing of wonder.
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Postby incoherent grunting » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:30 pm

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Uhhhh it's.... good

I finished Lincoln in the Bardo last night - it's so good
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Postby joebagel » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:20 pm

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I'm not a huge art history nerd, but it's impossible to not stumble into John Richardson—I've been running into his documentaries and articles non-stop over the past few months.

Started this the other day. Really brilliant. Amazing anecdotes—he was a contemporary of Picasso's. The biography is supposed to be four volumes long, but he's only written three so far. Trying to finish the fourth... but he's 93 and time's running out :(

Easily the best art writer I've read so far, besides Kirk Varnedoe.
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Postby dvr » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:49 pm

dmitry wrote:finished the first revelation space book. maybe... 5 things actually happen in 600 pages. it's an alright book -- the science is hard, the characters are all pieces of shit, the universe is bleak which is cool for a space opera. it's just that he uses the same pattern for conversations and plot timing and it gets old. it's also his first -- does anyone know if he hones it in a bit in the other revelation spaces? im pretty tempted to just jump into the next book but i dunno, if im gonna read a space opera i should read foundation or something


Oh hey I just finished this today. It took me 5 months, which is less time than it took me to read the first Vernor Vinge. I agree with your thoughts on the book, especially when they all get on the lighthugger. The guns go crazy and the captain rejects treatment, that's it for like 200 pages.Toggle Spoiler

I didn't realize until about halfway through the author was a big name (relative) PhD in astronomy, I probably would have paid more attention and read slower through some of the science. The second half though I really enjoyed all the hard science concepts. Particularly that really the book is all about the Fermi paradoxToggle Spoiler.

Overall, I preferred the first two Vinge books to it. But this is prob the most original book I've ever read. I'm also tempted to jump right into the second.
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Postby hamilton » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:58 pm

Finally diving into
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About 180 pages in and have a couple questions brewing, but I'm sure I'm better off just holding them while I continue reading.
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Postby walt whitman » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:05 pm

niiiiice :)
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Postby theta » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:08 pm

hell yeah hamilton!

i'm back at

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Postby Mr Spaceship » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:12 am

Temple of the Golden Pavilion was so good

thx to whoever recommended
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:25 am

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Saw it referenced by James Woods re: the Nobel so "Hey!" why not


This is fantastic. Melancholic and grounded in realism, but with some very well done Borgesian flourishes and rock solid storytelling. There's a brief Rashomon like section that is wonderful and done in a way I have never seen before. Quick read too.
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Postby the upland trout » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:45 am

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Postby moses » Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:50 am

How is ravicka?
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Postby worrywort » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:15 pm

he's dead
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Postby internetfriend » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:26 pm

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Postby madness and chaos » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:13 pm

white album or slouching toward bethlehem for first didion?
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Postby Hambelt » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:24 pm

Started Fire on the Deep, my first Vinge, last night and am stoked.
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Postby mudd » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:53 pm

eh.

also, haven't read house of ravika but the gladman i did read was really good. calvino-esque, but more characters.

and i guess for didion you specifically want non-fic? becayse play it as it lays is good but i've not read anything else.

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Postby criss elliott » Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:25 pm

yeah play it as it lays for fiction or white album for nonfiction but cant really go wrong imo.

anyone watched the doc yet?
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Postby dvr » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:02 pm

dvr wrote:
dmitry wrote:finished the first revelation space book. maybe... 5 things actually happen in 600 pages. it's an alright book -- the science is hard, the characters are all pieces of shit, the universe is bleak which is cool for a space opera. it's just that he uses the same pattern for conversations and plot timing and it gets old. it's also his first -- does anyone know if he hones it in a bit in the other revelation spaces? im pretty tempted to just jump into the next book but i dunno, if im gonna read a space opera i should read foundation or something


Oh hey I just finished this today. It took me 5 months, which is less time than it took me to read the first Vernor Vinge. I agree with your thoughts on the book, especially when they all get on the lighthugger. The guns go crazy and the captain rejects treatment, that's it for like 200 pages.Toggle Spoiler

I didn't realize until about halfway through the author was a big name (relative) PhD in astronomy, I probably would have paid more attention and read slower through some of the science. The second half though I really enjoyed all the hard science concepts. Particularly that really the book is all about the Fermi paradoxToggle Spoiler.

Overall, I preferred the first two Vinge books to it. But this is prob the most original book I've ever read. I'm also tempted to jump right into the second.


I picked up chasm city today.
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