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Postby shafnutz05 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:37 pm

Awesome! Thank you.

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Postby eddysnake » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:00 pm

Finally reading Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels. I'm through 6 and they are delightful. Didn't care for a couple of the stories in the Fables and reflections volume, but everything else has been rad. Also picked up something called SAGA on a whim and oh boy are these going to be fun!

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Postby Gaucho » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:27 pm

I bought the first volume of Saga, had high expectations, and hated it.

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Postby eddysnake » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:32 pm

I bought the first volume of Saga, had high expectations, and hated it.
Prince Robot IV?

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Postby Kane » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:42 am

I just began reading Foundation by Asimov. I've been looking forward to this one.

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Postby Troy Loney » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:57 am

About 2/3's of the way through "Say Nothing". As a complete neophyte on the Troubles, it was extremely informative. I'm not sure if someone better versed on the history would find it less intriguing.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:28 am

Started reading In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond as a filler between books I have in my queue. Didn't expect much, but it's pretty neat. Any person interested in Bigfoot/Sasquatch would enjoy.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:44 pm

About 2/3's of the way through "Say Nothing". As a complete neophyte on the Troubles, it was extremely informative. I'm not sure if someone better versed on the history would find it less intriguing.
Killing Rage by Eamon Collins is another great book about the Troubles that I highly recommend.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:16 pm

Nice morning at the library. Picked up a brand new book, Game Changer:
Neuromancer meets Star Trek in Gamechanger, a fantastic new book from award-winning author L. X. Beckett.

First there was the Setback.

Then came the Clawback.

Now we thrive.

Rubi Whiting is a member of the Bounceback Generation. The first to be raised free of the troubles of the late twenty-first century. Now she works as a public defender to help troubled individuals with anti-social behavior. That’s how she met Luciano Pox.

Luce is a firebrand and has made a name for himself as a naysayer. But there’s more to him than being a lightning rod for controversy. Rubi has to find out why the governments of the world want to bring Luce into custody, and why Luce is hell bent on stopping the recovery of the planet.
I also picked up Replay by Ken Grimwood. I forget who in here recommended it.

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Postby dodint » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:30 pm

Replay is great, enjoy.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:37 pm

Replay is great, enjoy.
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Postby Willie Kool » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:06 pm

I just began reading Foundation by Asimov. I've been looking forward to this one.
It's been more than 30 years, but I loved it...

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Postby dodint » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:26 pm

Replay is great, enjoy.
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If you like it, let me know when you're done. I would like to share something with you if you're interested.

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Postby Troy Loney » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:19 pm

Saw the Goldfinch last weekend, didn't think to look at the reviews until we were in the theater waiting for it to begin.

If you haven't read the book, that movie would make zero sense. I'm not sure how things like that get made.

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Postby eddysnake » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:12 pm

finally got around to finishing the Chronicles of Prydain series. I absolutely loved everything about these books. Get your kids to read them, read them to your kids, or just read them as adults.

Started reading Lovecrafts The Colour Out of Space last night, oh boy, this is going to be good.

Also picked up Alex Garlands The Beach at the church book sale for .50 yesterday.

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Postby Beveridge » Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:45 pm

Between all the TV shows/documentaries/movies you watch, books you read, video games you play and being dad of the year, how do you have time for anything else?

#jealous

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Postby Gaucho » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:55 pm

GRAHAM GREENE AND THE ART OF THE OPENING PARAGRAPH
https://crimereads.com/graham-greene-an ... paragraph/

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Postby shafnutz05 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:06 pm

GRAHAM GREENE AND THE ART OF THE OPENING PARAGRAPH
https://crimereads.com/graham-greene-an ... paragraph/
Thank you for sharing this. I'm sure you remember StumbleUpon? This strikes me as the kind of random, awesome website I would run into when using SU. Man, I miss that app/site.

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Postby eddysnake » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:34 am

Got A Lush and Seething Hell: Two tales of cosmic horror from John Horner Jacobs. This is one of those authors in which I'll buy every new book he releases and so far, so good. I don't know how this guy isn't more popular, but this is another good one!



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Postby shafnutz05 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:50 pm

Replay is great, enjoy.
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If you like it, let me know when you're done. I would like to share something with you if you're interested.
Following up...I really, *really* enjoyed this novel. Super well done. Thanks again for the rec. And you've got me intrigued :D :D

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Postby shafnutz05 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:40 pm

@dodint

By all accounts, King's The Institute is kind of lackluster. I don't really care about his political views, but it sounds like he shoves them into this novel in a fairly ham-fisted manner. No thanks.

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Postby dodint » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:54 pm

I haven't even heard of it. I did use an Audible credit on the new Grisham, though, even though he's kind of been doing the same thing lately.

Glad you liked Replay, it's one of my favorites of all time. Here is what I wanted to show you. Not sure if you have any interest in old-time radio shows, but if you can sit for one short episode I think you'll enjoy it. It has very similar elements as Replay, so much so that a friend and I are curious as to whether or not Grimwood had heard the radio show before writing Replay.

A link to the radio version from the early 1950s at archive.org for streaming: https://archive.org/details/Dimension-X ... eAgain.mp3

Or, if you'd prefer to read it, a link to the text of the original story from Astounding Science Fiction magazine in April 1947: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/18831/1 ... 8831-h.htm

Some similarities:
A man dies at age 43.
He awakens in bed at a much younger age, but with his memory intact.
He realizes that he can use his knowledge to change what is now the future since he has already lived through these events before.
He remembers past (now future) winners of the Kentucky Derby and realizes he can become wealthy gambling on these races.
Really cool little exercise if you wanted a little more after finishing Replay. Which might've come in handy when you told me you finished back in September. :P

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Postby robbiestoupe » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:36 pm

Sounds a bit like Blake Crouch's latest book Recursion. Good book.

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Postby eddysnake » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:38 pm

To go with the recent Replay and Recursion, I picked up Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen. I'm a sucker for a good time travel story and this is a good one. Just started it last night, but got 1/3 of the way through it and I think it's going to be a winner. Different take on time travel that deals with family. check it out

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/366 ... w-and-then

Also picked up This is How You Lose the Time War thinking the wife may enjoy it, but after reading a couple pages in there, I may just hop on over to that next

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:29 pm

I have been wanting to expand my horizons, and read some authors that are widely considered to be the best of the 20th century. Has anyone else read anything from W.G. Sebald? I am starting off with Vertigo...it is a very unconventional book and definitely a big change of pace from what I am used to. My next one will be Austerlitz, which ranks in many lists of the Top 10 books of the last century.

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