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Halfway through The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. I really like it. He's a good storyteller, and it seems like fantasy in the old-fashioned vein.

It's 680 pages. I've also got Peter Hamilton's The Reality Dysfunction on deck, which is 1100 pages, and Ken Folette's Fall of Giants, which is about 800 pages (and it's the first in a trilogy).

What is with authors these days? Does everyone have to write epic tomes? What happened to novels that are 250 pages?
 

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There are some books I'd like to read, mainly space/sci-fi stuff, but I'm really just lazy. Plus I'm much more of a visual person especially when it comes to this sort of thing. I'm sure The Expanse books are great but I want to see the action!
 

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Halfway through The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. I really like it. He's a good storyteller, and it seems like fantasy in the old-fashioned vein.

It's 680 pages. I've also got Peter Hamilton's The Reality Dysfunction on deck, which is 1100 pages, and Ken Folette's Fall of Giants, which is about 800 pages (and it's the first in a trilogy).

What is with authors these days? Does everyone have to write epic tomes? What happened to novels that are 250 pages?
I actually I have a tendency to go for authors will large volumes of work behind them. The more they have, the better. Hamiltion's series that comes after the one you are reading is 4 or 5 books and totals nearly 6000 pages!! I'm on the last one now :-)
 

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I just finished Dark Run by Mike Brooks. Really enjoyed it.

 

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Pooped out 2/3 of the way through Name of the Wind, by Rothfuss. It was well-written, but the pace was too slow for me. I wanted it to move along. The character was telling his story in flashback (that's pretty much the whole book), and while the early part was interesting (tragedy and poverty), it spent an awful long time talking about his wizard school training years, all the relationships with his masters and the other students, which wasn't that interesting to me, and then of course he meets a girl he is infatuated with ... and I just lost interest. I knew this was only part one, and there was another 700 page tome waiting for me after this. Didn't feel like continuing with it.
 
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The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel

Recommended for those who find stuff about the supernatural interesting. It's almost more like a collection of reports than a solid story just describing very strange occurrences in this town. This includes sightings of a winged creature with red eyes named Mothman by the locals, but also weird UFO type lights in the sky and visits from Men in Black.

Some locals are just randomly given predictions of disasters with massive casualties.

I think some of the material in this book was inspiration for the writers on The X-Files.

Also, there was a film adaption of this, but it was much different from the book.


 

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Anyone read Annihilation? Saw the teaser and it looks pretty good. I looked it up and I've seen that cover before but can't remember if someone had mentioned it or I just randomly came across it. I'm not much of a reader but like Shutter Island I have the urge to read it before the movie.
 

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Ok I've got a chapter left in Annihilation and really like it. Actually has me interested in reading other books. There are two more in this series so I'll grab those. I want to read Andy Weir's new book Artemis as well but after that I'm not too sure.
 

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Anyone else read military sci fi stuff?
 

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I don't yet but I'll probably look into it more. Most of the stuff on my read list right now is mystery/suspense so I'll need to mix it up a bit. When I created a GoodReads account via my Amazon account I noticed at some point I had purchased/received for free a book by Evan Currie called Into the Black, which is the first in a series of books. Otherwise as a huge fan of the Expanse show I may read those books as well. Have also thought about reading the Ender's Game stuff as well. Otherwise not really sure of newer books.

Anyways, definitely getting the bug to read more. Don't watch much TV/movies anymore so need something else to waste my time. After I'm done reading the Annihilation series I'd like to get into some Greg Iles stuff. He just finished up a series of books so that will be a lot of reading. Also want to check out Hyperion by Dan Simmons as well.
 

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Kim Kardashian has a book of all her Instagram selfies. It's called "Selfish"

I'm about halfway through now.
 

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Kim Kardashian has a book of all her Instagram selfies. It's called "Selfish"

I'm about halfway through now.
I would hit that.
 

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Finished the second book of Annihilation. Getting really interesting now so interested to see how it will end. I will say I'm curious how the movie will go now. I just read that they have no plans for a sequel. While the first book didn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, there is so much more to the story beyond the first book.
 

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Finished the second book of Annihilation. Getting really interesting now so interested to see how it will end. I will say I'm curious how the movie will go now. I just read that they have no plans for a sequel. While the first book didn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, there is so much more to the story beyond the first book.
I just finished reading Annihilation and I’m not sure what to make of it. I thought the comcept was good but I’m in two minds on if I liked it or night. I still haven’t decided if I’ll get the next book or not.
 

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I just finished reading Annihilation and I’m not sure what to make of it. I thought the comcept was good but I’m in two minds on if I liked it or night. I still haven’t decided if I’ll get the next book or not.
Well I'm probably a terrible person to listen to for recommendations, either for books or movies, because it takes a lot for me to not like something. Book two, while not as suspenseful as the first, definitely started answering more questions, so I think all three are really needed to grasp what is happening. That is why I'm interested to see what they are doing with the movie if they don't plan on sequels.
 

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Alright I've got enough books to last me a year. Last night local Books a Million had a sale so grabbed Artemis and In a Dark, Dark Wood. Wasn't really sure what the last one was but sounded cool and had a bunch of bs awards. On order from BAM online...

Fire and Fury
Hyperion and The Terror by Dan Simmons
The Three Body Problem, The Dark Forrest, and Death's End by Cixin Liu
The Quiet Game and Turning Angel by Greg Iles
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Stuff is coming from Alabama and they must have gotten a dusting of snow because UPS says shipping is delayed due to severe weather. Yea ok.
 

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Alright I've got enough books to last me a year. Last night local Books a Million had a sale so grabbed Artemis and In a Dark, Dark Wood. Wasn't really sure what the last one was but sounded cool and had a bunch of bs awards. On order from BAM online...

Fire and Fury
Hyperion and The Terror by Dan Simmons
The Three Body Problem, The Dark Forrest, and Death's End by Cixin Liu
The Quiet Game and Turning Angel by Greg Iles
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Stuff is coming from Alabama and they must have gotten a dusting of snow because UPS says shipping is delayed due to severe weather. Yea ok.
The Hyperion stuff is pretty good but it can be a struggle at times. Let me know if the Cixin Liu books are worth a read.
 

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Do you guys ever let books effect your mood once you put it down?

I'm rereading A Child called It, The Lost Boy, A man named Dave, and it's put me in a serious funk.

My partner always asks me why I keep reading depressing s*** when I end up randomly crying on the train or the middle of dinner, but I f***ing love it for some reason.

The first time I got hooked on being f***ed up by a book, I think I was about 11, and I was a pretty good reader, and asked my librarian for a more adult story.

She gave me one, and said "I wouldn't normally recommend this, but I think you'll be up for the challenge."

It was A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, and I figured that an adult book would have bigger words and darker themes, but it seemed that she interpreted my request as "make it as dull as possible."

I figured a book about war would be exhillerating, but it was all strategy and prep for the battles, and then when he finally gets there, all he does is drive a fricken ambulance!

But I pressed on, mainly because an adult had challenged me to it...

And then the hospital scene happened. The implied sex. The firing squad.

"After I while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain."

I almost dropped the book when I finished on that. Wtf? Why would you end it there!?

I reread it immediately...

In the late summer of that year...
The baby died. Catherine died. And Frederic Henry always walks back to the hotel in the rain.

I'm pretty sure that was the first time I said "What the f***?!" In front of my mum too. Lol
 
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For some reason the ending of A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick gets to me(also adapted as a Richard Linklater film). It's a tragic and also surreal fate for the main character. He's not dead, but so brain damaged from the drug Substance D he doesn't even remember his name or most of his previous life. In fact even before this what he thought was his previous life with a family may have been a fantasy he came to think was real. He was also unaware he was allowed to wind up this way like a pawn being sacrificed and he never knew it.



This is brought home even more in an epilogue dedication to the author's friends. Keeping in mind this was written in the 70s when people he knew could have still been naive about how bad things could get.





This has been a story about people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. I loved them all. Here is a list, to whom I dedicate my love:

To Gaylene, deceased
To Ray, deceased
To Francy, permanent psychosis
To Kathy, permanent brain damage
To Jim, deceased
To Val, massive permanent brain damage
To Nancy, permanent psychosis
To Joanne, permanent brain damage
To Maren, deceased
To Nick, deceased
To Terry, deceased
To Dennis, deceased
To Phil, permanent pancreatic damage
To Sue, permanent vascular damage
To Jerri, permanent psychosis and vascular damage

...and so forth In memoriam. These were comrades whom I had; There are no better. They remain in my mind, and the enemy will never be forgiven. The "enemy" was their mistake in playing. Let them play again, in some other way, and let them be happy.

Philip K. Dick
 
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I saw this book promoted in a Maxim mag 15 years ago. And bought it. It was one of the first purchases I made on Amazon Canada.

4,000 days. Prison in Bangkok.

- Amazon USA has it for $12
- Only 200 or so pages
- Small book (dimensions), so you can blow through it in a night or two
- Very interesting book to read
- Make note if you are value conscious book buyer, $12 gets you a pretty small book

(Trying to paste the link and it won't work.... but find it on Amazon. Author is Warren fellows.)
 
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I saw this book promoted in a Maxim mag 15 years ago. And bought it. It was one of the first purchases I made on Amazon Canada.

4,000 days. Prison in Bangkok.

- Amazon USA has it for $12
- Only 200 or so pages
- Small book (dimensions), so you can blow through it in a night or two
- Very interesting book to read
- Make note if you are value conscious book buyer, $12 gets you a pretty small book

(Trying to paste the link and it won't work.... but find it on Amazon. Author is Warren fellows.)
It works. You have Adblock on.
 

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Finished the three books for the Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation) and it was pretty good. I went back and watched the trailer (only had seen the initial teaser) and looks like the movie will be loosely tied but still kind of separate if that makes sense. I'm fine with that as well though having read the books. I've mentioned not liking the idea of a Kindle but honestly might grab one. Went through a bunch of random books I'd like to read and don't feel like needing all the storage space for them. I'd still grab certain books at the local store but for those random books I'd like to read I think digital might be better.

Edit: Oh yea started reading Fire and Fury. Only a couple chapters in but lol
 
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Finished the three books for the Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation) and it was pretty good. I went back and watched the trailer (only had seen the initial teaser) and looks like the movie will be loosely tied but still kind of separate if that makes sense. I'm fine with that as well though having read the books. I've mentioned not liking the idea of a Kindle but honestly might grab one. Went through a bunch of random books I'd like to read and don't feel like needing all the storage space for them. I'd still grab certain books at the local store but for those random books I'd like to read I think digital might be better.

Edit: Oh yea started reading Fire and Fury. Only a couple chapters in but lol
Still haven't started the second one of Southern Reach. Do you think its worth it as a trilogy?
 

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Still haven't started the second one of Southern Reach. Do you think its worth it as a trilogy?
I'm not sure I'm the best person to ask really. I enjoy most movies, books, etc I read so I rarely give harsh reviews on anything. Both books definitely added more to the story. The second is focused more on a new character and around the actual Southern Reach agency and trying to figure out what is going on. The third book changes perspective each chapter and provides more backstory on the area prior to the event and obviously wrapping up the story. I thought the third was better than the second just because I liked the changing narrative and backstory.
 

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Should I get a Kindle? Think most of my books will be, well books, but I went through Amazon and found a bunch of stuff I would read that are like $3 on Kindle. Plus since having Prime since end of last year there have been a few free books I want to read. Kindles are on sale right now $20 off so thinking about grabbing a Paperwhite.
 

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Should I get a Kindle? Think most of my books will be, well books, but I went through Amazon and found a bunch of stuff I would read that are like $3 on Kindle. Plus since having Prime since end of last year there have been a few free books I want to read. Kindles are on sale right now $20 off so thinking about grabbing a Paperwhite.
Use the kindle app. I have some apple stuff and android stuff and having the kindle app on them all is awesome. No matter what I have with me my books are on them.
 

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Use the kindle app. I have some apple stuff and android stuff and having the kindle app on them all is awesome. No matter what I have with me my books are on them.
Reason I initially shied away from Kindle was I'm not a fan of reading on a computer screen. But figured since Kindle is more book like it may be worth it.