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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1275 on: May 13, 2021, 07:57:16 AM »
The amazing Four Lost Cities - a study of the decline and fall of urbanism using four ancient metropolises as examples.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1276 on: May 23, 2021, 02:37:07 PM »
Pandemic should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand WTF happened in 2020.

Also...it's very hard to read and will upset you.

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« Reply #1277 on: May 23, 2021, 02:38:09 PM »
Sword of Destiny is the second book in the Witcher series, and the first full length book, and basically what season one of the show is based on.

It's fucking amazeballs.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1278 on: May 24, 2021, 01:09:59 PM »
Finally reading Straight Man by Richard Russo about a English professor who gets all mired up in campus politics. It was gift when I took this job, but I'm glad I waited. The jokes (and the pathos) are landing a lot harder now than they would off when I was so green.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1279 on: June 11, 2021, 11:51:17 AM »
Finished up Ararat, which is bubblegum candy adventure and involved a very low IQ.

Which is fine because I'm also reading a thousand manuscripts right now and yelling at agents.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1280 on: June 22, 2021, 01:09:12 PM »
This awesome book. Pirate Latitudes. Straight up bubble gum pirate action shit. No brains required. Perfect.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1281 on: July 19, 2021, 09:36:49 AM »
Some solid chick lit this one: Subduction.


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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1282 on: July 22, 2021, 10:55:47 AM »
Jesus...I hope the TV series doesn't follow too closely with this talky, introspective, boring book series. The Witcher book two! The Time of Contempt.

This is actually book 2.5. The first book is a collection of out of sequence short stories that roughly made up season one of the show. The first full-length, in-order book technically launches the official series. But you can't read that book or this one without reading the "prequel" short stories.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1283 on: July 28, 2021, 11:53:10 AM »
Oh, god, Becky Chambers is the best active sci-fi writer in the business. Just finished the amazing Psalm for The Wild Built.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1284 on: August 09, 2021, 11:55:16 AM »
The Atlantis Gene! This author is so good at conspiracy thrillers. This was a perfect beach read. Diving into the sequel...

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« Reply #1285 on: August 11, 2021, 02:34:22 PM »
Tokyo Ueno Station-- a short read, but also a slow read. A sort of deep navel-gazing study of a homeless man in the wake of the Fukishima disaster. Interesting.

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« Reply #1286 on: August 28, 2021, 10:31:05 AM »
The Atlantis Gene! This author is so good at conspiracy thrillers. This was a perfect beach read. Diving into the sequel...


Book two of this series was just as good! The Atlantis Plague.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1287 on: August 31, 2021, 08:57:07 AM »
So one of my authors raved about Extraterrestrial, which is written by an astrophysicist whose obsession is Oumuamua -- the strange asteroid that passed us a few years ago, changed course, and generally behaved like an artificial object. His thesis is that it's a light sail and, essentially, space junk from another civilization.

My author argued that this book was groundbreaking and life changing...and all the blurbers agree. What the book actually is is 1% the light sail thesis and 99% angry rant against the scientific community that ostracized this guy for putting forward the light sail theory. He spends so much time complaining about them and demanding that he's right it's exhausting. Instead of proving the theory, he spends the entire book trying to prove himself -- from childhood through today. A clumsy retort to his peers that does nothing to actually advance his theory. A theory, by the way, that the media and anyone who followed the Oumuamua story agrees with (including me -- it did behave as if it operated under its own power).

So...a waste of time. Fuck him.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1288 on: September 08, 2021, 11:00:32 AM »
The Atlantis Gene! This author is so good at conspiracy thrillers. This was a perfect beach read. Diving into the sequel...


Book two of this series was just as good! The Atlantis Plague.

Read the finale and sorry to report that this guy doesn't know how to end a trilogy. The Atlantis World

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #1289 on: September 21, 2021, 01:36:49 PM »
Started a new PA series! This one is an EMP apocalypse. Book one was an awesome, fast read. Edge of Collapse