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11-24-2021 , 05:23 AM
Redshirts - meta scifi novel by John Scalzi. Fun and easy read, although I think I raised my expectations a bit too high seeing the awards it had won (Hugo, Lotus, Geffen).

Premise: (big spoiler, but it's the crux of the book and revealed fairly early)
Spoiler:
New recruits of a spaceship notice strange anomalies with their missions and realise that they are actually expendable extras in a poorly written Star Trek-esque tv series (hence the name 'Redshirts'), who will be killed off at some point in the story, so have to figure out a way to stop the show.
11-24-2021 , 02:25 PM
I'm a little over 150 pages into Joe Abercrombie's first book The Blade Itself and while it's been nice getting to know the characters and the world it's starting to become a bit redundant and I'm ready for something to actually happen
11-24-2021 , 05:19 PM
It's been years since I read it, but from what I can recall that is his first book and by far the weakest. He's an extremely fast writer and seems to have largely learned while publishing stories. Sorry if I steered you wrong, hopefully it improves soon.
11-24-2021 , 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluegrassplayer Books: What are you reading tonight?
It's been years since I read it, but from what I can recall that is his first book and by far the weakest. He's an extremely fast writer and seems to have largely learned while publishing stories. Sorry if I steered you wrong, hopefully it improves soon.
Oh no not at all! I'm a completionist so would have started with book 1 no matter what if the series was highly recommended. I did that with the Jo Nesbo series. I was told book 1 was terrible. Book 1 was indeed terrible and unlike this series (which I wouldn't call terrible) book 1 really wasn't relevant to the rest of the Nesbo series. If anything it's comforting to hear book 1 wasn't the best and gives me even more motivation to plow forward with First Law and get deeper into this world. Again it's by no mean bad just a little bit of a slow cooker
11-25-2021 , 05:08 AM
I can't say I remember exactly either, but, for me, Abercrombie really shines with his characters - their development and interactions, so wouldn't surprise me if the first book is a lot of building up that.

The world and story are more generic (not a criticism in any way, just the way it is with a lot fantasy), compared to someone like Sanderson, who's a beast at world-building. If you have time to kill, he's even done a lecture on it.
11-25-2021 , 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by thethethe Books: What are you reading tonight?
I can't say I remember exactly either, but, for me, Abercrombie really shines with his characters - their development and interactions, so wouldn't surprise me if the first book is a lot of building up that.

The world and story are more generic (not a criticism in any way, just the way it is with a lot fantasy), compared to someone like Sanderson, who's a beast at world-building. If you have time to kill, he's even done a lecture on it.
Yea im excited to keep reading Abercrombie and I've been reading a bit everyday. I'm fairly new to "fantasy" and this is good for me. The only previous fantasy I read was the Locke Lamora trilogy which just moved much faster (except for 2/3 of book 2 which was the actual WOAT). With First Law being 6 books was hoping I didn't have to wait too long. I realize it came off as a complaint but wasn't meant to. Guess I was just looking for some reassurance lol

Spoiler:
I get Captain Luthar doesn't like fencing for example. I dont need it revisited every other chapter
11-25-2021 , 01:26 PM
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, by Leigh Montville.

Everything you want and don’t want to know about The Babe. Interesting read and not overblown and the author admits that somethings about The Babe’s personal life are shrouded in “fog” (and not particularly flattering). His baseball life is of course a true legend with a light frosting of Myth.

Book came out in 2006, well researched. All Baseball fans should enjoy it I think.
11-25-2021 , 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by LFC_USA Books: What are you reading tonight?
I'm a completionist so would have started with book 1 no matter what if the series was highly recommended. I did that with the Jo Nesbo series. I was told book 1 was terrible. Book 1 was indeed terrible and unlike this series (which I wouldn't call terrible) book 1 really wasn't relevant to the rest of the Nesbo series. If anything it's comforting to hear book 1 wasn't the best and gives me even more motivation to plow forward with First Law and get deeper into this world. Again it's by no mean bad just a little bit of a slow cooker
Oh that's great to hear. I did the same with malazan. The first book is pretty horrible but read it all to get to the rest.
11-25-2021 , 09:53 PM
Haven't read a Dame Agatha in forever [probably 3 decades?], reading Crooked House which she said was her favorite and usually in the top 5 in fan favorite polls.
11-27-2021 , 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Phat Mack Books: What are you reading tonight?
Have you read his WSOP book?
I was sufficiently disappointed in it that I've given his novels a pass.
11-28-2021 , 01:53 AM
I've read the one about the elevators and liked it, but that's all I've read.
11-29-2021 , 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Phat Mack Books: What are you reading tonight?
I've read the one about the elevators and liked it, but that's all I've read.
Einstein had a thing about elevators.
11-30-2021 , 01:24 AM
They go up, down and sideways. Einstein was right.
11-30-2021 , 06:28 PM
Halfway through Neal Stephenson's latest, Termination Shock, and really enjoying it. I'm a fan of Stephenson though I get that he's not for everyone, I think with him you have to enjoy the journey so if you're someone who reads a story purely to find out what happens at the end you'll probably get frustrated by his overly in depth descriptions of places and people and their histories.

TS is, as is usual from Stephenson, pretty epic in scope with multiple threads of the story happening across the globe. The basic premise is that a billionaire Texan decides to take matters into his own hands wrt global warming and pump a ton of sulphur into the atmosphere to cool it (apparently this is a known possible solution to global warming, it's just unpopular because knock on effects are hard to judge.) The book is mostly about the geopolitical fallout from this as some countries stand to benefit massively while other places could suffer.

Also enjoyed this podcast he did about related ideas with Lex Fridman if anyone is interested.


Last edited by abysmal01; 11-30-2021 at 06:34 PM.
11-30-2021 , 07:36 PM
love stephenson, ty for the rec
Yesterday , 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by thethethe Books: What are you reading tonight?
Redshirts - meta scifi novel by John Scalzi. Fun and easy read, although I think I raised my expectations a bit too high seeing the awards it had won (Hugo, Lotus, Geffen).
Really enjoyed this one. Very funny.
Yesterday , 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by abysmal01 Books: What are you reading tonight?
Halfway through Neal Stephenson's latest, Termination Shock, and really enjoying it. I'm a fan of Stephenson though I get that he's not for everyone, I think with him you have to enjoy the journey so if you're someone who reads a story purely to find out what happens at the end you'll probably get frustrated by his overly in depth descriptions of places and people and their histories.

TS is, as is usual from Stephenson, pretty epic in scope with multiple threads of the story happening across the globe. The basic premise is that a billionaire Texan decides to take matters into his own hands wrt global warming and pump a ton of sulphur into the atmosphere to cool it (apparently this is a known possible solution to global warming, it's just unpopular because knock on effects are hard to judge.) The book is mostly about the geopolitical fallout from this as some countries stand to benefit massively while other places could suffer.

Also enjoyed this podcast he did about related ideas with Lex Fridman if anyone is interested.

+1 to Rick's post

Started last night...seems promising.

I've only read 2 Stephenson books (Snow crash and SevenEves) but enjoyed both immensely
Yesterday , 11:20 PM
Cryptonomicon was incredible.
Today , 01:55 AM
Took a break and read a John Grisham novel: The Judge’s List. It’s every bit of what you would imagine from JG, a welcome change from my usual pile of nonfiction. Was nice to get lost in a crime drama.

      
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