Jean
Y'all reading any?

I'm reading Ready Player One. I like it so far, but it's pandering to me in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable. Like it knows I'm an easy lay.
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Infinitus Corsair
Jean wrote:
Y'all reading any?

I'm reading Ready Player One. I like it so far, but it's pandering to me in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable. Like it knows I'm an easy lay.


I mean, you probably knew that when you picked it up, right? There's nothing wrong with a little popcorn if that's what you're in the mood for.
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Jean
Infinitus Corsair wrote:


I mean, you probably knew that when you picked it up, right? There's nothing wrong with a little popcorn if that's what you're in the mood for.

Yeah, that's exactly what this book was. A nicely salted and buttered bag of popcorn.

Now transitioning from Ready Player One to Notes from Underground [smile]
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Jean
Does anybody want to be my Goodreads friend [biggrin]
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YARN
Jean wrote:
Y'all reading any?

I'm reading Ready Player One. I like it so far, but it's pandering to me in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable. Like it knows I'm an easy lay.


Well, it is youth lit, right?


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Jean
YARN wrote:


Well, it is youth lit, right?



Ha.

No, it isn't.
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Jean
Notes from Underground is an appropriately upsetting deep dive into the psychology of a self-defeatist that I think a lot of people here could benefit from reading (myself included). It's good to see your darkest thoughts and inclinations articulated and enacted on a stage from time to time.
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Jean
Reading Dune and The Player of Games atm.
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Jean
Oh yeah, and finished The Stand. An enjoyable read, but paced horribly and felt like a bit of a waste of time, ultimately.
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Jean
The Player of Games: [smile]
Dune: [biggrin][biggrin][biggrin]

It's very stupid that I'm only getting around to Dune now, but better late than never. I'm even going to have to read at least one sequel, even though I've heard they suck. Do they suck?
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Paquito
Jean wrote:
It's very stupid that I'm only getting around to Dune now, but better late than never. I'm even going to have to read at least one sequel, even though I've heard they suck. Do they suck?


Book 2, Dune Messiah, is very good, and you can consider books 1 and 2 to be a complete story.
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mikevotto
I usually read three books at once - always have...something I picked up from my old man, I think - but I just wrapped up reading Earth Abides for like the twentieth time. One of my favorite books.

The Last Policeman is so far a fun meeting of apocalyptic fiction and a police procedural. It's light, fun, and well-written. So far, so good.

Also just got Sleazoid Express and just scratched the surface of it last night. I have spent the last two or three years reading books revolving around post-war/pre-Disney Times Square and it's amazing it's taken me this long to read this one. Should have it done by the end of the weekend.

Paquito wrote:


Book 2, Dune Messiah, is very good, and you can consider books 1 and 2 to be a complete story.


I second this. Haven't read it since I was younger, but I remember the Dune series providing me with diminished returns after the first two books.
"You want me to salute that pile of walking pus? Salute my ass!" - Captain Rhodes
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briggm
Book thread Moses.
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Moses
briggm wrote:
Book thread Moses.


Thanks, Briggm.
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Putu
Only one book at a time though. Enforced literary monogamy.
That's...not what I meant at all.
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mikevotto
Putu wrote:
Only one book at a time though. Enforced literary monogamy.


Finished up the other two while away on business, and picked up the Day by Day Armegeddon series to read. Knocked the first one out in a day, and I'm almost done on the second one. I hear the third sucks because it strays away from the diary format, but I'm gonna give it a chance. These first two would make good movies though.

I'm not tackling anything too heavy this year, and I've been able to consume a lot more by doing so.
"You want me to salute that pile of walking pus? Salute my ass!" - Captain Rhodes
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briggm
Has anybody read In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster? I haven't read any of his books, but if I were to read one it'd be this. But only if you say it's good!
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Little Ash
briggm wrote:
Has anybody read In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster? I haven't read any of his books, but if I were to read one it'd be this. But only if you say it's good!


Years ago I read his trilogy that started with City of Glass (The New York trilogy, now that I looked it up). Mainly got started because of a really interesting graphic novel adaptation of the first.
That I can recommend based off of vague memory. I have not read ItCoLT.
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Mr. Biscuits
I haven't read ItCoLT either (big help I know), but it might help you to know that Paul Auster wrote the script for the 1995 film Smoke, if you've seen that--and you ought to, it's quite good. The New York Trilogy was also good.
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Infinitus Corsair
briggm wrote:
Has anybody read In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster? I haven't read any of his books, but if I were to read one it'd be this. But only if you say it's good!


I haven't read it either.
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whic
Have any of you read Stephen Florida? I want to talk about it.
nothing.
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kgaard
I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I had forgotten how much fun these Dumbass books are.
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whic
That's not what I asked, kgaard.
nothing.
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Bigwig
Infinitus Corsair wrote:


I haven't read it either.


I haven't either. Good thread.
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kgaard
whic wrote:
That's not what I asked, kgaard.


Oh, I answered your question.
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whic
I just want to talk about the end of Stepen Florida. And I also want to talk about the frogman.
nothing.
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Zuben
briggm wrote:
Has anybody read In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster? I haven't read any of his books, but if I were to read one it'd be this. But only if you say it's good!


Hey, would this be a good time to bring, again, that I once drove Paul Auster and Coetzee around to various events during a writing festival? They called me by my first name!
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whic
Just finished The People in the Trees. It ripped my guts out and I knew what was coming the entire time.
nothing.
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Moses
I read Annihilation and was genuinely thrilled in parts. That doesn't happen a whole lot because I am heavily medicated these days.
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Flemstar
I finished Candide by Voltaire. It’s short but pretty good. Never a dull moment. Voltaire managed to get a few lols outta me.

I started Birth of our Power by Victor Serge. Haven’t been able to put it down. Dude knew how to write well.
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Unregistered
Waiting for this. His first since World War Z.

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Infinitus Corsair
The Heavens by Sandra Newman is wonderful and even more of the moment than it must have seemed when written and published.
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