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  • EddyEddy Gengar the Bittersweet Registered User regular
    edited November 2020
    Read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, sixteen years after publishing Jonathan Strange.

    I don't want to spoil anything about the plot but unfortunately it's no Jonathan Strange :c

    It falls in love with the honestly annoying capitalization of every Noun and Important Thing which is immensely distracting and hard to read at first. I say that as a lover of Mason & Dixon. It reads like a libertarian who has just discovered Alarming Facts about the State, or some impenetrable card game flavor text

    With that being said there's some of the enchanting and lovely language that permeated Jonathan Strange

    Eddy on
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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    I just got to Act Five, Chapter 40 of Harrow.

    Tamsyn Muir is a goddamn lunatic.

    @Tamin please read Harrow like, immediately. It's what I did, per this thread, and I don't regret it at all.

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  • TaminTamin Registered User regular
    ... that's a solid pitch. I'll head over to hpb tonight and see if they have a copy.

    ----

    picked up Dawnshard on kindle when it became clear there was no physical copy to be had yet, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    - The Lopen is such a fun character.
    - I liked Huio and Cord being given a chance to speak Herdazian and Veden, respectively.

    started Rhythm. Just starting from the beginning, even though I've read some of the preview chapters.

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  • David_TDavid_T A fashion yes-man is no good to me. Copenhagen, DenmarkRegistered User regular
    David_T wrote: »
    Peen Huh. Thanks. I think between that one, which claims that Tarot's "original roots lie in the Mithraic tradition of the Persian Magi" and this one which purports to "cut through conventional misperceptions to explore the Tarot deck as it really developed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe", I think I might be well-covered all the way around.

    The only thing both agree on is that it certainly didn't originate in Egypt, so I may also pick up Aleister Crowleys book on the Thoth Tarot.
    Unfortunately, the whole idea of postmodernism has generally been hijacked by Marxists and crypto-Marxist, especially in the American academy. Marxism itself is a quintessential school of modernism, but as it lost its worldwide position of prestige in the wake of the general failure of Marxist states at the dawn of the 1990s, its theories were retooled and weaponized as the doctrines of "po-mo", as some like to call it. This movement hass become established in the American academy from the highest levels dpwn to kindergarten. This version of postmodernism should not confuse the reader. Ignore it, if you can.

    That's just from the introduction. Of a book about Tarot cards. I might not be able to power through here.

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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    As recommended A Memory Called Empire was awfully good sequel please, also going by the back flap that Arkady Martine seems like a fabulously interesting person my word

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  • 3clips33clips3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    Yeah I want to be friends with her.

  • 3clips33clips3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    Also the sequel is called A Desolation Called Peace and is currently slated for release on March 2nd.

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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    Oh good I'll probably still be alive by then

  • TaminTamin Registered User regular
    I have found and purchased a copy of Harrow the Ninth.

    I hope you're happy

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  • KanaKana Registered User regular
    Tamin wrote: »
    I have found and purchased a copy of Harrow the Ninth.

    I hope you're happy

    Happier than Harrow is, anyway!

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  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    You fool! You've fallen directly into the SE++ Book Thread's trap!

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  • V1mV1m Registered User regular
    3clipse wrote: »
    Also the sequel is called A Desolation Called Peace and is currently slated for release on March 2nd.

    Well that's not an ominous title or anything...

  • KanaKana Registered User regular
    I assume the title is a reference to that bit in Tacitus, referring to Roman imperialism:
    Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if he be poor, they lust for dominion; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace.

    Also commonly quoted as "They make a desert and call it peace"

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  • nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    Rhythm of War part 2

    I’m such a mark for what the book is doing with Shallon. I know this whole three personas thing probably needs to come to an end but if she truly did find a way to be those three I’d be fine with it. There is something very refreshing about it. The idea of someone having multiple personalities that are all ultimately concerned for each other’s well being. Make’s me wanna write a story with a fantasy race that does that by default.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    Finished Rhythm of War.
    I think I'm probably done? It was fine, had some good stuff, some good payoffs. But..I think I'm tired of reading about people being absolute oblivious idiots for 900 pages and then great for 100. The balance is off, there's too much filler at times and I spent too much of it irritated at the characters.

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  • TaminTamin Registered User regular
    edited November 2020
    Kana wrote: »
    Tamin wrote: »
    I have found and purchased a copy of Harrow the Ninth.

    I hope you're happy

    Happier than Harrow is, anyway!

    I am now a few chapters into Harrow. Two points:

    a) I totally missed the Dramatis Personae of the first book, and man that would have made things easier; and
    b) you were not kidding

    Tamin on
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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Tamin wrote: »
    Kana wrote: »
    Tamin wrote: »
    I have found and purchased a copy of Harrow the Ninth.

    I hope you're happy

    Happier than Harrow is, anyway!

    I am now a few chapters into Harrow. Two points:

    a) I totally missed the Dramatis Personae of the first book, and man that would have made things easier; and
    b) you were not kidding

    It's so fucking wild and I can't put it down even though I've got absolutely no idea what the hell is going on for pretty much the entire book.

    I am in the business of saving lives.
  • KanaKana Registered User regular
    edited November 2020
    The biggest disappointment of Harrow by far is that
    we don't get more of the "harrow as an imperial officer and Gideon as the hot barista" AU

    Kana on
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  • PeenPeen tw1tch0rz occasionallyRegistered User regular
    David_T wrote: »
    David_T wrote: »
    Peen Huh. Thanks. I think between that one, which claims that Tarot's "original roots lie in the Mithraic tradition of the Persian Magi" and this one which purports to "cut through conventional misperceptions to explore the Tarot deck as it really developed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe", I think I might be well-covered all the way around.

    The only thing both agree on is that it certainly didn't originate in Egypt, so I may also pick up Aleister Crowleys book on the Thoth Tarot.
    Unfortunately, the whole idea of postmodernism has generally been hijacked by Marxists and crypto-Marxist, especially in the American academy. Marxism itself is a quintessential school of modernism, but as it lost its worldwide position of prestige in the wake of the general failure of Marxist states at the dawn of the 1990s, its theories were retooled and weaponized as the doctrines of "po-mo", as some like to call it. This movement hass become established in the American academy from the highest levels dpwn to kindergarten. This version of postmodernism should not confuse the reader. Ignore it, if you can.

    That's just from the introduction. Of a book about Tarot cards. I might not be able to power through here.

    Oh no, I'm so sorry.

    David_T
  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    edited November 2020
    Finally finished Antony Beevor's "Arnhem" after 18 years. Now I'm starting "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman, continuing my World War history deep dive.

    This books seems pretty highly praised and just reading the forward Barbara Tuchman sounded like a consumate bad ass. I'm excited to dip into this.

    Edit: yeah talk about a goddamned opening paragraph for a history.
    SO GORGEOUS WAS THE SPECTACLE on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration. In scarlet and blue and green and purple, three by three the sovereigns rode through the palace gates, with plumed helmets, gold braid, crimson sashes, and jeweled orders flashing in the sun. After them came five heirs apparent, forty more imperial or royal highnesses, seven queens—four dowager and three regnant—and a scattering of special ambassadors from uncrowned countries. Together they represented seventy nations in the greatest assemblage of royalty and rank ever gathered in one place and of its kind the last. The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history’s clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again.

    Juggernut on
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  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    Yeah, she's a hell of a writer. Got a real knack for shoveling a lot of details at you without getting bogged down or losing the narrative.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Kana wrote: »
    The biggest disappointment of Harrow by far is that
    we don't get more of the "harrow as an imperial officer and Harrow as the hot barista" AU

    I audibly gasped when I finally figured out the word play about the second one.

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  • KanaKana Registered User regular
    Oops I meant Gideon for that second name

    My brain is seriously broken this week

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  • TaminTamin Registered User regular
    Harrow, end of chapter 33
    that was a great trick, Ms. Muir. As I'm sure you expected, I'd been reading each of the 'present' chapters as traditional second-person narration.

    While collecting my thoughts on Gideon the Ninth, I had decided for reasons that: G&P was Gideon and P.; Gideon was a guy; and that he was the cavalier. That the woman who delivered Gideon Nav was crying for her husband (and not, or not just, declaring a name for the child) seemed to make sense, and it would track reasonably well if that was P. calling out for her cav as she died. The only wrinkle there would be that Lyctors are notoriously hard to kill.

    As a result of all that, it took me longer than it should have to twinge to "ORTUS the First" being a Gideon: near the top of chapter 20. At that point I paused and worked out the hasty find-and-replace nature of that part of the pact.

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  • something a million times dumbersomething a million times dumber JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    I finally was able to make some progress in Harrow

    I still don't love it or even really like it all that much but it is improving slightly

  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    Re-reading Tigerman by Nick Harkaway and I somehow completely forgot about the third act twist. Thanks, terrible brain, that was actually a real solid you did me, I can't wait for you to jettison the fact that Rosebud was the sled so I can enjoy that film all over again.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    Re-reading Tigerman by Nick Harkaway and I somehow completely forgot about the third act twist. Thanks, terrible brain, that was actually a real solid you did me, I can't wait for you to jettison the fact that Rosebud was the sled so I can enjoy that film all over again.

    I keep meaning to reread that with the twist in mind, because there's probably stuff I would pick up a bit more on now
    better hop on it, I guess

    Jedoc
  • ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited December 2020
    So Half-Priced Books has their Cyber-Monday deal going on today and as a result I bought many books (as their cyber-monday deal is a simple 25% discount for everything less than $300).

    I picked up:

    -- The Death and Life of Superman by Roger Stern
    -- The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz
    -- JLA: Exterminators by Christopher Golden
    -- Green Lantern: Hero's Quest by Dennis O'Neil
    -- Wonder Woman Mythos by Carol Lay
    -- Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
    -- Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen

    Zonugal on
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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    Me starting Rhythm of War
    "This is supposed to go 10 books? It feels like they've almost got everything figured out and ready to square away. "
    Me finishing it
    "Oh."

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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    Anyone else deliberately not pick up a books because you think you might like it like "this sounds interesting" and thats the reason you dont read it

    What the fuck is wrong with me

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    I can't say for certain I've done that with books but I've 100% done it with games.

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  • BaidolBaidol I will hold him off Escape while you canRegistered User regular
    Me starting Rhythm of War
    "This is supposed to go 10 books? It feels like they've almost got everything figured out and ready to square away. "
    Me finishing it
    "Oh."

    Everything is fine.

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  • TaminTamin Registered User regular
    Finished up Harrow last night.

    need to re-read parts of that. I'm not positive I followed everything.

    Thanks for pushing me to pick it up.

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  • YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    finished RP2

    honestly, shrug

    it’s not even really worth getting mad about, by the end it’s just kind of there, Ernest Cline clearly has no interest in interrogating what it means to be always online and if that’s maybe a bad thing, Wade doesn’t really learn anything, humanity is still doomed with only the OASIS for comfort, aside from...well.

    this is how the book ends, for real, seriously, if you don’t want to be spoiled don’t click
    the big reveal is that the new OASIS headsets make digital brainscans of everyone that uses them, and the end of the book Wade gets the ability to clone those brainscans as immortal OASIS AIs, including people who have died

    so he makes a few AIs, including AI copies of himself and his girlfriend, puts them on the hard drive of a spaceship and sends them off with a bunch of frozen embryos to try to colonize a new planet, and while they’re on their space mission the AIs get to hang out in the OASIS forever and ever, or until they hit a new planet, where they will then, I dunno, raise the embryos with the power of pop culture because there are no humans on the spaceship

    real Wade stays on earth with Samantha who says she was totally wrong about the new headsets and marries Wade because he’s the protagonist of an Ernie Cline novel

    the end!

  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    Ready Player 2 wasn't very good huh

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  • GrobianGrobian What's on sale? Pliers!Registered User regular
    Hey book thread, you were very good to me last year when you recommended me books to give to my niece on christmas. This time I'm looking for something for my nephew. He's 10, he's bilingual, he's currently into Alex Ryder. But he has all the books in that series and also his parents find them vaguely racist, what with all the bad guys being Eastern European or brown or otherwise un-american.

    Does anyone know of something else in the teenage spy genre?

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  • EnigmedicEnigmedic Registered User regular
    10 is like 4th or 5th grade right? I was reading Redwall books around that time and then just yolod into the hobbit and lotr, and harry potter. The gentleman bastards books are kinda spy like. They start with The Lies of Locke Lamora. I'm also a fan of the Iron Druid books. They're super easy reads and would be fine for a kid.

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    I would absolutely not recommend Gentlemen Bastards for a 10 year old

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  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Grobian wrote: »
    Hey book thread, you were very good to me last year when you recommended me books to give to my niece on christmas. This time I'm looking for something for my nephew. He's 10, he's bilingual, he's currently into Alex Ryder. But he has all the books in that series and also his parents find them vaguely racist, what with all the bad guys being Eastern European or brown or otherwise un-american.

    Does anyone know of something else in the teenage spy genre?

    Oooft, teenage spy genre? I can recommend Andy McNab's books about doing sneaky spy shit, because they're very much based on real actual spy shit he actually did. When he was a spy. After he finished his time in the SASR.

    Which means there's lots of graphic descriptions of brutal violence in them, so not so great for a 10 year old...

    If the kid's like me and has already been exposed to some pretty gruesome violence through videogames and movies by that age, you'll be fine. If they're not already traumatised by media exposure to mans inhumanity to man, then give them a few more years yet.

    Can I suggest the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, perhaps? There's a bit of sneaking onto alien spaceships and such in Only You Can Save Mankind.

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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    I did that thing where you read like three books in 24 hours and it's hard to think straight, I think the Stone Sky series is pretty good

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