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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2010, 06:30:11 am »

guys i started an alliance in cybernations named foundation if you catch my drift, i enjoyed the shit out of the theory of the books is what i'm saying. until asimov (as he tends to do) turned derivative of himself. then he kind of (the term didn't exist yet) rebooted the whole series with the closing trilogy. anyway yes i like them and it's a great read of every one of the books from start to finish though some will leave you dissatisfied.
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2010, 12:15:52 pm »

Dammit Choop don't ruin this series for me. I've read the first three and they were great despite almost falling into a monster-of-the-week pattern (which I can forgive since they are a collection of short stories). The scale of the books is amazing and I find myself thinking about them constantly.
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2010, 01:33:59 pm »

I found that with the Union Club Mysteries, too -- some were fantastic, others were...a bit of a stretch. But in a short-story format that was originally written for a "gentleman's magazine," I figured it was due to the constraints of the medium.
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2010, 12:31:37 am »

1. my college roommate and I had an ongoing joke about The Time Traveler's Roommate.
"hey man, shit, sorry, here's my rent for last month."
"What? who are you? I'm seven!"

2. I've been on a Learning-About-Iran kick, and I am pretty fascinated. Watched some documentaries online, read 2 library books in record time. Empire of the Mind was good, but I am bad at remembering dynasties and stuff, so I don't know how much I retained. There were definitely some points where I felt like he was rattling off names of kings, but I guess you have to expect that with millenia of history in a 300 page book.
The Ayatollah Begs to Differ is good, but I have caught a few things that are wrong (based on the other book/wikipedia). Much more readable, though.

I am doing a thing I have not done in a long time, where every single thing anyone says to me makes me think of something about Iran. I don't think I realized how annoying this was when I was a kid. It's kind of nice to be so into something, though.
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2010, 12:39:05 am »

So I'm reading Good Omens and I love it.

I read a book called The Hunger Games, a first in a trilogy (thought I had mentioned it here but couldn't find it), and while I enjoyed it, none of it has really stayed with me and have no desire to read the other books in the trilogy (I guess the third is forthcoming). And the middle school teacher who made me read it and I broke up, I don't feel obligated anymore. Has anyone else read these books? Is the second one worth reading?
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #35 on: June 16, 2010, 04:40:00 pm »

And the middle school teacher who made me read it and I broke up, I don't feel obligated anymore.
It took me a bit to realise she wasn't your teacher in middle school.  I thought you were either phrasing your graduation from the school in an amusing way, or perhaps you were hot for teacher in that way which attracts media attention.
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #36 on: June 16, 2010, 07:27:55 pm »

Only book I ever kept from a public library and I'm not going to Stockton to return it now...

My new career goal: That someone loves one of my books enough to steal it from the library.

My previous dream was to someday see someone reading my book on the subway, but I don't ride the subway enough anymore for this to be a realistic goal.
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2010, 08:07:41 pm »

and mentioning library theft when you want libraries to stock your book probably isn't going to work in your favor either
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2010, 08:37:06 pm »

I like you and all but let me say...you might want to start this one in baby steps. Like, maybe they'll like it enough to pay the late fees so they can keep it for a reread.

I'd say mention that goal in your Author's Bio on the back fly but reminding people of libraries when you want them to buy the book is prolly a shitty business plan.

Hey, libraries pay for books too. And there are lots of authors where I read something in the library and it convinced me to pay money for the rest of their books.

Overdue fines don't do me any good, but if someone steals it, they have to buy another one!
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #39 on: June 17, 2010, 08:55:27 am »

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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #40 on: June 22, 2010, 03:30:52 am »

Reading some non-fiction David Foster Wallace. So what if I'm drunk?
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #41 on: June 22, 2010, 07:06:01 am »

just finished Franny and Zooey. I love a lot of things about Salinger, but I don't see myself reading this one again for a while.

This one argument in it reminded me of my old roommate, and I was like, "yeah, that is what bothered me about him this whole time."

now I am moving on to read books on my current roommate's shelf that I've always meant to read. Don Delillo, Haruki Murakami, others. YEAH for being able to read for fun now.
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Re: Book Thread
« Reply #42 on: June 22, 2010, 12:20:17 pm »

We read Franny and Zooey a couple of years ago when we were doing a book club thing here.  I remember passionately hating every character in that book. 
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« Reply #43 on: June 22, 2010, 02:39:01 pm »

We read Franny and Zooey a couple of years ago when we were doing a book club thing here.  I remember passionately hating every character in that book. 

I view that as a pretty strong endorsement of the quality of the writing.
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« Reply #44 on: June 22, 2010, 03:50:19 pm »

I view that as a pretty strong endorsement of the quality of the writing.

Maybe so, but it didn't make it fun to read.  I just wanted them to all die.
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