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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:50 AM

Recently finished rereading "Belgarath the Sorcerer" by David Eddings. Love everything by David Eddings but mostly love the character of Belgarath.
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I think I enjoy books where the character is world weary/exasperated by idiots and/or slightly crazy.

I have a large amount of books at home, with my favorites managing to stay, and ones I don't enjoy/aren't good enough, end up being recycled to new homes.

I've been reading quite a bit of FanFiction recently as well (see my Sig) and there are some quality authors out there. I think the appeal of FanFiction is that the world and characters are pre-created, and you can edit/revise them to suit a new story. You end up having to wade through a lot of Mary/Mark Sues and random Slash to find anything of value, but it seems worth it in the end.

I recommend reading Harry Potter: Methods Of Rationality.
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 11:17 AM

Just ordered Margaret Atwood's book finishing up her MaddAddam trilogy.

This titled... "MaddAddam"

Which makes sense.

http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/0385528787
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 11:27 AM

I read Oryx and Crake when it came out - I thought it was pretty good. I'll have to add the other two books to my stack.

Just finished a great collection of essays on, perhaps we can say algorithmic math, by Brian Hayes. The collection is titled Group Theory In the Bedroom (and other Mathematical Diversions).
Popular essays on mathematical topics addressed by a computer scientist. Topics include gear ratios (Stern-Brocot trees), ternary numbering, group theory (mattress-flipping), and computational topology/graph theory (finding the contonental divide). The essays were written for a column titled Computer Recreations for American Scientist magazine, which gives you a good idea of the level: they are recreational writing for a very technical audience. The topics addressed are sufficiently involved that most readers will not have thought deeply about them directly, but they are approached in a way that allows even a novice to understand the problems involved. If I had time I'd be able to extract good chewy programming challenges from at least half of the essays.

Highly recommended.
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:45 PM

"Use of Weapons" is fantastic so far. Still in the "Not sure how these tie together" phase, but I'm enjoying the characters.
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Posted 31 August 2013 - 01:51 PM

"Tschick" by Wolfgang Herrndorf. Not so fun fact, Herr Herrndorf I guess shot himself in the face Monday because he was so sick. :/ http://www.spiegel.d...t-a-918864.html (Google will translate this for you, don't worry)

Also, "Chemistry: The Central Science Custom Edition for the Ohio State University". It's only the 2nd week in and I only have 3 classes and I'm getting my ass handed to me already. :(/>

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:47 AM

View Postxclite, on 30 August 2013 - 08:45 PM, said:

"Use of Weapons" is fantastic so far. Still in the "Not sure how these tie together" phase, but I'm enjoying the characters.


The 'Not quite sure how these tie together' phase lasts until the last chapter, but it is a shining example of what made Iain M Banks a superior author. As a next Culture novel, I'd like to recommend Excession. Being completely honest, I forget most of the plot, but it has what I consider to be the best character in the Culture - the GSV Sleeper Service.
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:31 AM

Current stack/ list on my kindle is:

2600 - Summer issue
Star Trek: TOS vol 6 - 10

Technology
The Passionate Programmer (keep it for reference)
CoffeeScript
Pragmatic Guide to Sass

Stephen King Collection
Roadwork
The Tommyknockers
Full Dark, No Stars
Black House

Ultimate Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy (Re-read)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Internet Marketing

That will keep be busy for fall
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:47 AM

I've recently finished the first two books in the Remaining series. I borrowed the second one from Prime last week and finished it already, so now I have to wait three more weeks before I can borrow the third one. Prime's one book per month thing is just nice enough to be frustrating...

I finished The Forever War a few weeks back too. I really enjoyed it...

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I'm a few chapters into Starship Troopers now. I can immediately see the problem with Casper van Dien and Denise Richards being cast, although I suppose you could say that about any movie that either of them were in...
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:50 AM

The Story of O because it makes me extremely horny:

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:45 PM

After reading the description in that book I feel like absynthe would eat me alive in bed
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:51 PM

Side note for you book fans.. this may be a site/app you would want to keep an eye on.

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Oyster has already established a compelling elevator pitch: “Netflix for books.” Pay a monthly fee, get access to an unlimited number of 100,000 titles available in Oyster’s app. The app is beautifully designed and certainly rivals that of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks version. But whether its business model is as much of a threat, and whether it lives up to the Netflix legacy it’s brought on itself, is another matter.
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Right now, the Oyster app is limited to an iPhone-oriented version, though iPad and Android versions are in the works.

http://arstechnica.c...han-10-a-month/
https://www.oysterbooks.com/

Though if your local library has http://www.overdrive.com/ then this might be moot.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:37 PM

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Just got the 3rd book :D

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:46 AM

Third is the best. After that you can actually see Martin smash head first into a wall and stop being interested in continuing the story.

I'm wondering what he intends to do when the show outpaces his writing and he's looking at Season 6.
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:05 AM

View Postishkabible, on 09 September 2013 - 03:45 PM, said:

After reading the description in that book I feel like absynthe would eat me alive in bed


:) I am quiet the little adventure in the bedroom
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:11 AM

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I am quiet the little adventure in the bedroom


You're a quiet adventure?

Sorry, not my taste... I prefer screamers.

I also prefer the kitchen over the bedroom.
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