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Posted 03 February 2014 - 03:07 PM

To me, Breeze seemed too arrogant and Spook just a bit too childish... he's getting better now that he isn't using so much of his eastern accent and I can actually understand him.
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:18 AM

Who ever recommended Haldeman's "Forever War" - thanks! Hella good book.
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:20 AM

listening to "the scret of the ninth planet"
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:26 AM

I need to find my tape deck, I just found the audio library here.
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:00 AM

Just a heads up - if you want a smattering of scifi books for cheap. Sort of like the 'humble ebook bundle'... slap down some cash, spin the wheel, and see whatcha get.

http://storybundle.com/#buy_now

Bad Apple - Kristi Petersen Schoonover
Angry Ghosts - F. Allen Farnham
Demonic Visions - Chris Robertson
Illweed by Jay Mooers
Death Dreams Deluxe - Chris Robertson
The Charters Duology - Matthew Wayne Selznick
Hollow World - Michael J. Sullivan
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:38 AM

Just got done reading The Most Human Human. Great book about AI. Plus, me and the author have the same name (first and last) and interests (computer science and more specifically, artificial intelligence)and he was kind enough to send me a signed copy! Would recommend.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:03 PM

Currently reading Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:22 PM

Just started Words of Radiance. Released today. Yaaay starts with my favorite character!
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:32 PM

Just bought it myself. Haven't been able to read it yet. In fact, I have to finish the last chapter of Way of Kings!
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:56 PM

Still wheedling my way through the last 'bundle' I snagged.. some real stinkers in there...

I am trying to finish up book two (The World Revolves Around You (The Sovereign Era, #2) ) of the 'Sovereign Era' by Matthew Wayne Selznick; also part of that bundle. It's a 'meh', but for young-adult fiction better than most.. The first book (Brave Men Run - A Novel of the Sovereign Era) wasn't all that inspiring, but enough to see where this second book may go.

The plot of the first book is pretty rote - picked on high school kid has super powers but can't use them, other super powered folk come out and declare independence, kid starts dating a super sexy older gal, disenfranchised youth caught up in BigCorporate hijinks, high school bully and protagonist become friends, book ends.

The second book - so far - expands on the super powered compound/head quarters, and splits the story among multiple characters. The protagonist of the last book is now pseudo-famous and let power turn him into a douche.. the high school bully is turning out to be an okay guy... and racists have now moved from color being an issue to species.

Really nothing amazing.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:47 PM

Just re-read The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars, by Stephen Brust. It's always been a favorite of mine, and I'm happy to say it holds up over time. Hard to believe he wrote that almost thirty years ago - Brust, in my opinion, is one of those writers who started out very well, and has just continued well up to today. (The Incrementalists, published last year, is also excellent)

Started The Circle, by David Eggers. I'm about a hundred pages in, and it seems that Eggers has finally learned how to write a novel. This one is really, really good so far: a sort of dystopian fantasy about a company that's clearly a mashup of Google and Facebook, with some other tech thrown in for good measure.
The nice thing is, he's not creating any villains - all of the evil is produced by people with really wild ideas who really want to help people be better.

I would say that both of these are good books for people in tech - the Brust is really all about creativity and process and how we work with others to make something new and great. The Eggers is about the dangers of getting what you wish for, and how your really great idea for improving life for everyone might not be all that great or improving.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:09 AM

Damn you lucky people with Words of Radiance... It doesn't get launched in the UK until Thursday. I do already have it on pre-order though.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 05:08 AM

I haven't pre-ordered, but do intend to go into town at the first opportunity I have.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 06:00 AM

I'm definitely reminded of what Sanderson saida bout Way of Kings.

"This book is all exposition. It's background for the series. The story won't even start until Book 2."

The story has definitely started, and I'm only into Chapter 6. As always with Sanderson, I'm impressed so far. I won't say anything to spoil it though. Hope you all enjoy it!
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 06:16 AM

I read the first few chapters when he put them on his website, so I know what you mean. Since reading them I've been gnashing at the bit to get my hands on the book, lol.
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