What are you reading and what is on your book stack to read?

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Re: What are you reading and what is on your book stack to read?

Posted 07 January 2019 - 05:48 PM

It's a great book, & I'm trying to use content from it as often as I can. However, if you are not in a situation where you are in negotiations, then it could probably wait.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 06:40 AM

I just took at look at the contents of "Never Split the Difference" on Amazon. I saw something about being the smartest person in the room and immediately bought it.
I'm more like most gullible person in the room, apparently. lol
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:17 AM

I'm late to the party on this next one, Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Published in English in 2014. Also doing second read-through of Clean Code.

Waiting on the bookshelf;
Test Driven Development by Kent Beck
Effective Java 3rd edition by Josh Bloch
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 09:35 AM

Walking past the secretary's desk in the hallway on my way back from the bathroom:

"Hey, come here."

"What's up?"

"I'm watching the Game of Thrones preview. You watch that show?"

"No, we're forbidden from watching it in my house until my daughter finishes the books."

"Wow. So she a reader?"

"Yes, most definitely."

"Not me, man. I went to the library once and asked them to hold the Game of Thrones book when it came in and a week later, I went to pick it up and it's a thick book. It's like 400 pages or some shit like that and I'm like, "nuh-uh! Who's got time to read something like that?! No, thank you! I'll just watch the TV show. It's most interesting when there's pictures anyway!"

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I just walked away from the desk. I didn't even know what to say in response to that. The woman rendered me speechless.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 09:42 AM

Hah. I never saw the point of watching an adaptation of a novel, because the pictures are never as good.

To my mind, the only point of adapting a novel for television or film is that it gives the author a good payday, but unfortunately very few authors manage to use that cash, and the artistic freedom it should imply, to produce any interesting work. I suppose Ian McEwan has done well in that regard, but nobody else springs to mind. So basically, in general it's a total waste of time and a sad indictment of the paucity of imagination in our culture.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 09:56 AM

'Not much of a reader' always reminds me of Rollin's bit on dating and reading..

https://www.youtube....h?v=W9S5-EB8dR8
(2.20 in if you want to skip right to it)
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:03 AM

I don't know what it is about that man that makes me want to take my clothes off and land on him from above, lowered by surprise crane. Jesus.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:06 AM

The man is a force of will and awesome.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:26 AM

Is George R. R. Martin a great writer? It seems at this point that the show has a life of its own and he's trying to catch up, but is his writing so amazing that it eclipses the writing and production of the show? It's a great show, it seems like a shame to miss the experience because you're putting that book up on a pedestal. Don't put the book on a pedestal.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:23 AM

Martin has been a top-class second-rate writer since the 1980s, and I respect that. I just don't have time to watch someone else remake his work just because they don't have any creative drive of their own, or are willing to be blocked in their creative drive by market forces. It's not about putting a book on a pedestal - I would feel the same way about a novelization of a movie or TV show.

There are exceptions, I suppose. Blade Runner is an excellent movie that manages to capture the core themes of Dick's novel while being fundamentally its own thing, for example. But in general, derivative works are derivative and life's too short.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:53 AM

I was under the impression that the show had moved beyond the books, and that he was busy working the newer plots into his next books.

Regardless, it's a good show that stands on its own merit, but I'm certainly not going to force anyone to watch it. I enjoy it, and that's enough for me.
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