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Re-reading Maupin's Tales of the City series.

Sitting outside, getting weird looks from people as I laugh out loud. It may not be considered great literature, but damn it's fun!

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Wow, what an ending to the Red Rising Trilogy, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading this much.

 

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I've listened to a bit on Audible lately. Here are some in no particular order:

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Isaac Asimov - Foundation / For such a famous, well-regarded book, I was more bored by this than by the work i do, which is mind-numbingly painful. The ending was OK; I was reminded of how many books are great, and I'm sad to see them end, and the ending is good enough, but you're sad that it's over. This wound up being about as good as many for an ending, but it was starting to crescendo in the last tenth of the book. It was enough to make me want to read to wikis to figure out what happened next, but i still haven't even done that yet, so...

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Micahael Lewish - Moneyball / Brilliant book; I want to read some more of his stuff.

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Andy Weir - The Martian / It was great, and hilarious. I'm glad I read it before watching the movie.

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John Scalzi - Lock In / Enjoyed it

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Daniel Suarez - Daemon / Like the one above, another 3-4$ daily deal on Audible that looked interesting, and was. I love finding these cheap reads that introduce me to new authors.

**BRENT**

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I liked it, I didn't love it. War is hell, and this book is great at showing it. Especially in the final act.

There are some parts of the book that are absolutely fantastic, particularly those involving Pilar and Pablo... especially Pilar. She is an amazing charachter. Her scene describing the actions against the fascists in chapter 10 was the highlight of the book for me. I heard Hemingway named his boat after her.

I wish Robert Jordan had been a more likable lead. I never really warmed to him. Also the literal translation of the Spanish gets annoying fast. That particular aspect of the book has aged very poorly.

4/5.

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Three Body Problem

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This is great "hard" science fiction. I enjoyed it more than "The Martian."

It is difficult to talk about the plot without ruining the fun, so I will refrain. Suffice it to say the the book feels inventive and modern, almost Asimov-ian. That is a VERY good thing.

Is this the first time the Hugo award was ever won by someone other than a caucasian?

Recommended without qualification. I will absolutely be picking up the 2nd and 3rd (when it is translated to English in September) books in the trilogy. Heck, I can't wait for the movie to come out.

4.5/5.

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EDIT: By the way, if anyone else is reading on a Kindle and wants to "borrow" any of the books I've read I think there is a way to "lend" them out. Hit me up via PM.

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In case anyone is interested... William Styron: The Collected Novels (eBook) is on sale today only. $4.99 Amazon/Apple/Google

Includes National Book Award winner Sophie’s Choice and Pulitzer Prize winner The Confessions of Nat Turner.

 

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Who the hell are you and what make you think we'd be interested in anything that you enjoy!

Seriously, 

that's crazy cheap and 

Welcome back Ric!!!

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Amen! Good to have you back, buddy! I've missed your reviews.

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Reamde by Neal Stephensen.  Mostly listened to the audible book, finished by reading the last 100 pages.  Holy shit stephensen needs an editor.  But pretty good story.

I never have finished the baroque cycle.

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I like Stephensen when he stays in a century that I've breathed in. The critics weren't kind to Reamde, and yeah, could have tighter, but I actually loved it.

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I loved Reamde, but two people I know couldn't finish it. Me, I couldn't put it down once I got to the final act ...and that's like half the book.

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Fight Club 2!?!?!?!

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Since when is this a thing? Hell yes I will be reading this over the 4th holiday weekend.

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Finally read (and mostly listened to the audio book of) Anathem.  I wish I'd dug in long ago, it was an interesting trip.

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I kept getting this ad for Argonauts on Facebook, so I read it.  I actually really enjoyed it.  It's not the best written, but the premise (a cyberpunk update of Jason and the Argonauts) has a lot of interesting thoughts well thought-out.  And I actually kind of enjoyed the whole idea of a "hero" coming to grips with needing a team/support staff.

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Along a similar vein, it's been awhile since I thought of Klosterman, but after this WTF podcast just started... 

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Working my way through Iain M Banks' back catalogue.  Hell of an author in the space opera genre.

Also writes non-scifi under the same name without the "M", none of which I've yet to read.

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