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stark wrote:Even though the book won't be released until Tuesday, I think the Clockerdude would prefer if I didn't clutter up his world so I'll repost it over here just in case...
stark wrote:For your reading or listening pleasure....

http://www.amazon.com/American-Pharoah- ... 1478939397
*snicker* You are so considerate. :mrgreen:
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Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:56 pm

Oh, and I meant to post that I am reading William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Soon to be followed by William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return.

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Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:03 am

Tessablue wrote:Oh hey, this thread again. Perfect timing- one day last week I got home, sat down and read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation start to finish. Absolutely loved it and am now working my way through the rest of the trilogy.
Thoroughly enjoyed the second one, was a little let down by the third one. Overall highly recommended to anyone who likes weird fiction.
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Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:18 am

Just finished the two I listed above, as well as Taking Care by Joy Williams.

Now onto The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak, which I'm 30% into and should have done by today. I guess this is what happens when you have nothing to do at work - 26 books read already this year! The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra is up next.
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Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:11 pm

Tessablue wrote:
Tessablue wrote:Oh hey, this thread again. Perfect timing- one day last week I got home, sat down and read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation start to finish. Absolutely loved it and am now working my way through the rest of the trilogy.
Thoroughly enjoyed the second one, was a little let down by the third one. Overall highly recommended to anyone who likes weird fiction.
Thanks for the recommendation. I think I'm able to take this out via e-book for Kindle. I needed a new series for my "I have nothing to do at work book". So glad I went to college, but when I narrow it down at least I'm being paid 40 hours a week to further my love of reading!

I did finish The Sojourn, which was better than I was expecting considering the run on sentences. I think after that and McCarthy I just want someone who obeys the laws of English for a little bit.

It's a shame getting a PhD in English would pay CRAP.. I'd love to critique and then teach this stuff all day.
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Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:47 pm

Somnambulist wrote:
Tessablue wrote:
Tessablue wrote:Oh hey, this thread again. Perfect timing- one day last week I got home, sat down and read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation start to finish. Absolutely loved it and am now working my way through the rest of the trilogy.
Thoroughly enjoyed the second one, was a little let down by the third one. Overall highly recommended to anyone who likes weird fiction.
Thanks for the recommendation. I think I'm able to take this out via e-book for Kindle. I needed a new series for my "I have nothing to do at work book". So glad I went to college, but when I narrow it down at least I'm being paid 40 hours a week to further my love of reading!

I did finish The Sojourn, which was better than I was expecting considering the run on sentences. I think after that and McCarthy I just want someone who obeys the laws of English for a little bit.

It's a shame getting a PhD in English would pay CRAP.. I'd love to critique and then teach this stuff all day.
Ooh man that would be great, I'm dying to talk about it with someone! The first one is a nice quick read too. And if you have any recommendations for good weird fiction (Lovecraft or House of Leaves-esque, etc.) I'd love to hear it. I'm all-or-nothing (more often nothing) when it comes to finishing fictional books so I really prefer getting trusted recommendations before buying them.
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Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:03 pm

I haven't read either. The Lovecraft train is one I've needed to get on for a long time.

My boyfriend is madly in love with Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut, the latter which I find incredibly weird, and the other weird.. probably because I've never been high/tripping?

I really want to start this series but keep making excuses:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/683 ... s_in_Spain
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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
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Somnambulist wrote:I haven't read either. The Lovecraft train is one I've needed to get on for a long time.

My boyfriend is madly in love with Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut, the latter which I find incredibly weird, and the other weird.. probably because I've never been high/tripping?

I really want to start this series but keep making excuses:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/683 ... s_in_Spain
Ooh I do enjoy me some Vonnegut, haven't read nearly enough of him. And I'll check out that series as well!

I can't really read a lot of Lovecraft at once, as it isn't the most elegant read and is mostly built on slowly ratcheting up tension (also some of his short stories are super racist...), but he was masterful at creating images that stick with you. And if you enjoy literary criticism, you should totally read House of Leaves- not to spoil anything, but despite the horror elements I think it's underappreciated as a sometimes-hilarious commentary on the field.
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Fri May 06, 2016 9:52 pm

Alright Commy. Unfortunately I had to actually work at work this week, but I finished Annihilation and am halfway done with Authority.
1. I hate Grace
2. I love the biologist
3. I don't know if this is suffering from second book syndrome, but it's not as captivating as book 1.
4. It is very well written, but for sci fi I should really expect no less

I am halfway done through a Tsar of Love and Techno, only because I REALLY don't want to finish it. The writing is wonderful and so are the stories.
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Fri May 06, 2016 10:27 pm

YEAH I'm so happy you're reading it! I love the biologist too, and the way the characters are drawn up/ the writing in general. Book two is definitely a slower start, but there are some awesome moments in the second half and I think I need to re-read it to fully appreciate some aspects of it. Which might be soon because I haven't gotten into another book yet, maybe it's time to finally crack open One Hundred Years of Solitude...
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Wed May 11, 2016 7:42 pm

Loved the ending of this book. Ran to get the third one.. actually had to buy it because the library didn't have it (ugh.. the struggle).

Apparently they are turning these into movies.
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Wed May 11, 2016 9:28 pm

I bought Lev Grossman's The Magicians quite awhile ago and forgot I even had it. After becoming totally engrossed in the SyFy show, I picked up the book again. It's such a strange book. It's urban fantasy, but it makes me want to read it slowly and carefully, which isn't generally the way I approach fantasy. I love it :lol:

And I think I like the writing more than I do the characters, but they're interesting too. The book just has such a strange feel.
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Wed May 11, 2016 9:35 pm

BlindLucky wrote:I bought Lev Grossman's The Magicians quite awhile ago and forgot I even had it. After becoming totally engrossed in the SyFy show, I picked up the book again. It's such a strange book. It's urban fantasy, but it makes me want to read it slowly and carefully, which isn't generally the way I approach fantasy. I love it :lol:

And I think I like the writing more than I do the characters, but they're interesting too. The book just has such a strange feel.
The writing was very good, and I get you on the strange feel. I felt totally engrossed in it until I realized I HATED Quentin. Hate.

My level of hate of this must be impressive, because for the rate that I read I almost never remember character's names.
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Somnambulist wrote:
BlindLucky wrote:I bought Lev Grossman's The Magicians quite awhile ago and forgot I even had it. After becoming totally engrossed in the SyFy show, I picked up the book again. It's such a strange book. It's urban fantasy, but it makes me want to read it slowly and carefully, which isn't generally the way I approach fantasy. I love it :lol:

And I think I like the writing more than I do the characters, but they're interesting too. The book just has such a strange feel.
The writing was very good, and I get you on the strange feel. I felt totally engrossed in it until I realized I HATED Quentin. Hate.

My level of hate of this must be impressive, because for the rate that I read I almost never remember character's names.
I thought the TV version was really good, one of the best fantasy things to come out of SyFy in... ever.
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Tue May 17, 2016 6:26 am

Invisible Boy by Cornelia Read. It's a dark mystery set in mostly New York and Long Island. I think Som wrote it. (LOL) It's excellent. The only thing that stops me from truly believing she wrote it is that there are no racing references. I may not have gotten far enough into it for the Spa.
My daughter dug it up for me for Mother's Day. For my sins she also dragged in a book about a 245 lb blue Great Dane named George with the honor of being on the Oprah show and making the Guinness Book the same day. While living in Tuscon. All 42" at the shoulder of him. Don't bother reading that one. My Jack Russell terrier could out write his owner. The dog also made the late night TV show circuit.
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Wed May 18, 2016 10:08 am

Somnambulist wrote:Loved the ending of this book. Ran to get the third one.. actually had to buy it because the library didn't have it (ugh.. the struggle).

Apparently they are turning these into movies.
I heard that too, but looking into it more, I think it's only the first movie and the writer/director hasn't even read the rest of the series. Some of the early details about the script are pretty discouraging too, but hopefully it isn't terrible. They really don't feel like works that would adapt well to the screen.

All this has encouraged me to go back and re-read House of Leaves, but I'm finding that I remember pretty much everything that happened in that book even though it's been almost ten years since I read it. Guess that's the sign of a really good book?
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Tessablue wrote:
All this has encouraged me to go back and re-read House of Leaves, but I'm finding that I remember pretty much everything that happened in that book even though it's been almost ten years since I read it. Guess that's the sign of a really good book?
It is.

I went to attempt to find Louise Erdich's new book yesterday. Which they did not have. Found a fiction novel based entirely on racing - The Sport of Kings. I didn't buy it since I hate buying hardcover. The reviews seem mixed.. I'll probably buy it for Kindle. Just kind of cool to see a fiction racing novel that actually might be well written.
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Sat May 21, 2016 5:24 pm

I'm reading Mirrorsight the latest book in Kristen Britain's Green Rider Trilogy. If you love epic fantasy I highly recommend this series.
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Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:08 pm

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I just finished the first one in the series called Half Blood. I like her writing. She does YA and adult romance, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian.
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