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ldmitrukUser avatarPosts: 229Joined: Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:47 pmLocation: Edmonton, Alberta Gender: Cake

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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:29 pm
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Faking History - Jason Colavito
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The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Isreal and the Origin of Sacred Texts - Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman
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VisakiUser avatarPosts: 719Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:26 pmLocation: Helsinki, Finland Gender: Male

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I snatched the first 15 book of the Horus Heresy series from Humble bundle for a bargain, so starting with Horus Rising I have my reading schedule full for a few months. If I like these there are another 26 books left, and the series is still running.
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:54 am
WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1176Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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I finished The Broken Empire trilogy yesterday. I found it a bit lacking. Characters seemed a bit flat.The main character in particular, did a lot of evil things for no purpose other than just to shock the reader. The plot seemed a bit contrived. Which was exaggerated by the fact that action jumps from "now" to "5 years ago" and back.
I liked the idea of a post-apocalyptic world.

I'm also listening to an audio book of Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie and I'm reading Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. Both are collections of short stories (based in The First Law universe and Cosmere respectively). Generally good, although, some of the stories in the latter are too short, they touch on something interesting without going into any details. From Sanderson I liked Emperor's soul and Mistborn: Secret History in particular.
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Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:46 pm
CollecemallPosts: 332Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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I didn't realize Sanderson had a short stories collection. Will have to pick that up. I've started half a dozen series this year. Most have been fairly good but nothing world changing. After I finish some of them I'll report in if any of them turn out better than I expected.

I enjoyed The Broken Empire. But I can see why others might not. His newest book was good. Red Sister. I think it's going to be a trilogy as well. Very different stuff though. It's nowhere near as dark. I would probably recommend you skip The Red Queen's war if you weren't crazy about The Broken Empire. Same world but following Jorg's cousin Jalan. Who never wants to do the right thing (but usually does) and is a colossal fuck up most of the time. It's almost a comedy. I enjoyed it but not as much as the first series.

The Traitor Son Cycle is probably the best I've read this year. I think it finishes up later in the year. If I had to recommend something other than Malazan that I've read the past couple years it might be that.
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1176Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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Collecemall wrote:I didn't realize Sanderson had a short stories collection. Will have to pick that up.


From what I understand most of the stories had been published before in one form or another. The one that hasn't been published is the final one in the book, The Edgedancer. It's about Lift from Stormlight Archive. Lift is a character from one of the "intermission" novellas/short stories. According to the postscript, this story sort of explains some of the things that happened between the 2nd and the 3rd book of the series.

It's a cool story. I could instantly tell the difference between Sanderson and the previous book I'd read.
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AkamiaUser avatarPosts: 66Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:41 pmLocation: Alaska Gender: Time Lord

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Just finished I, Robot by Issac Asimov.

It really was as good a read as I expected it to be. I didn't take from it the same conclusion about the Three Laws that the person who finally gave me sufficient motivation to purchase the book did, however. He claimed the Three Laws don't work, and cited the book as evidence of that claim. Upon reading it, I found the book seemed to reach the opposite conclusion overall; while some specific incidents caused some discord within the laws, overall the laws seemed to win out in the end, for better or worse.

I only wonder if the major conflicts my opponent spoke of occurred in later books in the series, of which there were four total. In time I shall purchase and read those books as well, but based solely on I, Robot, my opponent appears to be wrong about the efficacy of the Three Laws. In theory, anyway. This is science fiction we are talking about, after all; in practice, I don't think we know enough yet.


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LaurensSocial EditorUser avatarPosts: 2948Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:24 pmLocation: Norwich UK Gender: Male

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1176Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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Just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman



Is it the one that the show by the same name is based on? I heard good things about the book but after watching the 1st episode of the show I lost interest. How was the book?

I've just finished Stellheart, the 1st book of The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson. I liked it. His books are so nice to read.
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LaurensSocial EditorUser avatarPosts: 2948Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:24 pmLocation: Norwich UK Gender: Male

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Laurens wrote:
Just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman



Is it the one that the show by the same name is based on? I heard good things about the book but after watching the 1st episode of the show I lost interest. How was the book?

I've just finished Stellheart, the 1st book of The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson. I liked it. His books are so nice to read.

The book was good. I enjoyed it, I believe the series is based upon it but I never got the sense while reading it that it would make a good TV show, its a bit too weird.

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he_who_is_nobodyBloggerUser avatarPosts: 3243Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:36 amLocation: Albuquerque, New Mexico Gender: Male

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WarK wrote:Is it the one that the show by the same name is based on? I heard good things about the book but after watching the 1st episode of the show I lost interest. How was the book?

I've just finished Stellheart, the 1st book of The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson. I liked it. His books are so nice to read.

The book was good. I enjoyed it, I believe the series is based upon it but I never got the sense while reading it that it would make a good TV show, its a bit too weird.

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The show is based on the book. The show, much like Game of Thrones, is far superior to the book.
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CollecemallPosts: 332Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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Laurens wrote:The Passage by Justin Cronin

Just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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I would be interested in your review of Cronin. I have a few of his but haven't read any yet.

I'm currently reading Brian Staveley's Chronicles Of The Unhewn Throne. Halfway through book one and really enjoying it.

Also doing my third re-read of Malazan using the recommended reading order mixing in the works Esslemont did as well.
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he_who_is_nobodyBloggerUser avatarPosts: 3243Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:36 amLocation: Albuquerque, New Mexico Gender: Male

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Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution - by Nick Lane
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ldmitrukUser avatarPosts: 229Joined: Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:47 pmLocation: Edmonton, Alberta Gender: Cake

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The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs by Julien Musolino
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:24 pm
CollecemallPosts: 332Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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ldmitruk wrote:The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs by Julien Musolino



You might enjoy the coursera course of the same title "Soul Beliefs" it has been a couple of years since I went through the course but they had Julien as a guest speaker for part of it when I took it. They offer it several times a year I think and it is of course free. They have one starting up tomorrow as a matter of fact. https://www.coursera.org/learn/soulbeliefs
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Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:00 pm
ldmitrukUser avatarPosts: 229Joined: Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:47 pmLocation: Edmonton, Alberta Gender: Cake

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ldmitruk wrote:The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs by Julien Musolino



You might enjoy the coursera course of the same title "Soul Beliefs" it has been a couple of years since I went through the course but they had Julien as a guest speaker for part of it when I took it. They offer it several times a year I think and it is of course free. They have one starting up tomorrow as a matter of fact. https://www.coursera.org/learn/soulbeliefs



Thanks, I'll have to look into the course.
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:43 pm
WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1176Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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So, I finished The Reckoners some time ago. I liked it, although it was more a sci-fi story than fantasy.
After finishing that I didn't know what to read so I started The Lies of Locke Lamora but didn't like it so I put it down for now.

Currently I'm reading Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb. It's the first book in 3rd trilogy taking place in The Realm of the Elderlings universe. I skipped the 2nd trilogy because from what I understand it dealt with different characters that the original trilogy. I was curious what happened with Fitz after the original trilogy. So far I'm liking it.
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