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Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:29 pm
by ldmitruk
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:55 am
by he_who_is_nobody
Faking History - Jason Colavito

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:19 pm
by he_who_is_nobody
The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Isreal and the Origin of Sacred Texts - Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:54 am
by Visaki
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:46 pm
by WarK
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:21 am
by Collecemall
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:30 pm
by WarK
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:20 am
by Akamia
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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Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:01 pm
by Laurens
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:17 pm
by WarK
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:22 pm
by Laurens
WarK wrote:
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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Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:49 pm
by he_who_is_nobody
Laurens wrote:
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:19 am
by Collecemall
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:08 am
by he_who_is_nobody
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution - by Nick Lane

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:24 pm
by ldmitruk
The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs by Julien Musolino

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:00 pm
by Collecemall
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

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:43 pm
by ldmitruk
Collecemall wrote:
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.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:37 pm
by WarK
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.

update:
I'm half way through the 2nd book, The Golden Fool. I'm really enjoying it. I'm not sure what it is about Robin Hobb's writing but I like the depth of characters and how the story line unfolds.

Re: Whatcha reading at the moment?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:38 pm
by Akamia
The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming by Terry Griffin.

Reading it for practical reasons. I want to get more use out of my LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit. Problem is I don't really know how the programming environment works, and there aren't enough "sample" robots and programs to demonstrate every tool the EV3 Labview environment has. Over time I may learn more powerful programming languages for it, but this is where I'm starting.


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