📚 The book lovers thread



  • @DogsB said in 📚 The book lovers thread:

    I probably would of thought

    :eye: :eye:



  • This wasn't God awful but I'm glad I didn't buy it. Some how there is a sequel coming out next month. I'll probably read it if its on kindle unlimited and nothing else jumps out at me. If I didn't have the kindle unlimited stipulation I probably wouldn't of bothered.



  • Just finished this one. It was a bit slow to get started but a good addition to the series.

    NB: The book actually isn't about MS Word markup.


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    @boomzilla said in 📚 The book lovers thread:

    NB: The book actually isn't about MS Word markup.

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  • :belt_onion:

    Finished this one:

    It is the second book of The Three-Body Problem trilogy.

    It was very well thought and has a clever world-building, plot twists and is dark!
    Would make for a great SciFi series IMO, great imagery. You will see the spaceships with your eyes closed.


  • :belt_onion:

    @boomzilla Went directly to my list. How was the first book "Leviathan Wakes"?



  • @dse said in 📚 The book lovers thread:

    @boomzilla Went directly to my list. How was the first book "Leviathan Wakes"?

    I loved it. We watched the SyFy "The Expanse" series last winter and then started reading the books. You really have to start at the beginning of the series or it won't make sense.


  • :belt_onion:

    Finished the 3rd part of The Three Body Problem:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death's_End

    Not as great as the previous two, but still worth it.


  • Impossible Mission - B

    @djls45 said in 📚 The book lovers thread:

    • I also have read/am reading the works by Wildbow:
      Worm is about a girl who gains the super-power of controlling bugs in her vicinity.

    Gah! A friend recommended Worm and I read through it, but it was horrible!

    The basic premise starts out interesting enough: a girl who gains super-powers tries to join up with a team of heroes, then discovers a bit too late that they're actually a team of villains and she's kind of stuck on the wrong side, and she tries to make the best of it. That was a worthwhile story! But then an unstoppable monster invades their city and the whole story takes a turn for the grimdark, from which it never recovers. Each new arc seems to try to one-up the last in terms of how ridiculously traumatic we can make her experience and how much further we can drag the basic ideas behind superheroes though the mud.

    Because this is a superhero story, it ends with a massive apocalyptic climax... which might have actually been cool had it not been utterly incoherent. The second-to-last arc is a big infiltration through some massive evil-bad-guy-except-they're-kinda-maybe-good-ish-guys fortress, and there are so many things going on, involving so many groups, that you completely lose track of who's doing what, who's where, who's fighting who and why, etc. But eventually they manage to obtain the MacGuffin they're looking for, and proceed on to the final battle, which they manage to win by magically introducing a totally new superpower at the last second, violating the heck out of well-established in-universe rules, and stomping all over all three of Sanderson's Laws of Magic worse than anything I've seen since The Sword of Truth. It really felt like one of those thing where the author got tired and just wanted to bring the story to an end somehow, and vomited out whatever concepts first came to mind regardless of the ridiculously high TDEMSYR factor.

    Not to mention how many times, all throughout the story from beginning to end, ridiculous bug-related concepts end up stomping all over suspension of disbelief. I can suspend my disbelief for superpowers, because it's a story about people with superpowers. It's a lot harder to suspend for bugs crawling all over someone but somehow they're not able to feel them or notice them at all! Or for super-strong miracle spidersilk that's powerful enough to move heavy objects around but so small that no one sees it. (Ever notice how easy it is to spot a single strand of spider silk while you're walking, because you're almost guaranteed to reach some point at which the light refracts off it just right that it stands out? Apparently that simply doesn't happen in this world.)

    So... yeah. I would definitely not recommend Worm. Lots of potential, but completely fails in the execution.



  • @masonwheeler I agree. I think it followed the "escalation to doomsday" pattern of superhero story, despite the setting being rich enough that it didn't need it. But I guess Wildbow had the idea for the ending that he wanted, so a long-running episodic type of story wasn't his goal. It did seem to get rushed as it neared the end.


  • :belt_onion:

    This is categorized as historical fiction! Nope, it is fantasy and a great one at that. Ancient mythology rewritten for modern fantasy readers. All the stories selected are grey and intriguing with twists and turns, and at the same time humorous and funny. The fact that those stories are related, makes it more coherent as a collection.
    I wonder if Neil Gaiman can even write a bad book. Just wish it was longer.


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    @dse I've had that one on my wishlist for a while, might get it before I finish reading everything Brandon Sanderson's written.

    Oh, and there's a new Robin Hobb book on the way, and another Michael G Manning in a few months. I'm going to be busy


  • mod

    @Jaloopa said in 📚 The book lovers thread:

    there's a new Robin Hobb book on the way

    Oh! I should go pre-order it...

    TIL what the message you get when you try to pre-order a book you preordered over a year ago looks like :blush:


  • sockdevs

    @Yamikuronue "We see you've already pre-ordered this book, but you're such a nice person, we'll sell you two copies?" maybe?


  • :belt_onion:

    Finished another book from Michael J. Sullivan:

    Overall it was better (read, less boring) than the previous one:

    But I think I will have to pass on future books. Too YA, and Game-y. He claims he writes the entire novel, then releases them one book at a time, and that it helps him come up with a cohesive narrative as a whole novel.
    It is boring to read random side-stories that have nothing to do with the current story-line. Maybe the author is planting these Easter eggs in the 1st book while he is writing the 3rd book, just to make the overall plot look smart after reading the trilogy.


  • mod

    Just finished this:

    It reminds me of Blade Runner or Minority Report; it started as a short story, so it spends about five minutes on "here's the dystopian world" before you get into "now let's wreck this guy's day" and it never stops moving after that. There's also no Dick-esque "and then everyone takes acid, the end" kind of twist; there's twists, but they make sense, and they propel the action forward.

    Also recently finished this:

    It's very Firefly. Not like, "fanfic with the serial numbers filed off" Firefly, but like the essence of it, the spirit of Firefly. And it's not cancelled. I will probably pick up the next mission pack when I get through my backlog of shit I already bought.



  • Free book, Brandon Sanderson: The Way of Kings
    expires soon though


  • Impossible Mission - B

    @homoBalkanus Niiiice!


  • :belt_onion:

    @homoBalkanus Huh, USA and Canada only.

    Oh well.



  • @dse I accidentally started 2 trilogies in, and that part at least is quite cool.



  • @JBert said in 📚 The book lovers thread:

    @homoBalkanus Huh, USA and Canada only.

    Oh well.

    the only check they do is to ask you to select between Canada and US before giving you the download link.


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    Tried Wild Wastes by Randi Darren because it starts out interesting and has good reviews.

    Ugh. Beyond the absolutely atrocious editing, or lack thereof, the book features a ridiculous series of world change triggers, an increasingly bizarre hand-waves for making the protagonist increasingly OP, and an ever-increasing set of females demanding to have sex with him.

    The main character is written as a real person in an apocalypse, and will not make choices that line up with society and cultural norms.

    Yeah, he basically abandons his norms for those of another race, but he doesn't feel like a real person at all.


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