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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2895 on: July 07, 2017, 05:34:09 pm »
Thanks to Cain, I have been forced to start this series from the beginning (meaning the first book of the Prince of Nothing series) and now I have a lot of reading ahead of me so I don't appreciate that and Cain should feel bad (and subsidize the cost of these books). But at least I don't have to worry about what I'm going to read next for the next eight years or so.

I pulled the first book off a bookstore shelf when I was in 9th grade because the cover looked cool. It is no exaggeration to say that this series has influenced my development into a horrible person. I think you'll have a great time with it.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2896 on: July 07, 2017, 06:46:19 pm »
Cainad started me on it, so he's totally to blame.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2897 on: July 07, 2017, 06:55:21 pm »
Also have fun spending the next 8 years figuring out if Kelhus is mankind's saviour or mankind's doom.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2898 on: July 07, 2017, 09:42:16 pm »
Just finished cryptonomicon.  I love stephenson, but his endings are always so unsatisfying.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2899 on: July 22, 2017, 05:41:23 am »
Also have fun spending the next 8 years figuring out if Kelhus is mankind's saviour or mankind's doom.

So far (just finished The Thousandfold Thought) it seems like he's either a well-meaning guy who nevertheless sees a need to put human civilization through the grinder in order to save it, a la Leto Jr.; a person who has succumbed to the temptation of using his overblown intellect and conditioning for nefarious ends; are actually a god who is just beyond such petty distinctions. Stealing Esmenet was a dick move, though. No way around that, really.

Bakker has an annoying tendency to make his characters behave in a completely absurd way in what seems to be nothing more than a way to force the reader into feeling suspense. Luckily the episodes haven't lasted very long so far (with the exception of Kehlus...). The world building is pretty awesome, and the strong threads of philosophy and metaphysics are pretty neat also.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2900 on: July 22, 2017, 11:30:07 pm »
With regards to Kellhus, he ceases to be a POV character in the next series, so discerning the intent behind his actions is so much harder. 

However, the Thousandfold Thought definitely revealed one correct thing: the gods have a role to play in what happens next.  They cannot see the No-God and so cannot understand the threat.  In fact, the only threat they see is Kellhus...

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2901 on: July 23, 2017, 01:54:03 am »
Trying to convince my band to change our name to Mog-Pharau

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2902 on: July 23, 2017, 09:52:23 am »
Trying to convince my band to change our name to Mog-Pharau

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I once generated a Minecraft map using "Mog-Pharau" as the seed string. It generated a giant ocean, with nothing except a half-dozen small mushroom-covered islands scattered about in the emptiness.

Bakker scores points in my fantasy trope book for totally nailing the "Blessed With Suck" trope for the Nonmen. Immortality blows ASS, and the full extent of how much ass it blows gets loads of detail in The Great Ordeal.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2903 on: July 23, 2017, 03:25:49 pm »
Ishterebinth is actually more horrifying than anything else I think we've seen in the series, including the topos on the Mengedda Plains.

It's not as horrifying as the climax of The Unholy Consult, though...

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2904 on: July 24, 2017, 10:27:23 am »
I'm still making my way through Phillip K. Dick's Exegesis while on the shitter. I wish I'd started reading it with a highlighter, because every once in a while his devolution into rambling insanity takes a pit-stop at philosophical profundity, and the chances of me starting over after getting to the halfway point of a hardback that's two-inches thick are pretty nil.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2905 on: August 16, 2017, 03:56:04 am »
"The Alchemist"
also- I now have to wear glasses to read..
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2906 on: August 19, 2017, 05:25:45 pm »
I'm taking a break from R. Scott Bakker, because it's intense and depressing.

So, like an idiot, I started Song of Ice and Fire, which is even more depressing.

I'm done with Game of Thrones and just starting A Clash of Kings. Also, I refuse to watch the TV adaptation until the books are done. Christ, this series should have been called "Everything Gets Worse".
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2907 on: August 20, 2017, 10:14:05 am »
You haven't even gotten to the most depressing part yet: reading A Feast For Crows and finding out, after going through 11 million pages, that almost nothing has happened.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2908 on: August 20, 2017, 04:37:38 pm »
You haven't even gotten to the most depressing part yet: reading A Feast For Crows and finding out, after going through 11 million pages, that almost nothing has happened.

That sounds like the REAL spoiler

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2909 on: August 20, 2017, 06:19:50 pm »
No, but this is the real spoiler:

Joffrey is such a cunt.