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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2985 on: November 04, 2019, 02:32:11 pm »
I can’t speak for everyone else (I tried and they shot me for my crimes) but I at least can read a decent sized book in 3 days using only part of my lunch breaks

I re-read the whole of Laird Barron’s output, the Annihilation/Authority/cant ever remember the other one trilogy, Stephen Graham Jones’ Demon Theory, and Simon Strantzas’ Burnt Black Suns collection over the course of my time since beginning work (so since August) without using any off days and actually only reading maybe a third of the days I’ve worked

I assume PDers are just all crazy fast readers like me, we read the giant text walls here constantly, we have practice

Good point about the practice. And while I *can* read quickly enough to get the basic idea (short of skimming), I just don't find I retain the info as well as I do if I were to take my time. I found the spritz-type apps good for articles (specifically reedy for also bypassing paywalls) but when there's something as spread out as a book or even an indepth article, there's just no way I'll get all of the content. Even spritz style I find i have to take a break to collect my thoughts.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2986 on: November 04, 2019, 03:06:04 pm »
Currently reading The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey.

I am about 1/3rd of the way through.  Unlike most of his novels, this is not a book that is meant to be funny on any level.  It reads more like his Butcher Bird than his Sandman Slim or Coop novels.  What it really reminds me of, flavor-wise, is his early Metrophage and maybe Warren Ellis's Electrograd.

It's slow going, but not a bad read overall.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2987 on: November 04, 2019, 03:26:09 pm »
The title of that book alone screams to me that I must read it.

So, you know, maybe I will.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2988 on: November 07, 2019, 06:52:41 pm »
Finished The Grand Dark by Khadrey.  It is a tale of fantasy dystopia in a somewhat distorted version of today.  The tech is different, not absent, but it is definitely not science fiction.

The first 200 pages are slow, he's building a world that is all too horribly familiar.  Then the next 200 pages are berserk.  The story is completed, but with an obvious out for a sequel.

Cain would really enjoy this book.  LMNO would probably not really enjoy this book.

Overall, I give it an 8.

By comparison, I give most Black Mirror episodes a 6.
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« Reply #2989 on: November 07, 2019, 08:30:24 pm »
I will give it a look. I found the Amazon Kindle page for it

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2990 on: November 07, 2019, 09:20:36 pm »
Finished The Grand Dark by Khadrey.  It is a tale of fantasy dystopia in a somewhat distorted version of today.  The tech is different, not absent, but it is definitely not science fiction.

The first 200 pages are slow, he's building a world that is all too horribly familiar.  Then the next 200 pages are berserk.  The story is completed, but with an obvious out for a sequel.

Cain would really enjoy this book.  LMNO would probably not really enjoy this book.

Overall, I give it an 8.

By comparison, I give most Black Mirror episodes a 6.

I just inserted it into my budget for next paycheck.
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« Reply #2991 on: November 07, 2019, 09:24:44 pm »
Finished The Grand Dark by Khadrey.  It is a tale of fantasy dystopia in a somewhat distorted version of today.  The tech is different, not absent, but it is definitely not science fiction.

The first 200 pages are slow, he's building a world that is all too horribly familiar.  Then the next 200 pages are berserk.  The story is completed, but with an obvious out for a sequel.

Cain would really enjoy this book.  LMNO would probably not really enjoy this book.

Overall, I give it an 8.

By comparison, I give most Black Mirror episodes a 6.

I just inserted it into my budget for next paycheck.

Oh, YOU are gonna LOVE this, for totally different reasons.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2992 on: November 10, 2019, 03:27:22 pm »
Currently reading The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey.

I am about 1/3rd of the way through.  Unlike most of his novels, this is not a book that is meant to be funny on any level.  It reads more like his Butcher Bird than his Sandman Slim or Coop novels.  What it really reminds me of, flavor-wise, is his early Metrophage and maybe Warren Ellis's Electrograd.

It's slow going, but not a bad read overall.

Hey Dok, what is your take on the Sandman Slim series? I got the first book a while back for reasons I can't remember but just haven't picked it up yet.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2993 on: November 11, 2019, 02:04:22 am »
Currently reading The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey.

I am about 1/3rd of the way through.  Unlike most of his novels, this is not a book that is meant to be funny on any level.  It reads more like his Butcher Bird than his Sandman Slim or Coop novels.  What it really reminds me of, flavor-wise, is his early Metrophage and maybe Warren Ellis's Electrograd.

It's slow going, but not a bad read overall.

Hey Dok, what is your take on the Sandman Slim series? I got the first book a while back for reasons I can't remember but just haven't picked it up yet.

Jenn and I are fiends for it.  I know Richard Khadrey on Facebook, and I have told him on more than one occasion "STOP POSTING HERE AND WRITE MORE SLIM."

It's that good.

So is everything else he's written.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2994 on: November 11, 2019, 02:26:50 am »
 :lulz: Damn lolll..point taken

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2995 on: November 11, 2019, 02:43:12 am »
:lulz: Damn lolll..point taken

The Coop series is also good (The Everything Box, The Wrong Dead Guy).  Funny, not very dark.

Sandman Slim:  Dark and often funny.

The Grand Dark:  Dark as fuck and not even slightly funny.

Butcher Bird:  Somewhat dark, no attempt to be funny.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2996 on: November 11, 2019, 04:35:10 pm »
Just finished reading the newest David Drake "Lt Leary" novel, To Clear Away the Shadows.

1.  It was like watching paint dry.  There was no conflict and therefore no resolution.
2.  Leary wasn't in it.  He robbed his own previous book for characters (read, the same exact characters with different names.).
3.  This is two books past Death's Bright Day, and he still hasn't finished that story, which ended as a cliff hanger.  Three years ago.

I give this book one star out of five.

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« Reply #2997 on: November 16, 2019, 05:26:24 pm »
We are reading Coup d'Etat for Idiots by Not A HIMEOBS Contractor.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2998 on: November 16, 2019, 05:56:23 pm »
HIMEOBS is slacking off these days.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2999 on: November 16, 2019, 06:44:28 pm »
HIMEOBS is slacking off these days.

That one had a legit looking email addie.
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