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What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #236

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Welcome to the post collapse book club. I haven't read much lately, which is strange for me, but I still want to talk about books!

Given that I haven't had much time for novel reading I have been focusing more on short stories. I picked up 'Aliens, Travelers, and Other Strangers' which is a short story collection of Russian SF writers, including the Brothers Strugatsky of 'A Roadside Picnic' fame. I found it pretty good, but nothing really stuck in my head afterwards, so I wouldn't say it would be a great introduction to Russian SF.

The next short story collection is 'Monkey Brain Sushi', which was a compendium of modern (at the time in 1991) Japaneses prose. I enjoyed 'TV People' by Haruki Marukami for its detachment and relaxing tone, but the real gem was 'Mazelife' Kyoji Kobayashi, which is about a person attempted to create their own reality (including deities and what have you) in order to replace this one. Very surreal stuff with the exception that the main character went about this recreation in a very organized and regimented way. I liked those two quite a bit, but the rest of the collection was either decent or outright terrible. There were a few gems and some trash, to sum it up.

I also re-read 'The Man in the High Castle', because that shit is a classic and a fast read.

Anyone else want to join the book club? Hopefully it gets me to finish a new novel. I must have picked up five or six then put them back down after a chapter.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #244

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The Windup Girl
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #247

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Re-read the Mistborn trilogy, but disappointed with Alloy of Law. I cannot wait until the sequel to Way of Kings.

If you haven't read them, they are good. Read Mistborn first, because Way of kings is huge and takes a little while to heat up.
I am not prepared.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #255

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I'm about to start reading Ship Breaker.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #260

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Windup Girl had a great setting, although I thought some of the characters were a little thin (especially the titular character, who brought very little to the plot). Springs used for energy, corporate espionage involving trademarked genetic foodstuffs killing consumers in the end, animals being used for transportation, etc. killer stuff. Half the characters aside I highly recommend it.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #261

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I haven't gotten very far but it reminds me of Jurassic Park so far.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #263

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As a child I was upset that almost all of the dinosaurs depicted were from the Cretaceous period. Still a great book and movie.

"clever girl"
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #264

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Not necessarily the movie and the clever girl, but the book had a lot of Ingen vs. Sintec or whatever the companies were called. But a lot of corporate espionage.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #306

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Hey,
I just ordered Victor Pelevin's, "A werewolf Problem in Central Russia" which is a collection of this Russian writer's short works. It's by New Directions Publishers. I have not read any of his books yet, but read a review of his stuff on a blog linked to 'Collapse' topics. He seems pretty interesting. Matt, you must have heard of him right? any good? I'll find out soon enough.
Man in a High Tower is great one. That was about the guy who could see just a bit into the future and then takes over the world using the passive invasion of alien seaslugs as a pretext to manipulate the zenophobia of humanity for his own survival and glory right? I think Wreck age shares spirit with the ethos of that book's disgust with humanity. I remember reading that and thinking, "We really do deserve to be quarantined.." Maybe all those rich ships are floating around in space right now, full of skeletons, at the 'Border' waiting for eternity for a admittance to the universe that will never come.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 months ago #307

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Reading Walking Dead Compendium One. Picked it up at Motor City Comic Con for a mere $25. I like it, but not enough to understand why issue #1 goes for over $1,000 on eBay.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 3 months ago #356

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RIP Ray Bradbury. Haven't read him in years, but he opened up a lot of young kids eyes to the sense of wonder that SF and fantasy can give. What are your favorites by him, HG book club?
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 3 months ago #361

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I don't think I have read any of Ray Bradbury's stuff, weirdly b/c I recognize the name.

I am thinking of re-reading 1984 right now.

@Unicorn King....I am surprised...that kind of sounds like a zombie thing, and I wouldn't have expected that from you ;)

Just kidding!
I am not prepared.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 2 months ago #431

Little Golden America by Ilf and Petrov (litteral translation - One-storied America). Book was written in 1936 by two great authors travelling across America from East to West and back.

I really recommend to check it out, because it's just great to compare the description of US then to nowadays state of country.
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Re: What are you reading? 5 years 4 weeks ago #502

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Hey, I just started a interesting new book, by a author named Heller. it's called "Dog Stars". It's about an Apocalypse type future filled with reminesance and 'perimeter conflict' set in the depopulated west 9 years after a flu killed 99% of us. Some really good Wreck Age archtypes and some parts i'd consider almost ' game scenario skirmishes'. If one was to look at it that way. I recommend it for the game designer/war gamer in us all.
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Re: What are you reading? 4 years 4 months ago #881

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I finally got around to 'Revelation Space' by Alistair Reynolds. It was pretty good, epic in scope and a bit weird on the science, but I enjoyed it for the most part. I have heard the standalone novel 'Chasm City' might be more my speed, as most of my favorite parts of this novel were planetside. Either way this was a pretty inspiring SF read.

From Goodreads: Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason—and if that reason is uncovered, the universe—and reality itself—could be irrecovably altered….
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Re: What are you reading? 4 years 3 weeks ago #1186

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@greyseerco lent me the Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (Wind up Girl). I am only a few pages into it but I find it a fun and convincing take on PA fiction. Anton ripped through it rather quickly I know.

It has a nice blend of realism and sci fi elements, which I of course appreciate. Some parts feel a bit young adult fiction, but not enough to bog down the story overall. I'll let you know what I think at the end. Been awhile since I was able to pick up a book!
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Re: What are you reading? 3 years 11 months ago #1492

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Drowned Cities ended up being a great, quick read that made me think of what is going on in Africa with the Lord's Resistance Army. Definitely a page turner, and well worth the price of admission. I hope to be picking up Ship Breaker and his short story collection soon. There was just enough of a sci-fi touch to this that it never seemed altogether far fetched, which certainly helped both the characters and action throughout.

My soon to be 'step father' (can I be too old for one?) gave me a copy of Stephen King's the Dome, insisting it was King returning to form. While there certainly are some memorable characters, the good vs evil dynamic is a bit too defined for me, but at the halfway point there is quite a bit of societal collapse going on so I am definitely going to stick it out for the duration. I feel that this book could definitely have used some trimming, but it is still telling a compelling (if sometimes a bit bogged down) story that jumps around enough to keep me interested.

So, what are you reading?
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What are you reading? 3 years 11 months ago #1494

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Per your recommendation, I read Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker. Both were fun, but I enjoyed Ship Breaker more. Afterwards I read his short story collection, and now I am reading Wind-Up Girl. This one starts a little more slowly, but I am enjoying it.
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What are you reading? 3 years 11 months ago #1495

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Wind Up Girl is an excellent book that does take a bit to get going. I think the ideas in his setting stuck with me more than some of the actual narrative, but I am a sucker for a good setting so that rarely bothers me.
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What are you reading? 3 years 11 months ago #1608

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So I finished the Dome. While it is a return to form for King, and pretty entertaining and memorable, it wasn't quite as PA fiction as I had hoped and the ending lacked a bit of punch. For 900 pages though it is a real page turner.

Another book I picked up was Immobility by Brian Evenson, which is a shorter one at 200 pages but I really recommend it. It has a lot of SF elements to its post (nuclear?) apocalyptic world but I found it to be a great, albeit on the darker side, read.

Here is the Amazon summary, which I think does a good job- '

When you open your eyes things already seem to be happening without you. You don't know who you are and you don't remember where you've been. You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed what used to exist before, but you can't remember exactly what did exist before. And you're paralyzed from the waist down apparently, but you don't remember that either.

A man claiming to be your friend tells you your services are required. Something crucial has been stolen, but what he tells you about it doesn't quite add up. You've got to get it back or something bad is going to happen. And you've got to get it back fast, so they can freeze you again before your own time runs out.

Before you know it, you're being carried through a ruined landscape on the backs of two men in hazard suits who don't seem anything like you at all, heading toward something you don't understand that may well end up being the death of you.

Welcome to the life of Josef Horkai…'
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What are you reading? 3 years 11 months ago #1613

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I read all the stories this site has available. They are all unique, and great, if you have not read them yet, you should! I said so! :evil: That is all!
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What are you reading? 3 years 10 months ago #1789

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Have you read a book called "The Enigma Variations" by John Maddox Roberts?

It basically would fit in just before Exodus. At least two corporations are gearing up to leave the Earth behind. High tech is still available (if you have the money) but most people live a low tech life style.

Bio-fuel is available in the form of bio-engineered plants that produce a bio-diesel. Depending on where you live the "gas" station can be the storefront for the farm where these plants are grown.

Trains are barely running, mostly for goods and are heavily guarded. Goods that travel by road go only by convoy, again heavily guarded. The United States is breaking up into smaller groups of states as the Federal government breaks down.
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What are you reading? 3 years 9 months ago #1857

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10 days shipping but I got the book yesterday and it will be read tonight! thanks for the reference!
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