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Old 10-19-2013, 10:53 AM   #331
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Ender's Game is not a kid's book, altho it got a Scholastic award of some kind. Kids are the primary characters, but the subject matter is not. Similarities to Starship Troopers.
It's a strange book with little kids that think and speak like seasoned litigation attorneys. It's certainly got tons of elements borrowed from Starship Troopers, but very little of the challenging social commentary that made Starship Troopers so interesting.

That said, Card was able to make a banal, repetitive, and unoriginal plot with astonishingly unbelievable characters into a reasonably entertaining read, and that speaks volumes for his writing style.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:48 PM   #332
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Read Snow Crash! It's not as well written as Quicksilver, but the story is...well there's simply no words that do it justice.
It's his worst book! At least among the stuff he's popular for.

Just finished up with Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and just cracking into Little Brother. Really liking the latter. It's a good meditation so far on privacy vs security - what's more, it's pushing the nostalgia buttons for me the way Ready Player One was supposed to but never did.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:02 PM   #333
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I finished Barbara Tuchman's history of the first month of World War I, _The Guns of August_ recently.

HOLY SHIT she is the best narrative historian I have ever read. She was also the daughter of diplomats, and brings that interpersonal political sophistication into her analysis of the causes, personalities, and events that got WWI going. She also has an incredible, bitter, acerbic wit that she uses to just demolish some of the strutting jackholes who pulled the world into a vicious waste of a war--but she's not afraid to give heroic and tragic credit to those who deserve it, either.

I've never read another book of military history that made me fucking weep, but this one did.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #334
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:03 PM   #335
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I finished Barbara Tuchman's history of the first month of World War I, _The Guns of August_ recently.

HOLY SHIT she is the best narrative historian I have ever read. She was also the daughter of diplomats, and brings that interpersonal political sophistication into her analysis of the causes, personalities, and events that got WWI going. She also has an incredible, bitter, acerbic wit that she uses to just demolish some of the strutting jackholes who pulled the world into a vicious waste of a war--but she's not afraid to give heroic and tragic credit to those who deserve it, either.

I've never read another book of military history that made me fucking weep, but this one did.
will read thx
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #336
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I should read the Dune series.

I just got done with Ursula LeGuin's -Lavinia-. Instead of her usual sci-fi, she takes a character from classical mythology (Virgil's _Aeneid_ to be specific), Aeneas' wife Lavinia, and fleshes her out. She's also a character who knows herself to be contingent, and that makes for some interesting meta-analysis of her own identity. Virgil comes off as pretty whiny, though. Overall it made me wish that I still had the skills to read the _Aeneid_ in the original Latin. It's so fricking beautiful in the original language.

"Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit
litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram;
multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem,
inferretque deos Latio, genus unde Latinum,
Albanique patres, atque altae moenia Romae..."
I read the Ænead in third grade, translated of course, I dont know latin.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:11 PM   #337
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I finished Barbara Tuchman's history of the first month of World War I, _The Guns of August_ recently.
If you're interested in WWI in general, you should really watch this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gre..._(documentary)

It is absolutely exhaustive, and totally heartbreaking.

It's also a bit of an undertaking—twenty-six 40-minute episodes—but well worth the journey. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:57 PM   #338
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Finished Lexicon a couple of days ago, and I LOVED it. Great page-turner—I plowed through it.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #339
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:01 AM   #340
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Just finished the second book of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Very entertaining so far.
Awesome books...it's a shame a bunch of religious zealots managed to keep the 2nd or 3rd movies from being made.
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Just finished Sideways, which was pretty good. Not exactly life-changing, but fun. I haven't seen the movie, but I'm told it's actually better than the novel.

Before that was The Goldfinch, which was really phenomenal. Easily one of the best books of the year.

I didn't quite make my 50-book goal for the year (thanks to a few 700-800p monsters), but I'm pretty happy with the books I chose:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/lis...13&view=covers
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:55 AM   #342
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just finished "Bad Monkey" which I read in a couple sittings...
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Downloaded the series of these. Gonna start tonight. Pm if you got a tablet that reads epub files and I can email you the link. Three books 1800 total pages.

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I just finished The Martian a couple of days ago, and it was awesome.

Any book that opens with "I'm pretty much fucked." is worth reading.
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