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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Arnock » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:41 pm

Paxen wrote:
KysenMurrin wrote:I mean it felt rushed even without that context. There were some scenes, particularly action ones, where things just happened, quickly, and with little sense of import. On the other hand, it was a big improvement, and the first book in a long time where it was possible to like Egwene.


Hmm, could be true. The first time I read it I was just so happy that it wasn't just another Crossroads, and the second time I read The Gathering Storm right after.

Man, how Jordan ever managed to convince himself that it was just "one more book" when he died I'll never understand.



I remember hearing an interview with Sanderson saying that Jordan was expecting the final book to be ~900,000 words long, which is about 3 times the length of most of the other books, I'm pretty sure the publisher would have managed to convince him that it wouldn't exactly be feasible =P


Only about halfway through MoL myself, seems pretty good so far.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Nooska » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:09 am

Well, when Jordan was expecting that it included the last 2 books as well (really need to finish the Earths Childrne book I'm on so I can start on aMoL)
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Cogglamp » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:20 am

Read an interesting book about sugar plantations called Sugar Barons. Amazing the amount of wealth and outright greed that occurred during that age.

To lighten things up a bit, I'm now reading Gulag: The History. Sweet jesus, no wonder Russians like to drink themselves to death. Terrible things recounted in this book. Makes you feel darn lucky to live where and when I do.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Passionario » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:14 am

Pariah: Eisenhorn vs. Ravenor is awesome.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:07 pm

Have I mentioned that Sidebooks is awesome for reading comics on an iPad?
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Cogglamp » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:25 am

I'm finishing up The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined by Stephen Pinker. It's been a great book that is a wonderful voice for logic and reason and very well written. Highly recommend it.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Nooska » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:13 am

Just from the title, does he actually document that violence has declined? (compared to when?)
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Cogglamp » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:25 am

Yes, it's a complete history of violence and the book catalogs the decline for the first 5 (massive) chapters. It goes back prehistoric archaeological sites and brings it forward to current events.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:14 am

w00t! Peter Watts is writing a sequel to "Blindsight"!
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby KysenMurrin » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:54 pm

In the last year or so I've gotten increasingly into comics. I've gone from buying the occasional graphic novel to regularly buying series trades - I'm keeping up with Hawkeye, Batwoman, Locke & Key, Saga, Prophet, The Unwritten. I'm buying Chew in the hardback editions as they come out. I'm working through some older, completed stuff too, currently Transmetropolitan and Y: The Last Man.

The first time I'd even bought a comic that wasn't a self-contained single volume was when I read the Sandman series last August. But now I'm buying something every couple of weeks.

There is really some great work out there in comics right now.

Anyway, I'm just feeling impatient because the latest Locke and Key and Hawkeye trades are out tomorrow and I'll be buying them on Saturday.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:19 pm

check out Last Stand of the Wreckers, a 5 issue miniseries available as a TPB

also, get Irredeemable, it's awesome.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby KysenMurrin » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:33 pm

Is Irredeemable the one that's kind of a what if Superman went bad? I've been thinking about reading that.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:47 pm

Yes. Incorruptible is its sister title, not as good, but still pretty fun.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Flex » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:53 pm

From author perspectives really hard to go wrong with Gail Simone written stuff. I am also a big fan of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey's work. Fables is a really solid series too when I stopped reading it, the end of the main myth arc. Stay away from The Walking Dead, that shit gets stupid.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby KysenMurrin » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:56 pm

I've looked at Fables but it's one of those things where it's so big now - so many volumes and spinoffs - that I don't really want to get into it.

For example, I know Lauren Beukes has written on Fairest, which is a spinoff of Fables, and I'd be interested in reading that... but how much of the rest would I need to pick up first?
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Flex » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:59 pm

Yea. I stopped with the main myth arc ending which is the first 12 trades.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby KysenMurrin » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:01 pm

I had kinda seen mention that it lost steam when it went from a limited series to ongoing.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:57 am

Mark Millar is an awfully overrated writer.

Mark Millar is the reason why I stopped reading Marvel Comics.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Flex » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:53 am

Klaudandus wrote:Mark Millar is an awfully overrated writer.

Mark Millar is the reason why I stopped reading Marvel Comics.


I liked Red Son, that was about it.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:28 am

Yeah. I love Red Son, hate everything else. Plus it gave us Batman's sexy hat.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby KysenMurrin » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:37 pm

Red Son is the only Millar I've read. Haven't been drawn to his stuff really.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:50 pm

KysenMurrin wrote:Red Son is the only Millar I've read. Haven't been drawn to his stuff really.


You're better off that way.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby benebarba » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:15 am

So I've been reading Giovanni Boccaccio's 'Decameron'. (A Penguin translation I picked up at the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress for a song)

For those who don't know: this is basically up there with Dante's Divine Comedy as far as influential works of Italian Literature. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are likely influenced by it, and in its day and after it was translated into essentially every western and central European language, and is a neat cultural icon.

If I were to summarize it, in plain modern language, it's about a bunch of rich 20-somethings (3 men and 7 women) who go on vacation in the countryside to escape the plague in Florence, and to pass the time they tell stories over 10 days. Often involving crazy sex, or other lewd topics, with a fair dose of anti-clericism, and other harsh criticisms.

It is a huge read, but a fun one none the less. It also includes some fantastic euphemisms. The particular translation I read has a nice set of end notes discussing the translations of the metaphors, as well as how some omissions earlier translations made for 'decency'.

I do wish I could have read it in Italian though... I know I'm missing a lot of the 'poetry'.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:21 pm

Tried reading DC's Trinity War... I am sorry, but I just doesn't click for me. I wont even bother with Marvel's Infinity.

On the other hand, I am pretty much salivating for IDW's DARK CYBERTRON event.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Klaudandus » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:00 pm

If you guys feel like picking up non-mainstream comics, I'd recommend picking up The Sixth Gun.
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