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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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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Fivelives » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:05 am

Smashwords.com is the literary equivalent to a heroin dealer: "The first book is free!"

I used to have a Nook. I loved the hell out of it for the 2 weeks I kept it before returning it. In that 2 weeks, I racked up $600 worth of ebook purchases. So I limit myself to paper copies and the "free books" section of iTunes and the Baen free library.

That said, I've made a few purchases recently, thanks to Smashwords, that I can recommend wholeheartedly to sci-fi/fantasy fans:

The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids (free via smashwords.com or iTunes or wherever you get your ebooks) by Michael McClung: Reminds me a lot of Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser. Pretty amazing fantasy novel written from the viewpoint of a thief with a grudge that gets caught up in something way bigger than she could possibly have imagined. Excellent twist to the plot too - I can't recommend this one highly enough.

The Thief Who Spat In Luck's Good Eye (not free): I can't recommend this one quite as highly as the original, but the quality of writing makes up for the somewhat hackneyed plot. I think the author lost something somewhere between writing the original novel and the followup. I'm pretty sure though, that he's painted himself into a corner so this will only end up being a duology; at least, I HOPE it stays as a duology.

For the military space opera fans, there are three trilogies by an amazing author that I'd never heard of before, Michael R. Hicks - all of which are set in the same universe. I'd recommend picking them up in timeline order rather than in publishing order, so I'm listing it that way here:

First Contact: Absolutely astounding. I've sat here for a solid 15 minutes trying to come up with a review/recommendation for this, but all I can say is, it's free. Get it and read it. It's definitely worth the time.
Legend of the Sword: Not free, but it's the second book in the trilogy.
Dead Soul: Again, not free, but you can't go wrong

Empire: This was the first book he wrote in the series by publishing order, but think of it as Star Wars Episode IV. This one's free wherever ebooks are sold, so you've got nothing to lose picking it up. This trilogy definitely has a different "feel" to it from the Last War trilogy (this one is the Redemption trilogy) but his characters are as strong and complex in his earlier works as they are in later works. Characters drive space opera, and I've fallen in love with all of the characters he's written.
Confederation: Book 2 of the Redemption trilogy
Final Battle: Last book of the Redemption trilogy

There's also a prequel trilogy about the founding of the empire that, while different, is well worth the read:
From Chaos Born: Damn you smashwords! You publish the first novel of trilogies free, IT'S LIKE YOU'RE A CRACK DEALER OR SOMETHING. Hicks's ability to write compelling, complex characters is awe-inspiring.
Forged In Flame: Book 2 of the First Empress trilogy
Mistress of the Ages: Book 3 of the First Empress trilogy, but only available in hardcopy so far. It should be in ebook form soon.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby Arnock » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:02 pm

I recently made a wonderful discovery. If you have any kindle books, whether on an actual kindle device, or smartphone/tablet, you can often buy an audiobook "upgrade" through audible for a fraction (like, 10-20% of cost) of the price of the audiobook. And these audiobooks sync with the ebook so that you can pick up where you left off.

I'm still not absolutely crazy about audiobooks, and much prefer reading, but it's nice to be able to listen while commuting or doing chores around the house, and then pick up where you left off when you're able to spend some time relaxing in an armchair.


I'm currently reading/listening to Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy.

Pretty good, though the plot is somewhat predictable.
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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

Postby jere » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:11 am

I just got through reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and really enjoyed it. A very different twist from most of his books. I'm not sure it's direction as a series, but as a standalone, it was really good.
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