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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by Froley, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Water-Rat

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    I'm currently reading The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. I've also been working on ebook versions of Last Star by Rick Yancey (5th wave series) and Dance of Dragons. And, I also read stories by amateur writers on wattpad.com. Yup, I'm one of those crazies that read a million things at once.
     
  2. volvoboy

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    Just finished reading Al Franken's book "Giant of the Senate." Mostly entertaining, sometimes a bit more political rhetoric than I liked, but I enjoyed it. I'm now starting a work-related book called "Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy."
     
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  3. Moshe ben David

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    So glad to know I'm not alone...!

    L'chaim!

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  5. Froley

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    Just received these two---
    Steampunk on Mars----
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    and David Wong's latest....
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    Pls. let me know how the Queen's Rifles turns out?


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  7. Outbound

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    Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Modern Societies by Jared Diamond.

    "The book attempts to explain why Eurasian and North African civilizations have survived and conquered others, while arguing against the idea that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral, or inherent genetic superiority."

    My family lineage has been traced back to both the first European landings in both Canada and the US. I've just started the book and so far as a direct descendant of the people who settled both Canada and the United States it's both interesting and though provoking.
     
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  9. WillAdams

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    Agree w/ Mark_Trail --- really hoping _The Queen's Martian Rifles_ is worth reading --- one of my favourite role-playing games was _Space: 1899_ which was billed as everything which Burroughs and Verne wrote, and Doyle imagined but didn't write were real.
     
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  10. Froley

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    Sure---it will be a few days tho---still working through the huge Thelonious Monk bio--
    but it's next in line....
     
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  11. Froley

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    It was reviewed as sort of a modern steampunk extension of Burroughs---I have just begun reading the odd steampunk work--previously a cyberpunk fanatic--but steampunk is growing on me----?
    I'll be sure to post remarks as soon as i get into it....
     
  12. Mark_Trail

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    Steampunk rocks, but Dieselpunk comes with power smoke ;)


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  13. WillAdams

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    Yeah, there's a lot of energy and imagination in the early writings of Dunsany, Morris, Verne, Wells, Doyle, Shelley, Peake, and so forth. There's been a lot more written since then, but it's rare to find something which improves on the originals (helps to be first), and so much writing just devolves into some genre standard formula which is sadly forgettable and doesn't have anything to say beyond mere contemporary entertainment (Extruded Fantasy Product, EFP is the term for one variant).
     
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    Reading Lights Out. Just bought me an InkBook Classic 2 e-reader. Very comfortable to read compared to my android tablet.
     
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  16. Froley

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    So 60 pages into ...The Queen's Martian Rifles---
    Pro's----
    So far enjoying it---Steampunk British Society makes it to Mars as does the French and Americans to find a current tribal society that hates them and huge huge ruins of a previously much more advanced society--they set up trading posts much like colonizers---the book opens with a British infantry unit defending a dig on the largest, oldest structure on Mars--sort of a Michael Cain Zulu thing---they are over run and take refuge in the structure---equipment--science--etc--modified for steampunk seems to me (remember not a steampunk expert) to be very enjoyable---the characters are shallow but that's ok for me in this type/style of book---
    So far I've enjoyed it--and the set-up is reasonable and moves quickly----so far---
    Cons--
    Apparently this is a "Christian Steampunk novel" something not addressed forthrightly in the ads but mentioned on the back cover---but as of 60 pages in, so far, no preaching---let me add another yet---however---now---I'm not getting into the pro's or con's of a steampunk christian novel---
    (which i did not know existed as a specific sub-genre ???)
    my hope is that the novel continues in the current vein of no overt christian themes--for me as a reader anyway---? So I am not knocking it if it continues along the current path---and do not mean to knock anyone's belief structures---just not for me you know?
    60 pages in i am happy with it and enjoying it---? Please be advised that could change---....
    hope this helps those who have posted that they are interested in this book----
     
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    How is it? I loved his short stories.
     
  18. Froley

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    I have not started this as of yet--next on the table---I have read Mr. Wong's previous books and loved them--hysterically funny cyberpunk like---so i am for sure looking forward to this reading---if you'd like i'll advise once i get into it?
     
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    "The Island" by Nathaniel Morley on Kindle.
     
  20. Gooner

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    Just about to start this

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