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The Library/Bookshelf! (COBbie Literature Thread):

 251 Leradny, Tue, 28th Feb '12 8:23:19 PM from Alameda, CA
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

I seem to enjoy reading works by foreign authors published in the eighties.

 252 Tuefel Hunden IV, Wed, 29th Feb '12 3:04:02 AM from Hunting the Armor. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
That is a great book. I had a chance to read it my sophomore/junior year.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
 253 Leradny, Wed, 29th Feb '12 11:45:31 AM from Alameda, CA
As I have borrowed it from my library due to not having access to my bank accounts, I must go to the used bookshop once everything's activated and see if I can snag a copy of my own.

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After reading a sample chapter I really wanna pick up Infinity Blade : Awakening
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 255 Inverurie Jones, Wed, 14th Mar '12 12:50:33 PM from Station 78 Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
JG 26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe.

This should be good! cool
Winter is Coming

The building was on fire and it wasn't my fault.

 256 Yuanchosaan, Thu, 29th Mar '12 1:44:27 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
antic disposition
Reading No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. It's probably the most depressing novel I've ever read.
"Doctor Who means never having to say you're kidding." - Bocaj
 257 Deboss, Wed, 6th Jun '12 11:02:55 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I'm proud of myself. I walked out of a half priced books after spending less than twenty dollars.
 258 Tuefel Hunden IV, Thu, 7th Jun '12 8:33:00 PM from Hunting the Armor. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Jones: Let me know how that goes.

For a good WWII combat reporter book.

Guadal Canal Diary.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
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Memoirs of a Geisha is my current read
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 260 Inverurie Jones, Sun, 17th Jun '12 1:54:45 AM from Station 78 Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
[up][up] It was quite interesting, though stuffing one unit's experience of the entire war into one book did mean things were a bit abbreviated.
Winter is Coming

The building was on fire and it wasn't my fault.

 261 Tuefel Hunden IV, Tue, 19th Jun '12 4:20:31 PM from Hunting the Armor. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Cool. You ever read anything about Erich Hartmann?
"Who watches the watchmen?"
 262 Tuefel Hunden IV, Sat, 30th Jun '12 8:29:12 AM from Hunting the Armor. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
I found a rather interesting book. Ebert's Bigger Little Movie Glossary I think this should be something tropes editors and readers should consider reading or going through.

edited 30th Jun '12 6:20:31 PM by TuefelHundenIV

"Who watches the watchmen?"
World's Toughest Milkman
One of my favorite ways of finding new authors is to check the final ballots for the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards. Overall, it's about 50-50 whether I'll like a work on the final ballot, but when it comes to unknown (to me) authors, those are excellent odds compared to most other sources. (Except for friend-recommendations, of course, but that only helps if you know people who know how to find good new authors.)

edited 30th Jun '12 9:21:35 PM by Xtifr

"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.
 264 Inverurie Jones, Tue, 3rd Jul '12 2:32:27 AM from Station 78 Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
[up][up][up] I've never read any works specifically about him, though I've read of his exploits in more general works.
Winter is Coming

The building was on fire and it wasn't my fault.

World's Toughest Milkman
BTW, if anyone's curious, the 2012 Hugo nominees for best novel are:

Grant and Corey are new names to me; I'll have to check them out. Embassytown is excellent, and my top choice so far. But this is definitely showing some holes in our coverage if we only have two of the nominees for SF's biggest award.

eta: correction: Deadline is apparently in the Newsflesh series, so we have three. Nowhere near as bad as I thought.

edited 21st Jul '12 4:12:17 AM by Xtifr

"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.
 266 d Roy, Sat, 21st Jul '12 4:13:20 AM from New York Relationship Status: How YOU doin'?
Blurrggghh.
@Leradny - Oh man, I love that book! It's one of my favorites of all time, despite its flaws.

Currently reading The Odyssey. I'm still on book 5, though.
 267 Morven, Sun, 22nd Jul '12 5:47:28 AM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Then I'll have to actually go read some of these to trope them. I like Jo Walton's non-fiction writings, so I suspect I'll like her fiction, and I know I like Mieville.
A brighter future for a darker age.
 268 Parable, Thu, 26th Jul '12 12:38:23 PM from California Relationship Status: In love with love
Many Faces
I've really been considering reading Leviathan Wakes. Guess I should finally look into it.

edited 26th Jul '12 12:38:45 PM by Parable

The flowershop gig wasn't enough to pay for my video games.
 269 Tuefel Hunden IV, Thu, 26th Jul '12 6:12:31 PM from Hunting the Armor. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Just got done reading through the current books in Monster Hunter International . Pretty amusing series. There is a bit of right wing nut in some of it. But it is not so prevalent as to overshadow or really interupt with the story.

edited 26th Jul '12 6:12:45 PM by TuefelHundenIV

"Who watches the watchmen?"
 270 Morven, Thu, 26th Jul '12 7:23:30 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
It seems that "right wing nut" is a strong book-buying market, given the number of books that have that kind of slant. I wonder why?
A brighter future for a darker age.
 271 Tuefel Hunden IV, Thu, 26th Jul '12 7:29:41 PM from Hunting the Armor. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
To be fair it is a Baen book. They publish quite a few books like that. Quite a few are reasonably well written and entertaining but they have that clear slant to them.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
 272 Morven, Fri, 27th Jul '12 12:36:51 AM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
They've clearly worked out that there's a market for that, especially in military-style SF. I have a decent amount of tolerance for it even though it's not in most aspects my politics; I can suspend the disbelief. It works better when they've created viewpoint characters who would realistically hold that kind of political slant; military officers, for instance, are likely to have fairly pro-military politics and a bit of a "toughen up and stop whining" attitude. It's when they are taking the omniscient point-of-view and still treating politics from a simplistic right-wing attitude it gets a bit silly.
A brighter future for a darker age.
 273 Tuefel Hunden IV, Fri, 27th Jul '12 1:04:33 PM from Hunting the Armor. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Agreed. Ringo bumps into often enough. I still like the Posleen Invasionseries though. I am sucker for Alien Invasion fiction.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
World's Toughest Milkman
Hmm, I've found it hard to take Alien Invasion stories seriously since Niven & Pournelle deconstructed it in the seventies, with Footfall. I did enjoy Harry Turtledove's Worldwar series, though, where the aliens show up expecting the primitive creatures with spears and swords that their scouts had reported, and instead find World War II going on.
"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.
 275 Deboss, Fri, 27th Jul '12 8:42:21 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Niven pointed out most of the problems with Footfall and proceeded to build an alien invasion that could be defeated. Ringo did something similar with the Posleen, but did so in a completely different way. It's also significantly softer scifi wise, but at least the flaws with the Posleen are with the species, not just management being morons. Voyage of the Space Bubble is probably better on it, but never really gets to the open war stage. I'm curious if the alien invasion justified qualifies as a subgenre yet.
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