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E-boy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The World Until Yesterday" by Jared Diamond, and "Culture wars " by Marie Alena Castle(because I enjoy being pissed off all the time).
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WheelsOfConfusion



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In honor of Halloween (and the Prophets of Doom episode of Hardcore History I just finished), I'm reading up on one of the scariest things ever.
It's an isolated, tiny, fearful world where your friends and neighbors use the flimsiest of pretense to prosecute long-standing petty disagreements and buried jealousies to lethal effect by hijacking the authority of the courts and appealing to invisible evidence, in a deadly one-sided game of he-said-she-said. For the accused, there can be no defense that does not condemn you further. You are presumed guilty and must either confess or face execution.
Although (SPOILER!) there are no actual witches in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, there are plenty of horrors.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for a second there, i thought you were talking about the new book on rupert murdoch.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eureka00 wrote:
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I'm really impressed with the magic system ... ? I'd never thought about magic in that very specific way before. And all the worlds he builds? I mean, wow. That's some worlds right there.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

I didn't mean to start reading it, but I missed my late-night bus so I trudged back to my office/lab/work and sat around for an hour reading it because someone else left it behind in there.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bobby Singers Guide to Hunting. I will never understand my fascination with this show, or these characters. I listen to the arguements against the show. I agree with a lot of them... and then I start watching it again.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am finally gaining an appreciation for Eure's avatar.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arc Tempest wrote:
I am finally gaining an appreciation for Eure's avatar.


Oh those poor Starks! Wink I kind of forgot I still had that one.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, since it was sitting on the counter at my Mom's house and there's not a lot to do if you're not cooking on Thanksgiving. The C++ book I brought hasn't proven quite as appealing.

Semple's book was hilarious. It almost made me want to visit Antarctica, too. Almost.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have recently gotten into harry kemelman's "rabbi" books. i don't know whether i actually like them, but i tend to read straight through them.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parasite by Mira Grant, the first of a new series but also about zombies, of a sort.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heeeeey I follow her on tumblr and she is a really cool lady. I haven't read any of her books yet because dystopias make my skin crawl. When I'm finally done with the backlog of things other people want me to read I'm probably gunna pick up one of her books anyway though. I'm pretty sure they're all amazing even if the premise is not to my taste.
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CalmBlueSea



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started reading Iain M. Banks's The Culture novels. Finished Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games (my favorite so far), and Matter. Use of Weapons is next on my list.

I'm actually pretty fascinated with them, and want to move to that civilization now.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Readers without a lot of free time to handle actual books for the time being might be interested in The Humble Audiobook Bundle, a pay-what-you-want sale. You can choose how much you pay as well as if and how your payment can be divided up among two charities, and the books are DRM-free.
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