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  1. I pre ordered and email from Amazon.com says 5/24.
  2. It's "inverse flame" in my TTT trade paperback.
  3. Also in TTt they get referred to as Keepers of the Inverse Flame (later changed to fire). That sounds like a job description that could go back far in time.
  4. Or he left to kill sranc or some other reason and was supposed to kill himself when it the mission ended. Instead he shocked everyone by coming back. So they didn't let him back in.
  5. Wait, what does it mean that "you apparently already read the end"? Did someone leak the end of TUC? I'm going to have to avoid the whole interwebs for a month. Ugh.
  6. I thought each book was successively smaller in scope and worse. Many on the board seemed to love the trilogy and thought she stuck the landing. YMMV.
  7. As far as I can tell the last thread on this topic was archived. So starting afresh. This is a thread to discuss and recommend any popular science books or business books you are reading. So stuff like Dawkins, Dennet, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, etc. Don't feel limited by these author names. Really any enjoyable book that touches on science, business or history fits here. I have read and enjoyed many books recommended in past iterations of this thread. I recently read The Greatest Story Ever Told So Far by Lawrence Krauss. It's a fairly easily digestible history of physics from Galileo through the Standard Model of quantum mechanics. Well written. If these topics are familiar to you, you may not learn anything. Certainly nothing about really about string or m-brane theory or various competing interpretations of QM. But enjoyable for what it is. Lawrence Krauss also wrote A Universe from Nothing. It was his attempt at what I view as the hardest philosophical problem: why does anything at all exist rather than nothing existing. Or how can something spring from nothing. Ultimately I didn't find his argument persuasive but it is worth reading how a real physicist thinks about the issue. I am currently reading and enjoying Kasparov's Deep Thinking. It was billed as Kasparov on AI. So far it's mainly about chess programs and his battles with Deep Thought. It's all really interesting. Hoping it everntually gets farther afield. I'm 33% or so through.
  8. Thanks for the this. I skipped RW at the time because it didn't sound like I would enjoy it (eg, Hobb as her most Hobbsian). I may give the new Fitz trilogy a shot without it.
  9. @Kalbear and @Happy Ent re: nuke. Just responding to one point in the old thread. There is a tremendous difference in how the kinetic energy of a nuke does damage between exploding above ground and below ground. Compression and channeling the energy matters. Analogy: imagine a firecracker going off in you open palm. It will burn you and it will hurt. Now imagine that same firecracker going off in your closed fist. You might lose some fingers or your hand completely.
  10. I've read the first two Fitz trilogies plus Live Ships. I did not read Rain Wilds. Can I jump into the third trilogy or do I need to read Rain Wilds first?
  11. This. Also Robin Hobb, Ada Palmer (might as well put down Too Like The Lightning right now), KJ Parker. The list goes on.
  12. Just finished. Enjoyed the trilogy. I think #3 was closer to #1 in terms of style and plot so would recommend you try it. Sigurd is the main POV character though there are others also. Like #1 I think it suffered a bit from exposition of metaphysics late in the book. Parts also reminded me of Acts of Caine, which I also enjoyed.
  13. Ok. I am bowing out of threads. Have no interest in opening any spoilers. See you guys in a few weeks!