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  1. Eponine

    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    I hated BSC. Red Country seemed like it would be most up my alley in style, but I hated BSC so much that I never picked it up, and it's been 10 years in which I haven't really missed Abercrombie on the whole, so it seems increasingly unlikely that I ever will unless someone convinces me that I'd love it.
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    I didn't realize he had a new collection out so I was excited to hear this. I've had a hard time reading much of anything this year - it's felt like I've struck out a lot on finding something that holds my interest. (It was easier when I was reading through this forum's recommendations and felt driven to keep going, even when occasionally hate reading). This is the first time in a few months where I've immediately thought - I'm going to start this tonight!
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    Mieville made me feel empty

    Oi, Solo. If you think so, I'll push through although I suspect your review may be just as good. I think maybe too that I resent what I see as a sort of forced reinterpretation-politicization of art. Such things feel gratingly unsubtle at best.
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    Mieville made me feel empty

    I cannot get into The Last Days of New Paris. I've tried to start it several times over the last year and haven't made it past page 2. Someone please tell me I just need to push through... like to page 10. I don't like all his books equally, but never had any problem getting started before.
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    Top 10

    I find all of DeLillo's writing simultaneously fascinatingly crafted and stultifyingly dull.
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    Top 10

    I am enjoying this information about Bakker immensely. Couldn't be happier if I'd read it myself Much happier than if I'd read it myself since I find much about the books insufferable despite having interesting ideas. But isn't there supposed to be a part 3?
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    @Triskele If it hasn't been six years, it's been close. Too much floob for personal communication because what am I here for if not to stream of consciousness post in other people's threads, got busy in my personal life, plus a dab of board drama. Can you spoiler tag what happened with Bakker in like 2 sentences? (I read the PoN but none of the Aspect Emperor and was not impressed). If not I'll Google it but have no intention of trying to back-read the 500 threads... I'm with Darth Richard on Rothfuss. (I think, maybe I lack context on his specific grievances). I have feelings about Denver housing prices since we just bought a house last Autumn. I simultaneously hope they get better (because a lot of people who make a lot less than I do can't afford to live near their work) and worse (at least, I hope that the price of my own property goes up). Let me know when you make it out to Red Rocks, I'd still like to meet up, although I no longer run a monthly BWB meeting, see: off the board for 6 years. I think when I was last on the board, I was about to get married, which I did. I decided with no input from inchoate yearnings to have a baby, which I did. She is three. I considered moving but everywhere suitable either was much more expensive or had much worse weather, and Mr. Eponine was dragging his feet about looking for other job opps, so I didn't. Already mentioned the house. I have been spending less time reading and more time knitting, but part of that has been that I haven't encountered many books recently that felt particularly compelling. When we next have the opportunity for a new president, I will be putting less effort into the primary and more into the general. I confess to enjoying the caucus even though I know it's all kinds of problematic, because it forces neighbors to gather and talk in person.
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    Probably not. Hi Trisk. Was amazed to see how many people I knew were still here. Came by lit to see if there was anything new that was a must-read (there wasn't). Several people I've talked to have felt rather blah about the offerings of the past few years - not that absolutely everything sucks, there just hasn't really been anything that pulls everyone into a big discussion. What's new with you in the past 6 years?
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    I was going to ask if something happened to him. But it looks like he's active on Twitter. Thunderer/Gears of the City are my favorite fantasy books. Maybe my second favorite books of all time (Blood Meridian is first, hands down). With no disrespect intended, I believe he had one big, complex, emotional, inventive, fully-populated story to tell, maybe one that he'd been ruminating on for years before he wrote it down, dreaming about taking a break from his career as a lawyer to get it on paper (I'm hardcore speculating here). The Half-Made World had one idea (that got stretched a bit thin IMO), fewer characters, less world-building, but was still well-written. And The Revolutions... I don't know, it just felt smaller all the way around. Less of a plot, weaker characters, a half-formed idea. I hope he's sitting on another big story and will get the chance to write it. I don't believe he's the type of writer that has a full story ready to go every few years. (Thread hijack, I've also been looking for a Thunderer/Gears of the City tattoo idea, and since the book has fans in here, PM me if you have any suggestions. My first thought was The Bird with its power allowing the children to fly after it, but it struck me that it would come across as world's most basic tattoo + Peter Pan which is soooo not the look I'm going for, ugh ugh ugh! And if you haven't read the book, also not the tone of the story either. OTOH, I do have a Blood Meridian tattoo that really doesn't match the tone of the book quite, since "tree of dead babies" seemed a bit much...)
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    Top 10

    Blood Meridian - McCarthy Gears of the City - Gilman The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky Shardik - Adams Debt: The First 5000 Years - Graeber Mayombe - Pepetela Les Miserables - Hugo ASOIAF - GRRM Prydain Chronicles - Alexander The Book of Strange New Things - Faber I think it would also be interesting to see a list of favorite books read in the past 5 years - the books themselves wouldn't have to be newly published or a first time read. It's hard to replace all time favorites with new books on a top 10 list. Actually, I can do mine right now, no particular order: Florida - Groff You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine - Kleeman Borne - Vandermeer House of Leaves - Danielewski Gentleman Bastard Series - Lynch Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Clarke The Gone-Away World - Harkaway The Quantum Thief etc - Rajaniemi The Empire of Ice Cream - Ford Infinite Jest - Foster What sticks out to me is that there are no female authors on my all time top 10, but a few on my last 5 years. Maybe some of them will get reshuffled with time.
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    Fall, or Dodge in Hell- Neal Stephenson (spoilers)

    I don't remember him being so contemptuous of red state norms as a whole. So far the feeling is very blue tribe rather than libertarian. I guess there may be a switch coming where the woke college students turn out to be less than ideal (which would be more Stephenson-like but probably not make for a better story), but it doesn't feel set up that way. I wouldn't read it if I were you. Even if the ideas end up being worthwhile, it's neither enjoyable the way Anathem was, nor anti-enjoyable in the sense of creating a good atmosphere of dread and impending high stakes. I think I'm going to reach the point Scot did where I fail to care enough about the characters to make this better than non-fiction about the same topic.
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    Fall, or Dodge in Hell- Neal Stephenson (spoilers)

    Hi Scot, Hi Isk, long time. I was in here to see if there was anything new in SFF that I hadn't been aware of given my lack of involvement here, and unfortunately the first two pages were pretty disappointing in the sense that there wasn't much of a buzz about anything. But anyway, I've been wanting to discuss Fall despite the fact that I got 25% in and ground to a halt in Ameristan. (That's probably an anti-rec, if you thought his work went downhill after Anathem, this isn't going to change your mind.) I've been less interested in the ultimate questions about consciousness (I'm treating the work as purely science fictional rather than a fast approaching real and actual possibility), and more about the decisions that Dodge's friend and family have had to make regarding how and when and where his data might be stored and restored. Based on the first quarter, before Dodge has regained consciousness (or "consciousness" if you prefer), he seems like someone whose mind I wouldn't like to have to occupy for an eternity and I am curious whether my reaction plays out at all. You can tell me if you have an opinion, spoilers don't bother me. I have a bigger problem with Ameristan and it's characters. It feels like shallow political point scoring for no plot-necessary reason, the college kids are really annoying, the lack of detail on how exactly the non-fake but non-woke news streams irritates me (for example, how whathername's Iowa family receives the news, as they are not Ameristan types, but clearly not coastal types either), and I find myself wishing that Stephenson had gone full Snow Crash with the characterization. That is, ridiculous but entertaining. Did that whole Ameristan mess feel worthwhile to you guys?
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    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    I am my own family history and my only biological relative. Fortunately I am sufficient unto myself. One of my aunts does genealogy for my (adoptive) father's family and I've found that I don't care beyond relatives that my father can directly remember and tell stories about. And even then, I care because it was part of the life of someone I care about and not because I feel like those people have any connection to me. I feel like if I were going to have any interest at all in my ethnic background, which I do not, it would have manifested itself in interest in what I already know. I don't see how finding out that I'm exactly 83.6% would make that any different.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    I'm looking to see who weighed in on this so that for anyone who said Lions was good, I know never ever ever to take any recommendations from them.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    I don't think I've been in that mindset. However, I can see why it would be appealing if for some reason, one really liked a particular character. At first I was neutral toward most of the characters, but by now I am extremely irritated by Jehane. It's the way she keeps thinking or the author keeps telling us that she's not like other women (because other women are emotional and dumb), but then she runs after Ibn Khairan like a 16 year old experiencing her first crush. Few things annoy me more in a book than when I perceive a character one way and the author bends over backwards to try to say that she's not like that at all.
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