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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Painboy » 09 Jul 2018, 19:16

JasonL wrote:
09 Jul 2018, 14:15
Listened to Ready Player One on audible while moving the in laws in Jersey. Er. Hmm. There's an okay caper story in there, but FFS the navel gazing is probably worse than Scott Pilgrim, which ... wow.
How did you get past the diatribe about the global energy crisis and the fact that god doesn't exist?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by JasonL » 09 Jul 2018, 20:47

It was hard. For extra credit - do that diatribe in Will Wheaton’s voice

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lunchstealer » 09 Jul 2018, 20:53

You die that Grylliade may live.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by dbcooper » 10 Jul 2018, 09:46

Good for you, CK Stead:

https://www.ft.com/content/28782616-21e ... 144feabdc0
What books are currently on your bedside table?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Jennifer » 09 Aug 2018, 14:26

Just finished "Swan Song" by Robert McCammon (who I've never heard of before last weekend); Jeff found the book in a secondhand shop the other day and described it as "McCammon's attempt to write The Stand." There are obvious similarities -- an evil supernatural entity stalks America after the apocalypse, except in The Stand the apocalypse is caused by a virus, and in Swan Song it is worldwide nuclear war. But Swan Song feels more like a cheap off-brand knockoff of The Stand. The main thing that bothered me was, in The Stand, magic is real but it has rules which you-the-reader can figure out before too far into the story: Good and Evil both have the power to communicate with people in dreams, Evil has the additional power to spy on people remotely (except for people with mental disabilities), once in a very great while Good will save you with a miracle or a miraculous coincidence .... but in Swan Song, the magic is more like when I was a little kid and would play-pretend having magic powers with my equally immature friends -- basically, our magic power is whatever we say it is right now, and it need not be at all consistent with the magic powers we claimed 30 seconds ago.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Jennifer » 09 Aug 2018, 14:27

Also: I wonder if George R. R. Martin read "Swan Song" back in the day? One of the book's sub-sections is named "A Daughter of Ice and Fire."
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Painboy » 09 Aug 2018, 19:59

Jennifer wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 14:27
Also: I wonder if George R. R. Martin read "Swan Song" back in the day? One of the book's sub-sections is named "A Daughter of Ice and Fire."
Maybe but my suspicion would be that he got it from the Frost poem "Fire and Ice" it being about the end of the world and all.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Jennifer » 09 Aug 2018, 21:05

Painboy wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 19:59
Jennifer wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 14:27
Also: I wonder if George R. R. Martin read "Swan Song" back in the day? One of the book's sub-sections is named "A Daughter of Ice and Fire."
Maybe but my suspicion would be that he got it from the Frost poem "Fire and Ice" it being about the end of the world and all.
Perhaps. I was more struck by the specific "A ____ of Ice and Fire" setup.
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