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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Ellie » 12 Apr 2018, 17:14

JasonL wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 17:12
There is no amount of plumbing, ductwork, window materials, fuel mixes, network interfacing, fire protection, etc. that doesn't get at least 2 pages of description, often in the middle of some attempt to build tension.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Ellie » 12 Apr 2018, 17:17

But good to know about Rosario Dawson. I was similarly hesitant when I started the Dresden Files series read by James Marsters, and he ended up being AMAZING, to the point where I'd far rather listen to a Dresden Files book at this point than read the text version myself.

There are some fucking terrible audiobook narrators out there, too. Always good to find a talented, or at least decent, one.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by JD » 12 Apr 2018, 17:42

I've been reading CS Lewis's Perelandra. Despite not calling myself a Christian, I've always really liked Lewis's explicitly Christian stuff because he was such a good storyteller and because he had such insight into human nature.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Eric the .5b » 12 Apr 2018, 18:29

Ellie wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 17:17
But good to know about Rosario Dawson. I was similarly hesitant when I started the Dresden Files series read by James Marsters, and he ended up being AMAZING, to the point where I'd far rather listen to a Dresden Files book at this point than read the text version myself.

There are some fucking terrible audiobook narrators out there, too. Always good to find a talented, or at least decent, one.
Apparently Bronson Pinchot is a really good audiobook reader, too.

I've never actually done an audiobook, but there's a Rivers of London story that's audio-only (and supposedly well-read).
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Andrew » 12 Apr 2018, 20:22

I finished the Prince of Nothing trilogy by R. Scott Bakker. Overall conclusion: meh. I don't know if I'll read the follow-up tetralogy. His goals are apparently to be like Tolkien and Herbert, but his world doesn't feel old and lived-in like Middle Earth, it feels artificial and overstuffed. And the politics are needlessly complicated instead of subtle and complex like Herbert's. Having one of the characters (not necessarily the main character or protagonist) be a Nietzschean ubermensch is also annoying. Reading about him outsmarting, outfighting, and outmaneuvering every other person gets old quickly. Oh, and the battle scenes are numerous and interminable. I think the 3 books total have about 5x as many detailed battle scenes as LOTR.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Solitudinarian » 12 Apr 2018, 23:00

Foucault’s Pendulum for the umpteenth time. I use it as a lifeline when I find myself drowning in conspiracy theories again.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by JasonL » 12 Apr 2018, 23:05

Solitudinarian wrote:Foucault’s Pendulum for the umpteenth time. I use it as a lifeline when I find myself drowning in conspiracy theories again.
I think FP is a perfect one time read. The turn doesn’t work on follow up I don’t think.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Tuco » 13 Apr 2018, 07:17

Foucault's Pendulum never quite got there for me, though it's been long enough ago that I might need to revisit it. Not long after reading it, I found the book Flicker by Theodore Roszak, and it was what I wanted Foucault's Pendulum to be.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Warren » 13 Apr 2018, 11:52

Ellie wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 17:14
JasonL wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 17:12
There is no amount of plumbing, ductwork, window materials, fuel mixes, network interfacing, fire protection, etc. that doesn't get at least 2 pages of description, often in the middle of some attempt to build tension.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by dhex » 13 Apr 2018, 12:00

Or it's bad writing?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Hugh Akston » 13 Apr 2018, 12:04

Re: audiobooks I’ve been listening to Robert Heinlein’s collected short fiction as read by Bronson Pinchot, who is generally very good except for womens voices. There were a couple of occasions where RAH described someone’s reaction as ‘balky’.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Solitudinarian » 13 Apr 2018, 13:09

Tuco wrote:
13 Apr 2018, 07:17
Foucault's Pendulum never quite got there for me, though it's been long enough ago that I might need to revisit it. Not long after reading it, I found the book Flicker by Theodore Roszak, and it was what I wanted Foucault's Pendulum to be.


Hmm, I’ll have to check that out.
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