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Carpet_pissr wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:34 pm
Has anyone here actually read them? Just curious how good they are.

Edit: Also, ZOIKS! "Print Length: 3107 pages"
I've read all three, not the lectures, they are very good.

Today on Kindle, Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow for $2.99 USD. I read it in hardcover, it's very good.
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Post by Smoove_B » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:35 am

Just noticed a few random sales; no idea how long these prices will be valid

Acacia: The War with the Mein: The Acacia Trilogy, Book One by David Anthony Durham is $2.99:
In this sprawling and vividly imagined fantasy, historical novelist Durham (Pride of Carthage) chronicles the downfall and reinvention of the Akaran Dynasty, whose empire, called Acacia, was built on conquest, slaving and drug trade. The Acacian empire, encompassing "The Known World," is hated by its subjugated peoples, especially the Mein, who 22 generations earlier were exiled to the icy northland. Having sent an assassin to kill the Acacian king, Leodan, the rebel chieftain, Hanish Mein, declares war on the empire. As Acacia falls, Leodan's treasonous but conflicted chancellor, Thaddeus Clegg, spirits the king's four children to safety. When the Mein's rule proves even more tyrannical than the old, the former chancellor seeks to reunite the now adult Akaran heirs—the oldest son Aliver (once heir to the throne), the beautiful elder daughter Corinn, their younger sister, Mena, and youngest brother, Dariel—to lead a war to regain the empire. Durham has created a richly detailed alternate reality leavened with a dollop of magic and populated by complicated personalities grappling with issues of freedom and oppression.
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene is also $2.99:
Take any of physics' major theories of the fundamental nature of the universe, extrapolate its math to the logical extreme, and you get some version of a (so far unobservable) parallel universe. And who better to navigate these hypothetical versions of the "multiverse" than Brian Greene? Normally an unflinching apologist for string theory, the bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos here treats all viable alternate realities to a laudably fair shake. For a book exploring the most far-reaching implications of bleeding-edge mathematics, The Hidden Reality is surprisingly light on math, written as it is "for a broad audience … its only prerequisite the will to persevere." Such perseverance pays off with a motley cast of potential universes featuring doppelgängers, strings, branes, quantum probabilities, holographs, and simulated worlds. The result is that rare accomplishment in science writing for a popular audience: a volume that explains the science and its consequences while stimulating the imagination of even the uninitiated.

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jztemple2 wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:41 pm
Carpet_pissr wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:34 pm
Has anyone here actually read them? Just curious how good they are.

Edit: Also, ZOIKS! "Print Length: 3107 pages"
I've read all three, not the lectures, they are very good.

Today on Kindle, Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow for $2.99 USD. I read it in hardcover, it's very good.
Picked this up. Chernow's the guy famous for writing the Hamilton bio that inspired the musical. I haven't read that, but I've read the recent Grant biography by Chernow, which was amazing.

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Post by YellowKing » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:21 pm

Yeah, I'm halfway through that Grant biography on Audible and it's fantastic. Sold on Washington.

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I loved this series and read the cover off the first book. I haven't read the fourth book as it was published some time after the "trilogy" was complete. I'm looking forward to catching up with the characters.
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Amazon has a second box set of Robert McCammon's "Monster" novels on sale for $2.99. STINGER, THE WOLF'S HOUR, and MINE. Grab it fast, the last one went off sale pretty quick! Link here

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Post by Smoove_B » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:41 am

As predicted, book 2 of the Magicans trilogy is randomly on sale for $1.99 but I don't know for how long. All three have now been on sale (at different times), so hopefully you're all caught up. I really liked the first book so I'm looking forward to reading the next two.

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Post by Smoove_B » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:53 am

I never read it, but the Xenogenesis Trilogy by Octavia Butler is on sale for $2.51, a substantial 89% savings. It's being developed as a series for Netlfix (announced last year), but I'm not sure when it will actually arrive.

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Post by ImLawBoy » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:24 pm

It struck me recently that I don't read many woman authors (and I probably don't really read that many non-white authors, although I'm less obviously aware of this than gender). I also don't read a ton sci fi. I just grabbed this to try to rectify these situations.
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ImLawBoy wrote:It struck me recently that I don't read many woman authors (and I probably don't really read that many non-white authors, although I'm less obviously aware of this than gender).
I'm the same way, but it's more due to under-representation in the genres I read than a conscious choice. I guess it's on me to make the effort to seek them out, though.

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Post by ImLawBoy » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:24 pm

I was reading an essay last week about "The Canon", and it was mostly an updating of the same type of piece that's been written in various formats and media since I was going to college about too much emphasis on certain types of books. Expand the canon to include more women, minority, etc., writers. It's a worthwhile discussion to have, and this article takes a really nice approach to it. It was really referring more to the high school canon, and it doesn't say to just completely ignore the dead white men. Rather, it says that many of the books in the canon are better experienced when you're older and have a little perspective. It argues to keep a lot of the classic stuff, but to put new stuff in there, too. It even includes a section on adding comics.

Anyway, out of all of that, one line kind of struck me:
I’m embarrassed by the number of grown white men I meet who only read other white men, and I believe that habit starts in high school.
I've got to say, that's me. I used to read a lot of Anne Rice (before she got too melodratic), and there's the occasional woman author now and again, but it's pretty sparse these days. Of the 13 books I've finished this year (plus the current one I'm reading), exactly zero of them were written by women. If I'm being honest with myself, I've avoided books by woman authors in the past because I was worried that something would be too treacly or something. I really do need to expand my horizons, because I think I'd benefit from reading from different perspectives.
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YellowKing wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:06 pm
ImLawBoy wrote:It struck me recently that I don't read many woman authors (and I probably don't really read that many non-white authors, although I'm less obviously aware of this than gender).
I'm the same way, but it's more due to under-representation in the genres I read than a conscious choice. I guess it's on me to make the effort to seek them out, though.
Well, I read pretty much only history and I pick out to read what I like based on subject matter. I only follow a few authors specifically and it matters little to me the gender or race. And I'm terrible at names anyway so I'd really have to look up which authors I've read lately.
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Post by Smoove_B » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:33 am

It should be mandatory reading in school - The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan is $1.99 today.

Also, the first of the Fletch novels (from the 1970s) is on sale for $0.99 - not sure how long. I've never read any of them, but from what I understand they're a bit darker than the movie.

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Smoove_B wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:33 am
It should be mandatory reading in school - The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan is $1.99 today.
Purchased!
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YellowKing wrote:
ImLawBoy wrote:It struck me recently that I don't read many woman authors (and I probably don't really read that many non-white authors, although I'm less obviously aware of this than gender).
I'm the same way, but it's more due to under-representation in the genres I read than a conscious choice. I guess it's on me to make the effort to seek them out, though.
I’ve been reading a lot of N.K. Jemisin recently. I think she classifies herself as an “Afro-futurist” but the books I’ve read fall more into the fantasy genre than sci-fi. In any case, I’ve enjoyed her books and would recommend her to anyone looking to diversify their reading.

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Post by stessier » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:55 am

I'll second that. I read her Broken Earth series and while I didn't find them as earth shattering (no pun intended) as some people, I still thought they were very good and entertaining. My only complaint is that I wish the world had more depth. (I think The Wheel of Time spoiled that for me.)
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Post by Smoove_B » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:17 pm

The Seventh Sword complete series mentioned earlier in the week by Moatman is now on sale for $3.99 - no idea for how long, but this morning it was full price. I can't begin to understand how and when these sales occur.

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Post by YellowKing » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:36 pm

Thanks Smoove (and Moat_Man). No idea when I'll get around to it, but I'm always up for a new fantasy series.

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Post by Moliere » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:51 am

Amazon First Reads for September and short stories of Chicago police:
Waiting for justice in Chicago

Here is the epic story of an American conflict zone: where the death toll for US citizens has climbed twice as high as in Afghanistan and where the staggering majority of homicides go unsolved. From the award-winning journalists at The Marshall Project, these are the true stories of real people fighting for justice in a city struggling to overcome a brutal legacy of violence and corruption.
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If for some reason you haven't read the First Law trilogy (and really, why haven't you?), the first book in the series is on sale today for $2.99:

The Blade Itself

True story - many years ago (8? 9?) Triggercut recommended this series and it was without question *the* book that got me back into reading regularly after my daughter was born. I still have paper copies of the entire series (because I was foolish back then), but now I own it all on Kindle. I think I've read the entire series at least 3 times; I enjoyed it tremendously.

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Oh yeah, I trust Smoove's opinion on books, I'll check this out...

"You purchased this item on December 9, 2015."



Don't remember buying it, no idea if I ever d/l'd it. I've said it before, Kindle books are just like Steam games for me.

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Post by Smoove_B » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:46 am

:D

I've purchased more Kindle books over the last year than I think I have in the prior 5. I'm absolutely at the point where I can't keep up as I can seemingly only read about 10-12 books a year now (which is sad). But that doesn't mean I'll stop hoarding electronic copies. :)

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Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:40 am
Oh yeah, I trust Smoove's opinion on books, I'll check this out...

"You purchased this item on December 9, 2015."



Don't remember buying it, no idea if I ever d/l'd it. I've said it before, Kindle books are just like Steam games for me.
You purchased this item on June 17, 2016.
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Smoove_B wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:52 am
If for some reason you haven't read the First Law trilogy (and really, why haven't you?), the first book in the series is on sale today for $2.99:

The Blade Itself

True story - many years ago (8? 9?) Triggercut recommended this series and it was without question *the* book that got me back into reading regularly after my daughter was born. I still have paper copies of the entire series (because I was foolish back then), but now I own it all on Kindle. I think I've read the entire series at least 3 times; I enjoyed it tremendously.
I never understand the love for this series. I really think I must have missed something - maybe there were secret chapters or something. :)
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I never understand the love for this series. I really think I must have missed something - maybe there were secret chapters or something. :)
Well, first and foremost, it has a beginning, a middle and an ending. I know that sounds crazy, but after Martin and Jordan, it was a refreshing change of pace. :D

Second, I don't know how far you managed to get. Did you just read the first book? The trilogy? The two stand alone books that came after?

Regardless, I liked it because it took fantasy conventions and mixed them up. Not just the grimdark nature of the story, but overall how everything unfolds. He managed to use what I'd come to expect in a fantasy series against me, completely blindsided by the big reveal at the end. I never saw it coming and when it all came together, it was awesome. I liked the characters and their individual arcs. I dunno, but I get it. There are things people mention here that I just couldn't ever get into either.

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Post by Smoove_B » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:21 am

I cannot recall seeing it on sale before, so I figured I should share Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle #1, on sale this month for $1.99 (I think).

I tried reading Cryptonomicon years ago, but found it to be unwieldy. My gut is telling me this will likely be the same, but man...$2 for a 960 page book I'll never have to carry?
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It is very unwieldy
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Smoove_B wrote:I tried reading Cryptonomicon years ago, but found it to be unwieldy. My gut is telling me this will likely be the same, but man...$2 for a 960 page book I'll never have to carry?
I really enjoyed the series. Yes, it's unwieldy (it's Neal Stephenson, after all), but I loved all the history baked into it. In that respect I actually liked it a bit more than Cryptonomicon, even if getting through the entire series was a bit of a grind.

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ImLawBoy wrote:I was reading an essay last week about "The Canon", and it was mostly an updating of the same type of piece that's been written in various formats and media since I was going to college about too much emphasis on certain types of books. Expand the canon to include more women, minority, etc., writers. It's a worthwhile discussion to have, and this article takes a really nice approach to it. It was really referring more to the high school canon, and it doesn't say to just completely ignore the dead white men. Rather, it says that many of the books in the canon are better experienced when you're older and have a little perspective. It argues to keep a lot of the classic stuff, but to put new stuff in there, too. It even includes a section on adding comics.

Anyway, out of all of that, one line kind of struck me:
I’m embarrassed by the number of grown white men I meet who only read other white men, and I believe that habit starts in high school.
I've got to say, that's me. I used to read a lot of Anne Rice (before she got too melodratic), and there's the occasional woman author now and again, but it's pretty sparse these days. Of the 13 books I've finished this year (plus the current one I'm reading), exactly zero of them were written by women. If I'm being honest with myself, I've avoided books by woman authors in the past because I was worried that something would be too treacly or something. I really do need to expand my horizons, because I think I'd benefit from reading from different perspectives.
Threw a couple of recommendations into the book thread, but for a female horror novelist, I remember Muriel Gray's The Trickster and Furnace as being really good. Each one, as well as a third book by her are on Kindle for $1.99 each
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Smoove_B wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:44 pm
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Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:15 pm
I never understand the love for this series. I really think I must have missed something - maybe there were secret chapters or something. :)
Well, first and foremost, it has a beginning, a middle and an ending. I know that sounds crazy, but after Martin and Jordan, it was a refreshing change of pace. :D
Jordan had those too! It just took 20+ years to see which part was which. ;)
Second, I don't know how far you managed to get. Did you just read the first book? The trilogy? The two stand alone books that came after?
I read the trilogy. Didn't know there were stand alone books that came after, but even had I known, it is unlikely I would have read them based on the trilogy.
Regardless, I liked it because it took fantasy conventions and mixed them up. Not just the grimdark nature of the story, but overall how everything unfolds. He managed to use what I'd come to expect in a fantasy series against me, completely blindsided by the big reveal at the end. I never saw it coming and when it all came together, it was awesome. I liked the characters and their individual arcs. I dunno, but I get it. There are things people mention here that I just couldn't ever get into either.
It's been a while since I read them (guessing about 5 years), but I remember it being terribly pointless and depressing. It wasn't a place I had any desire to revisit and there were no characters I cheered for. But to each their own.
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Post by Pyperkub » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:23 pm

stessier wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:37 am
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Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:44 pm
stessier wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:15 pm
I never understand the love for this series. I really think I must have missed something - maybe there were secret chapters or something. :)
Well, first and foremost, it has a beginning, a middle and an ending. I know that sounds crazy, but after Martin and Jordan, it was a refreshing change of pace. :D
Jordan had those too! It just took 20+ years to see which part was which. ;)
Second, I don't know how far you managed to get. Did you just read the first book? The trilogy? The two stand alone books that came after?
I read the trilogy. Didn't know there were stand alone books that came after, but even had I known, it is unlikely I would have read them based on the trilogy.
Regardless, I liked it because it took fantasy conventions and mixed them up. Not just the grimdark nature of the story, but overall how everything unfolds. He managed to use what I'd come to expect in a fantasy series against me, completely blindsided by the big reveal at the end. I never saw it coming and when it all came together, it was awesome. I liked the characters and their individual arcs. I dunno, but I get it. There are things people mention here that I just couldn't ever get into either.
It's been a while since I read them (guessing about 5 years), but I remember it being terribly pointless and depressing. It wasn't a place I had any desire to revisit and there were no characters I cheered for. But to each their own.
With regards to the First Law trilogy - I loved book 1, but felt book 2 and book 3 really bogged down with the fake quest. Some other interesting things were still happening, but it bogged down for me.
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First book of an entertaining dystopian series.
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Post by Smoove_B » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:43 pm

I was going to add it here as it's buried in my Amazon wishlist, but it wasn't until now that figured out why it was there in the first place. I added it because of the short-lived TV series Revolution. I don't know if it was mentioned as being similar to or directly inspired by this series, but that's how it ended up on my wishlist. Mystery solved!

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Post by jztemple2 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:08 pm

Probably not going to appeal to many of you, but The Guns of August is considered one of the definite histories of the beginning of WW1 and it's on sale today for $1.99. My decades old mass market paperback copy has bit the dust so I'm glad to have an electronic version.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:21 pm

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Post by Carpet_pissr » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:59 pm

I will pretty much read any Pulitzer prize-winning book, no matter the subject.

Although now I'm wishing I had read this before starting Shirer's quite lengthy (and difficult, because my references for the time are weak), Third Reich book.

Probably not too late to switch.

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