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  1. Let's get this thread going again! I recently finished: The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia by Mark Galeotti and Master of War by David Gilman Just now starting Master of War: Defiant Unto Death and also started The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Empire by Mike Duncan @CastlevaniaNut18
  2. @Chairslinger @johnny @CastlevaniaNut18 @CayceG @Chris- @DarkStar189 This is it! This is the "Last Chance Round" to claim books from my physical library - anything not claimed by the end of Sunday will donated! Here is what's left from the previous three rounds:
  3. After a bit of a delay, it's time for Round 3 of my physical books library giveaway! As with the previous rounds, if you see something you'd like to have, just let me know and I'll set it aside for you and ship it to you via Media Mail, charging you only for materials and postage. This is probably going to be the last round for books that you haven't seen already. After this one, I'll post a final Bonus Round of whatever books are leftover so people can have one last look before I send 'em all off to the Alexandria library system! Here ya go @CastlevaniaNut18
  4. Time for Round 2 of my physical books library giveaway! As with Round 1, if you see something you'd like to have, just let me know and I'll set it aside for you and ship it to you via Media Mail, charging you only for materials and postage. @CastlevaniaNut18 and @Chairslinger - I've already packaged "Retribution" by Max Hastings and "The Third Reich at War" by Richard Evans respectively for you both.
  5. I posted this in the reading thread, but I figured a separate thread wouldn't hurt. In an effort to "de-clutter" my life (and by extension elevate my mood), I've decided to shed practically all of my library of physical books. I've posted pictures of the first round below, so if you see something that you're interested in, let me know so I can set it aside for you. All you have to cover is shipping/postage costs and PM me your address. I'm away on a business trip this upcoming week so I'll start sending when I return.
  6. I finished Ready Player One and loved it so much I was looking for books like it and I happened across this genre that seems tailor made for gamers. It's basically books about normal people living in RPG games. The one I'm reading now is like a 9 book long series and the first one is about a guy who plays an MMO everyday and one day gets teleported into a real-life version of it. Like he has a UI he can control with his mind and stats and all the clothing, equipment and food/drink has unique stats on it. The people he meets give him quests that are tracked in his UI. It's hard to describe exactly why but I'm having a total blast reading (or rather listening to the audiobook) it. The series I'm on is called Chaos Seeds btw.
  7. I'm currently reading The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy for my English book club in Germany and it's proving to be a real struggle. I'm over 60 pages in (out of 437) and it simply is not grabbing me. In fact, I'm finding it extremely confusing, jarring, and actually rather off-putting because the book constantly is switching perspectives and times, and there is a constant flood of indistinguishable characters with Indian names (many of which have multiple names). My brain hurts. Normally I would just slog through, especially for a book club book, but maybe I've finally hit the point where I'm willing to give up on a book. When do you all reach that point? When do you decide that it's time to spend your time elsewhere? 20 pages? 50 pages? 50%? Never? And if you feel like sharing, what are some books that you've given up on?
  8. I've been writing a book little by little for a few years now. I've got what I think is a fun fantasy idea and I'm attempting to write it in conjunction with patreon support and "fan" interaction. I don't have either yet, as I've just started the Patreon page, but I need some general input from everyone. My main struggle right now is trying to decide how much of my story to reveal to the public and how much to keep for patrons. I'm not arrogant enough to think that someone would steal my idea (what idea is even original anymore?) but I am protective of it and don't really feel comfortable sharing it out there in the interwebs. Another compromise I'm struggling with is that telling someone what it's about is to spoil a neat twist. Without the twist, it's just another standard fantasy/sci-fi sounding game like everything else, but to give the twist away would be to spoil a large plot point of the over-arching story (something I don't really want to throw out there). I don't really know what to do. I realize running a patreon on a series of novellas is a tall order to begin with, but I'm trying to supplement it with extras like short stories and (hopefully one day) concept art and other extras. Are there any readers on the site that could offer insight as to what (if anything) might interest you to support an on-going project such as this? If anyone is interested in taking a look, you can see the Patreon page here for a little extra info. (not looking for you guys to actually become patrons, i really am just looking for input)
  9. https://news.avclub.com/j-k-rowling-reveals-that-wizards-used-to-just-shit-on-1831501641
  10. https://io9.gizmodo.com/praise-be-margaret-atwood-is-writing-a-sequel-to-the-h-1830708549 Nice. And I'm sure she will levy this into a nice payday from Hulu, since she doesn't make money off the current show.
  11. I’m trying to get more into it since I do more driving nowadays. There are tons of great books, but I’m looking for books where the narrator is awesome and elevates an already great book even further.
  12. The general consensus has always been that the books are better than their screen versions. I almost always agree. But I thought it would be interesting for those of us who love to read discuss where we feel the opposite. Two notable exceptions for me are The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. I remember being in high school when LotR was out and taking the world by storm. I had a friend who loved to read, probably even more than myself and even she agreed that the books were a slog at times and you'd be better off just watching the movies. After making a halfhearted attempt the the first book, I took her advice. Maybe one day I'll give the books another go, but I haven't gotten there yet. Hell, even though I enjoyed the movies, I haven't seen them in years. My husband has never seen them and we keep saying we're going to sit down and watch the Extended Editions(which I do own on blu ray), but we haven't done it yet because they're so damn long. As for GoT, I did read the first three books in the series, but Martin is too long on descriptions and his books are a chore to read at times. I gave up on A Feast for Crows. And the man takes too long to write a book, so I've just stuck with the show. It's not perfect by any means, but it's overall provided me with some damn good entertainment. So what say you, fellow book lovers? Do you agree with me or not and do you have other books that have been outdone by the big or small screen?
  13. @CayceG Recently finished the audiobook. It was recommended by GayceG in the INF treaty thread. It acts as a commission report on a 2020 war between North Korea and the USA. In it North Korea nukes South Korea, Japan, New York, Jupiter Florida, and Northern Virgina. My only complaints are there isnt much info on Japan and South Korea. It was also really short audio book was about 6 hours and a half. Back to Mechanicum I go.
  14. So I have a stack of credits to burn before I cancel my subscription... I have the Wheel of Time series to listen to so probably can avoid the Fantasy genre unless there is something I NEED to listen to. I would like a Science Fiction series to listen to but beyond that I'm open to all sorts of suggestions.
  15. @legend Have you heard of this guy? Watched a interview with Jeremy Bailenson on C-Span and he has some interesting ideas about VR like cutting down on travel for short meetings for example.
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