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Just starting it.

Edit; an easy read, took a few hours. Good, but not as thorough as Big Short. Some of his conclusions are a bit wide of the mark.
Edited by Infrasonic - 5/1/12 at 10:12am
post #4592 of 5715
Last year I asked for recommendations on sci-fi novels. I had never read one, so I finally started one and I'm halfway through Ender's Game right now. The quality of writing seems really low, but I'm nonetheless following along with mild interest. This genre probably just isn't for me if this is the best it's got.
post #4593 of 5715
I'm pretty unfamiliar with the sci-fi genre, but people I know (including my girlfriend) really like Octavia Butler's stuff.
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Hmm, I have had that sitting on my shelf for a long time and know nothing about it...but if someone finds it worth rereading maybe I should give it a shot smile.gif


It's pretty fun/interesting. Give it a shot.
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Last year I asked for recommendations on sci-fi novels. I had never read one, so I finally started one and I'm halfway through Ender's Game right now. The quality of writing seems really low, but I'm nonetheless following along with mild interest. This genre probably just isn't for me if this is the best it's got.

It isn't (the best writing in Science Fiction, I mean). Far from it. It's popularity is not due to the sophistication of the writing style, the complexity of the plot or the depth of character development. It's just a really fun story, that puts a nerdy kid in the Savior of the Universe hat, meaning other nerdy kids (and grown-ups) love it.

Some of the best "literary" science fiction:
Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban

More than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon

The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
post #4596 of 5715
Finished The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison a while back. It was okay. Then I read John Dewey's The Public and It's Problem. Incredibly memorable. Then Camus's Myth of Sisyphus, amazingly deep. Liked it better than his fiction...maybe Exile and the Kingdom was a tad bit better. Right now I'm almost done with One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse, very philosophical in it's message about how consumerism is hurting the people. All in all, good times. Started reading Hundred Years of Solitude, and must say it's first pages feels better written than Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
post #4597 of 5715
Smut, Alan Bennett. Very funny.
post #4598 of 5715
Yeah....I mean Ender's Game was assigned reading in like...7th or 8th grade english class for me.

I remember thoroughly enjoying it...but I was also a 13 year old. I was not bothered by the writing quality.
post #4599 of 5715
Finally finished 1Q84. Took me forever and I think I need to read it again to piece this whole thing back together (or at least try to)
post #4600 of 5715
I picked up some horror book, don't remember the exact title or the author, it came out recently though in paperback. It wasn't particularly good or interesting TBH but I kept reading and bought it.
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Now that's a rousing endorsement.
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Another SF writer with literary pretensions worth mentioning is Samuel Delany. He's of the school of post-modern experimental narrative, using science fiction and sword and sorcery tropes, not unlike Borges and Cortazar, and just as readable as those two. Exploration of gender roles is a major theme in his work (and his own life).
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Dan Simmons' Flashback. It's pretty interesting. Right-wing, very well-written sci-fi. I've read most of Simmons' books, this is the first where he's really exhibited a strong bent like this. Pretty rare, in my experience.
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I'm more late to the game than Dr. Dre releasing Detox, but now I can hopefully join the CEmen and share my wisdumb from this book. I also just finished Lolita.

It's an interesting book, that's for sure. Read the rebuttals afterwards.
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Just finished reading the Paul Kearney monarchies of god series...damn if you thought george rr martin was ballsy for his willingness to kill main characters. Thanks I think to Teger for suggesting this. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
pretty sure that not a single significant character from book 1 is alive at the end of book 5. Jemilla is still around but I don't think she actually becomes significant until after book 1 (hard to tell since I read the version where they combined all 5 books into 2 volumes)
Also read the hunger games yesterday/this morning...going to see it with friends later today.
Hmm, I have had that sitting on my shelf for a long time and know nothing about it...but if someone finds it worth rereading maybe I should give it a shot smile.gif

I really enjoyed it. It sat on my shelf for a while too before I cracked it open. A great read.
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Just getting around to it
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This and Heart of Darkness are my all-time favorites. Such an amazing book.
post #4605 of 5715
Damn I love this thread. Both my parents own bookstores and I don't own a tv, so I've always been a fanatical reader.
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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber. It's for class.

Yeah, I support the premise, but holy shit this was a boring book.
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Hammered out 4 of Toni Morrison's novels (Beloved, Sula, Song of Solomon and The Bluest Eye) for a class - that shit gave me a new perspective on how fucked up USA was (and to some extent still is). T. Morrison is no Ralph Ellison though. Beloved is worth a read.
Now reading all of Paradise Lost lol. Wish me luck. It is undoubtably great but fuck reading 200+ pages of blank verse sucks.

Good look with Paradise. I thought I had great patience (I've read Dante, the Iliad, Weber, etc....), but I couldn't finish it.
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Just finished Steve Jobs and Coming Apart: the State of White America 1960-2010. Now it's just board review books.

Pretty thought provoking, eh?
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