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have you guys ever read leviathan wakes/caliban's war? You should

it's basically firefly x mass effect which is - and this goes practically without saying - fucking awesome.
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I have this stupid romantic notion of having a whole room in my future house dedicated to books, maybe even with one of those second floating floors!

But I honestly wouldn't mind an e-reader, dictionary look up would be really helpful
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books is definitly what I buy the most. Have a heap right on my living room table. Topics like reinforcement learning, cognitive evolution, decision theory, game theory, evolutionary game theory, behavioral economics... Still so much to learn!

Loving this


Anyone got recommendations for good fantasy btw? Read the "game of thrones" series, which was enjoyable, anything else new worth reading?
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I'm a real book person. Some of it's probably my age, although I see plenty of older people on the train with kindles.

I like spending a lunch break browsing the book racks in charity (thrift) shops and chancing upon a new author.
Admittedly the piles of books going up the stairs are a bit of an issue shog[1].gif
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My problem is that I sit in front of a computer at work all day.  Books are one of the ways I get away from screens, and I wouldn't want to lose that.  If my book had the internet, I wouldn't read / I'd just get distracted.  Awful.

 

I need to be low tech sometimes.

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Originally Posted by SuperBobo View Post

books is definitly what I buy the most. Have a heap right on my living room table. Topics like reinforcement learning, cognitive evolution, decision theory, game theory, evolutionary game theory, behavioral economics... Still so much to learn!

Loving this


Anyone got recommendations for good fantasy btw? Read the "game of thrones" series, which was enjoyable, anything else new worth reading?

The Dresden Series are very enjoyable fing02[1].gif
And the Myst-trilogy is kinda good too, not amazing but definitely enjoyable if you've played the game or just like the concept

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Got this a couple days ago. Fit is pretty much perfect, though it's pretty see-through. I've warned everyone at work that they'll be seeing my nipples as soon as the weather warms up.

 

 

 

Also got this Balenciaga tee in the same order, but the fit's not so great. Returning and buying more Acne scoops.

 

On the subject of crappy books, there's nothing quite like reading trashy Warhammer 40k books to get weird looks on the commute to work.

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Originally Posted by SuperBobo View Post

books is definitly what I buy the most. Have a heap right on my living room table. Topics like reinforcement learning, cognitive evolution, decision theory, game theory, evolutionary game theory, behavioral economics... Still so much to learn!

Loving this


Anyone got recommendations for good fantasy btw? Read the "game of thrones" series, which was enjoyable, anything else new worth reading?

Prince of Thorns (GOT publisher)
The Name of the Wind
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Ryiria Revelations
The Fionavar Tapestry

Steampunk: Chris wooding, the Black Lung Captain series (again, basically firefly)

SciFi: Leviathan wakes, The Half made World

Brandon Sanderson is like all the rage right now (Mistborn, the Stormlight Archive, finishing the Robert Jordan cycle), but I find him insufferable. He's Mormon, and a good 50% of everything he writes is about the characters struggling with their shitty ass invented religions. fucking awful. That said, the Way of Kings has some awesome action sequences. Dude's kinda like the Michael Bay of fantasy writing.

Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence is targeted to a younger audience but is a super solid series of books, and one of my all-time favorites. The Legend of Eli Monpress follows on Locke Lamora's/ Ryiria's coattails, and reads much, much younger, but is occasionally charming.


The Dark is Rising and Fionavar both fall firmly under the Welsh myth/ Arthuriana umbrella but are probably the pinnacle of that genre. The Name of the Wind is...really good. Lock Lamora and Ryiria Revelations (and PoT) are all character-driven adventures and are sort of edge-of-your-seat exciting, while Prince of Thorns is, really, quite original. Fionavar is one of those sould-crushingly beautiful stories that, if you're me, leaves you somewhere in between elation and total emotional breakdown. I cried a lot.

The Half-Made World is an interesting exercise in fantasy that really combines Lovecraft and the Wild West in a surprisingly successful way.

Leviathan wakes and Chris Wooding's books are actually fairly similar. LW is really enjoyable Sci Fi, and CW writes entertaining afternoon reads. Oh, if you haven't read Neverwhere (Neil gaiman), Dune (Frank Herbert - one of the best books ever written) or Tolkien, do yourself a favor and pick those up ASAP.

Prince of Thorns has actually really stuck with me. I'd pick that up for sure.

Oh, I'd also recommend a book called The Raw Shark Texts, which hits somewhere between Neil Gaiman and Zadie Smith.


Oh, also, a shout out to "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms." Totally different take on fantasy, and it makes me happy whenever there are female authors publishing in a totally male-dominated world. I haven't finished the series, but i actually really liked the first book.
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A massive book collection is easy to romanticize until you're charged with having to move/do something with it. My mom is an obsessive reader, dating back to her youth - she was so enamored with the concept of encyclopedias that as a kid, she checked out "A" from the library, took it home, and wrote out the entire entry about ants just for fun - and she owned thousands of books. She started paring down a bit years ago, but still owned in the high hundreds. Then she had a major health incident, and my uncle and I were forced to clean out her house in a matter of weeks so we could sell it. That was seven years ago, and I still have vivid memories of lugging around box after box of books in the bitterly cold Michigan January afternoons and nights. Ugh.
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Thanks Synth!

Btw, have you read the Metro 2033/2034 books? post apocaplytic sci fi set in the moscow subway system. I was a bit sceptical at first, but they ended up being very intriguing and evocative
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_2033
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oh and Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, all 5 of themsmile.gif

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It's hard to let them go. Thankfully, back in CO there's a local used bookshop that I love, but even now I have trunks of books in storage that I refuse to give up. No one will ever touch my copy of The Magus!

#booksthatchangedyourlifeandnoweverythingisruinedforever
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oh and Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, all 5 of themsmile.gif

Not really. Number 1 is by far the standout, and it's not exactly sci-fi or fantasy. Really it's a radio drama - a hilarious one, but I wasn't all that enamored by his ramblings on the meaning of life. I prefer depressed robots.
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Thanks Synth!

Btw, have you read the Metro 2033/2034 books? post apocaplytic sci fi set in the moscow subway system. I was a bit sceptical at first, but they ended up being very intriguing and evocative
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_2033

No! I actually had no idea it wasn't only a video game. I'll grab this, thanks!
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