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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by rjbman, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. vegs

    vegs Well-Known Member

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    Just finished Leviathan Wakes. Really enjoyed it, was very hard to put down after getting into it. I want to read some more sci-fi, like Dune and Ringworld, though.

    Also read Game of Thrones. Pretty good. It's fascinating how despicable Martin makes certain characters. Will probably read the next one(s), but I might just settle for the TV series.
     
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  2. fireflygrave

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    ^^ Dune is king in my book, go for it. IMO after the first one it isn't as interesting, feels more traditionally sci-fi with clones, etc, but still very good until his son takes over (he suuuucks).

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  3. Nikos

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    I also finished Leviathan Wakes a few days ago. I expected something better to be honest. Really fun for the most part, but overkill towards the end.

    I am now reading the Wind up Bird Chronicle. This book is amazing. It has been years since I last enjoyed a book that much. I am already thinking if any of his other books could be that good.
     


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    Yes, they are.

    Not all are as good as The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, but Murakami is a great writer. I read 1Q84 a while back and loved it. The only one of his novels that I didn't enjoy as much was Sputnik Sweetheart - I liked it while I was reading it, but found the ending to be frustrating.
     


  6. LonerMatt

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    Just finished Abaddon's Gate.

    The final book in The Expanse series - this story finishes off what was begun in Leviathan Wakes. James Holden and his crew remain core characters with a revolving door of minor characters all essentially grappling with their own ideas about how humanity should act now that they have encountered alien life. While the plot is far from original, I still find the strength of the series has rested almost entirely on the prose and the exceptionally thorough understanding of low gravity and its effects on humans. The weaknesses of the story, as usual, lie in the formulaeic approach to the novel (reading the introduction to the new minor characters was a little tiring this time)

    The final book takes a few turns towards the metaphysical, but remains blisteringly quick, entertaining and enjoyable. Not as strong as Leviathan Wakes, but easily as good as Caliban's War.
     


  7. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    Just finished: The Tartar Steppe -- Dino Buzzati
    Also reading: Labyrinths -- Borges
    About to start: The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony -- Roberto Calasso
    Thinking about: The Green Child -- Herbert Read
     
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    Just finished Lev Grossman - The magicians. Freshest take on "fantasy" ive read in a while, fun.
     


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    Just finished Yiddish Policeman's Union. I... Didn't like it that much :embar: Maybe I have murakami disease after his sparse and excellent writing, but all chabon's prose seemed really smug, like he was really pleased with how clever his sentences were. It really grated on me. I dunno. Maybe I read it at the wrong time. After hard boiled wonderland I really wanted more cyberpunk. Think I'm gonna look for snow crash at the bookstore today (subterranean books in St. Louis!)
     


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    I mrean he was more playing with the nior style i think that's all about overwrought prose.

    Heading to the end of the Scar. Barring something happening to make me severely dislike it, I think I'd call it one of my favorite books.
     


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    This is how I feel about all of Chabon's writing.
     


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    Snow Crash is gorgeous, Stephenson's "epic" (length anyway) writing style combined with the setting just blows me away every time.
     


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    Snow Crash is easily one of the best books I've ever read, but if you prefer incredibly sparse, minimal writing it won't scratch that itch.
     


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    Started snow crash and I already like it more. I think it's because snow crash knows its writing is crazy and over the top. Chabon's seemed to want to be "literary" but grimy and noire at the same time and it didn't work. I felt like he was sitting next to me the whole book waiting for a complement on a turn of phrase or his clever setting or something.
     
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  15. LonerMatt

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    The opening to Snow Crash is still one of the most intense and enjoyable things I've ever read.

    Completely agree with it being self-aware in its own insanity and completely engrossed in gleefully being crazy.
     
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