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The Idiot Board Readers Corner - General Discussion

Discussion in 'Books' started by ReverendGodless, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. The Village Idiot

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    Read 'The Girl on the Train.'

    Quick read, a lot of fun. Interesting take on things we see every day. Great literature? No, but fun. Storywise: 7/10.
     
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    Anyone read anything by David Thorne? Just got his second book. I think hes BSing a lot of the time and his reddit AMA was a trainwreck, but it definitely made me laugh out loud more than once.
     
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    Mark Rowland's "The Philosopher and the Wolf". This philosophy professor on a whim ends up with a wolf. Hilarity and deep-thinking ensue. A really worthwhile read, especially for dog people. Highly recommended, even though I disagree with some of his ideas.
     
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    Just finished Elon Musks book. Seriously impressive. I highly recommend it. This dude makes Steve Jobs look pathetic in terms of his vision and creativity.
     
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    A couple I've read recently:

    One Year After by William Forstchen - It's afollow up to his end of the world novel, "One Second After" released several years ago. Set in a small Southern town after an EMP attack on the U.S. It was pretty good, not as good as the first one, a little predictable but I still enjoyed it. ( I enjoy "end of the world as we know it" fiction )

    Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein - I know a lot of people love this book but it left me kinda "meh". The socio-political aspect was good, the rest of it just did nothing for me. I didn't feel like I really cared about the characters.

    Star Wars: Tales From Mos Eisley Cantina by various authors - A pretty good read for Star Wars fans, telling more story about some of those weird characters you see in the cantina scene. It was a good before bed read.

    Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig - I tried, I really did, but I couldn't get into this book. It's supposed to tie ROTJ and The Force Awakens together somehow, but I felt it was so poorly written and lacking character development that after several chapters I had little idea of what was going on and finally gave up less than 1/3 of the way in.
     
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    For those who enjoyed reading GoT and other similar books do yourselves a massive favour and get into The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson and the associated books by Ian C. Esslemont.

    The depth of the world that these two guys have created is simply astonishing and sucked me in faster than any book I've read before.
     
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    Night Film - Marisha Pessl. Get it out of the way first. The author is smoking hot. Anyway. The book, a NY set mystery about a reclusive movie director involved in cult like doings and possibly child murders, and a disgraced journalist trying to unravel the story. Think Roman Polanski meets All The President's Men meets House of Leaves. Most mysteries fall into the same tired tropes: bad writing, too much exposition with inane details, the protagonist falling into obvious traps which are mostly self inflicted, character doing stupid things to advance the plot. Pessl avoids these for the most part, which was refreshing. The story itself is kind of unique in that I really haven't read it before; it's clever, really clever. Actually suspenseful and tense. Predictable, though, but what can you do about that? It's a symptom of the genre. Anyone who has been to NY sees that the city is used as a character almost as much as the actual characters.

    Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll. Not light reading. About rape, shitty yuppies, terrible selfish people. It starts out almost like Knoll is channeling Bret Easton Ellis, but as the main character's motivations and experiences are explained it offers a satisfying bit of writing. Fairly genuine account of what it is like to experience and move on from sexual attacks (as genuine as I can fathom being a dude). Seriously, every character is a piece of shit in some way. It is highly pessimistic, and there is a tinge of "every man is awful" in there. The marketing for the book made it sound like a Gillian Flynn whodunnit knock-off, but that isn't the case at all. Character drama, not a mystery.