What are you reading?

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  1. elguapo

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    Agreed. Any good recommendations? I loved Mary Beard's SPQR, but would like to explore Roman history further.
     
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    The Idiot, As I might have said (might have been elsewhere) was reminding me of those TV "reality" shows where they lock people in a house to have strange relationships and do strange things. It's a bit tedious and I laid it aside for a few weeks. But I've picked it up again.
     
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    Read American Gods by Neil Gaiman after watching the first episode of the TV show. Was intrigued and a touch confused as to what was happening in the TV show, so I cheated and read the book. Very cool way to get people thinking about immigration, culture, and of course, gods.
     
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    It took me three tries before I could get past the first chapter of American Gods, but when I finally did it was one hell of a ride. Pretty glad the series more or less does it justice.
     
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    I haven't watched the show, but I've read America Gods several times. Anansi Boys is a good sort-of sequel.
     
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    Will be released as a new show/series on Amazon Prime I believe later this year, but recently read the first 2 "Takeshi Kovacs" novels by Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon and Broken Angels. Great science fiction.

    Also, steamrolling through Marvel Universe comics, starting from the "Avengers Disassembled" era. I'm in "Dark Reign" right now, in parallel with Cosmic Marvel's "War of Kings" (where the modern Guardians of the Galaxy take form). Nerd city!

    One of these days will get back to the Harry Bosch novels by Michael Connelly, left off at book 6 in that series. The TV adaptation has been fantastic.
     
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    James S Covey The Expanse Series. I brushed it off initially, huge science fiction nerd and it was described to me as action oriented, it really is more realistic for what we might actually achieve in the next dozen generations. Very nice read. I binged them all after watching the series only to find out the next book doesn't come out until December.
     
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    Reading Feynman Lectures on Computation

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    This is for the fundamentals of computing, not to learn how to program. It mainly discusses the physical layer, logic gates, implementation with transistors and eventually talks about quantum computing. For a physics minded person, I think it's an interesting look at computing.
     
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    Reading What I Think About When I Think About Running by Murakami ... he might be my favorite author as of late. I've read Norwegian Wood and South of the Border, West of the Sun in the past year or so and they were both fantastic. Music, especially jazz plays a big role in his works and he used to own a jazz bar in Japan before he became an author.
     
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    This is a book about swearing- not just the fact that some words are considered taboo, but the practical functions that they serve. I very much enjoyed this; typical Pinker, exploring his subject with a little linguistics and light neuroscience.

    I always end up letting his books sit for too long in the queue on my Kindle, subconsciously assuming that they'll be heavy going- but they hardly ever are. He's one of those authors who reads like he's been mulling over some really cool stuff, and can't wait to tell you about it. There's always a nice vein of dry humour and mischief in there, too. Recommended.
     
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    the Wolves of Calla which is the 5th book in Stephen King's Dark Tower series; I haven't been this invested in characters in a long time.
     
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    It's been a while since I finished the series, but I recall really enjoying that book.
     
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    Not so much "what are you reading?" but "what are you looking forward to reading?" this time.

    Queued up on my Kindle, I have a new Charlie Stross "Laundry" series novel ("The Delirium Brief") - a brilliantly kitschy and nerdy series, one of my favourites. I also have a new Haruki Murakami, a book of short stories ("Men Without Women"). Murakami is strangely dreamlike and always a pleasure- pure escapism.

    Soo.. when I finish the current book (one of C.J. Samson's Sharklake things), it will be really hard to choose what to read next. What a great dilemma to have- normally I am scratching about trying to work out what to read next. Very happy with this state of affairs, to say the least.
     
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    I've got about 20 books left unfinished over the last few years, really feel badly about that and need to go back and finish them or just start over.

    Right now, trying to get through Moneyball and Dynamic Hedging.
     
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    Science in the Soul by Richard Dawkins currently.
     
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    Found this in the library

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    I just finished reading Worm for the second time, and god damn what an incredible story that is. It’s a freely available web serial that finished back in 2013. It’s 1.7M words, or ~3 times as long as LotR.

    It’s the story of a girl who is chronically under estimated. It has an epic story, spanning street level crime to world ending battles, it’s got some of the best world building I’ve ever seen.

    It really is a super hero story like none other. Highly recommended.

    https://parahumans.wordpress.com

    There’s also a fan made audio book version available as a podcast that I used to get into it the first time as well.

    Edit: this is maybe the best paragraph in the entire story, perfectly encapsulating Taylor, and its almost entirely spoiler free
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    souprknowva, dude I also read worm, that story is amazing.. did you ever read that author's followup?
     
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    During my travels the last month I was able to get through 3.5 books in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Pretty interesting fantasy. Cowboys as the evolution of the Knights of old. Magic and guns. Not really what I was expecting from King. The fourth book is dragging a little bit, but I have enjoyed the journey so far. I did see the movie first so there is definitely a disconnect between the book characters and what was in my mind already. Anyways if you have a lot of time on your hands, it is a good series (with the caveat that I don't know how it ends).
     
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