What book are you reading now/have finished?


#162

Dust is garbage. It serves mostly as a setup for other people to write fan fiction, post it on Amazon Kindle Worlds, with the original author taking a cut on every sale.

https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/world/SiloSaga?ref_=kww_home_ug_SiloSaga

I have never read a series that sells out so completely and ruins itself in the process.


#163

There’s another Fufi story in the book (there’s quite a few really) and it goes that one day they learned Fufi could climb the fence and was spending her days with another family, coming home when they all got home from school and work. Living a dual life. They actually paid the other family to get her back.


#164

I’ve finished Born a Crime. It was delightful and Mr. Noah is genuinely funny and the whole book is great. It’s shorter than I’d expected which led to me having to switch books sooner than expected. I had Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! all lined up to go but I may just delay that for something more substantive on apartheid in South Africa. Shit in that country goes so far beyond what I as an american can begin to fathom. There’s some similarities, especially in how they talk about in education. But I’d like to know more.


#165

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow is the most boring book I think I’ve read in my adult life.


#166

I’ve been trying to go through the books that were nominated to lose the Hugo this year. Finished Six Wakes, a interesting Sci-Fi locked room mystery.

I’d recommend New York: 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, though it seems to be mostly addressed to a very specific audience, those utterly enamored with NYC.


#167

It’s me. But I’ve already read Kavalier and Clay, so…


#168

What, you only have so much space in your reading schedule for award worthy NYC fellation?


#169

finished Genocide Organ by Project Itoho this week. Man is it a cool book with a great idea. Can’t go to much into the meat of it with out spoilers but it does a very good job of looking at Americas foreign policy.


#170

I’m planning to read The Savage Detectives by Bolano. Just waiting to find a copy in Spanish, since for some reason I am adamant about reading it in its original language.


#171

Finished NY:2140 on Friday night, and I do recommend reading it. It’s an interesting entry in that category of Science Fiction where the world is the primary character more than any particular individual is.

And it’s probably also worth it since we’re actually ahead of the book’s timeline for the first pulse.


#172

I got sick of reading about the poor being systematically oppressed, which is every good history book. Branching out into fiction in the hopes I’ll find new ways of writing if I expose myself to more literary styles.


#173
  • The Sprawl RPG, Powered by the Apocalypse cyperpunk. Basically Shadowrun minus magic with an emphasis on doing jobs.
  • Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams, a non-Gibson cyberpunk novel recommended by The Sprawl. There’s a fucking amazing six pages where the protagonist engages in some high-speed money laundering:

    The shillings are used as collateral for a loan, the loan being taken on something like 99.999 percent of the value of the shillings. The duration of the loan is ten seconds. … the Greater Asian Trading Company’s main computer realizes that the ten-second loan has not been repaid, and forecloses. … Thibodaux withdraws the rubles from the Sony Bank of Uruguay for another series of stock purchases in Chicago.

  • Fear by Bob Woodward. It’s the icing of details on last year’s news.
  • Dune Messiah as part of #duneclub. One book per summer.
  • Burning Sands: Jihad, a numbers-filed-off Dune supplement for Burning Wheel. Seemed like as good a time as any!
  • Sex Criminals, Vol. 1-2 did not go anywhere that I wanted it to. #brimping
  • A good chunk of Stars Without Number, an rpg about space adventure/exploration. Imagine Traveller without the baggage.
  • Consider Phlebas, book #1 of The Culture series. I am onboard The Culture train now, but I’m not going to rush them.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, reread for GeekNights book club.

#174

Don’t read Consider Phlebas first. It is the weakest novel of the entire series. Start with Player of Games.

Also: reading order corrected http://www.sfbrp.com/archives/1284


#175

I did start with Consider Phlebas. I’m sticking to published order.


#176

I didn’t particularly like either book, but I agree that Player of Games was better.


#177

Finally getting back into fiction after several years away from it. Having a friend recommend and talk about books really liked me get back on the wagon. Since I’ve missed so many of the popular titles, I decided to start there.

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Strangely, I actually think this book works better without Lizbeth at all. She seems entirely shoehorned into the plot with very little to do until the end. Also, the main character, Blomkvist, is entirely a self-insert character for the author. I can see why the author had written the book for friends without intention to publish it at first. Blomkvist is a intrepid, dashly investigative reporter who is a defender of women! And he has the ability to seduce every women he meets! The village hottie, his best friend with a husband, the elite anti-social hacker, all fall to his charms! It’s a bit much but the mystery itself is very fun to read and engaging. The setting too is very interesting as I know little to nothing about Sweden. Overall 3/5, I have little desire to keep reading the series since neither of the main characters interest me too much.

  1. The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear

The Name of the Wind is pure Mary-Sue hero’s journey mush. And yet, it’s very well done Mary-Sue hero’s journey mush that I could not put down. Patrick Rothfuss is not charting new ground with NOTW but does it in a remarkable fun way. I could criticize Denna’s characterization or Kvothe’s never ending talents but I plain like the book too much to care. 4/5 for quality writing and fun.

The Wise Man’s Fear, however; is strangely very slow for the 2nd book out of a trilogy. The continuation of the school stuff in the beginning of the book is good, if a little bit too much of a re-tread. But the courtly intrigue, the hunt for bandits, the faerie sex goddess, and the shaolin monk training arcs, all felt like side quests of an rpg. The author has to build the reputation of the legendary man established in the first book but he takes too long to do it and not enough consequences and plot movement is achieved. Still, it’s well written and fun but it shows worrying signs that the third book will not deliver on the setup of the first. 3/5.

  1. The Lies of the Locke Lamara

The first third of this book is a fun little heist, and then the main character gets dumped into the latrine, beat up, stabbed, burned, reintroduced into the latrine, and then has a bit of a victory the end? The alternating storylines is done as well as it can be done in the beginning of this book, which is to say still annoying, but clever enough that it pushed me to read more instead of giving up. I don’t think I liked the pacing of the end of the book, which is break neck compared to the middle sections. What I would say about the author, is that narratively he’s a fairly clever author in the amount of callbacks and connective tissue between chapters, but I’m not sure I actually like his writing style enough to continue reading this series. The descriptions of the city and the world was not that engaging, nor was the dialogue very expressive of the character’s voices. I fear that if the author runs out of narrative tricks, the series won’t be that interesting. Still, I mostly enjoyed the first book and may continue the series some time in the future, if my friend wants to, but it does not fill me with an immediate desire to keep going. 3/5.

  1. American Gods

I did not finish American Gods. Maybe it was because I was reading the author’s preferred text, but I think this book is in a desperate need of an editor and a better plot device to drive action forward. I just stopped caring about any of the characters once the roadtrip kept dragging and dragging. A shame because I think Shadow having to reconcile with the ghost of his cheating wife is fairly interesting but not worth the slog. I think Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore did this plot better. 2/5