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Speaking of King,

I was really disappointed with how the Dark Tower series was wrapped up, especially the last book. It just felt like King phoned it in, just to get it over with. Mordred the spider boy seemed so... pointless, and then the way Flagg was offed, so completely random and in such an insignificant way... Ugh.

 

 

Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.

 

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I read some book called...A Far Way Gone: Memoirs of a Child Soldier? "Multicultural" Literature class. Dreadfully boring, particularly the first half. Bleck. Would recommend only if you hated yourself...or if I hated you, maybe.

 

House on Mango Street - same class. Not as bad, but still kind of bad.

 

I should read a book I'm actually interested in one of these days...I don't read as much as I used to.

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Plodding through the Witcher series some more, two books officially translated and one of the short stories collection unofficially so.

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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the Maztica books really got me interested in the Aztecs

The area between the balls and the butt is a hotbed of terrorist activity.

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Now reading The Bird Box by Josh Malerman. It's ok, a little creepy but also a little hard to buy into. I can only suspend disbelief so far.

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* Some military history about the battle for the Hurtgen Forest 1944-45. Given it was the 'Murican's costliest battle of WW2 it's kind of relegated due to the legend of the neighbouring Ardennes offensive (occurring slap-bang in the middle of the period). The author served as an infantry replacement in 1944 and clearly enjoys ripping all the generals a new one, juxtaposing their self-regarding memoirs with bloody reality.

 

* Some end-of-the-world schlock I can't even remember the title of. I read a lot. A damn lot. Books eventually mush into each other.

 

* More Lovecraft. I feel like I need some sort of literary Purple Heart for slogging through baroque prose and endless lists of Arctic expedition prerequisites.

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Please Don't Tell My Parent's I'm a Supervillain

 

An entertaining YA read, about the young daughter of a pair of retired heroes, who stumbles into her own Mad Scientist powers and along with her two friends end up being mistaken for breakthrough Supervillains. Every time they try to correct that view, things go slightly askew and they get seen as even better Supervillains.

 

Some interesting world building and characters, and a setup where the heroes and villains have a nice set up of "rules and conduct of behaviour". Those who break it, (especially by making it personal) tend to end up facing a couple of the villains or heroes who ensure there's an "accidental" death when they next get into a fight...

"Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum."

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The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend. by Tom Calvin & Bob Drury. I just started it last night but I'm hooked.

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An odd request, but a friend is looking for some good Russian audiobooks - mystery, suspense, fantasy are her targeted genres. Any ideas ? :p

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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An odd request, but a friend is looking for some good Russian audiobooks - mystery, suspense, fantasy are her targeted genres. Any ideas ? :p

 

Boris Akunin is the the only stuff I'm familiar with and the Erast Fandorin series in particular

 

http://www.kniga.ru/audiobooks

 

I can ask around for more stuff

 

EDIT- Forgot to mention the World of Watches series though I admit I only saw the movies (Night Watch and Day Watch)

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CompTIA A+ Certification. Should have went for this years ago when the book was half the size.

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An odd request, but a friend is looking for some good Russian audiobooks - mystery, suspense, fantasy are her targeted genres. Any ideas ? :p

 

The Strugatsky brothers' "Roadside Picnic" and Vladimir Sorokin's "Ice Trilogy" ticks off at least two of those checkboxes; I'm unaware if they come in audiobook form.

 

If she wants to broaden her search to other Eastern European countries she can't go wrong with Stanislaw Lem's work. Pirx the Pilot, The Cyberiad, and The Star Diaries being all time favourites of mine.

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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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Finished Neverwhere, more than halfway through Good Omens. Anathema Device is the best name ever conceived. The AC organizing an Inquisition against witchcraft is gripping stuff.

 

Neverwhere needs to be remade as a TV series with the BBC Radio cast.

With additional seasons/series as the novel ending is blatantly a declaration of sequel-itis

 

 

Although it should be patently obvious what the ending of Neverwhere is given the nature of humanity. It's obvious from the start how it's going to end, but that's not a flaw on Gaiman's part. One of those "it's not the destination, it's how you get there" sort of things. It really feels like a setup for a broader media franchise, at least from the perspective of someone who couldn't possibly have seen the original TV series back in the '90s. And whom is tainted by the talents of today who performed the radio-play.

 

 

Not that I want Benedict Cumberbatch and Anthony Head to get sucked into what may or may not be a black hole, but I do want Natalie Dormer to be the one who makes fools of them through that means.

 

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