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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #600 on: November 26, 2015, 11:29:35 AM »
Making my way through Tamora Pierce's "The Immortals" quartet, and really regretting I didn't find these as a voracious pre-teen reader; better late than never, I suppose.

Some of my favorite all time books.

Have you read the Alana quartet? And know that they are followed by the Protector of the Small quartet? All of them are well worth the read, but I think the Immortals are my favorite.

I started with the Immortals because it was what was immediately available from the library on my Kindle. I think it's out of order, but as soon as I finish the last two books I'm starting on the other series! For YA, it's pretty great.

It goes:
Alana
Immortals (Daine)
Protector (Kel)

And there are 4 of each. They are technically stand alone, but I recommend reading Alana before Protector, otherwise LOTS will get spoiled.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #601 on: November 26, 2015, 11:32:09 AM »
I'm currently reading "Why Nations Fail". And I'm still wondering wether or not we also have some sort of extractive (and not so inclusive) system.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #602 on: December 07, 2015, 10:45:05 AM »
Switch, by Chip and Dan Heath.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #603 on: December 07, 2015, 10:55:10 AM »
"The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul," by Douglas Adams. Hilarious!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #604 on: December 07, 2015, 10:58:35 AM »
"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik. I am in love with this book so far. It's a level of quality I don't find in a lot of fantasy writing. Highly recommend.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #605 on: December 07, 2015, 05:27:15 PM »
Making Home by Sharon Astyk. I just read her Independence Days book and loved it, so jumped right into her other stuff.
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« Reply #606 on: December 07, 2015, 05:30:41 PM »
This I Believe Edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

it's a collection of essays written by the famous and the normal regarding their personal beliefs. I highly recommend it; provides a lot to chew on.
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« Reply #607 on: December 08, 2015, 10:25:04 AM »
"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik. I am in love with this book so far. It's a level of quality I don't find in a lot of fantasy writing. Highly recommend.

Well, I read ~275 pages yesterday afternoon to finish out the book. Needless to say, it continued to be enjoyable. Again: recommended.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #608 on: December 08, 2015, 02:25:17 PM »
"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik. I am in love with this book so far. It's a level of quality I don't find in a lot of fantasy writing. Highly recommend.

Well, I read ~275 pages yesterday afternoon to finish out the book. Needless to say, it continued to be enjoyable. Again: recommended.

You sold me!

Just finished reading Duct Tape Parenting, and this:
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.- Bill Bryson

Probably the funniest thing I've ever read, and I read a lot. Embarrassingly funny because it makes me laugh out loud in public.

My new next book!  Bill Bryson is great, and I could use some humor.

Thanks!
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #609 on: December 08, 2015, 02:55:29 PM »
"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik. I am in love with this book so far. It's a level of quality I don't find in a lot of fantasy writing. Highly recommend.

Just ordered the first 3 Temeraire novels for my kindle. Because $9.99 for 3, vs 11.99 for one. Yeah, yeah, should have come from the library, but the waitlist for any popular book at the Seattle Public Library is always in the hundreds. I was literally number 999 on the waitlist for the KonMarie book. And come to think of it, it's possible the system just capped out at 3 digits. Sheesh.

On the upside, can't wait to get home! I'm smirking around, imagining the underlings looks if the knew the LT wants to squirrel home early to read dragon books.   

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #610 on: December 08, 2015, 03:09:06 PM »
"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik. I am in love with this book so far. It's a level of quality I don't find in a lot of fantasy writing. Highly recommend.

Just ordered the first 3 Temeraire novels for my kindle. Because $9.99 for 3, vs 11.99 for one. Yeah, yeah, should have come from the library, but the waitlist for any popular book at the Seattle Public Library is always in the hundreds. I was literally number 999 on the waitlist for the KonMarie book. And come to think of it, it's possible the system just capped out at 3 digits. Sheesh.

On the upside, can't wait to get home! I'm smirking around, imagining the underlings looks if the knew the LT wants to squirrel home early to read dragon books.   

Those are next on my to read list!
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #611 on: December 09, 2015, 04:04:38 PM »

"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik. I am in love with this book so far. It's a level of quality I don't find in a lot of fantasy writing. Highly recommend.

Well, I read ~275 pages yesterday afternoon to finish out the book. Needless to say, it continued to be enjoyable. Again: recommended.

You sold me!

That was pretty good.

I don't think I'll be reading her other stuff, as alternative history isn't really my thing, but I did enjoy that.

Thanks for the recommendation!
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #612 on: December 09, 2015, 04:06:07 PM »
I'm reading "Princess Academy" by Shannon Hale. I'm only 3 chapters in, but I'm not totally sold yet. We'll see how it shapes up. Very much feels like "preteen fiction" rather than "YA fiction".
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #613 on: December 10, 2015, 11:28:54 AM »
I just finished The First Bad Man, by Miranda July (her first novel!), which I really enjoyed. Weird little piece of fiction. Now I'm reading Hillary Clinton's memoir from a dozen years ago - interesting to know more about her story, though she's not a particularly compelling writer. Bracken_Joy, I'm going to check the library for Uprooted!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #614 on: December 11, 2015, 11:39:11 PM »
Finished Temerarie last night. What the fuckit, the abused dragon died?. I still have 2 more books in the universe, but I like to space these things out. Fine things should not be rushed.

I'm off to re-read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. Because love exists in my heart for this book. It opens on Godfrey Waterhouse IV, which the whole forum should love, because he is 'by birthright a stupendeous badass.'

I need you people to get up to speed on reading this book, so we can squee together. Don't wanna be alone here guys. Guys?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #615 on: December 12, 2015, 09:24:26 AM »
Finished Temerarie last night. What the fuckit, the abused dragon died?. I still have 2 more books in the universe, but I like to space these things out. Fine things should not be rushed.


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #616 on: December 13, 2015, 09:48:31 AM »
I think we need a list or thread on nice books to be read that are out of copyright and up on e.g. project gutenberg.
Just thought about it and thought about mentioning it ;)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #617 on: December 14, 2015, 04:35:31 PM »
Musashi- Eiji Yoshikawa
Tao te Ching- Lao Tzu

Both of these books are fascinating, and at the same time I am making this Mustachian journey, I can see the main characters and their similarities to different people's attitudes toward financial situations (and life in general really).

I won't spoil anything, but I will cite two of the main characters as examples. The story takes place during the Sengoku Period (1467-c.1615?). There are many ronin trying to make a name for themselves, not only for honor but in order to make a living. There is Miyamoto Musashi, who goes on a spiritual quest to master the Way of the Sword. He blames any shortcomings on himself and learns from his mistakes. When he senses trouble ahead, he prepares for it. When offered ways for a quick buck, he declines in pursuit of the greater goal he has dedicated himself to.

Then we have Hon'iden Matahachi. He is clueless, and wants desperately to prove himself in the world. He constantly dreams of being "somebody" in a world where many men with a sword and some training are attempting the same thing. Matahachi doesn't train his skills, and he blunders into trouble. When he sense trouble ahead, he panics. When he makes mistake after mistake, he blames the people around him. Nothing is ever his own fault. He knows he needs to do better, but it is just too hard. If he were born like Musashi, he wouldn't be so bad off. If it wasn't for (insert something here), he would already be famous.

I know it is silly to compare two people from the Sengoku Period of Japan to people in the modern day, but I can't help but find some willpower in Musashi to keep going with this Mustachian thing. I see many around me all the time with Matahachi's attitude. "If only this" "If only that". I can't fall into that line of thinking. I can't afford to make excuses for not bettering myself physically, mentally and financially.

And now I made a long post. Sorry.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #618 on: December 17, 2015, 10:43:23 PM »
A daily blog called The Underground Bunker
http://tonyortega.org/

When the documentary came out "Going Clear" about Scientology I couldn't believe something like that could be allowed to exist in the United States. Then I started to read all I could find about the cult.

The Underground Bunker is a daily blog written in a no nonsense, here's the facts style on the goings on of Scientology. Many of the comments after the daily article are written by former members of the cult, and believe me, can be enlightening.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #619 on: December 18, 2015, 01:04:45 AM »
I just finished a couple of free books about Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole.

Grim stuff.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #620 on: December 18, 2015, 01:16:05 AM »
I only seem to read non-fiction these days.

I've just started "The Tale of Duelling Neuorsurgenons - The history of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness and recovery" by Sam Kean.

It's great so far. Very entertaining and well written, plus I suspect I'll have memorised the brain structure by the end of it.

I found it by accident in the library catalogue searching for something entirely different but I ordered it anyway because it sounded interesting.

Musashi- Eiji Yoshikawa
Tao te Ching- Lao Tzu

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I know it is silly to compare two people from the Sengoku Period of Japan to people in the modern day, but I can't help but find some willpower in Musashi to keep going with this Mustachian thing. I see many around me all the time with Matahachi's attitude. "If only this" "If only that". I can't fall into that line of thinking. I can't afford to make excuses for not bettering myself physically, mentally and financially.

And now I made a long post. Sorry.

That was really interesting, thank you. I enjoyed your comparison to modern day life.


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #621 on: December 18, 2015, 01:21:14 PM »
Just finished reading two books: How to be Victorian and March.  The first is a social historian's account of Victorian life from dawn to dusk.  I found it full of fascinating details (for instance, the prevalence of dry brushing instead of bathing in the early Victorian era- which the author has tried and found an effective cleaning/odor controlling strategy).  The second is a novel based on the character of Mr. March from Little Women.  I thought it was well written and thought provoking (I don't read many books set during the American Civil War).

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« Reply #622 on: December 18, 2015, 03:30:22 PM »
The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil, just finished Kill Chain The Rise of the High-tech Assassins by the delightfully named Andrew Cockburn.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #624 on: December 18, 2015, 08:15:30 PM »
I'm now on book 15 of the Aubreyad ("The Truelove" by Patrick O'Brian) and it's great! I'm shocked by how I'm maintaining momentum on this series, despite the (no seriously) epic length.
Highly recommend. Great writing and great adventures. And unexpected dry humor.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #625 on: December 19, 2015, 11:06:42 AM »
I'm now on book 15 of the Aubreyad ("The Truelove" by Patrick O'Brian) and it's great! I'm shocked by how I'm maintaining momentum on this series, despite the (no seriously) epic length.
Highly recommend. Great writing and great adventures. And unexpected dry humor.

That series is one of my favourite to read and re-read. And the humour is fantastic, very subtle.

One of the most fascinating things is the change from the first to the second novel - the first was very heavy and a bit boring and then O'Brian suddenly found his footing in the second one and it became plain sailing from there.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #626 on: December 19, 2015, 11:25:04 AM »
I'm now on book 15 of the Aubreyad ("The Truelove" by Patrick O'Brian) and it's great! I'm shocked by how I'm maintaining momentum on this series, despite the (no seriously) epic length.
Highly recommend. Great writing and great adventures. And unexpected dry humor.

That series is one of my favourite to read and re-read. And the humour is fantastic, very subtle.

One of the most fascinating things is the change from the first to the second novel - the first was very heavy and a bit boring and then O'Brian suddenly found his footing in the second one and it became plain sailing from there.

I see what you did there!

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« Reply #627 on: December 19, 2015, 12:48:34 PM »
I'm now on book 15 of the Aubreyad ("The Truelove" by Patrick O'Brian) and it's great! I'm shocked by how I'm maintaining momentum on this series, despite the (no seriously) epic length.
Highly recommend. Great writing and great adventures. And unexpected dry humor.

That series is one of my favourite to read and re-read. And the humour is fantastic, very subtle.

One of the most fascinating things is the change from the first to the second novel - the first was very heavy and a bit boring and then O'Brian suddenly found his footing in the second one and it became plain sailing from there.

I see what you did there!

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See, I love this forum. A+ punage.

And I agree. I think book 1 was meant to be a one-off, and then he was like 'nah fuck it let's write 20 more,' and so changed his approach.

And no seriously. My urge to repeat horrible and outdated nautical puns is now exceptionally high. Send help. (In sum, everyone should read this series, however I admit it is a commitment being 21 books long).
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #628 on: December 20, 2015, 12:22:07 PM »
I see what you did there!

And no seriously. My urge to repeat horrible and outdated nautical puns is now exceptionally high. Send help.

Heh. What can I say? Read enough Aubrey/Maturin and it becomes a compulsion :)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #629 on: December 22, 2015, 10:39:46 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #630 on: December 22, 2015, 01:27:26 PM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #631 on: December 23, 2015, 03:54:40 AM »
I think we need a list or thread on nice books to be read that are out of copyright and up on e.g. project gutenberg.
Just thought about it and thought about mentioning it ;)

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« Reply #632 on: December 23, 2015, 05:37:18 AM »
I think we need a list or thread on nice books to be read that are out of copyright and up on e.g. project gutenberg.
Just thought about it and thought about mentioning it ;)

Over 50,000 on Project Gutenberg. But here, check this out: http://ebookfriendly.com/free-public-domain-books-sources/
Thats why I said we need a thread for those books - because there are so many

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« Reply #633 on: December 23, 2015, 06:28:19 AM »
I think we need a list or thread on nice books to be read that are out of copyright and up on e.g. project gutenberg.
Just thought about it and thought about mentioning it ;)

Over 50,000 on Project Gutenberg. But here, check this out: http://ebookfriendly.com/free-public-domain-books-sources/
Thats why I said we need a thread for those books - because there are so many

I understand now. :) I started a thread called great books list in off topic for it. http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/off-topic/great-books-list/
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #634 on: December 27, 2015, 07:33:08 PM »
Just finished War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. Not at all what I expected.

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« Reply #635 on: December 27, 2015, 07:53:45 PM »
Started Temeraire by Naomi Novik (aka His Majesty's Dragon). It's... confusing. I feel very "dropped in the middle" of it.  I think Im about 1/3 of the way in? (Kindle, so I don't remember). I'm hoping this improves with time. I feel like the author is purposely hiding information in heavily stilted writing to give an air of mystery, and that annoys me. Everyone seemed to like it, though, and I enjoyed Uprooted, so I'm keeping with it. (To be fair, Uprooted had a similar "you don't get to know yet" feel, but I enjoyed it more for some reason).
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #636 on: December 27, 2015, 08:03:47 PM »
Just finished War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. Not at all what I expected.
I said the same when I finished it recently!
Radiolab does a cool podcast on the radio show if your interested.

I think we need a list or thread on nice books to be read that are out of copyright and up on e.g. project gutenberg.
Just thought about it and thought about mentioning it ;)

Over 50,000 on Project Gutenberg. But here, check this out: http://ebookfriendly.com/free-public-domain-books-sources/
Thats why I said we need a thread for those books - because there are so many

I understand now. :) I started a thread called great books list in off topic for it. http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/off-topic/great-books-list/
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« Reply #637 on: December 27, 2015, 09:55:36 PM »
Just finished Out of Sorts by Aurelie Valognes. Quick read, free for Kindle. It was predictable, but still entertaining. I think I might tackle Don Quixote next. I bought a beautifully bound used hardcover some months ago and haven't gotten around to reading it quite yet.

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« Reply #638 on: December 28, 2015, 09:23:18 PM »
Just finished reading "Super Sad True Love Story" by Gary Shteyngart - was ok, but didnt love it.

Its set in the not to distant future, and the USA is on the brink of economic crash with a totalitarian government who promotes consumerism

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« Reply #639 on: December 28, 2015, 09:31:42 PM »
Finished Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight, but Dan Bucatinsky. It was surprisingly good! Going from happily irreverent, to surprisingly perceptive. Bucatinsky is a good author. Recommended.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #640 on: December 28, 2015, 09:41:39 PM »
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Not sure where it's heading so far, and I have no idea what to expect.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #641 on: December 29, 2015, 12:40:55 AM »
I have to stop myself from starting books and then stopping halfway through! That will be a 2016 resolution.

I bought Do No Harm : Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh yesterday.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #642 on: December 29, 2015, 01:21:23 PM »
Just finished reading "Super Sad True Love Story" by Gary Shteyngart - was ok, but didnt love it.

Its set in the not to distant future, and the USA is on the brink of economic crash with a totalitarian government who promotes consumerism
And that is still considered future and fiction? lol

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« Reply #643 on: December 30, 2015, 03:42:35 PM »
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« Reply #644 on: December 30, 2015, 05:31:10 PM »
Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #646 on: January 03, 2016, 09:51:07 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #647 on: January 03, 2016, 10:34:58 AM »
This week I finished The Wine Dark Sea (Patrick O'Brian, book 16? I think.) as well as The Tropic of Serpents (2nd in the Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan)
Just started Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey (I admit it, after watching the first ep of The Expanse. Sue me ;P )
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #648 on: January 03, 2016, 10:37:22 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #649 on: January 03, 2016, 01:45:36 PM »
This week I finished The Wine Dark Sea (Patrick O'Brian, book 16? I think.) as well as The Tropic of Serpents (2nd in the Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan)
Just started Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey (I admit it, after watching the first ep of The Expanse. Sue me ;P )

Me too! I watched the first few episodes of The Expanse and loved it, so I checked Leviathan Wakes out from the library last week Monday, and read 350 pages the first day! I had finished it by Tuesday evening, but it helps that I was on PTO and didn't have to work those days. I have the next 2 on hold at the library, and should be available in the next day or two. I'm pumped! Haven't found a series that I've been this sucked into since I first read ASOIAF.