Community Book club - What are you reading and what have you read recently

lashman

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Glad to be here too mate.
I hear you started Miniature painting. Nice.
me? nah ... but Li Kao made a thread for it :) check it out:

 
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Swenhir

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I've started reading The Looting Machine by Tom Burgis and it's really starting strong. I can't say for sure, having gone through it just yet but it seems like a very powerful exposition of just how Africa has been exploited and striped of its resources systematically by both its governments and associated industries.
 

toxicitizen

Wake the fuck up, Samurai
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Speaking of Hyperion, that was an insanely great book. The Priest story blew me away at the start and i was hooked. Still haven't gotten to the other books in the series even though i already own "Fall of Hyperion" and "Endymion".
If you liked Hyperion then get on Fall of Hyperion asap. It's so freaking good! It's less of a sequel and more like the second half of the book. I haven't touched the Endymion books yet either, though. Fall of Hyperion has a satisfying enough ending that it makes for a good spot to take a break and I wanted to get to other books before getting into them. Working my way through the last few Dark Tower books right now.
 
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Pranooy

Pranooy

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So finished "Project Hail Mary", this past weekend. It is basically a really good sci-fi novel in the same vein as his first book "The Martian".
Starts off with a lot of similarity to The Martian, but branches of to do some really cool stuff. I think this is a better book than The Martian, mainly coz we have no idea about the circumstance that lead to the current situation and that is slowly revealed in parallel to the current happenings that make up the main storyline.

Really enjoyed it overall and folks who liked The Martian should love it too IMO.
Even folks who enjoy grounded sci-fi (lots of explanation of the scientific reasoning) should check it out.


If you liked Hyperion then get on Fall of Hyperion asap. It's so freaking good! It's less of a sequel and more like the second half of the book. I haven't touched the Endymion books yet either, though. Fall of Hyperion has a satisfying enough ending that it makes for a good spot to take a break and I wanted to get to other books before getting into them. Working my way through the last few Dark Tower books right now.
Wanted to start "Fall of Hyperion", but instead started "The Shadow of Gods" by John Gwynne. It is a Norse-inspired fantasy with some interesting protagonists - a mother, an ex-slave and a warrior.

Check out this cool cover!!

 
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Li Kao

It’s a strange world. Let’s keep it that way.
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The desire to read something was building up inside me for some weeks now, and I was a little fed up with only reading my Lovecraft / The Weird anthologies, so I started I short read, 'We have always lived in the castle' by Shirley Jackson.
I reserve full judgement for when I hypothetically finish it, but I can say for the time being that while I can respect the intent, it's fucking god-awfully boring to read.



I'm at page 80/151, and should really read a little bit of it today before my usual bedtime reading session, because I sure won't bear to read 80 other pages in one go if things keep the same.

- Moral of the story -
You may have reading OCD and can't see yourself reading mammoth 800 pages books, but short isn't always the answer :sweaty-blob:
 
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FunnyJay

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So, I finished the novelization of Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns of the Patriots.

In the words of Krusty the clown:



What a mess of a story. I really enjoyed the story of (the games) MGS 1-3. MGS 1 was really good, and while MGS 2 could get fairly convoluted it was still enjoyable. MGS 3 was more simple in it's story compared to 2 but had some really nice twists.

But MGS 4? I don't really know what to say. I don't think I liked the direction the story took at all, especially walking back and retconning some pieces from the earlier games.

And don't get me started on the meme-fest that was Drebin...
 
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Dandy

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I'm currently reading(and re-reading) the short stories in the Dead Djinn series by P. Djèlí Clark. The full length novel came out, and I want it all fresh in my mind.

The story takes place in an early 1900s alternate Cairo a few years after a famous mystic broke the barrier between this world and magical realm. Djinn and other magical things were now able to enter the world which lead to a cultural/technological boom, and now Cairo is the worlds most modern city. There is steam/clockwork/magic tech like tram cars, and steam automatons. There are various types of djinn, sorcerers, ethereal beings who claim to be angels that inhabit clockwork bodies so they can interact with the world, flesh-eating undead ghuls, and lots of other stuff.

The stories mainly focus on agents of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities... so like detectives that investigate supernatural incidents.

The first short story, A Dead Djinn in Cairo is available to read for free on the publisher's site, as is the second, The Angel of Khan el-Khalili. There is also the novella, The Haunting of Tram Car 015 and the first full-length novel, A Master of Djinn.

I love this series so far because it is unlike anything I've read before. The world is very fresh and interesting. If nothing else, read A Dead Djinn in Cairo, as it features the same protagonist as A Master of Djinn, a badass, suit wearing, female detective named Fatma el-Sha’arawi.

Anyway, here is the gorgeous cover for the first full-length novel.

 
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Mivey

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Started two books yesterday and really enjoying both.
As a huge fan of First law series, i doubt The Heroes can disappoint me. About Mort, i've heard good stuff and kinda expect to have a good time.
Mort is a really great book, and the start of a small subseries in the Diskwork novels. You're in for a treat.