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Old 06/01/2010   #1
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Default What are you reading?

If we have a thread like this I can't find it. Which surprises me because I could swear we had one, but if we did it must have disappeared.

I'm reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez. I'm about 150 pages into it and I can already tell it's going to be fucking awesome. Suarez is one of the rare technothriller authors who actually knows his shit. He's also created a superb concept for an antagonist because the antagonist happens to be dead for the entire novel.

Various blurbs have told me not to expect that I have any idea where the plot is going, so I'm looking forward to completing this. I'll probably end up breaking one of my rules and buying the sequel in hardcover.

On the non-fiction side I'm reading The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. It's already made me consider a number of issues from angles from which I'd never considered them, so I'd strongly recommend it with the sole reservation that I think the author has a bit too much faith in markets. Then again his suggestions for containing and averting crises are eminently reasonable and if the people in charge listened to him we'd be vastly better off as a society.
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“Why throw money at problems? That's what money is for. Should the nation's wealth be redistributed? It has been and continues to be redistributed to a few people in a manner strikingly unhelpful.” -Kurt Vonnegut
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Old 06/02/2010   #2
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also, in b4 NO JOHN YOU ARE THE DAEMON
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“When I was twelve, I milked my eel into a pot of turtle stew.
I flogged the one-eyed snake, I skinned my sausage, I made
the bald man cry into the turtle stew, which I do believe my
sister ate. At least, I hope she did.” -Tyrion Lannister
“The management is very bad. In fact, let’s not mince words: The management is terrible!
We’ve had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars, and lunatics making a string of catastrophic
decisions. This is a plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these
people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I’ll admit that
anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after
century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious
incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without
question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous
and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was, ‘No.’” -V
“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” -Thomas Pynchon
“All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.” -Adam Smith
“Why throw money at problems? That's what money is for. Should the nation's wealth be redistributed? It has been and continues to be redistributed to a few people in a manner strikingly unhelpful.” -Kurt Vonnegut
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” -John Steinbeck
“If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself.” -Mikhail Bakunin
“In all history, there is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.” -Sun Tzu
“...pero Capitán, obedecer por obedecer, así, sin pensarlo... sólo lo hacen gentes como usted, Capitán.” -Dr Ferreiro, Pan’s Labyrinth
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” -William Blake
“Yeah, you really got my act down good, guys. That'll be great. ‘You know, when I’m done ranting about elite power that rules the planet under a totalitarian government that uses the media in order to keep people stupid, my throat gets parched! That’s why I drink Orange Drink.’” -Bill Hicks








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Old 06/02/2010   #3
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Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury. One of my favorite books, if not my absolute favorite, ever. Ray Bradbury does such a good job with visualization, and it reminds me what it feels like to be alive. It's a novel, but it's almost more like poetry. <3

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Old 06/03/2010   #4
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Just finished The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester, which was great. I thought the centrality of Freudian psychology was a bit jarring at first, but the general criminal-versus-detective dynamic between the protagonist and antagonist was top notch. Not sure what I'll be reading next but I'm now very much in the mood for cyberpunk, so maybe something by William Gibson.
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Old 06/04/2010   #5
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Muh, I don't read as much these days.

Reading Planet Google (pretty sure the title's properly translated) and some biography on Einstein.
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Old 06/05/2010   #6
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Currently reading The Sandman: Book of Dreams.

It's an anthology of stories based on the Sandman comics series. I've only read the first two so far, TBH, but it looks interesting.
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Old 06/05/2010   #7
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re-reading all my kelley armstrong books cause im bored.
Prob gonna then move on to my anne rice collection and finally christopher paolini
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Old 06/06/2010   #8
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L wrote: christopher paolini
Don't bother, .
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Old 06/07/2010   #9
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Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks, the Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post. I have another book by Ricks that follows US Marines through boot camp, and (I thought) he gave a very balanced and credible perspective on the relationship between the Marines and America heading into the 21st century. That credibility is what makes Fiasco so gutwrenching, as Ricks is absolutely merciless in his scathing critique of the Iraq war. Covering the war from its inception up until 2006, Ricks names every name and pulls absolutely no punches, castigating just about every top official involved in the operation (even including a "cast of characters" in the foreword). Great read and accessible even if you're not very familiar with the US military.

Programming Perl by Larry Wall. Need to learn Perl for mah job at least as well as I know Java.

Dune... but I'm having the same problem as with I try to read LOTR: I already know the story and the first 100 pages are a major drag, so I always end up losing interest.
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Old 06/07/2010   #10
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"War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning"
Chris Hedges
An analysis of the addictive nature of warfare, and how humanity can kick the habit. Explodes some myths. Very readable and interesting.
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Old 06/08/2010   #11
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"Intensity" by Dean Koontz
Mindless thriller to ease the brain.
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Old 06/10/2010   #12
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the thriller novel Wiseguy and a sketch tutorial.
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Old 06/10/2010   #13
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Chun-Li wrote: "Intensity" by Dean Koontz
Mindless thriller to ease the brain.
Oh God, I loved that book.
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Old 06/10/2010   #14
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Noob Saibot wrote: Oh God, I loved that book.
Mindless
I loved that book.
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Old 06/10/2010   #15
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John Adams by David McCullough
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