Whatcha reading redux.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by MiddleAgedKen » Thu May 18, 2017 9:45 pm

Vonz, I'm looking at a book called On Time and In Full from Productivity Press. I talk about delivery performance a lot in my B2B marketing and CRM courses. I may grab it. If it's good I'll let you know.

Just finished Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers and Sarah Hoyt's Darkship Thieves, and have started volume 2 of The Gulag Archipelago.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Greg » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:13 am

Jered wrote:
dfwmtx wrote:I've only read "Red Shirts" and the short story of his in the "Black Tide Rising" short story collection. What's the most odious Scalzi works, the ones that would get me on this "Oh, that's why he sucks!" page?
Like I said, only read two bits of his, but I'm impressed by his work on a technical level. Few people every write a decent 2nd person POV, and doing an entire story in dialog with no other narration or exposition is pretty good too.
I've enjoyed his works, but, because of his activities related to Sad Puppies, I'm not buying any more.
He's an excellent story teller, and I've enjoyed every single thing of his I've read.

He's also, as a human being, about on the level of a burning latrine.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Greg » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:16 am

Just reread Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon again.

I forgot how *funny* it is.

Every time I read it I find something I can't remember noticing before.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Jered » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:23 am

Greg wrote: He's an excellent story teller, and I've enjoyed every single thing of his I've read.

He's also, as a human being, about on the level of a burning latrine.
Yep. So, I have no desire to buy any more of his work.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Netpackrat » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:25 am

Anything by Scalzi in a collection is enough to keep me from buying it.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by MiddleAgedKen » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:05 pm

Finished Volume 2 of The Gulag Archipelago, now reading Karnow's Vietnam: A History and Hornfischer's The Fleet at Flood Tide.

Much like Sheehan in A Bright Shining Lie, Karnow treats the communists with kid gloves, even though Karnow on the whole is something more like balanced. I think the Frankfurt School must have done its work well in the history department. Still, it's pretty good.

I got Vietnam at Half Price Books; on the same trip I snagged a 50th anniversary edition of Bill Mauldin's Up Front. The bookplate indicated it came from the collection of a local politician of note who is currently a state appeals court judge. :)
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by HTRN » Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:46 am

Netpackrat wrote:A short treat for the MHI fans:

http://www.baen.com/Chapters/9781481482 ... 482691.htm
Did i ever tell you guys my idea for a fanfic fusing Tremors with Monster Hunter International ?

The idea of Burt Gummer killing oogily boogilys seemed natural.. :ugeek:
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:41 pm

Just finished Moon Is A Harsh Mistress again, since it seemed time to revisit it.
Note to self: start reading sig lines. They're actually quite amusing. :D

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Darrell » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:30 pm

I finished the Discworld books a while back, all 41 of them. Sometimes it seemed as if Pratchett was up against a deadline; I read more about the guy, and I guess he literally was against one. Sad, and gone too soon. I recently read Pratchett and Gaiman's Good Omens, it was okay. Then I read Gaiman's American Gods, it was just okay as well. Rather like Pratchett's Small Gods, in that gods wane without believers. Presently rereading Gene Wolfe's Wizard Knight books.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Jered » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:05 am

HTRN wrote: The idea of Burt Gummer killing oogily boogilys seemed natural.. :ugeek:
Only if they break into the wrong goddamned rec room.
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