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PostSubject: Book recommendations   Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:31 pm

Grunts, by Mary Gentle
This is a darkly humorous fantasy tale about a bunch of orcs who discover a cache of 'magic items' which consists of modern day wargear. The wargear influences the orcs who become marines. I've not read it in a long time but would highly recommend it. Jeff, I bet you'd love this.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:52 pm

This sounds absolutely amazing and I plan on reading it.... just after I am finished with this semester and the thousands of books and articles I still need to read.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:06 pm

With the end of the semester in sight, I am anxious to get to reading for recreation again. I just came across this and am dying to read it; someone on Reddit said it was their favorite 40k book ever and it is a fan fiction. That is pretty impressive.

It takes place hundreds of years in the future of GW lore where the Tau have taken over much of the galaxy. So, yes, it is a Tau fanboy's dream novel, but apparently it takes place from the point of view of an Astartes Chaplain who has awoken from stasis. Or so I think.

Anyways, someone was kind enough to put it all on a PDF file. Check it out!

https://www.pdf-archive.com/2015/05/22/rottfull/rottfull.pdfpl
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:30 am

Grunts is so great.

I'd suggest Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward; it's the story of more advanced humans who went to study a neutron star, wherein they found life. You follow the story of both the scientists and the newfound life.

I've heard great things about the Exiles Trilogy by Melanie Rawn, fantasy series about a revolution, with magic and shit.

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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:28 pm

Ive said it a thousand time, Starship troopers, Robert Klein.
I must've read it 2 or 3 times now.

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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:21 am

Heinlen’s Starship Troopers is a great novel. I read it when I was twenty; as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to disagree with the idea of a “good” fascist society, however. So, Heinlen may have been something of a weirdo. Even still, badass book.

On that note, if anyone is on instagram please follow my new account: pintsandprecis

I’m using it to talk about beer and books. I figured since grad school has driven me to new lengths of reading, and subsequently drinking, I might as well share that with the world.

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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:59 pm

I've just ordered myself a copy of Starship Troopers, should get it in a few days. I shall report back once I've read it.

Jeff, read Grunts!
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:49 pm

Gift it to my kindle! Merry Christmas, me!

Speaking of which.... we should do a gift exchange here.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:57 am

Iron and Metal wrote:
Gift it to my kindle! Merry Christmas, me!

Speaking of which.... we should do a gift exchange here.

We'll see if I get you in secret santa...
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:24 pm

Will try to read Grunts at some point as well as Starship Troopers. In regards to Starship Troopers I never got the impression, at least from the movie and what I've read about the book, that it was an argument for a "good" fascist society but rather how easily it could be to slip into fascism and stay there.

As for my own reading recommendations I can't strongly enough recommend the historical fiction written by Mary Renault. I've been starting out with her "Last of the Wine" and "Mask of Apollo" and they are very, very well written and interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:47 am

I recommend checking out Heinlen's other works as well like The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land. Very different from Starship Troopers and shows Heinlen's thinking wasn't all just fascist based.

Here's my list of recommendations.

Neuromancer & Altered Carbon: Great cyberpunk books. Both are gritty, violent, and have some very interesting ideas.

GFL Series by Scott Sigler: Does anyone here like football (and no I don't mean soccer)? Do you like sci-fi (duh)? Well this brings the two together and you basically get football being played with humans and aliens. Football not really your thing? I would still recommend it.

World War Z: I've re-read this book about three times now. Great take on zombie fiction that treats it with seriousness and has this awesome patchwork feel as you hear stories from the survivors and get hints on the changed world.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:13 pm

If anyone's a fan of horror/dark fantasy I would highly recommend Clive Barker, especially his books of blood. Some of the best genre fiction I've read in a long time.

I don't read much fantasy, but I'm a huge fan of A Wizard of Earthsea (mainly the first one, but they're all good). I find it very relaxing to read, probably because the prose is simple yet elegant. Feels full of timeless wisdom. I read it as an interesting allegory about depression, which hits home for me.

Le Guin also writes some amazing sci-fi - The Dispossessed is a super cool breakdown of how a Spanish anarchist style society would work, and contrasts it pretty evenly with capitalism through an intriguing story about a physicist traveling between both.

I was also blown away reading Lovecraft Country earlier this year. It's a short story cycle about a black family and their friends facing down cults, ghosts, aliens and other classic weird fiction monsters, but in the Jim crow south. So you see the protagonists dealing with horrors straight out of lovecraft...along with the very real horrors of racism from people like Lovecraft. Super interesting, entertaining, funny, and affecting. Reminded me a lot of Get Out, and I hear Jordan Peele is making an HBO series based on it.

I also read the forever war this year and loved it. What a cool concept and story - really makes you think about how fucked up Vietnam was, and the way it messes with time is very intriguing.

And everything Philip K. Dick. Because PKD.

Second the WWZ suggestion!

Stranger in a strange land has been on my shelf for the longest time. I plan to check it out soon, maybe after I finish The Stand...but that'll be a while lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:14 pm

Solodice wrote:
I recommend checking out Heinlen's other works as well like The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land. Very different from Starship Troopers and shows Heinlen's thinking wasn't all just fascist based.

I don't think it is as easy as saying Heinlen is a fascist - only that that book was very much in that line. But alas, that is only one book. I have been wanting to read both of the books you mentioned for a long, long time and have never gotten around to it. I am thinking it is time.


Solodice wrote:
Neuromancer & Altered Carbon: Great cyberpunk books. Both are gritty, violent, and have some very interesting ideas.

These sound awesome. Do they go together or are they completely separate books?


Solodice wrote:
World War Z: I've re-read this book about three times now. Great take on zombie fiction that treats it with seriousness and has this awesome patchwork feel as you hear stories from the survivors and get hints on the changed world.

Hands down, World War Z is my favorite zombie novel and one of my favorite novels period. The way the book is written and organized, very low key tying into one another, is just next-level.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:36 pm

Iron and Metal wrote:

Solodice wrote:
Neuromancer & Altered Carbon: Great cyberpunk books. Both are gritty, violent, and have some very interesting ideas.

These sound awesome. Do they go together or are they completely separate books?

Two different authors. Neuromancer is by William Gibson and is one of the most well known cyberpunk novels out there. This book was influential to the point it that it coined the term cyberspace. Some of it's ideas are dated (it was published in 1984 after all) but the story and characters are still great. Altered Carbon is by Richard Morgan and takes place a lot farther into the future where our consciousness have been digitized and humanity has basically become immortal (if you can afford a body to store your consciousness in of course). The lead character is a complete and utterly cool badass.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:24 pm

Haven't read Altered Carbon, but can confirm that Neuromancer is sweet. Pretty much what started cyberpunk. You can really see its influence on Android Netrunner, if you've ever played that.

Funny story about it: allegedly, William Gibson was about a third of the way through writing the novel and went to go see Blade Runner. Twenty minutes in, he "figured [Neuromancer] was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume I’d copied my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film." Then the novel went on to be the first to win the scifi triple crown, no biggie...
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:35 am

On 40k level I just got the first part of the Gaunt's Ghost omnibus, so that's something to mention here on the thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Book recommendations   Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:32 am

Reading The Windup Girl right now, and its pretty good.

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