Jazzfanz Bookclub

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  1. moevillini

    moevillini the Chief Old D'oh Staff Member

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    Recently read this book - VERY fascinating story, and I kept thinking maybe some of you know the author!

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  2. JazzGal

    JazzGal Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I read this last year. Very interesting and disturbing. Since she's from such a small place in Idaho, I will be surprised if anyone here knows her personally from that time in her life. Amazing what she has done with her life, and it is kind of hilarious how successful her family has become as well. Gotta love those essential oils.
     
  3. Lord Bullingdon

    Lord Bullingdon Well-Known Member

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    Just completed "Miracleman" The Alan Moore version... Awesome stuff. 11/10. DC's version is crap compared to this...

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  4. gandalfe

    gandalfe Well-Known Member

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    Currently reading John Water's latest memoir. It's just as funny as one would expect, especially if you can read it in his voice.

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  5. Stoked

    Stoked Well-Known Member Contributor 2018 Award Winner

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    So, as part of my new life, chapter 1, I’m visiting my local library a lot.

    I’m into fantasy and sci-fi.

    Anyone with any recommends?
     
  6. gandalfe

    gandalfe Well-Known Member

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    The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
    The whole Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. There's a good chart of the suggested reading order(s) out there.
    Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness In the Sky by Vernor Vinge
    The Hyperion Cantos (Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, The Rise of Endymion) by Dan Simmons
    The Three Body Problem (and the sequels, The Dark Forest and Death's End) by Liu Cixin
    Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
    Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
    The City & The City by China Mieville
     
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  7. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    I just read the Last Kingdom series, quite good.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saxon_Stories
     
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  9. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    Yeah its a helluva struggle. Also rereading If this is a man for like the tenth time and chewing on two biographies of Primo Levi.
     
  10. idestroyedthetoilet

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    Pretty much only thing I read is fantasy and I find it hard to find good books.

    Must read for me:

    Lies of Locke Lamora. Not really fantasy at all but it's listed as it. Funny as hell book, the kind of book other authors like Patrick Rothfus recommend. Make it your next read and you won't be disappointed. @fishonjazz @TroutBum should read. I also recommend The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale. It's a Western that's funny and good too.

    A Discovery of Witches. A romance written by a historian who throws in some pretty solid science along with pseudo-history. Great trilogy.

    Night shadow trilogy by Brent Weeks. I thought it was almost as good as Robin Hobbs 1-3 and 7-9.

    The Hollows by Kim Harrison. Urban fantasy that incorporates every fantasy character outside of golems. I liked all 12 or 13 except one slow one in the middle, which was still pretty good.

    The Host.
     
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  11. TroutBum

    TroutBum My Member's Premium Contributor

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    I’m on it.
     
  12. JazzGal

    JazzGal Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I should read more fantasy. I enjoy it when I do, but I haven't read much of it for years. So many books, so little time.
     
  13. gandalfe

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    Yeah, the Gentleman Bastard series (Lies of Locke Lamora) are like Rothfus lite.

    Also, for fun, the Dresden Files books, as well as the Iron Druid. And, heck, the Laundry Files (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Laundry_Files).
     
  14. Lord Bullingdon

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    am gonna read near 1,000 books this year. Figure thats about the pace I can do comfortably, I'm actualyl way ahead of that pace currently..... Trying to keep it more towards short stories and Novels 250-500 pages. I can speedreed but prefer to keep a jogging pace of near 350wpm, multiply that by my free time and u can read a ******** of books. Not really sleeping gives me a great advantage here, IDK how someone with a normal schedule could even remotely compete...

    Just got done with a long one, Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. I liked it quite a bit actually. Solid.


    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/books/review/whatever-happened-to-the-novel-of-ideas.html

    This article from 2015 got me thinking, there might be something to it.. I decided I'm gonna go in for a closer look.



    Oh the first Chinese Novel I read was just unreal, and comes HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended/acclaimed.


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  15. Lord Bullingdon

    Lord Bullingdon Well-Known Member

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    Oh I recently completed the works of Carlos Castaneda, no doubt in my mind that George Lucas used his Don Juan as inspiration for the force/obi-wan/yoda
     
  16. gandalfe

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    That book is just phenomenal. The 2nd and 3rd books are also very good, but not as mind blowingly excellent.
     
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  17. Lord Bullingdon

    Lord Bullingdon Well-Known Member

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    I plan on tearing thru his short-stories, looks like there's quite a few. most likely before i get to the 2nd or 3rd book.
     
  18. gandalfe

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    Also, the dude who translated the 1st and 3rd books, Ken Liu (no relation), is a great writer in his own right. He basically invented the "silkpunk" genre with his Dandelion Dynasty series (The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms), and his story The Paper Menagerie is the first work to receive the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Simply gorgeous writing.
     
  19. JazzGal

    JazzGal Well-Known Member Contributor

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    You have time to read 3 books per day? Amazing. I'm struggling to meet my goal of reading 2 books per week.
     
  20. Rubashov

    Rubashov Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    Have I pimped this here? One of my favourite books, actually need to buy myself a new copy, lent mine to an bird and never saw it again.
     

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