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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnetic View Post
    Which one?

    I started Hyperion to try some different Sci-fi, but it's kinda slow going so far.
    Hyperion gets recommended so much but I didn’t really rate it. I’ll give out an unsolicited sf recommendation: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinDefacto View Post
    DO IT. I started the series earlier this year (each book took about a month) and am now in the middle of the fourth. If you're liking The Way of Kings, that's by far the least good in my opinion (though still good); it gets way better from there!! You also don't have to do it all at once, though if you're like me and forget an entire book's plot after 3 months, you may want to.

    The Mistborn series by the same author is also amazing, and probably my favorite of his output. (Those books are also shorter, and a completed trilogy, as opposed to the 10-book behemoth to-be-completed-in-2040-or-later event that is the Stormlight Archive.)

    And I didn't even know I liked fantasy before reading these...
    That's it. I'm giving up on Hyperion for now. I want something that is exciting to read, and Hyperion just....wasn't.
    I hope this one is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnetic View Post
    That's it. I'm giving up on Hyperion for now. I want something that is exciting to read, and Hyperion just....wasn't.
    I hope this one is good.


    I will say, though, that I didn't find the first book of the Stormlight Archive particularly "exciting" -- basically the whole thing was, in my mind, setting the scene for the the books to come (which definitely do get quite exciting). If you want exciting to start off with, the Mistborn series may be your best best! Just my two cents.

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    I hear ya. Just read the first 25 pages, and it’s a lot of world building and yet faster paced than the first 95 slog of Hyperion. Given the reviews that Hyperion is the setup book for the following 3, I’m not that impressed. I like fantasy as much as I do Sci-Fi, so I’m happy to bounce. It’s escapism I want, so whatever is easier to deep dive... If the way of Kings holds up for pace, I’m happy to read through for better books. I have some time off over Xmas, and I’m looking forward to a long adventure.

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    @Magnetic it's definitely a long adventure, but it's super fun escapism for sure, and as has been said, it gets better as you go along.

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    So far, so good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge, by Mark Yarm.

    This thing is fucking GREAT for people who came of age in the nineties. It's almost all made out of interviews, and chronicles the Melvins, Green River, and Mother Love Bone and such, as they give way to Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
    It's REALLY fucking cool.

    While I'm here, I wonder if anyone can recommend any other rock books. I'm normally a hardcore literature guy, but my favorite books of the past few years have been Maynard's book, Tricky's book, and Scar Tissue, by Anthony Keidis.
    I just love this official (and unofficial) rock and roll stuff. When I was younger, I got a huge kick out of The Lives of John Lennon, a couple of Led Zep books including Hammer of the Gods, and even a few about Elvis: Elvis, Priscilla and Me, I think?
    I also loved the John Belushi book, Wired, and the book about Nirvana called Heavier than Heaven.

    I've got the Tom Petty biography on deck, alongside Matthew McConaughey's book.

    Can you guys recommend any other rockstar/actor books?
    Ohh! Nice list! I don't have anything to recommend- wait that's a lie, I would recommend Patti Smiths' Just Kids, but I read it because I'm a huge Mapplethorpe fan.
    I'm replying because I wanted to thank you for giving me a great idea! I've been trying to get my boyfriend to read something becuase I'm a huge reader and want to talk to him about books but the last book he read was Slash's book YEARS AGO (my boyfriend's popular nickname is Slash, heh) so I just read this list out to him and said if I could get him a book on a band, which would it be and he said Led Zepplin (which I'll be reading myself as well naturally...)

    Yay I won christmas!

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    Finished: “Close Quarters” by Victor Milán … that was good. Nice to learn about some other Inner Sphere culture via Camacho's Caballeros. Cover doesn't thematically depicts a part of the book but specifically, it doesn't. Close... but doesn't.

    Starting: “Far Country” by Peter L. Rice

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    "The Brain That Changes Itself" - Norman Doidge, M.D.
    Why? Because Neuroplasticity is fucking amazing.

    Also, hello all. First post. Nice to meet you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esomiso View Post
    "The Brain That Changes Itself" - Norman Doidge, M.D.
    Why? Because Neuroplasticity is fucking amazing.

    Also, hello all. First post. Nice to meet you.
    Hiya.

    I enjoyed that book as well.

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    Finished: “Far Country” by Peter L. Rice… not the average BattleTech novel, that’s for sure. Quite a satisfying read.

    Starting: “Hearts Of Chaos” by Victor Milán

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    i don't have this fancy version but i'm still very excited. sarah gave it to me for my b-day. turton's previous book, the 7 & 1/2 deaths of evelyn hardcastle, is maybe the most fun i've had reading a book in a while.

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    that looks amazing, the way the cover art and the...side art?...go together.

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    Finished: “Hearts Of Chaos” by Victor Milán … a Camacho's Caballeros adventure of tragedy, heartbreak and ultimately survival. The cover doesn't really depict a event in the novel but generally captures the feeling.

    Starting: “Tactics Of Duty” by William H. Keith, Jr.

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