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2041  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 27, 2008, 08:49:41 PM
Yeah, he does.  He writes two over the course of the book that he didn't write in real life, and he makes a promise to another character to write one of the Henry plays.
2042  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 24, 2008, 04:42:02 PM
I'm reading a fictional book about Shakespeare right now - Ruled Britannia, another alternate history book by Harry Turtledove.  In this one, England is under Spanish control during Shakespeare's time.  He's the main character.  Wish I knew enough about their real history to know what really happened, so I would know the "trigger" for the differences in this history.
2043  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 10, 2008, 01:11:21 PM
I'm reading Lord Valentine's Castle.  It's pretty good stuff.  I tried to read Imajica by Clive Barker a while back and had to give up probably 25% of the way through because I just hated it so much.  Now, I'm reading Lord Valentine's Castle, and it makes me feel like Imajica was just a really twisted knockoff of it.
2044  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 29, 2008, 11:18:16 PM
Yeah - I was actually pretty OK with Roland's ending situation, but everyone else...

Reading Guns of the South and am liking it quite a bit, despite not being into Civil War stuff at all.  It's an "alternate history" book where some guys come back and give the South AK47s, allowing them to win the Civil War.  It's not a total slam dunk, and the war's over well before halfway into the book, which I like.  Seems well-written and well-researched.
2045  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 27, 2008, 11:20:26 AM
How was it? I have it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Lisey's Story?  It was pretty decent, but I felt like it went on too long.  There was too much time and build up before she finally figured out the big mystery thing, and too much wind down after the big climax.
2046  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 25, 2008, 08:52:13 AM
Finallly finished Lisey's Story (one of Stephen King's more recent books).  Feels like I've been lugging that enormous thing around for a month.  Next up is one of those Harry Turtledove alternate history books.  I like that genre, at least conceptually, but haven't read anything of his yet.
2047  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 22, 2008, 07:28:25 PM
I'm currently reading the Bible.
For a class.

It's... repetitive.

I'm actually proud to say I've read the whole thing, start to finish, Genesis to Revelations (which has a cooler name in Spanish - The Apocalypse).  I'm not a super-religious guy, but I feel like it's an achievement a lot of people who are more religious than me can't claim.  (I think I got 300 points for that one!)
2048  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 20, 2008, 12:55:47 AM
Congrats on making it all the way through Don Quixote - I've tried a few times and never managed to finish.  Of course, the fact that my copy is in the original early 17th century Spanish makes for a handy excuse...  You may or may not be interested to know that at least a pretty large percentage of the books that he reads are real books - I've read a bunch of them.  They're kind of like a lot of fantasy books today - they follow a pretty basic formula, so if you like some of them, you'll probably like many of them.

I liked The Time Traveller's Wife too - was a bit nervous about it, but it turned out well in the end.  I think it was earlier in this thread that I mentioned another time travel book, which I read online, called Timely Persuasion.  If you want to check it out, it's at: http://reader.timelypersuasion.com/Introduction.html

I'm currently reading Lisey's Story - one of Stephen King's more recent books.  It's OK, but that's about as much as I'd say for it.
2049  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 06, 2008, 01:05:48 PM
There's a lot of good stuff in what remains, but also some things that people hated.  Even the ending has people divided.  I liked it and thought it made sense for the series, other people hated it.  In my opinion, there's nothing that sucks nearly bad enough to make it worth stopping over.
2050  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: August 27, 2008, 08:03:45 AM
Quote from: "Lard"
book 4 was kind of a slog.

My favorite series ever.  Totally agree about book 4.  A good story, but didn't really need to be book 4 of the series.  Should have just had that as a side thing after the fact or something.

Will be watching to see what you say here after you finish book 7.
2051  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: August 15, 2008, 11:00:54 PM
Bought and read Watchmen start to finish last week while on vacation.  Started People of Sparks, the sequel to City of Ember.  Good stuff so far.
2052  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: August 06, 2008, 09:04:57 PM
Woot for double-posts in the book thread!  Or not.  No matter.

I recently saw a trailer for an upcoming movie called City of Ember, and I thought "ooh - it's like Fallout!"  I hit the bookstore and found that it's a sci-fi book intended for "young readers" (like the first Harry Potter books, I think).  Not kids - probably teens.

ANYWAY... I read it over the course of about a day.  It's a really good book, and it does have a vibe of "what if you lived in the vault from the first Fallout, but didn't realize there was anything else out there?"  There are two sequels, with a third coming out later this month.  I'm gonna be hitting the bookstore tomorrow to get the next one.
2053  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: July 21, 2008, 10:28:56 AM
That Magician series is pretty good.  He's written a few followups, also.

I've been gradually working my way through the Xanth series again.  No idea if I'm reading stuff I have read before or not.
2054  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Diablo 3? on: June 29, 2008, 10:16:56 AM
Quote from: "Ryos"
by the time the game's released, you could probably make a computer that'd meet the suggested requirements for a couple hundred bucks tops.

My problem is that I'm on the road all the time, and my computer is a laptop that my company issued me.  I can't upgrade its hardware, and I'm totally not willing to cart around two laptops.  It's an "occupational hazard." :)
2055  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Diablo 3? on: June 28, 2008, 11:28:04 AM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Fuck me, those screens look nice...too nice.  "Need to buy a new computer to run it" nice. :P

That's what I'm scared of too.  Seems like Blizzard has always been kind on the hardware requirements front - I hope they will be this time as well.
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