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  1. SalR406

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    I was looking to learn more about USA/China relations and this was recommended to me. Just started...
     
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    Jordan Peterson - 12 Rules for Life
    Fully Recommended for anyone breathing.
     
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    I haven't found any other cyberpunk that elevates to the level of Gibson's Sprawl series.

    For the noir aspects dont mess around, go straight to Raymond Chandler.

    For the cyberpunk aspects try

    Jon Armstrong - Grey (short read, a bit lighter in fare, maybe compare to "Zodiac" by Stephenson)
    Alastair Reynolds - Revelation Space series (his books get better as he goes, try 'Diamond Dogs' as a taste )
    Philip K Dick - always a favorite of mine though I could never articulate why.

    And a smattering of others in the cyber- cloud worth reading depending on your taste

    Vernor Vinge - Across Real Time series (nostalgic favorite of mine)
    Dan Simmons - Hyperion series
    Richark K Morgan - Altered Carbon series
    Charles Stross - Eschaton series, Halting State series

    And if you've only read Gibson's novels pick up 'Burning Chrome', short stories by him
     
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    So I am reading 2 books right now.

    First book is book 6 of the Wheel of Time, Lord of Chaos. I took a small break from the Wheel of Time after reading the first 5 books back to back. I got a bit burned out so I put it down for about 6 months. I am enjoying picking it up again.
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    The second book I am reading is the second book in the Foundation Trilogy, Foundation & Empire. This is kind of my first dive into Sci-Fi. I started both the Foundation and also the Expanse. I was a bit more enamored by the Foundation, but also was happy with the smaller book sizes, so picked up the second Foundation book instead of the Expanse. I will get back to the Expanse probably after these 2 books.
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    i’ve read some Dick and I’ve read the Hyperion series. I’ll look into some of the others. Thanks!
     
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    Just finished reading Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy (Which begins with The Three Body Problem). Excellent read. Liu writes with a lot of depth and vision and IMO doesn’t descend into cheesiness that can easily happen in epic scifi. Strong recommend. Netflix is currently working on a series.
     
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    I've been listening to the audio books and currently on the second book of the series. They changed the voice actor from the first so it's taking me a bit to adjust and the story feels different from the first book. Still, it's a very interesting concept and looking forward to conclusion.

    The book I've been recommending friends is The Rage of Dragons. If you like fantasy but are looking for something new, then this book is for you. It has African themes, gods, hell, and feels so otherwordly. It picks you up and almost never lets you go. You may not like the main character at first since he's very impulsive but he grows into his own later. Second book, imo, isn't as strong as this one but it still moves the story forward in a gratifying way. Now to wait on the third book of the series.

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    Thanks for the rec. I've been avoiding fantasy as I am a bit tired of anglo-european themes and this sounds like the ticket.
     
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    I saw this cited in a bit of Martin Jay's work in intellectual history, and decided I needed to check it out. It's a pretty stimulating read thus far, and a nice break from contemporary analytic philosophy: it's an intellectual history of the foundations of social democratic and progressive thought, tracing how a constellation of thinkers from France, England, America and Germany paved a "Via Media" between revolutionary communism and classical liberalism. What's most interesting to me here is the extensive connections the author draws between various epistemological and metaphysical doctrines and the actual, concrete politics of various activists. Interesting stuff, and an especially excellent study of how various American thinkers reckoned with European philosophical movements as well as the realities of industrialization and mass democracy.
     
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    It’s amazing how much effect the voice actor has over an audiobook. I’ve put down several audiobooks because the reader either had a voice that annoyed me, or just took the wrong tone for the book as a whole. The reader of the Justin Cronin “The Passage” series made me feel sad, but the strength of the writing overcame it. That’s pretty rare for me. Often I just shift to the ebook or physical copy if the reader drives me away.

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    One day my son was playing a Minecraft audiobook and the voice started to creep into my consciousness. When I stopped what I was doing and listened I realized it was Jack Black and it cracked me up. I couldn’t stop listening then imagining him gesturing and stuff as if he was telling a story in person.
     
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    Hot stuff.....
     
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    YMO it's not drinking alone if you're on Zoom

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    Finished this two days ago. Yes, all five parts...

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    Back to Murakami. I start light and then read all his works from first to last...

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    A good book. A very honest book and he (Jordan Peterson) is really a dork.
     
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    Currently reading Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden.
    Next up Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
     
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    "Semiosis", by Sue Burke. After a global warming disaster, an expedition starts over to create a "perfect" society in harmony with it's environment on a planet inhabited by a sentient... plant. It is about how language and signification differs between the humans and the plant, and who will control whom.
     
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    Just finished Central Station by Lavie Tidhar a few weeks ago.
    I'm reading Gibson's short stories in Burning Chrome between other books. Currently Johnny Mnemonic.
    Next up will either be Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice or blitzing the Harry Potter series.
     
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    Just started Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan after finishing the Remembrance of Earth's Past series by Cixin Liu. I didn't always enjoy the style of Remembrance(character development/portrayal was pretty bad imo), but the plot and ideas in it were so good that I enjoyed the series overall. Age of Myth is pretty good so far, sticking to classic archetypes and hero's journey, but well crafted and enjoyable.
    Ancillary Justice is up next after I finish the Sullivan series.
    Since my last post I've also read:
    The Raven's Blade series by Anthony Ryan - it was ok, nothing can live up to Blood Song.
    The Raven's Mark series by Ed McDonald - I liked this one, inventive and engaging.
    Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay - I've read everything else he's written and somehow skipped over this one, great as always.
    Dune and Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert - I thought Dune was great, but struggled to care about anything in Messiah, gave up on the rest of the series after that.
     
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