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(Newsweek)   Since we're all staying in this summer, why not crack open a new book? Here are the twenty must-read fiction and nonfiction books of the season   (newsweek.com) divider line
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2020-05-20 9:58:40 AM  
Started Hyperion a few days ago, just finished the Priests tale, it has me locked in pretty good.
 
2020-05-20 10:06:04 AM  

Sorelian's Ghost: Started Hyperion a few days ago, just finished the Priests tale, it has me locked in pretty good.


Skip the second series. It's Lolita fan fiction.
 
2020-05-20 10:29:24 AM  
A sequel to Nixonland. Interesting, I'm surprised. I'll have to check it out.
 
2020-05-20 10:34:35 AM  
TL;DR
 
2020-05-20 10:37:06 AM  
You crack open beers, not books. Duh. You can just open a book it's totally silent you don't have to crack anything dude.
 
2020-05-20 10:39:17 AM  
No NK Jemisen?  Fail.
 
2020-05-20 10:40:12 AM  
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2020-05-20 10:41:29 AM  
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WHAT A CRACKED-OPEN BOOK MIGHT LOOK LIKE.
 
2020-05-20 10:54:34 AM  
I'm not really a nonfiction reader but I loved:

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I was always a huge Chan Fan.
 
2020-05-20 10:55:02 AM  
who says we are staying in? I am not staying in.
 
2020-05-20 10:57:28 AM  

Sorelian's Ghost: Started Hyperion a few days ago, just finished the Priests tale, it has me locked in pretty good.


That's just, like, one of those books that everyone must have but never actually read.
 
2020-05-20 10:59:50 AM  

Sorelian's Ghost: Started Hyperion a few days ago, just finished the Priests tale, it has me locked in pretty good.


Great book. I hope you already bought the sequel, because...you're probably gonna want to read it immediately.
 
2020-05-20 11:02:04 AM  

thatguyoverthere70: A sequel to Nixonland. Interesting, I'm surprised. I'll have to check it out.


That was a lot of scrolling to get to the one book I'd read, and that was the Rick Perlstein one. A book I would have been alerted to anyway.
 
2020-05-20 11:04:03 AM  

DecemberNitro: You crack open beers, not books. Duh. You can just open a book it's totally silent you don't have to crack anything dude.


The spine-crack of a new book, man!
 
2020-05-20 11:11:28 AM  
It always delights me when I discover a new author. My latest find is Connie Willis; 'To Say Nothing of the Dog' was so good that I read 'Three Men in a Boat' immediately after. Which is also excellent.
 
2020-05-20 11:19:10 AM  
It was published a couple of years ago, but I have this on deck...

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2020-05-20 11:24:26 AM  
And after a long time searching, I finally found a hardcover version of this...

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...so now the boys will get each of my paperback versions. I'm hoping we can all read it together.
 
2020-05-20 11:26:50 AM  

TheraTx: who says we are staying in? I am not staying in.


I feel like doing some slow motion capoeira in a crowd of people.  I can't quite put my finger on why.
 
2020-05-20 11:27:01 AM  
If Patrick Rothfuss would dag-gum finish The Doors of Stone, I'd be a happy muthafarker.
 
2020-05-20 11:27:01 AM  

dittybopper: [i.stack.imgur.com image 640x360]

WHAT A CRACKED-OPEN BOOK MIGHT LOOK LIKE.


Too soon Man
 
2020-05-20 11:38:54 AM  

BretMavrik: And after a long time searching, I finally found a hardcover version of this...

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...so now the boys will get each of my paperback versions. I'm hoping we can all read it together.


I really enjoyed most of Clavell's books. Sad to hear that he was an admirer of Ayn Rand.
 
2020-05-20 11:40:33 AM  

kyuzokai: If Patrick Rothfuss would dag-gum finish The Doors of Stone, I'd be a happy muthafarker.


I actually scrolled the list just to see if this was in it. I dint think he will ever get to it because he wrote himself into a bad hole in the second book. There is way too much for a single third book to handle.
 
2020-05-20 11:43:32 AM  
 
2020-05-20 11:45:09 AM  
Yay! I love Fark book threads! Keep the recommendations coming!
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2020-05-20 11:46:29 AM  

McGrits: kyuzokai: If Patrick Rothfuss would dag-gum finish The Doors of Stone, I'd be a happy muthafarker.

I actually scrolled the list just to see if this was in it. I dint think he will ever get to it because he wrote himself into a bad hole in the second book. There is way too much for a single third book to handle.


Well, that and the second book just wasn't all that good.  He managed to out-Jordan Robert Jordan by tanking his series after just the second installment.
 
2020-05-20 11:56:03 AM  

Me_Too_I_Ate_One_Too: Sorelian's Ghost: Started Hyperion a few days ago, just finished the Priests tale, it has me locked in pretty good.

That's just, like, one of those books that everyone must have but never actually read.


The original book has been published for about 29 years now, and IIRC it won some awards, so it's kind of a classic.  And a classic is something everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read.  Which is strange, because Hyperion is reasonably well-written and not a PITA like Tess of the D'Urbervilles.  (I think Simmons really missed the boat by thinking a device that combined a display and a keyboard would be called a "diskey" instead of the "tablet" English speakers ended up going with, and that might get modern readers confused.)
 
2020-05-20 12:09:18 PM  
I'll be reading the Winds of Winter...

Oh, wait
 
2020-05-20 12:12:36 PM  

danceswithcrows: Me_Too_I_Ate_One_Too: Sorelian's Ghost: Started Hyperion a few days ago, just finished the Priests tale, it has me locked in pretty good.

That's just, like, one of those books that everyone must have but never actually read.

The original book has been published for about 29 years now, and IIRC it won some awards, so it's kind of a classic.  And a classic is something everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read.  Which is strange, because Hyperion is reasonably well-written and not a PITA like Tess of the D'Urbervilles.  (I think Simmons really missed the boat by thinking a device that combined a display and a keyboard would be called a "diskey" instead of the "tablet" English speakers ended up going with, and that might get modern readers confused.)


Have YOU read it?
 
2020-05-20 12:25:58 PM  

BretMavrik: And after a long time searching, I finally found a hardcover version of this...

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...so now the boys will get each of my paperback versions. I'm hoping we can all read it together.


You do of course realize that "KING RAT" is an anagram of "TANK RIG", right?
 
2020-05-20 12:26:47 PM  

Me_Too_I_Ate_One_Too: Have YOU read it?


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2020-05-20 12:36:56 PM  
You let me in - Camilla Bruce

Is she a victim of molestation, or is it fairies?
Horror.
And this is her debut book.
Hope the author writes more
 
2020-05-20 12:38:14 PM  
Just a reminder for those that may not have heard about it "372 Pages We'll Never Get Back" is a book club podcast hosted by Mike Nelson and Conor Lastowka of RiffTrax, that many of you might enjoy.

They read inexplicably popular yet terrible books they're pretty sure they're not going to like and discuss them a few chapters at a time. With skits in between like "Real or Fanfic" where Mike is challenged to determine if a paragraph being read to him is from an upcoming chapter or fanfic by listeners of the podcast.

So far they've read some pretty bad ones, including:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Armada by Ernest Cline
The Eye of Argon by Jim Thiess
TekWar by William Shatner/Ron Goulart
The Certified Public Account and the Cremated 64 Squares Financial Statements by David Dwight Thrash
Bob Honey who just do stuff by Sean Penn
Trucking Through Time by Bob E. Harris
The Mister by E.L. James
Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker
Shadow Moon by George Lucas and Chris Clairemont
Moon People by Dale M. Courtney
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

I'm probably forgetting a couple. But it's worth checking out and reading along with them.
 
2020-05-20 12:50:52 PM  

Me_Too_I_Ate_One_Too: Have YOU read [Hyperion]?


I have read the entire series 3 or 4 times by now.  The Weeners I wrote makes clear I've read at least the first book if you read all of it.  Is it Short Attention Span Wednesday on SQUIRREL!!1?!

I RTFA and there's not a single sci-fi or fantasy novel in the "fiction" section.  Seriously?  Lazy writing, or they're playing it safe.  Empire of Grass by Tad Williams was just released in paperback, so that would be a solid choice.  I'm only up to chapter 17 of that because I mostly read on the commute to/from the office, which no longer is a thing.

Persnickety: [Rothfuss] managed to out-Jordan Robert Jordan by tanking his series after just the second installment.


I think it's more like "I have raised expectations so high that no matter what I do for Doors of Stone, a bunch of people will be disappointed, and then they'll biatch about it on the internet."  So the company that owns the series is delaying the third book.  Indefinitely if necessary.
 
2020-05-20 12:51:45 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: Just a reminder for those that may not have heard about it "372 Pages We'll Never Get Back" is a book club podcast hosted by Mike Nelson and Conor Lastowka of RiffTrax, that many of you might enjoy.

They read inexplicably popular yet terrible books they're pretty sure they're not going to like and discuss them a few chapters at a time. With skits in between like "Real or Fanfic" where Mike is challenged to determine if a paragraph being read to him is from an upcoming chapter or fanfic by listeners of the podcast.

So far they've read some pretty bad ones, including:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Armada by Ernest Cline
The Eye of Argon by Jim Thiess
TekWar by William Shatner/Ron Goulart
The Certified Public Account and the Cremated 64 Squares Financial Statements by David Dwight Thrash
Bob Honey who just do stuff by Sean Penn
Trucking Through Time by Bob E. Harris
The Mister by E.L. James
Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker
Shadow Moon by George Lucas and Chris Clairemont
Moon People by Dale M. Courtney
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

I'm probably forgetting a couple. But it's worth checking out and reading along with them.


No Infinite Jest?

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I'm sure it gets better.  Or maybe "We'reallgonnadie Stayathome" was a bad time to try yet again.  Or something.

That's pretty awesome.  Thanks for that.

thatguyoverthere70: A sequel to Nixonland. Interesting, I'm surprised. I'll have to check it out.


Thanks for that -- that one caught my eye on the list, but the synopsis made it sound like it might be an RNC-giveaway-for-donation type thing, so I didn't look into it.  Namechecking HST in the write up of Nixonland, however, made me MUCH more interested.

Thanks!

Keep up the recs, Farkers! I can't be the only one with an ever-growing "Farker recommendations" Amazon list (I mean... that I might never get to, but still!).
 
2020-05-20 12:57:25 PM  

danceswithcrows: Me_Too_I_Ate_One_Too: Have YOU read [Hyperion]?

I have read the entire series 3 or 4 times by now.  The Weeners I wrote makes clear I've read at least the first book if you read all of it.  Is it Short Attention Span Wednesday on SQUIRREL!!1?!


My apologies. You may also like Dying Earth by Martin Silenus, it was a pretty big seller too.
 
2020-05-20 1:22:21 PM  
My farking library is still closed, asshole subby!
 
2020-05-20 1:23:36 PM  
Just finished "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens (her first book).  Several people recommended it and, although not the kind of book I usually go for, I took a chance.  It was definitly worth the read.
 
2020-05-20 2:03:36 PM  

Trocadero: My farking library is still closed, asshole subby!


You could always buy a book or books, either in ethereal or corporeal form.
 
2020-05-20 2:32:33 PM  

rockymountainrider: dittybopper: [i.stack.imgur.com image 640x360]

WHAT A CRACKED-OPEN BOOK MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

Too soon Man


You know how Reavers clean their spears?  They run them through the Wash.
 
2020-05-20 2:45:19 PM  
I just finished reading Hidden Hills, its outstanding and shattering.
 
2020-05-20 3:08:25 PM  
The best book I've read this year is "news of the world" by Paulette Jules.  They are making a movie based on the book next year, starring Tom Hanks.  I think that it's sufficiently progressive for even the woke weenies of fark, yet it's still a heartwarming tale.
 
2020-05-20 3:09:58 PM  

varmitydog: The best book I've read this year is "news of the world" by Paulette Jules.  They are making a movie based on the book next year, starring Tom Hanks.  I think that it's sufficiently progressive for even the woke weenies of fark, yet it's still a heartwarming tale.


News of the world by Paulette Jiles.
 
2020-05-20 3:29:52 PM  
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Fun book. His third that gives a twisted take on a Shakespeare classic, this one being A Midsummer night's dream.
 
2020-05-20 3:56:05 PM  

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Fun book. His third that gives a twisted take on a Shakespeare classic, this one being A Midsummer night's dream.


Nice, I haven't read that one yet.  His other books including the Stupidest Angel or something like that were very well done also.  Short stories almost.

I'm STILL reading the Malazan series.  It's the longest, most drawn out series I've ever read!  2nd to last book and he was still adding new characters!

Armour by John Stakely has to be in my top books of all time.
Starship Troopers by Heinlein is another
 
2020-05-20 3:56:51 PM  

dittybopper: rockymountainrider: dittybopper: [i.stack.imgur.com image 640x360]

WHAT A CRACKED-OPEN BOOK MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

Too soon Man

You know how Reavers clean their spears?  They run them through the Wash.


Ouch Ditty.  C'mon!  The wound is still raw

good one though
 
2020-05-20 7:07:47 PM  

kryptoknightmare: Sorelian's Ghost: Started Hyperion a few days ago, just finished the Priests tale, it has me locked in pretty good.

Great book. I hope you already bought the sequel, because...you're probably gonna want to read it immediately.


Despite being a Trump bootlicker, Dan Simmons is a damn good writer. Shame about the boot licking though.
 
2020-05-20 10:50:35 PM  
Reading Leviathan's Wake by James S.A. Corey right now, and trying to get into the TV series as well.  Also reading An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, by Col. Chris Hadfield.
 
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