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Master List of Books



  • Weekend planned.
  • I'm suppose to be rubbing the corpses? Well I think I know what I've been doing wrong.
  • Yeah, but keep your clothes on, otherwise it'd be kind of creepy, you know?

    It's not weird. It's only weird if you make it weird.

  • ESP doesn't work through clothes.
  • Ohh, I think I know what the problem is here. We're talking about the difference between Extra Sensory Perception and Extremely Sexy Penetration. Mixup happens all the time.
  • Ah, gotcha. The former doesn't work through clothes. The latter definitely does.
  • If you get creative, it can work through clothes.
  • I just started reading one of E.E. Smith's Lensman books. Pretty enjoyable. If you guys want to do some 1930's scifi we should do one of these. I started on Galactic Patrol, which was apparently the first one written as a lensman story.
  • I've read and enjoyed all of the Lensman books, so if you did that, I might actually participate! Haha.
  • I'll be the first to say the Dresden Files has its share of problems, but I enjoy the genre. The series has a few moments that left me squirming and the Molly character in total was one of them. I like the Kevin Hearne novels because it focuses on having a fun read rather than selling the drama. It's purely a adolescent power fantasy with eloquently worded potty humor and creative middle English swearing and I'm alright with that.
    RobotBastard: I get where your coming from with the whole Moe Hereim analogy with the Dresden Files but I think that is a little harsh. I doubt Jim Butcher will be remembered as a literary giant. Especially since one of his first series was an adaptation of Pokemon into a fantasy he wrote on a dare. I wouldn't dream of arguing with you on the Molly character and possibly a few others in the female cast, but the stories overall are a fun little jaunt when Harry isn't being a pussy.
  • I've read and enjoyed all of the Lensman books, so if you did that, I might actually participate! Haha.
    What one would you recommend reading first? I know the version of Triplanitary that was reworked into the lensman series is free on the amazon kindle site.
  • edited January 2012
    Triplanetary was my least favorite of the books. It doesn't really feel like a Lensman book, which makes sense, since it wasn't a Lensman book originally.

    I'd start with First Lensman. First, Galactic Patrol, and Gray Lensman were all super fun cheesy bad science pulp sci-fi.

    Second Stage Lensmen got a little too serious for me and I hated Children of the Lens because they replaced all the characters with Kim's stupid kids and I don't like them very much, but it was nice seeing how the whole super long game the good guys were playing turned out.

    My favorite example of how ridiculous Lensman is is when the protagonist sneaks into an alien base by mind controlling a dog or something and eventually ends up killing everyone except for the final boss character, who he defeats, sure, but he gets super tortured and loses his arms and his legs and his whole body is horribly mangled.

    Then his buddy saves him and takes him back and his nurse girlfriend uses super duper science to GROW HIM NEW ARMS AND LEGS AND SHIT. But he still has to recuperate forever and learn to use his new body parts and crap. Ridiculous. Fun. I love it.

    Warning: Lensman is VERY dated. Not only is the science super poor, it's completely racist and sexist and the basic underlying theme is "eugenics is awesome, white skinned-red haired blue-eyed people literally the master race". This may bother you.
  • So far my favorite part of Galactic Patrol is when Kinnison and Van Buskirk is being chased by pirates so they land on a planet and are ambushed by local lifeforms so they call out for help and a FUCKING DRAGON SAVES THEIR ASSES!
  • Oh Worsel is pretty awesome.
  • edited January 2012
    In the books Worsel is not a pterodactyl, he's a flying snake with his eyeballs on stalks. They're always talking about his coils and crap. He's pretty rad.
  • Any other Pulp scifi books or authors I should check out? I'm planing on reading ERB 'A Princess of Mars' after I finish Galactic Patrol.
  • Well if you like Lensman, Spacehounds of IPC or the Skylark books also from Smith is in the same ridiculous style.

    You may also try some John W. Campbell. He wrote the story Who Goes There? that The Thing is based on. Warning: Campbell wrote some fun stories but was a true crackpot. He was a lung-cancer-from-smoking denier, believed in a bunch of pseudoscience bullshit, was an early adopter with dianetics and all that L. Ron Hubbard bullshit...

    Maybe also try out Edmond Hamilton, the dude who wrote The Man Who Saw Everything, the story that X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes is based on.

    Sorry if a lot of my sci-fi literature experience comes from tracking down old stories sci-fi movies were based on.
  • I've read 'Who Goes There?', so maybe I'll check out some more of Campbell after ERB. Too bad we don't have someone who does a podcast on old Scifi novels. Maybe someone should get on that one...
  • Well, there's Starship Sofa, if they're still around...
  • What were the David Brin books about the cyborg dolphins?
  • Is there no book club this month? :(
  • edited March 2012
    wait wrong thread... I messed up whatever.
  • Sorry Joel! There will be. I got back to the US just in time for my dad to be hospitalized. Also, our water is out (maybe forever?), so I haven't been home a lot. I'll get a post up by today.
  • Wow. Hope things go well for your dad.
  • I think I will always buy books. I'm a victim of images of victorian libraries. I want a whole room in my house to have floor to ceiling built in shelves filled with books.
    I know what you mean I think there is something oddly satisfying about a bookshelf chock full of hardcovers
  • Wow. Hope things go well for your dad.
    Thanks sir! It's been about ten days of this now, but he's finally out as of today. Let's hope he stays out this time. Old people and their oldness, I swear.
  • It's the smell of books I love. Get me a kindle that releases the smell of old musty paper and you've sold me.

    Ps. Glad to hear your Dad is out, Jon, hope its nothing serious? Parents are good for worrying about us, until suddenly it's the other way around.
  • Thanks for your concern, w3a2. It's one of those mildly serious things that ends up feeling more like an annoyance than anything. The only real complicating factor is dad's age (73 this year), but that could be so much worse. He could be diabetic, have congestive heart failure, etc.
  • My dad's the same age. Despite the fact he's smoked since he was 15, the only health concern he has is an impressive beer gut. In fact, physically he has more strength and stamina than most 30-somethings (myself included).
  • Play Money, its a book about gold farming (more or less). I haven't read it but the topic is interesting at least.
  • I'm gonna throw this out there, just for shits n' giggles: the Boogiepop novels. Any of 'em.

    On a more serious note, The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton, one of my all-time favorite novels.
  • The Gundam novels.

    But actually, I wouldn't mind hearing about some classic adventure/sci-fi stuff like Jules Verne or H.G. Wells now that I've discovered the wonders of the $6-$8 Barnes & Noble Classic Collection.
  • Mysterious Island by Jules Verne was my favorite when I was a kid. And don't worry, all the mysteries of the island are solved by the end of the book, unlike more recent fiction.
  • I like my novels with some ambiguity.
  • I'm really liking the "Barsoom" stories. And you can't beat the price (free)
  • I like my novels with some ambiguity.
    I was specifically trying to make fun of Lost.
  • Mysterious Island by Jules Verne was my favorite when I was a kid. And don't worry, all the mysteries of the island are solved by the end of the book, unlike more recent fiction.
    What happens to the berry that is bounced by the Rock's pecs?
  • edited April 2012
    Mysterious Island by Jules Verne was my favorite when I was a kid. And don't worry, all the mysteries of the island are solved by the end of the book, unlike more recent fiction.

    What happens to the berry that is bounced by the Rock's pecs?
    It gets poop on it (like every other person, object or concept in that fucking movie).

  • Most of the novels on the list are serious and possibly depressing. How about something a little more light like Masters of Doom? I'm sure that's more or less relevant to all our interests.
  • Since this seems to be the thread to recommend books for others to read, I’ll recommend D.B. Weiss’ Lucky Wander Boy. The story starts in 1999 and follows Adam Pennyman a listless late twenty-something as he starts to try making an encyclopedia of every early video game ever. He gets stuck on one surreal game he remembers playing as a child, Lucky Wander Boy, but that game has become an urban legend with no arcade cabinets of the game existing anymore. Through a stroke of luck he ends up working as a copywriter at a small Hollywood production company that owns the game’s film rights, and hopes to somehow find a copy of the game through that. The book also has a few of his entries of his book interspersed throughout which are fun, but it can get kind of weird at times. The main theme seems to be about how obsession and nostalgia can take over a person quickly, and leave just as quickly as evident when his passion for writing this encyclopedia of games changes to just a fixation on Lucky Wander Boy.
  • Actually, the "Books, I read them..." thread is more that speed, but whatevs.
  • You wouldn't tell by looking at it.
  • edited May 2012
    Really? Of the consistent threads running, Books is probably one of the less derailed ones.
  • I'm about 1/4 of the way through Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and it is kinda great so far. This may be a good choice for the book club
  • 30 more pages of The Wise Man's Fear......I'm such a slow bastard.
  • Executive decision: Book Club is on Summer Break for the month of July. I'm so far behind with everything I need to do that I'm postponing the next book til August. Sorry folks! I just want to make sure a podcast gets done for each book we choose.
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