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Mad Poster
#976 Old 25th Dec 2019 at 9:48 PM
Originally Posted by ieta_cassiopeia
How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman. It's about he intersection of spiritulity and neuroscience. Quite early in the book.

The title kind of intrigued me... but from the description it sounds more like they're basing it on quasi-science and wannabe positive benefits, with some actual (but halfway unrelated) actual science thrown in, rather than a proper scientific view with both positives and negatives, so I think I'll skip it.

Anyway, I'm not sure what to read. I'm kind of waiting to order the next books in a couple series, but they don't come out until January. I am in the middle of a quick re-reading of a series, and I also got a lot of books yesterday, so I'll probably start one of those.
Mad Poster
#977 Old 27th Dec 2019 at 5:21 PM
The Art of Racing in the Rain. I enjoyed the movie and many people told me they liked the book. It's very sweet and funny.

Addicted to The Sims since 2000.
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#978 Old 12th Jan 2020 at 6:16 PM
Just started Agatha Christie's 1940's omnibus which has 4 storeis: N or M?, Towards Zero, Sparkling Cyanide, and Crooked House. Shame they're not Poirot stories though cos those are always the most entertaining ones.
#979 Old 15th Jan 2020 at 8:53 AM
The Witcher. It's a pretty good series, even if it does have a lot of details.

Life is paradoxically coincidental to the ironical tyranny applicable to the unparalleled definition of reverse entropy.

"A thunderstorm breaks the wall of darkness." - Lyrics to Storm

"Meh." - me
Forum Resident
#980 Old 6th Feb 2020 at 2:18 AM
Agent running in the field by John le Carre. Recommended by several critics (eg., here) but a disappointment to me, far from the level of most of his previous books - seems not quite finished. I guess he felt hurried but I think he should just let it lie for a while and then have another look at it.

Perhaps you should try it but I just can't really recommend it.
#981 Old 9th Feb 2020 at 5:52 AM
Well, I've more or less gotten back into the Witcher series. I'm starting from the beginning, and I would LOVE to finish it, but classes kinda got in the way. One of my teachers wants me and the rest of the class to write a review of one of the books he wants us to read.

Life is paradoxically coincidental to the ironical tyranny applicable to the unparalleled definition of reverse entropy.

"A thunderstorm breaks the wall of darkness." - Lyrics to Storm

"Meh." - me
Lab Assistant
#982 Old 9th Feb 2020 at 11:26 AM
I'm reading The Book of Death. It's part of the Bourbon Kid series.
Lab Assistant
#983 Old 24th Apr 2020 at 4:05 AM
I just finished a few so I'm gonna do a mass review lol
1. The Terror by Dan Simmons. Of the bunch, this was one of my favorites. It's a dense historical horror about the HMS Terror and the doomed Franklin Expedition with a monster twist. There was a huge cast of a dozen or so characters, with another dozen or so we are meant to keep track of in the background, but each one felt distinct and fleshed out, like they were real people. The main character was developed pretty amazingly to the point where I was surprised to be rooting for him, being a racist Victorian explorer and all. He also goes through so much growth, it's kinda amazing. There's also this one chapter with the POV of a sailor that was especially horrifying (small spoilers) since he was trying to scream, but voiceless, which I found to be viscerally terrifying, like feeling my own vocal chords tighten up when I needed them.

2. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. This one is so tonally different from the last one, being a YA/fantasy/romance retelling of the Little Mermaid. Essentially the mermaids here eat the hearts of men and our Prince Eric is a mermaid hunter. It's a standard enemies to lovers YA adventure, but it was executed pretty well. I didn't find it to be anything outstanding, but it wasn't awful. The characters weren't as full as the Terror, but the narrative and genre doesn't really require that so I don't mind it too much. I do think it moved kinda quickly and I would've preferred it to slow down a bit and have some quiet moments to get to know the characters more.

3. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. This one is a literary novel and sequel to the award-winning Olive Kitteridge. I loved the original and it's not really a story, but a journey through a small New England town where it depicts life. It's pretty somber throughout and sad. There's a lot of themes of not having the drive to live anymore, or how being old sucks, etc. I think a Goodreads review summed it up pretty well: "if this book is representative of what truly happens with the ravages of age, maybe we're better off dying quickly and young." but I still loved it and how it used motifs and themes throughout. The first book is honestly beautiful. The second book though, I'm not so sure if I like as much. The first one spanned multiple decades to really get to know the titular character's life and struggles and understand why/how she is and the facets of her. The second one was mostly a bunch of sad old people and I felt the quote probably applies more to the second book than the first. I also couldn't find as strong a theme or motif in the second one, but I read it pretty quickly and only once.

4. Blindsight by Peter Watts. This is a hard, very, very, hard sci fi horror that explores themes of consciousness and trans-humanism. The author also wrote a small piece about a real pair of conjoined twins a while back, wondering if they could be the key to what is consciousness and how we experience the world. They experienced the same stimuli and sometimes exhibited similar behavior, but the family insisted they were individuals, but Watts was convinced the family was too close to make significant observations. Anyways, this book is a first encounter book where aliens have essentially scanned the Earth and a small team was sent to investigate out in space. I want to like this book so much, but I just can't. It's got interesting themes and ideas, like how life can be intelligent, but not sentient, or what if art, language, music, etc. were unique to humans? And, like, the horrors if universe was teeming with intelligent life, but none of it sentient, none of it making art, creating literature, none of it thinking the way we do. There's even a cool protagonist who was programmed not to feel, having half his brain cut out, but still. There's just so much science jargon and shifting perspectives to the point I didn't really even know what was happening in the first half.

Books I'm planning on reading:
- Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, a world-heavy fantasy, but I felt the characters were a bit flat and the prose a bit dry, but I heard it gets better.
- Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin, which seems to be pretty similar to Blindsight, exploring the ideas of first contact and if we should even be attempting to send out signals yet. The whole premise is that if the universe is a dark forest and each civilization is a hunter, it's in each civilization's best interest to destroy other potential civilizations before they get destroyed. Apparently Obama even read and loved it.
- Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, pretty much a rom-com YA romance as a book. Two high schoolers get lost in a forest, they fall in love, etc. I'm planning on using this as a lighter read between heavier books lol.
Test Subject
#984 Old 27th Apr 2020 at 3:38 PM
How to win friends and influence people.
And after that, The shack
Lab Assistant
#985 Old 27th Apr 2020 at 7:18 PM
Nikolaj Gogol, collection of his St Petersburg tales.
#986 Old 27th Apr 2020 at 8:04 PM
I just finished
It was pretty good. I'm more a fan of his non-fiction (I rarely read fiction) but it has a historical theme/time travel theme so it was okay.

If you like nonfiction about life in various stages of British history, customs, manners, ways of living you'll want to read his books.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers
#987 Old 6th May 2020 at 11:59 PM Last edited by PANDAQUEEN : 12th May 2020 at 1:31 AM.
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan
Genre: Slice of Life
Format: Manga
Story and Art: Kenya Suzuki

The story revolves around a busty, sharp tongued Jersey Girl type who actually is very sweet and likes to cook and watch movies with her friends. Of course, a number of topics in the one page comics are tawdry, mostly stuff teenagers egg each other on with, bodily functions mostly.

But there is more than just dirty jokes, there are short stories where the test of the girls' friendship is on the line and there are observations from Galko about the movies she's watched and many are real movies that are well known worldwide (Castaway starring Tom Hanks is referenced in one of these books.)

I bought the first four volumes. I didn't get the 5th one (out of money) but a 6th volume will eventually release.

Edit: Eventually got the 5th volume. Accounting error in my favor.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
Lab Assistant
#988 Old 11th May 2020 at 11:28 PM
i’m reading Ito Junji’s manga adaptation of Dazai Osamu’s novel “No Longer Human”. “No Longer Human” was likely Dazai’s actual suicide note immortalized, so unlike some of Ito’s other horror works that involve monstrous worlds, the monstrous world in this one is instead in the protagonist’s mind.
i got my hands on a physical copy (which is hard to find around here) as well as a copy of my beloved Uzumaki, also by Ito — he’s one of my fav mangaka haha.
Mad Poster
#989 Old 2nd Aug 2020 at 1:02 PM
I've grabbed a copy of the audiobook The Book Thief by Markus Zusak from my library.

It is a heavy read in terms subjects discussed, but definitely worth the read or listen. 
Mad Poster
#990 Old 3rd Aug 2020 at 1:48 PM
My library allows a person to borrow 5 'items' ( books, movies, magazines, ect...) digitally, so I have different books on different computers.  The computer I'm posting from has The Book Thief on it.  My laptop has a book called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The reviews are a mixed bag. Some people say it is bias, others say it is great and appropriate for issues of current times ( the book was published in 2017) blah,blah,blah.  I don't have feelings about it either way. I don't love it or hate it, it's a book that I'm almost finished with.  It is a alternative to watching junk on YouTube.  That being said, for anybody that is sensitive to current events, maybe leave this book alone for the time being due to its subject matter. 

Yes, I could have posted "Trigger Warning" but that phrase rubs me the wrong way for whatever reason. 
Mad Poster
#991 Old 20th Aug 2020 at 10:18 PM

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

.... a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities. <--- Not my review. It's a summary without spoilers.
#992 Old 28th Sep 2020 at 6:15 PM
The Cult of Osiris by Andy McDermott

I've read like three pages so far mostly because its due back at the library tomorrow and I've extended it several times since I borrowed it
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
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#993 Old 28th Sep 2020 at 6:38 PM Last edited by simsample : 28th Sep 2020 at 6:47 PM. Reason: Added link!
@Noa1500 Is it good enough so far to extend again?

I just re-read an English translation of Candide- I love it so much!

I will choose a path that's clear- I will choose free will
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Test Subject
#994 Old 8th Oct 2020 at 1:09 PM Last edited by angine : 9th Oct 2020 at 1:34 PM.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative By Austin Kleon. It is a must read if you are intereted in graphic design. I study graphic design in college. Plus I found AssignmentShark service for homework help, these guys helped me hundreds of times.
#995 Old 20th Oct 2020 at 7:18 PM
@simsample I have no idea, I only read like 6 pages

I'm rereading Why didn't they ask Evans? by Agatha Christie because Agatha Christie
#996 Old 21st Dec 2020 at 3:47 AM
Cook Anime by Diana Ault

It essentially shows how to cook actual dishes featured in anime and manga.

In the vain of Binging with Babish, but the dishes are realistic for the sake of realism.

The anime that featured the dish famously is seen at the beginning of the recipe and a list of anime that also featured each dish is listed at the end of the recipe.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
Mad Poster
#997 Old 1st Jan 2021 at 6:34 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 1st Jan 2021 at 9:13 PM.
Just finished "Battle Ground" by Jim Butcher.
(But also *sad face* because something really bad happens in that one, and all you really want to do after reading that book is to give that beaten-up wizard a good, long hug - not that he hadn't already gotten several hugs by a freakin' sasquatch - but yeh know... and hope that 'fairy godmother' played nice with the gift - How much damage can a mini-Elsa do (when there's already a medium and XXXL-powered one running around in town)? Sheesh... Let's just hope she had some fun and that nobody got hurt )
Field Researcher
#998 Old 2nd Jan 2021 at 3:30 AM
In fiction novels I'm in the half of my revisit to Dune Saga by Frank Herbert, currently re-reading God Emperor of Dune, after I finish Chapterhouse: Dune my next revisit will be to Terramar saga by Ursula K. LeGuin, on other kind of books and other hours I'm re-reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.

From now on I'm just a lurker, the sad truth about the Orwellian status of the sims community is not "off-topic" neither is "politics".
Check part of my current (non sims) creations at my J.R.'s Angels page
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
retired moderator
#999 Old 3rd Jan 2021 at 6:30 PM
@jotaerre I am very ashamed as a Sci-fi fan that I've never managed to read the Dune books all of the way through, for some reason they bore me rigid! The film too. It's the sort of book I should love, I hold dear so many others of similar genre, and I love LeGuin, Bradbury, Heinlein, Pohl etc. Maybe I'll try again, I want so much to love it!

I'm reading Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, and so far I'm enjoying them greatly. I always used to be reading several books at a time (one at work, one in the bath, one by the bed and so on) but in recent years I just read one, which goes everywhere with me thanks to my Kindle. Well, my whole library goes with me on that, but I  finish one before starting the next! My daughter who is a writer and artist thinks I am a heathen, she has my book collection and thinks Kindles are for losers. But I really love them, as I can make the print bigger, switch the attached light on at any time, and also it's not as heavy to hold Asimov's complete Foundation & Empire any more.

I will choose a path that's clear- I will choose free will
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Mad Poster
#1000 Old 15th Jan 2021 at 10:19 PM
I want to re-read Dresden files, but can't find the first book (I'm almost sure I found the book and put it somewhere so I could start it, but forgot where I put it). I did find the nine or so next books, but not the first one. Oh well, I'll keep looking. In the meantime I guess I have plenty other books to read... I think I have two I'm somewhere in the middle/end of but haven't yet bothered finishing.

One is the Aeronaut's windlass by Jim Butcher - I wonder if he's ever going to write more books in that series(? so far it's just one book). It's not as engaging as the Dresden Files, but alright enough. Still have half of the book left, though.

The other is one of the Lorien series (can't remember the title, there's a ton of them). It's been one of my "backpack" books, but I took it out, left it next to my bed, and it's been untouched since. I don't read in bed a lot nowadays, mostly I read when I'm out traveling. I guess that's why, because it was quite fun to read.
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