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Old 04-15-2013, 05:26 PM   #371 (permalink)
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I figured it was time to re-read 1984, about halfway through now.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:29 PM   #372 (permalink)
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Finished books 1 -4 in A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin and am onto Speaker for the Dead now by Orson Scott Card
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:58 AM   #373 (permalink)
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Started reading Shogun by Clavell. Excellent novel. I think I'm going to have to check Netflix to see if the mini series is available.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:43 PM   #374 (permalink)
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Started reading Shogun by Clavell. Excellent novel. I think I'm going to have to check Netflix to see if the mini series is available.
I too have read Shogun-about 9 years ago. The book is excellent & I went out & bought the mini-series on DVD after reading it.

If you haven't noticed it already... at the beginning of the book, the author shows when lots of the characters are speaking Japanese by actually writing out their dialogue in Japanese & then gives you the translation in the next sentence or paragraph.

Well towards the end of the book sometimes he stops giving translations for when the Japanese characters are talking short sentences. I guess he figured the reader would be able to pick up enough Japanese throughout the story by that part to understand (I guess I'm a little slow). So I actually had to make a crib sheet with lots of basic translations just so I knew what the hell the characters were actually saying.

But still a great book!
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:08 PM   #375 (permalink)
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Finished reading while mortals sleep, I'm another huge Vonnegut fan and these were some good stories.

A coworker had a William Gibson book in his desk he didn't have the time to read so I just finished that, Zero History. I liked some of Gibson's first novels but Zero History was pretty stupid. I guess I'll go back to reading the classics.

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:39 PM   #376 (permalink)
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I too have read Shogun-about 9 years ago. The book is excellent & I went out & bought the mini-series on DVD after reading it.

If you haven't noticed it already... at the beginning of the book, the author shows when lots of the characters are speaking Japanese by actually writing out their dialogue in Japanese & then gives you the translation in the next sentence or paragraph.

Well towards the end of the book sometimes he stops giving translations for when the Japanese characters are talking short sentences. I guess he figured the reader would be able to pick up enough Japanese throughout the story by that part to understand (I guess I'm a little slow). So I actually had to make a crib sheet with lots of basic translations just so I knew what the hell the characters were actually saying.

But still a great book!
Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to keep from skipping the Japanese and only reading the translations.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #377 (permalink)
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Got done with another Honorverse book by David Weber, and after an "interesting" discussion with 2 of my coworkers who tried to disprove the big bang theory (not the TV show) by using Newton's 3 laws of motion, I decided it was time to read some actual science and started in on Neil deGrasse Tyson's Death by Black Hole.


*hint* - if you didn't do so hot in high school algebra, don't try to disprove popular scientific theories with other scientific theories you can't fully describe with math in the first place...
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:04 PM   #379 (permalink)
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I just found the Kindle editions of the two first Honor Harrington series books (On Basilisk Station and The Honor of the Queen) by David Weber free on Amazon. I have heard good things so I am going to start reading right now with my lunch!
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I hated all of the Ender books after the first one. He gets so obvious about his religious analogies and negativity towards it all. I am not a religious person but there comes a point where it's just beating a dead horse.
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