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Indie Prejudice (19 new)
Feb 11, 2012 10:19AM

4170 Don't know about a way to get around the prejudice but I for one think (true or not) that a self published novel is much more likely to be less polished due to poor self-editing by the author. I guess there might be a few self-published novelist who hire independent editors to help with this. Editors should be able to guide authors and help with writing form as well as just catch basic grammatical mistakes. This isn't always the case as I recently found out reading "Empire State" which was chock full of styling issues a decent editor would have helped a freshman author avoid.

I don't tend to try works by unproven authors myself. I have a list of way too many books that have been recommended to me or books that are established classics to take my time with a book that has a higher chance of being a dud. Sure you can limit this by looking at the good reads reviews but I've seen several self-published books with only 20 or so reviews (not enough for me to feel safe taking a chance). Call my lazy if you will but that is how I work.
Feb 11, 2012 07:07AM

4170 Started to read my hardback copy of this novel. Its obviously a children's story because my copy has print so tiny only a child's eyesight would be good enough to read it. Besides that the style of the hardback is nice what with the green print when they are in Fantastica and the black print when they are in the real world. I'm just missing the option to increase the font size like I have on my eBooks.
Feb 11, 2012 07:01AM

4170 terpkristin wrote: "To me, the sex in 1Q84 felt more like art than that in Rule 34."

Really? Should I remind you of the ear comparison? On the whole, the descriptions weren't that odd and pretty well done in 1Q84 but sometimes while I was listening to the audio book I had to do a "Wait! What?".
Feb 11, 2012 06:23AM

4170 Omensent: Birth of a Dragon Lord .. it was a book cover link on the website page. Here is just the text link.
Feb 10, 2012 04:59PM

4170 They love me at work since I always volunteer others to do work. Especially if they fall asleep during a meeting.
Feb 09, 2012 11:14AM

4170 Boots wrote: "Conan the Librarian still makes me laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZHoHa..."


Gotta love the Weird Al!
Feb 09, 2012 07:59AM

4170 A good example of where a member guest host would have been good was with IQ84. I would have loved to hear Sean talk with Tom about the Japanese book culture. He already added a lot of information on the forums that was good to know while reading IQ84.
Feb 09, 2012 07:06AM

4170 Since joining the club and listening to the podcast since around April of last year, I've noticed a few times where the book selection reading time frame went a little long because either Tom or Veronica had prior commitments or just life that was interfering with their reading time.

This got me to thinking that they should be able to skip or postpone to a later time any of the book picks for the club just like any other member. Obviously they both can't do this at the same time.

I wonder if T&V would be opposed to having an occasional guest host from the club when they need to skip a pick for whatever reason. If so then I'd like to nominate either Tamahome or Jenny to step in when needed since they both seem to be able to read every darn pick, are very active in the forums, and have guest hosted on other book podcasts. Heck even *sigh* Lepton could step in when needed for a John C. Dvorak type perspective.

Just a thought.
Video? (60 new)
Feb 07, 2012 04:36PM

4170 terpkristin wrote: "Nick wrote: "I have no objection to a video podcast but most of the time I listen while I'm doing other things so I'd probably not see most of the video even if T & V went that direction."

Yeah I'..."


Not sure I follow on how it would hurt the audio experience.
Video? (60 new)
Feb 07, 2012 04:05PM

4170 I have no objection to a video podcast but most of the time I listen while I'm doing other things so I'd probably not see most of the video even if T & V went that direction.
Video? (60 new)
Feb 07, 2012 02:37PM

4170 "watching" versus "listening"? Hehe. Sounds like Veronica has another straw poll.
Feb 06, 2012 08:03PM

4170 For some reason, every time I read this forum post's title I get visions of the scene where they open up the tiger sharks stomach in the original Jaws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_zt2n...
Feb 06, 2012 05:02PM

4170 Good reads needs a sign for infinite to go along side my "to-read" list. I doubt I can read fast enough to get to all the books I'd like to read before I die.
Feb 05, 2012 06:32PM

4170 A gift from the Superbowl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

Can't wait. Its Joss Whedon. How can it be bad? (no one mention Dollhouse!)
Feb 05, 2012 06:26PM

4170 If I watch football I watch college football (Go FSU!) But I've never been one to watch pro-football. I had the Superbowl on earlier and watched a few commercials but I've turned it off. I'm getting caught up on Elantris. I never got the time to finish it during the holidays.
Feb 05, 2012 07:08AM

4170 One additional note. I've seen people refer to quantum theory in relation to this book. I think what they are really referring to is the Multiverse theory(MWI part specifically I'm guessing).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverse

In a very oversimplified form this thoery states that every place in a universe where there are multiple possible actions that can occur there is a existing universe that corresponds to each action. So if you are at a traffic light and your run a red light then there is a universe where you didn't and a universe where you ran the red light but were hit by oncoming traffic or a universe where you simply stopped your car, got out of it and abandoned it at the intersection. Mr. Christopher takes great liberties with this theory and makes it his own for better or worse. Probably best not to correlate the MWI with this novel at all by the time Christopher is done with it.

Brian Greene does a good job explaining it
http://video.pbs.org/video/2168433605/
Feb 05, 2012 06:26AM

4170 Just finished the last 10%ish of the novel and it didn't get any better. I found also there was a few deus ex machina moments but considering it was imitating old serials this shouldn't have been a surprise. I'd love to hear others opinions. I may at a later time revisit the last 20% and see if a second reading may provide a different perspective on what I read previously. Like I said in my OP, it could be I've missed something.
Feb 05, 2012 04:51AM

4170 I'll eventually read some of Burrough's work but Asimov's Foundation series and Frank Herbert's Dune series will have a higher priority in my reading list.
Feb 04, 2012 06:46PM

4170 I'm within 10% of finishing and I hate to say it but I have not enjoyed what I've read. I searched online for other reviews to see if there is something here I'm just not getting. There are some stellar reviews of this book online and I'm wondering why?

I felt throughout most of this book that I could care less about the major characters. I've felt (view spoiler) I spent a good part of this book back tracking because I was easily lost by the plot and the writing. I don't know. I've been bored with it but that probably has a lot to do with me not caring for the major characters. I can tell from some of the other forum posts that there are others who enjoyed this more than I. As Mike Myers playing Barbara Streisand would say, "Discuss".

EDIT: My final thoughts are in my review.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Feb 04, 2012 04:31PM

4170 Science fiction says, "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!"
and Fantasy exclaims, "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!


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