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Danny's comments from the The Sword and Laser group.

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Jan 12, 2016 07:53AM

4170 Was just there a week ago (not a gambler either). The Bodies exhibit in the Luxor is pretty cool:


I also had a great burger and beer in Pub 1842 in the MGM Grand:


Tom's Urban in New York New York was great for lunch:

Jan 04, 2012 09:02PM

4170 My son enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach round about that age (he's now 7 and is enjoying The Hobbit and Geronimo Stilton series).
Feb 15, 2011 10:41AM

4170 I'm only about 4 chapters in, but I had absolutely the same feeling.
Jan 04, 2011 10:32AM

4170 Just finished Assassin's Quest which I really enjoyed, and am now about half way through An Autumn War, which I'm liking more than the first 2 books in the series (A Shadow in Summer & A Betrayal in Winter) - not that either of these was bad per se, just didn't grab me like this one has. After that I'm planning on reading Century Rain (as well as whatever the latest S&L pick is).
Sep 02, 2010 09:27AM

4170 Currently reading Elric: The Stealer of Souls. After finishing this I plan to catch up on some recent editions of Asimov & Analog.
Aug 19, 2010 12:25PM

4170 Did anyone else get the previous podcast delivered in their iTunes feed? (Everything indicates that I have #40, but when I listen it's #39)?
May 20, 2010 09:33AM

4170 I had almost the exact opposite reaction. Unlike The Windup Girl, which I really struggled to get into, Bitter Seeds grabbed me straight away (I ended up finishing it in a couple of days). I have a couple of theories on this too:

1) I do enjoy alternate history (some of my favorite series are Harry Turtledove's Worldwar & Colonization, Darkness and Southern Victory series).
2) Whilst I live in California, I am English and could recognize a lot of locations in the story.
May 20, 2010 09:20AM

4170 @terpkristin - yes, that was kind of the idea!

I'm really impressed that there's so many published authors in our group - I don't know whether we should have another thread for people to publicize their own work (I'd hate to think that people felt they could only post their work here if they'd discounted it).
4170 I didn't tend to do video podcasts at all, until my roku box added functionality to view a number of video podcasts. I use this to watch:

The Totally Rad Show
TED Talks (via Mediafly)

Audio Podcasts:

Current Geek
East Meets west
Security Now
Stuff You Should Know
Sword and Laser
Atomic Array
The /Filmcast
The Bugle
The Geekbox
The GeekDads
The Official Lost Podcast
Geeks Guide To The Galaxy
Windows Weekly
This Week in Tech
This Week in Google
Weekend Confirmed
Fighting Talk
Friday Night Comedy

Finally, some short fiction podcasts that I have stored up for long commutes/journeys:

StarShip Sofa
Escape Pod
Rereading books (66 new)
May 19, 2010 09:22AM

4170 Thanks to the Sword and Laser I've re-read a couple of books, but it's not something I generally do either (I have about 80 books currently on my kindle, and about 200 in my kindle wishlist on Amazon - too much new stuff to read!)
May 13, 2010 07:58PM

4170 Just started Bitter Seeds - really enjoying it so suspect I'll get through it pretty quickly and then may go on to Cory Doctorow's latest For The Win.

In the last month or so I've also started reading chapter books to my almost 6 year old in the evenings before bed - we've just finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which he loved so we're about to go on to Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. We also have The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again and The Phantom Tollbooth waiting on the to-read pile.
May 12, 2010 06:46PM

4170 I was intrigued too after Cory mentioned it on the podcast. Started it today, and am hooked after the first couple of chapters.
Apr 22, 2010 08:22AM

4170 As a (happy) Kindle owner, I'm always on the look out for any free or discounted eBooks, especially in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy areas. I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread on this to try and store this information to a central location, as well as use the 'group mind' to collect the data.

Of course, some of these offers can be temporary, links can go stale, etc., but hopefully at the time of posting the offer was valid.

To start things off, I noticed today that Dragon Keeper is now available for pre-order for free. I think that this is the Robin Hobb book that Veronica mentioned in S&L #30.

There's also the Baen Free Library.

Jeffrey A. Carver has some ebooks available for download from his site.

And of course, Cory Doctorow has most of his books available too.
Apr 12, 2010 10:51AM

4170 Catching up on some Asimov and Analog back issues after finishing Empress and The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. After the short stories I'm going to start Spiritwalk.
Mar 06, 2010 01:13PM

4170 Just finished it today - the first hundred pages or so were fairly hard going, but the plot does kick in and it gets better. I don't know whether it would have been easier had I read any of Paolo's short stories based in this universe first - he does seem to drop you straight in with little prior context.

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