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Dec 07, 2011 06:31AM

1865 Heh, I do pay attention to cover art, and look to see who was responsible, and sometimes I even play the "who created this cover" game ... recognizing art styles is fun if you're a visual person.

Sweet wasn't my favorite (in terms of art styles, I knew nothing about him personally), but it is sad to hear that he's gone.
1865 The thing that bugged me most about Wade was his almost Edward-like chasing after Art3mis.

Oh, and his thinking that her port wine birthmark made her even more beautiful was, well, a kind thing to say, but seems atypical for the Teenage Boy character class. ;)
1865 Wade doesn't really match up with my ideas of what an unreliable narrator is.
Dec 04, 2011 06:10PM

1865 This was the book that showed me that yes, there are zombie stories out there for people like me, who don't care for gore. I loved it.
Dec 04, 2011 03:52AM

1865 I just looked over my status updates from when I was reading this book, and around page 129 there's a comment about how Art3mis possibly saved the book for me.

"I think Art3mis may have saved this book for me, even if she is a clear (semi-)expy of Jordan from Real Genius. (I was thinking that even before the in-book lampshading, heh, and was amused to be right.) I was teetering on the edge of disgust/concern that this might be one of the things that doesn't acknowledge that, yeah, women can create cool things too."

And incidentally, Real Genius was directed by a woman, Martha Coolidge. Hence the comment about how Art3mis saved the book for me — not just by existing but by what she was a homage to.

Very tangentially, apparently there is a remake of Real Genius in the works. My instant reaction was "oh no" but I have to admit, if it was done well it could be all right. But what are the odds of that?
Dec 02, 2011 07:14PM

1865 Yeah, my sense was that you read this for the 80s geekout. That was a few months ago though so ... if the insanity that is December allows me to, I'll re-read it to see what I think after that.
Nov 30, 2011 10:52AM

1865 Dawn wrote: "Ewwwww, for some reason I have a feeling it would involve Drizzt and Pokemon and some very uncomfortable situations."

Now I need some brain bleach.
Nov 30, 2011 09:16AM

1865 >200 posts in about 15 hours? Strong work, guys. Also kind of insane. :)
1865 I would say Swordspoint probably qualifies as the first, yeah.
1865 Gosh, what a weird theme. My first thought was Ranma ½ but I doubt this group actually wants to read that. So, how about The Privilege of the Sword? It's a standalone with lots of sword-fighting related drama, though it's nominally not the first published or first in the internal chronology. If this is a disqualifier, then its predecessor, Swordspoint, would work too.
Nov 18, 2011 07:15AM

1865 I get almost all my books from the library (at least initially) ... so it doesn't matter how long or short the book is, only whether or not it's good. When the only thing I invest is time, I'm much more likely to find myself thinking, man, I wish this had been trimmed down a bit. (An example of this that I'm currently reading: All Men of Genius.)
1865 Bee wrote: There should be a word for the warm fuzzy feeling you get when reading a well crafted sentence.

There's probably a better term for it, but I just call it "the word-happiness." And yes, Pratchett gives it to me sometimes, and so does Miéville in this book.
Nov 18, 2011 03:34AM

1865 I have a theory that people who don't/haven't read much SF are likely to be shocked and awed by this series. But people who have, especially people who have read post-apocalyptic SF before, are more likely to say "Yeah, seen this before." (I'm basing this on my mother's reaction and mine. Yeah, I know that this is a small sample, and that there are plenty of contradictory data points out there....)
1865 Honestly ... my reaction to the concept of unseeing was complete belief. People are very good at not seeing other people, sometimes — the examples that spring to mind most easily for me are homeless people and panhandlers. Think about how lots of people pretend not to see or hear them.

I agree with Cindy, the soccer game is a brilliant idea.
1865 This is the only Miéville I like. (Admittedly, I've only tried this one, Perdido Street Station, and Un Lun Dun.)
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Nov 02, 2011 07:12AM

1865 That would be unfortunate ... but maybe older discussions could be organized by annual folders called "2009" or whatever. Not optimal, but better than total deletion.
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Oct 22, 2011 03:57PM

1865 For those thinking of buying a dead tree version ... I think the trade paperback release is a better pick. It's got an interesting interview with the author in the back.
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Oct 21, 2011 08:52AM

1865 That's a good choice. Well, a choice I like. Functionally indistinguishable, from where I sit! ;)
Oct 18, 2011 08:59AM

1865 The Sagan Diary was posted online by the publisher here. Read it for free, legally! /tangent

If I've never heard of an author, there's basically no way I will cough up the full price of a hardcover book. Sometimes I'll gamble on a paperback book if I've never heard of the person. But usually I hit the library to give an author a test drive.
Oct 08, 2011 08:18AM

1865 Then clearly neither is good enough to get your vote. Alas, Babylon! (Somewhat more seriously: I am one of the relatively few people in this group who likes YA, and I wasn't very impressed with The Hunger Games after listening to the audiobook.)

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