| FAQ  | Search | Login 
It is currently Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:03 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6764 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 267, 268, 269, 270, 271
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:20 pm 
Offline
Grandfathered In
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:41 pm
Posts: 11815
Location: Seattle
Have you all read World Made by Hand or any of its sequels?

I really liked the first one and The Witch of Hebron, the second one. I'm reading the third one now.

They take place in upstate New York, after some kind of global (?) disaster that has destroyed everything we think of as "the modern world." So it's part post-apocalyptic and part "competence porn." Look! People are doing real things, making things, rebuilding a community. The books are fun, BUT:

The way most of the characters talk is aggressively unrealistic. They talk like some kind of caricature of gentlemen farmers from Civil War times or something. The book takes place now, more or less, but people talk like colorful types from a different century. I don't know if the author is really just into world (re)building, so he would rather trade realism for atmosphere. But I find it very distracting and often silly.

_________________
Did somebody say Keep on rockin?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:51 am 
Offline
Not NOT A Furry
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:18 am
Posts: 487
Location: Canberra, Australia
I love the phrase "competence porn", FootFace!

I've just started the third Outlander book. They're so trashy but so good.

_________________
Jack Sprat could eat no fat and his wife could eat no lean, and then their daughter became a vegan and got a boyfriend with an onion allergy. --- My dad.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:12 pm 
Online
Taco Scientist
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:31 pm
Posts: 2870
Location: Austin, TX
I'm reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson which takes place in a flooded building that is now a co-op with some levels as farms and the rest as living quarters in drowned lower Manhattan. It's got a lot of political economy but I think it's really interesting.

_________________
blarg Lazy Smurf's Guide to Life
twitter @veganLazySmurf
Pinterest


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:37 pm 
Offline
Drunk Dialed Ian MacKaye
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:22 am
Posts: 1825
Location: Midlands, UK
I'm rereading Lard of the Rings whilst on holiday in the Lake District, it seemed fitting. I feel like a hobbit on an adventure here, it's marvellous.

_________________
new and improved blog!
insta!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:39 pm 
Offline
Grandfathered In
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:41 pm
Posts: 11815
Location: Seattle
LazySmurf wrote:
I'm reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson which takes place in a flooded building that is now a co-op with some levels as farms and the rest as living quarters in drowned lower Manhattan. It's got a lot of political economy but I think it's really interesting.


I really, really loved his The Years of Rice and Salt.

_________________
Did somebody say Keep on rockin?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:40 pm 
Offline
Grandfathered In
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:41 pm
Posts: 11815
Location: Seattle
Morgyn wrote:
I love the phrase "competence porn", FootFace!


Yeah! It's all these people who just know how to do... things. How to make things, fix things, grow things!

_________________
Did somebody say Keep on rockin?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:24 am 
Online
Taco Scientist
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:31 pm
Posts: 2870
Location: Austin, TX
FootFace wrote:
LazySmurf wrote:
I'm reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson which takes place in a flooded building that is now a co-op with some levels as farms and the rest as living quarters in drowned lower Manhattan. It's got a lot of political economy but I think it's really interesting.


I really, really loved his The Years of Rice and Salt.


My favorite is the Red Mars series but I also really really like Aurora.

_________________
blarg Lazy Smurf's Guide to Life
twitter @veganLazySmurf
Pinterest


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:55 am 
Offline
Prefers Jar Jar Binks over Han Solo
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:54 am
Posts: 2390
Location: Munich, finally!
I'm working my way through Smiley's People just because I bought the trilogy on the glowing recommendation of a colleague but I am not enjoying it very much. But I am also not hating it enough to give up, and I'm already halfway done so I'll push through and then be done forever with spy novels that only have male characters. This same colleague also recommended The Deptford Trilogy which I read last year without enjoying it, and The Wonder Boys which I started and have given up on already after less than 10 pages. It's a good thing this colleague has left so I won't have any more recommendations for all-male books.

Luckily I have a new series I'm liking a lot, I'm now on book 4, The Moor. The series starts with The Beekeeper's Apprentice and it follows Mary Russel, a 15 years old smart woman in 1915 that runs into a retired Sherlock Holmes and becomes his apprentice. It's nice because it draws on Sherlock Holmes but he is not the main character so it's not like it's rewriting his stories or placing him in unbelievable situations. Mary is the main character.

_________________
I dunno, I guess I just get enthused over eating big ol' squishy balls. - Interrobang?!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:57 am 
Offline
BAD PASS
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:43 pm
Posts: 3263
Location: NW Indiana/Chicago
I just finished a book with a disappointing ending (A Parcel for Anna Browne, which I found on a 'must-read' list), and then started Spectacles by Sue Perkins.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:31 pm 
Offline
Drunk Dialed Ian MacKaye
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:22 am
Posts: 1825
Location: Midlands, UK
Anek, I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice a long time ago and I remember loving it! I only read a couple as at that point I was relying on my library which had no more of them, but I should pick them back up!

_________________
new and improved blog!
insta!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:47 am 
Offline
Prefers Jar Jar Binks over Han Solo
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:54 am
Posts: 2390
Location: Munich, finally!
You should, I enjoyed the following books as much as the initial one so far, although they become one-story-per-book instead of the shorter adventures of the first book.

_________________
I dunno, I guess I just get enthused over eating big ol' squishy balls. - Interrobang?!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:31 am 
Offline
Total Hoover

Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:08 pm
Posts: 1671
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Anek wrote:
I'm working my way through Smiley's People just because I bought the trilogy on the glowing recommendation of a colleague but I am not enjoying it very much. But I am also not hating it enough to give up, and I'm already halfway done so I'll push through and then be done forever with spy novels that only have male characters. This same colleague also recommended The Deptford Trilogy which I read last year without enjoying it, and The Wonder Boys which I started and have given up on already after less than 10 pages. It's a good thing this colleague has left so I won't have any more recommendations for all-male books.

Luckily I have a new series I'm liking a lot, I'm now on book 4, The Moor. The series starts with The Beekeeper's Apprentice and it follows Mary Russel, a 15 years old smart woman in 1915 that runs into a retired Sherlock Holmes and becomes his apprentice. It's nice because it draws on Sherlock Holmes but he is not the main character so it's not like it's rewriting his stories or placing him in unbelievable situations. Mary is the main character.

Yes! The Mary Russell books are so good! SO very very good!

_________________
An unprocessed chicken is walking around and clucking to itself. And yes, I think they're healthier that way too. - Tofulish


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:37 am 
Offline
Prefers Jar Jar Binks over Han Solo
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:54 am
Posts: 2390
Location: Munich, finally!
BTW has any of you read "The Power" by Naomi Aldermann? I enjoyed it enormously although it was disturbing sometimes.

_________________
I dunno, I guess I just get enthused over eating big ol' squishy balls. - Interrobang?!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:47 am 
Online
Taco Scientist
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:31 pm
Posts: 2870
Location: Austin, TX
Anek wrote:
BTW has any of you read "The Power" by Naomi Aldermann? I enjoyed it enormously although it was disturbing sometimes.

It looks excellent, I'm adding it to my TBR

I'm on to "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45" it's fascinating. Really glad the American author is often comparing antisemitism to racism in the US.

_________________
blarg Lazy Smurf's Guide to Life
twitter @veganLazySmurf
Pinterest


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6764 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 267, 268, 269, 270, 271

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Template made by DEVPPL/ThatBigForum and fancied up by What Cheer