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El Jeffe's Avatar Picture El Jeffe – November 17, 2010 06:58PM Reply Quote
Share your paper-turning, Kindle-scrolling, Audible-listening 'book' thoughts.

ARL (Moderator) – September 02, 2011 02:45AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
If I want depressing, I've got my real life...

El Jeffe – September 02, 2011 04:38AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

John Willoughby – September 02, 2011 11:18AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I liked the premise of War against the Chtorr, but it didn't feel like he had a clearly defined plan for the books. After a while they seemed to meander kind of pointlessly. And... bunnymen?

El Jeffe – September 18, 2011 10:24AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

John Willoughby – September 22, 2011 12:00PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
George R.R. Martin talks about killing off characters. There's some stuff here that is spoiler-ish, so please don't read unless you've read all of the Ice & Fire books that are currently out. No spoilers for the future books.

ddt – September 22, 2011 01:07PM Reply Quote
Recently read:

"A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan

"Supergods" by Grant Morrison

"The Victorian Internet" by

Stalled on "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell

Currently dipping into:

"The Big Short" by Michael Lewis

"Tom Sawyer"

"My Horizontal Life" by Chelsea Handler

Thanks, Stanza!


ARL (Moderator) – September 23, 2011 01:19AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Wow. Just wow. George Martin has the audacity to tell Tolkien how he should have written LOTR. Good thing Tolkien is long dead.


Much as I admire Tolkien, I once again always felt like Gandalf should have stayed dead. That was such an incredible sequence in Fellowship of the Ring when he faces the Balrog on the Khazad-dûm and he falls into the gulf, and his last words are, "Fly, you fools."

What power that had, how that grabbed me. And then he comes back as Gandalf the White, and if anything he's sort of improved. I never liked Gandalf the White as much as Gandalf the Grey, and I never liked him coming back. I think it would have been an even stronger story if Tolkien had left him dead.

With all due respect George Martin, you are dead wrong.

John Willoughby – September 23, 2011 09:38AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
He's just voicing an opinion. But he's not seeing Tolkien's deeper intent, and the deliberate parallels to the Christian resurrection.

ARL (Moderator) – September 24, 2011 12:34AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Oh very true. I just don't think it's a well thought out opinion.

George Martin seems to dislikes stories with any semblance of a happy ending. And that's fair enough but he has to realise that for every nihilistic "the-world-really-is-a-buket-o-shite" type series there has to be a happy-ending type series or we'd all top ourselves.

Had he written LOTR it would have been a seven volume epic with Sauron recovering his ring in the middle of the second book. Most of the fellowship would have been killed off completely with Aragorn the next to snuff it after Borimir. The last five books would have covered Merry & Pippin's adventures in exile disguised as haradrim brothel-workers and Sauraman's seige of the grey havens with his hobbit slave army. There'd be accounts of the infighting amongst the Nazgul as they realise the newly corporeal Sauron is an even grumpier boss than the witch king. Rivendell and Lothlorien would be having a pretty hard time of it - but there'd somehow still be scope for plenty of elf-sex. Gimli would somehow end up fighting a Guerilla war alongside Treebeard in what's left of Fanghorn forest - with Treebeard constantly telling him to "put away that axe."

Or something like that...

It would probably still be a great read - but somehow I'll take the original version even if nowadays it seems a little dated and cliched...

John Willoughby – September 24, 2011 01:49AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
It's only cliched because everybody else recognized greatness and copied Tolkien for the next thirty years of fantasy literature.

tliet – September 24, 2011 04:52AM Reply Quote
Admittedly, I'm not a very avid reader. My boss gave me a copy of the seven habits of highly effective people which is enlightening I must say. Also reading 'looking at philosophy' while doing a short beginners course in philosophy. This is getting me back into reading, although I'm probably best of using the audio book versions while being stuck in traffic.

John Willoughby – September 25, 2011 01:51PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support

John Willoughby – September 28, 2011 12:42PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
OK, so I ordered an Amazon Fire. At $200 it was below my "knee-jerk lust for the shiny" threshold.

if  (
	(gizmo.shiny/gizmo.price > kThreshold) &&
	(gizmo.price < kWifePurchaseDetectionLevel) && 
	(gizmo.price < accounts[checking].getBalance() + getMoneyUnderSofaCushions())
     orderShinyProduct (gizmo);
     debitWallet (gizmo.price);
     if (gizmo.embarassmentLevel < kTolerableEmbarrassment)
	if (haveTimeToKill())

johnny k – September 28, 2011 01:11PM Reply Quote
Your code sucks.

John Willoughby – September 28, 2011 01:27PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support

ddt – September 28, 2011 01:48PM Reply Quote
Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write goddamn login page himself
Code Monkey not say it out loud
Code Monkey not crazy just proud


John Willoughby – September 28, 2011 01:55PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Much rather wake up, eat a coffee cake, take bath, take nap.
This job fulfilling in creative way, such a load of crap.

El Jeffe – September 28, 2011 04:09PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
SPORK now owns your code. Sign over all rights immediately.

John Willoughby – September 28, 2011 04:25PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I'm a programmer, I am not right-enabled.

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