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Been meaning to read this for a long time, and finally a beautiful illustrated edition came out - YUP, I'm the type of guy that wants pictures in my books 馃檪

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https://shop.suntup.press/products/johnny-got-his-gun-by-dalton-trumbo-artist-edition

To bad certain low-level dictators in the former Soviet Union never read this...

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23 minutes ago, avatar! said:

Been meaning to read this for a long time, and finally a beautiful illustrated edition came out - YUP, I'm the type of guy that wants pictures in my books 馃檪

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https://shop.suntup.press/products/johnny-got-his-gun-by-dalton-trumbo-artist-edition

To bad certain low-level dictators in the former Soviet Union never read this...

That book has an interesting history.聽 It was first published in serial form in the Daily Worker (organ of the Communist Party USA) as part of an effort to keep the US neutral in WWII when Germany and the USSR were allied.聽 As soon as that ended the paper quit printing it since it was now ok for聽 the US to intervene in Europe.聽 Go figure.

The movie is worth tracking down if you haven't seen it.

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The last 3-4 months

No Country for Old Men

The December book club entry.聽 I enjoyed it quite a bit, but since the movie is such a close adaptation it didn't really leave any surprises.聽 Same thing I ran into last year with The Silence of the Lambs.聽 Great book, but if you've seen the movie a million times, you're going through the exact same, familiar, beats.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1)

...whereas this one is聽completely聽different than the adaptation.聽 Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, since I find older sci-fi to be pretty hit-or-miss.聽 The movie's still better though.

Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)

Very similar (in some ways) to Dark Tower IV, which I think was the best book in the series, but not as good.聽 For being over 900 pages surprising little happens.聽 It's all build-up to the last 30 pages.聽 Which can be a good thing: I like slow burns.聽 And this is a good book.聽 But it falls into IV's shadow.

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

A quick fun read.聽 Maybe doesn't completely execute on the brilliant concept, but I'm still pretty eager to jump into book 2.聽 I wouldn't say it's anywhere as good/fun as Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, but I find little is.

Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)

Malazan Book 3.聽 The best one so far.聽 Love the idea of the cannabilistic Pannion Domin, and I think the new characters were strong, and the huge battles were great.

Neverwhere (London Below, #1)

Another Gaiman fairy tale, with a great setup, and plenty of great characters (especially the assassins), but overall I found I preferred the more concise and smaller-scaled Coraline and Ocean at the End of the Lane.聽 The constant change of scenery and addition of new characters was almost dizzying at times.

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5 hours ago, Reed Rothchild said:

...whereas this one is聽completely聽different than the adaptation.聽 Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, since I find older sci-fi to be pretty hit-or-miss.聽 The movie's still better though.

Interesting. I am the complete opposite! But I read the book first. There鈥檚 just so much that the movie left out or failed the capture properly. I actually felt like 2049 did a better job of feeling like the book.

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3 hours ago, Daniel_Doyce said:

I almost never read any modern fiction since it's mostly garbage, but Cormac McCarthy is finally publishing what will likely be his last 2 novels later this year. Can't wait to get them.

Myself, I almost never read fantasy, but George RR Martin is finally... oh, yeah, never mind.

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On 3/9/2022 at 4:28 PM, avatar! said:

Myself, I almost never read fantasy, but George RR Martin is finally... oh, yeah, never mind.

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There's a great MadTV skit about George Lucas doing a Jane Pauley interview and this picture really reminds me of this. If you haven't seen it, it's hilarious.

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Lots of downtime waiting or driving the last month

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Read this back in December but forgot to mention it.聽 It was good - all 3 have been good so far - but nothing mind-blowing so far.聽 I feel like most people claim the series gets better and better as it goes.

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Book club selection.聽 Again, good, and has me eager to check out Finders Keepers.聽 In King's top 20?聽 No.聽 Top half?聽 I think so.

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Listened to the audiobook.聽 Low Men in Yellow Coats, the basis for the movie, was by far the best story.聽 Another coming of age tale, this time with heavy Dark Tower (V) references.聽 Whereas the title story was merely okay, involving college freshmen getting addicted to card games and flunking out, with a heavyhanded theme of Vietnam war pushback running theoughout.聽 The remaining three short stories were pretty throwaway, involving characters from the first story.

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An audiobook novella.聽 Take one part Thinner, another part political commentary, and one last part sappy melodrama.聽 It was alright.聽 Probably in King's bottom 25%.

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An audiobook short story.聽 I dug it a lot.聽 It was a throwback to Kings earlier pulpy days with a simple yet easy-to-sell concept (siblings get lost in a grass field)

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Three short stories about "Dunk and Egg" during their early days.聽 And in true Martin fashion I'm sure we'll never get closure on their tale.聽 Or maybe the prequel show will do it.

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A bleak, feel-bad bloodbath.聽 Can't wait to read the rest of his stuff!

This is the first Ketchum I've read, though I've seen many of the movies.

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On 4/3/2022 at 2:01 PM, Reed Rothchild said:

Lots of downtime waiting or driving the last month

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Read this back in December but forgot to mention it.聽 It was good - all 3 have been good so far - but nothing mind-blowing so far.聽 I feel like most people claim the series gets better and better as it goes.

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A bleak, feel-bad bloodbath.聽 Can't wait to read the rest of his stuff!

This is the first Ketchum I've read, though I've seen many of the movies.

I found the Dresden Files to get less interesting the longer the series went on.聽 There is a widespread (and detrimental) trend in urban fantasy to make the characters become progressively stronger in order to bring in stronger opponents - they often lose what made the main character appealing in the first place.聽 There was a short lived Dresden Files tv series which you might like:

Ketchum wrote a sequel to Off Season called The Offspring which is pretty good.聽 There was a movie made from that one which, while not great, is entertaining.

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I am going to re-read this:

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It offers some interesting insights into the legal system and slavery in Louisiana - which differed a fair amount from the rest of the south because of the French history of the area.

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Coupla things at present. 聽The first struck me as probably the longest title of any book I've ever read -

- Explorations and Adventures in and around the Pacific and Antartic Oceans. 聽Being the voyage of the U.S. exploring squadron, commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes of the U.S. Navy, in 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842: Together with explorations and discoveries made by Admiral D'urville, Captain Ross, and other navigators and travelers; and an account of the expedition to the Dead Sea, under Lieutenant Lynch. - 聽By John S. Jenkins.

Curiously, Antarctic is spelled Antartic...

I'm about a fifth of the way in and mostly its dry yet colorful descriptions of various locales, populations, culture etc. along both South American Coasts. 聽Exotic Time Travel for the imagination, as I like to think of it.

Also reading Moonraker by Ian Fleming. 聽I'm about half way through and so far it's mostly a lot of: Eating, Drinking, Smoking, and Card Playing; as well as a lot of Commander Bond sizing up various men and women. 聽In other words it has a lot in common with other Bond books and is certainly not uninteresting. 聽I think my favorite part so far is when M. declares that English food, when it's the best English food is the best food in the world. 聽That's an exploration I'd definitely be up for...

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I've started the manga series聽銈堛仱銇般仺! (Yotsuba). It's a nice simple slice of life type manga about a quirky 5 year old girl growing up. She's often ignorant of a lot of things which leads to a lot of funny situations. Definitely recommend it if you're in the mood for a light slice of life type manga 馃檪

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12 hours ago, PII said:

Coupla things at present. 聽The first struck me as probably the longest title of any book I've ever read -

- Explorations and Adventures in and around the Pacific and Antartic Oceans. 聽Being the voyage of the U.S. exploring squadron, commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes of the U.S. Navy, in 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842: Together with explorations and discoveries made by Admiral D'urville, Captain Ross, and other navigators and travelers; and an account of the expedition to the Dead Sea, under Lieutenant Lynch. - 聽By John S. Jenkins.

Curiously, Antarctic is spelled Antartic...

I'm about a fifth of the way in and mostly its dry yet colorful descriptions of various locales, populations, culture etc. along both South American Costs. 聽Exotic Time Travel for the imagination, as I like to think of it.

Also reading Moonraker by Ian Fleming. 聽I'm about half way through and so far it's mostly a lot of: Eating, Drinking, Smoking, and Card Playing; as well as a lot of Commander Bond sizing up various men and women. 聽In other words it has a lot in common with other Bond books and is certainly not uninteresting. 聽I think my favorite part so far is when M. declares that English food, when it's the best English food is the best food in the world. 聽That's an exploration I'd definitely be up for...

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Charles Wilkes had one of those 19th century lives full of different adventures, even before he earned a place in history in the Civil War.

Have you read Dana's Two Years Before the Mast? Definitely recommend it, and he also did some interesting stuff during and after the Civil War.

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4 hours ago, Daniel_Doyce said:

Charles Wilkes had one of those 19th century lives full of different adventures, even before he earned a place in history in the Civil War.

Have you read Dana's Two Years Before the Mast? Definitely recommend it, and he also did some interesting stuff during and after the Civil War.

I've been unfamiliar until now, but I just read the wikipedia entry on Dana/Two Years.. and it sounds like something I'd thoroughly enjoy. 聽I'll have to keep an eye out for it. 聽It was also made into a film. 聽I don't know much about Wilkes as of yet either, but apparently he was inspiration for the Captain Ahab Character and one mean s.o.b. ...

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