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Post Post #2200  (ISO)  » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:51 pm

In post 2199, MagnaofIllusion wrote:So turning to the literary finest of Mafiascum to search for some author suggestions.

I'm looking for modern literature with a Lovecraft bent.

Doesn't have to be any particular genre (Horror is obv but Mystery / Sci Fi / Fantasy all can be serviceable genres).

Currently working through the Stross Laundry Files series. And in other media loved the subtle undertones in Season 1 of True Detective.

So ... any hot tips my savvy brethren?



Greg Stolze's "Mask of the Other", and really any Stolze in general is probably what you're after.
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Post Post #2201  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:30 am

Typically I've only ever read Fantasy books / some sci-fi (I guess?) but I was thinking about picking up some mindfulness / "self-development" (as wishy washy as that sounds)books off amazon
For example, i've read that "The Subtle Art of not giving a F*ck" is particularly good.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions, thanks!
Also I was wondering if anyone here has a Kindle and what they think of it? I've been considering picking one up but I also like the feeling of having an actual book in my hands so I'm not sure.
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Post Post #2202  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:08 pm

In post 2199, MagnaofIllusion wrote:So turning to the literary finest of Mafiascum to search for some author suggestions.

I'm looking for modern literature with a Lovecraft bent.

Doesn't have to be any particular genre (Horror is obv but Mystery / Sci Fi / Fantasy all can be serviceable genres).

Currently working through the Stross Laundry Files series. And in other media loved the subtle undertones in Season 1 of True Detective.

So ... any hot tips my savvy brethren?

Annihilation trilogy? It's got that sort of otherworldly alien horror that Lovecraft was known for.
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Post Post #2203  (ISO)  » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:34 pm

China Mieville. the biggest otherworldly-horror one is probably Perdido Street Station.

Also the short stories in Three Moments in an Explosion. They call his genre 'New Weird' for a reason...
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Post Post #2204  (ISO)  » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:04 pm

Hey thanks for all the suggestions all. Some of them were sort of on my radar (the Southern Reach trilogy) but now I have a couple new leads to do some legwork on.

I knew this was the right place to turn.
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Post Post #2205  (ISO)  » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:40 pm

Did anyone read The Sympathizer?
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Post Post #2206  (ISO)  » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:02 am

In post 2205, Errantparabola wrote:Did anyone read The Sympathizer?

Someone else asked me this yesterday. I read partway through and then moved. I should get back to it.

Nothing Ever Dies by the same author seems like it'd be interesting, too.
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Post Post #2207  (ISO)  » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:41 am

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Post Post #2208  (ISO)  » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:29 am

got some new books:
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Post Post #2209  (ISO)  » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:30 am

In post 2205, Errantparabola wrote:Did anyone read The Sympathizer?


I did. Personally, I liked it- thought it is a very interesting book but the accent is more on the subjective experience of the narrator and those around him (and the way they cope with leaving their country and living in US) than an objective historical book.

Only said this because I've seen quite a few people on a book discussion forum that didn't like it either because it is not more of a historical book about the war or that they thought...hmm, that the author put too much emphasis on the thoughts and life philosophy of the narrator.

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Post Post #2210  (ISO)  » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:23 pm

Yeah, I quite liked it as well. It's disappointing that people wouldn't give the more subjective part of the book a chance because I think it's written very well. Maybe a bit... flowery, or overwritten at times? But I enjoyed it a lot.
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Post Post #2211  (ISO)  » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:09 pm

I've been working my way through Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings series over the past few months, and I just finished the Liveship Traders trilogy

She's just such a good writer - she really makes me *feel* everything the characters feel by delving into the minds and thoughts and motivations and ambitions of her characters.

I love how character-driven her books are and I'm really enjoying this series :)

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Post Post #2212  (ISO)  » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:42 am

Anyone else developed a shitty bizarre habit of buying books and not reading them?
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Post Post #2213  (ISO)  » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:01 am

Over half my shelves are full of books I haven't read.
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Post Post #2214  (ISO)  » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:16 pm

In post 2211, skitter30 wrote:I've been working my way through Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings series over the past few months, and I just finished the Liveship Traders trilogy

She's just such a good writer - she really makes me *feel* everything the characters feel by delving into the minds and thoughts and motivations and ambitions of her characters.

I love how character-driven her books are and I'm really enjoying this series :)

i'm on fool's assassin i think. it's a good series, the writing is excellent, the character's are deep and fleshed out, and the plot isn't too hard to follow nor nonsensical. my major gripe with the series is the repetitive actions and plots by the character and author in turn. we always find the main character thinking and feeling much of the same things with his plights (not including relative spin off series that don't include fitz), but i like the maturity and growth of his character even if it's regurgitating the same stuff.

just had old man's war. a lot of the writing falls flat in the 2nd portion, but the concept and science behind it was cool. i enjoyed it, so i'm going to move onto ghost brigades.

reading pierce brown's iron gold, the 4th book of red rising (or spin off i havent checked) feels pretty disappointing. brown falls short of being able to make a convincing character growth in the first few chapters and lack of maturity for an older character i feel boils down to a lack of experience in writing books as this is his first series. a lot of writers improve over time, and im pretty impressed this is his first official series.

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Post Post #2215  (ISO)  » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:30 pm

i liked the first book in that series but really didn't enjoy the second two.
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Post Post #2216  (ISO)  » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:33 pm

In post 2215, zoraster wrote:i liked the first book in that series but really didn't enjoy the second two.

yeah i'm not surprised since i'm pretty sure the concept and science carries the series, but i'm still going to read them just to see. i hate leaving a series unfinished lol.

i'm struggling to find more books to read anyways, too. in chem some kids said to read h.p. lovecraft or whoever, but i haven't looked into it yet.

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Post Post #2217  (ISO)  » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:46 pm

In post 2214, Killthestory wrote:
In post 2211, skitter30 wrote:I've been working my way through Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings series over the past few months, and I just finished the Liveship Traders trilogy

She's just such a good writer - she really makes me *feel* everything the characters feel by delving into the minds and thoughts and motivations and ambitions of her characters.

I love how character-driven her books are and I'm really enjoying this series :)

i'm on fool's assassin i think. it's a good series, the writing is excellent, the character's are deep and fleshed out, and the plot isn't too hard to follow nor nonsensical. my major gripe with the series is the repetitive actions and plots by the character and author in turn. we always find the main character thinking and feeling much of the same things with his plights (not including relative spin off series that don't include fitz), but i like the maturity and growth of his character even if it's regurgitating the same stuff.

just had old man's war. a lot of the writing falls flat in the 2nd portion, but the concept and science behind it was cool. i enjoyed it, so i'm going to move onto ghost brigades.

reading pierce brown's iron gold, the 4th book of red rising (or spin off i havent checked) feels pretty disappointing. brown falls short of being able to make a convincing character growth in the first few chapters and lack of maturity for an older character i feel boils down to a lack of experience in writing books as this is his first series. a lot of writers improve over time, and im pretty impressed this is his first official series.


yeah the bolded is why i like it so much

i don't really mind a boring plot if the writing and characterization are strong, and that's what she excels at

the second trilogy (tawny man iirc) was even better than the first imo, but i couldn't finish the first book of the fitz and fool trilogy; i felt like she dumbed down fitz almost, and changed his character, and he did things that just didn't feel characteristic of him

i only have the rain wilds quartet left to read

i didn't read old man's war; iirc that's by john scalzi? i read redshirts by him a few years back and i thought it was just ok

i really really hate red rising; it's not written well imo and i couldn't get through the first one; i don't really understand the hype for it

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Post Post #2218  (ISO)  » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:50 pm

have you tried City of Stairs?
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Post Post #2219  (ISO)  » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:51 pm

redshirts is a fun exercise but isn't intended to be anything else. Old Man's War is on a very different level (Collapsing Empire is promising too and has a new book coming out in october)
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Post Post #2220  (ISO)  » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:59 pm

In post 2218, zoraster wrote:have you tried City of Stairs?


nope, but i'll check it out, thanks for the rec :)

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Post Post #2221  (ISO)  » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:03 am

no problem. probably my favorite book since Words of Radiance.
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Post Post #2222  (ISO)  » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:08 am

i really liked that too but i never got around to finishing oathbringer; i think i got about halfway through and i had to return it to the library maybe? and i didn't feel compelled to check it out again after that

i like sanderson's plots and settings and magic systems but his actual writing is kinda mechanical and a little bit hard for me to read; and some of his books have pacing problems i feel like

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Post Post #2223  (ISO)  » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:11 pm

I'm starting to work my way through the backlog of recent tor ebook of the month free books. All Systems Red is a pretty great 100 page or so novella and recently won hugo/nebula awards. Reading The Quantam Thief next. its a strange one so far. Decent, but strange

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Post Post #2224  (ISO)  » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:29 pm

The Nightingale- Kristin Hannah. Really loved this book, even though I've had to read it in English.

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