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brianhook
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walking Dead was good but cheezy. Eager to check out the second hardcover when it's released.

Finished "Monster Island" and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.

Reading "World War Z" next.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sort-of enjoyed "The Zombie Survival Guide." I wasn't completely enthusiastic because the format was kind of limiting. A lot of it is just common sense, and the anecdotes end up being the more entertaining parts. Sounds like "World War Z" is a shift to entirely the latter.

I looked at "Monster Island" on Amazon since you mentioned it here, but... zombies with psychic powers? Maybe I just really didn't like what King did with that idea in Cell.

Which "Walking Dead" are you referring to? Amazon gives several different hits. The hardcover comic collection?

Sounds like you're on a zombie kick.

- Gus
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gus_Smedstad wrote:
I sort-of enjoyed "The Zombie Survival Guide."


Just finished it. It was pretty amusing and good for ideas. I also just finished "Licensed to Kill" about private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Absolutely fascinating book.

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I looked at "Monster Island" on Amazon since you mentioned it here, but... zombies with psychic powers? Maybe I just really didn't like what King did with that idea in Cell.


It's pretty entertaining. There's no real psychic element to it -- hard to explain without ruining it.

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Which "Walking Dead" are you referring to? Amazon gives several different hits. The hardcover comic collection?


Yeah, I just have the compilation of the first few volumes.

Next up is World War Z and Monster Nation. Started Monster Nation already.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when do people have time to read?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mondain wrote:
when do people have time to read?


When you make it a priority. One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says "I don't have the time" or, if you REALLY want to get my hackles up, "I'd do that, but I just DON'T HAVE AS MUCH TIME AS YOU".

We all got 24 hours in a day, we all have to make choices as to how we spend those.

Resource management -- it's not just for games!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dunno man, we cant all spend all day in a sbux looking at tail. /ducks Smile

and yes i know that was a total troll post. i guess i just dont make reading a priority anymore. maybe i should.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's pretty silly to talk about "should" for recreational activities.

I agree with Brian, though, about the "don't have time" remark. In my experience, people who tell me they don't have time for reading (or whatever) have a couple of hours a night, minimum, that they have available for watching TV.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished Monster Nation. Okay, THAT one had the psychic angle to it. Wellington doesn't screw around with pseudoscience, he ends up clearly stating that the zombie situation is the result of some kind of mystical occurrence that science doesn't comprehend. I'm fine with that, just like I'm fine with FTL drives that the author doesn't try to explain and we just accept work the same way most people accept that their cars run.

Entertaining read though.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently in the midst of reading Havana by Hunter. Again, his historical research is unparalleled, but the 2D caricature nature of his characters is starting to really bother me.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Havana was okay, but his characterizations are starting to grate on my nerves.

Just finished an absolutely fascinating book on mixed martial arts competition called No Holds Barred by Clyde Gentry. I'm now starting on another book about a fighter that I can't recall, written by Sam Sheridan.

I'm also in the midst of The Origin of the Bible, Hammerjack, and the third in the Swans War saga by Sean Russell.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hammerjack is just crap, but I'm going to finish it. I hate it when non-technical writers try to write technical sounding material in an effort to sound real.

A Fighter's Heart by Sam Sheridan is an awesome travelogue style book about the world of fighting (boxing, MMA, etc.). Incredible book.
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