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1 minute ago, Outside the Ox said:

Cool!  Is it online?

Yeah but on a patreon link. But if i could upload it directly(i think?) or like if you have an e-mail u feel comfortable with sharing it would be better for me cause it won't seem like im actually hawking it.

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Actually i think i can work with google drive. File sharing should be an option. Just let me fix a link

 

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For what it's worth, I was using 'fiction' in the way Alorael describes. I wouldn't use fiction to describe a sourcebook, though I admit that's what the definition includes. I apologize for all the digital ink that has been spilled because of my post.

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude is interesting because every online acquaintance who read it has praised it, and every meatspace acquaintance who read it has disliked it. Clearly, I need to read it for myself so I can decide which group to cut off from my life forever.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude is fine. Hope I make the cut, Dinti. 😉

 

Edit: Ah, man. Wish I'd picked a better topic/response for my 7,500 post. 

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Personally I've just never heard anyone really use the word fiction before, other than to describe an actual book being fiction or nonfiction in a library for sorting purposes or something along the lines of, "it's a work of fiction" just to be absolutely sure the possible real events in the book are known to be made up.  But to say D&D and it's rules are fiction would be obvious I would assume to almost everyone, unless there are board games like say Axis & Allies where I guess they use real world war 2 scenarios, but it was just odd reading it from the context.  Like if I read Harry Potter and someone pointed out it was fiction.  I'd be like, I know that...  😅

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In the past couple months, I've read:

The Sunne in Splendour, by Sharon Kay Penman, which was pretty good but sort of spoiled by my having read her later work first; her later novels are noticeably more mature and cohesive, but this one was still pretty good.

Texas, by James Michener, which I sort of hated, not because it was written poorly or not compelling, but because the subject of the book- the history of the state of Texas- is uh. Well, Michener is either unwilling or unable in the novel to gloss over the worse aspects of Texas, so you're stuck with the inescapable awareness while reading the novel that Texas (and most other states in the USA, of course) is a wicked entity built on a foundation of genocide, racism, and petty violence, and it kind of feels like Michener is aware of it too. There are a few little hopeful spots towards the end, but not enough. "Bad people prosper while good people either suffer or fail to change things for the better" is maybe one way of describing history in general, but it doesn't make for a terribly compelling novel... especially when the novel is 1,096 pages long.

Insurgent Mexico, by John Reed, which is a very vivid and compelling fly-on-the-wall view of the Mexican Revolution. Almost nothing of the broader history of or trends represented by the Revolution, but a lot of earthy human experience of the Revolution.

And now I'm reading The Covenant, which is James Michener's historical epic about South Africa, because I am a fool who learned nothing from reading Texas.

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1 hour ago, WolfSpider said:

Personally I've just never heard anyone really use the word fiction before, other than to describe an actual book being fiction or nonfiction in a library for sorting purposes or something along the lines of, "it's a work of fiction" just to be absolutely sure the possible real events in the book are known to be made up.  But to say D&D and it's rules are fiction would be obvious I would assume to almost everyone, unless there are board games like say Axis & Allies where I guess they use real world war 2 scenarios, but it was just odd reading it from the context.  Like if I read Harry Potter and someone pointed out it was fiction.  I'd be like, I know that...  😅

 

I mean, it's hard to find another single word that encompasses all spin-off material including novels, TV/film adaptations, video games, etc.

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8 hours ago, Dintiradan said:

One Hundred Years of Solitude is interesting because every online acquaintance who read it has praised it, and every meatspace acquaintance who read it has disliked it. Clearly, I need to read it for myself so I can decide which group to cut off from my life forever.

 

Just to throw off your groupings, I'm going to say that it didn't really do much for me. I'd say I disliked it more than I liked it, but I didn't hate it.

 

—Alorael, who fears this will simply have him removed from acquaintance pools entirely so as to maintain clarity.

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48 minutes ago, Outside the Ox said:

The last one has a nice rhythmic anchor running through it with the repetition of phrases.

Thanks For Reading it! I appreciate it!

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Started on Diane Duane's Young Wizards series (So You Want To Be A Wizard, etc.), but got sidetracked after the first book and am now re-reading Rick Cook's Wiz Biz series, which I first found when I was in high school. (Unfortunately, the writing and tropes in the latter haven't aged as well as I remember them.)

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I am re-reading David Drake's Lord of the Isle's series.  I enjoyed it the first three times, but it is a little harder to stay focused this time.

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Finally got around to finishing Glen Cook's The Black Company. One of those books where I could see why others like it so much, but it wasn't for me.

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It's never too early to think about Christmas ideas for the niblings, so I've been skimming over a library copy of Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be. It's... pretty much what you'd expect a choose-your-own-adventure adaptation of Hamlet written by Ryan North to be? The style of humour would be great for my older niblings, but on the other hand, I've already seen a couple scenes where Hamlet and Ophelia TOTALLY MAKE OUT (and then MAYBE EVEN MORE THAN THAT), and also birds get referred to as "avian dinosaurs" on one page, so the parents would probably veto it. Ah well, this is why I start looking early.

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Glen Cook's Port of Shadows fills in a gap in the Chronicle of the Black Company. A fun story although it goes to a weird resolution at the end. It keeps to the style of the older books that were written decades ago. The cover has a line that sounds like a Spiderweb game description:

 

"Do the job. Get Paid. Survive." 

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I am currently re-reading John Ringo's Looking Glass series.  I need to get around to the local used book stores in the next few weeks so I can stop re-reading books and start reading books again.

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On 4/26/2019 at 10:22 PM, Aran said:

Started on Diane Duane's Young Wizards series (So You Want To Be A Wizard, etc.), but got sidetracked after the first book and am now re-reading Rick Cook's Wiz Biz series, which I first found when I was in high school. (Unfortunately, the writing and tropes in the latter haven't aged as well as I remember them.)

I remember reading So You Want to Be a Wizard ages ago, I didn't know it was a series. I barely recall anything about the book, do you recommend it?

I've finally got round to reading through the Witcher series. One chapter left to the end of Lady of the Lake. I'm kinda sad that I've only one more book to go. It's a great read and a fun ride.

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It's been a long time, but I recall So You Want to Be a Wizard being a good trilogy that then kept going with extra books that were fine but not quite up to the standards of the initial ones. I'd put the Black Company in that list, too, actually.

 

—Alorael, who has had all non-academic reading on hold recently while cramming for his big test and also trying to get some academic writing done. On the plus side, if all goes well, no more big tests for him for at least a decade!

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10 hours ago, On the Spires said:

It's been a long time, but I recall So You Want to Be a Wizard being a good trilogy that then kept going with extra books that were fine but not quite up to the standards of the initial ones. I'd put the Black Company in that list, too, actually.

 

So it's similar in that way to The Chronicles of Amber or Ender's Game. Good to know, thanks.

 

10 hours ago, On the Spires said:

 

—Alorael, who has had all non-academic reading on hold recently while cramming for his big test and also trying to get some academic writing done. On the plus side, if all goes well, no more big tests for him for at least a decade!

 

Big test? I'm pretty sure you're older than me. Are you working on a post doc? Thesis defense?

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14 hours ago, On the Spires said:

On the plus side, if all goes well, no more big tests for him for at least a decade!

You'll also avoid doing tests for a decade by doing exceptionally poorly!

 

(But seriously, best of luck on whatever it is you need luck for!)

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5 hours ago, Radix Malorum Est Cupiditas said:

Big test? I'm pretty sure you're older than me. Are you working on a post doc? Thesis defense?

 

Neither of those are tests, exactly. I will be taking boards, the 9 hour marathon test that says I'm a doctor. Well, no, I already have an MD, but boards let me be an independent doctor. Well, not that either, because I've already been independently licensed for a couple of years. So, uh, it lets me say I'm boarded. That's good, I think.

 

—Alorael, who has only two things to lose by failing. The lesser is the financial cost of having to sign up and take this thing again. The greater is the emotional toll of having to sign up and take this thing again. There's little practical consequence.

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