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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #200 on: Wed, 27 September 2017, 18:48:38 »
Finished the dawn of wonder. Pretty good. Moving on to Robin Hobb though. Starting with Assassins apprentice:


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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #201 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 05:41:57 »
These days I am reading a book Outliers. It is a book about success. Can everyone become successful? Yes, but how? Well, read the book to know that.

Half way through myself. Interesting read, huh?  :)

Lol, was really busy and just finished the book two days ago. :D About to start the second book in South Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer called Authority.
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« Reply #202 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 06:40:56 »

About to start the second book in South Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer called Authority.

That was a long and difficult read. For me it was equal parts fascinating and frustrating, but ultimately unsatisfying. No doubt that was the intent all along.
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #203 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 10:21:16 »

About to start the second book in South Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer called Authority.

That was a long and difficult read. For me it was equal parts fascinating and frustrating, but ultimately unsatisfying. No doubt that was the intent all along.

The first book was a quick read but gotta say it was both fascinating and frustrating too. Have heard quite a few people saying that series are engaging but at the same time a bit boring and all over the place. I liked the first one but it's probably the first horror book I've read. Unless you count some Latvian classics (not horror but a lot of sad stories about unhappy unlucky people doing all the wrong choices and thus suffering their whole life).
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #204 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 15:38:40 »
I just started One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. I first watched the film about a year ago and have been ruminating on it since. It really made an impression on me and I wanted to see how the book it's based on compares to it.
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« Reply #205 on: Thu, 28 September 2017, 16:47:28 »
Been reading a lot of Lovecraft lately. I was always curious but his work intimidated me. And with good reason too since I can't read his stuff without google to look up a word every 3 lines lol but I love his stuff. My gf bought me a big ass book with most of his published stories and I can't get enough.

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« Reply #206 on: Sat, 30 September 2017, 11:34:27 »
Been reading a lot of Lovecraft lately. I was always curious but his work intimidated me. And with good reason too since I can't read his stuff without google to look up a word every 3 lines lol but I love his stuff. My gf bought me a big ass book with most of his published stories and I can't get enough.

I've been meaning to get into Lovecraft, myself. I know what you mean about having to look up fancy words. I kept a pocket dictionary bundled with my Lord of the Rings books (pre-internet days) for just that reason.  :thumb:
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« Reply #207 on: Sat, 30 September 2017, 11:49:50 »
Been reading a lot of Lovecraft lately. I was always curious but his work intimidated me. And with good reason too since I can't read his stuff without google to look up a word every 3 lines lol but I love his stuff. My gf bought me a big ass book with most of his published stories and I can't get enough.

I've been meaning to get into Lovecraft, myself. I know what you mean about having to look up fancy words. I kept a pocket dictionary bundled with my Lord of the Rings books (pre-internet days) for just that reason.  :thumb:

It really feels like a steep learning curve but he uses a lot of the same words throughout his stories so once you get over the hump, it's not so much of a problem. Really worth it though. You really should check his stuff out. Not sure if you've checked out any of hos stuff but I recommend Shadow Over Innsmouth :)


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« Reply #208 on: Sat, 30 September 2017, 12:43:58 »
Been reading a lot of Lovecraft lately. I was always curious but his work intimidated me. And with good reason too since I can't read his stuff without google to look up a word every 3 lines lol but I love his stuff. My gf bought me a big ass book with most of his published stories and I can't get enough.

I've been meaning to get into Lovecraft, myself. I know what you mean about having to look up fancy words. I kept a pocket dictionary bundled with my Lord of the Rings books (pre-internet days) for just that reason.  :thumb:

It really feels like a steep learning curve but he uses a lot of the same words throughout his stories so once you get over the hump, it's not so much of a problem. Really worth it though. You really should check his stuff out. Not sure if you've checked out any of hos stuff but I recommend Shadow Over Innsmouth :)

He's on my ever-expanding list of authors I need to check out. I've played the tabletop RPG Delta Green, which is based off of Call of Cthulhu, which is based off of Lovecraft's works.

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« Reply #209 on: Sat, 30 September 2017, 12:52:13 »
Been reading a lot of Lovecraft lately. I was always curious but his work intimidated me. And with good reason too since I can't read his stuff without google to look up a word every 3 lines lol but I love his stuff. My gf bought me a big ass book with most of his published stories and I can't get enough.

I've been meaning to get into Lovecraft, myself. I know what you mean about having to look up fancy words. I kept a pocket dictionary bundled with my Lord of the Rings books (pre-internet days) for just that reason.  :thumb:

It really feels like a steep learning curve but he uses a lot of the same words throughout his stories so once you get over the hump, it's not so much of a problem. Really worth it though. You really should check his stuff out. Not sure if you've checked out any of hos stuff but I recommend Shadow Over Innsmouth :)

He's on my ever-expanding list of authors I need to check out. I've played the tabletop RPG Delta Green, which is based off of Call of Cthulhu, which is based off of Lovecraft's works.

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A lot of people start off reading Call of Cthulhu and I did as well. Personally I think it wasn't the best way to go since the story feels like a chunk of a larger story taken out of context (which it is if you consider Lovecraft's universe as the larger story). I was lost until I read some of his other stories. I'd love to check out Delta Green but sadly none of my friends are into tabletops


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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #210 on: Sun, 13 October 2019, 11:20:39 »
Just finished reading The World in My Pocket by James Hadley Chase

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« Reply #211 on: Wed, 16 October 2019, 14:10:34 »
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« Reply #212 on: Wed, 16 October 2019, 14:35:24 »
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« Reply #213 on: Wed, 16 October 2019, 15:15:56 »
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« Reply #214 on: Fri, 18 October 2019, 10:00:34 »
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #215 on: Fri, 01 November 2019, 15:50:59 »
"David Mogo Godhunter" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Started reading it because I read in a description the term Nigerian Godpunk genre and was very interested in that. Does not dissapoint in that regard btw.

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« Reply #216 on: Mon, 25 November 2019, 12:13:08 »
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« Reply #217 on: Mon, 25 November 2019, 13:46:09 »
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #218 on: Mon, 09 March 2020, 07:17:26 »
Damn this thread is a phoenix, resurrecting from time to time. Have forgotten about this. :D
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #219 on: Mon, 09 March 2020, 07:24:42 »
Working my way though the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan. I'm 32 days in and on book #6, Lord of Chaos

edit: okay, 72 days in, definitely slowing down. Just read book 0 and now I've started book #11, Knife of Dreams

edit edit: 80 days in, had to speed up. 25% through book 14. I don't want to finish this series.

edit edit edit: 81 days. It was an ending.


I wish I was a slower reader. Guess I'll have to do it all again sometime...
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« Reply #220 on: Mon, 09 March 2020, 08:27:21 »
"A Conspiracy So Immense" by David Oshinsky
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #221 on: Fri, 17 April 2020, 19:01:42 »
I just discovered Cormack McCarthty, what an absolutely brilliant writer. Currently reading Blood Meridian. It's very very good.

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« Reply #222 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 07:45:28 »
I just discovered Cormack McCarthty, what an absolutely brilliant writer. Currently reading Blood Meridian. It's very very good.

My favorite has always been "Suttree" because it is the one that felt the most immediate and relevant to the actual time and place where he lived. The other ones have felt more contrived.

PS - the "All the Pretty Horses" movie truly sucked in comparison to the book, even more so than usual
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #223 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 13:28:17 »
I've just started the holographic universe by michael talbot. I find it heavy reading as it aims at being a scientific text.

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« Reply #224 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 16:32:32 »
I just discovered Cormack McCarthty, what an absolutely brilliant writer. Currently reading Blood Meridian. It's very very good.
My nephew gave me to Blood Meridian about a year ago. I've had it on my book shelf for almost a year (I'm a slow reader) and decided to pick it up recently. Whoa...that's some deep, violent sh*t! Now I wanna read more of Cormac McCarthy.
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« Reply #225 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 16:34:58 »
I just discovered Cormack McCarthty, what an absolutely brilliant writer. Currently reading Blood Meridian. It's very very good.
My nephew gave me to Blood Meridian about a year ago. I've had it on my book shelf for almost a year (I'm a slow reader) and decided to pick it up recently. Whoa...that's some deep, violent sh*t! Now I wanna read more of Cormac McCarthy.

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« Reply #226 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 16:50:43 »
I'm currently re-reading a lot. Sometimes comfort comes in the familiar.

I'm re-reading Ready Player One at the moment and after that I'll be re-reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, because I felt like I didn't keep track well enough the first time, haha.
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« Reply #227 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 17:15:42 »
I just discovered Cormack McCarthty, what an absolutely brilliant writer. Currently reading Blood Meridian. It's very very good.
My nephew gave me to Blood Meridian about a year ago. I've had it on my book shelf for almost a year (I'm a slow reader) and decided to pick it up recently. Whoa...that's some deep, violent sh*t! Now I wanna read more of Cormac McCarthy.

Judge Holden is one of the greatest bad guys ever written. Seriously.
I just got introduced to him in my latest chapter. Can't wait!
McCarthy has a writing style that I'm not familiar with so it's taking me more time than normal to get through the book. He blows through 3 or 4 scene changes in a single sentence!
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« Reply #228 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 17:20:17 »

I'm re-reading Ready Player One at the moment


Off-topic, but I never saw the movie because I heard that it was really awful. Did anybody here think it stood up to the book?
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #229 on: Sat, 18 April 2020, 17:22:29 »
i hardly read. most recently e-flipped through the new google site reliability engineering book that dropped a week ago with my friend.
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« Reply #230 on: Mon, 25 May 2020, 17:35:07 »
I just finished Artemis by Andy Weir (same author who wrote The Martian) and started reading Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove.

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« Reply #231 on: Mon, 25 May 2020, 17:55:21 »
Reading through Prey by Michael Crichton

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« Reply #232 on: Mon, 25 May 2020, 18:28:22 »
Almost finished "Island" by Aldous Huxley.

It was his last book and the one he was most proud of, and one of the best utopian novels I have read. Recommended.
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #233 on: Wed, 27 May 2020, 11:43:24 »

I'm re-reading Ready Player One at the moment


Off-topic, but I never saw the movie because I heard that it was really awful. Did anybody here think it stood up to the book?

They tried to make it live up to the book in weird ways--giving it a totally different narrative emphasis. The movie was pretty **** compared to the book.

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« Reply #234 on: Tue, 02 June 2020, 11:15:51 »
Book 4 in the Vatta's War Sci-Fi series.

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« Reply #235 on: Wed, 03 June 2020, 04:45:54 »
Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett - I actually listening to audiobooks, almost finished sixth book in this series, last one.
First one, Chemistry of Death is awesome! If someone likes this kind of criminal/murder stories, I would definitely recommend!

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« Reply #236 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 12:28:22 »
doesn't look like this thread gets used very much but I'm always curious about what others are reading.

I recently finished "Spring Snow" by Yukio Mishima. I'm a big fan of his writing and though I don't always go for upperclass courtly drama novels I got drawn in pretty quick with this one. I'd really like to continue with the rest of the Sea of Fertility tetralogy but I haven't been able to go to my library due to lockdowns.

In the meantime I have started (though don't really expect to finish) "Male Fantasies," Klaus Theweleit's extensive analysis of the German "Freikorps" from the end of WWI to the start of WWII. It's very interesting but extremely dark. Turns out when you get a bunch of angry, alienated men together they start to do some really unchill ****.

Other than that I am slowly picking away at some electronics textbooks, trying to fill the (fairly substantial) gaps in my knowledge.

I'd love to hear what books you all are working through or have recently finished!

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« Reply #237 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 12:44:05 »
Here is one that I recently finished. It was quite eye-opening and draws connections and conclusions that I had not recognized before. Sometimes he gets a little too personal and subjective, but you can overlook that in the greater scheme of things. Also, it is a few years old now, perhaps he has updated his emotions somewhat.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7655375-god-is-not-one?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=MY4WYKio0V&rank=1

This is the one that I am currently on, it is mostly extremely good but spins off into "goofy" territory occasionally. But still well worth reading. 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #238 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 15:30:46 »
Here is one that I recently finished. It was quite eye-opening and draws connections and conclusions that I had not recognized before. Sometimes he gets a little too personal and subjective, but you can overlook that in the greater scheme of things. Also, it is a few years old now, perhaps he has updated his emotions somewhat.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7655375-god-is-not-one?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=MY4WYKio0V&rank=1

That looks interesting, I might have to check it out. I don't know if I'd agree with him but I'd like to read the author's conclusions

This is the one that I am currently on, it is mostly extremely good but spins off into "goofy" territory occasionally. But still well worth reading. 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens

How does it get goofy? It looks like a great read but seems like if it was anything it would be dry.


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« Reply #239 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 16:26:44 »

How does it get goofy? It looks like a great read but seems like if it was anything it would be dry.


It is not dry, the author worked hard to keep it peppy. But the last 2 chapters are titled "And They Lived Happily Ever After" and "The End of Homo Sapiens" so that might tell you something.
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
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« Reply #240 on: Fri, 24 July 2020, 19:31:01 »
Reading right now: Bluets by Maggie Nelson
- Completely different than what I usually read (Sci-Fi, Mystery stuff)

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« Reply #241 on: Fri, 24 July 2020, 20:46:16 »
Reading right now: Bluets by Maggie Nelson
- Completely different than what I usually read (Sci-Fi, Mystery stuff)

what do you think of Bluets so far? I have a few friends who really like it but I've tried to start it a couple times and its never quite clicked.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #242 on: Tue, 28 July 2020, 22:59:07 »
The pandemic has made me a more productive redaer this year. So far I've made it through (or gotten halfway):
  • The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  • The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien - (started, got bored)
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - (started, got bored)
  • The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu - (Loved it!)
  • Minimum Wage Magic - Rachel Aaron - (interesting premise, but I didn't really like how it developed)
  • The Life of Rebecca Jones - Angharad Price

Now I'm currently going through a few books at the same time:
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carreyrou
  • Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana - Hans H. Řrberg
  • Wool - Hugh Howey
  • My Dear Hamilton - Stephanie Dray & Laura Komoie
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #243 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 02:49:09 »
Currently re-reading: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I loved The Night Circus, up there as one of my favourite books of all time, and had high hopes for The Starless Sea. Felt a little disappointed the first time round, but I speed read it, so I'm taking the time to go back over it and see if I still feel the same way.
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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #244 on: Thu, 06 August 2020, 00:44:08 »
Taboo material, apparently.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #245 on: Wed, 09 September 2020, 01:56:31 »
I just finished Mona Lisa Overdrive from William Gibson's The Sprawl Trilogy.
it's a interesting series.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #246 on: Thu, 15 October 2020, 20:35:11 »
Halfway through the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I'm loving it so much i'm trying to savour the journey by not reading too fast...

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #247 on: Fri, 16 October 2020, 09:49:08 »
Currently about 2/3 of the way through "It Was All a Lie" by Stuart Stevens, Republican strategist and advertiser.

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/48806578-it-was-all-a-lie

It is similar to "Everything Trump Touches Dies" by Rick Wilson but better, more serious and less dark humor.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39312362-everything-trump-touches-dies?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=UFrFxynBS2&rank=1
“The mass of Trump companies is justifiably called Byzantine. It’s a deliberate labyrinth of connections, some of them intended to maximize Trump’s tax benefits — like the company that supposedly owns Trump’s planes and leases them to the other companies, all of which are just Trump, allowing for a double-dip on deductions. Other companies seem to exist for no purpose other than to make investigating Trump’s finances more complicated and more difficult to penetrate.”
– Marc Sumner 2019-05-19

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #248 on: Wed, 25 November 2020, 18:53:10 »
Reading through Prey by Michael Crichton
Prey is also on my shelf, waiting in the queue. It seems that by the time I get around to reading any Crichton books the story is already dated  :))

I just finished Mona Lisa Overdrive from William Gibson's The Sprawl Trilogy.
it's a interesting series.
How was it? I've started Neuromancer twice so far and quit about halfway through both times. I'll try one final attempt to get through it and if I don't succeed...I'll burn it.

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Re: What ya reading?
« Reply #249 on: Wed, 25 November 2020, 19:58:00 »
I just started The Gonzo Way by Anita Thompson. I'm hoping that I'll bring away from it something that'll change my life for the better. This year took me by the cruffs and pinned me to the warehouse wall. Here's hoping for new horizons in 2021. :thumb:
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