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    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2013
    #I eat books

    Have you read Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt novels? Gritty noirish tales of a vampire P.I, and a lot better than that description makes them sound. The first one is called Already Dead, and I highly recommend it. It's the first in a series of five, too, so if you like it then you'll have plenty more to chew on.
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    #I eat books

    Yep, I have! They're great. Pretty much everything from Huston is. Sleepless is gold. Keep going in that direction. Moar!
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    #I Eat Books

    I don't know if either would be to your taste, but whenever people ask me for book recommendations my go to titles are Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois and The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove. The first is a mystery/thriller set in a third (or at least second) world United States ten years after the Cuban Missile Crisis turned into an all out nuclear war. The second explores what happens when time-traveling white supremacists change the course of the American Civil War by supplying the Confederacy with AK-47s.

    Both are a lot better than my descriptions suggest :D
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2013
    #I Eat Books

    China Mieville? Ian M. Banks?
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    @Nygaard - Yep and yep, all published titles. Also Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, James Lee Burke and James Ellroy. I seriously eat books.

    @Purple Wyrm - neither of them! Awesome! Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2013
    #I eat books
    If you like books like theguns of the south you may also like bring the jubilee by Ward Moore, about an alternative North America if the south had won, with some good time travel and sci fi elements.
    In terms of China Mieville the city and the city is amazing as it vaguely involves archaeology
    And if you like Sci Fi you must read Hyperion by Dan Simmons if you haven't already

    PS like Game of Thrones? Also like the Outer Limits? Then Sandkings by George RR Martin is a short story that was filmed as an Outer Limits episode.

    PPS If you like James Elroy you may also like the disco pulp of george pelecanos.
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2013

    Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan is brilliant. From 2002 but I read it recently and loved it. Hard-boiled, noirish cyberpunk
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    After a recommendation for an extras or SA agency or model (ha!) work. I need to do something that could make this sort of thing more regular than relying on twitter and word of mouth! Mind, I also suspect that I have not a clue how I'd then populate a profile anywhere ...gah! I *hate* going looking
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2013

    So now that we know that Google Reader will be shutting down in july, what are some good alternatives ? If possible, web-based ? I need a thing I can use from different computers, and my phone, and my tablet, and who doesn't tell me a thing has not been read when in fact I have read it from a different device.

    What do you guys use ? What will you switch to ?
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2013
    This is terrible news, I'd just got googlereader how I want it. I'm told Feedly is pretty good but I've only just started using it. Seems pretty slick so far.
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2013

    I just tried Feedly and am obviously still getting my bearings. I think it's pretty, but I don't think it's as functional or easy to use. Does anyone know how to streamline it?
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    My new computer runs Windows 7, and doesn't have an email programme. Can someone recommend a decent free client that's not full of fucking spyware and useless toolbars?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2013

    I've been using Thunderbird at work and it's got everything I could possibly need.
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2013
    Aye, Thunderbird is what I've used for years.
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    Ditto on the T-bird.
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    Thunderbird it is, then. Thanks, all.
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    I'm working hard on learning to draw comics, much helped by excellent reading material recommended by some of y'all. I was wondering if y'all could do the same for my friend who will be writing the scripts? Any directions toward teaching resources for a script writer starting out would be greatly appreciated.

    She's used to writing poetry and prose, and I'm used to abstract painting and sculpting. It's kind of daunting, but awesome at the same time.

    @Kay Orchison - Have you read Connie Willis? Her time travel novels and short stories, starting with Doomsday Book (I think it's the first) are really good.
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    Understanding Comics would be a good place to start for someone who doesn't already think in terms of panels and pacing and key action. You need to know how comics work to write them. Learning how to write a proper script comes after that.
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    @Jason - We have all the Scott McCloud books, and they're fantastic. You're absolutely right that they're the best place to start.
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    Look up other scripts online to see how professional writers do them. There's a lot of different ways of writing a script, it's mostly going to come down to whatever works between you and her.