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    Currently on Doug Durst and J.J. Abrahms "S'". Started it four times already because of the structure. Also reading "The Time Machine Did It"by John Swartzwelder on my Kindle. Seriously one of the funniest books I've read.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2014
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    Finished Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead which was funny and heartbreaking and smart. Now starting on Tricia Sullivan's Lightborn.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
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    Currently reading my way through Dan Simmons's Hyperion novels. About halfway through Endymion. I don't know why it's taken me so long to read these. They deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Dune and Foundation.
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    @ajeroth:

    Hyperion was totally awesome. The jolt with the change of style in the following books took some getting used to, but all in all Hyperion Cantos is a damn impressive piece of sci-fi. It's definitely stayed to haunt me.
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    Reading For The Win by Cory Doctorow. Enjoying it, though there are a fair few exposition dumps in there that could derail a weaker writer. However the subject matter is a bit out of my experience. I know it is set five minutes in the future, but is the idea of gold farmers realistic? Asking more out of curiosity.

    Also reading this. Partly for research and partly because Weimar still fascinates me http://www.amazon.com/Weimar-Germany-Eric-D-Weitz/dp/0691140960
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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTime1 day ago edited
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    Steve:

    I haven't read the book but isn't it about a mmorpg gold farmers setting up unions or something? Yeah, gold farming has happened for years in WoW for example, people do sell gold for real world money, and IIRC a lot of that is done in China and generally in less well-to-do countries. It's a way to make living.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_farming
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    That's the one. I thought it was something I hadn't encountered before. Then I remembered that when I was younger the pub where I drank had two pinball machines. One was a very easy, and not that interesting Star Trek one. The second was The Addams Family, still a classic, but a lot harder. We used to build credits up on the Star Trek machine and sell them for cheaper, then put the money into the Addams Family one. Or beer. Basically an analogue version of gold farming.