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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
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2014
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    • CommentAuthorajeroth
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2014
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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
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2014 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.
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    I just finished Ben Goldacre's "Bad Pharma". Like I said in my Goodreads review if you skipped this book because you didn't want to read tinfoilhatty conspiracy ramblings, have another look - this is actually a pretty well sourced and argued case of some well known problems in scientific publishing in general, and the way the bigger pharmaceutical companies distort it in particular. I've read about all the individual problems piecemeal here and there, but having them all catalogued, explained and sourced in one book is a good hammer to the head.
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    if you're in the uk you can win a year's supply of books, all you need is the mind of a genius
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2014
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    Picked up my own copy of The Hobbit, a lovely hardcover, and am enjoying reading it again. This book got me through a lot in grade school.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2014
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    About 3/4 of the way through The Peripheral.
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    Just finished Great Jones Street by Don Delillo.

    Excellent piece of fiction which takes an offbeat look at rock superstardom, fame and privacy in the 1970s.

    Really can't recommend it highly enough.