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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2009, 08:51:51 PM »
Perhaps a different author? :P
If you don't make specific recommendations, this idea will get nowhere.
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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2009, 10:01:01 PM »
I read Aspidistra too.  It's really good, though I don't remember a whole lot of it.

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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2009, 10:08:07 PM »
I have 3 books in front of me that I want to read:

Terry Pratchett: Strata
Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
George Orwell: Burmese days

If you guys pick any of those, I'll read it too. If you pick something else, I'm out (I'm trying to clear out my queue a bit :) )

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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2009, 11:08:12 PM »
Burmese Days or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep sound good to me.
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« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2009, 12:10:05 AM »
I recommend the latter. It is probably one of my favorite books of all time. And it made Blade Runner shitty -- that's how good it was. Reading the book first and watching the movie after... wow. Blade Runner lacked.
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« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2009, 06:48:39 AM »
The movie Blade Runner is quite amazing too. Rutger Hauer is incredible in that, and it's Harrison Ford's best film -- he is quite good at non-verbal acting.  There are 3 different versions of it though.  Each version has different pros/cons.

I would recommend DADOES first.  Although Burmese Days is a damn good book.  It's better than Aspidistra.  Both Androids.. and Burmese Days are worth reading.  Maybe Androids first.

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« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2009, 08:37:26 AM »
The movie Blade Runner is quite amazing too. Rutger Hauer is incredible in that, and it's Harrison Ford's best film -- he is quite good at non-verbal acting.  There are 3 different versions of it though.  Each version has different pros/cons.

I would recommend DADOES first.  Although Burmese Days is a damn good book.  It's better than Aspidistra.  Both Androids.. and Burmese Days are worth reading.  Maybe Androids first.
For what it's worth, the only reason I HAVE those books (including Aspidistra) is because of you.


So I'd call that agreement: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, unless anybody is against the idea. Though it may just be me and MM, at least Newby and Rule are familiar with the book too! :)

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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2009, 09:09:03 AM »
I'm up for it, though I have to go to the library or a book store.

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« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2009, 10:20:33 AM »
Cool, here's the eBook if anyone wants it. http://www.vaydenband.com/armin/DADOES.pdf

I hate eBooks myself and will be renting it from the library. If anyone wants the abridged audio book, let me know as well.
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« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2009, 07:24:07 PM »
The movie Blade Runner is quite amazing too. Rutger Hauer is incredible in that, and it's Harrison Ford's best film -- he is quite good at non-verbal acting.  There are 3 different versions of it though.  Each version has different pros/cons.

I would recommend DADOES first.  Although Burmese Days is a damn good book.  It's better than Aspidistra.  Both Androids.. and Burmese Days are worth reading.  Maybe Androids first.
For what it's worth, the only reason I HAVE those books (including Aspidistra) is because of you.

Hope that's a good thing!  :)

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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2009, 08:17:16 PM »
The movie Blade Runner is quite amazing too. Rutger Hauer is incredible in that, and it's Harrison Ford's best film -- he is quite good at non-verbal acting.  There are 3 different versions of it though.  Each version has different pros/cons.

I would recommend DADOES first.  Although Burmese Days is a damn good book.  It's better than Aspidistra.  Both Androids.. and Burmese Days are worth reading.  Maybe Androids first.
For what it's worth, the only reason I HAVE those books (including Aspidistra) is because of you.

Hope that's a good thing!  :)

I'll let you know ;)

Aspidistra was definitely worth it. I sent you an email awhile back (dunno if you got it, or even if I sent it to the right address :P) thanking you for recommending it. My friend's band (Talk City (warning: not the greatest recording quality, but I do like their music) has a song called Keep the Aspidistra Flying. Because I'd read the book, we had a cool conversation about it (well, maybe not cool.. and barely a conversation... you know what? shut up :P).

In ANY case, Aspidistra is an awesome book :D

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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2009, 09:27:26 PM »
I posted this as a 'news' item, since it's probably the closest thing we have to news (besides random people joining.. borrrrring! ;) ).

We should probably pick a 'deadline'. I'm expecting to finish it by Nov 8, but we're probably better off giving it more time. Jan 1? Feb 1? What's normal? :)

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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2009, 01:08:05 AM »
Let's do December 1st.
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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #28 on: October 23, 2009, 02:08:09 AM »
So, I started and finished the book today. Something about spending a whole day flying helped...

Anyway, I won't comment on it for now.

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Re: x86 Book Club?
« Reply #29 on: October 23, 2009, 12:37:11 PM »
Goddamn, I haven't even been to the library yet.
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