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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2600 on: February 24, 2016, 05:17:49 PM »
Just started reading Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix.  It is supposed to be a Haunted House story set in a modern American Ikea competitor called Orsk. 


That one's a lot of fun.

ebook or paper copy?
Good old dead tree paper.  I love my kindle paperwhite, but it will never completely replace physical books.

Almost everything I read these days is on the Kindle, but I got Horrorstör in paperback, because the physical format seems to be as important as the text itself. The fact that I got t signed might also be a factor, but the IKEA catalogue appearance is a nice touch.

Overall, I really liked that one. Creepy as hell.
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« Reply #2601 on: February 24, 2016, 11:03:29 PM »


Almost everything I read these days is on the Kindle, but I got Horrorstör in paperback, because the physical format seems to be as important as the text itself. The fact that I got t signed might also be a factor, but the IKEA catalogue appearance is a nice touch.

Overall, I really liked that one. Creepy as hell.

got the paperback from the library, don't recall if it was from here, or a goodreads update that I heard about it, but when I saw it at the local library i jumped on it.

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« Reply #2602 on: February 25, 2016, 04:19:18 PM »
Agreed that the quality of the book looking like the ephemeral catalog is a significant contribution to the experience.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2603 on: February 29, 2016, 05:09:10 PM »
A novel called Apocalypticon by one Clayton Smith, that I got free for Kindle thru BookBub. In a devastated world, a guy in Chicago named Patrick decides that he wants to go to Disney World in Orlando. He drags his friend Ben along for the trip.

For some reason, within a couple of pages of starting the book, Patrick's voice in my head sounds like comedian/actor TJ Miller.
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« Reply #2604 on: February 29, 2016, 05:25:54 PM »
I just finished The Day of the Triffids. I was expecting 50's monster movie. I got something way bigger than that. It was refreshingly unproblematic considering the time period. There were also some fascinating cultural extrapolations about how different cultures approach the apocalypse.
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« Reply #2605 on: February 29, 2016, 05:29:56 PM »
Excellent book. Excellent author.

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« Reply #2606 on: February 29, 2016, 06:55:30 PM »
Excellent book. Excellent author.

Not so great movie.
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« Reply #2607 on: February 29, 2016, 06:57:52 PM »
I just finished The Day of the Triffids. I was expecting 50's monster movie. I got something way bigger than that. It was refreshingly unproblematic considering the time period. There were also some fascinating cultural extrapolations about how different cultures approach the apocalypse.

It's noteworthy that the "apocalypse" is simply the sudden blinding of almost all of humanity, complicated by the presence of an alien plant species that has been around for years prior to the "apocalypse".
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2608 on: February 29, 2016, 11:52:18 PM »
Currently reading The Passage by Justin Cronin.

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« Reply #2609 on: March 01, 2016, 02:34:12 PM »

I just finished The Day of the Triffids. I was expecting 50's monster movie. I got something way bigger than that. It was refreshingly unproblematic considering the time period. There were also some fascinating cultural extrapolations about how different cultures approach the apocalypse.

It's noteworthy that the "apocalypse" is simply the sudden blinding of almost all of humanity, complicated by the presence of an alien plant species that has been around for years prior to the "apocalypse".


The opening scene with the protagonist waking up in a hospital while the world has fallen to hell around him is effectively done, and I was again surprised that this popped up in 1951 and has continued in (at least) zombie fiction.

I also like how the triffids were pre-Romero proto-zombies. It also makes me question why we don't see more zombie traps. There were traps in one good episode in the Walking Dead before I quit that misery-porn show, but not nearly enough.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2610 on: March 05, 2016, 05:20:42 PM »
I just finished The Day of the Triffids. I was expecting 50's monster movie. I got something way bigger than that. It was refreshingly unproblematic considering the time period. There were also some fascinating cultural extrapolations about how different cultures approach the apocalypse.

It's noteworthy that the "apocalypse" is simply the sudden blinding of almost all of humanity, complicated by the presence of an alien plant species that has been around for years prior to the "apocalypse".

They're not aliens in the book (they are in the movies, I think) - they're GMOs.

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« Reply #2611 on: March 07, 2016, 02:15:17 PM »
[Triffids are] not aliens in the book (they are in the movies, I think) - they're GMOs.

Been some time since I read it; I thought I remembered that it was uncertain where they actually came from but it they were believed to have grown from spores that fell from space. If you've just read it, I'll take your word for it, for now (until I reread it)

As for being GM, what kind of idiot would purposely engineer something like that?  ??? :o
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« Reply #2612 on: March 07, 2016, 04:15:19 PM »
[Triffids are] not aliens in the book (they are in the movies, I think) - they're GMOs.

Been some time since I read it; I thought I remembered that it was uncertain where they actually came from but it they were believed to have grown from spores that fell from space. If you've just read it, I'll take your word for it, for now (until I reread it)

As for being GM, what kind of idiot would purposely engineer something like that?  ??? :o

I would pedant and say that it's not confirmed that they're not aliens, although GMO out of Russia is the simplest (and thus most likely) explanation. The seeds for triffids came out of Russia behind the iron curtain, so their origin is cloaked in mystery. The uncertainty of their origin actually helps this novel age well, because it's got a lot of vectors outside of nukes for mankind to bring about the apocalypse - manufactured plagues, GMO's, blinding satellites and other MAD science.

Why make triffieds? They were processed for oil and animal feed. They produced somewhere between a magical petroleum substitute and Oil of Dog. And they were nutritious but bland, so very good for animal feed, and you can even feed the poor in a pinch.
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« Reply #2613 on: March 07, 2016, 05:03:10 PM »
I've started on Cat Valente's The Girl who Raced Fairyland all the Way Home. I had the pleasure of hearing her read the first chapter last week, and it's a lot of fun.

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« Reply #2614 on: March 07, 2016, 10:36:38 PM »
I've started on Cat Valente's The Girl who Raced Fairyland all the Way Home. I had the pleasure of hearing her read the first chapter last week, and it's a lot of fun.

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« Reply #2615 on: March 08, 2016, 02:05:07 PM »
As for being GM, what kind of idiot would purposely engineer something like that?  ??? :o
Why make triffieds? They were processed for oil and animal feed. They produced somewhere between a magical petroleum substitute and Oil of Dog. And they were nutritious but bland, so very good for animal feed, and you can even feed the poor in a pinch.
All well and good, but giving a carnivorous plant mobility AND venomous stings is just asking for trouble.
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« Reply #2616 on: March 08, 2016, 02:07:35 PM »
I've started on Cat Valente's The Girl who Raced Fairyland all the Way Home. I had the pleasure of hearing her read the first chapter last week, and it's a lot of fun.

If you've not been reading the series, I don't even know what you've been doing with your life.

Smoking weed, playing video games, and masturbating to fucked-up flipper-baby porn. Thanks for asking.  :P

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« Reply #2617 on: March 08, 2016, 05:13:18 PM »
As for being GM, what kind of idiot would purposely engineer something like that?  ??? :o
Why make triffids? They were processed for oil and animal feed. They produced somewhere between a magical petroleum substitute and Oil of Dog. And they were nutritious but bland, so very good for animal feed, and you can even feed the poor in a pinch.
All well and good, but giving a carnivorous plant mobility AND venomous stings is just asking for trouble.

Also communication ability and something that resembles a hive-mind.

But they're a little more shambling mound carrion feeding than carnivorous. It was mentioned they leave the bodies for a bit or ripening before digging in their roots.
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« Reply #2618 on: March 08, 2016, 05:19:31 PM »
I started listening to Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, and I really like it so far :)

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2619 on: March 26, 2016, 12:36:52 AM »
Ready Player One.

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