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Wild Bill wrote: Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:52 am First time listening litrpg.

"Reality blenders" series by Michael Atamanov. Just ended first book "Countdown".
Unexpectedly very good.
Is that where characters in the story "level up" like in a role-playing game? Heard a friend mention the genre...

Just finished Gerry Lopez's excellent Surf Is Where You Find It. Gerry was perhaps the most iconic surfer in the early 70's. Fifty years later, he's still surfing, snowboarding, and doing yoga at a high level. The book is a collection of short stories about other legendary figures in the surfing world, and his own pioneering experiences traveling the world — he also does a nice job of attributing dumb luck and providence for being alive.

Not every story is amazing, but enough of them are, and his own world-class surfing is captured with such grace, that it would be a shame for a surfer to not read through it.
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Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
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Bram wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:06 pm
Wild Bill wrote: Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:52 am First time listening litrpg.

"Reality blenders" series by Michael Atamanov. Just ended first book "Countdown".
Unexpectedly very good.
Is that where characters in the story "level up" like in a role-playing game? Heard a friend mention the genre...
Yes. I had a prejudice against this genre, but this particular author was praised and I decided to give it a try.
Wouldn't mention him here, but this series were translated into English.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38918471-countdown

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I already listening fourth part. It is rather space opera than LitRPG. Really enjoyable book.

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nafod wrote: Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:52 pm Just finished Hyperion by Dan Simmons, a sci-fi book. Pretty great.

All the reviews said it was like the Canterbury Tales in structure, but it’s been like 50 years since I’ve read them, so that meant little. Basically, it’s six short novellas told by six travelers. Each of them different and fascinating. Gets two thumbs up.

Before that I read Ice by Anna Kavan. Kind of bizarre head trip, narrated by a character obsessed with some woman, with random side trips into weird dream states, while the world is about to be covered by encroaching ice age. I just described it poorly. It sticks in your head.
Nafod, if you enjoyed Hyperion I bet you would really dig Exurb1a's book "The Fifth Science". It's a collection of short stories following humanities fall from galactic civilization back into a what looks to be a coming dark age. Lots of existential philosophy wrapped in sci-fi.
The Galactic Human Empire was built atop four sciences: logic, physics, psychology, and sociology. Standing on those pillars, humans spent 100,000 years spreading out into the galaxy: warring, exploring, partying — the usual. Then there was the fifth science. And that killed the empire stone dead.

The Fifth Science is a collection of 12 stories, beginning at the start of the Galactic Human Empire and following right through to its final days. We’ll see some untypical things along the way, meet some untypical folk: galactic lighthouses from the distant future, alien tombs from the distant past, murderers, emperors, archaeologists and drunks; mad mathematicians attempting to wake the universe itself up.And when humans have fallen back into savagery, when the secrets of space folding and perfect wisdom are forgotten, we’ll attend the empire’s deathbed, hold its hand as it goes. Unfortunately that may well only be the beginning.
https://www.amazon.com/Fifth-Science-Ex ... 201&sr=8-2
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I finished a Carl Hiassen novel called "Skin Tight" which has a great protagonist, but was overall okay.

I kept catching myself imagining all the characters wearing Covid masks by accident, even though the story's set in the late 80's.

I'd be asking myself, "How do they know what their smile looks like?" And then remember that mask-wearing is a new thing. Stupid ass pandemic.
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Great mystery, set in small mountain town. Dialog is IGx approved.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YWP28N3/re ... GE11QNE0J

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I finished "No Easy Day" awhile back. I had made a personal promise not to read any Navy SEAL books but we went on a little mini-vacay and I took it. It wasn't a bad read at all. I'm about to re-read Dune.


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Shoe Dog by Phil Knight the dude who created Nike.

Everyone I know who has read it agrees it's a page-turner. He's a great writer and a very solid story. One of the most interesting, well-written biographies I can remember reading.

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Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
Exercised by Daniel Lieberman
Transylvanian Cuisine by Paul Kovi
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It's Not About You by Bob Burg.

Short business book, told as a story. Found it fun and exposed some glaring weaknesses, professionally and otherwise. Also provided ideas and clarity on other things.

Recommended for those who like this sort of thing (self-help/biz books).

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Fat Cat wrote: Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:35 pm Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
Exercised by Daniel Lieberman
Transylvanian Cuisine by Paul Kovi
Mak, I read Under the Banner of Heaven some years ago...and it was fascinating. I can't remember where I read it, I don't know if it's in the book but it was something along the lines of...if you're part of a religious organization who's leader receives direct communication from god, don't be surprised when someone else in the organization starts receiving direct communication as well when things aren't going the way everyone thinks they should.

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Shapecharge wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 3:23 pm
Fat Cat wrote: Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:35 pm Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
Exercised by Daniel Lieberman
Transylvanian Cuisine by Paul Kovi
Mak, I read Under the Banner of Heaven some years ago...and it was fascinating. I can't remember where I read it, I don't know if it's in the book but it was something along the lines of...if you're part of a religious organization who's leader receives direct communication from god, don't be surprised when someone else in the organization starts receiving direct communication as well when things aren't going the way everyone thinks they should.
Yes, that's a big theme in the book. The way Krakauer tells it, at any rate, is that Joseph Smith started off preaching a sort of democratic prophethood where people could dispense with the organized church and speak directly with God...until everyone started speaking directly with God. At which point, he was like, "ya, only me."

You can see this still in its vestigial form in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where each President is formally known as, "The President, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator," (i.e., it's him and no one else). It's a very interesting book, and I would recommend it, but it is openly hostile to religion and I find that part tedious and closed-minded.
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Finished The Dorito Effect, recommended by Syaigh.

There's a few central ideas:

Nutrition and flavor are traditionally linked. Animals, and humans, eat what tastes good, in part because it's good for us. A sick chimp, for example, will seek out certain plants when sick.

Modern foods are selected for high yield, not for flavor or nutrition. We compensate in good ways, say by adding herbs and spices, which help replace the missing nutrition. And in bad ways, by adding artificial flavors and high-sugar, high-fat additives, which cause us to over-eat this otherwise bland food.

Trust natural flavor. Seek out the best tasting real foods you can find and afford by visiting farmer's markets, using your eyes/nose/hands to check for freshness, etc.
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By the way, Fat Cat, I recommend Eiger Dreams by Krakauer. It's a collection of short stories on climbing and mountaineering -- I think Nafod suggested this to me, thank you! While I don't have much interest in going climbing, I enjoy learning about it.

Krakauer is a great writer in general, but he loves climbing, and that love shows up.
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