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Media / Re: HAF book club: October poll and discussion
« Last post by Sandra Craft on Today at 08:35:22 PM »
I have to admit that, tho I enjoyed Dark Intelligence at the beginning, after about chapter 3 it began to seem like much of a sameness to me.  It may be just that it's military SF, probably my least favorite form of space opera.  I'm about half way thru now and will continue reading just for the sake of finishing, maybe it will pick up for me later.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Velma on Today at 08:34:04 PM »
Over the past couple of weeks I've been reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It is one of those books that got rave reviews from reviewers and readers alike. It also defies easy classification. At first glance, it is a horror novel, but I found it in the literary fiction section at Barnes & Noble. Here's the Goodreads link to it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24800.House_of_Leaves?from_search=true

The reason it took me two weeks to finish it was because my opinion varied greatly from the general consensus. At one point, I even double checked the ISBN number to make sure I was reading the same book that everyone else had. I kept reading, thinking at at some point I'd find out what made so many people love it so. That never happened. To me, the plot was insipid and the characters evoked no strong feelings one way or the other. Early this morning, I finished it with a great sigh of relief.

The reason I'm so disappointed is that, from the description, it appeared to be right up my alley. Eh, not every reader is going to love every book.

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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Things that make you chuckle
« Last post by Dave on Today at 05:05:20 PM »
I thought I was hearing voices . . . Oh, no, not another problem!

The on/off switch in the bathroom radio had, all on its own, all of a sudden, decided to become a permanently "on" switch. I had been for a pee earlier but never turn the radio on for that unless a fave prog is on. No fave progs on Saturday afternoon.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Dave on Today at 04:25:56 PM »
Small signs of decline?

Due to illness have not been to Tesco for a week, relied on deliveries and friends.

Noticed a few small things: the carton the milk comes in now has fewer colours, simpler graphics and more whitespace. The walnut halves usedvto be in a thick bag with a reseal zip - no more, thin bag, no resealability.

Will watch with interest for other changes in the packaging of their brand stuff. Reminds me a bit of a companyvI worked for trying to cut corners: they bought a thousand plastic office rules from India that were 1/8th inch short, you could not use a fountain pen or felt tip on the new A4 pads - they were good as blotting paper and trying to file stainless steel with the new files left grooves in the files . . .
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Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by Tom62 on Today at 03:15:22 PM »
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Official* HAF Video Game Thread
« Last post by jumbojak on Today at 03:06:57 AM »
It's the only game I know of where music is an integral part of playing. Absolutely brilliant and captivating.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Official* HAF Video Game Thread
« Last post by xSilverPhinx on Today at 03:04:18 AM »
That must be torture. The game is RIGHT there, but you can't play it.

Yeah, I'm extremely curious about this game, with its great reviews and all. The console only arrives in the mail next month.  :(
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Official* HAF Video Game Thread
« Last post by jumbojak on Today at 03:00:35 AM »
That must be torture. The game is RIGHT there, but you can't play it.
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Media / HAF book club: November poll and discussion
« Last post by Sandra Craft on Today at 02:35:21 AM »
And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus, by Selina O'Grady.
To explore the power that religious belief has had over societies through the ages, Selina O'Grady takes the reader on a dazzling journey across the empires of the ancient world and introduces us to rulers, merchants, messiahs, priests, and holy men. Throughout, she seeks to answer why, amongst the countless religious options available, the empires at the time of Jesus "chose" the religions they did.

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
Inspired by James Baldwin's 1963 classic The Fire Next Time, Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book, Between the World and Me, is a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today…[a] powerful and passionate book…  [written as a letter from father to son]

Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origin, by Robert M. Hazen
Life on Earth arose nearly 4 billion years ago, bursting forth from air, water, and rock. Though the process obeyed all the rules of chemistry and physics, the details of that original event pose as deep a mystery as any facing science. How did non-living chemicals become alive? While the question is (deceivingly) simple, the answers are unquestionably complex. Science inevitably plays a key role in any discussion of life's origins, dealing less with the question of why life appeared on Earth than with where, when, and how it emerged on the blasted, barren face of our primitive planet.

The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf
The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

Levels of Life, by Julian Barnes
(I'm adding this one because we're getting a little light on both the non-fiction and non-science books, and it's on my TBR list).  Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, this is a book about "ballooning, photography, love, and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart". 
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Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by No one on Today at 02:09:49 AM »
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