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    Quote Originally Posted by lucafen4 View Post
    Do yourself a real solid favour and read the books first. Trust me on this one.

    it will give you a much better grounding in who these characters are.

    Book 2 is where GOT begins to get interesting. About pg. 500. the series takes off. mainly it takes 1400 pages to get use to the character driven chapters.

    Winds of Winter has an updated release date of July 2021. So you have time to read them all for the next release (best to pre-order as soon as that comes available).

    I held off watching the series waiting for WOW for about 3years and finally caved. If you do the books first you'll notice the stories diverge. Mostly minor ways, but a couple large story lines change - for simplicity of tv sake.

    Everyone is right about the final season of the tv show (which hasn't been written in book form yet) -- GM has promised his ending will be completely different. The feeling I was left with at the end of the final season was they just wanted to end the series. They easily could have (and should have) extended the final season into 2-3 seasons. Would have been the only proper way for it to make sense.

    The first 7 seasons of the tv show are arguably the best 7 seasons of a dramatic-fantasy tv show ever made.
    I only read the first book and then went and watched the whole series. I enjoyed it, but I can't bring myself to go back and read the book now unless I know it will actually have an ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doulos View Post
    I only read the first book and then went and watched the whole series. I enjoyed it, but I can't bring myself to go back and read the book now unless I know it will actually have an ending.
    if it's any consolation, GM hated the series ending as much as we did.
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    Finally reading Stephen King's The Shining. Yes, I've seen the movie, but like most movies, the book is vastly superior. I wanted to read Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining), but thought I should probably read the The Shining first!
    All of King's books are vastly superior to the movies. his moreso than I think many of his contemporaries. There are so many layers to his books and character development the movies just rip out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doulos View Post
    You mean 'The Road' didn't get you cheering and clapping to start your day?!

    The most depressing book I ever read was On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Mainly because it felt so real and like it could definitely have happened. When you cycle back towards depressing, check it out!
    Eating babies was a slow-clap moment for darkness. Beyond that....

    Blood Meridian IMO is his pinnacle book... That said, ...talk about blood-letting. Be interesting to see if there's a novel out there that has more deaths in it than this one on a per-page basis. war novels included.
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    Bought a book for my wife for her birthday... and she didn't read it.
    If I'm gonna spend money - someBODY is gonna read it!

    So I read it.
    The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
    I liked it. I'd give it a solid 8/10.

    This is going to sound really strange - but it's been described as Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day, and Quantum Leap put into a blender.
    Right!?... doesn't seem like it could work. But it's solid.
    Murder Mystery - which I like.

    And - for those that watched the TV Series "Dark" (3 seasons)... you might like this one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengwin7 View Post
    Bought a book for my wife for her birthday... and she didn't read it.
    If I'm gonna spend money - someBODY is gonna read it!

    So I read it.
    The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
    I liked it. I'd give it a solid 8/10.

    This is going to sound really strange - but it's been described as Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day, and Quantum Leap put into a blender.
    Right!?... doesn't seem like it could work. But it's solid.
    Murder Mystery - which I like.

    And - for those that watched the TV Series "Dark" (3 seasons)... you might like this one.
    Why didn't you just rate it at 7.5 instead of a solid 8. That's just a missed opportunity right there! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengwin7 View Post
    Bought a book for my wife for her birthday... and she didn't read it.
    If I'm gonna spend money - someBODY is gonna read it!

    So I read it.
    The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
    I liked it. I'd give it a solid 8/10.

    This is going to sound really strange - but it's been described as Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day, and Quantum Leap put into a blender.
    Right!?... doesn't seem like it could work. But it's solid.
    Murder Mystery - which I like.

    And - for those that watched the TV Series "Dark" (3 seasons)... you might like this one.
    Why didn't you just rate it at 7.5 instead of a solid 8. That's just a missed opportunity right there! lol
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    Recently started reading The Richest Man In Babylon which many of the top financial gurus credit as an eye-opening book that can teach anyone to be better with money. The cool part is that it isnít a direct financial advice book but it teaches its lessons through stories which seems to make it easier to digest.

    Iíve always been the type to just work as hard as I can so I donít have to pay close attention to my finances but Iím at a point in my life now that my time is more valuable than my money. So Iím trying to find ways to make my money work for me. So far this book seems to be a good start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Comish View Post
    Why didn't you just rate it at 7.5 instead of a solid 8. That's just a missed opportunity right there! lol
    D'oh!

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    Finally getting around to reading the classic Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

    Probably not the best book to be reading in todayís global climate. The parallels to some of what we are going through are terrifying.

    Also recently finished Blink by Malcom Gladwell. Such an interesting glimpse into the human mind. Will definitely be reading a few more of his books

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    I have gotten thru a lot of books in the past bit.

    Currently reading CROSSROADS by Kaleb Dahlgren one of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivors.
    Up after that is The Game.
    Prior to that I had read Grant Fuhrs book, and a couple of Bob Mackenzie books. The Bob books were meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4T2 View Post
    Finally getting around to reading the classic Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

    Probably not the best book to be reading in today’s global climate. The parallels to some of what we are going through are terrifying.

    Also recently finished Blink by Malcom Gladwell. Such an interesting glimpse into the human mind. Will definitely be reading a few more of his books
    Totally love Gladwell's style of writing 4T2. I know there are some who challenge the veracity of his data collection... but I'm not reading it as gospel, just as a glimpse into some cool insights around human behaviour.

    Recently finished off some Indian classics (Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Autobiography of a Yogi) and just stocked up for summer doing a deep dive into Ram Dass' work (Be Here Now, Be Love Now, Still Here) after reading his killer book "Paths to God". Can't wait to sink my teeth into the summer lineup which also includes the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Ghandi's autobiography. (Both of which I've never read before)

    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius was a pretty cool insight into a special period of human history. Some really elegant writing/musings if you enjoy a bit of poetry in your prose.

    Death by Sadhguru was super compelling (although dense AF) but he does win the internet for best title subscript (Death: A book for all those who shall die) lol.

    Will also add that for anyone interested in systems/social impact/design both Boylston's Designing with Society and Escobar's Pluriversal Politics were jam-packed with enjoyable goodness and insights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4T2 View Post
    Finally getting around to reading the classic Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

    Probably not the best book to be reading in today’s global climate. The parallels to some of what we are going through are terrifying.

    Also recently finished Blink by Malcom Gladwell. Such an interesting glimpse into the human mind. Will definitely be reading a few more of his books
    I too visited Brave New World during the pandemic. Huxley's philosophy is rather interesting. I think we are more apt to think of Orwell's more overt dystopia, and ignore Huxley's, which is a dystopia curated to meet our wants/needs/desires and avoid our pains/struggles/angsts such that most of us wouldn't actually want to leave that dystopia. You could even argue that relative to our more primitive lives we are already living in a version of that in Western Society. And you can also see that we are so clearly headed further in that direction. Less thought crime (although versions of that exist in some other nations) and more thoughtless.

    Of course, I also found Brave New World a little too bilateral. He framed things as there really being only really two paths: that of the savage and that of the civilized. You could plug into the matrix or unplug but you cannot have both. Maybe that's where we wind up but I cannot help but feel there's a third, tricky to achieve path, where you capture parts of both worlds. It's what we should all be striving for. We shouldn't want to completely dissociate from our humanity even if it can create pain, loss, and other of our uglier human emotions. We should embrace those aspects of who and what we are, controlling them when we can, but accepting the flaws for their unavoidability. We should also use technological advances to curate or eradicate parts of the human experience that are truly abhorrent like famine, childhood disease, and even things like taxes and shopping for which the human brain did not directly evolve to navigate.

    But one must also be mindful of the landmines that come from steering too far in either direction. Become overconsumed by the rat race or social media, etc. and one is neglecting other basic human needs for which we evolved like family/community/tribe and being hijacked by baser evolutionary impulses that come without the implicit attachment. We can also become detached from our environment or lose perspective for the impact that we have. So we must also have the wisdom to intentionally venture away from the easy life because we are evolved to overcome struggle and not having any leads to it's own anguish. It's strange, but we should want the privilege to not experience pain, but the wisdom to know we require a certain amount of it.

    You can also go too far towards the natural. And suddenly you lose out on the benefits of the technological knowledge the human species has amassed. Go out and live in the woods by yourself and see how long you can actually survive. The human animal is one that requires technology to survive.

    It's a road with many pitfalls and no true road map, although the human species has long tried, but unlike Huxley's seeming conclusion in Brave New World, there is actually a third path that does not end in folly. Or at least that's what the optimist in me believes. I found some of his other work to be more balanced. For instance, he offers a bunch of different perspectives in "Eyeless in Gaza", of course he takes until the end of the book to present what appeared to me his version of the "correct perspective" and of course it was interesting that it was a religious one.

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    Started reading (well, listening on audtobook) Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (author of the Martian). About a third through and it's sooo good so far.

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