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Re: What are you reading?

Postby slippyfish » October 3rd, 2017, 1:09 pm

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Just finished 'Legends of the Samurai', Hiroaki Sato. Historical accounts of samurai in both leadership and retainer roles, from about 1000 years ago to turn of 20th century.
https://www.amazon.com/Legends-Samurai- ... 1590207300
No real design content here, although there's quite a bit of poetry. Its fun/sad/enlightening comparing ancient days to modern times...Flynn, Manafort, Price, and heck maybe even Comey and Kushner would have disemboweled themselves by now.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby jon_winebrenner » October 11th, 2017, 3:16 pm

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yo wrote:Currently about 800 pages into Seven Eves by Neil Stephenson... it isa bit challenging. Sometimes there will be 5-6 pages devoted to orbital mechanics. He also seems to obsessively go over the more technical aspects of getting a thousand humans into space and the psychological and health issues it creates... but i stuck with it. And then you get about 2/3rds in and a page says "5 thousand years later..." jumps from present day to that far forward... a bit of a cognitive shift.

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Neal Stephenson is awesome. I loved the first part of Seveneves. Act 2 jumped the shark a bit.

Re: What are you reading?

Postby jon_winebrenner » October 11th, 2017, 3:18 pm

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yo wrote:Currently about 800 pages into Seven Eves by Neil Stephenson...


PS: Is this the Sci-Fi movie you're doing concept work for?

Re: What are you reading?

Postby yo » October 11th, 2017, 4:23 pm

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Ha, no. It is a different, less intellectual movie, but still fun.

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yo wrote:Ha, no. It is a different, less intellectual movie, but still fun.


Rats :)

Re: What are you reading?

Postby yo » October 11th, 2017, 4:56 pm

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But I'd love to work on the design for some of the vehicles for Seven Eves! :-) I love that one of the characters in the book is so blatantly supposed to be Neil deGrasse Tyson.... I read all of that character's lines in his voice.

I took a break from heady SciFi and am now reading "A Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet" which is pretty hilarious. https://www.amazon.com/Long-Small-Angry ... 0062444131

Re: What are you reading?

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yo wrote:I took a break from heady SciFi


If you dig Stephenson, I highly recommend Reamde if you're avoiding "heady SciFi". Fun read.

Re: What are you reading?

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I recently finished head up:

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Forsaken Skies was a fun space opera. I need to get the other books in the series (why is everything a series now?)
Seven Eves. Very good, very complex.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Fun space adventure. Mildly funny.
The Return. After a nice set up and act 1, the rest of the book just didn’t go anywhere. A premise that ran out of steam 75 pages in.

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I started The Punch Escrow last night. I’m liking it so far. It is witty and quick with a fresh premise.

Re: What are you reading?

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I'm reading On Things As Ideas edited by Robert Stadler and Alex Valliant. Its excellent so far, definitely challenges my mind in relation to design theory.

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