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I just finished Christopher Buckley's Boomsday, which is a political satire novel that pokes fun at many of the social issues prominent in America today. I really enjoyed certain parts of it, but there was so much vulgarity and crude humor in it (which I'm sure will appeal to many of the people on this forum) that I lost interest toward the end.

I'm also reading Empire by Orson Scott Card and Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. I also read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka a few months ago for my Humanities class, and I really loved if for all the symbolism present. If you want something insanely deep -- we may never know the full extent of symbolism used in this short work -- read this novel. Highly recommended.


What books are you currently reading or recently finished? Any long-time favorites? Favorite authors? Preferred genres?

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Great Gatsby.

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Just finished Freakonomics the other day.

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Just as good as the game!

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Why I Became an Atheist by John Loftus


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Neuromancer


I have a different copy of Neuromancer that I picked up from a thrift store. Going to have to finish reading it.
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Neuromancer sucks.

Boring plot and despicable(sp?) characters, what is there to like at all?

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good? I'd consider it but I feel like it'd be preaching to the choir.

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Neuromancer sucks.

Boring plot and despicable(sp?) characters, what is there to like at all?

Very creative ideas about the future of technology for 1984, very Blade Runner-esque. I mean, where do you think "The Matrix" (or even the internet) came from?

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I mean, where do you think "The Matrix" (or even the internet) came from?


Star Trek. All the nerds that watched the show as a kid grew up to make the technology they saw!

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I guess I can buy that. Did the concept of internet really come from that book, or are you just speculating? Because I've never heard that book cited as influence for it.

I just always have beef with authors who write dark books 'just cuz'. I want to want to meet the characters, not root for them to fail.

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In all seriousness, it was a few things that sparked the idea for "The Internet."

The fundamental concept of the internet was articulated by J.C.R. Licklider, in his 1960 paper called Man-Computer Symbiosis:
J.C.R. Licklider wrote:
"A network of such [computers], connected to one another by wide-band communication lines [which provided] the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval and [other] symbiotic functions."


The concept of hypertext, or a page of text with links to other pages, was founded by Ted Nelson, in Project Xanadu in 1960. There were 17 Xanadu rules that governed how each page could be connected.

And, lastly, the ARPANET network was the first major computer network. ARPANET consisted of University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute, and they were first connected at 22:30 hours on October 29th, 1969. University of Utah and the University of California, Santa Barbara were added later. This became the technical core of what is the Internet, and was the foundation for many of the technologies created to accommodate such a network.

Things snowballed into what it is today. I have yet to read Neuromancer, so I'm not sure if some of these concepts were borrowed....

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someone left their wikipedia in here.

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Well, not yet, but I will be reading it... once I can find a copy in English somewhere.

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someone left their cryptosporidia in here.


I plead the fifth.

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djdigdugger wrote:
I guess I can buy that. Did the concept of internet really come from that book, or are you just speculating? Because I've never heard that book cited as influence for it.


While I'm sure someone didn't read Neuromancer and go "oh man I'm gonna invent the internet"... the idea was well ahead of its time. Yeah things like ARPANET existed, but only about 11 people probably knew about it and used it.

Sort of like Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Nautilus. The submarine would have been invented with or without Verne, but it's an interesting to note the foresight involved.


On the idea of dark characters, in my opinion so far, the characters seem "lifelike", not perfect, constantly sinning despite intentions. We all have our dark sides, sometimes I just want to go get f**ked up, and so do these characters. Sure you want to root for the awesome guy who deserves it, but that person isn't the person I can relate to the most.

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On the idea of dark characters, in my opinion so far, the characters seem "lifelike", not perfect, constantly sinning despite intentions. We all have our dark sides, sometimes I just want to go get f**ked up, and so do these characters. Sure you want to root for the awesome guy who deserves it, but that person isn't the person I can relate to the most.


Go read A Song Of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin if you want engaging, grey characters with some gritty fantasy elements. Even if you aren't into fantasy, you'd still enjoy it because the magic isn't what's driving the plot (like most lame fantasy novels these days), but the characters are.

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I am currently reading the Halo series and Metroid manga.


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I am currently reading the Halo series and Metroid manga.


You're from Franklin? Holy crap it's a small internet.

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Hey i'm happy with fast internet. So i have no problem.


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I forgot this thread existed. Probably cuz I assumed most people here forgot books existed.

I'm reading Insomnia by Stephen King. I have plans to finally check out the Foundation Trilogy by Asimov, supposedly it has an amazing ending twist or something. I also just recently finished Ender's Game by Scott Card. Recommended to any sci-fi fan, good characters and a DAMN good ending.

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Love Ender's Game.

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The foundation trilogy is amazing

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djdigdugger wrote:
The foundation trilogy is amazing


I'm looking forward to it, my friend said the final book was one of the best things he had ever read.

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Much Much better than the movie

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