1. Post #361
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    BlkDucky's Avatar
    May 2008
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    why does the ebook gotta be 3 dollars but printed 10?
    This is how ebooks are supposed to be priced. Not the same price as a paperback or even more, as seems to be the norm.
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  2. Post #362
    Quite so, ol' chap.
    Dominicus's Avatar
    December 2011
    4,040 Posts
    Reading the trilogy of five from the beginning again.
    That would be a pentalogy.
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  3. Post #363
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    October 2008
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    That would be a pentalogy.
    He's referring to this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hit..._Galaxy#Novels
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  4. Post #364
    Quite so, ol' chap.
    Dominicus's Avatar
    December 2011
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    Well, I'm feeling like a tool right now.
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  5. Post #365
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    May 2011
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    I'm midway through the second dark tower book. I thought the first was pretty good, but this one is much better.

    Can't wait to read the other 5.
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  6. Post #366
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    April 2009
    5,235 Posts
    Picked up a couple of books - my school was literally giving them away.

    Robin Cook - Outbreak
    Stephen King - Skeleton Crew (amazing time killer)
    Charles Dickens - David Copperfield
    Erich Maria Remarque - All Quiet on the Western Front
    William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair
    Dennis Overbye - Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos

    I'm quite happy.
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  7. Post #367
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    February 2010
    14,019 Posts
    Picked up a couple of books - my school was literally giving them away.

    Robin Cook - Outbreak
    Stephen King - Skeleton Crew (amazing time killer)
    Charles Dickens - David Copperfield
    Erich Maria Remarque - All Quiet on the Western Front
    William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair
    Dennis Overbye - Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos

    I'm quite happy.
    All Quiet is one of my favorite books of all time.

    A suggestion: don't get to connected to anyone in the story, things change, you'll find out why.
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  8. Post #368
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    August 2010
    5,176 Posts
    maybe it's the fact that in almost every story, there's something perverse and we're just sick of it.
    What do you mean?
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  9. Post #369
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    November 2007
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    Read Slaughterhouse 5, it was good. To be honest though I preferred Cat's Cradle and maybe Galapagos, not sure. I think Galapagos was more enjoyable but Slaughterhouse 5 had more substance and depth. It was still good though.
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  10. Post #370
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    Read Slaughterhouse 5, it was good. To be honest though I preferred Cat's Cradle and maybe Galapagos, not sure. I think Galapagos was more enjoyable but Slaughterhouse 5 had more substance and depth. It was still good though.
    I'm reading Cat's Cradle right now, just started.
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  11. Post #371
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    May 2011
    3,068 Posts
    why does the ebook gotta be 3 dollars but printed 10?
    Because printing books is not free. The base cost for that book to sell is $6.45, and at that I get no profit. So I put it to $9.99. I originally intended for the eBook to be 99c, but I would get no profit from that either.

    I make ~$1.80 per eBook and ~$2.80 per printed book.
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  12. Post #372
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    January 2010
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    my father just bought me the prince
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  13. Post #373
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    October 2011
    1,690 Posts
    Has anyone here read the The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963? A pretty good book, if I do say myself.
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  14. Post #374
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    February 2011
    491 Posts
    Just finished reading REAMDE, loved it, but it's Neal Stephenson, so it'd be hard not to. Kinda hated the main character a little, but not enough to keep me from loving it.

    After I finished Cryptonomicon for the second time (which is a fucking journey), I've gone on a huge Stephenson bent. Gonna read Cobweb next, then Diamond Age, then the Baroque Cycle. If my calculations are correct, I should be done in about ten years.

    Edited:

    Has anyone here read the The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963? A pretty good book, if I do say myself.
    I read that book a lot when I was 12 or 13 or so. Really enjoyed it.
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  15. Post #375
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    March 2011
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    Just finished Zahn's Star Wars trilogy. Much better than almost anything else in the EU.
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  16. Post #376
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    December 2008
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    Stephen King - Skeleton Crew (amazing time killer)
    I loved Skeleton Crew. His best short story collection in my opinion. Nightmares and Dreamscapes is a close second.
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  17. Post #377
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    February 2008
    330 Posts
    Just got The Book of Deacon for free from Amazon Kindle Bookstore. So far I'm enjoying it. Gotta thank FreeKindleDude for posting it.
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  18. Post #378
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    February 2010
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    Should I read Brave New World or 1984 first?
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  19. Post #379
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    May 2008
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    Should I read Brave New World or 1984 first?
    They are completely different in the presentation of their ideas, so it doesn't really matter.
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  20. Post #380
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    August 2008
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    Should I read Brave New World or 1984 first?
    flip a coin
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  21. Post #381
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    February 2010
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    Should I read Brave New World or 1984 first?
    Doesn't really matter, both are good. I suggest BNW first, because 1984 is the better book (best for last) IMO.
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  22. Post #382
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    February 2006
    2,291 Posts
    recently finished At Swim Two Birds by Flann O'Brien.

    it's funny, it's weird, it's very Irish. Recommended
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  23. Post #383
    Quite so, ol' chap.
    Dominicus's Avatar
    December 2011
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    recently finished At Swim Two Birds by Flann O'Brien.

    it's funny, it's weird, it's very Irish. Recommended
    Read it some time ago aswell. Good read.
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  24. Post #384
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    October 2011
    163 Posts
    it's weird last week i saw the trailer for hunger games, which led me to read about the book and just an hour ago i finished the third book in the triology, very good reads but they don't beat the first book
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  25. Post #385
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    June 2010
    1,507 Posts
    Finished Cat's Cradle recently.
    Christ, that ending sure was   bleak. I don't mean to say that it's caused me to re-evaluate my life, or that it was exceptionally dark, but I did not expect that at all.   (Not massive spoilers, but I just don't really feel like giving anything away.)
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  26. Post #386
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    February 2006
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    Read it some time ago aswell. Good read.
    the main character reminds me of a few of my friends
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  27. Post #387
    Quite so, ol' chap.
    Dominicus's Avatar
    December 2011
    4,040 Posts
    Started on A Feast for Crows yesterday evening.

    I'm halfway through already...
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  28. Post #388
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    December 2008
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    Finished the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien on Monday and finished Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zwieble today.

    I'm now gonna start The Hobbit.
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  29. Post #389
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    Should I read Brave New World or 1984 first?
    I just finished BNW, it's a great book, but 1984 is easily the better of the two in my opinion.
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  30. Post #390
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    May 2011
    3,068 Posts
    So I wrote a book, and I will shamelessly advertise it here. Most of you will already know all the information presented inside, but it is a beginner's book after all.

    Here's the eBook cover.



    Description -


    eBook.
    $2.99

    Printed book.
    $9.99

    eBook preview.

    I decided to be a jerk and make the prices slightly less than the other similar books.
    It'll be up on Barnes and Nobles and the Apple book store soon, then Amazon later.
    My book is now listed on the iBookStore. But since I do not own an Apple device, I can't view it.

    Darn.

    Edited:

    By the way, the ePub is unrestricted. Once you buy it you can do what ever with it. If it gets popular it's going to be pirated anyways vv
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  31. Post #391
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    March 2010
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    I just finished BNW, it's a great book, but 1984 is easily the better of the two in my opinion.
    I like Brave New World better. 1984 is a bleak world. It sucks. It could happen, but that type of world wouldn't last long. BNW is a place that you hate to love. 1984, you love to hate. I also think BNW is more relevant today than 1984.

    Anyway, just finished the first Foundation book, surprisingly good. I mean, I'd heard it was good, but I expected the style to be, I'm not sure, old? But I really liked it. Next, finally get to read the first Game of Thrones.
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  32. Post #392
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    February 2010
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    I like Brave New World better. 1984 is a bleak world. It sucks. It could happen, but that type of world wouldn't last long. BNW is a place that you hate to love. 1984, you love to hate. I also think BNW is more relevant today than 1984.

    Anyway, just finished the first Foundation book, surprisingly good. I mean, I'd heard it was good, but I expected the style to be, I'm not sure, old? But I really liked it. Next, finally get to read the first Game of Thrones.
    Honestly, 1984 is the more likely of the two to actually happen. Any 'utopian' society is bleak, regardless of it's merits.

    Edited:

    I'm reading 'A Clash of Kings' ATM, it's amazing.
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  33. Post #393
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    February 2006
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    I'm reading Lone Survivor.

    A basic summary is on the cover of the book above^^^. It's also about what it takes to become a Navy SEAL, as it details every part of training Marcus Luttrell had to go through to become one.

    I seriously recommend this book to anyone who's interested in joining the special forces of the U.S military. It's really opened my eyes to what it takes to do what they do, which is truly some pretty intense stuff.
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  34. Post #394
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    February 2011
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    I'm reading Lone Survivor.

    A basic summary is on the cover of the book above^^^. It's also about what it takes to become a Navy SEAL, as it details every part of training Marcus Luttrell had to go through to become one.

    I seriously recommend this book to anyone who's interested in joining the special forces of the U.S military. It's really opened my eyes to what it takes to do what they do, which is truly some pretty intense stuff.
    That book was great. I could feel my balls shriveling when I was reading about the training parts.
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  35. Post #395
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    March 2010
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    Honestly, 1984 is the more likely of the two to actually happen. Any 'utopian' society is bleak, regardless of it's merits.
    It is bleak. It's a shallow world full of instant gratification. And that's why people would love it. Not over night of course, but it could steadily get there. It's already heading that direction. Now I'm not saying that it would for sure happen, but I think it's more likely. 1984 has an underground group. BNW doesn't, because no one wants it to change (well, besides John and a handful of others, who are given what they want anyway).
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  36. Post #396
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    Finished Cat's Cradle recently.
    Christ, that ending sure was   bleak. I don't mean to say that it's caused me to re-evaluate my life, or that it was exceptionally dark, but I did not expect that at all.   (Not massive spoilers, but I just don't really feel like giving anything away.)
    I like how, despite the    bleakness, life goes on. It's not the end. Also, in the first page Jonah says that he started his book "two wives ago", which implies that they do meet up with some more survivors   
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  37. Post #397
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    I like Brave New World better. 1984 is a bleak world. It sucks. It could happen, but that type of world wouldn't last long. BNW is a place that you hate to love. 1984, you love to hate. I also think BNW is more relevant today than 1984.
    True, when I read BNW I was sort of thinking "hmm..maybe this wouldn't be so bad after all.."

    Anyway, currently reading this right now

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  38. Post #398
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    I like how, despite the    bleakness, life goes on. It's not the end. Also, in the first page Jonah says that he started his book "two wives ago", which implies that they do meet up with some more survivors   
    It seemed to me though that they were    fucked. They showed no interest is having sex with the only other woman. Furthermore, he made reference to two wive's thing when he was writing his book on the atomic bomb. His first wife is unkown, and his second was Mona.   
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  39. Post #399
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    It seemed to me though that they were    fucked. They showed no interest is having sex with the only other woman. Furthermore, he made reference to two wive's thing when he was writing his book on the atomic bomb. His first wife is unkown, and his second was Mona.   
    should probably fix that tag.
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  40. Post #400
    Honestly, 1984 is the more likely of the two to actually happen.
    Wat no it isn't

    Edited:

    As long as you're living in the developed world, that is
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