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Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:33:54 AM »
Been a while.  I read some stuff.
1. Boneyard, by Seanan McGuire.  2/5.  I appreciate branching out, but maybe not into some genra RPG that others have been writing about.  Quite frankly it wasn't worth it. 
2. It, by Stephen King.  5/5 - one of my 3 all time favorite books.  Still the only book I've ever read that scared me.  The only one - ever.  I needed something wonderful after finishing that last disappointment.  (Ironic that Seanan McGuire also authored one of my three favorite books, now that I think of it.) 
3. The Red Plague Affair, by Lilith Saintcrow 4/5.  Good read in the steampunk genre; book two in the series.  I like the author for some things and this one was a decent hit.  I'll read the follow ups sometime soon. 
4. Lake Silence, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5.  A spin off of The Others series, which I absolutely love.  I was afraid this would be a bit of a cheap knock off.  Nope!  Still brilliantly written.  But you'd lose the whole point without reading the main series first.
5. Moonbreaker, by Simon R Green - 4/5.  Just like every other Green book.  There's nothing unexpected here.  It's not a deep read.  It's just amusing.  You like his shit or not.  (except the Ghost Finder series - even fans hate that shit.)
6. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline - 5/5.  Yes, I reread it before seeing the movie.  I liked it even more than the last time I read it.  Yes, I still recommend it. 
7. Tricks for Free, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5. Back to a well work and loved series.  This was a fun read, although it's straying down a slightly dark path.  And I'm still not thrilled that she co-mingled this series with Sparrow Hill Road.  But still - well loved.  SO much better than the last crap I read by her (see #1)
8. The Lost Gate, by Orson Scott Card - 3/5.  This was a reread, but I had forgotten that I'd read it before.  That should tell you something.  I somewhat enjoyed this, but there were stretches in the middle that were kinda boring.  He could have done more with the book.  But I did like it enough to order the sequel. 

* = reread
1. She-Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow - 3/5
2. Vallista, by Stephen Brust - 4.5/5
3. Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5
4. Boneyard, by Seanan McGuire - 2/5
5. It, by Stephen King - 5/5 *
6. The Red Plague Affair, by Lilith Saintcrow - 4/5
7. Lake Silence, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
8. Moonbreaker, by Simon R Green - 4/5
9. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline - 5/5 *
10. Tricks for Free, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5
11. The Lost Gate, by Orson Scott Card - 3/5 *

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:15:25 AM »
And frenzying they are

Movies & TV / Re: Ready Player One
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:14:07 AM »
So I've read the book twice and seen the movie.
I loved both
I don't mind convoluted puzzles in books because my ass doesn't have to solve them.  I also don't care that it's a celebration of geekdom.  Hello?  If you don't like that, don't buy the fucking book.  It's pretty obvious what it's about.
For the movie, that's also true - but they made a ton of changes to make it more relatable to the audience and have a better flow.  Frankly the book as it was would have been nearly impossible to be made into a movie.  But I was good with the changes.  Story was changed but the spirit stayed true.  There were one or two annoyances, but not enough to ruin it.  I'll buy the movie when it comes out as well.

Movies & TV / Re: YouTube TV
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:10:06 AM »
I don't even use the fire stick that we own...

Movies & TV / Ready Player One
« on: March 29, 2018, 04:26:28 PM »
Well, it's finally here.  I've been looking forward to Spielberg's adaptation since I heard about it, as I read and liked the book. 
But APPARENTLY there's a 'backlash' about the movie - as there APPARENTLY was about the book itself.
See relevant broohaha >
I found the book to be fun.  That's all.  No social commentary intended or needed.  That's what I expected from the book.  As a fairly socially liberal guy who believes that society's issues are real and really do need to be addressed - I still stick to that appraisal. 

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 12
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:49:19 AM »
I haven't played.  I keep trying, but every time I turn on my computer I wind up playing Civ 4

Diablo 3 / Re: I snickered, but not very loudly
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:47:28 AM »
But this thread actually made me laugh out loud.   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:43:42 AM »
I've been short on time, but I managed to read two books since the last update
First was Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire.  This series is very strange, but very good.  This one was a mild step down from books one and two in the series (it wasn't originally supposed to BE a series, from what I can tell.  One finds one doesn't care.)  But in truth it was really the setting of the book that didn't quite inspire me.  The story itself was still pretty good though.  I'll leave it at that. 4/5

And the second?  Damned if I know.  I usually take a picture of my books so I can write them in here later.  I forgot to.  And now I can't recall what I read.  Hazards of old age perhaps.  Or perhaps... I never finished.  I have several of those books lingering.  I should finish one of them up shortly.

* = reread
1. She-Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow - 3/5
2. Vallista, by Stephen Brust - 4.5/5
3. Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5

Gaming General / Re: What are you looking forward to in 2018?
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:27:28 AM »
I'm kind of excited for Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition. I can't tell if that's sad or epic.

In an odd twist, I just stumbled across my old Neverwinter Nights disks two days ago.  Not sure if that means anything to anyone other than me...
And possibly you.  :D

General Discussion / Re: Welcome to GamersOasis, again!
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:26:25 AM »
Tim, you're a sick bastard.  I've missed that.  :D

Sup Liquid?  And others?  And people who haven't joined yet but will eventually and will see this and see what a friendly guy Reigns is? 

Sports / Re: NFL 2017-2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:00:40 AM »
I suppose my petition to the NFL to allow both teams to lose was denied...

Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:01:54 PM »

...Luke's in it

Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:00:09 PM »
Yup, this and the random D3 updates are why I keep coming back.  Since I finished a book right on January 1, it seems I'm off to a good start as well.  Hopefully I'll make that book a week goal this year.  Missed by 3 last year.

She-Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow.  Honestly this is an author that is very hit or miss.  Her best stuff tends to be urban fantasy, and is fantastic.  Straight fantasy, etc isn't as good. This one was just sort of weird.  It was good enough to finish but not good enough to read again, so that's sort of my definition of a 3 out of 5.

On the other hand Stephen Brust's new Vlad Taltos book finally came out.  I found Vallista to be pretty well written and fairly entertaining.  It had Brust's usual problems with being a bit difficult to follow, but by the end he had pretty much cleared it all up.  For me, this was a shiny 4.5 out of 5

* = reread
1. She-Wolf and Cub, by Lilith Saintcrow - 3/5
2. Vallista, by Stephen Brust - 4.5/5

Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:50:45 PM »
So here is my last update for 2017
Stories of your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang, which I give a 4 out of five.  This anthology was fantastic... at first.  Then it hit a major low point with the title story, which was what was turned into the movie Arrival, which I loved.  However, the actual story was very thin.  Fascinating, but thin.  He followed it up with some more mediocre pieces and then a few more good ones.  So in truth this is a mix of 5* and 3* stories for me.  4 seems about right. 

I didn't hit the book a week tier that I always try and get to.  :(

* = reread
1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien - 5/5 *
2. Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L Hughes - 4/5
3. The Haunting of Cassie Palmer, by Vivien Alcock - 2.5/5
4. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
5. Reckoning, by Lili St. Crow - 4/5
6. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman - 3/5
7. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
8. Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs - 4.5/5
9. The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
10. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams - 3/5
11. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 3.5/5
12. The Rising, by Kelly Armstrong - 4/5
13. Jhereg, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
14. Yendi, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *
29. The Third Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhaen - 4/5 *
30. The Martian, by Andy Weir - 5/5
31. Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro, 3.5/5
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
45. Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
46. Mountain Echoes, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
47. No Dominion: A Garrison Report, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
48. Shaman Rises, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
49. Stories of your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang - 4/5

PCs / Re: Favorite Anti-virus Software?
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:50:20 PM »
What did you settle on?

BTW I have used Kaspersky for years but am now going to switch, since my auto-renew has been invalidated due to US companies no longer supporting it due to concern that the company is using it to steal data for the Russian government.  Maybe, maybe not.  But it's still a hassle I don't need. 

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