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Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain Banks Novels
Replies: 9
Views: 2899

Excession is my favorite Banks novel, followed closely by Consider Phlebas. They're all really, really good though.
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Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Robert Jordan
Replies: 15
Views: 4341

They are sort of alright for books 1-4. Books 5-10 drag on so slowly it's almost unbelievable. They are never really exceptional. I strongly dislike a lot of Jordan's writing techniques - in particular, an excessive tendency to repeat himself. The books around 8-10 are so excruciatingly slow that I'...
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Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games that aged well (Merge'd - Old Favorites)
Replies: 462
Views: 80567

Planescape: Torment (1999). One of the best RPGs I've ever played. The graphics don't precisely age very well, but they're tolerable, and the story is still one of the best ever written for a videogame. Very text-heavy, so if you aren't a fan of reading a lot you might be tempted to give this a miss...
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Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cheating at a casino
Replies: 51
Views: 5752

I recall seeing a television documentary about the MIT blackjack team, the same basic material as the book apparently covers. Wikipedia suggests the title of the documentary was "Breaking Vegas: The True Story of the MIT Blackjack Team". Perhaps that's what the previous poster was thinking...
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Flowers for Algernon
Replies: 16
Views: 5842

I've read both the book and the short story version. I prefer the short story version to the novel-length version; it seems to me that the transition to a novel didn't really add much of significance to the short story. At any rate, I thought it was pretty well-written and it held my interest throug...
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The riverworld series....
Replies: 7
Views: 3010

I read the first few books in the series a while back, sufficiently long ago I know longer recall the precise details of the story. I didn't like them enough to attempt to track down the entire series.
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Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite poem(s)?
Replies: 115
Views: 19470

Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn and On First Looking into Chapman's Homer Shakespeare's Sonnets 18, 130. Donne's The Canonization Milton's When I Consider How My Light is Spent Blake's The Tyger Coleridge's Kubla Khan and Rime of the Ancient Mariner Byron's She Walks In Beauty Shelley's Ozymandias Tenny...
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planescape: Torment
Replies: 42
Views: 6934

It is a really, really good game. It is probably the best D&D-based game I've ever played, and one of the best RPGs in general I've ever played. I envy you - you haven't finished it yet, and still have some of the best sections of the game to go. I'm avoiding spoiling anything in the way of name...
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Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy: Lamentations of Lost Potential (Split: KH)
Replies: 48
Views: 7556

The Zodiac Spear isn't even the best weapon in the game. The Genji Glove + Masamune Combo completely destroys it - it hits so much more often. Note that you must get the Genji Glove by stealing multiple times from the same boss (the only boss you have to do this with, steal after each cutscene, duri...
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Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb
Replies: 1035
Views: 198195

I don't believe this has been posted yet:

Momentum Missile Mayhem. High system requirements, but good.
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Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 43649

Actually, Goto Dengo had a fairly major role in the Cryptonomicon. Major Spoilers follow hereafter, in white. Select the text to make it easily legible. He was on a ship in the Japanese navy as it was sunk, got stranded, lived in the jungle for a while, rejoined the Japanese army, eventually got sla...
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Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 136432

Bosky is my favorite word, but the aforementioned defenestration is a close second. Third is sisyphean.
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Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 300246

Hammer wrote:Battlefield Earth (Robert Heinlein)


Er... Is the title a mistake, or the author? Because Battlefield Earth was by L. Ron Hubbard....
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Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fixing the Flaws
Replies: 19
Views: 4628

Hm... Stuff I want to fix... These are all obscure pet peeves of mine, and are mostly pretty minor. 1) Shadow Hearts 1 - Make the end boss interesting and cool rather than some malformed monster that looks stupid and pixellated. 2) Devil May Cry 1 - Replace the flying sequence where you basically pl...
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Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 300246

Favorite books include... (no particular order) Hyperion Cantos* (Dan Simmons) Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert Heinlein) Malazan Book of The Fallen* (Steven Erikson) The Phoenix Guards (Steven Brust) Dune (Frank Herbert) Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke) Unwillingly To Earth (Pauli...
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Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: SF suggestions for the SF newbie
Replies: 99
Views: 11355

In addition to everything recommended elsewhere in the topic, most of which I agree with, I'm going to recommend reading the Hyperion books by Dan Simmons. They are a series of four science fiction books, two of which have been published in an omnibus edition to my knowledge: Hyperion Cantos (omnibu...
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Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Fantasy
Replies: 45
Views: 7121

It was mentioned previously in another topic, but I'll mention again the series A Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker. I'm going to recommend A Song of Ice and Fire and the Malazan Book of the Fallen by George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson respectively. They're currently becoming more mainstream,...
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Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Short stories
Replies: 50
Views: 7694

I'm really at a loss to chose - I read a lot of science fiction anthologies. Some of my favorites: (title, author) Microcosmic God, Theodore Sturgeon Nightfall, Isaac Asimov The Cold Equations, Tom Godwin Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes A Rose For Ecclesiastes, Roger Zelazny The River Styx Runs U...
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Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Obscure/Difficult but worthwhile SFF
Replies: 38
Views: 6600

I disagree with your assessment, Jalapeno - A Prince of Nothing is excellent in every regard, but not all of the characters are gay. Most of them, maybe, but not all. Major Spoilers ahead!: Khellus is probably bi, but really it's rather hard to tell. Esmenet appears to be pretty much heterosexual, A...
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Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 320965

Hi everyone.

I've been lurking for a while, and intend to begin posting, as XKCD now has fora (is that the correct pluralization?) dedicated to two of my foremost hobbies, games and books.

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