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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Xisor » Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:21 pm

Stormcast had been a very minor hell for me too. Not unbearable, but a perennial "I don't get it..." sort of vibe.

I'm still not 100% sold on them, or the takes, but the second half of Realmgate Wars have breathed a lot more life into them. Certainly, to allow their stories to be interesting, they can be truer to the conceit of themselves than Space Marines can.

(I still maintain that Space Marines should be howlingly dull characters to follow in a story. Absurdly entertaining from time to time, but never knowingly interesting. Even, *especially*, the "interesting" ones.)

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Accordingly, just finished up the Josh/David Guymer Mortarch of Night "anthology" - it's surprisingly good. The anthology format for two authors telling each, say, six twelths of the same story is intriguing. I'm not sure it works amazingly, but the story's certainly agreeable, and the two write a fine wee riot too, so I'm in no position to complain.

It also introduced Hamilcar.

Earlier today we we were at a neat Comics exhibition at a local library, and amongst lots of cool, unusual and odd pieces (no 2000AD, I noted sadly, despite being well contributed by many other publishers, like DC [Dandy, Beano etc]), I was also chuckling to think that I can see the attraction of Hamilcar.

He's like a Stormcast two-thirds away from Flashheart to Desperate Dan.

It's quite endearing!

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Now onto Clint's "Lord of Undeath" - the end of the series!

Already off to a very good start with a Neferata-heavy opening, and a lot more of his normal flair back.

After that, possibly jumping onto Gav's mortal/Chaos focused "Red Feast" or Clint again with "The Tainted Heart", both amongst the hally "make it all deeper and more storied" AoS stories.

Give a little bit less focus to the Stormcast and I think they'll shine all the better.

(Not to mention that the mortal Chaos stuff is damned exciting. I keep achingly, excitedly eyeing the Warcry anthology for Pyro's return!)
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:49 pm

You're certainly persuading me to give AOS more of a go!

Actually (slightly related) finished painting a gryph-hound today!

I agree with what you say about space marines in so far as the description in lore pulls us one way and the novels another.

I'd hope the alignment of Order and Chaos, and what factions each alignment contains, could (if it hasn't already) allow for Chaos protagonists (proper heroes) and villainous agents of order (whether it be the Dark Eldar like Idoneth Deepkin, the near immortal and everything chaos hunting Stormcast, or any other the other factions to be honest).

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I actually ready Aunshi rather than Ninth Rain and i'm now part way into A Sanctuary of Worms. No comment on the latter, but Aunshi is utter madness - the Master Splinter-esque Ethereal. It was utterly weird but no less entertaining for it. Would read more, but perhaps not a full novel. I can imagine Aunshi visiting the famous names and places of 40k.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:40 pm

I've read the Ninth Rain and the sequel since I last posted.

I'm now 15% into the final in the trilogy. A good series that's worth a read - albeit 1500+ words of investment (nearer 1800 to be honest).

Would recommend.

I am yet again struggling to fall in love with anything Warhammer related. I feel that I have to grab the books to support the brand rather than to satisfy a need to read them. Haven't been wowed since the 'Sword of' books. And I want to be wowed!
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Athelassan » Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:00 pm

Rob P wrote:I've read the Ninth Rain and the sequel since I last posted.

I'm now 15% into the final in the trilogy. A good series that's worth a read - albeit 1500+ words of investment (nearer 1800 to be honest).

Would recommend.

I am yet again struggling to fall in love with anything Warhammer related. I feel that I have to grab the books to support the brand rather than to satisfy a need to read them. Haven't been wowed since the 'Sword of' books. And I want to be wowed!

Ditto, really, but then I haven't had the heart to read anything from BL since, I think, Vulkan Lives. On the other hand, not reading BL has given me more time to read other stuff.

Most recently, Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, on which I'm some way into volume 6. He left the actual Roman Empire behind some time ago, but I'm determined to finish. Fiction-wise, the latest was Umberto Eco's Baudolino, which is, frankly, weird. But quite fun.

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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby J D Dunsany » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:43 pm

Struggling to get through The Primarchs HH collection. (Yes, I am that far behind, but I haven't given up - not quite, at any rate...)

But, my word, The Emperor's Legion by Chris Wraight is strong stuff! I don't think I've read a 40K novel this impressive in a long long while - even if the ending felt a little rushed.

Non-40K is all pulpy stuff. Some Conan. Some EC Tubb. I probably should try something more challenging but the lockdown lack of routine is curiously enervating. Someone needs to tell me to get a grip. (Usually, Mrs D is good for that, but she's feeling it herself. :) )

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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby J D Dunsany » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:47 pm

Chun the Unavoidable wrote:The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu, edited by Paula Guran.


I'm about three or four stories into this. It's okay, but nothing as strong or as memorable as, say, Watson's opener in Cthulhu's Reign. I shall persevere. :)
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:03 pm

Currently giving Trouble in Paradise by Slavoj Zizek a go

Saw him on channel 4 news a couple of years ago and then watched the debate where he 'destroyed' Jordan Peterson re Marxism (or so the YT video title suggested).

A lot going over my head to be honest.

Think i need to watch David Harvey lectures on Marxism for a primer.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Therion » Mon May 04, 2020 5:31 am

I started reading KONRAD CURZE THE NIGHT HAUNTER in the beginning of the year but haven't finished reading it. HH series really has a way of making me hate my old favourites. First Perturabo in Crimson Fist and now Konrad Curze. There's a scene (his first described kill on Nostramo) that made me quit reading it in disgust. I'd swear it was written specifically to make his fandom hate him.
Like, both Iron Warriors and Night Lords always had a sort of a rooting for the underdog fandom, I think and they decided to show that the fandom is somewhat... misguided.

I was recently reading a book The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. Very enlightening. Also, learned something very interesting:
Highly sensitive people are more likely to be depressed, have anxiety and shyness if they get difficult childhood from society than less sensitive people.
But if they get good chilldhood, they get better memory, better mental health, better mental functioning and better decision-making than less sensitive people.
So when the society has subjected me to psychological liquidation during my childhood, they not only forced depression, social anxiety, shyness, etc. on me but also stole better memory, better mental health and better mental functioning from me.
Of course it’s mentioned just as a fact, not a horrible injustice committed by the society that the individual must be repaid for. Weird. Like, it's absolutely disgusting that selected individuals are targeted and deprived of opportunities from their genetic legacy. It absolutely violates rules of fair competition. Like if there would be saboteurs destroying cars of 10% of competitors in Formula 1 races.
And all these traitors out there just treat it as business as usual. But I am loyal to Justice. I know that what was stolen from us by the society still rightfully belongs to us and must be returned. Aye, it's an article of faith that victims of psychological liquidation must receive awesome compensations and high quality help in recovery and disabled victims of psychological liquidation must receive generous disability pensions must receive generous disability pensions more than compensating for lost income. No excuses. Justice prevails!

I think have greatest progress rates when reading psychology books. I'm already on page 131.
Here is a video lecture by the author.
Realised lots of my traits are HSP traits - for example depth of processing, getting dizzy when hungry, getting overwhelmed (especially bothersome when debating things on the internets), getting overstimulated, more easily stressed, etc.
It's a specialisation towards perception of subtle stimuli.

Pen & Ink Drawing A Simple Guide and Pen & Ink Drawing Workbook by Alphonso Dunn. Working with these books since May and July last year to improve my drawing skills.

Melissa Explains it All - Autobiography. From one side it's quite interesting, from another somewhat aggravating. Success is easy just don't be disabled and be into degeneracy (helps with social networking). Also, all the degeneracy. Reminds me I'll never have a girlfriend or a cirlcle of friends in real life because it's all centred around drugs or religion.

The battle of Spicheren : August 6th, 1870, and the events that preceded it by Henderson, G. F. R. Have started to read it but having trouble memorising the dense information. Lots of descriptions of troops movements with regards to places instead of series of situational maps. I keep forgetting where which town is.
Later I paused reading it because I wanted to read something less grisly and negative than military history and started reading The Highly Sensitive Person which I bought several months ago and only started reading now. I realise I'm constantly surrounded by negative stuff. Mainly wars. Vast majority of my personal library is military history, military science or military fiction.

To Fight or Not to Fight?: Organizational and Doctrinal Trends in Mounted Maneuver Reconnaissance from the Interwar Years to Operation Iraqi Freedom by Robert S Cameron. Reading a bit of it from time to time. Last time to check interwar mechanized cavalry organization.

Fire for Effect: Field Artillery and Close Air Support in the US Army by John McGrath. Got to WWII. Quite interesting.

Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth. Kinda abandoned it since I have trouble reading it.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Julius Verne. Got an illustrated edition. Started reading it recently but then stopped.

Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett. Reading a bit of it from time to time. So far it seems to have a human protagonist. Interesting.

Rob P wrote:Currently giving Trouble in Paradise by Slavoj Zizek a go

Saw him on channel 4 news a couple of years ago and then watched the debate where he 'destroyed' Jordan Peterson re Marxism (or so the YT video title suggested).

Jordan Peterson destroys himself when he opens his mouth. He's just another charlatan manipulating people. Lots of them in self-help book field.
Someone recommended me his drivel one day and I instantly hated the person that recommended it because it was just so stupid.
Like, he got that idea that mass shootings are somehow a problem despite that statistically, almost no one goes on mass shootings and almost no one dies in them them so to prevent them he decided to manipulate people by telling them that they shouldn't criticise the society if their life isn't in perfect order. It's just another misdirection to make it impossible to solve externally imposed problems.
Incredibly ableist too. Don't like how the society treats disabled people? Well, you're not living a perfect life so shut up!

They use slogans and appeals to pride and to "positive thinking" to push their real agenda which is inhuman ableist social Darwinism.
I can't stand his followers. They think in alien ways. Lately saw someone talking about their trauma and having bad 20 years and one of them told them to stop putting out negative energy and that if they have food and . How is it a good thing? 1/3 of people in the world not having basic necessities is a sing of the world being a repulsive evil place, not something to feel good about. God, they just make me sick.
I think they don't think in categories of inherent goodness/badness of things but some kind of bizarre hierarchies and they feel better that it makes them higher in the hierarchy. Absolutely repulsive.

Anyway, Jordan Peterson lacks depth of processing and ability to integrate all the trivia he possesses (that is making a generous assumption that he's mentally disabled in some way that stops him from connecting the dots, not actively malicious and deliberately manipulative). What he does is throwing facts and feelings at people and then using credibility he gained by it to push agenda that is completely disconnected from all the information and feelings he threw at people. He keeps getting away with it because he's targeting desperate people who lack the depth of processing themselves.

Alternatively, there's a video from a some guy on youtube showing problems with his thinking. I think he's a bit too gentle, but since I'm specifically targeted for genocide for being disabled thanks to vile ableist propaganda machine he's a part of, I'm not particularly interested to be gentle or neutral or whatever. And also I'm not gentle on ideas anyway. Probably too much Wh40k in formative years. Wait, actually, I am being extremely gentle since my post doesn't sound like something written by Konrad Curze XD . I guess the word is apologetic.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Mon May 04, 2020 5:34 pm

Thanks, Therion. I will watch the video today or tomorrow.

Perturabo gets a pretty good showing in Angel Exterminatus. Can't think of a book i've read where Night Haunter gets development time!

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I've decided to put down Slavoj Zizek for a bit and instead i'm listening to David Harvey's podcast before attempting it again (something like 50 20 min episodes to go through on capitalism through the lens of Marx).

I'm also reading Jack Hunter's 'Greening the Paranormal'. I've read most of his books and i'm convinced that he believes what he's saying about the paranormal, which makes me go all Fox Mulder (I want to believe)
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