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761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: February 08, 2011, 04:15:27 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 08, 2011, 01:06:52 PM

The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie

Believe it or not. The books just get better. I have The Heroes - his latest - qued up to read soon.
762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Terra Nova on: February 07, 2011, 10:17:41 PM
It sounds similar to a series of books by Julian May I read back in the 80's.
763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: February 07, 2011, 10:10:50 PM
Sandman Slim by Richard Cadrey. This was a bad ass book about a hitman that escapes from hell. He wants revenge on the people that sent him there in the first place. The writing was great and there was a lot of dark cynicism from the first page. I love a book with a good anti-hero. One of the best lines was something like: "My new scar should have a power ballad written about it."
764  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: February 06, 2011, 03:42:46 AM
The Hangman's Daughter was an excellent read. It's a great mystery and a really interesting look at life in 1600's Germany.
765  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Kindle bargain thread on: February 05, 2011, 02:34:04 AM
Oh crap. I didn't even think about putting it here. Duh.

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie is down to $2.99. I think I paid 12 or 13 bucks when it came out.
766  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Kindle bargain thread on: February 04, 2011, 11:00:05 PM
That's exactly why I bought a kindle version. I got a signed one at zombcon last year but prefer to keep it on the shelf. He was a really cool guy.
767  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / eBook bargain thread on: February 04, 2011, 08:11:59 PM
I saw this on another forum. If you come across a bargain, post away.

World War Z by Max Brooks is $5 right now
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson is $2.99
768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/4/11 on: February 04, 2011, 06:56:40 PM
Try to finish Dead Space 2
Demon's Souls!
769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 06:54:01 PM
Watched Repomen last night. Talk about how NOT to do a twist ending. BLECH!
770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] The crippled god has gone gold! on: February 04, 2011, 06:51:54 PM
Maybe Erikson just stepped in and did some tweaking/rewriting. Even the first few paragraphs of Crimson come off sounding epic. A big shift from Knives.
771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 03, 2011, 10:50:03 PM
Oldboy! Talk about a double gut punch.
772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist endings on: February 03, 2011, 10:49:21 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 03, 2011, 09:03:48 PM

I agree with Crusis -- I think "The Last Exorcism" last year had one of the worst "shocker endings" I ever saw, because it was as if was tacked onto the wrong movie and mistakenly inserted from perhaps
Spoiler for Hiden:
Rosemary's Baby and The Blair Witch Project
. I'm not certain it qualifies as a "twist" ending because it sort of fits the movie's theme (it's not like aliens suddenly port in from outer space, or the priest turns out to be a woman or something), though not its overall tone. Well, maybe that IS a twist.  icon_smile

For many viewers and critics the ending completely ruined an otherwise often fascinating film. It may have even stunted its box office prospects. It was as if the film studio and/or filmmakers "lost their nerve" and couldn't settle for a quietly disturbing film that leaves you to draw your own conclusions at the end -- they felt they had to Spell It Out.

I liked the movie a lot until the last few minutes.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The whole time I had to wonder if she was even possessed. I found the "Her soul's in hell!" thing to be a real give away but only after it was over. I should have seen it coming hehe.

Not to mention the reverend doing parlor tricks, the dad being right the entire time ... good flick but who in the hell thought that ending would make people happy?! BLECH!
773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Twist Endings on: February 03, 2011, 07:36:17 PM
The Last Exorcism - although that movie was full of twists and turns. I still hated the ending.
774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: February 01, 2011, 04:25:45 PM
Got a Nook color. Rooted it to run full Android. It is a fun little device and it is great to read on at night. I just wish it was a little bit lighter.

I got one for my wife as well and gave it the same treatment. She has been playing Angry Birds since I gave it to her.
775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/28/11 on: January 28, 2011, 10:50:23 PM
I seem to be obsessed with Demon's Souls at the moment. I have Dead Space 2 but I don't know if I want to even crack the plastic yet. Also picked up Fallout Vegas for the PS3 since it is still on sale at GS. Pretty solid gaming weekend lined up!
776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus Season Two on: January 27, 2011, 04:36:34 AM
Wifey and I just caught the first episode. The writing was pretty good. I liked watching Hannah's acting, once again. The end of the episode was brutal as hell! I can't wait to see how this season ramps up. The sex and violence were way over the top - thank goodness.
777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dropbox - anyone here use it? on: January 27, 2011, 04:28:08 AM
Everyday. I use the Dropbox utility on my Macbook pro. Every file I save to the dropbox directory is automatically synced online. I'm a writer and having a good backup is essential. I only use it for documents. I haven't ever tried it for other types of files. I even have drop box on my ipad.
778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: January 27, 2011, 01:37:56 AM

Quote from: happydog on January 26, 2011, 06:41:35 AM

By the way, I got the Nook Color yesterday.

How do you like it so far?

I found someone at work with one and he already had it rooted. He had Angry Birds and the Kindle app loaded. I'm pretty much sold and plan to pick up a pair this weekend. My wife wants a Galaxy but I can buy two of these for the same price.
779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: January 26, 2011, 10:56:09 PM

Quote from: JayDee on January 22, 2011, 01:31:04 AM

I had to look up 2nd person to see what that even meant. Now that I know what it is I don't think I've ever read a book that was in 2nd person, other than Choose Your Own Adventure Stories. I don't even know how it would work as a full-fledged novel. Wow.

The whole book isn't written in second. I would say about 15% of it at the most. It is very well done and very seamless.

I have always enjoyed 2nd person. I took some writing classes and it was sort of shunned but I managed to work some into one of my books.

Ignore if you don't want to see my shameless derail. This is from Among the Living:

The splash of burgundy is shocking against the carpet, red on tan like a tie-dyed t-shirt gone wrong. You try to roll over, but the pain makes you pay for the effort. Your hand is pressed to your neck so that you can still feel spreading warmth against your palm. It flows in a pulsing rush, and if you had a throat, you would probably scream.

How long until you pass on? How long until the blood stops pumping through your heart? Itís going to sputter to a halt soon. Sure youíve had murmurs before, but this is going to be the granddaddy of them all, the last shuddering pulse of the most complicated muscle in your body running on E.
780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 26, 2011, 10:37:04 PM
It was the spider, yes indeed. After the first boss I thought maybe it wouldn't be so bad.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I have a few pieces of upgraded gear. My sword is +3 but I just realized how useful the spear is along with target lock and use of the O button to jump back. I pretty much flew through this level after learning it.

I have the jeweled shield thing but can't use it yet. I have a knight's shield now +2. I have the sticky white substance (eww) and one thing of the flaming stuff for weapons. I realized later that when the spider charges up I should haul ass to the end of the area.

I only lost about 12 souls - I have also learned to say F it and go spend souls when I have enough to buy a few stats or upgrades.

One weird thing happened that I can't figure out. I was in soul form and I was fighting one of those fat flame throwing guys. I killed one and used a heal. For some reason it said "You have been restored" and I had all my health back. I wonder if I used an item by accident.

If ya'll have any tips for the spider, I am all ears. Thanks!

781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 26, 2011, 04:17:55 PM
Wow. The second boss owned my ass six ways from Sunday. I think the fight lasted all of 45 seconds. Back to collecting souls for upgrades.
782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: January 25, 2011, 06:58:56 PM
So it is possible to 'root' the color nook and turn it into a $250 android tablet. I watched a video on youtube where the little guy was snappier than a galaxy tab. Tempting! I think it would be pretty ironic to load the android Kindle on this. Has anyone had any experience?

783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 25, 2011, 05:52:34 PM
Tower Knight ... My bad. Sarcasm fail.  icon_biggrin
784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 25, 2011, 05:32:22 PM

That's what just happened with this game. I have tried to get into it a few times over the past year but yesterday, for the first time, I actually accomplished a few things. I see what all the hype is about now. The game is ridiculously hard but it is so rewarding. When I beat the first demon I felt like having a party.

Impatience is truly the enemy in this game. Now that I have learned to step back and take my time I have some decent gear and I'm getting anxious to try taking on the tower knight. Wish me luck!
785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/24) on: January 24, 2011, 05:01:48 PM
Dead Space 2 but I'm not sure which platform. Has anyone seen a comparison?
786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 24, 2011, 04:58:07 PM
Jesus-Neo resurrected! Bring them on.
787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: January 24, 2011, 04:44:12 PM
Thanks Caine. I have gotten it into a few Barnes and Nobles in Seattle. The big one downtown carries it.

I have a new trilogy coming out - hopefully this year the first book will see publication. They will be in all brick and mortar stores. Audio versions and foreign editions should follow. I hope I can talk about the publisher soon.
788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: January 24, 2011, 05:07:00 AM
The Zombie Wilson Diaries somehow ended up on this list. I am flattered and I'm also in 2nd place, holy hell! So if you have a second and you enjoyed the book, please swing by and drop me a vote. This ends in 2 days. Thanks all!

789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/20/11 on: January 23, 2011, 05:15:24 AM
Little Big Planet 2! The local Redbox had a copy.
790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: January 21, 2011, 08:22:17 PM
I finished Everything Matters. It was a very strong book as far as writing. The POV jumps were nearly schizophrenic. On the other hand I really like it when an author can switch to 2nd person and you don't even notice.

The first half was great. The second half not so much and I pretty much hated the ending.

Reading: The Hangman's Daughter and about to start on a friends book for a blurb. He just finished his new book Empire's End. David Dunwoody is his name. He writes great zombies with the Grim Reaper tossed into the mix.
791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Darwin 2011 frontrunners on: January 21, 2011, 04:43:57 PM
This was local for me. On the news last night they had a certified mechanic leaning over an engine explaining why it is a bad idea spray gas straight into a carburetter. Captain Obvious was he.
792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Being Human on: January 20, 2011, 08:31:58 PM
It took me a few minutes when the cop's were sitting at the table then ... "That's Jacob!!"

Nice to see him on the show.

Overall I liked the show and set it up to record the season.
793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Being Human on: January 20, 2011, 05:48:44 PM
The first episode wasn't too bad. Better than I thought it would be. One thing that turned me off right away! I don't know if it's a spoiler but just to be safe ...

Spoiler for Hiden:
How come the vampire can walk around in daylight? At first I thought it was some Twilight BS. Did I miss a piece of dialog?
794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: January 18, 2011, 04:24:49 PM
I finished:

Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan - It's nice to reread the books. Lots of stuff I forgot over the years.
Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon- J. L. Bourne - Loved it! Read it in 2 days.

Reading: Everything Matters - Ron Currie
795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 17, 2011, 02:31:13 PM
The Korean movie Chaser. Bring a strong constitution and possibly a barf bag. It was that good.
796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time 13: Towers of Midnight on: January 13, 2011, 07:55:33 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on January 13, 2011, 01:09:22 AM

Everyones entitled to their opinion but e-readers are not "gadgets".  The screens for most e-readers are not LCD.  You can fight the future all you want but digital books will out sell paper books fairly soon.  Until you have used one for awhile you probably wont get the appeal.  The e-ink screens read just like a paper book.  Its great to have a paperback book but its awesome to have a digital library at your fingertips in a handheld easy to use format.  Im sure I wont chnge your mind but I am an avid reader and have read 1000's of paperback books.  After using my Nook e-reader for just over a month, I have no intentions of picking up a paperback to read again.  Its like choosing to ride a horse to work instead of driving your car.

Could not agree more. It took me about 5 minutes to decide I loved my kindle. I was so unsure about reading on a screen. My ebook sales started to outpace my paperback sales about six months ago. Not to mention, I get a hell of a lot more in royalties (50%) over my PB book sales. October sales on Amazon had me selling about 65% ebook over PB. I don't have numbers for other places like Barnes and Noble or Powell's. I just know that my royalty checks have done nothing but increase thanks to the kindle. Plus I have a self pubbed novella out that sells about 50 copies a month. Not a lot but I make almost $2 per sale and I really don't promote the damn thing.

But back to TWOT. I read somewhere that the final book will be out March 2012.

I'm in the middle of a reread as well and up to Fires of Heaven. I love the tweets that Sanderson is putting out. Stuff like "30% before first braid tug"


797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Directv DVR receiver sucks on: January 13, 2011, 07:39:53 PM
I HATE the Directv box. I read that the newer one is much faster but it is $200. The rest of the service is great. In the 18 months we have had it, we have never lost signal and I live in near Seattle where it is grey 75% of the time. The DISH box we had was great but the signal with them was crap.
798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]The Cape on: January 11, 2011, 03:31:28 AM
It was a struggle to make it through the first hour. It was rushed, disjointed - it was like they tried to do a half season in 45 minutes. I didn't watch the second half. Deleted it.

It was bad. Like Sci-fi channel movie bad. Am I the only one that hated it?

799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/03) on: January 06, 2011, 05:35:30 AM
Ascendency on iPad! That is all.
800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Holiday Haul 2010 on: January 03, 2011, 05:01:57 PM
Much cheaper than last year!

Just Cause 2
Alpha Protocol
PB Winterbottom
Super Meatboy

JC 2 is pretty amazing. I had no idea it was so over the top fun.
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