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So much for starting at the gym. I had to go to the hospital this morning, got discharged this afternoon but I can't do anything physical for a week and after that I have to reduce and avoid heavy lifting so it's pretty much limited to cardio for a month.


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Recently got done reading all the witcher books. Anyone have any book suggestions? I'm good for anything really as long as the characters are interesting

 

 

edit: probably going to read ringworld since despite being my username since 2004 I've never actually read the book :lol:. 

 

I don't know what you've read or what you like, but here's some stuff I've enjoyed very much so over the years, off the top of my head:

 

Modern literature

  • A Song of Ice and Fire series: Character-driven medieval fantasy. Realistic in the sense that importance or plot won't save any character. The prose isn't that good, however. Doesn't actually avoid tropes or cliches, as many believe or claim. Compared to high-fantasy like Lord of the Rings, it's not so much world-building as it is character-building. Indescribably superior to the HBO TV series.
  • His Dark Materials trilogy: I read this series a few years back. Doesn't have the depth of series with similar audiences in mind (Harry Potter, Narnia), but it's refreshing because of its approach to religion/divinity.
  • Anything of Terry Prachett's. Witty humor supplements fantasy. There's plenty of times you're also hit with some deep moral questions/problems. I especially like Nightwatch and Hogfather. Death is probably my favorite character throughout the series, for various reasons.

 

Modernist

  • U.S.A. Trilogy by Dos Passos: Excellent historical fiction. The lives of fictional smallfolk are the center of his work as they live through political, economic, and social changes after the turn of the century. The first book in the series really captures young naivete, especially in the modern setting with youth being attracted to Bernie Sanders for idealistic reasons, and how they'll be disappointed because they won't do their part when working towards a "socialist revolution" sort of thing, which will probably make Sanders look at fault in the end (if Sanders becomes president, to be clear).
  • The Hollow Men / The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock / The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot: Excellent poetry. The samples here are my favorites. The Hollow Men simply has amazing and haunting imagery. Reading The Love Song... from a modern perspective is humurous when you realize how well a all the flavors of the stereotypical "nice guy" can be substituted in place. And The Waste Land, much like The Hollow Men, is beautiful and haunting; however, it requires careful reading for full appreciation, unlike the other. I'd advise against learning about the man himself if separating the author from his work isn't easy for you.
  • Ulysses / Dubliners / A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: Excellent works if the writing style doesn't ruin them for you. They can be a mouthful to read, however. I'd do no justice summarizing these works, but at the same time, they require an investment to appreciate, so I suppose these works aren't advisable unless you enjoy other modernist works.

 

Romantic/Transcendentalist/Gothic

  • Civil Disobedience and Walden by Henry David Thoreau: Both are excellent and relevant to modern political and social movements, especially the former. Many people seem to have some concept of civil disobedience, but don't understand it honestly or properly (see the Snowden controversies), resulting in faulty idealizations or arguments/understandings of what we, as citizens, should do in the face of injustice by the state. In summary: "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison." If your English teacher in high school didn't ruin Walden, I'd advise reading that as well.
  • Much of anything by Poe. He essentially laid the groundwork for detective work through fiction. His usage of unreliable narrators in many works adds another dimension. Most of his works can be read in a sitting, so there's really no need to explicitly point out any in particular, I suppose. Favorites, prose or poem, of mine include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, and The Cask of Amontillado.
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Excellent feminist work. Very similar to many of Poe's works in execution. Very short, so I don't want to give too much away.
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: Another excellent work featuring an unreliable narrator. A wonderful ghost story, even if the authenticity of the ghosts is debatable.
  • John Keats: A sickly young man, he died young, and his grasp of mortality is present through many of his poems.

 

Older

  • Many of Shakespeare's plays are wonderful if you read them at your own pace without the burden of a grade. As You Like It is my favorite, especially when considering actors were exclusively male (a young boy would have acted as Rosalind, who goes on to disguise herself as a man... who later, as a man, plays the role of a woman...). There's the dramas and tragedies, such as Macbeth and Hamlet, but also Othello, and the histories (both Henry IV parts) and others. Funnily enough, I've never read Romeo and Juliet...
  • John Skelton of the Tudor era, if you have the patience to translate Ye Olde Englifh. I like to romanticize him as the first rapper due to his structure (contemporaries considered his works doggerel). His lyrics are obscene and insulting, to boot.
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The Forever War.

Pretty much perfect sci-fi. Sequels get shittier though.

 

I am playing the waiting game with my knee... MRI on 27. and then I will know exactly how [bleep]ed and for how long will I be. Probably no proper exercising for at least 8 months.

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So I've noticed this thread's regulars all follow similar trends.

 

RPG is constantly dealing with psycho exes.

Muggi reminds us of the joys of polygamy.

Saq is totally oblivious to how much chicks dig him.

I strike out every other week.

Kalphite wages a war against the friend zone.

Randox pretty much stays rational.

Etc, etc

 

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At least in single player games I don't have 12 year olds telling me i suck and insulting my mother

I don't run into that because I don't play call of duty with voice chat on with complete strangers.

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Recently got done reading all the witcher books. Anyone have any book suggestions? I'm good for anything really as long as the characters are interesting

 

 

edit: probably going to read ringworld since despite being my username since 2004 I've never actually read the book :lol:.

Have you read the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss?
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Recently got done reading all the witcher books. Anyone have any book suggestions? I'm good for anything really as long as the characters are interesting

 

 

edit: probably going to read ringworld since despite being my username since 2004 I've never actually read the book :lol:.

Have you read the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss?

 

 

Seconding this. Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy is awesome character-driven fantasy as well (also obviously a Song of Ice and Fire is mindblowing but I figure at this point it's so well known you don't need it to be recommended lol).

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Recently got done reading all the witcher books. Anyone have any book suggestions? I'm good for anything really as long as the characters are interesting

 

 

edit: probably going to read ringworld since despite being my username since 2004 I've never actually read the book :lol:.

Have you read the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss?

 

 

Seconding this. Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy is awesome character-driven fantasy as well (also obviously a Song of Ice and Fire is mindblowing but I figure at this point it's so well known you don't need it to be recommended lol).

 

Also Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I haven't actually read it myself yet, though I want to soon, but my brother heavily recommended it, and it has won just about every major SciFi award (Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and two or three more) so it has to do something right :P

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Congrats on adulthood.

 

No recreational marijuana where I live though. Yet.


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So I'm in Canada as many of you know and I still haven't been murdered by a bear.  :D

If you're going north then you should worry more about the moose. I've witnessed a moose attacking a pickup. The truck was totaled and the moose walked away like it was nothing.

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So I'm in Canada as many of you know and I still haven't been murdered by a bear. :D

If you're going north then you should worry more about the moose. I've witnessed a moose attacking a pickup. The truck was totaled and the moose walked away like it was nothing.
Seconded.

 

In other news I have barely started and already hate college/university applications as I personally cannot follow all of the info required, when it is required, etc... Along with that they all take ages to respond to email inquires, I'm sure due to sheer volume, but anything that works slower than me is an annoyance.

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Pretty sure almost all of us went through that process, so feel free to ask us any questions you have

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Pretty sure almost all of us went through that process, so feel free to ask us any questions you have

Ehh, right now half my problem is I am applying for programs that require a ton of supplementary documentation and I either physically or mentally can't understand when they require the documents.

 

I also mean a literal ton of supplementary documents from a resume to immunation forms and beyond. Along with this some of the documentation is required you get from specific approved sources, etc... So I need to figure out when/where to get them so I can send them at the appropriate time.

 

I really should just make some time and call the appropriate people instead of trying to use email for everything. Only one of the schools I am looking at provides a nice easy checklist of documentation required to be sent with the application.

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Election night in Canada. Interesting enough so far. Global News is already declaring a Liberal Government, which seems a bit premature (most ridings have returned less than 10% of their votes. British Columbia is still voting), but not unexpected since it looks like the Liberal Government has taken every riding in the Atlantic Region. As annoying as the long election season has been, it's been relatively interesting for Canadian politics I think. If anything, the length seems to have come back to haunt the Conservatives, who only started losing the lead to the Liberals in the last week or so.

 

Anywho, I look forward to staying up too late to see if I can at least see a confirmation on who will lead the new government, and maybe see if there is a solid guess on majority or minority government. Ah, good times.

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Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll make sure to check all of them out

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Yeah, it's been quite an interesting election. Given how late the liberals really started gaining, I wonder if the longer campaign benefited them the most.

 

Anyway, it looks pretty likely to be a lib majority at this point. Can't say I'm thrilled, but I suppose it's not that surprising.


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Yes I, too, have been the victim of a moose attack. Feel free to ask me any questions about it

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Of all my exciting plans you decided to examine my quip about not being attacked by a bear.......

 

I'm just excited to do my travelling lol. I'm not an outdoors person you won't find me in the forests. I'm just looking forward to having an exciting new year for once, getting drunk in Montreal and spending my birthday with my American side of the family.

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I had a longer post typed out about the rest of your plans, but my aunt's cat decided to ruin it by sprawling across the keyboard. The only really salvagable part was the moose thing (which, despite being a true story, wasn't particularly serious), so I posted it and went to find food before baseball started. Besides, that bear quip was the important part. I felt compelled to warn you of the true threat to mankind, the majestic moose of Canada. If we ever manage to recruit them into our military, this world shall be ours.

 

Toronto is actually the only place on your list I've been. I've been there 4 times. There are definitely reasons to go, but if it wasn't for Blue Jays baseball I wouldn't have gone back the third and fourth times. I'm not a city person, though. Even London is way too big for my liking.

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Yay, I received Japanese Pokémon Pearl in the mail yesterday :D

Completes my collection as far as I'm concerned.

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Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti...


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I had a longer post typed out about the rest of your plans, but my aunt's cat decided to ruin it by sprawling across the keyboard. The only really salvagable part was the moose thing (which, despite being a true story, wasn't particularly serious), so I posted it and went to find food before baseball started. Besides, that bear quip was the important part. I felt compelled to warn you of the true threat to mankind, the majestic moose of Canada. If we ever manage to recruit them into our military, this world shall be ours.

 

 

Yeah, when we finally get the moose cavalry in place we will be set so far as land power. Next step is to domesticate the Narwhals and Geese to secure the other two areas of warfare.

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I had a longer post typed out about the rest of your plans, but my aunt's cat decided to ruin it by sprawling across the keyboard. The only really salvagable part was the moose thing (which, despite being a true story, wasn't particularly serious), so I posted it and went to find food before baseball started. Besides, that bear quip was the important part. I felt compelled to warn you of the true threat to mankind, the majestic moose of Canada. If we ever manage to recruit them into our military, this world shall be ours.

 

Toronto is actually the only place on your list I've been. I've been there 4 times. There are definitely reasons to go, but if it wasn't for Blue Jays baseball I wouldn't have gone back the third and fourth times. I'm not a city person, though. Even London is way too big for my liking.

 

I was born in a big city (London UK) and I thought I had outgrown it and gotten bored of big city life - moved to a town about an hour away by train. I hated it because there was barely anything to do, and it's a bit of a dingy town with some horrid locals. I can't really name any great experiences there that weren't influenced by people who go to the University with me on the outskirts of town. I've never been to Toronto apart from landing at Pearson 7 weeks ago (how has time gone so quickly? Slow down). I watched the baseball yesterday on television whilst following the election. I was sitting next to a really disgruntled conservative who was whining about immigration as the map had sections coloured in red on the television. I'm not a politics person - I disagree strongly with my boyfriend when we talk about politics so I like to avoid the topic where possible. Everyone's been to Toronto from my friendship group so far and loved it, so I've made it a point to go. I really like London ON so far in that it seems to be bang on the kind of sized city I would like to live in - not too big (compared to London UK) but still a good amount of things going on. I think there's good variety of things to do here - I've barely left campus 

 

Also, I have forgotten the brand of maple syrup that I fell in love with. Ben and Jerry's maple syrup that was bought for me as a present really isn't cutting it  :(

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