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I just finished "Kings of the Wyld" by Nicholas Eames the other day, holy hell this book was amazing.

"A retired group of legendary mercenaries get the band back together for one last impossible mission."

It's a world filled with monsters and there are groups or "bands" of Mercs that go out hunting them, it's basically what if a Metal Band were mercenaries that had fans and "tour" to different places doing missions.
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I read Just Enough too, and have longed for a time machine ever since just to go take a look. I'm sure there are more unsavory aspects of the Edo Period, or any period, than I can imagine, but for a civilization to start as an ecological basket case and end in state of ecological health, that to me seems the bottom line. Civilizations aren't supposed to do that. Ever since I read the book, I wondered, shouldn't we design a community like that? We don't have to have feudal lords and all that, but the lifestyle looks very intriguing. I would just ask to keep modern dentistry, germ theory, and a few other sustainable benefits of modernity.
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I read Just Enough too, and have longed for a time machine ever since just to go take a look. I'm sure there are more unsavory aspects of the Edo Period, or any period, than I can imagine, but for a civilization to start as an ecological basket case and end in state of ecological health, that to me seems the bottom line. Civilizations aren't supposed to do that. Ever since I read the book, I wondered, shouldn't we design a community like that? We don't have to have feudal lords and all that, but the lifestyle looks very intriguing. I would just ask to keep modern dentistry, germ theory, and a few other sustainable benefits of modernity.
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Just a couple books that I found very helpful and wanted to recommend, some of you may have run across them already.

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green From Traditional Japan by Azby Brown

and
A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance by Andy Couturier

Both I think are done well in different ways. Brown's is a nice journey through life in the Edo period and how some of that wisdom can and should be used today. Nice overviews of different aspects and classes of life, and fun and helpful drawings.

Couturier's book gives a glimpse into the lives of very thoughtful, authentic, earnest folk living lives far removed from the modern definition of luxury, yet full of the type of abundance that really matters.

Both of these books were excellent sparks for me when I was looking to bring some of my thoughts together on the way I wanted to live my life going forward. In particular, the idea of "a different kind of luxury" was something that resonated with what I had beed thinking.

I urge you to check them out if you get the chance, though not necessarily through the Amazon Japan links I put above, their prices for electronic versions especially can be a bit absurd.

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cook015 wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 11:59 am
Ever since I read the book, I wondered, shouldn't we design a community like that? We don't have to have feudal lords and all that, but the lifestyle looks very intriguing. I would just ask to keep modern dentistry, germ theory, and a few other sustainable benefits of modernity.
It does sound like a nice way to live, incorporating the best from the past with the best from modern times to make a sustainable and more human way of life.

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While I realise Ernest Cline is an asshole, I always had a soft spot for the book Ready Player One.
I hated the movie because of the big changes they made to the storyline.

And now... Ready Player 2 is here.
The reviews aren't promising but I couldn't help myself.
I already have it loaded on my ipad to read. Will report back.

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I absolutely love Ready Player one, read it multiple times and will keep reading it over and over again. Yeah sure it has some flaws (like how the hell could Wade have watched, played, read all of the things he did in that time??) but I ignore it because it's just fun to read and hits my 80s nostalgia spot perfectly.

I've heard the plot for the second book is the exact same as the first pretty much but you know what? Fuck it I'm down for that.
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While I realise Ernest Cline is an asshole
How comes? I haven't really followed any news about him to be honest.
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not really sure but among my nerdier friends, claiming to like ready player one is like treason. Its supposed to be sexist, racist, badly written etc etc.hence Ernest is a twat and they wouldn't be seen .. yada yada.. but then again these are the kind of ppl who claim to be reading war and peace for a light sunday distraction so I shouldn't put too much into it.

I have never been one to subscribe to the literary snob mob. If I like a book, I like a book. I sometimes even read books that I don't like, just because I am a voracious reader. I am partial to psychotic serial killer type thrillers, long and cross generational historical novels, flat out horror and ghosties, science fiction, non fiction, biographies, autobiographies.. etc etc apart from bodice rippers and romance (unless its borderline (or even over the border erotica) I will pretty much read anything.

I absolutely loved the book, (ready player one) but hated the movie because of the deviation from the original story. (said deviation ironically addressed the alleged sexist/racist bits .. as well as ripped the balls off the original story but anyway)
Senor Gonbe hadn't read the book when we watched the movie and really enjoyed it (but hated me bitching away on the sideline haha) but then he read the book and was like me, baffled as to why they had to change it so much.

oh well.

I am almost done with the Green Mile and then shall dive into Ready Player 2.

PS if you have low morals and want to read the book, hit me up in DM. lol

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gonbechan wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:52 pm
but then again these are the kind of ppl who claim to be reading war and peace for a light sunday distraction
Pfffft, lightweights, they should have a go at all six volumes of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" if they want a little light reading :twisted:

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gonbechan wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:52 pm
I sometimes even read books that I don't like
I can't do that, there's just too many books and too little time to do something like that.
Are there any books you stopped reading because they're totally crap?

As soon as someone mentions Ready Player One on Reddit you get endless posts of people bitching about it, happens every time. I don't get it it's not that bad of a book!
The film was meh, I wouldn't expect nothing less from today's Spielberg. Bit of shame but it's kind of unfilmable by Hollywood standards.
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PS if you have low morals and want to read the book, hit me up in DM. lol
Cheers but I managed to get my copy, need to finish Cyberpunk first then I'll dive in.
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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:30 pm

I can't do that, there's just too many books and too little time to do something like that.
Are there any books you stopped reading because they're totally crap?

there have been yes. Especially books with masses of unnecessary dialogue. There have been books where the plot is intriguing but the characters keep whittering on about shit that is irrelevant. That's when I close up the book and go on to read something else.

Books that are really well written but not really to my taste.. I will read.

I have a group of friends and we share our books (Using Calibre now but in the past exchanging the real books) Between us, over the decades, we have made many an author rich. I still have over a thousand real books, all now in boxes, that I don't know what to do with. Nobody wants them and I just can't bring myself to throw them away.

On average, I read 2 or 3 books a week. So I do end up reading stuff that normally I wouldn't. Sometimes its a good thing because it then expands my future enjoyment.
If left to my own devices and finances, I would stick to authors and genres I know and really enjoy, but with our group, I have very much expanded my reading base.