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  1. My coworker is from Bad Axe, one of her friends from high school moved from Bad Axe to Broken Bow, Oklahoma. I know cool story bro, but I couldn’t pass up sharing because I never heard of Bad Axe until happy hour last week.
  2. Excessive use of the phrase “To be honest with you”. Q: Did you enjoy dinner? A: To be honest with you, I did not, my steak was a little undercooked. just drop the to be honest phrase, it is not needed. I assume you deal with me in honesty. If you don’t preface your statement with to be honest, what should I assume?
  3. I’m pretty sure I picked up Replay off this thread too and loved it. I’ll try the North book lol n your recommendation, thanks!
  4. Reading the The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. According to the cover “Now a STARZ original series. 115 pages in, interesting enough so far. The main character is part of a secret society that defends Great Britain against paranormal threats and crisis situations.
  5. I usually don’t see Anathem as highly ranked but as a Catholic I’m a sucker for anything monk like. other Monk oriented reads I liked include A Canticle for Leibovitz which is post apocalypse science fiction https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Canticle_for_Leibowitz and In The Name of the Rose which is historical fiction murder mystery https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_of_the_Rose
  6. imo Snow Crash Baroque Cycle (3 books) Anathem Reamde Fall, or Dodge in Hell
  7. I love Stephenson but does anyone reread his tomes? I’ve wanted to reread the Baroque Cycle but can’t muster the energy.
  8. I’m new to NASCAR, nephew somehow progressed from playing with Hot Wheels to the cup series. Me, Dad, and brother in law took the nephew and my son to Texas 2 years ago and we had a blast. Really thought the dirt track race was fun. Interesting to see rubber accumulated on dirt, seeing the grooves form on the track, the visibility issues. Amazed to see guys like Truex run races back to back. God job NASCAR.
  9. Saw the first name Honey Boy on the last training class roster. Trainers said it was his legal name not a nickname.
  10. I’ve read both but at different ages. I read the Stand at 16 or 17 and thought it was the grittiest and most suspenseful book I had read at that time. I read Swan Song at 39, and appreciated it but it won’t be as memorable as the Stand for me.
  11. Your list looks like my list, finished both Legion and long way in the past month and agree with recommendations. also just finished and recommend Embers of War by Gareth Powell
  12. I saw a large banner on the pedestrian bridge over 635 by Dallas Medical Center. “COVID-19 vaccine makers have no liability”.
  13. Read the first 3 Murderbot diaries by Martha Wells. These are novellas, quick easy reads, fairly simple plots, but not necessarily predictable. Science fiction, 1st person perspective (1st Artificial Intelligence perspective, really). Started We Are Legion (We are Bob) More AI science fiction. About half way through and really like it. Kind of reminds me of Asimov Foundation books, but more sarcastic and less serious mood.
  14. Thanks for the Clarke recommendation, I enjoyed the Jonathan Strange novel. I didn’t know she was struggling with illness https://www.npr.org/2020/09/14/911998413/home-sweet-labyrinth-susanna-clarkes-mysterious-piranesi-will-lock-you-in if you like Clarke, you might like Mervyn Peake https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/gormenghast/novels/trilogy.html Titus Groan is a long slow moving, slog I know that is not a ringing endorsement but at the end you look back and it feels strangely rewarding. I wouldn’t call it fantasy but it has magical qualities to it. Edgar Allen Poe and Neil Gaiman come to mind when reading Peak. If you like to read a broad range of fantasy styles this should be in your library.
  15. Principles / Ray Dalio comes up in podcasts I listen to. Tim Ferris mentions it a lot but haven’t gotten around to tracking it down.
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