Wackbag Book Club April Selection Thread

Which would you most like to read?

  • Ghost

    Votes: 2 20.0%
  • Golden Buddha

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Off Armageddon Reef

    Votes: 3 30.0%
  • The Man in the High Castle

    Votes: 5 50.0%

  • Total voters
    10

BIV

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#1
Ghost - John Ringo

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What the goodreads description doesn't say you can find on wiki:
These books contain scenes of bondage and torture, as well as, for the United States, under age sex.
I will also add a shitload of terrorist killing. Unapologetic penis fodder. The only downside is this book is almost a prequel to the rest of the series with goes a different, but great, direction.

Golden Buddha - Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo

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Action, adventure, high tech goodness. Not the best of the series, but good luck putting it down. Juan Cabrillo is the man. Well, okay, Ghost is THE man, but Juan is good.

Off Armageddon Reef - David Weber

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The finest in Sci-fi/fantasy. Ask NeonTaster. It's really that good. Concepts that while seemingly simple, I've just never seen anywhere else.

The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick

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This is my dark horse, since I've never read it. Since I'm a huge alt-history fan, I figured I should include one of the classics in the genre. (The other I was tossing around was A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)


I have "loaner" Kindle mobis of The Man in the High Castle (an easy google for that one) and for Ghost.
 

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I will say this about Off Armageddon Reef - it is VERY unique, as BIV says. It lives in the gap between being a Sci-fi/Fantasy hybrid and a Sci-fi/Alt History or Historical fiction hybrid. It reminded me of The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card, but none of you have read that so that won't mean anything to you.

How about this - the characters in this book are distinctively smart. Meaning that if someone is a king, then he isn't just a fucking idiot. The people who run the world of this book are appropriately smart for their station in life, which is something that I don't take for granted AT ALL. All too often characters are stupid when they are in a position they wouldn't be in if they were stupid. The major players in this story are no fools, and there are many different levels of "good guys" and "bad guys." Definitely an interesting, detailed, complex, and nuanced story. I already read the sequel and might just read the third in the series if it gets picked. I'll just be happy to bullshit about it with you guys. The David Weber thread has about 8 pages of me and BIV talking about it and the sequel.
 

DrewDown

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#3
I have to go with The Man in the High Castle because it's such a major hole in my PKD library.
 

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Deciding between 3 and 4. I trust book ratings and the first two have ratings that are pretty scary.
 

LiddyRules

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I debated between Reef and Castle. Chose Reef.
 

BIV

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Deciding between 3 and 4. I trust book ratings and the first two have ratings that are pretty scary.
Without trying to push, I've seen those reviews. The first two are not for book snobs. If you are looking for a deep story or to find yourself, it ain't gonna happen in the first two. I'd also say a large percentage of the people who shit on Ghost are doing it because of the content. It really is NC-17+ Tarantino with no care about dialog and no morals.
 

BIV

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I almost put a fantasy book in instead of the Dick book. After the challenging Highrise and a non-fiction this month, I thought we should lighten things up a bit.
 

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Contrary to my habit (responsibility?) of 11th hour voting, I went ahead and picked The Man in the High Castle... been wanting to read that for a while so this was an easy decision for me.
 

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Voted for Reef on account that I read High Castle a month or two ago. It's a great novel and I highly recommend it. Although, it's short, and depending on how Reef is, one might be able to do both in a month.
 

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Voted for Reef on account that I read High Castle a month or two ago. It's a great novel and I highly recommend it. Although, it's short, and depending on how Reef is, one might be able to do both in a month.
OAR is 605 pages, TMitHC is 259 pages. Depending on how far I'm along in ASOIAF #3, I might try to do both, but if I could only do one I'd pick High Castle.
 

TomC

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Do you guys vote on your fav that you hope others will read or one the sounds cool to you that you have not read. I KNOW even before I vote to see the results that Clive Cussler will get no love. I have said before that I am such a faggot for all things NUMA and Clive Cussler. If you want fun fast reads the little ship Oregon and Capt Juan Cabrillo will not let you down.

fun fact- Did you know that Clive Cussler has a real company named NUMA and they found the CSS Hunley( The first sub to ever sink an enemy ship) in Charleston Harbor.
 

LiddyRules

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I vote for the ones I haven't read yet that sound the most interesting.
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Even my list last time was for 2 books I read, and 2 books I hadn't read
 

BIV

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Do you guys vote on your fav that you hope others will read or one the sounds cool to you that you have not read. I KNOW even before I vote to see the results that Clive Cussler will get no love. I have said before that I am such a faggot for all things NUMA and Clive Cussler. If you want fun fast reads the little ship Oregon and Capt Juan Cabrillo will not let you down.

fun fact- Did you know that Clive Cussler has a real company named NUMA and they found the CSS Hunley( The first sub to ever sink an enemy ship) in Charleston Harbor.
This is why I put it in there. I didn't think it would get a lot of love, but maybe it would make it onto people's short lists anyway.
 

LiddyRules

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Bump + When Does Voting End?
 

Neon

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Bump + When Does Voting End?
I'm still holding out. I sorta want to vote for OAR even though I've read it just because I want you guys to read it, but if I see that Castle is the way you are going I won't force a tie.
 

LiddyRules

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I can assure you I will get to OAR whether Castle is #1 or #2. I can understand how a 608 page book can be daunting for some.
 

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I can assure you I will get to OAR whether Castle is #1 or #2. I can understand how a 608 page book can be daunting for some.
Really? Honestly, I consider anything under 600 pages to be a short book. I guess I've always been a fan of the tome. Although I do understand the need for shorter books for the purposes of the book club.
 

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I had the audiobook of man in the high castle years ago. I never finished it though. If anyone has a copy pm me.
 

BIV

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#22
Truth be told, if I knew the direction you folks were going to go, I wouldn't have included the PKD book. I thought you were going to flock to Ghost or Reef.
 

DrewDown

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My copy of Man in the High Castle just arrived. I'll start soon.