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Salutations

Postby Nebbie » Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:55 am

Neb here...

just wanted to drop by and say hello :D

Hope everyone is doing well and I wish you all the very best!

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:18 am

hey Neb, things are good here. I hope life is treating you well :)

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Re: Salutations

Postby Littlabit » Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:54 am

HEY neb! long time no see. any chance of you coming back ? How is life treating you? hope all is going well with you and /hugs
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Re: Salutations

Postby Jhereg » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:02 am

Hi Nebbie, its been a bit of time since we last saw you. How are things?

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Re: Salutations

Postby Silly » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:08 am

OMG Nebbie!!! Miss seeing you around here! Hope life is good!

HUGS!

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Re: Salutations

Postby Anareon » Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:16 am

Heya Nebbie, good to hear from you.

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Re: Salutations

Postby Nebbie » Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:11 pm

Anareon, Silly, Jhereg, Bit, and Jaffod! (And the rest of you too!)

Nice to see so many friendly faces from days gone by :)

Life for me has been scarily busy - designing things for our troops and just now getting my head above water after almost three years. I'm not playing any online games and haven't for awhile. I've dabbled my gnomish toes in nearly all the games out there, but nothing is quite the same as our past. I've very many fond memories and it brought me back to say hello and catch up a bit. Keep up the good work gang - in Life and online. I'm occupying my new found free time with some books...I'll gladly take recommendations for fantasy or science fiction...perhaps another genre if you feel strongly about the book being good :lol:

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Re: Salutations

Postby Mattaris » Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:46 pm

For a good book neb, you might want to check out Dragonworld, its a fantastic book, just a cheesy title ^^
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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:59 am

read anything by Iain M. Banks, he also writes as Iain Banks but that is his non-sci fi stuff. I would start with Consider Phlebus or Player of Games to get a feel for his writting. I would not recommend starting off with Use of Weapons as it is rather complicated

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Re: Salutations

Postby Mattaris » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:09 am

I'll have to check that out as well Jaffod.
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Re: Salutations

Postby Keldinaar » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:56 am

Heya Nebbie, good to hear from you!! We've had a few of our alumni drop by in the recent past to say hello. Glad to hear everything's going well for you, drop by more often and say hello.........and of course we'd always love to see you back!! :) :)

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:37 am

quick note, Iain Banks is not the easist author to find in the USA, I think it is worth the hunt though :)

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Re: Salutations

Postby Szork » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:00 am

Hey Nebbie, good to hear from ya!

I just finished reading what I consider one of the best sci-fi books ever written. The author's from Toronto, and I've actually had a chance to speak with him. He is a marine-biologist-turned-author, who takes great care to research the technical side of his ideas, and provides those references as well (without taking away from the story). A true master of the genre, I think.

Also, his books are available free online. Or you can order from Amazon if you don't like reading on a screen.

http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts.htm

I started with Blindsight - loved it. The trilogy (Starfish, Maelstrom, Behemoth) is also excellent.

Enjoy!

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:18 am

thanks for the link Szork, I will take a look at that :)

You are almost as rare a sighting as Nebby these days, how is life in TO?

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Re: Salutations

Postby Anareon » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:15 am

I've been reading the Dresden Files books from Jim Butcher. They are fun, easy reads.

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Re: Salutations

Postby Nebbie » Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:51 am

Thanks for all the recommendations folks :D

I'll be looking into all of them. Even the hard to find in the US Ian Banks....that's why we have the internet right?

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:59 am

that is true, although I saw one of his books on ebay for $86 :shock: , I like his writting but not THAT much

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Re: Salutations

Postby Mattaris » Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:13 am

Wow, thats one expensive book!
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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:55 am

import of a first edition /shrug

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jhereg » Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:48 am

Glen Cook http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Cook
The Dragon Never Sleeps, sci fi
First three books in the Black Company series

S.M. Stirling/David Drake
The General series, military sci-fi with a civil war era feel, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_General_series

David Drake/Eric Flint
Belisarius series, military sci-fi Roman time period, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisarius_series (don't read far unless you like spoilers)

L.E. Modesitt Jr. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.e._modesitt_jr.
Any of his sci-fi. I like some of his fantasy, but the sci-fi is much more thoughtful. The non series Sci-fi is likely the best to start with, its near the end of the list.

I'll have more later if there's any interest. I have 2000+ novels.

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Re: Salutations

Postby Szork » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:17 am

You are almost as rare a sighting as Nebby these days, how is life in TO?

Yeah, sorry about that. Life here is hellish right now. The government blocked the sale of MDA to ATK, the company is laying people off left and right, and somehow, I keep getting missed. It's very frustrating - I've stopped doing all useful work, I've pissed off lots of people, and STILL they keep me here!

Well, I'm half joking. I've not been trying to get laid of in earnest yet. Still trying to sell our house, and once that is gone, Kahly and I are FREE! We'll bail on the jobs, then go overseas for the summer maybe. I look forward to remembering how to have fun!

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:04 am

Wasn't this a sale of a Canadian company to a US one? I am not surprised the government has blocked it considering the field you are working in.

Although the fact that you have stopped doing any useful work makes you more effecient than any government employee :P

Is the house selling looking promising?

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Re: Salutations

Postby Nebbie » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:44 am

L.E. Modesitt Jr. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.e._modesitt_jr.
Any of his sci-fi. I like some of his fantasy, but the sci-fi is much more thoughtful. The non series Sci-fi is likely the best to start with, its near the end of the list.

I'll have more later if there's any interest. I have 2000+ novels.


Jhereg, Modesit is quite the fellow :) I've actually got 'em on my instant messaging list! I agree his sci-fi is better than his fantasy by a longshot. I particularly liked his Parafaith War even though it wasn't his best work.

I am really appreciating all the recommendations, I picked up 5 books two weeks or so ago and finished 4. More to go! One of my hardest things is choosing new authors due to the saturation of bad ones out there.

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:30 am

If this list continues folks might actually find out how the boss leezard named his toons!

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Re: Salutations

Postby Mattaris » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:11 am

If your looking for a quick read, I've enjoyed reading InuYasha, short anime books, but fantastic none the less.
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Re: Salutations

Postby Szork » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:40 am

1:39 pm... can I go home yet? Bleh, I hate this place.

Anyone have more free online novels? If I can copy and paste the text into a text editor, I can disguise it as "work" and read while I'm in this hellish place.

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jaffod » Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:19 am

that is a great idea...I am going to do that now

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Re: Salutations

Postby Jhereg » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:12 am

http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm

They have a large variety of their novels there. For example the first Belisarius book is listed there as An Oblique Approach. You can download it in several different formats or read it online. The online one is here:
http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Bae ... 878654.htm

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Re: Salutations

Postby Tchien » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:29 pm

While not free, the Paratwa trilogy by Christopher Hinz is great sci-fi. You can get the E books for under $10 each. I spent nearly $300 getting hardcover copies of them (Out of print for nearly a decade)

http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/chris ... .htm?cache
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