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Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.


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During this AMA you can, well, ask me anything! If you're not familiar with my work, I've been writing comics for a number of series, my own original work like Wasted Space and Roche Limit, as well as superheroes like Batman, Superman, and more. My debut novel, BLACK STAR RENEGADES, just came out this January. It's a coming-of-age space adventure in the spirit of Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy. Its sequel, WE ARE MAYHEM, will be out in April of 2019. I also wrote a spy thriller, THE THROWAWAY, which was just released this Tuesday.

I'm a huge sci-fi nerd--if you couldn't tell--and Star Wars is basically my favorite thing ever. I also love to give writing tutorials via my newsletter, not only am I writer, but I'm a former writing teacher so, hopefully, I know a thing or two.

That all said, let's talk about books, sci-fi, comics, writing--you name it.

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Hello All,

First time posting - just wanted to share.

I recently finished all 10 books in the 'Malazan Book of the Fallen' series written by Stephen Erikson.

It is without a doubt the greatest fantasy series I have ever read, the world is absolutely bursting with detail that all ties together so very well. There is so much happening that it can be a little disorientating in the beginning, Gardens of the Moon, literally drops you right in the middle of the story at the Siege of Pale - no buildup - just straight in.

This works well and fits with the writing theme of this being a snap shot from history, there is no true start, leading all the way to the final, final climax of this era of history in The Crippled God.

I absolutely do not want to give anything away - as its a pure joy to read and experience along the way, but its simply superbly well written from a myriad of perspectives and interconnecting stories.

Steven is not afraid to kill off any number of wonderful characters where it suits the story best, and this has caused me a lot of sadness at various times throughout this saga. In a way though it made it more real, more risky, no character has 'plot armour' everyone is at risk in the end.

Magic is obviously a big part of the book too, and the concept of warrens and holds, almost gives it a believe able and scientific holding - certainly within the world of the books it is consistent and well thought out and at times inspiring.

Whilst the series deals with a single over arching theme, its not lost on its own gravity each book has its own key plotline, and many, many side plots for individual characters and gods in between, so despite the grand campaign ongoing in the world, it still feels explored on a very personal level too.

It is a series that simply has to be read to be understood, and appreciated fully, and I can attest that Gardens of the Moon is a hard start for most - including myself - it is well worth it and once you are a quarter of the way in to that book, you get used to the pace and everything just flows so well from there.

I loved it so much, I wish I could forget it all just to experience it for the first time all over again.

It has taken a year to read it - don't get a lot of downtime - and if there were another 10 i'd do it again. I have not read the other series set in the Malazan world yet, but I plan too, and after having a sci fi break for a while.

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I know this is a bit weird, but I had fallen out of love with reading. I used to read around 7-8 books a month, but lost my passion as I got into my mid twenties. Now, I just can't be bothered to pick up a book, as depressing as that sounds. So I guess i was done with books...That is until I found audible. Being able to listen to a story while doing chores or driving to work was great. I found series I had been interested in and some I never heard of. I even picked up an actual book again recently. I love being able to listen to a book on my 25 minute commute to work. I guess what I'm trying to say is, if anyone else is in a slump like I was, try audiobooks. They really helped me out and I'm glad I decided to pick it up.

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Yesterday I got into a short book discussion with someone while we were waiting in a public place. We both liked a certain author but the author had stopped writing/publishing books several years ago due to some kind of scandel within their family and church. I kind of got the impression that the person I was speaking to was so highly disappointed in the author's personal life that, in her eyes, it seemed to put a blemish on the author's previously published books. That made me think and I realized that, though I am disappointed in the author's personal life choices, I still read the books that I've always enjoyed by that author without any scrutinizing thought of the person who wrote them.

Anyway, this whole conversation led me to ponder the question about authors in general: Can you separate an author from their writing? If you hear something negative about an author's personal life, would that affect your view or your enjoyment of their books?

Oddly enough, when it comes to some actors/actresses that have scandels following them, I do find myself not as into watching their movies or shows, possibly due to some underlying disgust I developed from hearing about whatever the scandel was. But when it comes to books it doesn't really phase me much, although if I know a positive backstory on the author I do find myself respecting their writing a bit more and maybe seeing how their writing is influenced or inspired by their real life events.

What are your thoughts?

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I'm asking this because I'm horrible at being witty. A lot of times I want to bring up a reference, or say something funny, but I could never get the perfect set of words to do so. It's as if my brain knows there's a better word to use in a sentence, but doesn't bring it to light. I was never an avid reader until recently, and wondering the different experiences people have had.

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Not only is Luis Alberto Urrea’s book gorgeously written, it’s the best book I’ve read about the US Mexico border. It tells the story of a disastrous 2001 illegal border crossing in the Arizona desert. As someone who has spent all but five years of my life on the border, it gets everything right. It tells the story of human beings, from border patrol to coyotes to migrants.

I wish more people would read it. Just wondering if anyone else is feeling the same way about other titles. Literature is powerful.

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Hello, I don't know if this question is allowed here, but I want to ask this question desperately. I recently started reading books. Its amazing. I just love it. But being in third world country books here are expensive(Middle class family) and local libraries doesn't has good collection. I don't know if its illegal but can I get an library card so I can read books for free. Please! Help me. Thanks.

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I stopped reading really in elementary school, grade 8. Grades 9-12 all books I read were assigned. I totally forgot the amazing feeling it is to willingly start and finish a book for recreation. I took me a month, but I persevered and finished. I feel a high now, but also hate the finality that is having finished it. I'm at a lost what to do now, except pickup another book.

The book I read was Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I have his other book, Homo Deus which I will read once I'm done the 10x Rule which was recommended by a friend.

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Happy midsummer r/books!

How's your reading going this year? How many books you've read so far?

Which one have you liked the best and why? Any disappointments? Any book or reading surprises?

I've read 19 books so far which is less than I thought. I have one five star rating and 10 four star ratings so I've been more generous than usual but it's because I've read some really good books.

My highlight of the year so far has been Ruby, by Cynthia Bond. Its Texas nature imagery is vivid -you can nearly taste it- and the story of Ruby is unforgettable.

The book I was really disappointed in was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer

Would love to hear highs and lows of your reading so far this year!

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Okay so I’ve read 100 pages of The Secret History and just did not like it at all. I’ve heard great things about this novel (which is why I got it), but it just was not my cup of tea. I came across this novel when looking for books to read in my twenties because it involved college students, but it was extremely boring reading about the lives of pretentious rich kids who drink and smoke cigarettes all day.

Many people have called this book a classic and said that it’s by far their favorite book, but I just don’t see it. I didn’t think it was a difficult read either, just boring. I know I didn’t read much of it, but am I really missing out on a literary masterpiece?

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I finally found the time to purchase George Orwell's "1984". I've heard so much about it which made me want to read it myself. Is there anything I should know about before reading it or something I should pay special attention to while reading? I keep finding that when I read books without knowing what to pay attention to, that I miss the point of the book and I can never manage to analyse it or come to a conclusion myself.

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Welcome readers,

God from the machine. It's a literary device that dates back to Euripedes and Aeschylus. Generally looked down on, it's a solution to a problem facing the characters that seemingly comes out of nowhere and does not flow naturally from the plot. Its use has been criticized nearly as long as the term has existed, Antiphanes and Aristotle are two of its earliest critics, though there has been modern revisionism regarding its use.

Please use this thread to share your thoughts on deus ex machina.

Thank you and enjoy!

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I hate mine. My brain won't let me go of it.

Basically as a kid my parents reserved reading for before bedtime and I got so used to reading in bed just before falling asleep that now everytime I pick up a book my brain instantly starts to shut off, even if I'm really into the book. I've tried reading at other times of the day, in different places, I just shut down.

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What was Garcia Marquez trying to achieve with the grammatical structure of this book? The long, winding, rambling sentences and single-paragraph chapters. I understand he was delivering the story through a character's voice, but I'm not sure what he thought that this kind of sentence and chapter structure would add to the book?

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So about 2 or 3 months ago I saw a trailer of the US version of GWTDT and instantly decided that I wanted to read the book. It was everything I wanted from a mystery novel : An unlikely detective, a locked room mystery that isn't 300 pages long, a dark setting and universal acclaim. So I bought it as soon as possible but after reading the first 70 or so pages I found out that I simply could NOT comprehend the "financial" parts of the book. At first I thought it was probably going to stop after 50 pages, but it kept going on and on. I even skipped some pages ahead to see the dialogue and the charecters were still talking about "book keeping" and "speculation".

Simply put ; whenever these parts came up, I only got a hazy outline of what the charecters were talking about and even then I was spending much more time reading ONE page than I normally do.

Anyways, without spoiling anything could you tell me if these "economic" parts continue further on in the book and if not, does it atleast become easier to understand ? Because I don't expect everyone to understand this stuff.

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I read TBK about 2 years ago and now I'm reading The House of the Dead and about quarter way through Dostoevsky describes a young man of about age 22 who is one of the prisoners, called Ali. I couldn't help but notice how familiar his description sounded. Is there anything out there on this? Any opinions?

I do realise authors sometimes develop characters through their novels even though they may not be sequels or related.

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I've always been a voracious reader, but lately I've been thinking about fiction. There's an easy case to be made that reading nonfiction books is a form of self-improvement (education) but can the same be said for literature? Does reading Shakespeare make you a better person? Is there value added to your life, or is it just fun?

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On a similar note as the previous poster about access to books in third-world countries, I was wondering if there are any good resources from anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world where you can borrow ebooks in Spanish? My home library in the US has thousands of ebooks in English but only like 5 in Spanish. Anything besides the free classics? If not I’ll stick to their physical book selection which is pretty good. Maybe I should post this in Spanish somewhere else...

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Fiction and nonfiction welcome.

I can't say I have read much. But I can say I've already read some books that have had a profound impact on me. One of the most significant has been Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed by Jim Al-Khalili. By the time I had got my hands on Jims book I'd been defeated by at least 5 pop sci books on quantum physics. I had heard there was a mystery there, but I didn't understand what or why. But Jim's book gave a step-by-step description of the two-slit experiment, comparing likely expectation with reality. And at that moment I realised there is an incredible mystery at the heart of reality we don't yet understand. That book has been on my mind ever since.

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The Bechdel Test for movies is more than 30 years old, and it is a really, really low bar that has seen slow improvements even against those weak metrics. We need a newer, stronger measure for films.

But I have never heard of any such measure for literature.

I want to read books with characters who are interesting people, pulled from the spectrum of normal society. Women and men, girls and boys, older women and men, trans and queer and straight, every ethnicity. Not 1 or 2 token hot babes as a plot assist to illustrate the hero's life, with all the other roles taken by a bunch of dudes... not every plotline involving women focused on romance. Not all characters populated by gender confirming roles.

And not leaning on the go-to trope of defending the heroine against sexual violence/rape/threats as an obvious maneuver to advance the romantic plotline. (I would really like to dump the trope that good sex is magic and makes the couple perfect for each other forever.)

Is there any measure at all like this?

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I love kindle except for this Location as a measurement feature. I mean, I understand that the pages on display depend on the chosen size of the font. But that's not helping to meet my daily goal of number of pages read per day. This is really annoying.

Is there a way to calculate page numbers on Kindle?? (I used to believe that a book with around 5000 as max location would be around 500 pages, but I'm not really sure.)

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I've tried finding some book covers online and had no luck and thought I should ask here. When I was in high school they gave us these book covers to protect our hardcover text books. They were made of a fabric/elastic material. I have some nicer HC books I want to read at work but am afraid to take because I've had other books damaged in the truck or on site. Does anyone know where I could find some protective slips/covers online? thanks

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