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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-12 05:18
Subject: [links] Link salad, anchovy-free edition
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Maps of Murder: Dell Books and 'Hard-Boiled' Cartography — From Strange Maps.

Two Thoughts on Gender Presentation and Youth Sports — Andrew Wheeler on Little League and life.

McLaren & Meyer & Rotten & Vicious & me — Roger Ebert on the Sex Pistols.

Worlds without women — Maureen Dowd compares the Catholic Church to Saudi Arabia. I know, let's blame coverage of priestly pedophilia on the Jews! Also this: Connecticut bishops fight sex abuse bill. Because you, a little justice in Christ's church is a bad thing.

Nobel Prize winners by country — A ratio which will drop over time, thank to conservative dilution of the educational system. Intelligent Design and evolution denial do not prepare children for critical thinking in life: quite the opposite. Hard to make new breakthroughs when you have been taught your parents' opinions trump empirical evidence. America first! (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

Note to Newt: Women really, really don't like PalinNewt Gingrich says that adore Palin and are drawn to her unique, can-do qualities. [...] According to the latest CBS News poll, Palin is weighed down by an astonishingly low favorable rating among women; just 21 percent. In fact, women give Palin the lowest marks of virtually any demographic group polled by CBS. Facts, so inconvenient when you have a conservative worldview. See above item.

Beware Your Socialist Roads — Damned government, always interfering in private life. I'm sure our finely principled Tea Partiers avoid such socialist hells at all costs. Say, how do you guys get to those rallies, anyway?

?otD: What's the worst book you've ever read?

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Rafe: batman
User: etcet
Date: 2010-04-12 13:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: What's the worst book you've ever read?

There are four novels I have begun reading, and will never, ever finish:

- Underworld (Dom DeLillo)
- Shardik (Richard Adams)
- The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
- Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

The worst book I've ever finished is Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson, which offended me so greatly that I have refused to pick up any of his subsequent work in protest.
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewriter
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2010-04-12 13:26 (UTC)
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A toss-up between Koontz's Strangers and Donaldson's Lord Foul's Bane. The former I came within an ace of literally hurling across the room when I finished. The latter contains the most inept prose I've ever read in published fiction.
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User: etcet
Date: 2010-04-12 14:17 (UTC)
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I somehow managed to blank out the fact that I read James Patterson's "Jester," which... wow, I wish I hadn't remembered I'd read it.
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User: cithra
Date: 2010-04-12 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: worst book I ever read
The Book of Mormon/Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price. ::opens can of worms:: All the overwrought language of the King James Bible, with none of the Brother's Grimm-type anthropological recording of cultural memes. Talk about pulling it out of your hat...
NB: I am biased biased biased. IMuHO, YMMV.
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Clint Harris
User: wendigomountain
Date: 2010-04-12 15:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"The Last Dragonlord" by Joanne Bertrim.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-04-12 16:16 (UTC)
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Worst book I've ever read: Ariel by Lawrence Block. One of only two books I have ever failed to finish (can't remember the name of the other). However, I actually failed to finish Ariel twice. Once when I originally picked it up, and then again years later when I'd forgotten about it, and picked it up. It quickly came back to me why I'd hated it the first time, and I gave up again.

Then there was that book by Jay Lake, but it would be impolite of me to mention it here. :)
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2010-04-12 17:38 (UTC)
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Double Star by Robert Heinlien --didn't finish it cause I couldn't go through a book from the point of view of a misogynistic, egotistical jerk.
Expendable by James Alan Gardner Didn't finish it because of the premise that imperfect people were worth less ie the title: Expendable.

Both of these books may have been encountered at a time in my life when I couldn't deal with the situation or characters in them because they were too close to what was happening in my real life so they may not have actually been bad books, just bad timing.

This next one I finished but didn't find it very good and I wouldn't recommend it:

The Skewed Throne by Joshua Palmatier.

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shelly_rae: Ishmael
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-04-13 02:24 (UTC)
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If the pizza comes with anchovies I'll save you from the wee fishies.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-04-13 23:50 (UTC)
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Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The ending sucked eggs.
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