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  1. Reading backlogs can be just as intimidating as gaming ones. If you're anything like me, it's actually ten times worse. In this event we're going crack the spine on just a few of those books and see if they're worth hanging onto. The Challenge: Pick four books from your reading backlog and spend a week with each over the month of June. Read enough of the book to get an idea of whether the plot/characters/pacing/writing style/whatever is what your looking for in a book, ideally around 50 pages. At the end of the week you'll report back and let us know if the book is worth really digging into. The Books: Part of the joy of gaming and reading is exploring new worlds, characters, and perspectives. With that in mind, I'll be encouraging variety in your choice of books. Three of the books should come from different genre and the 4th should be a different format(e.g. ebook, audiobook, comic/manga collection). This won't be a hard requirement so we don't need to split hairs over the difference between cosmic horror and terror to make something fit, but reading too many similar things has made me personally hit a wall in the past and that's what we're trying to avoid here! For the first 3 books, any book you own that you have not completed is eligible. If you want to use a book you're halfway through but put down 7 months ago and can't remember why, that's fine. This is all about picking up those forgotten tomes. The 4th book is about encouraging us to read in ways and places you may not be used to. For this one if you don't own a book that fits the category you may have access to one and don't realize it. A lot libraries have audiobooks and comics available or Project Gutenberg has a ton of ebook out of copywrite available for free. We can talk about other options too if this requirement is just too tough for some people. The Reporting: Participants will post about each book twice, once at the beginning and once at the end. For the first post tell us a little about the book, why you got it, and why you ultimately shelved it without finishing or even starting it. For the second post let us know if the book is living up to your expectations and what you like/dislike about it. Instead of rating, since we're only seeing the beginning of the story, decide whether you want to finish the book, reshelve it, or get rid of it. To join the challenge simply post below saying you want to join and have your four books selected by the 1st. The Schedule: June 1-3: Book 1 Intro June 7-8: Book 1 Outro June 9-10: Book 2 Intro June 14-15: Book 2 Outro June 16-17: Book 3 Intro June 21-22: Book 3 Outro June 23-24: Book 4 Intro June 29-30: Book 4 Outro The Participants: XX_FTW's List: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Sci-Fi/audiobook) ✔️✅ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee (Play/physical book) Atomic Habits by James Clear (Non-Fiction) Aesop’s Fables by Aesop (Fables/serialized ebook) AffectatiousDonk's List: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Classics/physical book) ✔️✅ Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation by Blake Harris (Non-Fiction/ebook) Pending Pending kingofbattle8174's List: Armor by ?John Steakley? (Sci-Fi/physical book) Pending Pending Pending AmarisSkye's List: The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin and translated by Ken Liu (Sci-Fi/physical book)✔️✅ Watership Down by Richard Adams (Classics/ebook) Pending Pending KayoAye's List: The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells (Sci-Fi/physical book) ✔️✅ And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Mystery/physical book)✔️ The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud (YA Fantasy/physical book) The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch (Historical/ebook) Since this is my first outing at this kind of thing any and all feedback is welcome. I'd like to thank everyone one who has started a challenge here in the Community Events section, they're always interesting to read through and see other people's thoughts on games in real time. Particularly I'd like to thank the We Read events for the idea of trying a reading event and @voodoo_eyes for letting me borrow heavily from the KYC style.
  2. Sorry y'all, got caught up at work because I don't have the most consistent of schedule. My second book is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and the back boasts it is the best selling mystery in the world. A few years ago when Netflix started hosting the BBC Poirot series I really got into mysteries and of course Agatha Christie specifically. I got this book as a gift from my sister some time ago and don't know why I've been putting it off but I'm really excited to dig into it. I've already sat down to read a bit and already hit the reading goal, so might finish it this week. @AffectatiousDonk I used to have a tremendous suspension of disbelief. I think certain sci-fi movies have made me more sceptical and I'm particularly hard on sci-fi in general. In this case there's the implication of a scientific revolution that bases everything on 12 instead of ten and that in turn infected the culture and now that's the standard. The characters are also ignorant to the time the main character came from. Progress is dependent on looking back, learning from it, and building forward. For that kind of scientific advancement and erasure of history, I feel like 200 years isn't enough. Fouur or five hundred years would have eased my suspension of disbelief. I haven't been able to find my copy of Atlas Shrugged and I don't remember the sex scenes very well at all. I was really focused on the political/philosophical stuff so the general shape of those things is what I remember most. @XX_FTW That's awesome that your audiobook has a full cast recording. I remember the first one I heard like that was the American Gods 10th anniversary release and it blew me away and had me hoping that would become the standard. It all comes down to the reader though, there are some audiobooks I couldn't imagine anyone but the one narrator doing it.
  3. The Sleeper Awakes Outro: Reading Progress 54 pages So I can absolutely see why I wasn't drawn into this one when I was younger the way I was into The Time Machine. It has a similar structure, with a third party narrating and framing events in the first couple of chapters, but it doesn't immediately jump into any kind of adventure like the latter. Instead, this seems to be a distopian political novel. There's no creeping unease, the main character is told he is inconvienent and locked away almost immediately upon reaching the future. There's very little in the way of characterization and even after 50 pages I don't have a clear idea of any one in the book. As for the conflict, the main character is a symbol more than a person, so when he wakes up there's inevitably going to be a clash between those using him as a symbol and him trying to exert agency. I like this as a story, it reminds me vaguely of parts of The Hunger Games, but none of it is made clear in the text. I've had to piece it together from the back, supplementary material, and just general knowledge of books. Some stray thoughts: Two hundred years is not far enough in the future for this kind of complete remake of society. I don't like when authors invent language and have their character adopt different systems to accentuate their otherness. If there's a reason that's great, but this future inexplicably uses base 12 instead of 10. I'm reminded of a bunch of other stories and books and had to remind myself they were probably influenced by this, or more likely The Time Machine, or something that that was. All in all, not enough here to keep me going. This one is going in the donate pile. A quarter way though a book I generally like to feel more invested in anything, but this one failed to draw me in.
  4. Got you entered in AmarisSkye. The three body problem I feel like is a phrase I've heard or read before, probably just from science or science-fiction reading in general. I'm excited that you picked a translated novel, we can make that a top level genre if you want to choose another sci-fi book. As for the setting, China's Cultural Revolution is a really awesome backdrop. I only know a bit about it from a class on Chinese cinema I took, but I'm interested to hear you thoughts! AffectatiousDonk, I'm gonna have to do some rereading to deliver on that conversation. I hope some of the other participants have read a bit of it.
  5. Got a few since my last check in here. Reread the first two in the Earthsea Cycle, Wizard of Earthsea and The of Atuan. I forget how much I love these two in particular and will probably go on to the others soon enough. I had a long train ride so I was able to get through the latest Dresden Files book, Brief Cases, in mostly one sitting. It's a collection of short stories and not all of them hit the mark, bit when you're 16 books deep in a series they're all interesting in their own way. Also read The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clark. At first I was excited because the back described it as one of his favorite novels to write, but it just didn't capture me as some of his other works did. I'd like to invite all the readers here to check out the reading event over in the Community Events section running this month. I've extended the sign-ups until the end of this week so if you:re interested in discussing some books come check it out!
  6. Now that we've launched and there's some more interest I'm going to extend entry until the end of the first week. I feel more perspectives will bring in more rewarding conversation. I've got the OP updated and we've got some really interesting books already! I've never heard of Sleeping Giants but the description is really intriguing. I'm really drawn to the premise of the faceless interrogator, it invokes Childhood's End which is the first Arthur C. Clark novel I read and really loved. AffectatiousDonk, I'm sorry I missed updating your name, I'll get it in the next pass of the OP. You picked a really tough one for your first book. I read that originally in '09 or '10 when I played Bioshock for the first time. I picked it up because I had read the book's philosophy influenced the game and boy did it ever. I think it took me half a year to get through. My opinion of it has changed as time goes on and I found myself arguing against it recently with my sister because she read it last fall. It's too black and white for me. I feel like it doesn't get viewed as a fable, which it need to be to have value. Again a decade has passed, but I look at it now as glossing over too much in its staunch position of doers and user, right and wrong. There was also a speech I found insufferable because I hate being talked down to even if I deserve it sometimes. The fact that you're a good way through it though is awesome, good luck on the home stretch. @kingofbattle8174 I used my best guess from the information you provided on the author. Starship Troopers I only know from the movie, but that's fantastic. I got my own Starship-like in my backlog called Old Man's War so I understand the appeal. Let us know which it is for sure! @freddie1989 I completely understand, I'm normally the same way. This is my way of stretching and not making myself follow through with something I don't enjoy. I encourage you to come join us and if it's not working halfway through and you want to bow out that's fine. We're here to foster reading, not scare people away. Happy reading everyone!
  7. Horizon:ZD is such a gorgeous game to just ride through and explore, so it feels weird that the lip-sync isn't better. Or is that me being petty and still finding something to pick at even though I'm loving this game?

    1. Copanele


      You're not the only one. Strangely the lip sync was disturbing for me as well . It's exactly because the game is quite good visually and audio that the lip-sync sticks out like a sore thumb

      I honestly thought I had a glitch in my game, apparently I wasn't the only one with bad lipsync lol xD 

    2. PooPooBlast


      Wouldn't call it a lip-sync issue but just slightly awkward animations. It was not mass effect Andromeda bad or Life is Strange ventriloquism :P but it was okay. 

  8. Hey all, I've updated the OP to include a rough schedule for us. Happy reading! My first book is The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells. From the back: I've had this book a long time. I think I asked for a lot of books when I was younger because I recognized the author's name as being important more than I was actually interested in the book. It didn't occur to me that this wasn't one of the famous ones, like War of the Worlds or Dr. Moreau, and that it might be less remembered for a reason. I remember vaguely feeling confused the first time I read this and that that really turned me off from it. I'm hoping that it was just me being young and not the writing, seeing as who the author is I'm willing to bet it was me.
  9. Damn @DamagingRob, I think my best was like 50. My experience doing that just added more stress than I like to gaming. It's already enough just making the Platinum attempts.
  10. Shouldn't have started Horizon: Zero Dawn right before work. All I wanna do is hunt robo-dinos right now.

    1. DamagingRob


      You know what must be done...


  11. Just finished my blind playthrough of Until Dawn and only made it out with 2 people. I really thought I was on track to do better than that.

    1. PermaFox


      Great game! But those QTEs just about did me in!  I still jumped at certain times of the game even on the 3rd play through.

    2. KayoAye


      Yeah, some of those really didn't give you much time to react. The hold still prompts stressed me more than anything. One of the two I failed was in the final scene, pretty sure it got someone killed.

  12. The Conjuring series has been mentioned by a few different people, was the second one better than the first? I remember walking out of the theatre from the first one feeling like there weren't really any stakes and that one of the kids should have died to fix it.
  13. Awesome, updated the OP. Thanks for signing up!
  14. A lot of good movie already mentioned. My personal favorites: Rosemary's Baby (1968) Wicker Man (1973) The Omen (1976) They Look Like People (2015) The Silenced (2015) This was harder than I expected narrowing it down. The Omen could be bumped by The Thing or Evil Dead 2 and The Silenced was also between two other movies, Train to Busan and The Wailing. I think these are definitely my top though, in terms of times seen and shared with others.
  15. If I we're bigger into the Tales Of games I might. My cabinet right now series that are important for one reason or another. I did make sure the Symphonia plat was a milestone so it would always show. Did the same with FFX and D3 because I loved those games. If you do, cheers to ya. Pretty easy ultra rares all things considered. All I would say is definitely use the guides on gamefaqs, they helped a ton. I was trying to think of a runner up embarrassing trophy to stay on topic but I'm drawing a blank. Maybe there sheer amount of time making physical notes and spreadsheets for games like Symphonia and FFXII.
  16. So I bought a Disney game for my nephews to play not really thinking about it. After it was installed and they were playing a bit I looked through the list knowing I would complete it, figuring it would take me a day. It's a kid's game, right? The full two playthrough ended up taking me about 2 weeks when I got down to it. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is now 4 of my 5 rarest trophies displayed on my profile. If I were to go after the rarest trophies in my advisor right now I could only bump the Platinum down to third. So instead of games I spent literally hundreds of hours in, I have Mickey prominently displayed in my profile.
  17. I just finished up a couple of rereads. The first was Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green, a cosmic horror noir with a deep, dark sense humor. Horror noir. Even my mind stumbles over that pair, let alone my tongue. Anyway, I liked this one better the second time around and immediately followed it up with the sequel Agents of Light and Darkness. I can see this series getting better with each entry and look forward to picking up #3. I also reread Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore. Moore is one of my favorite authors and it's a real joy to go back when it's been 6 or 7 years since I checked in with his stuff. Now I just need to decide where to go next. There's 3 books on pause I could finish or maybe something new.
  18. @AmarisSkye I'm kinda the same way with reading, I got like 4 or 5 books on pause right now. You got some great reads in that list though! @jonesey46 You went big for just getting into comics. If you're intereated in some context when you're done with the book I would suggest The Great Alan Moore Reread on tor.com. They look back on all of his comics, big and small. If I remember right Watchmen was given special attention over 4 or 5 entries. @LordShavron Wise Man's fear was pretty great, I wish Rothfuss would finish the trilogy already! I'd been looking for something to pull me back into reading for like a month and The Murderbot Diaries finally did it. I'm on the third one now and it's really exciting and interesting sci-fi. They're only novellas so they save space by leaving the worldbuilding in the background, but the world definitely come through by the end of the second one.
  19. Feeling like Snape facing Fluffy while tring to down Shadow of Yharnam.

  20. #59 inFamous 2. Surprised at how many feels the evil ending gave me. Onto BBS.

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    2. marvelboy10


      Great job! :yay:

    3. ahmedelebiary


      congratz..yep i liked the evil ending it was nicely made

    4. MaximumOverdrive


      Well done! :yay: 

  21. Wayward Pines Trilogy I started reading a ton using the Kindle app and the price started to hit me. So, the deals page has really been my best friend. This has thankfully introduced me to the Wayward Pines trilogy. I ripped through the first two books and hopefully the third is just as good. Haven't decided if I'm gonna check out the show based on the books, never really sure about adaptations. p.s. @hugglebunn-e love the Broodhollow avatar and sig.
  22. Could you sign me up please? I have Plats for 1, 2, and Chain of Memories. Working on Birth By Sleep right now.
  23. First time on since the update and the site is looking very slick and sexy. Thanks Sly!

  24. Can I be moved up to silver please? I just finished the Walking Dead Season One, making it #3 after Tales from the Borderlands and The Wolf Among Us.