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Hey fellow warriors! New to the guild, and glad I seem to have found a great community to share my crap with and ramble in my challenge/quest log!

 

I love ice cream and crisps. They are my weakness.

 

I love video games. Fallout 76 is going to ruin me for some time.

 

I love learning, I'm working out more while on a break from university.

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On 6/29/2018 at 2:22 PM, Chaosbane said:

Hey fellow warriors! New to the guild, and glad I seem to have found a great community to share my crap with and ramble in my challenge/quest log!

 

I love ice cream and crisps. They are my weakness.

 

I love video games. Fallout 76 is going to ruin me for some time.

 

I love learning, I'm working out more while on a break from university.

 

Welcome bro.  Gym then video games.  Its call balance.

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Just dropping in to say hi to all the Warriors, I am currently doing this challenge over in the rebels (after a hiatus) but I'm probably gonna hop over here next challenge. I've also put my name down for the Bodacious mini challenge so we'll see how that goes.

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10 hours ago, RollingStoney said:

Just dropping in to say hi to all the Warriors, I am currently doing this challenge over in the rebels (after a hiatus) but I'm probably gonna hop over here next challenge. I've also put my name down for the Bodacious mini challenge so we'll see how that goes.

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Quick promo interruption: Monkey Tamers are back! If you're having trouble getting a new habit up and running, check out the Monkey Tamers in Accountabilibuddies for some help staying on track! :) 

 

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Hi all, I'm not running a challenge this cycle as I've just got back from a week's holiday in Ireland (which was incredible!). I am however trying to put together a new lifting plan for myself and would really appreciate any advice anyone would like to offer. Details are here:

 

 

I'll be running with that as a kind of battle-log as well for the next two weeks, until the next challenge cycle starts.

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18 hours ago, Grumble said:

*Current Warrior countersign*

I wish I could join ya.

 

I used to be fairly active here and an active lifter.  That was until I was diagnosed with a genetic bone disease that's impacting my right leg.  I have orders against running, jumping or lifting/carrying a load.  Squats and deadlifts with a barbell were specifically ruled out by the specialist, due to the location of a bone tumor in the fibula. 

 

I got depressed.  Got lazy.  Got weak.  Got out of shape.  I'm trying to fight through this.  Figured looking and seeing how the Rebellion is doing may help.

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2 minutes ago, Grumble said:

If you have not watched 8 out of Cats do Countdown, please go youtube it now. I'm in tears and getting absolutely no work done today.

never heard of this...guessing I shouldn't play it during an IEP meeting?

 

Any particular video? Link? you still alive?

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Just now, farflight said:

never heard of this...guessing I shouldn't play it during an IEP meeting?

It's a british game show hosted by Jimmy Carr. I'll let you judge. (please don't, there's half naked men appearing periodically and sexually inappropriate jokes.)

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Any particular video? Link? you still alive?

No, any of them, but I'm gonna drop the one I'm currently watching because my core is getting a workout.

 

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Hey y'all!!! I'm trying to read more fiction in the new year, and I know a buncha y'all like reading, so...come at me with your book recommendations! I'm open to just about anything in terms of genre, from classic literature to high fantasy to genres I can't name off the top of my head. I've been reading a ton of non-fiction, and while it's great, it can provide me with a bit of "omg I need to improve my life now" syndrome from it, and honestly there's only so much of that desire I can have before any more becomes counterproductive.

 

So hit me up with your book recs - just tag or quote me to make sure I see your recommendation? I'm bad about checking this thread and not ashamed to admit it.

 

Paging the reading nerds I know of (though I'm sure I missed at least one, so sorry if that's you): @Gemma, @Grumble, @CourtnieMarie, @Raxie, @raptron, @Katerina, and @JustCallMeAmber, plus anyone else I forgot to tag, and feel free to keep tagging me when you think of recommendations, however long it takes (I want to build a nice healthy backlog for local library trips).

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20 hours ago, MikeW said:

Hey y'all!!! I'm trying to read more fiction in the new year, and I know a buncha y'all like reading, so...come at me with your book recommendations! I'm open to just about anything in terms of genre, from classic literature to high fantasy to genres I can't name off the top of my head. I've been reading a ton of non-fiction, and while it's great, it can provide me with a bit of "omg I need to improve my life now" syndrome from it, and honestly there's only so much of that desire I can have before any more becomes counterproductive.


My off-the-top-of-head recent favorites:

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

The Book Thief/I Am the Messenger (okay, I showed up really late to the Markus Zusak party but wow)

Dandelion Wine (almost more like a loosely-related collection of short stories/childhood memories, but the prose is exquisite)

The Night Circus

 

I'm sure I'll think of a billion more on my way home, I'll probably be back in this post more than once. Stop me if I'm overwhelming ...

 

 

 

 

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Edited because I put the wrong link in the wrong place ...
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3 minutes ago, Gemma said:


My off-the-top-of-head recent favorites:

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

The Book Thief/I Am the Messenger (okay, I showed up really late to the Markus Zusak party but wow)

Dandelion Wine (almost more like a loosely-related collection of short stories/childhood memories, but the prose is exquisite)

The Night Circus

 

I'm sure I'll think of a billion more on my way home, I'll probably be back in this post more than once. Stop me if I'm overwhelming ...

Bring all the recommendations!! I've got plenty of time to read all the books - though I might circle back with you like a year later to talk about one I finally read!

 

Also, short story collections are totes cool too - really, just looking for things to read and spark the imagination that won't directly make me say "aww man, now I really want to change XYZ about what I'm currently doing."

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@MikeW

 

Obvious suggestions: 

Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Stormlight Archives Everything by Brandon Sanderson 

A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin

Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (there is some tedium in the middle books, but it is worth it)

Kingkiller Chronicle

 

Slightly more obscure, but I absolutely enjoy the heck out of them suggestions:

Honor Harrington Series by David Weber- military in SPAAAAACE. There are 14 books, none of them exceptionally long, but I have read at least two of the covers off of them.

King's Dark Tidings series by Kel Kade. Little bit of a superhero coming of age story, but geniunely enjoyed them

Altered Carbon by Rickard K. Morgan - Excellent dystopian future sci-fi without the gravitas of Blade Runner.

Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour book store - I based my second or third challenge on this book. All I'm saying. (also where I got my username from)

The Martian by Andy Weir - less 'action packed' than the movie, but arguable much more entertaining.

A Pattern of Light and Shadow by Melissa PcPhail - High fantasy about a race of immortals that is dying out and almost nobody knows why.

The golem and djinn - Way out of my realm of normal fiction, but it's a coming to america story about a chance meeting between creatures of myth and how they live in 19th century new york. (i may or may not have paraphrased the synopsis)

 

In the medium of audiobooks, anything narrated by Nick Podehl. I'm using him to find new stories and I haven't been disappointed yet. (never thought you'd get a narrator recommendation, did you?)

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Okay, @MikeW, I'm back. Probably not for the last time. 

 


Holy shamwow, I forgot all about The Golem and the the Jinni! That one was lovely.

 

Anything by Anthony Ryan, I fell equally in love with both The Draconis Memoria and The Raven Song books in the past few years. Also anything by Daniel Jose Older, either Shadowshaper or Half Resurrection Blues is a great entry point for his stuff. 

 

My all time favorite ever urban faerie novel was the one that started the whole genre, War for the Oaks

 

Are you a Neil Gaiman fan? Because everything is amazing, but my favorites will always be Neverwhere and Stardust

 

The Library at Mount Char was brilliant. 

 

The Shadow of the Wind is magical realism with breathtaking use of words. 

 

If you ever dabble in detective fiction, I love both Harry Bosch and Roxane Weary.

 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley was a favorite from earlier this year, not something I would have ever picked up on my own but someone recommended it to me and I loved it. 

 

^samesies for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

 

If you have a mood for a quick, quirky humor read, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man is hilarious, and its sequel even better, I was delighted. 

 

Also in the light humor reads department, I'm sure you are already cognizant of Discworld and the Hitchhiker's Guide stuff, have you ever tried Jasper Fforde? The Last Dragonslayer is my hands-down favorite, but I finally broke down and read Shades of Grey this year (not Fifty. Just ... shades. An indeterminate number. It is an important distinction) and loved it. 

 

I found Off to Be the Wizard hilarious and I don't know beans about computers. I have been told that persons with actual knowledge of programming find it even funnier.

 

Are you on Goodreads? This is my profile, I'm friends with a few other Nerds over there that I have gotten some pretty awesome reading ideas from, I used to have that link in my signature and don't remember why I took it out ... 

 

Thanks to @Grumble I just added even more to my already over-burdened TBR, specifically Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore because that sounds amazing, along with the McPhail series!

 

 

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