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I, Jedi By Michael A Stackpole. one of the greatest stories of the Star Wars EU.
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xa_chan: ...
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ciemnogrodzianin: I also like the author and your post suggested me that there is a new book of Neal Stephenson - but it looks that I couldn't be further from the truth :D
Ah, yes, unifortunately The Big U is from 1984 or something. If you read it, you'll certainly feel that, while well written and interesting, it lacks a bit of the complexity of his later works.
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xa_chan: The Big U - Neal Stephenson
This one of his that I've never gotten to, but just wondering if you've read Zodiac by him as well? If so, thoughts on that? I love his stuff, but these two are the only ones I've not read by him.
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xa_chan: The Big U - Neal Stephenson
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GR00T: This one of his that I've never gotten to, but just wondering if you've read Zodiac by him as well? If so, thoughts on that? I love his stuff, but these two are the only ones I've not read by him.
I've read Zodiac several times already and I can recommend it, even more than the Big U. The story about eco-activism and ecoterrorism is really interesting and well-written, to my opinion. Of course, it's one (relatively) small volume, but still, it's very good, I found.
★★☆ Data Points: Visualization That Means Something / Nathan Yau

Collection of truisms is quite significant part of this book. However I've found it as something putting my knowledge in order and nicely summing up some obvious facts. There are also some amazing examples of absolutely extraordinary data visualization and the book perfectly works as a source of inspiration. In general - recommended.

List of all books finished in 2018.
MAD's Looks, Listens and Laughs by Dave Berg
A whole bunch of collected panel comics by Dave Berg published in 1979. I got a few chuckles out of them.

Papa Hemingway by A.E. Hotchner
The last 10+ years of Hemingway's life is written here by his business agent/friend. Mainly business trips and vacations. Hemingway's struggles/illnesses and influences are frankly wrote about. Especially his struggle with mental illness toward his end. Apparently mental illness was looked at differently in the 60s.
Hemingway gives out plenty of anecdotes of his life that seems hard to believe. I have the feeling he's bullshitting his readers a bit.
Hemingway's most unbelievable anecdote: He tossed out an uncaring patron of a bar and his pet leopard defecating on the bar floor for the third time. Yep, no one did anything the first time or the 2nd shitshow.

Books read in 2018
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