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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2012, 12:09:57 AM »

I was given Cryptonomicon years ago by my court-historian roommate. He's the worst kind of state worshiper but nice in every other way, so the book went into a pile I have. A year or so later someone gave me Snow Crash, and it blew my mind. I really enjoyed the franchise nation deal. Later the same guy who gave me Snow Crash gave me Cryptonomicon. Only then did I realize I already owned it!

Just the other day while I was about halfway through Cryptonomicon,I followed up with my (now former) roommate and asked him about Stepenson.  Apparently he's his favorite author.  I don't get how someone can be so mega-pro state and say "Snow Crash is my favorite book".  But then again, a lot of people seem to like the Hunger Games while missing all the messages.

Never read Hunger Games should I? Big fan of Stephenson.
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2012, 10:11:08 AM »

Never read Hunger Games should I? Big fan of Stephenson.

Yes, my cost-benefit-analysis would say you get a lot of bang for your time unit/buck/whatever.  You can satisfactorily burn through each in hours (barely plural) and they're pretty satisfying.  Extra satisfying because millions and millions of kids are reading them and being exposed to some pretty overt anti-state sentiments.

Not a "must read" slog like Atlas Shrugged or whatever.
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2012, 11:14:21 AM »

Never read Hunger Games should I? Big fan of Stephenson.


Not a "must read" slog like Atlas Shrugged or whatever.

Haha  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2012, 07:35:57 PM »

I've never read Atlas Shrugged or any Rand for that matter.  I'm not sure I need to at this point.
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2012, 04:37:57 AM »

I've never read Atlas Shrugged or any Rand for that matter.  I'm not sure I need to at this point.

I'd give Fountainhead a try if you you find your self running out of good fiction.  I think its superior to Atlas Shrugged.  Though AS has one of my favorite characters of all time, Ragnar Danneskjold.
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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2012, 05:09:55 AM »



Rather than tl;dr (which I totally enjoyed) I'd recommend The Brow of Zeus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIk5C2qsRH8
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2012, 03:08:06 PM »

David,

Sherri got a copy of Atlas Shrugged at an econ conference once, and she tried to give it to me.  I turned her down. 

Normally when I tell that story, I start it by saying, "Do you want to hear about the time I turned Sherri down?"
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