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Wool by Hugh Howey
The Wool series begins with a mystery regarding the fact that things are not what they seem. Howey does a good job of setting this hook, then pulls you along through the story with tension and hints. He's competent at pacing and creating visual images.
I discovered the book when, as ikidd says, it was on vinyl. I read a lot of SF, and I was impressed. However, if you look at the Amazon page now, it has 4.6/5.0 and 13,000 reviews. It has obviously benefited from an unprecedented social media explosion. That's so much hype, one might think it was the best book ever written. There's no way it can live up to that expectation, so I think it would be reasonable to be disappointed.
I don't remember the exact timing, but about a year after I read the omnibus edition, Amazon sent me an email from the author saying "thanks for making it a success. The biggest negative comment I got was the editing, so I had it edited and I think you'll like the result" or something along those lines. I went through and didn't re-read the entire thing, but I didn't notice any errors as I was reading, so that's a plus.
Here is the link for what version I'm referring to.
Not 100% sure but if its characterizations your looking for the post-apoc series that started with "Wool" is pretty good. You can get the "enhanced" omnibus version (some nice images, page textures actually pretty cool) from Amazon in kindle format for $5.99 (US)
SideNote: This is the first ebook that had me thinking that digital books really are a "thing". Still love paper and all that but this was really worth it for the "motion images" and formatting. Highly recommended both for story and design.
Amazon Ember/Bookerly, 1, no bold. I switch between fonts depending on on the type of book. If it’s set in the past, or a magical place, I use Bookerly. If it’s in the present/future I use Ember. Also, the books format will sometimes choose for me. I just read Wool. You can choose to use a different font, but the chapters will remain in a sans serif font. So even if I wanted to use Bookerly I wouldn’t have.
I have amazing close up vision. I can’t see anything far away though. I get the thinnest lenses I can get, but my glasses are still super thick.
My mom, on the other hand, has amazing distance vision, but she can’t see anything close up. She uses Bookerly, 7-9, no bold. She changes the size based on if she’s tired or not.
It’s a Kindle in Motion book. They are very gimmicky. The only one I’ve read is Wool. I liked it, but it requires you to read in the apps. My only is issues with KiM books are there just aren’t many of them and Amazon only does one book from a series.
> creating an AU is not rewriting canon, it’s simply rearranging, adding, and subtracting characters and events to create a “What if this happened instead?” scenario (This involves alot of creativity, especially if characters’ personality are opposite to what they normally).
For me, an AU is about being vaguely inspired by canon and jumping off. Half the time, I could file off the serial numbers and get something like Wool is to Fallout.
Here is the description. It's basicly a Dystopian/Post- Apocalyptic world. Outside world is unliveable so they live in this .. Silo that has tons of levels and of course it's share of scandal and such. It's cool! I love dystopians.
I'd say about 95% fiction (mostly sci-fi & fantasy, but have been meaning to explore thrillers a bit more) and then dabble into non-fiction humor or economics books.
Most recently finished Dan Simmons' Hyperion (been on a "classics" kick lately - Dune, Childhood's End, Ender's Game, etc). Favorite in recent memory is without a doubt Wool (first of the Silo series) by Hugh Howey. Really phenomenal dystopian future fiction.
The Silo series (Real name is "wool" now) is a series about a society that lives in a "silo", imagine a vault but much more vertical,(like a silo), after generations these people have developed interesting quirks, if anyone talks about wanting to go outside, they are forced too...and assumed to die. Enjoy your next month being taken up entirely by reading. One of the best series I have read.
Last book I read was Wool. I keep meaning to buy the next story in the series but haven't had a lot of time lately.
Wool by Hugh Howey really anything by Hugh Howey is fantastic but I started out on Wool and loved it :)
If I win I'd like any of the books off my list so surprise me.
I love my local book store(or shop... I'm not American :) ) and I love my second hand charity book shop down the road. But I do watch the Amazon book market place... I see a lot of fairly bad stuff for 99p and have even bought and read it... I've also come across some absolute gems... most recently this. One other thing I am seeing in the Amazon market is the resurgence of the short story... a medium I love that has been so out of favour the last few decades. I can't bring myself to be annoyed by Amazon I'm afraid.
The Silo trilogy (Wool, Shift, Dust)
The Wayard Pines trilogy
The Breach trilogy
Also, Dark Matter and I Am Legend because while they aren't really dystopian (more sci-fi), they have similar elements and tone, and are amazing books.
I also really love Orson Scott Card's continuation of Ender when he grew up: Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. So if you enjoyed Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, you might like them too.
Great list, thanks!
But movies should have District 9
And for me Wool should definitely get a mention too, don't know what others here think about that book though.
EDIT: I can suggest those myself, should have read the whole page first ;-)
Hugh Howey & the first book is free!
This is awesome! I'll definitely be checking it out. The first chapter immediately reminded me of the wool series , which is one of my favorites
Paolo Baccaglini, <em>The Windup Girl</em>
Hugh Howey, <em>Wool</em> and the rest of the Silo series.
Hey Aaron, I am Ryan, good to meet you! Although I've been using the term "hello friends" frequently to speak to everyone here, it is always a pleasure to bring that to a more personable level. Please feel free to PM me or continue conversing in public as I think that's something that can inspire those of us who have forgotten the beauty of befriending strangers.
City life has made a lot of us very aversive to meeting new people, we wont stop and talk to these strangers trying to get our signature on their forms (I highly encourage you to make an effort to change that; have a conversation - learn what they are compassionate about and watch the seeds of compassion blossom in you too).
Friendship can be such a beautiful thing and has so many opportunities for teaching us how to love. Part of this experience for me involves making some reparations to friendship's I damaged over the years.
I missed my best friend's dad's funeral because I was still too angry at his dad for hurting my friend; and instead of showing unconditional love and support for my friend like I should have, I kept that anger inside me and let it breed. We had a great conversation the other day and will continue it on our drive to the lake where they spread his ashes, so I can finally mend that wound properly in our relationship, and in my heart.
I pushed another friend out of a creative film project because I had an ego and thought I knew better how to make the film instead of just enjoying the process of learning the art of film together.
I'm not even gonna get in to how selfish I've been in my relationship with my wife besides to say she's my absolute soul mate. No one else could have been so patient in waiting this long for me to show her true love now that I've found it for myself.
Sorry, that's a long way of saying YES let's be friends, this sort of discourse is at the heart of what makes people human, love, and if you open your heart to any stranger you will find a connection can exist and compassion can develop if you understand their suffering from their POV.
I was an INTJ about five years ago when I took that test. The only thing that was borderline was the introversion. Pretty sure that's now slipped over to extroverted after I got over my constant fear of judgement and learned to express my emotions honestly with others.
Regarding MacGyvering technology (if that term is too old for you check out macgruber parody instead [link] ), I totally know the feeling of wedging something just the right size inside of that tiny electronic cavity in order for it to prop up some poorly designed component... and the feeling of wonderment when your hack job actually makes it work again, pure bliss!
I think software eclipses device functionally at a certain point though. Some people call this planned obsolescence, but I think it's just the inherent nature of progress in technology.
My first computer in the 80s was a 286 ([link]) monochrome graphics. 3.5 inch floppy and a 20 MB hard drive if memory serves right. I am pretty sure it cost my parents around $2,000 ( that's not adjusted for inflation). This is all a long way of saying I think I probably need to upgrade the actual nook hardware now, I'll at least recycle it through one of the programs where it gets a second life somewhere.
Just a week before my vipasana course I read the wool omnibus on Amazon ([link] ). I think if we are similar in mindset as you suggest, you might enjoy it. One takeaway for me was just how much we waste resources as opposed to fix them and renew them when the potential end of life moments happen like with your computer and my nook.
The residents in that novel are stuck in their silo, so reliant on this concept of patching and mending these old jeans, as opposed to going down to Walmart and picking up another poorly made pair for $10 that'll rip in another year. When we start to realize we are stuck in our own silo on this planet (at least until we start funding NASA properly again instead of the industrial military complex), I'm curious to see the ways we start to automate the mining of our trash dumps and extract their resources for reuse.
Sorry all that probably seems way off vipasana now, but I think is actually integrally related. See ya around, and thanks for your comments!
If you're open to a little sci-fi with your mystery and adventure, check out the following:
All three are in Kindle Unlimited.
i suggest Wool omnibus www.amazon.com/Wool-Omnibus-Edition-Silo-ebook/dp/B0071XO8RA
You're talking about this: [link]? I noticed it in the "People Also Bought..." section on The Martian's page. Looks cool.
<em>Wool</em> by Hugh Howey.
<em>The Remaining</em> by DJ Molles.
<em>Half a King</em> by Joe Abercrombie.
<em>Wool</em> + sequels by Hugh Howey.
<em>One Second After</em> by William Forstchen.
<em>The Remaining</em> + sequels by DJ Molles.
Did you read the book Wool while you were down there?
Really cool. This bring WOOL to mind :)