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    Quote Originally Posted by eRa View Post
    Neuromancer by William Gibson. Someone just sold 3 megabytes of hot RAM. Little did the 80's know how hilarious that sounds now. The book is very enjoyable so far though, it evokes a great cyberpunk atmosphere.
    It's nowhere near as dated as you might expect, though. I think part of his genius is his setting still manages to seem like a futuristic world where "three megabytes of hot RAM" is a mysterious and alluring prize, rather than a relic of the distant past. You know, if you're at all familiar with technology, that this is a comically failed piece of futurist thinking but at the same time you can see the people in the book behave pretty much like you'd expect in a noir SF universe for which it is also a cool and awesome thing.

    Like the man himself has said, he writes - and always has written - about people rather than technology. It's more obvious in his later stuff but it was always there from the start.

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    Finished The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde last night, must've been the third time I've read the book. I can recommend it to everyone, the writing is stellar. Almost every other sentence is so good I want to quote it to everyone I meet.

    Will be moving on to the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes novels and stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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    Grant Morrisons's Supergods ​which is interesting but he is somewhat over doing his prose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glimpse fade yelp View Post
    I salute your taste in literature!
    Thank you :)

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    Currently I am reading Escape from camp 14. It is biography of North Korean escapee who was born inside a political prison camp. His "crime" was to be son of a man whose two brothers escaped to South Korea during the war.
    He is the only person born in the camp who managed to escape.
    The whole thing is just surreal.

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    Republic of Thieves finished. Very much enjoyed it - a reservation or two about the end, though, but nothing significant. Probably made me laugh out loud most of the series, which, considering how funny I found the last 2 books, is definitely something.

    Not sure what to move onto next, since I'd really like another book in a similar vein. I'll probably go quite far away from it instead, (and avoid being disappointed in a book I read for perceived similarity rather than its own sake) and either read More than This by Patrick Ness, or The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi. Got that post-good-book-malaise pretty dang hard though!

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    ok so I know at 3:42am I said I might move onto More Than This.

    And I did.

    and now it's 9:16am and it's done. Woah. I mean... I think the chaos Walking series is more powerful, but I really enjoyed More Than This - Patrick Ness is a fantastic author. It starts out with the main character dying, and waking up in his childhood home, except everything's overgrown with weeds, rusted over, and nobody is there. I can't really talk about the plot, because absolutely everything that happens is a significant spoiler. But it's really good. Quite excellent.

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    Embassytown. I found Mieville's Bas Lag books to flawed gems, this one, however is perfect. A science fantasy novel that explores the barrier of communication that exists between two sentient species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane View Post
    Embassytown. I found Mieville's Bas Lag books to flawed gems, this one, however is perfect. A science fantasy novel that explores the barrier of communication that exists between two sentient species.
    I've never read the Bas Lag books, but Embassytown never really stuck with me compared to The City and The City or Un Lun Dun. Totally get how that's more me than the book itself, though, opinions and whatnot. It did some really quite interesting things, and I really liked the robot lady. Glad I read it though, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenegoose View Post
    I've never read the Bas Lag books, but Embassytown never really stuck with me compared to The City and The City or Un Lun Dun. Totally get how that's more me than the book itself, though, opinions and whatnot. It did some really quite interesting things, and I really liked the robot lady. Glad I read it though, that's for sure.
    I get where you're coming from. Given the various genres that populate his oeuvre, it does come down to a matter of taste. Still, there are some things that the Embassytown does do better than the others, such as the well executed ending. One of my main gripes with his books has been the seemingly arbitrary ways his stories end in, or the way he inserts real world societal issues and problems into settings that on the surface seem utterly alien. The Iron Council read like a love letter to socialism.

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    Also, going to reread The Book of the New Sun once I'm done with Amrtya Sen's The Idea of Justice. I only skimmed the surface according all the material that exists about this series on the internet.

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    Out of the Bas Lag trilogy, I would say that The Scar is easily my favourite. You can pick it up and read it without reading Perdido Street Station first, although reading the prequel does give a bit of context.

    Iron Council is a socialist leaflet. Not the worst book ever written, but it even pales next to some of the stuff in Looking for Jake.
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    1984 openly espouses the dangers of certain political views. What's the difference? The Culture novels, by the sadly late Iain M Banks, quite proudly declare what the author considers utopia, and it's a communist paradise. That gets a pass too. What's the actual difference?

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    Because they form the crux of the books in Mieville's case, especially in The Iron Council case where the story seems to have been written to espouse his political ideology while he develops a social system in Embassytown that is idiosyncratic to that particular setting. I don't mind authors coloring their books as per their political leanings, as long as it complements the plot without making the book read like a propaganda piece.

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    After putting it down for a while I finished up Children of Fire by Drew Karpyshyn. It was alright. He's better at sci-fi than fantasy judging by this book.

    I'll pick up the second one, which is due out early next year I believe. That's something I'm grateful for. Instead of the usual 2-3 year wait he got the guts of his work done before the first book went to print so there wont be much of a delay between the three books of the cycle.

    Next I think I might try pick up The Daylight War again after I had to put it down.
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    He's basically the space cube from Portal 2, the human version.

    I'm reading The Pony Fish's Glow by George C. Williams. A short work about adaptionist biology. It sounds dry but is quite entertaining. Especially the part where he goes over all the design flaws of Homo sapiens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane View Post
    Because they form the crux of the books in Mieville's case, especially in The Iron Council case where the story seems to have been written to espouse his political ideology while he develops a social system in Embassytown that is idiosyncratic to that particular setting. I don't mind authors coloring their books as per their political leanings, as long as it complements the plot without making the book read like a propaganda piece.
    Yeah, pretty much. Not read any Mieville, but this is why I tried Jack London's The Iron Heel, started laughing hysterically within a few pages and didn't stop for the next five minutes. Then I shrugged, gave up, and wiped it off my Kindle. You want to soapbox, then soapbox. Don't pretend you're writing a novel.

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    Iron Council is the story of a bunch of escaped slaves.

    Wouldn't say the rest of his work really reflects that.

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    is the best mieville work in my opinion, outside of the amazing Dial H for Hero series that has been sadly ended by DC.

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    I'm on a Peter F. Hamilton odyssey. Read the confederation trilogy a while back and wasn't completely stoked (lots of interesting ideas, but also lots of gratuitous sex). Moving on to the commonwealth books saw some big improvements though. Currently on the first void book, which takes place in the same world as the commonwealth ones but several thousand years later. There's some pretty corny technology-as-good-as-magic stuff, but then again that might be the point. Moderately entertaining so far, but it will have to pull out some bigger guns soon.

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