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27-11-2011, 04:56 PM #361
Just finished The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, which was excellent. That Mr. Bellow sure knows how to put a sentence together.
Up next: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell and Cryptonomicon.
29-11-2011, 11:10 AM #362
The Stars My Destinations by Alfred Bester.
It's so good, I'm appalled I took so much time before picking up this book. I expected it to be enjoyable and somewhat thought-provoking, but I'm so used to gushing blurbs and afraid of hype aversion I didn't realise how much the praise it got was actually warranted.
It's absolutely fantastic so far. It's a complete punch to the gut, with a Cyberpunk-before-Cyberpunk setting, a wonderfully uncompromising depiction of its protagonist and his actions (and to think it was written in the fifties...), and more importantly, the feeling that anything can happen, with dozen of fascinating ideas introduced with economy and panache every damn chapters, without ever stopping the action with pages of turgid infodump. Packing so much plot, character development and ideas in such a slim novel is staggering. And it feels unfair to a lot of novels because it makes it look so easy.
I'm seriously, utterly impressed. I don't think there's going to be a science fiction book I'm going to enjoy as much before a long time.
29-11-2011, 02:16 PM #363
If anyone's out there who hasn't read The Stars My Destination, read it!
29-11-2011, 02:17 PM #364
29-11-2011, 02:38 PM #365
Tales of the Long Bow by G.K. Chesterton. A pun-fueled account of improbable political activism and very-lengthily-described characters with a talent for falling in love almost instantaneously. Also contains a philosophical and aesthetic consideration of cabbages, among other topics.
29-11-2011, 03:22 PM #366
Star Wars The Old Republic :Revan.
Thought it was a prequel to the Knights of the old republic, found out later it takes place after KOTOR2, not sure if I should continue reading or play the first game first.
29-11-2011, 08:29 PM #367
If you can't find any, try ABE. I've read and enjoyed "Adventures in Unhistory", which was published relatively recently. If you can get your hands on any of the Engelbert Eszterhazy stuff, I haven't read most of it but "The Odd Old Bird" is great.
EDIT: Sorry, should attempt a brief description. Fantasy / sci-fi / pick your genre author from way back when magazines were the dominant publishing method. Nice alternate history stories, along with some stuff that turns my brain upside down. Great, wacky sense of humour.
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29-11-2011, 08:40 PM #368
Do you like her sci-fi? I like how she's willing to look at the repercussions possible from a "fountain of youth" drug.
29-11-2011, 08:50 PM #369
I found The Spy Who Came In From the Cold too bleak, but I was probably about 13 last time I tried to read it, so it may be time to try again.
29-11-2011, 09:04 PM #370
29-11-2011, 09:13 PM #371
29-11-2011, 09:28 PM #372
Try http://www.abebooks.de (if you're in Germany as your location suggests). Some of the results of a "Tamora Pierce" search appear to be English-language copies.
29-11-2011, 11:17 PM #373
Hint: the 'multiquote' button is your friend. Just click the one next to the 'reply with quote' button (it looks like a speech bubble next to a plus sign) on every post you want to quote, except the last, for which you hit 'reply with quote' as normal. Then you just add what you want to say in the gaps and hit go like a normal post.
Hope this helps,
30-11-2011, 12:11 AM #374
That said, the book sounds very interesting. I don't read much sci-fi at all but I'm adding this to my to-read list which means I should get to it sometime in 2018.
Actually it sounds so good I'm bumping it right up there.
30-11-2011, 01:24 AM #375
It also heavily influenced cyberpunk, which didn't appear as a distinct genre until 30 years later, which perhaps makes the novel seem further ahead of its time when read today.
The Demolished Man by the same author is also an excellent read.
Right now I'm finishing up Robin Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy. I started rereading the first book while I was waiting for an Amazon order to arrive and couldn't put it down. I don't often feel like reading a big thick fantasy novel nowadays, but it's definitely my favourite trilogy from one of the best modern fantasy writers.
30-11-2011, 08:36 AM #376
30-11-2011, 01:31 PM #377
I'm rereading Stephenson's "Anathem". Rather slowly because it's a bit too heavy to read in bed, but it is excellent.
30-11-2011, 10:44 PM #378
12-12-2011, 12:16 PM #379
I'll persevere because I'm loathe to give up on any book, but Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is seriously slow going.A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.
13-12-2011, 05:24 AM #380
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I should be reading John Courtenay Grimwood's 9Tail Fox and Jonathan Lethem's Gun, with Occasional Music, and re-reading Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon - I declared this year's holiday season, with no particular provocation, the season of the sci-fi noir - but UPS lost my order. Fucking holiday shipping season.