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18-07-2011, 07:09 PM #141
Ooo, I love The Man Who Was Thursday. I read it as a teenager and didn't understand it at all. Read it again a couple years ago and it made tons more sense.
Finished The City and the City by China Mieville this morning. I've heard that the ending is divisive, but I found it to be both enjoyable and appropriate of the world that Mieville had created. This was my first time reading one of his books, and I may have to check out some of his others. Any suggestions?
18-07-2011, 07:18 PM #142
Sea Harrier over the Falklands by Sharkey Ward is my current read. Its good if you want to read some British Jingoisim and internal forces politics.
18-07-2011, 07:53 PM #143
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19-07-2011, 08:07 AM #145
Wasp Factory: YES. Look, just read it.
Walking on Glass: A little on the experimental side, still decent. Tries to be clever, mostly is.
The Bridge: Fantastic. Arguably a crypto-Culture novel (and not even in the way that since the Culture is out there all his mainstream fiction is secretly Culture novels). Has a happy ending, but it shows up in another book entirely and is only mentioned in passing. Highly recommended.
Espedair Street: Rock biography, and I always like those, even though it's a little lighter than he tends to be. I like rock bios.
Canal Dreams: Basically dreck and not worth bothering with unless you're really desperate and stuck in an airport or something.
Complicity: Not bad, not great.
Whit: I liked it, but it wasn't terribly heavy reading or anything. Interesting ideas that he doesn't do as much with as he could.
A Song of Stone: More experimental than most-- heavy on the style. Actually one I haven't re-read.
The Business: Again, a little light and kind of forgettable.
Dead Air: Post-9/11 something-or-other that I honestly haven't bothered reading. Even the Iain (M) Banks mailing list I'm on mostly gave it a pass.
The Steep Approach to Garbadale: Kind of a Crow Road reprise-- coming-of-age thing, not bad, nothing to write home about:
Transition: Wasn't this SF? Hm. I liked it-- a return to form I think, although not to the extent that Surface Detail was.
...so there you go. For comparison, I loved Use of Weapons and Consider Phlebas more than Player of Games, really liked Feersum Endjinn, generally enjoyed Against A Dark Background, found Excession interesting but not as awesome as other Banks fans, and enjoyed Inversions and the other newer Culture novels.Вы такие сексапильные, когда злитесь.
19-07-2011, 12:53 PM #146
"Wasp Factory: YES. Look, just read it."
agreed wasp factory is a good book
if your into space opera, i'd say Alistair Reynolds revelation space series are the best going, particularly chasm city
19-07-2011, 01:02 PM #147
And Reynolds' latest, Terminal World, is awesome.
19-07-2011, 01:50 PM #148
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Almost finished A Dance with Dragons, not sure what I think of it tbh.
19-07-2011, 11:45 PM #149
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i too felt clash of kings seemed more like a promise of good things (nasty things?) to come, and i can promise you after reading the second part/book of storm of swords that the payoff is swearwordingly amazing.
20-07-2011, 02:23 AM #150
Currently reading the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and about to start on Dracula on the side for a miniature book club thing that may or may not be a ploy to touch a lady person on the bottom.
Wildfell Hall is great so far, I have to say. It's pretty much the inverse of that horrible romantic crap that the rest of the Brontes peddled, where the male lead is an abusive tosser but deep down he's ever so lovely, and if a woman will just accept enough of his bullshit then he'll magically change. Makes me sick, that does. But in this, the "good on the inside" romantic character is, like his real life counterpart, actually an abusive dickbag who ruins the lives of everyone he meets. PUNCHLINE HERE.
20-07-2011, 02:36 PM #151
I've just finished reading Metro 2033, which I thought was fantastic. I got a little burnt out with it towards the end but then when the last few pages actually come it's just brilliant.
Not sure what I'm going to read next though, I've got this book called Twelve which is about vampires during Napoleonic times which I reckon I'll be giving a gander.
21-07-2011, 07:58 PM #152
Was going to read Dance With Dragons but my friends told me its not that great so it's been moved down the queue a little, about to start reading Finch by Jeff VanderMeer
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23-07-2011, 11:51 PM #153
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Currently reading Rule 34, by Charles Stross. I am addicted to this guys writing style.
24-07-2011, 03:13 AM #154
Alec just tweeted he didn't enjoy Dance With Dragons which is a little disconcerting as his complaints are ones that are nagging at me already, and i've only just started Clash of Kings- namely that it is a soap opera written by a dirty old man, and intellectual candy floss.
I'm thinking of treating the series as something to be read slowly, the books interspersed with something a little weightier (between GoT and CoK i read Infinite Jest, but perhaps that's taking weighty a little too literally), not in one greedy, indigestion inducing feast. Hopefully by not overindulging I won't get GRRM overload, as I loved the first book and want to love the rest of them.
24-07-2011, 10:34 AM #155that it is a soap opera written by a dirty old man
The dirty old man thing though I can't really deny, he does like to have his sex scenes. Though I have to say the TV people are a little bit more dirty since they seem to put random sex scenes that weren't in the book and are a little bit distracting and not needed.
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25-07-2011, 02:49 AM #158
A year later, my wife and I stopped at a gas station when visiting with my mother. She went inside to pay and I picked up her romance novel out of curiosity. I started reading random parts to my wife and she was laughing. Then my mother came back and went on the defensive. She was upset, like I had violated a private part of her life. I told her I was sorry but that these romance novels are cheesy. She said, "I know what kinds of books YOU like to read!" and gave me a horrified, indignant, angry look.
Never let your mom read a book you haven't read first. Like A Clash of Kings.
25-07-2011, 04:29 PM #159
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I have A Game Of Thrones sitting on my sidetable, but I keep putting off actually reading it. I started, and about a chapter in I knew that I didn't have the time or patience at that point to keep track of what was happening in the story. Never went back to it once I actually had the time.
Also, just finished reading Catcher In The Rye. Loved the writing itself, but I found myself getting infuriated with the main character a bit too often. I just really wanted him to shut up sometimes. That being said, it's certainly a good book, with some brilliant sections.
27-07-2011, 10:31 AM #160
I've had about 3 or 4 years where I barely read any novels - a real shame, I confess. Though, recently I started spending some time on reading.
Already forgot the title of the last book I finished. Some story about Neanderthals that survived in a cave system below the North Iranian desert and from there started to infiltrate modern human society... pretty stupid XD
Now reading some old history book (from the early 60s) on the Russian Revolution that I found in my parents' library.
I am also reading the German translation of Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski, better known as the first novel in the Witcher series. Before that I read the 2 short story collections The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. Really having fun with those. (and I haven't even finished the first game)
And finally, I am reading "Ausser Dienst" by Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of West Germany. It's giving me some really interesting perspective on things.