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About to read The Long Mars, third in the Long Earth Sequence by Pratchett & Baxter.

Really looking forward to it.
Edited by Andy Bain - 6/20/14 at 12:45am
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I'm going through the Dresden books right now. They're quite fun. I needed something light after going through 20th history books and bestiaries of medieval animals these past few months.

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Yeah, sometimes you need those light or familiar reads.
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Originally Posted by Andy Bain View Post

About to read The Long Mars, third in the Long Earth Sequence by Pratchett & Baxter.

Really looking forward to it.

 

 

WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT IN MY HAND RIGHT FUCKING NOW?!?!!?

 

 

 

Great series. Stoked! 

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This isn't fiction but a friend asked me to read this for a project she's doing and it's pretty amazing.  Great book for writers to read or anyone who is creative or wants to do something unfamiliar or intimidating.

 

 

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On the fiction side, I just read Mr. Mercedes.  It was a fun read but not really in league with Stephen King's recent greatness of Under the Dome or Joyland. 

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I've heard nothing but raves about The War Of Art. I may give it a try sometime soon.

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Just starting "The Time Traveler's Almanac"...a collection of 72 stories about time travel. Was poking around Barnes and Noble the other day and saw this.

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Just about to begin 'Life After Life' by Kate Atkinson.

The story is about the evils of mid 20th-century history and the nature of death, all the while moving back and forth in time. A heroine dies time and again, then in turn gets resurrected time and again... my first attempt at reading something in this genre.

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Christ I'm sick of Time Travel.

 

1/4th into Fall of the Towers trilogy by Samuel Delany. It's his "traditional" sf/Fantasy where Earth has undergone a Nuclear Holocaust, and the survivors live in two vast cities, one of which is subsumed by a belt of deadly radiation. The radiation also mutates humans into tribes of Neo-Neanderthals and Giants, some of whom also develop Telepathic powers. Pretty cool stuff so far.

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Reading The Martian.

Absolutely fantastic so far.
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I thought I'd mentioned THE MARTIAN here but I guess not. Definite thumbs up from me as well.
Edited by Chavez - 6/27/14 at 6:23pm
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I thought I'd mentioned THE MARTIAN here but I guess not. Definite that MBS up from me as well.

 

I thought you did as well, Chavez... maybe the Space thread? Someone posted the cover to it somewhere on the boards.

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Christ I'm sick of Time Travel.

 

1/4th into Fall of the Towers trilogy by Samuel Delany. It's his "traditional" sf/Fantasy where Earth has undergone a Nuclear Holocaust, and the survivors live in two vast cities, one of which is subsumed by a belt of deadly radiation. The radiation also mutates humans into tribes of Neo-Neanderthals and Giants, some of whom also develop Telepathic powers. Pretty cool stuff so far.

 

That is sooooo weird, I just clicked on this thread thinking about talking Delaney.

 

I've had that one for years, but I'm only about half way through the 2nd book. First one was enjoyable, though. I think he wrote them when he was really young?

 

Dhalgren had a big effect on me when I read it a few years ago, hopefully something else in his collection will dazzle me, but from what I've heard that book was one of a kind.

 

I found "Stars In My Pocket, Like Grains Of Sand" in the library, I'm 90 pages (out of 370) into it so far. It's very interesting, but taking a bit of effort to push through, not really sure where he's going with it or what it's going to amount to. I'll get there though, gotta beat that library return date.

 

There's only so much info I can take about the dry, barren cultural and ecological history of dry, barren desert planets, though. The Shcrimms and the Snavelplats both thought they could assume political control 40 years ago, but then the 2nd Crunge happened! The devastation was utterly untold!

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I thought I'd mentioned THE MARTIAN here but I guess not. Definite that MBS up from me as well.

You did, been posting from my phone so had no time to search thread/rep and quote.

Me picking it came from your suggestion a while ago, so thanks!
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Kyle Reese, I highly recommend Delany's Babel 17. That novel blew my mind when I read it in college.

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Best start to a novel?

 

ETA: So, my phone choked on this post. Here is what it should have said.

 

Best start to a novel I have read this year? You betcha.

 


Edited by MrTyres - 6/29/14 at 1:53pm
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Just started THE SHINING GIRLS, which I've heard good things about.  It's not about these two:

 

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About halfway through Dave Eggers' The Circle.  Thus far I am whelmed.

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Reading Hope Solo's autobiography. Good read; but man, is she in need of a competent therapist.
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The Witcher books are coming out in Greek. Translated straight from Polish too so we don't have to wait for the English language translations.

 

Picked up The Last Wish. Pretty damn good.

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I just finished A Gather of Old Men by Ernest Gaines, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong.  The first two were for school and I loved them both. Great classics of the American canon. The third I picked up on Friday and stayed up to 4am reading last night to finish. I haven't read John Dies at the End, but the wit kept me cracking up. I love that people are saved from eminent death by creating a marching band formation of a giant penis.

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Just started THE SHINING GIRLS, which I've heard good things about.  It's not about these two:

 

 

Just finished this.  Yeah, not bad  Very "neat".  I struggled with some of the sections though.  I never found Harper a particularly compelling character.  I like the neatness of the ending but it did seem very pat, but as a whole I felt it was OK.

 

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I did like the suggestion though that this was a loop that had played out hundreds, maybe thousands of times, and Harper's feelings towards the end that this was so.

 

Onto Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell

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Is The Shining Girls a pastiche of The Shining?  I've never heard of it!

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Not even remotely.  It's a serial killer who kills "shining girls" (i.e. those with an inner light).

 

It's a lot more than that, but don't want to spoil it.

 

It's worth a look, although I did think the concept was better than the execution (which wasn't bad, I just wanted more).

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I picked up the third book in the Agent Pendergast series (Doug Preston and Lincoln Child), after having been away for over a decade. This one was called the Cabinet of Curiosities, and it was a lot like Relic. Kinda fun, really dumb, very similar plot. I wish it had been maybe a little darker, as the writing really only wakes up when they're describing gruesome shit, live paralyzed vivisections and the like. Apparently there's like fifteen books in this series, and while I doubt I'll be working my way through that, it ended up being a tolerable summer read.

Now I'm a hundred pages into The Six Gun Tarot, recommended to me by this thread! It's pretty good, reminiscent of the Dark Tower novels. I expect to fly through it.
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After Game of Thrones finished, I decided to re-read A Song of Ice and Fire.  Currently about halfway through A Storm of Swords.  After that, I plan on reading The Tales of Dunk & Egg novellas and the prequel short stories The Princess and The Queen and The Rogue Prince.  Have never read those before but have heard nothing but rave reviews for them.  All of this is leading up to A World of Ice and Fire getting released in October.  

 

Yes, I am George R.R. Martin's bitch.  :|

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Ancient Images was good. Campbells style was presumably an influence on Adam Nevill as the style was very similar.

Having watched Mr Pip the other night im now reading Great Expectations. The film was so so, but it did really make me want to read GE.
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Just re-read 10 Years beyond Baker Street, the epic Sherlock Holmes Vs. Fu Manchu novel. A really great read, some nice character notes on both characters as well as Doctors Petrie and Watson, and a really nice travelogue of Wales. I'd really like to visit one seaside village, where the climax of the novel takes place. The ending is slightly disappointing (not enough Fu Manchu!), but it ends with Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Petrie and Nayland Smith all having a pint at the pub, so for that alone I love it!

 

I've also been slogging through A Social History of the English 1066-1945, by Christopher Hibbert. Makes me quite grateful to be living in the first part of the 21st Century. Life in 17th through 19th century just sucked all around; the fact that so much misery took place in what was then the pinnacle of Civilization just makes it worse.

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I taught Great Expectations last year, so I read it for the first time since high school before I did.  It was much better than I remember. I like Tale of Two Cities better, but GE is still good.  Let me know what you think when you finish.

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I'm really liking it so far (just finished vol 1). Has me reaching for the dictionary a couple if times.

I love Dickens sly wit which pervades the story. He's really not a fan of pompous people!

Pip is just starting to be an insufferable arse, so it's going to be interesting to read how London effects him.
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