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Old 17-02-2010, 14:33:23   #901
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The heart is a lonely hunter - carson mcullers
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Old 17-02-2010, 15:12:25   #902
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'Guns, Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond: and I STILL haven't finished it! It's very good, but in a way that you have to read it slowly, or put it down for a few days to absorb what you've just read. Or maybe I'm thick. I've had it out so long that someone else wants to read it, but I'd rather pay the fines than give it back just yet!

Also been reading several Morocco guide books cover to cover several times. Ask me a question about Morocco - go on!
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Also been reading several Morocco guide books cover to cover several times. Ask me a question about Morocco - go on!
What's the best Moroccan single release of 2010 so far?
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Old 21-02-2010, 19:23:09   #905
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Damn, I didn't read that because my guidebooks were only 2009 editions. I did read that Gnaoua music from the Essaouira region is really cool - Jimi Hendrix thought so.
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I read David Zindell's Neverness, which was pretty crazy. Been on an Edgar Rice Burroughs bender since then, starting with the Barsoom series.
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Old 24-02-2010, 22:51:41   #907
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Old 24-02-2010, 23:28:58   #909
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Oh, I forgot to mention The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine Wallace (2008).
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Old 12-03-2010, 00:28:19   #910
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Currently re-reading Money by Martin Amis in apprehension of the TV two-parter that's due soon. I am curious to see how it'll be done, because to my mind the book is virtually unfilmable. That said, I have high hopes for it. John Self is being played by Nick Frost, who isn't always amazing but is usually pretty entertaining, and I suspect the film makers may well go down the American Psycho black comedy route. Which will be wicked.

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Old 29-03-2010, 14:21:25   #912
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i have quite high hopes, for the same reasons you mentioned. why do you think it's unfilmable? it's hardly gravity's rainbow.
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Old 29-03-2010, 14:32:09   #913
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Slant, by Greg Bear Just cracked it open, so no idea how it'll be.

Finished Gregory Benford's "Cube" and Vernor Vinge's "The Peace War", they were just OK.
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Old 29-03-2010, 14:59:05   #914
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i have quite high hopes, for the same reasons you mentioned. why do you think it's unfilmable? it's hardly gravity's rainbow.
Just filming the plot will be straightforward enough, but it's his inner monologue that drives the novel, and I can't imagine it'll be easy capturing the true depravity of the man, especially when he's on his own 90% of the time.
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Old 29-03-2010, 16:18:46   #915
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I have a kindle, been reading a lot.

Poison Study was OK (but better then a couple of the other untried books I found, including one by Elizabeth Moon who does have some decent ones to her name), anyone have more fantasy/scifi for kindle that I might not have read?

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Old 07-04-2010, 21:19:28   #917
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Just finished Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland. Should probably have read it at least 15yrs ago, but hey ho. Thought it was great. I love the early 90s.
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Old 20-05-2010, 10:10:21   #919
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Just finished Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland. Should probably have read it at least 15yrs ago, but hey ho. Thought it was great. I love the early 90s.
I actually read this when it came out so it really did capture the 'zeitgeist' (sorry still in German mode!) of the time.

I also read Microserfs at about the same time, which I also enjoyed.
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Old 27-07-2010, 21:43:02   #920
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Finished reading 'Limits to Growth' a while back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Limits_to_Growth

Basically it's all about how the human race can't escape the mathematical realities of exponential growth on a planet with finite resources: sooner or later we're going to come unstuck and the results are likely to be very messy!
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Currently reading 'The Walking Dead' graphic novel compilations from the library. Got as far as Vol. 9, with Vols 10-13 awaiting collection. Then I'll be up to date.

The comics are interestingly different to the TV series, though many of the main characters have been incorporated into the series. Both are highly entertaining in their own right.
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Old 31-01-2011, 22:20:24   #923
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I read Neverwhere recently (well maybe 6 months ago) I enjoyed that a lot.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:20:01   #925
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Old 22-03-2011, 23:39:40   #926
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Reread Iain M. Banks' "The Player of Games." Very enjoyable.
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Just starting the 3rd book in L. E. Modesitt Jr.'s Imager series. It drags a bit sometimes, but I've started to think that's his style.
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Is that what they based the film with "The Rock" out of wrestling on?
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Old 01-04-2011, 13:44:03   #932
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Just finished Chronicles of the Black Company by Glenn Cook. Good read. Entertaining and gritty fantasy world. Which I'm not normally a huge fan of.
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Old 01-04-2011, 18:14:54   #937
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:17:21   #938
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Risk, by Dan Gardner.

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Just finished Chronicles of the Black Company by Glenn Cook. Good read. Entertaining and gritty fantasy world. Which I'm not normally a huge fan of.
I read the series (or at least 10 books of it). I think the later ones were worse.

Was fun, not great literature.

It is sort of what my impression of Malazan (which I haven't read all of).

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No, it was definitely not great literature, but it was fun to read.
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How is it? I thought his last one "Matter" rather substandard.

Just read 3 prequels of Niven's "Ringworld". Authored by Niven and Edward Lerner. These "Worlds" novels are entertaining especially if you are familiar with Niven's 'Known Space' universe. But they are not his best.
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Banks is sort of interesting, as I don't really like most of his (non-ship) characters, I don't really like many of the societies that are the focus of his books.

But I enjoy his books anyways.

It is interesting because usually I only like books that have characters that I at least like sometimes. There are even some literature books which I don't like so much because I don't like any of the characters. Even though I recognize they are good books.

But I still enjoy Bank's (SF) novels.

I haven't read the latest.

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How is it? I thought his last one "Matter" rather substandard.

Just read 3 prequels of Niven's "Ringworld". Authored by Niven and Edward Lerner. These "Worlds" novels are entertaining especially if you are familiar with Niven's 'Known Space' universe. But they are not his best.
Getting through it very slowly now I don't have the train to read on. I enjoyed Matter, but this one is better so far.
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Banks is sort of interesting, as I don't really like most of his (non-ship) characters, I don't really like many of the societies that are the focus of his books.

But I enjoy his books anyways.

It is interesting because usually I only like books that have characters that I at least like sometimes. There are even some literature books which I don't like so much because I don't like any of the characters. Even though I recognize they are good books.

But I still enjoy Bank's (SF) novels.

I haven't read the latest.

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Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal: James D. Hornfischer (2011). My god, it is a wonder that we finally overpowered the Imperial Japanese Navy. So many screw ups, so may sunken ships an so many dead sailors.
This is the same guy who wrote Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors (2004). It isn't as thrilling but that is inherent in the different phases of the war that these battles took place. A must for anyone interested in the war in the Pacific. Not a pleasant read by any means.
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A Feast for Crows - finally, several years after I bought it.

Nice to read a book where even glancing at it seems to get you through fifty pages, especially when there's so many of them.
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It's one of the most depressing series I've ever read. Anyone you even form a remote attachment to dies in a usually horrible fashion.
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