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Old 08-07-2005, 18:09:39   #651
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well, I just bought two books

neither are the ones I was looking for

I was looking for

That Hideous Strength

and Elric (one of the earlier ones)

and I got

The Dosadi Experiment
Redemption Ark

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Old 09-07-2005, 11:08:26   #652
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the Dosadi experiment is a little odd..

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Old 09-07-2005, 18:43:47   #653
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Redemption Ark doesn't seem to be as good as the last two

there are some real annoying points.. and characters that don't act beleivable

I Remember the las ttwo being better

I am having to take a break from it at the half way mark, because I can't take any more of the Ana/Thorn foolishness

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Old 09-07-2005, 19:08:48   #654
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I've been reading a lot of Sci Fi compilations in the hopes that my dormant writing urge will awaken...no luck/no time.
Just finished the first (again) Incarnations of Immortality (Death) book in Piers Anthony's series. Don't know if I'll continue.
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Old 19-07-2005, 23:03:02   #656
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Just finished Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America" (2004). It is a fairly interesting alternate-reminiscense of East Coast urban Jewish life during the late '30s and early 40s. It tells the tale of the affect on the US if Charles Lindberg had been elected as President in 1940. As a fan of alternate histories I found this 10 year old point of view to be disappointing. But it was certainly an interestin writing exercise for Roth.
For the most part, I would not recommend it.
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Old 22-07-2005, 17:33:37   #657
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Almost done with ASssasssins Quest, the last of the Farseer thingy, I really like them... I am sad that I am almost done. However, I have the new Hairy Pottey sitting on my desk and I really want to read that. So, I'm set.
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Old 22-07-2005, 18:14:35   #658
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Old 23-07-2005, 14:37:06   #659
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Finished Peter Hamilton's 'Pandora's Star' which book should also please any fans of his Confederation series.

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Just finished Harry potter and the half blood prince (duh..lol)..
Just before that I reread Sense and SEnsibility by Jane AUsten

not sure if i will start anything new (might do my own writing for awhile)...if i do start anything i will reread Jane Eyre
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Old 24-07-2005, 00:48:04   #661
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The Devils Alternative my Frederick Forsyth, its excellent because he only slowly ramps up the pace; and boy does it go at some pace...! Real page turner, and his amazing knowledge of various subjects really enhances the narrative.
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Old 24-07-2005, 21:55:41   #662
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Out - Natsuo Kirino. Set in Japan, the main characters are a group of 4 middle aged housewives who couldn't be more different from each other, but become friends through their job at the night shift at the local factory. Events take an unlikely turn and the friendship is put to the test. Despite that shit discription, it's a really good book, it's got murder, suspicion, romance, sex, all the best ingredients.

Live Bait - P.J Tracy. The follow up to 'Want to play?' is written with the same fast paced style, keeping you on the edge of your seat and giving you unexpected surprises on the way. For anyone who's read the first one, this see's Magozzi's relationship with Grace continue, and a brief appearance of the old monkeewrench gang.
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Old 25-07-2005, 16:47:53   #663
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The first four hitchiker's guide books.

Never read them before, nor seen the film, so barring some encounters with the bbc series, it's all new to me.

So far so good, you can see the rather massive influence on the style of pratchett and others.
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Old 27-07-2005, 00:22:38   #664
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Recently finished Raphaelides' "The barbarian ancestors of modern europeans" which was a delight. Raphaelides was a hardcore commie (curse his soul) who was notoriously educated in every single aspect you could imagine and probably one of the most ruthless critics of the modern greek state. He died, followed an operation which had minimum chances of succeeding. Him being a devout atheist he never, even once, called out to God before they took him to the operation room. No matter what one can say, he was consistent don't you think?
I kind of miss him. He was a healthy even though at times prejudist voice of critic. Next up is Raphaelides "Balkan people" and then "The scums of the Greek revolution" by the same author. Assuming I meet up with my uncle who has those books and give him the three CDs I wrote for him including that rare pink floyd one.
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Old 27-07-2005, 05:28:06   #665
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Very, very impressed with Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (UK product). I guess you could call it "steam punk". It's sort of a "Charles Dickens writes Dune" vibe.
I have his follow-up book, Scar, waiting in the wings, or I might read You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers, who wrote A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, an auto biographical account of his parents deaths and his resulting custodian(ship) of his younger brother. I couldn't resist the title.

I highly recommend Miéville to any Goth/Fantasy/Horror/Sci fi readers. Extremely gripping and the man is a very fine writer. Bastard.
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Old 29-07-2005, 05:19:29   #666
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Tell me lies - Tony Strong. This is the first time I've come across this author, and he's been around for about a year, and I'm very impressed. The book is loosely based on a true story, a young woman and her flatmate are drugged and raped, but her flatemate is murdered and she survives with only the date carved in her back as a reminder. She reports it to the police, but suffers severe amnesia and can not remember details, only small flashes. During the investigation, her relationship with one of the police officers gets far too personal, and they decide the only way to get their prime suspect locked up is for her to lie and say she saw him. It all goes well until her lie is uncovered...

I didn't see the ending come, but I never do, but still a good book, had me riveted for 4/5 hours, it's the sort of thing that deserves an adaptation for the bbc.
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Very, very impressed with Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (UK product). I guess you could call it "steam punk". It's sort of a "Charles Dickens writes Dune" vibe.
I have his follow-up book, Scar, waiting in the wings, or I might read You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers, who wrote A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, an auto biographical account of his parents deaths and his resulting custodian(ship) of his younger brother. I couldn't resist the title.

I highly recommend Miéville to any Goth/Fantasy/Horror/Sci fi readers. Extremely gripping and the man is a very fine writer. Bastard.
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Old 31-07-2005, 22:02:26   #668
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well, today and the last couple of days I have been reading Harry Potter 2-5

probably will get to 6 today

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Old 31-07-2005, 23:45:51   #669
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I am currently reading Ben Elton's High Society (very choppy. Not up to Blast From The Past standards IMO); Lovecraft Omnibus part one (finding him as history has recorded: good imagination, but a bad writer); Dan Dennett's Consciousness Explained, which is very good; a very odd book called Biological Exuberance which so far is an summary account of almost every sexually "deviant" behaviour observed in the animal kingdom (incest, gay sex, masturbation, oral sex, blowhole sex, diddling, fiddling, twiddling - these are technical terms) and then summarised by species as well. Fascinating stuff.

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Old 01-08-2005, 13:36:36   #671
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Finally finished The Farseer Trilogy, had so much going on lately it took back seat. I loved them all, great suggestion.

Now I'm on to the new Harry Potter.
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Old 01-08-2005, 15:48:55   #672
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just read the new Harry Potter

not sure what I am on next

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Over the weekend I finished 'Bare Bones' - Kathy Reichs, the new harry potter, and today I started 'A question of Blood' Ian Rankin. Hoping to get hold of a copy of the new Robert Rankin, got reminded it was out after seeing a promo poster at the staion, he looked devilishly handsome
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Well, if you're basing your reading list on good looking writers, you should be done soon.
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Just read the non-fiction "Breaking the Time Barrier" by Jenny Randles, and thought it was crap. How someone can get the concept of time travel so badly wrong, I'll never know.

Three out of ten.

Now I'm reading another one about teleportation. Seems the local library was having a field day snapping up crappily written pop sci books
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Old 07-08-2005, 22:38:23   #676
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Just finished Christiane Bird's account of her return to Iran and her journey through it, called : 'Neither East Nor West : One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran'

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Old 08-08-2005, 15:04:20   #678
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just read Inversions

an interesting novel, not sure if I got everything..

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Started A Game of Thrones by George r r martin, mainly on the basis of reading through some old threads here on CG

800 pages, phew here we go again...and it's only book 1

so far so good though
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Old 09-09-2005, 15:20:43   #680
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Tess Gerritsen - In their footsteps. For a start I couldn't even remember what it was about, but a quick squiz of the blurb reminds me it's about 2 children of well respected dead spys. Mystery shrouds their death (well it wouldn't be much of a story if they knew what happened) and they run off to paris to find out. Personally I was more interested to see if the hints at incest between a mother and her son were going to come to anything, but thats because the rest of the book was so predictable.

Elegance - Kathleen Tessaro. A woman in an unhappy marriage finds a book on elegance, starts taking tips from it, turns into a completley different person, walks away from her husband and moves in with her gay best friend. Her obsession with the book takes over, her friends try to help her, and in the end she has a toy boy. Trashy read.

Politics - Adam Thirlwell. I don't like the way he's written the characters speach, it makes them sound permanently drunk, and just babyish. It's been called 'stylish' but personally I think the blatant disregard for basic storytelling is abismal. He's got more than one character speaking on a line (maybe it's just me that annoys), he talks to the reader (which I don't mind) but it's the manner in which he does it that gets me. He digresses a fair bit, sometimes what he's writing has such a tenuous link it makes you wonder if he was just trying to boost the word count. Personally not my thing, but others of you may enjoy it.
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I'm reading "The Kite Runner" it's about growing up in Afganastan preTaliban. Pretty good, but I'm not even half way through it. The author has a strange way of writing, or telling a story. He really just "tells" the story. Reminds me of Hemingway, who I like, so I am probably biased.

oh, and so far, no jews. What's up with that?
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Old 29-09-2005, 17:12:44   #683
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Started A Game of Thrones by George r r martin, mainly on the basis of reading through some old threads here on CG

800 pages, phew here we go again...and it's only book 1

so far so good though
finished this and it's bloody brilliant. Book 2, and 3 (parts 1 and 2 ) have just arrived and i am very excited.
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Old 10-10-2005, 17:44:02   #684
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Old 11-10-2005, 22:30:59   #685
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Just started reading the Heechee series by Frederick Pohl again...about the 4th time. I seem to recall it starts out incredible and gets exponentially worse as you go through the series....reads fast, so I'll know soon...
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finally finished the first book, The Ship of Magic or whatever. That took me way too long. I guess that is how is when you work, have a 3 month old, and regularly drink yourself into such a stuppor that you find yourself rereading whole chapters.

On to the second book now, Mad Ship or something.

Good series though. I will be reading the Tawny Man series after the next book. Back to Fitz I assume, I like his character.
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I am reading The Song of the Dodo, by David Quammen. It's an entertaining history of island biogeography.
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I have never really grasped the political climate in GB and The Parliament during our War of Independence. This book should be enlightening.
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A Canticle for Leibowitz.

For a reputed all time classic, it is starting to lose my interest.
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I had the hardest time Moby Dick... didn't hold my interest.
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agreed, i've read most of it in fits and starts but i have no great desire to return to it to finish it off

it is a remarkable book, but not a good read
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I found that if I read every other chapter I enjoyed it more since every other chapter was about more mundane stuff.

I never finished the Kite Runner either. I hated the writting, to basic. And I'm a Hemingway fan!

I also can't read Hawthorne, to verbose, and if I read more than one Steinbeck book in a row I go nuts.

Robert Jordan is boring as is Goodkind, but I like Mercedes Lackey (I guess I'm gay).

What appeals to you appeals to you... all because something is "suppose to be good" doesn't mean you'll like it.
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The Liveship/Fitz books gradually poop out.

I must be gay too, my wife showed me Mercedes Lackey and I think I've read most of her books now.
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Just finished "Going Postal" by Terry Pratchett, and it's not up to the standards of humor previous Discworld novels have been.

Still, the story was okay except for some strange left-field confusing parts I didn't like.

All in all, two thumbs sideways.

Also recently finished the Cryptonomicon which initially irritated be beyond belief by being written in the present tense, but later went on to enthrall be as a snappy fast-paced story that really benefited from being present tense. Ended sort of abruptly though, and I had to trawl the web to find some answers to nagging plot points (which were actually spoilers for the Baroque Cycle, d'oh).

I've had the Thomas Covenant book (the first two trilogies) on my shelp for ages without having read them - perhaps I'll make a dent in them some time?
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I read Going Postal over Christmas as well. The subtexts are still becoming less, well, subtle. There should have been more Godel in there as well. Still it's always nice to get another glimpse into the mind of Vetinari.

I also read Douglas Adams' Last Chance to See, which I have been meaning to do for a while. It's funnier, but nothing like as in-depth as the Quammen I mentioned before, and deals with fairly similar things.

Now reading A Black Hole In Neasdon which is looking to be a fantastically terrible science fiction book which might be great in 30 years time for that very reason, but at the moment just reads like a terrible mangling of science for a mediocre plot.

I might try to steal Riddley Walker from my mother at some point in the next couple of weeks. Apparently Laz reckons it's not bad...
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i got riddley walker for xmas (sharing my amazon wishlist for xmas was the best idea ever) and have just started it today, looks great

just finished The Confusions of Young Torless, which is just your average tale of german teenage existentialist homoerotic torture, really
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Old 05-01-2006, 20:54:46   #699
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just finished The Confusions of Young Torless, which is just your average tale of german teenage existentialist homoerotic torture, really
yeah, if you've read one you've read them all
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:10:23   #700
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I'm currentely reading 'Is it me or is everything shit?' by Alan McArthur and Steve Lowe.

It's very funny in places.
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