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Old 12-08-2002, 15:45:13   #51
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Old 13-08-2002, 13:42:28   #53
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-and Jonny Bravo and The Angry Beavers and Dexters Lab...

Look, about the Friends thing- I always crack up over that skinny black-haired womans character becous she's so fiercly competative and such a perfectionist, but don't ask me to justify my position on feeling generaly amused by most of the episodes I stop to watch. Who knows why, marvel at the mysteries of humour.

Now lets never speak of this again.

and Scrubs and Six Feet Under and Ren and Stimpy and- oh wait... I think thats about it.
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Old 13-08-2002, 19:36:21   #54
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Scrubs is all right. It gets a little tedius when they only do sex related jokes, but when they start mixing it up again, it's great.

I like that tall doctor with the bugged eyes--the one that acts psycho. I find myself speaking that way to the kids sometimes...
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Old 22-08-2002, 04:36:34   #55
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Yay! Finished Crypto a few days back! What an epic 918 small type pages!

Now on 'Antarctica', Kim Stanley Robinson's precursor book to the Mars Trilogy - only 400 odd pages this time, no problems!
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Old 28-08-2002, 21:52:02   #56
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I am in the middle of "Use of Weapons" by I.M.Banks.
Although the book is good I haven't connected with any of the charaters yet. Like I said, I am in the middle and a lot more can, and will, happen.
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Old 30-08-2002, 21:33:53   #57
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I haven't read a book in months *sigh*

Though I did borrow Greg Bear's Forge of God from the local library, mostly because it was the best book they had (!) and partly because I had a hankering to read it again. I hope I manage to get around to it...
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Old 30-08-2002, 23:37:22   #58
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Heavy stuff. Odin vs. General Motors, like, and the writing's top notch as well.
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Old 31-08-2002, 14:46:35   #59
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I haven't read a book in months *sigh*

Though I did borrow Greg Bear's Forge of God from the local library, mostly because it was the best book they had (!) and partly because I had a hankering to read it again. I hope I manage to get around to it...
Forge of God and Bloodmusic, the only two G Bear books I rate (as good stories).
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Old 31-08-2002, 23:21:40   #60
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More Elisabeth George I'm afraid. This one is less good too.
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put that shit down and pick up something decent.

I'm reading Austerlitz by W G Sebald and it is very very good.
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Is Bloodmusic the book about smart germs?
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Old 02-09-2002, 13:08:54   #63
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Is Bloodmusic the book about smart germs?
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Old 02-09-2002, 15:15:23   #64
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Lo and behold: American Gods wins this years Hugo. Told you so.
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Blood Music - One of the few fictional stories to attempt to discuss the possible effects of the Singularity. Cool book.

Anvil of Stars, while not as good as Forge is worth a read even if only to tie up the storyline.
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Old 09-09-2002, 22:38:23   #66
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Now reading 'A is for Alibi' by Sue Grafton.
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Finished '40.000 in Gehenna'. Brilliant, really good story- a very interesting concept of an alien intelligence, of how human societies can step back thousands of years in the space of generations. The story of the first 'Jin' is heartbreaking at times, becouse of the azi's innocence and trust- and dependance. Later on in the book though (when the aliens and children started to communicate) I felt kindof creeped out by the aliens, and wanted the humans to nuke the world into rubble.

And a good ending, I'm gonna havta get back into Cherryh's stuff- specially her 'Foreigner' series.

Also read Thief of Time, very good- typical Pratchett really, usuall insightful whit.
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Now reading 'A is for Alibi' by Sue Grafton.
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Did you know that sue Grafton lives in Santa Barbara? Santa Theresa (sp) is Santa Barbara with only some of the place names changed.
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Old 10-09-2002, 15:36:05   #70
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hey! this forum's for the pople who read books, get outtahere!
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Old 10-09-2002, 15:40:25   #71
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I'm ashamed ladies and gentleman. I've followed the advice of mumin for the first time in my life, and bought American Gods. It's bloody great.
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Old 10-09-2002, 16:42:14   #73
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That has nothing to do with the book you just bought. I just happened to find that on the internet.
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SciFi can be really cool. What have you started?
I just picked up "Use of Weapons" by Iain M. Banks in a used paperback store.
A month later I get around to quoting this...

I've been trying to get my wife to read the Hyperion novels, but she refuses, even though they pique her interest.

Once I get my belongings sent from AUstralia (after two years of living here!) LoC certainly won't be lacking for choice of sci-fi to read
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I thought 'Hyperion' was excellent. Liked the follow-up. Bought the third title in the series ... but never got around to reading it. I'm mystified as to why I reacted in this way, given the amount of crap that I read. Why neglect to continue the series when I enjoyed the start so much? Consider the fact that I read all seven of the latest Donaldson series, when it started off with such an appalling opening.

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I have photographic proof I was reading a book in New Zealand!
First time I've seen 'Maxim' described as a book.
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Did you know that sue Grafton lives in Santa Barbara? Santa Theresa (sp) is Santa Barbara with only some of the place names changed.
Yes, so the inside-front-cover blurb said.

If even half of the descriptions of the town and weather are correct, that is one amazing place to live! Of course, the downside is the number of murders ...

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And that thread title still annoys me.
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Actually, Noisy, it was a discussion of the third and fourth books in the series that increased m'Lady's probability of reading the series from 0% to 7% (her estimate)

Others to whom I have spoken volunteered the opinion that 3 and 4 weren't as good as the first two. I have to agree that 1 and 2 were the better books of the series, and that 3 and 4 do get kind of weird/New Agey towards the end. But I still think they're worth a read.
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I actually didn't like "Hyperion" much at all. I have no desire to read the next books in the series.

Noisy,
If you don't mind stepping over the bodies, Santa Barbara is wonderful.
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I'm ashamed ladies and gentleman. I've followed the advice of mumin for the first time in my life, and bought American Gods. It's bloody great.
Let this be a lesson to you, my young apprentice. The moomin is sage. Following in a moomins footsteps is well-advised. Yada. Yada.

Seriously, I'm glad you liked it. Now you owe me a great book tip!

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Alright, next time I go to New Zealand - and make no mistake, there will be a next time - you'll have to justify that. There just HAS to be a reason to go through the hell that is LAX.
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Did you like it?

When i read it at uni i thought it was brilliant. Hard to find a book with so much energy.
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Alright, next time I go to New Zealand - and make no mistake, there will be a next time - you'll have to justify that. There just HAS to be a reason to go through the hell that is LAX.
Noisy, you are more than welcome here anytime. Did I ever tell you about the great wine country around here?
BTW, you can try San Francisco instead of LAX.
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Did you like it?

When i read it at uni i thought it was brilliant. Hard to find a book with so much energy.
Yeah, I did. It reminded me a bit of The Great Gatsby. The way the characters speak, all breathless enthusiasm, is really infectious, too.
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International flights don't go direct from the UK to San Francisco do they?
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Not being a travel agent I do not know the answer to that question.
However, SFO is notorious for delayed and cancelled flights. It has only two major runways and they are too close together to allow simultaneous take offs and landings in bad weather. The weather is really shitty up there.
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Just finished The Bridge, by Banks, moving onto The Glass Bead Game, by Hesse.

After reading The Bridge I can see why some of you enthuse over Banks so much—it’s far better than, say, Song of Stone.
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you want to slow down mate, you're supposed to be reading for pleasure, not to win a race
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I have been reading slowly, just steadily . I’m not going to start on the next one until tomorrow, or maybe even the weekend.
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Always good to get a recommendation before you read a book. I was cutting it mighty fine with this one, but thanks, j.
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Is this the one?

"In 1931 Hesse began to work on his masterpiece DAS GLASPERLENSPIEL, which was published in 1943. The setting is in the future in the imaginary province of Castilia, an intellectual, elitist community, dedicated to mathematics and music. Knecht ('servant') is chosen by the Old Music Master as a suitable aspirant to the Order. He goes to the city of Waldzell to study, and there he catches the attention of the Magister Ludi, Thomas von der Trave (an allusion to Hesse's rival Thomas Mann). He is the Master of the Games, a system by which wisdom is communicated. Knecht dedicates himself to the Game, and on the death of Thomas, he is elected Magister Ludi."

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I'm sure his greatful for the spoiler, KG.

And Song of Stone is by far the worst Banks' book I've ever read.
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Cheers, KG! Trying to slow me down, eh?

moomin, I chose that because I thought everyone would agree with the comparison. It’s also better than the other non-M. books I’ve read: Complicity, Walking on Glass, and The Wasp Factory.
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I'm sure his greatful for the spoiler, KG.

i left out the worst spoiler bits - although if you followed the link...
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Just finished The Bridge, by Banks, moving onto The Glass Bead Game, by Hesse.

After reading The Bridge I can see why some of you enthuse over Banks so much—it’s far better than, say, Song of Stone.
Yes. Song of Stone is a bit like an overlong short story. The Bridge was very good.

Complicity was quite a straight out thriller for Banks, I liked it but not his best. The Wasp Factory I really liked, it's so dark.

Generally his non-genre novels are a bit quirky. You're never sure what you're going to get.
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