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Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by agnes, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. shroomz

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    Finished The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester this weekend. Another excellent book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I accidentally also bought it as an audiobook and it just didn't carry across right for the telepathic bits, nor could it I guess. Stick to paper for this one. It made me think, they really don't write them like this anymore, or if they do, the books can't be doing well. Have we just become much more cynical as a society? Modern writing all seems very dystopian/EvilCorp if you see what I mean.

    I've also finished my first listen through of The Black Swan by Nicholas Nassim Taleb. It was an interesting book, I've started my second round to try to dig into it. I found it both extremely annoying from the tone of the author (not improved by the narrator!) as well as an interesting journey and collection of anecdotes about the fallibility of how we don't know nearly as much as we think we do; which does not prepare us for unexpected things happening, which happen a lot more often and have a lot more impact than we recognise.

    Now onto Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky.
     
  2. Doug2507

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    I am Pilgrim, just finished. Fantastic effort for a 1st book and looking forward to his next!
     
  3. IvanDobskey

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    I've read children of time, great book. Think you'll enjoy reading that.
     
  4. neviditelny

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    That is a really good book, I've read it 2 or 3 times now. Really good debut book. I thought his next book was supposed to come out end of this year but it seems to have been post-poned until October next year.
     
  5. Doug2507

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    It's pretty much set the bar for me now, any suggestions for something similar?
     
  6. checjb

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    "The Shadow of what was lost" by James Islington. Magic fantasy stuff, with hints of Tolkien, Sanderson and GRRM. It's excellent and the twists keep coming. It starts out like many of these types of novel but then the twists start and a wonderful sense of mystery and foreboding builds. I got the audiobook and although it's 25 hours long I'm torn between listening to it every minute I can spare and not wanting to because it'll finish that much sooner. :) The second book in the trilogy is out but the third is still in the works.

    "The Forgotten" by M.R. Forbes on Prime Reading (i.e. free). An interesting idea in which a society is on board a generation ship where they've been holding on for nearly 400 years but things are falling apart slowly - then things really start to go wrong. No idea where it is going so far but it's very engaging and has hints of Pandorum (the film) in it.
    [Update] So, I finished this last night and I'm really in two minds about it. In the end it became somewhere between a slasher movie, a cheap Alien knock off and an anime (Attack on Titan maybe?). I'll have to digest it a bit more before I decide whether I'll bother with the rest of the series.
     
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  7. No1newts

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    @shroomz @checjb going to pick up Demolished Man and Shadow of what was Lost. Both sound really interesting.
     
  8. sleazy

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    I've only started reading it today :)
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  9. sleazy

    Gangster

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    Well, after having watched NASA's Mission Insight and right after that, Capricorn One (1977 movie ), I thought of legitimately reading We never went to the moon:):):)
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  10. Tiny Clanger

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    Currently ploughing through Angels in the Moonlight by Caimh McDonnell - book 3 of a 4 book trilogy :) - Irish crime fiction with a great deal of humour and my new favourite fictional character, Bunny McGarry.
     
  11. SixTwoSix

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    Just ordered the 4th book in The Expanse series after nearly coming to the end of the 3rd book, very eager to see where the story goes.

    Also watched the second half of season 3 for the second time in tandem with reading the book and I can't really complain about the adaptation at all, especially considering the budget restraints of sci fi channel.
     
  12. RobDogDog

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    I've coming to the end of book 1 for the first time. My mates Dad has lent me the whole series to date. I should finish the first one today and I'm going to jump straight into number 2! Really enjoying it.
     
  13. SixTwoSix

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    Have you watched the series or reading it completely fresh to The Expanse?
     
  14. RobDogDog

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    Completely fresh. I'm not going to touch the TV series until I'm done with the books.
     
  15. SixTwoSix

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    Ah ok, I kinda wish i'd done that to see how my mental image would have been if I hadn't seen the TV show first.

    The books don't exactly match the the TV show either which threw me a bit.

    Book 1 = Seasons 1 & 2
    Books 2 & 3 = Season 3

    My only wish is that they'd given a whole season to both books 2 & 3, it feels a litle rushed but not to the shows detriment.
     
  16. RobDogDog

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    It's funny how characters in your mind can appear different to the ones in the TV shows and/or films or books. I've got Miller as a Blade Runner Harrison Ford haha!
     
  17. SixTwoSix

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    That's not actually too far off to the shows Miller, not far at all.
     
  18. Badg3r

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    Agreed, I'm currently reading book 6 (Babylons ashes). Looking forward to the TV next series!
     
  19. Meridian

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    I just finished book 7 in the series. My views remain the same: if only the odd-numbered books had been published the series would be almost the same. The authors use the odd-numbered books to introduce new major ideas, and the even numbered-ones to flog that idea to death and pretend that the plot arc is more complex than it really is. That said, they are amongst the better space operas out there. The characterisation of the villains is much better than most people manage, but sadly is also way better than the characterisation of the two main goodies. I'll still read the last two though.

    I'm currently on book 3 of the series by Cixin Lui, "Death's End". It keeps swerving between well-done character studies, and wide arena bits that remind me of Olaf Stapleton. Or Asimov, but not in a good way. This volume should also really have been two books.

    Before that I read Dan Snow's book on the Templars. For those who want a non-fantasy version of their story, it's a good easy read.

    Before that was 84k by Claire North, which was the best book I've read since "Station Eleven" a couple of years ago. It is set in a grim but realisitic Dystopia, where everything has a price - even life. So the rich can do pretty much what they want as long as they can pay the fine. There's no prison though, because they aren't economic. One warning though: this is well up the literate end of SF.
     
  20. wesimmo

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    It's been a while since I popped into this thread.

    The Painted Man series is a fantastic fantasy series. I ended up reading it through each time he published a new book, it's complete now though so you can start it knowing you won't be hanging on for the next installment.

    For a bit of light relief The Sid Tillsley Chronicles are laugh out loud if you like a bit of twisted humour. Sid is a homophobic, unemployed benefit cheat alcoholic who just happens to have super powers when it comes to killing vampires. He and his equally dodgy 'Boro mates have to save the world as the Coalition, a secret human / vampire council, falls apart and vampires begin to out themselves to the general population.