Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by agnes, Jul 20, 2011.
I loved reading and rereading Player of Games, Use of Weapons and Consider Phlebas.
Also inspired such classics as The Earth Is Flat, The Queen Is A Lizard and many many more...
I'm having a laugh, obviously.
I am actually interested in your elaborations on this book to see what the overall feel of it is, crazy theorists' mana from Heaven, proves they're all nuts, holds credence?
Carrier Pilot: One of the greatest pilot's memoirs of WWII - Norman Hanson
It lives up to the title, simply one of the best WW2 books I have ever read. A brilliant read, the author mentions from the start - from the first page - it will grab you, it truly does.
In my top 10 war books, up there with Geoffrey Wellum First Light (which the author acknowledges as one of the great books of WWII).
Someone in here recommended Fear the Sky, I tried reading it and it was rather terrible so someone recommended listening on Audible and my god it's bad.
It's slightly more tolerable but the writing is so, so bad. "He held up two fingers, to order two drinks" nooooo, I thought it would be to order 6!! "She returned with the drinks, the drinks were cold and the drinks tasted good" stop saying drinks for the love of God!! It's an interesting story but it's a dangerous one to listen to as my eyes keep rolling back in my skull at the state of the writing.
I liked "Fear The Sky" but I know what you mean. I'm listening to "The Way of Shadows" by Brent Weeks and he has the same problem. One of the characters is called Kylar and you get things like, "Kylar looked across the room and Kylar could clearly see the outline of the window. Kylar thought about a solution and then Kylar leapt....." It gets a bit distracting.
It's strange how quickly it gets under your skin, the another annoyance I have with the Fear writer is every chapter he seeks to pick a word and then flog it non stop. The last chapter word was concise
I'm listening though as I find the concept interesting enough to overrule the bad writing.
My take on this is, NO, it does not hold the slightest credence. I have always believed in "where there's smoke, there's BOUND to be fire" (sooner or later ); it's no exception here. Too many books, movies, journals, arrticles, reports, etc. have been written/created and acknowledged for it not to be the "jargon" of nutcases . That's MY take on this delicate matter.
For the umpteenth time.....never a bore
Children of Time finished. It was indeed very enjoyable. Also finished the audiobook of What I Learned by Losing a Million Dollars by Brendan Moynihan and Jim Paul. I was one of those who got it as a recommendation from Black Swan and actually found it significantly more interesting than Taleb's book. Million Dollars is an entertaining journey into how we tend to personalise our successes and failures, leading to responses that are a result of being emotional, and, more importantly, how this is a part of human nature.
Hey all, I'm trying to remember the name of a scifi book I read a while back and wondering if anybody can help. All I can clearly remember about it right now is that it has a female protagonist who owns a spaceship and either at the very start or near it she is performing a dangerous manoeuvre to drop her fathers ashes into a gas giant (maybe?) and her tokamak has issues. There's also a space station with a bar in it that is located in a ship that had crashed into the rim and was too dangerous to remove or something.
Spoiler: Spoiler details also
It also turns out that the ships AI is actually a download of one of her fathers friends rather than an actual AI
It's either a really trashy scifi book or something by a fairly well regarded author but I just have had no luck finding it at all.
Thanks in advance
Hunting Hitlers Nukes - Damien Lewis
The story of the British commandos and Secret Service efforts to scupper the creation of a Nazi nuclear weapon. So far its excellent, if it wasn't a true story you wouldn't believe some of it, incredible bravery and ingenuity.
I'm halfway through the Joe Ledger books, which are cheesey and somewhat predictable, but good fun action thrillers with a twist none the less.
"The Labyrinth Index", Charles Stross' new Laundry book, where the ancient demon that is now our Prime Minister launches a mission to retrieve the missing US President and stop the Americans from destroying the planet at the behest of their new dark god. This time the action is told from the view of Mhari Murphy, reluctant vampire and ex-girlfriend of Bob, who's finally stuck in charge of a no-win field operation that she's been trying to avoid all her life. It starts a little slowly, with intermittent flashbacks to explain what's going on, until the story winds up to a will they/won't they make it conclusion - and is the resolution simply the best of a bad job? Mhari's viewpoint is nicely written, and her fake/real relationship with her superhero boyfriend is a nice counterpoint to the supernatural action.
"Thin Air" by Richard Morgan. At last Morgan returns to sci-fi, with a second book set in the Black Man/Thirteen universe. This time the action man is Hakan Veil, a specialised bio-engineered corporate ship enforcer/soldier scraping a living as a private eye after being abandoned on Mars due to not murdering absolutely everyone during the course of a dodgy mission. A little bit of murderous revenge sees him stuck between the various factions vying for control of the lucrative Mars settlement where everyone is trying to double-cross everyone else, and big bad earth government is winding up to grab the whole enchilada. This reads very much like a Kovacs book, and that's a good thing. Lots of action, good characters, a rich background world to travel around in. This could be Blade Runner with knobs on.
Currently listening to "The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa's Wealth" by Tom Burgis.
It's a very interesting book. I'm looking for something comparable to follow up with, any suggestions in a similar vein?
Just about 2/3 of the way through the first book of The Dragon Lords by Jon Hollins.
Certainly not high brow fantasy but very funny.
I've been reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, and whilst it took me some time to get into book 1, once I'd done that I thoroughly enjoyed them all as more is revealed about what is going on, the history of the world and some surprises.
It's one of the better fantasy series I've read in a long time, and I'm really liking a lot of the characters (Wayne in the second trilogy is one of my favourites).
Seconded, really good series.
Thirded. His Cosmere books are a day 1 purchase for me
Currently rereading good omens reading for the soon to be released tv series, glad terry is being finally picked up by the streaming services, would love to see the disc World Series on tv
It's Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds, part of the Revelation Space series.
Spot on! Thank you very much Sir
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