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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zero History, William Gibson.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which, I realised after 75 pages, is a follow-on from Pattern Recognition.

What makes these two particularly interesting is that they are not actually sci-fi. They're set in the "present" (Early 2000's) but written as though they are the future.

Just amazes me how much Gibson can cram into books that are, really, fairly short and usually stand-alone. My biggest complaint about his books is you could double all their lengths easily.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it turns out there is actually a 3rd set in the same story-line, which fits in between the ones mentioned above, but which I have not yet read.

Anyway, back to Malazan, and Dust of Dreams, book 9. Not amongst my favourite books, although the early re-acquaintance with Tehol is great. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re-reading Lavengro, a semi-fantastic memoir of the early 1800s. George Borrow was the original emo loser hippie of the era, and wrote of his struggles to find his place in the world and the fascinating characters he meets along the way; along with his slightly-batshit philological, religious, and political theories. I love that no one really knows how much of his story is true (it all could be, possibly) or fabricated (most of it could actually be hogwash) and no one will ever know. That's why I feel it belongs here, in a sci-fi fantasy discussion. It's an unusual taste of life in a bygone era, minus the china and crystal. Borrow makes a go as an author and finally bags it all to become a hippie in a caravan living in the woods with Roma, where he falls in love with the enigmatic Isopel who leaves him to go to America. What's not to love?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Crippled God, book 10 of the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Finishing Book 9, I was again struck by how much these books repay re-reading. I feel like I'm finally coming to terms with the whole Icarium thing at last, for example.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Re-reading Lavengro


May the Flying Spaghetti Monster strike me dead if this description doesn't sound right up my alley.

Cthulhu damnit, like I don't have enough books on my "to-read" list Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I finished His Dark Materials. It was... Interesting.

Sadly, it started stronger than it finished. The first book was good, the second was OK, and the third... got allegorical. It just didn't work for me.

I am interested, however, in how they bring things to the screen.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a shame. I reread the first book and enjoyed it more than I did the first time (which was many years ago), and was debating whether to read the second now or wait for the next season of the series.

I do recall reading a bit of an interview with the author where he wanted the publisher to include some of the negative reviews because he found them amusing, and I decided I liked him a bit just for that.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, wasn't a huge fan of the books tbh. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chuckling at how Deer's description of "Lavengro" has intrigued Rigel.
And the description itself, worthy of its very own place on the thread we have for that...

Now, what else... Oh!
I got out another book by Leigh Bardugo.
A collection of short stories.

Title is "The Language of Thorns."
My I just mention how much I love that title?
Leigh Bardugo wrote:
Love speaks in flowers.
Truth requires thorns.


In addition to her "Lethe House"... er, I mean, "Ninth House."

Thank you for introducing me to my favorite new-to-me author to read, Rigel!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone here recommended Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr and I can't find the post.... I got the sample from Amazon and it was so good! so I bought the whole book.

Rigel, I felt the exact same way about His Dark Materials. First book superb, second tried my patience in places, the third was just annoying. But there are memorable characters and lots of wasted potential and I wonder how the author lost track of what he was doing.

I thought the Golden Compass movie from some years ago was great, though. (Of course, nothing with Sam Elliott in it is ever a complete waste of time.)

Also, Lavengro might or might not be the best book people never read. I love its dashed-off quality. The author, with all his quirks and flaws and lovableness, just leaps off the page like no time has passed since 1834 at all.
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