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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2022 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently reading Mike Shel - “aching god” after looking for something with similar atmosphere as elden ring Smile pretty good so far. Fairly easy read and short chapters.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2022 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iain M Banks Look To Windward, but the 120+ hours I've put into my new X4 playthrough is sorta interfering. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alistair Reynolds' Inhibitor Phase.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katherine Kerr - Daggerspell
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2022 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

500 hours into my X4 play-through, so I've barely progressed at all in Look To Windward.

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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2022 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reread Gideon the Ninth and am halfway my reread of Harrow the Ninth, trying to make sense of it... again!

Edit:...aha, I made sense of it, again I guess! Marvellous book, although it can be a bit frustrating at times when you've no idea WTF is going on (just like the characters Laughing ).

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started on Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr, and finally started on Gardens of the moon by Steven Erikson.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*looks up suddenly*

Hm?? GotM? Yes, do that!
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, enjoy it. Very Happy I think I'm closing in on another re-read myself.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2022 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm struggling a little with GOTM. I kinda enjoyed the start but at this point ( chapter 10 ) I just don't feel anything for any of the characters. Pretty close to dropping it but will probably hang in there a little.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2022 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many people have trouble with the first book. For various reasons. I didn't, but I certainly agree that every aspect improves after the first book. I know that doesn't help you get through the first book. You do, probably be happy you did. Being a very slow reader, I have put down several books that were not doing anything for me, even though the World At Large says they are great books. So I understand.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please persevere with Gardens of the Moon, it will be worth it as you go on to the others. So many endearing characters - particularly Fiddler, who I see as the equivalent of Sam Vimes!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm struggling a little with GOTM. I kinda enjoyed the start but at this point ( chapter 10 ) I just don't feel anything for any of the characters. Pretty close to dropping it but will probably hang in there a little.


Now me, I always recommend first timers start with Night of Knives.

GotM made so much more sense after I read that.

(I too struggled terribly the first time I read GotM...like put it down a couple of times terribly.) (But Deadhouse Gates redeemed all. Very Happy )

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2022 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anathem by Neal Stephenson.

This is a monster of a book, not just in size but also in ambition. The premise is an alternative world, very similar to our own, but where, following an apocalyptic event long, long in the past, the positions of science and religion in the world have become reversed. As such, the scientists (or theors as they are known) are secluded away in monastery like communes, practicing their activities as devouts, but in entirely theoretical fashion as, due to their earlier destructive capacity, they are forbidden any kind of praxis or access to tech except in the most basic form.

The secular society (ie that outside the monasteries if you like) are almost entirely religious in their beliefs and thinking's, but have access to the technologies of the past and, due to infrequent periods where they are allowed to mix briefly with the 'avout' (ie the theorists within the communes) able to develop upon the theories developed therein.

The sudden appearance of what appears to be a powered entity in orbit around the planet (clearly not of worldly origin) throws the above described long-standing status quo into confusion and the results, as experienced by a young.....novice, I suppose you'd call him - but remember, he's not religious, he's a student theoretician - are what the story describes.

Well, sort of.

Because the whole is absolutely saturated with philosophical discussion about how this world see's the difference between say, materialism and idealism, about multiverse theories and the nature of reality, to the point where the story becomes almost incidental. But not quite. Because the story is good and in its slow burn way, rips along (get your head around that!). It's a really, really good book. Perhaps not for everyone - but I've had no problem with it, and the long philosophical discussion parts have been no chore in the slightest.

I've given you a pretty fair warning of what you are in for here - think sort of name of the rose minus the detective element, with deep math and physics and philosophy thrown in and a sci-fi sort of twist to the medieval feel of the background...... and you sort of have it.

It's intellectual and demanding reading - but it holds your interest big time and is never a grind. I am pages away from the end and have only just discovered that it has a glossary to help with the copious amounts of new words you will have to absorb. I'm proud to say that I have managed to get the book under my belt without having had recourse to it, and I've not, from glancing through it at this late stage, gone wrong in my understandings.

If any of this piques your interest, then you are in for a treat. If not, I've saved you a lot of time and brain ache.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh, I must say, it is not among my favourite Neal Stephenson books.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished it Av and the ending was a bit weak, but all in all it gave me a pretty enjoyable week (or so) of reading.

I watched a YouTube review where the guy complained about the thinness of the characters and I'd agree, yes this is fair criticism. The story arc itself is also perhaps less than could be hoped for, but for me these failings are compensated for by the background premise and the ranging discussions between the protagonists.

As with all things in life, you pays your money and you takes your choice.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Sword of Red Ice - J.V. Jones.

This is the third book of a series that Peter recommended. So far I am finding it very enjoyable.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2022 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you are enjoying it SoulBiter!

You will have one more book to go to complete the work that Jones has done to date. She has had some pretty serious issues, of what nature I cannot say, but they have stopped her writing career in its tracks. Alas, the final book has not yet landed, but word has it that she is writing again after a five year hiatus, so there is hope that the series will be written to conclusion.

I'll let you know if and when anything appears, but in the meantime, there is an earlier series she wrote, not quite as good I'd say, but still well worth a read (and at least it is a finished work. There is a small amount of crossover between the two works - in particular with two characters making appearances in both series.

Anyway thanks for letting me know that you are enjoying them. Always a risky business recommending books!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2022 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I finished it Av and the ending was a bit weak, but all in all it gave me a pretty enjoyable week (or so) of reading.

I watched a YouTube review where the guy complained about the thinness of the characters and I'd agree, yes this is fair criticism. The story arc itself is also perhaps less than could be hoped for, but for me these failings are compensated for by the background premise and the ranging discussions between the protagonists.

As with all things in life, you pays your money and you takes your choice.

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If you haven't read it yet, I recommend Snow Crash by the same author. Diamond Age is pretty good too.

Me, I'm about to re-read Written In My Own Heart's Blood, in preparation for the latest Diana Gabaldon book which I recently picked up.

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