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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2022 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The MMORPG one might have been Snow Crash. Very Happy My favourite by a long shot.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2022 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently on The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2022 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone, Book...9...in the Outlander series.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2022 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Currently on The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham.


Finished this and went on to the sequel, The Shattered Skies. It's all good fun but not overly original. Several very familiar tropes and occasionally the rather lazy notion that hundreds (thousands?) of years into the future, people will still be referencing 1980's pop culture.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2022 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, finished Outlander 9.

Now trying to decide whether to start the Expanse books, (the GF is busy with them, so potential bottleneck), or go back to Banks.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2022 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished The Shattered Skies. I really hate it when it turns out the next and final book is still a year away. My memory is too bad for that!

Anyway, I finished it right on the day that Tamsyn Muir's Nona the Ninth came out, so yay! Finally back to foul-mouthed necromancer lesbians...in spaaaaaace!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2022 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished gardens of the moon and started on Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I’m probably give the 2nd malazan a chance but didn’t really like gotm.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2022 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I thought gardens was great. But many people struggled with it. The most often cited reason is because you just get dumped into the middle of everything, and the author doesn't take it easy on you. A lot of information and a lot of characters just coming at all times.

Those who did have a problem with it, but continued anyway, say the next book is a great improvement. And even though I didn't have a problem with the first, i agree. His writing seems to have improved quite a bit. I've read the first four books three times. (Which, by itself, is extraordinary. I read very slowly, and even books I love take a long time. So having read these three times just tells you how much I love them.). Each time I read Deadhouse Gates, I think there can't be a better book in the world. And then I continue on to Memories of Ice, and stand corrected.

Still, what are you going to do. Malazan is not everyone's cup of tea.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2022 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Finished gardens of the moon and started on Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I’m probably give the 2nd malazan a chance but didn’t really like gotm.


If you still don't like it after DHG, then quit with a clear conscience.

For me, I didn't enjoy GotM at all the first time (which is why I recommend Night of Knives to begin), but DHG blew me away.

(Oh, I'm reading Matter by Ian M Banks.)

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The MMORPG one might have been Snow Crash. Very Happy My favourite by a long shot.

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Uh, uh, Av - it was called REAMDE.

Banks is a bit of a strange author by accounts isn't he?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read Consider Phlebas, if that's how it's spelled. I've seldom been so disappointed. That was the end of Banks for me.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2022 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Uh, uh, Av - it was called REAMDE.

Banks is a bit of a strange author by accounts isn't he?


Hmmm, never heard of it. Shall keep an eye out.

And yes, probably not to everybodies taste. Consider Phlebas is not one of my favourites, that spot probably goes to Player of Games for the Culture books, although my all time favourite of his is Against A Dark Background. (You might like that one Fist...it has solipsist mercenaries who wear psychedelic camouflage, and an intelligent gun that can drop an anvil on somebody. Very Happy )

The Culture books are perhaps an acquired taste though, they're very sprawling, mostly completely disconnected from each other, and not even always easily recognisable as such, and are sometimes not about the Culture at all. Very Happy

Actually, I'd never really thought of it, but yes, he may be (have been) a bit strange. Very Happy (I like his sense of humour though.)

Half of another non-Culture book (Feersum Enjin) is written entirely phonetically, which is a bit of a slog.

Worth the effort to my mind, but can see how it might be a bit confusing / frustrating.

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