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timmccloud



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished:
    Grimm's Fairy Tales
    Tom Clancy's "Net force - The Archimedes Effect"
    Aurthur C Clark's "Venus Prime 6 - The shining ones"
Just started
    Star Healer by James White
In the Queue
    Ambulance Ship by James White
Massive coolness points to the readers of Terry Pratchett's discworld and Anne McCaffery's Pern series.

Looking forward to Worldcon where I plan to drop a couple hundred on more books... and seeing Joe Haldeman and Terry Pratchett in person again at the Hugo Award winners/losers party (I am an offical Hugo award acceptor for Brad Foster in the Fan Artist Category).
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JohnnyStrider



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been on a binge:
(arranged by order of completion/progress)

Aloha - Mark Christensen
The Worst Case Survival Scenario - Joshua Piven & David Borgenicht
Lullaby* - Chuck Palahniuk
The Prince - Machiavelli
Julius Caesar - Shakespeare

*This is actually the 3rd go around for this book. It's gotten to the point where I've got a screenply forming in my head along with how it should be shot.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read, whilst traveling, Intuition by Allegra Goodman and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Both good.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

man, it's all i can do to keep up with anna karenina - and when i think how much i used to read.... Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kate Atkinson Ė Behind the Scenes at the Museum

I like the other stuff of hers Iíve read and this is one of her most highly praised, and there are some brilliant parts, but so far itís mostly been depressing and kind of tedious. I have no interest in genealogy and I canít remember how everyone in the book is related to everyone else.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, Iím like a hundred pages in and the main character HAS JUST BEEN FUCKING BORN.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll get through Snow Crash by Stephenson eventually.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doll's House by Neil Gaiman, thus gaining hitherto unexpected geek points.

A pretty girl saw me reading this on the train, and I cringed. It better not be shit.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandman is cool dude, Iím up to Fables and Reflections.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teh Digital Dragon wrote:
Sandman is cool dude, Iím up to Fables and Reflections.


It'd better be. It's all very cliche thus far. Though, I think this is supposed to be the second part of the series, and I haven't read the first. Won't matter too much, will it?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandman is much better at the beginning than at the end. Oh, and Doll's House is the second book in the Sandman series and I liked the first book the best. It doesn't matter too much but it is referenced a lot.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lasairfiona wrote:
Sandman is much better at the beginning than at the end. Oh, and Doll's House is the second book in the Sandman series and I liked the first book the best. It doesn't matter too much but it is referenced a lot.


And it has a convention of serial killers in it!

lol, 'Cereal' convention.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is the second, the first is called ďpreludes and nocturnesĒ. The blurb says you donít have to read them in order, that each is a complete work, but I canít do that and I think the first really explains things.

Some people find The Sandman books pretentious, and generally I find pretension of any sort utterly unbearable, but itís not something I get from sandman. It's probably cliched though. Sort of.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yíknow what? Thereís one story, from one book, that I think you need to read to know if you like sandman. Iíll go find it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reference to Disney world amused/disturbed me. I do like that convention though.

See, it wasn't pretentious at the time (well, not super pretentious). The idea has been copied a lot. I read it all the way through and the end irked me perhaps because it was pretentious but probably more so because it was so damn emo/goth.

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