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Old 03-May-2006, 22:25   #541
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Not updated in a while but more or less in recent order I reread the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. Which I think is an utterly superb account of the exploration, coloninsation and development of Mars. It could do with some fat trimmmed in places but I still found myself gripped by it

Before that it was Straw Men by Michael Marshall a pretty good conspiracy / crime / serial killer type thing! At the weekend I finished Storm Front by Jim Butcher book one of the Dresden Files. Which is a touch daft but very enjoyable tale of a Freelance / PI wizard who consults for the Chicago PD on wierd cases. Shades of Hellblazer but different ends of the spectrum.

And now I'm almost finished Tau Zero by Poul Anderson one of the Sci-Fi masterworks series from gollancz. A "proper" old school sci-fi novel about a colony ship on it's way to a new system when their engine gets fooked and they can't decelerate and end up bombing around near C. Enjoyable stuff

Should finish that tonight / tomorrow so next up will Robicheux Novel number 4 - A Morning for Flamingos or Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
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Two weeks ago I read 'If chins could kill' by Bruce Campbell, top top stuff.

Just finished 'Iron Council' by China Mieville

Reading 'The heritage of Shanara' by Terry Brooks now.

Mars Trilogy owned, but true couldve done with losing some of Michel Duval's spiel. Did we REALLY need all the character and personality analysis, and interatction diagrams no, but it does add the weight of authenticity to the book.

The Martians has just got some damn strange stuff in it. But adds more detail to the world he created.
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I've got the martians ( for a few years ) but never got round to it yet heh.

Started on the Ray Bradbury one, although I've been reading several Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine collecstions as well
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Still not finished Moondust cause of my exams, but I bought Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine - Last Chance To See. I remember my Biology teacher reading a paragraph from it to us years ago at school and I really liked it for some reason. She said it was out of print though, so I'd never bothered to look for it. Found we had it in the shop yesterday though \o/
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I've just been ploughing through my Robert Rankin collection again after having read the Witches of Chiswick trilogy for the first time. Now that I've finished that I'm rereading the first Red Dwarf novel.
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Bradbury one was good and in short order I finished the next 3 of the dresden files
Fool Moon, Grave Matters and book 4 Summer Knight. I have to say they grew on me very quick and I enjoyed them immensely

Wizards , Magic , PI's , blowing open mob bars with magic fun stuff
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The Da Vinci Code - by wossname.

Low-rent pageturner which will impress Reader's Digest fans, will no doubt wank its way up the bestseller chart and may well get converted into a blockbuster movie of some kind. Oh wait. *dribble*

Meh. I started out from a position of snobbery. I even apologised to the guy in Waterstones (2 out of 3 books were worthwhile but he frowned at me). I have so far seen no reason to recant. It is badly written, but everyone's brain needs a bit of down time. The relatively low level of brain usage means its 600 pages can be done in 3 easy sessions, hence it will be finished tonight and assigned to the "mildly diverting romp" section of my brain.

You can read it ironically as well if you like. "Her cryptographic senses tingled". Kek!

[Edit. Noted it has a thread of its own in Books and in Films. I'm not going into either of them though... do not want to spoil the ending. *splutter*]
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Cracking novel! First read it 12 years or so ago, and have restarted it, but not picked up for a good month or so.
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Generally speaking, and if you allow me to make a broad sweeping statement, people fall into one of three categories regarding the Da Vinci Code.

There are those who like to think of themselves as literati; they pan the novel for its style, plot (or lack of, in their eyes) and the sense of injustice that a book can be that popular with the unwashed masses. (Books are for clever people only!)

Then there are those unwashed masses themselves. They've never read a book apart from the ones they were forced to at school, aside from Harry Potter. Like Harry Potter, they view the Da Vinci Code as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Many even believe it to be factual - after all, it's written down, it must be true!

Finally we come to the small but important third group. Those of us who realise that it might not be a piece of literary genius, but it does what it sets out to do and it's not bad at all. Sometimes we like to read the likes of Dante, Tolkien or Eco, but sometimes we like a good, quick read of Dan Brown. Just as someone who can appreciate Godfather can also enjoy American Pie.
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Yeah I can see that.

If I'd read it pre-hype, which is unlikley as it's not really in my idiom, I would have probably just shrugged it off as "an okay story" and glossed over its limited literary merits. I really enjoyed Fight Club (and Survivor for that matter) but consider Chuck Palahniuk to be quite a crappy writer... good storyteller though so I can gloss.

It's the context, innit. Received opinions and the OMG!!BEST BEWK EVAR oneone factor. Muchly must ye be wary of context.

I bought it with a sneer, have tried (but failed) to read it without a sneer, but ultimately I guess I'm enjoying it or it would have been binned after 60 pages.

Sorry for mini hijack - I will wander into the actual thread for it tomorrow.


[Edit to add. Actually I thought the ending was quite neatly done. No screamingly obvious loose ends, no brutally added MEESSSSSAAAAAAAAAGGE aspect.


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Although I'm now trying to compute it as one long essay about the merits of pussy, which is never going to be a particularly tough sales pitch

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I'm prolly the third group but I cant stomach da vinci. I tried to read it last week between dresden books ( in itself does what it needs to do without being brilliant ) but I only managed 3 pages into da vinci .. it just bugged me

T3ch yeah I seen that a while back on sci-fi wire
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Dan Brown's books have a habit of pissing me off, just for being so ludicrous. There are books that are pulp fiction that allow me to read them in a couple of sittings without me screaming at the triteness, snideness or stupidity of the prose. John Grisham being an excellent example.

Hell James Herbert (who I am a fan of in the same way I love B-movies) is made to look like a literary genius in comparison to Dan Brown's writing style.

If you think that makes me a snob, so be it.
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It's good but ultimately it's always a sub standard Tolkien, I'd recommend George Martins "Song of Ice and Fire" series instead, better writer and you don't have to plod through forty sequels.

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vol 10 of the wheel of time, is like a 'where are all my characters and what are they doing' book, doesn't really advance the story. Vol 11 better get some of the conflicts hes been building going.

song of fire and ice, is that the one with the smith?
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revelation space by Alistair Reynolds.

Gonna look at that wheel of time lot tho and the fire and ice ones.

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