Talk about the big screen and little screen in here.
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By Wooster
#1004
I tried to read Neal Stephenson's Anathaem, but talk about boring. :?
About 3% of the way in he starts blabbing on about the workings of a gigantic clock, which was so boring I skipped page after page until he'd changed the subject. And it didn't really improve after that.
(I had the distinct impression that he'd opened an old clock and just described in detail what he saw inside....prick.)

In the end I just gave up with it.



(p.s. this board could be renamed Entertainment?)
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By Glamdring
#1008
I'm currently very much enjoying Peter F Hamilton's latest Commonwealth book. Wooster read it last year I think but I'd been saving it up. He really is the best scif-fi author out there since Iain M Banks died.
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By Wooster
#1015
The ones about the Fallers?
Aye, they're quality. 8-) (I was a bit dubious to start with, I thought "What's this? 'Little House on the Prairie' sci-fi?") :)

(I think it was meant to be a trilogy, but got cut down to two books)
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By Glamdring
#1050
I haven't read the second yet. It's the dearest Kindle book I've seen. I note Hamilton has now written a series of kids' sci-fi.
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By Wooster
#1110
Reading Pat Mills: Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! the story about the birth of 2000AD

It's pretty good and a blast from the past.
(He hated Tharg...so did I, the pointless green twat.) :D
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By Glamdring
#2396
i was given Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown for Christmas. I'd been saving it up until last week. Now I've read it. So very good even if it wasn't the final polished draft. If she had to die then this was a fit and proper way, and in a sense reflected Terry's own demise, not that he was ready to go, of course.
More poignancy in this book than in any other.
Raising Steam, his penultimate novel was brilliant, we learned so much more about Granny and about the way the Discworld was progressing. That was much more polished.
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By Wooster
#2398
Cheers for the spoiler.

I was saving it.
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By Glamdring
#2403
Sorry, but a, I thought you'd told me you'd read it, and b, I had a overt spoiler elsewhere. I promise it won't spoil the book for you.
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By Wooster
#2404
No probs.

Death was almost guaranteed to show up. ;)
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By Glamdring
#3687
Last night I finished Peter F Hamilton's second Faller book, the end of the Commonwealth saga. Excellent; I thoroughly enjoyed both volumes in this new section. How much better a writer he is than the ones you find on Amazon with five stars.
Hamilton knows how to create scary aliens.
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By Wooster
#3688
I tried re reading The Dreaming Void again, but found myself skipping through most of the Inigo's Dreams chapters (they're more Fantasy than Sci-Fi).
There's a character in those chapters called Kristabel and the name grates on my nerves for some reason. :/
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By Glamdring
#3697
I found the same.

Have you read the Hyperion Trilogy? Quite striking though not without some annoying bits. I had to import book 3 from the States as it wasn't available here. Worth reading though.
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By Wooster
#3699
I think only the 1st two, but found they dragged on at times myself.

Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy borrowed some themes from Larry Niven (as Iain Banks did later as well) and Jerry Pournelle, so if you liked those, you'd probably enjoy The Mote in Gods Eye and The Moat around Murcheson's Eye (the follow up, written 20 years after the first).
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By AlexC
#3949
No one ever read Universal History of Infamy, The Aleph, or The Book of Sand, all by one of my favourite authors, Jorge Luis Borge?
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