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  • TechnoHippy 9 Aug 2012 09:15:14 14,698 posts
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    The Naked God

    I finally finished it, it seems to have taken ages to finish :-) While I enjoyed reading it, I found the conclusion a little unsatisfying. I think I was hoping for more of an answer to why, rather than how. STill it was a worthwhile journey so I shouldn't moan too much :-)

    7/10

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  • disusedgenius 9 Aug 2012 10:09:40 5,205 posts
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    By Light Alone - 6/10

    A bit disappointed in this one, as I've liked other books by Adam Roberts. Pity as I really liked the concept (near future world where people have photosynthesis hair which means they only need the sun to eat) but something about it just dragged a little.

    The last third did pick up a bit and I don't exactly regret reading it, but I think I'd just built up the concept too much in my own head - I've been waiting ages for them to release this in a smaller paperback form. If I'd just picked it up on a whim I'd probably have enjoyed it more (as I did with Stone and Blue Yellow Tibia).
  • Tonka 12 Aug 2012 20:32:56 20,011 posts
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    The Windup Girl
    I can see why it's beeing mentioned alongside Neuromancer. It does feel like a new take on sci-fi in some ways. Buuuut...

    There's not a single likeable character in the entire book. The plot is all over the lace and feels more like an excuse to showcase different sides of the world that Baculigialoious has created. Some side tracks go on and on and on an on and then they just snuff out into nothingness. That and the fact that I spend to much time lurking prepper forums/blogs made the book feel less fresh too me than it might deserve.

    Embassytown
    Well written to the point of me suspecting Mr Mieville is spending a lot of time playing around with the corkboard and file cards in Scrivener. He takes the whole "I'm not gonna tell you what's going on. I'll pretend you have as much knowledge about this universe as the narrator" thing a bit too far for my liking. It's also a bit long.

    I still would jump with joy if another book in the same universe was announced. (Not as much as if he said he's do another BaasLag book though)

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  • spindle9988 14 Aug 2012 20:41:28 3,492 posts
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    Perfect People by Peter James

    Paid 20p for this on kindle so well worth the money in that respect. The book is about a couple who lose their 1st child through a genetic disease. So it doesn't happen again they visit a controversial scientist to remove the gene so their next child wont get the same disorder.

    Started off really well but lost itself a bit in the last 3rd.

    6/10
  • spindle9988 14 Aug 2012 20:42:38 3,492 posts
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    Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings

    I read the first book in conjunction with the TV series. I'd read a few hundred pages and then watch one or two episodes to see if they differed much. I found this comparison quite helpful due to the (sometimes confusing) vast array of characters, as I found it really useful to be able to put faces to names. Overall, I enjoyed the book but some plot threads/chapters stood head and shoulders above the rest (the chapters surrounding Tyrion and Daenerys were outstanding) whereas some of the other chapters had little to offer except in the last paragraph or so. Overall, I'd give GoT 7.5/10

    A Clash of Kings is a different kettle of fish. The opening prologue gripped me from the start and the book pretty much maintained a consistent pace from there. Some of the "lesser" characters had more of a look in (Bran, Sansa) and the book introduced quite a few new characters who, rather than just acting as filler, added depth to the story and significant plot lines. Without spoiling anything, I just want to say that the second book is better than the first in pretty much every single way. My only grumble is that the plot surrounding Daenerys seemed to have been placed on the back burner (no doubt to save her for later novels.)

    Overall, an improvement in all areas and highly recommended. 9/10


    I really liked the 1st one. Put the second one down halfway through
  • TechnoHippy 19 Aug 2012 12:12:14 14,698 posts
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    Paradise Lost

    For me this is the greatest story ever told. I've posted more detail about why I think so if anyone is interested :-)

    http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/paradise-lost-greatest-story-ever-told.html

    10/10

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  • TechnoHippy 20 Aug 2012 08:29:55 14,698 posts
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    In an exciting development I'm hoping to have an interview with Dennis Danielson (the guy who wrote the parralel prose edition) on my blog soon. Pretty cool (well I think so :-) )

    Edited by TechnoHippy at 08:30:06 20-08-2012

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  • FarFromSane 22 Aug 2012 17:58:26 236 posts
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    My Girlfriend is an Angry Japanese Ghost 8/10

    I was expecting not to like it, but ten pages into I couldn't put it down and by the end I was desperate for a sequel

    I will admit it does have ridiculous plot, but It works well with the humour of it.

    The thought of the Japanese vengeance ghost cooking something in the microwave still brings a smile to my face..

    It’s probably not going to be to everyone’s taste, but if you enjoy bad puns and porn you’ll probably like it

    Somewhere out there, a neurotic chicken wants to cross the road but is paralyzed by the knowledge that everyone will question his motives

  • TechnoHippy 24 Aug 2012 06:59:29 14,698 posts
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    The Vanity Game by HJ Hampson

    I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this and while it's not as amusing as the blurb indicates it was an entertaining story and an interesting idea.

    7/10

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  • Oh-Bollox 25 Aug 2012 00:42:38 5,156 posts
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    Horns, by Joe Hill. 9/10.

    Effectively cored me like an apple. I wanted to weep. A beautiful, sad book.
  • Agent_Llama 25 Aug 2012 10:20:17 3,334 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    The Windup Girl
    I can see why it's beeing mentioned alongside Neuromancer. It does feel like a new take on sci-fi in some ways. Buuuut...

    There's not a single likeable character in the entire book. The plot is all over the lace and feels more like an excuse to showcase different sides of the world that Baculigialoious has created. Some side tracks go on and on and on an on and then they just snuff out into nothingness. That and the fact that I spend to much time lurking prepper forums/blogs made the book feel less fresh too me than it might deserve.
    I gave up on this, kept dipping in and couldn't remember what on earth was going on. Loved the world created so will give it another shot at some point.

    The Cove by Ron Rash
    Simple and bleak story, beautifully told. I raced through this in a couple of afternoons, couldn't stop reading it. Mystery is set up at the start and you can't help but want to know how it concludes. Lovely stuff.

    Edited by Agent_Llama at 10:23:16 25-08-2012

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  • onestepfromlost 25 Aug 2012 11:56:13 2,039 posts
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    The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan
    Witing style and characterisation still amazing as i have come to expect from one of my favourite authors. However this second part of his current trilogy just felt lacking in something. I feel that the story didn't really progress as far as it should have. Lots happened, but not very much to progress the overall story

    7/10
  • TechnoHippy 1 Sep 2012 11:44:58 14,698 posts
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    The First Heretic by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

    Entertaining enough, but not great.

    6/10

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  • glaeken 7 Sep 2012 09:40:53 11,094 posts
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    Empire of the sun by JG Ballard - Rather good. The story of Ballard's experiences as a child in Japanese prisoner of war camp during WW2. Extremely bleak. Very interesting if you have read any other Ballard as you can see a lot of his themes look to come from his childhood experiences.

    Edited by glaeken at 09:42:11 07-09-2012
  • Metalfish 8 Sep 2012 21:32:29 8,786 posts
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    Despite the "savaging" I gave the first book (I think some of you don't know what criticism looks like :p ) I liked The Lies of Locke Lamora enough to read the sequel: Red Seas Under Red Skies.

    The quality of writing is pretty damn high, and for the most part this book is a shining example of fantasy done in a way that doesn't alienate the reader who just wants a good story (I think it's a noteworthy that this series hasn't included a map and doesn't even need one). Well... ...apart from the endless nautical jargon that gets drilled into the reader as well as some of the characters -so I guess it's plot justified and doesn't read like a writer who's done a load of research and decided to spew it onto the page.

    The narrower focus on the two principle characters of the last book is actually quite welcome: Locke and Jean generally bromance it up whilst having different enough skills and views to avoid blending into one another. Like the last book, everyone's actions are pretty justified and sometimes cleverly foreshadowed. I will say there's one character who I successfully predicted the death of as soon as the way they interacted with the main duo became clear. But otherwise, the tangled little web of plotting, backstabbing and misdirection rolls out cleverly.

    The dialogue really shines when people are being rakish or insulting, definitely an area of expertise for Mr Lynch.

    The final third of the book feels somewhat rushed (though not any less well written) -it's essentially where the master plan (or what's left of it) plays out -doing so in a few chapters, whereas the set-up takes easily ten times as long. It's almost like some characters were holding back from pulling off their initial plans for no reasons other than it'd be a really short book.

    And yes, my complaints about the magical hockum in the previous books still apply, even if I decided to roll with it pretty early on (like last time). In a world where amazing magical(ish) devices exist, it's pretty weird to see that naval warfare is largely medieval (whilst occurring in ships that sound Napoleonic enough for you to be wondering where all the cannons are). The presence of China Mieville-like freaky weirdness seeps in around the edges to give the world a bit of danger too. Perhaps the promised sequels will go in this direction?

    Any good? Yeah, if you liked the first, you'll like this. It is very similar in many regards: big plan reader only know part of, shit hits fan, plot complications, even more shit hits the fan, misdirection and ending.

    eighteen oaks out of hobnob.

    Edited by Metalfish at 21:32:39 08-09-2012
  • TechnoHippy 9 Sep 2012 11:04:45 14,698 posts
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    '48 by James Herbert

    Far from his best, it's an entertaining enough adventure, but pales compared to many of his other books.

    6/10

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  • TechnoHippy 15 Sep 2012 09:47:17 14,698 posts
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    the Road by Cormac McCarthy

    I'd watched the film before reading the book and enjoyed it a lot. The book is even better. It's a bleak world and the relationship between the father and son is a stark contrast. It's very well written and I highly recommend it.

    9/10

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  • beastmaster 19 Sep 2012 19:47:33 11,164 posts
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    I have to post this. Trailer for Arnie's new book. Subtle. Must get the audio version.

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • glaeken 24 Sep 2012 10:03:38 11,094 posts
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    The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov - Set during the Russian Civil war it starts a little slowly becomes really rather excellent during the battle for Kiev and then peters out towards a muddled end. Not bad overall and worth a read if you have an interest in the Russian Civil war.
  • dr_swin 24 Sep 2012 10:21:08 4,865 posts
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    Wolf Hall

    I got this free as a 24 hour long audiobook from Audible.com as part of a special offer from Lovefilm. It took a bit of getting used to. You really need to like someone's voice when choosing to listen to a story for that length of time, but I felt this was very well narrated by Simon Slater. As for the prose itself. You can't help but admire the imagery invoked by Mantel when she goes off on one of her many descriptive detours.

    This wasn't an easy book. It took some perseverence. Credit to Mantel for accepting a modicum of intelligence in the reader and not dumbing it down.
    It was a little difficult at times to know what was going on and I never felt entirely confident about the roles of some of the large number of characters.

    I have gone from a position of not particularly enjoying it, to having the intention of reading the follow up when time allows.

    8/10
  • dr_swin 24 Sep 2012 10:29:24 4,865 posts
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    Before I go to sleep

    A woman tries to piece her life back together again after a serious accident leaves her with the inability to retain memories after sleeping. Essentially she has to relearn her situation on waking each morning.
    This was a slightly unusual book in so far as the protagonist was a near menopausal age woman.

    The interest in the novel comes I suppose from seeing how she copes with and adapts to her situation. A fair degree of suspension of disbelief is required though to accept her rather implausible medical predicament.

    I quite enjoyed this but never really engaged with the character and so did not feel as drawn into her circumstances as perhaps I should have been.

    6/10
  • TechnoHippy 24 Sep 2012 17:49:14 14,698 posts
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    Piranha by Dale Brown

    Pretty good techno-thriller. I always enjoy reading his books and I love B-52s.

    6/10

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  • spindle9988 27 Sep 2012 13:53:33 3,492 posts
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    The Painted Man-Peter V Brett

    Started relly slowly but was a good way to build the characters. 2/3rds of the book do read like a prologue for the sequel but You really do get a great sense of what the characters are going through. Overall I really liked it and will definitely be getting the sequel. I am reading the secret footballer inbetween first though.

    8.5/10
  • TechnoHippy 1 Oct 2012 12:11:33 14,698 posts
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    On Writing by STephen King

    I enjoyed this. It's a mixture of how goes about writing as well as a glimpse into his life. Well worth a read.

    7/10

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