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  • glaeken 23 Oct 2012 10:29:31 11,265 posts
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    I found Alas Babylon a little cosy. It's good but a little bit too easy of an apocalypse. Give "On the beach" a go for another take on the apocalypse from the same time. It's possibly the bleakest book I have ever read though so it's not what I would call a fun read. It is very good though.

    Oh and if you like the Death of grass try a Winkle in the Skin also by John Christopher. It's a great slightly different take on an apocalypse. It's actually rather awesome in my view.

    Edited by glaeken at 10:31:16 23-10-2012
  • drhcnip 23 Oct 2012 10:47:56 2,643 posts
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    cheers, will give that a go- i love bleak..:)

    on the beach is next on my list , funnily enough

    know what you mean about 'cosiness', but i found that part of its charm - preferred earth abides, though
  • glaeken 23 Oct 2012 11:02:09 11,265 posts
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    Earth abides is the daddy for post apocalypse :) I think it's the time frame it covers which really does it for me. You see the protagonists entire life after the apocalypse. I should probably reread it at some stage as it's probably 20 years since I read it now.

    If you like cosy I assume you have read Day of the Triffids? That is another fav apocalypse story for me.

    Edited by glaeken at 11:03:40 23-10-2012
  • drhcnip 23 Oct 2012 11:11:21 2,643 posts
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    yeah, that was right at the beginning of my love for the genre, back in the early 80s..
  • mad_caddy 24 Oct 2012 09:17:42 3,306 posts
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    I've never really got into Terry Pratchett, I had only ever read Good Omens and I was never sure which writer I was really enjoying with that book, but i picked up Snuff, and finished it last night. Really bloody well enjoyed it. A very nice book, really good read.
  • TechnoHippy 24 Oct 2012 09:44:51 14,716 posts
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    The Hydrogen Sonata by Ian M Banks

    Another excellent piece of sci-fi. As always the ships take centre stage, but I enjoyed the overall story as well. I was hoping to learn a bot more about the sublime, but that's a minor complaint.

    9/10

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  • mad_caddy 1 Nov 2012 12:54:16 3,306 posts
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    Terry Pratchett - Eric

    Really enjoyed this, on my quest to read as many of the Terry Pratchett books as possible. Eric was a good story, didn't muck about fired through with good humor. 9.5/10

    Up next: Mort and Guards! Guards!
  • TechnoHippy 1 Nov 2012 21:22:04 14,716 posts
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    That's two of the better ones - nice.

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  • Mirico 2 Nov 2012 14:21:03 6 posts
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    I've just read a book of F.C Delius "My Year as a Murderer" Good writing, exciting. But it's a historical topic. So not everyone will like it.
  • quadfather 2 Nov 2012 14:32:33 13,360 posts
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    Just read the 4 Saxon trilogy books by Bernard Cornell after reading the initial 3 Arthur-y ones. Great stuff - 9/10

    Moved onto The Blade Itself by Jo Abercrombie. about 30% in - brilliant so far

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • StixxUK 2 Nov 2012 15:39:07 7,287 posts
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    Does everyone only read fiction here?
  • Dougs 2 Nov 2012 15:44:39 69,482 posts
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    The Secret Footballer - 8/10. A bit of a disjointed read, given it was written mainly in the form of blogs for a newspaper column, but very honest (bar the whole anonymous thing) and eye-opening for football fans. tl;dr - footballers are unashamedly cunts.
  • cptjohnnycasino 4 Nov 2012 10:30:51 515 posts
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    The Dark Tower VII: Dark Tower

    Quite disappointed with how this all turned out. It was always going to be tricky keeping 7 volumes of an epic series in check (whilst delivering a satisfactory end for all readers), but it completely unravelled by the end.

    From the get go there we some winks and nudges to plot points and literary devices that took you completely out of the book. Really slapped you back into reality and not in a good way. It was all too self-aware and ham-fisted at times.

    One particular veiled patriotic drivel of a reference to the impending 9/11 tragedy, made me put the book down and say aloud "Oh for crying out loud".

    Still not happy with Kings rather conceited decision to include himself as the lynch pin (or God even!) to the complete story arc. Seems lazy and has really turned me off him as an author. I realise he's not the "cream of the crop", but I expected more.

    The finale was completely lacklustre, ended with a wimper...not a bang.

    6/10

    (Dark Tower series overall: 8.5/10)
  • Metalfish 4 Nov 2012 11:27:12 8,874 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    Moved onto The Blade Itself by Jo Abercrombie. about 30% in - brilliant so far
    It's a bloody good series. Not without its problems, but it does a fairly good job of kicking a whole host of hoary old fantasy tropes in the nuts. (Whilst, without irony, including plenty of the new cynical dark low fantasy ones, mind, most notably some pretty bad sex).

    What's worth noting is that the spin-off books so far have actually been of an even higher standard and there's a new one out soon! \o/

    Only for those that have read everything: Anyone else wish Bayaz would fuck off now? His secret war overarching plot does nothing for me, and only seems to be an excuse for cameos and mini deus ex wizards. I want mentally ill barbarians and twisted torturers not baldy mcgrudgeface.
  • JoeBlade 4 Nov 2012 14:32:04 2,631 posts
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    @cptjohnnycasino My sentiments on the final book were similar to yours. While I enjoyed the Dark Tower series overall I found it very uneven and the last book in particular indeed a bit of a disappointment.

    I would particularly have preferred King in keeping with the western theme.
    Other than the protagonist being a gunslinger there's nothing left of it from the second book onward, whereas the first was a classic western setting with some mystical & sci-fi elements thrown in the mix. I preferred the latter by a large margin.
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    Cloud Atlas 8/10

    Great but at times a hard read
  • senso-ji 5 Nov 2012 16:21:57 6,041 posts
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    Perdido Street Station - China Meiville

    This was recommended to me by a friend but I didn't end up enjoying it at all. It's about 200 pages too long for a start, with the author going into huge amounts of unnecessary detail. I didn't care for any of the characters, mainly because China writes so little dialogue. The plot starts off interesting but then descends into a by the numbers thriller.

    I can't recommend this unless you are diehard sci-fi or steam punk fan.

    Edited by senso-ji at 16:22:36 05-11-2012
  • spindle9988 5 Nov 2012 16:26:11 3,676 posts
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    @Dougs

    I found it to be the same. Got fed up with him saying he could of been much better than he was. By the end of the secret footballer I just hated him.

    Anyway just finished the desert spear which followed on from the painted man. Loving this series and the latest gets a 9/10 from me. I wont go into too much detail as its the 2nd book but it paints a lovely detailed world without all the padded crap I loathed in the game of thrones series
  • TechnoHippy 7 Nov 2012 13:19:17 14,716 posts
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    The Paradise Prophecy by John Bourne

    A thriller based on the apocalypse and a prophecy from Paradise Lost. The subject matter was right up my street and the writing easy to read.

    7/10

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  • glaeken 8 Nov 2012 12:08:55 11,265 posts
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    Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov - An interesting though fairly challenging read. It's a book that on the face of it is a review of a poem of a recently deceased poet but it becomes clear the commentator is more interested in telling their own story and also completely mental. What startís with their commentary on the poem turns into the story of their life and their possible link in the death of the poet. Itís a challenging read just due to the poetry itself which is really not my thing but once it gets into its stride itís actually a good read. Itís sort of a who dunnit it a very odd format. Although ultimately none of it may be true due to the madness of the narrator.

    Edited by glaeken at 12:23:28 08-11-2012
  • spindle9988 14 Nov 2012 12:06:53 3,676 posts
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    The Green Mile 9/10

    Didnt realise it was originally released in episodes. I am a massive fan of the film, which after reading the book I now realise followed the material really well. Great story and characters and also quite emotional.
    Loved it

    I might of teared up a bit at the end
  • Metalfish 15 Nov 2012 19:05:25 8,874 posts
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    senso-ji wrote:
    Perdido Street Station - China Meiville

    This was recommended to me by a friend but I didn't end up enjoying it at all. It's about 200 pages too long for a start, with the author going into huge amounts of unnecessary detail. I didn't care for any of the characters, mainly because China writes so little dialogue. The plot starts off interesting but then descends into a by the numbers thriller.

    I can't recommend this unless you are diehard sci-fi or steam punk fan.
    I agree, though there are some big fans here who are fun to disagree with, so not everyone should write it off.

    I tired of "This is so weird, isn't it? Isn't it? Isn't that interesting?" Which it might be if the characters weren't so very slow to come into focus.
  • phAge 15 Nov 2012 19:24:18 24,442 posts
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    Loved the bejesus out of PSS - one of those books I never wanted to end because the setting was at least as captivating as the story. Good thing it was bloody long. ;)
  • Deleted user 15 November 2012 19:34:34
    StixxUK wrote:
    Does everyone only read fiction here?
    i'm currently reading the new book on the smiths. tis rather good.
  • phAge 15 Nov 2012 19:37:43 24,442 posts
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    I'm currently reading Nudge, a book on the psychology of choice, and before that it was The Good Soldiers, a brilliant, brilliant piece of war reporting from Iraq.

    Next up is an amazingly pulpy Bolo-book, though. :)
  • TechnoHippy 16 Nov 2012 07:31:12 14,716 posts
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    Age of Darkness by Christian Dunn

    More 40k fun, this is a collection of short stories. It's ok, but far from the best of the Horus Heresy series.

    6/10

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  • mad_caddy 19 Nov 2012 10:50:55 3,306 posts
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    Mort - Terry Pratchett

    REally enjoyed it, thought it was a very engaging read, made me laugh quite a lot and i really got drawn into it. 9/10

    Still have Guards! Guards! on the go but I've also started Colour of Magic due to the fact I've noticed we have about 4 other books that follow Rincewind. So i thought I'd start where I'm meant to :p
  • pistol 19 Nov 2012 10:52:29 13,019 posts
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    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest.

    9/10

    Great read.
  • spindle9988 19 Nov 2012 10:53:03 3,676 posts
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    Mort is a great book. I also loved soul music so that might be worth a try
  • mad_caddy 19 Nov 2012 11:15:51 3,306 posts
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    spindle9988 wrote:
    Mort is a great book. I also loved soul music so that might be worth a try
    Soul Music and Reaper Man are on my "to read" list :)
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