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  • sirtacos 14 Sep 2009 01:55:08 7,280 posts
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    City of Thieves - 8

    A boy struggles to survive in besieged Leningrad. Branded a thief by the Soviet party, he is paired up with a young deserter and both embark on a journey to find a dozen eggs or die. Apparently based on a true story.
    Cinematic, gripping and with a sense of time and place. It also has a sense of humour. Highly recommended.
  • phycus 22 Sep 2009 08:34:55 298 posts
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    Tiger Warrior - David Gibbins - 4

    Poor, not like his previous books in terms of action / story etc.

  • Apollo 22 Sep 2009 11:18:11 523 posts
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    Tijuana Straits - Kem Nunn
    Surf Noir, exellent read.
  • kalel 22 Sep 2009 11:20:23 87,585 posts
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    Live and Let Die - Ian Fleming 7/10

    Not as tight as Casino Royale, but a little more action packed. Added a point for the hilarious racist and misogynistic comments.

  • Tonka 5 Nov 2009 14:32:56 20,405 posts
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    Skumtimmen
    Swedish crime story that probably never be translated but any ways.

    I liked to mention it here because it's set on the island where I grew up. I have been to the areas where the book is set (my parents even have a small cottage not far from the main place). It was quite facinating to read a book set in a very familiar environment. Good book to.

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  • Tonka 17 Nov 2009 08:37:31 20,405 posts
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    Eternity Road
    Fantastic piece of post apocalyptic fiction!
    Set so far after the apocalypse that a new society have been created. They are aware of the previous failed one and refer to it as the Roadmaker society. A small group heads out to look for the mythical Haven where the knowledge of the Roadmakers is said to be kept.

    I absolutely loved it.

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  • iokthemonkey 17 Nov 2009 09:51:38 4,664 posts
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    Lord of the Rings (complete) - 10/10

    It does almost drop a half point for something that hasn't sat happily with me each time I've read it though; from some descriptions of 'good' and 'evil' characters - Tolkien was a bit of an old racist, right?

    I think he's on record as saying he finds the idea of racism to be silly, given we're all the same species (I can't recall the exact quote.) It's stated in The Silmarillion that during one of the great battles, all creatures fought on both sides, indicating some of the 'bad' peoples like Orcs, Easterlings, Southrons, etc fought against Morgoth and some of the 'good' peoples - such as the Elves, Dwarves, Westron Men - fought for him.

    A big part of his cosmology is about people making choices - Morgoth and Sauron, plus the 'evil' Men like the Easterlings were all good to begin with, as Illuvatar (God) doesn't create evil and - in Morgoth and Sauron's case - it's free will that allows "evil" to exist, with the Easterlings being subjects of Morgoth/Sauron's will.

    As for his use of 'black', it's in the pre-PC sense of 'wicked and evil' rather than any reference to skin-colour. Had he intended it as such, I'd have expected him to use language more suited to the times rather than a (relatively) modern term like 'black.'

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  • famous_roy 17 Nov 2009 10:22:00 4,102 posts
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    Automated Alice - Jeff noon

    7/10 - Good stuff.

    Currently reading Flow my tears, the policeman said by PKD. Absolutely superb so far, one of my fave reads of the year.

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  • glaeken 17 Nov 2009 10:35:10 11,171 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Eternity Road
    Fantastic piece of post apocalyptic fiction!
    Set so far after the apocalypse that a new society have been created. They are aware of the previous failed one and refer to it as the Roadmaker society. A small group heads out to look for the mythical Haven where the knowledge of the Roadmakers is said to be kept.

    I absolutely loved it.

    That is a good book. Mcdevitt in general I think is a bit of a hack in that he turns out a stupid amount of books a year which are generally enjoyable but not amazing. Eternity Road definitely was a few notches above his normal output though and he creates a great post apocalyptic world.
  • DFective 6 Jan 2010 18:03:15 2,013 posts
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    Lord of the Rings - 7/10

    Good, not great. Very overrated, but still good!

    Book 3 did my head in though. Aragorn decides to marry Arwen after having never spoken a word to her for 1300 pages? And Faramir goes from "ooo eowyn pretty" to "marry me eowyn!" within like five pages? The diaogue was also pretty bad in places. I enjoyed the story well enough though.
  • RedSparrows 6 Jan 2010 18:45:35 22,603 posts
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    Arwen and Aragorn knew each other for ages. It was all held up by his DESTINNYYY
  • DFective 6 Jan 2010 18:59:41 2,013 posts
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    Yeah I knew that, but they still never had any conversations during the bloody book!
  • localnotail 6 Jan 2010 19:02:55 23,093 posts
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    And her Dad was against the whole thing.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Lukus 6 Jan 2010 19:08:02 19,104 posts
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    iokthemonkey wrote:


    As for his use of 'black', it's in the pre-PC sense of 'wicked and evil' rather than any reference to skin-colour. Had he intended it as such, I'd have expected him to use language more suited to the times rather than a (relatively) modern term like 'black.'

    I assumed this too up until recently when I started re-reading it. He definitely specifically mentions black skin whilst referring to the black riders, on at least a couple of occasions. It does seem a little bit racist..

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  • phAge 6 Jan 2010 22:16:29 24,371 posts
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    Titanicus by Dan Abnett - pretty good, and very well-written and fascinating robot-on-robot combat. 78%

    Lucky Strike by Kim Stanley Robertson - short story about an alternate reality where the Hiroshima mission goes awry. Raises some interesting points, especially as it's followed by a short paper on how history unfolds, so to speak. 75%
  • DFective 10 Jan 2010 21:29:10 2,013 posts
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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 8/10

    Really bad writing style, but it's a hell of a page turner for sure.
  • RMXtreme 10 Jan 2010 21:46:16 3,145 posts
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    That's because there's hardly anything written on a page, automatically resulting in a page turner :)
  • DFective 10 Jan 2010 22:01:30 2,013 posts
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    Aha that's true.
  • mull 10 Jan 2010 22:48:48 463 posts
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    phAge wrote:
    Titanicus by Dan Abnett - pretty good, and very well-written and fascinating robot-on-robot combat. 78%

    Hah, just finished that the other day, too. Solid 8/10, really liked the epic feel of the combat, nice change of scale for Abnett. Slightly bewildering array of individuals involved in some of the sub-plots, though.
  • Deleted user 10 January 2010 22:51:26
    DFective wrote:
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 8/10

    Really bad writing style, but it's a hell of a page turner for sure.

    I've been trying to read this recently, but can't get too far in. McCarthy's style annoys the hell out of me. Shame, because it's obviously a great story.

    I'll wait for the film
  • DFective 11 Jan 2010 17:35:33 2,013 posts
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    deathgibbon wrote:
    DFective wrote:
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 8/10

    Really bad writing style, but it's a hell of a page turner for sure.

    I've been trying to read this recently, but can't get too far in. McCarthy's style annoys the hell out of me. Shame, because it's obviously a great story.

    I'll wait for the film

    Yeah the style was a right shit to begin with, but I got used to it about 50 pages in.
  • jonsaan 11 Jan 2010 21:22:57 25,352 posts
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    Lee Child - Without Fail. 7/10. Not the best Reacher novel but good all the same.

    FCUTA!

  • Fab4 19 Jan 2010 07:35:44 6,059 posts
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    The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton - 8/10

    Probably not to everyone's taste but the author tries to use the writings of several great philosophers (such as Seneca or Montaigne) as an aid to help deal with modern day anxieties, such as Frustration and Inadequacy.

    I found the style of writing to be enjoyable and fluid to read, for what could be a dry subject. I'll definitely check out his other philosophical based books.
  • Tonka 19 Jan 2010 07:44:52 20,405 posts
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    Odd Thomas
    Picked this up before getting on a ten hour flight. I was looking for something light and entertaining to keep me awake. (flying east to west I didn't want any sleep until I got home).

    I absolutely hated it for the first ten pages. Didn't get on with the writingstyle at all. Then I got into it and found it to be an amusing tale with some neat cliffhangers in it. It most certainly did the job and I'm currently reading the sequel.

    BUT! As much as I hated the beginning I hated the end even more. I'm so tired of unhappy endings. When I was in 5th grade I learned that by having sad ends in my short stories that we wrote in swedish class my teachers would think I was clever and ahead of the curve. To see this same technique in film after book after comic annoys the hell out of me.

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  • glaeken 19 Jan 2010 09:45:09 11,171 posts
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    12 by Jasper Kent. It was not bad though nothing really special. It was actually the setting of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia in 1812 that attracted me to the book and over came my normal preference of avoiding any books that contain vampires but it did not do that much with the setting and really just became a standard vampire/horror type book.

    Just started The city in the city by China Mieville and its off to a promising start so far.
  • Blaketown 19 Jan 2010 10:25:58 4,650 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    12 by Jasper Kent. It was not bad though nothing really special. It was actually the setting of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia in 1812 that attracted me to the book and over came my normal preference of avoiding any books that contain vampires but it did not do that much with the setting and really just became a standard vampire/horror type book.

    Just started The city in the city by China Mieville and its off to a promising start so far.

    I did an ASP .NET training course in London that Jasper Kent was the Trainer for. Been meaning to check out one of his books just purely for the fact that I've actually met the guy.

    Worth bothering with?

    Brap, brap, old chap.

  • glaeken 19 Jan 2010 10:35:11 11,171 posts
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    It was a perfectly readable book just nothing amazing. It certainly has its moments though and if you are not too burnt out on the whole vampire thing its an Ok read.
  • askew 19 Jan 2010 10:48:41 12,264 posts
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    Shutter Island - 7/10

    I didn't know Dennis Lehane wrote the novel behind Mystic River. I'm not sure where he rates on a literary scale, the cover art and typography inside reminded me of Dan Brown/Grisham/Patterson style novels.
    However, Shutter Island was a well paced detective thriller, and it caught my by surprise on several occasions. I consumed it in about four hours, all told!

    Very much looking forward to the film in February now.
  • Terrorist 19 Jan 2010 18:35:31 198 posts
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    The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac

    My teacher made me read this damn book.I so hate sad endings cant get it out of my head. 8/10
  • phAge 19 Jan 2010 18:42:27 24,371 posts
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    mull wrote:
    phAge wrote:
    Titanicus by Dan Abnett - pretty good, and very well-written and fascinating robot-on-robot combat. 78%

    Hah, just finished that the other day, too. Solid 8/10, really liked the epic feel of the combat, nice change of scale for Abnett. Slightly bewildering array of individuals involved in some of the sub-plots, though.
    Yeah - I usually stay clear of the WH40K books, as they're mostly substandard sci-fi action yarns, but I really liked his descriptions of "engine vs engine" combat. Not too sure what the point was of a couple of the sub-plots either. Would defo get the sequel if Abnett decides to do another book on Legio Invicta.
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