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    Posted: July 25 2005 at 11:27

...besides "Harry Potter"

I'm still reading Dune and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold both are very good by the way.

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about to start reading Dune,  and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk as soon as I finish The Stand by Stephen King (sadly its almost 1500 pages!).  Just finished up Arthur Clarke's 2010: Odyssey 2 which was quite awesome.

luckily, I have a week at the beach coming up, so I'll probably get thru most of those.



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Recently read Espedair St, Walking On Glass, Canal Dreams & A Song of Stone, back to back, all by Iain Banks...(he of Wasp Factory fame)...
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Originally posted by fandango fandango wrote:

Recently read Espedair St, Walking On Glass, Canal Dreams & A Song of Stone, back to back, all by Iain Banks...(he of Wasp Factory fame)...

Iain Banks kicks major ass!

Although I've only read the sci-fi stuff he publishes as Iain M. Banks...

I've finished reading an anthology of Russian sci-fi stories, don't know whether it's been published in English, but if it has, the title's probably something like "Lenin's Zombie". Really original stuff, at times very funny, often scary, but usually very serious, the Russian past being ever present in those stories...

Now I'm reading John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse".     

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Originally posted by stonebeard stonebeard wrote:

...besides "Harry Potter"

I finished yesterday, it was a good read.

Anyway,

War of the Worlds (again)

Moon (Keith Moon biography)

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I just got done with the Robert Jordan books that's out so far... took me, like, three months! And, it's good ALL THE WAY THROUGH! What's up with that guy??
 I'll take a break from reading now, but I've still got to read through Lord of the Rings this year... it's a tradition.

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Originally posted by GoldenSpiral GoldenSpiral wrote:

about to start reading Dune,  and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk as soon as I finish The Stand by Stephen King (sadly its almost 1500 pages!).  Just finished up Arthur Clarke's 2010: Odyssey 2 which was quite awesome.

luckily, I have a week at the beach coming up, so I'll probably get thru most of those.

I've read Lullaby.  It was cool.  It's the first Palahniuk book I've picked up...I've yet to read Fight Club.

I'm reading Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland at the moment.  Not up to the usual high standards of Coupland, but typical of his work nonetheless.  I'm also re-reading Closing Time (sequel to Catch 22 - one of the greatest book I've read) by Joseph Heller.

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Originally posted by spectral spectral wrote:

Originally posted by GoldenSpiral GoldenSpiral wrote:

about to start reading Dune,  and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk as soon as I finish The Stand by Stephen King (sadly its almost 1500 pages!).  Just finished up Arthur Clarke's 2010: Odyssey 2 which was quite awesome.

luckily, I have a week at the beach coming up, so I'll probably get thru most of those.

I've read Lullaby.  It was cool.  It's the first Palahniuk book I've picked up...I've yet to read Fight Club.

I'm reading Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland at the moment.  Not up to the usual high standards of Coupland, but typical of his work nonetheless.  I'm also re-reading Closing Time (sequel to Catch 22 - one of the greatest book I've read) by Joseph Heller.

if you like Palahniuk, Choke is the best, followed by Fight Club and Survivor.  He also has a book of semi-true stories called Stranger than Fiction that I hope to read soon too.

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Originally posted by GoldenSpiral GoldenSpiral wrote:

Originally posted by spectral spectral wrote:

Originally posted by GoldenSpiral GoldenSpiral wrote:

about to start reading Dune,  and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk as soon as I finish The Stand by Stephen King (sadly its almost 1500 pages!).  Just finished up Arthur Clarke's 2010: Odyssey 2 which was quite awesome.

luckily, I have a week at the beach coming up, so I'll probably get thru most of those.

I've read Lullaby.  It was cool.  It's the first Palahniuk book I've picked up...I've yet to read Fight Club.

I'm reading Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland at the moment.  Not up to the usual high standards of Coupland, but typical of his work nonetheless.  I'm also re-reading Closing Time (sequel to Catch 22 - one of the greatest book I've read) by Joseph Heller.

if you like Palahniuk, Choke is the best, followed by Fight Club and Survivor.  He also has a book of semi-true stories called Stranger than Fiction that I hope to read soon too.

Thanks for the tips.  I quite enjoyed Lullaby, but thought at the time that he's probably got better books.  I'll check them out.



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"only when the sun shines brightly" by Magnus Mills is the best book I've read this year which isn't by P G Wodehouse.
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Originally posted by stonebeard stonebeard wrote:

...besides "Harry Potter"

I'm still reading Dune and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold both are very good by the way.

Dune is an incredible book and a great series.I read those books over and over again when I was a teenager.There are a whole bunch of prequel books out written by Frank Herbert's son Brian and sci-fi writer Kevin Anderson,which I have read but detested,they just lacked the brilliance and the vision of Frank's books.

And I just finished my daughters copy of HP and The Half Blood Prince,great book,I can't help it,I love that series.

Currently reading:The River God by Wilbur Smith,a novel set in ancient Egypt



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Is the new Potter book worth reading if you fall into the "The first three were excellent but it's all gone to pot" camp?
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I just recieved "The Negative Dialectics of poodle play" By Ben Watson i think. It's about Zappa's music and such. I think it will be an interesting read.
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Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

Is the new Potter book worth reading if you fall into the "The first three were excellent but it's all gone to pot" camp?

I think they have gotten better with each book.Starting with The Prisoner of Azkaban the story started to get very dark.I think with that book HP pretty much stopped being a "kids book".Have you read up to The Order of the Phoenix?If you have you have too keep on,don't you want to see how it all comes out in the end?Only one more book to go.



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Originally posted by TheProgtologist TheProgtologist wrote:

Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

Is the new Potter book worth reading if you fall into the "The first three were excellent but it's all gone to pot" camp?

I think they have gotten better with each book.Starting with The Prisoner of Azkaban the story started to get very dark.I think with that book HP pretty much stopped being a "kids book".Have you read up to The Order of the Phoenix?


Yes, and I thought the last two were sh*te. Overwritten, riddled with cliches and nowhere near as gripping as the media'd have you believe.

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If you have you have too keep on,don't you want to see how it all comes out in the end?

Not bothered. I'd just like to read another book in the series as good as "Azkaban". I get the feeling that's not gonna happen though.


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yeah, i'm about halfway done with Dune. I've barely picked it up since school's end and i should've been done with it a half-year ago.

trouserpress:

i liked The Goblet of Fire but have not yet read The Order of the Phoenix or the new one. But I'll do it sooner or later. I didn't think Goblet was that bad though, you may be alone on that one.

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I think Dune is my favorite book, along with 1984 and Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)
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Originally posted by NetsNJFan NetsNJFan wrote:

I think Dune is my favorite book, along with 1984 and Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)

I am a huge sci fi and fantasy fan and IMO Dune is the greatest sci fi book ever written



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Originally posted by TheProgtologist TheProgtologist wrote:

Originally posted by NetsNJFan NetsNJFan wrote:

I think Dune is my favorite book, along with 1984 and Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)

I am a huge sci fi and fantasy fan and IMO Dune is the greatest sci fi book ever written

check out Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge.

my mom has literally 2,000 science fiction books in basement, just shelves and shelves, its ridiculous, anyways we both love SF and agree that thats one of the best ever written

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Originally posted by NetsNJFan NetsNJFan wrote:

Originally posted by TheProgtologist TheProgtologist wrote:

Originally posted by NetsNJFan NetsNJFan wrote:

I think Dune is my favorite book, along with 1984 and Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)

I am a huge sci fi and fantasy fan and IMO Dune is the greatest sci fi book ever written

check out Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge.

my mom has literally 2,000 science fiction books in basement, just shelves and shelves, its ridiculous, anyways we both love SF and agree that thats one of the best ever written

I have heard of that book but haven't read it,I'll check it out.I probably have that many sc-fi and fantasy books alone.I built shelves on 2 walls of our extra room,wall to wall and floor to ceiling  and still can't fit all of them on it.We have books all over the place and it drives my wife absolutely nuts.



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