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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #420 on: September 03, 2009, 09:46:39 PM »
Starship Troopers

Excellent book, so much better than the movie.  One of these days I'm going to have to pick up more Heinlein.

I didn't like it. I finished it and read all the way through, damnit, but I didn't like it. That's probably because I went into it expecting a lot more action and fighting -- more along the lines of the movie but without the suck -- and not political theory. Though, if I read it now I'd probably enjoy it. I had the same problem with 1984 -- except I hated that book so much I actually paid someone to borrow it and never bring it back. But at least I finished that one too.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #421 on: September 09, 2009, 06:37:57 AM »
Starship Troopers

Excellent book, so much better than the movie.  One of these days I'm going to have to pick up more Heinlein.

I didn't like it. I finished it and read all the way through, damnit, but I didn't like it. That's probably because I went into it expecting a lot more action and fighting -- more along the lines of the movie but without the suck -- and not political theory. Though, if I read it now I'd probably enjoy it. I had the same problem with 1984 -- except I hated that book so much I actually paid someone to borrow it and never bring it back. But at least I finished that one too.
What was wrong with Nineteen Eighty-Four?

Maybe it was the fact that I was in grammar school when I read it, but I didn't find it very enthralling.  It just didn't 'grab' me, so to speak.  I can appreciate the historical significance of the book, and the effect it had on popular culture, but I didn't find it to be a very satisfying read.

That said, I just finished the "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" short story collection by Stephen King.  I never thought I'd ever see a Sherlock Holmes story done by King, but it was quite good, as were most of the others.  Apparently they're making "Dolan's Cadillac" into a movie, hence the new edition of the collection.

I've found some King novels that I felt were fairly lame ("Cell" is at the top of that particular list, next to "From a Buick 8" and "Dreamcatcher"), but most are quite good, and some are truly epic ("It", "Pet Sematary", "Needful Things", "Misery" and "The Stand" come to mind.)

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #422 on: September 10, 2009, 03:55:36 PM »
Starship Troopers

Excellent book, so much better than the movie.  One of these days I'm going to have to pick up more Heinlein.

I didn't like it. I finished it and read all the way through, damnit, but I didn't like it. That's probably because I went into it expecting a lot more action and fighting -- more along the lines of the movie but without the suck -- and not political theory. Though, if I read it now I'd probably enjoy it. I had the same problem with 1984 -- except I hated that book so much I actually paid someone to borrow it and never bring it back. But at least I finished that one too.
What was wrong with Nineteen Eighty-Four?

Maybe it was the fact that I was in grammar school when I read it, but I didn't find it very enthralling.  It just didn't 'grab' me, so to speak.  I can appreciate the historical significance of the book, and the effect it had on popular culture, but I didn't find it to be a very satisfying read.

That said, I just finished the "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" short story collection by Stephen King.  I never thought I'd ever see a Sherlock Holmes story done by King, but it was quite good, as were most of the others.  Apparently they're making "Dolan's Cadillac" into a movie, hence the new edition of the collection.

I've found some King novels that I felt were fairly lame ("Cell" is at the top of that particular list, next to "From a Buick 8" and "Dreamcatcher"), but most are quite good, and some are truly epic ("It", "Pet Sematary", "Needful Things", "Misery" and "The Stand" come to mind.)

According to my Stephen King Literature and Films professor (and yes, this is a class I'm taking) they've been working on that movie for ages. I am reading Cell for that class currently and while I'll admit it's a pale imitation of The Stand in some ways, it's also a great take on the zombie novel. Also reading Misery on the side for fun and listening to The Dark Tower (series) on Audio book.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #423 on: September 10, 2009, 04:12:23 PM »
Apparently they're making "Dolan's Cadillac" into a movie, hence the new edition of the collection.

It has been made and has been available for a few months in other countries.  It comes out in the US in December I believe.  It's an alright film, one of his better adaptations.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #424 on: September 11, 2009, 03:45:51 AM »
I thought "Cell" had excellent potential, but the ending just fell apart.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #425 on: September 12, 2009, 02:44:00 AM »
Do you guys have any suggestions for Science Fiction books? Trying to compile a reading list for a class.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #426 on: September 12, 2009, 03:49:06 AM »
Do you guys have any suggestions for Science Fiction books? Trying to compile a reading list for a class.

Robert Heinlein - Starship Troopers
David Weber & John Ringo - March Upcountry (and the sequels, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few)
David Weber - Off Armageddon Reef (and the sequels, "By Schism Rent Asunder" and "By Heresies Distressed")
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Eric Flint & David Drake - The Belisarius Saga (First book is "An Oblique Approach")
John Ringo - The Last Centurion
Michael Z. Williamson - Better to Beg Forgiveness

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #427 on: September 12, 2009, 04:35:37 AM »
Anyone read the Lensmen series before here?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #428 on: September 12, 2009, 05:17:30 AM »
Do you guys have any suggestions for Science Fiction books? Trying to compile a reading list for a class.

Frank Herbert's Dune.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #429 on: September 12, 2009, 01:11:31 PM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #430 on: September 12, 2009, 05:09:10 PM »
I'm now reading the third and last book in the Song of Albion trilogy by Stephen Lawhead, The Endless Knot. I'd recommend reading them if you like Celtic fantasy, they really are very good. After this I think I'm going to check out his Celtic Crusades trilogy. Should keep me busy for a little while at least.

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« Reply #431 on: September 13, 2009, 03:22:45 AM »
Do you guys have any suggestions for Science Fiction books? Trying to compile a reading list for a class.
Asimov's (no idea on spelling) Foundation and Robot series are good, and his short stories are nice too.
Stephen King's Dark Tower series is a nice example of straddling the Fantasy/SciFi fence.
I'll further Johannixx's suggestion about Douglas Adams and advocate for the rest of the series as well.
I'll think of more later, do you just want lasers and spaceships SciFi?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #432 on: September 13, 2009, 05:27:24 AM »
Do you guys have any suggestions for Science Fiction books? Trying to compile a reading list for a class.

William Gibson (the originator of the whole Cyberpunk subgenre).  Particularly: Neuromancer (and the rest of the Sprawl Series), and Burning Chrome (collection of short stories).
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #433 on: September 13, 2009, 06:20:53 AM »
Anyone read the Lensmen series before here?

I read the first book.  Interesting, but just anachronistic enough in its language to break me out of my suspension of disbelief.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #434 on: September 13, 2009, 02:18:41 PM »
Anyone read the Lensmen series before here?

I read the first book.  Interesting, but just anachronistic enough in its language to break me out of my suspension of disbelief.
Well, the later books are pretty insanely epic. Trope namer for the Lensman Arms Race
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #435 on: September 13, 2009, 07:50:56 PM »
I'm looking for a copy of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #436 on: October 12, 2009, 04:34:11 AM »
Just got Folke Myrvang's MG34-MG42 German Universal Machineguns for my birthday, along with Lt. Col. John George's Shots Fired in Anger.  Both are proving to be interesting reads.  Myrvang's book has some really interesting historical tidbits about inter-war German machinegun development, much of which was being done in secret by shell corporations in Austria and Switzerland due to the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #437 on: October 14, 2009, 09:49:37 PM »
Just finished Ender's Game, and truth be told, was bored with the whole thing until Mazer Rackham and Ender start talking about the buggers.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #438 on: October 17, 2009, 05:45:33 PM »
Started re-reading The Lord of The Rings, thought I'd see what i missed the first time i read it due to my young age.

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« Reply #439 on: October 17, 2009, 06:21:01 PM »
A local place does a huge discount book sale a couple times a year and I picked up a few books for cheap.  I currently am reading Needful Things, The Lucifer Effect, the Poetic Eddas, the Kalevala, and picked up a travel guide to hostels in Europe.
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