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Old 02-25-2013, 04:52 PM   #5376
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2013 hugo is all but assured for kim stanley robinson's 2312.

or else they are going to give it to a paranromal romance, at which point i will stop looking at them.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:13 PM   #5377
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Have you read that?
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:16 PM   #5378
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Err 2012 Hugo. And no, got burned out on his stuff with the Mars trilogy. Too idealistic.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:31 PM   #5379
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It sounds interesting, but the reviews appear to be very mixed.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:49 AM   #5380
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:57 PM   #5381
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Cloud Atlas.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #5382
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I'm now currently in the process of reading a book called The Hobbit.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #5383
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I'm now currently in the process of reading a book called The Hobbit.
Never heard of it. Is it any good?
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:11 PM   #5384
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What's a hopbit? Is that some kind of rabbit?
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #5385
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The book "The Hobbit" is good, you should read it. And I really don't know what a hobbit is.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #5386
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Its actually a rare and endangered species of mole rat found in the arid and frozen tundras of Canada. Referred to as a hobbit, because it uses its nose, the "hob" like a tool, the "bit" and burrows through the ground creating hobbit holes. These hobbits are also known to collect rings and bring down evil dark lords bent on world domination.
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I think you made that up. Nothing lives in Canada.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:36 AM   #5388
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God, it took me some time but I finally finished Wool by Hugh Howey. I suppose as his first book, it's pretty promising. However, the great big mystery of the premise is, for the most part, extremely predictable. I'm not usually the kind of reader to complain about predictability, but having read several science fiction novels, you will see the "twists" here coming from miles away. The SCIENCE in this science fiction book goes out of the window, as certain events completed disregarded physics. Also, I felt that the central mystery was never properly explained, which left me a little confused as to why the people in the silo went through all the trouble to keep it a secret.

As a first-time writer, Howey does show some potential. However, characterization is lacking for the most part, since the characters don't go through an arc at all, and their internal monologues almost always sound the same. Speaking of that, characters too frequently go into internal monologues that you cannot help but skip a paragraph or two, since they are usually thinking the same things. Howey also has the tendency to break every single action apart and to describe them in painful details. The simple act of turning a door knob, pushing open the door and unsheathing the knife can take up nearly half a page. As a reader, that became very tiresome and forced the story to slow down to a crawl. The story could have very well been done in about three books, max. In fact, book 2 is literally about two characters walking down a long flight of stairs (what?).

In the end, good first entry as a writer, but he certainly needs more polishing. I'm not sure why it is so highly rated on Amazon. I'm guessing those people never really read good science fiction before.

NEXT UP, The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke.
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Just finished The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke. Probably the least favourite ACC book of mine, but it was still a tremendous read. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition between Dr Morgan and Prince Khalidasa. I just wished that the juxtaposition lasted throughout the book, instead of ending after Part One. Even though the book is essentially about how a giant space elevator was built, it never felt boring to me. Procedural, yes, but I just love how ACC introduces these grand ideas with simple, direct language. I'm not exactly sure what to make of the ending, though. I'd rank the ACC books I've read as such:

1. Rendezvous with Rama
2. Childhood's End
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
4. The Fountains of Paradise

Which ACC book should I read next? I was thinking about 2010: Odyssey Two, or The Songs of Distant Earth. Thoughts?

Anyway, next up on my book list: Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
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That's a pretty good ranking. I'd go with 2010, first.

I really have to read his "The City and the Stars" someday. Some call it his best.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #5391
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:08 PM   #5392
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Libra by Don DeLillo.

One of my favorite writers/chief influences. Just started it this morning and I'm already hooked. DeLillo rules.
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That's a pretty good ranking. I'd go with 2010, first.

I really have to read his "The City and the Stars" someday. Some call it his best.
Oh, yes, there's that too. I forgot to add that to my to-read list. I guess I will start with 2010 and work my way down from there.
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One of my favorite writers/chief influences. Just started it this morning and I'm already hooked. DeLillo rules.
Yep. I just finished The Body Artist not too long ago. That one was a trip.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:54 PM   #5395
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Taking a break from John Adams as it is a very long and detailed book - I'm about half way through and he is still an ambassador at this point. Interesting insight into his life so far.

Switching to The Demon Under the Microscope by Thomas Hagar. it is the story of sulfa, the first antibiotic - from Nazi Germany to today
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:35 PM   #5396
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:01 AM   #5397
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:35 PM   #5398
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Finished The Demon Under the Microscope and although it was very dry it had a lot of interesting historical facts that I was not aware of - thank goodness I was born 30 years after most of the events in this book, because I would not be here otherwise.

Next I think I will listen to some of the shorter audiobooks on my list starting with How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes by Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:55 AM   #5399
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Finished the How An Economy... book, and it made things pretty easily understood by using a simple example using fish.

Next shortest book I have is The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson - The author delves into the subject and tries to discover the truth behind psychopaths.
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