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Postby Plink Floyd » Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:52 am

I scored at Half Price Books!

Ender's Game
Speaker for the Dead
Xenocide
Children of the Mind


I really got them a month ago, but I had to finish a Melville novel (White Jacket). I'm halfway through Game; I'm liking it. I hope, though, that the foreshadowing about the evil brother doesn't mean it's going to develop into the obvious scenario. I'd really like to be surprised with something more unexpected. No, no, don't tell me!

Let me now recommend: Vernor Vinge. I greatly enjoyed his two Hugo Award winning novels A Fire Upon the Deep and it's prequel A Deepness in the Sky. They're best read in the order listed. Vinge succeeds in creating a compellingly complex galaxy comprised of bizzarre physical laws and even more mind-boggling alien inhabitants. Very fresh, original speculative fiction. I can't imagine that any science fiction fan wouldn't like em.
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Re: Read Books™

Postby ClavAnother » Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:42 pm

Every time I participate in an internet book club, people tell me that the books I think are fantastic suck. I have read everything that OSC has published (most of it more than once) and I think he is probably the best writer I have ever come across, but then I also think that everything (yes, everything) that RAH has written is great too. I could go on and on about why I think OSC is such a good writer, but I don't care to. Oh, and no, I am not a mormon. Have fun with the first four in a great series.


Orson Scott Card wrote:"She's a cast iron bitch!"
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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:48 pm

Podkayne wrote:Every time I participate in an internet ________ club, people tell me that the _______ I think are fantastic suck.

EG was great! The ending was quite unexpected, and I enjoyed the book very much. Halfway through Speaker, I can see the author's style maturing, with the addition of more weighty subjects to the mix. Very compelling, hard to put down.

I've always wished I could write... :cry: Maybe I'll try. I could start with Stranger in a Strange Band.
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Re: Read Books™

Postby MetroSonus » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:03 pm

It's something I certainly enjoy. It's occupying more of my time than music these days.

I've lost my taste for reading which is mainly due to the investment in time to find out if what you're reading is going to turn out to be crap or not :lol:
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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:21 pm

Reading's always been a favorite recreational activity for me. I've read something almost every day since 1st grade. My mum read lots to me before I could do it myself. Anything from James Whitbomb Reily to Homer's Odyssey. I made sure to do the same for my kids. They don't read as much as I do, but they do, some. Many more diversions compete for kid's time nowdays. One of our rules is "No gizmos after bedtime", so they read a little then.

MetroSonus wrote:I've lost my taste for reading which is mainly due to the investment in time to find out if what you're reading is going to turn out to be crap or not :lol:

That's what your Innernet Budz are for! Read Books™ will safeguard your precious time from wretched writings and benighted novelage.
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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:09 am

One of the 'post Golden Age' sci fi writers I really like is Keith Laumer. Good cold war era stuff.

[Wiki:] "...best known for his Bolo stories and his satirical Retief series. The former chronicles the evolution of super tanks that eventually become self-aware through the constant improvement resulting from centuries of intermittent warfare against various alien races. The latter deals with the adventures of a cynical spacefaring diplomat who constantly has to overcome the red-tape-infused failures of people with names like Ambassador Grossblunder. The Retief stories were greatly influenced by Laumer's earlier career in the United States Foreign Service."

Anyone else read him?

(Oh, and I liked Speaker for the Dead better than EG. Xenocide is starting off slowly...)
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Re: Read Books™

Postby ClavAnother » Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:48 am

xenocide is better than both of them put together...be patient.
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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:42 am

The Ender quartet was very very good. :thu: I'll be on the lookout for moar of his stuff.

Anyone else like Hermann Hesse? Aside from the obvious musical connection (Steppenwolf, which someone needs to tell Goldy McJon about :grin: ), I've just been informed that this song was based on Hesse's book Narcissus and Goldmund. Huh.

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Re: Read Books™

Postby ClavAnother » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:23 am

quartet? sorry pal, you haven't even scratched the surface...

1. Ender's Game (1985)
2. Speaker for the Dead (1986)
3. Xenocide (1991)
4. Children of the Mind (1996)
5. Ender's Shadow (1999)
6. Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
7. Shadow Puppets (2002)
8. First Meetings (2002)
9. Shadow of the Giant (2005)
10. A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (2007)
11. Ender in Exile (2008)
12. Shadows in Flight (forthcoming)
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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:47 pm

ClavaHiveQueen wrote:...quartet? sorry pal, you haven't even scratched the surface...
I'm hip. I sayed I wanted moar. :thu:

But next Ima read that monkey murder mystery yarn. Where's that link?
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Re: Read Books™

Postby ClavAnother » Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:31 am

flying monkeys? that's just a myth...
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Re: Read Books™

Postby MetroSonus » Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:39 pm

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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:52 am

ClavAnother wrote:flying monkeys? that's just a myth...
What?



......................Myth! Myth!
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.........................Yeth?
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Re: Read Books™

Postby BonsoWonderDog » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:35 am

yeth?
DO NOT WRITE IN THIS SPACE
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Re: Read Books™

Postby BonsoWonderDog » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:35 am

incontheeeevable.
DO NOT WRITE IN THIS SPACE
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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:07 am

...Incontheeeevable!
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Re: Read Books™

Postby ElectricPuppy » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:41 pm

You keep yuthing that word... I do not think it meenth what you think it meenth.
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Re: Read Books™

Postby MetroSonus » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:47 pm

WWWWWWWhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhat?

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Re: Read Books™

Postby Plink Floyd » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:20 pm

DETH DUNTHERWATHCKS!
IZZAT YOUZ?


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