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    Almost at the end of Jane Eyre. Not like the all-consuming obsession with Wuthering Heights, it's quite long and it's characters are less striking. I feel like the Fukunaga film (which was my favourite of last year) is its equal in the way Peter Jackson's version of LOTR holds up against Tolkien's books. The books obv richer, more detailed. But the films more immediate, exciting.
    • CommentAuthorGordon
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012
    'The Fourth Wall' by Walter Jon Williams.

    This is his latest featuring Dagmar Shaw and this time she's using her augmented reality background and applying it movies. An interesting mix of near-future tech and thriller. If anyone's interested I'd suggest starting with the first and best Dagmar book 'This Is Not A Game'.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012
    @ Mercer Finn: I read Wuthering Heights years ago and really enjoyed it.

    Not managed to read much recently...

    'Tiger!Tiger!' by Alfred Bester.

    No,not Walter Koenig playing a psi-cop in Babylon 5.Wow,what a book!One of the best sci-fi stories i've ever read.Even though it was first published in 1955 it's got a timeless quality to it which makes it feel it was was written only yesterday.

    'The Blood Red Game' by Michael Moorcock.

    Early multiverse stuff!!I love the multiverse!!I'm also going to polish off 'The Metatemporal Detective'.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012
    I finally finished Stross' "Iron Sunrise." The bad guys creeped me out thoroughly.

    I'm going to be starting Grossman's "The Magicians" as soon as I finish the last two stories in "Songs of the Dying Earth."

    I'm listening to Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals," which is an odd thing to take in by audio book, but I'm enjoying it. After that my next audiobook will be "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

    @flecky: Scenes and imagery from Bester's book bubble into my conscious mind on a regular basis. It's titled, for some reason, as "The Stars My Destination" in the U.S. Quant Suff!
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2012
    Richard Kadrey's Butcher Bird is still rocking my world.
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    After a delay to soak up some Future Shocks I got back into A Serpent Uncoiled and finished it off. Brilliant, deranged and with one of those endings that just keeps unfolding to reveal layers you hadn't even guessed at.

    Will have to grab Contract sometime soon.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2012
    I think the only thing i've read by Robert A. Heinlein was 'Podkayne of Mars',which i remember enjoying.

    I got a battered copy of 'Methuselah's Children' at hand,so i will give it a blast and see if i can get into it.

    I can't believe i've never read 'Starship Troopers'.
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2012
    @ flecky

    THE DEMOLISHED MAN is also awesome.

    Just finished Jake Arnott's THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR and picked up these bad boys:

    Will probably go with RUSSIAN SPRING first :)
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2012
    Hrm, since I was here last:

    Ghosted by Shaugnessy Bishop-Stall. I loved this guy's autobio account of living in Tent City, when I was younger and thought I'd make a good nomad. This novel wasn't nearly so engaging (coke-addict writer does coke-addict-y things; hilarity ensues). Oh well.

    Way of the Whore by Tamara Faith Berger. Same. Sex-addict pubescent does sex-addict-y things. Badly written, one-dimensional, disappointing. And that's enoug Can-Con for this season.

    Schismatrix, finally. It was just okay. I still genuinely don't find Sterling's writing that interesting, even though this one had some clever transhumanist elements.

    And now, a Blood reread.
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2012
    Love SCHISMATRIX. An endless brain-fountain of ideas and invention.
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    Yeah, Schismatrix blew my brain out when I read it earlier this year. Haven't read any other Sterling, so recommendations for where to go next are very welcome...

    Two of my best friends have started to read The Stars My Destination pretty much independently of each other. Both enjoying it a lot. I think I admired that book more than I loved it.

    I've been catching up on comics a bit. Finished Zero Girl by Sam Kieth. More straightforward, and not as personal, as My Inner Bimbo. But I thought the tone was punchy and the ideas were seductively crazy. And MAN, the guy can really draw! Really great book.

    Goddess is a miniseries written by Garth Ennis (fun) and illustrated by Phil Winslade (beautiful) from the mid-90s. Spoilerific rumination here.

    Now started The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan -- one of his early grotty books which I much prefer. I've got some Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy lined up for the next two weeks, when I'm on holiday.
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    Finally finished A Clash of Kings. The last couple of chapters were really good, the rest of kind of meh. My wife tells me that the next one is really good but I'm going to read Ganymede by Cherie Priest first, possibly followed by The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo because I have heard very good reviews about it.
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    Just finished Killer Move by Michael Marshall. Enjoyable and fast read. Dealt with a lot of themes from his other Michael Marshall books. People finding themselves in situations where things break down and they find that control has never been in their hands.

    Just starting on Zero History by Gibson.
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    @Corey Waits - very pleased you enjoyed it. Contract is an entirely different beast, which I confidently predict you will either love or loathe. There is no middle ground.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2012
    Reading Borges' A Personal Anthology led me to The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (by way of Edward FitzGerald) and back to the essay on Mr. FitzGerald by Borges which falls, in the book, after essays on the nature of time and metaphysics.

    As a result, I am now happily overwhelmed by philia in The Fragility of Goodness.

    I'm planning to read a whole bunch of novels for my 39th year (starting June) so am swimming around my poetry and non-fiction while I can.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2012
    @Mercer Finn: I prefer earlier to later Sterling. The latest thing I can whole-heartedly recommend is Holy Fire, which is splendid. The collection Global Head is most worthy, as is The Difference Engine. (The latter has lots of non-fans. It is a very difficult book.)
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2012
    Difficult? The Difference Engine?
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2012
    Difficult to finish.
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    The Light of the I - Georg Kuhlewind
    (obscure Hungarian philosopher, freaking genius so far.)

    The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
    (good fun so far)

    I keep feeling like I am forgetting stuff.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2012
    New Cthulhu is the goods.