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    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2012 edited
    Had a day off and got to sit around in my dressing gown and read all day. Bliss..

    I started with "London's Overthrow" by China Mieville. An interesting short piece on post riot London, thought provoking and written in a style that has me looking forward to getting into some of the author's fiction.

    Next up another short one; "Discordia" written by Laurie Penny with illustrations by Molly Crabapple.
    A powerful look at the situation in Greece, made all the better by it's feeling of immediacy- the E-book format allowing for a very swift publication.
    I'm a big fan of Laurie's angry journalism and Molly's illustrations really serve to capture something of the despair, the cruelty and quiet hope of the situation. On a side note, I'm still kicking myself for being too shy to say hello to ms. Crabapple when I saw her at the tram stop outside my work earlier this year.

    Having had my dose of 'current' affairs, it's time to dive back into fiction and what better way than with "the Hydrogen Sonata".
    I'm really loving the preorder feature on the kindle, often I forget I have done so, and the pleasant surprise on finding a new delivery is a real treat.
    Only just started this one and so far so good.
    I must admit to having found the last two Culture books a bit disappointing and I'm hoping this one will be up there with "Excession" in terms of mind blowing excitement.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2012
    See, I found Matter a bit 'meh' but really enjoyed Surface Detail. The slight problem I have with the recent Culture books though, is that I feel like Banks knows exactly what his fans want, and is happy to pander to them. "You want exotic, sexy adventures, cool sounding ship names, interesting alien adversaries and maybe some inventive deaths? Well here ya go fanboys, have em by the bucketfull!!" And I do like all that stuff, and he does write well, but ... I dunno, it always feels like kind of an easy win for both writer and audience. That said, I will of course be picking up The Hydrogen Sonata as soon as I'm done with my current read. Like the sap I am.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2012
    For me it was the opposite: Loved MATTER and found SURFACE DETAIL very difficult to get into. As for Banks pandering, his Culture books have been like that from the beginning. As funny as they are thought-provoking and expansive, not to mention always unbelievably well written.

    Sounds like you're really gonna hate THE HYDROGEN SONATA because it's got all the above in bucketloads. I'm really enjoying it.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2012
    Hah, no I'm sure I'll love it still. Every time I think I'm out, he pulls me back in!
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2012
    Damn right :)
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    In the middle of Discordia by Penny / Crabapple, Locas by Jamie Hernandez, and The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. I've got Habibi by Craig Thompson lined up as well. Plenty of reading to do!
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    I just finished Jack Glass by Adam Roberts, I'm getting to be a massive fan of his purely through finding his stuff in the library. Does anybody else have that - a favourite author that's based entirely on borrowed copies?

    Other new stuff - Embassytown was great, although with a toddler to look after my attention span has shrunk mightily - I think the greater part of the language flew past me, but I was impressed by the whole colonial analogy. Also went back again to Richard Fortey's Trilobite!, which is still one of my favourite popular science books.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2012 edited
    I finished Contract by Simon, which was insane and helped me get through some mad nights. I've just started A Serpent Uncoiled, so more sickness ahead :)

    Plus, I've started reading 2000AD again.
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    I'm 50 pages or so into Hyperion. It is definitely entertaining... although... I can't remember the last time there were so many words used that I had no idea the meanings for! I began looking up definitions but have given up and now just try use the context as best I can while interpreting them in whatever way I think would be the coolest.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2012
    Loved HYPERION, one of the best novels I've read in the past 20 years. Shame nothing else he's written comes close to that one...
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    @ Negredo

    None of Simmon's other books come to Hyperion? What about the other Hyperion books? the sequel and those Endymion ones? are they worth a look?
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
    A bit of a tangent, sorry, but does anyone have experience using Audible?

    I'm looking to try their free trial membership, which they claim you can cancel whenever you want, but past history with similar claims make me a tad wary. Also, do their digital audiobooks use DRM? I'm not planning on sharing it with the rest of the world but I could end-up using it on a couple of different devices (comp, phone & tablet).

    High praise or horror stories welcome. I'd just like to know what I might be letting myself in for before I let myself in for it.

    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
    The direct sequel to Hyperion was . . . acceptable. A decent enough conclusion to the story. It doesn't have the same interesting structure, but it gets the job done.

    Endymion and those that came after . . . disappointing. Not bad, but such a let down compared to the original.
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    No experience in canceling the account, but been happy to use Audible on my computer, iPhone and iPad. They seem to use some sort of DRM, but the experience has been totally seamless for me, and I like their app.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
    I haven't checked this thread recently, but apparently it still whispers to my psyche at times, because I too have been reading through Leviathan Wakes. I am about a third of the way through, and now thoroughly enjoying it. Watching the characters and story slowly evolve and peel away is a pleasure so far. It also took a bit less time for me to become involved than other similar stories I have read, so kudos to you guys who have recommended it. Thinking of grabbing The Cat's Table or Embassytown next.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
    @cjkoger I got in to it through Alan, who was in love with it. I downloaded a preview of the first two or three chapters on my kobo and...was instantly hooked after that. The e-book was pretty cheap too, if I recall. But yeah, an enjoyable read.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
    @oldhat Yeah, it was cheap as an ebook, which was the final hook as for timing. It was Alan's and your own mentions in either this or a previous book thread that convinced me to try it. I have a sticky note on my desktop with 6-7 books to check out because of this thread. Love having a solid base of people to grab ideas from, as I often run a literary vein dry and don't quite know where to head next. Cheers.
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2012
    I agree, I love grabbing suggestions from here. Always a good crowd, always a good range.

    Currently, I'm reading The Hobbit, because there are only a couple of months left before all my childhood memories are over-written. Gollum is already Andy Serkis.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2012 edited
    I am so stupidly happy to hear how much everyone is liking Leviathan Wakes. I haven't nabbed Caliban's War yet, because of a lack of funding for such things, but it is definitely on The List.

    I'm sort of considering giving Moby Dick another try. I started it way back in... shit, it must have been freshman year of high school. I remember liking it, but also being a little terrified by it at the time. As a side note, does anyone know if there are any good audiobook versions of it out there? I wouldn't mind listening to it a little bit at a time driving too and from work.
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    Tell me someone here has read Anathem.

    I just finished it and I can say that I'm sad that it's over.

    It was a total mental vacation. I haven't read something that long that fast since I was young and devouring fantasy novels.

    The action sequences are just as exciting and interesting as the philosophical discussions.

    If it only were not so long to keep others from reading, but nothing in it could be spared.