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Old February 25 2012, 03:51 AM   #121
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Re: What SF/F Book Are you Reading? .. Redux

I think Ruled Britannia is his best book that I've read, also partial to How Few Remain.
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Old February 26 2012, 10:08 PM   #122
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I think Ruled Britannia is his best book that I've read, also partial to How Few Remain.
Guns of the South. Hands down.
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Old February 27 2012, 02:36 AM   #123
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^^Actually never read that one, keep meaning to get around to it.
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Old February 27 2012, 05:28 AM   #124
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Guns of the South is competently written, but it's rather marred by its nutty insistence that the South was going to abolish slavery, led by Robert E. Lee, no less. When Lee invaded Pennsylvania he was kidnapping black people into slavery before the battle of Gettysburg!
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Old February 27 2012, 06:00 AM   #125
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It wasn't about slavery, it was about states' rights. Wink, wink.
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Old February 27 2012, 04:18 PM   #126
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I just finished Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees - a wonderful book.
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Old February 27 2012, 07:12 PM   #127
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I'm taking a pause on Brunner's The Whole Man and am going to read his classic Stand On Zanzibar as soon as it comes from Amazon...
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Old February 27 2012, 07:58 PM   #128
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I recieved a Kindle Touch for Christmas and have been taking advantage of all the free ebooks available via Project Gutenberg and taking the opportunity to (re)read many of the classics. I recently reread HG Wells' The Time Machine and am in the process of rereading Mary Shelly's Frankenstein for the first time in 20+ years. I have to say I'm impressed with how well these works hold up after a century (or nearly two in the case of Frankenstein!)
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Old February 27 2012, 08:23 PM   #129
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^ I read each of those for the first time in 2011, and in each case it's been an almost bizarre omission on my part given that I've been a huge fan of both time travel stories and the Hulk, neither of which would essentially exist without Wells and Shelley respectively. Both are wonderful stories and both hold up exceedingly well. Frankenstein in particular remains a fascinating tale artfully told.
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Old February 27 2012, 10:34 PM   #130
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I love Wells [War of the Worlds is my fav] but I've never been a big fan of Time Machine, it's a bit of Wells in overpreachy mode for me. The story is cool, but the tone turned me off early on.
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Old February 28 2012, 09:04 PM   #131
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Recently finished "The Inverted World" by Christopher Priest. I really liked it (the idea of moving a city, the society arising within), except for the last few pages (the reveal of the twist ending the cover promises).

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I quite liked that. Not so much for the story (which was ok), but for the world building. Really made you feel what it would be like to live in an overpopulated world
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Old February 29 2012, 01:25 AM   #132
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Recently finished "The Inverted World" by Christopher Priest. I really liked it (the idea of moving a city, the society arising within), except for the last few pages (the reveal of the twist ending the cover promises).

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I'm taking a pause on Brunner's The Whole Man and am going to read his classic Stand On Zanzibar as soon as it comes from Amazon...
I quite liked that. Not so much for the story (which was ok), but for the world building. Really made you feel what it would be like to live in an overpopulated world
Never read the Priest but your brief description almost reminds me of Blish's Cities in Flight stories.
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Old February 29 2012, 01:47 AM   #133
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According to wiki Brunner predicted 7 billion people by 2010, and we're at 6.99 as of this writing... not bad!
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Old February 29 2012, 01:03 PM   #134
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According to wiki Brunner predicted 7 billion people by 2010, and we're at 6.99 as of this writing... not bad!
What? I already counted 7 billion last year. Guess, we have to do a recount: 1,2,3...
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Old March 3 2012, 06:23 PM   #135
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Stand on Zanizbar has arrived, looks interesting... got a nice if slightly worn Gollancz SF Masterworks edition...
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