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Old January 11 2013, 04:24 AM   #256
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Currently reading 2001: a space odyssey. About halfway there. Been on my list for ages.
That's very good. It and the sequel 2010: Odyssey Two are well worth reading (although 2010: Odyssey Two is a weird hybrid, it incorporates elements from Clarke's novel but where-ever the movie contradicts his book it takes the movie as canon).

I'd skip the subsequent books though as if memory serves they got really depedent on repeating chunks of the earlier novels and 3001 in particulwar was just.. eh.
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Old January 11 2013, 11:11 PM   #257
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I'm about 80% through Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three.
And have just started reading the first few pages of Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton.
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Old January 12 2013, 01:36 AM   #258
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Hydrogen Sonata, Bowl of Heaven and Jablokov's Brain Thief.
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Old January 13 2013, 06:25 AM   #259
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I'm reading a series of pulp novels published in the 60s by John Rackham. The Beasts of Kohl, Time to Live, The Double Invaders, Alien Sea. I've got some more of his novels, all out of print, on order from abe.com, which is a great place to find old out of print stuff. He also wrote some Man From U.N.C.L.E books back in the 60s, and I'm thinking I might order them as well.

He's a good writer, but you have to be able to appreciate the old pulp scifi style from back then.
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Old January 13 2013, 12:53 PM   #260
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Just finished I Am Legend
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Old January 16 2013, 01:36 AM   #261
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The Eye Of The World by Robert Jordan
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Old January 16 2013, 02:47 AM   #262
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I'm about 80% through Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three.
I love Greg Bear, but wasn't terribly impressed with Hull Zero Three. I'm not sure why, exactly. I haven't read all of his stuff, but Eon is the best of what I have read.

I'm about a quarter way through Jack Vance's The Demon Princes.
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Old January 16 2013, 12:09 PM   #263
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I'm about 80% through Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three.
I love Greg Bear, but wasn't terribly impressed with Hull Zero Three. I'm not sure why, exactly. I haven't read all of his stuff, but Eon is the best of what I have read.
I would have to agree. The first half of Hull Zero Three in particular was kind of tiresome to get through.
But there are definitely some intriguing ideas in it.
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Old January 16 2013, 05:57 PM   #264
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Just finished 11/22/63 by King. Thought he would take a cop out ending, like too many mainstream authors do when writing scifi. You know, where they wrap their stories in a way or with a trope that real scifi authors dropped as trite 40 yrs ago. he didn't. Pleasant surprise.
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Old January 16 2013, 06:45 PM   #265
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I would have to agree. The first half of Hull Zero Three in particular was kind of tiresome to get through.
But there are definitely some intriguing ideas in it.
City at the Edge of Time is another Bear book I had trouble getting into.

I'd recommend Blood Music, Eon, and perhaps Darwin's Radio (but not the sequel).

The book I finished recently was Deus Ex: Icarus Effect. It was very average, unfortunately. I'd recommend it only if you are a huge fan of the game.
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Old January 16 2013, 07:11 PM   #266
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I'm currently reading World War Z and decided to try to plow through the Harry Potter Books. But quite frankly the first couple of HP books are slow going.
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Old January 17 2013, 07:49 PM   #267
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Uh, haven't continued reading 2001 yet, but yesterday I finished The Quiet: A Novella by Robert S. Wilson, and today The Final Winter: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Iain Rob Wright. Both not bad, but pretty short books.

Started Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass today and The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that changed America by Erik Larson yesterday.
Also quickly dipped into Return of the King today, the only book in the LotR trilogy I haven't read yet. But that was just a few pages.

I love having an e-reader, makes it so easy to switch books when you're in the mood for something else. Used to have a pile of books laying around, now it's just one little gadget.
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Old January 17 2013, 09:56 PM   #268
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Finished the ST:Vanguard novella anthology Declassified, starting What Judgements Come. I liked the stories in the collection, and there was a very amusing reference to the semi-mythical Enterprise bowling alley. The death of one of the characters was pretty well telegraphed, but that's about my only quibble.

I wonder who might be good to play Diego Reyes in a movie/tv version of this...
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Old January 19 2013, 04:27 AM   #269
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Devil... is a good book, but not what I expected. Am looking at the new online Scalzi novel, thinking about buying it.
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Old January 19 2013, 05:34 AM   #270
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Adding Jasper Fforde's new Thursday Next, The Woman Who Died a Lot; Jablokov's Carve the Sky; Donald Kingsbury's Courtship Rite and Psychohistorical Crisis.

And a literary superhero novel (with comic strips) whose title I can't quite remember, something about A Sky Once Crowded.

This is going to take a while, especially since I've gotten distracted by Elkins and McKitrick's Age of Federalism, which is a real page turner.
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