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Old August 21 2013, 11:35 AM   #706
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"Duke: We're Glad We Knew You. John Wayne's Friends and Colleagues Remember His Remarkable Life" - by Herb Fagen.
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Old August 21 2013, 10:25 PM   #707
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Just got done reading "For What It's Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker", by Les Gold, of Hardcore Pawn.
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Old August 22 2013, 01:16 AM   #708
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Just started book 2 of the Obsidion Trilogy...To Light a Candle
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Old August 22 2013, 07:23 AM   #709
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I finished Manifold: Origin this morning on my commute to work. I found the first three-quarters or so rather dull, but the last quarter really picked up. I was a little taken aback, though, when I came across a passage that seemed very familiar - I could be wrong, but I think it was either paraphrased or outright plagiarized from 2001.

Now that I've finished the trilogy, I need to figure out what to read next. I have some 30 or 40 unread books on my shelf. What to choose, what to choose...

(I considered posting the list here and getting you folks to choose for me, but I have to get to bed soon, and it's too late to wait for poll results. )
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Old August 22 2013, 10:03 AM   #710
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Interesting. What was the part you think was taken from 2001?
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Old August 23 2013, 07:00 AM   #711
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Nemoto has a line of dialogue (page 498 in my edition):

Because they were lonely. The Old Ones were the first sentient species in their universe. They survived the crises of immaturity. And they went on, to walk on the planets, to touch the stars. But everywhere they went - though perhaps they found life - they found no sign of mind, save for themselves.
I think there was another, similar, reference to "mind" as well, which also sounded very similar to a passage in 2001.

In addition, the fact that the Red Moon was for all intents an purposes an incomprehensible artifact that took people between universes in the Manifold struck me as just another kind of Monolith.

Now I'm wondering whether the Manifold series was written before or after Baxter's collaboration with Clarke.
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Old August 23 2013, 09:39 AM   #712
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Yeah, I know what you mean-- I think it was "they found nothing more precious than mind."

I'm not sure what the Red Moon is like, but in the novel 2001, the Monolith took Bowman to a planetoid riddled with tunnels that was like a cosmic switching station.
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Old August 23 2013, 01:38 PM   #713
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"These Are The Voyages: Season One" by Marc Cushman with Susan Osborn.
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Old August 23 2013, 06:34 PM   #714
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High Treason by Robert Groden and Harrison Edward Livingstone (1989).
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Old August 24 2013, 01:24 AM   #715
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Reading the VOY novels now from start to finish.

Finished "Voyager: Homecoming" last week, now reading "Voyager: The Farther Shore".

I have criticism of both books, but am enjoying them nonetheless.
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Old August 24 2013, 01:48 AM   #716
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I've finally begun the final book of the Obsidion Trilogy...When Darkness Falls. This is a very good fantasy story...of course, I'd expect nothing less from Mercedes Lackey...
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Old August 24 2013, 06:31 AM   #717
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Yeah, I know what you mean-- I think it was "they found nothing more precious than mind."
That sounds like it. I think Baxter used that exact same turn of phrase.

I'm not sure what the Red Moon is like, but in the novel 2001, the Monolith took Bowman to a planetoid riddled with tunnels that was like a cosmic switching station.
The Red Moon bounces from one alternate timeline/universe to another every few weeks or months (I don't recall a specific timeline being mentioned, but the characters experience a couple of universe, or "manifold" switches), in each of which the Earth-Moon system developed differently and the evolutionary timeline has been slightly different. People from different forms of humanity (including australopithecus, Neanderthal, modern homo sapiens) are transported from Earth to the Red Moon, and the main characters encounter groups of each. There are also sections written from the points of view of members of each group.

Anyway... after posting the other night that I'd finished Manifold: Origin and was having trouble deciding what to read next, I managed to forget to put a new book in my backpack at all. But I picked one last night - I decided to read a Trek novel for the first time in a while, one called From History's Shadow by some guy named Ward. I have to say, the opening certainly grabbed me.
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Old August 24 2013, 09:45 AM   #718
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just finished gaiman's the ocean at the end of the lane.
currently reading two books for two different book groups.
s. j. Watson's before I go to sleep.
alastair Reynolds pushing ice.
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Old August 24 2013, 09:52 AM   #719
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The Red Moon bounces from one alternate timeline/universe to another every few weeks or months (I don't recall a specific timeline being mentioned, but the characters experience a couple of universe, or "manifold" switches), in each of which the Earth-Moon system developed differently and the evolutionary timeline has been slightly different. People from different forms of humanity (including australopithecus, Neanderthal, modern homo sapiens) are transported from Earth to the Red Moon, and the main characters encounter groups of each. There are also sections written from the points of view of members of each group.
That sounds pretty cool.
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Old August 24 2013, 02:26 PM   #720
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^And it's a spoiler
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I am now reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.
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Dead Men DO Tell Tales...it's the MOST interesting non-fiction book I've ever read; by ...oh...a Forensic Scientist, the one who examined the remains of Tzar Alexander and his family. I didn't know non-fiction could be so spellbinding.
Both sound very interesting! - I'll have to look those up. Thanks!

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I finished Manifold: Origin this morning on my commute to work. I found the first three-quarters or so rather dull, but the last quarter really picked up.
I'm (currently) only 42% into it an finding it a rather dull read compared to the first two, glad to hear the best is still waiting for me

I was a little taken aback, though, when I came across a passage that seemed very familiar - I could be wrong, but I think it was either paraphrased or outright plagiarized from 2001.
Maybe that's why I've had this terrible feeling of déjà vu while reading the Manifold's.

Now that I've finished the trilogy, I need to figure out what to read next. I have some 30 or 40 unread books on my shelf. What to choose, what to choose...
Phase Space? - That's what I'm contemplating reading next
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