So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. JD

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    Wow, that just killed any interest I have in reading Fleming's Bond books. I'll probably read Casino Royale since I already own it, but I definitely won't be reading any more.
     
  2. Sho

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    Boggle.

    (From The Spy Who Loved Me.)

    That said, I haven't read the book, and since it's the voice of a character it may not reflect on the author's views in context. Certainly characters in books often have views the authors don't share.
     
  3. Lonemagpie

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    Decided to see what this Stieg Larsson stuff is like - so started on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I may even see the movies someday...
     
  4. Sho

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    ^ Looking forward to your opinion, because I've been sort of wondering about an author's take on them. I read them and enjoyed them, mystery not being a genre I peruse with any frequence, but even though I did, it wasn't hard to tell they were written by an amateur author - what with the male protagonist being a very obvious author insert, the plot relying on some extreme coincidences, and so on. I have a suspicion that an author might have a harder time forgiving those flaws because they're such no-no-don't-do-that things to the profession.
     
  5. Lonemagpie

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    Well, only a chapter in, but I wouldn't say it reads as "amateur" the way, say Christopher Pasolini's trilogy does - He was a journalist just like his character, but so were a lot of writers, and at least his actual career means he should have an idea of how to write - but I'm very conscious that it's been translated so that may have an effect as I get into it...

    Liking it so far, though.
     
  6. Sho

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    FWIW, I read them in the German translation since I can't read Swedish either, and was told by those who can all three languages and compared the translations that it's better and closer to the original than the English translation. So I can't comment on the latter, but the German translation at least didn't have any obvious uh-this-doesn't-feel-right moments on the lingual level.

    BTW, another thing: I discovered a while after reading the book that Stockholm (Edit: WTF, I wrote Helsinki here originally for whatever reason) actually has fantastic Google Street View coverage (which came as a bit of a surprise, because at the time - two years back, I think - Street View was still just starting out in continental Europe), and it was fun to look up the places used in the text there. This is more true of the latter two books which are increasingly set there, though. In particular there's a chase sequence where characters cross from "lower <streetname>" to "upper <streetname>" that's a bit hard to understand the geography of until you look at the street and discover that its two lanes are in fact separated by an acclivity with stairs set into it at intervals.
     
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  7. Smellincoffee

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    I recently found Watching the Clock, so I'm re-reading it in anticipation of ordering Forgotten History.
     
  8. RonG

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    I'm currently reading a buch of books - Martin's A Clash of Kings, and on the TrekLit side Starfleet Year One, Children of Kings and Intellivore
     
  9. Fer

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    Finished up Vanguard: Storming Heaven. Currently reading Mockingjay. Next up is Ex Machina.
     
  10. BritishSeaPower

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    Finished A Time to Die today. Spreading this story over two books did it no favors. Stretched out, padded with unneeded sequences. But all around, better than other Vornholt novels I read. The denouement was rushed, seemingly to keep it under 300 pages. As we get an offhand comment from Dr. Crusher that all is returned to normal. I'm interested to continue on with the A Time to... books, but right now I'm jumping back into DS9 Relaunch Territory with Worlds of DS9 Book 1. Just started Cardassia: The Lotus Flower and it's quite good 3 or so chapters in.
     
  11. JD

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    If you have Netflix streaming they have the subtitled versions of all three movies streaming. I just looked and they actually have two different versions, the original versions, and extended 3+ hour, 2 part versions. I watched the original versions of the first two and thought they were great, but never got around to watching the last one. I tried to read the first book, and got bored with it after about 150 pages.
     
  12. Snaploud

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    I just finished reading Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer.
     
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  14. BruntFCA

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    Just finished my first trek book Dark Mirror and loved all the stuff with Picard on the other Enterprise but I thought the beginning was a little heavy on the technobabble. I'm now in the middle of Q in law and its good so far, I really liked the running depression gag in the beginning.
     
  15. captcalhoun

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    Just started Summon the Thunder
     
  16. Reanok

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    I'm reading Startrek Invasion book 3 Times Enemy by L.AGraff
     
  17. Cap'n Crunch

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    I finished Mass Effect: Retribution a few days ago. I'm now about half way through Star Trek: That Which Divides.
     
  18. Smellincoffee

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    Nonfiction wise: Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human, by Robert Wrangham; Suburban Nation: the Rise of Sprawl and Decline of the American Dream, by Andres Duany and others.

    Fiction-wise: I just received the trade paperback version of Worlds of DS9: The Dominion and Ferenginar in the mail. I expected the mass media paperback, but hey!
     
  19. John Clark

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    I've just finished Old Habits by Keven Bell. Not bad.

    Next up I've got The Slab by Karen Traviss to be followed by either the Safehold novels by David Weber or possibly Dune.
     
  20. Violet.Phoenix

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    Just finished Mockingjay (final book of the Hunger Games) and was fairly satisfied with it. The ending suited the story though it felt a little slow paced at parts.

    Now I'm reading Star Trek Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game by David Mack. I'm about 50 pages in and so far it's a great read :)