Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
^Honestly, I thought it sucked.
Star Trek Voyager Children of the Storm
I'm currently about a quarter of the way through Terra Fae by Sabrina Zbasnik. Very clever and even better than her first book.
It's one of my favorites, both the original trilogy and the sequels that he wrote in the 80s. If you have to choose between the most classic of SF and the idiocy of real-life politics, I'd go with Asimov.
Some Douglas Reeman, since I just got back from Whitby last night...
The politics is one of the good things in the Empire/Foundation-stories imho, but I never really liked how Asimov writes women (of all ages) -his men were okay, I suppose, his boys too, but somehow he seems utterly unable to write women.
I just ordered the fifth novel
I have a book which collects all of Asimov's short stories and that's awesome.
I finished my Elvis biography the other day so I've moved on to another volume of Philip K. Dick short stories - Second Variety.
Well yeah. But, unfortunately, the real-life idiocy is hard to avoid.
So far there aren't any women. It'll be interesting to see what I think of them when they do come along.
^Asimov doesn't write any characters well in my opinion, which is one of the major reasons I disliked Foundation so much. Many of the ideas were fantastic, but there wasn't much to connect to on a human level. Also, I think the fact that he wrote that trilogy by throwing together a bunch of different short stories is irritatingly apparent.
Anyway, I want to thank the two lovely posters so far who have offered to mail their od copies of The Hunger Games to my teacher friend's school! Just a reminder, it's an impoverished school, so if you want to do a good deed and mail them your old copy (or buy them a new copy), pm me!
^Wish I could help, but I'm mostly going to the library these days.
I think you're right about Asimov's not writing any characters well. I gave up on Foundation.
^Also agree on Asimov characters vs ideas, esp Foundation trilogy. Maybe why film adaptation been so tricky so far. But I do like some of the Robot characters: Dr Susan Calvin, Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw.
Currently reading The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa. Weird, but beautifully and economically written.
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic
Just began a book on the history of the United States Capitol Building in Washington and its development and evolution over the last two centuries. Books on the Capitol are a very fascinating read if you have any interest in architecture and American political history.
Just finished Lauren Groff's Arcadia -- beautifully written, but a bit depressing for my taste.
Right now I'm reading Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang. Fun!
11-22-63 by Stephen King
Good choice, but after that, you should read her Confederation series:
Spoiler: The Better Part of Valor
I'm a character in the second book. (I've known Tanya for close to 30 years.)
In re a convo in TNZ, I've started rereading The Dragonriders of Pern trilogy, which I originally read when I was 12 or 13, and recalled really enjoying.
Doctor Who-Touched by an Angel
Buffalo Bill's Dead Now, by Margaret Coel. I've listed too many books in the last few days -- I need to get a life!
Half Broke Horses - Jeanette Walls
The only problem is it's short, so I'll be done way too soon. I want to savor it. On the other hand, I've only read 34 books so far this year.
The Great Shark Hunt. Hunter S. Thompson.
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