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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Nu-D » 08 Sep 2019, 02:58

I just read Double Star by Heinlein. It was a Hugo winner. Surprisingly, I had never read it before. My obsessive Heinlein phase, back in middle school, was mostly his more satirical later books. I never read a lot of his more “serious” work from his early years.
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Post by Cable » 08 Sep 2019, 03:36

Does anyone know if Ursula Le Guin's Orsinia stuff is worth reading?
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Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 02 Oct 2019, 00:55

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway is exquisite cogpunk!

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Spectral Knight » 02 Oct 2019, 15:40

Just started the Long Earth series by Pratchett and Baxter. Fifteen quid for all five books in the series was a steal I thought.

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Majestic » 22 Oct 2019, 17:09

Had a couple flights this past week, which gave me time to start and finish This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. It's a romance told almost entirely through the letters of two opposed time-travelling agents from two mutually exclusive and—to us—largely alien futures. The sort of prose this deals in would normally be a little purple for me, but in the context of this story it serves to highlight the differences in perspectives not just between the protagonists, but between the societies that spawned them and our own as readers. There's more to unpack there than mere floridity—not that there's anything wrong with floridity if that's your jam—and said floridity enhances the sort of sci-fi worldbuilding that often feels like lifeless stalling in other, lesser stories.
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by das_boot » 25 Oct 2019, 15:12

Just starting “The Burning White” which is the final pet of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.

It’s a really interesting take on magic (people produce a substance called Luxin based on various colours and light they can manipulate, how it shapes their personalities etc) and then politics and raising old gods and just READ THIS. The first one is slow to start, but it’s a great series
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by tokenBG1009 » 26 Oct 2019, 06:32

das_boot wrote:
25 Oct 2019, 15:12
Just starting “The Burning White” which is the final pet of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.

It’s a really interesting take on magic (people produce a substance called Luxin based on various colours and light they can manipulate, how it shapes their personalities etc) and then politics and raising old gods and just READ THIS. The first one is slow to start, but it’s a great series
I'm about 2.5 books behind at this point so I get the joy of blazing through the last half of the series.

I enjoyed the Night Angel trilogy more, but the Black Prism series is so damn good.
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by MartijnB » 28 Oct 2019, 13:57

Majestic wrote:
22 Oct 2019, 17:09
Had a couple flights this past week, which gave me time to start and finish This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. It's a romance told almost entirely through the letters of two opposed time-travelling agents from two mutually exclusive and—to us—largely alien futures. The sort of prose this deals in would normally be a little purple for me, but in the context of this story it serves to highlight the differences in perspectives not just between the protagonists, but between the societies that spawned them and our own as readers. There's more to unpack there than mere floridity—not that there's anything wrong with floridity if that's your jam—and said floridity enhances the sort of sci-fi worldbuilding that often feels like lifeless stalling in other, lesser stories.
... ok this sounds great, thanks for bringing it to my attention, I am so gonna look for it

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Magnus » 13 Dec 2019, 18:22

tokenBG1009 wrote:
26 Oct 2019, 06:32
I enjoyed the Night Angel trilogy more, but the Black Prism series is so damn good.
Interesting, I liked Night Angel but it was also very rough in some places (expected for someone's first main work). Black Prism definitely feels more refined.

That said, I found the fourth book to be a bit of a disappointment. But I believe he originally wanted to do 4 books, and realized he should split the last one into two, so hopefully the last one ties it all up nicely. Looking forward to getting into that one after Xmas.

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Gibbering Fool » 02 Jan 2020, 06:10

I'm currently reading Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I really enjoyed the first book in the series Skyward, and hadn't realised the latest book was out. I've only just started it but I'm loving the mystery they're building with creatures that live in hyperspace and why the aliens are determined to wipe out humanity

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Spectral Knight » 02 Jan 2020, 09:16

About 100 odd pages into John Dies at the End by David Wong, and thoroughly enjoying the blend of dark humour, horror and general cynicism. Enjoyed Wong's Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, and it's much the same in terms of hitting the spot of very funny one-liners.

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by tokenBG1009 » 02 Jan 2020, 14:14

Magnus wrote:
13 Dec 2019, 18:22
tokenBG1009 wrote:
26 Oct 2019, 06:32
I enjoyed the Night Angel trilogy more, but the Black Prism series is so damn good.
Interesting, I liked Night Angel but it was also very rough in some places (expected for someone's first main work). Black Prism definitely feels more refined.

That said, I found the fourth book to be a bit of a disappointment. But I believe he originally wanted to do 4 books, and realized he should split the last one into two, so hopefully the last one ties it all up nicely. Looking forward to getting into that one after Xmas.
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