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Duke MegaDork
11/1/19 10:14 a.m.
Brett_Murphy said:
Karacticus said:

Just started the new Neal Stephenson novel, "Fall"

I'm a few hundred pages in, liking it so far. 

I finished Fall a couple weeks ago... to a resounding 'mmmmmmm, okayyyy.'  Like most Stephenson books it wound up somewhere completely different than where I assumed it would, but with this one I found the payoff to be definitely lacking.  So many interesting questions half-set-up and then left completely unexplored.  And the whole concept and handling of the interaction (and lack thereof) between the two worlds was just thin.  His writing is enjoyable but I was left unsatisfied with this one.  I find this review pretty accurate.

So far, I liked Cryptonomicon best, and enjoyed Anathem as well as ReamdeSnow Crash was pretty fun but owed too big a debt to William Gibson's Neuromancer, while missing the gritty dark side exploration that makes Gibson so good.   I still want to read Seveneves, but I am a bit hesitant after digging all the way through Fall searching for pay dirt and not finding much.

As an antidote, I'm currently reading a couple of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.  It doesn't matter which ones - they're all very good.


Ranger50 UltimaDork
11/5/19 1:55 p.m.

Katya4me New Reader
11/5/19 7:27 p.m.

Currently reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet after reading To Be Taught, If Fortunate, which I really enjoyed. 

Suprf1y UltimaDork
11/6/19 12:40 p.m.

Re-reading this.

If you ever wondered about repressed memories, what a big (negative) role our notoriously poor memories play in the judicial system, or just how memory works, or doesn't,  you should read this book



I think I'll put this on my Christmas list. I was a big fan when I was a kid.

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
11/6/19 12:53 p.m.

In reply to Ranger50 :

How is that?

Ranger50 UltimaDork
11/6/19 1:04 p.m.

In reply to Marjorie Suddard :

I'm 200 pages in out of 635... I just hope it isn't like The Stand where after 4 days on TV, I recognized stuff I read back in the first 200 pages. But so far it's pretty good with some unexpected twists.

ShawnG PowerDork
11/6/19 1:38 p.m.

Duke MegaDork
11/6/19 2:10 p.m.
Ranger50 said:

In reply to Marjorie Suddard :

I'm 200 pages in out of 635... I just hope it isn't like The Stand where after 4 days on TV, I recognized stuff I read back in the first 200 pages. But so far it's pretty good with some unexpected twists.

Doctor Sleep was enjoyable; it was just kind of... unnecessary?


Brett_Murphy UltimaDork
11/23/19 11:40 p.m.

There is a trope about how Earth is a deadly wasteland and humans are among the most dangerous creatures in the galaxy.

I started reading some stories on https://www.reddit.com/r/HFY/ and they play into this trope and are, overall, amusing. I don't think that they are up to modern sci-fi standards, but they most certainly pass the pulp sci-fi test.


JesseWolfe Reader
11/24/19 12:28 a.m.

I go all in on David Weber books, he's definitely my favorite author for a good sci-fi read, he's only let me down with one bad book.


This one is an interesting twist on time travel and parallel universes. 


Duke MegaDork
11/25/19 7:39 a.m.

In reply to JesseWolfe :

Does he only write in series?  I'm really tired of all the new genre authors writing in nothing but series.  Yes, it gives an author time to stretch out and do some universe building... but it's also lazy in some ways, because you don't have to keep inventing new characters and plot devices, and you can let the fans guide you by natural selection.  Plus, you're more likely to be generating product so you can move a book every quarter / 6 months / year than you are to be writing something because you have a burning idea in your head that you want to explore.  In fact, servicing the series fans may be preventing you from having any burning ideas.

And it's a PITA for new readers to pick up your stuff, if they have to start at Book One of the Whatever series, but all that's at hand are Books Three and Seven.

I recognize that series can be interesting and are the best way to make money.  But if you only write in series, I'm probably just not going to read your stuff.


Duke MegaDork
11/25/19 9:15 a.m.

Currently rereading William Gibson's Neuromancer, which I've read at least once.  But I want to read the rest of the Sprawl trilogy, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive, so I figured I better brush up on th original.  It's not long.


JesseWolfe Reader
11/25/19 10:44 a.m.

In reply to Duke :

Many of Weber's older books are singles, though this newer collaboration is his first book in many years that isn't in his Harrington series ( 20+ books ) or Safehold series ( 10 books).  So to answer your question, kinda, just not any of his newer books.

Ocurboti New Spammer
12/19/19 6:42 a.m.

I read the [canoeing essay book, so I could learn how to come back and edited in spam here]

chandler PowerDork
12/19/19 11:39 a.m.

Armada, Ernest Cline. Clever and a smooth read. Same guy as Ready Player One

EvanB MegaDork
12/19/19 11:50 a.m.

Currently on The Hero of Ages, the third Mistborn book from Brandon Sanderson. It is a great series. 

Before that it was the Reckoners series from him and then Skyward. The sequel to Skyward is out now so I will move on to that next. 

mancotle New Essay Spammer
1/27/20 5:31 a.m.

I really like Stephen King, I read a lot of his books. I also like historical books, for example, [going back and editing canoe links into posts].   I even wrote my own essay, and I took all the necessary information [from this canoe site], this is a great place where there is a lot of information on different topics.

Mr_Asa Reader
1/27/20 6:00 a.m.

In reply to Duke :

Seveneves was decent, but it feels like 1.5 books of a trilogy.

I went back to some Charles deLint to cleanse my palate after Fall

NicoleSuddard None
1/27/20 4:25 p.m.

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore - A fascinating nonfiction with the pacing of a novel. Hard to put down.

Just finished The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death by Caitlin Doughty - Both very charming and geeky in very different ways.

Next up on the book stack is Black Cloud by Eliot Kleinberg.

JoeyM Mod Squad
1/30/20 9:25 a.m.

A Star Trek novel named Deep Domain.  Sci-fi plus marine biology. I'm in my happy place.

SkinnyG UltraDork
1/30/20 9:36 a.m.

Very definitely NOT escape reading for me.  It's dredging up all kinds of memories through my life, ripping the scabs off, and pouring salt on them.  It's making some strange interactions with a parent, and with a former spouse, make a whole lot more sense. Some say this will bring healing, but so far I want to throw the book across the room.


Duke MegaDork
1/30/20 12:55 p.m.

In reply to SkinnyG :

It sounds tough.  Important things usually are.  I hope you find the strength to keep going and I hope it provides some improvement for you.


Mr_Asa Reader
1/30/20 12:58 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy :

I've written one or two for there.  They were generally well received.  I stopped because reddit changed their terms and it wasnt clear what was meant by ownership of IP

BenB Reader
1/30/20 3:47 p.m.

Just finished binge reading the Terry Pratchett Discworld books about the Night Watch again. They were my favorites of all the Discworld series.

GhiaMonster Reader
1/30/20 4:03 p.m.

After being put off by being a giant series I started in on The Expanse books. A friend said I should try the first one and give it a shot. Wanted to read at least 2 before checking out the show.  First book got polished off in about 5 days. Certainly not in depth reading, easy to get through some pages.

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