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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5535 on: 22 December, 2015, 12:08:46 AM »
I've restarted The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, with a view to reading them all in order and finishing with the recent ones.

By God it's slow, and his behaviour is appalling, and his whining really off-putting.

70s fiction at its best.
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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5536 on: 22 December, 2015, 12:17:41 AM »


The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin (1974).  Imagine a world where The Legendary Shark is reviled ...

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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5537 on: 22 December, 2015, 05:25:12 AM »
I've restarted The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, with a view to reading them all in order and finishing with the recent ones.
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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5538 on: 22 December, 2015, 08:55:15 AM »
I'm re-reading The Stainless Steel Rat for the first time in about 25 years - it's still good fun!
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As for suggestions for classic sci-fi, how about Joe Haldeman's The Forever War? That's a book I enjoyed immensely - the sequels are okay but not a patch on the original.
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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5539 on: 22 December, 2015, 09:50:05 AM »
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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin (1974).  Imagine a world where The Legendary Shark is reviled as a totalitarian materialist.  The truly brilliant story of an exceptional man discovering that anarchy is not necessarily the same as freedom.   

Perfect description.


I have a huge fondness for Heinlein's The Puppet Masters and The Door into Summer, as well as his more 'boy's own adventure' books, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel and Red Planet.


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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5540 on: 22 December, 2015, 10:03:01 AM »
I've downloaded The Dispossessed and will read that next. Also, The Wizard of Earthsea is a cracker - we did that at school and I've re-read it two or three times since.
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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5541 on: 22 December, 2015, 12:00:14 PM »
Are there any good Star Wars books worth a read? If so, which ones would you recommend?
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« Reply #5542 on: 22 December, 2015, 12:51:18 PM »
An odd aquisition, FB Manchester where selling off Nexus omnibi for dirt cheap prices. Sadly by the time I got their only volumes 1, 4 and 6 remained, so I nabbed the first one to give it a try.

It's bloody good fun, but VERY Flash Gordon. I can practically hear the queen soundtrack when I read it.

Bollox! Having just bought the original b/w Nexus GM from Bolt-01 it made we want to seek out the omnibus editions. I'll pop in and see if there's any left before I hit ebay/amazon

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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5543 on: 22 December, 2015, 01:03:15 PM »
An odd aquisition, FB Manchester where selling off Nexus omnibi for dirt cheap prices. Sadly by the time I got their only volumes 1, 4 and 6 remained, so I nabbed the first one to give it a try.

It's bloody good fun, but VERY Flash Gordon. I can practically hear the queen soundtrack when I read it.

Bollox! Having just bought the original b/w Nexus GM from Bolt-01 it made we want to seek out the omnibus editions. I'll pop in and see if there's any left before I hit ebay/amazon

Buy um, buy um all Nexus is GREAT!

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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5544 on: 22 December, 2015, 01:10:09 PM »
If I wasn't so analy retentive about reading and buying in order I would have nabbed vol's 4 and 6 as well!

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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5545 on: 24 December, 2015, 09:22:23 PM »
Evan Wright's Generation Kill. Fascinating read. I figure it can't have been an easy book to write. I felt quite bad for most people involved, and for the others worse.

Remembered alot of scenes from the tv series, especially the one where a girl is shot after her father didn't stop the car he was driving.

Brutal stuff. I really recommend it.

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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5546 on: 24 December, 2015, 09:37:48 PM »
Are there any good Star Wars books worth a read? If so, which ones would you recommend?

Thrawn Trillogy, Shadows of the Empire, Dark Empire (comic), Star Wars Legacy (comic), The Star Wars (comic)

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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5547 on: 24 December, 2015, 09:46:30 PM »
The comics Knights of the Old Republic and Empire (which largely follows Luke's old Tosche Station friends) are excellent too.  It's harder to recommend books since so many of them are mired in vast unending series, but I've always liked The Courtship of Princess Leia (Barbara Hambly) and I, Jedi (Michael Stackpole).  If you have a lot of time on your hands and enjoy vast multi-author potboilers, I think the New Jedi Order series (20 or more books, I forget) had more than a few great moments.

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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5548 on: 24 December, 2015, 10:12:04 PM »
Thanks for the tips, chaps - I'll give them a go.
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Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Reply #5549 on: 27 December, 2015, 02:35:10 PM »
Unfaithful music and disappearing ink, by Elvis Costello.  :thumbsup: