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Old Oct 24, 2006, 01:03 PM   #16
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

Completed Fires of Heaven and started The Final Reflection last night and already I am wondering how this amazing little book escaped my notice for so many years.

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Old Oct 24, 2006, 09:06 PM   #17
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Completed Fires of Heaven and started The Final Reflection last night and already I am wondering how this amazing little book escaped my notice for so many years.


For some reason I could never get into TV or movie-based novels. The only exceptions were Star Wars' "Shadows of the Empire" and the Thrawn Trilogy.
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Old Oct 24, 2006, 09:14 PM   #18
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

Alongside Moby D!ck, I'm reading The Butlerian Jihad and I think it's pretty good. They seem to be using updated astronomy knowledge, which is pretty cool.

But I think the writing is decent as well, but so far not really much more than brain candy (though not drivel, I'm enjoying the machines and the cymeks (machines with human brains).

I'm only about 70 pages into the 700-page novel, so I don't know whether I'll end up feeling inspired by it in some way or not. I think I'll probably find a way to like it, but I am curious to see how I'll compare Brian H. & Kevin A. with Frank when I get back to the original trilogy.


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Old Oct 30, 2006, 06:09 PM   #19
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Umm well If Im being honest my current reading material is "Inside SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Programming". However, I'm also trying to find time to read "Pyramids" by Terry Pratchett, part of the Discworld series.
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Old Nov 2, 2006, 09:32 AM   #20
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Umm well If Im being honest my current reading material is "Inside SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Programming". However, I'm also trying to find time to read "Pyramids" by Terry Pratchett, part of the Discworld series.

Nobody ever reads that. I am in class right now learning all about Active Directory 2003 DNS Management. Yesterday was Group Policy Managment, that was kind of fun. Nice to know that Microsoft gives us the ability to become vicious network dictators (like Hitler - oops, I guess this discussion is now over, whatever the hell that rule was...). But, otherwise a snore. I am ready to go home (in Oregon this week).
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Old Nov 2, 2006, 09:35 AM   #21
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BTW - The Final Reflection was pretty good - not classic or timeless by any means, but a solid novel with some great characterization. Also enjoyed the hefty doses of Klingon lore.
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Old Nov 4, 2006, 06:15 PM   #22
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I just started Black Robe by Brian Moore. One reviewer somewhere thought that its depiction of culture-clash rivals that of the culture clashes of different species in most science fiction novels. I don't know about that yet, but I love the movie. It is known (and also disregarded, I think) because it did not attempt to be politically correct in the way Dances With Wolves was (though I do like that movie).

Black Robe (Novel)

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I'm also finished The Butlerian Jihad and will get around to starting The Machine Crusade soon. I'm not sure what to say about these books. The writing is actually pretty good, but I have trouble wanting to finish them because I know there are better books to read and, given how brief life is, I should be picky about what I read. I would be able to enjoy these books more if I had all of the history and other important readings behind me, but being as unwell-read I am with regard to subjects that I OUGHT to be familiar with, I felt while reading The Butlerian Jihad that I should be reading something else. TBJ is fine for leisure, but I don't feel that I've earned the right to be leisurely with my reading. (I started reading them mainly because my boss at work has read them, so I decided to read them just to be able to talk about something.) Actually, they're not bad, and even pretty good, but I just feel as though I should read something else (Blood Meridian looks REALLY good).

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Old Nov 12, 2006, 09:02 AM   #23
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I've just started Plato's Republic. I may very swiftly move back to Sharpe

make sure you read the chapter on The Cave; it's very interesting.
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Old Nov 12, 2006, 09:21 PM   #24
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Reading Enemy of God.

Thanks again, Splend.
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Old Nov 13, 2006, 03:20 AM   #25
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I've read The Cave before, seperately, it's very interesting. Candles and shadows and whatnot. Anyway, I've not been reading that for ages, I've been too busy trying to finish Sharpe's Waterloo

I think Enemy of God is my favourite in that trilogy, Iwata. There's a bit with a chicken bone that had me shouting at the book

Incidentally, regarding Enemy of God ... HAH! MADE YOU LOOK!
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Old Nov 13, 2006, 03:51 PM   #26
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I think Enemy of God is my favourite in that trilogy, Iwata. There's a bit with a chicken bone that had me shouting at the book

I was grinning on that bit. I really despise Lancelot, and I was almost begging the Gods not to let her marry him.

And no you didn't.
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Old Nov 13, 2006, 04:11 PM   #27
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AHA! I knew you couldn't resist saying it! Which means that you saw it! Which means I DID! I WIN! I WIN!

And yes, Lancelot is a villain in the true boo-hiss sense. It's not so much that you want him dead, it's more that you want the main character to cut out his organs and roast them over a fire.
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Old Dec 10, 2006, 09:18 AM   #28
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I just started reading Asada, the autobiography of the American freedomfighter Asada Shakur. Very powerful. The first chapter made me want to smash something. Preferebly a pig.
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Old Dec 10, 2006, 09:38 PM   #29
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

I'm reading The Thing by Alan Dean Foster, based on a slightly different script by Bill Lancaster, only picked it up a day ago or so, pretty much follows the movie but with more insight into the lives and daily routine of the men etc, theres a few chapters in the book that never made it into the movie due to time, money constrains and technical limitations.

So far a really good read.
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 03:56 AM   #30
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Alan Dean Foster novelised the Thing as well? Is there no good script this man can't improve?! (By which I mean - yay, I must find this book)
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