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  • zlogdan
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    Although I read two books this year ( Shadow of the torturer-reread, Beyond Lies The Wub vol1 of P.K Dick best short stories ) and reread Sandman "Season of Mists" I am in a middle of a reader's block. I have tried to read many books but it has not worked until now. I will continue to reread Book Of The New Sun, The Claw Of The Conciliator because these 4 books are my current favorite books so it is easier to help me to read again. Yesterday I started reading comics again, Sweet Tooth omnibus vol2 and I was reading it with full pleasure.

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  • Una Persson
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    Iain M Bank's State of the Art - and wondering how much of an homage to Michael Moorcock it is? (it certainly seems to be)

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  • Kevin McCabe
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    Originally posted by danskmacabre View Post

    Yeah it's a great read. Shame I've been waiting years for the next book.. I'll have to reread the books if the new one comes out to refresh my memory.
    I’m in a similar position with Gibson’s new book. Re-reading his last one again. Oh, well, Tool fans had it worse 😃

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  • danskmacabre
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    Originally posted by Kevin McCabe View Post
    Just finished The Name of the Wind by PatrickRothfuss. Best fantasy I’ve read in years. Nothing sophisticated, no genre bending. Just good fun in a well-crafted world
    Yeah it's a great read. Shame I've been waiting years for the next book.. I'll have to reread the books if the new one comes out to refresh my memory.

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  • Kevin McCabe
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    Just finished The Name of the Wind by PatrickRothfuss. Best fantasy I’ve read in years. Nothing sophisticated, no genre bending. Just good fun in a well-crafted world

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  • Jack Of Shadows
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    Originally posted by porcus_volans View Post

    I’m not a fan of the audio versions of Pratchett’s books. Part of the fun of reading fantasy is using my own imagination to translate the voices in my head. It’s the same with putting fantasy on screen. It’s rarely better than what I imagined when I read the books.

    Certainly, Sky’s previous attempts to put Hogfather and Going Postal on TV were disappointing.

    And some of the audio versions are abridged so beware of that too.

    Ive picked up a PG Wodehouse.

    The audio version I have of Guards! Guards! is abridged and probably quite a bit being only on 2 cassettes. I'll still give it a listen, but it won't be a replacement for reading the book.

    I haven't read too many from PG Wodehouse, but the ones I have I really enjoyed and loved the humor. I thought the TV series Jeeves And Wooster did justice to Wodehouse and Stephen Fry And Hugh Laurie were excellent choices for the roles.

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  • porcus_volans
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    Originally posted by Jack Of Shadows View Post

    I didn't know about that new Pratchett BBC series, hmmmm might be a fun show to check out despite the reviews. I read Snuff from his Discworld series last year and enjoyed it despite having not read any of the other earlier books in that series yet. I would be curious to see how Sam Vimes and some of his other characters in that series translate to the screen. I have Guards! Guards! on cassette audiobook that I've never taken the time to listen to. I should dig it out and pop it on the old cassette deck, hopefully it still works, I haven't used it that part of the stereo in at least 20 years! The story is read by Tony Robinson of Blackadder fame so it should be a treat to listen to.
    I’m not a fan of the audio versions of Pratchett’s books. Part of the fun of reading fantasy is using my own imagination to translate the voices in my head. It’s the same with putting fantasy on screen. It’s rarely better than what I imagined when I read the books.

    Certainly, Sky’s previous attempts to put Hogfather and Going Postal on TV were disappointing.

    And some of the audio versions are abridged so beware of that too.

    Ive picked up a PG Wodehouse.


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  • zlogdan
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    Originally posted by fammann View Post
    I just read Blood: A Southern Fantasy and am now reading Fabulous Harbours. They both finally came out as ebooks. The Second Ether trilogy is one of my absolute favorite series. I’m looking forward to War Amongst the Angels which comes out next week.
    I have acquired Blood ebook last friday. I will try to read it too.

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  • fammann
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    I just read Blood: A Southern Fantasy and am now reading Fabulous Harbours. They both finally came out as ebooks. The Second Ether trilogy is one of my absolute favorite series. I’m looking forward to War Amongst the Angels which comes out next week.

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  • In_Loos_Ptokai
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    Dance with Dragons, by GRR Martin. I'd read parts of the first of the third way back in 2006, I think, and had left it alone since then. Also Why Bob Dylan Matters, which is an indepth look at said singer-songwriter.

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  • Jack Of Shadows
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    Originally posted by porcus_volans View Post
    I’ve discovered or re-discovered some interesting stuff since we went into stasis; I can highly recommend Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey and Early Riser - clever and funny fantasy; also the Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London series - police procedural with a copper wizard - not as Harry Potter as it sounds; on a very different note are the Shardlake series by CJ Sansom - historical mysteries set in Tudor England.

    I’ve recently devoured the wonderful Philip Marlowe books by Raymond Chandler and after a prompt from some unflattering reviews of a soon to be released BBC version of Pratchett’s Nights Watch series, I’ve just finished Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms.

    I need to dig out something new from the bookshelves.
    I didn't know about that new Pratchett BBC series, hmmmm might be a fun show to check out despite the reviews. I read Snuff from his Discworld series last year and enjoyed it despite having not read any of the other earlier books in that series yet. I would be curious to see how Sam Vimes and some of his other characters in that series translate to the screen. I have Guards! Guards! on cassette audiobook that I've never taken the time to listen to. I should dig it out and pop it on the old cassette deck, hopefully it still works, I haven't used it that part of the stereo in at least 20 years! The story is read by Tony Robinson of Blackadder fame so it should be a treat to listen to.
    Last edited by Jack Of Shadows; 02-09-2020, 02:38 PM.

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  • porcus_volans
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    I’ve discovered or re-discovered some interesting stuff since we went into stasis; I can highly recommend Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey and Early Riser - clever and funny fantasy; also the Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London series - police procedural with a copper wizard - not as Harry Potter as it sounds; on a very different note are the Shardlake series by CJ Sansom - historical mysteries set in Tudor England.

    I’ve recently devoured the wonderful Philip Marlowe books by Raymond Chandler and after a prompt from some unflattering reviews of a soon to be released BBC version of Pratchett’s Nights Watch series, I’ve just finished Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms.

    I need to dig out something new from the bookshelves.

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  • EverKing
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    Oops, I had originally posted this in the wrong forum.

    Just started Tad Williams's "The Dirty Streets of Heaven" the other night. It is a different speed compared to Williams's other work, told in an almost Gaiman-esque conversational first-person lilt. Not far into it, as yet, but so far it is entertaining. Once I'm done with that series (standard trilogy arrangement) I might finally go and finish Wheel of Time, which I had abandoned around book 7 or 8, if memory serves. It has been so long since I read any of it so it will likely require a re-read from page 1.

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  • white wolf's son
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    I had a couple of years there very ill and couldn`t go anywhere , ( fine now !!! ) but during that time I re read all the Julian May Galactic Milieu books , all the Earthsea chronicles, The Eternal Champion/ Phoenix in Obsidian , the entire Elric and Corum series , Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelles Footfall , Lucifer's Hammer and the Mote in God's Eye, Mike`s Nomad of the Time Streams and many more . Currently I am reading on the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 .

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  • postodave
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    Originally posted by zlogdan View Post

    Roog is pretty cool. Not really sci fi in my opinion. I have tried to read Valis, but after around 50 pages I was not enjoying it as much as I usually enjoy Dick's books.
    I read Divine Invasion and liked it a lot despite it contains elements of the things I dislike on the later prose of Dick's, when he got so infantuated by his religious experiences, but at least he keeps them in the sci fi context.

    I have seen the 5th episode of Electric Dreams but I was not very thrilled as to continue. I actually only realized now that I had seen the 5th episode not the first one so I will take a look at the other ones.

    I rather enjoy The Man In The High Castle series, which I also get from Amazon prime.
    It seems quite odd that Roog was published in a Sci Fi mag and launched Dick on his career.in the genre. I did enjoy Valis a lot but I can see why some people would not because it is very much tied up with that religious experience he had and consequently very obsessive, but I like the way he mixes that with a stream of self-deprecating jokes. My favouite line in it is 'He hadn't iced Syrrian assassins by seeing the universe a sentient entelechy with psyche and soma, a macrocosmic mirror to man the microcosm'. But as Ursula LeGuin once said you have to read the whole of Dick book up to that point to see why a line like that is funny.

    I never saw The Man in the High Castle. I had Amazon Prime for a couple of montha and should have taken advantage of the oportunity to watch it! I'd give Electric Dreams another shot, but any series of individual episodes has to work very hard to keep your interest.

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