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    Yeah thinking back, I liked the idea of Red Mars, but at the time it seemed like a long slog where not a lot was happening for 100s of pages.
    I have Blue & Green on the shelves but can't summon up the enthusiasm to start them.

    I also have Years of Salt & Rice waiting on the shelf, is that one worth a look?

    Speaking of long books, the next over sized one I'll tackle will probably be PF Hamiltons The Neutronium Alchemist, as I did rather like The Reality Dysfunction, despite it's overly large page count.
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    That's the nights dawn trilogy isn
    't it DB? the books themselves are enjoyable but I thought the ending rather disappointing.

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    Yes that's right. Ohhh good, I'll look forward to a damp ending in another 2000 pages time
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    Finished Gravity's Rainbow. Feels a bit like that line from 300 where it goes "it won't be over quickly, and I won't enjoy it". Like many of these literary books I admired the way it was constructed, the use of language and imagery. Despite the style I think I eventually understood what was going on correctly (I checked out what Wikipedia has to say afterward). There were some delightful discoveries along the way, e.g. I never heard of Texas Guinan before, and now I know that the Star trek writers were making an allusion when they created Woopie Goldbergs character Guinan. Also some new appreciation of science, rocketry, and mathematics. Worth having read, but I don't recommend it if you're looking for light reading.

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    This month's reading:

    Killing Patton - Bill O'Reilly
    Verdict - 5/10
    A bit of a let down, considering the Killing Lincoln / Killing Kennedy books were so good. A half hearted conspiracy theory tacked onto a lacklustre biog.

    World War II, a Short History - Norman Stone
    Verdict - 5/10
    A stately recap of the main themes of WWII, nothing you didn't kip through in History class

    Blood, Sweat & Folly - Len Deighton
    Verdict 7/10
    The flip side of the above, with a lot more human interest and a little closer to the actual events.

    Highway to Hell: The life and death of Bon Scott - Clinton Walker
    Verdict 1/10
    How anyone can make the life of renowned hell-raiser Bon Scott boring is a mystery to me, but here it is.

    Wild: A journey from lost to found- Cheryl Strayed
    Verdict 9/10
    Read this straight through in one sitting. A woman who has lost her beloved mother, divorced a husband she stlll loves and has generally fu*ked her life decides a way to get herself back together is to walk 1,100 miles along the Pacific Coast Trail. A true story and one that is worth reading.

    Next up on the Read List:
    Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
    The Long Mars - Pratchett & Baxter
    Personal - Lee Child

    Still bouncing off:
    Air Guitar - Dave Hickey
    Great North Road - Peter F Hamilton
    I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes
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    I fiihed wheel of time afte some two motnhs, having chomped my way through the turgid book 10 and the somewht less turgid book 11, Brendan's writing of 12, 13 and 14 were quite refreshing, burned though the last 500 or so screens(pages not sure, silly kindle) of book 14 monday night staying up until 2:30 am, something I have not had book make me do in AGES.

    Reading my backlog of analogs now, movign aprtment tomorrow so all reading on hodl for a wee while.
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    I'm one chapter off finishing Footfall (started back in October)
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    I finished wheel of time, now reading
    "a slip of the keyboard" by Terry PRatchett, collected non ficiton writings in dead tree format
    Numerous analog back issues as I play catch up on the kindle
    Nothing with my ears right now but will listen to book 3 of the fall revolution once I power up the mp3 player again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deep Black View Post
    I'm one chapter off finishing Footfall (started back in October)
    Any impressions? I remember the jist of that one, a few shock moments. It was interesting that the aliens entire philosophy of life was so at odds with the human one.
    And there was the contrast between human ingenuity, and that the aliens had received their technology - maybe an analogy for the 1st world 3rd world interrelationship. Anyway, not the greatest novel but a memorable one.

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    I rather liked it. Yes those are some of the main points you've mentioned. I liked that the Aliens thought so differently from us Humans, I can't think of any other story where this facet came over so well. One particular moment was great where the Aliens found some Porn & couldn't understand what was going on

    I wasn't very convinced about how the Humans fought back in the end, & there were too many characters to keep track of (well over 100), some of which didn't seem all that relevant to the plot.


    I'm now starting Replay by Ken Grimwood (apparently a favourite of Iain Banks)
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