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    also the long war by steven baxter and professor sir terry pratchett. the cassini division, with my ears, by ken mcleod

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Vig View Post
    Do we put radio dramatisations of books here?
    I don't see why not.

    Yeah I caught some of them, seemed pretty well done.
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    The Divine Commodore

    by Robert Rankin
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    I have completed American Psycho (my reading is slowing down lately). It is shocking. I congratulate myself that my own degree of alienation must be low, as I was racing through the nasty bits to make it end quicker. I haven't seen the film, but I wonder how they would have got the pornographic scenes past any censor.

    I am now at a loss what to read. Is there anything new and fresh in SF right now? Michael Moorcock is about to release his Whispering Swarm, but I am worried it could be another bleak literary effort.

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    I am reading the long war, book two of the collaboration between steåhen baxter and terry pratchett. there are three books in the series thus far, the long earth, the long war and the long mars.

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    Now reading Encounter with Tiber by Buzz Aldrin & John Barns

    A surprisingly strong start so far.
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    Some suggestions here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...el-so-far.html
    1. Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
    2. Edward P Jones, The Known World (2003)
    3. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)
    4. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
    5. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2001)
    6. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
    7. Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
    8. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012)
    9. Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
    10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)
    11. Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)
    12. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (2002)
    13. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
    14. WG Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)
    15. Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (2012)
    16. Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty (2008)
    17. Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2010)
    18. Zadie Smith, NW (2012)
    19. Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2009)
    20. Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire (2004)

    I guess I should be glad that I have even heard of two of them ;P I guess I decided The Road wasn't for me; I did read another McCarthy, and I'm happy with that. I think the Oscar Wao story could be quite good judging by this review http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...-gangster.html, yet I suppose the title tells you it's not going to end well.

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    I just wrapped up reading the Japanese comic book series Fullmetal Alchemist. What a ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Vig View Post
    Some suggestions here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...el-so-far.html
    1. Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
    2. Edward P Jones, The Known World (2003)
    3. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)
    4. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
    5. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2001)
    6. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
    7. Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
    8. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012)
    9. Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
    10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)
    11. Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)
    12. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (2002)
    13. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
    14. WG Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)
    15. Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (2012)
    16. Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty (2008)
    17. Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2010)
    18. Zadie Smith, NW (2012)
    19. Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2009)
    20. Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire (2004)

    I guess I should be glad that I have even heard of two of them ;P I guess I decided The Road wasn't for me; I did read another McCarthy, and I'm happy with that. I think the Oscar Wao story could be quite good judging by this review http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...-gangster.html, yet I suppose the title tells you it's not going to end well.
    3. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)
    4. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
    5. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2001)
    6. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
    7. Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
    9. Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
    17. Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2010)

    I have read the ones above, with Kavalier & Clay the pick of the bunch, I think.
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    Thanks for the advice. I read and enjoyed one of Chabon's, The Yiddish Policeman's Union (although I can't really judge an alternate history, Jewish, police procedural, supernatural, genre crossover too seriously).

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