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    Jasper Fforde's Something Rotten - ingenius, madcap and completely silly, but I wouldn't expect any less from him.

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    Edwin A Abbott. Flatland. Havn't finished it yet. It's quite hard going. ''A mathematical fantasy about life in a two-dimensional world''?!?!?
    Oh...I'm NOT a mathematician. Not that one needs to be to read it. Was just saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armchairanarchist View Post
    Mind Over Ship, second novel from David Marusek. So far it's every bit as rammed full of brain-food as the first (Counting Heads), which comes highly recommended...
    I've had Counting Heads in my Amazon basket/wish list ever since AA recommended it when it first appeared in hdbk; suppose I should do something about it...

    Axis by Robert Charles Wilson was a bit disappointing in the end as it didn't really answer many of the questions posed in the first book (Spin).

    Now nearly finished Stealing Light by Gary Gibson - a rip roaring page turning with many a nod to Alastair Reynolds, Dan Simmons & TMH. Recommended.
    Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.

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    The new one from Michael Marshall, Bad Things.

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    On to Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson by William Fotheringham.

    Pulled a muscle in my calf the other day (playing that vicious game: badminton) so less chores to do round the house & a lunch hour when I don't have to go home & walk the dog - result: more time to read. Although also means less time on my bike.
    Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.

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    Enjoying Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovaks series. Also trying out a new way to find books at the library-I wander the stacks and when I see an intriguing title I check it out. Read some neat authors I'd either missed first time around or never saw at all.

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    I got really annoyed with the Takeshi Kovaks novel I did read.
    It was sold to me as a Noir slant on a Culture type universe, but what I read was lazily written graphic sexual violence with the thinnest patina of plot.
    The guy is supposed to be an uber sophisticated detective, yet all he does is go off half cocked from fight to rape to murder getting nowhere to suddenly jumping to the right conclusion just in time for another blood bath because the author had a deadline.

    "If Bond worked for the Culture" My sweet shiny posterior.

    Sorry for the big scary rant, and anyone is welcome to disagree with me, thus is the succour of debate.
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    Richard Morgan has an 'interesting' thread on rec.arts.sf.written which has, as pert of it, the following:
    I must, however, warn anyone considering reading {The Steel Remains} that Richard Morgan most definitely violates the generalized version of McCutchen's Law though. Violates it long and hard and energetically.
    What is McCutchen's Law?
    Avoid novels featuring forcible anal penetration.

    The law in specific is intended to be applied to the work of John Barnes, but the generalized version applies to the work of other authors as well.
    I don't know if that now makes me want to read them, or not. I'm also assuming that it isn't the John Barnes known for a goal against Brazil and some very bad rapping.
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    Man, my reading's getting slower and slower!

    Just finished Attenbrough's autobiography.

    Have now begun the new Stephen King collection 'Just after Sunset'.

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    I just finished Larry Niven's Ringworld - which I've written about here.

    Next up I'll be reading The Survivor by James Herbert, because, well... I review DVDs for VideoVista and when I saw the film adaptation of The Survivor on the list of DVDs available for review I picked it because "I've always sort of liked the book". And I got sent it. At which point I realised I'd got confused between Herbert's The Spear and The Survivor. So now I've got to read The Survivor before watching the film...

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