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- Sodus, NY, USA
- member since July 13, 2009
*Jeff*’s last login was Friday, January 14, 2011.
Glad you liked the Reynolds book. He really is a good writer. I've read around five of his books including a collection of short stories ("Galatic North"), which takes place in the same Rev. space universe. His stand alone novels are great too like "Century Rain" or "Pushing Ice". I compare him alot to Peter F. Hamilton, of whom I recently got his just completed Void trilogy. After this C.J. Cherryh book of three short novels (gonna finish novel 2 today and so far, excellent short novels, which is what you always get with Cherryh), I will read a good PKD book, then get into the Hyperion four book series with a Pratchett book in the middle to break up the series a little bit, then I got some more books and then I picked out the next 10 novels too, which will include the second trilogy of Thomas Covenant which I have never read along with some older and newer stuff.
The Endymion books are sequels to the Hyperion ones, so it's like two two book series that make up a bigger four book one. Well see, the only Dan Simmons novel I have read was "The Terror" and I loved it, very memorable and dark, check it out. I also just got his newer novel "Drood". I guess he writes both horror and SF. I'd like to get another of his called "Carrion Comfort" in time but its a 20 dollar book. Notice on my page, two of the last three books I have bought are zombie anthologies. I loved "The Living Dead" now Vol. 1, since another volume has come out. Vol. 1 was stories from the past to now, and Vol. 2 I guess focuses on current stories from 2008-2010. The newer one edited by Skipp has great reviews and I found it in a bargain bin at Borders for 7 bucks, when it should have been over 20, so lucked out there. Later, Bryan. Oh, the "Santiago" book is alot of fun. It's space opera that doesn't take itself too seriously.
OK Jeff, well, I picked out the next 10-11 books and short story collections, so I'll let you in on it. For short stories, this time we got
1) The Living Dead Vol. 2, edited by John Joseph Adams
2) The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh, by Cherryh
for novels, this time we got some winners and a four book series that I've been wanting to read for some time, so, here we go:
1) "Santiago" by Mike Resnick
2) Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
3) Alternate Realities: Three Short Novels by C.J. Cherryh
4) Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
5) Hyperion by Dan Simmons
6) The Fall of Hyperion by D.S.
7) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
8) Endymion by D.S.
9) The Rise of Endymion by D.S.
10) The Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson
11) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ( A B-day gift) and for "lit" pick:
12) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (also a B-day gift from the same person). Figured I'd read the gift books so I can let her know what I think. The Dog one seems really cool and "The Hunger Games" appears to be a YA fiction novel that is part of a trilogy (book 1), but can be read alone too, so we'll see if the hype of the book lives up to its name, Later Jeff, Bryan.
I am disabled right now, and can't work for a while. I must win a social security hearing to get medicaid to be able to see doctors that can help me. Then I have to find a treatment that works at controlling my chronic pain, wean off the pain meds and then I can go back to work, hopefully on the west coast and do marine biology again. Right now I'm in limbo and have been waiting 3 years for a hearing. It's sooooo ridiculous, so as a result, I'm living with my mom in Vegas and have lots of time on my hands to read. That's why I am here instead of by the ocean.
Oh yeah, my next two short story collections are:
1) The Minority Report and other stories by Philip K. Dick
2) The Year's Best Science Fiction, Vol. 13 (from 1995), edited by Gardner Dozois. (I just got lucky finding this one at a used bookstore, I own volumes 8, 12-14, 21-27 and the two Best of the Best Volumes and I'm always on the lookout at used bookstores for volumes I have yet to collect. In my opinion, Dozois has the best yearly anthology for the last 27 years.)
OK Jeff, I'm gonna give you a heads up on the next 10 books and after this 10 I don't have any more picked out, so I'll do so when I get down to the last book. I'm gonna try to just pick 10 at a time instead of recently, where I pretty much had the last 50 books picked out. This next ten should be alot of fun so here goes:
1) Adiamante by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
2) Diaspora by Greg Egan
3) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett (yes, another one, this one is book 19 and also a City Watch novel)
4) Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
5) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
6) To Live Again by Robert Silverberg (may be harder to find, it's out of print, I think and from 1978. I own alot of his novels.)
7) Fires of Freedom by Jerry Pournelle (A recent omnibus rerelease of two earlier novels, "Birth of Fire" from 1976 and "King David's Spaceship" from 1980.)
8) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (book 20 and a Death novel)
9) The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
10) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (The literature pick of this stack)
I see you're reading "Red Mars". That trilogy, the first two books were great, the third sucked, but it is surely Hard SF, with lots of real science explanations to the degree of like Benford. Some people like this, others don't and just want the storytelling and don't want to learn heavy physics and such. On a whole, it's not my favorite sub genre of SF, but with my science background, it doesn't bother me too much, only if it really drags the book down, like in "Blue Mars". Anyway, let me know what you think, later, Bryan.
So, I got the next 10 or so books to look for, a couple of them between the Mars books may be hard to find, but good luck, here we go
1) Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman
2) Interesting Times, Terry Pratchett
3) Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson (KSR)
4) Collision Course, Robert Silverberg
5) Green Mars, KSR
6) Vor, James Blish
7) Blue Mars, KSR
8) A Fall of Moondust, Arthur C. Clarke
9) A Clergyman's Daughter, George Orwell
I just finished reading "Escape from Hell" by Niven and Pournelle, which was a sequel to the 70's novel by them, "Inferno". While it was a bit repetative, I still enjoyed the satiric elements of the story and it's always fun to romp through Hell. I also recently read "The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson and really liked that one, just as much as the other novel of his I've read, "Snow Crash". I own three other novels by him that I'll get to someday, like "Cryptonomicon" which is very, very long for a novel, like 1200 pages, or his newest one "Anathem" which I got the Hardcover when the paperback version was coming out, so I got the Hardcover as a bargain book for like 6 bucks, can't beat that. I'm glad you are trying to read some of the books I've listed. There are many people in the club, but most don't participate, so at least I got you to talk about the books I read, and I keep buying em, so I still have over 500 books to choose from. I just got this book called "Wraeththu" by Storm Constantine which is a trilogy in one book that looks pretty cool and I also just picked up two large short story collections. One, Volume 13 of the Dozois yearly SF collection. I own quite a few of those. Volume 13 is stories from 1995, and some regard it as the best volume of the now 27 volumes (I picked up Volume 27 about 4 weeks ago). And two) "The Living Dead", an anthology of zombie shorts that I've been eyeing for a year or so and finally gave in, that will be the next short story collection, cause I'm in the mood for some zombies. Later, Bryan.
I read the witch book in one long afternoon. Most of Coelho's books are quick reads, but he packs alot of philosophical ideas into them. Like the other books of his I've read (this is the 4th), I really liked it. I only own one more by him, so I'll have to get some of the others in the future.
Next up is the first trilogy of Thomas Covenant, which you have probably read. I read them a long time ago and remember almost nothing, so I'm reading them again, then...the next books will be (remember, not set in stone here)
"Vor" James Blish
"An Alien Light" Nancy Kress
"Soul Music" Terry Pratchett
"Heavy Time" and "Hellburner" by C.J. Cherryh
"Greybeard" Brian Aldiss
"The Diamond Age" Neal Stephenson
and the literature pick: "Blood Meridian" Cormac McCarthy.
Too bad, cause "Moving Mars" and the "Moreau Omnibus/trilogy" were fantastic, so if you can find them later, read them, I even gave the Moreau book five stars, I don't want it to end, but I'm gonna finish it today, then the Witch book, then the next set of 10 or so that I'll write to you soon. Later, Bryan.
Hey Jeff, so with Broken Angels, you can read this one without having read Altered Carbon and there is a third book in this "series" called Woken Furies. On the other hand, if you have not read Altered Carbon, I very highly recomend that you do, this book in itself is one of my favorite books in sci-fi. It really did blow me away. So, you can see, I'm anxious to read Broken Angels and then in a while, the third one, I want to spread out the goodness.
OK, I'll give you the next 9 or 10, it's not completely set in stone, I may sneak one in there somewhere, but these are for sure coming up soon.
1) Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan (2nd Takeshi Kovacs novel after Altered Carbon)
2) Cowl by Neal Asher
3) Starfarers by Poul Anderson
4) Declare by Tim Powers
5) Jem by Frederick Pohl
6) Moving Mars by Greg Bear
7) Vor by James Blish
8) Moreau Omnibus by S. Andrew Swann (3 books in one, Forests of the Night, Emperors of the Twilight, and Specters of the Dawn)
9) The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
Hey Jeff, have you been liking some of the selections on my bookclub. I'm glad you tried "Steel Beach" with me and I gotta say, the Charles Stross selection was great, very funny and beaurocratic with plenty of Lovecraft themes. Now I'm reading "Tai-Pan", a more of a literature selection and I'm liking it alot. I've got the next 30 or so books planned out, which is not totally set in stone, but pretty damn close. I see you're reading "The Left Hand of Darkness", is that right? That was a bookclub selection a while ago, as well as her novel "The Dispossessed". Allright, later Jeff, if you want a sneak peak on what's coming up, let me know, and I'll writer you a list of the next 10 or so books.
Yeah Jeff, the Pratchett books are a blast. I'm reading the books in order, minus the young adult story arc. This book was book 15 overall, so it's the 15th I've read, and in about 15 more books, I'll read the next one, book 16, which I think is the third Death book called "Soul Music". Also, in "Men at Arms", besides the Night Watch characters, there are cameos of other characters that have much bigger parts in other story arcs, like Death, who shows up a couple of times, well, he has his own story arc where he is the main character, and the talking dog has showed up before and the University librarian, who is a orangotang, shows up in many of the books, especially the Rincewind wizard story arc. There is also a great Witches story arc too and a later arc of Moist Vol Lipwig, which I'll eventually get too, it's much newer, and some of the books are stand alone novels with characters that never show up again, anyway, look up the reading order on wikipedia, it has lots of info about getting into this series. Next up is a John Varley book called "Steel Beach", look on my bookclub for more info.
Hi Jeff, so I just got a new book yesterday that I want to read now, so I'm moving it to the top of my list and you should be able to find it. It's called "This Alien Shore" by C.S. Friedman, so let me know if you're interested in this one, then I'll go back to the next book. Also, too bad you couldn't find "Ariel", that was one hell of a book for someone who was 19-20 when they wrote it, great urban fantasy.
Hey Jeff, I've added a few books to the club. There is an Aldous Huxley book that was very good and profound, then an Asimov classic, "The End of Eternity" which blew me away if you can find that one. Next up is two books by the same author, "Spin State" and "Spin Control" which is more a cross of space opera/cyberpunk/mystery noir, that you should check out too. Hopefully you can find some of these, the two book series is going to be easy to find, the others, a little harder.
You bet it's based in fact. I know alot about global warming. I've studied it for years and the fact is, is that it's not just occuring, it might already be too late, they don't tell you that in the news, but if we changed everything to make all things right in the world now, the CO2 levels are still gonna climb for a while and we will see major effects in the future. When people think global warming, they think only about warming, but the warming slows the ocean circulation, leaving the warm waters nearer the equater, leading to more major storms (ahem, Katrina), and cooler winters the more north you go, so while the ice caps may be melting, some parts of the world will see cooler temps in the winter, but the summers will be hotter. As the ocean circulation slows, many parts of the ocean will not get the nutrients they need, so the algae will die, then the stuff that feeds on that and upward till we have major dead zones in the ocean. The shit's gonna hit the fan at some point, and if you look closely, it already is.