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Re: The Book thread

Postby CrappyMike » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:47 am

sadly its unlikely this year. i always have time to talk about the drenai books :lol:

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Johnny Tightlips » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:54 am

Metalchemyst wrote:
ribbons69 wrote:Have you read Times Without Number ? Great book with an alternative take on Time Travel.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Times-Without-N ... 35&sr=1-24

Thanks, I'll make a note of that.

And I'll just get one more recommendation out of my system:

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It later became part of the Von Bek volume but the second story isn't as good.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_nos ... &x=10&y=13


Both books added to my wishlist :yes: I've just finished Jeffery Deaver's latest offering so I'm onto The Traveller in Black tonight.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby MetalBeast » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:09 pm

Metalchemyst wrote:
ribbons69 wrote:Have you read Times Without Number ? Great book with an alternative take on Time Travel.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Times-Without-N ... 35&sr=1-24

Thanks, I'll make a note of that.

And I'll just get one more recommendation out of my system:

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It later became part of the Von Bek volume but the second story isn't as good.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_nos ... &x=10&y=13


I'm planninng to read "The Best of Michael Moorcock" as an introduction to his work after I've finished Atlas Shrugged.

Finished I, Partridge (awesome book) last night and I'm starting Atlas Shrugged tonight.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:13 pm

Don't fret, it's something of a given that everyone winces in here once I get hooked on a new series - I post arguably a little too much :P
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Darkweasel » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:24 pm

Just finished Alan Dean Foster's 1979 film novelization of Alien and I must say, after watching Prometheus recently, it was a very interesting read indeed.

Bearing in mind the book was based on the original screenplay, there are a couple of big differences to the finished film. For example, there is no scene or description of the Space Jockey or the inhabitants of the derelict spaceship (until a passing mention by Ash towards the end of the book). However, in their absence we do get a description of one of the urns discovered in Prometheus.
So, after reading that, I get the impression that the Space Jockeys were only added at the last minute (probably all down to a Giger drawing) and the urns were left on the backburner, Prometheus being Scott's chance to resurrect his original idea.
Other than that, the other differences were slight. After Kane is brought back to the ship, scans reveal a small, unexplainable black blotch on his lungs; after the conversation with headless Ash, Lambert suggests suicide pills; Brett is pulled into the roof and kept as a late night Alien snack along with Dallas (the recently reinstated scene where Ripley finds the coccooned Captain is present in the adaptation), and The Company comes off very badly when Ash describes in more detail exactly what the overall plan actually involved.

Overall, it was decent, but it's a little slow to start. The Alien itself is barely described, and the ending feels seriously hurried with the last twenty minutes of the film written in around only ten pages.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Flak 38 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:42 am

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Johnny Tightlips » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:04 am

Steve Berry - The Charlemagne Pursuit
Having seen his books in many, many charity shops I thought it was finally time to give this one a go. Cue the usual historical conspiracy drama, this time with added boredom, and you'll end up with this dreary novel. The characters seemed to jump from one state of mind to another with no explanation and trust in people you've just met is handed out like presents at Christmas. All of this would be bearable if the plot and locations were equally as ridiculous, but sadly they were as mundane as they come. Not impressed.
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Jeffery Deaver - XO
Deaver's third novel in the Kathryn Dance series, and sadly not a worthy addition. The writing seemed lacklustre in style at times (highly unusual for Deaver) and the plot was uninspired. A few points in the book clawed it back to his more familiar style, but it just wasn't enough. A rare miss.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby keera_envenomed » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:25 pm

Johnny Tightlips wrote:Steve Berry - The Charlemagne Pursuit
Having seen his books in many, many charity shops


There's usually a good reason for that :lol:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Johnny Tightlips » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:44 pm

keera_envenomed wrote:
Johnny Tightlips wrote:Steve Berry - The Charlemagne Pursuit
Having seen his books in many, many charity shops


There's usually a good reason for that :lol:


The thought did occur to me :lol: Then again, if he's selling a lot of books then I would assume more are going to turn up for sale 2nd hand. I always see Tolkien is some form, usually LOTR, in charity shops, but doesn't mean to say he's a bad author!

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Re: The Book thread

Postby keera_envenomed » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:27 pm

Johnny Tightlips wrote:
keera_envenomed wrote:
Johnny Tightlips wrote:Steve Berry - The Charlemagne Pursuit
Having seen his books in many, many charity shops


There's usually a good reason for that :lol:


The thought did occur to me :lol: Then again, if he's selling a lot of books then I would assume more are going to turn up for sale 2nd hand. I always see Tolkien is some form, usually LOTR, in charity shops, but doesn't mean to say he's a bad author!


That is also true - lots of books that were popular for various reasons, good or not, you see pretty often. I must have seen about 50 copies each of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Time Travellers Wife. God knows how many copies of 50 Shades of Grey will be filling their shelves in about 6 months!
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Johnny Tightlips » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:08 am

keera_envenomed wrote:
Johnny Tightlips wrote:
keera_envenomed wrote:
There's usually a good reason for that :lol:


The thought did occur to me :lol: Then again, if he's selling a lot of books then I would assume more are going to turn up for sale 2nd hand. I always see Tolkien is some form, usually LOTR, in charity shops, but doesn't mean to say he's a bad author!


That is also true - lots of books that were popular for various reasons, good or not, you see pretty often. I must have seen about 50 copies each of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Time Travellers Wife. God knows how many copies of 50 Shades of Grey will be filling their shelves in about 6 months!


If I see another copy of The Time Travellers Wife I think I will scream :lol:

I also can't believe 50 Shades of Grey is now the fastest selling paperback of all time :|

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Matty_the_Emo_Slayer » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:59 am

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Johnny Tightlips » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:00 am

Matty_the_Emo_Slayer wrote:Just started The Black Dahlia


Loved that book :yes:

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Matty_the_Emo_Slayer » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:10 am

Johnny Tightlips wrote:
Matty_the_Emo_Slayer wrote:Just started The Black Dahlia


Loved that book :yes:



Loving it already. Elroy is the last of the American Noir big names i've got to read and his style is so different from Chandler and Hammett, i'm going to get through this pretty quickly I reckon.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby AnnihiSlateR » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:56 pm

Finally finished Atlas Shrugged. Only took me a year an a half. Though to be fair I did read a third last week, so I'f I had put my mind to it, it would have been over a lot quicker.

I have to say chapter 27's 56 page monologue was one of the most difficult things I've ever read. Simply because it's unrelenting, paragraph after paragraph of speech. No directions, no movements, no reactions, no descriptions, just 56 pages in very small print of one man talking.

I won't give too much away as I think it was metalbeast said he wanted to read it.

My next book is going to be SE Hinton's The Outsiders. Hopefully this won't take quite as long.
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