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Post Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 2:50 pm 
 

I am enjoying a re-read of Michael Moorcock's work.

As an adult, I can see the flaws that were not apparent to a high school student.

Still, Moorcock has a sort of refreshing charm...a writer who is specifically not imitating Tolkien and one who is not somehow obsessed with contemporary gender politics or in love with Mother Nature.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:40 am 
 

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What are you reading right now?  Is it fantasy/sci fi, or are you reading a different genre?

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What book is open or bookmarked at your house right now?


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:51 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:What are you reading right now?  Is it fantasy/sci fi, or are you reading a different genre?


The Elegant Universe - Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene.

I am looking for some physics related twists that I can use in the Thursday night Call of Cthulhu game that I run for some of my friends.  :twisted:

Edit: I have some issues with some of the simplified examples that he uses to explain relativity. The measurement ones that he uses overlooks the fact that the act of measuring the moving object to show that it has become "shorter" also means that the item (ruler) that he talks about would also become shorter which would invalidate his conclusions.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:33 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:*bump*

What are you reading right now?  Is it fantasy/sci fi, or are you reading a different genre?

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Re-Reading Freakonomics...Postively brilliant book written by a Economics genius with a very unique way of looking at the world around us.

Just finished Jonathan Latimer's "Solomon's Vineyard" (great crime/noir novel), started Jim Thompson's "Nothing More than Murder", I'm in a bit of a crime/detective phase right now.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:09 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:*bump*

What are you reading right now?  Is it fantasy/sci fi, or are you reading a different genre?

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Two books:

The first Del Rey Conan anthology and, thanks to Jason's inspiration, The Confusion, by Neal Stephenson.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:38 pm 
 

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What are you reading right now?  Is it fantasy/sci fi, or are you reading a different genre?

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Right now I am reading Pearl Harbor by William Forstchen and Newt Gingrich. It is a good read as are their other books, specifically a Civil War based trilogy about the Confederates not being stupid and attacking the Union army at Gettysburg and what happens afterward. I would highly recommend them to anyone. I also have open of Eric Flint's 1632 books that I am half-way through.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:08 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:*bump*

What are you reading right now?  Is it fantasy/sci fi, or are you reading a different genre?

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Two books:

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, by Italo Calvino, which is really good.  
I have also just bought Then we Came to the End by Joshua Ferris - although I have not opened it yet - a friend of mine recommended it.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:07 pm 
 

I am always in the process of re-reading The Stand, by Stephen King.

I am reading An Army at Dawn, by Rick Atkinson. (US in North Africa at the start of WWII.)

My at-school reading is Conquest, by Hugh Thomas (Castillians conquer the Aztecs...an epic story with no identifiable good guys.)

The Cornelius Chronicles, by Michael Moorcock is my bedtime reading.  (I would describe this set of books as proto-cyberpunk.  Moorcock's characters seem to be decadent just for the sake of decadence. Halfway through, I have not yet managed to figure out what is going on in the first book, The Final Program...no idea.)

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Something by Zelany needs to be on my reading list soon.  Perhaps a re-read of the Amber novels, or Creatures of Darkness and Light.  I thought that Lord of Light was Zelazny's best single book.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:16 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:I am always in the process of re-reading The Stand, by Stephen King.

Regular edition? Or super-sized?

FormCritic wrote:Something by Zelany needs to be on my reading list soon.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:16 pm 
 

Ah...Zelazny...
The very first D&D game I ever played in 1978 was based on his Nine Princes in Amber series. Very cool...it got me hooked on RPG's.
I have always had a fondness for the works of Zelazny and other than the Nine Princes series, my favorite of his works is a toss up between Creatures of Light and Darkness and Lord of Light.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:23 pm 
 

I bought an unabridged copy of The Stand at Saint Vincent De Paul for 45 cents.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:26 pm 
 

Roadmarks is a stand-alone novel by Zelazny, circa 1978 or 1979, I think. It's just a personal favorite and definitely not one of his better-known works.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:57 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:I am reading An Army at Dawn, by Rick Atkinson. (US in North Africa at the start of WWII.)


I have been meaning to pick up a few of his books based on some reviews I read.  I saw Army At Dawn in hardback this past weekend at HPB but decided not to get it because I had about $60 worth of stuff in my hands at the time ($40 of that was the Band of Brothers DVD set).  I am also looking for The Day of Battle which is about the WWII campaign in Sicily and Italy.

I just finished the newest Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novel Sacrifice.  Star Wars novels are one of my guilty pleasures....definitely better than the last three movies.  :wink:

I am currently reading Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley.  After that I am planning to read The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw.  I have recently been on a WWII tear, reading most of Stephen Ambrose's books.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:59 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:I am always in the process of re-reading The Stand, by Stephen King.


I used to try and read The Stand once a year.  Can't do it anymore.  Instead I have been reading his novella The Mist from the Dark Forces anthology once every 18 months.  It is still my favorite work of his.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:07 pm 
 

I almost forgot Gordon Dickson. He is best known for his Dorsai series but he has a few other gems.
Some of my favorites are Earthman's Burden (with Poul Anderson) and Time Storm.

Also, some of Joe Haldeman's works The Forever War, All My Sins Remembered and Infinite Dreams comes immediately to mind.
I have not read much of his recent work (last 7 or 8 years).


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:27 pm 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:I almost forgot Gordon Dickson. He is best known for his Dorsai series but he has a few other gems.
Some of my favorites are Earthman's Burden (with Poul Anderson) and Time Storm.

Also, some of Joe Haldeman's works The Forever War, All My Sins Remembered and Infinite Dreams comes immediately to mind.
I have not read much of his recent work (last 7 or 8 years).


I didn't even know Haldeman was still active.  

One of Rick Atkinson's best reads is Crusade, about Desert Storm.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:34 pm 
 

Joe Haldeman's "recent" works
According to the bibliography list on his Wikipedia entry:

# The Coming (2000)
# Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001) - as editor
# Guardian (2002)
# Camouflage (2004)
# Old Twentieth (2005)
# War Stories (2006) - short story collection
# A Separate War (2006) - short story collection
# The Accidental Time Machine (2007)


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:14 pm 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:Joe Haldeman's "recent" works
According to the bibliography list on his Wikipedia entry:

# The Coming (2000)
# Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001) - as editor
# Guardian (2002)
# Camouflage (2004)
# Old Twentieth (2005)
# War Stories (2006) - short story collection
# A Separate War (2006) - short story collection
# The Accidental Time Machine (2007)


Have you read The Accidental Time Machine?  I love time travel stories.

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