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Offline Mr Ben

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« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2008, 05:34:30 AM »
Thanks for the correction. Kinda embarresing when i have the book in front of me as well. And yeh, 'stand on zanzibar' is a good read definitely.
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« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2008, 11:53:20 AM »
I would recommend philip jose farmers world of tiers series and also his riverworld series.  they don't seem to have any of the elements you dislike but may not have any you like :-)
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« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2008, 12:33:12 PM »
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I would recommend philip jose farmers world of tiers series and also his riverworld series.  they don't seem to have any of the elements you dislike but may not have any you like :-)


To Your Scattered Bodies Go was incredible, The Fabulous Riverboat was good, The Dark Design was ok. Then they just got horribly stupid. I tried to read some of his Dayworld and it was just too silly to get through. Did anyone see the SciFi Channels Riverworld movie? I only saw like the first 10 minutes (I don't remember why I didn't watch it all), so was it any good?
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« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2008, 02:11:42 PM »
I saw it, and no ... it wasn't really that good. It was okay. Although it only covered the first book, I think (it's been ages since I read those books so my memory of what happened when is really fuzzy) but I found it to be fairly unmemorable. I don't think I would have liked it if I hadn't read the books.
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« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2008, 07:01:39 PM »
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Neil Stephenson The Diamond Age and Snowcrash


The Diamond Age is a good fit methinks.

Never read Snowcrash, similar aesthetic?


sorry, i missed that. Snowcrash is much more cyberpunk dark. Its alot closer to Gibson. Its a good read.
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« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2008, 11:41:09 PM »
I hadn't read Snow Crash until this year, and I can't believe I missed it.  It was Science Fiction, it talked about how religion as mythology, especially the Babylonian, had memorable characters, was ahead of its time regarding the internet, and the plot kept me reading as fast as I could until I got to the end.
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« Reply #36 on: April 05, 2008, 08:00:23 AM »
I went out last night and bought Rendesvous with Rama (read it before, but it was one of the first SF books I ever read, I'm REALLY enjoying reading it again), Ringworld, and Starship Troopers.
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« Reply #37 on: April 05, 2008, 08:18:52 AM »
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I saw it, and no ... it wasn't really that good. It was okay. Although it only covered the first book,

I would have to agree it was a bit low budget and goodness me did you need some powerhouse actors to play the characters in the book and they obviously couldn't afford them, shame!
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« Reply #38 on: April 05, 2008, 08:47:06 AM »
A great science fiction book is Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
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« Reply #39 on: April 05, 2008, 02:55:56 PM »
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A great science fiction book is Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.


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« Reply #40 on: April 05, 2008, 03:45:20 PM »
I don't want to write a list so here is my wishlist on Amazon. It contains mostly sci-fi books but there are a few other novels in there that aren't.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/T5TXCZWE02HK/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go
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« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2008, 12:33:46 PM »
Heysoos Cristo!  That list of criteria is almost a novel in itself...
The newer Dune books are good: House Atreides, Harkonen, Corrino, etc.  Herbert's son and Kevin J Anderson have a style that was much easier for me to read than the original Dune.  Heinlein's stuff is usually good, but stay away from the movies made after his books.  Orson Scott Card's Ender series was good though it gets a little weird.  I remember Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat was good but it has been a long time since I read it so my tastes may have changed..
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« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2008, 01:03:27 PM »
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The newer Dune books are good: House Atreides, Harkonen, Corrino, etc.  Herbert's son and Kevin J Anderson have a style that was much easier for me to read than the original Dune.


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Easier to read I'll agree with you on.  IMO.  All I have to say is that cotton candy is easier to chew than a good steak, but I know which one I prefer.
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« Reply #43 on: April 07, 2008, 02:03:41 PM »
I didn't say I didn't like Dune (it's still one of my all time favorites) I just like the writing style of the newer ones.  It's like eating cotton candy after I finished my steak... or better yet, steak flavored cotton candy...mmmmmm
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« Reply #44 on: April 07, 2008, 02:54:56 PM »
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I didn't say I didn't like Dune (it's still one of my all time favorites) I just like the writing style of the newer ones.  It's like eating cotton candy after I finished my steak... or better yet, steak flavored cotton candy...mmmmmm


Whatever floats your boat.  There's nothing wrong with liking them.
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