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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Xisor » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:11 am

I didn't get the younger vibe either, but I also really enjoyed it. Not my usual taste but Toby managed an excellent and pleasantly simple/down-to-earth novel. Would be very keen to read more form his repertoire.

Myself, I finished a re-read of CS Goto's excellent "Salvation". I'm not sure how they managed "Warrior <nouns>" duo, but "Salvation" was a genuinely fascinating and enjoyable read. Some really tremendous bits of low-key 40k. Unexpectedly good, given Goto's rep, and more so given I'd already read and enjoyed it and been surprised the first time!

I also raced through Stanislaw Lem's "Solaris" too. Somewhat dated in its way, but its also one of the most brilliantly compelling bits of SF I've read in a very long time. Really ticked all my boxes: tons of big ideas, small cast, cramped setting, long 'nothing happening in a cave (space station)' moments, a good mix of dialogue with exposition and asides, a lot of history and sense of 'culture' pertaining to the thing, a lot of plausible evocation of unreal science.

Damn decent, and blooming fascinating. I think "Solaris" will stay with me for a good long while. I wonder how it holds up in Polish?

Now, I'm a good halfway through "Binti: Home", in which I'm stepping away from my usual tastes, and very hugely enjoying it nonetheless. I'm quite tempted to check out "Phoenix" next.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:33 pm

Still on Straken

Bear in mind i'm only a couple fo chapters in.

The tone so far is a little off what I expected, it's more Star Wars than Starship Troopers. That's not to say i'm not enjoying it.

I also feel we are being spoon fed the factions, but that is probably a big plus for entry level to 40k.

Obviously, it could swerve the other way in no time.

I am also finding it to be a pleasant smooth read.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Chun the Unavoidable » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:03 pm

Mythos, Stephen Fry.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Therion » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:34 pm

Xisor wrote:I also raced through Stanislaw Lem's "Solaris" too. Somewhat dated in its way, but its also one of the most brilliantly compelling bits of SF I've read in a very long time. Really ticked all my boxes: tons of big ideas, small cast, cramped setting, long 'nothing happening in a cave (space station)' moments, a good mix of dialogue with exposition and asides, a lot of history and sense of 'culture' pertaining to the thing, a lot of plausible evocation of unreal science.

Damn decent, and blooming fascinating. I think "Solaris" will stay with me for a good long while. I wonder how it holds up in Polish?

I'd also recommend his Fiasco (and perhaps Pilot Pirx as an introduction) and Invincible if you like unusual takes on first contact.
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