1. Post #121
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    Dennab
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    so close to finishing...
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  2. Post #122
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    March 2010
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    Who can recommend me some good Steampunk and Science Fiction books?
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  3. Post #123
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    February 2006
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    in terms of sci-fi Iain M. Banks is one of my favourite authors.
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  4. Post #124
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    May 2008
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    Hey that reminds me, I want to start with Banks (particularly the Culture novels) but what should I read first? Out of his one-shots I've read the Algebraist and it was okay
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  5. Post #125
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    January 2008
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    I've just finished Metro 2033 and it was the best book I have read. Does anyone know when Metro 2034 is going to be translated into English for E-book's?
    Probably a year or so. It took ages before 2033 was translated, and it's arguable that it would never have been if it weren't for the pressure probably generated after the video game of the same name came out. I hope it's translated soon too, IIRC there's a third one in the series.
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  6. Post #126
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    February 2010
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    Just gone done reading this:



    It was great, really interesting plot that, although pretty predictable at some parts, managed to be pretty surprising and suspenseful in some other areas.
    Michael Chrichton isn't called the God of Suspense for nothing. One of my favourite authors of all time. I have read all his books, even the shitty pirate one (the one he scrapped, but companies published it anyway after his death to profit off of it. Was a horrible plot, but as usual it kept me gripped). By far my favourite book by him has to be The Andromeda Strain, if not one of my favourite books of all time, period.



    As to my own reading, I have just finished H.P. Lovecraft's entire collection of works. Was absolutely amazing. Too bad it got extremely predictable, even half-way through I knew 9/10 times what was going to happen next. His vocabulary is quite expansive and slows me down from my usual pace. This was good because it let me absorb everything, in full detail. My favourite had to be The Tomb, his first published story.



    I am now going to read this:



    Tell me what you guys think of it.
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  7. Post #127
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    Welcome to author's autobiography of his experience in the army. Also included his socio-political ramblings and a few pseudo-combat scenes. I do have to say, it was interesting while it lasted.
    A bit ironic that they used a picture from the film considering its message was basically the complete opposite.
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  8. Post #128
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    August 2008
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    the film glorified infantry yet the book was demonizing the death toll infantry will take up in modern warfare, and was advocating for expanded use and testing of nuclear weapons
    right?
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  9. Post #129
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    August 2011
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    the film glorified infantry yet the book was demonizing the death toll infantry will take up in modern warfare, and was advocating for expanded use and testing of nuclear weapons
    right?
    No actually, the film was a satire of militarism and fascism, which Heinlein glorified in his original book.
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  10. Post #130
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    No actually, the film was a satire of militarism and fascism, which Heinlein glorified in his original book.
    in short heinlein's kind of a crazy fuck
    when I was reading the book I was sure it was ironic, but after reading about his actual views it seems more likely it wasn't.
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  11. Post #131
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    August 2011
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    in short heinlein's kind of a crazy fuck
    when I was reading the book I was sure it was ironic, but after reading about his actual views it seems more likely it wasn't.
    Heinlein is famous in the Sci-Fi world for having absolutely bonkers ideas and opinions. Another interesting fact is that Paul Verhoeven, the director of the film version, lived under a Nazi-occupied country as a kid so he'd definitely want to satirize a novel that was basically a shameless love-letter to Fascism.
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  12. Post #132
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    The movie and the film are exact polar opposites of each other in as many ways possible as it's possible to think of. I think both Heinlein and Verhoeven did their respective jobs well.
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  13. Post #133
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    July 2011
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    I've just finished Metro 2033 and it was the best book I have read. Does anyone know when Metro 2034 is going to be translated into English for E-book's?
    There's an unofficial, fan-made, and not-exactly-grammatical translation downloadable on the Pirate Bay. Alternately, they already have a German translation on the market in physical form.
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  14. Post #134
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    May 2008
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    Who can recommend me some good Steampunk and Science Fiction books?
    Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds has steampunk and scifi AT THE SAME TIME

    There's an unofficial, fan-made, and not-exactly-grammatical translation downloadable on the Pirate Bay. Alternately, they already have a German translation on the market in physical form.
    Also in Italian, Finnish and Swedish I believe.
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  15. Post #135
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    Heinlein is famous in the Sci-Fi world for having absolutely bonkers ideas and opinions. Another interesting fact is that Paul Verhoeven, the director of the film version, lived under a Nazi-occupied country as a kid so he'd definitely want to satirize a novel that was basically a shameless love-letter to Fascism.
    apparently he was a pretty chill dude in person though, despite his political views
    i was reading today about how he looked after Philip K Dick when he was ill, despite the fact they are pretty much completely opposite people
    "Robert Heinlein is a fine-looking man, very impressive and very military in stance; you can tell he has a military background, even to the haircut. He knows I'm a flipped-out freak and still he helped me and my wife when we were in trouble. That is the best in humanity, there; that is who and what I love" - PKD
    my respect for Heinlein as a person increased considerably, and I feel kinda bad for judging him based on his politics alone
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  16. Post #136
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    Heinlein's views are actually very sensible, that of one of efficiency and humanitarianism. He thought that we need dictators to keep people in check, that humans are a naturally disruptive species, and we should be ruled with an iron fist. Whilst he thought of man as a dangerous animal, he himself was a humanitarian; trying to do whatever part he could to help his fellow man.
    Another thing to note is that due to his military background he is quite tempered to side with an army-oriented ruling.

    Edited:

    Does anyone know where I can pick up a copy of the Necronomicon?
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  17. Post #137
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    Heinlein's views are actually very sensible, that of one of efficiency and humanitarianism. He thought that we need dictators to keep people in check, that humans are a naturally disruptive species, and we should be ruled with an iron fist. Whilst he thought of man as a dangerous animal, he himself was a humanitarian; trying to do whatever part he could to help his fellow man.
    Another thing to note is that due to his military background he is quite tempered to side with an army-oriented ruling.
    So he basically thought a ruthless dictatorship with no checks on power was the best thing for humanity?

    That sure sounds sensible alright. Mussolini's Italy, the USSR under Stalin, and Burma under the Military junta are shining examples of humanitarianism

    Seriously though, name ten military dictatorships that weren't responsible for massive human rights violations and then maybe we'll talk about how "sensible" Heinlein was.
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  18. Post #138
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    May 2011
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    I've noticed books are much more enjoyable to people who read them on their own time, as opposed to being forced to read for school.

    It's a real shame a lot of people are turned off from great books because they're are forced to read them, and it becomes a chore.
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  19. Post #139
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    I had to read this for a class in college and it turned out to be one of the best books I've ever read.
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  20. Post #140
    Heinlein's views are actually very sensible, that of one of efficiency and humanitarianism.
    Hey this sounds very interesting, let's hear what he has to say

    He thought that we need dictators to keep people in check,
    nope
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  21. Post #141
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    August 2010
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    I was so hyped for Mass Effect Deception then people started giving it TERRIBLE reviews and complaining. I read an excerpt and holy hell it was bad. How can Michael Dietz do this?!
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  22. Post #142
    Hi, my name is mastermaul, and I'm a butt.
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    January 2008
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    http://www.foliosociety.com/book/STM/storm-of-steel

    Hot.

    I've fallen in love with this book, but my Penguin edition is kind of flimsy... When I get some extra dosh, I might have to put it down on this. Hardbound and illustrated just speaks all kinds of sexy.
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  23. Post #143
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    October 2010
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    I read the first one and mildly enjoyed it, but the second one just felt like a rehash of the first book. I haven't even bothered with the third one. Is it good? Or is it just typical youth fiction?
    Have no idea, haven't got the book yet, I should either tomorrow or Monday.
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  24. Post #144
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    February 2010
    13,705 Posts
    Hey this sounds very interesting, let's hear what he has to say



    nope
    I was waiting for this. Also, don't read that one Jewish book I posted about, it's bad. Like, really bad.

    Edited:

    Does anyone know where I can pick up a copy of the Necronomicon?
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  25. Post #145
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    May 2008
    9,130 Posts
    Try Barnes and Noble? I got my full collection of fiction from there (Lovecraft is apparently an essential writer, and I agree).
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  26. Post #146
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    April 2010
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    One of the staples of sci-fi, and one of my favorites. In the middle of my yearly re-read right now, having just hit so long and thanks for all the fish today. I like how pretty much every adaptation is a bit different, which goes a long way to keeping things fresh.

    Also, don't lynch me for this but i liked the movie.
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  27. Post #147
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    April 2011
    2,772 Posts
    My opinion on Starship Troopers:

    While I may not agree with the author's views, I think It was well written and made me think about what was introduced in the book.

    For a book from 1959, the descriptions of the way power armor works are fairly advanced, I think it really is an influential work.
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  28. Post #148
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    My book arrived, with Red dog for my friend, it is a short book (red dog) so I might read it before I give it to him.
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  29. Post #149
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    February 2012
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    Currently reading the road, it's the movie version of the book but i am enjoying it.
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  30. Post #150
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    August 2011
    501 Posts

    One of the staples of sci-fi, and one of my favorites. In the middle of my yearly re-read right now, having just hit so long and thanks for all the fish today. I like how pretty much every adaptation is a bit different, which goes a long way to keeping things fresh.

    Also, don't lynch me for this but i liked the movie.
    I liked it too. Everyone complained that it wasn't the same as the book and that the love interest was shoehorned in but it's all Adams' working. Every adaption of H2G2 exists in its own continuity and it was his idea to make Trillian a love interest. That and Martin Freeman was really good as Dent.
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  31. Post #151
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    Starting this:

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  32. Post #152
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    August 2010
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    Hey guys, I'm new to this thread. I've always been big on reading, but I'm not sure why. I don't know why, but Dean Koontz is one of my favorites.

    Also I'm reading this at the moment
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  33. Post #153
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    The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

    I'm starting the Dark Tower books.
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  34. Post #154
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    The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

    I'm starting the Dark Tower books.
    I read the first one, I liked it. I may go back and reread it then read the entire series.
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  35. Post #155
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    I've just finished Metro 2033 and it was the best book I have read. Does anyone know when Metro 2034 is going to be translated into English for E-book's?
    It's a huge disappointment you are not missing much
    Edited:
    I mean Metro2034, metro 2033 is an amazing book
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  36. Post #156
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    It's a huge disappointment you are not missing much
    Whatcha talking about? It's a great book!
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  37. Post #157
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    Whatcha talking about? It's a great book!
    I dunno, being the fan of metro 2033 I bought metro 2034 on it's first countrywide release night and read it next day
    The story was much weaker, characters less likable and overall writing felt worse
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  38. Post #158
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    Re-reading Magician by Raymond E. Feist. Such a great book in a great series.
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  39. Post #159
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    I dunno, being the fan of metro 2033 I bought metro 2034 on it's first countrywide release night and read it next day
    The story was much weaker, characters less likable and overall writing felt worse
    Eh, it was different in some ways, that's true. Especially the characters. But they were still interesting to follow, and plot twists were amusing.
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  40. Post #160
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    im reading this

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