so close to finishing...
so close to finishing...
Who can recommend me some good Steampunk and Science Fiction books?
in terms of sci-fi Iain M. Banks is one of my favourite authors.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Does anyone know where I can pick up a copy of the Necronomicon?
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Currently reading the road, it's the movie version of the book but i am enjoying it.
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
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
I'm starting the Dark Tower books.
The story was much weaker, characters less likable and overall writing felt worse
Re-reading Magician by Raymond E. Feist. Such a great book in a great series.
im reading this