The Literature Thread

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by Rex Kramer » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:03 am

Currently reading Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill. It's a pretty decent post apocalypse, robots rule the world kind of thing. Nicely written, moves along at a good pace and has some interesting ideas. I'd recommend it.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:36 am

Got a Kobo Libra H20 for Xmas and it's a strawberry floating marvel. It's my first eReader and it's so light and the screen is so sharp it's like the first time I held an iPad all over again

Currently reading Ted Chiang's Exhalation collection of short stories and it is excellent

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by poshrule_uk » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:53 pm

Can anyone recommend a decent app to track authors so you get notified when they release new books.

I use good reads but find it's not really suitable for that it it's OK for what I have read/want to read

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by Dowbocop » Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:45 pm

poshrule_uk wrote:Can anyone recommend a decent app to track authors so you get notified when they release new books.

I use good reads but find it's not really suitable for that it it's OK for what I have read/want to read

Not sure about an app, but maybe follow the authors you like on Twitter and set them up in a specific list (Tweetcaster lets you do that but I'm not sure if it's a standard feature of Twitter, I rarely use Twitter to be honest). Maybe there are accounts that solely list new releases as well, not sure.

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by Jenuall » Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:55 pm

This thread being bumped just reminded me that Taf is still AWOL. :(

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by kazanova_Frankenstein » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:53 pm

Reading The Last Smile In Sunder City by Luke Arnold (yes, Long John Silver). Its an absolutely fantastic fantasy novel set in a grimy world where magic abruptly ceased to exist, and the fallout encountered by the mythical beings when it happened. There is a pretty clear allegory re fearing the unknown and sense of identity, but there is also lots of nuance to it and i'm really really enjoying his writing style.

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by Zilnad » Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:40 pm

Finished reading Brave New World yesterday and spent all day so far reading Hamlet. This lockdown with the bank holiday weather could last forever and I'd be so contented :wub:

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by Lex-Man » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:13 pm

I'm reading Horus Rising the 40k novel and I just wanted to know if anyone else has read it, how much does the turn to chaos happen in this novel? I guessing as it's part of a trilogy not far.

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by Zilnad » Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:39 pm

Finished Macbeth this morning and I've now started reading A Confederacy of Dunces which has already made me laugh out loud. I don't think I've ever laughed at a book, even Alan Partridge only makes me smile, so this book's definitely doing something right. Looking forward to reading more.

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by poshrule_uk » Sun May 10, 2020 10:35 am

I have been reading a bit recently, think I'm on about 9 book's for the year so far

Last 3 I have read

26.2 miles to happiness by Paul Tomkinson about his battle to run a sub 3 hour marathon. Found this surprising, funny in places and being a runner a lot I could relate to and included aspects of his life too.

The 15 life's of Harry August by Claire north - I really enjoyed this one, I loved the concept of someone living the same life over and over.

Little dribbling by Bill bryson - a sequel to notes from a. Small island. Not read much bryson for years so that was nice to get involved with that again.

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by SMPL » Mon May 11, 2020 12:58 am

Read The Plague over the weekend. Seemed slightly morbid at points but the book is fundamentally optimistic, and Camus has a great understanding of how individuals' states of minds and reactions to something like this.

Next will be something totally different. Maybe I, Claudius or Memoirs of Hadrian.

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by Lex-Man » Mon May 11, 2020 10:54 am

I'm reading False Gods the second of the 40k Horus books. Read a philosophy primer before that. Want to try and read some Camus but am building up.to it as I tried reading one of his books and didn't get very far.

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by Rex Kramer » Mon May 11, 2020 11:01 am

I've recently started working through the Rivers of London books. Not a bad read, reminiscent of the Dresden Files books but with a British twist.

Noticed that Frost/Pegg's production company had picked up the TV rights so that might be something to keep an eye out for.

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by Memento Mori » Mon May 11, 2020 11:33 am

Book 7 of The Wheel of Time was the slowest so far and all the major plot developments seemed to occur in the last 100 pages but I still enjoyed it.

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by poshrule_uk » Mon May 18, 2020 12:00 pm

Just read the chain by Adrian mckinty

Good concept that your child gets kidnapped and yiy then have to kidnap another child in order to get yours back.
Tailed off towards the end but it was a decent popcorn book.

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by Lex-Man » Mon May 18, 2020 12:03 pm

Memento Mori wrote:Book 7 of The Wheel of Time was the slowest so far and all the major plot developments seemed to occur in the last 100 pages but I still enjoyed it.


It's book 8 onwards that are meant to be the best books in the series.

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by Cuttooth » Mon May 18, 2020 12:04 pm

Lex-Man wrote:
Memento Mori wrote:Book 7 of The Wheel of Time was the slowest so far and all the major plot developments seemed to occur in the last 100 pages but I still enjoyed it.


It's book 8 onwards that are meant to be the best books in the series.


Is this like when an RPG only starts to get good 70 hours in?

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by Memento Mori » Mon May 18, 2020 12:09 pm

Cuttooth wrote:
Lex-Man wrote:
Memento Mori wrote:Book 7 of The Wheel of Time was the slowest so far and all the major plot developments seemed to occur in the last 100 pages but I still enjoyed it.


It's book 8 onwards that are meant to be the best books in the series.


Is this like when an RPG only starts to get good 70 hours in?

I'm sure I've heard that books 8-10 are the worst of the series. It's been good up til now.

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by Lex-Man » Fri May 22, 2020 12:22 am

Memento Mori wrote:
Cuttooth wrote:
Lex-Man wrote:
Memento Mori wrote:Book 7 of The Wheel of Time was the slowest so far and all the major plot developments seemed to occur in the last 100 pages but I still enjoyed it.


It's book 8 onwards that are meant to be the best books in the series.


Is this like when an RPG only starts to get good 70 hours in?

I'm sure I've heard that books 8-10 are the worst of the series. It's been good up til now.


I have book 1 but haven't read it yet.

Finished False Gods have bought book three is the series. Really enjoyed it as it built on the previous book and had more of a single narrative. Horus rises feels a bit like three short stories with little connecting tissue. Moved on to Lab Rats a book about the modern work place as I wanted a change of pace before more Warhammer 40k stuff.

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by poshrule_uk » Fri May 22, 2020 7:14 am

Just read identity crisis by Ben Elton, been about 10-15 years since I read one of his books.

Decent concept about political correctness, some murders thrown in and a referendum campaign.

It's clearly a little far fetched but made a nice change.


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