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Old 25th July 2007, 01:24 PM   #1501 (permalink)
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Oops oh dear GOLLUM ... I am sorry. I do hope they manage to sort it out and send you the book in English.

And so you like whodunnits as well ... I like vintage whodunnits too especially if they are from the UK or are written like the ones in the UK. I especially liked locked door murders and country house murders. So, tell me more about this book of yours.

And you've got Mr Punch. One of the darkest of his graphic novels and very good for that.
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Old 25th July 2007, 01:34 PM   #1502 (permalink)
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Hooray Nesa's back on line...

Some interesting names here and not all you would immediately assume wrote whodunnits, the book includes: Bennett, Pushkin, O Henry, Lytton, d'Aurevilly, Poe, Hornung, Dickens, Leblanc, Hodgson, Twain, Carter, Dumas, Kipling, Stevenson, Bramah, Doyle, Shiel, Lowndes, Vivian, Clouston, Oppenheim, Daly King, Hardy, Orczy and Collins.

To answer you query Nesa I LOVE WHODUUNITS although I tend to enjoy the movies more than reading the books.
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Old 25th July 2007, 05:21 PM   #1503 (permalink)
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On the subject of Pullmans trilogy AND saving money, I recently ordered the trilogy in paperback from the sf&f bookclub for the total of 0.00. Not sure whether it's a mistake or not, but they honoured the 'sale'... =D
Whoa! I don't think anyone could really beat that. Unless it was free shipping.
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Old 25th July 2007, 05:24 PM   #1504 (permalink)
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Addy ... Earthsea was my introduction to LeGuin and I still love those books. There's a fourth book called Tehanu, which she wrote many, many years after she finished with the original trilogy.
Yes, I know about Tehanu and also that there's an omnibus edition called Earthsea Quartet, but I came to the conclusion that it would be cheaper to order the trilogy separately from Tehanu, since the Earthsea Quartet is a lot more expensive.
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Old 26th July 2007, 01:34 AM   #1505 (permalink)
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I've got all of those except the one by Banks so I'll be interested in your thoughts on them.....
At first I thought you were interested in my thoughts on Use of Weapons, but reading your post you meant the others. Oh well, now I've read them.

Lankhmar and Thieves House: The first surprised me with its sophistication, and I enjoyed the Lankhmar cityscape as described by Leiber. Really, the ultimate fantasy metropolis where New Crobuzon and Ankh-Morpork fall short. As for the second book, however, I found my interest quickly decreasing. The stories seemed to form a pattern: One of the characters (usually Fafhrd) would for some reason fall under a curse or some other sort of magical manipulation, and the other would rescue him.

Searoad I haven't read yet.

A Wrinkle in Time: I liked this one instantly. Somehow, it never fails: The children's tale stands out as superior in plotting and characterization to the adults' tales. Ms. L'Engle, with her classic novel, joins the ranks of outstandig writers such as Pratchett (Tiffany Aching Discworld subdivision), Le Guin (Annals of the Western Shore), Rushdie (Haroun and the Sea of Stories), Pullman (His Dark Materials), Lindgren (Ronia the Robber's Daughter) and Jansson (The Moomintroll). Being read immediately after Gaiman's Stardust, the latter resembles hardly more than an average Disney movie.

The Gunslinger: Obviously, Stephen King is not satisfied with making a good story, he makes it creepy in a way I've never read fantasy before. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.

Shadow and Claw: Like, what's not to like about a novel that discusses constructivism on page three?
Strange and wonderful in quite an unique way. Also, the only adult fantasy novel I've read (except Prince of Nothing, of course) that treats love in a plausible way. In other works, it seems to be something that can be put on standby with a flick of a button whenever the main plot needs progression. Not so in Wolfe's book.


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...I came to the conclusion that it would be cheaper to order the trilogy separately from Tehanu, since the Earthsea Quartet is a lot more expensive.
Yeah, but on the other hand, you get a really good cover (my avatar is from the Tehanu part); one of the few Earthsea covers where the characters are allowed to retain their real skin colour.
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Old 26th July 2007, 01:44 AM   #1506 (permalink)
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Yeah, but on the other hand, you get a really good cover (my avatar is from the Tehanu part); one of the few Earthsea covers where the characters are allowed to retain their real skin colour.

Yes, but on the other other hand, I get a hardcover instead of sc.
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Old 26th July 2007, 12:32 PM   #1507 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input Thadleiran. I agree with Lankmahr, it can become a little repetitive at times but Fahrd and the Grey Mouser are such fun it didn't bother me that much. As for Wolfe's Book Of The New Sun well the man's a genius enoiugh said but you simply must read the remaining novels, I have a felling you shan't be dissapointed. A Wrinkle In Time is an instant classic and whilst I'm still to read Gunslinger I'm very much looking forward to the experience. I haven't got around to SeaRoad myself yet either, so if you get there first I'll be very interested in your opinion...
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Old 28th July 2007, 12:09 AM   #1508 (permalink)
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Just got a copy of Michael Flynns Eifelheim as part of the Hugo best novel category.
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Have you read his The Wrecking of the River of Stars? Magnificent hard SF, while at the same time thoroughly analyzing the interactions and personalities of all individuals of a starship crew.
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Old 29th July 2007, 10:39 AM   #1510 (permalink)
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I also find that the Fafhrd-Mouser tales grow with rereading (though I have a bit of trouble with the final story of the cycle... it did seem to meander). There are subtleties within those stories that make them a joy to revisit....
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Old 29th July 2007, 01:35 PM   #1511 (permalink)
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Have you read his The Wrecking of the River of Stars? Magnificent hard SF, while at the same time thoroughly analyzing the interactions and personalities of all individuals of a starship crew.
No never read it, this is the firsrt thing I've ever tackled by Flynn so thanks for the tip...
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Old 29th July 2007, 01:45 PM   #1512 (permalink)
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I quite liked Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser when I first met them. There were a different kind of hero. The characters do grow on you as you go along, that is true.

There is also a graphic novel, which is well done indeed.

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Old 30th July 2007, 02:49 AM   #1513 (permalink)
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Just ordered The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition and am really excited for this to come in. It will be nice to have all the conan stories in one volume, plus it a really sharp looking book!

Picked up Elantris, and I am Legend from borders a few days ago. Good times with both of those books so far, especially I am Legend.

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Old 30th July 2007, 05:11 AM   #1514 (permalink)
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Just ordered The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition and am really excited for this to come in. It will be nice to have all the conan stories in one volume, plus it a really sharp looking book!
I've got it and I can guarantee you it's a beauty.

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Old 30th July 2007, 09:36 AM   #1515 (permalink)
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Just ordered The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition and am really excited for this to come in. It will be nice to have all the conan stories in one volume, plus it a really sharp looking book! .
Namaste to you too. And yes that is a lovely book. All the stories in the black and gold cover. It is indeed a beauty. Well bound. Falls open easily. Enjoy.
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