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Old 10th July 2011, 03:02 PM   #5866 (permalink)
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I have to admit it: The last classic that I tried to read was Earth Abides. I really tried. Honest. Got one hundred and something pages into it and just couldn't do it.
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Old 10th July 2011, 06:52 PM   #5867 (permalink)
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Hmm, I know the feeling JustPassingThrough. I tried to read "Last and First Men" some years ago and struggled. I think I would have a better chance if I tried again now.
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Old 11th July 2011, 02:31 AM   #5868 (permalink)
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I do admit, antiloquax, that there are some books now that I think of that if I went back I could more or less get into them, per-say- however, there is another part of me that says the opportunity would be worse now because being older I wouldn't have the patience and the thought running through my head as I tried would be: There are so many books and not enough time.
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Old 12th July 2011, 06:37 AM   #5869 (permalink)
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Dozois, ed. - The Year's Best Science Fiction, 27th and 28th Annual (missed last year's)
de Camp - The Queen of Zamba (been looking for this for years under either title)

It's real cute what they're doing these days - the 28th is half the thickness of any of 1-27. At least it contains the same wordage/pageage, but it's on onion-skin paper, basically. I can see the damned paper shrinking into pixels right now. "We'll force you to read e-books whether you want to or not, by making the books so crappy they might as well be paperless nobacks! Mwahahaha!"

Anyway, glad to have these, even so.

-- Weird. I typed this up almost two hours ago and came back to my browser window and realized I'd never posted it. Anyway, I've now read the Summation and what does he talk about? The explosion of e-books.

And I now have a headache from seeing the backwards text on the other side of the page underlaying the text on the reading side of the page which is, itself, black on gray paper.
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Old 12th July 2011, 08:17 PM   #5870 (permalink)
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Just bought A Dance With Dragons!

Whoop-dee-damn-do.
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Old 13th July 2011, 12:33 PM   #5871 (permalink)
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Collected Stories Vol. 1 by Richard Matheson
Journal of the Gun Years by Richard Matheson
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Old 13th July 2011, 12:39 PM   #5872 (permalink)
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Never heard of that one. What's it about?

OH yeh and I personally felt Incredible Shrinking Man was very good, not far off the excellence of I Am Legend in fact.....

Still need to get my copy of A Dance With Dragons...maybe this weekend.
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Old 13th July 2011, 12:43 PM   #5873 (permalink)
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Never heard of that one. What's it about?

OH yeh and I personally felt Incredible Shrinking Man was very good, not far off the excellence of I Am Legend in fact.....

Still need to get my copy of A Dance With Dragons...maybe this weekend.
Its a dark western story as it takes a more real loon on the old west, take down myths.

About a young man who finds the journal of a murdered gunfighter who he saw as hero of his. The diary of the gunfighter shows how unromantic,poor the life of a gunfighter really is. He won big western award for it. One of my fav writers writing a western is ideal for me.

Shrinking Man was so weak because i read just days after I Am Legend. I cant believe its so weak that i didnt even finish it in hindsight. I should try it later after i read these books.
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Old 13th July 2011, 05:39 PM   #5874 (permalink)
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Dance with Dragons just arrived, along with:
Warriors anthology
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The first 3 books of the Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham
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Old 13th July 2011, 05:45 PM   #5875 (permalink)
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Shrinking Man was so weak because i read just days after I Am Legend. I cant believe its so weak that i didnt even finish it in hindsight. I should try it later after i read these books.
I couldn't bring myself to finish it either. It's very poorly written.
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I really enjoyed "The Shrinking Man". Maybe I read it before "I am Legend". Anyway, I have only read those two. Based on the films, I quite fancy reading "Stir of Echoes" and "What Dreams May Come". I am ignorant of his other work.
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John Shirley - Eclipse Corona. I read the first in the trilogy a zillion years ago and it's taken me that long to find the second and third. Now I can finally read the whole thing - though I still won't get to it for awhile yet.
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Yeah! It came today...



That may be my favorite cover yet.
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Old 14th July 2011, 11:08 AM   #5879 (permalink)
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I really enjoyed "The Shrinking Man". Maybe I read it before "I am Legend". Anyway, I have only read those two. Based on the films, I quite fancy reading "Stir of Echoes" and "What Dreams May Come". I am ignorant of his other work.
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Stir Of Echoes is definitely worth a read as is Hell House (both made into films) and as I understand it Bid Time Returns (Somewhere In Time) which I own but have not yet read. I haven't read What Dreams May Come, which the Robin Williams film was based on. A lot of Matheson's books have been made into films actually with varying results. You should also try his short stories antiloquax, many collections available e.g. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet , Duel etc.

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Old 14th July 2011, 11:11 AM   #5880 (permalink)
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OOPS..I should have said today in my lunchbreak....

Dance of Dragons - George R.R. Martin *A lovely HB edn. at 50% discount. Yeh!
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