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There is some really good shit in here and I'm only 50 pages in.
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:40 pm
coldbrightsunlight wrote:It is very very good and those are my feelings
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:32 pm
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:03 pm
coldbrightsunlight wrote:Interesting. I've only read Seveneves by Stephenson but I definitely want to check out other books.
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:30 pm
Bloodhammer wrote:coldbrightsunlight wrote:Interesting. I've only read Seveneves by Stephenson but I definitely want to check out other books.
I've read a few. Seveneves wasn't his best IMO, but not bad either.
Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle are historical fiction with sci-fi elements (and a couple of made-up islands) - The Baroque Cycle being a prequel to Cryptonomicon. Both stories have to do with cryptography and computation as central themes. TBC also has a lot to do with the transition from feudalism and alchemy to modern western society and the rise of science.
Snow Crash is a really good cyberpunk novel taking place in an alternate-history early 1990's that (sometimes hilariously) anticipates what the internet will be like. The sillyness doesn't detract from the story, though. It actually makes it as enjoyable as it is. I'd say it's a must-read if you're going to get into Stephenson.
Anathem is a sort of sci-fi epic with a high fantasy type of setting, in that it takes place on another world very much just like Earth, but it's not at all a Tolkien or Martin fantasy world with dragons and elves and such. It's another version of Earth in which the schools of the ancient Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates, etc. (but with different names) never faded into history and continue on within a separate/special class of (otherwise ordinary) people. I won't spoil the plot, but it's, well, epic. LOL There are some made-up words, but they aren't overdone IMO like in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.
Reamde (the typo is intentional) is a present-day thriller having to do with a ransomware virus aimed at exploiting gamers that winds up on a flash drive and blows up into an international incident. I can't really say much more about it without spoiling it, but it's intense. Think spy movie, but bigger.
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:23 pm
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:34 pm
oscillateur wrote:I'm finishing Stand on Zanzibar by Brunner. Good book (considering it's almost 50 years old now) but it took me quite a while to get used to it (the narration is quite special and it's futurism from the sixties...).
Next on the Kindle (not sure in which order) :
- Authority by Jeff Vandermeer (I really like Vandermeer, Borne was great)
- H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald
- Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz (recommendation from Warren Ellis' newsletter)
- Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente (recommendation from Warren Ellis' newsletter)
- Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
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