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1 What books are you reading? on Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:37 pm

Currently starting the third book of Liu Cixin's Three Body Problem Trilogy.

The series gets progressively better as you go along. Definitely one of the best series of hard sc-fi books I've ever read.

It deals with issues like alien invasion, the Fermi paradox, galactic communication, the human spirit, betrayal, runaway climate change and technological progress.

The revelation at the end of The Dark Forest (book two) is a staggering insight as to why we appear to be relatively alone in the universe. It's so feasible that you'd think it was slap-in-the-face obvious in retrospect, but I've only ever heard a notion like it once before.

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2 Re: What books are you reading? on Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:49 pm

I was reading Time and Relative Dissertations in Space but I was reading it out of order and then put it down for a couple of weeks and then forgot what bits I had read and what bits I had not.

So I started Keith Booker's The Dystopian Impulse in Modern Literature: Fiction as Social Criticism. It's alright.

The most interesting thing I have read lately is how Paramount bought the film rights for War of the Worlds from H.G. Wells in 1925 and there were several failed attempts to get it green lit. Hitchcock was lined up at one point in the '30s.

It was a magazine article but it's mentioned here: http://markbourne.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/alternate-universe-movies-alfred.html

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3 Re: What books are you reading? on Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:26 am

Mark Kermode's The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex. Also, The Communist Manifesto.

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4 Re: What books are you reading? on Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:36 pm

An anthology of eclectic speculative fiction short stories, ‘Moondust Memories’, by Vaughan Stanger: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moondust-Memories-Vaughan-Stanger-ebook/dp/B00GMQYJXA/ref=la_B007FP6ZIO_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1506608411&sr=1-6

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5 Re: What books are you reading? on Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:25 am

I have recently rediscovered the Sage of Baltimore, one Henry Louis Mencken. A master of the essay.

The Hills of Zion
Sister Aimee
The Sahara of the Bozart
Diary of a Retreat
Recollections of Notable Cops
The Noble Experiment

Tremendously entertaining, insightful and witty; a black belt wordsmith. The Colossus of American letters of the Jazz Age and easily one of the finest prose writers of the first half of the 20th Century.

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6 Re: What books are you reading? on Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:46 pm

Tom Sharpe's The Throwback. His later works lacked the spark of his classic period, and for me this is the peak of his output - savage farce at its finest.


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7 Re: What books are you reading? on Sun May 13, 2018 4:06 pm

I am two-thirds of the way through Paradise Lost but can't be fucked to finish it. I don't care if everybody else thinks it's a master piece, it bores the arse off me.

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8 Re: What books are you reading? on Sun May 13, 2018 4:33 pm

Place and Leisure. It is a study book I'm revising for my final uni assignment

As for fiction I'm halfway through the first Red Dwarf novel and really enjoying it. One of the most entertaining and amusing books I've read in a long while. Love the additional content and the larger sense of scale. When I finish I think I might start the Blake's 7 novel called "Project Avalon".

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