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1 What books are you reading? on Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:37 am

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 Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:49 am

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:

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3 Re: What books are you reading? on Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:26 pm

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 Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:36 am

An anthology of eclectic speculative fiction short stories, ‘Moondust Memories’, by Vaughan Stanger:

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5 Re: What books are you reading? on Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:25 pm

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 Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:46 am

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.

"To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity."

Oscar Wilde
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