I havn't read the books, I am very interested though.
Currently reading The Testament by John Grisham. Closing in on the end, and so far its been an easy enjoyable read.
Ilium, by Dan Simmons.
Won the Hugo Award, btw. Good shit. Any book where the protagonist states "fuck the Muse" in the first chapter has my vote.
Plus, where also can you read about a hyped up Diomedes try and take down 2 Greek gods in one day?
^^ Ilium and its sequel Olympos are great and funny. I like Dan Simmons style in those books and how he mix hard(ish) sci-fi with ancient history and humour. Brilliant.
I'm currently reading Song of Ice and Fire series, i'm in the middle of the second book (A Clash of Kings), i read A Game of Thrones last week, and so far so good. I like how RR Martin doesn't rely that much on magic or weird creatures to develop an interesting (and thus far pretty captivating for me) plot in a fantasy/medieval world. Sure there are mentions to drangons, extrange creatures living in the outter limits of the world and old (now extinct) races but (as I've said, at least until the point i'm right now) there are no ad-hoc appareances of magical and unheard-of solutions to character situations (say, being rescued by a giant eagle or "That was done by a wizard").
This is termed deux ex machina and is regarded as poor writing/story telling. Sometimes it is used for comedic effect, but mostly the use of it is just someone being lazy or abusive to the audience.Originally Posted by Storm
currently reading Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis.
good read so far, the story makes you think a lot about change.
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I prefer using the correct terminology, as ad-hoc is just as bad and not entirely accurate. I wanted to add the terminology in case you weren't aware of it so you could look it up and see other examples. I hate the use of it, but some shows laud it, like Star Trek (in fact Futurama lampooned this particular point).
Clearly they didn't because mvsf1 disagreed with my points about this.....Originally Posted by Natzo
But yes, they commonly used this and several other reviled techniques on Lost. It is one of the many things I disliked about Lost. Plus the finale was just lame, it was like a homage to deus ex machina.
Enough of this shit. There are book reviews on Lost's thread and now Lost chitchat in here?
Back to books: Thoughts about Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon? wikipedia article
I enjoyed it a lot, but i'm a computer scientist so my sense of humour and background is optimal for this book(s). I wonder what do people with other backgrounds think about it and if you got bored/lost when any member of the Waterhouse family goes ultra-nerd.
I also tried to read "Baroque Cycle" but i got bored in the third novel, original Cryptonomicon is much better imo (the storyline with Sir Isaac Newton in the first Baroque novel is kinda good but overall I find it mediocre).
i read THE BATTLE FOR STALINGRAD (William craig) some time ago, good in recreations, and very rich describing the miserable life conditions.
It doesnt go deep into human mind though.
Not that kind of book, but a good read for war books/movies fans who want to go beyond the bullets and explosions.
ps. i would give that kafka's book a try, im searching for more "classics" books, something i have always feared because of complex languaje, but now i feel in the mood for it
any more recommendations for a beginer?
Not a book, but I seriously recommend Max Tegmark's papers on physics. I was inspired after reading Neal Stephenson's Anathem.
Good stuff, and non-technical enough that laymen like me can still appreciate it.
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I've been plowing through books this last couple of weeks:
Recoil - Andy McNab
Interesting story and felt like it was told from a soldier's perspective. Chapters were really short, which stuck out at me, but it was an easy enjoyable read. I'm just starting Liberation Day of McNab's now.
Dead and Kicking - Geoffrey McGeachin
Australian crime/thriller fiction and was pretty good. Very fast paced, easy read (polished the book off in roughly a day) and enjoyable. The author though was either trying to be too ocker/Aussie, or he was being satirical (I believe it had to be the former, unless he like subtle juxtaposition of class and elegance with "common" language). The other thing was it read like an Ian Flemming novel with more American bashing. This wasn't a bad thing, but I can see why it didn't appeal to a wider audience.
I'm pretty much convinced that I've read too many "arty" books. These last couple took me days to read, rather than feeling like a labour. I remember trudging through stuff like Robinson Crusoe, Prince and the Pauper, Faust, The Divine Comedy, etc. Sure they were great, but they were so much work for the reader. Now I'm realising that it doesn't have to be.