Discussion in 'General' started by Weekly_Estimate, 7 Nov 2010.
Great book, one of my favourite of Banks'.
Just finished The Road - Cormac McCarthy.
One word review. "Brutal"
Chaos by James Gleick and Lord of the Flies
Revival by Stephen King. As a Lovecraft devotee this was just awesome!
Also Great Weird Tales, edited by S.T. Joshi, and several of Arthur Machen's stories (The Great God Pan, The Shining Pyramid, The Inmost Light, The Three Impostors), as found in this edition.
I found the ending to Revival really disturbing.
Great book though.
I've not long finished the Bridge trilogy by William Gibson.
Hot damn do I enjoy his writing.
Started Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, which so far is going well.
What about it was disturbing? Just curious. For me, it was one of the most satisfying endings of all of King's books.
Completely forgot several Batman comics, if that counts as well.
I'll PM you, as I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone.
Currently reading The Internet is not the Answer by Andrew Keen. A very interesting read so far, starts with a lengthy diatribe on where we are today but then goes into the stories and people behind the emergence of computing and networks.
Sounds interesting, I think I'll bang it on my Amazon wish list for the next time I do an order.
An excellent choice! I can highly recommend Anathem as well - it's a massive tomb of a book, but probably holds my record for number of re-reads vs time.
Think I might give that one a miss, as I'd rather not be buried in a book to read it...
Abandons Gate. Book 3 of the expanse trilogy. Soon to be made into a TV series.
The Great Shark Hunt - Hunter S. Thompson.
Great Powers and Geopolitical Change
The Black Prism: Book 1 of Lightbringer
Ray Celestin - The Axeman's Jazz
Nearing the end of my first read-through of A Song of Ice and Fire (about a third of the way through part 2 of Dance with Dragons)...
Currently reading The Winston Effect which is the official book on the life and work of Stan Winston. If you're not sure who he is, think of just about any major effects film from the 80's, 90's & 00's and you will have seen his work, even if you didn't realise it.
I've had it for a few years but only ever really looked at the photos and illustrations, read the captions and occasionally looked at some of the text that caught my eye whilst doing so. Its a fantastic collection of the body of work by probably one of the worlds greatest visual/special effects artists. It also shows just how much work is needed to capture even a fleeting moment of cinematic wonder which can easily be cut from the final film at the whim of the director.
Thoroughly recommended for anyone who is into all kinds of special effects work or has ever wondered "how did they do that?" when they see things like the full size T-Rex in Jurassic Park stomp across the screen.
53% through Seveneves by Neil Stevenson - it's aright, nothing a bit of editing couldn't fix... a bit repetitive and it mixes between dragging along and rushing ahead, doesn't seem to have a scene of pace.
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