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  1. John Sclazi's The Collapsing Empire

    Wow, this is an homage to Asimov's Foundation series if ever there was one. (The original Foundation, before he blended it with the Robots universe.) Well done and fun to read.

    Volker
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2018
    I'm reading Alexander Theroux's "Darconville's Cat", one of the forgotten masterpieces of the twentieth century.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
  2. Never heard of that one. I once did read Wilson's "Schrödinger's Cat" trilogy. Not that one had anything to do with the other. smile
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  3. For some reason I associate it more with The Hound of Baskerville wink
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2018
    I haven't read a fiction books in fucking ages.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2018
    Captain Future wrote
    Never heard of that one. I once did read Wilson's "Schrödinger's Cat" trilogy. Not that one had anything to do with the other. smile


    well if you like highly inventive books, I'd recommend the Theroux book. There's all kinds of fun in it, chapters in poetry, Shakespearean plays, lots of hilarious lists, etc.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
  4. Sounds like something that could interest me. Besides, I fully expect you to tackle "Finnegans Wake" next. biggrin
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2018
    Captain Future wrote
    Sounds like something that could interest me. Besides, I fully expect you to tackle "Finnegans Wake" next. biggrin


    after I finish Ulysses, that's actually next on my list! I read the first chapter of the Wake a while ago. It is definitely not gibberish, but the few hints of intelligible English are hidden under mounds of complex puns and foreign languages, which makes reading it feel rather like a dream; bits of understandable coherence among sludge.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
  5. Fuck Finnegans Wake.
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2018
    I recently read Italo Calvino's short novel "Invisible Cities" structured as a conversation between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, during which Polo describes the cities he has visited on his travels, but it is in truth a meditation on experience and how it is constructed and revised. It is a masterpiece, profound and moving, and the last paragraph gave me goosebumps. A must read.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
  6. Ready Player One - Earnest Cline

    I didn't see the film in cinema and wanted to read the book before I would eventually see the film on BluRay. I have advanced to page 100 right now (of roughly 500) and can't say it has gripped me so far. Which is curious since I am a child of the 80s and a science fiction buff. I was never into video gaming but still I get most of the references. But for some reason I find that constant fan serving nerding around, that mono-thematic approach rather boring. The characters also feel one dimensional and stereotyped. I don't know if this will eventually evolve into a thriller. I hope the long build up pays off.

    Volker
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  7. It's not a very well written book. Killer concept, poor prose and characters. In fact I prefer the film for that reason.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2018
    It's a geeky wet dream, and Wade is a bit too infallible. But I enjoyed it. I'm not sure a supposedly grown man of 30 should admit to liking a YA novel, but there you go.
  8. The implied message of "immerse yourself to an unhealthy degree in your hobbies and interests and it will one day make you rich and successful as opposed to broke and miserable with no clue what to do with your life" also rubs me the wrong way. That one hit a bit too close to home.
  9. A very good observation. The books makes me look at my scifi bookshelf and the DVD board with mixed feelings.
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