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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2005, 08:14:46 pm »
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Well, since the topics doesn't say anything about having to be new books, I nominate the Lord of the Rings.
Definitely, I totally agree with you.

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Let's see... Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time is a good fantasy series.  I hear tell that book 11 will be out this year sometime.
I read the first three...started the fourth, until I realized that absolutely nothing was happening...I'm not saying it's a bad series, I'm just saying that I need something a little faster paced.

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Anything by Orson Scott Card is quite amazing, very good author.
I totally agree with that. I'm rereading the Shadow series right now, since Shadow of the Giant just came out, and I want to refresh my memory of the rest of the series. Awesome awesome stuff. I don't think I've read any book of his that didn't blow me away. One of the best contemporary authors, IMO.


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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2005, 08:38:24 am »
I know what you mean Jinx. I started reading the Eye of the World (the first one of the series) and couldn't get past the first few chapters at first, so I set it aside, read Hitchhiker's Guide again (all 5) and then picked it up again and told myself not to stop. Once I got into it, I was hooked. It's a bit slow in places, but pretty deep.

I've wanted to read that George R. R. Martin stuff, but never got around to it, I will try this summer I guess (in between video games).
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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2005, 07:43:09 am »
I've wanted to read that George R. R. Martin stuff, but never got around to it, I will try this summer I guess (in between video games).

Read it ... NOW! George R. R. Martin is so much better than Jordan you'll never read The Wheel of Time again. His first book (A Game of Thrones) is a little slow, but it gets good fast. I read that series three times already and I can't wait for A Feast for Crows (the 4th book) to come out in July.
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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2005, 08:53:24 am »
That was a surprisingly emphatic response.

I guess now I HAVE to look into it, lest I anger the almighty Steve. ;D

Concerning slowness in books, I find that often the books that are the best do start off rather slow. Or simply at least.
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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2005, 08:22:50 pm »
I started reading the Song of Ice and Fire series, and so far it's pretty good.  It seems more hardcore than, say, the Lord of the Rings.  It's enjoyable, and I'm on book 2, just got it Thursday before watching Star Wars Episode 3.

Sorry I didn't follow your advice right away, as you suggested I should, Steve.  However I have a fairly credible cop out.  I had to study for finals.  Yeah, I know, it's kinda weak, but it works (most of the time).

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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2005, 08:55:36 pm »
This is a great thread.  I think I'll go pick up Singularity and check back here after i finish it.

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« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2005, 09:26:50 pm »
I started reading the Song of Ice and Fire series, and so far it's pretty good.  It seems more hardcore than, say, the Lord of the Rings.  It's enjoyable, and I'm on book 2, just got it Thursday before watching Star Wars Episode 3.

Sorry I didn't follow your advice right away, as you suggested I should, Steve.  However I have a fairly credible cop out.  I had to study for finals.  Yeah, I know, it's kinda weak, but it works (most of the time).

-Morslok

Heh, well it gets pretty crazy now. Book 2 is just nuts, and book 3 is insane. Can't wait for book 4, just a few months away I believe...
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« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2005, 11:39:35 pm »
Just picked up HammerJack by Marc D. Giller. 
   Seemed interesting enough in the store.  First 100 pages of 355 just arent that at all.
   Pretty much it's turning into an everyone in the future is hopped up on synthetic drugs, typical small resistance that wants to destroy technology and this shadow company creates an overly powerful AI.  The only interesting character in the book so far just died an unfitting death by falling out a spaceship.  That and i keep getting lost every few pages because the author keeps putting in gadgets and tech that he doesnt explain and leaves it to the reader to figure out.
   It does seem work in a wierd sort of way.  It seems like the story is almost over but there are 255 more pages.  I just wonder what's in the rest of those pages to keep the story going which gives hope that the book will get better.

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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2005, 09:50:10 am »
Damn you people, I have far to much to do, and now you taunt me with good books to read.  I took me over a year just to get around to reading Prey.  I'm now in State of Fear and who knows how long it will take for me to finish it.

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« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2005, 02:33:36 pm »
Forgot about this thread.  I fiinshed HammerJack and don't recommend it.  Never did get interesting.  Reading Ringworld now, seems like this book is going to be much better.

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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2005, 06:54:29 pm »
I tried reading Ringworld and found it ridiculously dry and boring.  I've always had trouble with the Harder scifi writers like Niven.  I'm reading Wen Spencer's Tinker right now which would be more fun if I liked Elves and/or lived in Pittsburgh.  If you do, then you might enjoy it.  -leeman

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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2005, 02:07:04 pm »
I definetely agree about Lord of the Rings, the books far outdo the movies (which were still pretty good). Can't count the number of times I've read Tolkien's work.
One of my more recent favorites is Eragon, by Christopher Paulini. I believe that the second book in the trilogy is coming out in August sometime.
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Re: You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« Reply #27 on: August 07, 2005, 02:44:09 am »
I seriously disagree with fans of the Wheel of Time.  The problem isn't that it gets tedious, it's that the "heroes" are evil and manipulative.  And it's not done ironically, it's as if the author actually approves of their actions and presents them as if they were completely noble.  Personally I do not consider institutional coercion, stalinist purges, forced-labor camps, turning petty leaders into dupes and paper-dragons, and well, authoritarianism, to be the marks of a hero.
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