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Old 08-22-2012, 05:48 PM   #941 (permalink)
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Lately, I can't seem to finish shit so I took break from my usual reading material.. picked up some short sci-fi stories, namely from J.G. Ballard and James Blish. I enjoyed Ballard's "Billenium". It's a very short story (probably published in a magazine). The story isn't fleshed out but it's a thought provoking (if depressing) look into the effects of overpopulation.
I'm just now starting on Common Time (Blish). Anyone familiar with these writers?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:51 AM   #942 (permalink)
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Lately, I can't seem to finish shit so I took break from my usual reading material.. picked up some short sci-fi stories, namely from J.G. Ballard and James Blish. I enjoyed Ballard's "Billenium". It's a very short story (probably published in a magazine). The story isn't fleshed out but it's a thought provoking (if depressing) look into the effects of overpopulation.
I'm just now starting on Common Time (Blish). Anyone familiar with these writers?
I've never read but seems like a good idea reading short stories. I may even check out those ones you mentioned. Struggling to read yet having the time to read is not great.

I enjoyed reading GK Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries as short stories, if you're interested Svart.
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I've never read but seems like a good idea reading short stories. I may even check out those ones you mentioned. Struggling to read yet having the time to read is not great.

I enjoyed reading GK Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries as short stories, if you're interested Svart.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Brown

I really enjoyed reading them.

I'm working my way out of early 1990s Observer newsletters and PWTorchs, and then going to force myself to pick up my reading. Going to read Jason Manfords book soon I reckon.
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Friend posted an extract from Fifty Shades of Grey on Facebook.

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I've read extracts and I think the people who like it, have never really watched porn or had a decent sex life before.
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Just started "The Dice Man"
IT's pretty awesome.
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“I shared my office on 57th Street with Dr Jacob Ecstein, young (thirty-three), dynamic (two books published), intelligent (he and I usually agreed), personable (everyone liked him), unattractive (no one loved him), anal (he plays the stock market compulsively), oral (he smokes heavily), non-genital (doesn’t seem to notice women), and Jewish (he knows two Yiddish slang words). Our mutual secretary was a Miss Reingold. Mary Jane Reingold, old (thirty-six), undynamic (she worked for us), unintelligent (she prefers Ecstein to me), personable (everyone felt sorry for her), unattractive (tall, skinny, glasses, no one loved her), anal (obsessively neat), oral (always eating), genital (trying hard), and non-Jewish (finds use of two Yiddish slang words very intellectual). Miss Reingold greeted me efficiently.”
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Started 'A Dance with Dragons' this week, 200 pages in and already enjoying it more than 'A Feast For Crows' which was good but took about 500 pages to really get going IMO.
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Started 'A Dance with Dragons' this week, 200 pages in and already enjoying it more than 'A Feast For Crows' which was good but took about 500 pages to really get going IMO.
Yeah, Dance of Dragons is better than Feast For Crows, but it's not a very wide margin as far as quality. It's the pacing, the events transpiring, all coming together in DoD that make it a better book in my opinion, there's SO much fallout to deal with. Of course I won't spoil it, but it's a great book.

I'd recommend to anyone that enjoys the Fantasy genre: The Wheel of Time series. I've been an avid reader from a very young age & yet this series is hands down the best I've ever read. There are 15 total books including the New Spring which serves as a Prologue for the entire series & I've been through the entire series 4 times over the years.

If you're a fan of character development, war on a global scale throughout dimensions of time & space, & badass abilities, this is the one for you.
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