August 2019: Reading Thread

dannymcg

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Bipedal aliens with vaguely human features? That's one thing the books remedied. Or tried to at least. They introduced some very unique aliens and cultures they didn't have the technology to show on screen.
No, there were two main alien types in this book, one had three legs and the other species had multiple legs.
I meant which way they talked, their stilted dialogue was like Native Americans in the 1950's Westerns...and TOS aliens in Star Trek
 

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No, there were two main alien types in this book, one had three legs and the other species had multiple legs.
I meant which way they talked, their stilted dialogue was like Native Americans in the 1950's Westerns...and TOS aliens in Star Trek
Gotcha. Aliens as cultural stereotypes.
 

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Reading Lord of Shadow by Cassandra Clare. Very more-ish in the way quality YA is - full of action and surprises, and very clear writing and human emotions. Can only process so much at a go because it's very heavy on the emotion and drama, but keep coming back to it very quickly.
And then I get to the end and it's just a big sack of meh and crap.
 

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Now I'm starting on Commando by Jon Evans and James Evans. This is book one of the (4 books so far) series Royal Marines Space Commandos
I couldn't get properly into this book, it seemed paced wrong somehow.
I couldn't quite put my finger on what specifically didn't feel okay.
I've gave up on it but I might go back to it one day.

So, for a bit of comfort reading after my frustrations, I'm onto an old favourite for a reread, The Mote in God's Eye.
 

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I couldn't get properly into this book, it seemed paced wrong somehow.
I couldn't quite put my finger on what specifically didn't feel okay.

funny that's how i still think of silence of the lambs, the movie, today
 

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I started the month with Edward Savio's Books Alexander X and Ancient Among Us. I'm on the latter right now. Then I'm starting Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard book series.
 

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Well they will not be getting my review, what a horrible novel and it is meant to be a classic. It jumped backwards and forwards too much for my liking. Of course it involves a religious sect/cult order, and the worst kind. 0/5. Not a classic in my opinion.
I liked it a good amount but it did take to the very last line to fully deliver for me. Some bits have stayed with me forever
 

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Well they will not be getting my review, what a horrible novel and it is meant to be a classic. It jumped backwards and forwards too much for my liking. Of course it involves a religious sect/cult order, and the worst kind. 0/5. Not a classic in my opinion.
I'm of a similar mind. I've never got on well with Atwood's writing.
 

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Judith Paris, the second Herries book, by Hugh Walpole. I’m reading a fine first edition, first impression, from 1931. Lovely.
 

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So, for a bit of comfort reading after my frustrations, I'm onto an old favourite for a reread, The Mote in God's Eye.
I’d had this on the shelf for a small number of years and had been really looking forward to it after I immensely enjoyed Lucifer’s Hammer. The theme, the authors, the recommendations, everything seemed to be in its favour yet strangely I didn’t really enjoy it. I think it was the characters that I didn’t really take to.
 

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I am reading Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. The first one I read was Chasm City and thought it was one of the best sci fi I've ever read. But then I read Revelation Space and it seemed a little slow and cumbersome in comparison but not bad. Anyone else share that opinion and like some of his other work better than the RS trilogy? It may have been me because I was getting home late and trying to read it while tired.
 
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