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I'm reading Contact by Carl Sagan. On the face of it, it should be a book i adore but the author has the same tendency as Dan Brown to show off his knowledge and research a bit too much, which can detract from the story for me.
 

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I'm reading Contact by Carl Sagan. On the face of it, it should be a book i adore but the author has the same tendency as Dan Brown to show off his knowledge and research a bit too much, which can detract from the story for me.
it's a matter of taste... i actually think that book is better than the movie but the movie is not bad either. as for dan brown is last 2 books are a bit out there for me. actually probably the last 3... imaginative but too out of the field. Nothing wrong with having imagination but unless it's fantasy do try to keep it in the probability kingdom ok?
By the way does anyone besides me know of sven hassel here?
 

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by the way, it just come to mind, are brad meltzer and brad thor by any chance related? i just ask because they write the same genre, have the same first name, are considered both nº1 writers and i dislike both of them as writers. Nothing personal lol
 

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I think I read most of them in the 1970s/80s
They got a bit 'same-ish' IMO but were still ok reads.

I enjoyed the film
hum hum... you did red the obituary right?
television film loosely based
if that's not an obituary i don't know what is.
it's kind of when starship troopers came out: Starship Troopers is a 1997 American satirical military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, based on Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 science fiction novel.

they should have said: very loosely based. i believe they kept some names of characters and the bugs.
 

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just saw the movie the misfit brigade... how the hell can they compare this to the dirty dozen? and don't get me started on comparing this to the books. it was cherry picking some momments from various books and making a mess
 

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i'm waiting to read a new greig beck and specially a new tom kratman.this really a good month. so.. about that list of books...
1 - heinlein stranger in a strange land
2 - heinlein starship troopers
3 - the comte de monte cristo by dumas
4 - complete works by shakespeare
5 - patrick rothfuss name of the wind

new ideas?
Beware Rothfuss. He's taking forever to finish his trilogy.
 

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By the way does anyone besides me know of sven hassel here?
 

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I finished Neal Asher's The Warship and am now on to The Human.
 

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I finished Neal Asher's The Warship and am now on to The Human.
I would like to read Neal Asher (coz I liked Gridlinked) but his kindle books are $14 on Amazon international. That's almost equivalent to buying a brand new hardcover in South Africa.
 
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I started reading L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais because he says on his site that his books can be read out of order and new readers should start with said book instead of book 1. There are things in the book that point to other prior events in other books so I tend to disagree with Mr Crais on that. Back to looking for something else now.
 

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I would like to read Neal Asher (coz I liked Gridlinked) but his kindle books are $14 on Amazon international. That's almost equivalent to buying a brand new hardcover in South Africa.
Can you get them as ePub from elsewhere (eg Kobo) at a more sensible price and convert them to MOBI? Might be worth investigating.
 

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Can you get them as ePub from elsewhere (eg Kobo) at a more sensible price and convert them to MOBI? Might be worth investigating.
I bought To Ride Hell's Chasm by Janny Wurts from Apple store and tried to convert it to Mobi using Calibre, followed all the routes and downloaded all the apps but still it did not work, so I stopped bothering. If I look on Google books it's roughly the same price so the publisher is trying to squeeze as much out as possible for some reason.
 

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They've been postponing release dates on that book since at least 2015.
well i believe tolkien took 20 years or 25 to make the sequel to his first so... i guess it's us that are bad used to a book every year or more than one
 

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well i believe tolkien took 20 years or 25 to make the sequel to his first so... i guess it's us that are bad used to a book every year or more than one
Except that Rothfuss himself claimed the third book was complete and awaiting editing when the second hit the bookstore shelves. Much of the disinformation has come directly from the author, not the publishers. From all that I've read about it, a good portion of it from Rothfuss himself at various sites, is that he's allowing the pursuit of perfection by means of polishing and small re-writes to prevent publication.
 
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