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Warrior
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I am reading Mammoth and Red Thunder by John Varley.

[ Tuesday, January 02, 2007 04:29: Message edited by: Leftover Sauerkraut ]

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If you can get King David's Spaceship by Jerry Pournelle, it is well worth the read. Although, it is a standalone book, I think in some way it is the best book in the Codominium series. It doesn't seem like it is part of the series. You may be surprised that Jerry Pournelle considers The Mote In Gods Eye as part of the series as well which is kind of strange.

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I do have King David's Spaceship. Why wouldn't Motie books be part of it? I admit they aren't CoDominium since the CoDominium fell, but they are part of the same story universe.

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I think of the Codominium as more military than anything else. The moties is less military than the other novels.

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High Tech Trash by Elizabeth Grossman. It's quite sobering.

Dikiyoba.

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Law Bringer
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Just finished Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere at about 2:30 last night. Amazing book, but I was seriously worried that the ending was going to turn sour. Naturally, it was put back on the right track within the last three paragraphs.

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A little Paula Volsky. Take a historical event, mix in a bit of magic and some interesting characters and your get Volsky's style. Right now its The White Tribunal. Man's family is persecuted (wrongly) by a tribunal seeking to root out (1st magic then its enemies - continued justification of existence). Man survives and makes a faustian pact with the devil (this time its an otherworldly beast whose powers give man the use of magic) and seeks revenge.

Some good writing here, nice pictures being painted (well, not all nice - some are quite dark).

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Lifecrafter
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Where to start, where to start...

I love reading anything, from cereal boxes to classics, so I can recommend wholeheartedly:

1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes
2. Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord
3. Lucy Maude Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables
4. Any and all writings, fictional or not, on "Buzz" Beurling
5. Isaac Asimov's Fantastic Voyage

Oh, and personal experience forces me to say that by confining your search for books to sci-fi and fantasy, you are doing yourself a disservice.

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Paula Volsky is pretty good, though my favorite books of hers are some of her earliest, and now (I think) out of print: The Luck of Rellian Kru and The Wolf of Winter. I re-read these both periodically.

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La Canaliste
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The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu.

It is a wonderful lesson in pacing a story so that only the terminally bloody-minded can stick with it.

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I was reading the Tale of Genji when I first opened the dastardly door to General, and IIRC it was responsible for my first alternate PDN, Dame Annals.

It's a wonderful story despite itself.

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I just started reading Pulse-- The Coming Age of Systems And Machines Inspired by Living Things by Robert Frenay. It is a doorstopper book.

After this next on my agenda is Natural Capitalism: Creating The Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins.

Other than science fiction, I really enjoy popular science type titles.

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Finished Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes two days ago. I thought it was good.

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I just picked up The Zombie Survival Guide. I'll let you know how it is.
Hopefully I'll never have to use any of the techniques, but you can never be too careful.

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Electric Sheep One
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The Tale of Genji is on my shelf, taking up an impressive chunk all by itself. I have no plans to remove it. Man, hardly anything happens in it, and when anything does happen, it's very hard to figure out what it is.

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Wikipedia. I have a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way to go. :P

EDIT: At Thuryl's request, it's been shortened.

[ Saturday, January 06, 2007 19:43: Message edited by: Nioca ]

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Kindly make it somewhat less looooong; it is stretching my browser window.

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Warrior
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quote:
Originally written by Andraste:

I just picked up The Zombie Survival Guide. I'll let you know how it is.
Hopefully I'll never have to use any of the techniques, but you can never be too careful.

That sounds like a book for Ephesos. :P

Anyway, I'm currently reading Sanctuary by Paul B. Thompson and Tonya C. Cook. It's volume 1 of the Elven Exiles Dragonlance series. If you're a DL fanboy like me, you'll like it. :P

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quote:
Originally written by Tyran:

quote:
Originally written by Andraste:

I just picked up The Zombie Survival Guide.
That sounds like a book for Ephesos. :P

No, I don't need a book to tell me what I already know. :P

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There is a hidden history to Wikipedia. I don't think you will find it anymore, but on a rumor Wikipedia was inspired by Gordon R. Dickson's book The Final Encyclopedia which was an orbital compilation of all human knowledge. There is other stuff about the making of Wikipedia which is buried in its past. I think there is a connection to the nonprofit group the Dorsai Embassy as well. I think they have quietly moved away from their science fictioney origins.

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quote:
Originally written by I'll Steal Your Toast:

I think they have quietly moved away from their science fictioney origins.
The same way Jimbo Wales has quietly moved away from being a porn king.

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"The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. His most recent, and perhaps most enjoyable book. He doesn't go out of the way to offend, but he doesn't go out of his way to be diplomatic either.

I know one 'secular' forum where if I even mentioned that I thought God was a delusion, I'd be banned for making offensive statements. :rolleyes:

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War In Heaven...Charles Williams
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The War of the Ancients Trilogy
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The Zombie Survival Guide isn't as funny as I thought it would be. Some stuff is good, but it gets an overall rating of Eh.

That said, I'm not quite finished.

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