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[#] Wed Apr 13 2005 07:41:33 EDT from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: finishing Antarctica

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Ok I'm on the last few pages of antarctica and it's really winding down rather slowly, but that's ok.

Kim R is a verbose writer. I mean he really gets into the details. Which can be hard sometimes when he starts going on about various minutiae of the landscape, when my main interest was with his characters.

I mis-guessed a few twists in the novel, to my (slight) disappointment (so they were straights instead of twists - that cunning linguist!), but overall I enjoyed my time in Antartica.

final rating: vintage cheddar on tasty crackers.


[#] Thu Apr 14 2005 00:42:14 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i'm having a hard time getting into "gather, darkness!" by fritz leiber. it might be because i keep falling asleep before i get my bookmark in place so i keep reading the beginning over and over again. i don't think i'll bring it on the plane to china.

what i will bring:
"kindred" - octavia butler
"the gormeghast trilogy" - mervyn peake
"stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers" - mary roach
"a wolverine is eating my leg" - tim cahill

[#] Thu Apr 14 2005 08:31:00 EDT from doublethink @ Uncensored

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wow such interesting titles!

how long are you going to china for? and where? and why? :) I was thinking of going there to teach english, but I'd only do that in Beijing I think - not sure I can handle getting out into the boonies after this africa stint!

-dt


[#] Thu Apr 14 2005 14:17:01 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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nadia: cannibalism? and I suppose you /still/ refuse to donate your liver...

[#] Thu Apr 14 2005 14:17:31 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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*slaps self* it's not cannibalism if a wolverine is doing the eating. nm.

[#] Fri Apr 29 2005 16:55:30 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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Just saw the latest Alten, it's called The Loch. Real spooky monster tale. Nice to read with a glass of Teacher's Highland Cream by my side.

[#] Fri May 06 2005 14:16:32 EDT from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: ender's game

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finished reading ender's game, over 2 nights, and I enjoyed it thoroughly even though I've already read ender's shadow (which I thought was a little better).

I'm on a sci-fi binge at the moment, I just picked up a battle tech 'novel' called 'natural selection' - something about that 'universe' speaks to me, must be my inner-nerd.

so yeah, if you want a great airplane book, anything by orson scott card is probably a safe bet.


[#] Tue May 17 2005 12:51:57 EDT from shazam @ Uncensored

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Far from being literature, but  thought I'd ask here

Are there any Harry Potter fans around here? You all know the next book comes out this summer.


[#] Tue May 17 2005 14:00:32 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I know, and that means I have to send you your copy back somehow. I'm thinking that with postage, I may do better getting it for you in paperback and we can switch someday, but meantime, you can reread it

 



[#] Tue May 17 2005 14:24:13 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I used to like Orson Scott Card. The Ender trilogy was quite interesting as was the Seventh Son series.

Then I discovered OSC was a Mor(m)on. How a Mormon can write SciFi is beyond me but I won't have a penny of my money going to their church...

[#] Wed May 18 2005 12:33:29 EDT from shazam @ Uncensored

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AHA! I thought I'd owned a copy of it. But no problem, the library owns like 21 copies of it. Unfortunately they are all out since I'm not the only nutter who's after them right now. But my cousins save the day, one had a copy that she was willing to let me borrow, it's already in my hands now.
The other cousin (my twin) and her husband serve as my support group, I was able to call them and they put me on speakerphone and we discussed at length Petunia Dursely's connections and whether Snape is going to turn evil again or not.
I can't wait for the 6th book to come out. And no doubt two weeks later I won't be able to wait for the 7th book to come out.


[#] Wed May 18 2005 14:02:57 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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yay. so I can wait til the next time you come to give it back to you!!! :)

[#] Wed May 18 2005 17:51:18 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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Oh what I wouldn't do for a nice cool glass of porter right now. Unfortunately, there's nothing in the house except for the Famous Grouse.



[#] Thu May 19 2005 10:34:58 EDT from vermilion @ Uncensored

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Just finished reading Cory Doctorow's "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom." Enjoyed it quite a lot as a quick read. Futuristic but lightweight - kind of a popcorn-and-sodapop cousin to cyberpunk. Cyberfuturism for a lazy day at the beach.

[#] Thu May 19 2005 10:37:28 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Had Corsendonk last night. Still one of my favorite dark beers.

[#] Thu May 19 2005 13:35:39 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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aahz: Try Corsendonk pale, too. It's the best Belgian wheat beer I've ever had. Because, unlike Blue Moon which I believe is made by Coors, it actually comes from Belgium :)

Allagash (Portland, ME local brew) is also a good Belgian style, but nothing beats Corsendonk

[#] Thu May 19 2005 13:42:21 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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LS - Had the Pale Ale previously.. I like it... But not as much as the dark.. Which still wows me.

[#] Thu May 19 2005 16:34:58 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Okay.. Maybe it's just me. But is anyone reading any new Science Fiction or Fantasy that's really appealing to them. I just spent time browsing Amazon and saying "YUCK" quite a bit. I'm hoping I'm just in a foul mood and someone out here might have some recommendations.

[#] Thu May 19 2005 17:48:36 EDT from penguinkraft @ Uncensored

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I'm about halway through the Eyre Affair, but I think you lent that to me.

[#] Thu May 19 2005 22:45:16 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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aahz: have you read Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, yet?

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