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Re: The Book Thread

Postby Konrad on Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:54 am

The Other Dave wrote:I recently read The City & The City by China Mieville. I'm not actually such a huge fan of Mieville - "urban fantasy" doesn't do much for me, and I found the Bas-Lag books more than a tad overwrought. The thing about The City & The City, though, is that Mieville having written it is sort of a red herring. In the end, it's not really a fantasy novel at all, and everything is explicable without relying on magic (well, aside from the magic of psychology and social conditioning, I guess). Rather than urban fantasy, it's instead a really good post-Soviet Eastern European police procedural with a neat psycho-political twist. Good stuff!


Never read any Mieville....no wait, the "Moby Dick hunting giant moles from trains" one? Did I finish it? Can't remember. Noticed there was a Mieville book in the school library of all places. Japanese of course, probably a bit over my head.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby YellowStreak on Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:41 pm

I've been reading stuff that may not float the boats of most board members, but are up my alley...

Worm - the first digital war - the story of the Conficker virus (I'm sure we all remember that one! What? Just me? OK.... :lol: )
Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard - the story of how DES was cracked. Good cryo-history read.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby Primarch on Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:12 pm

This evening I read:
Harry Potter and the Potrait of what Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash.
It's a short excerpt written by a predictive text program that was fed the Harry Potter series. It is absolute genius!
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby me_in_japan on Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:07 pm

jeezus H jiminy jumpluf, but that was godDAMN surreal. :shock:
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby Primarch on Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:12 pm

me_in_japan wrote:jeezus H jiminy jumpluf, but that was godDAMN surreal. :shock:

Yep, but funny as hell. I guess AI has a ways to go before it can replace real writers.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby me_in_japan on Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:29 pm

Sooooo....

Has anybody else tried The Southern Reach trilogy, by Jeff Vandermeer? Book 1 was made into that netflix film Annihilation (which was very good, btw)

I've recently finished the trilogy, and they're...well, certainly good books. Well written, and very thought provoking. A bit too thought provoking, in fact. In fact, what da hell are they actually about? Anybody? Answers on a postcard, or later in this thread, please, cos I'm stumped. And I tried looking up other folks' ideas online. Ended up researching semiotics... :roll:


Anyway, they're definitely worth a read. My best description would be...

1. not like the movie. At all.
2. Lovecraftian. Kinda.
3. Make a very good attempt to show what might happen if humanity encountered a species that was totally unlike us. Like. Totally.
4. Creepy.
5. A bit too open to interpretation for my liking. I likes me a neat bow around my storylines, thank you very much.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby The Other Dave on Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:58 am

me_in_japan wrote:Sooooo....

Has anybody else tried The Southern Reach trilogy, by Jeff Vandermeer? Book 1 was made into that netflix film Annihilation (which was very good, btw)

They've been on my radar for a while but I haven't picked them up yet - that sounds right up my alley, though, sort of Danielewski-esque (if you haven't read House of Leaves, you should, although its own Lovecraftian (kinda), creepy, and open to interpretation vibes are dialed all the way up to 11).
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby Konrad on Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:56 am

Got to say I'm piqued too. I don't think I've read any sci-fi since, I think it was TOD who pointed me at "Blindsight", a great, great, first contact story. Come to think of it, I don't think I've read anything since....... the complete works of H.P Lovecraft followed by some P.G Wodehouse last year I think......
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby me_in_japan on Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:58 am

I may have a look at that Blindsight some time. As for SR, you can get all three for 1000en on the kindle, if you’re so inclined.
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