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Old 27-Dec-2004, 23:54   #121
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Just finished reading the Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire. Good book, even if it does assume an American readership. Despite the title, it never talks down to you, and it provides a lovely overview of the history of Rome right through to the Holy (ha) Roman (heh) Empire (haha).

I think I shall start on The Letters of Pliny the Younger next.
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I'm reading 'Market Forces' by Richard Morgan. He's a very promising, new British Sci-Fi author. This one is based in a hyper-capitalistic near future Britain.
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at the moment i'm reading 'Night Watch' by Terry Pratchett ... but so near to the end already
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I'm reading Tad Williams Otherland Series. 4 HUGE books that are going to take me ages to read.
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I've just finished reading Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down and have embarked on a journey of madness reading Dr. Riemann's Zeros by Karl Sabbagh.
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I'm reading 'Market Forces' by Richard Morgan. He's a very promising, new British Sci-Fi author. This one is based in a hyper-capitalistic near future Britain.
H2T--have you finished reading this yet? What did you think? I'm looking for something different to read and the review of this from Amazon was quite positive.
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I am about half way through and am enjoying it a lot, but so far I prefer his first two books which are part of a series based quite far into the future (Market Forces, the one I recommend above, is stand-alone and based much closer to the present). Altered Carbon is his first, Broken Angels is the second, both have similarly high Amazon reviews as Market Forces.
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OK, I got Northern Lights for christmas and had read it by new year's eve. Incredible book, quite gripping. Need to go out and by parts 2 and 3 now :/

given my thirst for more reading I started Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, which I am also quite enjoying.
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given my thirst for more reading I started Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, which I am also quite enjoying.
Have you read other books by Heinlein? I really enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress but I haven't read anything else by him.
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"Starship Troopers" is ace and nothing like the film btw.

Fascism +1, cool book.

( I personally loved the film too but the book has very little in common with it beyond the cheerfully fascist overtones...)
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OK, I got Northern Lights for christmas and had read it by new year's eve. Incredible book, quite gripping. Need to go out and by parts 2 and 3 now :/

given my thirst for more reading I started Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, which I am also quite enjoying.
Read all 3 before xmas. Pretty good books. Try War of the Flowers by Tad Williams if you liked that Sonic.
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Racing through 'The Gun Seller' by Hugh Laurie. Very good, and not what I expected from him. There again, I'm not entirely certain what I did expect from him...
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I've started reading "Rubicon" by Tom Holland, a narrative historical account of the end of the Roman Republic.
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'Newton's Wake' by Ken Macleod, Iain Bank's mate. This is no where near as political as all the other books I have read of his, so is probably more accessable. It is about similar themes to some of his Fall Revolution series: the danger of AIs and digitising humans. As soon as people get digitised and put into computers they obviously upgrade themselves, leading to exponential growth, AIs the same. Normal humans rapidly find themselves on the wrong end of the ant-human scenario.

A very good British author: I cant recommend him highly enough to all scifi fans who dont mind having to think and enjoy being spoken to as an adult. I often find myself writing down words and ideas and googling them later, and feel good when I get one of his obscure references (which are many and varied).
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ok, I finished Stranger In a Strange Land, but I do not grok it in fullness. Waiting is. Actually it's a fab book; gets a bit David Koresh toward the end but still highly enjoyable and very interesting concept.

May have to fall back on Five Men at Nuremberg if I can't get hold of a copy of Subtle Knife.
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You read that kind of book for pleasure? I can understand if it's accademic and part of your studies but you're a strange boy if it's for 'fun'
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Almost finished 'How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered The World' by Francis Wheen.

A rather cutting look at politics , religion, new-age beliefs, and Princess Diana. Basically the population of the Western world is pretty insane. So is the population of the Middle East. Right wingers are nuts and dangerous. Left wingers have become right wingers, and thus nuts and dangerous. Religion is crap - as is new-age. And Princess Di-mania after her death just showed what fools everybody is.

I tended to agree with all of it
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Just started "For Valour" by General something or other, the ex-SAS chap.

Good book, about the VC, some very good stories in there.
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Yes it's for 'fun'. I've always been interested in history, particularly ancient (Greco-Roman primarily). I do take a somewhat academic slant towards it. That aside, the writing style of Holland is really rather good and it almost reads as a novel.

When I get round to reading "the Letters of Pliny the Younger" or "The History of the Peloponnesian War" by Thucydides, THEN you can call me a strange boy.
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'Quicksilver' by Neal Stephenson. A bloody huge book, 900 pages of tiny print, and it is book one of a trilogy :S

Bloody great author though, even if the topic of this is a bit obscure: cryptography and the internet and stuff but based in the Eighteenth Century Enlightenment. Kinda.
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Been away a while so here's my reading list over the past few months.

Terry Pratchett - wee free men
Terry Pratchett - Montrous regiment
China Meiville - The scar
Mary Gentle - 1610, a sundial in a grave
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I can heartily recommend Foucaults Pendulum Z, one of my favourite books by a long shot, as are most of Umberto Eco's works.

As for my books recently..

Currently on..
IOU: The Debt Threat and Why We Must Defuse It - just started
Hackers: Crime and the Digital Sublime - quite dry, interesting read though.
The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson, Sr., and the Making of IBM - Very hard work, relatively interesting.. very low priority for getting back to it though.
Couple of others I forget at the moment.. one of the Ender ones by Orson Scott Card.

Recently read
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown - entertaining, but a poor copy of Foucaults Pendulum, easy read.
Angels and Demons, Dan Brown - average, mildly entertaining.
Digital Fortress, Dan Brown - poor
Deception Point, Dan Brown - even poorer.
Darwins Radio, Greg Bear - not bad.
Eon, Greg Bear - a re-read after the previous.
Pompeii, Robert Harris - Agree totally with Sierros review elsewhere in this forum, a good read.
Souls in the Great Machine, Sean McMullen - quite interesting sci-fi, good enough that the sequels are in my to read pile.

Lined up..
The Miocene Arrow & Eyes of the Calculor, Sean McMullen - looking forward to these after the first one.
Darwin's Children, Greg Bear - again, looking forward to this one.
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Worth also having a listen to the novel's soundtrack by (The Real) Tuesay Weld
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