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On 01/07/2019 at 18:13, Mawdlin said:

I just downloaded Hyperion based on the recommendations here and am looking forward to reading it. I'm glad it's an ebook though - the front cover in its current guise looks like soft porn.

 

Really? Not just a bad drawing of a metal guy as usual? I can't seem to find the covers for it that even vaguely match that description, can you post a screen grab of it?

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On 04/07/2019 at 08:31, Strategos said:

 

Really? Not just a bad drawing of a metal guy as usual? I can't seem to find the covers for it that even vaguely match that description, can you post a screen grab of it?

 

This is the offending image for the ebook. Great text though.

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Just finished Children Of Ruin.  Excellent stuff. It continues on from Children Of time really nicely and has some great stuff in there. Hard to say much more without spoilers but suffice to say if you liked the first one you will get on with this.

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9 hours ago, Flub said:

 

Yup.

 

 

 

I can't find it! I may have only looked on Amazon because I can't think of any other places. Does Amazon take national book tokens? I should just take a trip to a shop.

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I recently read A Memory Called Empire and really liked it; a solid piece of universe-building with an engaging, light political thriller running through it. It's nicely written with a likeable bunch of flawed main characters; manages to neatly and naturally introduce its various cultures and places (admittedly taking full advantage of the tried and tested fish out of water perspective); and I even enjoyed its epigraphs, which neatly juxtapose roughly-equivalent 'in universe media' of the two primary civilisations featured as a nice way to give us a broader feel for said civilisations (while also generally reflecting the themes of the chapter).

 

It's just a well put together story with a setting I enjoyed; I'll be honest; I was primarily sucked in by the cover art, but I'm glad I gave it a shot - I bashed through it in a couple of evenings and had a good time. Definitely worth picking up from the library, at least!

 

NB - I initially picked up the Audible version to listen along to while doing chores, but it was frankly unlistenable - I liked the narrator's voice, but it just felt as though they'd been given no direction at all, with the whole thing feeling out of meter,  with wrong emphases everywhere, so I can't recommend that version.

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12 hours ago, Plums said:

Ah right so you can only get the hardback!

 

You should switch to ebooks. No more getting extorted by the hardcover version and having to wait a year for a paperback.

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I do all my book shopping second hand so I have no idea about buying new books! Having moved from Bristol to Oxford though I don't know where is good.

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Just finished the spin trilogy by Andrew Bannister., Creations machine, Iron gods and the Stone clock. And each book has the same problem. They start off well and then have a poor ending. Each one seems to just dribble to an ending. All build up and no show. It's really annoying as they are good books for about 3/4's.

 

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Found myself picking up my well worn copy of Arthur C Clarke’s ‘City and the Stars’ and proceeded to read through it all in a couple of days.

 

Genuinely one of the greatest works of sci-fi you could ever wish for. 

 

One of a number of pieces of literature that I consider to be pretty much perfect.

 

 

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