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Oct 22, 2016 09:09AM

1865 Does The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor qualify for this one. It made the shortlist for the 30th Arthur C. Clarke award and most GR reviews have it as Fantasy. If it's ok I'll stick my nom on it.
Oct 13, 2016 06:42AM

1865 Thanks for the congrats. Don't think I'll ever get much past 50% as I really struggle with the Fantasy titles. Still trying though, currently reading Uprooted which should help.
Us mere mortals will just have to watch in awe as Super Sarah Anne and General Trike slug it out.
Oct 12, 2016 04:08PM

1865 Not in the same league as our super readers, and I've been here for almost ever, but still doing a little celebrating in finally breaking the 100 barrier.
Now up to a massive 101.
May 09, 2016 03:32AM

1865 Quick update as I have been trying to read more from the club's bookcase. Now upto 97, must push for 100.
1865 Not sure if these exactly fit what you're looking for, but probably could be described as hard boiled alien invasion noir.
Try Of Men and Monsters by William Tenn and if you are in the mood for hopelessness have a look at The Genocides by Thomas M. Disch.
Those are just off the top of my head, so I'll have a little think and see if I can come up with anything else.

Ok, had a think and can't come up with much more. Two very different but retro (old) books both considered classics by different people are The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and one I haven't read Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. Sorry couldn't come up with anything more fitting, but just might satisfy an itch. Hope it helps.
May 04, 2015 03:09AM

1865 Flash Beagle wrote: "I disagree: the surface veneer is not "whizz bang". From the 2d page, he is telling you what kind of society it is: "The prison is all about education." (he is not talking about new job skills) ..."

Always interesting how people view things differently. I guess I should have chosen my words a little more carefully. I agree that there is no deliberate attempt to cover the sociological and psychological nature of the book, but on a purely personal level I found that from the very start I was so caught up trying to get my head around how everything works my overriding impression on initially reading was one of whizz bang high tech. But that is just me of course.
May 03, 2015 12:45PM

1865 aPriL eVoLvEs wrote: "Sandi wrote: "This was a great read, but it doesn't leave much to talk about. The story itself is pretty simple and straightforward."

IDK - city up high on legs to avoid terrible virus accidentall..."

I loved this book and as soon as the headcahe it induced had worn off I immediately read the sequal. I had thought of it as diamond hard high tech SF for the veteran old school and cyber bods.
On reflection however aPriL is absolutely right; scrape away the surface veneer of whizz bang tech and jargon and what you find is an amazing examination of societies and the individual (whatever they are). Really thought provoking stuff. I've only read it twice, but I'm sure it would reward another couple of goes.

I will have to read the first two again before I pick up the final book, no idea when that will be I'm afraid.
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Apr 26, 2015 02:16PM

1865 Elaine wrote: "hello, I'm Elaine. I belong to a couple of fantasy groups on good reads already but recently have started getting into sci- fi. I've read Hyperion, Do Androids dream of Electric sheep, and Oryx and..."

Have you read Dune yet Elaine? If not then as a Fantasy fan getting into Sci Fi Dune is an absolute must!
Jan 23, 2015 12:39AM

1865 Thanks Kim, much appreciated.
Jan 22, 2015 04:36PM

1865 I've just had a look through our Listopia list And I'm a little concerned that the list now shows 190 books whereas there are only 175 books on the clubs 'read' shelf. I definitely don't remember the club reading all of the Harry Potter books, therefore I have a sneaky suspicion that someone has mistakenly added their faves onto the list.

Kim, any chance of sorting the list out for us, I certainly use it to keep a running total of how many club books I've managed.

Dec 06, 2014 02:13PM

1865 From Marvin:

"Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway so I don't know why I bother to say it, oh God I'm so depressed. "

Can't help but hear Steven Moore's fantastic delivery. Almost all of my favourite quotes come from Marvin purely because of Steven Moore in the Radio Series, taken out of context they are just meaningless. Classic example from the Christmas special that linked the first and second series, Marvin in the head offices of Megadodo Publications on Ursa Minor:

"Hello Lift"

Cracks me up every time, but see what I mean out of context.
1865 MK wrote: "The Android's Dream by John Scalzi The Android's Dream by John Scalzi

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusua..."

Thanks for the heads up. Just downloaded and listened to chapter one. My first foray into the world of audiobooks, very entertaining indeed.
1865 I've heard of Lord Dunsany. Never read anything by him though.

Didn't even manage to get a tenth of the way through part one of this epic. I think I preferred James May when he was setting fire to caravans on Top Gear. ;-)
Apr 11, 2014 01:21PM

1865 MK wrote: "What edition are you guys reading?

I have the Project Gutenberg ebook, and the Goodreads online feedbooks edition. Both say west ... although, both might be the same thing, for all I know! I don'..."

Just had a look at my Kindle edition and the Goodreads App ebook version, and they both have the same intro. This intro seems to contradict itself a little in that we are told that the 'Lady Vain' was lost at 107W, Prendick was picked up at 101W but "passed out of human knowledge" at 105E.
The project gutenberg on-line text has the same intro.

So either a slip on Herbert George's part or I'm missing something here.
Mar 21, 2014 12:57AM

1865 Coralie wrote: "I'm now up to 109."

Way to go Coralie. Only 50 shy of the club's bookshelves total!
Mar 20, 2014 10:23AM

1865 Couple of reads and a free add, though still a fairly recent read, has now taken me up to 72.
Might get stuck there for a while I'm afraid.
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Mar 15, 2014 10:07AM

1865 Dick and Mieville can't really usually be called easy reads, so between Wool and Leviathan Wakes I'd go for Wool first as it is in a more serialised form making it that little bit easier to get into without having to commit to the longhaul before you get a good payoff. Just my thoughts, others may of course differ.
1865 Not been a huge Gaiman fan in the past, American Gods and Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch being the only previous books I'd read by him, which were Ok but didn't make a big impression on me.
This little book however made a very large impression. Quiet yet shocking, simple yet subtly complex, charming and chilling at the same time. I doubt if there was much new for the genre in here but the storytelling style had me captured and wouldn't let go until I'd finished in one sitting. A very rare occurrence indeed for me.
Being a Dad of a 7 and 5 year old, living in rural England made it very easy to relate to all the characters in this little piece. Not quite 5 stars, but very nearly, the story seemed a bit too small for the full blown 'that was Amazing', but the style and feel of it gets pretty close for me.
Maybe I won't write Gaiman off just yet, he seems to be able to produce very varied works, and variety as they say is the Spice of Life.
Dec 28, 2013 02:40PM

1865 Checking out the bookclub list while thinking about the 2014 challenge.

Now up to 69

Still not counting that dreadful Dr Who book we attempted as a group.
Unfortunately we keep adding books faster than I can read them.

(Sorry about the Bill and Ted reference)
1865 Smallo wrote: "If remember correctly zombies in immortality inc. are minority group openly struggling for zombie rights. So broadly seek stories along that line...main premise is general homosapien population kno..."

Telepaths used as Police is a well trodden path but done very early and brilliantly in The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. Pretty well regarded as a Classic in the genre for a multiple of reasons.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
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