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Mar 03, 2014 02:47PM

48322 I wouldn't consider them space opera, at least not from my understanding of the genre. but I've really loved what I've read, whatever the so-called genre. a triloy of sorts: Eon, Eternity, and Legacy. they expand on (and move well beyond) the BDO concept originally developed by Clarke in Rendezvous with Rama.
Feb 16, 2014 11:51AM

48322 he was actually my least favorite part.

although overall I really loved this series and look forward to rereading it.
Feb 12, 2014 12:33PM

48322 no worries, I did not feel invalidated. I enjoy these kinds of discussions. once I get over my anger and read the rest of the book, I will definitely return here and give an update on my thoughts.
Feb 12, 2014 08:18AM

48322 essentially I agree with both of you (spike & Micah). I definitely think there was intentionality behind it. I did NOT appreciate that scene but I get the purpose behind it. Scalzi is a smart writer and I'm sure my reaction is something that was a goal of the author, to force me to understand his point about war. which is why I will return to the book after I get over that scene.

Micah, I need to think a little bit more before I respond to your question. maybe I need to read a little bit more of the book. I'm sure there were other ways to illustrate that without writing such a horrific little scene. but I do get that lessening the horror of that scene would have lessened the impact of what Scalzi was trying to say. food for thought.
Feb 11, 2014 07:14PM

48322 I was really enjoying this but that scene with the kidnapping/sterilization/murder of the crying alien baby just pulled me out of the novel. couldn't handle it and I now hate these characters. I will probably pick it up again but not sure when. sigh! this was a really fun and at times thoughtful novel until that point. well, still thoughtful I suppose. but a lot less fun.
48322 no problem - and good luck!
48322 Gerry, this announcement should actually be its own separate topic under the Self-Promotion folder. please create a new topic about your book and move it there. that will actually better promote your novel instead of having it buried in this particular topic. thanks!
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Jan 24, 2014 01:24PM

48322 I just finished Falling Free, so I am still at least 2 behind (Memory and Mirror Dance, I think).

so yes! if you want to take it, I would love that. I get a month off, yay!
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Jan 24, 2014 12:24PM

48322 wow, I'm so out of it that I didn't realize we're reading Ghost Brigades in Feb... so, yay! I planned on reading it next month. for once I can actually join a book discussion for a book I'm currently reading that's not a part of the Vorkosigan Saga.
Jan 21, 2014 04:17PM

48322 you're terrible! but yes I would definitely beat out all the competition on that challenge.
Jan 21, 2014 03:13PM

48322 9! you kicked my ass, Maggie.
Jan 21, 2014 11:38AM

48322 I tried challenging myself to last year's WWE Women's Challenge. I failed miserably! sigh.
Memory (27 new)
Jan 04, 2014 03:19PM

48322 Happy New Year everyone! so let's start 2014 out right by enjoying another novel in the Vorkosigan Saga. this month's read is Memory, featuring the irrepressible Miles Naismith Vorkosigan. it was nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Locus Awards in 1997.

go, Miles, go! you can do it!
Mirror Dance (45 new)
Jan 02, 2014 03:29PM

48322 I often wonder if the appeal of this series is more about a frog becoming a prince.

agree. not the books featuring Cordelia, of course. but that's present in many of the Miles books.
Jan 01, 2014 06:28PM

48322 Kevin wrote: "Its the reason wh..."

I love the contrast between the two. Hyperion so thoughtful and then Fall of Hyperion just moves, the action piles up in a way that I really enjoyed. and that A LITTLE BIT OF A SPOILER HERE scene near the end when all the interstellar gates get cut off... man!

I love how Simmons is the kind of author who doesn't like to do the same things twice. well, not counting the Endymion books, which I thought were solid but dull.
Jan 01, 2014 06:04PM

48322 I also enjoyed this book a lot when I read it, many years back. it felt very different to me than Hyperion. much more traditional space opera. which I did not mind.
Mirror Dance (45 new)
Dec 05, 2013 08:07PM

48322 I'd be stressed too with all of those bears around. poor monkey! bad, angry bears. clone bears at that.
Mirror Dance (45 new)
Dec 05, 2013 07:56PM

48322 it's not creepy, it's a relaxing stress reducer! don't judge poor Kermit!
Dec 05, 2013 07:51PM

48322 can't say, I haven't read it! but I do know a lot of people have enjoyed it. you can read a discussion on the series' individual books (some threads with spoilers, others without spoilers) in the great group Beyond Reality:
Dec 05, 2013 05:48PM

48322 ha! I admire your speed.

here's a start to another lengthy series:

On Basilisk Station

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