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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:34 pm 
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On a side note Pournelle's collaborations with S.M. Stirling (Go Tell the Spartans and A Prince of Sparta) are good.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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On a side note Pournelle's collaborations with S.M. Stirling (Go Tell the Spartans and A Prince of Sparta) are good.



Excellent, in fact.


I like all the CoDominium books.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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On a side note Pournelle's collaborations with S.M. Stirling (Go Tell the Spartans and A Prince of Sparta) are good.



Excellent, in fact.


I like all the CoDominium books.

They have a couple of good yarns in the Man-Kzin Wars series as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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That will be interesting. Zahn is one of the few people still writing interesting Star Wars novelizations, so he can flourish in someone else's creative universe.

I read A Call to Duty and it was good but not great. Hopefully setting the stage for something better. FWIW, I didn't think the first book in the Honorverse main series was that great either (but it was free).

Meanwhile, the Cauldron of Ghosts eARC was just released.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Bagheera wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
That will be interesting. Zahn is one of the few people still writing interesting Star Wars novelizations, so he can flourish in someone else's creative universe.

I read A Call to Duty and it was good but not great. Hopefully setting the stage for something better. FWIW, I didn't think the first book in the Honorverse main series was that great either (but it was free).

Meanwhile, the Cauldron of Ghosts eARC was just released.



I think it was superb. But then I worked in in weapons system development.

Haven't read or seen CALL TO DUTY. When it's on paper, I will. As also CAULDRON.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Without spoiling anything, Cauldron of Ghosts brings the Honorverse storylines back together.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Bagheera wrote:
Without spoiling anything, Cauldron of Ghosts brings the Honorverse storylines back together.



Something's Going To Happen.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Without spoiling anything, Cauldron of Ghosts brings the Honorverse storylines back together.



Something's Going To Happen.


Yes. You need to read Shadow of Freedom before Cauldron though. I suspect you have plenty of time, I don't think another main-timeline Honorverse book will hit the shelves until at least 2015.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Bagheera wrote:
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Without spoiling anything, Cauldron of Ghosts brings the Honorverse storylines back together.



Something's Going To Happen.


Yes. You need to read Shadow of Freedom before Cauldron though. I suspect you have plenty of time, I don't think another main-timeline Honorverse book will hit the shelves until at least 2015.


SHADOW OF FREEDOM as well as A RISING THUNDER (s/i) and BEGINNINGS (WORLD OF HONOR #5) are stacked and ready. I just hesitate to press on.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Well, if you press on chances are you'll be left hanging for a while. It doesn't sound as if the next main sequence volume has even been started yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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I started reading The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon recently. I'm having a hard time putting it down! I was up until almost 2 am this morning reading it.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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I started reading The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon recently. I'm having a hard time putting it down! I was up until almost 2 am this morning reading it.



By odd coincidence, I stumbled over an Elizabeth Moon HB 2 days ago, while looking for something else. I don't think it was this one.

I looked the title up, since I do not know it. As I read the reviews, I began to wonder when a comparison to FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON would come up. Answer:pretty quickly.

I fear that I never enjoyed FLOWERS, so doubt I would like this one. What do you like in it?

And we should note the passing of Daniel Keyes, 11 days ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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It's about an autistic man who is presented with the opportunity to undergo an experimental treatment to cure his autism.

I'm guessing that the comparisons with Flowers for Algernon come about because it is told from the point of view of the person with the disability.

Anyway, in so far as I can tell from being a non-autistic (but probably somewhere on the spectrum) person, it seems to do a good job of presenting the difficulties and challenges faced by people who are high-functioning autistics. It also reminds me of some of the issues my elder son (who, like me, isn't officially on the spectrum but who does have an auditory processing disorder) has had. So in a sense I guess I am personally invested in a way that I would not be in Flowers (I did read and like the short story, but not the novel).

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Bagheera wrote:
It's about an autistic man who is presented with the opportunity to undergo an experimental treatment to cure his autism.

I'm guessing that the comparisons with Flowers for Algernon come about because it is told from the point of view of the person with the disability.

Anyway, in so far as I can tell from being a non-autistic (but probably somewhere on the spectrum) person, it seems to do a good job of presenting the difficulties and challenges faced by people who are high-functioning autistics. It also reminds me of some of the issues my elder son (who, like me, isn't officially on the spectrum but who does have an auditory processing disorder) has had. So in a sense I guess I am personally invested in a way that I would not be in Flowers (I did read and like the short story, but not the novel).



That makes sense.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Was wondering about that. I just picked up and moved CAULDRON OF GHOSTS to the next room. I was looking for the 2nd and 3rd vols. in Harry Harrison's STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER trilogy. Can't find them. Figures.

Thank you for the heads up. I will alert my wife. She just read RISING THUNDER, plus 1 story out of BEGINNINGS: WORLDS OF HONOR#6, and has SHADOWS OF FREEDOM on deck.

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I just finished The Speed of Dark. I can see why there are comparisons to Flowers (unreliable narrator, protagonist presented with a treatment that will "cure" his condition, etc.) but I'm not sure the comparison is entirely apt. Dark asks different questions (from what I remember of Flowers anyway), and, I think, more important ones. I read recently that Daniel Keyes (RIP) was asked to give Flowers a happy ending rather than its sad one. Without giving too much away, Dark avoids this dichotomy entirely.

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 Post subject: Re: Sci-fi
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Bagheera wrote:
I just finished The Speed of Dark. I can see why there are comparisons to Flowers (unreliable narrator, protagonist presented with a treatment that will "cure" his condition, etc.) but I'm not sure the comparison is entirely apt. Dark asks different questions (from what I remember of Flowers anyway), and, I think, more important ones. I read recently that Daniel Keyes (RIP) was asked to give Flowers a happy ending rather than its sad one. Without giving too much away, Dark avoids this dichotomy entirely.



I do suspect that this would not be my cuppa. I don't go much for SF that mainly occurs in the head.

OTOH, I did manage to locate all vols, of Harrison's Civil War alternate history trilogy, which are turning out to be quite adequate potato chip books. And a nice break from the Pacific theater.

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Bagheera wrote:
It's about an autistic man who is presented with the opportunity to undergo an experimental treatment to cure his autism.

I'm guessing that the comparisons with Flowers for Algernon come about because it is told from the point of view of the person with the disability.

Anyway, in so far as I can tell from being a non-autistic (but probably somewhere on the spectrum) person, it seems to do a good job of presenting the difficulties and challenges faced by people who are high-functioning autistics. It also reminds me of some of the issues my elder son (who, like me, isn't officially on the spectrum but who does have an auditory processing disorder) has had. So in a sense I guess I am personally invested in a way that I would not be in Flowers (I did read and like the short story, but not the novel).


Just downloaded the free sample for Kindle.

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Thomas Kratman (I do not recommend you try Kratman).

Now there's a recommendation that I should have taken seriously (if I had remembered it). I read the first in the Carrera series, thinking, how can one go wrong with a book titled "A Desert Called Peace"?

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