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Old 06-23-2006, 01:18 PM   #21
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Re: Book report: Richard K. Morgan's "Woken Furies" (hardcore sci-fi)
Old 06-23-2006, 10:10 PM   #22
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Re: Book report: Richard K. Morgan's "Woken Furies" (hardcore sci-fi)

After seeing Neal Stephenson mentioned, I can't help but mention his book "Crytonomicon." Not only is it the best Sci-fi book I've read in many years, it is probably the best book I've read in many years as well.

It skillfully weaves historical fiction (the Allied code-breaking efforts in WWII starring Turing) with futuristic techno-fiction in an absolutely fascinating read.

I loved Snow Crash too, but Cypto...now THAT's a book!

that being said, I am always on the lookout, so I will definitely follow up on the Morgan tip.
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Re: Book report: Richard K. Morgan's "Woken Furies" (hardcore sci-fi)
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Re: Book report: Richard K. Morgan's "Woken Furies" (hardcore sci-fi)

I just read a good book for cyberpunk fans: Accelerando, by Charles Stroth. It posits exponently accelerating change in the coming decades (starting about now) that leads to virtual minds, et al. The story reads like something Ray Kurzweil (Age of Smart Machines; http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?topic=8034.0) would write if he wanted to novelize a future after his expected "singularity.".
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I just finished Morgan's Altered Carbon and Market Forces. Enjoyed both immensely. Thanks for the tip Nords! Can't wait to pick up Broken Angels and then (in true LBYM fashion) Woken Furies when it hits paperback!
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Read Altered Carbon last night. Nords, you should warn people not to start these books on "school nights." Some of us still have to drag our butts out of bed the next day after we stay up all night reading. Good book.
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Just finished Snow Crash. Great book!

It's like watching "Casablanca" for the first time-- it seems to be filled with clichés and stereotypes, but then you realize that it was the one that created them all...
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Just finished Snow Crash. Great book!

It's like watching "Casablanca" for the first time-- it seems to be filled with clichés and stereotypes, but then you realize that it was the one that created them all...
I liked Snow Crash too. TH did not, if I recall.

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Re: Book report: Richard K. Morgan's "Woken Furies" (hardcore sci-fi)

The library only has Altered Carbon and Woken Furies.*

How important is it to read them in order?
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The library only has Altered Carbon and Woken Furies.*
How important is it to read them in order?
They stand alone, but if you have a choice I'd read "Altered Carbon" first. The women in that tale reappear (more or less) in "Woken Furies" and really mess up his mind in a way that's easier to appreciate if you've read AC first. His third book also more fully develops ideas that he only mentions in the first.

I'm guessing that the library skipped "Broken Angels" because it sold less than the other two, but I haven't checked the numbers. Events in this book are mentioned in the third book too but they're not critical to the story line.
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Hi Nords & any other scifi fans
Knowing how much you like Heinlein, I though you might enjoy a new author that I discovered recently. Check out Old Man's War by John Scalzi. He has a few books out and the first book atleast is a fast paced SciFi. He is not as wordy as Heinlein and the book does not have too much introspection but it is a quick read. Also the concept etc well done. And the best thing is that he has a blog and you can interact with the author. Good writer.
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Check out Old Man's War by John Scalzi. He has a few books out and the first book atleast is a fast paced SciFi. He is not as wordy as Heinlein and the book does not have too much introspection but it is a quick read.
Excellent book. I've read it described as " 'Starship Trooper' with less preaching and better sex"...

I'm waiting for Amazon to ship Richard Morgan's "Thirteen" and Scalzi's "The Ghost Brigades", "The Android's Dream", and "The Last Colony".
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What about Peter F Hamilton? He's a favorite of mine. The Night's Dawn Trilogy captivated me for months.

Other favourites for me are Gibson, Alastair Reynolds, & Jack McDevitt

I'll have to look up Morgan, I've been coming up short lately on finding good pleasure books to read.
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