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    Are books those things they sell at the 'library' or something?
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    Whitcoulls had 50% of paperbacks the other day.

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    In my defence I read it in English class back in the day. English ruins every book.
    Strongly recommend you re-read it mate. Genuine classic.
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    I just finished reading Crossroads of Twilight. It is everything that the review says it is. Boring, Long, and Pointless. Had to literally force myself to read it by repeating 'The remaining books are good'. Have now started with 'A feast for crows'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruxdude View Post
    I just finished reading Crossroads of Twilight. It is everything that the review says it is. Boring, Long, and Pointless. Had to literally force myself to read it by repeating 'The remaining books are good'. Have now started with 'A feast for crows'.
    Hahahaha good old Crossroads.

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    The Wheel of Time turns, and Books come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Book that gave it birth comes again. In one Book, called the Tenth Book by some, a Book yet to be written, a Book already burned, a yawn rose in the Crossroads of Twilight. The Yawn is not the beginning, there are neither beginning nor endings in the Wheel of Time (not if Jordan is still paid by the word.) But it is a beginning.
    A review that I read on Amazon for this book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Haha. For me, the first book in the Ringworld series was really good, the rest were pretty bad. I am not a huge fan of the rest of his work either
    Yeah, fair call, the sequels weren't that great, but I certainly don't rate Ringworld as his finest book, it tends not to be the most well known work that are fan favourites, and I call myself a fan owing to my near complete Niven collection . My suggestions if you were so inclined would be A Gift From Earth, Footfall, or a short story of his The Ethics of Madness. Naturally if you've read these and didn't enjoy them then there is no hope. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Yeah, fair call, the sequels weren't that great, but I certainly don't rate Ringworld as his finest book, it tends not to be the most well known work that are fan favourites, and I call myself a fan owing to my near complete Niven collection . My suggestions if you were so inclined would be A Gift From Earth, Footfall, or a short story of his The Ethics of Madness. Naturally if you've read these and didn't enjoy them then there is no hope. :P
    Yes, I've read all three. Did not like football - very few alien invasion stories are done well, just because it's too implausible that there be an actual fight if such an event actually occurs - given the vast gulf in technology and time, one side would annihilate the other. Another plug for the Xeelee sequence, where alien fights are done well, and they make sense because humanity have colonized the galaxies and are fighting against a force which humans think they can win against but the opposition barely registers them.

    A Gift From Earth was OK, Ethics of Madness I don't remember my impressions, though I have it here somewhere and I'll try re-reading it based on your recommendation.

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    Though it's fair to say that my tastes don't really match up with much of the rest of SF readership - I believe Football was nominated for Hugo (and maybe won it), so obviously many people thought it was a really good novel.

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    Footfall... :P It was only nominated for the Hugo.

    Hey, we can't all like everything, one man's trash is another man's treasure and other various sayings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Are books those things they sell at the 'library' or something?
    At the what? You mean like the iTunes library?
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    Reading 'A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man' by James Joyce atm. Brilliant, brilliant book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    Reading 'A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man' by James Joyce atm. Brilliant, brilliant book.
    Ugh.

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    Oh - and on a completely separate note, books like A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man make me happy that I'm in science and not literature. That book was the most pointless piece of crap I've ever read and the praise it gets from uptight literary critics never ceases to amuse me.

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    Just read Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. WAG.
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