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The guy who runs our book club has published the list of books we’ve been reading. I joined at Where the Late Sweet Birds Sang because that was when it moved remote, and I’ve mostly kept up with it since then. But yeah some very good stuff in the thread (I haven’t linked them all cos this post would go on forever)

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Good list that. I don’t love them all, but even the ones I’m not so keen on I reckon I could have a good bit of chat about

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I’m one away from having read half of them (24), and a bunch I’ve not heard of so will maybe investigate some.

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All timer for me. Love that book and its post apocalyptic world so much. Not sure if I’d re read it at the moment as I’m probably a bit burnt out on post apocalypse in games/ books/ films but it’s right up there with the best.

Edit: stupid twitter quoting! Canticle for L is what I’m referring to!

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just finished On The Beach - staggering stuff. having just finished Cixin Liu’s three body trilogy last week as well I feel like I am now well prepared for the surely upcoming end of the world…

Day Of The Triffids is quite possibly my favourite book ever so it was great to read another 50s ‘stiff upper lip during an apocalypse’ book - can anyone think of any similar classics?

so excited to watch the film now - what a cast!

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This is a banger

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ahh this is buried deep in my (now 1700 film long lol) watch list - thanks for the reminder!

i have Threads on DVD, maybe i’ll give that a rewatch too

Desperately need to read ‘On The Beach’ and then watch the film. It sounds utterly bleak.

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it definitely is, but in a weirdly comforting 1950s way haha

Have a feeling the modern view is much less bleak as to the effect of such a conflict, which is nice.

Just finished Leviathan Falls and have an Expanse shaped gap in my world.

Have downloaded The Observer - collaboration between an author and a left-field scientist who proposed the model of a biocentric universe. Apparently it’s pretty heavy on quantum mechanics and neuroscience, so sounds pretty weighty.

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Did you read the short story collection? One is set after LF.

Haven’t yet. A major personality flaw is that I really bother with short stories. Might have to if it extends the epilogue a bit.

Waiting for the dust to settle, but the ending was up there with the best I’ve read. Stuck the landing in a way that kept you uncertain as to exactly how it was going to play out.

with all the Tanaka stuff about psychic intimate assault I thought Jim was going to build some sort of consensual hive mind out of willing participants and hold the dark gods off that way, but the destruction method made more sense once everything snapped into focus in the last ten pages or so. Really quite touching at a lot of points too.

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A bunch of the stories were adapted within the TV series but they’re all pretty cool background to events or characters.

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After a couple of month’s break, I’ve gone and started/finished book #4 of The Expanse. I think I liked it more than I thought I would, although it did drag a bit in the second half. However, it’s still so easy to read these books very quickly despite them being 600+ pages long. No idea (as I’m reading on kindle) if the actual paper books are just giant sized text and that’s why I read them so quickly, or if it’s just because it’s like some kind of tv show you can mindlessly binge read.

I really don’t care for
Holden’s relationship, so was pretty glad they were not together for most of the book!
and the ‘bad’ guy Murtry was a bit two dimensional, after thinking he might have been a bit interesting to begin with. But as soon as Amos said early on that they were going to come to blows later on then I knew that there wouldn’t be any intrigue or mystery as to whether he might somehow be a good/better guy in the end.

Anyway, will read another couple of other books first before diving back into #5.

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Just an easy fast read I think. Your classic thriller where the sentences tend to be punchy and easy to process and where it moves at the speed of the plot.

I think the Expanse books are really well edited which helps. I mean I recall reading The DaVinci Code at the time and I think it was a good 500 pages but it felt like it wasn’t even edited, loads of redundant sentences on top of the poor writing.

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I finished A Canticle For Liebowitz this morning after getting it for 99p thanks the Kindle Bargains thread. It really didn’t read like a novel written in the late fifties. Good innit?

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I’m about a quarter of the way through it at the moment, and quite enjoying its strangeness. I was wondering when it was written, as it definitely didn’t seem like other ‘older’ sci fi-esque books that I’ve read. It’s reminding me a bit of Iain M Banks.

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How’s the read going/did it go?

That’s jumped to my must read list then. :slight_smile: