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    Tanith Lee's Paradys cycle. Only 60 pages in, but it's a fascinating read so far.
    "The greatest power one may possess -- in any situation -- is simply not to care what happens.

    "In fact, it's the only power, all others being a semblance and mockery of it. But you must also not care about possessing the power itself. So fuck it."

    Thomas Ligotti

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7 strings of hate View Post
    Sci-fi/Comedy : The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Simply a brilliant book. Douglas Adams has such lifelike dialog in his books. Ford Prefect is one of the best characters ever.
    I read all 5 books at least once a year.

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    Fiction - "Age of Iron" by J.M. Coetzee

    Takes the form of a letter from a South African mother dying of cancer to her Daughter in the US telling of the recent events of her life. Set during apartheid; relationships are strained between the mother and her housekeeper when she takes in a homeless man she finds sleeping in her driveway.
    "I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth." - Oliver Reed

    "America blaming BP for the oil spill is like a man punching a prostitute in the face because his own needs disgust him." - Stewart Lee

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    sci fi - the dark tower series all 9 or 10 of them. stephen king
    also sci fi - blood music - Greg Bear
    also sci fi - Childhood's End - Sir Arthur C. Clarke,

    horror - dead sea - Brian Keene
    Monster Island, monster nation, monster planet - David Wellington

    many many more but these are the ones that stick out off the top of my head

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crucified View Post
    sci fi - the dark tower series all 9 or 10 of them. stephen king
    also sci fi - blood music - Greg Bear
    also sci fi - Childhood's End - Sir Arthur C. Clarke,

    horror - dead sea - Brian Keene
    Monster Island, monster nation, monster planet - David Wellington

    many many more but these are the ones that stick out off the top of my head

    Blood Music is pretty Decent . I like Greg Bear..

    I'm re-reading The Anubis Gates by Timothy Powers (Sci-fantasy)
    One of my Favorite books actually.

    Im also reading (non Fiction) Lepanto 1571 by Angus Konstam (he is a good author , I have several of his maritime historical books and they are all excellent) And I just ordered Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley and FLAG OF THE PROPHET: The Story of the Muslim Corsairs by E. Hamilton Currey
    Last edited by Vegetta; 09-15-2009 at 05:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crucified View Post
    sci fi - the dark tower series all 9 or 10 of them. stephen king
    7 of 'em. And yes. That would probably be my number one recommendation as well.

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    The Forever War - Joe Hadleman

    Written back in 1976, this is almost the flip side of the coin politically to Starship Troopers. The main character, a physicist with over a 150 IQ, is drafted by the Elite Conscription act to fight the Taurans. The military gets around the universe by using collapsars, which are like worm holes that cover millions of light years in a split second, but travel to and from them still has massive relativistic effects. Earth is aging centuries while he is off fighting one battle. The folly of war, human stupidity, and the ever changing (and worsening) earth make for a highly entertaining, and sometimes quite depressing, read.

    A friend handed this off to my wife, and she never read it, so I did. I can't believe I've been reading science fiction forever and never touched this. It is extremely well done, and the science is scary accurate. It's another infantry in suits book, but with a completely different take on it. The description of acceleration tanks alone is worth the read.
    Noodles

    So live for today,
    Tomorrow never comes.
    Die young, die young,
    Can't you see the writing in the air?
    Die young, gonna die young,
    Someone stopped the fair.

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    Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King - Lloyd Bradley

    Non-fiction

    A great in-depth look at Reggae taking into account the historical context, and main players. It starts by looking at the sound system scene in Jamaica and how, before independence, records were bought, sold and appreciated. It then goes on to look at 'Jamaicaness' - the post-independence way of cultivating a national identity which included a new and original genre of music.
    As the book goes on, it crosses the ocean to detail how Jamaican music was having a notable effect on British youth culture and how, in turn, that effect was noticed in the profits earned by the likes of Island Records and Trojan.

    The book really covers all bases and includes some excellent interviews with some of the producers and musicians who were around at the time everything was kicking off; people like Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Horace Andy to name two.

    If reggae, dub and ska (not to mention other sub-genres of Jamaican music) are your cup of tea then I highly recommend this book.

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