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#91 neoELITE

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 06:59 AM

 

Just finished this and really enjoyed it excellent stuff.

 

Moved onto Autumn as recommended above and it's really not comparing well. I'm struggling to keep reading it, completely UNengaging in every way. Bland writing , bland characters. 

 

It's not that good but, in the genre, the treatment of the undead is a bit different to other books - I won't spoil it but, if you finish it, you'll understand why I think it's an interesting 'different' take. It's mundane for a reason.

 

I'm reading Gibson's Necromancer - it's post-apocalyptic sci-fi (of a kind) - not engaging me at all. It just leaps right in to a future-scape with no introduction. 


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#92 ZOK

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 10:19 AM

Neuromancer isn't post apocalyptic.

It's also the best SF novel ever written. Your post has been logged, please report to your nearest Attitude Readjustment Centre within 48 hours.
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#93 BossSaru

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 03:00 PM

Based on earlier recommendations in this thread I have suggested On The Beach to my book club, which they chose and will now read. The cover art really sold it to me, and the blurb on the back suggests a different slant on the post-apocalypse genre, focusing on characters facing an imminent death rather than fighting gangs for survival.

 

Well that was simultaneously one of the most harrowing and uplifting books I have read in a long time. In some parts it was similar to Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies, but there were a lot of light moments in the book which made the story more one of enjoying what time one has left as opposed to the bleakness of an inescapable fate.

 

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It will be interesting to see what my book club make of it. They did eventually forgive me after the Blood Meridian month, so hopefully they should be all right with this.


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#94 Harsin

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:43 PM

I stand by my post about On The Beach on the first page of this thread.

It's incredibly depressing, even by the metric of a genre that is inherently depressing. For some reason I found people facing the end of the world with a stiff upper lip more affecting than the modern takes where everybody is more likely to start raping and turn into cannibals.


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#95 idiwa

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 08:40 AM

Finished The Twelve at the weekend (being the 2nd book in the Passage Trilogy). Was a bit slow at the start but I really enjoyed it and thought it was just as good as The Passage. Enjoyed that it dealt with some more characters before things all went to shit and it all turned to hell. The third book is due to come out in a few weeks, so hopefully I'll grab it and read it when the other two are still fresh in my mind. There's a hell of a lot going on in The Passage and The Twelve and I'm glad I read them back to back. Just looking at some postings on Good Reads discussing the books; christ so many people just don't get the book at all...."but who is X and why is there 12 of them.." It's like watching Game of Thrones and asking "so who is this wee dwarf guy again?"  :facepalm: 
 


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#96 Strategos

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 11:36 AM

I agree I've enjoyed them both and am def looking forward to the third.


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#97 ZOK

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 11:59 AM

I've got The Girl With All The Gifts audiobook on the go thanks to you lot.
It's flipping great, well done all! :quote:


Just finished this, certainly keeps you gripped throughout. Loved it!
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#98 idiwa

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 04:37 PM

I agree I've enjoyed them both and am def looking forward to the third.

 

Would be great if AMC or someone else picked this up to turn it into a tv series. I think I mentioned before the film rights have been signed over but I really don't know how they would make this into a film.. it'll turn into a total hatchet job.


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#99 Doctor Shark

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Posted Today, 08:12 PM

I too finished girl with all the gifts recently. It was good, but the ending didn't half feel rushed. Really let down the whole book, I thought.
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