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Re: Books!

by Ack Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:20 am

Oh man, you've only read Crichton at his worst! In general, his work declined in the last decade of his life. Timeline is where things start going downhill in my opinion. Jurassic Park is a better representation of the author at his peak, but the books he released under his own name are almost all amazing! I haven't delved into the stuff he wrote under the penname John Lange, but I need to get around to it.

If you enjoy technothrillers that involve a bit of sci-fi, go with The Terminal Man. Historical fiction, read The Great Train Robbery or Eaters of the Dead. Medical drama, Andromeda Strain or A Case of Need. Detective novels, Rising Sun or Airframe. Honestly though, read his earlier output! There are so many gems!
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by Jagosaurus Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:06 am

I really think I've read Chrichton's Next or Prey, but need to go back & read the book jacket previews to confirm.

Will check those out. This forum continues to introduce me to games, books, & movies... I've finally come to realize I'll never finish them all :lol:

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by prfsnl_gmr Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:46 am

If you want Crichton at his peak, watch Runaway (1984) starring Tom Selleck, Gene Simmons, and Kirstie Alley. Crichton wrote and directed it - like Westworld! - won’t be disappointed by its amazing cheesiness. My wife and I watched it the other day, and we’re still talking about it. :lol:
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by nullPointer Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:17 pm

This might be the year that I finally crack the cover on the Witcher games. So in preparation for playing the games, I started reading the books at the beginning of the year (using the reading order suggested here). It might just be that it's been a while since I've read any sword & sorcery fantasy lit, but I've really been enjoying these books. So far I've read The Last Wish and I'm half way through Sword of Destiny. Sapkowski has a great sense for pacing, characters and world building. What's interesting though is that the authorial voice can shift a bit from book to book depending on the translator. That's not to say that I've had any huge issues with the translations although the particular translation of Sword of Destiny I'm reading (this one) occasionally contains some odd word choice and phrasing. All the same, I'm enjoying these books immensely and look forward to continuing on in the series.

As a gamer who enjoys sword & sorcery stories I definitely give this series high marks (so far). Recommended.
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by salt_and_pepper Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:33 am

I usually say something like 'I have no favorite book, all of them are interesting". But there was a book which impressed me most of all. 'Deathworld' by Harry Harrison has all I need - interesting plot with unexpected moments, space theme and mystery. Every hero cannot be called good or bad - they are alive and different.
I would like to see a film telling the same story or play a game.
If you are fan of science fiction, sure you'll like the book.
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by REPO Man Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:00 pm

Finished "Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel", which adapts the original 1993 Disney film, as well as offering a sequel set 25 years later.

In the sequel portion, Max and Alison's daughter Poppy and her friends scramble to thwart the recently-resurrected Sanderson sisters as the two clash over an artifact that could grant the witches immortality.

I recommend it.
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by marurun Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:09 pm

Why do you recommend it? What about it is good?
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by Ack Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:14 pm

marurun wrote:Why do you recommend it? What about it is good?

It's based on a Disney film, and it's REPO?
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by REPO Man Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:05 am

I wrote the post in my phone, so obviously I couldn't post a full-blown essay. Basically I liked it because I liked the film Hocus Pocus.
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