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johncolombo
11281 posts Senior Moderator
edited August 21
I have started reading a new book this week. Was wondering what everyone else was reading.
Probably not the best book to read at night. I'm thinking about reading classic Sci-Fi next.
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  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    H. G. Wells, War Of The Worlds.
    But it fell off the side and lost the bookmark and I can't remember whereabouts I was.
  • johncolombo
    11281 posts Senior Moderator
    KLmaker wrote: »
    H. G. Wells, War Of The Worlds.
    But it fell off the side and lost the bookmark and I can't remember whereabouts I was.

    Have you ever read the short Sci Fi story "The road not taken"? I thought it was brilliant. It's by Harry Turtledove.
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  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    I have not heard of the book but I must have heard the title somewhere as it sounds familiar.
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    The last time I properly read a book in its paperback was probably in 1985. This was the book. My older brother borrowed it from someone.

    This book got me interested in the Bible because of the quotes from The Book of Relevation and I learned to appreciate the lore of the symbol of 666. I never got down to really read the Bible though. I did try to read one a few years ago but couldn't continue past the first few chapters as it was pretty violent and I could not really understand English written in the old style. For my GCE O level, I need to read Twelfth Nights by Shakespeare and it was really a struggle.

    I never really have time to read books since secondary school to adulthood due to continuous nightmares in life. From school to army to work life. Working life really drained out a lot of my free time due to an abusive work environment and there were technical knowledge that was demanded of me then and the books I read were of technical nature.

    Back to this book, a friend was interested and I lent it to him. Then I found out that he bookmarked the page by folding it. I was outraged and demanded it back but he refused to return it. Later I have to physically take it from his bag from the open locker of the library. And I chastised him again later for it.

    I believe I managed to finish the trilogy of the story by borrowing from the library.

    The last set of storybooks I bought was Lord of the Rings. I saw that everyone was reading and buying it and I just bought one set too. I have not read it yet.

    The last ebook I read was The Hunger Games book one. It was quite a children's book.
  • johncolombo
    11281 posts Senior Moderator
    @168sean168 I read The Omen when it first came out. :):o:D
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  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    edited August 25
    @168sean168
    I bought the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit some years ago as they were from a book club, so a bit discounted.
    I haven't read them yet either, but word of warning, I have heard they can be a bit heavy going, a bit like Twelfth Night.
  • Oh no @KLmaker ..
  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    @168sean168
    I will still read them though as they are said to be very good books, just not necessarily bedtime reading.
  • johncolombo
    11281 posts Senior Moderator
    edited September 12
    just finished Arthur C Clarke's Childhood's End
    I really liked it
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  • johncolombo
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    edited September 12
    just finished another Arthur C Clarke book " Rendezvous with Rama" - Loved it too
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  • I read Rendezvous with Rama many many years ago. I remember it being a great book!
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited September 13
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    Dune (1965). I cannot remember when I last read this. It was probably around 1981. Borrowed it from the library. I can still recall the very long passage devoted to the test of putting the hand into a box of pain, a scene which flashed for a few seconds in the Dune 2020 film adaptation trailer.

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    I really like Dune 1984. I remembered it was marketed as one of the most expensive movie ever made. The pimples covered face of a floating baron, Sting, and the gigantic worm were forever etched in memory.

    The soundtrack is also very good. Especially the main track and the weirdly romantic new age piano coda in the ending credit. I have the actual CD


    The very romantic new age music for the end credit.

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    I had a crush back then on a young Sean Young with her mesmerising blue eyes as a Fremen. I think she was the most beautiful actress I ever seen back then.

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    PC Game Dune 2 1992 - I was exposed to this game by my girlfriend at her house and was immediately hooked. This is the game that caused me to play till morning.

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    Later I played this PC 1998 - Dune 2000. It was quite amazing as they have real actors acting out scenes as introductions to game stages. I am also hooked to this game and could play until morning.

    There were also a lot of awesome soundtrack from the game. Hearing it can set me into a stage of agitation due to the urgency of the war at hand.

    Dune and later SimCity was the only two games I played seriously on PC. Dune was also the only RTS game I ever played. Then I never really touch any PC games in depth anymore. Influenced by friend, I did buy a limited edition 3 CD-ROM of Command and Conquer in a nice box set. But I was very busy and also my pc might be too weak to support it and I didn't even install the game. It was a waste of good money

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    This is a free app game that is very similar to Dune 2000. Though it has reduced functionality and I need to deal with ads. The title is known as Expansion / Expanse RTS. At one period I was hooked to this game. Last night I played one round again.


    The Dune story has always remained close to heart, due to its epicness, its music, the games.. and I look forward to the 2020 film adaptation.
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  • johncolombo
    11281 posts Senior Moderator
    @168sean168
    I have Dune on my list. I've been getting eBooks from the library on my iPad.
    I've never read it before or saw the first film, so want to read it first then see the new film.
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  • johncolombo
    11281 posts Senior Moderator
    edited September 12
    I read Rendezvous with Rama many many years ago. I remember it being a great book!

    you should read Childhoods end. It has a few good plot twists and keeps the mystery going till the very end.
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  • johncolombo
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    I'm now reading Clarke's "The songs of distant Earth" I'm only about 30 pages in but am enjoying it very much.
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    Just started the 6th Dune novel.
    I have enjoyed them all so far, particularly the second and fourth books.
  • 168sean168
    3720 posts Member
    edited September 21
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    Alien (1979). I probably read this book around 81 or 82. I borrowed from the library. I really enjoyed it, probably more than the film. During the early days of films screenings here, gory scenes would be censored. I think that ruined my experience. Because without the gore, I am just watching a rather slow moving film with a pulsating nauseating engine beat running throughout the ship.

    Later I noted that the author, Alan Dean Foster, was the go to guy for novelisation of sci fi horror.

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    A T shirt I saw in Uniqlo on 21 SEP 2020.
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  • KLmaker
    1133 posts Member
    edited September 15
    @johncolombo
    @168sean168
    @LawrenceCohen1

    I saw Dune some years ago and a couple of times since, to make sure I understood it.
    It's not only a visually stunning expensive film, but a long film as well if I remember correctly.

    So I had to get the book when I had the chance, but did find it a bit heavy going as some items have asterisks and are elaborated at the bottom of the pages and in the glossary at the back, forever flipping backwards and forwards.

    I remember the passage of the hand in the box test, it was like I was watching the film all over again.

    My mistake was trying to read it at the end of the day before going to bed, like Lord Of The Rings, I will read them properly though when I'm awake.

    Amazing film and book.
  • I hope you get to enjoy them @KLmaker
    I have found them very addictive and will be sad when I finish part 6. I am not sure I will read all of the sequels/prequels that his son wrote, maybe if we have another lock down!

    I also recommend the below film-

  • johncolombo
    11281 posts Senior Moderator
    Even though I already saw the movie I started reading "Bird Box" Lat night. It was a page turner and I got halfway through already. I highly recommend it. Very suspenseful and frightening.
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