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The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Steven Baxter, sequel to the Long earth.
The Long Earth took a little getting into (although that might have been me rather than the book), but was well worth it once it got going, this hasn't taken as long to settle into the story (possibly because I already know the characters and have a basic understanding of what's going on) and I'm very much enjoying it.
Both are based around some time in the future where endless worlds are discovered almost identical to ours by "stepping" through from one to the other and based around what happens to everyone once these are discovered.
The Long Earth took a little getting into (although that might have been me rather than the book), but was well worth it once it got going
Reminds me of the 1995/1996 American TV series 'Sliders' where they skip through alternative Earths on each episode, almost similar to each other but not quite.
Shows you that Si-fi material is pinched from one writer to the next down the decades.
"Shows you that Si-fi material is pinched from one writer to the next down the decades."
If you read it you'll find the only common thread is the concept of parallel universes.
Might just as well accuse authors of nicking the concept of crime, murder or love.
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I used to be with it, but then they changed what `it` was.
Now, what I`m with isn`t it, and what`s `it` seems weird and scary
"Reminds me of the 1995/1996 American TV series 'Sliders' where they skip through alternative Earths on each episode, almost similar to each other but not quite.
Shows you that Si-fi material is pinched from one writer to the next down the decades."
Pinched idea or not, it's a pretty good story :)
"If you read it you'll find the only common thread is the concept of parallel universes.
Might just as well accuse authors of nicking the concept of crime, murder or love."
Isn't there some theory that every story that could possibly exist has already been told, people are now just finding new ways of telling it?
Started to pick up some graphic novels for my Kindle so just finished Batman: Year One and now on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Got Watchmen, From Hell and V For Vendetta on my list after that.
Normal book wise, started a rather fascinating biography of ABBA called Bright Lights, Dark Shadows.
H R GIGER from Icons / Taschen. (know as creator of the alien in the films Alien/Aliens, etc).
Photos and stories of his thoughts and Life in Engish, German and French.
Pity it was not an e -edition for easy googlefish translation, as its a bit longwinded using translation dictionaries to figure it out
H R Giger and the soul of the 20th century, bringing out the dark side of humanity, with his visions of dark futures, nastier types of alien and concepts of alien sex show visually in art, scupture and si-fi films.
Whether a mind torn and tortured soul, or a fantastic genius, this book shows an insight into his dark mind.
Book not suitable, if easily affronted.
Now with the death of DianaWynne Jones this week, I have decided to buy and read 'House of many ways'. Just arrived today via Amazon.
'House of many ways' is a sequel to the well known 'Howls Moving Castle', which was one of her previous books, but known better as Japanese anime Studio Ghibbi's Si-fantasy film.
This book is about the further adventures of the Wizards house, and how going through a door in that house you could end up anywhere !
Going to take it on holiday at the start of next month and enjoy reading it in the sun, with a few barcardi breezers
Just started Liberty by Stephen Coonts. It's the 10th book by him featuring the same character in the US navy by the name of Jake Grafton. I've read them in order, don't think I've ever read 10 books featuring the same central character before, the closest i guess would be the Harry Potter novels. Anyway, if you like Tom Clancy it's very similar. I got mine from the Amazon Kindle store when they were on sale, but the price atm is double what I paid but I'm sure the price will drop again in the next sale.
'The lighthousekeeper' by Alan K Baker. New kid on the block si-fi writer, this lattest short book is based on the story of the lost keepers on flannel island with a si-fi twist.Could not put the book down as its a good story.
The lighthouse is an inter-dimensional rift location, where different worlds and physics coincides in the one location, and the story is split between the lighthouse keepers story of the past to modern day scientists on the island getting similar experiences.
I really enjoyed th ebook, and going to backtrack and buy a previous book by the writer, 'The Martian Ambassador' based on Martians visiting Earth in the Victorian era.
Currently reading Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps by Anne Applebaum which is a rather fascinating if heavy tome that is taking me quite some time to get through.