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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Lynn on August 21, 2019, 09:03:27 AM »
Nearly finished Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.

This was a favourite when I was a teenager, many years ago. Now I'm struggling, mostly because the environment seems so sterile and lacking. It does get better after a while, but there are several soggy chapters where the words 'grey' and 'featureless' are almost the default.


I didn't care for that one.  I like a cool setting as much as anyone, but I also expect a plot, you know?  That book was just people wandering around and looking at things. 

I also realize I'm in the minority on this.  Lots of people love the book.  Just different strokes for different folks, I guess.   :shrug

Whew. I thought it was just me. I like some Clarke stuff but some of it kind of puts me to sleep. I never finished Rendezvous with Rama. Never even tried to go back to it again.

Just give me some old Jack Chalker books and I'll be a lot happier. I'm thinking about revisiting the Lilith books. It's been a long time and I still have fond memories of those. I admit I was a lot younger so they might not live up to my memories, so I continue to hesitate. :D
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on August 21, 2019, 07:06:51 AM »
Nearly finished Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.

This was a favourite when I was a teenager, many years ago. Now I'm struggling, mostly because the environment seems so sterile and lacking. It does get better after a while, but there are several soggy chapters where the words 'grey' and 'featureless' are almost the default.


I didn't care for that one.  I like a cool setting as much as anyone, but I also expect a plot, you know?  That book was just people wandering around and looking at things.  I kept waiting for an alien to jump out and attack, or for some part of the station to go "critical" or something, forcing everyone to find a solution, or for the characters to realize they were being poisoned by radiation, or something similar to create dramatic tension, but nothing like that ever happened.  It was just setting description.   :confused:

I also realize I'm in the minority on this.  Lots of people love the book.  Just different strokes for different folks, I guess.   :shrug
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on August 20, 2019, 10:16:56 PM »
Nearly finished Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.

This was a favourite when I was a teenager, many years ago. Now I'm struggling, mostly because the environment seems so sterile and lacking. It does get better after a while, but there are several soggy chapters where the words 'grey' and 'featureless' are almost the default.

I also gave up on Alistair MacLean's 'Where Eagle's Dare'.  Another fave author of mine, but things just seemed to plod along and there was too much time spent on 'clever' dialogue and come-backs.

I recently finished a dozen novels by Derek Robinson, including Kramer's War, the RAF and RFC series, and the first 3 Luis Cabrillo novels. I like his work, and I remember reading Kramer's War a couple of times 2-3 decades ago (still have the hardback.)

I read several of MacLean's books way back when. Ice Station Zebra was my fave. I probably read Where Eagle's Dare but I don't remember it. I stopped reading him when, in one book (I think it was either Circus or The Black Shrike) he kept running back and forth between one place and another for miles. I got exhausted reading it and decided I wouldn't read any more.

Helen MacInnes is another author I like from that era. The Salzburg Connection is my fave of hers and I go back to it every once in a while.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by The Doctor on August 20, 2019, 09:32:10 PM »
Still reading Wendig's 'Wanderers' (about 85% the way through now).

Have started reading Val McDermid's Tony and Carol series, starting with 'The Mermaids Singing'.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on August 20, 2019, 04:13:08 PM »
Nearly finished Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.

This was a favourite when I was a teenager, many years ago. Now I'm struggling, mostly because the environment seems so sterile and lacking. It does get better after a while, but there are several soggy chapters where the words 'grey' and 'featureless' are almost the default.

I also gave up on Alistair MacLean's 'Where Eagle's Dare'.  Another fave author of mine, but things just seemed to plod along and there was too much time spent on 'clever' dialogue and come-backs.

I recently finished a dozen novels by Derek Robinson, including Kramer's War, the RAF and RFC series, and the first 3 Luis Cabrillo novels. I like his work, and I remember reading Kramer's War a couple of times 2-3 decades ago (still have the hardback.)

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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on August 20, 2019, 11:19:09 AM »
I love Erma too.  The grass is always greener over the septic tank.

I was practically falling on the floor over the chapter with her husband and the TV set.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by notthatamanda on August 20, 2019, 10:45:05 AM »
I love Erma too.  The grass is always greener over the septic tank.

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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Vijaya on August 20, 2019, 05:13:09 AM »
Erma and Julie!!! Love them both.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on August 19, 2019, 12:14:57 PM »
Reading Erma Bombeck's The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. Her humor is timeless.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by notthatamanda on August 19, 2019, 12:11:47 PM »
I stumbled across Julie Andrew's autobiography "Home" by accident and read it this weekend.  Her childhood was insane.  All of the theater stuff, from the vaudeville she did as a child/adolescent, to the London and Broadway shows was fascinating.  The book ended just as they were flying to Hollywood, with her first baby barely a couple of months old, to film Mary Poppins.  I'll have to see if she ever documented that part of her career because I would love to read about the behind the scenes of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.
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