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Old 10-10-2012, 10:07 PM   #1306
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #1307
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No, not Steve Jobs. Definitely modern. Written within the last decade.

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:18 AM   #1308
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:17 PM   #1309
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #1310
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No to both of those. I'll give it a bit more time and reveal a bit later today.

I had to look up Rankin. Now I might be stuck reading a bunch of his stuff.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:24 PM   #1311
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No to both of those. I'll give it a bit more time and reveal a bit later today.

I had to look up Rankin. Now I might be stuck reading a bunch of his stuff.
His stuff is very funny, very English. A bit like Tom Holt, if you know him? Also well worth a read. I started with Expecting Someone Taller and never looked back.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:41 PM   #1312
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I shall look up Tom Holt once you read Paul Auster and John Updike.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:46 PM   #1313
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I shall look up Tom Holt once you read Paul Auster and John Updike.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:06 PM   #1314
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Well, I suppose it's still today.

These quotes are from Charles Stross's Halting State. A very fine read with laughs and just real enough to make you worry about technology.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:43 AM   #1315
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Sorry, not heard of the author or the book. I may well have a look now, though...once I've read Aster and Updike, of course.

How about another?
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:40 AM   #1316
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It was nominated for Hugo and Locus awards in 2008. It was also nominated as a book club read for the Science Fiction category last November which ended up being A Canticle for Liebowitz. Halting State was the one that had me sucked in to vote for if I hadn't nominated other things I was really interested in reading.

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You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.
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No one can win against kipple," he said, "except temporarily and maybe in one spot, like in my apartment I've sort of created a stasis between the pressure of kipple and nonkipple, for the time being. But eventually I'll die or go away, and then the kipple will again take over. It's a universal principle operating throughout the universe; the entire universe is moving toward a final state of total, absolute kippleization.
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