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View Poll Results: Which science-fiction book will spark our imaginations in August?
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke 13 27.08%
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs 8 16.67%
Lost Horizon by James Hilton 11 22.92%
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks 15 31.25%
Roadside Picnic by the Strugatskys brothers 15 31.25%
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 12 25.00%
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card 18 37.50%
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds 13 27.08%
Solaris by Lem Stanislaw 11 22.92%
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis 19 39.58%
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:17 AM   #31
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They had radios in WW2 and telephones too. You'd think she could have stretched her imagination that far. I read the reviews. I think I'll give it a miss...
This grandmother was born in 1890.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:08 PM   #32
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Doomsday Book sounds very similar to The Plague Tales by Ann Benson (which I have read and enjoyed very much), though the former involves time travel and the latter is set in a tightly bio-controlled future, but has a parallel story line from the time of the Plague.
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And it's Doomsday Book by Connie Willis by a nose! See you on August the 20th for the discussion. Best get cracking—Doomsday Book is nearly 600 pages!
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And it's Doomsday Book by Connie Willis by a nose! See you on August the 20th for the discussion. Best get cracking—Doomsday Book is nearly 600 pages!
Enders Game isn't much shorter than that I think is it? I know Lost Horizon is short by comparison.
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Enders Game isn't much shorter than that I think is it? I know Lost Horizon is short by comparison.
Ender's Game is quite a bit shorter.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:02 AM   #36
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So is that Doomsday Book by Connie Willis by a nose from Ender's Game?
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So is that Doomsday Book by Connie Willis by a nose from Ender's Game?
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:21 PM   #38
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Just a couple of minutes ago, I started reading my Kindle edition of Doomsday Book. Had to stop long enough to say,

YAY!

It's got X-Ray!

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I'm glad it's Doomsday book. I'm so fed up with Orson Scott Card not finishing the Tales of Alvin Maker that I don't want to spend another cent on one of his book until he does...
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Yay! Just scored an ebook copy from the library...that almost never happens.
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I see the winner book has about 600 pages......

At the end of next week I'll be cycling in East Germany for two weeks. Can anyone, who has read the book, recommend it as a holiday- read for the evenings sitting by the Müritzer See (Lake) with a beer?
Else I have to pick me a thinner book, as I've already The Sleepwalkers, Foucault, Pascal Mercier and such on my ereader.
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I've started it and my own opinion is that it wouldn't be a particularly good choice for light holiday reading.
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I did read it quite some years ago and remember it was terrific, but you can hardly bear to put it down because you want to find out what happens next. Maybe for after the cycle ride is over!

I managed to pick up a copy for $A3 in a closing-down secondhand bookshop so I'm ready to read it when I stagger through the rest of "Buddenbrooks".
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Thanks both. I'll be adding Snow Flower and the secret fan by Lisa See. Doomsday will have to wait a bit.
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I've started this and have a question. I'm towards the beginning, and they are speaking "middle english?", am I supposed to understand this when someone speaks it? I'm getting a little hung up on it, and I find it a very minor distraction to the story.
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