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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:17 pm    Post subject: The Bone Clocks Reply with quote

Anyone read this? Best PO fiction that I have come across. Chilling view of Ireland/England in a few years time.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bone Clocks Reply with quote

leroy wrote:
Anyone read this? Best PO fiction that I have come across. Chilling view of Ireland/England in a few years time.


Leroy the link seems to be invisible to me!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume it's a book recommendation.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A review of The Bone Clocks is available here

I think I'll stick to non fiction. I've got plenty of that to keep up with at the moment.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really worth a go IMO. David Mitchell is always good, and to see his imagination applied so close to home, describing the relentless repercussions of resource depletion and climate change with this level of skill, is a unique experience. 2043 is really not far away..
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: Wolf Hall at the moment Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
A review of The Bone Clocks is available here

I think I'll stick to non fiction. I've got plenty of that to keep up with at the moment.


Having skimmed through the review I think I will pass on this one. When it is well done speculative fiction can be a good medium to explore issues that can become very turgid and sleep inducing when written about literally.

Quite enjoying "Wolf Hall" at the moment though it is quite heavy going.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6101138-wolf-hall
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit late as the movie is coming out this week but "Ready player one" is a good read especially if you were around when electronic games first made the scene. Plenty of evil corporate villains and plot twists.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Wolf Hall at the moment Reply with quote

Potemkin Villager wrote:
Having skimmed through the review I think I will pass on this one. When it is well done speculative fiction can be a good medium to explore issues that can become very turgid and sleep inducing when written about literally.

Quite enjoying "Wolf Hall" at the moment


It is done to the best standard I have seen in this novel. Wolf Hall is a great book too.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vtsnowedin wrote:
A bit late as the movie is coming out this week but "Ready player one" is a good read especially if you were around when electronic games first made the scene. Plenty of evil corporate villains and plot twists.

Absolutely, I read this a few months ago. It's good. Those under 40 might miss a few of the references though!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
vtsnowedin wrote:
A bit late as the movie is coming out this week but "Ready player one" is a good read especially if you were around when electronic games first made the scene. Plenty of evil corporate villains and plot twists.

Absolutely, I read this a few months ago. It's good. Those under 40 might miss a few of the references though!

Hell I was there and missed more then half of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fille recommended me 'The Bone Clocks' and I read it. Damn glad I did. The main character's (almost) my contemporary and it spans the term of her life till old age.

The short bit of dialogue about religion, in Ireland, is one of the most terrifying bits of dystopian story I've ever read, and it isn't even violent.

The entire chapter about the egotistical writer, which I had trouble getting through because it was so BORING, can be skipped without losing the plot.

The dystopian aspect isn't the main point of the tale, really: the plot is mainly about 2 opposing forces fighting, with humanity - human minds - as their battliefield. I can't say it's exactly a page-turner - it's a little too abstruse for that - but I liked it for its sheer surreal-ness and its atmosphere.
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