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charley farley

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  1. Just finished this. Thought it was very very awesome.
  2. Absolutely loved it, thanks again. Finished it this morning and immediately carried on with The Dark Forest.
  3. Uprooted - Naomi Novik Thought it started well and had me thinking it was avoiding a lot of clichés, but then the middle part got very formulaic and then it totally embraced all the clichés. It had some really nice ideas, but in the end it felt very generic. I did like the feel of the language though - as the writer is from Polish descent the names, places, spells etc all have a very Slavic sound to them and it gave the book a very definite and strong sense of place. Holy shit at @Darrens review of the 3 Body Problem Trilogy! Because of that I've been forced to buy it t
  4. @Silent Runner That did occur to me, but I reasoned a similar way as @cassidy
  5. Thanks for this recommendation, didn't even know it existed. As you said, well worth anyone's time, the insight into his inspirations and the process of building the world the show inhabits from the state of the world at the end of the comic is fascinating. And he seems like a really cool guy.
  6. Senlin Ascends has the advantage of opening into this new world that's all wonder and amazement like any first book/film in a series which anything coming after can't match, but I agree it's also the best aside from that as it clips along at a pace that neither of the others can match. I will say though that Arm of the Sphinx feels more like the middle entry in a trilogy - a lot more plot actually happens in The Hod King, but I really liked the slower paced world building and especially I wasn't exactly, not sure if disappointed is the right word - maybe underwhelmed with
  7. @Stopharage And @Miner Willy After working my way through The Stone Sky, Children of Time, The Hod King and The Hunger Games I've just finished Station Eleven and I absolutely loved it. I've read some really great stuff this year, but this (along with the 3 Senlin books) has been my favourite. I love it so, so much. Thanks both for the recommendation. A Natural History next, then Uprooted and then the 2 Nyquist books.
  8. @Miner Willy thanks, I'll go back and examine in detail
  9. @Miner Willy May I ask your opinions on The Body Library (interested in this and the prequel), Station Eleven (same) and Senlin Ascends (as an indication of if we like the same stuff for comparison)? I’m just nearing the end of The Arm of The Sphinx and I’ve loved them both.
  10. The writer has already confirmed the next series will be the final one.
  11. I'd broadly agree with the sentiments above. 2nd is decent but not a patch on the first, 3rd was so bad I didn't bother with any more after that.
  12. Finished the second of the 3 and taking a break before piling into the Stone Sky. I'm really impressed by it so far. I agree the narrative style is very unusual (at least for the sort of stuff I read). The overall story setup is excellent. I also like how the world building is explained as it goes and not explicitly basil expositioned at certain points. It feels very natural. Would also unreservedly recommend. Just started The Arm of the Sphinx, directly after finishing Senlin Ascends, 100 pages or so in. Would absolutely recommend this too, my god it's amazing. The last time somet
  13. That's a shame. I was hoping this would be a return to form after SevenEves (which I found very tedious despite some very good bits). Amazon reviews all seem of a similar mind also.
  14. £7.49 on Steam currently for TGC2.
  15. I have it on the blu ray of Apocaypse Now that came out about 5-6 years ago. Maybe it’s cause of that to do with licensing as I remember it being readily available on YouTube etc before then.
  16. Apocalypse now is quite the story. Leading man had a heart attack, Marlon Brando rocked up about 10 stone overweight, sets destroyed by the weather. The whole crew went fucking mental as the shoot ballooned into 18 months in the jungle. The whole thing just degenerated quickly into total fucking craziness. Can't find the full documentary, but trailer is here. It's an amazing watch:
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