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offline big from lsg on 2024-02-08 21:44 [#02632427]
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i wholly recommend Children of Time

i'm now reading sequel children of ruin, and it's giving me
some Iain M. Banks vibes. the writer is English, too, so
that helps with that (he writes it 'kilometre')

i could explain a bit more, but that would spoil a wee bit

that's my thoughts. any other favs people have?


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-09 07:34 [#02632434]
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just about to order the remaining alastair reynolds novels,
1 from revelation space and two sequels to the prefect. they
never were translated and i recently found out about those,
which were also published a bit later.
theyre all set in the same universe, but the prefect has
more elements of a sci fi noir detective story, while his
other novels focus on exploration, action and adventure.

currently rereading the prefect, to get back into it. i
loved his world, all the advancements, augementations and
his storytelling in general. just the right amount of action
and lil bit of kinkyness too.

when i think of playing a videogame like cyberpunk, his
universe would be the bar, to be measured with.



 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-09 07:37 [#02632435]
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i praised reynolds a while back, along with richard morgans
altered carbon, which feels more like a action movie, short
read. theyve turned that one into a netflix show, which is
executed quite well. they could have cut down on the torture
scenes a bit though, thats something i quickly read over,
when in tv they made me turn off and rewatch later. broke
the flow for me. and it took a whie til the show got really
interesting, but i really like the cast and visuals,
especially the ai hotel. perfect. i wish though they had
elaborated more of the details of the world, because they
are what made this setting so thrilling for me.


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-09 07:46 [#02632436]
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consider phleabas is still on my list. started off well, but
i hardly finished a book, project or basically anything the
past decade. too many other things breaking the focus and
keeping me off :/
im reading much faster this winter and i enjoy it more
again.
in the daylight of summer i prefered graphic novels though.

mostly sci fi aswell.
Aquablue (old, used versions)
Cyann (same)
Orbital
plus i spent lots of time refeshing my french.


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-09 09:35 [#02632450]
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i've read about Alastair Reynolds but haven't read him yet

cool: French, how do you go about refreshing that? reading
books as well, for instance?

i'm trying to read 21st century SF now. preferably lots of
authors, though i'm also don't try to overhurry and like
burn out. so i want to also read regular fiction, for
instance. Octavis Butler was a nice in between, in that
regard. she does really write SF, but it's near future, so
also rooted in a familiair society

Adrian Tchaikovsky is a zoologist, and really loves animals,
is something i do want to spoil. to hopefully get people
interested. these animals can quite whimsical, is what made
me think of Iain M. Banks.


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-09 09:38 [#02632451]
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i sometimes regret reading M. Banks, because i also got
stuck in these novels and then didn't read for like half a
year, time i could have spend on other books.

and with Use of Weapons, that one was small, so i was like:
'come on, read on' to myself. but then i didn't get at all
what i'd read.


 

offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2024-02-09 09:59 [#02632452]
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best scifi novel i've read in the past coupleo years is the
sparrow by mary doria russel, kind of a theological first
contact story, really well done


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-09 10:53 [#02632453]
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tnx for the tip

Contact by Carl Sagan also has a lot of theology in it, in
the context of first contact. based on conversation he had
with this bishop friend of his


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-09 10:57 [#02632454]
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in the category vague stuff, i have Annihilation, but that
keeps being further down my to-read stack


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-10 11:14 [#02632479]
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oui, at least i tried reading jules vernes´voyage to the
centre of the earth. was way easier getting into than 80
days around the world.
i had four years in school, so i knew a lot more. most of it
was possible to unlock and add some vocabulary, but i dread
tenses a bit.

my main way of gettin back in, was using the free app
duolingo.
i wrote about it here some time. it was good until a major
update took the fun out of it for me. instead of unlocking
practically all lessons two at a time, before you mastered
all of its content and being able to pick them from a comfy
tree menu, they reduced it to a linear path. so, lessons you
dont like really get force fed and that doesnt work well for
me. so, when im not really concentrated i wont continue
difficult lessons and new words or grammar, and i am not
able to refresh what ive learned or take some easier lessons
in between either, because scrolling through that linear
path takes ages to find back to a lesson youre interested in
and they are not really labeled as well as they were in the
tree. fucking idiots if you ask me.


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-10 11:16 [#02632480]
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have you seen the movie yet?
was kinda creepy good.
there is one particular (audio-element) scene i couldnt
imagine better than its done in the movie, but maybe it was
written as well.
didnt know it was a novel either.


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-10 11:29 [#02632481]
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i think jujo read it

i'm through my quotum for youtube videos for the day. but
one last one for this movie. alex garland is the best


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-10 11:33 [#02632482]
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these apps are an dystopia in themselves


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-10 13:23 [#02632483]
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it really helped me getting the back the basics and building
from the ground on. lots of achievement and happy feelings
while learning, never got that from a textbook. and i was
able to use it well in france past summer. bummer its
changed that much, but i want to get back into it and visit
france again this year. just gotta will myself back and see
if i find better ways to implement it into my day.


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-10 14:17 [#02632484]
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oh right its by vandermeer.
picked up shrooms a while ago,
hevent read it ye t:(



 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-10 14:44 [#02632485]
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this vid is like jumping late into a party for me.
usually i dont wtach videos about movies, simply not
interested enough. if im errand on a movie it might interest
me what critics or tubes have to say about it. if i truly
hate a movie that might be an even stronger motive for me.
i may be raving about the aesthetics, the cut, the pacing
and the soundtrack and i do like to talk about the movies i
see in general, about above things but especially of how it
makes me feel and wether the makers got their point across
with plot, cut and music.

the author of this video may call me a simpleton for that
matter if i dont look deeper into the metaphorical realms,
but i would just disagree on this. there IS a way of
understanding by feeling. and sometimes as in annihalation i
didnt get that really. maybe the filmmaker didnt emphasize
it enough for me or it is a theme i dont respond to as much
as others do, that have gone through similar things. i
forgot about everything personal in annihalation after i saw
it. sure the events of the cast before and the events after
the aliens were traumatic. didnt draw the connections, lol.

i may have missed a lot of metaphorical stuff in science
fiction. im really just very into the possibilities and how
people feel living in a world like that and translate it to
the world we actually live in. to me thats good enough for
most parts of sci fi.

anyway i find it really not that interesting what people say
about other peoples videos. it is something i would ather
not spend time on.
life is too short. ^^



 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-10 18:42 [#02632487]
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alex garland's movie Ex Machina is yet another feminist
film, Shaun explains in this video

yeah, me neither didn't pick up on these themes or
symbolisms as well. it's kind of funny how Folding Ideas
puts these other reviewers in their place. kind of mean of
me. (other funny videos by Folding Ideas are on Suicide
Squad and Nostalgia Critic's The Wall. i've watched those
several times.)


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-10 18:43 [#02632488]
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it is good for that

800+ days on Spanish didn't learn me Spanish, though.


 

offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2024-02-10 19:50 [#02632489]
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thats a lot, did you speak spanish with people at some
time?
naturally, once you´ve gained a sufficient status, it is
vital to use it in tv, movies & books and everyday life. its
hard to get past being able to shopping groceries and basic
stuff otherwise, but apps are a good starting point.
i hear there is bots now in which you can practise basic
conversation too. id be interested in giving that a try.


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-11 06:56 [#02632504]
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that seems to be a good thing to use bots for (all other
uses will lead to dystopia, to stay on topic ;) though maybe
chatting with them will bring them closer to the singularity
and so Judgment Day)

i learnt it because the family of the wife of my brother
speak it. but i didn't get to practice it with them.

i was watching casa de papel on day and thought: wait, i
should learn spanish, then i would be practicing spanish
watching this. but then i didn't go back to watching it, but
it didn't appeal that much to me. with 800 days of just
duolingo it's too bad anyway. i could blame them talking too
fast

really, now, i just want to improve my english. i did SAT's
English on memrise. not sure if that still exists, seeing
this message. also a bit french and german because i had
that in high school

i've also done a bit of russian.

but yeah, 800+ days pretty much traumatized me on that
fecking green owl. after a month or so, i noticed putting
off practicing that day, buying a day off with your in game
currency, doesn't make your streak go up, what a scam!


 

offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2024-02-12 20:50 [#02632547]
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>> sparrow
yeah,liked that one.
Im trying to re-buy my old Michael Moorcock collection...
not easy


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2024-02-13 15:17 [#02632564]
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accelerando by charles stross is fun, a pretty keen vision
of the awful future transhumanists imagine they want


 

offline Combo from Sex on 2024-02-13 15:54 [#02632565]
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The Bible is a pretty good sci-fi book, but an old one.

Otherwise I recommend Philip K. Dick. A Scanner Darkly for
instance.


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-16 09:11 [#02632610]
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would be more fantasy, no?

the over arching term is 'speculative fiction' btw

PKD and Scanner Darkly are awesome. the movie so great as
well. maybe better in the book in how funny it is. catches
the sad tone well

one day i'll retry reading PKD's Valis


 

offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2024-02-16 20:12 [#02632632]
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go back to reddit


 

offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2024-02-16 20:13 [#02632633]
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>> the over arching term is 'speculative fiction' btw
this is something that self-hating sci fi nerds renamed
things because they thought it would get them more pussy, it
didn't


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-17 08:53 [#02632645]
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this is scientifically proven


 


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