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  1. So it’s gotta be about the Last Alliance. Bit of a bummer as I was really hoping to see Celebrimbor and the forging of the rings, but this is still far better than a show about young Aragorn.
  2. I very much like the concept and credit where credit is due, they certainly deserve it. Not sure how much I liked the actual story though. I thought it felt more like a generic psychological thriller/horror theme rather than anything based around any futuristic technology that Black Mirror usually revolves around. There was at least one instance where I could have ended the show and gone to the credits, but kept going back to choose other options and to see where it would take me.
  3. Just finished Children of Time, and wow it was a good time! Very good hard sci-fi that got you emotionally involved and kept you hooked for the whole ride. Any fans of Clarke's classic books should check it out for sure. I'm eagerly awaiting its sequel that comes out in May next year.
  4. Thanks! I'll be sure to add it to my list. I just finished Player of Games last night. I enjoyed it, solid prose and a decently entertaining plot. I'd give it a solid 3/5 stars. @Darth Richard II I'll return to the Culture at some point in the future, but for now I'm going with Adrian Tchaikovsky's The Children of Time some harder sci-fi.
  5. I should have been more clear about what I was seeking. I moreso wanted to show what sci-fi I've read recently, regardless of its sub-genre. I was hoping The Expanse would be a good space opera series, but I was sadly dissapointed. That being said, I'm not against hard sci-fi at all provided there's a decent plot. That is interesting, I didn't know the universe was so large. (Heh heh "universe" get it...) When I get there I think I'll stick to the main storyline/trilogy plus Chasm City. Is Galactic North really that central to the main story that it's mandatory reading; if so do I read it after the main trilogy or commit to chronological order? I read Red Mars which was fun, but my interest petered out after Green Mars and I havent bothered to pick up Blue Mars. My favorite KSR book so far is Aurora which I thought was tremendous fun. I follow this YouTuber who's gone through a lot of GRRM's sci-fi as a way to analyze aSoIaF. Tuf Voyaging was a fun read, but I've enjoyed his other sci-fi short stories more. Sounds like The Gap is cropping up a few times so that will have to be on my list. I might take on Hamilton if I'm in the mood, but no promises. The Uplift Saga sounds like a good time. I was also thinking I'll keep this thread running as a way to document my sci-fi experiences and reviews since there seems to be a dearth of sci-fi on this forum. I'll be slow going, but better than starting a new thread every few months.
  6. I'll be checking out Revelation Space for sure, sounds like good stuff from you and Darth. I wanted to like The Expanse really badly, but the prose and characters just didn't do it for me. I've realized im more of a literary snob that I first thought. If an author's writing sucks, the book likely cannot be redeemed in my eyes regardless of the plot. Malazan falls into this category for me too, although it did have its high moments, I don't know how I made it through all 10 books.
  7. Ok i'll put down The Gap too thanks. I want to get into Revelation Space, but i've been put off a bit cause i've had some trouble finding an agreed upon reading order. Then again I haven't looked into it too hard. Hmm ok, anything like The Forever War at all?
  8. Thats high praise to compare Tchaikovsky to Clarke, so consider me quite intrigued. I'll be checking him out. Lee's world also sounds interesting. Thanks! I'm down for a classic Space Opera, provided it isn't too cliche. I'm with Darth on this one, Hamilton sounds a bit too high-octane for me. Has anyone read The Three Body Problem? I've heard its a Chinese classic for sci-fi, and did write a note about it when I saw it in the bookstore a few weeks ago.
  9. Gotcha, ok ill give it a shot and see what I think.
  10. I wanted to like it so badly, but his writing style was a torture to get through. Ok, I wasn't aware of that. The Culture series it is! ETA: Should they be read in publication order or how Goodreads has ordered them?
  11. Lately I've been looking to read more sci-fi than fantasy. So far this year I've read Arthur C Clarke's Childhood's End (decent, but not great) and his Rendezvous with Rama (thoroughly enjoyed it and was disappointment to hear the following books were duds); after that I read Dan Simmons' Hyperion series (first book was the best, second was decent and the last two were garbage); next up was Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers (also a major dud, turns out I'm on The Forever War side of things); and most recently I've read the first two books in The Expanse series. Going into it I had high hopes for I had heard a lot of good things about the series, but I've had to stop after Caliban's War. The overarching plot was intriguing, but I don't know that I've ever read such long books that had such little substance. It took forever for Corey to say so much of nothing, which was really frustrating. The characters were all really one dimensional; overall I had little motivation to continue reading. I'm still hoping to find a good Space Opera series. I thought The Expanse would be what I was looking for, but that didn't happen. I'm open to other sci-fi suggestions as well. I should note I've read a decent amount of Kim Stanley Robinson's books and enjoyed most (thought not all) of his works, Clarke's 2001 collection which was not my favorite series I've ever read, but I appreciated it and Dune which greatly underwhelmed me- I have to think my experience was similar to the user who started the Tolkien threat. I currently have Altered Carbon by Morgan, Eon by Bear, Revelation Space by Reynolds and Annihilation by VanderMeer on my To Read list, but am ready for people to encourage or dissuade me from reading them. Any suggestions are most welcome. Let's bring some more sci-fi representation to this forum!
  12. Is the timing of this chapter's release any indication of how far away tWoW is from being done? How does it compare to when the sample chapters of aDwD or other books were released?
  13. Upon rereading aCoK I realized that Beren Tallhart is probably a homage to Tolkien's Beren who loved Luthien.
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