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Our reads in April 2024.

1dustydigger
Abr 1, 7:32 am

Lets try to reduce that monster TBR,without it falling on top of us,of course.
Sorry for posting late,been very sick,just pulling myself together.

2dustydigger
Editado: Abr 14, 11:01 am

Dusty's TBR for April
SF/F reads
Clifford D Simak - The Werewolf Principle
Poul Anderson - The Broken Sword
Philip Latham - Missing Men of Saturn
Donald A Wollheim - Mystery of the Ninth Planet✔
from other genres
John Bunyan - Pilgrim's Progress
Darcy Coates - The Hollow Dead
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Why Did You Lie
Mark Harrison - Missing in Spain ✔

3paradoxosalpha
Editado: Abr 9, 12:50 am

I don't expect to read a huge stack of sf this month; I'm a little more focused on non-fiction at the moment.

In Progress
The War Amongst the Angels
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales


On Deck
Children of the Sky
Revival
Titanium Noir

4Shrike58
Abr 1, 9:52 am

>1 dustydigger: You do what you gotta do.

5Shrike58
Abr 1, 9:57 am

This month's line up looks like The Tainted Cup (fingers crossed), The Lost Cause, The Kingdom of the Gods, The Blue, Beautiful World (already half-way done), and Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon.

6amberwitch
Abr 1, 10:20 am

Currently reading: Woman on the edge of time
Just ordered Stars uncharted by S K Dunstall, and am looking forward to receiving it.
Other books I've lined up:
The best of all possible worlds
Starhawk

8Stevil2001
Editado: Abr 1, 11:32 am

Am starting Apocalypse Still by Leah Nicole Whitcomb, a single author sff collection I won from EarlyReviewers last month.

Now that the Hugo shortlist is out, I will probably start in on that this weekend, after I wrap up a couple more books.

9Neil_Luvs_Books
Editado: Abr 2, 4:00 pm

This week is non-SF reading Demon Copperfield. 90 pages in and it is hard to put down. Not sure yet what I’ll pull off my bookshelf next week. I still have a lot of classics to read. Plus I have The Book of the Short Sun trilogy to read in the next couple of months. What to read… what to read… so many choices. 😀

(EDIT: whoops! I meant Demon Copperhead 😁)

10daxxh
Editado: Abr 1, 8:00 pm

>9 Neil_Luvs_Books:. I read Demon Copperhead last month. I would love to know what you thought of it when you are done.

My plans for April:
Princess of Dune
Empress of Mars
Red Team Blues
Dark Matter

All subject to change as there is a library book sale this weekend.

11Cecrow
Abr 1, 8:31 pm

>9 Neil_Luvs_Books:, "Demon Copperfield" made me laugh. :) Maybe it's the Charles Dickens novel with 100% more demonic content?

12vwinsloe
Abr 2, 6:59 am

I'm reading Malka Older's first book, Infomocracy. It seemed a bit dry at first, while she built her political world, but a little more than half way in, and it is becoming a thriller. I'll wait until I finish to decide whether I will continue with the trilogy.

13Shrike58
Abr 2, 8:26 am

Knocked off The Blue, Beautiful World, I enjoyed this novel, with its vision of an Earth doing the work of overcoming climate catastrophe when first contact goes to the top of the agenda, but I overlooked that this is the third novel in a loose series. From Earth's perspective it's probably free-standing, from the interstellar perspective, probably not so much.

14Shrike58
Abr 2, 8:32 am

>11 Cecrow: Maybe the book Rebecca Kuang could have written if she had wanted to write a comedic satire for her big, Victorian novel instead of Babel?

15mmarty164
Editado: Abr 2, 9:40 am

Mensagem removida pelo autor.

16vwinsloe
Editado: Abr 2, 9:36 am

>15 mmarty164: I am not the administrator of this particular group, but note that advertising one's own book is a violation of the LT Terms of Service. Here's a link explaining what authors CAN do on LT.

https://www.librarything.com/about_authors.php

17mmarty164
Abr 2, 9:40 am

>16 vwinsloe: Okay, thanks. I'll delete my post, I guess.

18ChrisRiesbeck
Abr 2, 10:46 am

Finished The Madonna and The Starship -- the first Morrow I've been disappointed in -- and started Tales from Earthsea.

19Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 2, 3:59 pm

>11 Cecrow: I missed that typo in my post! 😅 I’ll correct that.

20Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 2, 4:01 pm

21Cecrow
Abr 3, 3:39 pm

The touchstone worked either way, so I guess you can call it whichever you prefer. :)

22RobertDay
Abr 3, 5:55 pm

Unusually for me, I bailed on Natural History at around the 30% mark - pedestrian world-building, pages and pages of expository text and we never stayed with a character long enough to get any idea of their motivations. Plus it's supposed to be the distant future with transhumanism, nanotech and virtual realities, and yet Earth and the unmodified humans seemed to be at about a present day plus fifty or one hundred years state of organisation, except for speech idioms, which were late 20th century.

Taking a break from genre for a while.

23vwinsloe
Editado: Abr 5, 7:02 am

I'm reading How to Mars and am enjoying it more than that I thought based on the number of LT stars that it has received. It's clever, and in some places quite poignant.

24Shrike58
Abr 5, 8:18 am

As an associational work, I did finish The High Sierra, Kim Stanley Robinson's memoir of his outdoor life, which includes a cheat sheet of how it influenced his novelistic endeavors.

25Stevil2001
Abr 5, 9:37 am

I usually begin my Hugo reading with a Best Novel finalist, but I don't have any yet, so I'm starting with a Best Graphic Story one, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons.

26amberwitch
Abr 5, 2:59 pm

Followed up my Hugo inspired reading of The mimicking of known successes I read The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles. Gaslight space cozy investigations into disappearances and murders on a lightly populated Jupiter. Interesting worldbuilding as a backdrop to a classical detective investigation with a sprinkling of f/f romance. A somewhat verbose and overblown prose, which I quickly forgave as it was very much in line with the story and setting, harkening back to the narrative style of the likes of Wilkie Collins or Arthur Conan Doyle.

27Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 6, 12:17 am

Finished reading Demon Copperhead. Not SciFi but an excellent book well worth reading. Highly recommended.

Not sure what I’ll read next. I’ll see what grabs me from my bookshelf tomorrow.

28bnielsen
Abr 6, 4:58 pm

I'm reading some Ray Bradbury short fiction collections like Fever Dream some of it is science fiction, some horror and some fantasy and some are just fiction, but still enjoyable stuff.

29Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 6, 6:38 pm

So I have two Neal Stephenson novels on my bookshelf: The Diamond Age and Snow Crash. I have never read anything by Neal Stephenson. Which one should I read first?

30RobertDay
Abr 6, 6:50 pm

>29 Neil_Luvs_Books: I've read and reviewed both. Snow Crash is the earlier, if you go for reading in publication order. It is early cyberpunk (which hasn't aged too badly), has an amusingly-named Protagonist (that capital letter ain't no typo!) and you'll never look at pizza delivery the same again. But there's a lot of info-dumping about ancient Sumerian. (This is par for the course with Stephenson.)

The Diamond Age is slightly more straightforward (but only slightly). There isn't the same amount of info-dumping, but the premise of the novel and its world may take a bit of getting your head around, though once you've done that, you'll be fine. I had the feeling that the end of the novel was a bit rushed.

31paradoxosalpha
Abr 6, 8:08 pm

I've finished The War Amongst the Angels (and thus the Second Ether) and posted a review.

I think I'm going to focus on finishing McSweeny's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales now, since I have only two of the twenty left to read.

32Karlstar
Abr 6, 10:52 pm

Picked one off my TBR pile: The Saints of Salvation by Peter Hamilton.

33vwinsloe
Abr 7, 6:53 am

>29 Neil_Luvs_Books: Snow Crash, but only with the understanding that it is probably somewhat dated. I read it when it first came out and part of the huge impact was that it was a book like nothing else that had been written at the time.

34Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 7, 1:55 pm

>30 RobertDay: >33 vwinsloe: Snow Crash it is. I'm looking forward to reading it. It has been on my TBR pile of books for awhile.

35Cecrow
Editado: Abr 8, 1:33 am

>34 Neil_Luvs_Books:, by coincidence I just bought Snow Crash myself today. Will read Neuromancer as a sort of primer first. I've had a copy of The Diamond Age quite awhile but was waiting to read in this order.

36Stevil2001
Abr 8, 12:16 pm

I read all of The Mimicking of Known Successes yesterday, a murder mystery set in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter. Neat worldbuilding.

37pgmcc
Abr 8, 1:45 pm

>36 Stevil2001:
That sounds very interesting. I loved Iain M. Banks’s The Algebraist that had a lot of action in the atmospheres of gas giants.

38karenb
Abr 8, 3:54 pm

Just finished Liberty's daughter by Naomi Kritzer. Takes place in a collection of seasteads a few hours west of Los Angeles. Among other things, examines some of the problems that could come up in different variations of seasteading, including infrastructure, schooling, transport, food, security, and economics. Protagonist is the teen daughter of a scientist who's a partner in the science-lab seastead, though they live in a different one.

39Stevil2001
Editado: Abr 8, 5:47 pm

>37 pgmcc: It was good. I read it because it's a Hugo finalist and my suspicion is there will be a novella I like more, but I was glad to read it.

40Neil_Luvs_Books
Editado: Abr 8, 7:37 pm

>35 Cecrow: >33 vwinsloe: >30 RobertDay: I’m already on chapter 14 of Snow Crash and am greatly enjoying it so far. I look forward to seeing how everything comes together. And you are correct, I will never again look at a pizza or pizza delivery the same way again. This is a fun read.

41Shrike58
Abr 9, 8:19 am

Wrapped up The Kingdom of the Gods, which I though was an excellent conclusion to Jemisin's first trilogy (if a bit bloated). The only question now is what does Jemisin come up with next, as one gathers that the current psychological climate was really beating her up emotionally.

Also, I just got my mitts on The Tainted Cup so that is going to the head of the line.

42paradoxosalpha
Editado: Abr 9, 8:28 am

I finished McSweeny's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales and posted a review. Vinge's Children of the Sky has jumped to the head of my sf queue in light of his recent discorporation.

43Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 9, 10:53 pm

>41 Shrike58: Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy is on my TBR list.

44wbf2nd
Abr 9, 11:02 pm

Deep into Metrophage. Good, solid dystopian noir. I believe this was Kadrey's first novel, and a harbinger of Sandman Slim.

45Stevil2001
Abr 10, 8:10 am

I am starting P. Djèlí Clark's Abeni's Song, a YA novel and finalist for the Lodestar Award.

46andyl
Abr 10, 4:07 pm

>32 Karlstar: You do know that is book 3 of a series and doesn't stand alone don't you?

47rshart3
Abr 12, 10:42 pm

So I finally got a copy of The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond Jones, which someone on this list identified for me. I had remembered it for years, but not the author or title. I read it not long after it came out, in my early adolescence. It's held up fairly well. Very creaky at times, but the overall scenario is well done. It's the catastrophe-leading-to-the-fall-of-civilization trope. I had forgotten the strong Young Adult fiction strain, with the main protagonist being in his teens.

48Shrike58
Abr 13, 9:06 am

Finished up The Tainted Cup and had a lot of fun with it. The Lost Cause will be next.

49RobertDay
Abr 13, 9:26 am

After a non-genre break, now reading An American Story by Chris Priest. Ostensibly about 9/11, it also covers the Britain of the era of "the war on terror", although having been written in about 2017-18 and partly set in 2021-22, it's not the Britain we know. This makes for an interesting perspective. Priest's adopted home of the Isle of Bute plays a role, which in turn also echoes his preoccupation with islands that ran through the 'Dream Archipelago' stories. And I'm identifying a number of congruencies with Hitchcock's North by Northwest...

50ChrisRiesbeck
Abr 13, 12:16 pm

51dustydigger
Editado: Abr 14, 4:52 am

I am working through the Winston SF juvenile series,now read 32/37.The last few have been a mixed bag,many of them just westerns transferred to the moon or solar system,writing ranging from barely competent to actually quite exciting. Lester Del Rey is always competent and is respectful to his readers,carefully explaining the so called science involved,and Philip Latham,in RL a highly respected astronomy professor ,often has some fascinating tangents to the standard coming of age tale where a young science enthusiast saves the solar system.
In his Missing Men of Saturn the hero is rich,a top student at the academy,head of a prestigious fraternity,admired and even idolized by fellow students,so why is he not assigned to a plum ship on graduation? Its because he is manipulative,elitist,even borderline sociopathic and his superiors obviously see through his smarmy,faux humble BS.A very unusual sort of hero back in a YA book in 1953!. Being sent off to a rust bucket with a rather dodgy crew and being sent off Saturn from whence no one has ever returned was NOT what he was expecting.lol.
I am reading 2 books from the series per month,should finish in a few months.

52Neil_Luvs_Books
Editado: Abr 14, 7:32 pm

I finished Snow Crash. It was great fun. I had to get used to the frenetic pace of the narrative but once I adjusted it was a very fun ride.

Next up is The Dragon Masters. I have never read it before and many in this group have identified it as excellent. I’m looking forward to it.

53paradoxosalpha
Abr 14, 7:21 pm

>52 Neil_Luvs_Books:

Not sure about your touchstone. Is that really your upcoming read?

54Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 14, 7:34 pm

>53 paradoxosalpha: 🤣 Thanks for catching that. I edited it so that it now points to the book by Jack Vance.

55Stevil2001
Abr 14, 11:51 pm

I've started To Shape a Dragon's Breath, another Lodestar finalist. This I know nothing about except the cover; I didn't even read the blurb! Always a fun way to encounter a book.

56wbf2nd
Abr 15, 12:47 am

>51 dustydigger: The Winston series, along with Andre Norton and Edmond Hamilton, are what got me into science fiction and reading as a whole. My first, and therefore sentimental favorite, was Secret of the Ninth Planet. I still have it and will have to reread it (60 years later!) for the nostalgia hit.

57Sakerfalcon
Abr 15, 8:02 am

Nearly finished The will to battle, part 3 of the Terra Ignota quartet. I won't lie, the first half of this was heavy going. But I'm determined to read the whole series, and thankfully I've been more engaged these last few days.

58RobertDay
Abr 15, 10:31 am

Finished An American Story fairly quickly; although a stand-alone book, ostensibly about 9/11 (and a lot more), it has thematic echoes of the Dream Archipelago novels (and one Easter egg). It says a lot about our relationship with social media and how that is changing our world; given that I have a friend who is vanishing down a conspiracy theory rabbit hole, this spoke quite directly to me. More thoughts ob that to follow.

Now picked up Leviathan Falls.

59ChrisG1
Abr 16, 5:10 pm

Read The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov. The second of Asimov's Robot novels following on his short story collection I, Robot. The human/robot detective duo solve a case in the outer worlds after their success on earth. Asimov enjoyed testing the implications of the Three Laws of Robotics and how they might play out. Not all of it ages well, but I still enjoy it.

60ChrisG1
Abr 16, 5:11 pm

Just finished Thieves' World Ed. by Robert Asprin. This was a fun blast from the past. Published in 1978, I was in college when this came out & I read it then. I don't believe I got around to reading any of the follow ups, but they're all available on Kindle Unlimited, so I'll be picking these up every month or two for as long as I enjoy them.

61elorin
Abr 16, 7:06 pm

>60 ChrisG1: I'm in the middle of Thieve's World myself!

62vwinsloe
Abr 17, 6:52 am

>59 ChrisG1: I loved the Robots Trilogy when I first read them years ago. R. Daneel Olivaw was a fabulous character.

63skid0612
Abr 17, 2:47 pm

Just read touched, a novella by Walter Mosley. I adore his writing style and find that it holds up well as he jumps into different genres. A nice single afternoon read.

64dustydigger
Abr 17, 2:58 pm

Donald A Wollheim's Secrets of the Ninth Planet was absolutely ludicrous in its SF science ideas etc,but a real rip roaring fast paced adventure rollercoaste rider,as we follow a team methodically destroying machines placed in all the planets by people from Pluto who are stealing sunlight to heat their planet!lol.. Bonkers but fun.Now on with The Werewolf Principle

65Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 17, 4:09 pm

I finished The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance. It was a fun read but I was surprised how much of the narrative was devoted to describing battles. There felt to me like there could have been some more fleshing out of the different cultures that were in conflict.

On to Never Let Me Go. My daughter read this years ago for her English class and I have heard nothing but good things about it. Never got around to watching the Keira Knightly film but I still know the premise of the plot. Still, should be a good read.

66rshart3
Editado: Abr 17, 9:54 pm

Just finished Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill, a post-apocalyptic, cyberpunky tale about individual AI robots fighting for survival against giant AI "gods". Humans have become extinct. Despite some sylistic glitches (someone told him it's good to alternate between long paragraphs & snappy one liners, over & over) it's a good tale. Apropos of recent posts in this forum, Cargill nods to Isaac Asimov by having his robots programmed with similar Laws to protect humans. The author handles well the issue of making the robots machines, not human, but still something we can identify with.

67CurrerBell
Abr 17, 11:22 pm

Just finished this one, and I guess I'd include it in sci-fi rather than fantasy. Philip Jose Farmer, Riverworld: Including To Your Scattered Bodies Go & The Fabulous Riverboat 3½***, a Kindle twofer. Read these first two some years ago, never saw the miniseries, and have now decided to read the entire quintet (with fading memory dictating a reread of the first two before going to The Dark Design, which I'm just starting).

68Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 17, 11:45 pm

>67 CurrerBell: I only ever read the first one, Two Your Scattered Bodies Go way back a couple of decades ago and quite enjoyed it. I am interested to hear whether you think the rest of the Riverworld series is worth reading. I have read other reviews that indicated that the sequels were not as good.

69CurrerBell
Abr 18, 3:39 am

>68 Neil_Luvs_Books: I read those first two as a Kindle twofer quite some years ago and gave it (for the two combined) a 3½*** back then. I didn't see any need to change the rating on my reread. The first is a great piece of world-building; but the second, where Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens makes his appearance as the lead, tends a bit too much toward shoot 'em up. I suspect the remaining three may also have some trouble living up to the starter since there can only be so much world-building once a quintet starts moving along. It's not like Asimov's original "Foundation" trilogy, where he wrapped up each of the first two books at their ending but then brought in a new twist at the beginning of the following book.

If I turn out somewhat let down as "Riverworld" winds on, it will likely be the same problem I had with Sanderson's original three "Mistborn" novels – The Final Empire, great for world-building, but The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages turned too much toward the wam pow biff sock stuff.

Still, I plowed on through the original "Mistborn" trilogy because I wanted to see how everything would turn out, and I really do want to do the same with the "Riverworld" quintet (but probably without bothering with any of the other spin-off stories).

70ChrisG1
Abr 18, 12:38 pm

Finished Way Station by Clifford D. Simak. A Hugo Award winning sci-fi classic. Unlike most of the science fiction of that era, the prose is graceful & even at times poetic. It expresses the anxieties of the early nuclear age & brings forth a hopeful conclusion. Recommended.

71drmamm
Abr 18, 1:12 pm

Just started Exhalation, by Ted Chiang.

72PocheFamily
Abr 18, 2:52 pm

Loved Never Let Me Go, and Klara and the Sun was also a good read. I've had Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (another favorite British author) staring at me from a TBR pile for a while now ... and the local library's SciFi book club just added Touched by Walter Mosley as the read for May. So the next week is going to be pretty good reading!

73ChrisG1
Abr 18, 10:50 pm

Just finished A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. I've seen a fair amount of positive attention given to this book & thought I'd give it a try. It was...okay. I'll confess I'm one of those who finds the use of the "they/them" pro-nouns to be cringey. My issue, I know. The novella length usually lends itself to doing more with the smaller amount of words, but she didn't. It felt like there just wasn't much there.

74Shrike58
Abr 19, 8:50 am

Knocked off The Lost Cause, which I think would have been more successful had Doctorow really engaged with the "Lost Cause" bitter-enders of his story, rather than just the band of young men and women who have to put up with their threats and bluster.

75Neil_Luvs_Books
Abr 21, 1:15 am

I finished Never Let Me Go. Augh! That’s my emotional response to it. I am so inarticulate. Very well written book. But it really is a horror story. I knew the basic premise of the book before I started reading it so I am a little surprised that I really feel punched in the gut by the narrative. A very existential read.

76vwinsloe
Abr 21, 6:54 am

>75 Neil_Luvs_Books: I felt the same way. And I had a book hangover for days afterward.

77Neil_Luvs_Books
Editado: Abr 21, 12:16 pm

>76 vwinsloe: A book hangover… that’s a good description of what I am feeling right now after Never Let Me Go. This week I am reading lighter non genre fair as that book percolates through my thinking. Starting with vol 2 of Rick Mercer’s autobiography The Road Years.

78ChrisRiesbeck
Abr 21, 12:20 pm

Finished A Quantum Murder, taking a SF break with Uncle Fred in the Springtime.

79Stevil2001
Editado: Abr 21, 12:37 pm

Finished To Shape a Dragon's Breath (great stuff, a very thoughtful Temeraire/Harry Potter riff), now onto another Hugo finalist, this one a "Related Work": A City on Mars.

80PocheFamily
Abr 21, 2:29 pm

Couldn't yet pickup the local library's SciFi read, so I wandered through the SciFi shelves until I stumbled across Armada by Ernest Cline and decided to give it a whirl. I'd just re-watched "Ready Player One" earlier in the week on a sleepless night, so decided to give another of his stories a try. It has started out a little bumpy, with lots of pop SciFi references, particularly about the gamer-turned-warrior storyline (which this story may end up being). Wondering if it will take an unexpected turn and become a little more interesting? The writing is entertaining enough to assure I'll finish it regardless.

81RobertDay
Abr 22, 11:55 am

Finished Leviathan Falls today. I suppose that was how it would have to end. Having a short break from genre before picking up Chris Priest's retrospective collection Episodes.

82karenb
Abr 22, 12:50 pm

>76 vwinsloe: A book hangover, yes, very apt.

83rshart3
Abr 22, 11:10 pm

>77 Neil_Luvs_Books: Ishiguro has a very understated, minimalist style which nonetheless delivers a devastating punch to the gut. I'm not sure how he does it but it sure is haunting.

84vwinsloe
Abr 23, 7:03 am

>83 rshart3: I find Ishiguro to be very inconsistent though. For example, even though I understood what the author was trying to do, I thought that The Buried Giant was just boring. From the reviews of some of his other books, it looks like I'm not alone.

85CurrerBell
Abr 23, 12:14 pm

Just finished Philip Jose Farmer's The Dark Design (Riverworld 3) and I'll give it 3***. I gave the first two books, a Kindle twofer, 3½*** mainly on the basis of the worldbuilding, but by now it's getting a bit tired with The Dark Design being just about the same length as the two previous combined and a bit confusing as the plot shifts back and forth among three different story threads. I'm just about to start the fourth volume, The Magic Labyrinth, and I'll finish up with the finale, Gods of Riverworld, but that's because I'm as curious to find out the ending as Sam Clemens, Dick Burton, and the other characters. It is becoming a bit of a slog, though.

86Shrike58
Ontem, 9:03 am

>85 CurrerBell: Farmer was very much of a "seat of his pants" kind of writer and, according to the late Jack Chalker, Farmer really didn't know how he was going to wrap this project up.

87CurrerBell
Ontem, 9:08 am

>86 Shrike58: Just starting The Magic Labyrinth and I think it's going to be a bit easier reading, the way Farmer has the chapters as subdivisions of "books" with a title for each "book" indicating just what vessel the incidents of those chapters are occurring. Well, at least I hope it's a bit easier than The Dark Design....

88paradoxosalpha
Ontem, 9:12 am

Last night I finally got past the midpoint of Children of the Sky, and I think I've gained a lot of momentum on it. My memories of A Fire Upon the Deep are fuzzier than I'd like, but Vinge is very artful with providing the right amount of indirect exposition so that I feel like I'm on top of the story anyhow.

89majkia
Ontem, 9:29 am

I recently finished The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J Sawyer. Although I don't know enough about Oppenheimer to know how accurate the first half is, where they are building the bomb, I enjoyed it. And the second half, when the sci fi raises its head, I loved. A slow read though, with tons of science. And a found the ending uplifting.

90elenchus
Ontem, 9:47 am

>89 majkia:

Recently screened the Nolan biopic Oppenheimer and found true what many had told me beforehand: while largely driven by many, many conversations between countless combinations of a large cast of characters, nevertheless the experience was akin to watching a car chase. Despite the three-hour runtime, my interest never flagged and the film never dragged. I don't know how accurate it is in terms of historical events, either, but it would be an entertaining and relatively efficient means for providing some background to the first half of Sawyer's novel. (Assuming you haven't seen it already, I only noted you hadn't mentioned it.)

Returning from an errand, by chance I found a copy of Leckie's Ancillary Justice in a Little Free Library. This has long been on my wishlist, in part after reading discussions posted in this group, and since I happened to finish my current fiction selection, I started into it last night.

91amberwitch
Ontem, 9:59 am

>90 elenchus: How fortunate!
Living in a non-english speaking country, and mostly reading SF & F in english, I resigned to buying all books I wanted to read. Then last year I found out that the public library had a wide selection, I felt so lucky.

92Neil_Luvs_Books
Ontem, 2:35 pm

>90 elenchus: I had the same experience watching the film Oppenheimer. I was surprised at how riveting it was with very little action. A cerebral film that is fully engrossing. It is possible!

I really enjoyed reading Anne Leckie's Radch Empire novels. There is a recent fifth one that I still need to get to.

93elenchus
Ontem, 3:59 pm

>92 Neil_Luvs_Books:
My only disappointment with Oppenheimer was the visualizations of quantum dynamics and Robert J's conception of same. What was there, was very effective but I'd been led to hope (but not really expect) it would be a bigger part of the film time than it was. I have no specific idea how Nolan might have done it better or different, just had hoped he would surprise me there.

94rshart3
Ontem, 11:05 pm

>84 vwinsloe: Yes, that was the one I didn't like, either. In fact, I forgot all about it when I made my comment, but I remember the disappointment.

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