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Re: Books!

Postby Lum » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:57 pm

Thanks! These books play all the right keys in my scala... :ghost:
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Re: Books!

Postby Gunther Haldan » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:40 pm

I'm half way through book four of The Expanse. So far it's been a thrill ride, book after book.

For those of you who watched the Sy Fy channel's adaptation of this series but haven't read the books, they did take a bit of licence with the story line. While the first series takes us about half way through the first book, Avasarala, the Hindi woman that was a prominent UN official doesn't even show up until the second book. :monkey: A generous bit of story splicing I would think. :squirrel:
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Re: Books!

Postby Lum » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:31 pm

I was one of those "first-watcher-then-reader" guys and, although the books are (as usual) immensely superior, I enjoyed the series a lot without having any previous knowledge of the world it was based in. Belter creole was a handicap, I reckon. I even made a little googling to confirm that my English didn't get that worse overnight :ghost: Once I knew the why I didn't catch half of the dialogues I could watch with a clear mind :lol: Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I understood the changes made in the series. It really matched the pace of the episodes. Things that otherwise could take a while to explain were clear from the start. Introducing Avasarala's view added a certain deepness and counterpoint to Holden's and Miller's and, in a way, visiting Earth now and then as opposed to being always in space or Ceres was nice. I'm looking forward to season two. The actress they picked for Bobby is a 100%-match, at least from the couple of sneak-peeks. :mrgreen:
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Re: Books!

Postby IronDuke » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:11 pm

Reading Babbitt as part of my school. Fairly amusing so far, and the author's use of the English language is exquisite. :ghost:

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Re: Books!

Postby Lum » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:05 pm

So... I'm done with Nemesis Games and the next one hits the stores in a couple weeks...

The thing is that I have a store voucher which I received as a gift but every time I go there there are no (good) sci-fi or fantasy books in the tiny "English books" section of the store. It's not that the regular (German translation and German original books, that is) sci-fi and fantasy section is that big anyway, but well, at least there are something. I was there today, look around for almost half an hour and got out of there with the voucher in my hand and that "aaachhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!"-feeling. I don't want to read German translations because they're almost as bad as the Spanish ones and, let me tell you, that's usually a very bad thing. So I want to pick a German sci-fi or fantasy book to keep me occupied while Babylon Ashes hits the market (December 8th, in my usual online store).

So, do you guys know a good book (and a relatively new at that, to increase chances of finding it in stock) in German? I made some quick research, but without any actual conclusions.
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Re: Books!

Postby Victor Tombs » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:33 pm

Lum wrote:So, do you guys know a good book (and a relatively new at that, to increase chances of finding it in stock) in German? I made some quick research, but without any actual conclusions.


I wish I could help you, Lum. :( I can't remember the last time I actually browsed in a real book shop. I used to spend lots of time doing just that and perusing through the vinyl in the rare record shops. I hope someone can help you. :angel:
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Re: Books!

Postby Lum » Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:48 am

Thanks Victor. I'd enjoy it more (and I'd go more often) if the shop were not in a shopping mall. The way through all that people is the worst!
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Re: Books!

Postby IronDuke » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:06 am

Was just reading a book called "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History." :mrgreen: :ghost:

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Re: Books!

Postby Cody » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:28 am

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On that subject, Pynchon's Mason & Dixon is a very good read.
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Re: Books!

Postby F4wk35 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:31 am

Lum, depending on what kind of Fantasy you want to read I could recommend the Stormlight Chronicles from Brandon Sanderson (Sturmlicht Chroniken).

It is, more or less, recent...so I guess you won't have that much troubles with finding the books.

Sadly it's not finished yet...but still a great read in my Opinion.
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Re: Books!

Postby Lum » Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:52 am

Thank you F4wk35, I'll look into it! :thumbup:

I see that they're English books. Did you read the German translations? That's the main issue for me...
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Re: Books!

Postby F4wk35 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:52 pm

As I am german myself I can say that most of my Books are in that Language ^^

On that note, most Authors I read stuff from don't write german...but I've rarely had problems with the translations.

I'll see if I find some time tomorrow...perhaps I can write out some more interesting titles from my list. :)
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Re: Books!

Postby Lum » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:33 pm

That would be great. Thank you!

I was looking for books originally written in German with the only purpose to get rid off the translation problem. After reading some 20 fantasy and sci-fi books in German I grew pretty sceptical because I knew some of the Spanish translation for those books and even a couple of original English. I won't talk about W40K-books because there the translations are... eh... ziemlich grottig, to say the least :ghost:

If you believe the translation for the Stormlight Chronicles are good enough, I'll try to get the first book. :D
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Re: Books!

Postby F4wk35 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:52 pm

I hope I can help you...even if I never read the Warhammer Books...but well...as said...i haven't had problems with the translations...so i hope you enjoy it :)
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Re: Books!

Postby Lum » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:05 pm

I could find the first pages from Der Weg der Könige and it seems solid. And... already found that the first English book get the sword in the middle for the German version. As often :lol: It works for me, though, since I don't need another 1000 pages construction block on my lap to enjoy a good read. I'll head tomorrow to the book store to get my copy :)
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