RichardAbbott

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Science fiction, fantasy, some historical fiction

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  • Ok sounds good thanks @Apocryphal
  • If others want to continue then I shall join in out of solidarity. On the other hand, whilst I used to be a completist like @Apocryphal, I gave that up a few years ago, and have no problem with cutting my losses early - so this is no longer a factor…
  • (Quote) Back at the end of February, @dr_mitch said "I feel bad about not joining in this read. I really enjoyed the trilogy , but only finished it late last year and I'm not ready to read it again."
  • > @Apocryphal said: > (Quote) > What kind of books warrant 1 and 2 stars in your system? I don't ever use them... in such a case I wouldn't have finished the book, so couldn't be sure it didn't startlingly improve at some point. Also i…
  • I guess a lot of my thoughts on this are pretty clear by now. The book would have been hugely improved for me by just casting it as a graphic novel. Let me take The Trigan Empire as a parallel. The diversity of setting is striking, and the design fo…
  • > @Apocryphal said: > Reminder to @clash_bowley and @RichardAbbott and anyone else interested (@Michael_S_Miller ?) that this is on again today. 9pm GMT or 5pm EST. Ahhh, sorry all, I have kind of lost track of days with all this self-isol…
  • Well, hmm, big battle for the end of level boss. Syenite turns warrior, discovers all manner of abilities she never knew she had. Ok. I looked back at the prologue and could see how Alabaster fitted, though I don't think it was possible to guess …
  • I can always hold back a day or two if that's the consensus
  • Hi all, I intend putting up discussion starters in the middle of next week, probably Wednesday. Please let me know if this is too early for anyone.
  • Big folk as well as little...
  • Well, now we're closed we can't sell it in the pub, and it won't last forever, so pints of Grasmere Brewery ale are free to all card-carrying members of TTRPBC... collection only...
  • (Quote) only if it's cruel and unusual confinement... But for those who haven't come across it, the rules for this two-player game are: 1) Any pub name with legs implied counts that many runs... The Swan would be 2, The Dun Cow would be 4, The Coa…
  • (Quote) In pub cricket, that would be a dropped catch :) or am I the only one who knows of that arcane game?
  • Apologies for absence but with the government's announcement today I am currently sorting out issues with, and the next few weeks of, the actual pub. Please raise a virtual glass for me when it's open :)
  • what's the difference between A, B and C? Where do the retiring geeks congregate? :)
  • I've had it on preorder since last August or so :)
  • > @clash_bowley said: > @RichardAbbott - I told you before that I think of this as a comic book without pictures! It works, salmon brother! BTW, Trigan Empire is a great example! :D > I devoured it weekly as a child, and check out htt…
  • I guess the big question remaining is when and why Syenite left Meov and changed her name. My guess from Hoa's comments is that Corundum died in such a way that A considered S responsible. In passing, "Corundum" is not a very auspicious na…
  • > @WildCard said: > The hexagonal shaft under Allia goes all the way down to the core. That’s a deep shaft! Powerful deadciv tech. > > Syenite directly links it to the garnet obelisk, which makes me think I’m right about the Pit bei…
  • For those who really want to get into it, here's a recent UK Government recruiting poster... they did a whole series with captions "be a force for..." which I thought went pretty well with the book :) (Image)
  • (Quote) I like this analysis and the lateral approach to the writing: however I think that biological metaphors are a very long way from Jemisin's thinking. We have seen almost no interest in the plant life of this world. However, I think that what …
  • Perhaps the defining point of the story, underlining all that we have talked about world-building: ...Ykka... ...'it's all working now...' ...You grope for the words, fail. 'How?' Ykka laughs, shaking her head. 'I have no idea. It just works.' And…
  • (Quote) Which made me wonder about Olz Hap, the girl who Gurgeh beat but cheated in the process. Was SC testing both to see which would be more suitable to send? And did Gurgeh's inclination towards wanting to win by unfair means promote his chances?
  • (Quote) That's a really interesting point which I had missed. Presumably getting Gurgeh to do it - which is surely a high-risk plan - has the advantages of a) plausible deniability if things go pear-shaped, and b) a way of getting an agent in to the…
  • (Quote) How very cool. Back in the day - and we're talking in the days when you brought all the data to a desktop and did the algorithmic stuff there - I used to write AI code. In subsequent jobs I could never spend as much time as back then, but st…
  • > @dr_mitch said: > I suspect the Minds take a long view as well. Will thinks be better in the immediate aftermath? Probably not. Will things be better in say a hundred years? Probably yes. > Your comments reminded me of the rather la…
  • > @NeilNjae said: > (Quote) > Perhaps we should read a le Carré / Smiley book soon, as a comparison on how to portray espionage? And perhaps a Flemming / Bond book as a contrast? That's a good idea. Another option is one of Alistair Mc…
  • (Quote) More than that, I think. In the first conversation he and Syenite had about it, he said "Stonelore changes all the time... every civilisation adds to it; parts that don't matter to the people of the time are forgotten... some old tablet…
  • (Quote) I was thinking of this one... Campaign for North Africa... not that I've ever played it (Axis and Allies was quite enough for me)
  • > @clash_bowley said:. > (Quote) > Haha! Metal? Metal is useless! It rusts! All metals! 'Rusting' is a swear word! Clever, no? Give up your dreams of metal and use your sessapinae! Oh man, I'm trying not to be a salmon, but those littl…