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Old 11-04-2018, 05:43 AM   #136
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^ that's the first i hear about it.
i see there's a film also.
do you know if it's any good?
in any case, my library has both, gonna check it out.
I'm surprised you've never heard about it because the book is a bestseller and has been sold in more than 42 different countries
But I'm somewhat mixed about it, especially the end...

Yes, there is a movie indeed (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1726592/), staring Nicole Kidman/Colin Firth/Mark Strong and involving, amongst others, brothers Scott's production studio.
I haven't seen it yet but, according to the trailer, there is at least one main difference: in the book, the main character maintains a diary to cope with her amnesia whereas it seems to be video sequences on a digital camera in the movie. I presume it sounds more contemporary this way ^^
 
Old 11-04-2018, 04:45 PM   #137
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:25 PM   #138
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:50 AM   #139
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:50 AM   #140
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I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker.
But it's really complicated in english (lots of description with ancient and/or refined words - don't forget it was written in 1897 - and there is even some dialect) so I've just switched in french I hope I will come back to the english version when I'm done with the french one or after many many other books in original language...
What do you think of this very famous piece of work (no spoil please)?
 
Old 11-09-2018, 11:46 PM   #141
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I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker...
What do you think of this very famous piece of work (no spoil please)?
Ahhh... the children of the night... :-[

Read it in French for the story, you'll get bonus pleasure If the translator has used idiomatic French of the same era. I've read it several times (in English).
 
Old 11-10-2018, 09:32 PM   #142
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Rex Stout's Plot It Yourself and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White.
 
Old 11-10-2018, 11:10 PM   #143
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Rereading SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson
 
Old 11-11-2018, 06:32 AM   #144
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Rereading SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson
ah, i listened to that as an audiobook. very nice.
unfortunately i lost interest around halfway through - while i still enjoyed the author's "sarcastic imagination", the story just seemed to stall.
i would be interested to hear your opniion when you're closer to the end than to the beginning.
 
Old 11-12-2018, 04:52 AM   #145
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Read it in French for the story, you'll get bonus pleasure If the translator has used idiomatic French of the same era. I've read it several times (in English).
Thanks for the advice. Indeed, it's a pleasure now to understand all the sentences with all the details.
It's one thing to understand a story (well suited for a thriller or a crime novel for example) but it's another thing to understand a piece of work/art (well suited for a literary book).
 
Old 11-14-2018, 05:18 AM   #146
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Rereading SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson
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ah, i listened to that as an audiobook. very nice.
unfortunately i lost interest around halfway through - while i still enjoyed the author's "sarcastic imagination", the story just seemed to stall.
i would be interested to hear your opniion when you're closer to the end than to the beginning.
Finished it at last. Like you I found that in the middle it sort of stalled and was repetitive, But do read it through to the end. Good and really edge of the seat climax. An interesting hypotheses, a fiendish plot developed around it and a really cool hero who wins because of surprise hacks that he left in the metaverse. One thing I learnt that there is nothing new in cyberpunk (or science fiction). Almost every theme has either appeared earlier or gets used later. Eg:Government as a minor faction allied with the heavies and saved by the hero who is allied with paternal gangsters. Already done in Kornbluth's Syndic (circa 1960s). Eg:In the epilogue the author dwells on his usage of metaverse and avatar. After publication, he finds that this jargon has been used in Habitat, a VR system on old commodore 64s still popular in Japan.

ok

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Old 11-14-2018, 01:16 PM   #147
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^ thanks for the feedback.
i wonder who first came up with the term "avatar" the way we online dwellers use it nowadays.
it's such an old and spiritual term originally.

PS: of course wikipedia has an answer...
 
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Old 11-17-2018, 06:52 PM   #150
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