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What non-comics are you reading these days?


#1644

As soon as my daughter finished she wanted to read it again. :slight_smile:

She loved spotting the title phrase whenever it came up.


#1645

The Essential Rumi, in the translation of Coleman Barks. An incredible poet, it almost reads like modern poetry but he was from 13th century Persia.


#1646

Finished the Foundation trilogy. I’m really glad I stuck with it, after the slow start.


#1647

I’m reading Ready Player One, which I suppose will become an increasingly popular choice as we move closer to the release of the film. Admittedly I’ve barely started but I’m enjoying it a lot. I have little to no reverence for eighties nostalgia (some of the films sure, but I don’t care about anything else besides a bunch of comics that I doubt are going to be mentioned) so we’ll see if that ever wears thin.

Reading this before Neuromancer does seem like a minor offence on my part, but Gibson will be next. I promise!


#1648

I love both books. Have you read Snow Crash? If you’re still craving cyberpunk when you’re done with those two, you should give it a try.


#1649

I haven’t, no. Snow Crash obviously has quite a reputation so I do intend to pick it up. I want to read DADoES before Blade Runner 2049 comes out though. I’m not sure if I’ll manage that.


#1650

There’s not a lot of similarity between the two. So I wouldn’t worry too much.


#1651

I really enjoyed the satire in Snow Crash. It was far funnier than Gibsons books.


#1652

Gibson is much more noir.


#1653

Definitely but I still feel like there is a fair amount of satire in his books. Virtual Light has tons of it.


#1654

This is the point where I generally badmouth Snow Crash. I didn’t enjoy that book at all.


#1655

I didn’t enjoy this post at all. :wink:


#1656

Yes, but you liked Snow Crash, so your opinion is suspect.


#1657

I’m currently reading Arrival (previously known as Story of Your Life and Others) and it’s fucking with me a bit. Seriously good stuff but a bit unnerving.


#1658

After watching the movie, the anthology with the story in it went on the list of books to keep an eye out for


#1659

I think you would enjoy it. Story of Your Life is up next. Just read Division by Zero last night before bed and it’s kind of haunting me.


#1660

The contrast between the short story and the film is really interesting; the film’s writers made some specific choices that change some of the tone of the core dilemma a bit (notably the age of Louise’s daughter when she dies) but (and this is probably the most genius thing about it), the short story only really works as a written text, while the film takes that and twists it around in a slightly different way to make it work as a film.

And they’re both superb.


#1661

I loved the film. I thought it was about the choices we make even when we know there will be pain mixed with the joy. My wife and I just held each others’ hands and cried a bit at the end of the film. So I’m looking forward to the short story.


#1662

I think that the death of her daughter was made a lot stronger in the film. Man, I love that movie. The short story was good as well of course. I just think it’s a great example of an adaptation done right.


#1663

I read the book A Monster Calls before seeing the movie. Both versions killed me. Same with Silence. I like when really good stories are made into movies. So I will probably have to read Story of Your Life at some point.