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Old October 1st, 2010, 03:49 PM
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The Disappearance by Philip Wylie. Facinating concept that needs to be updated and made into a movie. I think Wylie also wrote a book about a champion gladiator who gets frozen, and gets thawed out in the present day.
Speaking of Wylie-Gladiator stuff, he also wrote the book Gladiator in 1930, but that's about a scientist who injects his pregnant wife with a "super" serum that gives his unborn son powers. It's thought that the novel was the inspiration for Siegel and Shuster's Superman. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

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Old October 1st, 2010, 04:16 PM
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The Disappearance by Philip Wylie. Facinating concept that needs to be updated and made into a movie. I think Wylie also wrote a book about a champion gladiator who gets frozen, and gets thawed out in the present day.
Speaking of Wylie-Gladiator stuff, he also wrote the book Gladiator in 1930, but that's about a scientist who injects his pregnant wife with a "super" serum that gives his unborn son powers. It's thought that the novel was the inspiration for Siegel and Shuster's Superman. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Maybe I'm mixing up my "gladiator" books ?



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Maybe I'm mixing up my "gladiator" books ?
I don't know. I haven't read that much of his stuff and the guy has a ton of books out there. That could definitely be the plot of one of them. It sounds like a pretty cool (no pun intended because of the being frozen in ice factor) premise.

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Starting "The Road". Has anyone read it?
Wife has, completely loved it and she has a very good eye for good writing. Going to read it myself once I clear my backlog.

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A Game of Thrones
Fantastic series, but be ready to join the legions of ticked off fans who have been waiting for book five for 5 years.
Make that fans who have been waiting 10 years for a GOOD book. Absoultely loved the first 3 books, in my opinion the best fantasy books out there, but I thought Crows was weak and dissappointing.

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After reading reviews of it time and time again, I'm finally starting A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.


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Deeper, sequel to Tunnels.
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Deeper, sequel to Tunnels.
A decent book...never finished it though. Right now I'm listening to Airman on tape

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Deeper, sequel to Tunnels.
A decent book...never finished it though. Right now I'm listening to Airman on tape
Ya, I read it one other time. Now I want to read the third book so I'm rereading the first two to refresh my memory.
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Re: Books: What are you currently reading?

Finally finished Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

This was such an amazingly good book. A decade long history of the resurgence of English Magic during the Napoleonic wars. The author does an outstanding job of creating a seemingly accurate history in this alternate universe. More so than anything in the Harry Potter books, Clarke uses foot notes and references to other imaginary books in the universe to build on the history. There were times when I almost forgot that I was reading a fictional story so deep is her attention to detail and her ability to convey realistic ideas in a fantastical setting.


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Re: Books: What are you currently reading?

Yup, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a must read for fans of the genre. A deeper version of the Bartimaeus trilogy, if you want to go look for something with a similar theme.

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Re: Books: What are you currently reading?

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Finally finished Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

This was such an amazingly good book. A decade long history of the resurgence of English Magic during the Napoleonic wars. The author does an outstanding job of creating a seemingly accurate history in this alternate universe. More so than anything in the Harry Potter books, Clarke uses foot notes and references to other imaginary books in the universe to build on the history. There were times when I almost forgot that I was reading a fictional story so deep is her attention to detail and her ability to convey realistic ideas in a fantastical setting.
I'm not familiar with that book, but from your description, you might also like the Temeraire novels by Naomi Novik (they've been mentioned in this thread before). The books imagine how the Napoleonic Wars would have been different if dragons were real and were used as instruments of war. Pure fantasy, but Novik does a great job of building her world and history.
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Finally finished Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

This was such an amazingly good book. A decade long history of the resurgence of English Magic during the Napoleonic wars. The author does an outstanding job of creating a seemingly accurate history in this alternate universe. More so than anything in the Harry Potter books, Clarke uses foot notes and references to other imaginary books in the universe to build on the history. There were times when I almost forgot that I was reading a fictional story so deep is her attention to detail and her ability to convey realistic ideas in a fantastical setting.
I'm not familiar with that book, but from your description, you might also like the Temeraire novels by Naomi Novik (they've been mentioned in this thread before). The books imagine how the Napoleonic Wars would have been different if dragons were real and were used as instruments of war. Pure fantasy, but Novik does a great job of building her world and history.
Yup, I thoroughly enjoyed both... though I was rather underwhelmed by Tongues of Serpents. It seemed like she was just trying to set the stage for the next set of story arcs.

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