Sci-Fi and Fantasy Thread - SPOILERS Part Two

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  1. trostol By Grabthar's hammer... what a savings.

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    finally getting around to Castlevania..kind of a good thing since i can watch it ..like all at one shot..so far(S1) Trevor is amazing
     
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    Trucked through the back half, and really didn't enjoy it. It's the Hunger Games on Mars. If you've read more than five books in your lifetime, you'll see most of the twists coming. Example: the main character is a miner on Mars. Ostensibly, he's there to help mine helium-3 in order to terraform the planet. Actually, the planet has been fully terraformed for many years, and the aristocracy has been lying to the miners in order to keep them under control. Not an awful idea, but it's given away by the inciting incident, where the main character and his wife sneak to the surface and bang in a copse of trees. ALSO THE f***ING MAP IN THE FRONT OF THE BOOK INCLUDES FORESTS, RIVERS, AND A BIGASS LAKE. It's played up like some big revelation when the main character is taken to the surface later, but it just comes across as a "well, no shit" moment.

    My big gripe, though, is the 'futuristic' lingo the author came up with. Literally all he does is smash together two words, and capitalize the second word. As a made up example, in the future, hockey will be played with a hockeyStick. You use your hockeyStick to shoot the hockeyPuck into the hockeyGoal. Then if you win enough games you win the stanleyCup. After a while it just gets f***ingAnnoying. Oh, and speaking of swearing, the different castes have different terms. The low caste Reds say 'bloodydamn' (GET IT THEY'RE IRISH) and the high caste Golds say 'gorydamn'. Wow what a cool and unique way of denoting social class via language. Right up there with Tolkien.


    Man, what an annoying book. It had the potential to be great. The concept is very cool, what with the solar system being colonized and an oppressive upper class abusing and misleading the rest, but it just feels like the author was too busy coming up with cleverWords to actually bother coming up with a good story to put into his admittedly interesting world.
     
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    Why do you people continue to read books you arent enjoying? :laugh:
     
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    Enough said.
     
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    I just finished The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Fantastic book. Easily the best sci-fi I’ve ever read.
    @Surrounded By Ahos this dude wrote the book after Vietnam, and it felt like every other page he organically weaves in new words and creates believable new technologies.
     
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    In this specific case, several reasons.

    1) Like I said, the setting was interesting, and I was hoping to get more on it, but unfortunately the last 2/3 of the book is spent in the hungerGames on Mars.

    2) It wasn't awful, I just didn't enjoy it. Books I actively hate I drop very quickly.

    3) In order to legitimately complain about something, you need to finish it. I wouldn't feel right ranting about a book I had only half read.


    FANTASTIC book. One of my favorites as well. Seeing how society kept changing as the main character returned from the war was very interesting. I actually read the sequel recently, but it doesn't quite stack up.
     
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    I’ve heard most of his other work doesn’t stack up to it. I’d say it’d be hard pressed to. I’m going to have to read a few of his others when I clear my backlog.
    I’m currently reading Mongol Moon by Mark Sibley. It’s not sci-fi but it’s excellent so far.
     
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    Been watching The Dragon Prince. It’s definitely childish, but it also handles some issues and themes more maturely than most “adult” shows
     
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    I watched the first episode with my wife and immediately gave up. Someone tell me if I'm missing anything please.
     
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    Anyway, time to watch some Beastars.

    Gotta bend to our furry overlords
     

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