Are these books good? (snowcrash and red mars)

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  1. Socrates

    Socrates New Member

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    I just bought an 8 hour lecture from audible.com about the science fiction genre so I've decided to read quite a few sci-fi books.

    Red Mars sounds really interesting. I hear it's extremely hard sci-fi, but is the storyline still very interesting? Character development, etc.

    Snow Crash sounds weird, but from what I've heard, his style and story-telling abilities make it worth it.

    Please tell me what you guys think about either of these novels.

    I just got done reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick. It was alright. I still can't find a better book than Ender's Game though.
     
  2. Jimeigh

    Jimeigh Every rook and jay in the corvidae have been raven

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    stephenson's writing style in Snow Crash can only be described as: BAD ASS.


    and yea, in a lot of ways i like the movie Blade Runner better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

    I thought Ender's Game was pretty weak to be honest. besides, the only thing people give a shit about is the twist at the end, which by now everyone already knows about.
     
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    Jimeigh Every rook and jay in the corvidae have been raven

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    i would recommend that you also check out Neuromancer. i like to compare it to snow crash, firstly because they were both pioneers of cyber-punk, but also because they are just so badass. but, whereas snow crash is mostly badass because of the writing style, neuromancer is just such a badass story.
     
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    After I finish A Count of Monte Cristo, A Gathering of Storms (R Jordan) (out in in about a week), and the bridge trilogy (W Gibson). Then I plan on starting this. What I've read of William Gibson was rather good shit.
     
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    Not to derail my own thread, but The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the best books ever written. I don't read it regularly because of how long it is, but that book is easily in my top 5.
     
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    Awesome. I'll read Snow Crash next. Then either Neuromancer or Red Mars.

    Or I guess I'll have to read Diamond Age since it's a sequel, right?
     
  7. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I haven't read either of them. :o

    Not great, huh? I have it on deck for when I finish Autumn #4.

    Check out Starship Troopers or The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein.
     
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    gthesob the fun machine took a shit and died OT Supporter

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    Snowcrash is one of my favorite books. I wish he would do more like that.
     
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    I've read Starship Troopers! I love that book.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep....I'm not sure why I didn't think it was great. Most people really love it, so I'm probably wrong about it. It was definitely good though. I guess I like a little more action than it had.
     
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    What did you like so much about it?
     
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    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    No, not a sequel. Different characters and different story.
     
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    Jimeigh Every rook and jay in the corvidae have been raven

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    the book has got a lot going for it, and there were some scenes in the book that were awesome and werent in the movie, but the movie was just so much more climactic and seedy.
     
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    Ah, I'll watch the movie tonight. I've never seen it.

    Did you ever play the 90's (1997 maybe) PC game Blade Runner? It was pretty amazing. It was a different storyline, but it was in the same universe and same time period.
     
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    gthesob the fun machine took a shit and died OT Supporter

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    The story and writing style are great, of course. One of my favorite things about cyberpunk is the way it seems so possible, like it's just around the corner. Things that are immersive because they seem like a logical progression from what we have now. This is an easy thing to screw up by being corny yet he came up with some great examples. From technology to business chains, suburbia, etc.


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