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(Deadline)   Steven Spielberg has delayed the Robopocalypse   (deadline.com) divider line 40
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2013-01-09 08:57:52 PM  
BSG meets Transformers? Sounds like a needless project.
 
2013-01-09 09:09:51 PM  
TFA: Spielberg, who must be wiped out after shooting and promoting Lincoln

ok, I didn't really care for it either, but that's a little over-reactive, don't you think?
 
2013-01-09 09:25:42 PM  

simplicimus: BSG meets Transformers? Sounds like a needless project.


The book wasn't all that great either.
 
2013-01-09 09:42:56 PM  

serial_crusher: TFA: Spielberg, who must be wiped out after shooting and promoting Lincoln

ok, I didn't really care for it either, but that's a little over-reactive, don't you think?


I thought John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln.
 
2013-01-09 10:02:02 PM  

GAT_00: simplicimus: BSG meets Transformers? Sounds like a needless project.

The book wasn't all that great either.


I enjoyed it.  But I just got through with World War Z at the time.  It was nothing epic but it was quite entertaining.  I'll admit that it was shortish and character development was lacking but I still liked it.
 
2013-01-09 10:24:34 PM  

UberDave: GAT_00: simplicimus: BSG meets Transformers? Sounds like a needless project.

The book wasn't all that great either.

I enjoyed it.  But I just got through with World War Z at the time.  It was nothing epic but it was quite entertaining.  I'll admit that it was shortish and character development was lacking but I still liked it.


It was adequate.  I've read plenty worse, but it largely seemed that he really had no idea how to finish the book without too obviously coping Terminator.  Sci-fi has been fairly mediocre in the last 10 years.  Peter Hamilton is one of the few current sci-fi writers I like.  Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.
 
2013-01-09 10:32:35 PM  

GAT_00: Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.


Please accept my SERIOUS recommendation for "The Expanse" Series, by James S.A. Corey. Book 1, Leviathan Wakes is freaking INCREDIBLE, and the 2nd one is even better.
 
2013-01-09 10:46:29 PM  
Get Armond White a grief counselor, ASAP.
 
2013-01-09 10:51:33 PM  

unlikely: GAT_00: Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.

Please accept my SERIOUS recommendation for "The Expanse" Series, by James S.A. Corey. Book 1, Leviathan Wakes is freaking INCREDIBLE, and the 2nd one is even better.


I've honestly never even heard of that series, but it's on my list now.  I've yet to get to Banks' Culture series either, and KSR's 2312 is on there too.
 
2013-01-09 11:04:24 PM  
If you bump the Expanse to the top of your list, I suspect you'll be happy enough with it that I'll wind up on your christmas list for pointing you at it.

/but don't put me on your christmas list, that would be awkward
 
2013-01-09 11:12:26 PM  

unlikely: If you bump the Expanse to the top of your list, I suspect you'll be happy enough with it that I'll wind up on your christmas list for pointing you at it.

/but don't put me on your christmas list, that would be awkward


Especially since that would mean I managed to stalk you well enough to get your home address so I could mail you a Christmas gift.

The problem is this town is also short on bookstores.  There are only really two, and I've worked at one of them, so I know they have a mediocre sci-fi collection.  And the used bookstore, which is fantastic, is also limited by people choosing to sell good books.
 
2013-01-09 11:25:10 PM  

GAT_00: The problem is this town is also short on bookstores.


Let me help you with that AND save you like six bucks.
 
2013-01-09 11:32:18 PM  

unlikely: GAT_00: The problem is this town is also short on bookstores.

Let me help you with that AND save you like six bucks.


I avoid ordering from Amazon unless I don't have another choice and I hate e-books.
 
2013-01-10 12:26:04 AM  

GAT_00: I avoid ordering from Amazon unless I don't have another choice and I hate e-books.


Let me help you with that but not save you any bucks. Denver based independent bookstore.
 
2013-01-10 03:02:27 AM  

GAT_00: unlikely: GAT_00: Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.

Please accept my SERIOUS recommendation for "The Expanse" Series, by James S.A. Corey. Book 1, Leviathan Wakes is freaking INCREDIBLE, and the 2nd one is even better.

I've honestly never even heard of that series, but it's on my list now.  I've yet to get to Banks' Culture series either, and KSR's 2312 is on there too.


Banks is one of my favorites. Might I also suggest Charles Stross, Alastair Reynolds, Karl Schroeder and Robert J Sawyer.

The Corey book is now on my queue at the library. Thanks for the suggestion. Always looking for good hard sci-fi or space opera. Or any combination of the two.
 
2013-01-10 03:09:05 AM  
Oh, and Robert Charles Wilson is also quite good. More Earthbound big concept stuff than the others I mentioned. Kinda reminds me of Stephen Baxter. Though I think Wilson writes better characters.
 
2013-01-10 03:35:03 AM  

GAT_00: I've yet to get to Banks' Culture series either


I just couldn't really get into that. I read "Consider Phlebas" or whatever the first one is called and... meh. The universe he created seemed interesting enough, but the way he wrote the characters, I just found myself unable to really connect with any of them and therefore couldn't really care about any of them. YMMV, of course.
 
2013-01-10 06:46:51 AM  

unlikely: GAT_00: Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.

Please accept my SERIOUS recommendation for "The Expanse" Series, by James S.A. Corey. Book 1, Leviathan Wakes is freaking INCREDIBLE, and the 2nd one is even better.


oh GOD. THIS! I can't wait for book 3! But, check out "The Butcher of Anderson Station"...same universe.

/I want my own Rocinante!
 
2013-01-10 06:51:12 AM  
If Gods And Kings and Exodus are about what I think they're about, they need to have Metallica's Creeping Death on the soundtrack.
 
2013-01-10 06:56:33 AM  

unlikely: GAT_00: Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.

Please accept my SERIOUS recommendation for "The Expanse" Series, by James S.A. Corey. Book 1, Leviathan Wakes is freaking INCREDIBLE, and the 2nd one is even better.


Not a bookmark.

/Just finished Red Shirts a bunch of comics  (The Boys, Y: The Last Man, Runaways), dying for something to read.
 
2013-01-10 08:20:52 AM  
Eh. Spielberg jumped the shark a while ago anyway.
 
2013-01-10 08:21:53 AM  
It was the....robot.....holocaust.
 
2013-01-10 08:53:08 AM  
mmmm moar robot garbage!

is Christian Bale in it?


/yawn
 
2013-01-10 08:55:22 AM  

unlikely: GAT_00: Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.

Please accept my SERIOUS recommendation for "The Expanse" Series, by James S.A. Corey. Book 1, Leviathan Wakes is freaking INCREDIBLE, and the 2nd one is even better.


Giving this a +1. Great series, even has 2 short stories to fill in more detail.

Since this is now a bookmark, here is some recommendations outside of the Hamilton, Reynolds, and Banks triumvirate of space opera

Neal Asher's Polity books (Cormac & Spatteryjay series and The Technician).
Hannu Rajaniemi - Quantum Thief series (his writing will work your brain)
Gavin Smith's Veteran/War in Heaven

not hard sci-fi
Chris Wooding's Tales of the Ketty Jay series. I thought I'd hate it but got sucked right in. Think Firefly in airships.
Kameron Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy.  Women using guns, bugs and violence.
 
2013-01-10 10:02:12 AM  
Maybe the Mouse got him to do Star Wars, or maybe he just thinks "Robopocalypse" is the stupidest movie title ever.  I like scifi but a title like that is a huge warning sign.
 
2013-01-10 10:04:56 AM  
The book was fine. An entertaining diversion for an afternoon. I would not clamour to have a movie made of it though.
 
2013-01-10 10:07:36 AM  
Cancel Robopocalypse make Ready Player One. It is a better book and will be an awesome movie.
 
2013-01-10 10:19:40 AM  
Just finished Leviathan Wakes and am about to start book two of the series (name escapes me at the moment...Callahan's War?). Leviathan was a very good read. Lots of hard sci-fi. KSR's 2312 was pretty good but not on the same level of action. Found it a bit slow in parts, and overly philosophical and navel-gazy. Still, a worthwhile read.
 
2013-01-10 10:42:56 AM  

Carth: Cancel Robopocalypse make Ready Player One. It is a better book and will be an awesome movie.


^^^THIS
 
2013-01-10 10:45:17 AM  

GavinTheAlmighty: The book was fine. An entertaining diversion for an afternoon. I would not clamour to have a movie made of it though.


Really? I didn't think the book was all that great. A lot of the stories seemed predictable, or a re-hash of old The Outer Limits episodes. "Eek, the big bad computer was chasing the evil programmer and finally caught up with his lying ass". Again, meh. It read like it lifted a lot of story ideas from other authors and repackaged it with a nice new shiny coating.
 
2013-01-10 11:03:06 AM  

unlikely: GAT_00: Hard sci-fi and space opera is relatively rare these days.

Please accept my SERIOUS recommendation for "The Expanse" Series, by James S.A. Corey. Book 1, Leviathan Wakes is freaking INCREDIBLE, and the 2nd one is even better.


Accepted and purchased series..
Thanks
 
2013-01-10 11:32:30 AM  
Steven Spielberg: The 'Sears'/McDonald's/Aldi's' of directors.
 
xcv
2013-01-10 12:04:21 PM  

lonomoholo: Just finished Leviathan Wakes and am about to start book two of the series (name escapes me at the moment...Callahan's War?). Leviathan was a very good read. Lots of hard sci-fi. KSR's 2312 was pretty good but not on the same level of action. Found it a bit slow in parts, and overly philosophical and navel-gazy. Still, a worthwhile read.


Have 2312 next on my list. I've got a shiatty memory but the sparse action scenes of the Mars trilogy still stick out more than a decade later for me. The self-sacrifice by the Machiavellian Frank,The builder Maria destroying the space elevator, the Red raid on the UN/multinational corporation's torture facility to rescue the slightly less unethical Sax (and the death of Phyllis).

Then back to the action of the Expanse series.
 
2013-01-10 12:27:26 PM  

GAT_00: unlikely: GAT_00: The problem is this town is also short on bookstores.

Let me help you with that AND save you like six bucks.

I avoid ordering from Amazon unless I don't have another choice and I hate e-books.


Have you tried Audible? Tried a couple and was hooked. World War Z had a great cast for the audio book, and Wil Wheaton was more than perfect for both Ready Player One and Redshirts :)

Especially Redshirts for obvious reasons...
 
2013-01-10 03:18:17 PM  

xcv: lonomoholo: Just finished Leviathan Wakes and am about to start book two of the series (name escapes me at the moment...Callahan's War?). Leviathan was a very good read. Lots of hard sci-fi. KSR's 2312 was pretty good but not on the same level of action. Found it a bit slow in parts, and overly philosophical and navel-gazy. Still, a worthwhile read.

Have 2312 next on my list. I've got a shiatty memory but the sparse action scenes of the Mars trilogy still stick out more than a decade later for me. The self-sacrifice by the Machiavellian Frank,The builder Maria destroying the space elevator, the Red raid on the UN/multinational corporation's torture facility to rescue the slightly less unethical Sax (and the death of Phyllis).

Then back to the action of the Expanse series.


Maya is who you were referring to, who was the neurotic Russian that destroyed everyone she was ever in a relationship with.  Nadia is who you meant.
 
2013-01-10 06:29:03 PM  
bookmarking for great justice.

/also finding it hard to find hard scifi I like lately.
 
2013-01-10 08:45:17 PM  

Carth: Cancel Robopocalypse make Ready Player One. It is a better book and will be an awesome movie.


Ugh, you know I really wanted to like Ready Player One, but the continual pop culture references just took me out of it. I love a good reference if it works within the context of the story, but every other sentence had some reference that made me want to scream "WE GET IT, YOU WERE BORN IN THE '80's! GET ON WITH THE DAMN STORY ALREADY!"

And I say this as a fan of Joss Whedon. But he definitely has a tendency to overdue the pop culture references.

/Firefly, Avengers Woo!
//Buffy, Angel...meh.
 
2013-01-10 11:50:23 PM  

swaxhog: Neal Asher's Polity books (Cormac & Spatteryjay series and The Technician).


Ooh, good call. Forgot about Asher. Great stuff. The Spatterjay books are like a farked up version of "Deathworld".


mamoru: GAT_00: I've yet to get to Banks' Culture series either

I just couldn't really get into that. I read "Consider Phlebas" or whatever the first one is called and... meh. The universe he created seemed interesting enough, but the way he wrote the characters, I just found myself unable to really connect with any of them and therefore couldn't really care about any of them. YMMV, of course.


CP is probably the weakest Culture book (though "Matter" comes close). There's very little connection between books so I humbly recommend a second try at them. Try "Player of Games" or "Use of Weapons".
 
2013-01-11 07:00:53 AM  

GAT_00: xcv: lonomoholo: Just finished Leviathan Wakes and am about to start book two of the series (name escapes me at the moment...Callahan's War?). Leviathan was a very good read. Lots of hard sci-fi. KSR's 2312 was pretty good but not on the same level of action. Found it a bit slow in parts, and overly philosophical and navel-gazy. Still, a worthwhile read.

Have 2312 next on my list. I've got a shiatty memory but the sparse action scenes of the Mars trilogy still stick out more than a decade later for me. The self-sacrifice by the Machiavellian Frank,The builder Maria destroying the space elevator, the Red raid on the UN/multinational corporation's torture facility to rescue the slightly less unethical Sax (and the death of Phyllis).

Then back to the action of the Expanse series.

Maya is who you were referring to, who was the neurotic Russian that destroyed everyone she was ever in a relationship with.  Nadia is who you meant.


That sounds a lot like the Russian character Svetlana in "Pushing Ice" by Alstair Reynolds...very vindictive woman...good at destroying relationships...
 
2013-01-11 07:15:45 AM  
For anyone who's read "Caliban's War", did the character Bonnie remind anyone of Brienne from Game of Thrones?
 
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