What Are You Reading 2

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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby pip » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:12 am

I really liked it chuffed . Toungue in cheek but still a good twist on the whole zombie apocalypse :D
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby chillicamper » Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:54 am

chuffed wrote:Anyone else read "Apocalypse Cow"?? won the pratchett award which is why I bought it, that and it looked totally silly! It was and really enjoyed it :D


I thought it was very good - a nice mix of zombies and humour :D :lol:
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Selkie » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:16 am

I've put aside Game of Thrones and am now reading - and enjoying - Rivers of London. ;)
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby pip » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:45 am

Good Stuff :D It only gets better :D
Moved on to The Song of the Quarkbeast By Jasper FForde :D
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Alanz » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:20 am

I'm in the middle of SNUFF at the moment, What i intend to do is just to read them as i get them and when i have collected a series read them all again from the first book i think, But i'm enjoying SNUFF it's a cracker :lol:
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Catch-up » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:16 pm

I've put aside The Woman Who Died A Lot to read An Apple for the Creature, the new collection of short stories edited by Charlaine Harris. Really good so far! I've only skipped one story.
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:35 pm

I picked up a copy of that when I was at the Worldcon but I have not started it yet but it looked pretty good, what was the story you skipped. :?:
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Catch-up » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:42 pm

I skipped Golden Delicious by Faith Hunter. The rest were good!
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Tiffany » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:16 pm

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. Re-visiting my childhood. Originally published in 1946, though I must have read it in the early 1950's. Actually it seems to me, re-reading it, that it was a fairly grown up book.
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Quatermass » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:37 am

chillicamper wrote:
chuffed wrote:Anyone else read "Apocalypse Cow"?? won the pratchett award which is why I bought it, that and it looked totally silly! It was and really enjoyed it :D


I thought it was very good - a nice mix of zombies and humour :D :lol:


I liked it, but it seemed rather average, as far as my tastes were concerned.

I actually just finished reading a not dissimilar, and better, book, by Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw of Zero Punctuation fame. It's called Jam. It's what happens when carnivorous strawberry jam suddenly appears and swamps Brisbane. I am not making this up. Funny book, very dark comedy about what people's reactions to an unexpected apocalypse may really be like.
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:07 am

I bet Del had something to do with it! :lol:




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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Quatermass » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:58 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:I bet Del had something to do with it! :lol:


You wish. As the book goes, both Del and myself probably would have been eaten by the jam. :|

The book also works much better if you live in, or have spent time in Brisbane. You can even spot the names Yahtzee has written around.

Anyway, it's more to spoof the post-apocalyptic scenarios done in fiction. Apocalypse Cow played many elements straight, just exaggerated for comedy reasons, whereas Jam actually deconstructs the genre. I mean, the main group of survivors consist of an unemployed slacker who is the bland and sometimes stupid narrator, a musician whose reaction to an apocalypse is rather too enthusiastic (it means he gets opportunities he wouldn't get otherwise), an obnoxious journalism student, a video game designer with anger management issues, and two American agents who take implausible deniability to a whole new level. Oh, and a birdeating spider. I am NOT making this up.

Actually, now that I come to think of it, I wonder how much Yahtzee was inspired by the Brisbane floods a year or so ago? :think:
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Sister Jennifer » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:12 pm

^ You're messing with my head. But I know you're not, I just googled Jam. Good reviews. Have put it on my 'to read' list.

I did like it but I skimmed a few bits of Apocalypse Cow.
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Quatermass » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:56 am

Sister Jennifer wrote:^ You're messing with my head. But I know you're not, I just googled Jam. Good reviews. Have put it on my 'to read' list.

I did like it but I skimmed a few bits of Apocalypse Cow.


I forget, do you live in or near Brisbane? There's a really good bookshop there called Pulp Fiction, near Central Station. It specialises in science fiction, fantasy, and crime novels. It happens to have a lot of Terry Pratchett books there (I purchased Blink of the Screen at the same time as I purchased Jam), and lots of other good stuff too. And it has, last time I was there (and I did purchase these books some time ago from this store), Apocalypse Cow and Half-Sick of Shadows. If I do win the TP Prize, I hope to have MY book there...
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Re: What Are You Reading 2

Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:40 am

According to Google, Sister Jen lives quiiiiiiiiiiiiite a drive away from Brisbane.
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