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post Feb 2 2009, 10:35 AM
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Finished Blindsight now, which was a great little sci-fi horror. Great tension in the small isolated group, very reminiscent of The Thing, Solaris, Sunshine, that sort of thing. Not my normal Sci Fi read, but I'm glad I did. Now I'm halfway through Accelerando! by Charles Stross, which has been quite engaging despite the ridiculous number of long, technical words and economic and legal theory thrown in there. Plus just started The Execution Channel by Ken MacLoed, which I can't say much about yet other than it's started at a fair old near-future clip. More speculative fiction than science fiction.
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post Feb 3 2009, 08:20 PM
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Took a few days longer than I thought it would but I managed to finish Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, which I loved. Burroughs' writing, in its disregard for conventional structure and delight in the cadence of language, even when describing absolutely macabre and nauseating sequences, is a delight and constantly surprising. A staggering work of genius that had me enthralled.
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post Feb 4 2009, 01:06 AM
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It's my friend's birthday tomorrow, and in response to her bibliotherapy at the School of Life I'm going to Borders before work in the morning to get her a couple off her reading list. Namely 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin and 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley (I know how to show a girl a good time). Has anyone read the former? It sounds really interesting.

I want to be a Bibliotherapist.
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post Feb 4 2009, 01:08 AM
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QUOTE (Zoe @ Feb 4 2009, 01:06 AM) *
It's my friend's birthday tomorrow, and in response to her bibliotherapy at the School of Life I'm going to Borders before work in the morning to get her a couple off her reading list. Namely 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin and 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley (I know how to show a girl a good time). Has anyone read the former, it sounds really interesting.

I want to be a Bibliotherapist.


I had to read it for University (I say 'had', it was mentioned so I went out and bought it. I was a bit too in to Russian history) and really liked it. The translation renders some of the prose a bit clunkier than it may have been originally but it's a great piece of dystopic fiction.
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post Feb 4 2009, 01:12 AM
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Suh-weet

They'll make a nice double-bill for her then.

I still want to be a Bibliotherapist. My force-lending of books must almost count...

"You like that? You'll love this, and this and this..."

Not counting all the shouts of "that's not a real book!"
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post Feb 4 2009, 01:16 AM
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And you've prompted me to read We again. I should really lend it to my housemate, Chris, as he idolises Aldous Huxley and I'd like to show him where he, allegedly, got all his ideas from.

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I got some luvverly matching silver editions in Borders - top stuff!

I also noticed 'Slumdog Millionaire', which is weird because the novel used to be called 'Q & A'...

Has this happened before?



Renaming the book to match the film adaptation?
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post Feb 4 2009, 03:25 PM
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QUOTE (Zoe @ Feb 4 2009, 03:18 PM) *
I got some luvverly matching silver editions in Borders - top stuff!

I also noticed 'Slumdog Millionaire', which is weird because the novel used to be called 'Q & A'...

Has this happened before?



Renaming the book to match the film adaptation?


It has happened with The Siege of Trencher's Farm, which has been republished as Straw Dogs in recent years since the name of the original novel is not all that well known (to people who don't listen to Hot Fuzz commentaries). That seems to have happened recently, though, rather than at the time that the film was released.

That's the only other instance I can think of, mind.

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post Feb 4 2009, 04:01 PM
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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.

It certainly kept my interest from start to finish, though I wasn't keen on some of the main characters and the writing style semed a bit simple for an adult book. Other than that, though, I liked it.
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post Feb 4 2009, 04:06 PM
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QUOTE (Zoe @ Feb 4 2009, 03:18 PM) *
I also noticed 'Slumdog Millionaire', which is weird because the novel used to be called 'Q & A'...

Has this happened before?

Renaming the book to match the film adaptation?


I remember the short story "Who Goes There?" was released as a paperback and re-named "The Thing"
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post Feb 4 2009, 09:20 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Feb 4 2009, 04:06 PM) *
I remember the short story "Who Goes There?" was released as a paperback and re-named "The Thing"


I was wondering about that. I've got a collection of Joseph Campbell's short stories that is called ''The Thing From Another World''.
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post Feb 7 2009, 12:31 PM
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I've seen "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" published as "Blade Runner".
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post Feb 7 2009, 12:34 PM
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Really? Not just with "Now the major motion picture 'Blade Runner'" (or similar) as a subtitle?

That's shocking.
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post Feb 7 2009, 12:47 PM
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'Northern Lights' was republished as 'Golden Compass' wasn't it? Because of the film.

Why on earth did they rename that anyway?
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QUOTE (Zoe @ Feb 7 2009, 12:34 PM) *
Really? Not just with "Now the major motion picture 'Blade Runner'" (or similar) as a subtitle?

That's shocking.



It was called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Filmed as: Blade Runner", but the first words were really tiny and the movie logo was used, complete with Ford and the city of LA as the cover.

Here it is:
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