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post Oct 20 2006, 11:51 AM
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I'm currently re-reading The Stars' Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry. It was my least favourite book of his, but I'm finding it much better this time round. It might have helped seeing The Count Of Monte Cristo since reading it the first time.
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post Oct 20 2006, 11:55 AM
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Oooh. Exciting news for hardcore Sci-fi fans. Peter F. Hamilton returning to the Commonwealth universe in his next book.
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post Oct 20 2006, 12:23 PM
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QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Oct 20 2006, 12:30 PM)
Finished last night, and I must admit the letter made me do a little tear.
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Didn't the last page where she's sitting all alone at the end of her life, knowing that she'll see Henry again and she's waited fifty years to see him make you do a cry? I don't know why, something about that just got to me.
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post Oct 20 2006, 01:48 PM
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Less so, for me. I find the idea that she's been sitting wasting her days waiting for him since he died, even though he specifically told her not too, a bit...pathetic is too harsh a word, but something like that.
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post Oct 20 2006, 01:51 PM
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Gah, so much spoilerage...must resist...until I have read the book...
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post Oct 20 2006, 01:59 PM
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QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Oct 20 2006, 02:48 PM)
Less so, for me. I find the idea that she's been sitting wasting her days waiting for him since he died, even though he specifically told her not too, a bit...pathetic is too harsh a word, but something like that.
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Hmm. I didn't get the impression that she'd been sitting wasting her days. Just the opposite in fact, that she'd led a full, creative life in all respects except when it came to love. And for me, the idea that you get to see the person you love, taken away from you by death, one last time is unbearably happy/sad.

Sorry, maian, have you just combusted?
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post Oct 20 2006, 02:01 PM
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QUOTE (Stella MM @ Oct 20 2006, 02:59 PM)
Hmm. I didn't get the impression that she'd been sitting wasting her days. Just the opposite in fact, that she'd led a full, creative life in all respects except when it came to love. And for me, the idea that you get to see the person you love, taken away from you by death, one last time is unbearably happy/sad.

Sorry, maian, have you just combusted?
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I'd agree with this interpretation, or at least, that's how I saw it. I also did a cry at the end, so I'm a sap like you, Stells.
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post Oct 20 2006, 02:25 PM
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QUOTE (NiteFall @ Oct 20 2006, 12:55 PM)


Holy shit, that's one hell of a timeline!
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post Oct 20 2006, 02:32 PM
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I quite like the idea that Oscar could be one of the main characters in the new books, (very nearly) fresh out of his suspension sentence. happy.gif

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post Oct 20 2006, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE (NiteFall @ Oct 20 2006, 03:32 PM)
I quite like the idea that Oscar could be one of the main characters in the new books, (very nearly) fresh out of his suspension sentence.  happy.gif
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Yeah, that's an excellent idea. This is also something to look forward to:

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In addition there is a short story, Blessed By An Angel, which also provides a connection between the two, which is to be published in an anthology The New Space Opera by Eos, edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, with publication scheduled for June 2007. It concerns the convoluted birth of Inigo, one of the main protagonists in The Void.


Did you know that Misspent Youth featured an early incarnation of the Commonwealth universe?

On a similar SF note, Alastair Reynolds has a few things in the pipeline including more from the universe of Revelation Space.
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post Oct 20 2006, 02:40 PM
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Yep, at one point Ozzie mentions that he was married to Annabelle from Misspent Youth and Jeff Baker is mentioned a couple of times when people are talking about the formation of the commonwealth from the advent of rejuvenation technology.
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post Oct 20 2006, 02:41 PM
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QUOTE (NiteFall @ Oct 20 2006, 03:40 PM)
Yep
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Oh, I didn't read it because I heard it was shit!

Autumn 2007. Bloody hell.
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post Oct 20 2006, 02:45 PM
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Part of me is also hoping that because the discovery of Tochee's planet is mentioned in the timeline he might reappear as a character. That would be fun, Tochee, Ozzie and Orion back together 1500 years down the line. laugh.gif
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post Oct 21 2006, 01:25 AM
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QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Oct 20 2006, 09:48 AM)
Less so, for me. I find the idea that she's been sitting wasting her days waiting for him since he died, even though he specifically told her not too, a bit...pathetic is too harsh a word, but something like that.
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Have to sort of agree with Ellie here. I found it a little more bitter than sweet. And sorry to disappoint Stells, but no little bitch with a skinned knee here smile.gif
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post Oct 21 2006, 09:28 AM
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Finished Something Rotten last night. Brilliant. Just as funny and clever as the previous books though I found the chapter with Landen as the narrator surprisingly affecting and emotional, likewise the final chapter with ''Gran's'' death.

Started The Fourth Bear now because I won't be able to read any other books 'til I'm through with Fforde's stuff.
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