SF/F Reading in February 2018

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Boreas, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    Heh. Cyberpunk is actually an anachronism now, given that it's been 30+ years since Neuromancer appeared. Gibson was more on the predictive mark than many cyberpunk authors, but as with everything tech & society, it ever surprises.
  2. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Well, as usual, I'm arriving late to the party. I'm ready to be surprised.
  3. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    I'm surprised by how heavily stylised Neuromancer is. I've known that famous opening line by heart for years, but I'm now finding that it's the perfect harbinger of both tone and mood. The descriptions are a little jarring at first, occasionally very fluid and at other times having this harsher, very punctuated and staccato rhythm. But I'm now finding that these opposite styles play off each other well in constructing this artificial, technological and very neon landscape.
  4. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    I started it last evening and read a bit more during lunch. I agree with you. In my opinion, it is very sensorial (not sure whether I can use this adjective in this context)
    I'm also finding it demanding due to the jargon/dialect Gibson uses. I'm constantly looking words up in the Urban Dictionary. Otherwise, Neuromancer would get lost in translation. I cannot rush it.
  5. Safari Bob

    Safari Bob Well-Known Member

    I am still waiting on Altered Carbon so I started:
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  6. R-Hat

    R-Hat Well-Known Member

    I am currently listening to "I was reincarnated as a magic academy" by Cristian M. Dragomir. It is a webnovel version which is much longer than what is currently released on Amazon. I am listening to it via the @Voice Aloud app and some Acapela voice. It's not an audiobook, but it is pretty good that way. It's a LitRPG with some ecchi elements, but the MC is a slightly perverted dungeon core. I stopped reading and just listen to it for two weeks and I'm barely in half. 2000 pages can't be that long, but the file was so big that my phone app could not open it. So I ended up listening to it.

    I've been exploring some webnovel-downloading technologies lately. The best one is FanFictionFare which integrates with Calibre, although it only supports some websites. That being said, the longest finished webnovel I have is over 6000 pages long and the longest ongoing is over 7000 pages. Sure enough, these are translations from Chinese. I can provide Dropbox links or a comprehensive list. They are often LitRPG, Chinese martial arts fantasy (Xianxia), sci-fi, etc. Other authors there actually became published on Amazon, but all the webnovels are free.
  7. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    I have read about 70% 0f Neuromancer. I'm very much enjoying this weird, extremely clever story.

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