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So I read a book a couple of years ago that I liked, called "Soon I will be invincible!"

I just discovered that the author, prior to writing this novel, had been working on computer games, including some of my favourites:
* Ultima Underworld
* System Shock
* Thief
* Deus Ex

Who knew?
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Hey all,
I have a couple of ultra-long flights coming up, and I don't want to have to rely on the in-flight entertainment options.. I like reading on flights. I like reading fun, easy and engaging novels.
I do have various books in my "half finished" or "to read" piles, but by virtue of their presence in that stack, they can't meet my criteria.

Have you read any books recently that you liked, and think I'd like to read in those circumstances?


Edit: Possibilities, have you read these? What did you think?
* House of Suns - Alistair Reynolds
* The City & The City - China MiƩville
* Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk

Another possibility is that I might just go back and re-read something, maybe Look to Windward by Iain Banks. Although I suspect I have it in hardback :/
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I've been reading the Hyperion Cantos books by Dan Simmons recently. Well, the first two so far. I thoroughly recommend reading Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. It's sci-fi, set far in the future, but it doesn't concentrate on the "science" aspect of sci-fi too much. If anything, the author has an obsession with John Keats' poetry, although other poets' work gets a look-in too.
Stylistically, it's a sort of gothic-horror-sci-fi combination.. it reminds me a little of Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy, only with a tighter story, wider scope, and more spirituality and poetry, and a hint of cyberpunk. Check it out!

I went into Borders to buy the second pair of books, but changed my mind when I discovered that the Endymon Omnibus was HUGE and was definitely not going to fit in my cargo pants' pocket. It's a large pocket, and if a book won't fit, it's something of a deal-breaker. I'll see if I can pick up the individual books in secondhand in paperback..

Anyway, so instead I bought Soon I will be INVINCIBLE, which looks to be quite fun. It's a light-hearted book about comic-book-style superheroes and supervillains. Rah. (And it's painful to note how much more expensive it was at Borders than Amazon.com, especially since the Aussie Peso is now about 1:1 with the USD.. Wow. It doesn't seem all that long ago that we were 2:1 to the USD, and 3:1 to the pound! How times change.)

Tonight is the last night in this posh hotel, then it's crashing at friend's place for a couple of nights, then moving into my own place, finally. I can't wait!
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Expect to feel pleasure. Knowledge is sexy.
Expect to feel pain. Knowledge is torture.

I finished reading Vurt, by Jeff Noon. I liked it.


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Toby "dryfter" Wintermute

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