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nelson
11.05.2003 - 19:52
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$#&#$&$# fantastic book. If you like science fiction, that is. I'm almost finished with it; I'll write a full review (well, "full" might be too strong a word...) when I do.

Oh, don't get me wrong, there are a couple of infurating things with the book, too. Still. It's really good.
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deathjester
12.05.2003 - 09:14
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..must ....finish....silly....robert....jordan...saga.....arrrggghhhhhhhhhh
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arun
14.05.2003 - 23:06
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I have never read a book. What's it like?
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richard
15.05.2003 - 11:44
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it's like telly, but you have to move your eyes
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richard
02.07.2003 - 13:26
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Oh...

My...

God...

What is he talking about: "Dark side of the Moon"?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

I was seriously impressed with this book until one of the penultimate sentences.

Nelson, I'm sure you'll remember what I'm talking about??
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deathjester
02.07.2003 - 14:58
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o_O
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nelson
04.07.2003 - 07:28
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erm, no, not quite, sorry.

But I did get the feeling that he rushed the book at the end.

And although the story is brilliant, the characters never quite feel "real"...
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richard
04.07.2003 - 10:01
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Ok, well I don't think it will spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read it, but basically, the Sun goes through a super-spasm, ejecting a 'skin' of gas throughout the solar system.

The paragraph goes something like this:

As the gas-cloud hurtles past the moon, the reflected sunlight on the gas causes the dark side of the moon to become lit up. It was a shame there were no scientists around (or any functioning satellites) to observe it, and so the features on the dark side of the moon would remain a mystery.

For someone who obviously is pretty well clued up on Science, how the fuck does he not realise that there is no such thing as the 'dark side of the moon', only the 'far side of the moon', which we don't get to see in day-to-day life unless you're an Apollo astronaut.

The fact that we have had maps of the entire surface of the moon for decades would be a good indication of this, surely??

When I get home, I will transcribe the paragraph properly.

Oh, Nelson, would you like me to mail the book back to you?
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richard
04.07.2003 - 10:03
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Nels, I actually thought the entire book was rushed. He had so many ideas in the book, it was as if he was rushing to get them all out.

The reason the characters didn't seem real was basically because he had too many ideas and spent all of the time trying to explain them, rather than bother with all that extra stuff (the storyline just seems to get in his way!).

But it was a damned thought provoking book nonetheless.
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nelson
04.07.2003 - 14:02
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My thoughts exactly
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