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#21 Wozza

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 10:59 AM

Recently read Jeremy Clarksons Motorworld which was a very interesting and funny read but over too quickly. WIll probably pick up another of his books soon.
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 01:15 PM

look what I got!
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 01:19 PM

Me too! Ordered the first one from Graphic too.

Currently reading the final volume of the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy - The Amber Spyglass. They're probably my favourite set of novel now.
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 01:23 PM

Me too! Ordered the first one from Graphic too.

Currently reading the final volume of the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy - The Amber Spyglass. They're probably my favourite set of novel now.


Yeah ive been thinking about the first one, I really want vol 3 when its out :cool:
what did you think of J Allards introduction?
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 01:56 PM

I loved it, the whole bit about "keeping us honest" was great! The toon of him was pretty cool too.
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 02:28 PM

yeah I thought it humanised him somewhat, rather then seeing him as one of the many problems with the industry.
Im loving all the comments they make on the oldschool work, i was hoping there would be some of Mikes newer comics in there as I love his advanced style, but its all good
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:28 PM

went to get out do androids dream of electric sheep? but the library didn't have a copy in. dicks.

going to finish reading company because its cool. max barry rocks my socks.
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 09:35 PM

Yeah Company's sweet, got it through Amazon. Enjoyed Jennifer Government plenty too, actually used it for an essay on capitalist ideology.

Have you read Syrup? Do you know if it's any good?
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 10:44 PM

I started reading Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman on Thursday, it's absolutely incredible, so much so that I went out and bought Volume 2 and 3 of the trilogy.

Some books improve with age--the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman's heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own--nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal dæmon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied:

As for what experimental theology was, Lyra had no more idea than the urchins. She had formed the notion that it was concerned with magic, with the movements of the stars and planets, with tiny particles of matter, but that was guesswork, really. Probably the stars had dæmons just as humans did, and experimental theology involved talking to them.

Not that Lyra spends much time worrying about it; what she likes best is "clambering over the College roofs with Roger the kitchen boy who was her particular friend, to spit plum stones on the heads of passing Scholars or to hoot like owls outside a window where a tutorial was going on, or racing through the narrow streets, or stealing apples from the market, or waging war." But Lyra's carefree existence changes forever when she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, first prevent an assassination attempt against her uncle, the powerful Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity known as Dust. Soon she and Pan are swept up in a dangerous game involving disappearing children, a beautiful woman with a golden monkey dæmon, a trip to the far north, and a set of allies ranging from "gyptians" to witches to an armor-clad polar bear.

In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children's book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn't speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end. Fortunately, its sequel, The Subtle Knife, will help put off that inevitability for a while longer.


I just found out that there's a short story novel set after the trilogy, and potentially a new series to follow.

A movie is pre-production too with filming set to begin tomorrow (stars Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman and the gorgeous Eva Green).



i started northen lights but just couldn't get into it but the concept sounded interesting maybe i'll wait for the movie.
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:17 AM

Have you read Syrup? Do you know if it's any good?


its good too, not as good as jennifer government but at this rate i dont think company will be either though :cool:

its about a marketing guy who gets screwed and well it basically rags on marketing for the entire book. so more or less the same as jennifer government and company except about marketing.
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:24 PM


Have you read Syrup? Do you know if it's any good?


its good too, not as good as jennifer government but at this rate i dont think company will be either though :cool:

its about a marketing guy who gets screwed and well it basically rags on marketing for the entire book. so more or less the same as jennifer government and company except about marketing.


Ahhh, Jennifer Government. That's the book that the site 'Nationstates' is based] on isn't it?
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:33 PM

yup, i found out about nationstates via an advert for jennifer government/the game. good marketing scheme . . . well i havent brought the books - librarys ftw. so maybe not?! XXD
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 05:43 PM

i started northen lights but just couldn't get into it but the concept sounded interesting maybe i'll wait for the movie.

Movie comes out in Dec 2007 :cool: I'm about 300pages into book 3, it's only now that this novel has started to get exciting (but the build-up has been brilliant).

I don't recommend the series to people who are devoutly Christian, or at least not open to fictional heretical/blasphemous ideas. I don't want to give anything away but it really does challenge peoples faith with it's 'what if' scenario.

I'm pretty sure that once I've done reading the series I'm gonna get a little depressed, it's just so good that it's gonna suck not having anymore to read.

But like I mentioned before (and so did Art Monkey), the movie is coming out next year which is something to look forward to.
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 06:10 PM

im reading Hellboy: Unnatural Selection by Tim Lebbon who is some whizz bang horror writer or so it says in his little blurb it's not great classic hellboy but it's ok it's more movie hellboy than comic hellboy

the writing is a bit blah sometimes and bugs the crap out of me and it feels like he hasn't fully researched all the characters and history around them which is a let down cos the bones of the story is quite cool it's just all the rest is a bit poo but i might as well finish it.
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#35 Wozza

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 10:06 PM

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Only had a flick so far - very very cool, been after this type of book for a while. :cool:
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 08:36 AM

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Only had a flick so far - very very cool, been after this type of book for a while. :cool:


how much and where from?
good to see push push penguin in there, I talk to most of the guys who (re)made that on dA ;)
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 11:12 AM

Way too much for the mobile one and from Dimmoks, but I love my Pixels so it's worth it. :cool: I'm sure they had other copies in the gaming section - worth your time to at least walk in and have a flick!

The mobile one is FULL of beautiful pixel art examples and the I-Am-8-bit is 150ish pics from the exhibition of the same name - check out some pics from the event here - very cool - death to 56k though. http://www.fort90.com/journal/?p=205
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 01:27 PM

Movie comes out in Dec 2007 :cool: I'm about 300pages into book 3, it's only now that this novel has started to get exciting (but the build-up has been brilliant).

I don't recommend the series to people who are devoutly Christian, or at least not open to fictional heretical/blasphemous ideas. I don't want to give anything away but it really does challenge peoples faith with it's 'what if' scenario.

I'm pretty sure that once I've done reading the series I'm gonna get a little depressed, it's just so good that it's gonna suck not having anymore to read.

But like I mentioned before (and so did Art Monkey), the movie is coming out next year which is something to look forward to.

I read this series a year or so back. Pretty damn awesome. I'll probably re-read it someday soon.

I've heard it described as the "Anti-Narnia", which is an interesting description. Old Phil certainly does seem to harbour some bitter feelings.

He has a couple other books out, haven't read any though.

The girl playing Lyra in the film is called Dakota... Seems like the only name for child actresses at the moment. Don't know about Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter....
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:55 PM

I think Nicole is perfect for the role, even better is Daniel Craig as Asriel.

Just finished reading the trilogy and I am so impressed. I stand by my claim previously of these being the best books I've read. Gonna read Lyra's Oxford later tonight.
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Posted 28 September 2006 - 03:06 PM

NoooooooOOoooOoOoooo!
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