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Overly Fast Reading 2:

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Overly Fast Reading 2:

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Just finished Walter Jon Williams' latest, 'Dread Empire's Fall: the Praxis'. It's cheesy space opera. It's FUN cheesy space opera.

total pages read since 9/25: 1355.

Yep, I read too fast.
  • If you're a space opera fan...have you tried out Steve Miller & Sharon Lee's Liadan Universe books? Plan B is one of theirs, as is Scout's Honor and I Dare. :)
    • Generally I'm not- space opera's typical construction just doesn't do it for me. WJW is an author I've really enjoyed on other occasions, so I gave this one a try (esp. at a friend's suggestion (<lj user="scanner_darkly"), who bought me a copy for my birthday)). This one's... there's a sociological aspect that lacks from most space opera: the characters are also flawed people, rather than Perfect Barrel-Chested Heroes From Sirius VI! (to paraphrase Asimov) It's good- and it somehow manages to be of the idiom and yet exceed the idiom.
  • Dude, that's only like two or three Stephen King novels in two weeks. :)
  • There's only one downside I can see to reading that quickly, and that's running out of shelf space to support your habit.
  • Have you read Peter F. Hamilton's Reality Dysfunction series? (each one is two volumes, and frankly they're all really just one long story: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God)

    They're quite good, space operaish, and so incredibly dense that they keep my normally blazingly fast reading speed down to about a page a minute. There are literally something like twenty major characters who all have their own threads going on at any given point.
  • That was pretty much my impression of the book, too.

    I burned through the book quickly for me, enjoyed it and enjoyed the cheesy space-operaness of it. I especially liked the sort of 'British Empire' feel to the Praxis: lots of worry about social standing, coughing about the main character's accents, et cetera.

    I'll probably re-read it before the sequel comes out.
    • What I especially liked about WJW's tweak of the idiom was that the heroes weren't Godlike Perfection On A Stick; they were inherently flawed people. It also lacked the assumption of the space opera genre that people would have the same haircuts- the same social standings and relations- &c. No, it isn't a Neuromancer, but it's a fun book.
      Thank you!
      • Yeah, I especially liked how vainglorious and Martinez is ... in a very very subtle way. It goes well with his very obvious ambition.
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