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written by Barebones on Apr 24, 2006 16:16
A short parenthesis, now you're talking about Douglases (or not). This one you probably know of: "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Ethernal Golden Braid", by Douglas Hofstadter. Not really fiction, but a science divulgation book with a thesis of its own.

Now back to the real subject... the boooooooooze!

Edit: oh, sorry, it *was* already mentioned. April 2004. In a post that says, "I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this one..."
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Apr 24, 2006 19:43
Douglas Adams could drink most Irish pubsters under the table, man. One clue outside of just stories of his drinking is the endless referencing to booze in his literary endeavors. He claimed to come up with the story of Hitchhiker after a binge, he talks at great length about the various instances of Gin and Tonic around the universe, and there's the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, of course. There's a whole lot more, just look for it, and you'll see that there's a whole lot of it.
written by N5corp on Apr 24, 2006 21:23
I remember reading something by Adams saying the idea for Hitchhiker's came to him as he lay drunk in a field in Austria. (Since he couldn't speak the language, he simply went out and drank)
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Apr 24, 2006 22:20
The forewords in the Hitchhiker's Guide. He was drunk in the fields and looking up at the starry skies.
written by N5corp on Apr 25, 2006 00:37
Something like this, yes.
hidden agenda
written by Trad.a on Apr 25, 2006 01:27
He also mentioned it in like every inteview he had.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Jun 18, 2006 23:15
I just finished Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Other books I enjoyed include the Discworld series (of course), American Gods by Neil Gaiman (also his other novels, though I've never read any of his comics), David Weber's Honor Harrington series, and Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books as well as the Wizardry series by Rick Cook.

Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy is another one I enjoyed that no-one has mentioned yet.
Also, anything by P. G. Wodehouse.

I'm sure I'll think of more right after I post this...
i hate it here!
written by Ginja_ninja on Jun 19, 2006 14:09
Neil Gaiman is quite good. I finished reading Anansi Boys a few days ago.

I'm currently reading the Bill Bryson pop science book.
poptart fire!
written by Kalliope on Sep 13, 2006 01:05
Currently working on Crest of the Stars: Princess of the Empire (the English version). Just came out officially today, though my copy came in early and some people are reporting delays up to the 30th. Too early to say whether to recommend with reservation -- I have noticed several errors already.
electronic engineer!
written by Leniad on Sep 13, 2006 01:13
Anything by Isaac Asimov is highly recommended by me.

I've yet to find a science fiction writer that engages me like him.
alva noto
written by Pomelos on Sep 13, 2006 07:42
Leniad said:
Anything by Isaac Asimov is highly recommended by me.

I've yet to find a science fiction writer that engages me like him.
Any sci-fi writer.

Oh, I soooo hate Asimov.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Sep 14, 2006 00:20
Why?

Did you only read "Christmas on Ganymede," "Half-Breeds on Venus" and Foundation's Edge? Those were his only stories that I really disliked...
alva noto
written by Pomelos on Sep 14, 2006 07:58
Read a bunch of his works. Didn't find them nicely written. Found plots lame and characters blank, and the overall dated.
five tons of flax!
written by Perryrhodan on Sep 14, 2006 09:11
Hermann Hesse is brilliant. I've read Peter Camenzind, Narcissus and Goldmund and Siddharta so far, and they all blew my mind. Next one will probably be Steppenwolf.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Oct 04, 2006 01:51
Pomelos said:
Read a bunch of his works. Didn't find them nicely written. Found plots lame and characters blank, and the overall dated.
Some of them are quite dated, but I disagree regarding the plots, especially in some of the short stories.
Oh well...

Midshipman's Hope by David Feintuch was pretty good.

Steven Brust is another great author I thought I'd mention...
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