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Blade Runner (Movie-Tie-In Edition)
Blade Runner (Movie-Tie-In Edition)
von Philip K. Dick
  Taschenbuch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Press a button to want to press a button., 1. August 2000
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep cannot be easily compared to the following movie, for they are both great in their own way. The book provides necessary explanations for the characters' actions, great plot, lots of cool sci-fi motifs. The movie (Director's cut, of course) lacks nothing - it is beautifully rendered by Ridley Scott with great imagery of a dystopian futuristic (according to the 80's) world.
My recommendation is that you read the novel and see the movie - it is the only way to fully enjoy the wonder of artificial intelligence embedded in an almost human body. A must for any sci-fi/fantasy/cyberpunk reader and anyone who even for a second experienced the fearful greatness of paranoia.


Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman
Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman
von Harlan Ellison
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3.0 von 5 Sternen With beautiful art, who needs a good plot?, 1. August 2000
It seems that the creators of this beautifully embellished book did not consider a good storyline a necessary part of written medium. Rick Berry deserves five starts for his splendid computer art. Harlan Ellison deserves one star for his abomination of a story, which tried to take on the hysteria of a dystopia but miserably failed. Overall, I recommend this book for fantasy art collectors. If you're here to get this book for the story, don't bother - you're better off donating your money to a lost cause.


Dragonflight (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern)
Dragonflight (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern)
von Anne McCaffrey
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Lessa rocks., 1. August 2000
Let's be serious. Anne McCaffrey writes too much. Occasionally, of course, she has good ideas like the story of Lessa - the girl who can hear dragons. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is kind of boring, a bunch of dragons and dragon riders doing their thing and nobody cares about it for they are still focused on Lessa and her loves (her dragon and F'lar?). This is a great book to read if you like short stories - just read the part about Lessa until she comes to the Weyr. This is the story, if I'm not mistaken, for which Anne McCaffrey won a prize. After that part, you can skip it and you will not miss that much.
Otherwise, this novel is a great example of fantasy novels - interesting enough plot, one or two characters are nicely developed, good and bad things happen, and the ending is more happy than not.
I recommend it for sci-fi/fantasy readers.


The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber)
The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber)
von Roger Zelazny
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Preis: EUR 15,95

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Complete, at last!, 1. August 2000
No more looking for old paperbacks of this great saga - in this compelation, all of the Chronicles are included, although I would not recommend reading them all at once. As a matter of fact, skip the last 4 parts. Other than that, this is Zelazny at his best offering the curious everyday wonders of the sci-fi world beyond. I recommend it for hardcore sci-fi/fantasy readers as a great introduction to Zelazny.


The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
von William Goldman
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than the movie., 1. August 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Princess Bride (Taschenbuch)
This wonderful Tale of True Love and High Adventure contains all that is needed to make a fairy tale exciting, dangerous, and fun to read. When compared to the movie, it stands high and adds the little perks only a book can add - the greater explanation of the love between the main characters, the background of the cool sidekicks, and the wonderful journalist commentary on the level of Buttercup's beauty. I highly recommend if whether you have seen the movie or not.


Holes (Newbery Medal Book)
Holes (Newbery Medal Book)
von Louis Sachar
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Tight plot. Lots of sand., 29. Juli 2000
All events tie in together to form a delicious whole as the characters discover one page at a time the mysterious past and uncertain future of their lives. Treasure, lizards, and evil people to be conquered - this is what this novel is about. Also in a subtle way, Holes points out the evils of ignorance and racism. Great moral story, recommended for kids as well as adults.


Cryptonomicon
Cryptonomicon
von Neal Stephenson
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cannibals, Nazi gold, and computer geeks - pure heaven!, 29. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Gebundene Ausgabe)
What more could you want from a book? It tackles a great plot by developing it smoothly and embracing it with the true dorkiness of a computer scientist. Stephenson thinks that hackers are cool, which we can overlook in favor of other great things about the novel. A great read if you have lots of time on your hands.
Whether you like computers or not, you will like this book. I learned most of my Unix commands from it. Also, Stephenson explains in detail the optimal eating pattern for cereal.
Enjoyable, challenging, and imaginative. If you haven't read it yet, do it now and write an online review for it - .........


The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age
The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age
von Stanislaw Lem
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great in Polish and English., 29. Juli 2000
I have head the great opportunity to read this novel in both English and Polish - Lem's native tongue. It contains great word play, clever ideas, and the ability to make you wonder about the limitless value of the world.
Greatly written prose in both languages - the translator into English deserves much credit. When you read it, you will taste every word and find it synonymous with fresh rasberries with whipped cream and chunks of pistachio nuts (or whatever floats your boat).
The Cyberiad is a mixture of humor parallel to one exhibited in the creations of Julio Cortazar and Douglas Adams. To ponder the existence of things as well as the presence of the most common objects is Lem's domain. Although I do not usually like to provide quotations for take out of context, they do not mean much, this one provides a great example of Lem's clever style:
"Everyone knows that dragons don't exist. But while this simplistic formulation may satisfy the layman, it does not suffice for the scientific mind. The School of Higher Neantical Nillity is in fact wholly unconcerned with what does exist. Indeed, the banality of existence has been so amply demonstrated, there is no need for us to discuss it any further here. The brilliant Cerebron, attacking the problem analytically, discovered three distinct kinds of dragon: the mythical, the chimerical, and the purely hypothetical. They were all, one might say, nonexistent, but each nonexisted in an entirely different way ... "
In addition, if you as a reader know anything about the social attitudes of the late 70's in Poland, you will find this book to be a weird and exciting commentary on the Polish people of that particular period.
The Cyberiad is worth a read for many reasons, and it must be re-read on a regular basis. I highly recommend this collection of short stories for long reads, short reads, one-pagers, reading backwards, making codes by skipping every other word, and reading with your eyes closed. Once you have this book in your hands, you cannot go wrong from there.


Crash
Crash
von J. G. Ballard
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen One idea doesn't make a book., 28. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Crash (Taschenbuch)
Ahead of its time, yes. Disturbing, yes. Would make a great 5 page short story, yes. Is it a good book? No. It's prolonged and boring. After a hundred pages reading the same thing over and over again becomes a torture, the characters are underdeveloped, and the plot is almost non-existent.
This book would've made a wonderful short story. It's written in good style, but if you skip a page, or two, or ten at a time, you're not missing much.
I recommend it only for its novelty value.


From Pragmatism to Pragmaticism
From Pragmatism to Pragmaticism
von Edward C. Moore
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Splendid example of American Philosophy, 18. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: From Pragmatism to Pragmaticism (Taschenbuch)
Have you ever wondered what makes America? What is patriotism? What is right and wrong within YOUR society? Peirce helps in your discovery of who you are among your people. He preaches, but as any good philosopher, expects his readers to think hard. Not for beginners, but entertaining.


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