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Roadside Picnic
Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty," something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he'll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems. First published in 1972, "Roadside Picnic" is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel's publication in Russia.
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BC_Dittemore
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Roadside Picnic is probably my favorite type of sci-fi — a bit dated, a bit ambiguous, and the sci-fi is just prevalent enough to place it in the genre. Otherwise it could easily fit into 50s-era noir with the wisecracking, tough as nails protagonist, Red Schuhart, the shady underworld of smuggling, and the quick pacing.

For fans of Tarkovsky‘s film adaption, Stalker, this novel is nothing like it.

BC_Dittemore I listened to the Audible version with Robert Forster as narrator. He really only has one voice, but it‘s perfect for Red, who talks and acts like a Hollywood gangster.
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Aimeesue This was definite,y an interesting read! 6d
BC_Dittemore @Aimeesue yeah. It was not what I had expected. 6d
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Mr.Mike-a-Muggle
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

1- Forbidden Forest of Hogwarts Grounds.
2- Me , My Soul , and My love .
3- Green Eggs and Ham ( Dr Seuss).
BERTIE BOTT‘S EVERY FLAVOUR BEANS, ( Harry potter ).
Lembas , Elves love this bread.
Last but not the least , Scooby Snacks .

Chrissyreadit Checking in about your Staycation in time swap package 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94
Awesome questions - I've been enjoying inviting myself to all your fictional picnics! 😄
Thanks for the tag @shortsarahrose

1) Bellagio, Lake Como (the fictional worlds I visit tend to be rather bleak 🤣)
2) You lot, of course!
3) Cheese, prosciutto, bresaola, crusty bread, spicy olives and cake! Lots of cake.

If you haven't played yet, you're tagged!

shortsarahrose This picnic sounds delightful! 6mo
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michellelav
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If you enjoy scifi this is one to check out! Aliens come to earth but just as fast as they arrive, they're gone. They leave behind some waste but no one knows why or what they came for.. Years later the areas that were visited are deemed "The Zone" filled with anomalies and dangers lurking around every corner. You never know what The Zone has in store for you.

Finished this one last night, wrapping up my #20in4 challenge! @Andrew65

Twainy Moid book club … I was wondering how this was! Putting it back on the TBR thanks! 10mo
michellelav @Twainy I listened to it as an audiobook which I found really helped bring it to life! Either way I'm sure is great though. 😁 10mo
Twainy Audiobook?! ❤️ 10mo
michellelav @Twainy I have it on Audible but I'm sure you can find it elsewhere too 😎😁 10mo
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451Degrees
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I wanted very much to like this book. But I found that I wasn‘t all that entertained. And perhaps this book isn‘t about entertainment but about hardship and work and taking care of your family no matter what during a dangerous and hazardous time. I honestly had a hard time with the main character but know that he did what he did out of his best intentions. Not a book for easy reading but definitely one of survival.

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451Degrees
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New book club book! Anyone heard of or read anything about this book?? #bookclubreading #bookclub

Vansa Yup, the basis for Tarkovsky's absolutely excellent Stalker! 12mo
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CJRwriting
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This influential short sci-fi story is a must for fans of the genre. Soviet era bleakness in a dystopian future, there's a lot to unpack in such a short story.

There are some flaws, but the influence and importance of the work cannot be overlooked.

SpaceCowboyBooks Loved this book. The film is also great 14mo
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tessavi
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Mehso-so

I liked the premise and enjoyed the first half, but towards the end it was dragging.

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Nalbuque
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This was an old bingo post that me made think abt how long it‘s been since I‘ve read any Russian novels! I remember loving the classics when I was younger, but I‘m honestly not sure if I‘d be in the mood for them nowadays 🤣

Anyways, I‘ve recently gotten some solid recs for Russian sci-fi, which sounds super interesting! Putting “Roadside Picnic” and “Metro 2033” on my tbr list, just to get started 🖤

Moonprismpower Most of these could cover the tv show Scrubs 🧐 2y
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cozypunk
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Spotted this intriguing #tattoo on social media. The tat-wearer shared the book that inspired her, and I put Roadside Picnic on my TBR immediately!

Moonprismpower That does sound good! I‘ll have to borrow it from my library. 2y
cozypunk @Moonprismpower Right!? I didn't read the description right away, but it sounds great in a bizarro way. 2y
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Decalino
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First contact stories often involve highly-evolved intelligent species or aggressive enemies bent on attack, but Roadside Picnic describes a world impacted by alien contact without context or explanation. Zones contaminated by the alien visitors become astonishing, lucrative, sometimes deadly wastelands. I'll be thinking about this thought-provoking, visceral novel for a long time.

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Oblomov26
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Russian sci-fi is an interest of mine and this is a classic. A Earth which was visited by aliens a decade or two before. Why? Unknown, all we do know is that they landed at a scattergun pattern of sites across the earth and left behind some material remains. Red the protagonist a stalker, skilled at entering such sites and recovering artefacts which although immensely powerful we do not understand. Red is a character just trying to make a way for

Oblomov26 Himself and his family in a world where the odds are weighted against his type. Desperation and despair and stoic resilience .. all so very Russian 3y
Slajaunie Hooked like a fish! 🎣 3y
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Oblomov26
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Ahhh those Russian authors.....

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claudiuo
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Great book: SciFi novel that goes beyond aliens and spaceships and monsters. Aliens came, were not interested in us at all, just left stuff behind in certain “Zones“, that may have been litter or not, nobody knows. Nobody understands the science or how they work but as always people try to make the best of it starting with the “stalkers“ that go in these Zones to retrieve them and paying a high price in doing so. There is so much more to it. 👍 ⬇

claudiuo One more thing: this edition I read also contains an intro by Ursula K. Le Guin and afterword by Boris Strugatsky which are as great to read by themselves as the actual novel is. (edited) 3y
claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks I am going so wrong with my #bookspinbonanza list: this is on my list but almost the very last. However, I started it a while back and picked it up again couple days ago and had to finish it. Way out of order but still finished because of your challenge so, as always, Thank you! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Some rules are made to be broken!! 😂 Glad you enjoyed it!! 3y
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claudiuo
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“Look into my soul, I know - everything you need is in there. It has to be. Because I've never sold my soul to anyone! It's mine, it's human! Figure out yourself what I want - because I know it can't be bad!”

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Landon
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So excited to get into this!

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claudiuo
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I've read this a long long time ago and still remember to this day that it was an awesome read. So today when I found out the audiobook is on sale at Google, I couldn't resist. Only a few minutes in and I love the way Robert Forster is reading it

SpaceCowboyBooks Love this book! 3y
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Aimeesue
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And now for something completely different…

"Science fiction lends itself readily to imaginative subversion of any status quo. Bureaucrats and politicians, who can‘t afford to cultivate their imaginations, tend to assume it‘s all ray-guns and nonsense, good for children." From The forward, Ursula K. Leguin

vivastory I read this one a few years ago. I don't remember much about it. 😬 3y
Aimeesue @Vivastory I love the premise - that we humans think that if/when we find artifacts from some off-Earth civilization, we'll figure them out. And I will say that there's a heck of a lot of smoking in this one! Boy, the Seventies, huh? 3y
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RaeLovesToRead
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Currently reading Roadside Picnic for Sci Fi Book Club. It's a strange book; I seem to only get the flavour of what I'm reading after each chapter.

It seems to be telling me a story without me realising it. If you like your sci fi bleak and devoid of exposition, this could be a winner!

RaeLovesToRead Thank you 😊 3y
RaeLovesToRead I'm still trying to figure out how it all works! ☺ 3y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I thought this book sleeve was appropriate for my current read.

Avanders 😁😁😁 3y
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Octoberwoman
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What an interesting read! But I have so many unanswered questions. I would've liked to know more about what it was like at the time of the visits, and more about Red's daughter. I really liked the narration in the first section, when Red was narrating in first person POV, and disappointed when the focus moved to another character and that narration stopped. Though I really enjoyed Richard and Valentine's conversation in Richard's section.

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MommyOfTwo
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#BookAndBeverage

Water is my go to beverage besides coffee

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I wish I loved water!! 4y
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MommyOfTwo
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I have a reading buddy today! #CatsOfLitsy

Tamra Ginger Cat 😺 4y
Avanders Hiya lady — did your cbbc package arrive yet? I know there‘s been some... mercury spill impacting things, so just checking in ☺️ 4y
Dragon 😻 4y
MommyOfTwo @Avanders No I have not gotten it yet (edited) 4y
Avanders 😧😧 I‘ll track it! 4y
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Shadowfat
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Mehso-so

I liked the concept of this book but I didn't really get it. Maybe it's the writing style or there were a lot of nuances I didn't pick up on, but it was confusing at points until half way in. I'm curious what the video games are like based on the book.

Avanders There are video games? Interesting! 🤔 The book was definitely different 😉😁 4y
BookishMarginalia Hi! Please check your email from last week with your #CupidGoesPostal match and reply to it so I know you‘re all set! (It might be in the junk mail.) 4y
Avanders Heya lady-- you should have received the sfmbc package from me on Saturday -- did it make it? 🤞🏽🤞🏽 4y
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Shadowfat I did get the email @BookishMarginalia thanks for checking! I also got your package @Avanders I was just about to post a picture 😀 4y
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼 4y
Avanders @Shadowfat sweet! 👏🏽👏🏽 4y
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Nadyne
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Excellent new take on first contact. What if aliens land, stay for awhile, then pack up and leave without saying a word, but leaving some detritus behind?

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andrew61
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#aspacemancametravelling #winterwonderland
Here's a book that i plan to read in 2019. About stalkers finding artefacts left by aliens on earth.
I also picked up the film in a local shop - i don't read a lot of sci fi but the these editions of so attractive i may think about a sci fi a-z 👽

Oryx I have this same copy, picked up recently. Hoping to get to it next year too! 4y
batsy I plan to read this someday (soon!) and watch Stalker 🙌🏽 4y
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DePaepe
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I read #RoadsidePicnic in one sitting during a camping trip in Minnesota this year. It has quickly become one of my favorite #scifi stories. It takes place after a visit from an unknown #alien species and the impact of their coming and going. A unique read from the #StrugatskyBrothers who went through a lot to have this work published in Soviet Russia. It was the inspiration for the film #Stalker by #Tarkovsky, which I also recommend. Please read.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4y
DePaepe @CoffeeNBooks Thank ye kindly. Happy to be here ☺️ 4y
tpixie Welcome!!! You will find many book friends here! 4y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻 I lived in Minnesota my first 29 years! 4y
DePaepe @Eggs I absolutely love Minnesota. I've been in Alabama most of my life and MN is home away from away. 4y
Eggs Yes MN has the most special place in my heart, from the smallest towns to Mpls-St Paul! I try to visit once a year. Every autumn my sisters and I stay in a cabin on the Mississippi River 4y
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Oryx
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My trip to York to the theatre yesterday wouldn't have been complete without a visit to this fab shop. I managed to be restrained and only buy one book, but that might be because I bought them all last time... @squirrelbrain @mitch @daydreamin_star @miralunasbooknook

squirrelbrain Just one, that was rather restrained of you! 📖📖📖 4y
Mitch Quality not quantity ! Hope you had a fab day 💕👋🏼💕 4y
eraderneely This is my favorite place to go in York! 4y
Cathythoughts Fab picture 4y
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Kryckett
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This has been on my list for a very long time. Finally audio-booked it on my perfectly timed seven-hour drive home after drill this weekend. I loved it. It felt to me like atypical science fiction the same way ‘Story of Your Life‘ did. And audio was definitely the way to go on this one.

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kandlekat
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A classic sci fi story written by two brothers in 1971 Russia. It has influenced the genre to this day. The style (perhaps the translation) was challenging. I am sure I missed references to the politics in Russia at the time. The story foretold the Chernobyl disaster in many ways. I appreciate thought-provoking speculative fiction.

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batsy I just finished the Southern Reach trilogy and want to read this and then watch Tarkovsky's Stalker. I'm re-watching Solaris and feeling like Tarkovsky was an unconscious influence on Annihilation... Anyway, it was interesting to see your review come up as I mentally made plans 😉 5y
twohectobooks @batsy ha! I still need to post my reviews of Southern Reach on Litsy so I‘m doing things a bit backwards. Was just on Southern Reach reddit earlier this week trying to get some clarity on whether Jackie had some involvement in creating Area X and what that might mean when I saw a recommendations thread including Roadside Picnic. Haven‘t seen Stalker yet though it‘s on my list! 5y
batsy I've been looking up all the theories as well! That's a big question for me, about whether the S&S Brigade and "Central" had something to do with the creation of Area X. A lot of the stuff left unexplained really leaves me feeling unsettled, so it worked, but also frustrated, it's too much like life. Tbh, with so much of Control's memories being about his mother and grandfather, I think their roles needed to be a bit more fleshed out. 5y
twohectobooks @batsy yes! Also I couldn‘t help wondering what became of his cat 😥 5y
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Quinndm
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“It reminded him of the buttons on his mother‘s jacket — amber, translucent, golden. He always longed to stuff them into his mouth and suck on them, expecting some extraordinary treat, and he‘d take them into his mouth and suck and every single time would be terribly disappointed, and every single time he‘d forget about the disappointment — not that he‘d actually forget, he‘d just refuse to believe his memory as soon as he saw them again.”

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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast 106: Falling Asleep During Tarkovsky Films. This bonus crossover episode features Jon Laubinger from the Film Baby Film Podcast, where we discuss the book Roadside Picnic and the film Stalker. https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy106

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ReadingEnvy
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I'm trying to finish the books I decided I'd keep in my 2016 speed dating projects...better late than never! I had another reason for reading this one which will be revealed at a later date.
This is a story about the aftermath of a first contact - aliens that came in and left debris (like a roadside picnic, get it?). "Stalkers" comb the forbidden zones for alien technology and suffer the aftermath.
Fans of Area X would like it!

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Saw the awesome #5movie post by @Tsubame this morning! Here's my international take.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped - French crooks and pianos
Hidden Blade - favorite non-Kurosawa samurai movie
Il Sorpasso - perfect Italian road comedy
Stalker - mind-melting adaptation of the tagged Russian sci-fi novel
Kontroll - Hungarian comedy-thriller filmed entirely on the Budapest subway system

TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory Have you seen Stalker? You should probably see Stalker. 5y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I love Tarkovsky. Especially Stalker (& honestly all of his films). I read Roadside Picnic last month. 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory Oh man, my hippy uncle let me borrow the two-tape VHS when I was in high school. Haven't had a chance to check out this new Criterion edition yet. Love his Solaris too. 5y
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Tsubame I'm not much of a movie person, but man those look all awesome and I don't know a single one of them! Will definitely check out Hidden Blade soon, I love those old samurai movies and series! Do you know the Daichushingura dramatization from 1971? 5y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Have you heard of the 2005 French film "13 Tzameti"? 5y
Bostonmomx2 Excellent list! 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory Looooove that movie. I impressed all my little brother's film school friends by telling them to watch it and they all went crazy for it. 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Tsubame No! But I googled it and I have seen Kon Ichikawa's '94 47 Ronin and I've read (edited) 5y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Such a simple, yet effective film. What about the 2003 South Korean "Save the Green Planet"? (I'm not going to even bother asking if you've seen "Snowpiercer") 5y
batsy Kontroll and The Beat That My Heart Skipped were brilliant. Have heard so much about Stalker, it's time to watch it. 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory I have NOT seen Save the Green Planet but I love a ton of Korean movies. My favorites are probably Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring then The Good, the Bad, the Weird then Oldboy. (Of course Snowpiercer! And I love Bong Joon-Ho's The Host and Mother too.) 5y
vivastory I swear, our movie tastes are so similar it's a little frightening. I love literally every single movie you just named. I saw Spring, Summer etc when it first came out & it has stayed with me ever since. The Good, the bad etc is such a ridiculously fun film. I definitely recommend "Save the Green Planet" & "I Saw the Devil" (it has the dual distinction of being one of my favorite serial killer & one of my favorite vengeance films) 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory Have you seen the films of Shane Carruth? Primer and Upstream Color? 5y
alanacristin Romain Duris 😍 5y
vivastory I haven't seen Upstream Color but will definitely check it out. Primer is hands down one of the smartest time travel movies I've ever seen. One of the few movies I've ever rewatched as soon as I finished the first time. 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory Upstream Color is the same way. It is a must watch! I have spent an unreasonable number of hours both rewatching and looking at timeline maps of Primer online. 5y
vivastory I will definitely check out Upstream Color this weekend. I think I'm also due for a rewatch of Primer. Plus Joon-ho Bong's "Okja" is on Netflix & I haven't watched it yet. 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @vivastory Stuff with animals and kids crushes me now, but I know I will have to see Okja eventually 5y
GatheringBooks i used to watch a lot of foreign/independent films - where has my youth gone? i am officially ancient. 5y
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twohectobooks
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I'd hoped for this to basically be Dostoyevsky writing science fiction, so was a bit disappointed to find it a lot more zippy than that. However the premise is excellent and it left me wanting to know more about the world.

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BookishTrish
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Christmas presents are starting to arrive and it's snowing and life is beautiful

Kimzey Beautiful! 6y
NatalieR So pretty! ❄️ 6y
DebinHawaii Gorgeous! ❄️❄️❄️ 6y
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GlitteryOtters ❤️❄️ so lovely! ❄️❤️ 6y
Litlady Beautiful‼️ ⛄️🎄❣ 6y
jessberk13 So pretty! I can't wait until our first snow here in PA. 6y
TrishB Gorgeous 😀 6y
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Babs_book_obsession
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Great classic SF while being more than just SF? I still think of this book and I read it a month ago. Lots of philosophical and moral tidbits to chew on if you wish!

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renko
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Great new translation and Robert Forster delivers a fantastic audiobook performance. One of my all-time favorite sci-fi classics.

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renko
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I've had an on-again-off-again thing with audiobooks for over a year now but I think I've finally found my niche. Revisiting some of my favorite Russian sci-fis all day at work today~

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Gretrascis
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Ultimately I liked the concept better than the execution. The idea of aliens stopping by Earth & leaving behind a bunch of trash without even acknowledging humanity is such a nice response to the usual First Contact trope, but I just wanted something more even if I can't figure out what yet.

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Gretrascis
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Here's an explanation for intelligence I haven't heard before.

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twohectobooks
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Got some new books from my local independent bookstore!

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Gretrascis
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It's time to start the summer off with an international Sci-Fi tour: next stop after Russia is China, followed by Poland and anywhere else that comes to mind. I'd love some suggestions.