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  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
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    The 3rd release of SpinRite v6.1 is published and may be obtained by all SpinRite v6.0 owners at the SpinRite v6.1 Pre-Release page. (SpinRite will shortly be officially updated to v6.1 so this page will be renamed.) The primary new feature, and the reason for this release, was the discovery of memory problems in some systems that were affecting SpinRite's operation. So SpinRite now incorporates a built-in test of the system's memory. For the full story, please see this page in the "Pre-Release Announcements & Feedback" forum.
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The Saints of Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton.

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Graham

I see from the Security Now show notes @Steve is waiting for the the third book in the trilogy to drop on 17th November, here in the UK it was published on 29th October. I have my copy (all 558 pages) and now all I need to is read the first two books first! :)


#2

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Steve

Oh!!! No fair! (But I can wait another week!) I'm glad to know that book #3 is long, since I already know that it will be wonderful. There are is a wonderful scene at the end of the future thread of the second book, which I've re-read a few times, and I'm interested to learn more about the evolution of the past thread which will be revealed in the 3rd book.

Waiting a year between books (was Leo right? Is it really that long?) is not something that I would recommend. I'm unsure whether I'll do that again... but if Peter creates another universe, I can't see how I could resist.

I'm someone who can easily re-read something wonderful that I've read before. So I love that I'm compiling a large number of “old friends” which I'll be able to enjoy as long as my eyes and brain hold out! (y)


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Graham

Waiting a year between books (was Leo right? Is it really that long?) is not something that I would recommend. I'm unsure whether I'll do that again... but if Peter creates another universe, I can't see how I could resist.
Book 1 published September 2018, Book 2 published October 2019, book 3 a year later; so Leo was right.
I deliberately held off reading the first 2, I regret that now! But I will take my time to saviour them now.


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KPRROK

only 558 pages? seems kind of short for a book of his. I've not read either of the first two yet (on Audible) as I like to binge when the whole series is out. I guess that's soon!


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PHolder

Someone posted this to the newgroup


#6

Steve

Steve

I finished Book #3 yesterday. My one piece of advice to anyone who decides to tackle this incredible piece of work is to relax and savor the journey. That's clearly the way Peter meant and means to have his work consumed. Do not be in a hurry. Once you're finished, you may wish you had taken more time to savor it. You can only be surprised once. Savor it. It is his most stunningly sweeping creation ever. I have the entire story in my head now, and it's quite something.

As I was nearing the end, noticing that my Kindle was saying I was at 92%, then 94%, then 96%, I started wondering how we had sufficient time remaining to resolve one specific aspect of the journey. And it turned out that, indeed, this is not the end. Peter did not cheat us, nor disappoint. He adequately and very satisfyingly ends the tale that he began. But he quite intentionally leaves the next journey pending. So... next year...


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Graham

Not reading on a Kindle but Hardcover, but now approximately midway through book #2, I am taking my time and savouring the journey. :)