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Author Topic: What Are You Reading? (Mk. II)  (Read 91560 times)
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« on: April 13, 2011, 07:23:48 pm »

The old thread made it to over 100 pages! Out of courtesy to the poor, overworked clanks that manage replies, it has been locked, and the discussion can continue here. Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2011, 07:29:48 pm »

Sex lives of the Popes.

Read it several times, always something new.

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011, 07:35:01 pm »

I've just finished Mark Hodder's 'The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man' which, if anything, is superior to the first book. Recommended highly.

I now have a choice between Mike Resnick's 'The Buntline Special: A Weird West Tale' or Tim Powers' 'The Anubis Gates'.

I'll decide at bedtime.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011, 07:36:54 pm »

Currently within a few pages of finishing Starliner by David Drake on the Kindle... I'm loving it, complete with old duffers who're getting free drinks by telling tales of having been everywhere and done everything.  Think giant spaceship on holiday cruise that is rapidly going to have a problem with war breaking out.

Only downside is that so far this is the worst of the scanned books, with probably 20 or 30 mistakes (that I spotted... there may be more).

A very entertaining read and I only hope there are more Wade & Belgeddes tales out there, they're fantastic.

You can download it for free, direct from the publisher here: http://www.webscription.net/p-398-starliner.aspx

(I should also add that in that very place are 115 free Baen ebooks)
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2011, 07:39:38 pm »

Steampunk Magazine. trying to decide on buying Steampunk tales or not.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011, 05:25:29 am »

Finally get in on the ground floor.

From the Baen collection - something called 'Doc 'she' (it's the Irish word for elf[?], and as I'm on the wrong side of the water, it's pronounced 'she', but spelled 'something else') - actually has elements of steampunk in it. It's on a USB, so I don't have it on me right now.

Found it! - Doc Sidhe...finished it, but working on The Lark and the Wren - from the Baen collection.



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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2011, 06:05:08 am »

I'm reading Pied Piper by Nevil Shute.
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2011, 06:55:38 am »

I've just finished Mark Hodder's 'The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man' which, if anything, is superior to the first book. Recommended highly.

I now have a choice between Mike Resnick's 'The Buntline Special: A Weird West Tale' or Tim Powers' 'The Anubis Gates'.

I'll decide at bedtime.

I am glad to hear 'The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man' is as good if not better - now if only I could track down a hardcover copy in the same cover style as the first book...
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2011, 07:53:14 am »

Finally get in on the ground floor.

From the Baen collection - something called 'Doc 'she' (it's the Irish word for elf[?], and as I'm on the wrong side of the water, it's pronounced 'she', but spelled 'something else') - actually has elements of steampunk in it. It's on a USB, so I don't have it on me right now.

Sídhe, pronounced shee.
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2011, 02:37:35 pm »

was rummaging around last night and ran across these in a box i carried out from NM, so i am  re reading them, i love old sf, it gives me funky ideas to try to design in "Traveller"

Not steampunk just oreintal fantasy :E. Hoffmann Price's "The Devil Wives of Li Fong" (1979)
 
   now slightly dated sf by the same author;  
    * Operation Misfit (1980)
    * Operation Longlife (1983)
    * Operation Exile (1985)
    * Operation Isis (1986)
                                                            yes i collect old sf
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ps Mr. Price was a contemporary,and friend of HPL and collaborated on a couple of stories,if wikapedia and" The enciclopedia of fantasy " are to be belived
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2011, 04:16:52 pm »

The latest acquisition to my reading list (bought just this morning) is Victoria's Wars by Saul David. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2011, 12:57:43 pm »

I just finished the post-apocalyptic "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Most definitely worth a read, if you like Battle Royale!
Apart from that I read Neverwhere recently, which is highly recommended as well, Neil Gaiman is an astounding storyteller. Now I will finish 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I think. I started reading it in China and never finished it, although I liked it a lot.
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2011, 12:08:26 am »

I have recently finished a very good book about the Essex, the ship that inspired the Moby Dick story, called 'in the heart of the sea' and also Simon Green's 'the man with the golden torc' - frivolous but enjoyable.

Currently reading Mr Norrel and Jonathan Strange.
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2011, 04:19:23 am »

Just finished 'Prisoner of Zenda', now a collection of Short stories by Mercedes Lackey (sp?)
Called Fiddler's Fair, or something like that...
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2011, 06:37:05 am »

I have just finished 'Japanese Devil Fish Girl' - a fun book with a fair dose of satire that made me chuckle once or twice. To be honest - I prefer my steampunk or sic fi to be more dark, serious and even operatic (think Mieville, Banks or Reynolds) so this form of comedic steampunk novel is not quite my cup of tea. But it is well written.
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2011, 10:25:43 pm »

I'm reading Around the World in Eighty Days because I hadn't done so previously. It's pretty good. I've been off reading for a couple days, so I have some catching up to do.
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2011, 05:15:29 am »

Out of books...:| So from Gutenberg, it's Man in the Iron Mask, and then, who knows...Wink Downloaded about 1,300+ books from Manybooks, so I'm set until I'm about...200...Wink It's hoarding, but it's on a memory stick...honest!...Wink
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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2011, 07:11:17 pm »

I have recently finished a very good book about the Essex, the ship that inspired the Moby Dick story, called 'in the heart of the sea' and also Simon Green's 'the man with the golden torc' - frivolous but enjoyable.

Currently reading Mr Norrel and Jonathan Strange.
How do you like it? I started reading it, but I have yet to finish it, it seemed like it had a lot of action at first and then it came to a grinding halt at some point and stood still for too long and I just couldn't get on with it.
If you get through it please let me know what you think, I would love to know if I should try to finish it Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2011, 04:12:07 am »

 Dear Albertine - 'If you get through it please let me know what you think, I would love to know if I should try to finish it' - I would finish it, it is well worth pushing through to the end.

I am currently reading 'The Kingdom of Ohio' by Matthew Flaming, only 50 pages or so into it but I am already glad I picked it up.

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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2011, 04:31:00 am »

work actually has a 'bookshelf' with theft-proof (read bl**dy awful..Wink books, so I'm actually reading 'Nicholas and Alexandra' - still downloading books like a house afire, so all is not lost, no all is not lost...not yet..Wink
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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2011, 08:59:54 am »

About 2/3 of the way through Moby Dick, which I haven't read in many, many years.

A most interesting insight into 19th C whaling but, Lordy! I had quite forgotten how hard going it is. Melville's tortuous prose often leaves me at the end of an interminable sentence realising I have no clue to what I've just read.  Huh

It will probably be another few decades before I feel recovered sufficiently to read it again.

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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2011, 12:13:08 am »

About 2/3 of the way through Moby Dick, which I haven't read in many, many years.

A most interesting insight into 19th C whaling but, Lordy! I had quite forgotten how hard going it is. Melville's tortuous prose often leaves me at the end of an interminable sentence realising I have no clue to what I've just read.  Huh

It will probably be another few decades before I feel recovered sufficiently to read it again.



captain, you may find 'in the heart of the sea' quite interesting...

 Albertine, so far Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel is going quite well- although I do find myself getting distracted by the footnotes stretching over several pages...
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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2011, 12:11:22 pm »

Dear Albertine - 'If you get through it please let me know what you think, I would love to know if I should try to finish it' - I would finish it, it is well worth pushing through to the end.

I am currently reading 'The Kingdom of Ohio' by Matthew Flaming, only 50 pages or so into it but I am already glad I picked it up.


I will take it up again as soon as I am done with the adventures of Cpt. Nemo and friends then, thank you for the recommendation Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2011, 12:32:39 pm »


captain, you may find 'in the heart of the sea' quite interesting...


Governess, Philbrick's book is on my (never shortening) reading list. I'm sure I've seen it in remaindered book shops for a ridiculously small sum.  Cheesy

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« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2011, 03:15:11 pm »


captain, you may find 'in the heart of the sea' quite interesting...


Governess, Philbrick's book is on my (never shortening) reading list. I'm sure I've seen it in remaindered book shops for a ridiculously small sum.  Cheesy



I think I got it cheap via the Book People.
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