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Author Topic: What Are You Reading? (Mk. II)  (Read 92413 times)
Crescat Scientia
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« Reply #1725 on: November 29, 2015, 08:35:26 pm »

I'm working my way through Ann Leckie's "Ancillary" trilogy.  I've read Ancillary Justice and am about halfway through Ancillary Sword.  A newly purchased Ancillary Mercy awaits on the side table.

These aren't steampunk, but space opera, a vengeance story of an almost old fashioned sort with a very appealing unself-conscious (ironically so) hero.

The first book won All The AwardsTM* two years ago after it was published, and they were clearly well deserved.  It's mind-bendingly good.




*  Actually it won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the BSFA Award, and the Locus Award, and made the James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List.  It was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award and the Compton Crook Award.
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« Reply #1726 on: November 30, 2015, 04:55:04 pm »

I've just got to recommend the Mark Hodder series of 'Burton & Swinburne adventures. For me, utterly fantastic reads.
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« Reply #1727 on: November 30, 2015, 06:27:17 pm »

I finished 'Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow' (Jerome K Jerome) last night.  This leaves me free to carry on with 'The Railway Detective' series, of which I think I am up to book 6 or 7.
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« Reply #1728 on: December 02, 2015, 07:43:21 pm »

I'm working my way through Ann Leckie's "Ancillary" trilogy.  I've read Ancillary Justice and am about halfway through Ancillary Sword.  A newly purchased Ancillary Mercy awaits on the side table.

These aren't steampunk, but space opera, a vengeance story of an almost old fashioned sort with a very appealing unself-conscious (ironically so) hero.

The first book won All The AwardsTM* two years ago after it was published, and they were clearly well deserved.  It's mind-bendingly good.




*  Actually it won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the BSFA Award, and the Locus Award, and made the James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List.  It was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award and the Compton Crook Award.

I will have to look out for these as I enjoy good sf, which is unfortunately all too rare.
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« Reply #1729 on: December 04, 2015, 10:09:35 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
I'm nearing the end of The Chinese Bell Murders by Robert van Gulik.
Written in lovely English, this is one of the stories of the famous Judge Dee.

Most enjoyable!

I remain yours,
Prof. Cecily
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« Reply #1730 on: December 05, 2015, 10:24:27 pm »

I finished 'Railway to the Grave' yesterday (Edward Marston), and although I have the rest of the series on the shelf waiting to be read I want to split them up a bit (I made the mistake of reading 5 or 6 Discworld one after the other once and they all merged into one after a while...)

So in Birmingham today I managed to pick up 'The Festiniog Railway' by James I. C. Boyd (volumes 1 and 2), 'Dubliners' by James Joyce and 'The Trial' by Franz Kafka. 
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« Reply #1731 on: December 05, 2015, 11:29:01 pm »

"The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland" by Richard Bradley. And yes, I know I don't have a life! It's for Uni.
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« Reply #1732 on: December 10, 2015, 06:03:57 pm »

Finished 'The Festiniog Railway' (volume 1, history of the line to 1954) last night.  Shall be picking volume 2 (History 1954- 1974 and locomotives) tonight.  It really needs a volume 3 to carry on post-1974...
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« Reply #1733 on: December 10, 2015, 11:01:15 pm »

There is a project for you, then, James!
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« Reply #1734 on: December 12, 2015, 10:38:03 am »

There is a project for you, then, James!

 Cheesy

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« Reply #1735 on: December 14, 2015, 11:14:04 am »

Just beginning 'The Snake Stone' by Jason Goodwin.
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Trains to Steamtown, this way...
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« Reply #1736 on: December 17, 2015, 10:51:37 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

I'm in the first chapters of 'Portrait of a Lady', by Henry James

I remain yours,
Prof. Cecily
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« Reply #1737 on: December 17, 2015, 07:44:03 pm »

Pretty much bombed through Vol.2 of 'The Festiniog Railway' and 'Blood on the Line'. 

I'm now about 1/3 of the way through book 9 of The Railway Detective, 'The Stationmaster's Farewell'. 
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« Reply #1738 on: December 17, 2015, 08:13:49 pm »

Just beginning my annual re-read of 'The Hogfather' by Terry Pratchett.
A bitter-sweet experience this year.
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« Reply #1739 on: December 18, 2015, 02:53:22 pm »

Non-fiction - A brace of books from the library: Great War Fashion by Lucy Adlington and Art Nouveau Fashion by Clare Rose. On the fiction front, Perdido Street Station has just come in on the library's e-book lending system.
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« Reply #1740 on: December 20, 2015, 06:00:55 am »

Just finished "A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!" by Harry Harrison, and before that "Steampunk! An Anthology Of Fantastically Rich And Strange Stories" by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. 

The first is more of a novella than a novel and felt like the skeleton of a story, quickly moving through required plot points before tidying everything up just in time for the conclusion.

The second is probably the best anthology I've ever read, and certainly the best steampunk anthology.  Most SP anthologies I've read tend to have grim stories and/or stretch the limits of what steampunk means.  None of the stories in this one will leave you wondering why it was included in a steampunk collection, and for the most part they're all very positive stories.
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« Reply #1741 on: December 23, 2015, 03:34:16 pm »

Peril on the Royal Train (The Railway Detective, book 10) by Edward Marston.  So far there are 11 novels and a collection of short stories in the series.  Glad I'm nearing the current end of them!- though they're good one of the characters really, really annoys me (nothing would give me greater pleasure to read of his being chucked under a train, that's how aggravating I find him) and also some of the historical research- I mean the most basic of historical research- is lacking.  Most times I can overlook that but this time?  Nope.  If you even manage to get the railway company wrong, what hope is there?

Really, really boring bit in the spoiler. 

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« Reply #1742 on: December 23, 2015, 09:04:21 pm »

Recently, I enjoyed reading the Dieselpunk Adventure novel "Storming", by K.M. Weiland.
It's about a biplane pilot who takes part in a flying circus and then witnesses a mysterious woman falling from the sky.
She later claims she lives up there and of course he thinks she's crazy. But that is only the start...Wink

I've written a review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28099189-storming
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« Reply #1743 on: December 24, 2015, 12:25:52 am »

I've just finished reading Kim Newman's Moriarty book, which I actually rather enjoyed. I am not used to enjoying a book where the main character is an irredeemable human being. Colonel 'Basher' Moran is a an absolute b*stard but he plot was so gripping I didn't mind so much...It's really good o see what makes the great villain tick a little!
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« Reply #1744 on: December 25, 2015, 07:52:54 pm »

I am currently reading "The Flying Carpet: Adventures in a Biplane from Timbuktu to Everest and Beyond" written by Richard Halliburton and originally published in 1933. 
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« Reply #1745 on: December 31, 2015, 05:03:59 am »

Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of Catch Phrases - slang and comebacks more or less, though it was written 40 years ago or so (mid-70s). At last I know what 'Bob's yer Uncle' refers to, just waiting to reach mysterious ones like 'taking the p*ss' and 'I love my wife, but oh you kid;...Wink
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« Reply #1746 on: January 01, 2016, 03:28:33 pm »

Like Crescat Scientia last month, I have been reading Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword - in fact, I sat up past the fireworks at midnight last night because I was so wrapped up in the story of Ancillary Sword!  I got quite fond of Lt. Tisarwat, and I'm looking forward to finding out what's on the other side of the Ghost Gate.  Really excellent space opera, which reminded me in places of CJ Cherryh and Babylon 5.  So now I'm on the lookout for Ancillary Mercy, the last in the trilogy.
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« Reply #1747 on: January 02, 2016, 11:38:45 am »

I've just started reading Sketches By Boz, by Charles Dickens. It is a really humorous and insightful look into daily life in England in the 1830s, and brings the characters to life in such a way you could almost hear and feel them.
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« Reply #1748 on: January 07, 2016, 10:53:14 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James.

So very, very cruel.

I remain yours,
Prof. Cecily
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« Reply #1749 on: January 09, 2016, 03:25:12 am »

The 'White Magic' Fantasy series. What is it with Fantasy and series anyway? A standalone novel is as rare as a short-sleeved magician
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