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Author Topic: What Are You Reading? (Mk. II)  (Read 92242 times)
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« Reply #1850 on: September 21, 2016, 06:14:46 pm »

I've just finished 'Hound of the D'ubervilles', which I quite liked. 
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« Reply #1851 on: September 24, 2016, 08:04:46 am »

Lockwood & Co, The Creeping shadow - Jonathan Stroud. The fourth book in the series and I absolutely adore them all. It's probably aimed at your average 11-15 year old but I think they are brilliant.
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« Reply #1852 on: September 26, 2016, 05:46:26 pm »

I am re-reading Robert Rankin's "The Witches of Chiswick".
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« Reply #1853 on: September 27, 2016, 12:42:34 am »

I just finished 'Aeronaut's Windlass' today.

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« Reply #1854 on: September 27, 2016, 03:25:04 am »

"Neolithic Engineering" - for uni
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« Reply #1855 on: September 29, 2016, 05:08:29 pm »

I had another of those 'books you never knew you wanted to read' type catalogues come through a few days ago, and now find myself the proud owner of a few books on the country houses of Edwin Lutyens, architectural ironmongery of the Victorian era, and a biography of Lewis Carroll. 
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« Reply #1856 on: October 13, 2016, 01:53:05 pm »

I just finished Ed Greenwood's The Iron Assassin.
Before that, it was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (in which the sisters Bennet are abused children and end up as animal-abusing, fouled-up, self-harming loose cannon).
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« Reply #1857 on: October 13, 2016, 06:05:53 pm »

Currently reading 'Lewis Carroll; the Man and his Circle' by Edward Wakeling. 

On the to-read pile are 'Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain' by Paul Dobraszczyk and 'Bertie: A Life of Edward VII' by Jane Ridley. 

Newly-purchased is 'The Complete Works of Saki' by Hector H Munro. 
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« Reply #1858 on: October 14, 2016, 10:57:41 am »

Just finished 'Ice Station' and 'Area 7' by Oz author Matthew Reilly.
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« Reply #1859 on: October 14, 2016, 05:26:41 pm »

Re-reading as many stories by Andre Norton as I can get my hands on - may have to go up into the loft to find more ... if get lost up there (it's small but incredibly full)  tell family my last thoughts were of them ...
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« Reply #1860 on: October 16, 2016, 11:02:10 am »

If my to-read and on-order piles weren't enough, a copy of 'The Victorian' (quarterly society magazine of The Victorian Society) landed on my doormat yesterday with a ruck of book reviews contained therein.  Shortly afterward I went and ordered a copy of 'Wandering Architects: In Pursuit of the Arts and Crafts Ideal' by Michael Drury. 
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« Reply #1861 on: October 16, 2016, 10:28:53 pm »

Trying to get through Whitechapel Gods..
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« Reply #1862 on: October 17, 2016, 07:11:49 am »

You really don't want to know!
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« Reply #1863 on: October 17, 2016, 10:05:29 am »

Currently reading a book about Fred Dibnah. I wonder who he might have reacted to steampunk being what it is now?
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« Reply #1864 on: October 27, 2016, 11:16:58 am »

I have just started reading "The Eye In The Sky" by Philip K Dick.
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« Reply #1865 on: October 27, 2016, 08:22:11 pm »

Currently re-re-re-reading "Three Men in a Boat" By Jerome K Jerome.
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« Reply #1866 on: October 27, 2016, 08:31:19 pm »

I'm currently reading 'The Complete Works of Saki', which is a series of short stories and novels lampooning the 'Upper 10,000' of Edwardian England.  Most of them are merely amusing (eg The Schartz-Metterklume Method); some have darker undertones (eg The Unrest Cure), but they are mostly rather brilliantly observed and written. 
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« Reply #1867 on: October 28, 2016, 12:25:29 am »

a re-read of "Between Mountains and Sea: A Reconsideration of the Neolithic Monuments of South-west Scotland", a journal article by  Vicki Cummings.

To by followed by others of the same ilk.

See, I said you wouldn't want to know!!
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« Reply #1868 on: November 08, 2016, 11:28:10 pm »

I went straight for the first "definitive" steampunk genre novel I heard about, "The Difference Engine" by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.  I'm absolutely noobish so I just kind of jumped on the bandwagon and I'll pick my seat once I get the lay of the land.

Just got the book put in my hands like two minutes ago and I'm super-stoked to start it!  Grin
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« Reply #1869 on: November 09, 2016, 01:47:01 am »

Percussion Revolvers: A Guide to Their History, Performance, and Use by Mike Cumpston

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« Reply #1870 on: November 09, 2016, 07:27:56 am »

Just started Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines this morning. Well, with the news recently that Peter Jackson is going to be producing a movie based on the books, I felt I should.

Typical young adult (I'm not!) '15-year-old saves the world' stuff at this stage, but I can just imagine what Weta will do with the visuals!
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« Reply #1871 on: November 09, 2016, 09:51:36 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
I'm in the middle of Rep├║blica Pneum├ítica by  J. Valor Montero.
The novel's premise is that 1st century Rome acquired steam technology on an industrial level (Streetcars, cars, railways, dirigibles) and is directly confronted with China.
Well-written and imaginative.

I remain yours,
Prof. Cecily
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« Reply #1872 on: November 16, 2016, 05:57:00 pm »

Reading the osiris ritual which is the second Newbury and Hobbes book by George Mann. I'm loving it and they're signed and dedicated to me so I'm pretty chuffed.
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« Reply #1873 on: November 18, 2016, 05:14:08 am »

Just finished Timur Verme's Look Who's Back, in which Hitler wakes up inexplicably alive in modern day Berlin. The whole thing is written from Hitler's perspective and, to be frank, is hilarious.

Not comparing the two or anything, but I had a similar experience to when I first read Terry Pratchett. I was just sort of chugging along, forcing myself through it, then suddenly I read one thing and the humour clicked for me. From there on it was a fantastically funny read.
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« Reply #1874 on: November 19, 2016, 01:14:03 am »

I just finished reading Heavenly Bodies by Paul Koudounaris which was one of my leaving gifts from my old job. It's beautiful - all of the images are fascinating, the whole book is so well put together and I found it fascinating as my knowledge of Reformation/Post-reformation Europe is very low in comparison to my understanding of Britain in the same period.
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