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Author Topic: What Are You Reading? (Mk. II)  (Read 90502 times)
James Harrison
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« Reply #200 on: August 01, 2011, 04:42:43 pm »

Picked up a copy of "The Court of the Air" by Stephen Hunt. Have no idea if this is steampunk or fantasy or sci-fi. Bought it on a 'hunch' and hope it's suitably entertaining and not a cure for insomnia.

Well; it has fleets of dirigibles, stovepipe hats and a lot of exciting derring-do in it.  I'd say it's definitely steampunk*.

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« Reply #201 on: August 01, 2011, 05:31:12 pm »

How to teach quantum physics to your dog by Chad Orzel.

Excellent so far Smiley
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« Reply #202 on: August 01, 2011, 08:08:46 pm »

Currently working my way through the Necronomicon, am up to The Lurking Fear which a friend of mine refers to as 'the scariest thing he's read'  Shocked
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« Reply #203 on: August 01, 2011, 08:12:11 pm »

Currently working my way through the Necronomicon, am up to The Lurking Fear which a friend of mine refers to as 'the scariest thing he's read'  Shocked

Which version of the Necronomicon?  I personally prefer the 1928 edition, with the E.H. Shepard illustrations.

("Oh bother," said Pooh Bear, as Great Cthulhu rose up to devour him...)
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« Reply #204 on: August 01, 2011, 08:42:34 pm »

Which version of the Necronomicon?  I personally prefer the 1928 edition, with the E.H. Shepard illustrations.
The 'Commemorative edition' with the illustrations by Les Edwards. Bought it not too long ago for research after a few games of Call of Cthulhu Wink

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("Oh bother," said Pooh Bear, as Great Cthulhu rose up to devour him...)
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« Reply #205 on: August 01, 2011, 09:50:35 pm »

Not very steamy but I'm reading A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. I adored the series so just had to pick the books up.
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« Reply #206 on: August 01, 2011, 10:22:37 pm »

Not very steamy but I'm reading A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. I adored the series so just had to pick the books up.

you wont regret it, until you get to the most recent one and have to wait for the next one like the rest of us  Grin
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« Reply #207 on: August 04, 2011, 05:00:14 pm »

My copy of "The Immortality Engine" by George Mann just arrived.
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« Reply #208 on: August 04, 2011, 08:59:38 pm »

Part way through 'Niv', the Official Biography of David Niven.

I read both his candid autobiographies last year, so a more reliably researched version of events makes for fascinating reading.
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« Reply #209 on: August 05, 2011, 12:41:36 am »

Finished "Court of the Air" and today have started "The Society of Steam: Book One: The Falling Machine" by Andrew P. Mayer.
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« Reply #210 on: August 05, 2011, 12:46:20 am »

Mostly non steamed this week ,
 3 by Jeff Sharra two ww2  by him and a Mexican-American war novel called Gone for soldiers. all were enjoyable, Gfs gives a look at a lot of poeple who made it big in the War between the States.

 A Girls guide to guns and Monsters. a short story collection many good bits

and A State  of Decay. a differrent Zombie novel
 
 got all of 'em at the local library.
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« Reply #211 on: August 05, 2011, 09:07:01 pm »


Just finished 'The map of time' and found it to be a cracking good read and rather original.
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« Reply #212 on: August 06, 2011, 02:02:42 am »

Got a copy of Morlock Night which I've been meaning to read for ages; so i'll start on it in the morning.
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« Reply #213 on: August 08, 2011, 08:47:50 pm »


 Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

http://www.jasperfforde.com/grey/grey1.html
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« Reply #214 on: August 11, 2011, 10:26:13 pm »

just started jules vernes 20000 leagues under the sea, got it for £2.50 in waterstones.
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« Reply #215 on: August 11, 2011, 11:18:33 pm »

Got a copy of Morlock Night which I've been meaning to read for ages; so i'll start on it in the morning.

finished, quite a reasonable read though it is quite short.
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« Reply #216 on: August 15, 2011, 11:46:52 pm »

I find myself rereading Jane Gaskell's Atlan series, last read as an (early) teenager. Still good, until the last one, which seems a little distasteful now...
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« Reply #217 on: August 16, 2011, 03:09:15 am »

Just finished reading Anno Dracula, which was excellent. I then discovered Kim Newman wrote a load of books under the pen name Jack Yeovil for Black Library. Having a wargaming boyfriend can be very handy at times- he has all of them. I'll get cracking on those tomorrow =P
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« Reply #218 on: August 16, 2011, 12:15:21 pm »

Having finished Faust I'm now reading Anthonyu Trollope's Phineas Finn; it's been a year or more since I last read this particular author and I forgot just how easy a writing style he has.
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« Reply #219 on: August 16, 2011, 12:56:31 pm »

Finally got myself a copy of Mark Hodder's 'Curious Case of the Clockwork Man' today!
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« Reply #220 on: August 16, 2011, 09:32:34 pm »

Victorian Lincoln by Sir Francis Hill C.B.E; L.L.M; LITT.D; F.S.A.
At least he was well qualified.
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« Reply #221 on: August 16, 2011, 10:15:43 pm »

Finally got myself a copy of Mark Hodder's 'Curious Case of the Clockwork Man' today!

a good choice, I hope Mr Hodder is working on a sequal as we speak
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« Reply #222 on: August 17, 2011, 01:08:17 pm »

Just finished "my bonnie light horseman"  a rather fun romp in historical fiction ,setting a bit early as it is set in 1804 England and France, but still a lot of fun.
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« Reply #223 on: August 18, 2011, 11:47:08 am »

Just finished reading Anno Dracula, which was excellent. I then discovered Kim Newman wrote a load of books under the pen name Jack Yeovil for Black Library. Having a wargaming boyfriend can be very handy at times- he has all of them. I'll get cracking on those tomorrow =P

I managed to bag the lot of them at a garage sale, the Dark Future series ate especially good, the first editions are now alternative history rather than speculative fiction, being set in the late 90s...

Also look out for "Orgy of the Blood Parasites", a novelisation of an unproduced film script, also by Jack Yeovil.

Finished off the David Niven biography, now on to Charlie Brooker's Screenburn.
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« Reply #224 on: August 18, 2011, 05:14:11 pm »

Picked up a copy of 1632 by Eric Flint. Not SP but shares that fictional quality of "What if..."
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