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Author Topic: What Are You Reading? (Mk. II)  (Read 91550 times)
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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2011, 07:16:11 pm »

The Sticks by Andy Deane. Really good, horrifying book. Not the most eloquently written book, but its pretty damn realistic for the content.
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« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2011, 08:23:47 pm »

just finished 20,000 leagues

man that book could have been a short story if he had left out all the discriptions of fish and birds and seaweed and - and  - and
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« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2011, 08:46:13 pm »

I just finished the Steampunk short story anthology "Shadow Conspiracy II", and wrote a review over on this thread. Two thumbs up!

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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2011, 09:16:02 pm »

Not a SP book in any way shape or form.

I just finished... Shatnerquake.



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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2011, 10:04:53 pm »

Worlds That Weren't, an anthology of alternate history novellas by Harry Turtledove, S M Stirling, Mary Gentle and Walter Jon Williams that Ms Moore kindly gave me last weekend.  At the moment I'm on "Shilkari in Galveston" by S M Stirling- the short story that accompanies The Peshawar Lancers. 
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« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2011, 07:26:55 am »

Finished Moby Dick at long, long last and just started on Stephanie Williams' Running the Show: Governors of the British Empire 1857 - 1912. So far it's dashed interesting.

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« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2011, 12:33:00 pm »

Currently perusing 'The Steampunk Bible' by Jeff Vandermeer with S.J. Chambers.

Interesting AND pretty.
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« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2011, 12:35:29 pm »

Currently perusing 'The Steampunk Bible' by Jeff Vandermeer with S.J. Chambers.

Interesting AND pretty.

Is is a novel or picture book?

I know that there are steampunk picture books due out this month.
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« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2011, 03:04:27 pm »

I had Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) [Hardcover] in my hand at Walmart a week ago. I want it more than ever now!

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« Reply #34 on: May 06, 2011, 04:33:47 pm »

Currently perusing 'The Steampunk Bible' by Jeff Vandermeer with S.J. Chambers.

Interesting AND pretty.

Is is a novel or picture book?

I know that there are steampunk picture books due out this month.

It's a reference book mainly. It has it's own thread somewhere...
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« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2011, 12:24:32 am »

I've recently finished reading The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder; it was entertaining as expected. Currently reading Sir Ranulph Fiennes frankly excellent biography of Robert Falcon Scott; easily the best book I've read on him; hasnt got an axe to grind and addresses the unfounded lies told my several little men over the years; obviously having walked the walk (literally) Fiennes has a much more accurate view of conditions/decisions etc compared to other 'armchair' explorers. 

I'm going to reread the Song of Ice & Fire novels next assuming I dont faint in disbelief at the prospect of a new one being released.
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« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2011, 05:13:41 pm »

Just read The Affinity Bridge by George Mann - it was entertaining enough, but hasnt left much of an impression.

Now moving onto The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder, which is taking a while to warm up.

I am also leafing through the Steampunk Bible which is thus far both gloriously presented and factually interesting.
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« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2011, 06:02:59 pm »

Facing a dilemma through an embarassment of riches at the moment: Sitting in a pile in front of me I have...

Mark Hodder's "The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man"
George Mann's "Ghosts of Manhattan"
Rob St Martin's  "Sunset Val - A thrilling tale of airship piracy"
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Kady Cross' "The Girl in the Steel Corset"

I am thoroughly confused.  Where should I start?
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« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2011, 06:06:15 pm »

Ghosts of Manhattan...  It's fantastic and tells Rocket Packs like they really are (well that's not all it does, but it doesn't gloss over some of the practical difficulties of them Wink )

I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm hoping George Mann does an author talk/Q&A some day.


Edited to add:  I just found two of his Maurice Newbury short stories... and they're free PDFs

http://www.sfsignal.com/TheHambletonAffair.pdf
http://www.snowbooks.com/teacupe.pdf

The Shattered Teacup is also available to read online here in pretty page turning format

There's also a free Audiobook of The Shattered Teacup here

PDF and MP3 of TST found here: http://www.snowbooks.com/
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« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2011, 08:26:51 am »

Finishing re-read of A Feast for Crows by GRRM (fantasy) at the moment but just purchased Morlock Night by KW Jeter and am very excited to read this one.
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« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2011, 06:46:37 am »


Righto - stocked up on books for my two weeks off in Queensland doing nothing but lounging about reading and possibly reef fishing if the weather is good.

- The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man
- Embassytown
- Ghosts of Manhattan
- The Windup Girl (this keeps getting recommended to me)
- (and for my wife) Dead Reckoning

Plus we bought the latest and supposedly last 'Clan of the Cave Bear' epic.

More cavesex.

That lot should last the trip.
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« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2011, 09:20:58 am »

Hi maduncle - yeah, I've read The Windup Girl its not your traditional steampunk, but its a cracking read. I hope you enjoy it.
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« Reply #42 on: May 12, 2011, 09:45:23 am »

Currently it's K.W. Jeter's 'Morlock Night' which will be followed by Jonathan Greens' Anno Frankenstein'.
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« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2011, 08:21:16 pm »

Finishing re-read of A Feast for Crows by GRRM (fantasy) at the moment but just purchased Morlock Night by KW Jeter and am very excited to read this one.

I've actually struggled in tracking down a copy of Morlock Night; I think I might have to search the libraries back catalogue
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« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2011, 07:40:46 am »

I just finished Hour of Need, the last book in Michael Pryor's The Laws of Magic series.
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« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2011, 07:04:41 am »

I just finished the post-apocalyptic "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.

I read each of the books in "The Hunger Games" series in succession, each in one day, respectively. I couldn't put them down! I love evil futuristic government books....

I'm currently reading a bunch of different Steampunk novels that I downloaded for free to my Nook...some are just, well, BAD. Others I was very surprised at how entertained I was and was sorry that they weren't longer.
Gaslight Chronicles: "Phantoms and Photographs" by Cindy Spencer Pape is a good one
"The Strange Case of Finely Jayne" was pretty damn good, by Kady Cross. That book was only 78 pages, but I think if given the chance, it could have made a really good thriller.
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« Reply #46 on: May 16, 2011, 07:09:56 am »

Facing a dilemma through an embarassment of riches at the moment: Sitting in a pile in front of me I have...

Kady Cross' "The Girl in the Steel Corset"

I am thoroughly confused.  Where should I start?

Before you get to this, you should read "The Strange Case of Finely Jayne, which is the precursor to "The Girl in the Steel Corset"
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« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2011, 07:12:37 am »

Just finished Boneshaker and now starting Levithian.
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« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2011, 03:27:06 pm »

L.Neil Smith's "Henry Martyn" sorta steampunky, Alt History far future, peice - star pirates, sailing starships, nasty gov'ments ,lost tech,and a love/ coming of age story all scrambled together and done to a turn,  a very tasty litarary omelette.        miles
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« Reply #49 on: May 16, 2011, 03:31:56 pm »

Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry's autobiography, part one. It's a very interesting book, and it's becoming increasingly clear that I like autobiographies and factual books far more than stories. Except for fairytales.
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