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Author Topic: What Are You Reading? (Mk. II)  (Read 92377 times)
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« Reply #75 on: May 26, 2011, 03:51:22 pm »

Need to get myself a copy of Embassy Town!

Currently re-reading the Charles Stross Laundry series (and flicking through the RPG system). The Jennifer Morgue is great!
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« Reply #76 on: May 26, 2011, 06:26:36 pm »

I am around 30 pages shy of finishing Michael Moorcock's Before Armageddon volume of 1890s/ early 1900s apocalypse literature.  Most of the book is formed of The Battle of Dorking and The Great War in England in 1897.  Next on the list, I feel, will be Mary Shelley's The Last Man.
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« Reply #77 on: May 26, 2011, 06:52:54 pm »

Just started the black lung (a tale of the ketty jay) by chris wooding, second book in the series. In some ways seems similar to firefly although they stay on a single planet.
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« Reply #78 on: May 29, 2011, 12:36:53 pm »

Reading several books at the moment but the one book I'm focusing on is The Picture Of Dorian Gray. Smiley
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« Reply #79 on: May 31, 2011, 02:35:12 pm »

Just started reading E. Nesbit's The Phoenix and The Carpet. Love the silly, anarchist kids so far. Cheesy
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« Reply #80 on: June 01, 2011, 12:15:48 am »

just finished the last book and about to start on jules vernes journey to the centre of the earth.
Working my way through any books in the local library that are new, might have to start on the bigger one in plymouth.Ah, the museum's just next door, free entry might have to take a little trip in and see if there's anything new inside. Been a while since I last popped in there.
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« Reply #81 on: June 02, 2011, 12:34:44 am »


I just finished reading 'Embassytown' - wow what an original concept that is!

I can see why China gets slotted into the 'new weird' genre of fiction - it is unique.

Now I am slogging my way through the latest 'Clan of the Cave Bear' books to come out - I think I am reading it just for closure.
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« Reply #82 on: June 03, 2011, 06:40:54 am »

Still slogging through Tolstoy...Wink On the lighter side, I'm rereading an old juvie sci-fi novel, Have Space Suit, Will Travel...Wink
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« Reply #83 on: June 03, 2011, 08:24:07 am »


What am I no longer reading after 200 or so pages?

'The land of the painted caves' by Jean M Auel.

I am not going to author bag here as I am no author, but I think my appreciation for good writing has been honed by the novels put up on this thread as good reading since I read the last of the 'Earths Children' series.

I do not often abandon a book, but this is long winded, wrong (since when did Cro-Mag man know the sixteen points of the compass and refer to them when navigating?) and treats the characters like soft porn material (and tacky, I mean "warm moist cave? - give me a break"), when the story line runs out of ideas.

Not recommended.
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« Reply #84 on: June 03, 2011, 08:46:27 am »

Okay, time to update my recently read and my currently reading...

The author in all cases is David Weber and the books are all available for free from the Baen Library.

The War God's Own: Fantasy, the second in a series, a very satisfying read and has certainly encouraged me to buy the other three as I'm left wanting to find out what happened to them before and after.

Shadow of Saganami: Sci-Fi, part of a fairly large series of books following officers and men of the Manticore (space) Navy, the others are technically a seperate series based around Honor Harrington who only plays a cameo role in this book.  A well thought out universe and again Weber's writing keeps me interested in this great space empire epic.  Thoroughly enjoyable.

The Excalibur Alternative: Sci-Fi, Aliens kidnap a 14th-century English army to serve as mercenaries on planets where only low-tech weaponry is legal.  A very engaging read, with an ending that leaves me gutted that there isn't a second book, this for me is the sign of a good book.

My current read:

On Basilisk Station: The first in the Honor Harrington series, a young commander get's thoroughly shafted by a senior officer and ends up with her and her new ship dumped out in the worst posting in their kingdom.  However she soon turns things around, winning her crew over, making strides with the local government and winning far more supporters high up in the navy and government.  A good starter to the series and I suspect Baen will cheerfully get the $5ish dollars off me for each subsequent book (well, after Honor of the Queen, which is the next book and also free).
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« Reply #85 on: June 03, 2011, 11:39:15 pm »

Read all of Webers books and enjoyed nearly all of them.  Try the Safehold series too.
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« Reply #86 on: June 04, 2011, 05:58:18 am »


I just found 'London Underground' by Peter Ackroyd, a fascinating history of the works beneath London Town.
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« Reply #87 on: June 04, 2011, 05:59:46 pm »

Finished The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin this morning, and am now finally starting on the Kalevala (Finnish national epic)! Hurrah!
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« Reply #88 on: June 04, 2011, 07:37:32 pm »

I have, over the last week, read the following:

-Off the Rails, a SAVE propaganda pamphlet exhibition guide from the 1970s

-Railway Station Architecture, by David Lloyd and Donald Insall

-London's Termini, by Alan Jackson

-Victorian Stations, by Gordon Biddle

-Railway Architecture, by Marcus Binney and David Pearce

All very  good books, if you can get them.  The youngest is around 30 years' old...

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« Reply #89 on: June 05, 2011, 06:08:06 am »

Some people have time to read, others are just envious of them...Wink  You know you're overboard when your copy of the e-book has errors, and you wind up simultaneously reading and proofing...Wink

Started Search the Sky, a Kornbluth novel from many a year ago.

Seconded (thirded?...Wink Weber, cleaned out Baen a while back, and have found a few more freebies in other spots on the web.
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« Reply #90 on: June 05, 2011, 10:53:35 am »

I have, over the last week, read the following:

-Off the Rails, a SAVE propaganda pamphlet exhibition guide from the 1970s

-Railway Station Architecture, by David Lloyd and Donald Insall

-London's Termini, by Alan Jackson

-Victorian Stations, by Gordon Biddle

-Railway Architecture, by Marcus Binney and David Pearce

All very  good books, if you can get them.  The youngest is around 30 years' old...



Can you recommend any good books on the history of the London Underground? (Including stories about the 40 or so abandoned stations)
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« Reply #91 on: June 06, 2011, 04:07:38 am »

At the moment, I am working my way through Peter Lovesey's Sgt. Cribb series- muder mysteries set in Victorian Era London make me a very happy girl. I've already read the first two and (I believe) the last two and am now working my way through the rest of the series, including re-reading the last two. I've also got The Buntline Special on my TBR list, as I got it from my local library immediately after it came in. (I had it on hold before it had even made it into circulation-I pounced on it as soon as I saw that it was on order and available to be held.)
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« Reply #92 on: June 06, 2011, 03:11:36 pm »

Taking a short break from Victorian related fiction to take time to read 'Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail' by Christopher Dawes.

So far, so amusing.
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« Reply #93 on: June 06, 2011, 03:59:44 pm »

Finished the latest 'Pyke' mystery ('Bloody Winter') last week and was wandering Waterstones looking for something new to read. Came across a title that intrigued me with it's cover art and title:
Flaming Zeppelins:The Adventures of Ned The Seal by Joe R.Lansdale

Never heard of this author before but this book is apparently two of his earlier works collected together in one volume for the first time. These two titles are 'Zeppelins West' and 'Flaming London'

A quick glance through the synopsis on the back cover reveals the following words and phrases:

Annie Oakley..the disembodied head of Buffalo Bill..Frankenstein..The Tin Man...Mark Twain..a prehensile seal..Sitting Bull..flaming  zeppelin..imperial Japanese enclave..the island of Dr Moreau..Dracula..Jules Verne..killer squid from space..and H.G.Wells' Time machine.

Further reading tells me the author has written for  both Marvel and DC..has had work adapted for The Twilight Zone and Masters of Horror and wrote the book Bubba Ho Tep that the film was based on.

It looks like, if this book had a 'steampunkiness dial' on the front it would  go up to 11. I'm quite looking forward to starting it. Anyone read this? I searched the title and author on this thread and drew a blank.
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« Reply #94 on: June 06, 2011, 07:23:29 pm »

Currently half - way through Lee Jacksons excellent anthology "Daily Life in Victorian London"
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« Reply #95 on: June 07, 2011, 08:04:17 pm »

We have a set of what are you listening to/sewing/doing/drinking/destroying/making theads, so why not a reading one also?

So, I shall start:
Today I bought Retromancer by the excellent Mr Rankin. Only a few pages in, but would already reccomend it to others!
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« Reply #96 on: June 07, 2011, 08:10:37 pm »

I'm reading Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.

It's absolutely brilliant so far  Cheesy
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« Reply #97 on: June 07, 2011, 09:12:21 pm »

We're currently on page four of a What Are You Reading thread in this very sub-forum Wink

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,30241.75.html
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« Reply #98 on: June 07, 2011, 09:15:10 pm »

Ah, do excuse me then, I couldn't find one in the search function! Apologies!
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« Reply #99 on: June 07, 2011, 09:20:41 pm »

Currently reading David Weber's "The Honor Of The Queen", the second book in the Honor Harrington, Honorverse series.

Shaping up to be a good read, the scene is being set rather well, however Weber seems to have the same tendancy that has disappointed me in some of Peter F Hamilton's books, over-explaining the science of his Universe.  I've found myself skipping sections that seem to break the flow of the story to describe how engines, politics etc work.  It's nice for setting the scene, but a little verbose in my opinion.
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