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What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Frank Hipper » 2012-08-29 02:52pm

A tabula rasa for you to share your reading adventures.

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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Kanastrous » 2012-08-29 03:22pm

I just finished this fascinating missive by Frank Hipper over on the 'What are You Reading Now" thread...

...and also A Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell (Stephen Hawking), again, for comprehension. It actually is a lot easier to grasp, this time around.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dartzap » 2012-08-29 04:14pm

Just finished Fear To Tread by James Swallow. Not sure why, but it was vastly more readable than his other BA stuff, which is nice. Pretty good explanation of where the Red Thirst/Black Rage came from, and the reintroduction of the Librarius to the BA ranks.

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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dalton » 2012-08-29 04:56pm

I'm still working on The Honour of the Knights, which is becoming predictable.

Right now looking for EE Smith stuff on the Kindle store, most of which is proving to be free.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dalton » 2012-08-29 05:08pm

Dalton wrote:I'm still working on The Honour of the Knights, which is becoming predictable.

Right now looking for EE Smith stuff on the Kindle store, most of which is proving to be free.


Let's see...

Skylark of Space
Skylark Three
Triplanetary
The Vortex Blaster
Galaxy Primes

I wonder if I can find others free elsewhere. Maybe Project Gutenberg.

EDIT: Got Subspace Survivors and Spacehounds of IPC. What the FUCK am I embarking upon
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Terralthra » 2012-08-29 06:24pm

Just read Mercy Kill, the new Wraith Squadron novel. Re-reading Animal Farm and 1984 for the class I'm teaching.

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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dalton » 2012-08-29 07:16pm

Huh, didn't even know there was a new Wraith Squadron book, but I guess I'd have to read most of the stuff post-VotF to fully grok it. Is it any good?
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Lord Relvenous » 2012-08-29 07:44pm

Dalton wrote:Huh, didn't even know there was a new Wraith Squadron book, but I guess I'd have to read most of the stuff post-VotF to fully grok it. Is it any good?

I haven't read it, so can't give a review. However, I do know that the book was written for a stand-alone role, so you should be generally fine leaving out the shit before it.

I'm blitzing back through my collection of Xanth books right now, just for kicks. It's hilarious to me just how many of the sexist elements I missed in the books when I first read them (over 12 years ago, as a midschooler). I have yet to read a non-sexist female character, I think.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Terralthra » 2012-08-29 07:52pm

Dalton wrote:Huh, didn't even know there was a new Wraith Squadron book, but I guess I'd have to read most of the stuff post-VotF to fully grok it. Is it any good?


I liked it well enough. Since it's been half of NJO, LotF, and FotJ since we've seen any of the Wraiths in any other than a passing cameo, it's more of a "passing of the torch" novel, where new Wraiths are introduced with a few of the last generation of Wraiths. A lot of the stuff in-between is glossed over or summarized via flashback, and I don't think you need to have read any of that stuff to enjoy this one. Hopefully this is what it seems like: a jumping off point for Allston to write more Wraith stuff in the Legacy post-FotJ era.

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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Guardsman Bass » 2012-08-29 09:02pm

I just finished Caliban's War by Daniel Abraham/Ty Frank. It was a great page-turner, and the first book to keep me up really late reading it in months. Good interplanetary space opera, although don't go into it expecting Diamond-Hard SF.

I keep meaning to try out the Obsidian and Blood trilogy omnibus that I have sitting on my shelf, but I just haven't been able to get myself to get started. I think I will like it once I start it, because I really enjoyed the first novel in the trilogy (the whole series is basically Urban Fantasy set in the Pre-Columbian Aztec/Mexica Empire, and the author has seriously done her research).

I'm also waiting for Cloud Atlas from the library, but that's taking forever.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Silver Jedi » 2012-08-30 09:26pm

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After I finished the last Barsoom novel, I was itching for some more Burroughs, so I downloaded Tarzan of the Apes from Project Gutenberg. I enjoyed the hell out of that, and Return is so far just as good, though the plot meanders a bit in the middle. I just wish I had more free time to read the damn thing.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dr Roberts » 2012-08-30 09:41pm

Just finished Nineteen eighty four' now 'On the Origin Of Species'
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dalton » 2012-08-30 10:30pm

Silver Jedi wrote:The Return of Tarzan
After I finished the last Barsoom novel, I was itching for some more Burroughs, so I downloaded Tarzan of the Apes from Project Gutenberg. I enjoyed the hell out of that, and Return is so far just as good, though the plot meanders a bit in the middle. I just wish I had more free time to read the damn thing.

I've been told not to bother after Warlord of Mars. Is that accurate?
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Crazedwraith » 2012-08-31 05:10am

Just Finished Post Captain Which ends. Very abrubtly. When Aubry helps take the spanish flota ( a historical incident) but weirdly before we found out he's not going to get any prize money for it.

Also Aubrey and Maturin suddenly forget they're supposed to be having a duel halfway through the book. They sort of reconcille without ever mentioning it after Aubrey sinks his shitty ship.

Still not sure about Patrick O'Brien there seems to be awful lots of waffle about the character with the actual military actions and swashbuckling dealt with very breifly.

Is it worth continuing to HMS Surprise? I've read about half of the first chapter (contained in the back of Post Captain) and it seems to be more of the same.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Argosh » 2012-09-02 01:44am

Frank Hipper wrote:A tabula rasa for you to share your reading adventures.

Could you add a link to the previous thread in the first post, please?
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Dalton » 2012-09-02 09:00am

Some authors are tongue-in-cheek with their main characters (Hiro Protagonist). Some beat you over the head with allusion - the name of the squadron featured in this book is the White Knights.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby The Yosemite Bear » 2012-09-02 10:07am

oh enjoying the fifth elephant. (wait where's that from hey all ask me...) so I keep putting the book down to explain disk world....
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Postby Dr Roberts » 2012-09-02 10:19am

Reading the Republic by Pluto and iWoz.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Baffalo » 2012-09-02 11:51pm

Reading the Star Trek: Vanguard series. On the second book so far, and after that I plan to read the new Destroyermen book by Tayler Anderson, Iron Grey Sea.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Crateria » 2012-09-03 12:15am

I finished reading North Korea: Another Country by Bruce Cummings and Why Do People Hate America? by Ziauddin Sardar. Currently reading New Model Army by Adam Roberts.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Spekio » 2012-09-03 11:09am

Reading "The Sparrow", by Mary Doria Russel.

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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby HMS Sophia » 2012-09-03 12:04pm

I'm reading "The deed of Paksennarion" which I can't spell, by Elizabeth Moon. It's an omnibus of the first three in the series, and is just as good as her sci fi work so far. It got a bit slow in the middle but its looking up again.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Lord Pounder » 2012-09-03 05:40pm

Just finished STEM (Zombpunk) a freebie from the Kindle store, was an interesting take on the standard zombie apocalypse. next up I will be reading The Difference Engine.
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0

Postby Darth Nostril » 2012-09-03 07:11pm

Dalton wrote:
Dalton wrote:I'm still working on The Honour of the Knights, which is becoming predictable.

Right now looking for EE Smith stuff on the Kindle store, most of which is proving to be free.


Let's see...

Skylark of Space
Skylark Three
Triplanetary
The Vortex Blaster
Galaxy Primes

I wonder if I can find others free elsewhere. Maybe Project Gutenberg.

EDIT: Got Subspace Survivors and Spacehounds of IPC. What the FUCK am I embarking upon


Try here http://arthursbookshelf.com/sci-fi/smith-ee/smithee.htm
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