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 Post subject: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 02:52pm
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 03:22pm
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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 04:14pm
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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.

Sanguinius must have been exceedingly annoyed with Bloodthirsters by the the time of the Battle for Terra.



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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 04:56pm
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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 05:08pm
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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 06:24pm
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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 07:16pm
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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 07:27pm
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-29 07:44pm
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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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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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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-30 09:41pm
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-30 10:30pm
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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-08-31 05:10am
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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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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-09-02 01:44am
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Could you add a link to the previous thread in the first post, please?



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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading Right Now 2.0 PostPosted: 2012-09-02 09:00am
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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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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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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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