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Re: And what are you reading now continued (again)?

Postby heliona » Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:42 pm

I'm about to finish The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, the third in his series (which I can't post here as the series' name contains a naughty word ;) ). I really like his series, and I find the way it's developing interesting.

I'm also about two-thirds of the way through The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. After having seen the film, I was intrigued. I quite like the book so far, and the film follows the book rather closely.
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Postby LadyLand » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:52 am

I'm reading The Witcher, now.
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Postby Billobob » Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:51 am

Right now I'm reading water ship down.
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Postby Quimrill_Renctar » Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:12 pm

Signature In the Cell -kind of cerebral and for more brain candy John Carter of Mars
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Postby MissMontana » Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:40 am

I'm reading now The Harry Potter series with my little sister.
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Postby Billobob » Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:49 am

Now I'm reading Shadow of the Hegemon.
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Postby PatriotBlade » Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:49 am

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
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Postby portia » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:24 pm

I just finished Heinlein's "Glory Road." It is fun, and is not without some commentary from the author. My favorite part was where Igli was made to eat himself.
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Postby Billobob » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:39 am

Yeah right now I'm reading The Lord of the Rings because it's been awhile since I've read them.
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Postby PatriotBlade » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:16 am

Just finished A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters. Not sure what I'll read next I have a stack to get through.
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Postby paggylipton » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:26 am

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
written by Michel Foucault

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Postby hamlet » Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:35 am

Just finished up Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher. Quite good, though not exactly high literature by any measure. Will have to keep an eye on that new series.

Still struggling through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It's really a slow read and not easy to get into. One of those rare instances where I'll say that the show was better than the book.
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Postby The Nameless Thing » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:30 am

As far a Butcher goes, Dresden is my guilty pleasure. :)
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Postby hamlet » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:03 am

The Nameless Thing wrote:As far a Butcher goes, Dresden is my guilty pleasure. :)


Ditto. I really enjoy it. His new series is off to an interesting start.

Been reading a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird got from the local library. Forgot how much I LOVE libraries after not having a card for many years.
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Postby Billobob » Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:20 pm

Right now I'm reading War and peace.
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Postby Celebrimbor32 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:25 am

'War and Peace', eh? Now there's a book to sink one's teeth into! Been a long while since I tried reading it through. I listened to it on audio a few yrs ago and loved it all over again!

As for me, I just finished the Spies of Warsaw, by Alan Furst...Am now reading The Thirteen-Gun Salute by Patrick O'Brian - one of my favorite authors!
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Postby Billobob » Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:26 pm

Celebrimbor32 wrote:'War and Peace', eh? Now there's a book to sink one's teeth into! Been a long while since I tried reading it through. I listened to it on audio a few yrs ago and loved it all over again!

As for me, I just finished the Spies of Warsaw, by Alan Furst...Am now reading The Thirteen-Gun Salute by Patrick O'Brian - one of my favorite authors!


Yeah, it's a Very thick book and I'm trying to take it in slowly.
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Postby portia » Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:33 am

I finished "the Cat with 50 whiskers" and now I am working my way through a Rumpole book where the accused is a terrorist. I also skimmed a bio about General Sherman.
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Postby Billobob » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:44 pm

portia wrote:I finished "the Cat with 50 whiskers" and now I am working my way through a Rumpole book where the accused is a terrorist. I also skimmed a bio about General Sherman.

Sounds like you've been busy. :)
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Postby Chariot Rider » Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:22 pm

I am reading a book from one of my favorite authors. The Screwtape letters by C.S. Lewis. In fact when I opened the book I found it was dedicated to professor Tolkien himself. Anyway great about a demon and his view on the world and to beat bring people to "his father below". I am also reading the leviathan trilogy. Essentially steampunk ww1. I am on the third book "Goliath". Very good read.
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Postby The Nameless Thing » Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:01 pm

Just finished 'The Promise', by Robert Crais. Crais went back to my favorite detective in pulp fiction, Elvis Cole. And he combined him with Maggie the police dog. Super entertaining. I love the dogs POV that permeates the story. For me, 5-STARS. The only problem with Crais is that he writes too slow.
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Postby hamlet » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:45 am

Chariot Rider wrote:I am reading a book from one of my favorite authors. The Screwtape letters by C.S. Lewis. In fact when I opened the book I found it was dedicated to professor Tolkien himself. Anyway great about a demon and his view on the world and to beat bring people to "his father below". I am also reading the leviathan trilogy. Essentially steampunk ww1. I am on the third book "Goliath". Very good read.


1) I've always loved the Screwtape Letters. They're great fun.

2) Can you give me an author for the Leviathan trilogy? I'm always interested in good Steampunk.
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Postby Billobob » Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:41 pm

The screw tape letters were brilliant mainly because they managed to convey a lot of wisdom about society, vice,etc. but in a way that was entertaining and made you feel like you had uncovered something secret.
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Postby Chariot Rider » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:43 pm

hamlet wrote:
2) Can you give me an author for the Leviathan trilogy? I'm always interested in good Steampunk.


The author is Scott Westerfeld
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Postby firetomysoul » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:49 pm

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
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Postby Billobob » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:43 am

I'm now reading Strategy: a history
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Postby hamlet » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:08 am

Re-reading the Dresden Files after I got a hankering for it. Just some good old candy, really.
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Postby heliona » Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:18 pm

I've just finished Secrets of the Wolves, Book 2 of the Wolf Chronicles by Dorothy Hearst (I reread Promise of the Wolves, Book 1 to refresh my mind).

I'm now just starting A Natural History of Dragons, Book 1 of Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. I find the concept quite interesting (the Lady Trent in question is an elderly lady, famous for her research into dragons, writing her memoirs). It is set in a fictional world that resembles Victorian England. Marie Brennan wrote a story called Midnight Never Come which is actually set in Elizabethan England, both the English royal court and the Onyx Court, which is that of a faery court that runs alongside the human court. I really enjoyed it when I read it about ten years ago, so I was intrigued by this dragon memoir.

I'm also reading a non-fiction book called Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connection to Trees by Nalini Nadkarni about humans and their relationship, culturally, scientifically, and emotionally, to trees. It's very interesting.
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Re: And what are you reading now continued (again)?

Postby hamlet » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:18 am

Sanderson's Way of Kings. It took me a long time to really get into the book. Like, half the dang book. I'm not a fan of his writing style, but hey, it's not that bad. Looking forward to finishing it and heading to the library for the next volume.
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Postby Frelga » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:36 am

Red Mars by Kim Robinson. It's supposed to be hard science fiction, and it sells its setting well. However, a few things I do know about felt off, and some chapters were much longer than they needed to be.

Followed that by Gaiman's Neverwhere. If you like Neil Gaiman, it's a good read.
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