And what are you reading now? Continued!

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Re: And what are you reading now? Continued!

Postby MeadowForest » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:34 am

I'm reading another Discworld at the moment.

I tried to start A Court Affair by Emily Purdy, but really wasn't in the mood for it so I'll try and begin it again in a few days.
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Postby portia » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:33 pm

jotnar:
I agree with you about "Flowers for Algernon". It is a very gd book and a tear-jerker. It has been made into at least one movie, one of which was not named for the novel, but the relationship is clear.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:24 pm

I'm currently reading Away Laughing on a Fast Camel by Louise Rennison. It's the 5th book in the Georgia Nicolson series and really funny so far.

Canamarth wrote:Me too, Greenfinch! Have you seen Khorazîr's illustrations for the series, by any chance?

Have been reading quite a bit recently; must have something to do with the Christmas holidays. Let's count backwards.

Currently on Der Schrecksenmeister by Walter Moers, one of the best German authors of the fantastic and funny out there (though I have no clue how his word genius would look in a translation).
EDIT - Someone has done the brave deed and did a translation.
FURTHER EDIT - Interesting to see some of the translated words. A Schreckse becomes an Uggly. Now Schreckse is not a word a German would recognise but it sounds like Hexe (witch), which is roughly what a Schreckse is, and is linked to Schrecken (terror/horror), of course. Quite a lot lost in translation in just one little word. Horritch could actually be a good approximation ... but I freely admit that Uggly sounds a lot catchier.

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor. Utterly fascinating!

Clockwork by Philip Pullman. Nice little dark tale.

The Twelve Days of Christmas [Correspondence] by John Julius Norwich. Funny, funny illustrated little book in which the woman thanks her true lover for all the wonderful Christmas presents. At least at the beginning ... Who needs so much poultry anway?

Fortunately, the Milk ...
by Neil Gaiman. A friend gifted me a signed copy. I actually own sth. he has held in his hands ... :love:

Victoriana: A Miscellany, edited by Sonia Solicari. A very cool collection of texts and pictures on neo-Victorianism that accompanied an exhibition at the Guildhall. Wish I could have seen it!

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch - teeming with Tolkien references again. Not as strong as the previous ones but still a good read.


Clockwork is one of my favorite books by Philip Pullman. I thought it was really good.
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Postby Minardil » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:17 pm

I'm reading the original Sherlock Holmes stories. All of them. I got one of those "Complete Collections" for my iPad. I've read some of them before, but this is the first time I've set out to read them all, in order.
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Postby jotnar » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:37 pm

Minardil wrote:I'm reading the original Sherlock Holmes stories. All of them. I got one of those "Complete Collections" for my iPad. I've read some of them before, but this is the first time I've set out to read them all, in order.
I did that not so long ago (2 years or so back), and it was great fun. Good luck! :)
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Postby siddharth » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:00 pm

Minardil wrote:I'm reading the
original Sherlock Holmes stories. All of them. I got one of those
"Complete Collections" for my iPad. I've read some of them before, but
this is the first time I've set out to read them all, in order.


Ooh. Goodluck with that! I think.I have done a Sherlock marathon thrice before. You're in for something.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:15 am

I'm currently reading House of Darkness, House of Light volume one by Andrea Perron.
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Postby Kaya » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:04 am

Minardil wrote:I'm reading the original Sherlock Holmes stories. All of them. I got one of those "Complete Collections" for my iPad. I've read some of them before, but this is the first time I've set out to read them all, in order.


They're high on my to-read pile. :D

I'm reading Fall of Giants (Ken Follett), and rereading City of Bones (C. Clare).
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Postby Canamarth » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:51 am

Tsalagi_Phoenix wrote:Clockwork is one of my favorite books by Philip Pullman. I thought it was really good.


I thought it was a nice dark story. Certainly a lot more coherent than his Dark Materials series.

Now on to 102 English Things To Do by Alex Quick. Exploring English stereotypes but quite fun at that.
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Postby Gungnir » Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:22 am

Currently reading the Children of Hurin but I think I'll have to stop as it's so bloody depressing and I'm bad enough as it is.
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Postby portia » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:02 am

I found a Father Andrew Greeley book I hadn't read (St Valentines Day). Many of his books are very much alike, but they all are enjoyable
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Postby MeadowForest » Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:55 am

Kaya wrote:I'm reading Fall of Giants (Ken Follett), and rereading City of Bones (C. Clare).


Please do let me/us know what you think of Fall of Giants. (I have read it myself.) I would be interested in what you think of City of Bones, too, as I saw it quite cheap before but just wasn't sure if it was worth it! :)


I'm reading J.K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy. Can't say it's gripping like the HP series so far.
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Postby Fabulous » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:25 am

I've been taking a break with The Silmarillion to start Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six. Pretty good so far! :lol:
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Postby Canamarth » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:59 am

A Street Cat Namen Bob by James Bowen. One of them heartwarming stories. Well, yes. Was a present and a quick read.

Here, There Be Dragons
by James A. Owen. Nice little story, but not wholly gripping, though I hear the series gets better. Not sure if I'll read on, though. Anyone here familiar with it? Not 100% sure on the Tolkien portrayal, though it's 1000% better than in that awful Looking for the King! Really liked Charles. :)
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Postby Arlaug » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:58 am

Gungnir wrote:Currently reading the Children of Hurin but I think I'll have to stop as it's so bloody depressing and I'm bad enough as it is.

this.
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Postby solicitr » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:02 pm

Re-reading my way through O'Brian's brilliant Aubrey and Maturin series; just finished The Mauritius Command.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:47 pm

I'm reading Akua by Daniel Pouesi. I won it from a Goodreads giveaway and it is the author's debut novel. I like the author's writing style, the story is good and interesting.
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Postby Frelga » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:29 am

Pratchett's latest, Raising Steam. It would have been an awesome book by any other author, but it's an average Pratchett. Good read, though.
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Postby Canamarth » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:08 am

Ortsgespräch (Local Call) by Florian Ilies. About youth in the countryside (close to where I'm living now) and the city-dweller's longing for the countryside and the accompanying romanticisation. Very funny and perceptive.
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Postby Fabulous » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:07 am

Starting to wind down on Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, only have about 100 more pages. Really looking forward to how it ends.
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Postby Arlaug » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:39 am

So odd to see a German title I can read and understand. I thought I forgot it completely.

I wanted to get a copy of UT but there aren't any here so I will have to wait and see if I can pull a copy by ordering it online for my birthday. Instead I continue to read Children of Hurin and starting Silence of Lambs.
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Postby Fabulous » Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:58 am

I'm about to finish off the last few pages in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six tonight.
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Postby Canamarth » Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:16 am

Arlaug wrote:So odd to see a German title I can read and understand. I thought I forgot it completely.

Sehr schön, Arlaug. :thumbsup:

Now on to J.R.R. Tolkien: The Forest and the City, ed. by Helen Conrad-O'Briain & Gerald Hynes. A review copy so'll have to write it about it at some point. So far, good insights from Shippey, Fimi, Honegger at al.
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Postby Arlaug » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:16 am

Dankesehr <3
CoH is such a sad book...
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Postby Fabulous » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:47 pm

I finished Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six. I really liked it.
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Postby Tsalagi_Phoenix » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:02 pm

I'm reading two books. My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson and The Spirit of Imagination #1 by J.W. Lord.
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Postby portia » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:49 pm

Nothing.(Sniff) My eyes are not adjusted and I haven't yet gotten new lenses for my glasses (well, one, for my non-dominant eye). I can't read.
I normally devoure a book in about two days, and I CAN"T READ!!
I am watching things on TV and on Netflix, instead.
I will have a lot of catching up to do.
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Postby Frelga » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:40 pm

portia wrote:Nothing.(Sniff) My eyes are not adjusted and I haven't yet gotten new lenses for my glasses (well, one, for my non-dominant eye). I can't read.
I normally devoure a book in about two days, and I CAN"T READ!!
I am watching things on TV and on Netflix, instead.
I will have a lot of catching up to do.


Portia, how about audio books? There are some recordings of books in public domain, of very good qualities, done by volunteers, free to the public.

Hope your eyes adjust soon.
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Postby Novice » Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:28 am

The possibility of my eyes deteriorating with age so that I cannot read, is one of my greatest fears (it's right up their with painful and/or lingering death), so I really feel for you Portia. May the situation right itself soon!

I am reading the Outlander series at the mo. There's such a satisfaction in a long (looooooonnng) tale!
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Postby Frodome » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:19 pm

I'm reading lots of books. The Silmarillion, the Hobbit, Into the Wild, Divergent etc. I pick up whichever I want to.
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