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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1000 on: July 25, 2017, 09:11:42 AM »
I've recently finished "Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari, and now reading "Homo Deus", the sequel.  Where Sapiens is "a Brief History of Humankind", Homo Deus is focused on the future of the human race, and how he thinks we'll change (or evolve?) in the future.

On the Audiobook side, book 3 of "The Cycle of Galand", which follows "The Cycle of Arawn".  Fantasy, sorcery, sword fighting, quick wits, clever solutions to problems, and fun banter between the main characters.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1001 on: July 25, 2017, 09:33:05 AM »
Just finished the rather mentally exhausting Ages of Discord (loved it) and am now poking along with In The Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches. Not for everyone, it's exceedingly profane and pretentious at the same time, shamelessly self-indulgent, but somehow I love it. Very poetic.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1002 on: July 26, 2017, 09:57:00 AM »
Picked up "Julian Comstock." Interesting Western set in 22nd century US after a worldwide collapse post-peak-oil. Basically a no-nonsense narrative written by a middle-class kid about Julian Comstock as he rises in power (I guess).

Not quite summer reading. Definitely a bit boring for people, just because of the narrator's personality. It feels like an adventure, which is the best positive of the book, but the subject matter might make it feel more like "War and Peace" after awhile, and less "True Grit."

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« Reply #1003 on: July 27, 2017, 08:47:09 AM »
Just finished Stories of your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. One of the short stories was the basis for the recent movie Arrival.  Some really original story ideas in that book. 

Currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

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« Reply #1004 on: August 09, 2017, 07:13:08 AM »
Picked up "Julian Comstock." Interesting Western set in 22nd century US after a worldwide collapse post-peak-oil. Basically a no-nonsense narrative written by a middle-class kid about Julian Comstock as he rises in power (I guess).

Not quite summer reading. Definitely a bit boring for people, just because of the narrator's personality. It feels like an adventure, which is the best positive of the book, but the subject matter might make it feel more like "War and Peace" after awhile, and less "True Grit."

Finished up Julian Comstock! Fun book. It's divided into 3 different parts that are each 3 different genres: I'd call the first part "True Grit," the second part "Band of Brothers," and the third part "Game of Thrones."

It's a fictional historical narrative written by Adam Hazzard, a Western farm-boy, who makes friends with Julian Comstock, the nephew of the current sitting President. It's a post-apocyalptic US, where the US has recovered to an early 20th century level of tech.

I'd give it a shot if you can tolerate a bit of brown prose and like speculative fiction.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1005 on: August 13, 2017, 07:14:06 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1006 on: August 15, 2017, 09:12:44 AM »
Re-reading The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.  Haven't read from the beginning for several years.  It's like chatting with an old friend.

I love this series. One of my brothers gave me the first book for my 14th birthday and I was hooked after that. Glad I took a break after the 11th book, however, and didn't read them all and finish up the series until it was actually all written. Until that point I'd been re-reading the whole series every time a new book came out.

Current read is Dracula, by Bram Stoker. A+, it is legitimately creepy. Kinda glad I didn't save it for October, when I'd originally intended to read it.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1007 on: August 15, 2017, 01:16:30 PM »
Vanity Fair by Thackeray.  Snarky humor in an 18th century novel.  I can see why Kubrick liked him so much (he adopted another Thackeray novel for his movie Barry Lyndon).
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« Reply #1008 on: August 26, 2017, 07:22:46 PM »
Martha Wells _All Systems Red_

A novella (150 pages) about snarky cyborg who would prefer to watch bad tv over interacting with its current employers, but circumstances on its latest job make that a challenge. I am really looking forward to the sequels.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1009 on: August 26, 2017, 08:08:41 PM »
"Fatal Flight" by Bill Hammack

Free audiobook here: http://www.engineerguy.com/airship/

Bill is "engineerguy" on YouTube. He wrote this book about the ill-fated R.101 airship and was kind enough to make the audiobook available for free download on his website. Very interesting if you are into this sort of thing.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1010 on: August 27, 2017, 08:12:11 AM »
"Fatal Flight" by Bill Hammack
Free audiobook here: http://www.engineerguy.com/airship/
Bill is "engineerguy" on YouTube. He wrote this book about the ill-fated R.101 airship and was kind enough to make the audiobook available for free download on his website. Very interesting if you are into this sort of thing.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1011 on: August 28, 2017, 01:36:33 PM »
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel. A thick book, but an easy read because it consists of short sections of many interviews, many only a paragraph or two long.

I first read it about twenty years ago, and as I recall I had a warm and cuddly feeling that things had gotten a lot better since then.  Now I'm not so sure.  But it's still an enthralling book that distills some of the most poignant moments of the lives of hundreds of people.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1012 on: August 28, 2017, 01:51:37 PM »
Vanity Fair by Thackeray.  Snarky humor in an 18th century novel.  I can see why Kubrick liked him so much (he adopted another Thackeray novel for his movie Barry Lyndon).

Hah, coincidence! I started rereading Vanity Fair two weeks ago. It's another book I haven't read for decades. I liked it less than I did before. Though I appreciate the author's talent, I find him unpleasant, especially the snide racism that doesn't add to the story.

Ever notice the situational similarities between the first chapter and A Little Princess by Frances Burnett? I'm sure she must have read Thackeray. Wonder if she was inspired by him or were they both influenced by a shared source?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1013 on: October 18, 2017, 08:38:16 AM »
For a quick/fun read, I'm currently working my way through How to Build a Fire, and Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew by Erin Bried.

One thing that caught my eye was a section on "How to Buy a Car". The Grandfather narrating this section says: "Your wheels should never cost you more than 10 percent of your annual take-home pay." While we mustachians may strive for an even lower cost for our cars (or make it work with no car at all), I think this is a decent guideline.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1014 on: October 18, 2017, 11:14:56 AM »
For a quick/fun read, I'm currently working my way through How to Build a Fire, and Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew by Erin Bried.

One thing that caught my eye was a section on "How to Buy a Car". The Grandfather narrating this section says: "Your wheels should never cost you more than 10 percent of your annual take-home pay." While we mustachians may strive for an even lower cost for our cars (or make it work with no car at all), I think this is a decent guideline.

You can't do that! That would mean half of Germans have vastly overpriced wheeles!!! And the other half mostly has none.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1015 on: October 20, 2017, 08:38:30 AM »
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Was a fan of A Visit from the Goon Squad, although probably didn't deserve the Pulitzer. This is quite the follow-up. Set in WWII Brooklyn with a noirish feel to it.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1016 on: November 03, 2017, 06:04:55 AM »
Currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown... I would highly recommend ;)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1017 on: November 03, 2017, 06:38:46 AM »
Currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown... I would highly recommend ;)

A friend gave that to be about 16 months ago. I finally feel resilient enough to read it and it is in my bag. That is probably not the point of the book. :)
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1018 on: November 03, 2017, 06:40:27 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1019 on: November 03, 2017, 06:57:49 AM »
I'm about 5 hours away from finishing A Memory of Light, the 14th (final) book of The Wheel of Time.  After all these years, I'm going to finally finish it!

And just in time for Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer to be released on 11/14!  For those not in the know, Oathbringer is book 3 of The Stormlight Archives, which is amazing.  Also, in case you don't know, the reason these two books relate is that Brandon Sanderson wrote the last 3 books of The Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan's death.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1020 on: November 03, 2017, 07:29:44 AM »
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Was a fan of A Visit from the Goon Squad, although probably didn't deserve the Pulitzer. This is quite the follow-up. Set in WWII Brooklyn with a noirish feel to it.

I was on a loooonggg drive yesterday and she was the interview subject on CBC Radio 1 if you are interested in hearing her speak about this novel and her writing process...

Jennifer Egan's latest novel is an 'old-fashioned adventure story'
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Author Jennifer Egan breaks down the inspiration and research behind her latest novel, Manhattan Beach.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1021 on: November 03, 2017, 08:05:23 AM »
The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
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How did you like this one? Seems like something I would like to read.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1022 on: November 03, 2017, 05:35:30 PM »
Finished Vanity Fair, moving on the Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.  I tried to read this about a 15 years ago but I was too young to appreciate it.  Plus I just flat out didn't know enough facts/information about the world to even begin to penetrate it (its a very dense book).  It's still a challenge, but a lot more enjoyable this time around.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1023 on: November 03, 2017, 08:36:47 PM »
Just finished part I and II of Orson Scott Cards "Formic Wars" series. This is hte prequel for Enders game.
Not as good as the Enders game, but still quite good. My library has part III and will go get it.

Also have started "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons.  About 80 pages in, seems interesting. It is a Hugo award winner, so I expect I will enjoy this book.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1024 on: November 03, 2017, 08:38:03 PM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1025 on: November 03, 2017, 09:38:14 PM »
I didn't know there was a Formic Wars series. I've probably read a dozen Enderverse books.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1026 on: November 04, 2017, 01:46:04 AM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?
A lot ^^

Well, you just read about enders game (and the following books). If you are on Cyberpunk und philosophy, then Diamond Age from Stephenson. Nancy Kress' Beggars trilogy.

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« Reply #1027 on: November 04, 2017, 09:03:36 AM »
I didn't know there was a Formic Wars series. I've probably read a dozen Enderverse books.

Mazer Rackham is baller. I hope they made him badass in the prequels.

The correct name for the series is "The First Formic War".  Books #1(Earth Unaware) and #2(Earth Afire) are copyright 2012 and 2013. So, I guess they were not on the bestseller list if you have not hear of them.

Mazer Rackham  is a serious badass in these books. No spoilers here :-)

The other cool part of this series is the description of families of Kiuper Belt miners. These are clans of people, mostly from the same region of earth (e.g Venezuela or Italy). Their customs and how they make sure that the do not in-breed, their trading and their ships all make for fascinating reading.

Overall, if you ever read the Enders game series and wondered how and when this conflict started, these would be good books to read.

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« Reply #1028 on: November 04, 2017, 09:07:52 AM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?
A lot ^^

Well, you just read about enders game (and the following books). If you are on Cyberpunk und philosophy, then Diamond Age from Stephenson. Nancy Kress' Beggars trilogy.

Thanks. I did try on Stephenson (Cryptonomicom sp??). Not sure where the sci-fi was. I rarely do not finish a book and this one was returned partially unread.  I will try Diamond Age and Beggars.

Cyberpunk: Did not really like it the first time I read it in the late 80's, Gibson's Neuromancer. But I think at this time, I might enjoy cyberpunk more.

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« Reply #1029 on: November 04, 2017, 01:05:17 PM »
Card just released another Ender-verse novel Children of the Fleet.  I read it a couple of weeks ago (library!). 

Neal Stephenson's Seveneves is great.  I also am just about to finish a Stephenson collection of essays and interviews called "some remarks".  There's a lengthy story in it about laying some of the transoceanic cables in the late 90s that is pretty fascinating for an EE nerd such as myself.

Another scifi series that I recommend is David Feintuch's Seafort Saga novels (4). 

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is also great.  Though I am kind of stuck about halfway through his Aurora novel.

I'm also about 100 pages from finishing Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. 

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« Reply #1030 on: November 04, 2017, 02:52:24 PM »
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Was a fan of A Visit from the Goon Squad, although probably didn't deserve the Pulitzer. This is quite the follow-up. Set in WWII Brooklyn with a noirish feel to it.

I am reading this right now, barreling toward the finish line. Very different from Goon Squad and absolutely interesting. The amount of research that's gone into this book is incredible. Jennifer Egan can write.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1031 on: November 04, 2017, 07:26:37 PM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?

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« Reply #1032 on: November 05, 2017, 04:36:00 AM »
The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
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« Reply #1033 on: November 05, 2017, 04:37:33 AM »
I'm about 5 hours away from finishing A Memory of Light, the 14th (final) book of The Wheel of Time.  After all these years, I'm going to finally finish it!

And just in time for Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer to be released on 11/14!  For those not in the know, Oathbringer is book 3 of The Stormlight Archives, which is amazing.  Also, in case you don't know, the reason these two books relate is that Brandon Sanderson wrote the last 3 books of The Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan's death.
I just finished rereading the entire series.  I really enjoyed the journey.  I had forgotten a great deal, but also enjoyed a lot of the foreshadowing in the early books that only made sense with the entire series in context.  Really a well done effort.
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« Reply #1034 on: November 06, 2017, 08:24:09 AM »
Also have started "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons.  About 80 pages in, seems interesting. It is a Hugo award winner, so I expect I will enjoy this book.
The Hyperion series is amazing.  It's one of those things that make me envy the person who is just getting into it, knowing what they have to look forward to. 

Have you read "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman?  Or the Foundation series by Asimov? 

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« Reply #1035 on: November 06, 2017, 08:49:01 AM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?

Have you read Leckie's _Ancillary_ series?

Seconding the recommendation. Ann Leckie is pretty great.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1036 on: November 06, 2017, 09:15:57 AM »
Re-reading The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.  Haven't read from the beginning for several years.  It's like chatting with an old friend.
I started doing the same last month.  On The Great Hunt now, but diverting to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson as my library hold came in.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1037 on: November 06, 2017, 09:42:26 AM »
Thank you for the suggestions. I'm going to work thru the following list. Any more book suggestions are welcome

  • Nancy Kress: Beggars trilogy
  • Stephenson: Diamond Age
  • David Feintuch: Seafort Saga
  • Neal Stephenson: Seveneves
  • Orson Scott Card :Children of the Fleet
  • Ann Leckie : _Ancillary_ series
  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time

Have you read "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman?  Or the Foundation series by Asimov? 

I have read and liked Forever war. As far as Asimov goes, he is primarily responsible for my Sci-Fi Addiction :-) I have read all of his books multiple times.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is also great. 
Loved the first book (Red Mars?), ok middle book and disliked the third book. I could not believe the science that the terraforming of Mars would be done in one persons lifetime. Also, I vaguely remember some political agenda which rubbed me the wrong way. Long time since I read the series, maybe 15 years ago, so may have to revisit to see if my opinion is still the same.

Here are some of my favorites (each of them was read at least 5 times)
  • Heinlien: Starship Troopers
  • Scalzi: Old Mans War
  • Card: Enders Game
  • David Brin: Startide Rising
  • Asimov: Every book he wrote
  • Niven: Integral Tree
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1038 on: November 06, 2017, 09:50:56 AM »
I'm reading "The Agony and the Ecstasy".  Just came back from a trip to Italy and became interested in the Michelangelo story. 

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« Reply #1039 on: November 20, 2017, 02:16:08 PM »
Finally getting around to reading The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by JL Collins. I figure now that I'm in my 2nd-ish year of seriously saving for FI, I need to read through all the background material that many suggest.

So far this book has been great, although I'm only ~1/4th of the way through.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1040 on: November 21, 2017, 01:09:54 AM »
The E Myth Revisited (1995) by Micheal E. Gerber.

It has some good points, but goes on and on about the same point, beating it to death. Add the fake business owner dialogue and it has me skimming at times. Still, it gave me a clear way to think about roles in a business. Glad I borrowed it for free from the library. ;)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1041 on: November 21, 2017, 10:14:28 AM »
Make Up Your Mind!: The Seven Building Blocks to Better Decisions by John D Arnold

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1042 on: November 27, 2017, 07:11:56 PM »
Great (free) short story by C. Stuart Hardwick. A strong female protagonist and a secret mission by the Soviet Union and the US during the peak of the cold war.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1043 on: November 27, 2017, 08:36:59 PM »
Thank you for the suggestions. I'm going to work thru the following list. Any more book suggestions are welcome

  • Nancy Kress: Beggars trilogy
  • Stephenson: Diamond Age
  • David Feintuch: Seafort Saga
  • Neal Stephenson: Seveneves
  • Orson Scott Card :Children of the Fleet
  • Ann Leckie : _Ancillary_ series
  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time

Have you read "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman?  Or the Foundation series by Asimov? 

I have read and liked Forever war. As far as Asimov goes, he is primarily responsible for my Sci-Fi Addiction :-) I have read all of his books multiple times.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is also great. 
Loved the first book (Red Mars?), ok middle book and disliked the third book. I could not believe the science that the terraforming of Mars would be done in one persons lifetime. Also, I vaguely remember some political agenda which rubbed me the wrong way. Long time since I read the series, maybe 15 years ago, so may have to revisit to see if my opinion is still the same.

Here are some of my favorites (each of them was read at least 5 times)
  • Heinlien: Starship Troopers
  • Scalzi: Old Mans War
  • Card: Enders Game
  • David Brin: Startide Rising
  • Asimov: Every book he wrote
  • Niven: Integral Tree

A year or so back I really liked Katherine Addison's "Goblin Emperor." The title is a bit misleading--it's really about the political intrigue in a court peopled mostly by a race called "elves" with some representation of a minority group called "goblins." The setting is steampunk if anything...I don't recall that there's much if any magic involved, and the feel is more Victorian than high medieval. I also read an excerpt of John Scalzi's new Collapsing Empire (it's the start of a new series, I think) and liked it a lot, although I haven't followed up by reading the whole thing.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1044 on: November 28, 2017, 05:10:24 AM »
Great (free) short story by C. Stuart Hardwick. A strong female protagonist and a secret mission by the Soviet Union and the US during the peak of the cold war.

https://cstuarthardwick.com/sample/

Sounds interesting!

My adblock didn't like their embedded viewer, so I dug for the PDF. (Plus being able to read it separately instead of in their viewer, having to keep the website open, is much better.)

Here's a link to save anyone else the trouble:
https://cstuarthardwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/FAM-web.pdf
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1045 on: November 28, 2017, 06:52:31 AM »
Re-reading The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.  Haven't read from the beginning for several years.  It's like chatting with an old friend.

I love this series. One of my brothers gave me the first book for my 14th birthday and I was hooked after that. Glad I took a break after the 11th book, however, and didn't read them all and finish up the series until it was actually all written. Until that point I'd been re-reading the whole series every time a new book came out.


I absolutely re-read Wheel of Time every time a new book came out starting after book six or something.  Time consuming, but worth it, especially since I found Brandon Sanderson because of the last three books.

I just finished re-reading the first two books of Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series because book three just came out (I'm waiting to get it either for Christmas or from the library, where I'm hold, like, 35 or something stupid ).  They are SO GOOD.  I like the rest of his books pretty well, but this series is just ridiculously well thought out.  And as much as I enjoyed Wheel of Time, I find Sanderson's characters far more fleshed out as actual people than Jordan's, much more distinct in their motivations, and more believable overall.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1046 on: November 28, 2017, 09:27:44 AM »
Great (free) short story by C. Stuart Hardwick. A strong female protagonist and a secret mission by the Soviet Union and the US during the peak of the cold war.

https://cstuarthardwick.com/sample/

Sounds interesting!

My adblock didn't like their embedded viewer, so I dug for the PDF. (Plus being able to read it separately instead of in their viewer, having to keep the website open, is much better.)

Here's a link to save anyone else the trouble:
https://cstuarthardwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/FAM-web.pdf

Thanks ARS! I was having difficulty reading it on my tablet. This makes it much easier :D
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1047 on: November 28, 2017, 10:16:02 AM »
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.

It took a fellow member here to bring this up when they thought I got my logon name from the book. I had never heard of it. The book so far is really good.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1048 on: November 28, 2017, 01:17:03 PM »
'The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.' by Patricia A. McKillip. It was such a pretty book. :)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1049 on: November 28, 2017, 04:14:18 PM »
I also read an excerpt of John Scalzi's new Collapsing Empire (it's the start of a new series, I think) and liked it a lot, although I haven't followed up by reading the whole thing.

I read the first book (not sure if there are more yet).  It was pretty good.  I generally like all Scalzi' stuff.

I also generally like K.S. Robinson but I disliked the Mars series.  Poorly written characters (to many stereotypes).
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