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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #500 on: September 23, 2015, 01:13:34 PM »
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I'm (re)reading The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

Before that, I read Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. I really enjoyed it. Recommended to anyone who likes character driven SF or post-collapse novels. Think Riddley Walker and Canticle for Leibowitz , not John Ringo.

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« Reply #501 on: September 23, 2015, 03:16:06 PM »
Currently re-reading Lirael by Garth Nix. I read Sabriel-Lirael-Abhorsen at least once a year. Gotta love YA fantasy.

Checked out up "Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace" by Tamar Adler from my library. Gonna read this next. I've seen it recommended several times around the forums.

I'm struggling with Everlasting Meal. I've only gotten through "boiling water", but I'm not sure this book will be for me. 1- I don't eat pasta or bread, and it seems like all her recommendations for cooking are "take the trimmings, boil, mix with butter, spread on bread/toss with pasta and olive oil". And then 2- I don't like her writing voice. She comes off as a bit smug or self-aggrandizing to me. Not sure why, it's very subtle, but she just kind of annoys me.
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« Reply #502 on: September 24, 2015, 03:29:42 AM »
Just finished "Learning to Breathe Fire:  The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness".  I enjoyed learning the history of the Crossfit movement and it resolved some issues I had with the 'sport' (kipping pullups, all workouts being about time/speed, cost of membership). 

I read 50 Shades of Gray a few years ago, recently saw the movie, then decided I wanted to know what happens next so I got the second book.  Got partway through and returned it.  As soon as the relationship started to heal the main character I lost interest... problem solved, and I didn't want to stick around for more drama.

I'm reading Dragonfly in Amber right now.  I read Outlander awhile ago, and now that I'm more interested in the series.  I'm not sure if I'll go on after this book though.

The older I get/plus having young kids I'm more likely to quit a book if I don't really like where it's going.  I don't have the time to waste on a story I can't get into.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #503 on: September 24, 2015, 04:31:32 AM »
How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, by Scott Adams.  Funny stuff... cuz it's true!
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #504 on: September 26, 2015, 06:22:20 PM »
I'm (re)reading The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

Before that, I read Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel [...]

I loved both of those. Plus, basically everything by Connie Willis I've read has been great, in particular Blackout and All Clear - same time-travelling universe as The Doomsday Book but taking place during WWII.

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« Reply #505 on: September 26, 2015, 06:39:59 PM »
I'm finishing up reading Martha Well's "The Wizard Hunters" series.  I read it in highschool several time, and rereading it reminded me how much I love the series and the author.

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Currently re-reading Lirael by Garth Nix. I read Sabriel-Lirael-Abhorsen at least once a year. Gotta love YA fantasy.

This is next in line.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #506 on: September 27, 2015, 07:59:23 AM »
I'm finishing up reading Martha Well's "The Wizard Hunters" series.  I read it in highschool several time, and rereading it reminded me how much I love the series and the author.

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Currently re-reading Lirael by Garth Nix. I read Sabriel-Lirael-Abhorsen at least once a year. Gotta love YA fantasy.

This is next in line.

Have you read them before? Because otherwise, I am going to be so excited if I catalyzed someone reading those books. They are just so dang good.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #507 on: September 27, 2015, 10:23:38 AM »
Yeah, they are another highschool era favourite, though I didn't read Sabriel until the end.  I really loved the Accross the Wall short stories too, but Lirael is definitely the highlight for me.  Tremaine (The Wizard Hunters), and Lirael are both characters that start off semi suicidal, but not so much from depression but from... ambivalence?  Not really the right word, but the multifaceted and often conflicting nature of both characters really resonated with me then and still do.

I also need to reread Patrick Rothfuss' books.  I read the first book, but the 4 years between release dates, and the yet to be released final book makes me think I should put that off until it finally comes out.  I'm packing up my room in my parents' house and seeing all the books again makes me want to do so much reading.  Diane Duane is there and was an anchor of my elementary school days (and still has yet to finish the series 32 years after the first book!), as was Tanya Huff and Mercedes Lackey (until I realized every book she has written is pretty much the same with different characters).

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #508 on: September 27, 2015, 11:06:44 AM »
I'm actually reading the first Harry Potter book.  I haven't read them yet.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #509 on: September 27, 2015, 12:25:30 PM »
Have you read them before? Because otherwise, I am going to be so excited if I catalyzed someone reading those books. They are just so dang good.

Hey Bracken_Joy, I've never read this series before. Just picked up the first book from the library. I'm a SF nerd, and I like YA novels. I have no idea how I've missed this series so consistently, but I did. So you do have one new convert.

As for Mercedes Lackey, her's were the first books I realized were derivative. At 12 I loved the gryphon series. At 13 I couldn't stand Magic's Pawn. The tone was just so cheesy. The plot predictable. I know it sounds weird to be fond of a negative moment, but it's the first time I remember having any sort of discernment.

Eirene: I love all things Connie Willis. Except Passages. I just couldn't get into that. I did buy Blackout and Passages in hardcover, so I hope that makes up for my above sins ;)


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #510 on: October 01, 2015, 12:32:52 AM »
So two days ago I read Sabriel, yesterday I read Lireal and Abhorsen, and today I think I have enough free time to read Clariel. They're certainly page-turners!

The Old Kingdom/Ancelstierre border, the dead,  the bells, and the origins of the charter are certainly unique and set it apart from other fantasy. I haven't been amazed by the character development but the pacing has been spot-on. These have made a really compelling vacation read.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #511 on: October 01, 2015, 12:36:05 AM »
After that I'm on to Shadows in Flight, the only Enderverse book I haven't read yet. I love things about the Ender books but I feel like this might be the thing that finally turns me off Card if it's as bad as reviewers seem to think. Then again, I liked the unloved shadow quintet and Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind didn't do it for me.

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« Reply #512 on: October 01, 2015, 05:02:57 AM »
After that I'm on to Shadows in Flight, the only Enderverse book I haven't read yet. I love things about the Ender books but I feel like this might be the thing that finally turns me off Card if it's as bad as reviewers seem to think. Then again, I liked the unloved shadow quintet and Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind didn't do it for me.

My thoughts inexactly. I thought the Bean books were much better than Xenocide, Speaker, and Children, but I don't know what could turn me off Card at this point.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #513 on: October 01, 2015, 01:22:36 PM »
The Earth Awakens trilogy isn't bad. Have you read things from his other universes?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #514 on: October 01, 2015, 02:14:25 PM »
The Maze Runner.

I saw a commercial on TV for the movie and thought "wow, that looks like it would be a really good book."
I was wrong. It really isn't...

At least it was cheap on Amazon. (Cost less to get a real book than a Kindle edition. And new was cheaper than used...)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #515 on: October 01, 2015, 02:33:15 PM »
The Maze Runner.

I saw a commercial on TV for the movie and thought "wow, that looks like it would be a really good book."
I was wrong. It really isn't...

At least it was cheap on Amazon. (Cost less to get a real book than a Kindle edition. And new was cheaper than used...)

Interesting, I enjoyed the books. Not great character writing, but I didn't find the developments and "reveals" in the series to be predictable, which was a nice change.
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« Reply #516 on: October 01, 2015, 02:56:30 PM »

Interesting, I enjoyed the books. Not great character writing, but I didn't find the developments and "reveals" in the series to be predictable, which was a nice change.

I'm about 80% done with the first book, the world building hasn't really done it for me.  Maybe I need to give the second a try to see if the series is worth it as a whole.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #517 on: October 01, 2015, 04:39:27 PM »
The Earth Awakens trilogy isn't bad. Have you read things from his other universes?

I've read Lovelock, Empire, Pathfinder, Enchantment, Magic Street, Invasive Procedures, The Lost Gate, and The Gate Thief. Looks like I need to get cracking on finishing some of his other series...

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« Reply #518 on: October 01, 2015, 05:19:58 PM »
Reading Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  I first read the paperbacks in HS, I re-read them every couple years.  Great fun.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #519 on: October 23, 2015, 09:55:31 AM »
Been reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

They're quite silly.

Since Card is being discussed, I recently read the Pathfinder trilogy (within the last month or so).  It was decent, the premise reminded me of one of my favorite OSC books, one of his very early ones, Treason.

Wish he wasn't such a terrible person re: politics (anti-feminism and anti-homosexuality), but what can you do?  Entertaining author.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #520 on: October 23, 2015, 10:38:03 AM »
I read "Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale and LOVED it. Now I'm reading the sequel, Enna Burning. It's not quite as good so far, not hooking me as hard, but it's still worth reading I think. Goose Girl would certainly stand on its own, though.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #521 on: October 23, 2015, 10:58:24 AM »
I've decided to reread Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series set in the British Navy of the Napoleonic Wars. Read most of them twenty years ago or so but petered out as Aubrey rose in the service and became less of a single-ship captain having adventures. Normally I am agnostic as to format, but I am loving reading these on my tablet so I can easily look up the terminology and references (I also have an e-book that is a lexicon for these books.) Most of the time I discover that I made correct guesses about meaning based on context, but I am off often enough that it is worth doing. I have also read a couple of short books about the British navy of this period which have been really helpful understanding what is going on.

I seem to remember that the original recommendation to read the series came from a guy I had a crush on at the time. The guy is long gone, but the book recommendation stuck with me!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #522 on: October 23, 2015, 11:47:32 AM »
Been reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

They're quite silly.
Huh? You sure you read all? The first ones are a bit silly, but it gets a lot darker and more human later on.

Speaking of series, next I will probably read the book girl series again.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #523 on: October 23, 2015, 12:26:26 PM »
Ernie Zeleski's How to retire wild happy and free....

Honestly the whole thing reads like shameless self promotion; I'm almost disappointed I paid for my digital copy :(

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #524 on: October 24, 2015, 12:54:50 AM »
Been reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

They're quite silly.
Huh? You sure you read all? The first ones are a bit silly, but it gets a lot darker and more human later on.

No, I didn't say I've read them all, but that I've been reading them.

I read the first three over the last week.  There are 40 or something like that.

My wife read the first 8 so far over the past two or three weeks, and said they're all still pretty silly up to that point at least.

IDK if I'll make it far enough to get to the darker ones, if they're quite deep into a 40-series set.  Too many books to read, too little time.  For now, quick reads that are silly are fine with me.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #525 on: October 24, 2015, 02:53:34 AM »
I've been reading "Lucky Dog" by Dr Sarah Boston. She's a vet who treats animal for various cancers and... then finds a tumour in herself. I'm only halfway through the book but it's essentially contrasting how good the system is for animals vs for humans.

Been reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

They're quite silly.
Huh? You sure you read all? The first ones are a bit silly, but it gets a lot darker and more human later on.


+1 Some of his Discworld ones are quite dark and have fairly heavy themes. The Nightwatchmen series in particular. The silliness helps the medicine go down. Or something. I'm on a lot of sedatives today.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #526 on: October 24, 2015, 09:10:05 AM »
I've been reading "Lucky Dog" by Dr Sarah Boston. She's a vet who treats animal for various cancers and... then finds a tumour in herself. I'm only halfway through the book but it's essentially contrasting how good the system is for animals vs for humans.

How would you rate that in terms of suitability for being emotionally triggering re: cancer? Is it a pretty good "approach with humor and insight" or is it an "emotionally wrenching, totally draining to read" type of cancer book?

The premise sounds great, but I'm always so wary of this subject in media.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #527 on: October 24, 2015, 10:16:20 AM »
I read the Ta Nehisi Coates book Between The World and Me a couple of months ago. It is still bouncing in the back of my brain and I'm still making sense of it and relating back to it. I can't recommend it highly enough. Note that it qualifies as an important read rather than an enjoyable read.

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« Reply #528 on: October 24, 2015, 03:51:40 PM »
I've been reading "Lucky Dog" by Dr Sarah Boston. She's a vet who treats animal for various cancers and... then finds a tumour in herself. I'm only halfway through the book but it's essentially contrasting how good the system is for animals vs for humans.

How would you rate that in terms of suitability for being emotionally triggering re: cancer? Is it a pretty good "approach with humor and insight" or is it an "emotionally wrenching, totally draining to read" type of cancer book?

The premise sounds great, but I'm always so wary of this subject in media.

I'm only halfway through reading it, so I don't know how wrenching it will get. I was actually reading it in the oncology ward while the nurse was giving me chemo, so not too wrenching for me at the moment (caveat - I was on benzos for nausea at the time so YMMV). When the author writes about her animal patients and how she came to be a vet, it's reasonably humourous. 

I did have to stop reading it while in the oncology ward, though, because the author started ranting about how her doctors hadn't listened to her, and my last appt with my oncologist was a bit shit, so I didn't want to get het up while the nurse was giving me chemo. Wouldn't have helped me or her. I'll probably finish the book in the next few days.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #529 on: October 25, 2015, 06:10:11 PM »
The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute

I'm 1/3 of the way through and it's very well-written, a real page-turner. Especially if you remember how crazy those days were. Ty Warner's eccentricities are really interesting.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #530 on: October 28, 2015, 05:10:50 AM »


Just started Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson.   

I loved that book, the one he wrote about Dr Crippen was great too.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #531 on: October 28, 2015, 05:22:48 AM »
The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute

I'm 1/3 of the way through and it's very well-written, a real page-turner. Especially if you remember how crazy those days were. Ty Warner's eccentricities are really interesting.

ooh, thanks, just ordered from library. What a weird time that was.  I got Beanie babies in lucite boxes, instructed to never open at my baby shower! We opened them all and gasp, when the kids were toddlers, let them play with them and I cut the tags off.  I'd be retired had I not been so.............reasonable.  I want to hear about people who actually made a killing with BBs.

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« Reply #532 on: October 28, 2015, 03:39:39 PM »
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« Reply #533 on: October 29, 2015, 11:23:06 AM »
The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute

I'm 1/3 of the way through and it's very well-written, a real page-turner. Especially if you remember how crazy those days were. Ty Warner's eccentricities are really interesting.

ooh, thanks, just ordered from library. What a weird time that was.  I got Beanie babies in lucite boxes, instructed to never open at my baby shower! We opened them all and gasp, when the kids were toddlers, let them play with them and I cut the tags off.  I'd be retired had I not been so.............reasonable.  I want to hear about people who actually made a killing with BBs.

It was definitely a weird time! I like learning about bubbles so that during the next craze I can find a way to profit from it (realizing it's a bubble all the while). Most people lose all their gains during the crash phase. If you can siphon off your profits into real investments, bubbles are great :)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #534 on: October 29, 2015, 01:29:38 PM »
The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute

I'm 1/3 of the way through and it's very well-written, a real page-turner. Especially if you remember how crazy those days were. Ty Warner's eccentricities are really interesting.

ooh, thanks, just ordered from library.

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« Reply #535 on: October 30, 2015, 07:03:55 AM »
Third of the way through Pillars of Earth and already had 2 people stop to tell me it's a great book.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #536 on: October 30, 2015, 07:18:48 PM »
I'm reading Furies of Calderon at the moment. At the recommendation of the Goblin Chief and compadres I just flew through the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.

As soon as I fall back into nonfiction mode it'll be Thinking, Fast and Slow, though it sucks trying to read anything of substance within the 14 days the library gives me for ebooks.

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« Reply #537 on: October 31, 2015, 02:52:32 PM »
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« Reply #538 on: October 31, 2015, 02:54:08 PM »
Grant I'm bringing you Animal Vegetable Miracle if I don't forget. You'll like it more than you'll dislike it

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #539 on: October 31, 2015, 03:45:01 PM »
Grant I'm bringing you Animal Vegetable Miracle if I don't forget. You'll like it more than you'll dislike it

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« Reply #540 on: November 02, 2015, 04:31:34 AM »
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« Reply #541 on: November 02, 2015, 04:33:42 AM »
The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #542 on: November 02, 2015, 04:39:56 AM »
^ The Ethical Slut, hmm, I might read that as I have met a few polyamorous people but don't really know much about the subject.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #543 on: November 02, 2015, 08:58:06 AM »
Like I need a bigger reading list! So many interesting reviews on this thread.

I just started reading Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office in order to help me navigate this bureaucratic world I find myself in after having previously only worked at small shops. It's been very enlightening so far, and I've already recommended it to several friends, male and female.

Next on the list is Essentialism, which I picked up from the library this weekend, and hope to devour on a business trip next week.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #544 on: November 02, 2015, 09:28:41 AM »
Grant I'm bringing you Animal Vegetable Miracle if I don't forget. You'll like it more than you'll dislike it

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #545 on: November 02, 2015, 09:32:11 AM »
Hah.  Touche.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #546 on: November 02, 2015, 09:34:19 AM »
^ The Ethical Slut, hmm, I might read that as I have met a few polyamorous people but don't really know much about the subject.
I'd highly recommend it for everybody. Nearly every idea presented in the book applies to monogamous folks just as well.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #547 on: November 02, 2015, 10:33:29 AM »
^ The Ethical Slut, hmm, I might read that as I have met a few polyamorous people but don't really know much about the subject.
I'd highly recommend it for everybody. Nearly every idea presented in the book applies to monogamous folks just as well.

This is probably the 4th time I've seen this book recommended. Guess it's time to add it to my reading list!
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #548 on: November 03, 2015, 04:01:58 AM »
I'm reading How to be Idle - Tom Hodgkinson.

Like I need a bigger reading list! So many interesting reviews on this thread.


I agree.:)

^ The Ethical Slut, hmm, I might read that as I have met a few polyamorous people but don't really know much about the subject.
I'd highly recommend it for everybody. Nearly every idea presented in the book applies to monogamous folks just as well.

I will read it then.:)