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Old December 16 2013, 01:08 PM   #916
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Re: What are you reading?

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Pygmalion by Shaw. It's quite different from the movie. I love Shaw's sarcastic comments. We have quite the same sense of humour
Which movie did you see? The 1938 production with Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard is brilliant.
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Old December 16 2013, 06:29 PM   #917
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Currently working my way through A Game of Thrones.
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Old December 17 2013, 01:27 AM   #918
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While working, and relaxing, in my garden I have been listening to the audiobook recording of the classic sci-fi novel When Worlds Collide which I finished yesterday. Now I am downloading the 1951 movie based on the book, I haven't seen that movie for many years. I have also started listening to the book sequel After Worlds Collide.
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Old December 17 2013, 02:29 AM   #919
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Currently reading Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely, which I'll be interrupting for my annual reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
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Old December 17 2013, 02:59 AM   #920
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American Gothic by Robert Bloch
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Old December 17 2013, 03:08 AM   #921
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I'm finishing up the third book in Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy. The Assassin's Quest.
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Old December 17 2013, 01:46 PM   #922
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While working, and relaxing, in my garden I have been listening to the audiobook recording of the classic sci-fi novel When Worlds Collide which I finished yesterday. Now I am downloading the 1951 movie based on the book, I haven't seen that movie for many years. I have also started listening to the book sequel After Worlds Collide.
oooh, that sounds interesting! I love old SciFI! Must try if I can get that one as ebook (I keep forgetting my reading glasses at my office when I need them at home and at home when I need them at my office *sigh* - ebooks are so useful: you can adjust the font size till you can read it without glasses)
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Old December 18 2013, 10:33 AM   #923
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Speaking of classic SF, I am now reading an old E.C. Tubb anthology.
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Old December 18 2013, 12:24 PM   #924
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Pygmalion by Shaw. It's quite different from the movie. I love Shaw's sarcastic comments. We have quite the same sense of humour
Which movie did you see? The 1938 production with Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard is brilliant.
My appologies for answering so late. I completely overlooked your question.
No, I saw the 1964 one with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn.
Thanks for the tip! I'll try to get the 1938 one as well =)


Current read: das Christkind kommt (the christ child comes) by Marga Müller. She was a popular writer in the 30s but is almost forgotten nowadays. In my opinion she's a bit too religious but that one is pretty good (and quite funny). I read it every Christmas
Over here, we get our presents by the Christchild. It's usually depicted as a curly haired somewhat androgynous child of about 6 -8 years. On the pic you can only see it from behind but you might still get an impression of what children in Germany expect to get a glimpse of on the evening of the 24th
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Old December 24 2013, 07:08 AM   #925
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While working, and relaxing, in my garden I have been listening to the audiobook recording of the classic sci-fi novel When Worlds Collide which I finished yesterday. Now I am downloading the 1951 movie based on the book, I haven't seen that movie for many years. I have also started listening to the book sequel After Worlds Collide.
oooh, that sounds interesting! I love old SciFI! Must try if I can get that one as ebook (I keep forgetting my reading glasses at my office when I need them at home and at home when I need them at my office *sigh* - ebooks are so useful: you can adjust the font size till you can read it without glasses)
I have only started reading audio books this year. I have avoided them in the past because I have, in the past few years needed subtitles on movies. However I now realised that if the reader has a clear enough voice and have no trouble following the book. I do try and select a book read by a man because I have less trouble with male voices than female voices.

I like e-books because I can change the font size, I like audio books because I can 'read' while I am gardening, waiting for the bus, doing housework etc.

I was disappointed in the movie When Worlds Collide, too much was changed for no good reason.

I have finished listened to After Worlds Collide. Not quite as good as the first book.

This month I have also listened to Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It is a techno-thriller set in the New York's Museum of Natural History. I loved the novel and have started on the second in the series , Reliquary.

I am still reading Un Lun Dun by China Mieville on my iPad.
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Old December 24 2013, 07:48 AM   #926
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I finished Consider Phlebas on the weekend; once I got used to who all the characters were, the story started to flow better and became quite gripping.

Sunday, I started Life On the Preservation by Jack Skillingstead. From the summary posted on amazon.ca:

Inside the Seattle Preservation Dome it's always the Fifth of October, the city caught in an endless time loop. "Reformed" graffiti artist Ian Palmer is the only one who knows the truth, and he is desperate to wake up the rest of the city before the alien Curator of this human museum erases Ian's identity forever.
It has some creepy elements - there's some post-apocalyptic stuff and some possible-zombies (I'm not sure yet what they are). It moves quite quickly - as I said, I started it on Sunday and am on page 60 or thereabouts already.
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Old December 24 2013, 10:15 AM   #927
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Joyland by Stephen King
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Old December 29 2013, 09:02 AM   #928
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I am now listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the third book in the Pendergast series. I am getting really hooked on this series.
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Old December 29 2013, 05:54 PM   #929
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Started Dan Simmons' Hyperion the other day... almost gave up when I found out it was a collection of short-stories tied loosely together, but read the first one as I found it rather entertaining in an old-school-SciFi manner. The second story was less so, but I found that I could skip most of it -so I continued reading... But after having read the first page of the third story I gave up.

Now 13% into Frederik Pohls Eschaton - I think I might be finishing this one
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Old December 29 2013, 06:59 PM   #930
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Started Dan Simmons' Hyperion the other day... almost gave up when I found out it was a collection of short-stories tied loosely together, but read the first one as I found it rather entertaining in an old-school-SciFi manner. The second story was less so, but I found that I could skip most of it -so I continued reading... But after having read the first page of the third story I gave up.
I actually pity you. You're missing out on one of the greatest science fiction book series' ever.
Just to give you an idea, the first novel, being a great collection of short stories, is basically the set up for The Fall of Hyperion, and the sequel Endymion two-parter.
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