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Old April 25 2013, 05:46 AM   #451
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Re: What are you reading?

I finished Tanya Huff's The Wild Ways the other day (I found the first novel, The Enchantment Emporium, more satisfying but would definitely recommend both to any Huff fans, or indeed any fan of the urban fantasy subgenre).

To follow that, I started The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi on Sunday. I'm finding it hard-going after having read two Tanya Huff books back-to-back - I'm about a third of the way through, and the main plot seems to have just started to kick in. There's a lot of world- and character-building in the first third of the book. But according to the Wikipedia page about the book, I'm not the only person to have found the first third to be extremely dense.

I can definitely see the influence Charlie Stross' writing has had on Rajaniemi, from the first-person-present point-of-view to the overall cyberpunk/Singularity/posthuman feel of the plot and the characters. (Charlie's blurb, on the front cover, includes, "Hard to admit, but I think he's better at this stuff than I am." )

And any book whose first line is, "As always, before the warmind and I shoot each other, I try to make small talk," is by definition needing to be read.
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Old April 25 2013, 06:14 AM   #452
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Reading 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern, a rather charming and entrancing novel about magicians embroiled in a game of trying to one-up each other with more and more spectacular magic tricks.
The Night Circus is sitting on my To Be Read shelf.

At the moment I am reading East of the West by Miroslav Penkov. It is collection of short stories ser in Bulgaria.
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Old April 25 2013, 09:40 AM   #453
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And any book whose first line is, "As always, before the warmind and I shoot each other, I try to make small talk," is by definition needing to be read.
Nice opening. Sounds like vintage Harlan.
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Old April 30 2013, 03:01 PM   #454
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also reading Under the Dome by Stephen King
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Old May 2 2013, 04:51 PM   #455
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I didn't really like Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love his prose but I can't seem to get emotionally invested in his stories.

I just finished The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfield. It was a pretty good murder mystery, based around a trip Freud took to America in 1909. The strength was definitely the fiction part though and the characters the author created.
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Old May 2 2013, 11:51 PM   #456
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I have just strted reading The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan.
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Old May 3 2013, 03:05 AM   #457
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The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge.

He writes using both Christian and Muslim sources which is giving it a well rounded feel.
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Old May 3 2013, 03:20 AM   #458
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"Destination Brain" by Asimov.
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Old May 4 2013, 11:21 AM   #459
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Flow, My Tears, The Policeman Said - Philip K. Dick
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Old May 4 2013, 03:48 PM   #460
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Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Old May 6 2013, 12:39 PM   #461
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Just read this thread (31 pages) and usually post on the 'generations' thread. Currently reading "Modern Strategy" by Colin S. Gray (1999) and "Ethics for a Broken World" by Tim Mulgan (2011). Also reading "The Big Game" by Sandy Schofield (aka Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch) (1993, DS9 #4).

I have a list of Cold War books to some extent. The one by John Lewis Gaddis is probably most commonly read. It is about 'containment' and there is an earlier edition and a later edition. Also Richard Smoke's book about nuclear strategy could be interesting too. "The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy" by George et al. is also good if not as relevant perhaps. Just read "Makers of Modern Strategy" (the earlier edition that was edited by Edward Mead Earle rather than Paret).
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Old May 6 2013, 06:22 PM   #462
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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. Really interesting read so far.
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Old May 7 2013, 06:39 AM   #463
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I was in Atlanta for a convention this weekend, and on the way down I finished The Quantum Thief, and started Time Travellers Never Die, by Jack McDevitt. I nearly finished it on the way home because the planes on both legs of my return trip took a good 45 minutes to take off after leaving the gate.

It's better than some other time travel novels I've read over the past couple of years (Joe Haldeman's The Accidental Time Traveller was a big disappointment to me), but it's mostly been a series of vignettes as the time travellers go from time period to time period. There's a plot, but it's been far in the background for most of the book. I'm hoping that something big happens in the last 50 pages to make it worthwhile.
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Old May 9 2013, 09:31 AM   #464
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I am 1/4 way through Daybreak by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson, it is the third book I have read by this author. It combines the two genres I enjoy most - Icelandic fiction and mystery novels.

I have just finished Great Feuds in Science by Hal Hellman.

I am still slowly getting through The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan and Independent People by Halldor Laxness. Independent People is a rather depressing but extremely well written novel.
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Old May 12 2013, 06:13 AM   #465
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I was in Atlanta for a convention this weekend, and on the way down I finished The Quantum Thief, and started Time Travellers Never Die, by Jack McDevitt. I nearly finished it on the way home because the planes on both legs of my return trip took a good 45 minutes to take off after leaving the gate.

I read TTND a couple years ago. I enjoyed it quite a bit (I'm a fan of McDevitt's novels).

Currently, I'm reading "Pickett's Charge," by George R. Stewart. The book originally came out in the late '50s. The historian has a very unique writing style. His sense of humor is non-PC, for one thing (refreshing).
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