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Old July 6 2014, 11:01 AM   #1336
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Just starting Echo, by Jack McDevitt, bought it couple of weeks ago.

I really like the universe he's built and am looking forward to this story.

I love Jack McDevitt, and I love both the Alex Benedict and Priscilla Hutchins series. He can't churn 'em out fast enough for me.

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I wouldn't mind suggestions for other good classic sci-fi. I tend to like sci-fi set on Earth or else dealing with the explorations of strange planets. I don't like the space battle sort of sci-fi. I don't need any suggestions of novels by Philip K Dick, Philip Jose Farmer, John Wyndham, Isaac Asimov or HG Wells as I have read those authors heavily in the past.
How about Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke? That's set on Earth, and you also get some strange planet stuff toward the end. Rendezvous With Rama by Clarke involves the exploration of a strange artificial world. Friday by Robert Heinlein is set on Earth, but it's a future Earth where society has changed rather dramatically. Job by Heinlein is set on Earth, but involves bouncing around to alternate Earths. William Gibson's novels (e.g. Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive)) are all set on Earth in a protoypical near-future Cyberpunk world. The above-mentioned Jack McDevitt's books often involve explorations on strange worlds, especially the Priscilla Hutchins novels.
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Old July 6 2014, 11:29 AM   #1337
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I just read Unintended Consequences, by Marti Green, on my kindle...Wow! What a great thriller! It's concerns the Help Innocent Prisoners Project. and was only a buck ninety-nine.

I highly recommend it for everyone; especially if you go books about the law. Very suspense-filled; the...I couldn't put it down kind.
I am about 3/4 through listening to Unintended Consequences and I think it is really good story so far. Thanks for recommending it. I am not that keen on the narrator (Tanya Eby).

I'm glad you like it; and even happier you told me you tried it...
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Old July 6 2014, 11:38 AM   #1338
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have written them all down but some aren't available on Audible. Rendezvous with Rama was already on my wishlist and it will probably be my next sci-fi read.

I have added Neuromancer to my wist list. Except for Stranger in a Strange Land I haven't enjoyed Heinlein all that much but I haven't read the two you suggested. I have added The Engine of God by McDevitt to my Audible wishlist.

Childhood's End isn't on Audible which surprised me. I might try it as a Kindle book later on.
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Old July 7 2014, 01:51 AM   #1339
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Hexed by Kevin Hearne. book 2 in the Iron Druid chronicles
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Old July 7 2014, 02:58 AM   #1340
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I just finished Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Snow. Awkward, for a modern mind, but more nuanced than I expected, and it made a very good use of Christian allusions.
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Old July 7 2014, 04:31 PM   #1341
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I finished An Astronaut's Guide to Life last week, and now I'm working on Only Superhuman.

I was hanging out/selling jam with my best friend over the weekend, and she is now into the Wool sequel Sand, which she insists I read. So that's definitely going into the queue. She's usually more of a fantasy/dragons person, where I'm more hard SF, but the dystopian stuff is where we overlap.
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Old July 8 2014, 06:58 AM   #1342
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Rereading Flowers For Algernon by Daniel keyes
Inspired by his recent passing (about three weeks ago), or is that just a coincidence?
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Old July 8 2014, 10:46 PM   #1343
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I am listening to Big Fish by Daniel Wallace, narrated by Tom Stechschulte. I love the movie but it has taken me years to get around to the book.
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Old July 8 2014, 11:40 PM   #1344
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Rereading Flowers For Algernon by Daniel keyes
Inspired by his recent passing (about three weeks ago), or is that just a coincidence?
A little bit of both? it's been a while since I've read it and have been meaning to reread it. So it just kind of worked out that way
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Old July 9 2014, 01:12 AM   #1345
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The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead.
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Old July 9 2014, 04:07 AM   #1346
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Just finished The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfighting in Heaven. I've always meant to read this book and after a conversation with TSQ about one of my all time favorite movies, Smoke Signals. She reminded me about the book, a collection of short stories that inspired the movie. I was actually in the middle of reading another book but the thought of this book kept weighing heavily upon me. So I stopped that one temporarily to quickly finish this book.

To me, these short stories are more akin to poetry. The author draws pictures with words easily and freely that sweep you up and carry you like a wave. You feel every aspect of what he is writing, I did anyway. I so connected with a lot of the stories, I felt like I was listening to story by Thomas Builds-the-Fire story straight from him.
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Old July 9 2014, 09:42 AM   #1347
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^^ That's a great book. I read it about twenty years ago (and it inspired my short story "Dogs Chew Our Legs Off") and met Sherman Alexie at the Coop at about the same time. He's a funny guy.
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Old July 10 2014, 10:06 AM   #1348
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I finished Big Fish and i think it is one of the rare cases where the movie was better than the book. I would only rate the book 3.5/5.

After that I listened to the very short The Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens, narrated by Simon Prebble. I have read quite a bit on Mother Theresa in the past so only a faction of the info in the book was new to me.

I have just started on A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg, narrated by Andy Caploe.

As my shoulder has worsened (probably due to cold weather) it looks like I will listening to audio books for a while though I have got my Kindle back from the friend I loaned it to so I will see how well I manage that with my left hand.

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Old July 10 2014, 11:00 AM   #1349
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Just finished 'The Moon Maze Game', as mentioned earlier. Can recommend, kind of 'Dream Park: Die Hard On The Moon', but a lot of fun.

@Miss Chicken: if you haven't read the Dream Park novels, they're pretty good. It's a theme park where people/actors go in to play games that are recorded and put out as movies, sort of imagine any action movie played by actors making it up as they go along, cross Indiana Jones with Survivor. The actors compete for points and international standing, and the game can then be played at home by people who buy it, which has a whole bunch of different endings built into it, like any game. The places the games are played in domes that have all manner of projection equipment, and sets, and Non Playing Characters. And the games themselves are unusual in themselves (Cargo Cult mythology, the Inuit version of Fimbulwinter, Californian Voodoo, and HG Wells's Form The Earth to the Moon... on the Moon).
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Old July 10 2014, 11:22 AM   #1350
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Just look and luckily the Dream Park books are on Audible so I added the first one to my wish list. I won't get around to reading it this month but maybe next month.
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