What are you reading?

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  1. Kelthaz

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    I'm finishing up the third book in Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy. The Assassin's Quest.
     
  2. rhubarbodendron

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    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)
     
  3. RJDonner&Blitzen

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    Speaking of classic SF, I am now reading an old E.C. Tubb anthology.
     
  4. rhubarbodendron

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    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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  5. Miss Chicken

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    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.
     
  6. TorontoTrekker

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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:

    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.
     
  7. Saga

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    Joyland by Stephen King
     
  8. Miss Chicken

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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.
     
  9. trekkiedane

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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 :)
     
  10. It's Christmastime Again - Kai "the spy"

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    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.
     
  11. Saga

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    The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickock by Richard Matheson
     
  12. Miss Chicken

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    I am reading the play Orphans by Lyle Kessler.

    I loved the movie version of the play and I think the movie, which stars Albert Finney, Matthew Modine and Kevin Anderson, is very underrated. I am halfway through the play and it seems that the movie was very true to the play.
     
  13. Kelthaz

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    Ugh, that was a slog. The first two books in the series were excellent, but this third one pretty much ruins the whole thing. Endings are tricky to pull off.

    Anyway, I just picked up "Guns, Germs, and Steel" based on a recommendation from a friend. I don't usually read non-fiction, so it should be a nice change of pace.
     
  14. od0_ital

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    Star Trek: Corps of Engineers - Out of the Cocoon with stories by William Leisner, Kevin Killiany, Phaedra M. Weldon, and Robert T. Jeschonek.
     
  15. RJDonner&Blitzen

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    You won't be sorry. That's an excellent book.
     
  16. C. Cole-Chakotay

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    Legend by Marie Lu. So far, it's pretty good.
     
  17. Miss Chicken

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    I am 10% though Bleak House by Charles Dickens. I am alternating between the e-book version and the audio version depending on what I am doing. Sometimes I read and listen at the same time. I am really enjoying this novel - it has been a long time since I read any Dickens at all and this is the first time I have read Bleak House.
     
  18. RJDonner&Blitzen

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    The Complete Bloom County volume 4. :rommie:
     
  19. Saga

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    The Night of The Ripper by Robert Bloch
     
  20. Tora Ziyal

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    The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian. Very interesting, but something about the protagonist/narrator is annoying (haven't been able to define exactly what yet), so I'm not enjoying it as much as I'd like to.