What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. TorontoTrekker

    TorontoTrekker Vice Admiral Admiral

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    That's probably the route I'll end up taking.

    It depends on the type of con and who they get for their Dealers' Room. At Toronto Trek/Polaris, we usually had Bakka/Phoenix as our book dealer - which, as I said earlier, doesn't seem to stock the magazines any more. (Though I really should ask a friend who works there to confirm that.) Same with Ad Astra. However, Polaris is no more, and Ad Astra was a few months ago. The next con in these parts (not counting the pro shows, which don't generally have booksellers in their Dealers' Rooms anyway) isn't until November, and I didn't have any travel plans until Dragoncon at Labour Day.

    I've actually been avoiding buying an e-reader, because I learned from the VHS/Beta and Blu Ray/HD DVD wars not to jump on one technology until it all shakes out and there are only one or two left standing. :) (Chapters/Indigo has one they sell called Kobo, and they sell a lot of e-books in that format. But I have no idea whether I'd be able to get a book in that format if, for example, I was in Atlanta and saw a book I wanted.)

    That said, I know that there's a free online Kindle reader (I use one at work for a reference book they ordered for me), so that's certainly a possible fallback - thanks for the heads-up.

    That's what they say, but I'm not holding my breath. They've been talking about this for years - it was supposed to be built something like 15 years ago, but the premier of Ontario at the time, Mike Harris, cancelled all but one of the new lines that were going to built (and had shovels already in the ground).
     
  2. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    when I last posted i had started 14 by Peter Clines which ended up being a mystery/horror/sci-fi mix. I really enjoyed it. 4/5

    After that I listened to Deep Storm by Lincoln Child, narrated by Scott Brick. Set in an undersea base, scientists claim that they have discovered the city of Atlantis. 5/5


    Followed by Sun on Fire by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson, narrated by Mikael Maramore. A man is murdered in the Icelandic Embassy in Berlin and Icelandic Inspectors Birkir and Gunnar are sent to investigate 4/5.

    Now I am listening to Ned Kelly: A Short Life By Ian Jones, narrated by Paul English. I have read several books about Kelly in the past but this books is better researched and more detailed than anything I have read before.
     
  3. Velocity

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    Dreams Don't Last by Joyce and Jim Lavene
     
  4. Owain Taggart

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    Reading The Martian by Andy Weir, and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. The latter is about a gang of thieves that undertake an elaborate heist. Kind of like American Hustle in a fantasy setting. Great fun.
     
  5. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I loved The Martian, one of my best reads this year.
     
  6. mari

    mari Captain Captain

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    I'm still working on An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. It's actually being pretty inspirational for me, as I'm looking for a new job and trying to define what it is I want out of the new job. I wonder if NASA needs a web developer... Anyway, it's taking me a good long while to read, because by the time I get the baby settled, house clean, and work done, I'm usually too tired to read. But I do like all the detail about what it actually takes to get into space safely.
     
  7. Velocity

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    Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs
     
  8. BigJake

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    On a 1984 re-read currently. Gaiman's Stardust cued up for a re-read after that.

    Just read State of Wonder by Anne Patchett. Well-crafted prose but totally ridiculous.
     
  9. Hunter X

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    How was it? I'm curious about it...largely because of the title and that it somehow got enough attention to be adapted as a big-budget Tom Cruise flick.
     
  10. Edward

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    The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O'Farrell
    Im about 2/3 the way through.
     
  11. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored The Norf Remembers Moderator

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    It's pretty good. It flows well, doesn't get bogged down during the repeating segments, and kept my interest throughout. There were some changes to the aliens and the mechanism of the time loops (and it gives a brief explanation of their origins), but overall the film is pretty faithful to the novel's broad strokes, while making some changes to the details and characters. It's a fast read. I recommend it.
     
  12. Velocity

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    New Scientist magazine
     
  13. Tom Hendricks

    Tom Hendricks I like the Beats and the Shouting Premium Member

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    I've just read my first book of 2014, yeah that's not good. It saddens me how little time I have to read and I have to try and make time to read more.

    I just read David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. I love to read his books, he has such an effortless way to tell a story, to drive home his point. I've read all his books, while I liked David & Goliath a lot, it seamed a bit more forced then his other books.
     
  14. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    I finished The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson. It dates back to 1908 and was cited as an influence by both HP Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, and that becomes very obvious in the second half of the book-- more Smith than Lovecraft. In fact, if I had just read a couple of those chapters blind, I would have assumed it was Smith. Great book, though. If you like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like.
     
  15. Asbo Zaprudder

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    The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. I've just finished Them: Adventures with Extremists and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. Next up is Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie and a re-read of The Men Who Stare At Goats.
     
  16. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    ^^^Lost at Sea is on my TBR (or more precisely To Be Listen To) list.

    I am currently listening to Thirteen: 13 Spine-Tingling Tales edited by Scott Harrison which it seems is only available as an audio book. Several different authors and several different narrators. I am onto the fifth story and so far the stories are average.
     
  17. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    TBLT is good if you can get hold of the audiobooks read by Jon Ronson himself.
     
  18. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    Just looked. The copy I have in my Audible library is narrated by Jon Ronson.
     
  19. C. Cole-Chakotay

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    A Crown in the Stars by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow. It's the last book in the Genesis Trilogy.
     
  20. Enterprise is Great

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    I just started Star Trek: No Time Like the Past...kirk meets Seven of Nine...this should be awesome.