Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
Working Class Man - Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes' autobiography.
I am currently reading ‘The Machine of Death’ which is a collection of short stories by various authors all based on the same premise - a machine has been invented that can tell from a blood sample how a person will die. The machine gives only a single word or short sentence and does not indicate when the person will die. Some of causes of death listed have been old age, cancer, shot, murder, suicide, love, joy.
I finished reading all seven books of Elizabeth Moon's KY VATTA series. I had read books 1-5 before and liked them very much. Sill like them. However, I found books six, COLD WELCOME, to be pure drudgery. I just felt it plodded along for far too long. If I hadn't already bought book seven, INTO THE FIRE, I might not have bothered reading it. I'm glad I did read it. I just wish Moon had cut book six to half of what it was and included a big chunk from books seven into six, and that would have let her room in seven to close out some open questions. Perhaps she's setting it up for book eight. Not at all sure where she can go with the story, seeing some of the changes she made to the main characters in book seven.
...poisoning by machine?
I just finished Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. It was excellent and I highly recommended it!
Looking at the chapter titles there is a story titled ‘HIV infection from Machine of Death needle’.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles, by Hiro Arikawa. It's a really sweet slice of life/road trip tale.
That book is on my Wishlist at Audible.
I am continuing with ‘The Machine of Death’ on my Kindle.
My printed read is a biography of Edward Lear ‘Mr Lear’ by Jenny Uglow.
Current audiobook is ‘The Cats’ by Nick Sharman, narrated by Richard Peterson. It is this month’s book that I have chosen from the books mentioned in ‘Paperbooks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction’ by Grady Hendrix.
I read that book back in high school. I don't remember what happened, but I remember that I loved it!
I’vet started reading The Anomaly by Michael Rutger.
Paperback horror fiction from the 70s/80s is my guilty pleasure. Unfortunately since ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ was publish the price of many of these paperback have skyrocketed. I also like 70s/80s cataclysmic disaster novels.
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Platform Souls - Nicholas Whittaker
It’s a train thing, really enjoying.
The Alchemist's Illusion by Gigi Pandian
Circe by Madeline Miller. Bit slow to start but it’s really picked up in the last few chapters.
Just started reading The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton described as Agatha Christie mixed with Groundhog Day.
Just finished In The Company of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of short stories inspired by the Holmes canon.
Currently reading Caliban's War, the second book in the Expanse series. I am really enjoying the series thus far.
Easy Street (The Hard Way) by Ron Perlman. It sometimes uses a disconcertingly informal style, but it certainly has its moments. I’m at a point where he’s been writing about his friendships with Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra, which I’ve found pretty scintillating.
A brief history of mankind by Yuval Noah Harari
My currents reads are
Paperback - I for Isobel by Amy Witting. It’s from the Australian Text Classic Collection.
Audio - Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, narrated by Frank Muller.
Kindle - Another Governess/The Leasr Blacksmith by Joanna Ruocco. Quite a strange book so far.
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