Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
I'm finishing up the third book in Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy. The Assassin's Quest.
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)
Speaking of classic SF, I am now reading an old E.C. Tubb anthology.
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
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.
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.
Joyland by Stephen King
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.
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
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.
The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickock by Richard Matheson
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.
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.
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers - Out of the Cocoon with stories by William Leisner, Kevin Killiany, Phaedra M. Weldon, and Robert T. Jeschonek.
You won't be sorry. That's an excellent book.
Legend by Marie Lu. So far, it's pretty good.
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.
The Complete Bloom County volume 4.
The Night of The Ripper by Robert Bloch
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.
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