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Old 08-21-2011, 07:34 PM   #10561
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:50 PM   #10562
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Kings,Queens,Heroes & Fools by M.R. Mathias. so incredibly cool and epic that i'm almost crying tears of nerdly glee. this guy should be where (the rapidly sinking in quality) GRRM is. its everything i ever liked about fantasy,and then some,in one series. those looking for more than sword&sorcery will probably turn their noses up but for anybody who likes epic fantasy this series is a must read.

this is the first time in my life that i've ever been an author fanboy lol.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:59 PM   #10563
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Reading a set of Ursula K. LeGuin stories, as well as Robert's Rules of Order (haven't touched it in 3 months), Christianity Through the Centuries (Cairns), and an e-book called "Bright of the Sky: Entire and the Rose". That one is like sci-fi / fantasy, but seems really long.

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Old 08-21-2011, 10:28 PM   #10564
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Just finished the Hunger Games trilogy and started Horns by Joe Hill - enjoying it so far.

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Old 08-21-2011, 11:04 PM   #10565
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:57 PM   #10566
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Read two Georgette Heyer novels that were former freebies to see if I wanted to splurge on the 109th anniversary sale re-publisher Sourcebooks was holding on her books for $1.99 or less each.

1) Footsteps in the Dark was one of those retro English countryside manor mysteries. Not bad, but not as good as I'd been hoping, given Heyer's reputation for her historical romances. A bit slow to start and drags out somewhat with a rather rapid wrap-up and obvious character revelations, I felt.

Mind you, clearly my palate has been spoiled by more modern retro English countryside manor mysteries because I kept waiting for the corpses to start piling towards the ceiling with every succeeding chapter like they usually do and the overall low body count kind of defied expectation.

2) Cotillion, a Regency romance, was much better, although I think there was a lot of overlapping plot elements from another of her novels, Friday's Child, I think it was, which I originally heard as a BBC radio play.

The entire initially awkward girl successfully brought into Society and pretending to have a relationship with the person you don't want in order to spite the one you do and the dénouement thereof sort of thing. And they both had feather-brained but good intentioned fashionable titled young men named "Freddy" in them, IIRC.

Lots of pleasantly silly fun, with the superficiality of the upper class lifestyle and conventions spoofed and the people having to rescue other people from their amateur plotting while having to be rescued from their own amateur plots.

Though I liked Cotillion more, I eventually went and bought just Heyer's mysteries and historicals (and the reading companion for the Regencies, which I clearly needed because once the slang got underway, I think I understood maybe 3 words out of 5), because a quick check of the library shelf showed that they had mainly her romances anyway and the mysteries would be a lot harder to track down.

Plus, apparently Heyer's writing occasionally had the sort of unpleasant classism/anti-semitism/xenophobic stereotyping issues that one might expect from someone raised in an insulated "good breeding" environment in the sunset of the snobbishly colonialist devil foreigner-suspecting British Empire.

There's a limit to how much I'm willing to pay out of my own pocket to read that, so best if I try a few more to see how bad it gets before I commit to buying should Sourcebooks do the sale again next year for Heyer's 110th anniversary.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:19 AM   #10567
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I am currently re-reading my Nicholas Sparks novels in anticipation of his new release, The Best Of Me due out this October.

I'm off from work in the summer (I'm a teacher) so I am reading constantly, and there is nothing more that I love than a good, free ebook for my nook. I recently wrote an article reviewing 5 of my favorite free ebooks, feel free to check it out!
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:41 AM   #10568
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Finished "Clockwork Universe" Edward Dolnick. Billed as a history of the beginnings of the Royal Society, Dolnick follows Isaac Newton's eccentric, secretive genius as he integrated and improved on the works by Kepler and Galileo.
I never appreciated the genius of Galileo or Kepler. I knew Galileo as the "Guy who dropped the rocks off the Tower of Pisa" and Kepler "did something with the planets, right?" Dolnick does a commendable job of illustrating the discoveries of three giants of Science (yeah, I'll defend that term).
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:53 PM   #10569
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As I mentioned earlier I finished Hyperion and now moving onto The Fall of Hyperion. Unfortunately, each set me back $8 on the Kindle store. Not a huge sum of money but a little annoying when I could get the paperbacks for the cost of shipping.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:19 PM   #10570
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As I mentioned earlier I finished Hyperion and now moving onto The Fall of Hyperion. Unfortunately, each set me back $8 on the Kindle store. Not a huge sum of money but a little annoying when I could get the paperbacks for the cost of shipping.
I'm finding this to be the case with most of my favorite "big" or "bigg-ish" authors. Virtually no sales. I've bought a few lately in used paperback because I can get them for 4 dollars instead of 8. I do feel a little guilty, but before Kindle I almost never bought new.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:49 PM   #10571
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I'm about halfway through DON'T KILL THE BIRTHDAY GIRL by Sandra Beasley, a truly well done combination memoir and nonfiction book about food allergies (Overdrive library book).
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:35 PM   #10572
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'The Fry Chronicles' by Stephen Fry, naturally.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:56 PM   #10573
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I only tried one Tess G book. It swapped scenes/POV too much in the initial chapters to grab me. It was one of the medical thrillers and I think started wit the person who died and then flashed to the hospital and then jumped somewhere else...3 was the magic number for me....lost interest!
If it wasn't a Rizzoli & Isles book, give The Surgeon a go. I think you might like it. I was a free eBook at one time to help promote the latest book in the series (at that time).

When I finally read it, I really enjoyed it.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:06 PM   #10574
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Today I finished The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis. It's one of the Narnia books. It's book one or not depending on the order you prefer to read the series. As book one, it's not really good enough to continue the series. It's not even close to the quality of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

I've started reading Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. It's #19 in the Discworld series. It features the night watch. I do hope it's better then #18 which was a dud.

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It's murder in Discworld!—which ordinarily is no big deal. But what bothers Watch Commander Sir Sam Vimes is that the unusual deaths of three elderly Ankh-Morporkians do not bear the clean, efficient marks of the Assassins' Guild. An apparent lack of any motive is also quite troubling. All Vimes has are some tracks of white clay and more of those bothersome "clue" things that only serve to muck up an investigation. The anger of a fearful populace is already being dangerously channeled toward the city's small community of golems—the mindless, absurdly industrious creatures of baked clay who can occasionally be found toiling in the city's factories. And certain highly placed personages are using the unrest as an excuse to resurrect a monarchy—which would be bad enough even if the "king" they were grooming wasn't as empty-headed as your typical animated pottery.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:30 PM   #10575
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I'm halfheartedly rereading book 2 of the the Rachel Morgan/Hollows series - The Good The Bad and the Undead. It has nothing to do with the story, I'm just in another reading funk where nothing feels appealing nor
is anything really catching my attention.

I have decided, however, that win or lose (September 2011 Mobile Read Book Club Vote ), I will read Storm Front - book 1 of the Dresden Files.
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