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Old 01-15-2013, 07:05 AM   #15256
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I'm currently reading the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. I'm a huge fan of SF, and Asimov is one of the best authors (to me). I'm also reading End this depression now! by Paul Krugman, and have some other books on my ereader ready to be read.

the Foundation Trilogy is one of my all-time favorites!

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:25 AM   #15257
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Just started The Law of Superheroes for my first non-fiction of the year. I transitioned out of private practice and into the full time teaching of the law in December, and this seemed a fitting endeavor to commemorate that.

The book discusses many major principles of law using actual storylines from DC, Marvel, Image (and many other publishers) comic books. For example, I spent last evening reading a discussion of whether or not Batman can testify against the Joker AS Batman or if the 6th Amendment Confrontation Clause would necessitate the revealing of his secret identity on the stand.

Fascinating read for a comic book geek or an attorney, and I just happen to be both

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #15258
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Coming to the end of "The Confessor"...

Trawling for ideas on what to follow it with. It might be a Dickens ... we shall see. I enjoyed "Tale of Two Cities" before Christmas but staggered half-way through "Mutual Friend".
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:10 AM   #15259
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Just started The Law of Superheroes for my first non-fiction of the year. I transitioned out of private practice and into the full time teaching of the law in December, and this seemed a fitting endeavor to commemorate that.

The book discusses many major principles of law using actual storylines from DC, Marvel, Image (and many other publishers) comic books. For example, I spent last evening reading a discussion of whether or not Batman can testify against the Joker AS Batman or if the 6th Amendment Confrontation Clause would necessitate the revealing of his secret identity on the stand.

Fascinating read for a comic book geek or an attorney, and I just happen to be both

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Old 01-15-2013, 09:52 AM   #15260
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:33 PM   #15261
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Finished up the entire Adventures in the Liaden Universe (Sharon Lee & Steve Miller) series of chapbooks early this morning. This was a reread, since I had read most of them when they first came out. But over the years, lots of details were lost, and I wanted to be "caught up" before my reading of the RTM version of Necessity's Child. I really enjoyed this reading, it brought back all sorts of details and characters I'd forgotten. These are mid-length to longish stories, but definitely less than novels, generally two to a chapbook. They are not part of the main story line, but rather fill in details or delve into characters who may be completely peripheral in the main novel story line. (The cab driver, for example, from I Dare.) As such, they can be read stand alone, and make an interesting introduction to the Liaden books. And, unlike many novel length writers, Lee and Miller do quite well in shorter length works.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:46 PM   #15262
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The Wailing Wind was another great Tony Hillerman Navajo Tribal Police yarn featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. I guess that I'm on a Native American kick because I decided to next read the 16th of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak mysteries, Whisper to the Blood.
Whoops! With apologies to Dana Stabenow I've put a short hold on Whisper to the Blood while I insert 2 Christopher Buecheler books, Amun Sa and the Girl from the Desert a spoiler-free excerpt from The Children of the Sun and The Children of the Sun itself, which is the final novel in The II AM Trilogy. I did this because I received in my email this morning a Christopher Buecheler Newsletter reminding me of these 2 ebooks.

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:57 PM   #15263
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Just finished Snobs by Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey.
Superbly observed not so classless England society by an obviously irresistible storyteller
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:35 PM   #15264
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Whoops! With apologies to Dana Stabenow I've put a short hold on Whisper to the Blood while I insert 2 Christopher Buecheler books, Amun Sa and the Girl from the Desert a spoiler-free excerpt from The Children of the Sun and The Children of the Sun itself, which is the final novel in The II AM Trilogy. I did this because I received in my email this morning a Christopher Buecheler Newsletter reminding me of these 2 ebooks.

I read the first book in the II AM trilogy and enjoyed it. Thanks for the reminder! I've added the other two to my very long TBR list.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:13 PM   #15265
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the Foundation Trilogy is one of my all-time favorites!

and welcome to MR!
I agree! I've finished the last book of the trilogy last week, and now I'm starting with the other books in the series. It's so well wrought together. It all makes sense, the reasons for events and such are well explained (trying to keep this spoiler free). For anyone who hasn't read it, you're really missing out on something. Even if you don't like SF, the story is amazing.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #15266
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Started 50 shades of gray, just to see where all the fuss is about. Some say it is suspense too and cant stop reading.....I find it difficult to keep my interest, it's something that reminds of those cheap Harlequin lecture I used to buy when i was a teenager. Anyone an opinion about this book? Not sure if I want to keep going.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:04 PM   #15267
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Whoops! With apologies to Dana Stabenow I've put a short hold on Whisper to the Blood while I insert 2 Christopher Buecheler books, Amun Sa and the Girl from the Desert a spoiler-free excerpt from The Children of the Sun and The Children of the Sun itself, which is the final novel in The II AM Trilogy. I did this because I received in my email this morning a Christopher Buecheler Newsletter reminding me of these 2 ebooks.
Well I quickly finished reading Amun Sa and the Girl from the Desert and I believe that it does serve as an effective teaser (it's free from several sources) for The Children of the Sun which I have just started reading. It's the third and final novel of The II AM Trilogy.

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:07 PM   #15268
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Finished up the entire Adventures in the Liaden Universe (Sharon Lee & Steve Miller) series of chapbooks early this morning. This was a reread, since I had read most of them when they first came out. But over the years, lots of details were lost, and I wanted to be "caught up" before my reading of the RTM version of Necessity's Child. I really enjoyed this reading, it brought back all sorts of details and characters I'd forgotten. These are mid-length to longish stories, but definitely less than novels, generally two to a chapbook. They are not part of the main story line, but rather fill in details or delve into characters who may be completely peripheral in the main novel story line. (The cab driver, for example, from I Dare.) As such, they can be read stand alone, and make an interesting introduction to the Liaden books. And, unlike many novel length writers, Lee and Miller do quite well in shorter length works.
Reading a free short story on the Baen site, Eleutherios, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Will follow with Necessity's Child.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:50 PM   #15269
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I'm onto the second book of Belgariad, and although the plots could've been a great deal subtler, the cast is one of the most delightful I've seen and they keep me going.

Feist's Riftwar isn't available for kindle here so that would have to wait for my bookstore visit.

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I'm reading Eleutherios between chapters of The Children of the Sun.

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