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Old 01-20-2013, 09:23 AM   #15361
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Good Luck. I posted in the "books that changed your life" that Stranger was one on my list. of course it's a different age these days than it was then...

Please do let me/us know what you think, particularly since you'll be reading it for the first time.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:31 AM   #15362
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I quite like the first half of Stranger in a Strange land, even now ... it's the second half where it starts to fall apart for me. I find that with a lot of Heinlein's longer works. As Kenny notes, it was a different time then, I seem to remember enjoying the whole book when I first read it.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:33 AM   #15363
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Stranger in a Strange Land is one of those books you either love or hate - Me, I think I liked it .

Currently reading one of 5 recent downloads from Patricia's Library .... by Howard Browne; having given up on Dickens' Edwin Drood.

I have To Kill a Mockingbird lined up for later
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:03 PM   #15364
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To Say Nothing of the Dog was a fun read. After finishing it, I considered reading something by Larry Brown, but after getting lost in Goodreads , I ended up with Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. A mystery set in the rural American South.

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With all the Winter's Bone talk and remembering how much i liked the film, I've started the book.
I haven't seen the movie yet since I wanted to read the book first, but I'll probably see it soon. Looking forward to hearing what you think of the book.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:21 PM   #15365
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I'm currently reading "When Worlds Collide", a 1933 novel by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. I've seen the (very enjoyable) film adaptation of this several times, but until I came across the book purely by chance on Amazon I didn't know that the film was based on a book .

The plot is that a "rogue planet" is discovered by astronomers, which is going to collide with the Earth in a few months time. Civilisation starts to collapse as the news causes mass panic, and a group of scientists tries to build a spaceship which will take a few people to the new planet to start afresh.

About half way through it so far. Very enjoyable, and also nicely formatted with few errors.
There's also a sequel, after worlds collide. Our school library had both in one volume.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:35 PM   #15366
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Flippin' between Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, Death Without Company by Craig Johnson, and John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River. I'm just playing the field until one of them "sets the hook" and reels me into an exclusive relationship.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:57 PM   #15367
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Due to being more-or-less snowed in, or at least, not very keen to go anywhere in this weather, I piled through Elizabeth Moon's Hunting Party in a couple of days. I enjoyed it. It was a fairly straightforward SF adventure of the kind that Baen specialise in. It flowed well enough and kept me entertained. I'll certainly be reading the other two books in the omnibus.

There's barely anything in it that's really SF, though. I think it's beginning to bug me how backwards-looking this type of stuff really is. I'd better not read the second one until I'm back in the right mood for an undemanding adventure.

I'm planning to move on to Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein, a book I've been semi-dreading for a while. It's one of the 9 Hugo winners I have left to read - probably the one I'm least looking forward to - and will get me started on the last of my major sub-challenges this year. I seem to have the original version, not the newer extended edition. I'm hoping to have my expectations pleasantly confounded.
There are actually 7 books in the Familias Regnant Universe. The first 3 concern Heris Serrano. The next 2 concern Esmay Suiza and the last 2 are Suiza and Serrano.

I also am one who enjoyed Stranger in a Strange Land.

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Flippin' between Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, Death Without Company by Craig Johnson, and John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River. I'm just playing the field until one of them "sets the hook" and reels me into an exclusive relationship.
I have been thinking about reading Great North Road. If you finish it let me know how you liked it. If you don't finish it I guess that will tell me something too.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:19 PM   #15368
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I have been thinking about reading Great North Road. If you finish it let me know how you liked it. If you don't finish it I guess that will tell me something too.
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Oh I'll finish it eventually. But I usually have to warm up to one of Hamilton's behemoths by starting it a few times and reading a little farther each time. Like a climber making several short trips from base camp up the mountain and back again to acclimate to the altitude. Eventually, I'll get geared up and make my "summit run."

The fact that it's a stand-alone has made it a lot sexier than most new Hamilton releases would usually be.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:27 PM   #15369
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Oh I'll finish it eventually. But I usually have to warm up to one of Hamilton's behemoths by starting it a few times and reading a little farther each time. Like a climber making several short trips from base camp up the mountain and back again to acclimate to the altitude. Eventually, I'll get geared up and make my "summit run."

The fact that it's a stand-alone has made it a lot sexier than most new Hamilton releases would usually be.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:22 PM   #15370
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There's also a sequel, after worlds collide. Our school library had both in one volume.
Yes, I bought both .
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:12 PM   #15371
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Since a recent Science TV program, Horizon, detailing the advantages of fasting diets these have become a big thing in the UK (and I assume worldwide).

Currently reading 'The No Nonsense Guide to 5:2 Intermittent diets' ... short sharp and to the point. Others I have seen read more like a recipe book for small meals :-)
I'm currently working my way through The 5:2 Diet Book after watching the same programme. In fact, I have been doing the 5:2 fasting diet for the last 7 weeks or so. The 5:2 Diet Book is available for free loan if you are a Prime member.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:38 PM   #15372
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Kenny, did you see my review of Kraken?
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #15373
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Kenny, did you see my review of Kraken?
This: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...ostcount=15137

Yes. And thank you! I've not read it, but have tried to read several of his stories and novels and have yet to get beyond a few pages.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #15374
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Just finished Gone Girl at the strong recommendation of others. I was terribly disappointed. If I wanted to read all the ways two married people can hate one another and how they can destroy one another I'd read something Victorian.
Give War of the Roses a go if you want a story of a couple going at each other in various ways.
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