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Old 02-18-2013, 12:30 PM   #15706
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Do you mean You Only Die Twice ?

Live Twice is a James Bond novel and I couldn't find one by Smith.


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Old 02-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #15707
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No worries! Thank you for the recommendation!
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:09 PM   #15708
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I loved the Chronicles of Amber. I've been thinking about rereading them. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the series!
Thanks! I think I'm at the point of no return... I need to know whats going to happen now.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:50 PM   #15709
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Completely unplanned reading.

I was checking the Indie freebies today and found "You Only Die Twice," by Christopher Smith.

I read 5 [short] chapters on my computer and found that I couldn't wait to continue to read it, so I downloaded it onto my Kindle.

It's free, by the way, and is available from Amazon.



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Oh! Tell me what you think of it in the end. I have a stack of books by this guy (including this one) and haven't read any of them. I understand he is a controversial author somehow. I can't remember why now. But regardless of any flap he may or may not have caused, it's the writing that counts - so I'm interested in what you think of it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #15710
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Well now The Sinister Pig was a real treat and a little different than the preceding 15 novels in the series. Too bad the next novel is the last one in the series. Also I highly enjoyed reading The Clue in the Diary.

I promised my grandson (a 6th grader) that I'd read a book he'd previously enjoyed and share my opinion of it with him, so I've just began reading Ridley Pearson's 1st YA novel in The Kingdom Keepers series, Disney After Dark. Along with that I'll also read the 8th of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy's Mysterious Letter. A pair of YA's!!
What with these 2 YA's along with all the other Nancy Drews I've been reading recently, I became interested in another book that I originally read during the same time period as the Nancy Drews (3rd & 4th grades). Several years ago (prior to the digital reader era) I bought 2 used hardbacks from a bookseller on the web. I've already re-read 1 of them, Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGregor. Anyway to make this YA adventure a bigger event, I drug out my hardback of Five Against Venus by Philip Latham (Robert Shirley Richardson) and dusted it off. Three YA's, WOWZERS!


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Old 02-19-2013, 05:02 AM   #15711
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Next up is "The Accidental Time Machine", by Joe Haldeman.
I really enjoyed this one. A fun, classic time-travel story. A graduate student at MIT accidentally builds a time machine, but the problem is that it will only take him forwards in time. He has to travel further and further into the future, looking for a society which has the technology to send him back to his own time again. Well worth reading.

I should add that this is also the first "Gateway SF" book I've read that's been completely typo-free - it seems that, as they told me recently, their ebook production processes are indeed improving.

On next to "At Home", by Bill Bryson.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:53 AM   #15712
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I really enjoyed this one. A fun, classic time-travel story. A graduate student at MIT accidentally builds a time machine, but the problem is that it will only take him forwards in time. He has to travel further and further into the future, looking for a society which has the technology to send him back to his own time again. Well worth reading.
Sounds like fun. Thanks for that.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:20 AM   #15713
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Next up: Assault on the Gods by Steve Goldin (sgoldin), as I've enjoyed a couple of his other republished books, and he has this one on special offer at the moment.
It was OK. It is a little dated, as any story written recently would depict the tech differently. The plot was a little weak - more Amazing Stories than Analog. An interesting character, but certainly not as good as his other books I've read. But not bad, and I'll be getting more of his books as my TBR list allows.

Next up: The Road of Danger by David Drake. The latest in his RCN series. I think I will enjoy this one a lot.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:25 AM   #15714
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:58 AM   #15715
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Just finished "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore" by Robin Sloan and loved it. Next up: "The perks of being a wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky.
I really liked "The perks of being a wallflower". I though I wouldn't like the diary-format, but it didn't bother me. And I really sympathized with the main character. Highly recommended. Next up: The unlikely pilgrimage of Harrold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:03 AM   #15716
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:08 AM   #15717
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Still reading the book club choice "Lolita" - I'm managing about half an hour of reading a day a the moment, which is stressing me out but can't be helped. I desperately tried to get an hour in last night - went to bed two hours earlier than usual - and fell asleep within 10 minutes. Aaarrrrrgggg!
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:47 AM   #15718
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Oh! Tell me what you think of it in the end. I have a stack of books by this guy (including this one) and haven't read any of them. I understand he is a controversial author somehow. I can't remember why now. But regardless of any flap he may or may not have caused, it's the writing that counts - so I'm interested in what you think of it.

I'm about 1/2 through it. It's a quick read - a very easy read, actually - but I'm alternating that with a collection of short stories by another writer.

I should be finished with it in about another 2 days.

About that controversy: Funny you should mention that. I seem to recall (incorrectly, perhaps) that there was some issue of him writing fake reviews or doing something of that nature that was not on the up-and-up. (Let me strongly emphasize that I may be wrong on this, but I certainly remember some kind of controversy surrounding this guy.)




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Old 02-19-2013, 03:03 PM   #15719
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Finished Two Graves by Preston & Child. I enjoyed this title much more than their previous installment Cold Vengeance. The authors cleared up the loose ends of the two earlier "Helen" books and everything was wrapped neatly by the last page. But not to worry P&C left us an "out" for their next endeavor. The last half of the book was an exciting page turner, however, this book was more blood thirsty than earlier ones. High body count. Rated B- [4 stars].

Next is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. A return to classic 50s sci-fi.
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Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 by Sean Platt and David Wright. This is the first novel (more like novella) of an 18 episode/3 season post-apocalyptic serial. I actually own all 18 episodes by patiently watching for freebies. These guys a prolific and I'm interested to find out whether they're worth reading...and one of my Goodreads groups is discussing this book for Feb.
OK - finished this on. I'm a bit indifferent to this book. It is starting a serial so it doesn't give away much. I guess I can live with that. But because it's not revealing anything significant, it means that I was focusing on how the authors were introducing the characters.

They have obviously attempted to give each character narration a unique voice. In fact, I would say they worked pretty hard on it. However, this meant that each chapter was written somewhat differently, making me feel like I was reading an anthology from different authors rather than a cohesive story. Also, I really didn't like a couple of the styles presented. Two characters in particular made me wince while reading.

I may read the next episode or two to give the serial a bit of a go, but if I can't reconcile myself to the writing I'll probably give it a way.
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