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Old 06-27-2013, 08:17 PM   #16996
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I just started Flowers for algernon today. Great book so far.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:11 PM   #16997
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I've begun to read The Glorious Cause by Robert Middlekauff. It is a history of the American Revolutionary War. I have actually tried to read this before in paperback but the e-version is less of a hassle to carry around.
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I finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Nice. I enjoyed that.

I started Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and am enjoying that too.

I'm looking forward to Player One: What is to Become of Us? by Douglas Coupland and Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:34 PM   #16999
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Another excellent book in the Honor Harrington series. I will continue the series soon, but first I have a library book to read. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz was recommended in this thread and in at least one other recently, so I thought I would give it a try. It certainly is interesting although it is taking a little time to get used to the perspective.
That was good. Very quick though. Almost as fast of a read as James Patterson - I wonder if that is part of the reason they (some very popular authors) are so popular? Fairly good sized books that don't take much time to read and keep you interested throughout. If they took a little longer to read without being less engaging, would they be as popular?

I am going to read The End - Visions of Apocalypse edited by N.E. White. I read the Hugh Howey short from this earlier this year and thought I should finish it now.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:13 PM   #17000
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Just finished Harbinger by David Mack. The first in the original Star Trek's Vanguard series.This book is mostly background info and character introduction. There's not much action but it does have enough mystery and intrigue to set the reader up for the next in the series. Several minor plot lines that involve interpersonal relationships add to the sci-fi theme. I believe there is eight titles in this series. I purchased the second with a 75% Kobo code but will read something else first. Grade C- [2 stars].

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Old 06-29-2013, 04:38 AM   #17001
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I'm looking forward to [...] Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.
One of my favourite discworld novels. I hope you like it too.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:47 AM   #17002
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And now I'm reading The King’s Name by Jo Walton. The second in her first trilogy of fantasy stories set in a not-Arthurian, not-Britain.
An excellent continuation of the story in an alternate 'Arthurian' 'Britain'. I'll save the third for another day.

I should note that both books have ended at logical places in the story, not at a cliff-hanger. A very good way to do a trilogy, not just one story split into three books.

Next up: Transvergence by Charles Sheffield. The second omnibus in his "Heritage Universe" series, comprising books 3 and 4, Transcendence and Convergence. I bought this back in October 2002, so it's possible I've already read it.

I did read the first omnibus some years ago. I don't think the novels are tightly linked, so I'll just plunge straight in.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:11 AM   #17003
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I'm currently reading "Dragonne's Eg" by Mary Brown. This is one I bought in Jan 2000, and is part of my ongoing quest to catch up on all my old Baen Webscription purchases.

"Dragonne's Eg" is a fantasy set in Victorian times. A genteel but impoverished English schoolteacher is surprised to find that her uncle, a famous archaeologist, has left his house to her in his will, on the condition that she undertakes a quest to return a strange artifact, rumoured to be a dragon's egg, to its place of origin.

About a quarter of the way through so far, and thoroughly enjoying it.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:13 AM   #17004
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One of my favourite discworld novels. I hope you like it too.
I'm sure I will. It will be the eighteenth Discworld title I will have read.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #17005
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I really enjoyed reading The Secret of the Wooden Lady!

Chasing Suspect Three the 4th and last of the Sandy Reid Mysteries was just great and I sure hope that Rod Hoisington continues this series.

I've just started reading the next book of the Nancy Drew Mysteries The Clue of the Black Keys (Nancy Drew #28) by Carolyn Keene (Mildred Wirt Benson) and, as usual, am looking forward to it.

Recently there have been several posts in this thread concerning Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher #1) by Kerry Greenwood and these posts got me interested in possibly exploring the series. This is the first one and was available as a freebie on Amazon at the time of the afore-mentioned posts, so I grabbed a copy. Then I found a DVD (NetFlix) of an Australian TV series based on these books. So instead of reading the first book I got the first DVD of the TV series. It was quite enjoyable and now I'm going to start the series and try the first one.
The Clue of the Black Keys was a fun read.

I really liked Cocaine Blues and decided by the end I was going to continue with the series. Calibre's 'get books' feature found a good deal on a bundle of the first 6 books in the series (it was a good deal even though I already had book one [free from Amazon]) at Diesel Books for $17.16.

So now on to Mystery at the Ski Jump (Nancy Drew #29) by Carolyn Keene and Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher #2) by Kerry Greenwood

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Old 06-29-2013, 01:25 PM   #17006
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:47 PM   #17007
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The Clue of the Black Keys was a fun read.

I really liked Cocaine Blues and decided by the end I was going to continue with the series. Calibre's 'get books' feature found a good deal on a bundle of the first 6 books in the series (it was a good deal even though I already had book one [free from Amazon]) at Diesel Books for $17.16.

So now on to Mystery at the Ski Jump (Nancy Drew #29) by Carolyn Keene and Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher #2) by Kerry Greenwood

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Love Kerry Greenwood. I se to have read all of them so started to reread. I have just finished Jane Gardam's Old Filth trilogy (not mystery thrillers): Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, Last Friends - great stuff - and now for a change of pace Robert Crais's hardboiled thriller The Monkey's Raincoat.
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I'm currently reading "Dragonne's Eg" by Mary Brown. This is one I bought in Jan 2000, and is part of my ongoing quest to catch up on all my old Baen Webscription purchases.

"Dragonne's Eg" is a fantasy set in Victorian times. A genteel but impoverished English schoolteacher is surprised to find that her uncle, a famous archaeologist, has left his house to her in his will, on the condition that she undertakes a quest to return a strange artifact, rumoured to be a dragon's egg, to its place of origin.

About a quarter of the way through so far, and thoroughly enjoying it.
Now finished. That was a lovely story. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd describe it as a modern fairy-tale.

Back to Wodehouse next with "The Gold Bat".
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I finished Stanley Weintraub's Final Victory about FDR's last election campaign. I would have liked more coverage of how Dewey got the Republican nomination. As usual, Weintraub's narrative style was very readable, but I didn't feel that it was on the par of Long day's Journey Into War.
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