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Old 04-03-2013, 11:02 PM   #46
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Somehow got this in the wrong thread:

These were put-downable:

Jamie Quatro -- I want to show you more

Meh. A couple of the shorter pieces on affairs were nice, but most of the stories sounded like things i've heard in my writers' group. Which is not to say that these aren't polished or properly edited, quite the contrary. It's just that narrative point of view, the settings & narrative content cover familiar territory, even when the narrative form is magical realism.

But i did zip right through it. It helps that many of these pieces are the right size for my commute.

John Krich -- Music in every room: Around the world in a bad mood

Can't decide if this is a parody of travel writing or just overwritten. Sometimes the narrator drops the baroque exclamations and repetitions for a quieter, almost elegaic mode. I liked those moments best. Once in a while the prose matches the setting. I think that happens in the Istanbul chapter. Also, some of the passive aggressive dynamics with Iris and other travellers are amusing.

Again, it helps that this one comes in commuter-sized chunks.

This one has held my interest more:

Keynes -- General theory

The paper copy has been on my shelf for 15 years. Something made me want to read it after all thee years, but i couldn't find it. I dug up an epub online somewhere. At about the halfway point, i'm finding it surpisingly readable.

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:23 AM   #47
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Ready Player One

This book was selected by our university as THE book of the year to be read by all incoming freshmen. Excellent, memorable - reminds me of Ender's Game.
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A Memory of Light, the final Wheel of Time book. But then I'm a huge fan of the series.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #49
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I'll make a shout-out for Ian Sales' Across the Sea of Rains and The Eye Which Beholds the Universe. Sea of Rains just won the British SF Award for best short fiction of last year (although in truth, it's novella-length). Definitely one of the best pieces of sf I've read in some time.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:29 PM   #50
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I read Gone Girl a while ago and it was a page-turner, but now I'm reading her older book, Dark Places, and I can't put it down! Highly recommend if you like dark thrillers...
Of her three books so far, I liked the first one, Sharp Objects, best.
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I just finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King. The book is nearly 1,000 pages long and I read it in just a few days. I found it very very hard to put down.
I am listening to this one right now, and yes, it just draws you in.

The last two books that I found quite addictive were The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Erebos by Ursula Poznanski. The former one isn't something I would usually read, but it had great characters and I absolutely loved it.

At the moment, I am alternating between two very good reads: Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer and The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner. The new Sawyer is a SF/mystery crossover set on Mars, the latter one is a crime novel that is supposed to have some SF elements as well, but so far (I am 40% in) they haven't shown up. But it has interesting characters and the mystery is interesting too.
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(Non-Fiction) "The Grip of Death" Michael Rowbotham (1998)

(Non-Fiction) "The Grip of Death" Michael Rowbotham (1998)


Not so much the writing, as the content.

About our money system, and the peculiar way it works, probably the reason why our economy (and not just ours) is in such a bad way.
Still very relevant.
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John Krich -- Music in every room: Around the world in a bad mood

Can't decide if this is a parody of travel writing or just overwritten. Sometimes the narrator drops the baroque exclamations and repetitions for a quieter, almost elegaic mode. I liked those moments best. Once in a while the prose matches the setting. I think that happens in the Istanbul chapter. Also, some of the passive aggressive dynamics with Iris and other travellers are amusing.
Hey! I've actually read this one ... as an audiobook years ago. Don't recall the details but my impression squares with your comments.

For a recent read that turned out much better than expected: An Inquiry Into Love and Death - set in 1920's England featuring an Oxford student drawn into a village mystery by the death of her estranged uncle there. Fans of the Maisie Dobbs series should like this one.
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Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko. Absolutely brilliant.
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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

Haven't finished this book yet, but it's very good.
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The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

I am looking forward to reading more of his books
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Oh, I have that on one of my e-readers. I'll have to move it up my list.
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A Memory of Light.......can't put it down because after so long I want to see how it ends Only 19% in but so far, so good!
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The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner.
This was definitely science fiction with a mystery plot. And it was a page turner, couldn't put it down until I got to the end.
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James Salter -- A sport and a pastime

I'm propelled by voyeurism. There's the good parts and then the really good parts to read for.
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