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Old 03-02-2018, 08:16 AM   #16
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I'll second The Time Machine. It's one of my all-time favourite books. The only reason I didn't nominate it the second this thread opened is we've had grumblings about too many old books, and short books come to that.

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Old 03-02-2018, 01:46 PM   #17
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I'd like to nominate 1916: The Easter Rising by Tim Pat Coogan.

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The Easter Rising began at 12 noon, 24 April, 1916 and lasted for six short but bloody days, resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians, the destruction of many parts of Dublin, and the true beginning of Irish independence. The 1916 Rising was born out of the Conservative and Unionist parties' illegal defiance of the democratically expressed wish of the Irish electorate for Home Rule; and of confusion, mishap and disorganisation, compounded by a split within the Volunteer leadership. Tim Pat Coogan introduces the major players, themes and outcomes of a drama that would profoundly affect twentieth-century Irish history.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:07 PM   #18
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I'd like to nominate 1916: The Easter Rising by Tim Pat Coogan.
Seconded. Not anything I know enough about, so might be interesting.
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Old 03-02-2018, 04:03 PM   #19
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I third 1916: The Easter Rising.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:01 PM   #20
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I'm going to nominate The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. This is going to be a fun and funny book. I do think you'll love it.

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And read this short review. It might help you decide to give it a go. https://www.goodreads.com/review/sho..._review_page=1

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Old 03-02-2018, 06:17 PM   #21
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I'm going to nominate The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
I'll second this.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:21 PM   #22
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I nominate Days Without Number by Robert Goddard
And I'll second this. I have read it, many years ago, but I'd be very happy to reread any Goddard novel.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:47 PM   #23
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I'm nominating The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer.

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From the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli comes The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, a rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived.

After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well* though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.

In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?

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Old 03-02-2018, 07:56 PM   #24
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Is it okay to say here that this nominations list is definitely increasing my "wish list"?! So many of these books sound like fun!
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I'm nominating The Secret Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer.
The actual title is The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.
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I’ll jump right in and third 1632, I’ve been looking at that one, but not gotten around to reading it.

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Old 03-03-2018, 04:18 AM   #28
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For those interested in the 1632 series, many of them had been made available for download:

http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/

The 1635 zip has a bunch of the books.

The above is not a pirate site.
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I'm going to nominate something outside my usual reading genres, but I enjoyed the writing style of the sample that I read and found the concept intriguing.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. Winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel (2015) and Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee for Best Novel (2015). Claire North is the pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated, young-adult novelist. It seems to be overlapping genres of science fiction, history and even spy thriller.

Available at Amazon US and Kobo US for $9.99. I did check that it is available as an ebook in Australia, Canada and UK. It is also available at Overdrive, Cloud (previously 3M) and Axis 360 Libraries. It can be found at Scribd as an audiobook.

Because the Goodreads description is rather vague, I've copied a starred review from Booklist instead.
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Harry August isn’t human. Well, that’s not quite accurate. He is human but a different sort of human from the rest of us: he was born (in the ladies’ washroom of a train station in England in 1919), he lives a certain number of years, and he dies—and then he’s born again, right back where he started, and a handful of years later his memories of his first life return. Harry is, like a few others, a kalachakra, an immortal who is constantly reborn, each time with all the memories of his previous lives. This wonderful novel, narrated by Harry, ranges back and forth in time as he recounts episodes from his various lives, but it’s all held together by a compelling mystery involving nothing less than the end of the world itself (a thousand years in the future).
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The Wheel of time or wheel of history (also known as Kalachakra) is a concept found in several religious traditions and philosophies, notably religions of Indian origin such as Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, which regard time as cyclical and consisting of repeating ages. Many other cultures contain belief in a similar concept: notably, the Q'ero Indians in Peru, as well as the Hopi Indians of Arizona.

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Come on people. The Eyre Affiar just needs one more nod for a really fun read that takes some favorite characters to places they've never been.

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