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Old 02-10-2019, 06:29 AM   #28051
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Yesterday I read "The Cross-time Engineer" by Leo Frankowski, which comprises the first third of the Baen "Conrad Starguard" omnibus that I bought in 2004. A very enjoyable time travel romp about a young engineer accidentally transported back to 13th century Poland, and his attempts to kick-start an early industrial revolution to hold off the Mongol invasion he knows will be coming in a few years' time. Extremely enjoyable.
Thanks for the tip, sounds intriguing - added to my tbr. Seeing as how you're also a fan of Lee Child and Dick/Felix Francis, I'm thinking it's worth a go.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:17 AM   #28052
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Thanks for the tip, sounds intriguing - added to my tbr. Seeing as how you're also a fan of Lee Child and Dick/Felix Francis, I'm thinking it's worth a go.
The series of 6 books is split between two Baen omnibus editions:

Conrad Stargard: The Radiant Warrior (Books 1-3)
Conrad's Lady (Books 4-6)

There's also a prequel to the series called "Conrad's Time Machine", but I'd suggest reading the other books before this.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:46 AM   #28053
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:14 PM   #28054
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Thanks for the tip, sounds intriguing - added to my tbr. Seeing as how you're also a fan of Lee Child and Dick/Felix Francis, I'm thinking it's worth a go.
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The series of 6 books is split between two Baen omnibus editions:

Conrad Stargard: The Radiant Warrior (Books 1-3)
Conrad's Lady (Books 4-6)

There's also a prequel to the series called "Conrad's Time Machine", but I'd suggest reading the other books before this.
I first read and reread them in paper and really enjoyed them.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:39 PM   #28055
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:29 AM   #28056
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:19 AM   #28057
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Since I was here last:

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde. This is the second of the Thursday Next books. It was undoubtedly very clever - the many literary references and the entanglements of time and coincidence and characters from many different stories and the previous novel and so on - but a bit too messy for too long for my tastes. That it left so many strands open for the next books did not help. Still an okay read, but it didn't measure up to the first. 3/5.

A Delicate Truth by John le Carré. Reminded me why I like film adaptations of le Carré books. More in the New Leaf Book Club discussion when it starts.

The Cecelia and Kate trilogy: Sorcery & Cecelia then The Grand Tour and finally The Mislaid Magician by Patricia Collins Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. These are YA historical romance/fantasy epistolary novels that I picked up after seeing positive comments about them on this forum. The first in particular was very good fun, like reading Pride and Prejudice with a touch of magic. (Okay, so the language is not that sophisticated, this is YA, but) Very well done and a firm 4/5. The second was good, but it felt a little slow. Somewhere around 3.5/5. It was still enough fun that I jumped straight into the third book, set 10 years after the first two. Despite what seemed a slightly awkward plot, overly explained at the end, I had fun with this last book too. It lacked the novelty value of the first but I'm still giving it 4/5.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:30 AM   #28058
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The Cecelia and Kate trilogy: Sorcery & Cecelia then The Grand Tour and finally The Mislaid Magician by Patricia Collins Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. These are YA historical romance/fantasy epistolary novels that I picked up after seeing positive comments about them on this forum. The first in particular was very good fun, like reading Pride and Prejudice with a touch of magic. (Okay, so the language is not that sophisticated, this is YA, but) Very well done and a firm 4/5. The second was good, but it felt a little slow. Somewhere around 3.5/5. It was still enough fun that I jumped straight into the third book, set 10 years after the first two. Despite what seemed a slightly awkward plot, overly explained at the end, I had fun with this last book too. It lacked the novelty value of the first but I'm still giving it 4/5.
I wonder if it was my recommendation? If so, I'm glad you liked them too.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:26 AM   #28059
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I wonder if it was my recommendation? If so, I'm glad you liked them too.
Yes, yours was certainly one of the comments I took notice of. It is greatly appreciated that you leave your reactions in addition to saying what you're reading. I've picked up a lot of good books this way.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:09 AM   #28060
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But I'm going to start with the just-purchased new Novella from Lois McMaster Bujold: Knife's Children, set in her Sharing Knife universe. Normally I just ad a book to my watch list, but her self-published stuff doesn't go on offer, so I might as well buy and read in now.
And very good it was too. Most enjoyable, and highly recommended. It will, of course, be much better to have read the previous books before approaching this one, but I think that it would be possible to read and enjoy it even if you haven't.

And then I read something completely different: Paddington's Finest Hour by Michael Bond.

Well, it might have been Paddington's Finest Hour, but it wasn't Mr Bond's. I did like the title story, but the references in many of the stories to earlier stories didn't work for me. One seemed very much a re-working of an earlier story to do with saws and table legs. And Mr Curry seems to have become positively nasty rather than merely misanthropic.

I'm glad that the others I've got are from earlier.

Next up: Galaxy's Edge Magazine #1, edited by Mike Resnick.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:23 AM   #28061
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I finished Shattered at Sea by Cheryl Hollon. Just a light cozy mystery. Next up is In a Cottage in a Wood by Cass Green. Hopefully a bit more exciting mystery/thriller.
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I've just finished "Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds. The first book of his that I've read, and a very enjoyable example of hard SF "space opera" on an epic scale.

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Highly recommended. My only complaint is the rather lax editing of the book. Numerous typos, and in several places the protagonist "Dan" becomes "Don".

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But I'm going to start with the just-purchased new Novella from Lois McMaster Bujold: Knife's Children, set in her Sharing Knife universe. Normally I just ad a book to my watch list, but her self-published stuff doesn't go on offer, so I might as well buy and read in now.
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And very good it was too. Most enjoyable, and highly recommended. It will, of course, be much better to have read the previous books before approaching this one, but I think that it would be possible to read and enjoy it even if you haven't.
Oh, good. I loved the original series, so I was hoping this would be as good. Pushed right to the top of my TBR.
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The series of 6 books is split between two Baen omnibus editions:

Conrad Stargard: The Radiant Warrior (Books 1-3)
Conrad's Lady (Books 4-6)

There's also a prequel to the series called "Conrad's Time Machine", but I'd suggest reading the other books before this.
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I first read and reread them in paper and really enjoyed them.
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Okay, that's two of you who have similar reading tastes to myself, so I'll definitely give them a go.
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