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David Weber's eArc of "War Maid's Choice" - a continuation of his Bahzell series. Cheerfully fun fantasy fair.

A fairly accurate review - http://www.otherwher...eeky-good-time/

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Approx 500 pages along in Kings Under the Dome and loving it so far. I can't remember when was the last time I read a book this long that stood this firmly to the point and kept growing the intesity without going down on distracting ramblings beside the main storyarc. And for a King book, there's surprisingly little abnormalities involved, but more a focus more on how the people behave in the situation they're put in and the "horror" being more human than supernatural.

Hopefully the the book keeps on getting more and more interesting, like it has done so far, as it goes on and doesn't disappoint with a tacked on ending or dry out.

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The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Deborg. Amazing. It only took 154 pages to change our world. Guy Debord's manifesto/book length essay that is truly a masterpiece of writing that borders on the poetic. It is also a crystal clear view how culture is formed in the 20th (and of course the 21st) century.

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Curriculum. No one reads that on their own. Bragging rigths hereby recinded.

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Now reading The Illiad & The Odyssey. I've always meant to read this for myself and I've finally gotten around to it. I'm over 1/2 way through The Odyssey. I'm finding it slow going (the Iliad was rough but this is much better) but I am amazed the affect these stories have had on western language and culture some 2800 years later.

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Now reading Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. It's about the assasination attempt on James Garfield and the aftermath. It takes a talented writer to make a true story read like a WEB Griffin novel but Ms. Millard did a jam up job with this. Worth checking out if you have an interest in post reconstruction US history.

I'm also reading A False Spring by Pat Jordan which is just one of the best baseball books ever written.

I just ordered The Song of Achillies a modern retelling of the Illiad. I don't normally go for that but it has gotten really good reviews.

Plus I was thinking about giving the Dune universe another look. I thought the series jumped the shark after The Children of Dune but Franks son has added a lot of "fill in" and pred-sereis work that might be worth a look. Have any of you read any of Brian Herberts additions?

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Plus I was thinking about giving the Dune universe another look. I thought the series jumped the shark after The Children of Dune but Franks son has added a lot of "fill in" and pred-sereis work that might be worth a look. Have any of you read any of Brian Herberts additions?


If you thought it jumped the shark after book 2.5...yeah..I suggest don't read anything written by his son with the abominiation that is KJA. Just don't.

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Plus I was thinking about giving the Dune universe another look. I thought the series jumped the shark after The Children of Dune but Franks son has added a lot of "fill in" and pred-sereis work that might be worth a look. Have any of you read any of Brian Herberts additions?


If you thought it jumped the shark after book 2.5...yeah..I suggest don't read anything written by his son with the abominiation that is KJA. Just don't.


Yeah the reviews on Amazon agree with you for the most part. I think I'll pass.Too bad.

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Bought the first novel in a long while, The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh. Sold me when page 3 named a character's indigestion-driven habits Tridib's Gastric.

Indian writers tend to be a bit of hit and miss for me, sometimes the books really work well in turning all the Indian-British minutiae into a powerful illustration of ambiguities, other times I just feel like I'm reading more Indian we-are-postcolonial blargh. I felt the latter about The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, while I still really want to try A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, which had a very good first 50 pages.

In university, one of the more interesting things I recently read was a chapter on French folktales in 17/18th centuries - how earlier versions of well known tales like Little Red Riding Hood often involved things like the wolf tricking the girl to eat the grandmother's flesh, then jump in bed with the wolf dressed as grandma, take off all her clothes, then get eaten by the wolf.

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Now reading Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. It's about the assasination attempt on James Garfield and the aftermath. It takes a talented writer to make a true story read like a WEB Griffin novel but Ms. Millard did a jam up job with this. Worth checking out if you have an interest in post reconstruction US history.

I'm also reading A False Spring by Pat Jordan which is just one of the best baseball books ever written.

I just ordered The Song of Achillies a modern retelling of the Illiad. I don't normally go for that but it has gotten really good reviews.

Plus I was thinking about giving the Dune universe another look. I thought the series jumped the shark after The Children of Dune but Franks son has added a lot of "fill in" and pred-sereis work that might be worth a look. Have any of you read any of Brian Herberts additions?

The Butlerian Jihad and Prelude to Dune books are... okay. Not very well written, but at least they add something to the Dune universe and are not complete cash-ins like all other books they churned out.

The sequels to Chapterhouse: Dune that actually wrap up the main series are abysmal.
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Anyone want a like new copy of The Song of Achillies? It stinks. Now reading National Geographic Magazine March 2012 issue. This is the only subscription I've never cancelled.

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The Mister Gum series of books for kids by Andy Stanton. Reading them with my son, they are too good and too funny for sprogs.

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For the random interest:

Major Highlights in the History of Space Opera

A nice timeline of some of the most influential stories in the sci-fi subgenre.

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Now reading "Hockey Night in Dixie" about life in the ECHL & CHL minor hockey leagues in the southern US. Great book!

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I just orderd 27 books for my Kindle. I'll be busy for a while.

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I'm reading The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governer. About 1/3 the way through it and it's great. I like how it ties into the comic although you don't see Rick's group, the events usually happen just before Rick's group turns up at certain points. Little things that you see in the comic are explained in the book. Great stuff.

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In book related news.. Apple is apparently being hit by the American legal system over attempts to fix the price of ebooks

Department of Justice hits Apple with e-book price fixing suit

YahooNews - US accuses Apple and publishers over e-books

The U.S. government sued Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and five publishers, saying they conspired to fix the prices of electronic books, and reached a settlement with three of the publishers that could lead to cheaper e-books for consumers.


The settlement reached with three of the publishers will allow Amazon (AMZN.O) to resume discounting books, and will terminate the "most favored nation" contracts with Apple.

Amazon said in response to the settlement that it plans to lower prices on books associated with its Kindle e-reader



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Amazon is a five hundred pound gorilla, the Google of publishing / e-books. Apple is the axis of tech-evil. What did you expect.

An e-book is almost as expensive as a physical copy with hardly any of the overhead costs. The reader is getting screwed as are writers. The winners are (quel surprise) apple and Amazon.

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Amazon is a five hundred pound gorilla, the Google of publishing / e-books. Apple is the axis of tech-evil. What did you expect.

An e-book is almost as expensive as a physical copy with hardly any of the overhead costs. The reader is getting screwed as are writers. The winners are (quel surprise) apple and Amazon.


Amazon started off with massive discounts on Kindle, but when Apple moved in like that they had to raise the prices and actually appologised to customers for having to do it...

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Yes, in this case Apple is more evil than Amazon.




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