August 2017: What are you reading?

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  1. thaddeus6th

    thaddeus6th Well-Known Member

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    Still really enjoying The Wonder Book of Aircraft, and looking forward to reviewing it. Nearly halfway through. The airships look fantastic and (aside from some 'old-fashioned' language that would not be acceptable today) it's got a quite charming tone. It's confident about the future of the new technology, with some interesting predictions on opening up Australia's mineral wealth, or running postal and passenger services by air.
     
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  2. Gilly

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    just starting Enders Game been on my TBR pile for ages!
     
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  3. dannymcg

    dannymcg Raoul Mitgong won't help

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    Once more Chrons has guided me in my reading choices :)
    I was unaware of this short story compilation until reading through this thread.
    Now got as an ebook so thanks to ratsy :D
     
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  4. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    I've been reading a number of Graphic Guides - short illustrated introductions to various subjects - many of which are free to borrow for Amazon Prime members: Amazon.co.uk: graphic guide: Kindle Store

    So far I've read:

    Relativity
    Particle Physics
    Quantum Physics
    Feminism
    Linguistics


    I'm probably going to delve into Chaos theory next, to see if much has changed since I last read up on the subject. And then probably Epigenetics, which I hadn't even heard of!
     
  5. Vertigo

    Vertigo Mad Mountain Man

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    So are they any good? Would they be worth the £3 odd non prime members would have to pay?
     
  6. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    I think they're good, but probably aimed at a younger audience. If spending real money it might be better to find something more comprehensive for a couple of quid more.

    The paperbacks are probably more user-friendly, as the images in the ebooks are quite small and require constant resizing on anything but the largest Kindle.
     
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    night_wrtr Well-Known Member

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    Why did I not know this was a thing? o_O
     
  8. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    I think Prime Reading is a new thing. There are a limited selection of books to choose from, but you can borrow up to 10 at a time: Prime Reading

    EDIT: Apologies, I've just noticed you're in the US - this is the link for Amazon.com: Prime Reading
     
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  9. pambaddeley

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    The first few should've gone in July's but that thread's closed .. haven't been on here for a couple of weeks.

    Books 2 and 3 of Louise Cooper's Time's Master trilogy - The Outcast and The Master.
    Midnight Sun by Ramsey Campbell

    And now onto August reads:

    The Bridge by Iain Banks
    The Turning Wheel and Other Stories by Philip K Dick
    Monsters of Men, which completed Patrick Ness' YA dystopian SF trilogy
    Snowscape, a short story by him set after the events of the trilogy
    The 'Chronicles of Castle Brass' trilogy by Michael Moorcock - Count Brass, The Champion of Garathorm, The Quest for Tanelorn
     
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    dannymcg Raoul Mitgong won't help

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    I too am (just over) 120 pages in and am thoroughly enjoying this one - so far!

    Finished the William Shatner book this afternoon - that guy has had some life!
     
  11. The Big Peat

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    This deserves to be a topic in its own right.
     
  12. Vertigo

    Vertigo Mad Mountain Man

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    I'd be interested to know what you thought of The Bridge? I keep meaning to go back and read it again to see if I can make more sense of it! Which is not to say I didn't enjoy it!
     
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    Bick A Member of the Forum

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    Brief hiatus from Walpole's 'Rogue Herries' (which I'm enjoying but its long and taking me ages), to read Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. Its an excellent read, recommended whether a fan of the Boss or not. I've been a fan primarily since Tunnel of Love, but I've been downloading a lot of his classic concerts from his live download site lately, so I was in the mood to read about his background and history. I don't read many rock biographies, or any biographies really, but I enjoy the exercise so I probably should read more.
     
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    Victoria Silverwolf Vegetarian Werewolf

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    About to start the famous book of linked short stories/novel/fictionalized memoir (pick one) The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (1990). By all indications, the classic work of literature on the Vietnam War.
     
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    Parson This world is not my home

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    It is indeed a classic, but not as good as I expected. And it does not have much form to it. My take would be "fictionalized memoir."
     
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    HareBrain Bunny of Wonder Staff Member

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    As mentioned else where, I'm reading The Iron Dragon's Daughter by Michael Swanwick. I've read it three times before, I think (only bettered by Tolkien) but the last one was probably ten years ago, so it feels relatively fresh again. It's an absolute joy, and this time around I'm remembering how much impact it had on me when I read it in 1993 when I was just starting out on my first novel. I so wanted to write like this.

    It also contains, in Melanchthon, possibly the best dragon character after Smaug.
     
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    Gonk the Insane Looking for the Lando System

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    I'd never heard of this, but just looked it up and that's a brilliant opening. It's definitely going onto the never-ending TBR pile. Thanks, HB(y)
     
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  18. HareBrain

    HareBrain Bunny of Wonder Staff Member

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    Stick it at the top!

    And ignore all the reviews on Goodreads (mostly by young women, ironically) that seem upset that the young female MC isn't "nice".
     
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  19. Perpetual Man

    Perpetual Man Tim James

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    I've just finished the Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. There is my bitchy review here I didn't like it.

    I'm now going to have another tackle of the never decreasing pile of comics.

    This book also marks the end of my small* to read pile, so I now get to make another one.

    *This is opposed to the HUGE to read pile stacked neatly in a cupboard somewhere.
     
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    Parson This world is not my home

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    Melanchthon? as in --- Philip Melanchthon, born Philipp Schwartzerdt, was a German Lutheran reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation? --- There has to be a tie in somewhere there.
     
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