February 2019: Reading thread

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Great Dixter is one of those places, like Brogdale, that is always referenced in the RHS magazine. I would love to visit both.
 

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I'm reading Anna Karenina and it sure is a time. The translation team on this is interesting, though. They're a husband-wife combo and the wife speaks Russian. She does a literal translation, and then the husband (who doesn't speak any Russian) tries to copy the rhythm of the sentences in Russian and make the English translation match.
 

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Just starting The Dinosaur Tourist, a collection by Caitlin R. Kiernan. I've been looking forward to this, but probably won't read it cover to cover immediately. I may break off at some point for a novel before returning.

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Bit of light reading YA stuff today.
Orson Scott Card..children of the fleet. (What happened to Battle School after Ender won the war)
 

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Finished Inherit the Stars on my lunch break today. Have ordered the next one in the series but I don't want to lose this precious reading mood I seem to be in for the first time in longer than I want to consider, so I'm 80 pages into Flowers for Algernon.
 

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A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie Czerneda.
I'm stunned that you didn't get into this. I thought it was a great read. For a time I thought Julie Czerneda was the next great SF author. But I haven't seen much from her lately.

I have started Rift by Nathan Hystad and so far I am VERY impressed. I think another of our clan is about to make the jump to must read status.
 

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I'm reading A Pinch of Magic, by Michelle Harrison. Yes it's a kids book, but why should all the kids have the fun.
 

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I have started Rift by Nathan Hystad and so far I am VERY impressed. I think another of our clan is about to make the jump to must read status.
Up next on my reading list is The Event by the same.

I read the first few pages a while back but then had to leave it for couple of weeks due to 'real world issues' and simply forgot I hadn't completed it.
 

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Just finishing Weaveworld by Clive Barker for the umpteenth time.

Unsure where to go next. I've got the below in waiting...

Mistborn series, Malice and Rivers of London.
 

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I'm stunned that you didn't get into this. I thought it was a great read. For a time I thought Julie Czerneda was the next great SF author.
Very interesting Parson - I have this on my shelf, bought from a used book store, but have not read it yet.

I’m just quickly reading Christie’s The Body in the Library, which is one of the Marple novels. I’ll be back to SF later today or tomorrow I imagine, as it’s a very easy read of course. I do enjoy these.
 
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Rex Gordon's "No Man Friday". (1956)

This was found for me a few days ago in the Book Search threads. Because I haven't read it since 1962/3, I've made some comments on it in this thread:

From Way, Way Back in Your Reading Life
 
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Finished Flowers for Algernon. It's been a few years since I last read it so the full weight behind the emotional suckerpunch of the ending was back and I was bawling once again. It's just the last four or five pages. It's such a good book.

My new book won't be delivered until tomorrow and I want this reading wave to continue so I've grabbed Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. I love Bradbury and his poetry prose.
 

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I was starting to think I'd made a terrible mistake with Foucault's Pendulum, both in listing it as my favourite novel, and reading it again. In my early twenties I imagine I was awed by Eco's learning and intelligence; now, not so much. But at last, 80 pages in, it seems to have caught light at last.
 

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Finished Flowers for Algernon. It's been a few years since I last read it so the full weight behind the emotional suckerpunch of the ending was back and I was bawling once again. It's just the last four or five pages. It's such a good.
I’ve only read the short story version, and that was terrific. I’ve always thought it would be tricky to expand to a novel without losing some of the impact. You’ve not read them both by any chance?
 

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trying cixin three body problem. any opinions?
 

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I’ve only read the short story version, and that was terrific. I’ve always thought it would be tricky to expand to a novel without losing some of the impact. You’ve not read them both by any chance?
Yes, but I read the novel before the short story, and I think the one you read first is the bar against which you set the story. So to me the short story doesn't have as much impact because there feels like there's much less to it.

Although I was thinking today that I tend to read the novel very quickly everytime I do, so it all takes place quite quickly for me; I do wonder if it would have the same impact if I read it slower.
 

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I’ve only read the short story version, and that was terrific. I’ve always thought it would be tricky to expand to a novel without losing some of the impact. You’ve not read them both by any chance?
I have not. But some great novels started with short stories. Example #1 Ender's Game.
 
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