horus
 member, 511 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 08:41
Re: What are you reading?
In reply to bigbadron (msg # 19):

Huh.  One of the Barsoom novels, the eleventh and final book of the series, was, in fact, titled John Carter of Mars.  I believe all the Barsoom novels should be freely available via Project Gutenberg Australia, as they are public domain in Australia (even if not all of them are PD in the USA because of differences in copyright law between our two nations).

I read them all many many years ago when I was still quite young, and do remember them and Edgar Rice Burroughs's other other-worldly series, Carson of Venus, fondly.
Shei-kun
 member, 837 posts
 A Giant Shei draws near!
 Fight-Magic-Item-Flee
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 09:08
Re: What are you reading?
At the recommendation of my sister-in-law, I recently finished Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher (a penname for Ursula Vernon), which is about a girl who lives in a rather oppressive household (mother loves you SO MUCH why would you do anything to make mother feel bad you can't go outside something might HAPPEN etc) and sneaks out of the house when she sees, I kid you not, Baba Yaga's hut walk down the street.

I'm currently reading another of her books called Castle Hangnail, which so far is about a little girl with amazing boots (they're not magical, she's just got really cool boots) who bluffed her way into being the Wicked Witch and Mistress of Castle Hangnail, which really needed a magical evil overlord or it would be put in foreclosure and unmagicked, which the minions who worked there did not want.  It's a great book so far.
bigbadron
 moderator, 15588 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 09:09
Re: What are you reading?
In reply to horus (msg # 25):

Just two tiny problems...  :)

1: I don't live in Oz.
2: I prefer dead tree editions.

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horus
 member, 512 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 16:40
Re: What are you reading?
bigbadron:
In reply to horus (msg # 25):

Just two tiny problems...  :)

1: I don't live in Oz.
2: I prefer dead tree editions.


Hey, to each his own, man.  My error on point 1, though.  Only the first five of the Barsoom novels are public domain in America where I live. I hope you are enjoying the book you have in hand.

I get the attraction of hard-bound books - I used to collect them.  In my case it was Katrina that convinced me digital books were easier to carry with me during an evacuation.

(During Katrina I lost over 5,000 books, a collection gathered over my lifetime to that point, including some rare first edition hardbacks.  Never again, my friend.  I'm afraid Mother Nature has radically re-shaped my perceptions on that score.)
jwneil
 member, 38 posts
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 17:04
Re: What are you reading?
horus:
In my case it was Katrina that convinced me digital books were easier to carry with me during an evacuation.


Sorry to hear about your literary loss.  But I'm with you on prefering digital books.  I've never had to evac (despite living in tornado alley for a time), but about the 4th or 5th time you move your library you realize, both physically and financially, the toll of moving *all* those books!!!


And, to add to the thread, currently I've found a good cybertech book called Necrotech by K.C. Alexander  It's pretty much Shadowrun.  Fun action.  Not for readers who are easily offended.
Jhaelan
 member, 220 posts
 Prefers roles to rolls
 Based in UTC+1
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 17:07
Re: What are you reading?
Just remember that in many cases you’re effectively renting those ebooks ;)

What one hand giveth the other taketh away
jdtucker
 member, 51 posts
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 18:44
Re: What are you reading?
I'm rereading the Foundation trilogy by Issac Asimov and my wife turned me onto the Thursday Next stories by Jasper Fforde.
phoenix9lives
 member, 966 posts
 GENE POLICE!  YOU!
 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 18:50
Re: What are you reading?
Now, not for myself but I have been reading Dracula, by Brams Stoker, as a bedtime story to my eight year old.  Planning to follow that up with Frankenstein, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.  I want to get another copy of The Chronicles of Narnia.
icosahedron152
 member, 870 posts
Wed 27 Jun 2018
at 04:14
Re: What are you reading?
You must have a particularly patient 8 year old to sit through the Victorian linguistic formalities of Dracula and Frankenstein - the latter bored me at 12!

You might find LotR to be tough going, too. The Hobbit and Narnia sound more like it for that age group. You're sure they're "not for myself"? ;)

My recent reading is mainly historical fiction - Bernard Cornwell, Susanna Gregory, George Macdonald Fraser, along with World War Z, in line with my Rpol games.

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horus
 member, 514 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Fri 29 Jun 2018
at 07:06
Re: What are you reading?
Jhaelan:
Just remember that in many cases you’re effectively renting those ebooks ;)

What one hand giveth the other taketh away


There are ways and there are ways, friend.  I try to choose wisely when acquiring ebooks.  One of the reasons I like Project Gutenberg is their commitment to preserving the great literature of the world.

I still buy the occasional paperback if no unencumbered ebook is available, but my dead-tree collection right now is still under one hundred volumes.
V_V
 member, 752 posts
 You can call me V, just V
 Life; a journey made once
Fri 29 Jun 2018
at 10:31
Re: What are you reading?
So, my friend is reading the Ship Who Sing series to me, again.

I really like it because it blends a lot of aspects of sci-fi into what was contemporary when the author wrote it. It aged well, but has a good aged feeling still. It doesn't have ALOT of action in it if you like more fast paced novels, but I think it did a good job of blending the drama from moral, to lethal, to emotional trials. It deals with a lot of issues in subtext as well, as the protagonist is basically an otherwise "non-viable" child that was grafted to a ship, to become it's N.A. "Natural intelligence".

I don't read novels. Never enjoyed it, as I'm VERY slow. RPoL is about the most I've read in my life (of fiction). I pretty much only read non-fiction for pleasure. I love HEARING stories though. Just not reading them. Weird, I know.
horus
 member, 515 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Sat 30 Jun 2018
at 05:15
Re: What are you reading?
In reply to V_V (msg # 35):

Not so weird.  The spoken word has rhythm, cadence, and power all its own.  This concept is nearly universal, existing in some form in many different cultures.

A friend who will read to you is a friend, indeed.
V_V
 member, 753 posts
 You can call me V, just V
 Life; a journey made once
Sat 30 Jun 2018
at 07:14
Re: What are you reading?
In reply to horus (msg # 36):

Yeah, Anne is a gem. :)

I do enjoy spoken words much better. You're about cadence, I think it's also the sharing too. I am not this bad about movies, but if both my company and I have seen a movie before, I will comment and inquire thoughts. Books Anne has read work well for this, because she reads like a biblio-addict, reading just about anything she can get her hands on. So after she's read something (that's the key) she is willing to cherry pick things she thinks I'd like, and read them to me. Then I interject every now and then, which would be annoying if she hadn't read it before (that and speed) but really helps me enjoy it. :)

Anne is a clerk at the county library, and our county library is ranked well in the (American) nation, certainly not top ten, but well regarded. She wants a job (I forget the position's name) where she recommends books to people who liked one genre/author/period/etc and they want to know something else. It would also be mandatory to pay her to read an hour every day. Which is like a dream job for her; talking about books, and being paid to read. So reading to me, and listening to my input is actually a little bit of training for her too. She read the Harry Potter Books, up until Order of the Phoenix (where she just couldn't stomach it) and we admitted one of the few times the movies were better than the book, in our opinion.

Anyway, another Sci-fi book Anne liked is Sassinak (sp?). I never read it or heard it, but it's by the same author as the Ship Who Sang, and Pern series.

There are many many others, that if Anne deemed to log onto RPoL she would love to recommend. Sadly, I'm a fantasy audience. Most Sci-fi isn't my thing. BEcause of McCaffrey's fantasy voice though, and the gray nature in between soft and hard sci-fi, it worked for me.

As I've said to others though. I enjoy doing, rather than hearing or watching. Like with sports, I would rather play, even poorly, than watch something. Hence most media is very out of touch for me. Music is one of the few medias I consume regularly, mostly because it's easy to do something; like play video games, or an RPG, while I listen. Reading character text, or watching a game video also works. Hence I'm on RPoL. ;)

I won't continue on that tangent though, and risk derailing the thread.
OceanLake
 member, 1044 posts
Sat 30 Jun 2018
at 23:56
Re: What are you reading?
V_V: A suggestion:

Open a book to a page. Using two fingers, find out the span of yo9ur reading eyes. Tips of fingers, maybe index and little, close together of further apart. Remember where the midpoint of the length is. Then put a fingertip that far in from the left margin of the line. Do the same thing on the right edge. Your eyes should start in form the left line that distance and finish the line that same distance from the end.
Wyrm
 member, 653 posts
Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 00:49
Re: What are you reading?
Black Company. One of the wonderful pieces of literature that made a young me realize Illusion magic could be so much cooler than parlor tricks.
jpetoh
 member, 374 posts
 As irrational
 as pi.
Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 02:43
Re: What are you reading?
I tried reading 'Pat the Bunny,' but I'm just going to wait for the movie to come out.
V_V
 member, 755 posts
 You can call me V, just V
 Life; a journey made once
Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 09:34
Re: What are you reading?
In reply to OceanLake (msg # 38):

I can't really visualize, and therefor neither understand what you're suggesting. I just don't enjoy reading fiction silently. Even reading aloud is dry.

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OceanLake
 member, 1045 posts
Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 15:51
Re: What are you reading?
If your eyes focus on the first letter of each line, you're reading the margin. First focusing your eyes a little in will speed your reading.
praguepride
 member, 1309 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 00:16
Re: What are you reading?
I often don't have time to read but when I'm doing chores or on long drives I greatly enjoy audio books.

Currently starting the audio book of the Black Company and I like it already. My favorite audiobook series is the Expanse series of books. Realistic sci-fi (no FTL means humanity is stuck in the solar system) and over time different "cultures" have evolved. Earth is one big ball of decay, Mars is heavily militarized and "Belters" (those that live and work mining asteroids) are second class citizens to both... it's a great political dynamic.

I also enjoyed listening to the Nightwatch series. Currently on book 3 because while the 1st book was amazing, I didn't really like Daywatch and it was kind of a slog. Twilight Watch is back on my good side though.

Other fun ones are the Bobiverse books (a quirky engineer is plugged into a Von Neumann probe and told to replicate and explore the universe).

Anyway if you have access to a smartphone chances are you can get an audiobook player. If you're active with your library they often have audiobooks that you can "check out" as it were. Some popular ones even come on CDs (I listened to the Big Short on CD).
CrazyIvan777
 member, 241 posts
Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 16:31
Re: What are you reading?
Finally finished up Oryx and Crake. Interesting tale about a guy who thinks he's the last human on Earth, somewhat due to his own actions. A study on how terrible loneliness can be, and how even the little things can lead to bad ends. Somewhat dark, but an excellent book.

Also recently read The Lies of Locke Lamora, a wonderful bit of swashbuckling and crime set in a city that seems like a fantasy version of renaissance Venice. Highly recommend.

Another recommend is Traitor's Blade - First book in a series about wandering bringers-of-justice whose king was deposed and executed ... There's a lot to it, but it's a great book with a swashbuckling-fantasy feel to it.

Current audio- powering through The Dresden Files. Interesting stories and magic, but there are ticks about the main character that make me dislike him. :/
dybbuk67
 member, 81 posts
Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 18:38
Re: What are you reading?
Just started Madeline Miller's Circe, and so far I am quite impressed.
I'm a sucker for a good retelling of the old myths.
jwneil
 member, 39 posts
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 12:37
Re: What are you reading?
dybbuk67:
Just started Madeline Miller's Circe, and so far I am quite impressed.
I'm a sucker for a good retelling of the old myths.



If you're into that, check out Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology.  I'm about 3/4 done - pretty fun read!! :)
dybbuk67
 member, 82 posts
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 15:43
Re: What are you reading?
In reply to jwneil (msg # 46):

Read it the day it came out.  I love how his "Freya's Wedding" reads just like you imagine a Loony Toons Norse Myth would read.
Vinny
 member, 569 posts
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 19:38
Re: What are you reading?
Half way through Adrian Tchaikovsky's ten book epic the Shadows of the Apt. The author came to my attention after he won the Arthur C Clarke award for Children of Time and I've been working my way through his oeuvre ever since. Highly recommended, both his Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels.
facemaker329
 member, 7029 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 03:43
Re: What are you reading?
Since last I posted on this, I finished up that book, and another one ("Time Lord Fairy Tales"...I never knew the book existed, stumbled across it at a thrift store a few days ago!)  It's a fast read, the stories are only a few pages long each, and very similar to the fairy tales most of us are familiar with...just, given a Dr. Who twist.)

I wouldn't recommend it for anyone looking for anything deep and profound...but it was entertaining light reading for a couple of days' worth of free time...