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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:11 am

I have Drood on my TBR pile, but I wanted to read both The Moonstone and The Mystery of Edwin Drood first.

I keep trying to read new SF and just finding it...not compelling. I'm a hundred pages from the end of The Interestings and still loving it...though I'm not sure why. Last week I reread Delany's Nova for my book group and loved it all over again but for completely different reasons than when I read it before (which for me is one of the signs of a really good book). But I've been trying to read the new Rachel Bach trilogy and while it's well-written it feels so "been there done that." I also need to get through Charles Gannon's Fire With Fire before the end of the month, because, well, he's an acquaintance now and I did read his history of SF and the military, which was excellent, but it just feels like more of the same. I'm feeling less than inspired to finish the Niven/Benford I started.

So what I will probably read next is Pynchon's most recent, The Bleeding Edge, and I picked up Gene Wolf's last one, The Land Across, and David Mitchell's brand new The Bone Clocks. What I've been finding it the work that has SFnal elements but is mostly what we might call "mainstream" has been far better than what I've been finding in category.

Except The Expanse series, James S.A. Corey---those are hugely fun and well done. Oh, and anything by Mieville. Anything.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:43 am

Finished The Interestings. Here's the review: http://theproximaleye.com/2014/09/07/on ... -interest/

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:59 pm

Today is Tolstoy's 186th birthday. The old boy is still spry and somewhat light on his feet.

Я предлагаю выпить за Толстого!
“We must not always talk in the marketplace,” Hester Prynne said, “of what happens to us in the forest.”
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Barber » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:42 am

All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:16 pm

I love books about words and language. Found a great book called LOST IN TRANSLATION which lists and defines words from other languages that express concepts that have no equivalent in English.

Some of my favorites are:

Mangata (Swedish) The road-like reflection of the moon in water.

Hiraeth (Welsh) Nostalgia and grief for the loss of things that never were.

Razliubit (Russian) The feeling of having fallen out of love.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese) Finding beauty in imperfection and incompleteness.

Ya' Aburnee (Arabic) Telling someone you hope you die before they do because you couldn't live without them.

and the one that hits way too close to home -

Tsundoku (Japanese) Leaving a newly purchased book unread after buying it. Ouch!
“We must not always talk in the marketplace,” Hester Prynne said, “of what happens to us in the forest.”
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Rick Keeney » Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:40 pm

VALIS

How's that novel for a conversation starter? whaddabook

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Rick Keeney » Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:12 pm

Kindle owners/Swanwick fans be aware:

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Michael-Swan ... l+swanwick

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:59 am

Russell Brand, Revolution.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Rick Keeney » Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:07 am

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
VALIS (still)
Fritz Leiber

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:40 am

Currently reading:

Galapago Regained by James Morrow
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Rick Keeney » Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:06 pm

Mark Tiedemann wrote:Currently reading:

Galapago Regained by James Morrow
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory


I recall talking to James when he was struggling to find a home for THE LAST WITCHFINDER. Why a writer of his stature struggles like that is beyond me.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Douglas Harrison » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:34 pm

I reread Heinlein's first published short story, "Life-Line," and was impressed anew at his ability to sharply distinguish characters through description. The story's conceit is clever, but the depiction of its inhabitants sets it apart.

D.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:11 am

Rick Keeney wrote:
Mark Tiedemann wrote:Currently reading:

Galapago Regained by James Morrow
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory


I recall talking to James when he was struggling to find a home for THE LAST WITCHFINDER. Why a writer of his stature struggles like that is beyond me.


Funny...he said something like about me.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:26 am

How's the book doing Mark?

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Rick Keeney » Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:02 pm

AZKABAN


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