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Just finished
(Started and finished) Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

SF. Darrow lives on Mars in a society that has a rigid caste system. The reds, at the bottom, are slaves. The golds at the top are absolute masters. They are separated not only by class, privilege and rights but by genetics. But the reds have a plan: They can make Darrow into a gold and then start a revolution.

Part Ender's Game, part Hunger Games with a dose of Brave New World thrown in, this is Pierce Brown's first book and it is really good. It's also the start of a trilogy, but book 2 isn't due out until early next year.

Reread of Wizard by John Varley. The second volume in the Gaea trilogy. Great stuff.

Lewis Carroll in Numberland .  In addition to writing the Alice books and others in that vein, Lewis Carroll was a mathematician. This book covers some of his mathematical life and work.

Now reading

The Yamato Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave. The "secret" history of Japan's emperors, especially during World War II and after.  A bleak story of how the Japanese people have been manipulated and how MacArthur made people lie about war crimes.

Citizens  by Simon Schama. The French Revolution.  I found the prologue confusing, but it's getting better as I get into it.

The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson. All about the folklore of Discworld and parallels on Earth. If you're not a fan of Discworld, this is not the place to start; but if you are a fan, it could interest you.

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DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
Sun 2:00 PM What's on Your E-Reader? Caedy
Sun 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON
alternate Mondays
2:00 PM Political Books Susan from 29
Mon 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery michelewln, Susan from 29
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUES 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM All Things Bookstore Dave in Northridge
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 2:00 PM e-books Susan from 29
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
alternate Thursdays 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
Fri 8:00 PM Books Go Boom! Brecht; first one each month by ArkDem14
Fri 10:00 PM Slightly Foxed -- but Still Desirable shortfinals
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 12:00 PM You Can't Read That! Paul's Book Reviews pwoodford
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

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  •  The boy and I just started... (9+ / 0-)

    Walter Moers' "Rumo."

    We enjoyed his "13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear," so we figured we'd stick with the same author.

    So far, so good. We're about 80 pages in.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:01:19 AM PDT

  •  June's books: (11+ / 0-)

    Finished:
    Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
    Death Masks by Jim Butcher
    Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
    Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
    Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen

    Currently reading:
    Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
    Fire Dance by Delle Jacobs

    I managed to get the Jim Butcher books finished two days before they were due back! Hooray! It was good, but I still like Codex Alera better.

    Mr. Mercedes was very very good, and will be a re-read somewhere in my near future. Definitely a 'crime story' and not a typical horror, it read closer to a Bachman than a King. Maybe Richard is coming back out to play.

    Nature Girl was good, though I wish it had a trigger warning on it. But the scenes weren't too bad and the woman was rescued, so it didn't cause any nightmares.

    I started Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen, but I'm going to have to wait to finish it until I can get it on Kindle. Whomever had it last either used a lot of air freshener or perfume because the book reeks and sets off my asthma every time I open it. So back to the library it goes. I believe I saw it on the Kindle list for my library, so I'll just get it that way and read it later. This is why I don't walk into used book stores, though I like to order books from them through amazon. Sometimes though I still end up donating a book because I just can't handle the scents the paper has picked up. And I don't accept books from smokers if I can help it. Tobacco is one of the worst!

    Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris is a new series. I haven't actually started yet, I tried last night but I was too tired to focus. So I'll start that one later today.

    Once I finish it, it's back to the library for more books, with some kindle reads probably in between. I still have my sci-fi anthologies my other half got me for my birthday to read as well :). But with Bit having kids groups at the library three days a week all summer, there will be ample time for me to peruse shelves and find new series and authors to read as well as revisit some favorites.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:06:38 AM PDT

  •  Still reading "Picasso" by Mailer (10+ / 0-)

    This is one of those pick-it-up-and-put-it-down books.
    I am fascinated by the turn of the century Paris art crowd, if there's any place and era I would like to be put back into, that's it. So much creativity and fascinating characters!!
    Don't have to tell you what a nut Picasso was---this is him and the gang in the early days---The Bateau Lavoir years. The Rose Period going into the Blue Period, precursor to Cubism.

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:20:18 AM PDT

  •  Spock's World (9+ / 0-)

    and the Long Hidden anthology

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:15:24 AM PDT

  •  Watership Down (11+ / 0-)

    About 120 pages in.  I like it.  

    We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams. - Peter S. Beagle

    by jk2003 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:21:49 AM PDT

  •  Red Badge of Courage (11+ / 0-)

    I had not read it since I was in ninth grade, but with the Bergdahl release, I decided to revisit it to try and get a perspective on the emotional toll of war.

    I am glad I re-read it, because I missed remembered much of it - or maybe it is just a different perspective now that I am much older than fifteen.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:28:10 AM PDT

  •  Has anyone here read any of Sharyn McCrumb's (8+ / 0-)

    "Ballad Series" books? She takes old Appalachian ballads and weaves a murder mystery around the song.  Most of these old songs have their origin in an actual event--or series of events.

    I collaborated with her on The Ballad of Tom Dooley. My role was to help her get the personality of one of the key figures, a psychopath, just right.  She once introduced me to the crowd at one of her lectures as, "Ann's therapist."  

    The Ballad of Tom Dooley
    is a somewhat different format than most of the other Ballad books, in that it is a "true fiction" account. Real people, and real historical events. Sharyn tries to bring them to life with dialogue, probably very much as it actually happened.  

    The song was popularized by The Kingston Trio back in the 1950s. This version is sung by David Summeford as it might have been heard originally on somebody's front porch, accompanied by a mountain dulcimer.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:31:23 AM PDT

  •  Recently finished... (7+ / 0-)

    The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel.  Overall pretty good. Not a page turner, but interesting overall. Then I watched the movie version. Not a bad movie, but it bore little resemblance to the book. They changed everything but the basic idea that there were a group of guys running around Europe during WWI trying to save works or art from the Nazi's. Even the characters names were changed from the original names.

    Also finished Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach. I really enjoyed this one. But then I've liked pretty much everything by the author that I've read.

    Now listening to the audiobook version of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.  Scary.

  •  "Michael Stroghoff," a non-SF novel of (7+ / 0-)

    czarist Russia by Jules Verne. Because I'd never heard of it before. Pretty good.

    Finished Max Barry's "Lexicon" in a gulp. Despite a good bit of gross violence, I rec this highly. NLP, history of myth, weaponized words. Told by a master of place and persons.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:50:17 AM PDT

  •  I'm on a very limited income (11+ / 0-)

    and the library is a little over 40 miles from me.

    If anyone has any books that they are ready to get rid of, I would love to borrow them. I will pay the postage as it can't be as much as it costs my nerves/gas  to drive over a dangerous mountain and back to borrow 4 books.

    Message me if you are interesting in sharing. I'll return them to you.

    I've read the series that Troy Hillerman wrote about the detectives/police force on the Navajo reservation. I read them years ago and then set out to go to each location he wrote about. I had  enough money then to load my dog and take off for a week. We slept in the truck or camped. It took me 10 years but I managed to find each area. These books are quick reads and will give you a true glimpse into reservation life. I traveled on the rez for about 12 years and was lucky enough to meet a ton of people and "fit" in." These are good beach/airplane books.

    p.s., the Navajos love the books so that says something about Tony Hillerman's research. In fact my first introduction to TH was through a Navajo cowboy who gave me a tape of a book.

    I like Barbara Kingsolver.

    I've read a lot about the conflicts in the east.

    I'll talk more   in depth  later.

    I am very grateful for this group. If there are any bizarre initiation requirements, let me know. I can't stand on my head but I can play "Red Headed Stranger" on an out of tune piano. I worked for the writer/singer so I better be able to play it.

    "Just when you think you've lost everything, you find out you can lose a little more." Bob Dylan

    by weezilgirl on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:57:39 AM PDT

    •  Look into Book Mooch (7+ / 0-)

      it's an organized book trading scheme.

      Essentially, a book will only cost you the postage (and book rate is cheap)

    •  Do you read SciFi or Fantasy? (4+ / 0-)

      My husband and I are both avid readers and while he reads mostly sci-fi, and I read mostly fantasy, we do at times overlap and end up with duplicate books.  If you have an interest in the genre, I can see about rounding up some of our dupes and sending them your way.  Kosmail me if you're interested.

      Miss Aji? She blogs here now.
      I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape."

      by Avilyn on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 10:28:02 AM PDT

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    •  Do you have a kindle (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Avilyn, plf515, RiveroftheWest, weezilgirl

      or Ipad or some other device? You can download the Overdrive app and borrow books from your library.
      Many have wait lists, but there are a ton of always available books.

      "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

      by snoopydawg on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:08:16 AM PDT

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      •  I don't have a Kindle (4+ / 0-)

        or any other electronic devices. Maybe I should tell my daughters I want a Kindle for Christmas? We have land lines here because the cell towers are too far away. Mountainous country.

        "Just when you think you've lost everything, you find out you can lose a little more." Bob Dylan

        by weezilgirl on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 04:19:52 PM PDT

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        •  It will work on your computer I think (3+ / 0-)

          If you don't have cell towers.
          On second thought, do you have a wireless router?  
          My iPad is wifi only, so that is how I connect to the net on my iPad.
          You can use any device, not just a kindle to use Overdrive.
          Search for it and see what device is required
          Plus iBook on an apple device has a ton of free books too.

          "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

          by snoopydawg on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:44:02 PM PDT

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          •  I do have wifi. (3+ / 0-)

            I'm looking into it. My daughter is our "technie".

            "Just when you think you've lost everything, you find out you can lose a little more." Bob Dylan

            by weezilgirl on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:26:30 PM PDT

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            •  hopefully she will find (3+ / 0-)

              A device that lets you use the Overdrive app.
              I am reading Joyland by King. But I also download a lot of audio books.
              Let me know how you do.
              It sure beats driving 80 miles to the library with bad eyes.
              If you don't Monday me asking, what type of sx are you having?  
              I used to work in the eye business doing photography of the back of the eye.
              Since I love photography too,it was a dream job.
              My car got broken in to and the stole my film cameras
              I got a Canon 40 D.

              "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

              by snoopydawg on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 07:23:39 PM PDT

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              •  Oh, man, sorry about your cameras. (3+ / 0-)

                My NikonF4 died 4 years ago after 24 years of wonderful service. I bought a used Nikon recently and then found an F4 on Ebay. I love my film!! I buy black and white from England. IlfordHP5.

                I'm having cataract surgery. My main question was "will I be able to swim without my glasses with my grandchildren?" I was told "yes".  I can't imagine photographing the back of the eye. I am impressed. Tell me how you did that.

                How do you like your 40D? I've tried digital and seem to break them right asap. :) Actually I had one that lasted a long time but the last one and I do not get along. I need pics of the new chicks to send my grandchildren.

                My daughter is at work right now and I will talk to her again tomorrow. Thanks, P

                "Just when you think you've lost everything, you find out you can lose a little more." Bob Dylan

                by weezilgirl on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 08:18:25 PM PDT

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                •  Look up (4+ / 0-)

                  Ophthalmic photography on the net.
                  Dye is inserted in to a vein on the arm, then photographed as it travels thru the vessels in the retina.
                  I started my career in 84 and we used b&B for the dye part, and color for the other.
                  In my town, we had a rich diabetic who had to travel to SLC for tests and treatments.
                  There a numerous diseases that can affect the eye.
                  So he created an eye lab in the hospital I was working at.
                  I had just gotten interested in photography, and the eye center had a great darkroom.
                  So I started my career developing the film and the printing.
                  I used to develope the color slides too.
                  After a year, I got interested in what I was developing.
                  I guess in was in 95, we switched to digital.
                  I used to work for a doc in SLC that was a pioneer in cataract
                  surgery. It has come along way since then.
                  It is a simple procedure these days.
                  I love my 40 D. I used take a whole roll of film any only get 1-2 decent shots.
                  When digital 1st came out I laughed and thought that it wouldn't replace film.
                  Now, I love it, but there is a difference look to film when I look at my older pictures.
                  Good luck with your sx. When are you having it done?  
                  Now I can shoot a bunch more, then delete the bad ones.
                  But I would love to have my own darkroom someday and get back to b&w.

                  "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

                  by snoopydawg on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:34:23 PM PDT

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                  •  I am very tired tonite (3+ / 0-)

                    So I'm sorry if my comment seemed disjointed.

                    "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

                    by snoopydawg on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:40:13 PM PDT

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                    •  I'm waiting for a rainstorm (3+ / 0-)

                      that will dump gallons of water into my back bedroom. I'll write when hopefully the rain is gone.

                      “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

                      by weezilgirl on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:13:39 AM PDT

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                      •  Will that really happen? (0+ / 0-)

                        "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

                        by snoopydawg on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:45:06 PM PDT

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                        •  I feel guilty (1+ / 0-)
                          Recommended by:
                          RiveroftheWest

                          because we didn't get it but there are tornadoes on the ground around Austin.

                          We didn't get one drop. I got 4" in 12 hours last week. That is a lot of water.

                          The remainder of the roof will go on this weekend.

                          “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

                          by weezilgirl on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:35:04 PM PDT

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                          •  I am glad you didn't get flooded (1+ / 0-)
                            Recommended by:
                            RiveroftheWest

                            I was just browsing IBooks on my iPad and I saw I have a lot of photography books that I got from iTunes for free.
                            I tunes and Overdrive is where I get most of my free books.
                            I am reading Joyland and waited 3 weeks for it to become available.
                            I don't know a lot about the kind of content you can get on a kindle or nook, but I would rec your daughter get you an iPad for Xmas.
                            There are always good deals on eBay.
                            I have the 1st gen 64/3G
                            The problem I am having is that a lot of the new apps need OS, and mine only goes to 5.

                            "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

                            by snoopydawg on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 11:32:40 PM PDT

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                          •  She mentioned an iPad last year (1+ / 0-)
                            Recommended by:
                            RiveroftheWest

                            but I didn't know I could download books. I thought it was primarily for games.

                            I have a few treasured photography books. It would be nice to find more and get them for free. Check out Douglas Kent Hall. He was my mentor for many years. Unfortunately he died unexpectedly in 2008. His wife still has a very nice website. Not only was he my photography mentor, he was a close friend. I'd be interested to know what you think of his work. He taught me all I know about darkroom.

                            I'm listening to The Band sing "Ophelia" and on that note, I believe I'll go to bed. :)

                            “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

                            by weezilgirl on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 11:41:17 PM PDT

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                  •  Let's built a communal darkroom (1+ / 0-)
                    Recommended by:
                    RiveroftheWest

                    I would crawl over broken beer bottles to print again. I don't develop my film. Fumble fingers. But I do all my printing. I love black and white. If you ever get a chance, please use the IlfordHP5 film. It is the most forgiving film ever.

                    I am very impressed with your photography of the eye. Thanks for explaining it to me.

                    My first appointment is July 30 and we'll schedule the surgery for one eye then. I am very excited. I saw a bird yesterday but couldn't see the colors so I could identify it. I sat in my truck by the pond and couldn't see the bullfrogs that I could hear croaking. Damn it! But it will improve and I am so happy. Thank god for Medicare and Paul Ryan better stay the hell away from it.

                    “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

                    by weezilgirl on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 02:44:09 PM PDT

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                    •  If you develope b&w (1+ / 0-)
                      Recommended by:
                      RiveroftheWest

                      It is really easy to do. It just takes a little experience rolling the film on to the rolls at first, then once you get it in the tanks, everything is done in the light.
                      I would walk over those same beer bottles to get back in to my career.
                      I got my 3rd back injury while at work. It took comp 5 yrs to finally ok the sx I needed. But my firm fired me which was illegal.
                      I have been out of that field since 98.
                      You said you wanted to print again, but then said you do?  
                      Did you look up fluorecein angiogram on the net yet?
                      The pics will show you what it looks like.
                      Plese keep me informed about your sx, and if you have any questions, let me know.
                      Our stupid gov didn't expand Medicaid here in Utah, but I think I would qualify since I am disabled.
                      I will have to look at that.

                      "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

                      by snoopydawg on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 11:44:54 PM PDT

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          •  really any device (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            RiveroftheWest

            There is an html option with overdrive so anything that can access dailykos can use overdrive.

        •  be sure you check other-than-Kindle, like Nook (3+ / 0-)

          from Barnes & Noble... Kindle runs on VERY "proprietary" software, things you buy to read on it may not be transferable to another machine in the future.

          Well, OK, Teh Techie (m'DH) sez that Nook runs on a proprietary software too, but is advertised as handling books from other sources a lot better than the Amazon program. We mostly use the Nook for crosswords and movies and MahJongg, and things that sort of require a bigger-than-iPhone screen.

          The platform we ALL use daily is iPod Touch!!! Husband and Boy have their own, we recently upgraded mine to an iPhone5, to have a cell for emergencies. But mostly (95%?) I read on it.

          The screen IS small, but reasonable in landscape mode (3" wide x 2" tall), and it is MARVELOUS to be able to change the font size and the backlighting, almost infinitely! (I've recently taken to up-sizing font early in the AM when my aging eyes aren't awake yet, then back down to "normal" for the rest of the day! (Let's see, can't find real type sizes, drat, but I've currently got 13 lines of about 50 characters length in the "daytime" size; and "early morning" is about 10 lines of about 44 characters length.)

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:00:49 PM PDT

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  •  I'm reading a great book by Carlotta Gall (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Monsieur Georges, plf515

    a NYT journalist I have admired for many years, called "The Wrong Enemy:  The War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014."  It argues that our real fight should be with Pakistan.

    The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

    by amyzex on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 07:15:55 AM PDT

  •  Currently (3+ / 0-)

    I'm rereading:
    "White Eagle, Red Star," a history of the Soviet-Polish War from 1919-1921 (history).
    "Fastoshi: Chronicles," a self-published SF novel.

    I'm also writing (works in progress):
    "Blunt Objects," Chapter 20 in progress.  Started in 2014.
    "The Black Chapel," Chapter 32 in progress.  Started in 2013.
    "Luck of the Dragon," Chapter 210 in progress.  Started in June 2003.
    "The Apple Pie Hubbub," planned
    "Clinic," planned

  •  Atheist's Guide to Reality (5+ / 0-)

    by Alexander Rosenberg

    Vai o tatu-bola escamoso encontrar-me onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati

    by tarkangi on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 08:38:52 AM PDT

  •  the latest gabaldon is out (3+ / 0-)

    There goes my weekend

    "History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark."

    by upstatefrantic on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 08:43:56 AM PDT

    •  I should give those another try, if she's up to 8! (3+ / 0-)

      I looked at the first one years ago, and the cover was SO "bodice-ripper", and the presentation of the time travel was SO primitive (from an SF P.O.V.).... I had tried it because I REALLY like alternative history SF, but the effect I was getting was just TOO Barbara Cartland! sigh.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 06:05:39 PM PDT

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      •  definitely not barbara cartland (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Monsieur Georges, RiveroftheWest

        Bodice ripper most definitely but a most excellent one.  I've bought the first book 4 times at least- I like to get friends into her books and keep lending it out.  She's really entertaining, at times you laugh out loud, cry, or at oh-dark-hundred look over at your drooling, snoring spouse and sigh, no red hair.

        Give her another chance.  

        "History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark."

        by upstatefrantic on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:38:26 AM PDT

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      •  I've read the first half of the first one (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        RiveroftheWest

        The time-travel aspect isn't really explored very much at all.  You really expect her knowledge of the future to be more central to the plot than it seems to be.  Will have to wait a couple of months to cycle through the waitlist to finish the second half.

  •  hi (5+ / 0-)

    I have finished reading:

    A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander

    A Fatal Waltz by Alexander

    Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

    The House of the Stag by Kage Baker

    Scattered Shadows: A Memoir of Blindness and Vision by John Howard Griffin

    Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

    I am reading:

    Challenge Books:

    The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life (about Lev Nussimbaum known as Essad Bey and Kurban Said) by Tom Reiss (pg. 65 of 341)

    Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion: The Final Battles of The Petersburg Campaign by A. Wilson Greene (pg. 16 of 496)

    (Where my Great-grandfather in the Union Army, II Corps, First Division, 4th Brigade, PA 145 th Regiment, Co D  was wounded near the spine on June 22nd 1864, but recovered).

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 08:54:06 AM PDT

  •  Working my way through the Hugo nominees (3+ / 0-)

    I decided to buy the supporting membership this year to get access to the reader packet & try to expand my horizons from my usual list of authors.  So far I've read:

    Novelettes:
    “Opera Vita Aeterna” by Vox Day
    “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal
    “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang
    “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard

    and am in the middle of “The Exchange Officers” by Brad Torgersen

    For Short Stories:
    “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky
    “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
    “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar
    “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu

    Novellas will be next on the list:
    The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells
    “The Chaplain’s Legacy” by Brad Torgersen
    “Equoid” by Charles Stross
    “Six-Gun Snow White” by Catherynne M. Valente
    “Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

    The only authors I've had prior knowledge of are Mary Robinette Kowal and Dan Wells, and that only through their podcast with Brandon Sanderson/Howard Tayler, "Writing Excuses".   Will probably hit the novel category last, since that will involve the largest time commitment, and I want to try to read as many of the other nominees as possible before the voting deadline.

    Miss Aji? She blogs here now.
    I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape."

    by Avilyn on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 10:39:01 AM PDT

  •  Ukiah Oregon series by Wen Spencer (3+ / 0-)

    My DH has found these for me in e-form; since 2d was publ in 2002 and my PL missed them, I'm a lucky lucky girl, 8-) He also found me A Brother's Price. Boy did this Spencer start with a bang! Intricate, inventive plots, VERY attractive characters. I love her style, AND she can do fairly hard-SF (Endless Blue) as well as very nice socio-fantasy (Eight Billion), AND things that start out looking like fantasy, but end up having an SF core! (Tinker, Ukiah series)

    I'm probably going to be swallowed up in Spencer-worlds until I run out, 8-). Did find what may be a prequel to Bartimaeus, Lockwood & Co. series, book one The Screaming Staircase. It's J Stroud, anyway.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 03:00:03 PM PDT

  •  This is an Awesome Book (3+ / 0-)

    I am about to finish Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago. I recommend this book to anyone who loves this country and does not want to see it destroyed by the Tearorrists on the right. It chronicles in great detail how the reactionaries of America (starting with the Rethug equivalents of 1798) have always tried to destroy the free speech rights of anyone who dares to disagree with them. The parallels between all these eras -- the Sedition Act, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, McCarthyism, Vietnam -- and our so-called War on Terror today are alarmingly similar. We must never forget that the right-wingers hate the Constitutional right to free speech and would take it away... unless it's theirs.

  •  Latest Books (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest

    Reading: Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie
    Fateful Choices by Ian Kershaw

    Finished: The Spartacus War by Barrie Strauss
    The Civil War in 50 Objects by Harol Holzer and the New-York Historical Society

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