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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #180 on: December 05, 2012, 04:09:07 pm »
Barnes and Noble have a really nice bound edition of his fiction. I somewhat fail at e-readers myself, can't bring myself to pay 10-20 books worth for something that just means I don't get to hold the book anymore... Not for a lack of trying to convince myself to get one either.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #181 on: December 05, 2012, 05:34:46 pm »
...I can barely figure out what you said since you kinda screwed up your quoting, Distind.

But all right. My e-reader means I don't have to carry a heavy book and it's the same size. Means I can take a lot more with me on a trip.

I've seen the Barnes and Noble special editions but most of them are for books I can get for free so. Might grab the Star Wars one.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #182 on: December 07, 2012, 07:03:57 am »
I finally got hold of the last volume of The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, so now I'm rereading the entire series :D

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #183 on: December 09, 2012, 04:12:42 pm »
But all right. My e-reader means I don't have to carry a heavy book and it's the same size. Means I can take a lot more with me on a trip.
Yep, this is why I like e-reading.  And I have a Kindle app on my phone, so I don't even have to bring a separate e-reader with me, either.

As far as current reading, today I started The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #184 on: December 11, 2012, 03:08:43 pm »
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« Reply #185 on: December 11, 2012, 09:18:11 pm »
Not so much "reading" as listening to the audio book, but I just finished the first Thursday Next book. Very cute.

When I have a little money to spare, I am getting the Horus Heresy and Ciaphas Cain eBundles from Black Library. Also some of the advent calender short stories.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #186 on: December 16, 2012, 12:37:22 pm »
So I finished reading Winner Lose All the other day, all I'm going to say is that I can't wait for Scoundrels to come out.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #187 on: December 16, 2012, 12:40:47 pm »
I started reading The Great Gatsby and I must say it is more enjoyable than I  thought it would be.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #188 on: December 26, 2012, 01:51:27 am »
I've started reading Murakami's 1Q84. I'm only a couple of chapters in since I don't get much time to read for pleasure (what with my PhD funding running out in a few months and the mad scramble to make sure I'm ready to write up), but, man, it's good to be reading Murakami again.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #189 on: December 27, 2012, 12:18:11 am »
So, I thought I've been on volume V of Les Miserables, but it turns out I'm just getting to the end of volume IV. This is why I'm not big on e-readers, I need a physical copy of this.


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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #190 on: December 27, 2012, 03:55:05 am »
I just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and Ender's Game.  I actually enjoyed them all quite a bit.  Now I have to decide what's next.  I want to find the sequels to Ender or Ready Player One.  For now I have several books to choose from though

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« Reply #191 on: December 27, 2012, 04:42:10 am »
Ender's Game (and assorted spinoffs and sequels) used to be my favourite book/series. I even liked that weird one everyone else hated...

...sorry, I guess this post doesn't really have a point, I'm just bitter because one of my once-favourite authors turned out to be a first class douche.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #192 on: December 30, 2012, 09:40:42 am »
Been reading moar Riftwar.  Since I finished the Kelewan trilogy, the boytoy's got me reading them in chronological order by Midkemian time rather than publication date.  So I've finished the Legacy trilogy, and just got through Prince of the Blood.

I'm also reading the latest Elemental Mages book by Lackey, am in the middle of Gabaldon's Voyager (which is longer than the unabridged version of The Stand, so I have to take lots of breaks), and have sped through a handful of American Girl books because they make me feel like a kid again. :3
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #193 on: December 30, 2012, 11:23:31 am »
Kuoleman divisioona/Gibel divizii. Written by Anatoli Gordienko it tells the story of the sovie 18th division which got surrounded and nearly completely destroyed during the winter war. The Finnish translation was actually bublished a year before the Russian one and sold 20 times as much.

I have read it before but I found it while going trough my old stuff and it is one of the books that draws me back to it, when I first began reading it it was almos impossible to put it down. The book is based on interviews of the survivors and history books and although it is written as a semi-fictional diary it does seem to have most of the facts true and it certainly tells the despair and misery of the 15'000 soldiers who were trapped, starving, freezing and slowly dying. Cut off from their allies.

The beginning of the story is cheerful as the soldiers march to war, sure of their victory the inexperienced officers boast of victories that are sure to come. Any lacking equipment (Not enough winter clothes and a serious lack of tents and any heating equipment.) and small setbacks are brushed off because the war will not surely last long. But after their glorious charge slows down and the division (and the attached armour brigade) is stopped things start to go bad. The division commander (a mere platoon commander three years earlier) is simply too inexperienced to punch trhough the defenders and they have orders not to retreat (When they get cut off they would have been able to fall back and regroup but all such attempts are denied by the soviet commanders.) and without new supplies the troops slowly weaken as the Finns strengthen their positions around them.

When food runs out they eat the horses (Most of which had already starved by then.) After they run out of horse meat they start eating belts and boots and then go back to dig up the horse carcasses and eat the entrails which they had originally thrown off. And all the time that I read the book I know that even if some of the details are off this is pretty much what really happened...



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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #194 on: December 30, 2012, 07:35:42 pm »
Ah the Winter War, at least Timoshenko was smart enough to realise that the Soviets had failed terribly.

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Does anyone know any good books on the early Roman Republic/fall of the Roman Kingdom? I have Scullard's A History of the Roman World and From the Gracchi to Nero, but I want something focusing on the early period.

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