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Subject: Currently Reading
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 4:55 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Falcon by Emma Bull.  Yeah, it's good.  Kinda runs the line between fantasy and SF.  Characterization is excellent. 

What're you reading and is it any good?

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 6:04 PM ET
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For SF I'm slowly reading Araminta Station by Jack Vance, which appears to be a murder mystery combined with science fiction.  I had never read any of his books before, and I really like it.  It isn't a fast-moving book, but in spite of that it is a fascinating story, and often goes off into tangents about various characters and details of the world.  With another author I might find this dull, but Vance is good.  There are two more books in the series (The Cadwal Chronicles) which I hope to read as well. 

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Finished Sandra McDonald's Stars Down Under last night. It was OK, but I liked her first book better.

Started James Hogan's Two Worlds, got 50 pages in, and decided it wasn't worth my time.

Think I'll go read some Scalzi :-)

Subject: reading three books in parallel
Date Posted: 10/7/2008 9:42 PM ET
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Hi again Zylyn !

So, I've just finished Time's Eye, and Sunstorm, by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.  And just started Firstborn, by the same.

In parallel, I'm reading a funny short novel by Connie Willis called Uncharted Territories.

Finally, I'm reading The Lives of a Cell; Notes of a Biology Watcher, by Lewis Thomas.

-Tom Hl.

Subject: October reading
Date Posted: 10/8/2008 8:48 PM ET
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Hi Tom!  Uncharted Territories is still on my TBR pile.  One of these days I guess.  Spent some time pulling out yellow spined Daw books.  Found two in great condition, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (Dick) and Computerworld (Van Vogt).  Can't figure out what "number" to look at to tell what number the Daw book is - if that makes any sense.  I know that the Dick book is on Matt's wish list.  Will read and post in near future - let me know if you want a behind the scene trade.

Hi Gandalara (one of my buddies).   I find that James Hogan books are kind of dry, although I really can't say that I've read a lot of him.  I think he's rather hard SF.

To stay on topic, I'm now rereading Sector General (White), along with Nymphomation (Noon) and the new Robert Sawyer (Wake) being serialized in Analog.  And all my reads are pretty good so far.  Oh and Nymphomation is NOT what you might think it is, it's about a high tech lottery.  LOL

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/8/2008 9:11 PM ET
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Hey Alison...Nice of you to look at my WL :)  The number in the DAW series is usually on the front cover by the DAW logo, but some editions do not have it, in which case I rely on publication date.  But as it happens, I have most of them catalogued by author now:

Computerworld is #544, while Flow my Tears the Policeman Said was released twice and is both #146 AND #438 in the series.

If anything on my bookshelf looks interesting, I'll sure make you a nice trade...or if you're looking for any particular author I'll dig through the rest of my books.  Most of my older copies without ISBN's aren't posted.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 11:14 AM ET
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OMG - Well, that DAW number is quite obvious.  I'll send you a pm when I finish the Dick book.  The spine isn't even broken, looks like I bought it then put on my shelf and forgot about it.  Uh, it's number 438 if you still want it.  Please save Muddle Earth by Brunner for me, or if you'd rather, you can always just give me a credit.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Hurray for Philip K. Dick fans!!! 

I was going to come in here, having recently finished what I had been reading (Eye by Frank Herbert), to ask what I should read next.  Since you brought it up, though, I think I'll read my embarassingly recent edition of Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said lol.

Thanks you two!

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 8:48 AM ET
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I am reading "The Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan. Just received it a few days ago in fact. It is a little slow in the beginning..maybe the first 2-3 chapters.. But after that, it sped up. And I am enjoying it fairly well. Enough to perhaps read the second book in this series.

Subject: more October reading
Date Posted: 10/13/2008 8:33 PM ET
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Only on page 44 of Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - it's starting to pick up.  Also started Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs, which goes without saying, is excellent!  I love rainy days, great for reading......

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/13/2008 8:55 PM ET
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I also started: Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 and The Book of Brian Aldiss...short stories are good for reading in quick snatches.

Subject: Automated Alice
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:28 AM ET
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Currently reading: Automated Alice.  Almost a YA book, but not quite, by Jeff Noon.  It's like a continuation of the Alice in Wonderland books- brilliant modern-day insight and clever play on words.  Still have yet to finish Nymphomation by Noon, a common denominator in both books is Manchester.   Both of these are not my normal flavor of SF but I do find them interesting.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:54 AM ET
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I am reading Moving Mars by Greg Bear and I'm going to have to get started on The Sundering by Walter Jon Williams shortly since I'm reading both books for swap games.



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Date Posted: 10/19/2008 12:37 AM ET
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I'm reading Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi.  It's set in the "Old Man's War" universe, but I'm finding it slow going.

Subject: stuff
Date Posted: 10/20/2008 12:36 PM ET
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Hi Idell - Zoe's Tale is on my WL, maybe I'll be the person you trade with when it's reposted.  I hope Scalzi hasn't lost his touch.

Matt:  Your pkg is almost in the mail, stumbled on another book I know you'd want (Daw #4).  Thought I'd have finished reading it by this weekend but got caught up in yet another book - Infoquake.  Which so far is interesting.  Checked your blog- cool....I could never be a writer as I spend waaaaay too much time reading.

I'll request a Blood Price trade, I haven't read any Tuff before.  I had no interest in the supernatural genre but got turned on to it by another discussion board.  Yah - there are an awful lot of chick lit books out there with strong female characters and blah blah.  They kinda read the same after awhile.  Hey have you ever read any of the Dresden books (Jim Butcher)?  They're great! 

Anybody out there with other recommendations?  Squaak!  I'll quit now.      :- )     



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/20/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I just put all the Dresden Files books on my WL the other day...I've been hearing a lot about them and want to give them a try.  Looks like pretty long waits on most, though.  I might see if the library has them.

I never really read paranormal stuff like Tanya Huff before, but I loved it.  As for NaNoWriMo...I have no illusions that I am a great writer, but it ought to be a fun challenge.  I write very fast once I have an idea in my head.  Keeping any kind of plot in order is going to be a lot tougher than the actual volume.

Date Posted: 10/20/2008 8:04 PM ET
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Not a fan of Tanya Huff's fantasy ... but I really really liked her SF Valor series (Story - I met this lady at Worldcon in Toronto 2003. She was outside the convention center playing her guitar. Talked to her, she made me laugh. Didn't know who the heck she was, but she said some of her books were in the dealers room. I thought, "she's nice. I'll buy one of her books." ). Can't wait to get my hands on the 4th book Valor Trial.

Finished Zoe's Tale by Scalzi. Liked it, but wish I hadn't read it so soon after finishing Last Colony. Can't post it, since it's an ARC won on LibraryThing. And besides, I'll have him sign it at LosCon in November :-)

On to Orbital Burn by KA Bedford - anyone read him?

And waiting for Haldeman's Marsbound to show up in the mail. Hurry Up Please!

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/20/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Is Marsbound out then?  I got it in parts in Analog.  I liked it.

I think Tanya Huff is someone I'd like to meet.  Some authors I feel like I'd be intimidated by, but she seems pretty down to earth.



Last Edited on: 10/21/08 7:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 12:02 AM ET
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Hi Karen, I found a book on your bookshelf.  One more for my growing TBR pile.  I finished Zoe's Tale but I'v e been keeping the Scalzi series in my permanent library.  I just read Mercedes Lackey's new Valedemar book, Foundation.  It falls into the fanatasy category. 

Not sure what I'll try next.  I'm waiting for Jack Mcdevitts new book to come in the mail.



Last Edited on: 11/1/08 12:04 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 12:14 PM ET
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I probably won't get the new Valdemar book until it comes to the library or in paperback, but what did you think of it?
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 12:19 PM ET
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Hi Rhonda, Foundation was like all of Mercedes Lackey's Valedemar books very easy to read and enjoyable, good characters and if you've read a lot of the Valdemar series, comfortable.  It did feel a little similar to the first books of some of her other Valdemar series.