What'cha reading?

Discussion in 'Chat by the Fire' started by Sparrow, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. NotACat

    NotACat Active Member

    If anyone is keeping track, I kind of stalled on the Cormoran Strike book: I'll get back to it at some point…

    Right now, I'm crawling through the Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara. I've only got the first two so far (I'm pacing my expenditure as I could easily slurp up the whole lot in one go but I need practice at moderation :p ) but they are really good.

    I've been listening to Corey talking about how aliens are presented in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and these books dial that up to 11: the non-humans are really non-human.

    I'd love to discuss this with anybody who can cope with not spoiling me for books I haven't reached yet: I would totally understand how difficult that might be :D
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  2. The Boatman

    The Boatman New Member

    I usually have two threads going: physical books at home, and audiobooks for my long commute to/from DC.

    In the former, I just finished Artemis, the new novel by Andy Weir, and autographed by him at Politics and Prose last month. Industrial espionage story set in the first city on the moon in the near future; I especially like the shuttle to the Apollo 11 Visitor's Center :). Excellent book for those who liked The Martian.

    In the car, I'm rereading Dune for the nth time, because I'm also listening to the Dune podcasts from Mythgard. Apropos which, does anyone else start singing "This Old Man" when they hear "Kwisatz Haderach?" e.g.,
    With a Kwisatz Haderach, give the worm a clone! ...

    btw, Dr. Olsen asked if anyone was surprised by anything which happened in the book. I was surprised/thrilled when the shield wall blew up and a battalion of freaking SANDWORMS came through it! Then was seriously let down when the Fremen just parked them and jumped down to fight the Sardaukar hand to hand, rather than running over a few hundred of them first and ramming their ships.

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  3. JJ48

    JJ48 Member

    Where do people go for their audiobooks? I usually buy books on my Kindle, if available, but Amazon doesn't always sell the audiobooks versions too.
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  4. The Boatman

    The Boatman New Member

    I get most of mine from Audible.com; they're pretty good but don't have everything.
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  5. JJ48

    JJ48 Member

    Interesting. I believe Kindle's audiobooks are provided through Audible, but they don't seem to include all of them. I guess Kindle must only have the ones that have been synched up to the text.


    EDIT: The Silmarillion audiobook isn't available in the US?! What country do I have to visit to be able to purchase the audiobook?
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  6. The Boatman

    The Boatman New Member

    I think Corey should narrate one :)
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  7. Sparrow

    Sparrow Hestia of the Hearth

    I have a much smaller number of audiobooks available, but they're FREE!! at overdrive.com with an account through my public library

    Also, only an older range of books, but FREE! at Librivox.com - and Amy Sturgis reads for them!

    I move that we ask Tom Shippey to read aloud any book of his choice - do I hear a second?
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  8. RachelD

    RachelD New Member

    In addition to The Hitchhikers Guide, I'm also reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (and listening to Corey's podcast on it way back when) since it is Christmastime. I'd read Tolkien's translation many years ago, but this time I'm trying the Middle English.

    I also recently started the Dresden Files and am on book 4. I'm enjoying them so far and each book is progressively better then the previous so that is a good trend.
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  9. JJ48

    JJ48 Member

    I've started listening to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell so that I can listen to the Mythgard class. I was a little worried, because several of the reviews said it started slow for the first few hours, but they couldn't have been more wrong! I've found the book thoroughly enthralling from the first minute!
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  10. Xenia

    Xenia New Member

    I've restarted The Wheel of Time and this time I'm going to make it through the whole series! Maybe!
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  11. Sparrow

    Sparrow Hestia of the Hearth

    For Yule, my elder child gave me The Good Master, one of my childhood favorites, and The Singing Tree, the sequel which I never knew about until recently!
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  12. The_Singing_Fox

    The_Singing_Fox New Member

    I'm currently reading Beren and Lúthien and I love it! It's a pity, but only a few parts of the History of Middle-Earth are in my possession, so it is really great for me to dive into this story and it's history a little deeper than before.
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