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  • #1320445

    LittlePuffyTail
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    Me:

     

    This is the fourth book in the series. I can’t recommend the books or the show (Season 4 starts back up in November and I’m super excited!!!) enough. If you like historical fiction (which is pretty much all I read), you need to get into this series. It’s very Adult, though. Definitely not for minors…..From my experience, Outlander is like bunnies and horses. You either don’t like it or you REALLY REALLY REALLY love it!!! 


    #1880200

    Sirius&Luna
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    Oooh, I love historical fiction. I’ll look it up.

    I recently read Madeline Miller’s Circe, and just bought it for my mum – it’s sort of a retelling of the Odyssey, complete with warring Greek gods, witches and mortals. Plus it has an absolutely beautiful cover. 

    I’m currently reading the Joe Abercrombie fantasy series. It’s great dark fantasy. 


    #1880206

    joea64
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    Being a Belle Epoque fan, I’m currently reading Caroline Weber’s new book on the Parisian high-society ladies who collectively inspired one of Marcel Proust’s most famous characters:

    And at the same time, I’m reading Greg King’s book on the court of Queen Victoria during the Diamond Jubilee year of 1896-1897:

    Being a classic Hollywood fan as well (and a devotee of Hollywood costuming), I’m also reading this book by the man who designed many of the costumes for the actresses of RKO (the studio run by Howard Hughes) during the 1940’s and 1950’s:

    And also this book by legendary Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly (@Azerane, attention: the gentleman hailed from Australia):

    At the risk of injecting politics, at the top of my reading list for the coming week is a book by a certain legendary investigative journalist on the fellow currently occupying the White House, which has already stirred up quite the late-summer storm down here in the metro DC region…


    #1880214

    Asriel and Bombur
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    Oh S&L how did you enjoy it?! I loved Song of Achilles!

    John got me into the Rangers Apprentice series back in college, and the author has really expanded the universe (like JK Rowling really should’ve &nbsp Anyways! He came out with a few prequel books for the Ranger in the first series about his upbringing. He’s also made series called the Royal Ranger about apprentice’s apprentice when he’s in his 40s. He also made a series specifically about one of the countries in the book (Skandians –> think Nordic people ) called Brotherband Chronicles, and it’s supposed to intertwine with the Royal Ranger series. 

    Currently reading book 1 of the Brotherband Chronicles. It’s still  Medieval like the other series (set in the same time) and the world is starting to piece together into different alliances. All the countries line up with a real country. This one is a much more hearty story and has a lot more bold humour, probably because it is more Nordic and less British in nature. I’m loving it though! If you like a good adventure and some loud mouth drunken, angry Nordics, you’d love this! 

      


    #1880224

    Bladesmith
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    Just finished Mercedes Lackey’s latest, Avalanche, the last of the Secret History series. Superheroes, aliens, and nazis. And Supernazis. Also, Enrico Marconi and Nicolo Tesla visit. It’s awesome stuff. If you like superheroes, this series is for you.

    Also rereading some alternate history stuff, the “Destroyermen” series by Anderson. WW1 era destroyer ends up on an alternate earth and lands smack dab in the middle of a genocidal war between Highly evolved Lemurs (Did you know there were once Giant Lemurs on Madagascar?” and slightly less evolved but still advanced Raptors. Good stuff.


    #1880225

    Q8bunny
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    No covers from me, but I’m really enjoying Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody series at the moment. The main character and her husband are fin de siecle English Egyptologists. Historically interesting, irreverent social commentary, and wickedly funny.

    LPT: I loved reading the first one or two novels of the Outlander series, but once they relocated across the pond, they lost me completely. My mom also made me watch the show with her and I couldn’t get past how annoyingly juvenile babyface Jamie was. My mom and I actually had a spat over this – she’s all camp James Frasier, and I was all like “run away with Murtagh, Claire!”


    #1880226

    Sirius&Luna
    Participant

    JoeA, how can you possibly keep track of so many books at once?! I’m a one book at a time kind of girl. I wrote my masters dissertation on Queen Victoria, so the court one sounds great!

    A&B- I loved it! Can’t believe I forgot that important detail when I recommended it. Her characters are so wonderful, she really manages to bring mythical gods to life! I haven’t read the Song of Achilles yet, but I’ve been meaning to look it up.


    #1880228

    joea64
    Participant

    Posted By Bladesmith on 9/05/2018 8:11 AM

    Just finished Mercedes Lackey’s latest, Avalanche, the last of the Secret History series. Superheroes, aliens, and nazis. And Supernazis. Also, Enrico Marconi and Nicolo Tesla visit. It’s awesome stuff. If you like superheroes, this series is for you.

    Also rereading some alternate history stuff, the “Destroyermen” series by Anderson. WW1 era destroyer ends up on an alternate earth and lands smack dab in the middle of a genocidal war between Highly evolved Lemurs (Did you know there were once Giant Lemurs on Madagascar?” and slightly less evolved but still advanced Raptors. Good stuff.

    I’ve read most of the Destroyermen series too, though I think I need to catch up on the last book or two. I’m a great devotee of alternate history in general, though I do the bulk of my reading online at Alternatehistory.com, where AH fans write their own timelines on just about any subject you can think of. I’ve also been following Eric Flint’s 1632 series for close to two decades now (a small West Virginia coal-mining town as of May 2000 gets transitioned – the term of art in the alternate-history fan community is “ISOT’ed”, after Island in the Sea of Time, the late-1990’s trilogy by S. M. Stirling about the island of Nantucket having been whirled back in time to the Bronze Age, which started the entire subgenre of which the Destroyermen series is part – anyway, that small town gets swept back to the height of the Thirty Years’ War in central Germany, and a LOT of things start changing.) This series is particularly notable for the large number of writers, many of them fans, who have had their works published as official (“canonical”) parts of the series.

    (Cover of the first novel in the series, published in 2000.)

    In more general science fiction, I’ve also, over the past six years or so, become a fan of David Weber’s Honor Harrington military-SF series, and the culminating book in the series, Uncompromising Honor, is coming out this fall:


    #1880229

    joea64
    Participant

    Posted By Sirius&Luna on 9/05/2018 8:43 AM

    JoeA, how can you possibly keep track of so many books at once?! I’m a one book at a time kind of girl. I wrote my masters dissertation on Queen Victoria, so the court one sounds great!

    A&B- I loved it! Can’t believe I forgot that important detail when I recommended it. Her characters are so wonderful, she really manages to bring mythical gods to life! I haven’t read the Song of Achilles yet, but I’ve been meaning to look it up.

    LONG experience. I’ve been known to have half-a-dozen or more books in various stages of progress at any one time. Since I got my first tablet back at the beginning of 2013, it’s become a LOT easier for me to juggle books (and carry them around too!!! &nbsp.

    I’m a great admirer of Edward VII (“Bertie”), and I think you may be familiar with this book, which I consider to be one of the best recent biographies of the man who gave his name to the Edwardian Era:

    Stephen Clarke has written a very entertaining book on Edward, Dirty Bertie, which focuses on his lifelong love affair with France (and Frenchwomen!!! &nbsp, which turned out to be a key factor in ending the centuries-long enmity between Britain and France:


    #1880233

    Asriel and Bombur
    Participant

    I can’t switch between so many books! My head would spin! I started college as an English major and was in 3 different lit classes, man was that so difficult. Especially when you’re reading Dickens, Tolstoy, and Proust. Was not an outstanding semester haha

    S&L- love dark fantasy novels, so I’ll definitely give yours a try when I’m finished with this series. Anything set in medieval England or similar and has mythological creatures- that’s my jam.

    JoeA- I love The Heir Apparent! I’m all about that historical fiction.


    #1880241

    joea64
    Participant

    Posted By Asriel and Bombur on 9/05/2018 10:17 AM

    I can’t switch between so many books! My head would spin! I started college as an English major and was in 3 different lit classes, man was that so difficult. Especially when you’re reading Dickens, Tolstoy, and Proust. Was not an outstanding semester haha

    S&L- love dark fantasy novels, so I’ll definitely give yours a try when I’m finished with this series. Anything set in medieval England or similar and has mythological creatures- that’s my jam.

    JoeA- I love The Heir Apparent! I’m all about that historical fiction.

    *ahem* Slight correction. The Heir Apparent is biography, not fiction.

    But speaking of historical fiction, my recommendation, if you don’t already know this one:

    The first book in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series, probably my favorite of all historical-novel series. If you’ve ever read Naomi Novik’s fantasy/alternate-history Temeraire series, she started out as an Aubrey-Maturin fan fiction writer.


    #1880242

    joea64
    Participant

    Perplexingly, however, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of fiction about Edward VII himself, at least not that I’ve gathered from a quick look at Amazon.


    #1880247

    Asriel and Bombur
    Participant

    hahaha my error. I do usually group the two together though. People seem to get so confused when you say you’re reading a biography for fun. I’ve seen a few fiction on Edward, but in Boston we have a bunch of those quirky little bookstores. It’s all these hipsters we’ve got here.

    I haven’t heard of either of those but they look good!


    #1880250

    joea64
    Participant

    Posted By Asriel and Bombur on 9/05/2018 12:59 PM

    hahaha my error. I do usually group the two together though. People seem to get so confused when you say you’re reading a biography for fun. I’ve seen a few fiction on Edward, but in Boston we have a bunch of those quirky little bookstores. It’s all these hipsters we’ve got here.

    I haven’t heard of either of those but they look good!

    It’s my good fortune to live only two stoplights away from what may well be the best used-book store in the entire metropolitan Washington area:

    http://mckayusedbooks.com/

    I go there almost literally every weekend to check on new arrivals in the categories I’m interested in – you really do have to visit that often, because new stuff comes in by the car-trunk load every day and tends to go out again just about as fast. They also carry large stocks of used DVD’s, Blu-rays, CD’s, vinyl and even board and video games.

    The other big used book store in Northern VA is 2nd and Charles, part of a mainly Southern chain associated with the Books-A-Million chain, but their prices are considerably higher than McKay’s and their selection – though in absolute terms they have a lot of items – isn’t quite as good. In downtown DC, Second Story Books is considered to be one of the best stores in this category. There’s another big used-book store out in Frederick, Maryland, Wonder Book, but I don’t get out there very often because it’s a couple of hours’ drive; that being said, I might go up there next month on the way to Gettysburg over Columbus Day weekend.

    As a rule, though, I do most of my book shopping on Amazon or Thriftbooks, sometimes on ABEBooks, eBay, Alibris or Biblio.com. (Thriftbooks’ little secret is that you can buy direct from them much cheaper than you can on Amazon.)


    #1880274

    Muj Mom N Bun
    Participant

    I have taken a short reading break for some classical language studies… my brain is getting tired though lately and it seems that I just don’t get the time to sit and truly “Read” read anything until I am done with all chores and kid is in bed… what then does that equal… me found face first sleep in the book… pages wrinkled! So I had to take a break and read shorter items.

    I last read Ready Player One before the movie came out


    #1880313

    Asriel and Bombur
    Participant

    Muj: my husband loves the book and the movie! I haven’t read the book but the movie was great What classical languages are you studying? I took several years of Latin in college and it was amazing. I loved it so much. It was fun going to Italy while I was studying it. My husband and I were dating at the time and he had just finished up a few years of Italian and I was in my 3rd year of Latin. So it was fun for us because he could read signs and converse with people and I could read all the ancient ruins and museum inscribings


    #1880316

    joea64
    Participant

    I took two years of Latin in high school and another full year (two semesters) in college; since I’m hearing-impaired, it was the best option for me to fulfill the foreign-languages requirement without going through the rigmarole of having to listen to tapes. It’s been so long now, but I can still puzzle out a number of things, and it’s actually helped me recognize phrases in Romance languages like Spanish, Italian and French.


    #1880320

    @joea64: Bas is a huge Honor Harrington fan too ^_^

    I’m reading book “Toll the Hounds”, book 8 of the Malazan series by Steven Erikson. I just love that series, it also has a lot of re-rading value because there’s simply so much going on. Some books I had to read thrice over to fit all the details into the grand scale of things.


    #1880329

    Bladesmith
    Participant

    Posted By joea64 on 9/05/2018 8:53 AM

    Posted By Bladesmith on 9/05/2018 8:11 AM

    Just finished Mercedes Lackey’s latest, Avalanche, the last of the Secret History series. Superheroes, aliens, and nazis. And Supernazis. Also, Enrico Marconi and Nicolo Tesla visit. It’s awesome stuff. If you like superheroes, this series is for you.

    Also rereading some alternate history stuff, the “Destroyermen” series by Anderson. WW1 era destroyer ends up on an alternate earth and lands smack dab in the middle of a genocidal war between Highly evolved Lemurs (Did you know there were once Giant Lemurs on Madagascar?” and slightly less evolved but still advanced Raptors. Good stuff.

    I’ve read most of the Destroyermen series too, though I think I need to catch up on the last book or two. I’m a great devotee of alternate history in general, though I do the bulk of my reading online at Alternatehistory.com, where AH fans write their own timelines on just about any subject you can think of. I’ve also been following Eric Flint’s 1632 series for close to two decades now (a small West Virginia coal-mining town as of May 2000 gets transitioned – the term of art in the alternate-history fan community is “ISOT’ed”, after Island in the Sea of Time, the late-1990’s trilogy by S. M. Stirling about the island of Nantucket having been whirled back in time to the Bronze Age, which started the entire subgenre of which the Destroyermen series is part – anyway, that small town gets swept back to the height of the Thirty Years’ War in central Germany, and a LOT of things start changing.) This series is particularly notable for the large number of writers, many of them fans, who have had their works published as official (“canonical”) parts of the series.

    (Cover of the first novel in the series, published in 2000.)

    In more general science fiction, I’ve also, over the past six years or so, become a fan of David Weber’s Honor Harrington military-SF series, and the culminating book in the series, Uncompromising Honor, is coming out this fall:

    Great stuff, Joe!  I’ve read some of the “1632” series, first and second, I believe, and almost ALL of Sterlings Island and Dies the fire series.  In fact, it was “Dies the Fire” book that made me start making longbows!

    I’m WAY behind on my Destroyermen series, because books are pricey, so most of my stuff comes from the local library system.


    #1880333

    joea64
    Participant

    Bladesmith: I wonder if you’ve ever read Stirling’s Draka series? It’s one of the most famous – and most controversial/notorious – series in the alternate-history genre, not least because a lot of people have taken serious issue with the plausibility of the way the society and timeline developed. There have been a LOT of fan works online aimed at presenting alternate (and presumably more historically plausible) views of how the Draka timeline should have gone. Stirling himself has gotten into heated arguments with folks on various forums about various aspects of Draka; in particular, I remember one back a decade ago or so where he stood basically alone, stubbornly defending the plausibility of a Draka ground-attack aircraft against just about everyone else in that particular discussion thread who were arguing furiously that the way he designed the airplane made it literally impossible to fly because it was so drastically over-armored that it would be too heavy even to take off.


    #1880335

    joea64
    Participant

    Ellie: Ask Bas if he’s ever seen the online spoof “David Weber Orders A Pizza”. That piece pokes fun at Weber’s tendency to wax – shall we say – prolix when explaining some technological or political point. It’s on display all the way back to the first novel in the series, On Basilisk Station, during a key passage which describes the physics of a chase between Honor’s ship and the enemy vessel she’s attempting to catch up with, which goes on for – oh, I don’t know – six? ten? pages? Also, due to just how extraordinarily complex the overall political and military situation has gotten in the most recent novels in the series, Weber has spent seemingly half of each of the last few books giving summaries of how people elsewhere in the galaxy have been reacting to events elsewhere in the past few months, weeks or even days. You get to the point where you start saying, “Yes, yes, Dave – we know all that already, get on with the new developments!”


    #1880349

    Thanks for that tip, he really liked it ^_^


    #1880360

    joea64
    Participant

    Posted By Ellie from The Netherlands on 9/06/2018 12:11 PM

    Thanks for that tip, he really liked it ^_^

    I figured he would.  It’s even been a hit on Weber’s own forum.

    At that, Weber isn’t nearly as great a sinner in this regard as the “master of alternate history”, Harry Turtledove, who has this very, very, very bad habit of repeating a certain character’s defining trait or characteristic several times per novel, particularly in multi-volume series. In one particularly egregious example, which occurred in his so-called TL-191* series (also known as Southern Victory, a mega-series “if the South had won the Civil War” scenario of something like 11 books which began with How Few Remain in 1997 and ended with In At The Death sometime around 2008), one of his main characters has a terrible problem with sunburn. Okay. The problem is that Turtledove has to inform the reader of that fact over…and over…and over…and over…and over again across 10 books, always at least two or three times per book. One gets the impression sometimes that the Professor repeats himself so much because he’s being paid by the word.

    *This fan nickname refers to “Special Orders 191”, a set of orders that Robert E. Lee issued to his Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Maryland campaign in 1862 which got lost and recovered by the Union, and very nearly resulted in the Rebels being annihilated at the Battle of Antietam. The “point of divergence” here, to use a term of art popular in the alternate-history fan community, is that those orders were never lost, and Lee defeated McClellan decisively, leading to Anglo-French recognition of the Confederacy and the end of the war in favor of the South.


    #1880388

    LittlePuffyTail
    Moderator

    So many interesting books you’re all reading! I’d love to look into some of them, but I have like 30-40 in my “To Read” shelf. I buy them waaayy faster than I can read them. I’m a sucker for book fairs. I recently went to one and was like “I”m only going to buy 1 or 2. Only ones that look really amazing.” I left with a full tote bag…..but the money went to help rescue cats so all good right?

    My mom also made me watch the show with her and I couldn’t get past how annoyingly juvenile babyface Jamie was.

    Oh, dear…..I’m afraid we can no longer be social with one another….


    #1880419

    joea64
    Participant

    30 to 40 books, say you? This is my library (most of the bookcases, anyway) as of several months ago, excluding the stacks of books on the floor that I always have to move when I put up the X-pen so that Panda or Fernando isn’t tempted to take a nibble:


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