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Russell Nash
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« on: January 08, 2007, 07:58:52 AM »

What are you reading and what is in your waiting to be read pile?

I'm reading three books right now.
1) The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
It's a look at the American food supply chain. You'll never eat at McDonald's again.

2) The Swarm
I got this one for my birthday last year and knew nothing about it. It's an English translation of a best-selling German book. The translation is a little academic, meaning no one uses any slang and the Canadians and Americans speak perfect British English. The book started out as kind of an enviromental warning story, but around page 200 of over 700 it started sliding slowly towards being SF. I don't know where it's going now.

3) A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong
The silmilarities and differences of the three "linked" religions and a real look at what the three holy boooks have to say. Fascinating, but I find it can only be read 50 pages at a time. There's so much in it that you need to take a couple of weeks off every so often.

On my to be read pile I have three books
1&2) Are the first two books of the Terry Pratchet Discworld series. (What did everyone think of these?)

3) I forget the exact name of the third, but it's book one of a three part history of the Third Reich. The history of Germany leading up to the 1933 elections. I started it last year and set it aside. Hopefully I can get into it more on my second attempt.


I hope to hear what you guys are reading and maybe get some ideas of what else belongs in my pile.

Tom
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2007, 04:21:18 PM »

I'm about to finish up Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories by Jean Shepherd.  After that it'll be Gaiman's latest.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2007, 04:24:42 PM »

my readin pile is huge... well, i cant be readin for fun much lately
but im trying to read Clive Cussler's Trojan Odyssey (love them Dirk Pit novels!)

to be read:
more clive cussler
Dune
A Briefer History of Time
Nietche (spellin is bad i know)
Plato's Republic
Harry Potter 7 will be out by the time i get here
umm think thats all...

plus i have all the school readins i gotta do...
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2007, 01:31:12 AM »

I just finished Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions.  That book was insane.  Entertaining, but insane.

I'm now reading:

  • Walter Wangerin's The Book of the Dun Cow (an excellent epic fantasy about barnyard animals)
  • Frank Key's Befuddled by Cormorants (selected essays from Hooting Yard on the Air, one of my favorite podcasts)
  • Agile Web Development With Rails, Second Edition
  • Cascading Style Sheets for Dummies
  • Batman: Child of Dreams (a sort of comic/manga crossover)
  • an awful lot of short fiction, some of which we'll buy for Escape Pod or Pseudopod >8->
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2007, 02:36:25 AM »

Aas always, I'm in the middle of 3 or 9 diffrent books, but the one that I've been sticking to lately has been Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming by Rodger Zelazny (of Amber fame) and Robert Sheckley.  So far it's well writen, entertaining, and most of all FUN.
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2007, 04:41:59 AM »

All my reading at the memoent seems to be coming from online resources.

In between other things I read one of Lovecraft's stories.  Most of the time I'm reading American Civil War related books downloaded from "Project Gutenberg".  Right now I'm reading about Teddy Roosevelts Trek through the Brazillian Jungle.

Am I the only one who reads books off a screen, I seem to be in a minority?
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2007, 08:32:32 AM »

I read mostly in bed at night. The kids are asleep. The day has been put to rest. Nothing more to do until tomorrow. A book just fits in bed better than a laptop. When a really good electronic book reader comes along, maybe I'll change my mind. Maybe that can be Apple's next product line.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2007, 11:25:28 AM »

I have a tough time reading without falling asleep, but right now I'm inching my way through Daughter of the Sun by Lonnie Ezell of The Dragon's Landing podcast.

It's a podiobook now, too, so I'm going to have a listen to what I haven't already read of the book on my upcoming automotive vacation.
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2007, 02:56:19 PM »

Daughter of the Sun by Lonnie Ezell of The Dragon's Landing podcast.

I've been listening to this at Podiobooks and so far I really like it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2007, 09:18:23 PM »

Maybe that can be Apple's next product line.
riiight, because apple would "stoop so low" as to actually provide meaningful technology, something that WOULDNT be loved by the masses of teens geared soley towards incredibly stupid music and pop culture.  Reading would be completely detrimental to the apple line! god forbid anyone reads!
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2007, 11:01:24 PM »

What are you reading and what is in your waiting to be read pile?

I'm reading three books right now.
1) The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
It's a look at the American food supply chain. You'll never eat at McDonald's again.

2) The Swarm
I got this one for my birthday last year and knew nothing about it. It's an English translation of a best-selling German book. The translation is a little academic, meaning no one uses any slang and the Canadians and Americans speak perfect British English. The book started out as kind of an enviromental warning story, but around page 200 of over 700 it started sliding slowly towards being SF. I don't know where it's going now.

3) A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong
The silmilarities and differences of the three "linked" religions and a real look at what the three holy boooks have to say. Fascinating, but I find it can only be read 50 pages at a time. There's so much in it that you need to take a couple of weeks off every so often.

On my to be read pile I have three books
1&2) Are the first two books of the Terry Pratchet Discworld series. (What did everyone think of these?)

3) I forget the exact name of the third, but it's book one of a three part history of the Third Reich. The history of Germany leading up to the 1933 elections. I started it last year and set it aside. Hopefully I can get into it more on my second attempt.


I hope to hear what you guys are reading and maybe get some ideas of what else belongs in my pile.

Tom


I am not reading anything. I never read fiction when I am writing it, and for the last two years or so that's all I've done with my spare time. I do have two weeks pencilled out in February to take a keyboard hiatus and scream through a little stack of books I've had recommended by some friends and family as well as reread the only two books I've ever reread - Wells' The War of the Worlds and Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

Then it's back to nonfiction while I work through another bunch of shorts (provided my shorts don't bunch!!! thank you very much I'll be here all week, don't forget to tip your server).

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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2007, 04:01:36 AM »

Maybe that can be Apple's next product line.
riiight, because apple would "stoop so low" as to actually provide meaningful technology, something that WOULDNT be loved by the masses of teens geared soley towards incredibly stupid music and pop culture.  Reading would be completely detrimental to the apple line! god forbid anyone reads!

I chose Apple only because there stuff is always elegant and simple to use. You don't have to be a total tech head to use it. Which is why they have 75% of the MP3 player market and have over 90% of the market for MP3 users over 35.

The problem with the ebook readers now is they don't really work well.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2007, 05:35:27 AM »

I have a huge stack of 'to-be-read' books, but sadly I lack the time to read (aside from studybooks)
Instead I listen to Podiobooks and Escapepods. (and a lot of other podcasts)

The Podiobooks I'm currently into are "Prophecy of Swords" by M.H. Bonham, and "The Immortals" by Tracy (and Laura) Hickman.
Sadly I've listened to nearly all episodes available, I have one or two episodes of Prophecy of swords waiting for me when I get home.
But they trickle in so slowly. Sad


I do have a book on the top of the stack, in which I've already started in, and that's called "The Traveller" by John Twelve Hawks. It's an interesting story, but it paints a scary picture for the future. A Big-Brotherian future.
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2007, 06:50:14 AM »

The Podiobooks I'm currently into are "Prophecy of Swords" by M.H. Bonham, and "The Immortals" by Tracy (and Laura) Hickman.   ....   But they trickle in so slowly. Sad

This is a problem I have with Podiobooks. If a book isn't finished when I sign up for it, I won't start it until I get the "it's over" file.
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2007, 07:19:36 AM »

Maybe that can be Apple's next product line.
riiight, because apple would "stoop so low" as to actually provide meaningful technology, something that WOULDNT be loved by the masses of teens geared soley towards incredibly stupid music and pop culture.  Reading would be completely detrimental to the apple line! god forbid anyone reads!

Unless of course they paired the release with the release of Harry Potter 7... each reader would have it already downloaded.... then they would sell faster than popcorn for an HP movie. And maybe even get used more than once. Maybe. Personally, I'd love to have a reader device - I love to read but rarely seem to have enough time to read what I really want to read.

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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2007, 04:08:47 PM »

I think it would be fairly easy to incorporate a reader into the iPod.  I think the publishing company's grimace at the thought of best sellers so easy to copy and distribute, so there is no big market driver for the technology.
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2007, 05:03:00 PM »

This is a problem I have with Podiobooks. If a book isn't finished when I sign up for it, I won't start it until I get the "it's over" file.
Heh, well I have enough content to listen to.
There are the Scott Sigler stories Smiley 
Silent Universe (when they update),
Children of the Gods (again when they update)

And a lot of other (non-story) podcasts to listen to...
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Russell Nash
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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2007, 05:17:37 PM »

I think it would be fairly easy to incorporate a reader into the iPod.  I think the publishing company's grimace at the thought of best sellers so easy to copy and distribute, so there is no big market driver for the technology.

You can put a couple different text forms into the iPod. It's just that the screen isn't right for extended reading. Slate's Explainer podcast has the full text and sometimes when the subway is too loud I read along instead of blowing out my ears and it just isn't comfortable.

There are a few different companies working on "electronic paper" or "e-ink" which really has the look of real paper, but they mess it up with the size/weight and the Sony Librie was perfect, but then they crippled it with stupid DRM. It sold only for a while in Japan and then Sony pulled it. According to Make magazine you can find these on eBay and Make has a crack for it.
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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2007, 06:10:42 PM »

on E-readers... I would like to get the Iliad.
But I may be biased, it's developed here in The Netherlands Wink (it's just a tad too expensive for me to right out buy) Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2007, 07:10:34 PM »

I don't know if it's like this with all iPods, but my 2G Nano seems to have a hard word-limit on parsing text files when I copy them over.  It seems to be around 1,000 words.  So I can never e-read anything on my Nano.
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