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Merboy

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If anyone here is looking for something to read I thought maybe I'd just put forward that I'm an author and you guys might enjoy some of my stuff, especially House of Angels. It has a sort of Six Feet Under/Angels in America kind of feel to it. Just... with angels. Anywho, just in case someone was looking for their next book to read!

Also, about this time last year I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I'm not a fan of second person writing styles but I do think this book was very clever and fun.
 

Nicole

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Just a quick note. Obviously, Merboy's post could be construed as self-promotion. Since he reached out to us and asked permission, however, we granted an exception. I just didn't want anyone to think that we weren't enforcing the rules.
 
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Zimmy

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anyone read anything good recently??
I have.  I really like hard science fiction.  The better and more accurate the physics the better.  The more esoteric the theories get the happier I am.  I also really groove on your standard space operas/ cowboys in space.  Basically the farther I get from magic and dragons and to space travel and a unified theory the more I typically enjoy a book.

I am a bit...  addicted, yes that is the word, addicted to unabridged books from Audible.  I have close to 1000 titles in my library.  Mostly hard sci/fi but also a great deal of Cold War history, Space and space related history, and of course a a metric ton of WWII histories, including my  favorite, the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.  I have been downloading books from Audible since 2004.  So how is this haywire you ask...  Well I'm getting there.  You know I like to weave a tale!!

So I listen in the car, while I'm working, in my shop, and most recently while jogging.  Frankly last summer I had grown tired of "Lone wolf captain goes rouge and saves the galaxy!"  or "an Unlikely Misfit Ragtag Group from Different Backgrounds and Planets Band Together to Fight For the Little Guy In a Galaxy Gone Wrong!"  I needed something new.  I love Steampunk and lately I have become increasingly interested in the science and culture of the Victorian era.  So I started looking for the sci/fi sub genre of of Steam Punk.  I came across what turns out to be one of the most charming and delightful reads I have had the pleasure to listen to in years.  The Sculpted Ship by K. M. O'Brien

It has a very light Steampunk feel to it, so it is not really overwhelming.  There is not a great deal of violence, but there is a great deal of action.

Really worth the read of listen.
 

sereniv

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i just read a book called The Cruel Prince that is about a girl who lives among fey creatures and get wrapped up into the corruption of the fey kingdom's royal family. i love fantasy novels, so if anyone has any good fantasy suggestions please message them to me!!:)
 
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Merboy

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I LOVE audible. I've listened to countless books the same way, in my car, etc, and I LOVE it. It's like having the book acted out while still stimulating the listener's imagination the same way a book does. Oh I love love love it.

I also read one of Holly Black's books several years ago. I think it was Tithe. It was neat take on the fairy genre. Plus there was a character who was into yaoi. You might like The Night Circus if you're into fantasy stuff. It's definitely a stylistic modern fairy tale kind of thing, centering around magicians and the most interesting circus I've ever read about.
 
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sereniv

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is The Night Circus similar to Cirque du Freak in anyway? i read that series sooo long ago and ive been wanting to revisit it
 

Merboy

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sereniv said:
is The Night Circus similar to Cirque du Freak in anyway? i read that series sooo long ago and ive been wanting to revisit it
I'm not familiar with Cirque du Freak but I just wiki'd it and I don't think there's very much similarity between it and The Night Circus. Don't let that discourage you though, it's really a beautiful story.
 
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My commute isn't long enough to listen to an audio book on the way to work. :(
I wish I could say that lol. Especially since I drive a fordf 150( that thing eats gas lol ) I am currently re reading Pet Semetary and listening to Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk on my hour + drive to work and home.
 
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Zimmy

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It seems my commute all the back to high-school has been 1/2 hour. My sister and I used to joke that it always takes 30 minutes to get anywhere in VA Beach. (of course I lived in VB and went to school in Orf)...
before I derail this any further I will start a new thread...

(Admins, see how well behaved a member I am being!!!)
 
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If anyone is or was a fan of comic books there is a big milestone about happen on April 19th. The milestone is that Action Comics(Superman) will release issue #1000! It will be a double size issue and there are going to be like 10 variant cover editions almost all of them themed to a certain decade in Superman's past. Along with that there is going to be a 384 page hard cover book that will cost $29.99. The book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”

Needless to say, as a former comic book collector/reader (that I still sometimes dabble in) I will be heading to my local comic store to buy this. For such a special milestone edition as this it will most likely appreciate in value over time so long as they don't over produce it.
 
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.That is awesome! I love and collect comics, if only i loved superman the way i love deadpool or the winter soldier, le sigh.
 
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If you haven't read "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell, give it a look. It's a great 'open ended' book in that the ending is just another day. "Attachments" by her is another good one.
 

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I finished reading Perfect Blue last night. It's notably more famous for the movie done by Satoshi Kon, but I thought I'd give the book a spin. I have to say that it did a decent job building tension, as well as creepy imagery. Though the weakness was in the ending. It just kinda kept going, and for something that was grounded in reality it went a bit fantastical by the end, not to mention it just ends abruptly with no next day or reprocussions for the acts done by the man.
 

Nicole

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I found my July beach book: Thucydides: The Reinvention of History by Donald Kagan. I also just got my dad a signed copy of Ash Carter’s Inside the Five-Sided Box for Daddy’s Day.
 
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Zimmy

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He will like that!
I just got dad a new hard drive for his PC. I also stuffing him with shrimp, cow, potatoes, and fresh corn from Taste. Need to go look for an ice cream cake, that he will object to.
 
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