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What are you reading now? (3 Viewers)

Steve_Rivers

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Since one of the characters in my book is a James Bond wannabe, and he read all the original Iain Flemming books, I thought I would too for research and insight. So I started on Casino Royale last week.
Ugh!

To say those first 30 pages are a slog is an understatement.

First, I get treated to a few pages of unrelenting gambling terms that only the UK Gambler's Association will understand (I kid you not, it's basically Bond listing all the types of gambling plays he used at various games in the Casino. No explanations, no hand-holding, no easing you into it... nothing. For 80-90% of all readers, it will come off like a couple of pages of gobbledygook.
Then, you get M's file on LeChiffre just printed verbatim in its 3-4 pages of jargon and waffle.

Amongst all that you have Bond explaining all his business transactions to get the money through Jamaica or his handler to enable him to gamble.

Don't get me wrong, I was -not- expecting a Bond movie or action. I went in knowing the books were very different.
What kept me going through the drudgery opening was what I was hoping for : one brief moment of Bond showing his neat spy tricks - to make sure his room wasn't searched. Like the fact he slept with a hand under the pillow holding his gun because he was fearful. That was what I was hoping for. Unfortunately, that was 1-2 pages of the first 30.

THANKFULLY, now I'm onto Mathis and Lynd, and it's a lot better. But boy, Iain Flemming clearly wrote the book he wanted and didn't give a tinkers toss about putting people off his book at the beginning. If someone wrote it like that today, it would get totally panned by customer reviewers. I think it's only shielded because its a classically well known book.

Fingers crossed it keeps with the upward trend.
 

Mark Twain't

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Just about to start listening to The Elfor Drop by RR Haywood on Audible. Sequel to Worldship Humility and the author of The Undead series.
 

Tiamat

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I just finished "The Midnight Bargain" by C. L. Polk. I bought it for two reasons: One, it's up for a Lotus award for Best Fantasy Novel, and two, because I saw someone on Twitter describe it as "Pokémon . . . except Jane Austin."

That's a pretty apt description of it. Also, it's a pretty stellar book.
 

Jan

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I'm Reading Harry Potter and the chambers of mystery. I've wanted to read the whole series for a long time but didn't actually start until recently. The plan is to read the whole series before this year is over.
 

Monaque

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Listening to the first of the LOTR's books, FOTR. First time I've ever read an audio book, if you'll forgive the way I've written that. Very interesting experience and am enjoying it - can't remember enjoying LOTR's as much as this.
 

Wren9244

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I'm currently reading The Crystal Ship by TC Southwell. It's #2 in her Slave Empire Series and simple, well-rounded, science fiction series.
 

Monaque

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That series is really good. There is so much truth in there.
I read it a long, long time ago (sounds like an intro to a book...), I honestly can't remember exactly when, don't have much memory left of that experience. Hearing it read though is an altogether different experience. Took me a while to take to the voice but I'm enjoying the journey now that they are taking. And yes, lots of truths, some relevant to today.
 

TWErvin2

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The only book I've read is Enders Game, a really great read, although never got around to the sequels.
I have not read a lot by Orson Scott Card either, but my wife is a major fan and has read everything. I did read Ender's Game years ago and enjoyed it. Saw the movie and do not think it did the book justice (originally a novella--the form I read it years ago). I am reading the book and also listening to the audiobook. This one is packed with a lot of quirky/snappy dialogue, especially between the main character and his friend. (Only about 1/2 way through the tale thus far).
 

Monaque

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I have not read a lot by Orson Scott Card either, but my wife is a major fan and has read everything. I did read Ender's Game years ago and enjoyed it. Saw the movie and do not think it did the book justice (originally a novella--the form I read it years ago). I am reading the book and also listening to the audiobook. This one is packed with a lot of quirky/snappy dialogue, especially between the main character and his friend. (Only about 1/2 way through the tale thus far).
Yeah, I also read it a long time ago, and was similarly disappointed with the movie. Well, disappointed is the wrong word really, but, you know what I mean. Scott has some contraversial views but he seems to write great stories. My first audio book is my listening to LOTR's right now. I think an audio book is dependent on the voice used I think.
 

Moose.H

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Enders game was excellent but you needed an understanding of the use of child soldiers throughout history. it is a sick and vicious practice done by the cruel or desperate. I have the original book and the remainder of the series. His first book was intellectual and exciting but the later became increasingly focused on redemption and trying to find a place in the universe that he didn't feel he deserved or could fit.

I enjoyed the film, and after hoping for a film - it could only dwarf Starwars and Startrek - it was only good but should have been great.
 

Monaque

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Enders game was excellent but you needed an understanding of the use of child soldiers throughout history. it is a sick and vicious practice done by the cruel or desperate. I have the original book and the remainder of the series. His first book was intellectual and exciting but the later became increasingly focused on redemption and trying to find a place in the universe that he didn't feel he deserved or could fit.

I enjoyed the film, and after hoping for a film - it could only dwarf Starwars and Startrek - it was only good but should have been great.
Ah right, context and perspective always help I guess. So, it was his subsequent books (sequels? prequels?) that changed in tone?

Dwarfing Star Wars and Trek? Now that's a starter for ten if ever I heard one lol
I can't say that I have seen the best of any of the IP's mentioned, maybe the earliest Star Wars? And the ST tv series will always seem to have eclipsed it's big screen counterparts.
 

Moose.H

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Ah right, context and perspective always help I guess. So, it was his subsequent books (sequels? prequels?) that changed in tone?

Dwarfing Star Wars and Trek? Now that's a starter for ten if ever I heard one lol
I can't say that I have seen the best of any of the IP's mentioned, maybe the earliest Star Wars? And the ST tv series will always seem to have eclipsed it's big screen counterparts.
They were sequels. Interestingly the re release of his 1st book was slightly different to the original. Apparently he made a mistake the first time. I never picked up what was out of line.
 

Moose.H

Senior Member
I am rereading Jeremy Clarkson "Born to be Riled". A total bullshit artist who is fun, meaningless, rude yet rarely insulting. He proves that you can polish a turd. Sorry edit: he is broadly insulting.
 

Monaque

Senior Member
They were sequels. Interestingly the re release of his 1st book was slightly different to the original. Apparently he made a mistake the first time. I never picked up what was out of line.
I've never read the sequels, maybe I'll give them a go one of these days.
I am rereading Jeremy Clarkson "Born to be Riled". A total bullshit artist who is fun, meaningless, rude yet rarely insulting. He proves that you can polish a turd. Sorry edit: he is broadly insulting.
Is that 'the' Jeremy Clarkson, of Top Gear fame? If so then that totally makes sense, guy has made a living out of being rude. Interestingly he has a tv series now about him buying a farm, or on a farm, or working it, not sure which. I can only imagine the shenanigans.
 

Moose.H

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The sequels are good, but not great. Very interesting.

Clarkson is a good writer, I loved his "I know you got Soul' when he deals with machines that were game changers and seemed to have an almost human flaw. Mostly things like Spitfires, Concords and Ships. But Excellent. His car reviews are fair and good when days are long and bleak. He is a moron and that simply makes it more entertaining.
 

Monaque

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The sequels are good, but not great. Very interesting.

Clarkson is a good writer, I loved his "I know you got Soul' when he deals with machines that were game changers and seemed to have an almost human flaw. Mostly things like Spitfires, Concords and Ships. But Excellent. His car reviews are fair and good when days are long and bleak. He is a moron and that simply makes it more entertaining.
Having seen TG over the years I can agree that he can be very entertaining, not sure if it is a persona he adopts for tv but it has worked. I might have a go at the farm series but I'm pretty sure it will be more of the same only farm related.
 

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