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I guess it's a sign of my wide and varied reading tastes that my public library's Overdrive account is recommending both Maeve Binchy and Chuck Palahniuk to me.

Book recs?

Feb. 3rd, 2015 10:33 am
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Specifically Regency romances, which I appear to be in the mood for. I recently read Carla Kelly's Summer Campaign, which I enjoyed, but then picked up another of hers, Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand, in which I am totally bogging down, and I think it's because of the ahistoricity.

*waits for people to stop laughing*

Yeah, yeah, I know they're all terribly not historically accurate, but the easy intimacy and informality between the hero and heroine is so incredibly modern that it's throwing me out of the book hardcore. (Well, it kind of exists in Summer Campaign as well, but there they had an excuse for it!)

Anyway. Suggestions? Preferably ones available in ebook format as I guard what precious little shelf space we have jealously and don't really want to fill it with books I'll only read once. :)
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Just going to point out that I am somwhat surprised that Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassin trilogy doesn't seem to have made it onto Yuletide this year.

Anyway: Trilogy set in an AU 15th century France, with plot motivated by things that happened in our history.* The main focus, however, is a CONVENT devoted to the GOD OF DEATH that trains YOUNG WOMEN said to be the DAUGHTERS OF DEATH to be ASSASSINS. If that sort of thing appeals to you, have at it. You're welcome.

Trigger warnings: the women who are taken in by the convent often have traumatic background, especially the one who is the focus of Book 2. If you get triggered by not-that-explicit abuse**, then you may want to read some reviews first or just skip to Book 3.



* It's a time and area I know almost nothing about, so can't tell you if the slight rearranging of times, events, and peoples that the author cops to in the afterwords would bother me or not.

** IIRC. It's been a few months since I read that one.
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Been sort of slow around here lately. Toby ended up with a terrific cold from the party we went to a week ago, so has been croaking around the house. (He also went down to Austin on Saturday to game, before he realized it was a cold and not just allergies, so is now feeling terribly guilty about infecting anyone down there.)

I also recently finished Zen Cho's Spirits Abroad,Read more... )

Spirits Abroad was good enough that I had the problem of trying to figure out what to read after it, because anything not as good would seem terrible in comparison. I ended up with Sarah Monette's The Bone Key,Read more... )

I'd also read Mercedes Lackey's most recent, Closer to Home: Book One of Herald Spy.Read more... )

And last night we finally sat down and watched the first episode of Constantine. Verdict: Read more... )

And one last media review. Toby and I went to see John Wick on Friday night. Verdict: Read more... )

And that is all the media I have been consuming recently, aside from the usual steady stream of House Hunters International, Face Off, and Project Runway (which, BTW, is getting suckier and suckier by the minute).

ARG

Aug. 25th, 2013 12:09 pm
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Does anyone here have any recommendations for good science fiction space-type books? Preferably available on the Kindle? The glut of self-published stuff on Amazon has made it almost impossible for me to look through recently-published (well, the last couple of years, mostly) science fiction and space opera to find stuff I might like to read. You can certainly rec self-published stuff if you think it's good; I just don't want to click through page after page of the crappy stuff to find the good ones (I've got Marko Kloos' Terms of Enlistment in the Possible Purchase folder, for example--if you've read it all and can review, thanks!).

As a vague idea of what I might like: hard SF and space opera that isn't primarily military in nature. No Honor Harrington, in other words. I downloaded the sample for James S. S. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, and liked the sample enough to put it into my "Possible Purchase" folder. I read both of Jack McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins and Alex Benedict series, although I have to say the way everyone sounds, dresses, and acts exactly like 20th century Americans kinda drives me nuts (he just has a way of setting up mysteries that make me have to know more about them). Although I said no military, I did enjoy John Scalzi's Old Man's War series, so that's not an unbending rule. :D I also liked Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, although I need to reread them before I can tackle The Children of the Sky.

And yes, in case you're new, I've read all of Lois McMaster Bujold and was a total fangirl back in the day, although I've cooled off since.
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After waking up at 4:17 AM and not getting back to sleep again due to gut rumbling and brain whirring, I finally crashed at...12:30? 1:30? I don't know; I didn't check. Awake again at 5:30 PM. I could have slept longer, but I'd just wake up again at some wee hour of the morning whether I needed to or not so I'm trying to stay awake until closer to a reasonable bedtime.

The good part is that I got two books and a short story read! I've only been meaning to sit down and read actual books instead of the intartubes or something else since November. :/ But they were all good!

At any rate:

1. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. (Generic Western European-inspired fantasy)

Celie is the youngest daughter of a king who reigns from a constantly-shifting castle, which is always adding rooms or taking them away. She has a special connection to it. When her parents and oldest brother are missing, feared dead, she and her remaining brother and sister have to fight palace intrigue with the aid of the castle, which has its own ideas about who is and is not king.
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2. Pig, Crane, Fox (Lóng City) Short story in ebook format by Beth Bernobich. (East Asian-inspired fantasy)

I've had the sample for the book mentioned below lurking on my Kindle for quite some time, but couldn't bring myself to buy the full book because although there was no mention of a prequel, the book read as if there were a whole story that had happened previously to it, and I really hate the feeling that I've missed the first book in a series. Well, there was a reason for that: this short story was the story that happened previously to it. I bought it, read it, then immediately bought the novel.
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3. Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich (East Asian-inspired fantasy)

One year after the events of the short story, Kai's gang is drifting apart in the aftermath of the events. Court intrigue has resulted in the king's falling deathly ill. Nobody can contact his daughter, and so the king of the ghost dragons, which has deep ties to the monarchy, sends Kai packing off to the neighboring Empire to go fetch her.
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Anyway, my power supply is on its last legs. We replaced it, but the replacement turned out to have a fault, so it got shipped back today and the old one put back in until the next one shows up. I don't want to overstress the current one too much, so I'll be scarce online from anything other than my iPhone or Toby's iPad until it gets here and gets installed. If you want to talk about the above books, or recommend me ones that you think I'd like, I'll be checking comments via phone. :)

Hmmm...

Jul. 14th, 2009 12:17 pm
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The comments for the Get Rich Slowly post on the spending habits of the average American are, naturally, full of people appalled at the $118 figure for books that the stats have, plus people who explain that they're avid readers and yet spend very little on books because of libraries, ILL, used bookstores, trading books, etc.

So far, there's only one person being snarky about those who read a lot, but I've seen other blogs and other comments where other commenters get extremely snarky about people who don't use the library for most or all of their reading, and who spend large amounts of money on books.

That sparked a thought - while I'm not entirely sure where the hatred in the posts I remember comes from (surely book-buyers haven't killed their dogs?) - I do have to wonder: do they think one book is much like another? In other words: do they think that they will always be able to find what they want at the library? Do they not have particular tastes in books? How do they think publishers decide what will be published? Are they OK with best-sellers being the primary form of books available, and small-press books shouldn't be available if they can't somehow find enough market share to publish?

I'm not being especially coherent about this, because I haven't worked out the thoughts fully and I'm starving, as it's lunchtime. :D I thought I'd open it for comment, in order to work out better what I think.
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Mom came through with an Amazon gift certificate because I made her busienss cards at the last minute last week, so it was a nice haul. :)

Books ordered )
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The last time I asked for recs, having $20 in Amazon gift certificates, I never actually got around to buying the books. Which is good, because it now means I have $60 in Amazon gift certificates. :D

And Amazon is having a 4-for-3 sale, so I'm especially looking for paperback books.

My previous list of elements I'm currently looking for in a book needs to have a couple of things added on: no shapeshifting as I have a weird, bizarre Thing against that*, and no anthropomorphic animals**, ditto.

ETA: I know I'm known 'round these parts for manga, but I'm not actually reading too many right now ad not willing to take on new series unless they're stunningly good, because it takes me about 20 minutes to read one volume, and I almost never feel like I got my money's worth. I want something I can sink into for a couple of hours (yes, I read damn fast, when it engages my attention).





* OK, I've read some books with shapeshifting and liked them, but they really need to have other things I'm looking for as prominent parts of the book, to make up for the shapeshifting. Yeah, I'm weird. I know.

** Ditto as for shapeshifting. I have to admit that [livejournal.com profile] ursulav's book Black Dogs Part One: The House of Diamond is exactly the sort of book I'm looking for, except that there exists both anthropomorphic animals and inadvertent shapeshifting. However, Vernon's quirky sense of humor, plot, and ineffable something hits me in exactly the right ways.
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I have a friend who works at a feminist bookstore and is trying to build up the juvenile fiction collection. She's looking for recs of girl-friendly interesting fiction for older children.

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