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I don't remember who it was that recced Star Nomad (and sequels) to me, but so far (two books and a short story in ) it's really hitting the spot. I don't remember because every time I come across a rec that sounds interesting, I just send the sample to my kindle and, perhaps weeks later, read it and make the decision. Anyway, it's a basic ragtag group thrown together in a starship getting into trouble* sort of book, but that's apparently what I was looking for.*** So if that's what you're looking for, you might also like it.

* I have a vague recollection that something I sent to my Kindle in the recent past had a comparison to Firefly attached to it. It might have been this, but I don't remember for sure, Either way, that wouldn't have made my decision for me because I never got into the show. (GASP! THE HORROR!)**

** There was a time there a few years ago where I had this exact same conversation multiple times with multiple people:

Them: Have you seen Firefly?
Me: I tried it, but it wasn't for me.
Them: Did you watch the pilot?
Me: Yes.
Them: But did you watch the episode that was the real pilot?
Me: Yes. A Firefly fanboy showed it to me and explained why we were watching this episode. I didn't like any of the characters and didn't care about them.
Them: Oh, no, no! The characters change over the course of the show! You just have to keep watching!
Me: I have too many other things I want to do to invest time in watching a show that I don't like starring characters I don't care about on the off chance that I might eventually give a damn.
Them: Oh.
Them: ...
Them: ...
Them: ...
Them: Have you seen Lost?

The end of Lost has, finally, put an end to that particular conversation.

*** okay i have a weakness for supersoldiers in power armor


Jan. 21st, 2014 02:55 pm
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Just pre-ordered this cookbook: Jon Bonnell's Waters: Fine Coastal Cuisine. It's by a local chef, who owns our favorite restaurant (Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine) and a new seafood restaurant, Waters, which the recipes here come from.

He's the one I've talked about before who will happily email you any recipe of his if you ask which, I have to say, ended up making us buy his other two cookbooks because we wanted to support that sort of thing.

At any rate, the description of the book on the Amazon page specifically mentions the lobster mac & cheese recipe that we had at Waters that Toby loves and which I didn't hate.* I believe the email conversation went something like: "Shall I pre-order?" "You have to ask?" "It'll arrive on the doorstep in March."

* I am a simple woman, and pretty much hate mac & cheese except for the bright orange stuff in a box, which is a comfort food. I believe it was eating the gross white goopy crap called mac & cheese in school cafeterias that did me in for anything other than the box.

Book recs?

Jun. 14th, 2011 11:09 am
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Recs for books that are (a) available for the Kindle and that are (b) somewhat brainless fluff, or otherwise easy reading. Fiction (mystery, fantasy, SF, YA) and nonfiction (memoir, science, nature, travel or living in another country, history).

Example of what I'm thinking of in fiction: Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation, Three Men in a Boat, the Repairman Jack YA novels*, Terry Pratchett, Bellfield Hall and its sequel, Aaronovitch's Midnight Riot and sequel, Kat, Incorrigible.

Non-fiction: Mary Roach, Bill Bryson, Tim Moore, the Freakonomics books, The Mind at Night, etc.

I've got The Disappearing Spoon on audiobook waiting to be listened to. Category/genre romance appears not to be working for me, although Regency-era settings in other genres are. Most urban fantasy isn't working for me, although Aaronovitch is an exception (probably because it's set as a police procedural?)

Also, quick reviews (Yea or Nay) on some of the book samples I have in my Possible Purchase collection on my Kindle would be appreciated, in order to help me make a decision. :)

cut for list )

* I binged on the adult ones until the unexamined general stereotypes got to me. It's the sort where if you're introduced to a non-white, non-American character, they're going to be a bad guy or a stereotyped sidekick of some ilk. Rather like a lot of action movies.

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