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Book Talk - What are you reading?

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  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    I also read "Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein not too long ago. I am apparently the only person in the world who didn't love it. In fact, I thought it was pretty awful. It was like a Lifetime TV movie adapted to be a novel.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    Cyber Way by Alan Dean Foster. A bit of Tony Hillerman wrapped in computer tech. Ok beach read.
  • I recommend "Money to Burn" (James Grippando).
    If you liked "The Firm" with its fast-paced style and numerous trwists and turns, you'll probably like this. I read it the whole thing in under 24 hours - it's one of those can't-put-it-down page turners (though I was reading on Kindle - no pages to turn).

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    The Secret of the 9th Planet, Donald A Wollheim.

    "He watched the cars in the street, so amusingly compact and small, each designed in the fleeting style of the year. The cars of a dozen years ago had been designed for length and size, but the trend had been the opposite for a decade now. The cars grew smaller and their lines weirder as the manufacturers strove to compete.

    What other planet could boast of such simultaneously astonishing ingenunity and wonderous tomfoolery?"

    Copyright 1959. :D
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,770
    This was a great read by Cormac McCarthy. I love semi-fact based stories of the old west. I have read most of his books, including "No Country for Old Men", and the 3 books that make up "The Border Trilogy". They are all great.

    Most of his books have a dark nature and somewhere along the line McCarthy decided to leave out most punctuation, but IMO he is the best writer in the Country.

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    edited February 2011
    I need to get back to him - really enjoyed All the Pretty Horses. Don't know how much the movie tracked the book but I liked the No Country movie (and I don't like many movies).

    (Hey, you can loan it to me on your Kindle, lol).
  • Oh Blood Meridian is a GREAT book indeed !! One of the greatest novels of the last 50 years. It's a very dark view of human nature however. It's bleak. Basically, it suggests that people are evil just for the hell of it, and that avengers of that evil aren't much better. The judge (what was his name) is a scary character.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    other topics...recommended to come here due to a question I asked in another "slightly" unrelated topic...here goes...I am asking about e-readers, like Kindle, Nook, etc...

    Does anybody know of a comparo that I can read to try and make an intelligent decision???...they come in small and medium and large, backlit or not backlit, some can download only Borders books, do batteries last 2 hours or 10, yada, yada, yada...

    Can anybody help???...thanks...
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,770
    edited February 2011
    Don't know about all of them but I have had a kindle e reader for over 2 years and I expect I will always have one.

    Kindle books are available from Amazon and you can get virtually any book there. Book prices range from completely free to about $10. The kindle itself costs about $130. On the newer models you can store about 1500 books. A virtual library. One charge will last about a week with fairly heavy reading.

    You download books on line either from the kindle itself or from your computer. A complete download takes less than 1 minute. You can also get free samples of any book just to check it out, etc.

    You can also access and read any of your books on your home computer or laptop. The whole operation is very slick. Highly recommend.

    The kindle and the whole operation is very slick. I think the kindle is pretty much the top e reader and I highly recommend it.

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  • You should also ask people who own iPads and use them as readers.

    I'm actually reading The Great Gatsby on a smart phone and of course I don't recommend it but it's amusing when waiting on line somewhere.

    I might buy an e-book reader if it had a two-page display, to avoid too much back-paging. I also read fast.
  • I've had a Kindle for a couple of years also. Although, since my college daughter discovered she can download some text books to it, I haven't been able to use it. Can't offer a comparison of other e-readers, but the Kindle is very easy to use. I like that you can read in full sunlight.

    Got an iPad for Christmas, but haven't tried doing a book on it yet. Some day when I have mass quantity of free time, I'll give it a shot.

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  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    responses...it is interesting that a feature of the Kindle is that you can read it in full sunlight...that implies reading outside...I haven't read outside in more years than I want to count...I either read in my easy chair, or in bed, which is why a backlight might be something to consider (for me, anyway)...I never sit in the yard, and I detest the beach...

    Different strokes for different folks...
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    That's sort of my issue (besides being cheap). I like working on my laptop outdoors, but it's hard to see the screen. The Kindle sounds great for that.

    But I like reading in bed and I'd love to lose the lamp. My laptop has a built-in light on top of the screen that's handy for typing in the dark, but it's too heavy to use in bed. I hear you can get a case for a Kindle with a built-in light so that may be an option.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,770
    ...or you can get a clip on book light for reading in bed.

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  • That's what I did. Plus, if you can share an Amazon account with your spouse, and you have two Kindles, you can download that book to both of them, and both read it - just like you'd share a regular book. You can associate several Kindles with one Amazon account.

    We just stock our Amazon account with credit and download and read at will. I like the instant gratification nature of deciding you want a book, and getting it within a minute, without leaving the house.

    I didn't think I'd really care for an e-reader, but I do love my Kindle. Plus, the house was getting stacked up with piles of paperbacks. No more!

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  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I was listening to someone sing the praises of the Nook to someone else while waiting for my dad at the Dr. She sounded like she had spent some time researching the Kindle, Sony, and Nook. I can't remember everything but she did mention price and that the Nook was the only one in which a user could replace the battery. I think she also said it was able to load books from the library.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    Thanks...that is the kind of info I am seeking, along with the feedback of all the others...I would not think of whether a battery was replaceable or not, or whether one can load library books...

    It's kinda like I don't know what I don't know, so I don't know what features to look for...a replaceable battery would be nice, as long as it is smaller and less expensive than, say, a hybrid car battery...
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    ...or you can get a clip on book light for reading in bed.

    I've had those and they bug me. I've tried just about everything over the years.

    My wife isn't a night owl like me so a nice halogen clipped to the headboard isn't an option. I've used flashlights, LED lanterns and currently I'm back to a nightlight bulb. This one is stuck on the end of a Christmas candle thing and I've only busted one bulb knocking it over while half asleep. That's better than the time I used a nightlight on an extension cord and caught my pillow on fire. :blush:

    The first week with a new Kindle, I'd probably fall asleep in mid paragraph and drop it onto the hardwood floor and bust it.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,770
    edited February 2011
    I am not sure we are talking about the same type of clip on. I am talking about a very small L.E.D. device that clips right onto your book or kindle. Battery powered and only cost a couple of bucks, lasts forever. Weighs about 2 ounces, only illuminates your reading material and won't disturb your bed partner.

    How far away from civilization are you anyway ?? :)

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  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Well, don't take my word for it, of course; I don't own one. There are lots of reviews around though.
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