What are you reading now?

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  1. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone One Serious Wiku

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    Just finished The Fellowship fo the Ring (Audio) by J. R. R. Tolkien narrated by Rob Inglis.

    I'm bout to pull the trigger on The Two Towers, but deciding whether I should just pay the $30 (at Amazon, Kobo wants $35) or take advantage of the Audible trial deal... I'll probably do the latter, though it does mean I have one book on Kobo and the other through Audible.

    Not really even sure what the Audible thing would do for me anyway.
     
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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    Just finished Vengeance, fifth in the Fluency series. As I expected, it dealt fully with the secondary plot of the series, and no, there wasn't much in the way of space combat. Still, a good read. And now I'll have to wait half a year, maybe more, for the next one in the series.

    So I'm back to techno-thrillers. Decided to start with Forsyth's The Devil's Alternative, but found it hasn't aged that well since last time I read it, around 2002. The Cold War stuff is still great, but the tech is way off, with unrealistic satellite capabilites and a fantastic SR-71 thrown in for flair. I set it down (figuratively, it's a Kindle ebook :D ) and started Exocet, another re-read for me. Looking good so far, and brings memories of my childhood, since it's set before and during the Falklands War.

    That's a book I haven't been able to finish. I think I've tried 2 or 3 times, and so far always set it down less than a third way in. The plot is fascinating, but the level of detail is much too high for my taste and makes for a very slow read. I may try again some day because I know I'm missing a classic fantasy novel.
     
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    The hard part to listening to the book is I have to endure the songs and poems...

    But I love Inglis' voice for these books.

    I have tried the radio drama, but the added music and the characters filling in the narrative parts just threw me off.

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    Mi An Nexus Refugee

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    Aww, well, if you ever want to take another swing at Zahn, Angelmass is more of a space opera and is my favorite Zahn title, though I admit, it's been many years since my last reading. I actually just bought a digital copy to replace the paper one I gave away and am planning when to reread it. And I stopped reading novels on paper a very long time ago.
     
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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    Yes! That was what bored me, and it's worse because I had to read them. Last time I quit not long after Tom Bombadil rescued the hobbits from the Old Man Willow. I'm not sure, but I think that's less than a fifth into the book. Maybe as I grow older I'll also grow more patient and will be able to finish it.

    Yes, I plan to revisit Zahn. I have another of his novels, the first in the Cobra Slave series, and Angelmass is in my TBR.

    I finished Exocet. Still a very good read, even though I last read it when I was in high school. Seemed very short this time. I just started Forsyth's The Fist of God.
     
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    So, Tom Bombadil is the one episode that I could have done without. If you can get through that part, everything else just falls into place.

    I know there are plenty of people who love Tom, but that's a piece of lore I can certainly live without.

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    Count me as a Tom Bombadil fan (although I haven't tried it on audio).

    I haven't used many audio books; but I'm considering trying Ove Knausgard's 'My Struggle,' which is this huge opus (6 books of huge length) on audio.

    I also bought 'Girl on the Train' on audio because I heard it was a great performance. I just haven't listened to it, even though I've seen the movie and had it for a couple of years.
     
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    That's one book I put down... The Girl on the Train, that is the whole alcohol thing was just too much for me.

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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    I just plunked down a ton more than I usually spend for e-books on The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein. Thank heavens for gift cards <Grin>. I've always enjoyed vintage Heinlein (his later stories not so much) and I got it into my head to find this book. Not in my library's Overdrive collection, didn't want the dead tree version, so $7.99 (USD) off of a gift card it was. Well worth it :vbgrin: A sample:

    ... I have spent too much of my life opening doors for cats—I once calculated that, since the dawn of civilization, nine hundred and seventy-eight man-centuries have been used up that way...
     
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    Funny. I was thinking of doing some vintage Heinlein shortly. Was eyeing Methuselah's Children, which I think was the first one I ever read, back in high school.
     
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