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(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8781

Pastey

Currently reading Gods of Mars.

After reading Gnomon's entry on the John Carter books, I had to start reading them smiley - biggrin


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8782

You can call me TC (wearing midnight)

He ought to get commission on them.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8783

Pastey

Alas for him, they're free on Gutenberg.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8784

Mol - on the little netbook

Now would seem to be a good time for me to start that Discworld start-to-finish re-read. Now that we know it is the finish, I mean. smiley - brave

Mol


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8785

Cheerful Dragon

I only own four of the Discworld novels so far. Part of me is glad that the series is now finite. Most of me mourns the passing of an intelligent, witty and talented man.smiley - bluesmiley - cry

RIP Sir Terry. You will be missed, but not forgotten as long as there are Discworld books.smiley - rose


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8786

ITIWBS

Currently reading through Gutenberg's selection of H. Beam Piper stories.

I'd rate him like the single most cerebral and authoritative 20th century science fiction writer.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8787

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

Pratchett's daughter is going to carry on writing Discworld novels, isn't she?

Recently finished Pigeon Post which isn't my favourite of the Swallows & Amazon books, but probably in my top 3 (after Winter Holiday and the first one)

and have just finished When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones, which is about lady mountain climbers at the time of the suffragettes. Excellent read, and if you enjoy it you may also enjoy How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt which is about female explorers in the 19th century and the turn of the 20th.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8788

Cheerful Dragon

Dick Francis's son carried on writing 'Dick Francis' novels after his dad's death, but I haven't read any of them, despite having a full set of Dick Francis books. They may be reasonable stories in their own right, but they're not the same. Similarly with Pratchett's daughter taking on the Discworld mantle.

I'll buy the original Discworld novels (I notice the prices have gone up over the last few months). After that, who knows?


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8789

Cheerful Dragon

Almost forgot. If you're interested in female explorers, The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt by Mary Russell and Unsuitable for Ladies by Jane Robinson are worth a look.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8790

Pastey

Rhianna's an accomplished and acclaimed author in her own right, mostly famous for video games storylines. I'll be very interested to see if/how she takes on the Discworld mantle.

Gotta be better than MacCaffrey's son taking over the Pern books.


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8791

You can call me TC (wearing midnight)

Or Eoin Colfer's Hitchhiker's sequel. Didn't cut the mustard at all.


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Post 8792

Cheerful Dragon

Reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I started it on Thursday and I'm over half way through. I'm really enjoying it!


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8793

Mol - on the little netbook

The Northern Lights sequence changed the way I look at the world - brilliant books. Almost envious of you if you're reading them for the first time smiley - smiley

Mol


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Post 8794

Cheerful Dragon

I'll probably finish it today. I'm not sure whether to go straight on to The Subtle Knife, or give Northern Lights a chance to seep further into my psyche. I found with the Song of Ice and Fire series that it was easy to have too much of a good thing. Philip Pullman's books are different, though - not so dark and violent, with fewer characters to keep track of.

Decisions, decisions!


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8795

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

Once I started Northern Lights I couldn't stop.
In fact I remember being the only person on a train stuck outside London who was disappointed when it started moving after 35 minutes because I only had 4 pages to go of NL and I knew we'd be at Kings Cross before I finished (so I stood on the platform and finished it before I went to meet my friends. Yes. I am very sorry)


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8796

Cheerful Dragon

Finished Northern Lights. I'll be starting The Subtle Knife this evening.smiley - smiley


(The Return of) What book are you reading at this time?

Post 8797

Cheerful Dragon

More than three-quarters through The Subtle Knife. I'll be going straight on to The Amber Spyglass either tonight or tomorrow morning.

I'm sure I read another series of books in quick succession some time in the past year or two. I can't remember what the books were, but I do know that books like this are rare and precious. Hooray for Philip Pullman!smiley - biggrin


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