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30 Jan 2013, 09:15 PM
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I've finally finished the 1,100 pages of Great North Road

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, which was excellent. Some reviews say it is not one of Peter F. Hamilton's best, but I suspect that is because it is set in the near future and the technology is not so much of a leap forward as in many of his books. Personally I found setting half the book in Newcastle rather than round a distant star worked really well - though it will be interesting to hear what the Audible book sounds like...

Anyway, I've now started on The Silver Branch

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, Rosemary Sutcliff's sequel to The Eagle of the Ninth

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. I should have read this as a kid but as far as I recall I didn't get around to it. The first book in the trilogy painted a realistic and convincing picture of life in Roman occupied Britain - though not quite so red in tooth and claw as Robert Fabbri

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series which I've also enjoyed lately.
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23 Feb 2013, 11:37 AM
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I've just finished The Lantern Bearers

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, Rosemary Sutcliff

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's sequel to The Silver Branch

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. Technically these stories set in Britain during Roman occupation and slightly after are children's books, though the last of the trilogy has more adult themes. I didn't enjoy the last book as much as its predecessors, mainly because I really disliked the main character - and in particular his attitude to his sister. I suspect to some extent this reflected the time the book was written (late 50's) rather than the time it was set. Still for all that, these adventures are a great light read for all ages.

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by Alan Campbell

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the first in the "Deepgate Codex" mentioned a few messages above. I was immediately hooked by the "Lye Street" novella (not available on Nook or Kobo) which makes a great introduction to this innovative fantasy world and the first few chapters of this novel are well up to standard.
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23 Feb 2013, 12:56 PM
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Am now reading Breakers by Edward Robertson

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04 Jul 2013, 10:59 PM
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I've just finished reading The Luck of Han'anga

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by Thomas Watson

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, well known in these forums. I really enjoyed this book - it's great to read Science Fiction by an author who understands Physics and uses the limits it imposes to make the plot more exciting. (And I do take these things seriously - I once spent 20 minutes with pen and paper attempting to prove there was a flaw in Alastair Reynolds' description of someone falling down a lift shaft in an accelerating reference frame - he was right, I was wrong!)

I did have a couple of minor reservations - the main character, for example is a bit too perfect - he needs a character flaw or two... but then again, he does play the bagpipes! There was one or two plot elements that were a bit predictable, but on the other hand there's a mystery central to the plot that is most intriguing and guarantees that I'll have to read the next book in the series. Great stuff!

But before I read Founders' Effect: War of the Second Iteration, Book Two

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I'm going to indulge in a little 80's nostalgia and read the first Lovejoy novel - The Judas Pair

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06 Jul 2013, 08:33 PM
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Glad you enjoyed the book. As for the main character, there are many who would say that playing the bagpipes WAS his character flaw!

Obviously, I am not one of those people. ;-)

Hope Founders' Effect suits you, when the time comes.

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Book One The Luck of Han'anga
Book Two Founders' Effect
Book Three The Plight of the Eli'ahtna
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06 Jul 2013, 11:46 PM
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I read Long Time Passing

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this evening. For those who don't know this is a short story set in the same universe as The Luck of Han'anga

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. It's a enjoyable read and a gives you a good idea of what to expect in the "War of the Second Iteration" books (though be warned there is NO bagpipe playing in this story!)

I've also purchased Founders' Effect

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, the second book in the series and added it to my ever lengthening To Be Read list. However I'm still currently reading The Judas Pair

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which is proving to be an example of my most hated genre of ebooks - one of those "no need to proof-read it, just chuck it out, ebook readers don't care" type of books. I'm reading the Kindle edition and the publishers have obviously taken an old paperback - scanned and OCRed it, run it through a spell-checker and stuck it in the ebook store. The problem with that strategy is that words frequently get substituted for similar looking words - "that" becomes "drat", "clip" becomes "dip" and so on. But with this book they have excelled themselves - it includes utter gibberish like "tiiese" which is either some antique technical term or a mis-scan of "these" - suggesting that actually they couldn't even be bothered with the spell-checker step.
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09 Jul 2013, 04:27 AM
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I have a friend who has had several older works converted to ebook format using OCR. Apparently the proofing portion of the job took longer than the scanning, and really isn't something to be skipped.

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Book One The Luck of Han'anga
Book Two Founders' Effect
Book Three The Plight of the Eli'ahtna
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14 Jul 2013, 11:30 PM
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(09 Jul 2013 04:27 AM)Thomas Watson Wrote:  I have a friend who has had several older works converted to ebook format using OCR. Apparently the proofing portion of the job took longer than the scanning, and really isn't something to be skipped.

I can well believe it - specially if an older paperback, perhaps with blotchy pages, has been scanned. I've just finished reading The Judas Pair

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and I found examples of spurious apostrophes throughout the book which I suspect was due to marks or ageing of the pages. The random replacement of words with similar looking ones was rather annoying - though it did catch me out once - there was mention of a "jezail" and I struggled for some minutes trying to work out what word had been misconstrued before looking it up in Wikipedia and finding it was a correctly spelled form of musket.

Overall I enjoyed The Judas Pair

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- it's a picaresque novel, and Lovejoy is rather less pleasant a character than that portrayed by Ian McShane - for example he has a tendency to knock his girl friend around - and I can't say I warmed to him as the book progressed. However the details about antiques and the trade in them was interesting and there is some exciting action, even if the central mystery was pretty easy to solve before the half way mark. I'll certainly be reading some more in the series.

But enough about what I'm reading... what do you have open on your Nook or Kobo, folks? Tell us about your current read - would you recommend it? Is it a book worth avoiding?
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17 Jul 2013, 01:29 AM
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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson and (after a delay of more than 30 years) Shogun by James Clavell.

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Book Two Founders' Effect
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17 Jul 2013, 09:14 PM
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In The Garden of Beasts

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looks very interesting. I thought Larson's The Devil in the White City

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was a fascinating read. I've seen some people complain about there being too much historical detail in his books, but for me the balance between horrific story of mass killer and technical details of putting the World's Fair together was spot on.
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