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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:49 am 
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Anybody here ever read Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart, or its sequels?

Hilarious stuff! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:58 am 
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Bagheera wrote:
Or if you liked Starship Troopers you might give the Falkenberg's Legion series by Jerry Pournelle a try. You can get the first book in that series, West of Honor, for free (I know you have an e-reader):

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-577-west-of-honor.aspx

If you like it, get The Prince by Pournelle & Stirling as well (omnibus edition of all the Falkenberg's Legion stories ... same price as a single book).



A Mote in God's Eye and A Canticle for Leibowicz I see mentioned on here a lot.....I don't want to sound snooty but I don't read a lot of fiction these days (my last work of fiction was 'The Princess Bride' by William Goldman) but I'll probably get around to downloading those books eventually....assuming they are available as e-books.



Snooty is not what you sound like, in this.

Get CANTICLE, first.


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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Canticle is not available as an e-book.

Mote is, you can get it on Amazon, BN, or baenebooks.com (non-DRM version, also slightly cheaper). The version on Baen also has a couple of things that the other e-books do not:

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-581-the-mot ... s-eye.aspx

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Bagheera wrote:
Canticle is not available as an e-book.

Mote is, you can get it on Amazon, BN, or baenebooks.com (non-DRM version, also slightly cheaper). The version on Baen also has a couple of things that the other e-books do not:

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-581-the-mot ... s-eye.aspx




Paper. Doom should consider paper. It is a little known, but proven medium, for delivering this sort of thing, in the absence of alternatives.

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i remember reading (and loving) Mote when i read it when it came out almost 40 years ago...couldn't tell you what it was about now if i tried... :oops:

but then i read a ton of books that summer as i was working on an offshore seismic survey crew and there wasn't a lot to do when we weren't working

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i remember reading (and loving) Mote when i read it when it came out almost 40 years ago...couldn't tell you what it was about now if i tried... :oops:

It's held up amazingly well.

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GKC wrote:
Doom wrote:
Bagheera wrote:
Or if you liked Starship Troopers you might give the Falkenberg's Legion series by Jerry Pournelle a try. You can get the first book in that series, West of Honor, for free (I know you have an e-reader):

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-577-west-of-honor.aspx

If you like it, get The Prince by Pournelle & Stirling as well (omnibus edition of all the Falkenberg's Legion stories ... same price as a single book).



A Mote in God's Eye and A Canticle for Leibowicz I see mentioned on here a lot.....I don't want to sound snooty but I don't read a lot of fiction these days (my last work of fiction was 'The Princess Bride' by William Goldman) but I'll probably get around to downloading those books eventually....assuming they are available as e-books.



Snooty is not what you sound like, in this.

Get CANTICLE, first.


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Some people would accuse me of being snooty when I say things like 'I don't read much fiction these days'....

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Doom wrote:
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Doom wrote:
Bagheera wrote:
Or if you liked Starship Troopers you might give the Falkenberg's Legion series by Jerry Pournelle a try. You can get the first book in that series, West of Honor, for free (I know you have an e-reader):

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-577-west-of-honor.aspx

If you like it, get The Prince by Pournelle & Stirling as well (omnibus edition of all the Falkenberg's Legion stories ... same price as a single book).



A Mote in God's Eye and A Canticle for Leibowicz I see mentioned on here a lot.....I don't want to sound snooty but I don't read a lot of fiction these days (my last work of fiction was 'The Princess Bride' by William Goldman) but I'll probably get around to downloading those books eventually....assuming they are available as e-books.



Snooty is not what you sound like, in this.

Get CANTICLE, first.


GKC


Some people would accuse me of being snooty when I say things like 'I don't read much fiction these days'....




I wouldn't. I'd say you were in need of sound guidance.

Get CANTICLE, first.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Paper. Doom should consider paper. It is a little known, but proven medium, for delivering this sort of thing, in the absence of alternatives.

I seem to recall Honor Harrington and crew using electronic book readers, with paper being the medium of choice for a few well-loved classics. Of course the book readers of 3900 A.D. are likely to be much much better than current technology; I suspect there would be little reason for using paper at all.

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Bagheera wrote:
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Paper. Doom should consider paper. It is a little known, but proven medium, for delivering this sort of thing, in the absence of alternatives.

I seem to recall Honor Harrington and crew using electronic book readers, with paper being the medium of choice for a few well-loved classics. Of course the book readers of 3900 A.D. are likely to be much much better than current technology; I suspect there would be little reason for using paper at all.


I seem to recall Honor occasionally using a Colt 1911.

But certainly, on any Royal Manticoran Navy vessel I might find myself to be, at any time, in addition to wearing my my Royal Manticoran Navy shirt (official) I'll use an electronic reader. But I'll snark, behind everyone's backs.

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A key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist by abbot Anscar Vonier.
Padre Pio. The Pierced Priest by Jim Gallagher.
The World of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse.

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I'm reading Matthew Henry's Gospel commentary, and even though it is boring the hell out of me I'm determined to finish, only fifty or so more pages to go. I believe it's an abriged version and is 600+ pages long in tiny writing, I'm slowly losing the will to live.

He does have some insightful things to say, but he just drones on and on, and I can't help get the feeling that he really liked the sound of his own voice.

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Padre Pio: The True Story, 2nd edition, by C. Bernard Ruffin. The author, a Lutheran minister, writes pretty well about Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

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Excellent! I love these threads. There has been one on every forum I have visited this past year.

Currently, I am reading In Defense of Sanity by G.K. Chesterton

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Excellent! I love these threads. There has been one on every forum I have visited this past year.

Currently, I am reading In Defense of Sanity by G.K. Chesterton



A selection of his essays, from sundry sources.

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Their Name Is Pius, by Lillian Browne-Olf. It's about Popes Pius VI, VII, IX, X, and XI. It's very intriguing stuff. Written in 1941. There have been so many great and holy Popes, even just since the Napoleonic Wars. And yet all people tend to remember are the Borgias, who weren't even as bad as they're made out to be... :nooo:

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Their Name Is Pius, by Lillian Browne-Olf. It's about Popes Pius VI, VII, IX, X, and XI. It's very intriguing stuff. Written in 1941. There have been so many great and holy Popes, even just since the Napoleonic Wars. And yet all people tend to remember are the Borgias, who weren't even as bad as they're made out to be... :nooo:


One of the Borgias is actually a canonized saint...I think his name was 'Francis' if I recall correctly.....

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True but St. Francis Borgia was never Pope -- he was the nephew of the most infamous (to moderns) Borgia Pope.

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You never know what you might find in a junk store. I found a book titled, "Standard Catholic Readers By Grades, Seventh Year." Copyright, 1909, 1913, by Mary E. Doyle.

The book is in pretty good condition for almost being 100 years old. When you open it, there's a picture of Pope Leo XIII. I just love the old illustrations. I love old books. :cloud9:


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