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Reply #60 - 12. Jun 2006 at 00:41
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This is my first posting... I am currently (re)reading "Moderan" by David R. Bunch- one of my very favorite books. I'm also reading HG Wells' "The Food of the Gods". And "Widdershins" by Charles de Lint. Also, I'm reading JS LeFanu's "Uncle Silas" on-line. I just discovered a fantastic site where you can literally read over 2,000 19th and early 20th century ghost and  horror stories on-line and I can't wait to get to it: it's www.horrormasters.com , if anyone is curious. I have a few "reading fetishes"- disasters at sea, early Arctic/Antarctic explorations, Victorian ghost stories, and Nazi history.  isabeats
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Reply #61 - 25. Jun 2006 at 17:22
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These are very slow moving forums! I am now reading a few books that people here have recommended. One is Jonathan Carroll's "The Land of Laughs", which I'm enjoying (but not immensely) and Jeffrey E. Barlough's "Dark Sleeper"- I'm only 30 pages into it, but I love it so far, and it definately reminds me of Blaylock. I don't know how this book ever slipped through my radar, but I'm going to see what else he wrote. "Dark Sleeper" was published 9 years ago, after all. And I'm reading Blaylock's "The Rainy Season". I'm only on the 3rd page and am very happy to have 353 pages to go!
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Reply #62 - 03. Jul 2006 at 15:52
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well--it's all very interesting of course...
Local Anesthesia for the Dental Professional.
i know, sounds like a boring read, and it is.
the practical is more interesting, nerve wracking, exciting, and slightly painful. my advice? don't drink caffeinated products prior to administering it.

oh--if you have a bit of cheese after eating sugared foods, it will help neutralize the acids in the mouth--which helps keep those cavites in check... so many wonderful uses for cheese.

next read this summer? Nitrous Oxide for the Dental Professional---now that's what i'm talking about!
i'll let you know how it goes....
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Reply #63 - 16. Aug 2006 at 23:00
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nitrous was more fun, but boring, too, in some ways. interesting historical info on it, amazingly enough.

i'm re-reading Eragon for the 2nd time this month, just for kicks---it's alright, but i see "similarities" from some of my favorite Dragon related books. there's not an immense amount of originality to Eragon. i'm waiting to read the second book-maybe until Christmas break.

is anyone out there this summer? slim pickin's for posts.
next read? Community Dental Health. wooo hoo!
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Reply #64 - 19. Aug 2006 at 02:52
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I would have to say that paucity of posting here on the site is mainly due to lack of new books and stories by our Author! But, while we await the young adult books being published, and his completion of the current book James is working on, there are lots and lots of excellent books out there to read. These are books I am reading, just finished reading, are in my To Read Pile:
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This book is the start of a series, and is his first published book. So far it is pretty good, in the fantasy vein of Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, set in a sort of Venician Medieval setting.

Three Days To Never by Tim Powers. The next book I am going to read. Set in same melieu as Earthquake Weather and Expiration Date. Should be excellent, got great reviews.

Melusine and The Virtu, by Sarah Monette. 2 fantasy books, comprising really one story, I found them very good.

The Innkeeper's Song by Peter Beagle. One of my favorite authors, one of the great fantasy writers, this is his pick as his favorite novel (you would think it would be The Last Unicorn, but you would be wrong.) I hated it when I read it in 1993, but now I find that I like it very much! Tastes do change, you see. I was reading it again because Peter is now in high gear  and writing up new stuff--short stories and novels--in a whirlwind. I just wish the same to happen to our James Blaylock!

In The Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez. He published his first book last year, Gil's All Fright Diner, a send up of horror stories, movies, etc, that was actually a really good book, lots of fun. This is his second book, and I am hoping the writing will be just as good.

The Machine's Child by Kage Baker--coming out next month, the 7th and next to last novel in the Company series! Great SF books, looking forward to this very much.

Roving Mars, by Steve Squyres. The story of the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity by the scientist who started the program. Great stuff. Found it in new book section of my library the other day.

Happy Reading! Dave Garrett
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Reply #65 - 29. Aug 2006 at 01:45
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Dave, Are the young adult books being published?  Any idea when they will be out?

Currently reading Kolchak: The Nightstalker Chronicles
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Reply #66 - 01. Sep 2006 at 21:41
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Currently on the 3rd volume of Tad Williams's Otherland series (out of 4). I've found him to be as complex as Powers and almost as interesting. The books are chiefly what I'd call sci-fi, dealing with and taking place for a good part of the story in a virtual reality network, but others have also called it historical fiction and cyberpunk. More like historical literature fiction, if you ask me. Lots of references to classic books and poems, especially in the 2nd one.

Also reading "Eats, Shoots and Leaves", a "Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" by Lynne Truss. Halfway through (and it's hilarious), but I still can't figure out if the possessive form of "Tad Williams" is "Tad Williams' " or "Tad Williams's".  

On the top of my stack is Christopher Reeve's "Nothing is Impossible"; below that are a bunch of books about jewelry and beads, books about college majors and scholarships, and a book on genealogy.

Not to mention my 3-page list of to-reads and the 24 volume set of classics I recently bought (a steal - $5 total).
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Reply #67 - 16. Sep 2006 at 16:04
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I discovered a fantastic book that reminds me a lot of James P. Blaylock- it even features a Festival of Freshwater Squid! The book is "City of Saints and Madmen" by Jeff VanderMeer. I highly recommend it.
I'm also reading  "Snow White, Blood Red", ed. Datlow and Windling, "Clara's Grand Tour:Travels With a Rhinocerous in Eighteenth-Century Europe" by Glynis Ridley, and "The Family That Couldn't Sleep" by D.T. Max.
It's about prions, including one that causes a fatal insomnia, and is absolutely fascinating. And lastly, I'm reading Scott Weidensaul's "The Ghost With Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species", including "several species of flightless owls in Cuba that were three feet tall, with long, heronlike legs for running down their prey".
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Reply #68 - 23. Sep 2006 at 17:29
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If you like Steampunk, like Homunculus and such, you should try reading "The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters" which recently came out by Gordon Dahlquist.

The story is fascinating, and the characters and setting are done wonderfully.  It does have a number of explicit 5ex scenes, if you're sensitive about that, but I have to say they were integral to the plot.

I love stories with frightening intrigue fenced out over high tea! This one is so bizarre, and part of the fun is trying to figure out what everyone is up to as you progress through the book. At least two mysteries involved. A bit repetitive in spots, what with witnessing the plot through the eyes of three main characters, but well worth it in spite of that.
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Reply #69 - 01. Oct 2006 at 03:53
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I just picked up The History of North American Steam by Christopher Chant.  Lots of great pictures of early trains.
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Reply #70 - 03. Oct 2006 at 13:33
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[quote author=Jim_Fortner  link=1068497555/60#69 date=1159685599]I just picked up The History of North American Steam by Christopher Chant.  Lots of great pictures of early trains. [/quote]

Ha! When I saw your post I thought the book was by the famous wizard of the same name:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lives_of_Christopher_Chant

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Reply #71 - 05. Oct 2006 at 03:14
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Ha!  Nope, never heard of it - is it a good read?  I'm waiting for the final Unfortunate Events book, which I think comes out in a week or two.
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Reply #72 - 06. Oct 2006 at 19:20
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[quote author=Jim_Fortner  link=1068497555/60#71 date=1160028889]is it a good read? [/quote]

Yes, you can't go too far wrong with Diana Wynne Jones - she's written a lot of excellent books over the years. A number of them feature the idea of parallel worlds, some with magic and some without, and with alternate histories:
http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/
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Reply #73 - 09. Oct 2006 at 02:39
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Thanks for the link - I've read Archer's Goon and I've seen the movie for Howl's Moving Castle.  Think I'll have to see if I can find some of these other books, they sound great.
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Reply #74 - 11. Dec 2006 at 02:03
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I like to read anything by Kem Nunn, also Daniel Duane   and Craig Childs. Sean Stewart's "Mockingbird" and "Galveston" are excellent books. Kim Stanley Robinson's Escape From Katmandu was alot of fun to read. I highly recommend Frederic Durbin's "Dragonfly". I've recently finished Tim Power's "Three Days To Never". I can't say it is his best fiction, Power's usually develops his villains beautifully, in this book they kind of just walk around.
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