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evolnemesis
Code Monkey

evolnemesis
United States  


  5/13/2014

Sundiver - David Brin

The first in the Uplift Saga series of books... I love these books, they have a very interesting theme of a Universe where species uplift other species to sentience... with speculation that Humans are either a 'wolfling' race who achieved sentience on their own, or else, as there is real world potential evidence of, some forgotten species may have intervened in our development long ago.

Humans, as apparent 'wolflings', were not welcomed into galactic society until we had proved our worth and uplifted species of our own to make them contemporaries: Dolphins and Chimpanzees (and there are very interesting characters of both species in the series, who I feel are very well written to show their species' personalities and cultural differences). Needless to say, the established galactic society has very mixed feelings about welcoming us...

Anyway, well worth a read if you like Science Fiction... one of my all time favorite books.


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VioletGrendel

VioletGrendel
Ireland  


  5/15/2014  1

Reptiles and amphibians by Trevor Beebee, Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer by Michael Moorcock, Temeraire by Naomi Novik, The Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison, and I think that's all, beside reviewing my own stories.

What is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?

42!

 
evolnemesis
Code Monkey

evolnemesis
United States  


  5/16/2014

Very nice, I love Harry Harrison and the Stainless Steel Rat books. I even have a book that's a kind of Stainless Steel Rat choose-your-own adventure written by Harrison (it's very fun, and pretty hilarious...)

"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."
"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan

 
VioletGrendel

VioletGrendel
Ireland  


  5/21/2014

I think I heard of that book . . . Haven't got it though, mores the pity.

What is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?

42!

 
razander
Manic Scribbler

razander
United States  


  6/20/2014  1

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. Illustrates the causes and consequences of the Big Five mass extinctions and other extinctions in the past and occurring right now. Also goes into the progression of science and the clash of ideologies (uniformitarianism and catastrophism in the 18th century, the initial ridicule of the hypothesis that the cretaceous extinction was caused by an asteroid impact). Accessible to the general public, includes graphs, photographs, and other pictures, full of information.

The book starts with the recent decline in amphibian populations. If you've got the time, I recommend reading the first chapter on Amazon.

 
Laura
Tea Queen

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  6/25/2014  2

I've just finished The Long Fall by Julia crouch. I won't spoil the book for anyone else, but it quickly turned into one of the most gripping psychological thrillers I've read in a long time. The plot alternates between two characters: You have Emma James, a student who's travelling around Europe during her gap year in 1980, and Kate Barrett, a rich and privileged housewife in the present day with a dark secret. Nothing is as glossy as it seems, and life begins to unravel for both of them, as the reader goes on to discover how these two worlds collide.

I probably haven't done this novel much justice with my mediocre description, but trust me, if you are even slightly interested, then read it, read it, READ IT. I devoured it in two days. :)

 
Nutter
Senior Wrangler

Nutter
United Kingdom  


  6/26/2014

Buddhism: A very short introduction, by Damien Keown. (More interesting that it might at first sound!)
 
razander
Manic Scribbler

razander
United States  


  6/28/2014

Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon, one of the masterpieces of science fiction. It's a history of the various societies that have inhabited the universe. In countries where copyright lasts from life + 50 or fewer years, the book is in public domain.
 
Nutter
Senior Wrangler

Nutter
United Kingdom  


  6/29/2014

Marian Green's A Witch Alone. It's one of the books that have been weeded off the shelves prior to moving, as it's so long since I read it that I couldn't remember anything about it. It's interesting, but I'll still probably be moving it on.
 
razander
Manic Scribbler

razander
United States  


  8/9/2014

On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, written in the first century. It's about a lot of things in life: grand nature, the laws of nature, society, happiness, history. It's a beautiful poem, and long: six books!
 
Laura
Tea Queen

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  8/19/2014

I have a few books on the go at the moment, and I'd definitely recommend all of them:

Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Looking For Alaska by John Green

 
kezune
Air Guitarist

kezune
United States  

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  8/22/2014

Do audiobooks count? Reading doesn't go hand-in-hand with crochet and knitting. :)

Redwall by Brian Jacques

I never read it as a kid, so I'm kind of glad to get into it now. Not bad!


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Nutter
Senior Wrangler

Nutter
United Kingdom  


  8/30/2014

Why love matters - how affection shapes a baby's brain by Sue Gerhardt.
 
Malkin

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Australia  
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  12/14/2014

Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton.

I'm not sure if this book is a satire. It proposes, first off, that religion is false, but religions have mastered some methods of promoting community that atheism hasn't matched. It then takes a concept (like religious art, designed to make people contemplate), breaks down how it works in religion (Christianity, Judaism, and some Buddhism) and then proposes an atheist alternative. It's hopeful and thought-provoking, but really glib.


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Lambie

Lambie
United States  


  3/3/2015

kezune wrote:
Do audiobooks count? Reading doesn't go hand-in-hand with crochet and knitting. :)

Redwall by Brian Jacques

I never read it as a kid, so I'm kind of glad to get into it now. Not bad!


Oh! I read so many of those as a kid. How do you like them as an adult? :o

I'm currently reading Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake, Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov, and Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

 
althalus99

althalus99
United Kingdom  


  3/4/2015

A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. Currently ploughing through Part 4: A Feast For Crows, easily the weakest book so far. Still enjoyable, but there are far more faults than in Parts 1, 2, 3a and 3b. By the way, Laura, did you enjoy A Game of Thrones when you finally checked it out?

Viva las Vegas - or not, it's up to you.
 
Laura
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  3/4/2015

I never got around to reading it in the end. One day! I have got as far as season 3 of the TV show, though. :P Right now I'm reading Dead Simple by Peter James.
 
SpaceShipRat

SpaceShipRat
Italy  


  3/20/2015

evolnemesis wrote:
Very nice, I love Harry Harrison and the Stainless Steel Rat books.



I read a few of these too, people kept suggesting them to me, I couldn't guess why! ;P

Currently I'm re-reading the Dresden Files series. Urban fantasy, wizard private detective goes up against demons, vampires, etc. Also features Faerie queens, teenage werewolves who play D&D on the side, and a zombie T-Rex.

It's funny, occasionally a bit overdramatic, very imaginative worldbuilding, and bonus the author is a pretty cool dude on Twitter.

 
Pann
Small Birb

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United States  

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  3/22/2015

I'm currently rereading Howl's Moving Castle! I bought it off Amazon. The last time I read it was in 2009 I believe so I ended up forgetting a ton of details, so it's almost like reading it again for the first time. I really do love the book version. The movie is still wonderful too, of course.

I've also obtained the Moomin books and am reading those. They're little chapter books and are really cute, filled with cute animals similar to Winnie the Pooh.


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kezune
Air Guitarist

kezune
United States  

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  3/22/2015

I don't often read novels any more (I prefer audiobooks).

Instead, I'm reading this: Teach Yourself VISUALLY: Sock Knitting. Adventurous, I know.


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Trell
Wee Scrivener

Trell
Canada  

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  3/26/2015

I'm trying to re-read Fablehaven.

Trell
"Holy crap in a casket!"

 
Laura
Tea Queen

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  3/31/2015

Room by Emma Donoghue
 
evolnemesis
Code Monkey

evolnemesis
United States  


  3/31/2015

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny.

I really love this author... He loves to mix genres and goes from the mundane to the magical and back again almost effortlessly... Other books I loved by him are Jack of Shadows and the Amber series, but I have yet to read anything of his I didn't fall in love with.


"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."
"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan

 
xrainxofxbloodx

xrainxofxbloodx
United States  


  4/24/2015

The Northern Lights Series by Bonnie Leon

I've had this book series since I was a preteen and started reading it again recently.
The first book starts in the later third of the 19th century, in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Two sisters, Anna(16) and Iya(5) are the only ones in the village to survive a tsunami. Turns out that their is an american, named Erik, passing through, who offers to take them to another village. Eventually, Anna realizes they can't survive alone, and accepts his offer. The rest of the book is the three of them surviving while trying to find a new home.
The next two books in the series...well, I can't really say it without spoiling the first book.


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Doringo
Lodestar

Doringo
United Kingdom  

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  4/25/2015

Thud by Terry Pratchett.

Part of his discworld series, I've been reading it for quite a while now.



 
Malkin

Malkin
Australia  
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  5/15/2015

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. :)

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Laura
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  5/15/2015

Ah, Jane Eyre. That takes me back to university. :)

Looking Good Dead by Peter James, his second book in the Roy Grace series.

 
Laura
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  5/25/2015

Not Dead Enough by Peter James.
 
SpaceShipRat

SpaceShipRat
Italy  


  5/30/2015  1

The entirety of the Heralds of Valdemar series. Toes the line between "cliched women's fantasy" and "subverting cliches in women's fantasy".

I love it for all the unusual non-human species. gryphons, talking wolves, talking horses, bird people, lizard people. She does get a bit melodramatic at times, but there's a wry sense of humor that saves it from being maudlin.

 
Doringo
Lodestar

Doringo
United Kingdom  

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  6/13/2015

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


 
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  7/9/2015

razander wrote:
The Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman, recommended by writer Max Brooks and film-maker George A. Romero. Because obviously this is the perfect thing to read after years of (tedious) zombie apocalypse dreams has finally ended. ;p



Let me know what you think! I loved WWZ (I have signed copies of all of Max Brook's books).

I'm reading The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey, which is zombie fiction, too. So far its very different from the usual zombie fare - the zombie is a little girl, you get most of the story from her perspective.

Is anyone here on GoodReads? Here is my profile, feel free to friend me.

 
Malkin

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Australia  
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  7/10/2015

SpaceShipRat wrote:
The entirety of the Heralds of Valdemar series. Toes the line between "cliched women's fantasy" and "subverting cliches in women's fantasy".

I love it for all the unusual non-human species. gryphons, talking wolves, talking horses, bird people, lizard people. She does get a bit melodramatic at times, but there's a wry sense of humor that saves it from being maudlin.



Is there a particular order you recommend? I read Arrows of the Queen and its two sequels recently, and liked them.


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Laura
Tea Queen

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  8/30/2015

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
 
Laura
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  1/20/2016

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot *Really recommend this!*

 
Doringo
Lodestar

Doringo
United Kingdom  

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  1/24/2016

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett


 

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