What have you been reading? - Book Discussion Thread

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I just started reading Jaws a book about a shark named Jaws. I guess I'm just on a kick of reading the books that inspired the film hits of the late 60's and 70's. Its fine so far but it made such a point of making out the main character to be a down to earth, salt of the earth, earth man; it felt a little much. But I get the feeling this was more of a huge paperback/supermarket/airplane book of its time rather than capital-L-literature.

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This isn't so much what I'm reading, but both David Wong and Emily St. John Mandel are coming out with new books this year, and that makes me pretty darned happy.

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I just started reading Jaws a book about a shark named Jaws. I guess I'm just on a kick of reading the books that inspired the film hits of the late 60's and 70's. Its fine so far but it made such a point of making out the main character to be a down to earth, salt of the earth, earth man; it felt a little much. But I get the feeling this was more of a huge paperback/supermarket/airplane book of its time rather than capital-L-literature.

From what I know, the book included something about Brody's wife 'having past' with Hooper. That seems to be one of those small town complications Hallmark Channel would love.

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I got back into the Expanse series of books - I've gotten bad at not keeping up with reading these days.

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(Both books mentioned were listened to in audio book form.)

I decided to listen to Empire of the Summer Moon, a book about the Comanche tribe. It's fairly popular and showed up in a list of recommended books based on other history books that I've read. I made it just past chapter 3. The author's clear disdain for the Comanches, Apaches, and other Indian tribes made the book unreadable.

If Samuel Huntington and Rudyard Kipling co-wrote a book about a tribe of American Indians, it would read something like this. Part Clash of Civilizations and part White Man's Burden, there was often no clear distinction between the author's own words and the words of the primary sources he quoted. There were times when I had to go back and listen again just to be clear that the author wasn't quoting anyone. This became the first book I ever returned on Audible.

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I'm working my way through the Witcher books. So far, I'm not impressed. Geralt is a witcher, a slayer of monsters. He doesn't slay any monsters in this book.

The Time of Contempt is the second novel in the series. An alternate title could've been The Time of Everyone Arguing. About 3/4 of the dialogue in this book is people--even friends--arguing with one another. Ciri argues with Yennefer, Yennefer argues with Geralt, mages #1-5 argue with sorcerers #6-10, Geralt argues with Dandelion, and even throwaway fodder characters argue with other throwaway characters before they get slaughtered. It's just tedious. The Time of Contempt takes what feels like the slow parts of an entire fantasy series and shoves them into a single book.

The only real highlights are the parts that involve Ciri learning about her powers and surviving on her own, which will hopefully have a payoff later in the series.

I hope the next book picks up the pace considerably.

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I liesten to books, but I justlistend to a full "audio drama with multiple voices" for a pop-scifi series ahev have been enjying

Homefront: An Expeditionary Force Audio Drama Special
Narrated by: Zachary Quinto , R.C. Bray , Kate Mulgrew , Robert Picardo , Lisa Renee Pitts , P.J. Ochlan , Peter Berkrot , etc.

It is worth hearing if you know the series otherwise not. Its just that unless you know teh story you will be lost and not understand for ongoing themes and story threads. Heaing Quinto, Mulgrew, Picardo and R.C. Bray is fun through.

I think I will post this here since the "human malware" is effect everyone at some level. Your local library likley gives you access to free audiobook and free eBook (Kindel & ePub) from OverDrive, Hoopla, and other companies. If you live near a big library you might have access to free online movies from Kanopi, Overdrive, etc. Online classes from Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning.

Check to see what your library might have for download if you have a card; and if you DO NOT have a card see if there is an eCard option. Audiobooks, movies, and classes fill time productively.

Or, check out Open Culture.com that has all sorts of stuff free online to enjoy immediately:

48 Hours of Joseph Campbell LecturesFree Online: The Power of Myth & Storytelling
http://www.openculture.com/2015/08/48-hours-of-joseph-campbell-lectures-free-online.html