Whatcha reading redux.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Netpackrat » Thu May 02, 2019 3:36 am

A cow-orker pushed me into Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe and they are beginning to stack up around here. Just finished "Protector" and started Man-Kzin Wars VI today.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Thu May 02, 2019 9:23 pm

My mother-in-law loves murder mysteries. She sent me some of the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. Surprisingly enjoyable.

The introductions tend to repeat that people don't read them over and over for the plots, but for the character interactions. I haven't quite decided why I like them yet, but that may be part of it. He wrote them between 1934 and 1975. I've been reading the older ones, and I enjoy the older style.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by randy » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:15 pm

Just ordered an e-book copy of Rudyard Kipling: The Complete Novels and Stories $1.99 in Kindle format.

I have a lot of his stuff in various formats, but for the price I just couldn't resist. Some reviews bitched about the formatting and navigation, but it couldn't be any worse than some of the text versions I've collected along the way.

Link if anyone is interested:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YVMHXB/re ... 80_TE_M1DP
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:30 pm

Nice, Randy. I have lots of old hardbacks with some overlap. Not absolutely sure I have everything covered. I do have a large paperback that claims to be all of his verse.

I've been enjoying Nero Wolfe mysteries lately. It took two or three books to get into the swing of it, but now I'm hooked.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Greg » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:44 pm

I recently read 'Kaigun' by Evans and Peattie, about the IJN. Been meaning to read it since browsing it at Borders in the 90s. Finally got around to buying it for myself. Maybe I'm a little slow. ;)
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by HTRN » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:58 am

Netpackrat wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 3:36 am
A cow-orker pushed me into Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe and they are beginning to stack up around here. Just finished "Protector" and started Man-Kzin Wars VI today.
Have you read the Ringworld books yet?
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by SoupOrMan » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:50 am

Euler's Elements of Algebra.

I loved math as a kid but stunk at both it and time management to study. My teachers wouldn't explain a lot of these concepts to non-AP students. I wish I'd looked for this in middle school.

Now I'm a little better at time management, I might be able to enjoy the pursuit of more math subjects.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Netpackrat » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:48 am

HTRN wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:58 am
Netpackrat wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 3:36 am
A cow-orker pushed me into Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe and they are beginning to stack up around here. Just finished "Protector" and started Man-Kzin Wars VI today.
Have you read the Ringworld books yet?
No. Was I supposed to? I didn't find much guidance on what order one should read any of them in.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Greg » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:32 am

Netpackrat wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:48 am
HTRN wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:58 am
Netpackrat wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 3:36 am
A cow-orker pushed me into Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe and they are beginning to stack up around here. Just finished "Protector" and started Man-Kzin Wars VI today.
Have you read the Ringworld books yet?
No. Was I supposed to? I didn't find much guidance on what order one should read any of them in.
No worries. You might enjoy them if you enjoyed the others.

I've enjoyed pretty much every Known Space thing I've read. But the Fleet of Worlds series is really boring.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by MiddleAgedKen » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:08 pm

Just finished George Eliot's Romola and T.R. Fehrenbach's This Kind of War (v. highly recommended, though Fehrenbach is a lot more sympathetic to both Douglas MacArthur and Woodrow ****ing Wilson than I am).

Currently reading Arjun Subramaniam's India's Wars: A Military History, 1947-1971, Eric Beinhocker's The Origin of Wealth, and Ian Toll's Six Frigates.
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