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Re: What Have You Read Lately? (2024 Edition)

Started by apl68, January 03, 2024, 06:35:02 AM

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spork

Holly, by Stephen King. Disappointing. I thought the writing and plot were clunky, despite the villains being a semi-retired married pair of cannibalistic professors. I'm currently waiting for King's Mr. Mercedes to arrive at the public library, which I think introduces many of the characters who appear later in Holly.
It's terrible writing, used to obfuscate the fact that the authors actually have nothing to say.

nebo113

Working my way through Massie's biography of Catherine the Great:  history, politicals, sex, whodunit, intrigue, murder.  A good read!

hmaria1609

Quote from: nebo113 on July 02, 2024, 05:27:05 AMWorking my way through Massie's biography of Catherine the Great:  history, politicals, sex, whodunit, intrigue, murder.  A good read!
I read and own the hardback edition of the biography. I also enjoyed his biographies of Peter the Great and Nicholas and Alexandra.

Sun_Worshiper

I finally got a Kindle and have set it up to borrow books from my library. The system for borrowing ebooks seems a little clunky and the titles may be limited, but I managed to borrow one book that has been on my list, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Puget

Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on July 05, 2024, 02:49:13 PMI finally got a Kindle and have set it up to borrow books from my library. The system for borrowing ebooks seems a little clunky and the titles may be limited, but I managed to borrow one book that has been on my list, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Does your library have the Libby app? If so, that makes it very easy to borrow e-books and send them to your kindle. You just check them out in the app on your phone, then hit "read on kindle" and it takes you to the Amazon page where you can click one button to send it to your kindle. I've never tried to interface with the library directly on my kindle, but the Libby way is easy peasy.
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Sun_Worshiper

Quote from: Puget on July 05, 2024, 03:14:04 PM
Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on July 05, 2024, 02:49:13 PMI finally got a Kindle and have set it up to borrow books from my library. The system for borrowing ebooks seems a little clunky and the titles may be limited, but I managed to borrow one book that has been on my list, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Does your library have the Libby app? If so, that makes it very easy to borrow e-books and send them to your kindle. You just check them out in the app on your phone, then hit "read on kindle" and it takes you to the Amazon page where you can click one button to send it to your kindle. I've never tried to interface with the library directly on my kindle, but the Libby way is easy peasy.

Thanks for the tip! I downloaded the app and will try it out this afternoon.

Puget

Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on July 06, 2024, 10:18:20 AM
Quote from: Puget on July 05, 2024, 03:14:04 PM
Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on July 05, 2024, 02:49:13 PMI finally got a Kindle and have set it up to borrow books from my library. The system for borrowing ebooks seems a little clunky and the titles may be limited, but I managed to borrow one book that has been on my list, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Does your library have the Libby app? If so, that makes it very easy to borrow e-books and send them to your kindle. You just check them out in the app on your phone, then hit "read on kindle" and it takes you to the Amazon page where you can click one button to send it to your kindle. I've never tried to interface with the library directly on my kindle, but the Libby way is easy peasy.

Thanks for the tip! I downloaded the app and will try it out this afternoon.

Excellent! It is also great for audiobooks.
"Never get separated from your lunch. Never get separated from your friends. Never climb up anything you can't climb down."
–Best Colorado Peak Hikes

FishProf

Also check out Hoopla.  I have an account through my library and the catalogs are different.  Some things are available on one that aren't on the other, and some things are available NOW in one and a two month wait on the other.
I'd rather have questions I can't answer, than answers I can't question.

hmaria1609

Some public library systems offer Libby and Hoopla to patrons. There may be titles available on one but not the other depending what your local public library has access.

Also if you enjoy reading graphic novels, check out Comics Plus! It offers digital comics, graphic novels, and manga for all ages.

Sun_Worshiper

Awesome! Thanks to you both, FishProf and hmaria!

hmaria1609

From the library: A Ruse of Shadows by Sherry Thomas
New and #8 in "The Lady Sherlock Series"

Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on July 07, 2024, 02:27:52 PMAwesome! Thanks to you both, FishProf and hmaria!
You're welcome!

Parasaurolophus

I may as well report June before I forget and it all piles up again:

Mark Witton - Recreating an Age of Reptiles: Basically just a dive through some of Witton's art from about ten years ago, with accompanying commentary. It's always a pleasure, but if you've read his blog there's nothing particularly new. It's interesting to see this as the precursor to The Palaeoartist's Handbook, however!

Sarah Ockwell-Smith - Ready, Set, Go!: A Gentle Parenting Guide to Calmer, Quicker Potty Training: Does what it says on the tin. I think this is one of the better ones out there, from the perusing (and reading) I've done. Shrug.

Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson - Kill the Farmboy: One of my friends, a local librarian, recommended it. Hearne and Dawson clearly had a lot of fun reading it. I had none reading it. They think they're being clever, but it's all just tiresome. I was going to give up ten pages in, then my partner pointed out that our librarian friend loves it so I couldn't. What a slog.

Adrian Tchaikovsky - Service Model: Another new novel! Basically, imagine a world with Jetsons-style service robots doing all the work, except that they're not the brightest bulbs (and not sentient). Then imagine the humans disappear. There's a lot of robots being stupid, because our protagonist is a stupid robot. It was, as ever, a joy to read. The first hundred pages or so are especially hard for an author to pull off, but Tchaikovsky does.
I know it's a genus.

nebo113

Quote from: hmaria1609 on July 03, 2024, 02:16:19 PM
Quote from: nebo113 on July 02, 2024, 05:27:05 AMWorking my way through Massie's biography of Catherine the Great:  history, politicals, sex, whodunit, intrigue, murder.  A good read!
I read and own the hardback edition of the biography. I also enjoyed his biographies of Peter the Great and Nicholas and Alexandra.

I feel like Massie took a quantum leap from the "Grand Duchess of the young court" to the woman who overthrew her husband.  Yes, she had her three strong supporters. But I feel as if I am missing something important about her moving from "young court" to overthrowing Peter.

spork

Quote from: spork on June 30, 2024, 05:39:36 AMHolly, by Stephen King. Disappointing. I thought the writing and plot were clunky, despite the villains being a semi-retired married pair of cannibalistic professors. I'm currently waiting for King's Mr. Mercedes to arrive at the public library, which I think introduces many of the characters who appear later in Holly.

I finished Mr. Mercedes. Better than Holly, but a far cry from Raymond Chandler or Dennis Lehane.
It's terrible writing, used to obfuscate the fact that the authors actually have nothing to say.