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I’m reading “Stranger in the Woods.” It’s a true story of a man who lived as a hermit in Maine for almost 3 decades. I heard a podcast about it a while back, and thought it sounded like an interesting story, so I found the book online through my library.
 
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I'm almost done with A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. I have a little more time now so hopefully I should be done with the books that are out in a few months.
 

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I just got a copy of The Vegan Studies Project. Excited.
 

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I get my books for free. You can get just about any book you want for free.

https://mashable.com/article/free-ebooks/

https://lightpdf.com/websites-download-pdf-books.html

Me, too. What is it called? .... oh, yeah. The Public Library.

Most public libraries have ebooks that you can download for free too. most public libraries have partnerships with Amazon for ebooks. A lot of libraries have joined Overdrive. They have an App for that. And the Overdrive app got a facelift and that app is called Libby. It's friendlier. Also, libraries have partnerships with Hoopla which has ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and TV shows. Not a great selection but it's fun to see what you can get for free.
 

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The Department of Sensitive Crimes
by Alexander McCall Smith​


I haven't been contributing to this thread like I used to. I will try to catch up.


Right now I'm reading The Department of Sensitive Crimes. I've read a lot of McCall Smith. but not everything. the guy writes books like crazy. Most of the books of his I read were the in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency series which are just great. He has lots of other series as well. but this book is the first of the Detective Varg series I have read.

If you are a mystery fan, his books fall into the Cozy Mystery subset. The crimes are usually not violent and the mystery is only a small part of the appeal. I think the term is character driven (as opposed to plot driven).

His books tend to occur in places he has lived. The Ladies Detective books are in Botswana. A lot of the other books are in Scotland. The book I'm reading now takes place in Sweden.

 
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Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu

It's his only novel outside the Three Body trilogy that's been translated from Chinese. I really hope translations for his other works are in progress!
I just discovered that my library has a lot of books by him (her?). Just put the Three Body Problem on hold.
 
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"Me, too. What is it called? .... oh, yeah. The Public Library." Excellent response.
 
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I just discovered that my library has a lot of books by him (her?). Just put the Three Body Problem on hold.
Cool, I hope you like it!

He's got a collection of short stories (The Wandering Earth) that I've been waiting to read. Probably time to do that...another novel of his has been translated and is coming out this fall.
 

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Right now, Metro 2033 by Dmitri Gluhovski... After that have planned to read The Phantom of The Opera by Gaston Leroux, 'cause the musical is going to be in the theatre soon, and I'm afraid, I must see that. Even though I hate crowds, and theatres, it's just too good to miss. Going to have to manage it somehow.

Both take place in a miljö that actually exist in real world. In the Metro, it's the Moscows metro system. TPoTO is located in Palais Garnier.
Metro 2033 is well written, the characters are interesting, I love to look at the bautifully detailed map and the world is build in depth. I really enjoy reading the book, and there is two sequels.
It's about post-apocalyptic world, where large amount of Moscow's population have survived in the tunnels of the citys metro system, after nuclear war in 2013 made living upon earth impossible. In the tunnels, there are factions, like the peacekeepers "Rangers of the Order", the neo-Nazis "Fourth Reich", the neo-Stalinist "Red Line".

And Polis, a huge prosperous "city" with a library that holds 100 000 books in ten different languages.
Doesn't sound that bad, when considered that it's the apocalypse... I mean, at least they have books.
But wait... Then there are the huge rats, that eat humans, and the mutants... and monsters, and ghosts, and disgusting food... And other much more horrifying dangers.
....Never mind.
 
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Poth take place in a miljö that actually exist in real world. In the Metro, it's the Moscows metro system. TPoTO is located in Palais Garnier.
Have you ever read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman? It's also a TV show.

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty demanding fiancée. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her---and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.
Several hours later, the girl is gone too, and by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won't stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness---to a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.
 
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Have you ever read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman? It's also a TV show.

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty demanding fiancée. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her---and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.
Several hours later, the girl is gone too, and by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won't stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness---to a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.
Yes, I read that comic book some years ago. It was awesome! :)
I love everything Gaiman creates.
 
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Bujold is one of my favorites. I may have read all her books. I like her fantasies the best. I just borrowed a lot of her audio books and have been using them as my bedtime stories.
Thank you for this recommendation @Lou - I hadn't read her before and have just finished the first two of the Sharing Knife series. I love it!!


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Thank you for this recommendation @Lou - I hadn't read her before and have just finished the first two of the Sharing Knife series. I love it!!


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The interesting backstory for the sharing knives is that it was written as one really big book but the publisher suggested two big books and then the editor or someone suggested 4 small books. But all four books were finished at the same time and they published the 4 books one at a time.

If you read the afterward you discover that the river is based on the Ohio river of the 18th century. And she included some of her memories of childhood houseboat trips on that river.

There is a new ebook out. it's about an adventure that Dawn and Dags children have. I haven't gotten it yet. I think it's called Knive Children.

 
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The interesting backstory for the sharing knives is that it was written as one really big book but the publisher suggested two big books and then the editor or someone suggested 4 small books. But all four books were finished at the same time and they published the 4 books one at a time.

If you read the afterward you discover that the river is based on the Ohio river of the 18th century. And she included some of her memories of childhood houseboat trips on that river.

There is a new ebook out. it's about an adventure that Dawn and Dags children have. I haven't gotten it yet. I think it's called Knive Children.
The thing I love most about the book/s (three now finished) is that there is adventure, romance, other worldliness kinda, dramatic tension but not too much, a deep insight into human interactions and just so many other amazing aspects of 'reading'. I am going to be so sad when I am done book four and then Knife Children. You get so caught up in their lives that it is hard to let them go. I am surprised that no movies have been made from these books - it would be similar to Outlander.

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In small portions, I am reading Size Matters, How Height Affects the Health, Happiness and Success of Boys - and the Men They Become, by Stephen S. Hall, published in 2006.

Aside from the obvious that it is about height discrimination towards men and boys, it also deals with studies on childhood growth, eugenics and comparisons between humans and other species.

Some issues are well-known anyway, such as the correlation between income and height.
 

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Right now I'm reading The Department of Sensitive Crimes. I've read a lot of McCall Smith. but not everything. the guy writes books like crazy. Most of the books of his I read were the in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency series which are just great. He has lots of other series as well. but this book is the first of the Detective Varg series I have read.

I just finished his The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse, it was excellent.

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