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Rate the last book you read

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  1. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I have downloaded a free e-reader for my macbook pro. Also, in addition to what I can find from itunes store, I found a website from which I downloaded a lot of the classics. Although, I have yet to read anyone of them.

    If you want to share some links for sites that have ebooks outside of the classics I would greatly appreciate it. You can PM me.
  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    No... went past DH.

    Went to Polynesian Cultural Center on the other side of the island.
  3. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Active Member

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    A good strategy for an ardent reader. I got a Kindle prior to my heart surgery two years ago and I love it. When I travel, it's all I have to take. It's not like reading from a computer screen as the letters are dark grey on a light grey background. For an older reader, it's very easy on the eyes. Like you, I look for cheap paperbacks ( and cheap used hard covers) and will get those when they're available. The ebooks are all over the map in price and I won't overpay for a book.

    My most recent read is King's Under the Dome, and I will freely admit that I wanted to read it when I heard they were bringing it out for TV. I enjoyed it and found elements of the Stand in it. Characters were well developed and you could indentify with them. I still think The Stand is his Opus and I've re-read it more than once. I'm currently reading the final book in the Wheel of Time series and I'm enjoying it. It's really for Robert Jordan Fans and the multiple story lines are being drawn together in this epic. You're better to have a hard cover version of this or have a map of that world handy for reference.

    I enjoy this thread and have looked for books more thana few times, based on suggestions here.
  4. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    Book prices, especially for older books, are out of whack on e-readers. No way should an old Stephen King book, which I can find at a used book store for $2, should cost $9 on an e-reader.

    However, many libraries now have digital lending libraries. They are growing daily and you can get some decent titles on there with nothing more than a library card and a PC.

    I love my Kindle. It is the best way to read when traveling (especially on airplanes) and, in most cases, I'll always try to read something on my Kindle as opposed to a normal book. The one exception is if I'm heading to the beach. I like to grab an old paperback that I don't care if it gets wet, sandy or left on a beach chair.
  5. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure I'll eventually get an ereader at some point. God knows my wife has been trying to get me one for a while because she is so tired of my seeing books taking over almost all shelves in the house. :laugh2:

    I have the first couple of books of the Wheel of Time series but I have yet to read them. I've heard a lot of good reviews on them. Exactly how many books are there in the series? I have heard contradictory information on that.
  6. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I have thought about ereaders when I have traveled carrying a few books in my backpack. Like I said in the other post, I will eventually get one and its nice to hear I can get an ebook from a library.
  7. VietCowboy

    VietCowboy Be Realistic. Demand the Impossible.

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    finished listening to the first Dresden Files book, Storm Front. It was pretty good! I saw the series on Amazon Prime (free), so looked up the book series. Pretty interesting world.
  8. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    The series isn't too bad. Its a bit hit or miss though from book to book. I just finished reading Death Masks (book 5) and it was entertaining.
  9. AmarilloCowboyFan

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    There are 14 books in the series plus I believe a prequel. The last book in the series was just recently published. I have just started the first one myself. The last few books were written by Brandon Sanderson with help from notes Jordan left before he died.

    As for ereaders I recommend an eInk reader. Don't get one that looks like a tablet, like the Fire. The screen is shiny and will bother your eyes. The eInk is better IMO. I have a Nook Glowlight and I love it. I won't read paper again. I actually purchased a book for my Nook that I already had in paper but I prefer to read the Nook. Also, get one with a light built in, the Glowlight or the Paperwhite is I believe Amazon's. It is definitely worth it.
  10. ragman

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    The main series is 14 books. There is a prequel to the series called New Spring, which takes place about 20 years before the main series. While I have not read New Spring, I have read all 14 books of the main series. You have to be VERY patient in reading this series. The books are long. The first 4 are very good. The last 3 are very good. It's the middle books that are the problem. Robert Jordan, the author, keeps adding characters and subplots, so that it's hard to keep track of what's going on sometimes.
  11. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!
  12. Kristen82

    Kristen82 Benched

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    Read Fahrenheit 451 recently. Couldn't put it down. My lit prof uncle suggested I put some classics like Watership Down, Slaughterhouse Five, A Clockwork Orange, etc. on my summer reading list.
  13. Denim Chicken

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    Check out the NPR list. I posted it around 10 pages back. It has all the books you listed and more like them. Sounds like you enjoy disutopian fiction, which are my fav. If you haven't read them yet check out 1984 and A Brave New World.
  14. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Just read "The Beast of Boggy Creek" which is a recent book chronicling the exploits of the Fouke Monster over the last 100 years.

    Went to the movie theater to watch "The Legend of Boggy Creek" when it was released in 1972. I was a kid and it both scared the bejesus out of me and fascinated me at the same time.
  15. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Excellent reads.
  16. JIMMYBUFFETT

    JIMMYBUFFETT Skinwalker

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    Watership Down is my favorite book.

    I've recently read:

    Day Of The Jackal / Frederick Forsyth - I like it, but it was way too English for my taste.

    The Dog Stars / Peter Heller - It's an end of world apocalyptic book, but not the zombie driven morbid type. It's a fantastic book about a man and his dog who take refuge at an abandoned air field in the mountains of Colorado.

    Skeletons On The Zahara / Dean King - It's a true story of a U.S. ship that wrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815. The entire crew is captured and enslaved by nomadic Sahrawi nomads. It's a brutal memoir of the crews time spent in the Sahara Desert.
  17. AmarilloCowboyFan

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    No love for Watership? or you just haven't read it? I love Watership Down.
  18. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Haven't read it but I will keep an eye out for it.
  19. Fletch

    Fletch To The Moon

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    I don't read. :penguin:
  20. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    I'm just finishing up the 11th Jack Reacher book.

    Love 'em all.

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