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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #950 on: June 17, 2018, 06:26 PM »
Sounds very cool.. I might check it out.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #951 on: June 17, 2018, 08:52 PM »
Do.
Like Gulliver's Travels, it is all held together by a fast paced adventure, in this case a romp with characters that zing like a James Bond movie. Structured like The Magnificent Seven or the Dirty Dozen (and maybe even a deliberate reference to the Seven's appropriation of a Japanese original), the adventures are pure D&D (as is the totting up).

The economics described are those of Rome (late Republic/early Empire) or maybe Spanish conquest (the economics is more Roman, the social consequences more Spanish). Explicit social comment, but seems more aimed at the isms in D&D/RPG than contemporary society. I suspect that the author has already overstretched his economic expertise and that Book Two, which I haven't read yet, will have more of the social commentary than economics. If it has either, because they can be ignored as the story and characters hold up on their own.
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #952 on: June 18, 2018, 03:37 PM »
Another fun novella by Mark Clifton:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27595

If you have problems with authority figures I suspect you will enjoy his stories.  Written in early sixties but really applies in the post 9/11 USA.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #953 on: June 18, 2018, 03:53 PM »
Another fun novella by Mark Clifton:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27595

If you have problems with authority figures I suspect you will enjoy his stories.  Written in early sixties but really applies in the post 9/11 USA.
couldn't get the book (Error 403: Forbidden) but still made for an interesting read:
https://cand.pglaf.o...g/germany/index.html
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    On December 30, 2015, PGLAF received notification that a lawsuit had been filed in Germany against it, and its CEO. The lawsuit was concerned with 18 eBooks, by three authors, which are part of the Project Gutenberg collection.
        The lawsuit was filed in the Frankfurt am Main Regional Court, in Germany.
        The Plaintiff is S. Fischer Verlag, GmbH. Hedderichstrasse 114, 60956 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. They are represented by the law firm, Waldorf Frommer of Munich.
    The essence of the lawsuit is that the Plaintiff demands the 18 eBooks to be removed from Project Gutenberg's servers. The lawsuit also seeks punitive damages and fines.
    Based on legal advice from its US attorneys, PGLAF declined to remove the items. The lawsuit proceeded, with a series of document filings by both sides, and hearings before the judges (all of which occurred in German, in the German court). PGLAF hired a German law firm, Wilde Beuger Solmecke, in Köln, to represent it in Germany.
    On February 9 2018, the Court issued a judgement granting essentially most of the Plaintiff's demands. The Court did not order that the 18 items no longer be made available by Project Gutenberg, and instead wrote that it is sufficient to instead make them no longer accessible to German Internet (IP) addresses.
        Court's original decision (in German).
        Decision translated into English.
    PGLAF complied with the Court's order on February 28, 2018 by blocking all access to www.gutenberg.org and sub-pages to all of Germany.

ironic that Project Gutenberg gets blocked in Germany...
Tom

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #954 on: June 18, 2018, 05:35 PM »
ironic that Project Gutenberg gets blocked in Germany...
Indeed - especially the whole of it, not just the books the plaintiff wanted removed.  Sounds a bit petulant.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #955 on: June 18, 2018, 07:10 PM »
...PGLAF complied with the Court's order on February 28, 2018 by blocking all access to www.gutenberg.org and sub-pages to all of Germany. ...
Yes, ironic, and brilliantly simple from an administrative POV.
As a logical extension - and even more simple - might be to block access to Project Gutenberg from all countries.    :o

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #956 on: June 18, 2018, 07:18 PM »
This is a tangentially related bit of irony:

I went to download a paper on privacy called "I've Got Nothing to Hide" and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy by Daniel J. Solove, but since the website detected that I was using an anonymous proxy, they tried to get me to register for an account so they could track me, and made me complete the reCAPTCHA three times when I insisted on clicking the (almost hidden) link to continue downloading anonymously.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #957 on: June 26, 2018, 04:27 PM »
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Fourth in Phil Rickman's series of crime + supernatural novels featuring Merrily Watkins, Church of England deliverance minister (what used to be called an exorcist).  Useful commentary on this series to be found on Philip Grosset's Clerical Detectives Web Site, specifically at The Rev Merrily Watkins page.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #958 on: June 26, 2018, 04:45 PM »
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The first two novels in Jeffrey E. Barlough's 'Western Lights' series.  Quoting the Wikipedia article on Jeffrey E. Barloughw:
[...] author of several dark fantasy novels that comprise his Western Lights series, set in an alternate world in which the last Ice Age never ended. [...] where Victorian society exists alongside prehistoric beasts. The books are written in a style reminiscent of 19th century authors that has often been referred to Charles Dickens mixed with H. P. Lovecraft. His stories portray eccentric and (mostly) likable characters set within detailed locations that, on the surface, seem mundane and sometimes even cheery, but sinister plots and presences are slowly and carefully revealed.
I've never read Lovecraft, but I see the Dickens.  And these are most definitely dark fantasy - very, very dark, especially in the case of the bleak The House in the High Wood.


Official Website of the Western Lights Series

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #959 on: June 26, 2018, 06:09 PM »
Two more down in my book challenge for 2018.

skinwalker.jpgWhat books are you reading?


Skinwalker by Faith Hunter


I'd heard good things about the series, but the beginning made me think that they were wrong. She uses a lot of glue words, and they slow down reading. The dialog of the Beast is quite gimmicky. But as I read, and was caught up in the backgrounds and mystery, my reservations faded. It became enjoyable instead of a chore, and the story was quite good. I'm not sure if I will continue the series, but it was an enjoyable read, and I am considering more of the Jane Yellowrock books- more for the characterizations and background than anything else.

skyborn.jpgWhat books are you reading?

Skyborn by David Dalglish

It started out slowly, though it rapidly picked up the pace, and enthralled me with the story of flying islands far in the sky and their winged protectors. I'd thought it predictable, but it took an unexpected but welcomed turn into other territories. I'm looking forward to the next book to continue the story!