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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Jezreel » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:10 pm

Wool trilogy is great.
Anything by Timothy Zahn is good.
Bill Bryson can write a legendary story, stick to his travel books only though, the others are too heavy. Wet myself laughing at those whenever I get them out, Linda gets all embarrassed and leaves me on my own when I'm reading them :lol:

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby siteguru » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:42 pm

Polito45 wrote:Maybe we could fire up a Dropbox account or something if the need arises.

I have a 2GB free Dropbox account at the moment. :) I've put the first 10 Destroyer books in an eBooks folder there.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/277chdq1t3i6 ... fu-Va?dl=0

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:36 pm

Excellent, thanks. I got them... em, "the first 10?" :?
How many are there? :D

Here's the 4 Banks books you don't have:
#4 - The State of the Art [Short stories.] & #13 - The Hydrogen Sonata [the last Culture book he wrote before he died last year.]
I have all the others if any one is looking for them.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u8axnj557a51 ... IxOla?dl=0

[edit] So I got: #5 - Against A Dark Background & #6 - Feersum Endjinn. They're in there as well. ;) [/edit]
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby siteguru » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:23 am

I think there's something like 136 or so. I have most of them. They take the story from late '60s/early '70s right the way through to late '90s/ turn of the century.

It revolves around a guy who learns the sun source of all martial arts - Sinanju. All other forms of martial arts are mere shadow copies of parts of Sinanju. Everything you've ever seen in a chop socky film can really be done by the Master of Sinanju. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinanju_(martial_art)

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby MEGAHYDER » Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:12 am

I fucking hate The Wasp Factory

I thought it was absolutely shite from start to finish.

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:12 pm

siteguru wrote:I think there's something like 136 or so.

136!!! WTF! Pages? :D

MEGAHYDER wrote:I fucking hate The Wasp Factory

I thought it was absolutely shite from start to finish.


Yeah, one of his other regular fiction books had that effect on me... I think it was The Crow Road.
I just though - I couldn't give a fuck about any of these characters. :? :roll:
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby siteguru » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:21 pm

Polito45 wrote:
siteguru wrote:I think there's something like 136 or so.

136!!! WTF! Pages? :D

134 actually, and I have 133 of them (although a couple are corrupt - only about half books). Remember that these are short stories. e.g. Book 115 which I'm currently reading is 3538 Kindle pages on my Nexus 4; in a normal book that's probably 250 pages or so.

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby siteguru » Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:24 pm

I have zipped up (well 7z to be exact) the library. Anyone wants it then PM me some FTP details and I'll upload. (3.37GB)

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:27 pm

Oh right. Cool, thanks dude. ;)

I'm on book three of Asimov's Foundation trilogy.
It was written in 1943. It's interesting to see the influence he obviously had on later SF writers.
It's also funny to see how he extrapolated the technology of his time into the future... nuclear powered domestic appliances for example. :?
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Tinlad » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:01 pm

Just finished reading 'The Martian' by Andy Weir. The premise is that in the near future an astronaut gets stranded on Mars - the story follows his quest for survival and rescue.

The author has evidently done their homework, as the science is all damn near spot-on. I don't want to say too much more in case I give away any plot points.

Highly recommend it.

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:47 pm

I just got it. ;)

Sounds good. I've added it to my "to read" list.
Finished Asimov's Foundation trilogy, now reading Ubik by Philip K. Dick.
Then it's the Ender's Game trilogy.
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby keasy » Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:52 pm

I've just started the first book in Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' series.
It's really rather good, very descriptive and the pace of the read flows at a good pace with minimum back page flipping.

Seems to be very heavily influenced by TLoTR's at times but what fantasy novels aren't ?

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Jezreel » Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:41 pm

I'll give that a go then!

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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Polito45 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:31 pm

I started The Wool... series last night.
Apparently there are 5 books in the first series and then another series following on after that one. :shock:
I also got The Martian so I'll give that a go as well.
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Re: Books, ebooks & audiobooks

Postby Mr.Clark » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:44 pm

I've got a 1TB Dropbox account of which I'm using 5.8%, so if we need space to dump stuff, PM me your Dropbox email addresses and I'll get a shared area set up where everyone has Write permissions.


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