Today’s Books and ARCs, 2/4/14

In other news, I just realized that rather than posting a picture here and on Twitter, I can post the picture on Twitter and then just embed the tweet here. (Smacks head)

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By John Scalzi

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The Barker and Beukes books based on the authors, and Eyes like Sky and Coal and Moonlight and King David and the Spiders from Mars just based on the titles.

I was able to read ‘The Martian’ as an ARC and I’ve got to say, it reminded me of Scalzi quite a bit in terms of tone. I actually wrote a review (which I don’t usually do) that started: “If you like snark and problem-solving, this book is for you.”

Gotta go with Sarah!
Pratchett with TRAINS !!!! (I might be plotting to introduce my soon to be 3 year old to this one. He loved Where’s My Cow, and knows more about trains than I could have imagined before he became so enthused.)

In addition to the aforementioned RSS problem, it also doesn’t show up in a browser if you don’t allow Twitter to run third-party Javascript on sites. (I block Javascript from all the social sites for increased security, privacy, and speed.)

Yep, I also had to come to the website to see the photo. I don’t use twitter, but do use RSS feed.
It’s not that I want to avoid the website, but when I’m at work it’s so much easier to catch up via RSS.

Instead of linking to some shortlink to the twitter pic, can you just set up an image with the src be the twitpic url, or does twitter not allow it? Not that I expect you to be sending me off to some NFSW or trojan, I’m not a big fan for shortlinks when there’s no real need for it.

I got the Pratchett book from my local library, and… well, it’s the first time since 1987 – my first was Equal Rites, as my mum-can-I-buy-a book-at-the-airport book – that I haven’t finished something by him. I can’t say I wasn’t expecting this to happen after Snuff, but then I was also expecting it to never happen. I do hope it’s just me, and most other people still get much pleasure out of it, but nothing gold can stay, I suppose.

I listened to the Audible version of The Martian, and it was fantastic. As soon as I finished, I started again. It will be something I come back to over and over. It was very funny and the the narrator did a great job. I also can’t wait for the audible version of Raising Steam to be available.

Sooz, thanks for letting me know that Raising Steam gets better. I got part-way through and then… just stopped reading it. From boredom. And because that scene with Nobby and the kid was so not-funny. I’ll try again.

I went to my library’s webpage, looking for the Pratchett, only to find this: A Plan Wherein the Power of Steam is Fully Shewn, by a Now Constructed Machine, for Propelling Boats of Vessels, of Any Burthen, Against the Most Rapid Streams or Rivers, with Great Velocity: Also, a Machine, Constructed on Similar Philosophical Principles, by Which Water May Be Raised for Grist or Saw-mills, Watering Meadows, &C. &C

C.S. Clark – I don’t know where you stopped but the first third of Pratchett’s latest (Raising Steam) is pretty rough, the middle third is decent and the last third is pretty good.

Like several others here, I don’t use Twitter … Whatever is about as close as I get to *any* social-media format, not counting boards devoted to specific fields like computer security.

@Damian Trasler:
Is Rasing Steam better than Snuff? I generally really enjoy stuff by Terry Pratchett, but I was disappointed by that one. (Mostly because the marital strife jokes got old and repetitive, I’ll admit…) So, I’m really interested in a review.

Recent Pratchetts have been a bit off, but the only one I really had to struggle to finish was Dodger. The dialogue was laboured where it should be sparkling. Raising Steam was fine, and seemed genuinely Pratchett-style, though by no means his best.

(His best was, in my opinion, Nation, Night Watch, or A Hat Full of Sky. One of those. No idea which.)


Richard H – I would say that the first third of Raising Steam wasn’t as good as Snuff, the middle third was about the same as Snuff and the last third was better than Snuff.

YMMV of course.

@ghayenga – not hugely into it. Thanks for saying it got better, it makes me feel better about hanging up my fanboy hat, but I think that I’ll probably leave it – I don’t want to have to struggle through a book to get to the better parts, especially with someone I have so much regard for.

you guys know that Mr. Pratchett’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, yeah?
so i wouldn’t be surprised if “Raising Steam” is set to be the last Discworld, because he genius and all-around-AWESOME specimen of humanity’s finest that he is, is, well,…

it’s a scarey, scarey terrifying thought, Alzheimer’s…

Andy Weir is a friend of a friend, and I’m really looking forward to reading his book.

Also, Raising Steam, for all of the enthusiastic reasons listed above.

ZOMFG. Sorry. Sorry. Just a moment of such profound and jaw dropping envy…

The Shinning Girls is marvelous; Jeff Vandermeer is always impressively original – and then, of course, there’s the new DiscWorld novel. *drools* *is embarrassed* *runs away*

Terry Pratchett’s Alzheimer’s is the kind where you stop putting letters together into coherent words. like you can see the letters and with a great deal of effort you can put them together but the automatic recognition of a word that you do without thinking after you’ve learned how to read is gone. This still sucks but it’s not the kind of Alzheimer’s that makes him forget his long standing memories.

BUt awesome for the new Pratchett book. And Vandermeer’s book is crazy and creepy and I totally love it.

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