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27 July 2014 @ 02:41 am
Discount book coupon!  
And here I was promising myself I wasn't going to spend any more money on discretionary purchases for at least a month - and then The Book Depository goes and sends me a discount coupon. Only 5% off but still yay book discount coupon! I've ordered the Astreiant novels by Melissa Scott, as recced by byslantedlight plus another Melissa Scott book - Shadow Man - that sounds fascinating; first line of the blurb reads "In the far future, human culture has developed five distinctive genders due to the effects of a drug easing sickness from faster-than-light travel." This is Relevant to my Interests - both sci fi and gender issues.
 
 
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Merlin Pendragon: Books #2mrlnpndrgn on July 26th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
Books are never a bad buy; though I rarely buy paper books anymore : my e-readers are my best friends :-)

I used to like Melissa Scott but I kind of lost contact with her books when the only serious English language bookstore in town closed down. Might have to try her again!

Happy reading!
miwahni: MFU Illya Fanficmiwahni on July 27th, 2014 11:07 am (UTC)
I've enjoyed other books that byslantedlight has recommmended so I'm expecting to enjoy these too. And as much as I love my kindle I still find an actual book in my hand to be a lot more satifactory - and I've found it's a lot more enjoyable browsing my bookshelves on a cold winter's Sunday than going through my ebook files.
90% of the stuff on my kindle right now would be fanfic. ;-)
Merlin Pendragon: Books #1mrlnpndrgn on July 27th, 2014 11:48 am (UTC)
And as much as I love my kindle I still find an actual book in my hand to be a lot more satifactory - and I've found it's a lot more enjoyable browsing my bookshelves on a cold winter's Sunday than going through my ebook files.
90% of the stuff on my kindle right now would be fanfic. ;-)


These days, I only read from a real paper book when in the bath (not really wanting to try and read from an e-reader while submerged in water!)
I haven't bought a real book in ages...
Everything is on my Kindle and my Kobo. And I have one of them everywhere I go...

Of course, the fact that I don't have access anymore to a real "English" bookstore might explain that. I don't read in French. Not even books written originally in French...
I have been assimilated!

miwahni: Cats Literary Catmiwahni on July 28th, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
That surprises me, as I thought French was your first language? Or were you raised totally bi-lingual? I'm always amazed by people who are fluent in more than one language, especially as the only language I showed any aptitude for at school (apart from English) was Latin. Which was less than useful as I was planning to be neither a doctor or a priest.
Merlin Pendragon: Books #1mrlnpndrgn on July 28th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
That surprises me, as I thought French was your first language? Or were you raised totally bi-lingual?

I was raised in French only. (If you could hear me talk English, you'd have no doubt about my French origin).
In my region, at the time, there was not even tv in English, and there was only 2 French channels.
I learned English in school : at the time, we began in 6th grade, but it was very... superficial? as even the teacher was not fluent :-/

I began learning seriously when the first Star Trek books came out : I wanted to read them, so I learned. With a dictionary.
After 2-3 books read that way, I was ok. Most of the times :-)

I'm always amazed by people who are fluent in more than one language, especially as the only language I showed any aptitude for at school (apart from English) was Latin.

I tried Latin : I must not have the right brain for it :-(

But the reason I don't read in French is that I was hooked pretty early on SF. Mainly American authors. And the French authors were... well French (as in "not North-American"). It's not the same mindset at all.
Even the British authors are different...

I read lots of French authors in school, but was never much in the classics...
mrua7mrua7 on July 26th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
I understand the allure of books, but have had to curb my purchasing to nil. I have enough books to read for now. Like you I like sic-fi...but fantasy as well. I used to belong to sic-fi book club and they always had wonderful offers. I realized I was running out of space.

Now I take trips to the library instead, even though I love having my own copies of my favorite books. I have the entire works of Tolkien in hard cover plus a lot of other Middle-Earth related books. Lots of Mythology books, and language studies. So many books, so little space.
miwahni: Pros Booksmiwahni on July 27th, 2014 11:16 am (UTC)
So many books, so little space. I hear you! :-) I dont' have as many hardcovers as I would like; for a while after getting my kindle I resolved that the only physical books I would buy would be hardcovers, but that fell by the wayside when I couldn't get the specific books I wanted in that format. I have "The Hobbit" in hardcover, but my copy of LOTR is one I bought in 1976, a paperback with all three books in it. Kind of a sentimental attachment to that!
mrua7mrua7 on July 27th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
Haha, I still have my original LOTR paperbacks too from when I was a kid. Yes sentimental, but in 3 books. I also have and all in one large paperback that I used when traveling. It never gets older rereading Tolkien. :D
miwahnimiwahni on July 28th, 2014 11:13 am (UTC)
Tolkien was my best friend when I was homesick at boarding school. I'd escape into Middle Earth with the books - I didn't want the story to ever end.
mrua7mrua7 on July 28th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh me too! I remember reading the Hobbit and the LOTR one summer. I couldn't put them down. I reread them at least once a year, and then dive into the other books of middle earth. I'd have to look, but I believe there's 15 of them. Some were published by his son Christopher after he compiled his fathers notes. The Silmarillion is amazing!
sunray45: 141 DR Raysunray45 on July 27th, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
I loved the Astreiant books, even if I did read them in the wrong order. Silly me! I bought them from Kobo so no paper books.
miwahni: Pros Ray readingmiwahni on July 27th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
It's good to know you enjoyed them! I had considered getting the ebook versions but thought that as they were books I really wanted to own, I'd get the physical book instead. I know that sounds weird but I get a lot of pleasure just from looking at my book collection.
byslantedlight: Astreiant-FairsPointbyslantedlight on July 27th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent excellent choice! I hope you adore them as much as I do! *g*
miwahni: Pros Booksmiwahni on July 28th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
I hope so too, and thanks! I saw Melissa Scott's post earlier tonight about the original plan to write fifteen books; that's certainly something else to look forward to.