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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1275 on: February 12, 2018, 01:21:20 PM »
I can generally manage OK if I'm reading one non-fiction and one fiction. Although I do find I might end up neglecting the non-fiction for weeks.

Same. Except I tend to DNF the non fiction when I feel I've covered enough of the topic. I'm terrible.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1276 on: February 16, 2018, 05:18:59 PM »
Went out to buy a rucksack came back with 4 Pratchett audiobooks a GRRM omnibus, a Haynes manual for a Dehavilland Mosquito and a haircut. I don't dare do my grocery shop at the moment.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1277 on: February 16, 2018, 05:50:38 PM »
Went out to buy a rucksack came back with 4 Pratchett audiobooks a GRRM omnibus, a Haynes manual for a Dehavilland Mosquito and a haircut. I don't dare do my grocery shop at the moment.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1278 on: February 16, 2018, 06:15:38 PM »
Went out to buy a rucksack came back with 4 Pratchett audiobooks a GRRM omnibus, a Haynes manual for a Dehavilland Mosquito and a haircut. I don't dare do my grocery shop at the moment.

Went out to pick up a shirt from the dry cleaner and drop off some slacks to be hemmed. Coming back with Dee shirts from a local men’s shop, two slices of pizza(showed internally, as it were), and less time to write. Will take your hint, Hedi , and not go grocery shopping.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1279 on: February 20, 2018, 12:53:00 PM »
Resolution: spend more time reading and less time online, at home

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1280 on: February 23, 2018, 11:44:15 AM »
Spend time at home reading to someone else. it's all about compromise  :D

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1281 on: March 14, 2018, 05:23:09 PM »
I got this today on the mail, from Harper Voyager: it looks like a great book :D

The city of brass, by S.A. Chakraborty.

"Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there’s nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes ...
Be careful what you wish for."

Part of the interview:
What was your inspiration for The City of Brass? Was there a specific motivation for telling this story?

The City of Brass started as more of a world-building experiment than a novel. I wanted to explore beliefs surrounding djinn and basically create some 'historical fan-fiction' about the medieval Islamic world, a subject I had intended to pursue in graduate school. It’s traditionally taught that djinn are creatures of smokeless fire, living long unseen lives besides us; which is pretty fascinating, but when it comes to stories, they’re typically the silent side characters.
With The City of Brass, I wanted to construct their world and their politics, building off the human history and texts they might have lived through. So, a brief story about the Prophet Suleiman punishing them turns into the event that shapes their religious landscape. They battle with weapons from Sassanid Persia and have a library modeled after the great one from Abbasid Baghdad, filled with magical texts, as well as all the great works humans have lost. It was more a game than a novel, so as I read new books, I’d build it up: courts based on the Zanzibar Sultanate, creatures from 10th century sailors’ yarn, etc.

(@Saraband, this might be up your street?)
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1282 on: March 16, 2018, 01:08:18 AM »
^ Like the sound of this book, thanks ScarletBea. And just downloaded from audible. Great.  ;D
Also @JMack  do you know both Jen’s new books, The Ninth Rain and The Bitter Twins are on audible.com?
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1283 on: March 16, 2018, 03:12:18 AM »
I got this today on the mail, from Harper Voyager: it looks like a great book :D

The city of brass, by S.A. Chakraborty.

"Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there’s nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes ...
Be careful what you wish for."

Part of the interview:
What was your inspiration for The City of Brass? Was there a specific motivation for telling this story?

The City of Brass started as more of a world-building experiment than a novel. I wanted to explore beliefs surrounding djinn and basically create some 'historical fan-fiction' about the medieval Islamic world, a subject I had intended to pursue in graduate school. It’s traditionally taught that djinn are creatures of smokeless fire, living long unseen lives besides us; which is pretty fascinating, but when it comes to stories, they’re typically the silent side characters.
With The City of Brass, I wanted to construct their world and their politics, building off the human history and texts they might have lived through. So, a brief story about the Prophet Suleiman punishing them turns into the event that shapes their religious landscape. They battle with weapons from Sassanid Persia and have a library modeled after the great one from Abbasid Baghdad, filled with magical texts, as well as all the great works humans have lost. It was more a game than a novel, so as I read new books, I’d build it up: courts based on the Zanzibar Sultanate, creatures from 10th century sailors’ yarn, etc.

(@Saraband, this might be up your street?)
Actually bought that last week. Not sure when I'll get around to reading it, though.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1284 on: March 16, 2018, 09:03:40 AM »
^ Like the sound of this book, thanks ScarletBea. And just downloaded from audible. Great.  ;D
Also @JMack  do you know both Jen’s new books, The Ninth Rain and The Bitter Twins are on audible.com?

I did not! Oooh, I know my book for April. Thanks, Rx!
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1286 on: March 19, 2018, 02:30:30 PM »
Does it matter if the Author is male or female/ I honestly don't pay attention half the time.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1287 on: March 20, 2018, 02:46:11 AM »
@Dark Squiggle  There are some longstanding arguments that women are disadvantaged when it comes to getting published. This was certainly the case in the distant past but no compelling argument has yet been made to change my own viewpoint at present. So no I don't think it matters but check your own shelves and see if your own reading shows a preference.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1288 on: March 20, 2018, 03:11:41 AM »
I will admit there is a heavy male bias in the books I read, if you look at them all as one group. However, if you look at the books I read that are <30 yrs. old it is slanted towards women. Looking at a list of books I read recently,
7 were written by women in the last 30 years. (4 from one Author, so not really fair)
3 were written by men in the last 30 years
8 were written by men, but more than 30 years old.
If you read older books, there only are male writers, so you end up reading more of them, but I don't really care much one way or the other.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1289 on: March 21, 2018, 01:04:52 PM »
Do you think you read a book differently when you started to write/improved your writing?

I realised that the influence of writers (mainly via the forum) has slightly changed the way I see a book when reading...
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