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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Buttercup, thanks for bringing up Eva Ibbotson. She's little known and charming. Her kids' books are a bit too whimsical for me, but her romances, such as Magic Flutes and A Company of Swans, are lovely. Actually, two of her children's books are very different from the others: The Star of Kazan and Journey to the River Sea, and I found them splendid. She has two "fantasy lands"--dream versions of a real-world setting in which she places most of her books. One is the Amazon River region from years ago, and one is the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Both are unusual milieus for American and British stories.

    As I was citing The Grand Sophy, I thought of the one sequence I could recall in her works that was antisemitic, a scene with a money lender in this very book. Yes, I didn't like that at all, and I doubt she would have thought that way if she had been born later. I never reread that scene. I can't persuade you to give her another chance, because that is a personal decision, but it is my recollection that such scenes are rare. Her eighteenth-century books, as opposed to her Regency ones, don't have anything like that. Well...principally because everyone in the story is either a member of the English aristocracy, a servant, or French. Her world is narrow but beautifully depicted.
    That was the only scene I could think of either that was anti-Semitic, although there may be a scene or two somewhere else in the Regency novels where someone briefly makes the equivalence moneylender = Jew = Shylock (a sentence where a character may be complaining that his pockets are to let and he is at the mercy of the Jews/moneylenders) ; in general, her characters are seldom in a church other than to get married (unless one is a clergyman), and are not religious. If they are in a church, they are as likely to be telling the vicar he is damned impudent or something like that.

    It's a similar selection of characters as those you'd find in Jane Austen's novels.

    She also did mildly humorous murder mysteries/romances.

    Heyer was very rigorous about getting the details of speech during the Regency, and collected books, bought private letters, and went to get lengths to get the small details of where to shop, what things cost, of slang & language in general, correct.
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    I tend to read romance novels (kind of mindless - some of the bigger name authors as well as Harlequin/Silhouette books) or biographies (i.e I managed to get Steve Jobs biography for $3.99 via sale on pixel'o'ink, Judy Garland, etc) Every now and then I'll read a thriller (i.e. Ridley Pearson, Mary Higgins-Clark.)

    For romance novelists, I tend to find myself less entertained by their books shortly after they become popular enough where the initial release of a title is in hardcover. It's not the cost because I sometimes borrow newer release from library instead of purchasing. It just seems they feel they need to add uneccessary length to fulfill hardcover needs. So while I enjoy earlier Nora Roberts novels, I find the constant use of trilogies and series to now be somewhat tedious.

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    BTW, for users of e-readers, I've gotten good deals via Book Bub, Bargain Booksy and Pixel'o'ink

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    If you like sci fi, Baen books has quite a few free ones, and they can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

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    A few other books:

    Dee Henderson; The O'Malley Series (there's like 6 books) and Uncommon Heroes Series (4 books in total, only 3 are currently on kindle I believe); these are Christian/romance/suspense books.

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    One of the best mystery/romance cozy type books I've ever read was "The Saddlemaker's Wife" by Earlene Fowler. Am currently reading : "Six Geese A-Slaying" by Donna
    Andrews. It's a humorous Christmas mystery.

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    My next book to read will be Doug Wilson's (of ABC Sports) When the World Was Our Stage. Hopefully I'll get Push Dick's Button soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    BTW, for users of e-readers, I've gotten good deals via Book Bub, Bargain Booksy and Pixel'o'ink
    I used to read all the time but now have found little time. The other day I was having my car oil changed and wished I had brought a book. I guess I don't think to carry a paperback or book around. I used to read before I went to sleep at night but got out of the habit. I wonder if I would get back into reading more with something like a kindle that I could easily carry in a purse?? Your thoughts.

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    Yes, I find I read more since I got a kindle. The Kindlefire models are more sturdy-which is important if you read to fall asleep. You can also read & post on GS & do your email & Facebook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee4707 View Post
    I used to read all the time but now have found little time. The other day I was having my car oil changed and wished I had brought a book. I guess I don't think to carry a paperback or book around. I used to read before I went to sleep at night but got out of the habit. I wonder if I would get back into reading more with something like a kindle that I could easily carry in a purse?? Your thoughts.
    I've been reading more since I got my Kindle. As you wrote, it's easy to carry around, and there are other benefits - you can get books immediately, if you're bored with one book you can switch to another, plus a lot of books are now available only electronically or are at least cheaper that way, so there are more choices and you can afford to buy more. And basic model e-readers are so inexpensive now it's worth taking a chance on, IMO.

    Just to follow up on Doris's post, a Kindle Fire does not have an e-ink screen so reading on it for an extended period of time might be hard on your eyes. A dedicated e-reader, though, won't really function as a tablet, it'll be for reading only. You should look at different options and see what would fit your needs best.

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    The newer modeal Kindle fires have a choice of a sepia colored screen that I use. As Buttercup says, the older version of the Kindle Fire had a brightly back lit screen that could be harder on the eyes-it's nice that there is a choice on the newer ones. The cheaper model e-reader e-ink screen is ideal for reading, and is good even in bright sunlight, but the original Kindle I had was not back lit, so I had to have the light on in the room to read it. Plus I twice fell asleep reading the original Kindle in such a way that I damaged the screen. The first time, the Kindle was under warranty, and it was replaced immediately for free, the second time it was not free, and with the cheaper price these days, that kind of damage may not be included in the warrantee at all.

    My original Kindle ereader came with 3G that was free, and had an odd "experimental" option where I could read web pages, although any but the most rudimentary responses were very difficult (however, I have, when it was really necessary, managed to send a short email from the original Kindle.)

    Read very carefully what options each machine has before buying, as Buttercup suggests.

    At this moment I have 4 Kindles. I haven't gotten rid of the 2 oldest because they have options the newer ones don't have, and I can see the same thing happening perhaps with the newer two.

    The oldest one, the ereader, has the free 3G - I use it while travelling even yet.

    My oldest Kindlefire supports Adobe Flashplayer. Adobe ceased to support Android for newer model Android phones & Kindle Fires. I am apt to use this to watch Icenetwork. It connects to the web via Wifi.

    My 2nd Kindlefire has a wire connection to HDMI that works perfectly with my TV. To get support for Adobe flash player based sites, I had to sideload Dolphin browser and Adobe Flash player, and when Adobe updates Flashplayer, sometimes thiskluge will stop working until I update the sideloaded programs. The machine is light weight and has good video streaming, but the onboard storage is a little on the small side. It connects to the web via WiFi. This one is "mine."

    My husband had the oldest Kindlefire and wanted the bigger size of the 8.9" HDX Kindlefire, and I got it for him for Christmas this year. His favorite use of the Kindlefires is to watch TV shows & movies using a yearly Amazon Prime subscription (a huge amount of content is free). The video quality is outstanding. So is the sound quality. It has wireless connection to TV...but my TV's aren't wireless, yet. And it doesn't have the HDMI wire connection. It has 4G available as an option, but unless there is some deal available when you buy it, you have to pay AT&T a monthly contract to use it (check with AT&T first-they don't coordinate well with Amazon, and you may think a deal is available from the Amazon advertising, but it may not be). But you don't have to buy one with 4G, unless that is something you want. the 8.9" is very lightweight for its size, and has the option of a lot more onboard storage than mine. If you're having any problem with the machine, you can hit a Mayday button and start a free phone session with the Amazon help desk. They can, if you allow, take control of you machine and fix the problem while you watch.

    If you get a Kindlefire, you will probably want to pay for an Amazon Prime subscription for the free video and book content, especially the video. If you aren't generally a big Amazon user, you should know that all Amazon Prime subscriptions include free 2 day shipping on everything you buy from Amazon (at least in the US). For about $4 extra, you can make that one day shipping on an item. Any item Before Hurricane Irene, we needed a generator. The storm was going to hit us on Friday. It was Wednesday. There wasn't a generator to be had in town. We bought one on Amazon and paid the 4 bucks for one day shipping. It arrived Thursday, worked great, and saved us from a lot of problems in the subsequent power outage on Friday. When they say anything, they mean anything that is offered with Prime (not by Amazon cosellers) but that is not a big limitation.

    Be aware that if you are about to buy your third Kindlefire, there is a problem. Video licenses go nominally for 2 machines only, so the second you buy a third one, it messes your account up so you can't buy stuff on your 2 older machines, and can't download your purchased content from your cloud storage. It messes you up more than it should because the problem affects books as well as video. Before you buy a third one, deregister the machine you are least likely to use for video & buying books. Start a new Amazon account for it, and register it to that account.

    Then buy your 3rd Kindlefire.

    Then your content will be immediately available on your new machine, and everything is painless (As it was when I bought my 2nd Kindlefire).

    If you don't do that, you have to do some very annoying screwing around to make your new machine work correctly, not to mention reregistering one of your other 2 machines (easy enough, once you know how). (However, with the newest one, somehow you have to get it up and running before you can deregister it, and reregister it, and go from there.) We didn't know, and finding this out was pretty painful. The Mayday button was some help, but a lot of the workers are very new and didn't know. The online help desk was more useful.

    For the most part, we really like our Kindles & Kindlefires and Amazon in general.

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    My next book will be the self-biography "The Pirouetten des Lebens" (The Pirouetten of the life) by the German pairs skater Marika Kilius. It was published in Germany in 2013 and I´m very happy to have gotten it as a present from a German friend.

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    I've taken a short break from contemporary things and gone back to classic literature -- Thoughts by Marcus Aurelius, Homer's stuff, Sun Tzu's The Art of War. I'm planning on starting Plato's Symposium as soon as I get it for Kindle. (I have a Kindle Fire, BTW, but I also use the app on my phone and tablet. Most of my friends have the classic Kindle, and I have to admit that I prefer it over the Fire, which is glossy and nice to look at until you're nearly blinded trying to read in the sun.) So excited!

    In addition, I read Gone With the Wind for the fifty-eighth time and fell in love at first sight with Vladimir Nabokov's writing.

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    On the kindlefire, if you have the older model, yes, it's bright in the sun.

    If you have either of the newer models, pick View when you're reading the book, and you can pick a less bright display.

    In the case of the 8.9" Kindlefire, there is an autoadjust of brightness on the screen, using its onboard camera. I hate this option, but you might like it. The varying brightness, especially at night, is very distracting to me. You can turn Autobrightness off in Settings>Display & Sounds

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    I myself am reading Flora Thompson's "Lark Rise to Candleford", and am enjoying it a lot. It's the one-volume version of her autobiographical trilogy "Lark Rise", "Over to Candleford" and "Candleford Green". It reads very much like a memoir, except about "Laura" and in third person. The first book is more about the community of Lark Rise, the hamlet she grew up in in the 1880s (in reality Juniper Hill), the second and third books are more about Laura herself. I've just begun "Candleford Green" with Laura's arrival as a 14 year old to begin working in the post office in the early 1890s. Highly recommended.

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