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(LA Times)   Los Angeles Times holding annual Festival of Books today starting at 10 AM PT, unplug for a while and enjoy reading something that doesn't have to be recharged every ten minutes   (events.latimes.com) divider line 50
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2013-04-20 10:05:02 AM  
I just finished re-reading Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie, a charming autobiography about his childhood in an English village after the First World War. I've got a bunch of books to read next, I haven't decided which one to start, but I've narrowed it down to:

To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland's Global Diaspora, 1750-2010 by Tim Devine
Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux

I'm also giving serious consideration to starting A Song of Ice and Fire.
 
2013-04-20 11:05:48 AM  
I'm reading Poet in New York by Federico Garcia Lorca and Secrets of Silicon Valley.

This looks like a fun event.
 
2013-04-20 11:07:23 AM  
New article about 'cli-fi' fiction (climate disasters).

/my Kindle keeps a charge for weeks
 
Skr
2013-04-20 11:10:43 AM  
The video arcade is down the street . Here we just sell small rectangular objects that are called books. Require a little effort on your part and make no b..b..b..beeps. On your way please
 
2013-04-20 11:12:09 AM  

Skr: The video arcade is down the street . Here we just sell small rectangular objects that are called books. Require a little effort on your part and make no b..b..b..beeps. On your way please


WIN!

Also, why doesn't Fark have a book club?
 
GBB
2013-04-20 11:12:25 AM  
Print is dead
t2.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-20 11:12:30 AM  
 
2013-04-20 11:15:10 AM  
Books? It's Record Store Day, who needs books?
 
2013-04-20 11:15:38 AM  

T-Servo: New article about 'cli-fi' fiction (climate disasters).

/my Kindle keeps a charge for weeks



If those types are what you like, I recommend Wind-up Girl by paolo Bacc-something. Awesome dystopian future based on climate change and corporate bioweapons.
 
2013-04-20 11:16:09 AM  
Hey no way, they made a novelization of Game of Thrones? That's my favorite show!
 
2013-04-20 11:18:07 AM  
Love the festival of books. Sadly at work preparing for a client meeting tomorrow.

Currently reading eeeee eee eeee by Tao Lin. Like reading a bugs bunny cartoon mixed with catcher in the rye.
 
2013-04-20 11:20:15 AM  
My kindle only has to be recharged ever thirty hours. Get over it. Print is wasteful and bad. I have a library without taking up ergonomic space.
 
2013-04-20 11:20:35 AM  
Apparently subby still thinks publishers are in the business of selling paper.  Newsflash:  They sell content.  Printed words are printed words.
 
2013-04-20 11:27:42 AM  

Too_many_Brians: T-Servo: New article about 'cli-fi' fiction (climate disasters).

/my Kindle keeps a charge for weeks


If those types are what you like, I recommend Wind-up Girl by paolo Bacc-something. Awesome dystopian future based on climate change and corporate bioweapons.


Thanks, hadn't heard of that one. My favorite disaster novel is The Flood - best researched complex disaster plot I've seen.

/my brain doesn't have room for high lit these days
 
2013-04-20 11:29:08 AM  

T-Servo: Too_many_Brians: T-Servo: New article about 'cli-fi' fiction (climate disasters).

/my Kindle keeps a charge for weeks


If those types are what you like, I recommend Wind-up Girl by paolo Bacc-something. Awesome dystopian future based on climate change and corporate bioweapons.

Thanks, hadn't heard of that one. My favorite disaster novel is The Flood - best researched complex disaster plot I've seen.

/my brain doesn't have room for high lit these days


"The Flood" is awesome.
 
2013-04-20 11:31:52 AM  
But if I put down my Nook subby I can't read my books!
 
2013-04-20 11:35:13 AM  

Too_many_Brians: T-Servo: New article about 'cli-fi' fiction (climate disasters).

/my Kindle keeps a charge for weeks


If those types are what you like, I recommend Wind-up Girl by paolo Bacc-something. Awesome dystopian future based on climate change and corporate bioweapons.


I'll second/third/fourth/whatever that suggestion.

And apparently I need to add The Flood to my virtual libary[sic].
 
2013-04-20 11:38:56 AM  
I have a first edition of Christopher Hitchens' memoir which he autograpghed for me just before he got sick.  It's now worth $1200, not that I would ever sell it.  I can't do that with my Kindle.
 
2013-04-20 11:42:36 AM  
I've been meaning to do a re-read of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and after suggesting Snow Crash and Diamond Age to a coworker, I need to re-read those as well.
 
2013-04-20 11:43:43 AM  
My Grandmother mentioned something about "books". What are they again?
 
2013-04-20 11:45:14 AM  

Mad Scientist: I have a first edition of Christopher Hitchens' memoir which he autograpghed for me just before he got sick.  It's now worth $1200, not that I would ever sell it.  I can't do that with my Kindle.


Ayup, All about profit. I bet he would have signed your Kindle.
 
2013-04-20 11:49:08 AM  
Hey Subs, My nook glowlight doesn't have to be charged for weeks at a time, and I read on that beast every day. Books, Comics, etc.

Paper Books, and Ebooks will always be around.

There will be fewer printed books in the future, as production runs are cut down to account for more digital sales.
BUT paper books will always remain, as they should.
 
2013-04-20 11:49:29 AM  
I Google mapped the directions and its an hour and a half drive from my house. In L.A. traffic no less. But Molly Ringwald is gonna be there! How can I not go?
 
2013-04-20 11:50:05 AM  
cdn.lolzbook.com
 
2013-04-20 11:50:45 AM  

SarcasticFark: Skr: The video arcade is down the street . Here we just sell small rectangular objects that are called books. Require a little effort on your part and make no b..b..b..beeps. On your way please

WIN!

Also, why doesn't Fark have a book club?


Because it's hard to turn books into some lame partisan issue.
 
2013-04-20 11:51:11 AM  

Mistymtnhop: I Google mapped the directions and its an hour and a half drive from my house. In L.A. traffic no less. But Molly Ringwald is gonna be there! How can I not go?


Oh my! Nobody mentioned Molly Ringwald. Forget all the actual green in the thread. I'm in.
 
2013-04-20 12:00:06 PM  
Designing With Data because I'm shiat at this and have never done anything graphical properly.
 
2013-04-20 12:06:14 PM  
I just started Gulp by Mary Roach, which I actually bought as a physical book instead of on my kindle because I've never been happy with how footnotes are handled in e-books and she has lots of them
 
2013-04-20 12:15:46 PM  

Metalupis: I just started Gulp by Mary Roach, which I actually bought as a physical book instead of on my kindle because I've never been happy with how footnotes are handled in e-books and she has lots of them


So much this. Get a clue, Amazon.

Great book, too.
 
2013-04-20 12:15:50 PM  

Mistymtnhop: I Google mapped the directions and its an hour and a half drive from my house. In L.A. traffic no less. But Molly Ringwald is gonna be there! How can I not go?


www.hotflick.net
You don't have to go at all, I think masterbation is a totally healthy thing. As long as you're thinking of me.
 
2013-04-20 12:42:24 PM  
I went to the festival a couple of years ago; it was fun.

I'm tempted to go today...here's the schedule for the L.A. Times Stage:

12:10 p.m. Molly Ringwald, Author of, "When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories"

1:20 p.m. Julia Sweeney, Author of "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother"

2:30 p.m. Debbie Reynolds, Author of "Unsinkable: A Memoir"Interviewed by Mark Olsen

3:40 p.m. Danica McKellar, Author of "Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape"

4:50 p.m. Paul Anka, Author of "My Way: An Autobiography"

And Carol Burnett is being interviewed in Bovard Auditorium at 1pm.
 
2013-04-20 12:46:33 PM  

Subdue their bellies: Hey no way, they made a novelization of Game of Thrones? That's my favorite show!


Yeah, and can you believe they went ahead an spoiled seasons 4 and 5 already??? I'm reading the 5th novelization now...
 
2013-04-20 12:47:49 PM  
I am currently and quite happily on an Ian Fleming bender. I started with Casino Royale--as one should--but then I said screw chronological order.

/Currently reading Moonraker
//On my tablet
///Fark you, Subby
 
2013-04-20 12:48:30 PM  

LDM90: SarcasticFark: Skr: The video arcade is down the street . Here we just sell small rectangular objects that are called books. Require a little effort on your part and make no b..b..b..beeps. On your way please

WIN!

Also, why doesn't Fark have a book club?

Because it's hard to turn books into some lame partisan issue.


Oh, I'm sure some farkers are thinking "Challenge accepted." on reading that.
 
2013-04-20 01:18:31 PM  

T-Servo: Too_many_Brians: T-Servo: New article about 'cli-fi' fiction (climate disasters).

/my Kindle keeps a charge for weeks


If those types are what you like, I recommend Wind-up Girl by paolo Bacc-something. Awesome dystopian future based on climate change and corporate bioweapons.

Thanks, hadn't heard of that one. My favorite disaster novel is The Flood - best researched complex disaster plot I've seen.

/my brain doesn't have room for high lit these days



Dang, not in my library. Will have to wait.
 
2013-04-20 01:19:58 PM  

maram500: I am currently and quite happily on an Ian Fleming bender. I started with Casino Royale--as one should--but then I said screw chronological order.

/Currently reading Moonraker
//On my tablet
///Fark you, Subby


Let me say this about that.  Regardless of the print medium, there's far more vicarious fun to be had by fancying yourself as a character in a novel you are reading (e.g. Fleming's original Bond) than it is to project a personal image onto a screen depiction of the character.  Ergo, the best "James Bond" was neither Connery nor Craig, but me!
 
2013-04-20 01:26:29 PM  

SoupJohnB: maram500: I am currently and quite happily on an Ian Fleming bender. I started with Casino Royale--as one should--but then I said screw chronological order.

/Currently reading Moonraker
//On my tablet
///Fark you, Subby

Let me say this about that.  Regardless of the print medium, there's far more vicarious fun to be had by fancying yourself as a character in a novel you are reading (e.g. Fleming's original Bond) than it is to project a personal image onto a screen depiction of the character.  Ergo, the best "James Bond" was neither Connery nor Craig, but me!


But was Eva Green still Vesper?

/what was it like? nudge-nudge, wink-wink
 
2013-04-20 01:41:05 PM  
I'm on a Philip K. Dick kick.  Found a bookstore with a lot of his old pulp novels. Maybe its weird but I like the campy 60'. 70's art on the front cover, the yellowed fragile appearance of the cheap paper they used and the feel and smell of cheap dimestore/pulp novels.

Too lazy to drive from my part of LA to the festival.  Even with Molly Ringwald there.  Maybe if the guy who played Long Duc Dong was there.
 
2013-04-20 01:41:25 PM  

T-Servo: SoupJohnB: maram500: I am currently and quite happily on an Ian Fleming bender. I started with Casino Royale--as one should--but then I said screw chronological order.

/Currently reading Moonraker
//On my tablet
///Fark you, Subby

Let me say this about that.  Regardless of the print medium, there's far more vicarious fun to be had by fancying yourself as a character in a novel you are reading (e.g. Fleming's original Bond) than it is to project a personal image onto a screen depiction of the character.  Ergo, the best "James Bond" was neither Connery nor Craig, but me!

But was Eva Green still Vesper?

/what was it like? nudge-nudge, wink-wink


I'd take time to answer, but just remembered that I need to GIS Eva Green
 
2013-04-20 01:44:21 PM  
I hope they have plenty of Dr. Seuss and Richard Scarry books if the festival go-ers are products of the Los Angeles public school system.
 
2013-04-20 01:45:36 PM  
Travis McGee, Spenser, and Alex Delaware, etc.

/audiobooks FTW
//listen to and from work, at gym or while doing yard work
 
2013-04-20 02:16:10 PM  

SoupJohnB: maram500: I am currently and quite happily on an Ian Fleming bender. I started with Casino Royale--as one should--but then I said screw chronological order.

/Currently reading Moonraker
//On my tablet
///Fark you, Subby

Let me say this about that.  Regardless of the print medium, there's far more vicarious fun to be had by fancying yourself as a character in a novel you are reading (e.g. Fleming's original Bond) than it is to project a personal image onto a screen depiction of the character.  Ergo, the best "James Bond" was neither Connery nor Craig, but me!


Completely agreed. I like having the sketch of Bond approved by Fleming...with Craig's voice. It is one of the best feelings in the world to shape a character based on the creator's ideas, not a Hollywood ideal that bears scant resemblance to the source material.
 
2013-04-20 02:19:08 PM  

SoupJohnB: T-Servo: SoupJohnB: maram500: I am currently and quite happily on an Ian Fleming bender. I started with Casino Royale--as one should--but then I said screw chronological order.

/Currently reading Moonraker
//On my tablet
///Fark you, Subby

Let me say this about that.  Regardless of the print medium, there's far more vicarious fun to be had by fancying yourself as a character in a novel you are reading (e.g. Fleming's original Bond) than it is to project a personal image onto a screen depiction of the character.  Ergo, the best "James Bond" was neither Connery nor Craig, but me!

But was Eva Green still Vesper?

/what was it like? nudge-nudge, wink-wink

I'd take time to answer, but just remembered that I need to GIS Eva Green


She wasn't as openly flirtatious as Eva Green played her. In the novel, she is much more a woman of her era.

Also, they really screwed up Mathis, which made me all kinds of sad.

LONG LIVE BOOKS!
 
2013-04-20 02:38:55 PM  
I slept in longer than I expected but I'm headed down there right after breakfast.
 
2013-04-20 02:47:51 PM  

LarryDan43: Books? It's Record Store Day, who needs books?


Yeah. I'm pissed that I can't get Stephen King novels as scrolls.
 
2013-04-20 03:39:19 PM  
I'm about a third of the way through a first edition hardcover of Truman. A real farking book. And a good one too. I'll be ducking out onto the porch to read it momentarily now that the tea I'm taking with me has finished brewing.
 
2013-04-20 04:02:30 PM  
Are they .epub or .mobi?
 
2013-04-20 04:13:49 PM  

Metalupis: I just started Gulp by Mary Roach, which I actually bought as a physical book instead of on my kindle because I've never been happy with how footnotes are handled in e-books and she has lots of them


That's the one weakness of the Kindle. It makes Terry Pratchett a pain to read as well.
 
2013-04-20 06:48:38 PM  
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2013-04-21 12:13:28 AM  

jtown: Apparently subby still thinks publishers are in the business of selling paper.  Newsflash:  They sell content.  Printed words are printed words.


QFT.

I've said before that I bought my ebook reader (Sony PRS-505) so I could read Project Gutenberg in bed. And in large part I really did.

I do not have a lack of paper books in the house. Quite the opposite, in fact -- something like three thousand of them around here, and only that few because of constant, vigorous pruning and trips to the used bookstore's trade-in desk. The proliferation of books (and the number of cubic yards they take up) has been a big motivation for my transition to ebooks. Reference books (of which I have enormous numbers) don't work too well on the ebook reader. But novels work very well indeed.

I refuse to buy DRM-locked books. Thankfully, there are clueful publishers like Baen that understand that DRM only benefits DRM software vendors, not either publishers or customers. They sell me a lot of books. And, of course, I really do read Project Gutenberg in bed (and everywhere else).

I read, at a minimum, a couple of books a week, and often many more. I seriously do not comprehend the idea that only one packaging of those words is a "real" book. I want to read the author's words -- and it doesn't matter to me if those words are delivered on a papyrus scroll, or a paper codex, or an e-ink screen, or anything else. It's the words I'm interested in, not the format they're in. Frankly, it makes no more sense than a hardcover snob saying that a paperback isn't a "real" book.

The big advantage of ebooks: I always have at least one book with me. Actually, I always have at least a few dozen books with me. I can read anywhere. I don't have to worry about lugging paper about. "War and Peace" fits in my shirt pocket.

When I'm buying books, I don't buy paper; I buy words.
 
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