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So, for my birthday (as opposed to Christmas) the parents have sent me the traditional Amazon gift certificates. (Early, so I can get stuff sent to me by the end of the month. They haven't quite twigged to the fact that I order so much stuff from Amazon, that Amazon Prime is a serious money-saver.) I also cashed in my card points and three months worth of pocket change, so I have gift certificate money coming out of my ears.

Recommend to me, please, some bookses you think I might like and don't already have.

Date: 2010-11-15 08:47 am (UTC)
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Kenneth Conboy and M.S. Kohli, Spies in the Himalayas: Secret Missions and Perilous Climbs.

Date: 2010-11-15 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Rosemary Kirstein's Steerswoman series, if you haven't read them yet. They are super-great and I'd recommend them to any SF fan, but I recommend them to you specifically based on the strength of the worldbuilding, and how Kirstein goes about it.

The first two are omnibussed as The Steerswoman's Road.

Date: 2010-11-15 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Since I think everyone in the world likes this series, I will probably get it. But I ask: Is this a finished series? Or am I buying into something that may never end?

Date: 2010-11-15 10:56 pm (UTC)
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It is not finished, but they stand alone reasonably well.

Date: 2010-11-16 02:40 am (UTC)
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It is not finished, but worth reading anyway even in its unfinished state. And you know how I feel about unfinished series, so when I say that, it means something!

Date: 2010-11-16 03:09 am (UTC)
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Ah, why not. I reserve the right to complain if this thing is still going on when I'm fifty.

Also, I should add, since I know you'll be interested to hear, that I also added The Broken Kingdoms to the first shipment.

Date: 2010-11-16 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Kirstein: I am confident that the worldbuilding is sufficiently great that you'll like reading it even if the series is never finished.

Kingdoms: Oh, is that out already? I shall have to pick that up at some point.

Date: 2010-11-16 11:38 pm (UTC)
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It is indeed out, as my copy has just shipped!

Date: 2010-11-16 01:37 am (UTC)
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You might want to invest in someplace less peripheral to keep all your money?

Date: 2010-11-16 09:30 pm (UTC)
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The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. I haven't read it yet myself, but it's been very highly recommended by several people I trust in books. (Hmmm... doesn't appear to be out in the US yet, so getting it with the gift certificate might be impossible for now.)

The City & the City by Chine MiƩville. Quite different and less baroque than his other books, but extremely impressive world-building.

Date: 2010-11-16 11:38 pm (UTC)
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tQT: Maybe.

Mieville: No. He's just too much of a jackass. Also, everything else the jackass has ever written, that I've read, has sucked. This might be because he has a fundamental misunderstanding of what "narrative" is, which makes his commercial success all the more baffling.


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