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Kevin

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Working on setting up a new Fire HD 8 tablet and took the opportunity to revisit the Kindle app. At the moment I'm essentially working my way through the list of stuff of any Kindle titles that authors have posted here in the forums the past few months. :D Amassing a backlog of digital titles is way too easy.
 

RobertLCollins

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Finally got back to my reading this week. Last night I finished “White Jenna” by Jane Yolen, the second Great Alta book. I quite liked it, as it was a good conclusion to the story set up in the first book, “Sister Light, Sister Dark.” I enjoyed the contrast between the actual story the historical/mythic asides. The plot really raced along.
 

jdmorrisn

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Hi Guys,

I read this book probably in the 90s, written by an American reporter whereby a European guy (can't remember if Polish or Hungarian or similar) had lost one arm but took pictures with his camera and rumour spread (because of the pictures) that he had been visited by aliens, a very simple man, he could now even talk many 'human' languages taught by the aliens although only being a simple farmer. Lots of reporters descended on his homestead but he could not offer them anything only accommodation if they also worked on his farm too to work their keep. An American journalist who was well known for debunking alien encounters (weather balloons etc) went to do the same and was previously very sceptical but was eventually converted. Basically the farmer one time disappeared from his study in the middle of the day and hours later came out of the forest despite the impossibility of being able to do so being surrounded by so many people working on his house. They would have seen something. Most important in the book that was the farmer gave this American reporter a piece of metal like tin foil, that when you screwed it up into a ball in your hand it actually opened up flat, on its own and produced a seamless piece of thin metal as though it had never been screwed up. The reporter sent it to a lab somewhere in the US but it disappeared, after tests which he informs 'had substances unknown to this planet' the US Government turned up and confiscated it...

Does anyone know the title and author of this book please, I really would like to read it again and obtain a copy :)

Tony!!
 

Kevin

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Currently reading The Last Dance by Martin Shoemaker. Oddly it caught my attention because of some of the negative reviews of it, that the science of it is explained in detail since the timeline is supposed to be the near plausible future. A few chapters in and I'm still reading so that's a good sign.

I'm reading Samuel R. Delany's Dahlgren. Weird, post-apocalyptic, but goes with the strange times we're living through
The phrase "Weird, post-apocalyptic" is one way of getting my attention! :D The Kindle version is not much cheaper than the paperback so for this one I'll use the 'free sample' option first to check it out.

Finally got back to my reading this week. Last night I finished “White Jenna” by Jane Yolen, the second Great Alta book. I quite liked it, as it was a good conclusion to the story set up in the first book, “Sister Light, Sister Dark.” I enjoyed the contrast between the actual story the historical/mythic asides. The plot really raced along.
I haven't read any fantasy lately so this trilogy may be in order. (y)
 

Kevin

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Most important in the book that was the farmer gave this American reporter a piece of metal like tin foil, that when you screwed it up into a ball in your hand it actually opened up flat, on its own and produced a seamless piece of thin metal as though it had never been screwed up.
I'm not familiar with the title you're looking for but this part about the foil is the classic description of the Roswell debris. Any connection?
 

RobertLCollins

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I finished the third book in the Great Alta series, “The One-Armed Queen,” a few days ago. It wasn’t as strong as the first two books. It had some very good scenes, but I still don’t think the first chapters of the novel quite linked up right with the rest of the story. It might have helped to be a little longer. Still a worthwhile series to read.
 

RobertLCollins

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Yesterday I finished “Imprudence” by Gail Carriger, the second Custard Protocol book. Another fun read! A little more action and romance this time, and more about the world.
 

RobertLCollins

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Yesterday I finished The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss, the third book in her Athena Club trilogy. I really enjoyed the book! The characters were as interesting as they had been. The plot moved along quite quickly. There were even some new references to Victorian fiction. It was such a fun read.
 
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