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Fiction I've Read Recently
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A Clockwork Fagan is a novella by Cory Doctorow for a Steampunk anthology. It was good, but very typical Cory Doctorow.

A Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie I read a while ago, but it was probably the book which ended a period without fiction reading, so I'll count it. This is the first book in a series of mystery novels centered around an 11yo girl in 1950's England. I liked it enough to get the second in the series, The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag, but I haven't read it yet.

Snuff by Terry Pratchett. It's the latest Discworld books, and it's a Sam Vimes goes on holiday book. In a way, it's reminiscent of lots of "copper finally goes on holiday to the countryside" books, where the copper in question stumbles on something to investigate in the peaceful, idyllic town he's in. I was very surprised to note, when done, that the standard recurring character Death did not make an appearance.

Anathem by Neil Stephenson. This tome (a whole 3mm thick on my Kindle) kept me reading for a couple of weeks. Stephenson likes to "show his work", and he does so in this book. There are a lot of philosophical and scientific discourses, but since the books main characters come from what is essentially a system of monastery-like cloisters of scientists and philosophers, it's par for the course. I felt the ending a little unsatisfactory. My big question wasn't "what happens next?" but "How did we get from the end of Part 12 to the beginning of Part 13?"

I'm currently reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and On Basilisk Station by David Webber.

I have started and stopped Game of Thrones by George Martin, Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith, The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley. "Started and stopped" doesn't mean I don't like them, or won't ever read them, but that they didn't sufficiently engage me at this time. I started and stopped reading many books I've eventually read, including LOTR (which I started and stopped twice, once halfway through Return of the King, before actually reading it all the way through).

On deck, ready to read, is Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson. I've read Quicksilver before, but it's the first volume (of three) in the Baroque Cycle (an octolog). I've started and stopped the Baroque Cycle before and I want to finish it, but I think I need to start over to do so.

I've also subscribed to Analog: Science Fiction/Science Fact and have read the October, November, and December issues cover-to-cover.

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How have you subscribed to Analog? Paper or electronic?

On the Kindle. It's $3/mo, rather than the $6 on the newsstand.

Hmmmmmm. Hmmmmmmm.

OK, tell me more. Do you get to keep (for various values of keep) the magazine? Where is it stored? If you change Kindles (or in my case the tablet the Kindle is virtual on) do the magazines follow you?

For $3/month that might be worth it. Does Kindle have National Geographic, do you know?

It is stored at Amazon and on the Kindle devices. I can read the magazine on all my Kindle devices, except the Kindle Cloud Reader (currently, that's "Buddha's 2nd Kindle", "Buddha's 3rd Kindle", and "Buddha's iPhone").

I have the option of delivering the issue via WhisperNet(tm) (aka WiFi), or "download and install via USB". I presume that once it's on my Kindle I can archive it locally if I choose, and the same is true of the "download and install via USB" option.

Currently, I don't seem to be able to access the October and November issues, which is something I want to take up with Amazon. In the meantime, I will grab the December issue off my Kindle soon so it's preserved locally.

National Geographic's Kindle edition appears to be $1.99/mo.

Ah! You may have just ruined my budget and further decimated my reading time.

Damn you! Damn you to hell! :-)

I'm not responsible for your spending choices.

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