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text 2017-07-16 07:02
„Galaxy” - klasyka amerykańskiej science-fiction dostępna za darmo

Archiwalne numery czasopisma „Galaxy Science Fiction” zostały udostępnione bezpłatnie w formie cyfrowej. Zebrano 355 zeszytów, które ukazały się od lat '50 do '70 XX wieku.

 

Kilkaset zeszytów "Galaxy" można pobierać bezpłatnie (źródło: https://archive.org/)

 

W „Galaxy” publikowali autorzy, którzy później stali się klasykami literatury fantastyczno-naukowej. W spisach treści pojawiają się takie nazwiska, jak: Frederik Pohl, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, Philip K. Dick, Fritz Leiber, Theodore Sturgeon czy Issac Asimov. Między innymi dzięki nim, było to przez wiele lat najpopularniejsze w Stanach czasopismo, publikujące twórczość amerykańskich pisarzy s-f. Otwarcie kilku losowo wybranych numerów, przekonało mnie także, ze łatwo trafić na znane (z polskich wydań) tytuły. Znajdziemy tu między innymi oryginały lub pierwowzory takich tekstów jak: „The Stars My Destination” oraz „The Demolished Man” Alfreda Bestera czy „Fireman” Ray'a Bradbury'ego.

 

Formatowanie EPUBów nie budzi zachwytu

 

Większość zeszytów dostępna jest w kilku formatach. Można pobrać je na przykład jako zgrubnie poskładane teksty w formatach e-bookowych - EPUB czy MOBI. Część jest tylko w postaci PDF, czy (jako skany) w komiksowym formacie CBZ. Publikacje można pobrać tutaj: „Galaxy Magazine”.

 

Pliki można pobrać w kilku różnych formatach (źródło: https://archive.org/)

 

 

Ech, gdyby tak wszystkie archiwalne numery „Fantastyki” albo nawet „Nowej Fantastyki”...

 

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review 2017-04-21 12:10
Book Review of Giselda The Witch by J S Rumble
Giselda The Witch - J. F. S. Rumble

Giselda discovers that she will not be attending the same school as her friends; instead she will be going to Wigmore’s school for witches. Due to an unfortunate mistake she arrives a bit earlier than even she expected but soon settles in and makes a new friend through the fence.

 

Things are going well until some girls find out how she arrived at school and start to tease her about it. To prove that she is just as good at magic as everybody else Giselda agrees to travel up the mountain and steal from the dragon that lives there.

 

Review 5*

 

This is a sweet children's book aimed at children aged 4-10 years old. I loved it!

 

Giselda is a wonderful character and I really liked her. She is an eight year-old girl who finds out that she will not be attending the local school with her friends as she is a witch. Not realising water and witches don't mix, Giselda finds herself travelling to the school in a most unconventional way. When her classmates find out how she arrived at the school, she is teased badly. In order to prove she is good at magic, she accepts a dare.

 

As I said above, this book is a sweet children's book with an adventure included. It is ideal for children with short attention spans. It tackles topics such as friendship, bullying/teasing and teamwork. The school is not your typical witch/wizard school, nor is it like Hogwarts. Wigmore teaches their students to be bad (not evil) and play tricks on others. I liked meeting the other characters too. Tom is a young wizard who befriends Giselda through the fence that separates the two sections (girls and boys are taught separately). Beatrice and Emma are Giselda's nemeses and tease her unmercifully until danger in the form of a dragon makes them band together to solve a dangerous situation.

 

J.S. Rumble has written an entertaining chapter book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love her writing style, which is not particularly fast paced though easy enough for children to follow whether reading on their own, or being read to by their parents. The flow is wonderful too. I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.

 

I highly recommend this chapter book to young children aged 4-10, and to adults looking for a chapter book to keep their little ones entertained. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-04-13 05:55
Hot sci-fi erotica... oh how I enjoy F.I.S.T.S.
Murphy (F.I.S.T.S. Book 2) - Bey Deckard,Starr Waddell
A Double Tag Team Review with Ann!

4 HEARTS
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"Well, well, well... What the fuck's got you so damn worked up, son?" he says, and flicks the head of my cock hard; I wince but manage not to make a sound. "Have you been a bad boy and touched something that doesn't belong to you? And don't you goddamn lie to me."

Excuse me as I melt. Murphy and Sarge could have melted my e-reader.







Established couples aren't my go to. I think it might be why I didn't rush to read this book. Because Murphy and Sarge's initial scenes are that special.

But I am so happy I finally got to it. This time around I listened on audiobook and read along to the second book in the F.I.S.T.S. series. It's months later after that last battle scene in Sarge. Murphy and his Sarge both go through some changes, moving up the ranks, more erotic D/s scenes.

Murphy and Sarge already had a connection, this book was a deeper exploration of their bond. It was hot. There were a tender moment here and there. But overall, the two are made for each other.

And did I mention hot?

"Will you look at the mess you've made of yourself? How long's your cock been drooling all over you?"
"All day, Sarge. Like you wanted."


Because it continued the scorch from book #1.

Someone is possessive and demanding. I'm all about that. And in between the molten D/s times, there was a little suspense added. The men are sent to a swampy alien world and everything is not how it seems. Murphy's synesthesia comes back into play in this story. I thought it added a nice touch.

A little action, a lot sexy and an easy read. The series left on a note with a possible revolution, or possible attack on the leaders? There's room for more in the series should the author pursue but the couple is definitely solid. I liked the narration in Murphy more. I agree with Ann, if you go the audiobook route, listen to them back to back. It helps and I finished it with a smile. So maybe the narrator is growing on me. His Sarge voice was still consistent, gruff and growly.

I definitely recommend this series if sci-fi erotica is your type of read.




A copy provided for an honest review.
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review 2017-04-01 00:00
The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter
The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Wi... The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter - J.S. Drangsholt,Tara F. Chace I think I've mentioned before that I absolutely love reading Women in Translation. It started when I found Women in Translation Month over on Biblio and it has brought me books like this. Well, it worked with Kindle First to bring me books like this. Kindle First does have a tendency to have some WIT selections and I appreciate that they're doing their part on this. This was yet another example of how reading translation exposes us to experiences we would not have had. While the author is new for me, I have also read another book translated by Chace, The Unbroken Line of the Moon which was also a great book but for vastly different reasons.

The premise is fairly simple and something that could be encountered anywhere, sure, but it was Ingrid herself that made this so much fun. I've read and seen on television several versions of paranoid white American woman and it's just not fun anymore. It's too predictable or trying to hard not to be. But then this. Ingrid Winter is Norwegian and handling her problems in ways that are not necessarily foreign to that paranoid white American woman but different enough that I was thoroughtly entertained.

There were a early-ish moments when I knew I was going to enjoy myself, the first was her explanation of how much she hated meetings and the way she avoided them. I was pretty sure she was going to be a likeable character after that, which didn't exactly turn out to be true. I liked her in that "I'm going to watch your form of crazy from afar" kind of way. We couldn't be friends, maybe not even coworkers, but she would be a great distant cousin to call and catch up with just to make sure that I'm not the craziest or most imposive person my family.

I really wanted to see her succeed throughout the story and stick to Peter and Ingvil too. Everything about her work life made me cringe and be ever more grateful that I have escaped the world of endless meetings where nothing gets done and where things like "internationalization" is important. It was in the work stuff that I felt sorry for her for most of the book. Then Russia and I really started to have fun with those two creeps and what was going on and her plunge into some really great paranoia. I mean really great. I'd feel bad for a real person in this situation with these people and this level of paranoia, but as a fictional character I'm not sure it could have been more fun. And I especially loved the way each piece of her story was resolved.

As opposed to most of my reading, it's not particularly deep or enlightening, it doesn't change the way I see the world or give me a window into an unfamiliar culture. It's just fun and a little ridiculous, just as the title and synopsis promise. As a comedy and one that centers around a woman who already has her love life together (as opposed to many books of it's nature that surround women who are looking for love), it's a book that I'd recommend to any of my friends. I do especially love that it's a book about a woman my age in about my life situation; working and married with kids but haven't perfected any of it yet.

This was my Febuary Kindle First read.
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text 2016-10-22 20:44
In spite of adversity, Paul English succeeds and pays it forward
A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success - Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder describes and extols the accomplishments of Paul English, a product of the Boston school system, who was a creative student of technology and a supporter of entrepreneurship for decades. His ventures, large and small, some hare-brained and some brilliant, some failed and some successful, were and still may be, all over the map, but he made fortunes and lost fortunes, because he was in the right time and the right place at the crossroads of an America about to enter cyberspace. For English, it was full speed ahead into the future; he had the nerve and the brain power to survive and succeed. English was a risk taker, and he sometimes broke rules, even as a school boy. To partner with him, you would risk failure, but when you succeeded, it would be beyond your wildest dreams. His creation Kayak, which merged with Priceline, set him up financially for the rest of his life. He became a very wealthy man. The book begins describing him as a troubled young boy who continued to be troubled as a young man. He struggled with huge mood swings, and manic episodes. He was finally diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. He researched his mental illness to find out how to control it better without becoming a zombie from the medications. He resisted them because of their side effects, but over many years and many trials and errors, he finally found a woman who validated him and medications he could tolerate. Together, they could keep him centered. His illness worked to his benefit because it inspired him to keep thinking and doing and to not accept failure as a consequence, but to always rise up in the face of it and begin again. He often judged himself and found he fell short of the mark. This inspired him to do better. When his mom said “keep up the good work”, on her deathbed, he interpreted her remark to mean he, so far, hadn’t done well enough. His moments of depression, the alternate side of his bi-polar disease, never seemed to gain control of him. He always kept trying to do something else to change the world, to enter modernity with a bang. He needed to always have a project in the pipeline, something on the drawing board, something to work on that would move him in a useful and a productive direction. He liked building teams of workers. He wanted to interact with others to get ideas, and even today, that need inspires him to use his own Tesla to drive for Uber, not for the money but because he likes to interact with people, to learn about their ideas. These may be the people he might someday consider hiring to work for him on a project. So, he always needed to keep busy, busier when he was in a mania phase of his bipolar disease, but it was his passion that stood out most for those people who worked with him or listened to him or attended his classes. His display of sheer excitement, when an idea came to him, and he promoted it, actually enticed people to join in his efforts and endeavors. Some were wary of his impulsiveness, at times, and tried to rein him in, but it also attracted the creative technocrats who admired his passion. He was inspired to create an anti NRA organization for people who liked guns but thought there should be better controls for the industry. It failed, but not because of lack of good reasons, but more because of lack of interest. Some of his ideas failed, not because they were not good ideas, but because they were before their time. Another person would bring them to the world, like Uber and Trip Advisor and cars that could think and act to curtail speeding and prevent accidents. He brought aid to Haiti when he witnessed the sad state of affairs for the children. He investigated the homeless situation to find out how he could better help them, aside from simply donating money. English is definitely one of the do-gooders in our time. He doesn’t waste too much time thinking about what he should do, he acts on his ideas promptly. He took time off to care for his father when his memory began to fail. Until it was necessary to put him in a facility, he was devoted. He is one of those people who is more interested in the value that his work brings to the world rather than in the money he receives for it or the money he pays for it. Fortunately, his successes have placed him in a financial position to feel that way. The results of his efforts are what actually inspire him. His need to help others less fortunate is genuine and he seeks out those who need help. Paul English never stared defeat in the face, rather he looked askance at it, dusted himself off and sought another avenue to explore and build upon, another company, another group of people to support and to encourage in their endeavors. English is driven by the idea of opportunity. His results, come what may, don’t deter him. If he fails he just keeps trying to succeed. The mania part of his illness works positively for him because it keeps him on his toes, thinking and creating constantly. The book is well written for what it is, but I really had no interest in it. The narrator did as good a job as one would expect for a book that was a bit dry, but I wasn’t inspired by it, although the subject of the books apparent “goodness” is admirable. I will soon have a hard copy and will give it another look-see, since I am going to an author breakfast with him. Perhaps in a hard copy, it will be more inspiring.

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