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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:31 pm 
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My book order with Wise Child arrived last night!

Except... it was missing Wise Child. :doh:

That, at least, Amazon does do well, it took me about 3 minutes on customer service chat to get a replacement order. What Amazon sucks at is letting the customer submit a ticket to replace an actual missing item (it is simply not an option), and they don't make it easy for you to find the customer service chat to talk to a rep.

I give Amazon Customer Service 3 1/2 stars.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:09 pm 
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:doh:

Maybe it would be easier for me to scan in my library copy and share.

Out of curiosity, are public libraries a thing in Australia (or whatever country you are from)? I was surprised that not all countries have public libraries. One of those things I take for granted. We have a wonderful public library.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:19 pm 
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I'm in the US but one of the few areas that doesn't have county public libraries, only city, so to check out a book I'd have to make an account at the city library and then pay a whopping library card fee since I don't pay those city taxes. It sucks. But I like owning books, and it's not like I read them terribly quickly...

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Wow. I don't live in town but I don't pay a fee to use the library. It must be figured into our taxes. One really nice thing about our library is that it is a SHARE library. It coordinates with.. I dunno.. maybe 30 or more libraries in the area so if my local library doesn't have something but one of the others do, they order it sent to my local library for pick up.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:36 pm 
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If you haven't discovered https://bookshop.org/, I highly recommend them. They sell new and used books, and ebooks, and distribute profits among the network of independent stores. And they have affiliate links, in case V is interested.

On that note, this is supposed to be a rediscovered SF gem combining alternative history and fantasy.

https://bookshop.org/books/the-dragon-w ... 1250269010

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:42 pm 
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Oh nice!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:46 pm 
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Very nice Frelga. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:17 pm 
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Thanks, Frelga.

India does not have public libraries. Schools do and Army Units do (what we survived on), but after I flew the nest I had to buy all my books. We have boxes of them. After moving to the US, I didn’t buy a book For YEARS - it is just so incredible!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:05 am 
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Frelgita, thank you for the new book discovery!

Rose, yes, Oz does indeed have public libraries, lots and lots of them: municipal libraries, special interest libraries, mobile libraries (in rural areas), and our fabulous State libraries which hold EVERYTHING (more than 5 million books, manuscripts maps, enewspapers, ejournals, streaming, etc).

Most public libraries are free or charge a nominal, tiny fee for membership, and all public libraries offer inter-library loans.

My husband has membership (free) at the State library so he has access to all international enewspapers.

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Impy: AWESOME! Inanna, it's so interesting to find how different countries handle things we take for granted. :read: I don't recall what TORc'er I was conversing with who said their country didn't have public libraries, maybe Truehobbit/Germany? It blew my mind. When I was a teenager I lived kittycorner from the public library for a short time. I spent Sooo much time there.

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I found that Kindle has complete works of prominent Russian writers in a single Kindle file for the 0.99 to 3.99. Also Russian translations from other languages. I'm slightly ambivalent, because most of these works are in public domain and should be free, but it so dashed convenient. And could be helpful for a language learner.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:28 am 
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Are they also available in English translation? I don't pretend to have a single language learning gene in my body.

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Impish, I haven't seen similar English-language compilations. But I haven't looked.
Russian collections include SF classics like Belyaev, whom I haven't seen in English translation, and Bulgakov, whose Master and Margarita I did see translated, although not to my satisfaction.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:52 am 
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Ah well. It's not like I have a dearth of reading material.

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You don’t? What are you reading right now? I’m re-reading the Raksura series.

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Impenitent wrote:
Ah well. It's not like I have a dearth of reading material.

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I'll have Juniper in the post to you shortly. Wise Child will follow whenever it manages to actually arrive, as I am sure I will devour that book quite quickly.

Interesting that I don't recall having read Juniper but there are several things that I recognize out of it so I'm not sure if she reused a few snippets of ideas from Wise Child or if I am mixing the two books up in my head and just have forgotten. Either way, I am loving her writing and am so very glad I have re-found it :)

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I was able to order Juniper and Coleman from the library. I'm holding on to Wise Child to reread before I have to return it.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:57 pm 
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Inanna, I'm reading The Stormlight Chronicles by Brandon Sanderson, the series Alatar recommended some time ago (thank you Al :) ). A complex, deeply thought-out world and vivid characters. I ocassionally have to speed read through battle scenes, but the interwoven story threads are compelling and his writing is excellent.

Elengil, you are very generous! I look forward to reading it.

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Ah, I just finished those. I didn't find the first book compelling at all, but by the end of the first book I liked it enough to have read the remaining. Not a favorite of mine, though.

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You could read fanfiction. You'll never run out.

This post is a brought to you by me learning that Naomi Novik, winner of both the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, was the founder of the largest repository of fan fiction, AO3, and posts there under a pen name.

Or, if you haven't read Naomi Novik, you could do that.

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