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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Calibre help - ugh!
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:07:15 am »
Changing the name of the Library worked.  I also did something else and I'm not sure what it was.  So all is well.  Thanks!  :D

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Not Quite Kindle / Calibre help - ugh!
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:28:49 pm »
I need help with Calibre!  It's driving me nuts.  I just bought a new computer and I need to open the old library in the new Calibre.  I copied the entire library with all the books to the new computer - but now how do I get Calibre to recognize it?  I've just spent 20 minutes going around in circles.  :(  It keeps telling me a new location that's not in the old location that's empty in a folder that's the old location and doesn't know the new location blah blah blah.  I have no idea what it's telling me and clicking on every location doesn't help.  Help!  :-\

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Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting (Kindle) / Adding new device to Calibre
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:16:54 pm »
Calibre can be such a pia.   :-\  There are about 25,000 plugins and stuff - so where do I add a code for a new Kindle in there?  I've spent about 30 minutes trying to find it and can't!  >:(

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The Book Corner / Re: James Potter Series -- 4th book released
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:42:37 am »
I have the first 3, but have not yet read them.  Very curious though!

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The Book Corner / Re: Classics never making it to Kindle
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:40:45 am »
I think Maurice was released quite a long time after Forster died, wasn't it? So I assume they copyright situation is a bit different... I'm waiting for that one too!

He wrote it in 1914, but it was published in 1971, I believe.  Shortly after he died.

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The Book Corner / Re: Classics never making it to Kindle
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:46:12 pm »
I've been looking for E. M. Forster's "Maurice" to come to Kindle and so far - nothing.  Even though his other novels are available.

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The Book Corner / Re: Lost interest in Game of Thrones...
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:26:35 pm »
To the OP; you're not alone. The show and books still intrigue me, but the last book bugged me a lot (character assassination of Dany for one) and I started to wonder if Martin had used a ghostwriter. While I'm also too well aware that Martin isn't my b.... as Neil Gaiman aptly put it, I do have to wonder about this guy who spends time working on other books, the HBO series, potentially developing another show for HBO, instead of forging ahead with The Winds of Winter. At the rate he's going, either we will find out how the books end based on the show, or the show will go on hiatus for a loooooooooooooooooong time so Martin can play catch up. Neither of which sounds great. Maybe Martin can miss out on X number of readers / viewers who give up waiting so long, but it doesn't seem a smart approach.

Martin told the showrunners how he intends to end the series, so they can always forge ahead of him with his own story.  Or just change the ending to how they want it!

I agree with you on the last book in general; it was tedious and Dany chapters were interminable.  But I have a theory that Dany could turn out to be the Voldemort of Westeros.  And perhaps Martin always set her up for that turn!  There's already a lot of set-up for that if Martin chooses that path.

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The Book Corner / Re: Lost interest in Game of Thrones...
« on: August 15, 2013, 01:36:33 pm »
I also devoured these books.  The last one was dull (especially Dany chapters), but there was still much there I liked.  The first 4 books I love.  I complain about all the (major) characters Martin has killed off and yet, their deaths make perfect sense for the story he is telling.  It's not like he's gotten bored with them, but the story develops in a direction that their deaths are necessary.  I'm always puzzled by people who say they aren't rooting for anyone.  There are quite a few characters I root for.  I guess I'm puzzled by what puzzles others.  But there it is.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Sherlock season three teaser released!!!!
« on: August 15, 2013, 01:03:20 pm »
We've been waiting a long time for this!  Of course in the US we'll have to wait even longer than the lucky UKers!   ???

I agree that it's stunning how the writers (one of the main writers is the actor who plays Mycroft) have managed to update the stories while using so much of the originals.  Fascinating twists, so even if you've read the stories you really can't anticipate what they'll do with it.

As far as the ending of series 2 - the writers said there is something in there on the screen that people haven't caught that explains how...I can't believe after so many decades we still can't discuss Sherlock's "death?"

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Raw honey
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:57:03 pm »
One thing about using honey as a sweetener: if you put in your tea, don't put it into boiling hot water.  It turns to poison!  Not enough to kill you, obviously.  But wait about 10 minutes for the water to cool down a little and then add honey.

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Book 1: A Game of Thrones / Re: Folks still posting / reading here?
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:53:23 pm »
Yep, people still occasionally check in!

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This is absolutely hilarious.  And all true!

http://www.collegehumor.com/article/6902181/game-of-thrones-if-youre-an-american

For example: "Winterfell = Boston, MA
Beautiful in the summer and uninhabitable in the winter. The inhabitants incorrectly think their city is the center of the empire. It is, however, the only real city in its region. (Providence? Really?) The people there are honorable and resilient, and spend much of their time watching sports. Not many black people."

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The Book Corner / Re: The Cuckoo's Calling by...
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:14:19 am »
I really do love the fact that Rowling submitted this novel to several publishers and they all rejected it.  Only one has come clean about it though.

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The Book Corner / Re: The Cuckoo's Calling by...
« on: July 24, 2013, 05:37:20 am »
Did you read the first 2 HP books?  Because if yes, those are not typical of HP universe.

Here's a more detailed breakdown of how things went down.  One almost (almost!) feels sorry for Rowling and the betrayal.   ;D  I do think this friend of a friend who outed her is either really stupid or just really mean.  And frankly, the lawyer's career might be ruined because of this.  I mean, lawyer/client confidentiality is pretty big, especially when you're rich and famous.  This lawyer and his firm have had a very huge dent made in their reputation by this "friend" he thought he could trust "implicitly."

http://www.businessinsider.com/jk-rowling-was-actually-outed-by-a-wifes-tweet-2013-7

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The Book Corner / Re: The Cuckoo's Calling by...
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:24:55 am »
Well, the leaker's identity has been revealed.  A partner at a law firm that knew the pseudonym told his wife's best friend.  She tweeted about it when she saw a journalist remark that the book was very confidently written.  That friend must now be in some serious dog house.

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The Book Corner / Re: The Cuckoo's Calling by...
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:02:37 pm »
The publisher knew because the agent for Galbraith was also Rowling's agent.  In fact that one of the ways the newspaper used to track it down to Rowling.  The story is that some writer for a British newspaper (was it the Guardian?) commented on twitter after reading the book that it seemed too confidently written to be from a first time writer.  Somebody responded back that they knew why that was the case - the author was an alias for Rowling.  When the journalist tried to get more info from this person the posts from this anonymous individual were quickly deleted.  So the journalist started doing research.  First they noticed that the publisher and the agent were also Rowling's publisher and agent, and thought it odd that a brand new author would have Rowling's agent.  Then they sent samples of the book to some linguists to compare it to the last Harry Potter novel, and these linguists found a lot of similarities in the writing.  So the journalist then contacted the publisher and said (I'm paraphrasing): "I think Galbraith is Rowling.  Can you give me a straightforward answer: yes or no." The publisher said they were coming clean.  The anonymous leaker of the info remains unknown.  But the leak did come from an independent journalist tweeting about the book.  I'm sure the publisher was prepared for the eventual unmasking of Galbraith, no way that info would remain hidden forever.  If Richard Bachman was unmasked long before the age of social media - they would have been foolish not to expect a fairly rapid unmasking of Rowling in the age of twitter.

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The Book Corner / Re: The Cuckoo's Calling by...
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:29:31 am »
I just saw this on the news.  Very interesting move by her and smart.  "Casual Vacancy" was getting so much attention and pressure because of who she is.  This one was judged on its own merits, without any baggage attached.

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Yes, in the book the Throne is described as having a thousand blades and whoever sits on it is constantly cut by them.  They addressed the issue of the Throne in the show, though, because in the show it's a very different throne.  At one point Varys tells Littlefinger than the Throne is made of only 100 blades (he says he counted), but everyone prefers the myth of 1000.

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That really is a Throne anyone would be in awe of, which is what Martin always writes.  The one on the show is sort of cool, but pretty, too pretty.  This image here is, as you say, "Holy tetanus!  I am in awe of thee!"

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Another kitten...
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:09:32 pm »
Great news that you found a home for IT!  ;D

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: US vs Apple
« on: July 10, 2013, 05:43:06 pm »
I am very much a fan of Apple products and I am very much not on Apple's side in this situation.  The reason Apple orchestrated this whole thing is quite obvious to me: they are a business and their responsibility is to make money.  No business that is for profit is in it to make their customers happy.  No, not even Amazon.  They are in it to make money, to earn profits for their shareholders, etc.  Making customers happy is how they make money.  And Apple, which I do agree has a lot of contempt for their customers, also makes products that their customers like.  A lot.  Myself included.  When Apple, which has controlled the music digital download market for years (and created the very 9.99 per album structure that they later decided they opposed with ebooks), released a product that Amazon took control of much sooner (remember, Steve Jobs said people don't read), it was Apple's responsibility to their shareholders to break Amazon's monopoly on the ebook market.  How they went about doing it is what got them in trouble.  But the fact that they were doing something is completely understandable.

Prices on Amazon would not have remained at 9.99, as others have pointed out above.  We only have to look at the iTunes store for proof: Apple got customers addicted to their online store and the 9.99 per album structure - but it no longer exists.  They raised prices on music eventually.  And prices would have gone up on ebooks as well because Amazon is not a benevolent benefactor who just wants to make us all happy.  For example, I have noticed over the past month or so that my Amazon Prime free shipping membership isn't worth as much as it used to be because a lot of items I previously bought and had shipped for free have now become "Add On" items.  Which means I have to purchase $25 of other stuff before I can get free shipping on these now "Add On" items.  No more "Oops, I forgot to get some razor blades, nevermind, free shipping!" because those razor blades are now an Add On item.  I suspect this is only going to get worse.  Amazon is a business, in it to make money first and foremost.  How the publishers did not realize this, and so blatantly colluded with Apple, says a lot about their own stupidity.  Apple's behavior, though not their understanding of the law (or lack of understanding), is perfectly normal.

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So here's what Martin envisioned when he described the Iron Throne.  Wicked!



Article here:

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/07/real-iron-throne-hbo-martin/?cid=9670354#slideid-148091

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Book 2: A Clash of Kings / Re: Is it as slow as it seems to me?
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:12:54 pm »
There are honestly no POV characters that I don't like.  So I never had the "groan" when seeing who the next chapter is about.  However, I did miss certain characters more than others.  Wait until you get to "A Feast for Crows" - that might be your most challenging read because a number of the main characters have no chapters there at all!  :o

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One thing I saw listed as a potential side effect for men is breast growth.  I don't need bigger boobs!  ::)

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And one thing I absolutely have refused to do is take drugs like Ambien.  I know a few people who are literally addicted to it and I just don't want to go down that road.

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