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Trekker

 

 

When Dark Horse Comics gave me the chance to create my own comic years ago–a very rare opportunity at the time–I jumped at the chance to build a vivid, sci-fi setting, and a gifted, troubled young bounty hunter plying her trade through a violent, complex world. Mercy St. Clair’s stories begin in the twisted streets of New Gelaph, but over time carry her farther and farther afield, until she becomes a central player in forces at play in the distant stars . My plan is to tell a life story that stretches out over a long series of action adventures where the character’s journeys are both inward and outward.

 

 

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Mercy St.Clair has also returned to print, first through teaming up once again with Dark Horse Comics, and now by turning to Kickstarter to fund the further adventures of Mercy St. Clair in a series of all-new graphic novels at trekkerkickstarter.com.

 

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abarbarian

I regularly take patients to Singleton Radiotherapy at Swansea Hospital as part of my voluntary driving duties. There they have a table full of books which they sell at 50 p / 64 cents. My recent find and an excellent read which I have just finished is,

 

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell.

 

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/series/the-last-kingdom-series/page/3/

 

Luckily for me it happens to be the first book in a series, now if only I can find book two.

 

This extract could almost describe me,

 

‘I had been given a perfect childhood, perfect, at least, to the ideas of a boy. I was raised among men, I was free, I ran wild, was encumbered by no laws, was troubled by no priests and was encouraged to violence.’

 

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Pete!
4 hours ago, abarbarian said:

I regularly take patients to Singleton Radiotherapy at Swansea Hospital as part of my voluntary driving duties. There they have a table full of books which they sell at 50 p / 64 cents. My recent find and an excellent read which I have just finished is,

 

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell.

 

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/series/the-last-kingdom-series/page/3/

 

Luckily for me it happens to be the first book in a series, now if only I can find book two.

 

This extract could almost describe me,

 

‘I had been given a perfect childhood, perfect, at least, to the ideas of a boy. I was raised among men, I was free, I ran wild, was encumbered by no laws, was troubled by no priests and was encouraged to violence.’

 

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https://b-ok.cc/book/3872561/237ece

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zlim

Nice site, Pete. Thanks.

I found a Math book that I'm downloading.

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Pete!
2 hours ago, zlim said:

Nice site, Pete. Thanks.

I found a Math book that I'm downloading.

Since I found that site, I seldom turn on my cable box.

My 76 year old eyes don't do well with the print size in a typical paper&ink printed book (especially paperbacks), but with an e- book I can select a type size that doesn't have me reaching for the reading glasses.

 

If you don't already have a favorite reader, I recommend the e-book viewer in the Calibre suite.

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V.T. Eric Layton
3 hours ago, Pete! said:

If you don't already have a favorite reader, I recommend the e-book viewer in the Calibre suite.

 

I second Calibre and its built-in eBook Reader. I rarely read on my computer. I normally adjust/manipulate my eBook library using Calibre and my Nook reader.

 

Calibre can be found HERE.

 

A screenshot of mine...

 

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zlim

I actually like the googleplay books for reading. I have both the googleplay books and kindle app on my tablets. I download books on overdrive from my local library.

I don't read on the computer. I might download books but then put them on my tablet or on a micro sd card to read.

 

I have Calibre installed on my laptop but not for reading. I know two seniors who own Kindle devices. I move books on to the Kindles after converting them to the correct format. My sister-in-law's son bought her a Kindle. She doesn't have internet access, has no email address, has never used a computer, so there is no way she would be able to use a Kindle unless I put books on it for her.  Before I did that, the Kindle sat in a box for months. I'm surprised she didn't throw it away.

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abarbarian
On 3/1/2020 at 2:45 PM, Pete! said:

 

Super site mate, thanks. 😎

 

I found a cache of free sci-fi books at https://www.baen.com/allbooks/category/index/id/2012?page=2&pageSize=30&filter=created_at&dir=DESC. Just finished The Northworld Triology by David Drake which was ok I suppose for a light time waster. Next on the list is There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo with a title like that you just have to explore the unknown.😎

 

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Thank you guys for posting all those links. Great information and I'll have to check out Calibre as well. Need to bookmark them for sure.😊

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abarbarian

Day the World Stood Still by John Cooper Clarke

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Deafening whispers loud and clear
The sound of nothing meets my ears
I get the message – i know the drill
This is the day the world stood still

The day the world stood still
The day the world stood still
No traffic noise or sparrows trill
From the dead flowers on the window sill
This is the day the world stood still

 

 

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abarbarian

Internet Archive Open Library

I did not even realise there was such a library with modern books. Thought the Internet Archive only had out of copyright books. Well worth a look though I have never tried to borrow a book as I have tons of books to read as is .

 

Seems like not everyone is happy with the library,

 

Publishers sue to shut down books-for-all Internet Archive for 'willful digital piracy on an industrial scale'

 

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The Internet Archive invited the ire of publishers and authors back in March when it decided to lift restrictions on the digital copies of library books it has acquired and scanned. Anyone that registers with the site can take out any of 1.3 million books, the complaint states - although the Internet Archive claims the real figure is 1.4 million.

 

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abarbarian

Not really reading but I guess radio plays are sort of literature so am posting here. If unhappy please do move.

 

Found a couple of neat sites for radio plays.

 

http://www.radioechoes.com/?page=genre

 

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The Fantastic Four Radio Show. A classic radio show from 1975 narrated by Stan Lee and starring Pre-Saturday Night Live Fame Bill Murray as hot head Johnny Storm AKA The Human Torch. It has slipped into the public domain now and we are excited to bring it to you to help fill your now empty days!!!

 

https://oldtimeradiolover.com/the-shadow/

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The Shadow

The old time radio show, The Shadow, came about to increase sales of the Detective Story Magazine. James LaCurto was the first narrator for the series, but when Frank Readick, Jr., took over the role, he gave it a new voice that thrilled the listeners. The first run of The Shadow was from 1930 until 1935. It returned in 1937 and this was the old time radio show that became a classic.

Orson Welles played Lamont Cranston who was the rich young man about town. Frank Readick would put a water glass beside his mouth, in order to get the echo effect during the reading of the infamous line, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?”

 

 

Some excellent stuff on both sites. I can recommend this series if you like detective drama with a subtle twist.

 

http://www.radioechoes.com/?page=series&genre=OTR-Detective&series=A Case For Dr Morelle

 

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V.T. Eric Layton

That's actually NOT funny because idiots will buy these books, read them, and spread this BS to other idiots. Disinformation/Misinformation... it's worse than a virus pandemic; spreads faster, too.

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