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#1 Jun 11 2013 at 6:29 AM Rating: Good
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I accidentally asked this question in the game forum. I only wish Dad was a gamer. It would make gift-giving easier.

I was unsure if I should link to the misplaced post or just re-ask the question here. I decided to put myself in quotes.....
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I gotta get a book in the mail today for my Dad, but I don't know what to get him. He likes action-adventure stuff but not fantasy; westerns, historical fiction...that sort of stuff. Non-fiction histories/biographies etc if it's not too dull and exceptionally good.

I usually only send him stuff I've read, but I've spend most of this year slogging through Lincoln's Team of Rivals. I got nothin'.


I made a new jam this weekend, Rhubarb-Grapefruit. It's pretty good. A jar will get added to the book. So if you have a book in mind that will go good with Rhubarb - Grapefruit jam, great.
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#2 Jun 11 2013 at 6:35 AM Rating: Excellent
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Tom Clancy books seem to fit the bill I think. Not the greatest literature but they're always entertaining.

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#3 Jun 11 2013 at 7:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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You may want to check out the Harry Turtledove series of alternate history Civil War books.
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I've been intending to read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl for a while now. It's spent a lot of time on Best Seller lists. Flip side of that is that the hardcover version is selling so well, they haven't even bothered with a paperback printing yet.

It's a shame he doesn't read any fantasy, because Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind is easily one of the best novels I've ever read. If the aversion to the genre doesn't manifest as a hatred of anything in it, I feel like it might be a good way to test the waters there.
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Get him a subscription to audiobooks.com and an mp3 player of some sort.
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#6 Jun 11 2013 at 7:36 AM Rating: Excellent
The Thousand Mile War.

An account of Alaska during WWII. I read this many years ago and loved it.
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#7 Jun 11 2013 at 7:39 AM Rating: Good
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Ooo, that looks promising. There has to be a paper copy at my local B&N however.

He loves Alaska.
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If you want a series, maybe this one?
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/killing-floor-lee-child/1100315079?ean=9780425264355

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Second this. The writing sort of sucks, but as these sort of "Lad Books" go, the Reacher ones aren't bad.

Ian Rankin if he can read genre mysteries (or likes Scotland).

Clive Cussler is basically modern Sea Monster stories, but techno-thriller style, I know a few people who read and like his stuff.

The Aubrey Martin books are really very good. I know you said he's not really into historical fiction, but I think those might work.

I enjoy James Elroy books a lot, but that's a very specific sort of stylistic thing, which he may or may not enjoy.

Ken Follet and Leon Uris both write horrible, horrible, airport fiction books that have fairly compelling stories. If he could manage not to hurl the book across the room because of the quality of the writing, he might like one of those.

Micheal Lewis' non fiction books are pretty widely regarded as enjoyable reads. If he reads non fiction one of those might be good.

American Lightning is one of the better straight history books I've read in the last couple of years. He might like that if he reads history at all. It's very well written and the narrative hangs together well.

Or, of course, there's always 50 Shades...

Edited, Jun 11th 2013 11:01am by Smasharoo
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Welp, Smash used a quote. Apocalypse is nigh.
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#11 Jun 11 2013 at 9:10 AM Rating: Good
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Welp, Smash used a quote. Apocalypse is nigh.

Not using one makes it look like part of the list. I occasionally use quotes if there's some reason to. Otherwise they're just extra graphical junk that makes posts harder to read (for me, and I mean, **** you people, I'm obviously just posting here to re-read my own brilliant prose at a later date. )
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Smasharoo wrote:
Otherwise they're just extra graphical junk that makes posts harder to read (for me, and I mean, @#%^ you people, I'm obviously just posting here to re-read my own brilliant prose at a later date. )
So you have something to look at when you ****
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[b]So you have something to look at when you ****

I stapled a mirror to the back of raccoon for just that reason.
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Your sexlife must be great if anything short of **** a raccoon won't do for ****
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#15 Jun 11 2013 at 10:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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[quote=His Excellency Aethien]Your sexlife must be great if anything short of @#%^ing a raccoon won't do for ****

I'll tell you this - he was right about one thing, they stopped messing with our garbage cans. Now they just sit on the sidewalk and cry.

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#16 Jun 11 2013 at 10:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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Oh, and it's short, but Tinkers would be good for Father's Day...especially for someone from Maine.

Nexa

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#17 Jun 11 2013 at 11:15 AM Rating: Good
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The bookstore didn't have The Thousand Mile War, but check out the prices on Nooks.. This week only.

I got him The Fort, by Bernard Cornwell. I felt like I'd given it to him already, but when I saw the cover it wasn't familiar at all. I also got him a cool little lighted magnifying glass (got myself one too), and some Godiva chocolate (for his girlfriend).

He's going to be so WOWed by the jam though, that everything else will pale.

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I have a hard time figuring out who you're quoting sometimes. It's hard to do a proper thread analysis when I don't know who said what.

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I'll tell you this - he was right about one thing, they stopped messing with our garbage cans. Now they just sit on the sidewalk and cry.
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Thanks for all the recommendations. Smiley: smile

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The bookstore didn't have The Thousand Mile War, but check out the prices on Nooks.. This week only.

I bought an HD+ around mothers day when it come down to $170. $150 is insane for a 9 inch full HD tablet. The B&N android overlay is a little clunky at times, but it's light, the battery life is excellent, and the screen is fantastic. They now ship with Google Play access by default. I got it mainly to read comics (which is does amazingly well) but I've ended up using it probably more than any other device in the house. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a full sized tablet. The reading experience probably isn't as good as on an E-ink device, but it's good enough that I gave Hannah my kindle.
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[quote=His Excellency Aethien]Your sexlife must be great if anything short of @#%^ing a raccoon won't do for ****

I'll tell you this - he was right about one thing, they stopped messing with our garbage cans. Now they just sit on the sidewalk and cry.

Nexa

If they're sitting, doesn't that mean he isn't doing it right?
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The bookstore didn't have The Thousand Mile War, but check out the prices on Nooks.. This week only.

I bought an HD+ around mothers day when it come down to $170. $150 is insane for a 9 inch full HD tablet. The B&N android overlay is a little clunky at times, but it's light, the battery life is excellent, and the screen is fantastic. They now ship with Google Play access by default. I got it mainly to read comics (which is does amazingly well) but I've ended up using it probably more than any other device in the house. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a full sized tablet. The reading experience probably isn't as good as on an E-ink device, but it's good enough that I gave Hannah my kindle.


My dad has been using his phone a lot to read ebooks. I may have to nab this for him. Because hot damn. I just can't give up the paper format, I love it too much, but he's already made the switch.

Does the nook restrict access to any ebook formats?
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Smasharoo wrote:
The bookstore didn't have The Thousand Mile War, but check out the prices on Nooks.. This week only.

I bought an HD+ around mothers day when it come down to $170. $150 is insane for a 9 inch full HD tablet. The B&N android overlay is a little clunky at times, but it's light, the battery life is excellent, and the screen is fantastic. They now ship with Google Play access by default. I got it mainly to read comics (which is does amazingly well) but I've ended up using it probably more than any other device in the house. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a full sized tablet. The reading experience probably isn't as good as on an E-ink device, but it's good enough that I gave Hannah my kindle.


My dad has been using his phone a lot to read ebooks. I may have to nab this for him. Because hot damn. I just can't give up the paper format, I love it too much, but he's already made the switch.

Does the nook restrict access to any ebook formats?

Nook reads .epub files. Kindle books are about the only ones you'll not be able to use on a Nook. Also you can read .doc and .pdf etc.

My Nook has been faithful for over two years now. At this price I'd pick up another but my mad money this paycheck is paying off an speeding ticket (Smiley: glare)
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Hmmm, I'll definitely consider that, then. My dad's ridiculously hard to shop for. Even with this, he might just end up reading the ebooks on his phone...

We usually default to replacing old cookware, because he won't throw it out even if it's rusting, or buying him bourbon.
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Nook reads .epub files. Kindle books are about the only ones you'll not be able to use on a Nook.

You can download the free Kindle App on the HD+. Works flawlessly. One of the amusing consequences of them adding Google Play support. It's not really a Nook anymore, it's an Android 4.0 tablet with the B&N overlay (which you can probably replace with Nova or whatever if it bothered you enough, it hasn't bothered me enough).



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Nook reads .epub files. Kindle books are about the only ones you'll not be able to use on a Nook.

You can download the free Kindle App on the HD+. Works flawlessly. One of the amusing consequences of them adding Google Play support. It's not really a Nook anymore, it's an Android 4.0 tablet with the B&N overlay (which you can probably replace with Nova or whatever if it bothered you enough, it hasn't bothered me enough).





That I like. Thanks.
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calibre will convert most formats from one to whatever else you want, with a few DRM limitations. I tend to stick with the e-ink readers since they are easier on the eye strain for long duration reading sessions, which is much of what I do. I'm on my third Nook Simple touch, the first was a non backlight, I wore out the second one, now I'm on the third. I like the fact that I can put my entire library onto a large memory card and keep it with the device. The amazon e-ink screen is probably slightly better, but with only 2 GB internal storage and no expandability inside the device without going cloud based, I wasn't interested.

That being said, Nook is probably going to be killed off soon unfortunatly. They are discontinuing the Nook for PC application this month, and as of this time they don't have any plans for a new e-ink reader. which is annoying
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[quote=His Excellency Aethien]Your sexlife must be great if anything short of @#%^ing a raccoon won't do for ****

I'll tell you this - he was right about one thing, they stopped messing with our garbage cans. Now they just sit on the sidewalk and cry.

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calibre will convert most formats from one to whatever else you want, with a few DRM limitations.

I was excited until I saw the warnings that converting from PDF will look like ass. I have a copy of Metro 2033 that came with the Metro game and it's in PDF format and, while the Kindle Android app will display it, it won't do anything as simple as remember what page I was on.
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#29 Jun 11 2013 at 6:29 PM Rating: Excellent
The Aubrey Martin books are really very good. I know you said he's not really into historical fiction, but I think those might work.

I love historical fiction, I'll have to check these out.
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I was excited until I saw the warnings that converting from PDF will look like ass. I have a copy of Metro 2033 that came with the Metro game and it's in PDF format and, while the Kindle Android app will display it, it won't do anything as simple as remember what page I was on.

I'd try it anyway, it's a really well put together piece of software. I've converted probably a dozen PDFs to Ebooks for Nexa's Nook Color. Most have worked fine. Some were abominations. Worth a shot for free.
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calibre will convert most formats from one to whatever else you want, with a few DRM limitations.

I was excited until I saw the warnings that converting from PDF will look like ass. I have a copy of Metro 2033 that came with the Metro game and it's in PDF format and, while the Kindle Android app will display it, it won't do anything as simple as remember what page I was on.


PDF's are tricky. It depends on the origional conversion method, and if it was a text convert, or a scanned image convert. That being said, check your PM's in a minute for a totally not related PM.
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Three of the five GoT books I converted from pdf to epub with Calibre. Lots of legal stuff too. For the most part the conversion always came out fine leaving me able to bookmark, use the dictionary, take notes etc.

If you start out with a crappy file, it's not going to fix that.

I agree with Kao though, I think Nooks will expire or be turned into another sort of product in the near future. Wonder how Kindles are doing??




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Amazon will convert from pdf all by itself. Just send the pdf to your kindle email with a subject of convert. This has the added benefit of adding whatever it was you sent to your cloud archive.

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works the same.

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#36 Jun 17 2013 at 1:40 PM Rating: Decent
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It's a shame he doesn't read any fantasy, because Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind is easily one of the best novels I've ever read. If the aversion to the genre doesn't manifest as a hatred of anything in it, I feel like it might be a good way to test the waters there.

Rothfuss's Name of the Wind and A Wise Man's Fears are absolutely amazing. 2014 cannot get here soon enough for me. Has some of the hands down best character development I've read, and there's a ton of life in even ancillary characters.

Highly second the recommendation.
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Amazon will convert from pdf all by itself. Just send the pdf to your kindle email with a subject of convert. This has the added benefit of adding whatever it was you sent to your cloud archive.
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I'm using the Kindle Android app. I don't own a Kindle.
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works the same.

How does it work the same if I don't have a Kindle email? Sending it to my tablet's GMail app is unlikely to impress my Kindle app.

Edit: Eat **** quote tags.

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#39 Jun 17 2013 at 2:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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How does it work the same if I don't have a Kindle email? Sending it to my tablet's GMail app is unlikely to impress my Kindle app.

Edit: Eat **** quote tags.

You should have a kindle email for each device that has the kindle app installed. Sending it to a specific email will auto send it to that app, but will also archive it to the cloud. Should be in your amazon manage my account settings somewhere.

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Sir Xsarus wrote:
Jophiel wrote:

How does it work the same if I don't have a Kindle email? Sending it to my tablet's GMail app is unlikely to impress my Kindle app.

Edit: Eat **** quote tags.

You should have a kindle email for each device that has the kindle app installed. Sending it to a specific email will auto send it to that app, but will also archive it to the cloud. Should be in your amazon manage my account settings somewhere.

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Confirmed that it does not appear on an account that does not have a Kindle device attached to it.
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It showed me a @kindle.com address. So I'll have to see if that works. Be good to know in general.

Also, your guy's screens have all sorts of big white spaces and boxes on them covering vital information. You should get your video cards checked.
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#42 Jun 17 2013 at 2:44 PM Rating: Excellent
If you want the pdf to convert, you need to put convert in the subject, otherwise leave it blank. You also need to have an address set up that has permission to send emails with books.

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#43 Jun 17 2013 at 2:45 PM Rating: Good
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It showed me a @kindle.com address. So I'll have to see if that works. Be good to know in general.

Also, your guy's screens have all sorts of big white spaces and boxes on them covering vital information. You should get your video cards checked.


Did it use your Amazon account name, or the name of the email address that receives Amazon emails for the beginning of the Kindle address?
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Nevermind, I uninstalled the app and re-installed it and the address appeared.
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#45 Jun 17 2013 at 4:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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I tried it and it indeed worked so thanks for the tip. Pretty decent conversion too, all things considered.
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All of things? Even wombats??? I'm pretty sure no consideration whatsoever was given to wombats during the conversion process. False advertising! Er wait, would that be Slander? No no, Hmmm. Necromancy? nah, that only applies to tech support. Wait a minute, I got it, Blasphemy!
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#47 Jun 17 2013 at 6:03 PM Rating: Good
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I tried it and it indeed worked so thanks for the tip. Pretty decent conversion too, all things considered.


Be warned, it's 15 cent per MB converted and Amazon rounds up. Trying to convert one of gbaji's posts will probably cost you around $10.
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#48 Jun 17 2013 at 11:07 PM Rating: Excellent
That's only if you do it over whispernet, otherwise it's free.
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Yeah, I wasn't charged for it.
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If only BT could say the same.
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Be warned, it's 15 cent per MB converted and Amazon rounds up.
That sounds ridiculously stupid.
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