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Oct 29, 2017, 9:11pm Top

If you were transported to the book you're reading, where would you be?

I'd be in space waiting to reach some destination or other with the captain and his "niece" Dani

Oct 29, 2017, 9:41pm Top

Ninth Concession, Nottawasaga Township, Ontario, on a hobby farm owned by a guy who used to write for Harrowsmith magazine.

Oct 29, 2017, 10:35pm Top

Nazi-controlled Britain, 1950s.

Oct 29, 2017, 11:23pm Top

I'd either be in a haunted house in Tennessee or in zombie infeste Forest Grove, Oregon. I'm reading one and listening to the other.

Oct 30, 2017, 12:24am Top

New York with Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, in My Man Jeeves.

Oct 30, 2017, 1:45am Top

I vote we join Sylvia!

Oct 30, 2017, 4:18am Top

I'll second that!

Just back from a whirlwind tour of Europe with Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare. Also in Knysna (Western Cape, South Africa) in the late 19th century. And the unnamed town of Winter Rose.

Oct 30, 2017, 7:31am Top


I'm either in the land of Aerie with the Furries of Jim Butcher's world
Or the Land of Shannara (Just started)
Or some random fantasy world traveling with four NPCS

Oct 30, 2017, 7:37am Top

I'm split between two Supernatural Undergrounds of London.

Oct 30, 2017, 8:53am Top

I'm lost far up the Rain Wilds River.

Oct 30, 2017, 9:08am Top

Either in China, early part of 1900s, or Haiti, same time frame. Pretty much glad I'm only reading about both, not going to either, as I don't think I would be very welcome there!

Oct 30, 2017, 9:34am Top

I'm in Roshar following The way of kings and also in Faerie under the pendulum sun.

Oct 30, 2017, 2:32pm Top

I'm in war-torn Lebanon, getting ready to add to the violence.

Oct 30, 2017, 3:05pm Top

Oh, gosh. London, 1935, and Philadelphia, 1775, and someplace in the bizarre, outlandish (but deeply New-England-rooted) imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, and contemporary Japan.

Oct 30, 2017, 8:48pm Top

I'm in Inferno, Texas. Just having survived a night of alien terror of the Stinger!

Nov 1, 2017, 12:45pm Top

Atheria fleeing from religious bigotry and trying to find unicorns whilst dodging witches and dragons.

Edited: Nov 1, 2017, 12:57pm Top

In post-WW2 Massachusetts, sleuthing around Arkham, Innsmouth, and Kingsport.

Nov 1, 2017, 4:06pm Top

As much as anywhere, Starship Enterprise in The Physics of the Impossible. Also about to set out for Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, with the 1820 Settlers.

Nov 1, 2017, 9:31pm Top

>17 saltmanz: Who's the author? Can't be HPL himself, of course.

Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 12:56am Top

>19 Meredy: Nope, Ruthanna Emrys' Winter Tide. It's pretty brilliant.

Nov 2, 2017, 1:46am Top

Off-topic, but where's a good place to start with Lovecraft?

Nov 2, 2017, 2:33am Top

>20 saltmanz: All right! You score a major BB on me, then.

>21 cmbohn: I started with Lovecraft so long ago--as a teenager (and I'm retired now)--that I have no idea. Having read much of his work at intervals over the years, I'm now reading through his complete works chronologically in an inexpensive Kindle edition, but I would not recommend that approach. Incredibly imaginative, morbid, and erudite, with an assortment of fascinating obsessions and an extraordinary vocabulary, Lovecraft appeals to a certain kind of taste that just doesn't seem to characterize the majority of readers. There's enough of a kinship with Poe that I would say if you can't stand one, you probably can't stand the other, but it doesn't necessarily follow that if you love one you will love the other. I happen to. With that in mind, start anywhere, and don't quit at one.

Sorry for the digression.

Nov 2, 2017, 6:35am Top

>21 cmbohn: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward worked for me. If you love Dunsany a complete collection of the Dream Cycle stories might do the trick too.

Nov 2, 2017, 10:16am Top

I'm enjoying One Fine Day in an English village near the sea, in 1946.

Nov 2, 2017, 1:55pm Top

>22 Meredy: I'm sorry, what's a BB?

>21 cmbohn: If you're into ebooks, you can usually find decent "complete" collections for free or $0.99. Myself, a little over 9 years ago I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and checked out the three Arkham House collections from the library. The first two stories I read were "At the Mountains of Madness" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" which got me pretty well hooked.

Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 2:58pm Top

>25 saltmanz: a Book Bullet, a particularly annoying object that burrows into the mind and can only be relieved by reading the book. In Africa, the physical analogy is a putsi fly, which lays eggs on clean washing drying in the sun and whose larvae then burrow under the skin of the wearer until they hatch as adult flies.

Nov 2, 2017, 3:31pm Top

Thanks for all the suggestions! I loved Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, but I haven't read much of the original. I'll give him a go.

Nov 2, 2017, 3:58pm Top

In Washington, D.C. in 1942 with several thousand young women training to break Japanese military and shipping codes. Code Girls

>20 saltmanz: Winter Tide didn't work for me--I'll be interested to hear what you think when you're done.

Nov 2, 2017, 5:09pm Top

>28 Marissa_Doyle: Uh-oh...I'll wait a little, then. Like you, I'm a picky reader.

Anyway, in addition to the Lovecraft (what you might call a background process) I've got four or five other books going at the moment.

Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 11:01pm Top

Still in China, but also in France, 1600s, being very touchy and ready to pick a fight with anyone. The Three Musketeers.

Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 7:54pm Top

In Munich 1933 with a group of Australians who seem to be intent on irritating the wrong people.

Paving the New Road

Nov 3, 2017, 8:07am Top

>30 MrsLee: I loved The Three Musketeers, but I probably told you that before.

Nov 3, 2017, 9:47am Top

>32 pgmcc: Book love always bears repeating. :D

Nov 3, 2017, 1:10pm Top

On the topic of the thread, I am in Caracas with a film crew after having made a movie about two Jesuits in the jungle, upstream in A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes.

Nov 3, 2017, 1:37pm Top

Have been kind of all over the planet with my reading - The Great Naturalists took me to expeditions ends far and wide, and the stories in Writing Madness are set in many locations, but now McGrath is settling in New York; specifically Manhattan so that's where I'll be for a bit.

Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 3:24pm Top

I've been back and forth between England and France with 1,000 Years of Annoying the French, thanks to several strikes by book bullets and an interlibrary loan. Reminds me at times of an extended version of 1066 and All That, but without the illustrations.

Nov 3, 2017, 3:03pm Top

I'm also in North Korea witnessing the cinematic rise of Kim Jong-Il. And I'm in a small community in rural New Brunswick seeing a young woman grow into the ministry. I'm reading that one because of a personal connection.

>30 MrsLee: Love those hot-headed, swashbuckling lads.

>36 NorthernStar: That was one of my favorite books of the year that I read it.

Nov 4, 2017, 5:51pm Top

I'm in NYC and Lublin, Poland with the Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly.

Nov 5, 2017, 3:06am Top

Between the covers of a book, in The Pleasure of Reading. Though as the majority of the writers contributing seem insufferably pretentious, I may not stay there long.

Nov 5, 2017, 9:52am Top

And a brief visit to Pickaxe, Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, for a reread of The Cat who Dropped a Bombshell. Finished in one sitting, regrettably.

Nov 5, 2017, 9:58am Top

Just left the beginning of life on Earth.

Nov 5, 2017, 10:58pm Top

I'm in Weed, California hiding from zombies and the CDC.

I'm also somewhere in Sweden, I think. The book hasn't actually stated a city, but the author lives in Sweden.

Nov 6, 2017, 4:13am Top

I have just come off Mount Ararat having been on an expedition to find Noah's Ark in A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.

Nov 6, 2017, 6:32am Top

I’m in Baerlon scoffing at the farm boys from the Two Rivers who think this is a “real city”. ;) (The Eye of the World)

Nov 6, 2017, 8:47am Top

>42 catzteach: There are some great hiding places in the hills/mountains/canyons around Weed! Not to mention it's beauty.

Nov 7, 2017, 3:13pm Top

>45 MrsLee: Wow, it's a real place? I thought it was a joke. Or, like, the next-door neighbor's back yard.

Nov 7, 2017, 3:35pm Top

There's worse names of real places. How about Tietiesbaai for example? Apart from confirming that baai = bay, do I really have to translate?

Nov 7, 2017, 3:44pm Top

Well, I've left the world of Solium and the NPCs and entered New Orleans with new characters in The Veil

Nov 7, 2017, 5:06pm Top

In the car I'm enjoying a trip with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson while we clear a man accused of murder.

Nov 7, 2017, 11:00pm Top

>46 Meredy: Real indeed, about 70ish miles north of my town near the California-Oregon border, at the foot of Mount Shasta. My high school's arch enemies in sports, but not as enemyish as Burney.

Nov 9, 2017, 11:15am Top

I'm living with Elias and Laia in the Forest of Dusk (and feeling like a gooseberry).

Nov 9, 2017, 10:57pm Top

>46 Meredy: >50 MrsLee: I've been there. One day The Husband and I went for a drive and ended up having lunch in Weed, then driving home.

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