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Old 11-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #14566
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Finished Zepheria's Call. Enjoyed it, and I'll definitely be reading the next one whenever it comes out. That being said, however, in Zepheria's Call, the character of Tanith Fairport develops some more, and we get additional characters joining the plot, but overall, the plot doesn't really get us very far. There is less happening here than in Ravenwood, and overall it felt transitional. That's not all bad, but it definitely stopped well before I was ready for it to, with an overall feeling of not being as fully thought out as Ravenwood. While I'd give Ravenwood a 5, I can't really get past about 3.5 out of 5 for Zepheria's Call. Worth my time, but not compelling.
Finished the final version of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (I had read the eArc). Time for a bit of a break, so reading one of my Georgette Heyer's, Charity Girl.
(Meanwhile, listening to Nine Princes in Amber)
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #14567
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Oh, yeah. This [Aubrey - Maturin] is a series that keeps growing on you as the characters develop and change over time. I've read them all several times, both as physical books and audio books. And I'm about ready to return to them.
Very true about the characters evolution, even in 3 books.

What I don't understand is how come I've not found these books before in 20 years of reading books in English.
And the weird thing thing is that these books are slower paced than what I usually read but they still captivate me (I'm only getting 6 hours of sleep because of them).

Anyway, this is probably going to become one of my 5-6 favourite series that I read every two years or so.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:47 PM   #14568
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Not sure how you could have missed them, but I remember my first finding them. The hard part was convincing my DW to try them. ("Oh, right, you want me to read about torture, abuse and buggery on the high seas. Sure. ") Half way through Master and Commander she was hooked. Her favourite character, of course, was Steven.

You have a delightful set of books ahead of you. It's only sad that there can be no more.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:04 PM   #14569
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I don't know why I just put a 20-book series on my TBR list. The blame's on you, CRussel.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:23 PM   #14570
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Next is another indie effort. The Puppet Maker's Bones by Alisa Tangredi. I'm quite interested in this one as the sample was intriguing. I'm not 100% sure if it's meant to be a horror or fantasy - or both.
OK - finished this one. I'm going to lean towards fantasy, but it has a really depressing, dark side to it.

The story is constructed really well and is quite fresh to me. I liked the originality of the approach. It's not a fast mover by any stretch. The whole story is really in one act and the rest of the book is back-story, but it's intriguing how the history of one Pavel Trusnik is revealed to the reader.

I've given this 5 stars on Goodreads and I haven't decided on my review site whether it will get the full 5 stars or 4 and a half stars. But regardless, I would highly recommend this story.

Next up is the literary book club read for this month. We by Yevgeny Yamyatin. I've been eager to sink my teeth into this one since a work colleague recommended it. The grandfather of dystopian fiction? Of course I want to read it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:08 AM   #14571
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I don't know why I just put a 20-book series on my TBR list. The blame's on you, CRussel.
Well, I think you'll enjoy them. I'm not a sailor, so much of the technical aspects of a square rigged ship are beyond me, but it doesn't matter at all. These are great on multiple levels.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:22 AM   #14572
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Well, I think you'll enjoy them. I'm not a sailor, so much of the technical aspects of a square rigged ship are beyond me, but it doesn't matter at all. These are great on multiple levels.
I've enjoyed them all and still have few to read and I've got more books on my TBR list than you've had hot dinners!
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:03 AM   #14573
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"Agent of Change" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

The first book in the "Liaden" series. Reasonable SF, but I wasn't blown away by it, which is slightly disappointing, since I've heard so many good things about this series. I'll stick with it - perhaps it'll get better.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:14 AM   #14574
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Taking a break from Kate Mosse's "Citadel", which is very good but I'm simply not in the mood for historical fiction right now. I've started reading "Dark Hollow" by John Connolly and liking it immensely (20% in), a big improvement on the first book of the Charlie Parker series.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:59 PM   #14575
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"Agent of Change" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

The first book in the "Liaden" series. Reasonable SF, but I wasn't blown away by it, which is slightly disappointing, since I've heard so many good things about this series. I'll stick with it - perhaps it'll get better.
As a single book, less interesting than the Universe as a whole. It's hard for me to separate out what I thought about my first Liaden book, since I've read all of them several times. But I think it's something that grows with deeper immersion. It's all about the characters, more than action.

You might find a couple of earlier ones, the so called "Space Regencies", a good place to try. "Local Custom" and "Scout's Progress" (which has "Mouse and Dragon" as a direct sequel.) These are unabashedly Heyer-esque. And not particularly dependent on other books in the series.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:16 PM   #14576
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While watching football last weekend I read Playing for Pizza by John Grisham as a test of iBooks on my iPad mini as an eReader. Light read, like eating popcorn while watching tv. iBooks was fine.

Finally got around to reading Friday The Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman, bought earlier in the year in a movie themed sale by Rosetta Books. All the descriptions of rabbinical stuff were fascinating, I almost forgot there was a mystery to solve, which the rabbi did with aplomb. I promptly snagged the next in the series, Saturday The Rabbi... from Kobo using a 30% off promo code.

Currently in the middle of the first Elvis Cole novel, The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais. I listened to one of the later books from Audible earlier in the year and enjoyed the deadpan wit. There were bad reviews about the narrators of the earlier books so I thought I'd read them instead.

I should be reading bookclub selections, but I'm just not in the mood so I'll probably continue my mystery binge.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:03 AM   #14577
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Finally got around to reading Friday The Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman, bought earlier in the year in a movie themed sale by Rosetta Books. All the descriptions of rabbinical stuff were fascinating, I almost forgot there was a mystery to solve, which the rabbi did with aplomb. I promptly snagged the next in the series, Saturday The Rabbi... from Kobo using a 30% off promo code.
It's a great series. I have them all in paperback, but can't justify gtting them in ebook at the moment. I highly recommend them.


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Now I am reading the Analog.
Also a good issue.

Then I read Mindbridge by Joe Haldeman, a 1976 novel published just a couple of years after The Forever War. I do wonder whether it was written before The Forever War.

It was a good read, but I prefer my SF with one impossible thing, not three or more. Wow — I bought this one over four years ago!

Next up: The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley. A collection of shorter works.
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I'm reading "The Old Dick," a nice PI novel from 1982, by L.A. Morse.

Good old stuff.



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I'm reading "The Old Dick," a nice PI novel from 1982, by L.A. Morse.

Good old stuff.

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