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Old 04-23-2013, 12:46 AM   #16351
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Just finished Hallowed Ground by Steve Savile and David Niall Wilson, jumping between audiobook and ebook.

I liked it, but it didn't wow me. I'll give either author another go at this point.

I'm going to take a mini break from audiobooks for the moment just to take a breath or two. It's great to maximise my reading time by using my ears as well as my eyes and soaking up more available moments in time, but it does start to feel a little like a bombardment after a while.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:45 AM   #16352
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And finally finished The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. I enjoyed it a great deal, but it was a very slow read. I've got almost a small novel of highlights and notes during my reading. After a break I'll go back to them and relive the highlights.

Now, I'm finally getting to Shift by Hugh Howey. I've been looking forward to devouring this one for a while, but I had to put it on hold for some other reading commitments. Now it's all mine.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #16353
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I have about 150 pages to go before the end of Winter's Heart. I keep saying I'll stop reading the Wheel of Time after the current book and then for some reason I pick up the next one. I think it's the hooks at the endings. After reading books 7-9 back to back I think I definitely need a break now.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:12 PM   #16354
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Now on to try Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits by Janet M. Tavakoli; An Amazon freebie from March 2013.
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WHEN CONTROL OF THE VATICAN IS AT STAKE—MONEY TALKS, AND NOBODY PLAYS FAIR.

Italian intelligence specialist Michael Visconte is shocked by the brutal murder of a Jesuit priest, who turns out to be a hedge fund manager for the Vatican. The victim, Father Matteo Pintozzi, achieved an unblemished record of extraordinary returns.

The next day, Michael is visited by two Jesuits who ask him to investigate the murder, and Michael soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle for power and control over the finances of the Vatican. Unfortunately, his lucky break—one that should provide critical evidence—blurs the line between good and evil and not only endangers the lives of Michael and the Jesuits, but also imperils the lives of his wife and children.

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"A word of advice Mr. Visconte. This is Vatican business. It's dangerous to forget that."

Michael Visconte never forgot the Vatican Bank's $250 million payoff to the defrauded depositors of Banco Ambrosiano or the murder of Roberto Calvi. The fresh corpse at his feet told him it was far from over. He thought he already knew the consequences of double-crossing the Vatican.

But that was before he agreed to help the Jesuits blackmail the Pope...
I've had this started since the 18th and haven't had enough time to read for any length of time. I'm only about page 80 and it is very interesting so far and it does keep me wanting to really get into it. I hope it does turn out to be really good.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:47 PM   #16355
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Decided to read SPQR by John Maddox Roberts next. I got my Latin dictionary ready. Should be fun
Interesting mystery set in Ancient Rome between period of Sulla and Julius Caesar. Lots of details about Roman politics, religion and culture. I was not aware of the concept of hospitium until now. The actual mystery part was obvious ... everyone was guilty. The Romans loved conspiracies. The book written as a memoir of an aging public official. May read the next in the series in future. Rated C- [3 stars].

Next is a change-up. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:19 PM   #16356
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I just finished Sister Teresa, a historical novel by Bárbara Mujica, inspired by Teresa of Ávila's autobiography and other writings. The novel is written as a personal testimony by one of Teresa's closest friends. As such, it doesn't show Teresa's interior thoughts as well as her actual writings. The novel does a very good job painting the atmosphere of the period, a time of extreme piety and religious tensions, when the Spanish Inquisition was obsessed with rooting out actual and perceived dissent from the Catholic Church. It was in these times when Teresa of Ávila struggled against the established religious, political and social hierarchies to express controversial ideas of inner spirituality. By the end of the book, I wanted to read it again.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:08 AM   #16357
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Next up: In Fire Forged by David Weber et al. One I think I've missed, unless I read it in paper at some point.
I've read one of the stories before, I think, but most of it was new to me. Good stuff. Well, I skipped most of the last "technical" article on ship armour.

Next: Portal by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor. A conclusion to Boundary and Threshold. Looking good so far.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:17 AM   #16358
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Just started The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #16359
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Interesting mystery set in Ancient Rome between period of Sulla and Julius Caesar. Lots of details about Roman politics, religion and culture. I was not aware of the concept of hospitium until now. The actual mystery part was obvious ... everyone was guilty. The Romans loved conspiracies. The book written as a memoir of an aging public official. May read the next in the series in future. Rated C- [3 stars].

Next is a change-up. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler.
I think I'll add that to my TBR list.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:57 PM   #16360
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I've read one of the stories before, I think, but most of it was new to me. Good stuff. Well, I skipped most of the last "technical" article on ship armour.

Next: Portal by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor. A conclusion to Boundary and Threshold. Looking good so far.
I had read Boundary, but somehow missed Threshold, though it was in my Calibre library. So now I've finished a re-read of Boundary (I'd forgotten too much) and am mid-way through Threshold. With Portal to follow. Overall, I've enjoyed this series, though I'm not sure it has any further legs than the third.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:46 PM   #16361
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Sabotage in Space was another fun Space Opera that I enjoyed immensely and (I'm sorry to say) the last of the books in the Tom Corbett Omnibus. Thanks again for the Omnibus, Harry!

Cursed Was a great read and IMHO even better than its predecessor, Fated! I'll definitely be reading the subsequent books in this series!

Now on to Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion (Nancy Drew #18) by Carolyn Keene and since there's been discussion of this author here lately and since I've seen the movie and enjoyed it I also chose The General's Daughter (Paul Brenner #1) by Nelson DeMille.
The versions of the Nancy Drew Mysteries that are available in the 21st century have all been updated back in 1971. The updated material is pretty easy to identify and usually I find these updates to be mostly unobtrusive. But Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion seemed to be almost all an updated/rewritten story. I think this is a shame. I read them to experience nostalga about the 40's and 50's, not the 70's! Oh well, the next one may be better.

The General's Daughter was a really enjoyable read and I've added Nelson DeMille to my interesting author list.

Next, because my Grandson keeps asking how I like this or that about this series he recommended (Kingdom Keepers, I've only read the first one of them so far), I'm going to be reading Disney at Dawn (Kingdom Keepers #2) by Ridley Pearson and also, a freebie from Amazon I've had sitting around a while now, One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mysteries #1) by Rod Hoisington.

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IPortal by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor. A conclusion to Boundary and Threshold. Looking good so far.
And it was fun, but somehow not completely engaging. I didn't really feel for any of the characters, or the peril they were in.


Next up: Moonsinger's Quest by Andre Norton. An omnibus follow-up to Moonsinger, which Baen published in 2008 or so.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:26 AM   #16363
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I finished Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card last night. I was a little bit worried about it, given how my opinion of the author has plummeted in the 20 years since I read Ender's Game but I ended up liking it quite a bit. It's really just the story of a family with problems. The big reveal about the aliens was obvious to me from the start, and Ender's genius often seems to revolve around pointing out things that other people really should have noticed ages ago, but for all that it is a decent story and the characters feel real.

I have no intention of reading the third book, or any of the many follow-ups and spin-offs.

That leaves me with just 5 Hugo winners to read, and next up I'm planning to read another one: Double Star by Robert A Heinlein. Good Heinlein rather than Bad Heinlein, I hope. I think I might just get all of them done before the next winner is announced. Unless I decide to vote this year, and suddenly have a lot more reading to do.

I've been reading the final 9 Hugo winners in reverse order of how much I expected to enjoy them: Stranger in a Strange Land, Foundation's Edge, Hominids, Speaker for the Dead and now Double Star. I'd probably swap Foundation's Edge and Hominids, and it's possible that Speaker will rise a few places. I don't think anything I ever read will be worse than Stranger. (I didn't like it.)
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I finished Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card last night. I was a little bit worried about it, given how my opinion of the author has plummeted in the 20 years since I read Ender's Game but I ended up liking it quite a bit. It's really just the story of a family with problems. The big reveal about the aliens was obvious to me from the start, and Ender's genius often seems to revolve around pointing out things that other people really should have noticed ages ago, but for all that it is a decent story and the characters feel real.
Thanks for that. I've only ever read Ender's Game and I recently bought Speaker for the Dead in case I could tempt myself with reading it.
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Orson Scott Card is one of those 'love his work, hate the author' type of relationships. I've enjoyed most of what he's put out and the Formic War series he co-authors with Aaron Johnston is also very good; at least the first one was.
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