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Old 08-01-2013, 07:49 PM   #17296
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I have an old paperback of Titan and borrowed a copy of Moonseed from a friend...I have yet to read either but I don't think the NASA trilogy is a trilogy in the beginning, middle, end sense. They seem to be totally separate stories that may take place in the same world with the same companies/characters/etc.

Please correct me if I am wrong, if so I will be sure to start with Voyage.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #17297
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I have an old paperback of Titan and borrowed a copy of Moonseed from a friend...I have yet to read either but I don't think the NASA trilogy is a trilogy in the beginning, middle, end sense. They seem to be totally separate stories that may take place in the same world with the same companies/characters/etc.

Please correct me if I am wrong, if so I will be sure to start with Voyage.
I'm not able to provide an answer as I've not yet read any of them.

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It's only a "trilogy" in the sense that Mr Baxter wrote three novels whose storyline is set within NASA. They are totally different and unrelated books, and can be read in any order.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:33 AM   #17299
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I have an old paperback of Titan and borrowed a copy of Moonseed from a friend...I have yet to read either but I don't think the NASA trilogy is a trilogy in the beginning, middle, end sense. They seem to be totally separate stories that may take place in the same world with the same companies/characters/etc.

Please correct me if I am wrong, if so I will be sure to start with Voyage.
You're not wrong. They are distinct and unrelated books. I read "Voyage" a few weeks ago, and I enjoyed it more than "Titan", although both are excellent.

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:33 AM   #17300
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I read Cinnamon and very heartwrenching and excellent tale. Plenty of humor, bloodshed (they are pirates, after all), great characters, and descriptions of strange foods.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:41 AM   #17302
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Next up: Dark Fire by C J Sansom. Looking good.
Which was an excellent Tudor mystery. I've even bought the next in the series using a Kobo voucher.

Next I read "But As A Soldier, For His Country" a freebie by Stephen Goldin. Essentially a short story, it's unnecessary (but good) if you've read his Eternity Brigade, which explores the same idea at greater length.

Now I'm onto one of Baen's August bundle, that I bought in July: Tour of Duty by Michael Z. Williamson. A collection of his short stories (most/all Mil SF).
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:44 AM   #17303
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I decided to try Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. It's evidently an early title in the Liaden series and currently free to download. It's a bit of a struggle for me but I'm hoping to finish it.
Do persist. As I recall it does drop you into the action without much hand-holding, so you have to struggle a bit to work out what's going on.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:35 AM   #17304
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Just finished "The Blue Train" by Agatha Christie. This was her 9th book, and was originally published in 1928.

In this book, Poirot investigates the murder of a woman and the theft of some fabulous emeralds on a luxury train running from Paris to Nice - the "Blue Train" of the title. An excellent story, and a welcome return to form after the dreadful "The Big Four", her previous novel.

Highly recommended.
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Since Roddy Doyle's The Guts is being released next week, I'm re-reading The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van as a refresher on the Rabbittes.
Finished The Snapper. Great dialogue, and the book shows how much Doyle was developing as a writer moving on from The Commitments. I really looking forward to seeing what he does with Jimmy Rabbitte Jr in middle age in The Guts. On to The Van.
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Finished Pacific Glory by P.T.Deutermann. The book has a thrilling climax at the Battle off Samar (battle of Leyte Gulf), told from the perspectives of a USN destroyer commander (the novel's main character) and a SBD pilot off an escort carrier.
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Just finished "The Big Four" by Agatha Christie.

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I honestly cannot recommend this except to the Christie "completist".
I did warn you!

"A stinker." is how I described it.
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Finished Pacific Glory by P.T.Deutermann. The book has a thrilling climax at the Battle off Samar (battle of Leyte Gulf), told from the perspectives of a USN destroyer commander (the novel's main character) and a SBD pilot off an escort carrier.
I read this a couple of years ago. It is a good read and I will have to read it again.
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I did warn you!

"A stinker." is how I described it.
But you can't skip it if you're trying to read the whole set.

Interestingly, Blue Train was one of Christie's own least favourites, but it's not easy to see from the outside that she was having a tough time writing it. It's way better than Big Four.

(Also, as predicted, HarryT has caught me up. I can't even press on with Seven Dials until I've read Secret of Chimneys.)
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But you can't skip it if you're trying to read the whole set.
Absolutely!
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