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Old 08-18-2013, 09:56 PM   #17431
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I completed two books today. The first was A Cruel Deceit by Lauren Haney, sixth in her series of historical mysteries set in ancient Egypt. I picked up the last three in the series for only $0.99 each from Amazon and I'll be starting the next one in the series tomorrow. The second book was Forest Born by Shannon Hale. This is the fourth (of four) in her Tales of Bayern series. I've read all of them as audio books. These are recorded by Bruce Coville's Full Cast Audio productions. I'm currently reading Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi and will be re-reading Little Fuzzy (by H Beam Piper and converted by JSWolf for the MobileRead Library) for comparison.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #17432
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Going to be starting Dust by Hugh Howey tonight.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:53 AM   #17433
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I finished Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore in the morning. Ir really liked it, this was a pleasure to read sentence after sentence.
Now, I'll start A Feast for Crows. I was expecting to be done with it by the end of August, but I'm pretty sure it will more likely be in the first half of September
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:00 PM   #17434
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Next up is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I keep hearing good things about it but I didn't enjoy the one short by him that I read earlier this year. We will see.
Much better than the previous Gaiman I had read. Very much enjoyed this one.

Now onto Dust by Hugh Howey. I almost interrupted American Gods to read this when it came out on Saturday, but decided I should just read one at a time since I was close on AG.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:36 PM   #17435
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I'm about 40% through Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa. I've had the hardcover for years and never read it because of the size and weight of the tome. It's great to read it as an e-book and it is indeed a very good book.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:23 PM   #17436
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Finished the hugely hyped The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I don't know if I'm just too old and jaded for YA novels, but it just didn't work for me. Great premise, good characters, but it felt too contrived. And the aliens seemed to be complete idiots. (Full review on my blog)
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:05 PM   #17437
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I finished Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore in the morning. Ir really liked it, this was a pleasure to read sentence after sentence.
Now, I'll start A Feast for Crows. I was expecting to be done with it by the end of August, but I'm pretty sure it will more likely be in the first half of September
My mistake: I'm going to start reading A Storm of Swords, not the next installment
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:36 PM   #17438
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My mistake: I'm going to start reading A Storm of Swords, not the next installment
Yes, it's very important to read A Storm of Swords before A Feast for Crows!
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:08 PM   #17439
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IAnd now: Firefight Y2K by Dean Ing. Another of my long-ago Baen purchases. I think HarryT read it recently and liked it. Let's see how I find it....
I liked it pretty well. It turns out I have read it before - I remembered one or two of the stories quite well. Some fun stories, but the fact articles are indeed a bit dull.

Next up: Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp. This is the Phoenix Pick edition, with stories by other writers included. Bought last month.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:32 PM   #17440
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I finally finished a fun steampunk adventure, Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (I just had to stop in the middle of it to read Magic Rises )

After reading a few romances (both good and bad) I'm now reading Leviathan Wakes. Space opera and mystery in space. It alternates chapters from two POV, and at first I thought it chopped up the story a bit to much, but now I like the two viewpoints switching so often.

It's supposed to have a less than stellar ending, but I'm not there yet, and so far I like it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #17441
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I'm reading one of those books you always meant to read, but never got around to it, but it is a classic and you should have read it .....

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, and I have to say "mmemmmphh" - I'm not real impressed at all, by either the story or the writing ... I'll finish it, but I don't think I really missed anything here. There are some striking uses of tropical imagery, but the story line, dialogue, and plot are really unimpressive. Especially when you consider the obeah story lines. Sigh ...
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:11 PM   #17442
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After 80 pages I gave up on Gridlinked by Neal Asher. Ian Cormac disconnected from the Grid and I from this book. It boiled down to psychopath chases flawed agent.

Next, from the library, Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #17443
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Next, from the library, Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.
Might take a bit to get into this one, don't give up too quickly and you'll be rewarded with a fun and quirky read. The sequel is supposed to be published this year.

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Old 08-20-2013, 10:42 PM   #17444
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After 80 pages I gave up on Gridlinked by Neal Asher. Ian Cormac disconnected from the Grid and I from this book.
I didn't mind this book. It was my first Asher. However, it didn't impress me enough to want to read any more, so it was also my last Asher.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:33 AM   #17445
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I didn't mind this book. It was my first Asher. However, it didn't impress me enough to want to read any more, so it was also my last Asher.
Same here. I don't know if it's just a bad place to start, since I often see him recommended and know a couple of fans, but I just didn't get enough out of it to want more.
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