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Old 06-27-2014, 09:25 PM   #20056
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The last couple of Safehold books have been quite good; lots of action and not much info-dump.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:23 PM   #20057
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Just finished His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue by Wesley Allison. It felt a bit different from the two before it. Certain threads were not tied up quite as neat, and for this reason I feel this was written partly as a springboard to the next installment; surely there will be unpleasant consequences yet to come from events that took place in this one. Without giving away too much, I think it safe to assume that people will tend to raise an eyebrow when they discover an A.I. has violated the first of the Three Laws of Robotics.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:26 PM   #20058
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Is there any truth to the rumor that the abridged audio-recording of Doughnut is called Don't?
The abridged audiobook of Doughnut is called Munchkin.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:31 PM   #20059
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Also, I'm reading some Star Trek graphic novels, based on the recent movies.
There are no Star Trek graphic novels. Those are comic books.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:34 PM   #20060
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I just started "Taken in Death" by J.D Robb today and I am hooked!
I highly suggest you STOP reading Taken in Death. This is a series that should be read in the order it was written. If you read out of order, you can end up spoiling things. And there are places in the series where it is needed to have read certain books before others. So read in order.

Here is the order to read them in...http://www.jdrobb.com/pdfs/0-Chronol...eries-2014.pdf

If you have already read Taken in Death, please forget everything you've read.

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Old 06-27-2014, 11:36 PM   #20061
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Just finished His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue by Wesley Allison. It felt a bit different from the two before it. Certain threads were not tied up quite as neat
I didn't know you were into reading books about bondage.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:00 AM   #20062
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There are no Star Trek graphic novels. Those are comic books.
Yup, they are comic books...but several of them collected together in one volume=graphic novel.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:36 AM   #20063
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Not even the slashfic?
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:01 AM   #20064
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Next up: Night Moves by Walter Jon Williams. A cheap SF reprint I picked up in October 2013. Quite fun, and I want to see what happens, but I'm unsure the writer can resolve things in a way I'll be happy with. We'll see.
Hmmm... it was OK. But the main character deliberately does one dreadful thing that doesn't seem to bother him or get mentioned much in the story, which did surprise me. I thought more would have been made of the point.

Next I read Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia. Much more gets revealed about Agent Franks, although the start is a bit confusing in the ebook (I suspect it's clearer on paper). And lots of monster killing action, of course.


And now on to Analog SFF, September 2014 edited by Trevor Quachri.

Whoops - I've read that one already. Now on to A Rare Benedictine by Ellis Peters. this was on offer at the Kobo store earlier this month, and I got it for free thanks to a £1 off coupon!

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Old 06-28-2014, 05:15 AM   #20065
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Just finished "Mrs McGinty's Dead" by Agatha Christie. This was her 52nd book, and was originally published in 1952. A man has been convicted of the murder of his landlady, Mrs McGinty, in a small village, and is due to be hanged shortly, but Superintendent Spence, the police officer in charge of the investigation, is not satisfied that he is guilty, and asks his old friend, Hercule Poirot, to conduct an unofficial investigation. Poirot believes that she was murdered because she recognised one of four women who were previously involved in notorious murder cases, but which one?

Enjoyable, but not one of Christie's best, to my mind.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:42 AM   #20066
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I've been a bit lax about reading the last few weeks (work + football add up to little reading time), but the last book I read is Joe Abercrombie's Half a King (I got the eARC of that one), which should officially be out next week or so.

I haven't read any of Abercrombie's adult fantasy yet, but based on this book, I'm pretty sure I will give it a try (especially since I have the First Law trilogy bought already).

It's YA, and the main character's a boy - it's very much a coming-of-age story (in a Viking-like, fantasy-light but battle-rich world) - but I really don't think people who usually like gritty adult fantasy should be put off by that. After a slightly tedious beginning, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit, in spite of this not being my main go-to genre.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:34 PM   #20067
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Just finished Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, based on a reco by Section8 and what a fascinating read. Very hard to put down
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Among my few all-time favorite books. Flowers for Algernon and Lonesome Dove are the only two novels I read every 5 years or so and it always feels like visiting a dear old friend.
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I'd like to read that. I saw the movie 'Charlie' which was based on it many years ago and it stuck with me. But I'm also trying to economize these days as befits my still fairly new retiree status, so I think on July 1, when I become eligible for another Amazon Prime loan, I'll check to see if that one's available. If not, I'll jut buy it outright. I think it's only about $6.
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I think this thread is also great for checking out some books I've never heard off before!
Indeed. My "want to read" list keeps getting longer and longer.

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"The Dance of Time" by Eric Flint and David Drake. The 6th and final book in the "Belisarius" alternate history/military SF series. An excellent and satisfying end to one of the best military SF series around. I strongly recommend the entire series to any SF lover who hasn't yet read it. The 6 books are available in three omnibus editions from Baen.
That reminds me -- I have these books on hand. I just need to carve out time for them.

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Next up: Crown of Renewal by Elizabeth Moon. It's looking good - I suspect it may keep me up late tonight. This is the last in this series, so I'm hopeful that it will resolve lots of plot lines.
Hmm... Which series is this? I like Elizabeth Moon's fantasy (Paks!) so I think I need to track down this series.

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Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan. It's easily the best book I've read so far this year; very thought provoking and charming.
Love to hear such a positive recommendation. I like SF and time travel, so I'm adding this to the "want to read" list. Unfortunately, I think my kids will find that the list is still very long upon my demise.

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But I'm also trying to economize these days as befits my still fairly new retiree status, so I think on July 1, when I become eligible for another Amazon Prime loan, I'll check to see if that one's available.
I'm stocking up now for my upcoming retirement (2015 or 2016, I think). And to practice for retirement, I put myself on a book-buying freeze this year. I'm only purchasing books with gift certificates, and I point people to my Amazon wish list so they can gift me books for my Kindle.
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