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1) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Guant's Ghosts book eight Traitor General by Dan Abnett
2) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Guant's Ghosts book nine His Last Command by Dan Abnett
3) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Guant's Ghosts book ten Armor of Contempt by Dan Abnett
4) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Guant's Ghosts book twelve The Iron Star by Dan Abnett
5) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Guant's Ghosts book eleven Only in Death by Dan Abnett
6) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines Book two Warriors of Ultramar by Graham Mc Neil
7) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Guant's Ghosts Volume thirteen Blood Pact by Dan Abnett
8) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Guant's Ghosts Volume fifteen Salvations Reach by Grham Mc Neil
9) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Ultra Marines book three Dead Sky Black Sun by Gram Mc Neil
10) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Ultra Marines Volume four Killing Grounds by Gram Mc Neil
11) Black library Warhammer 40,000 Ultra Marines volume five Courage and Honor by Gram Mc Neil
12) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Sisters of Battle volume one Faith and Fire by Jerry Swallow
13) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Sister's of Battle volume two Hammer and Anvil by Jerry Swallow
14) Black Library War Hammer 40,000 Dark Eledar volume on Path of the Renegade by Andy Boot
15) Black Library War Hammer 40,000 Pawns of Chaos by Brian Craig
16) Black Library War Hammer 40,000 Tomb of Fire book one Salamander by Nik Kyme
17) Mack Bolan Executioner # 411 Cold Fusion by Andy Boot
18) Oulands Savage Dawn by Douglas Wojtowicz
19) 1633 Galileo Affair by Eric Flint
20) Mack Bolan saga Stony Man #123 Perilous Skies by Tom Somheil
21) Honor Harringtion Volume 14 Shadow of Freedom by David Weber
22) Mack Bolan saga Super Bolan volume 156 Escalation Tactic by Jerry Van Cook
23) Mack Bolan Executioner volume 413 Double Cross by Douglas P Wojtowicz
24) Deathlands volume 209 Chrono Spasm by Rik Hoskins
25) Discworld Book one Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
26) Mack Bolan Executioner Volume 413 Double Cross by Douglas Wojtowicz
27) The Other President by ENJ Carter.
28) Sword of Truth Volume 12 The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
29) Mack Bolan Super Bolan volume # 157 Crisis Diplomacy by Phil Elmore
30) Mack Bolan Stony Man volume #124 Nuclear Intent by Mike Linaker
31) Mack Bolan Executioner volume # 414 Prison Code by Chuck Rogers
32) Merkari Wars book one Hard Duty
33) Deathlands book 110 Sins of Honor by Nick Poletta
34) Outlands book 65 Sorrow Space by Rik Hoskins
35) Dreamland volume one Waking in Dream Land by Jody Lynn Nye
36) Mack Bolan saga Super Bolan # 154 Apocalypse Ark by Mike Newton
37) When Diplomacy Fails by Michael Z. Wiliamson
38) Safehold volume one Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
39) Shifter book one Draw one in the Dark by Sarah Hoyt
40) Mack Bolan saga Stony Man # 125 Counter Force by Mat Kozar
41) Shifter book three Noha's Boy by Sara Hoyt
42) Mack Bolan Saga Executioner volume 416 Extraction by Russell Davis
43) Mack Bolan saga Super Bolan # 159 Lethal Stakes by Tim Tresslar
44) Papal Stakes by Eric Flint
45) Grimnor Chronicles volume three Warbound by Larry Coriea
46) Death Lands Storm Breakers by Victor Milan
47) Safehold volume two By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber
48) Mack Bolan saga Executioner book 417 Rogue Assault by Mike Newton
49) Jason Thanou series volume three Pirates of the Time Streaam by Steve White
50) James Axleer Outlands book 68 Immortal Twwilight by Rick Hoskins
51) Darkship series book one Dark Ship thieves by Sarah Hoyt
52) Mack Bolan Saga Stony Man book 126 Persipice by Phil Elmore
53) Darkship series book two Darship Renegades by Sarah Hoyt
54) Safehold series book three by Hersis Distresed by David Weber
55) Mack Bolan saga Executioner volume 418 Viral Siege by Mike Linaker
56) Black Tide Rising series book one Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo
57) Death Lands book # 112 Dark Fathoms by John Helfers
58) Himmler's War by John Conroy
59) Dirk Pitt Adventures volume 19 Treasures of Kahn by Clive Cussler
60) Mack Bolan saga Blood Money book one, Super Bolan colume 160 Illicit Supply by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
61) Star Kingdom volume three Tree Cat Wars by David Weber
62) The Legand of Magda Sirus by Terry Goodkind
63) Dane Maddock series volume three Quest by David Wood
64) Black Library Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines volume 15 Death of Integrity by Guy Haley
65) Mack Bolan Saga, executioner volume 430 Rebel Burst by Andy Boot
66) Dane Maddock Book three Icefall by David Wood
67) 1633 series book four eastern front by erick flint
68) Dirk Pitt Adventures book twenty-one Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
69) God's Lion's Book two House of Acerbi by John Lyman
70) God's Lion's Book three the Dark Ruin by John Lyman
71) God's Lion's Book four Realm of Evil by John Lyman
72) Mack Bolan Stony Man 128 Revolution Device by Tim Tresslar
73) Scot Harvath volume eight The Apostle by Brad Thor
74) Pendegrast Book four Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincon Child
Page Count = 28,253
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Join Date: Nov 2006
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To record the books I read in 2013.
Books read for pleasure:
"Can Anyone Hear Me?: Testing Times with Test Match Special on Tour" by Peter Baxter. Completed 3/1/13.
Probably not of the slightest interest to anyone who's not a cricket fan, this was, for me, a wonderful book. It's the memoirs of Peter Baxter, the man who was the producer for 34 years of BBC radio's long-running "Test Match Special" commentary programme on English cricket "Test Matches" (ie international cricket matches between England and other countries.) Extremely amusing and well-written. I bought it for 99p in the Amazon UK "12 days of Kindle" sale.
"The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes" by Mike Ashley. Completed 12/1/13.
A superb anthology of mysteries of the "locked-room" variety. Very good indeed, and it's introduced me to a number of new authors whose work I shall certainly investigate further. Highly recommended if this type of mystery story appeals to you.
"Skyfall" by Harry Harrison. Completed 13/1/13.
"Prometheus" is the largest rocket ever built - a joint US/Soviet mission to place a solar power generator in orbit. But something goes wrong after launch, and the spacecraft is left in a decaying orbit, with only a day until it re-enters the atmosphere and falls to Earth with potentially catastrophic consequences. Can the crew restart the engines and save things? A very good read - thoroughly enjoyable. A little spoilt by the fact that it's full of OCR errors. I've written to the publisher to complain.
"Hand in Glove" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 18/1/13.
The 22nd book in Ngaio Marsh's "Inspector Alleyn" series. Not a very taxing story: a man is found dead in a ditch after a treasure hunt at a party, and Alleyn must find the murderer. Marsh's usual interesting cast of characters make it a worthwhile read. Enjoyable, but nothing special.
"When Worlds Collide", by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie. Completed 21/1/13.
Excellent 1933 "end of the world" novel. A rogue planet is discovered on a collision course with Earth. Can scientists build a spaceship to save some people, as civilisation collapses?
"Terminal Freeze" by Lincoln Child. Completed 24/1/13.
I very much enjoyed this - a classic "hunt to kill a nasty monster before it kills you" story. Ludicrously implausible, of course, but fun to read.
"The Wench is Dead" by Colin Dexter. Completed 26/1/13.
An absolutely excellent book, and one which I thoroughly recommend. Morse is in hospital, suffering from a stomach ulcer. While there, he reads a book about a murder which occurred on an Oxford canal in 1860, where a woman passenger on a canal boat was found drowned, and the boatmen hanged for her murder. Convinced that a miscarriage of justice took place, he sets out to try and find out what really happened on that long-ago day.
"Blasphemy" by Douglas Preston. Completed 29/1/13.
A very enjoyable thriller. The US has built the world's largest particle accelerator, to probe the secrets of the Big Bang. A Christian fundamentalism preacher starts a campaign against it, claiming that the research is blasphemy because it denies the existence of God. The book has a real "sting in the tail" which I didn't see coming at all. Recommended.
"Dead Water" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 1/2/13.
The 23rd book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series, originally published in 1963. Alleyn investigates the death of a woman on a small island at a spring with reputed healing powers. Very enjoyable - the best in the series for quite a few books, to my mind. As with all of Ngaio Marsh's books, it's the characters rather than the crime which make the book worth reading. Recommended.
"How Firm a Foundation" by David Webber. Completed 17/2/13.
The 5th book in the "Safehold" series. A long book (it's taken me 16 days to read it, but very satisfying. The "Safehold" series is slow-paced, but I'm really enjoying it, and can't wait for the next book to be released in the UK (it's already out in the US).
"The Accidental Time Machine" by Joe Haldeman. Completely 18/2/13.
I really enjoyed this one. A fun, classic time-travel story. A graduate student at MIT accidentally builds a time machine, but the problem is that it will only take him forwards in time. He has to travel further and further into the future, looking for a society which has the technology to send him back to his own time again. Well worth reading.
"At Home" by Bill Bryson. Completed 25/2/13.
A look at the history of the modern home, and how each room ended up the way it has done. Interesting and informative.
"Impact" by Douglas Preston. Completed 28/2/13.
The third book in the "Wyman Ford" series. A ridiculous mixture of bad SF and corny thriller. One to be avoided.
"Death at the Dolphin" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 3/3/13.
The 24th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. This book, like many in the series, is set in the world of the theatre. An attempt is made to steal a priceless glove, made by William Shakespeare for his young son Hamnett, from the Dolphin theatre where it's on display, during which attempt a watchman at the theatre dies. Alleyn must solve the mystery. As with all the books in this series, the crime really forms only the background to the novel - it's the wonderful characters that are the reason to read it, so very different from the flat, two-dimensional characters of Agatha Christie. A very good read.
"Hunting Party" by Elizabeth Moon. Completed 6/3/13.
The first book in the "Heris Serrano" series. Heris Serrano gets a job as the Captain of the wealthy old lady's pleasure yacht after being forced to resign from the Regular Space Service, but life in the civilian world proves more challenging than she had expected. Star ships and fox hunting. Great fun!
"Death of a Gossip" by M.C. Beaton. Completed 7/3/13.
The first book in the "Hamish Macbeth" series. A quick read, but very enjoyable. An odious woman who seems to know the darkest secrets of everyone else is murdered while attending a fishing course in the Scottish Highlands. Everyone had a motive for her death, but who actually killed her?
"Sporting Chance" by Elizabeth Moon. Completed 9/3/13.
The 2nd book in the "Heris Serrano" series. This follows directly on from the previous book. Lady Cecilia has been put into a coma by her enemies; Heris must try to save her life and, at the same time, carry out a secret mission for the King which makes her an outlaw in the eyes of the world. Very enjoyable.
"Clutch of Constables" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 14/3/13.
This was perhaps the best book in the entire series so far for me. I can't put my finger on any one thing - it just gripped me from start to finish. Interesting story and good characters. The story is told in "flashback", as Alleyn gives a lecture to trainee police officers at a police training college. He tells the story of the mysterious events which unfolded when his artist wife, Troy, went on a river cruise, and how it led to the capture of a major international criminal. Very, very highly recommended.
"Winning Colors" by Elizabeth Moon. Completed 16/3/13.
The 3rd book in the Heris Serrano series by Elizabeth Moon. This book is essentially the third part of a trilogy which began with "Hunting Party" and continued with "Sporting Chance". Very enjoyable SF. This continues my goal of reading more of the very early Baen books I've bought; this one dates from the late '90s.
"When in Rome" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 23/3/13.
The 26th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series, originally published in 1968. Alleyn is posing as a tourist in Rome, on the trail of a British drug smuggler believed to be operating from their. The supposed smuggler is operating an exclusive tour company, and Alleyn joins the tour, only for tragedy to follow.
As with the previous book in the series, "Clutch of Constables", this is a superb book, one of the best in the series. Marvellously atmospheric and a fascinating cast of characters, all of whom it seems (in the finest "Agatha Christie" tradition) have their reason for wanting to commit murder. But what a contrast this is to Agatha Christie, with her cardboard 2-dimensional characters. Marsh's characters are "real people" whom you can empathise with. Thoroughly recommended.
"Magician" by Raymond Feist. Completed 30/3/13.
The fantasy classic. Stood up to re-reading very well indeed.
"Tied Up in Tinsel" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 5/4/13.
The 27th book in the Inspector Alleyn Series. Alleyn's wife, Troy, is spending Christmas at the home of an eccentric millionaire all of those domestic staff are former murderers. Inevitably, there is a murder, but who did it? A bit far-fetched. Not one of the better ones in the series.
"Once a Hero" by Elizabeth Moon. Completed 9/4/13.
The 4th book in the "Serrano" series. In this book the focus shifts to Esmay Suiza, who we encountered as a minor character in the previous book in the series. Very good military SF. Very much enjoyed this one.
"Black as He's Painted" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 14/4/13.
The 28th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. The British ambassador to a newly emerged black African country is murdered at an embassy party in mysterious circumstances, and Alleyn investigates. A truly excellent story, although some of the racial attitudes will be jarring to a modern reader.
"Rules of Engagement" by Elizabeth Moon. Completed 18/4/13.
The 5th book is the "Serrano" series. Esmay, a gifted Fleet officer, and Brun, daughter of the Speaker of the Grand Council, have much in common, but their enmity is the talk of the base. When Brun falls into the hands of a fanatical religious militia group, Esmay finds herself in disgrace, suspected of conniving in the abduction. Excellent.
"Lion in the Valley" by Elizabeth Peters. Completed 23/4/13.
The 4th book in the "Amelia Peabody" series. The moonlight abduction of Amelia Peabody's son Rameses, and an expedition cursed by misfortune and death, have alerted her to her arch-enemy whose quest is vengenance on Amelia who has sworn to deliver him to justice. And yet again the lives of her husband and son rest in the hands of Amelia. Very good.
"Last Ditch" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 30/4/13.
The 29th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. A young woman is killed apparently accidentally in a horse-riding accident, and Alleyn son, now a young writer, is on hand to witness the events. But was it really an accident? Pretty good, although not up to the standards of the previous book.
"Voyage" by Stephen Baxter. Completed 5/5/13.
An "alternate history" book telling the story of a NASA mission to Mars. Absolutely superb.
"Change of Command" by Elizabeth Moon. Completed May 2013.
The 6th book in the "Serrano" series. A direct sequel to "Rules of Engagement. Good solid SF.
"Grave Mistake" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed May 2013.
The 30th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. Despite two husbands being dead and a daughter marrying the wrong man, no one believed Sybil Foster was the type to commit suicide, especially Superintenent Roderick Alleyn. For the field was ripe with unfortunate engagements - one of them a very grave mistake... Very good indeed.
"Against the Odds" by Elizabeth Moon. Completed May 2013.
The 7th and final book in the "Serrano" series. A very satisfying conclusion to a good series. Recommended.
"Photo Finish" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 28/5/13.
The 31st book in the "Inspector Alleyn". A traditional "house party" murder: a famous operatic soprano is murdered on a villa in a lake during a storm. Whodunnit? Excellent.
"Minds, Machines, and Evolution" by James P. Hogan. Completed 31/5/13.
A very enjoyable collection of short SF, essays on science, and general chit-chat about his life, how he became a writer, etc. Highly recommended.
"Light Thickens" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 1/6/13.
The 32nd and final book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. During a performance of "Macbeth" at the Dolphin Theatre is London, an actor is brutally murdered. Alleyn has to find out whodunnit. This is a superb exit to the series: well-written, engaging characters, and an ingenious murder. It's a loose sequel to the earlier book "Death at the Dolphin" (written and set 16 years earlier) and features a number of the same characters.
"Captive Universe" by Harry Harrison. Completed 2/6/13.
A rapid and fun read. A young man growing up in a remote Aztec village discovers that his world is not all it appears to be. Reasonably good.
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie. Completed 3/6/13.
Christie's 1st book, published in 1920, in which we are introduced to Hercule Poirot, Captain Hastings, and Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard. A wealthly old lady died from strychnine poisoning. Whodunnit? Very good indeed.
"The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie. Completed 5/6/13.
Agatha Christie's 2nd book, "The Secret Adversary" - the first of the "Tommy and Tuppence" books, first published in 1922. Tommy Beresford and "Tuppence" Cowley are, like millions of young people following the end of WWI, short of money and finding it hard to settle down into the routine existence of civilian life. They decide, therefore, to look for adventure, and get caught up in a criminal mastermind's plot to overthrow the British government. This, like all of Christie's "international conspiracy" books, is rather far-fetched, but great fun. Recommended.
"The Apocalypse Troll" by David Weber. Completed 6/6/13.
A very enjoyable standalone military SF novel which I bought from Baen in January 2000. In the 25th century, humanity is slowly winning a war against the xenophobic and genocidal Kangas. In an attempt to change history and destroy the human race before it develops spaceflight, a Kanga batllefleet makes a desperate attempt to travel backwards in time, hotly pursued by a human fleet. They end up in the early 21st century where the sole survivor of the human fleet must attempt to cooperate with the primitive military forces of 2007 to destroy the surviving Kanga Cyborg (the "Troll" of the title) before it can destroy humanity. Very good. I recommend this one to anyone who likes military SF or thrillers.
"Murder on the Links" by Agatha Christie. Completed 11/6/13.
Her 3rd published book, and the 2nd Poirot book, published in 1923. Poirot receives a letter asking for his help from a South American millionaire living in France, but when he arrives he finds he's too late - the man has already been murdered. An ingenious plot, albeit with a ludicrously over-complex solution involving the coincidence of twins and identical copies of the murder weapon, but still a very good read.
"Eagle Among the Stars" by Steve White. Completed 15/6/13.
Pretty good military SF. Earth has been taken over by the Lokoran, a trading confederation who view Earth as a new market to be exploited. An underground group - the Eaglemen - plan to overthrow their domination.
"The Inimitable Jeeves" by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 17/6/13.
The first "Jeeves" novel. A true classic.
"The Man in the Brown Suit" by Agatha Christie. Completed 19/6/13.
Her 4th novel, originally published in 1924. This is an excellent "thriller", and tells the story of a young woman's search to uncover the mystery of the death that she is a witness to of a man on the London Underground. The story is largely set in South Africa (a country which Christie had recently visited herself). Well worth reading.
"The Pothunters" by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 21/6/13.
Originally published in 1902. Wodehouse is best known for his "Jeeves" and "Blandings Castle" books, but I've always had a soft spot for his "School" books, of which this is the first. The book (like most in the series) is set in St Austin's, a (fictional) minor public (ie private) school. There's been a burglary in which several of the school's sports cups (these are the "pots" of the title) have been stolen, and some of the boys set out to try to solve the mystery and recover the cups. A quick read, but very enjoyable indeed.
"A Prefect's Uncle" by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 23/6/13.
This is the 2nd book in the "School" series, and is set in the (fictional) Beckford College. Gethryn, a school prefect, is dismayed to learn that his uncle - a boy 4 years younger than himself - is to attend the school, and his fears are fully justified. Hugely enjoyable.
"Silverthorn" by Raymond E. Feist. Completed 27/6/13.
The 2nd book in the "Riftware" series. Classic fantasy. Excellent.
"Tales of St Austin's" by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 28/6/13.
The third book in the "School" series. A series of short stories, originally published in various magazines, and almost all set in the same St Austin's school that appeared in "The Pothunters". Excellent.
"Dragonne's Eg" by Mary Brown. Completed 29/6/13,
Fantasy in a Victorian setting - a modern-day fairy story. Thoroughly enjoyable yarn about a young school-teacher whose uncle leaves her an inheritance on the condition that she returns a dragon's egg to its original home in the mountains of China. A Baen book from January 2000.
"The Head of Kay's" by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 30/6/13.
Another book in Wodehouse's "School" series. Very enjoyable, as always.
"Poirot Investigates" by Agatha Christie. Completed 3/7/13.
Christie's 5th novel and the 3rd Poirot one, this is a collection of short stories, all featuring Poirot and Captain Hastings, and many with Inspector Japp. Enjoyable.
"Firefight Y2K" by Dean Ing. Completed 6/7/13.
A collection of SF shorts and essays on future technology. Mainly, but not exclusively, military in nature (with one fantasy story thrown in, too). Enjoyable.
"The White Feather", by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 6/7/13.
The penultimate books in P.G. Wodehouse's "School" series. In this book, a member of the school who "funks out" of a fight with some local youths and is shunned by his schoolmates as a result, resolves to prove his courage by secretly learning to box. An excellent story.
"The Secret of Chimneys" by Agatha Christie. Completed 10/7/13.
Originally published in 1925, this was her 6th novel, and the first featuring Superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent. The plot features a murder at a diplomatic conference aimed at giving British Government support to restoring the Monarchy to the (fictional) European country of Herzoslovakia, in exchange for oil rights for British companies.
"Mike" by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 12/7/13.
The last (and best) of Wodehouse's "School" series, telling the story of Mike Jackson, the youngest boy in a cricketing family. Excellent.
"A Darkness at Sethanon" by Raymond Feist. Completed 17/7/13.
The final book in the (original) "Riftware" trilogy, and a worthy successor to "Magician" and "Silverthorn". Classic fantasy at its best.
"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" by Agatha Christie. Completed 20/7/13.
This was her 7th book, and the 4th "Poirot" novel, originally published in 1926. It's widely regarded today as the best of the Hercule Poirot books, and a masterpiece of crime fiction, although when it was originally published, critical opinion was sharply divided, with some critics says that Christie wasn't "playing fair". I won't explain why that is - it would be a spoiler for the entire novel (and please don't give it away, anyone), but I would say that if you enjoy detective fiction and you haven't read this, you really should; it's one of the true "greats" of the genre.
"Psmith in the City" by P.G. Wodehouse. Completed 23/7/13.
The successor to "Mike". Mike Jackson is dismayed when his father tells him that, due to financial problems, he can no longer afford to send him to Cambridge University, and that he must start earning his living in a London bank, but his life is made bearable when he discovers that his school friend, Psmith, has also started work there. The book describes their exploits in and out of work. Highly recommended.
"1632" by Eric Flint. Completed 27/7/13.
Classic SF from Baen. The small American mining town of Grantsville is transported back in time to Germany in 1631, the middle of the 30 Years' War.
A very good read.
"The Big Four" by Agatha Christie. Completed 28/7/13.
The 8th Agatha Christie novel, originally published in 1928. Basically a book of Poirot short stories with a very weak (and ridiculous) linking theme. Not worth reading.
"Titan" by Stephen Baxter. Completed 31/7/13.
Excellent hard SF. The story of a manned NASA mission to Saturn's moon Titan.
"The Mystery of the Blue Train" by Agatha Christie. Completed 2/8/13.
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.
"Pawn of Prophecy" by David Eddings. Completed 5/8/13.
The first book in Eddings's classic "Belgariad" series. A masterpiece of fantasy.
"The Seven Dials Mystery" by Agatha Christie. Completed 7/8/13.
Her 10th book, originally published in 1929, and a loose sequel to the earlier book "The Secret of Chimneys", featuring many of the same characters. An archetypal Christie "thriller" featuring the usual cast of secret societies and international conspiracies. Nicely done, and well worth reading.
"Shakespeare: The World as a Stage" by Bill Bryson. Completed 8/8/13.
I enjoy everything that Bryson writes, and this short biography of Shakespeare is no exception. It has the wit that characterises all his work, and I thoroughly recommend it.
"Rocket Ship Galileo" by Robert Heinlein. Completed 9/8/13.
The first of Heinlein's "Juveniles", published in 1947. An early work, and the rough edges show on this one. Three teenage boys help the atomic scientist uncle of one of them to build a rocket to the Moon, where exciting adventures unfold. Enjoyable, and a quick read, but nothing special.
"Partners in Crime" by Agatha Christie. Completed 12/8/13.
Agatha Christie's 11th novel, originally published in 1927, featuring "Tommy and Tuppence", who first appeared in "The Secret Adversary". Now happily married, the couple run a detective agency and solve crimes in the manner of various fictional detectives. Entertaining.
"A Boy and His Tank" by Leo Frankowski. Completed 15/8/13.
Baen SF from Feb 2000 about a mercenary and his sentient tank. A good read, but fairly graphic in parts.
"The Murder at the Vicarage" by Agatha Christie. Completed 20/8/13.
Christie's 12th book, and the first to feature "Miss Marple". It was originally published in 1930.
When a bullying and self-opinionated man is murdered in the vicarage in the small English village of St Mary Mead, suspicion immediately falls on a young artist who's been having an affair with the man's wife, but is it really that simple? A local resident, Miss Marple, isn't so sure that the solution to the murder is as simple as it at first appears.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well-written, with a good story, and an interesting cast of characters. The narrator of the book is the vicar (in whose home the murder occurs) and he's extremely scathing about the gossiping, vindictive old ladies who make up the majority of his "flock", and of whom he considers Miss Marple to be the worst of the lot, always (often rightly, he has to concede) spreading gossip and taking the worst possible interpretation of events. Highly recommended.
"Magician's Gambit" by David Eddings. Completed 23/8/13.
The third book in "The Belgariad" and a fantasy classic. Every bit as good as I remember it being.
"Hocas Pokas" by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson. Completed 25/8/13.
An SF collection (actually a novel with a novella and a short story tagged on) about a planet where the local inhabitants (who resemble metre-tall teddy bears) are fascinated by Earth history, and enthusiastically impersonate any historical or fictional character which appeals to them. Very enjoyable.
"Black Coffee" by Agatha Christie and Charles Osbourne. Completed 26/8/13.
This was originally a 1929 Agatha Christie stage play, featuring Hercule Poirot, which has been novelised by Christie expert and biographer Charles Osbourne, and very nicely done it is too. The plot is a little improbable (a rich industrialist who thinks a secret formula has been stolen by a member of his household locks everyone in the drawing room, and turns the lights out, to give the thief a chance to return the formula unseen. When the lights come back on, surprise surprise the man has been murdered) and I wouldn't say the writing is at all in the style of Christie, but it's well written and the case of characters is interesting. Again, recommended.
"The Mysterious Mr Quin" by Agatha Christie. Completed 30/8/13.
Collection of 12 short stories featuring the mysterious Mr Harley Quin. Each chapter or story involves a separate mystery that is solved through the interaction between the characters of Mr Satterthwaite, a socialite, and the eponymous Mr Quin who appears almost magically at the most opportune moments and disappears just as mysteriously. Satterthwaite is a small, observant man who is able to wrap up each mystery through the careful prodding and apposite questions of Quin, who serves as a catalyst every time the men meet. Excellent.
"Castle of Wizardry" by David Eddings. Completed 5/9/13.
The 4th book is the classic fantasy series, "The Belgariad".
"Enchanter's Endgame" by David Eddings. Completed 10/9/13.
The 5th and final book of "The Belgariad".
"Peril at End House" by Agatha Christie. Completed 20/9/13.
Agatha Christie's 15th book, originally published in 1932, and the 8th to feature Hercule Poirot.
Detective Hercule Poirot and Captain Arthur Hastings are holidaying when they meet a young girl, who casually mentions that she has escaped certain death at least thrice. Poirot suspects that somebody is out to get her, and his suspicions prove true. He finds many characters that are shady and may have some reason to kill the girl. Despite Poirot's best efforts, a murder does occur, but not of the intended victim. When the motive itself is unclear, why did the murder take place?
"Guardians of the West" by David Eddings. Completed 21/9/13.
The 1st book in the "Mallorean" fantasy series; a direct sequel to the "Belgariad". Excellent.
"The Sittaford Mystery" (US title "Murder at Hazelmoor") by Agatha Christie. Completed 23/9/13.
This was her 14th book, and was originally published in 1932. This is one of her "standalone" books, rather than featuring one of her regular detectives, such as Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. As with many of her standalone books, the narrator is an independent young woman who sets out to solve a crime that she inadvertently gets involved with: in this case, clearing her fiance of a murder which she believes he has been wrongly accused of.
An extremely enjoyable book, with an interesting location (Dartmoor), a good cast of characters, and a strongly plotted mystery. Definitely one of her better books. Highly recommended.
"Wheels of Fire" by Mercedes Lackey et al. Completed 24/9/13.
Urban fantasy - the first book in "The Other World" omnibus. Elves and motor racing. Not really my genre, but enjoyable enough. Baen book from Feb 2000.
"The Thirteen Problems" by Agatha Christie (US title "The Tuesday Club Murders"). Completed 25/9/13.
This is a collection of "Miss Marple" short stories, and was her 16th book, and the 2nd featuring Miss Marple, originally published in 1932.
As in some of her other short story collections (e.g. Partners in Crime), Christie employs an overarching narrative, making the book more like an episodic novel. There are three sets of narrative, though they themselves interrelate. The first set of six are stories told by the Tuesday Night Club, a random gathering of people at the house of Miss Marple. Each week the group tell tales of mystery, always solved by the female amateur detective from the comfort of her armchair. One of the guests is Sir Henry Clithering, an ex-commissioner of Scotland Yard, and this allows Christie to resolve the story, with him usually pointing out that the criminals were caught.
The next set of six occur as part of a dinner party Miss Marple is invited to at the request of Sir Henry Clithering, as a result of her skill in the Tuesday Night Club. This employs a similar guessing game, and once more Miss Marple triumphs. The thirteenth story, Death by Drowning, takes place some time after the dinner party when Miss Marple finds out that Clithering is staying in St Mary Mead and asks him to help in the investigation surrounding the death of a local village girl. Miss Marple solves the murder by the end.
All the plots are ingenious, and most would have made excellent full-length novels. Very good indeed.
"When the Bough Breaks" by Mercedes Lackey et al. Completed 27/9/13.
The second half of "The Otherworld" omnibus. More urban fantasy.
"Lord Edgware Dies" by Agatha Christie. Completed 29/9/13.
Christie's 17th book, and the 9th to feature Poirot. A famous actress is suspected of having murdered her hated husband. Poirot investigates. Excellently plotted - one of her best.
"King of the Murgos" by David Eddings. Completed 3/10/13.
The 2nd book of the "Mallorean" fantasy series. A true classic of fantasy writing.
"The Hound of Death" by Agatha Christie. Completed 5/10/13.
This was her 18th book, and was originally published in 1933. Although Christie is best known as a detective novelist, she also wrote many supernatural stories, and this book, "The Hound of Death", is a collection of 12 short stories, the majority of which are supernatural in nature (although some of them are also crimes). A very interesting collection, and well worth reading if you've not read any of Christie's supernatural stories.
"Demon Lord of Karanda" by David Eddings. Completed 6/10/13.
The 3rd book in the classic "Mallorean" fantasy series.
"Forge of the Elders" by L. Neil Smith. Completed 23/10/13.
Terribly turgid SF from Baen. Not recommend.
"Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" by Agatha Christie. Completed 25/10/13.
Agatha Christie's 20th book, originally published in 1934. This is one of her "standalone" novels, in which the protagonist, as is usual with these books, is an independent young woman (in the case of this book, Lady Frances Derwent), with a "sidekick" of a loyal and courageous, but not terribly intelligent, young man.
The plot of the book: Bobby Jones (the not-very-intelligent young man already mentioned) is playing golf when he comes across a dying man who has apparently fallen from a cliff. Before he dies, the man asks the cryptic question, "Why didn't they ask Evans?", and then promptly expires. Soon after, an attempt is made on Bobby's own life, and he and his childhood friend Frankie (Lady Frances Derwent) get involved in an exciting chain of events.
This is one of Christie's half-thriller, half detective-story, novels. It's certainly not her best work, but it's a cracking good story and well worth reading.
"Sorceress of Darshiva" by David Eddings. Completed 28/10/13.
The 4th book of the "Mallorean". Excellent.
"The Listerdale Mystery" by Agatha Christie. Completed 3/11/13.
Agatha Christie's 21st book, originally published in 1934. A collection of mystery short stories. Enjoyable.
"The Compleat McAndrew" by Charles Sheffield. Completed 6/11/13.
Collection of hard SF short stories featuring the brilliant but impractical physicist, McAndrew, and his friend, the spaceship pilot Jeanie Roker. Very enjoyable indeed, and highly recommended.
"Parker Pyne Investigates" by Agatha Christie. Completed 9/11/13.
This was Agatha Christie's 22nd book, and was originally published in 1934. It's a collection of short stories, featuring the eponymous Mr Parker Pyne, who runs an agency promising to make people happy. Some excellent stories in this one, with very ingenious plots.
"Dalek I Loved You" by Nick Griffiths. Completed 11/11/13.
Nostalgic memories of growing up in 1970s Britain as a "Doctor Who" fan. Very enjoyable.
"Who Goes There" by Nick Griffiths. Completed 15/11/13.
Loose sequel to the above. Nick goes it search of Doctor Who film locations. Enjoyable.
"Seeress of Kell" by David Eddings. Completed 21/11/13.
5th and final book of the "Mallorean". Wonderful.
"Three Act Tragedy" by Agatha Christie. Completed 26/11/13.
This was her 23rd book, and was originally published in 1935. The book is notable in that it's the one Agatha Christie book in which Mr Satterthwaite, who previously appeared as one of the main characters in the collection of short stories, "The Mysterious Mr Quin", works with Poirot.
"Telzey Amberdon" by James H. Schmitz. Completed 5/12/13.
Collection of Schmitz's "Hub Federation" stories from Baen. Very enjoyable.
"The Forge" by S.M. Stirling and David Drake. Completed 8/12/13.
The first book in the "General" series, contained in the Baen omnibus edition called "Hope Reborn", which I bought in April 2000.
The book is set on a planet where an interstellar civilisation has collapsed back to about an 18th century level of technology, and the memory of the former high-technology civilisation has turned into a church, whose priests worship defunct computers.
A young man, Raj Whitehall, stumbles upon an ancient sentient battle computer in a base deep below the city where he lives, and is selected by the computer to be its agent to unite the planet and restore the fallen civilisation.
A very good book indeed, but contains a lot of graphic violence and strong language. This is part of my "read my old Baen Webscription ebooks" challenge.
"Death in the Clouds" by Agatha Christie. Completed 12/12/13.
This was Agatha Christie's 24th book, and her second novel published in 1935, the first being "Three-Act Tragedy".
The plot: Poirot is flying from France to England when a passenger in the plane is murdered with a poison dart, apparently shot from a blowpipe. Poirot investigates the murder.
This is basically a clever variant on the classic "English country house" murder mystery, where the reader (and the detective) knows in advance that the murderer must have been one of the people present at the scene. Well-written, with engaging characters. Very enjoyable.
"Nikon D7100 for Dummies". Completed 19/12/13.
Learning how to get the most from my DSLR. Very well-written, and excellent to read on the iPad.
"The Hammer" by S.M. Stirling and David Drake. Completed 22/12/13.
The second book in the "General" series, and the second half of the Baen omnibus "Hope Reborn". The book carries directly on from the first book in the series, and continues the story of Raj Whitehall's quest, guided by an ancient sentient Battle Computer, to unite the planet of "Bellevue", on which an interstellar civilisation collapsed back to 19th century technology a thousand years previously. Very intense - and very graphic at times - military SF. Extremely enjoyable.
"The ABC Murders" by Agatha Christie. Completed 24/12/13.
(US title "The Alphabet Murders"). This was her 25th book, originally published in 1936. A serial killer who murders people in alphabetical order of name taunts Poirot that he cannot be caught.
Pretty good, but not one of her best. This book is notable in that it's the last time we see Poirot's sidekick, Captain Hastings, until the very final Poirot book, "Curtain".
"The Anvil" by S.M. Stirling and David Drake. Completed 26/12/13.
The third book in the "General" series sees Raj Whitehall continue his mission to reunite the planet Bellevue, 1000 years after its collapse into semi-barbarism following the fall of an interstellar empire. This is the first of three books in a Baen omnibus edition called "Conqueror", which I see that I bought in March 2003.
"Inferno" by Dan Brown. Completed 29/12/13.
Rather to my surprise, I really enjoyed this. An enormous improvement over his previous book "The Lost Symbol". A rollercoaster ride of a thriller set in Italy, and (as the title suggest) having as its central theme the epic poem "Inferno" by Dante Alighieri. Highly recommended.
Books proofed for the MobileRead library:
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Completed 14/1/13.
"Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen. Completed 26/2/13.
"The Circus Boys on the Flying Rings", by Edgar B.P. Darlington. Completed 28/2/13.
"The Circus Boys Across the Continent" by Edgar B.P. Darlington. Completed 2/3/13.
"The Circus Boys in Dixie Land" by Edgar B.P. Darlington. Completed 5/3/13.
"The Circus Boys on the Mississippi" by Edgar B.P. Darlington. Completed 8/3/13.
"The Circus Boys on the Plains" by Edgar B.P. Darlington. Completed 10/3/13.
"The Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle". Completed 22/3/13.
"The Poison Belt" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle". Completed 29/3/13.
"The Land of Mist" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle". Completed 3/10/13.
"Emma" by Jane Austen. Completed 29/11/13.
"Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen. Completed 22/12/13.
Total of books read + proofed: 113
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|12-27-2012, 01:54 PM||#18|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Device: Pocketbook Pro 903, (beloved Pocketbook 360 RIP), Kobo Mini
To read 30 books this year
... excluding those started in 2012 that I still have to finish - these will be in brackets. In italics those that I am currently reading, in grey those that I am planning to read as I already have them. The rating follows the "Goodreads scale" (★= did not like it, ★★= it was ok, ★★★= I liked it, ★★★★= I really liked it, ★★★★★= exceptionally good - this I give very sparingly). Finally, LBC stands for MR Literary Book Club
F.00 - (The Complete memoirs of George Sherston, by Siegfried Sassoon) ★★★★
F.01 - La Paura, by Federico de Roberto (in Italian) ★★★★
F.02 - I misteri di Alleghe, by Sergio Saviane (in Italian) ★★
F.03 - Restless, by William Boyd ★★★
F.04 - We need to talk about Kevin, by Lionel Shriver ★★★
F.05 - Chess, by Stefan Zweig ★★ LBC
F.06 - The American Senator, by Anthony Trollope ★★★ LBC
F.07 - after the quake, by Haruki Murakami ★★★ LBC
F.08 - Chronicle in Stone, by Ismail Kadaré ★★★★
F.09 - The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck ★★★★
F.10 - Things fall apart, by Chinua Achebe ★★★★ LBC
F.11 - The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck ★★★
F.12 - Runaway horses, by Yukio Mishima ★★★★
F.13 - The Secret River, by Kate Grenville ★★★ LBC
F.14 - My Oedipus Complex and Other Stories, by Frank O'Connor ★★★★ LBC
N.00 - (Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique, by Michael S. Gazzaniga) ★★★
N.01 - Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, by Cordelia Fine ★★★★
N.02 - The Conquest of the Incas, by John Hemming LBC
N.03 - Travels with Epicurus - Meditatins from a Greek island on the pleasures of Old Age, by Daniel Klein ★★
N.04 - Antifragile, by Nassim Taleb ★★★
N.05 - The Bankers' new clothes: : What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It, by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig ★★★★
N.06 - Queen Victoria, by Lytton Strachey ★★★★ LBC
N.07 - Un anno sull'altipiano/Sardinian Brigade, by Emilio Lussu ★★★★★
N.08 - A Tale of Love and Darkness, by Amos Oz ★★★★★ LBC
N.09 - The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, by Jared Diamond ★★★★
N.10 - The Conquest of the Incas (2012 Edition), by John Hemming ★★★ LBC
P.01 - War Poems, by Siegfried Sassoon ★★★★ LBC
R.01 Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov ★★★★★ LBC
R.02 - Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family, by Thomas Mann, ★★★ LBC
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|12-27-2012, 03:14 PM||#19|
Suikoden Star of Destiny
Join Date: Dec 2010
Device: Sony PRS650, IPad1, IPad Mini, Kindle 4, Kindle PW1, Kobo Mini
Goal: Read 75 books and listen to 5 Audiobooks in 2013
I was going to read more than I read in 2012 (98 right now) but I don't think I can manage it.
So my goal is to read 75 books and listen to at least 5 Audiobooks.
1) White Tiger by Kylie Chan Finished 2/1/13 (reread for the 6th or 7th time)
2) Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan Finished 6/1/13 (reread like first book 6 or 7 times)
3) Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend Finished 11/1/13
4) Heaven to Wudang by Kylie Chan Finished 14/1/13 (second reread)
5) Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card Finished 29/1/13
6) The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead Finished 18/2/13
7) House Rules by Chloe Neill Finished 23/2/13
8) Hunter's Moon by David Devereux Finished 26/2/13
9) The Big Book of Interesting Stuff by Michael Hopkins Finished 26/2/13
10) Kitty at St Clare's by Pamela Cox Finished 1/3/13
11) Dualed by Elsie Chapman Finished 3/3/13
12) Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs Finished 10/3/13
13) Written in Red by Anne Bishop Finished 16/3/13
14) Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon Finished 21/3/13 (Audiobook)
15) Model Spy by Shannon Greenland Finished 24/3/13
16) Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder Finished 26/3/13 (reread)
17) Envoy by Shannah Jay Finished 1/4/13
18) Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder Finished 3/4/13
19) Poison Study by Maria v Snyder Finished 6/4/13
20) Magic Study by Maria V Snyder Finished 7/4/13
21) Sporting Chance by Elizabeth Moon Finished 8/4/13 (Audiobook)
22) Fire Study by Maria V Snyder Finished 12/4/13
23) Storm Glass by Maria V Snyder Finished 14/4/13
24) Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder Finished 15/4/13
25) Exile's Valor by Mercedes Lackey Finished 23/4/13
26) Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey Finished 24/4/13
27) Destiny (Rogue Angel #1) by Alex Archer Finished 24/4/13 (Audiobook)
28) Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey Finished 27/4/13
29) Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackdey Finished 29/4/13
30) Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan Finished 6/5/13
31) Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep Finished 12/5/13
32) Venom by Jennifer Estep Finished 16/5/13
33) Winning Colours by Elizabeth Moon Finished 17/5/13 (Audiobook)
34) Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep Finished 19/5/13
35) Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep Finished 20/5/13
36) By a Thread by Jennifer Estep Finished 22/5/13
37) Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep Finished 29/5/13
38) Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep Finished 31/5/13
39) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Finished 4/6/13 (reread)
40) Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon Finished 9/6/13 (Audiobook)
41) The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen Finished 10/6/13 (reread)
42) The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau Finished 13/6/13
43) Conspiracies by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill Finished 16/6/13
44) Sacrifices by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill Finished 19/6/13
45) Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep Finished 22/6/13
46) Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep Finished 24/6/13
47) Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep Finished 30/6/13
48) Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks Finished 1/7/13 (Audiobook)
49) Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep Finished 2/7/13
50) Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep Finished 4/7/13
51) Chasing the Valley by Skye Melki-Wegner Finished 8/7/13
52) Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep Finished 3/8/13
53) The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan Finished 11/8/13
54) Biting Bad by Chloe Neill Finished 15/8/13
55) Divergent by Veronica Roth Finished 17/8/13
56) The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Finished 25/8/13
57) Insurgent by Veronica Roth Finished 26/8/13
58) Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep Finished 30/8/13
59) Earth Star by Janet Edwards Finished 1/9/13
60) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Finished 5/9/13
61) Cursed by Benedict Jacka Finished 10/9/13
62) Taken by Benedict Jacka Finished 15/9/13
63) The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan Finished 21/9/13
64) The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan Finished 27/9/13 (read in Theft of Swords Omnibus)
65) The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce Finished 30/9/13
66) The Power in the Storm by Tamora Pierce Finished 1/10/13
67) The Fire in the Forging by Tamora Pierce Finished 2/10/13
68) Bastion by Mercedes Lackey Finished 6/10/13
69) Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Finished 11/10/13
70) Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 23/10/13
71) Doctor Who - The Mystery Of The Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy Finished 24/10/13
72) Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 28/10/13
73) Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 30/10/13
74) Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 2/11/13
75) Night Huntress by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 5/11/13
76) Demon Mistress by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 8/11/13
77) Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach Finished 9/11/13
78) Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 11/11/13
79) Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 14/11/13
80) Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 16/11/13
81) Courting Darkness by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 17/11/13
82) Shaded Vision by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 21/11/13
83) The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Finished 23/11/13
84) Shadow Rising by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 26/11/13
85) Haunted Moon by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 1/12/13
86) Autumn Whispers by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 3/12/13
87) Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn Finished 7/12/13
88) Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost Finished 9/12/13
89) One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost Finished 11/12/13
90) Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Finished 14/12/13
91) The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett Finished 20/12/13
92) The Spider by Jennifer Estep Finished 27/12/13
93) First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones Finished 30/12/13
Audiobook Goal Finished!
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|12-27-2012, 06:11 PM||#20|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Auckland NZ
Device: Sony PRS 300, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Kobo Mini
Goal : Read 30,000 pages
My Main Goal is to read 30,000 pages spread over what ever number of books it takes to get there.
My Secondary Goal, which I am hopeing will give me a more focused TBR pile, is to include 52 different books that have been used as the inspiration for film or television. I might also include Autobiographies of those involved in film or television ....... because its hard to resist a preachy, rags to riches, look how I overcame, ghost written, C list Celebrity cash in.
01 - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - 216 pages (1981 TV series, 2005 film)
02 - The Postman - David Brin - 321 pages (1997 film)
03 - One Shot - Lee Child - 510 pages (2012 film)
04 - The Commitments - Roddy Doyle - 176 pages (1991 film)
05 - L.A. Confidential - James Ellroy - 512 pages (1997 film)
06 - Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - 310 pages (2001 film)
07 - The Beach - Alex Garland - 448 pages (2000 film)
08 - The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett - 217 pages (1941 film)
09 - Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro - 304 pages (2010 film)
10 - Redwall - Brian Jaques - 416 pages (1999 TV series)
11 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey - 311 pages (1975 film)
12 - The Bourne Supremacy - Robert Ludlum - 646 pages (2004 film) (12/52)
I might have to revise my target for this year, I've got a new position at work, and my free time has dried up, as that was where the bulk of my reading time came from I don't know if I will finish anywhere close to 30,000 pages. I've also been reading more Graphic Novels and Comics so........New Target! and I will upgrade my secondary goal to the Big League. I aim to read 52 books this year that have been used as the basis for Movies or TV. The observant among you may have noticed that is what I have been doing so far this year, and I have been doing it alphabetically by Author. We shall see how long I can keep that up.
13 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Deborah Moggach - 336 pages (2011 film)
14 - Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers - Grant Naylor - 298 pages (based on a TV series - Doesn't qualify)
15 - Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian - 459 pages (2003 film)
16 - Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk - 218 pages (1999 film)
17 - The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick - 289 pages (2012 film)
18 - I Just Want My Pants Back - David Rosen - 240 pages (2012 TV series)
19 - The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold -328 pages (2009 film)
20 - The Rum Diary - Hunter s Thompson - 204 pages (2011 film)
21 - Rabbit, Run - John Updike - 280 pages (1970 film)
22 - Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne - 248 pages (1956 film + others)
23 - Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder - 238 pages (1974-83 TV series)
24 - My Boring Ass Life - Kevin Smith - 656 pages (Film Director/Writer/Actor) 23/52
25 - Inferno - Dan Brown - 461 pages
26 - Bossypants - Tina Fey - 277 pages (Actress/Writer)
27 - Enders Game - Orson Scott Card - 324 pages (Film due later this year)
28 - Hard Sell - Jamie Reidy - 224 pages (2010 film)
29 - Jaws - Peter Benchley - 288 pages (1975 film)
30 - Second Son - Lee Child - 32 pages
31 - Sharpe's Rifles - Bernard Cornwell - 304 pages (1993 TV show)
32 - We Were Soldiers Once .....And Young - Harold G Moore - 480 pages (2002 film)
34 - Green Shadows, White Whale - Ray Bradbury - 256 pages (based around the making of a film - Doesnt qualify)
35 - Gone to Texas - B F Carter - 206 pages (1976 film)
36 - City of Bones - Cassandra Clare - 485 pages (2013 film)
37 - The Hard Way - Lee Child - 523 pages
38 - The Quarter Acre Farm - Spring Warren - 335 pages
39 - Notes From a Small Island - Bill Bryson - 324 pages (1999 TV series) 32/52
40 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - B Traven - 308 pages (1948 film)
41 - The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells - 160 pages (several films, and a Simpsons episode!)
42 - Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson - 160 pages (2007 film)
43 - Tough Shit, Life Advice From a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good - Kevin Smith - 272 pages
44 - The Eagle Has Landed - Jack Higgins - 352 pages (1976 film)
45 - In-N-Out Burger - Stacy Perman - 352 pages
46 - Band of Brothers - Stephen E Ambrose - 432 pages (2001 mini-series)
47 - Waylander - David Gemmell - 384 pages
48 - The Guns of Navarone - Alistair MacClean - 410 pages (1961 film)
49 - Bad Luck and Trouble - Lee Child - 528 pages
50 - Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman - 298 pages (2013 TV series)
51 - World War Z - Max Brooks - 342 pages (2013 film) 40/52
52 - American on Purpose - Craig Ferguson - 288 pages (Actor/Writer/Comedian/Talk Show Host)
53 - Fletch - Gregory McDonald - 197 pages (1985 film)
54 - Nerd Do Well - Simon Pegg - 356 pages (Actor/Writer/Comedian/Geek Hero)
55 - The Incredible Shrinking Man - Richard Matheson - 352 pages (1957 film)
56 - Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - 223 pages (2001 film)
57 - Hostage - Robert Crais -400 pages (2005 film) 46/52
58 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - 155 pages (1971/2005 films)
59 - Dances with Wolves - Michael Blake - 304 pages (1990 film)
60 - The Mosquito Coast - Paul Theroux - 384 pages (1986 film)
61 - Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie - 322 pages (1974 film)
62 - Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham - 271 pages (1962 film, 1981 + 2009 mini series)
62 - The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan - 375 pages (2010 film)
And that's 52 books related to film and television, and extra 10 because I needed to read something different, and I've also read 36 Graphic Novels this year, most featuring characters who have appeared in films over the years. Goodreads says I've read 100 books this year, I don't know where the other 2 books have come from, I must have forgotten to list a couple? and that's about 26,000 pages. Overall I am happy with 2013's list.
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|12-27-2012, 06:18 PM||#21|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Device: OPUS/PB360,Nexus 7,GzONE, Kobo Mini
To read 100 books.
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|12-27-2012, 06:53 PM||#22|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Swamp. Slaying Drowners.
Device: Kindle Keyboard, Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, Kindle PW2
2013 reading challenge
Fantasy decade reading challenge '00 -'10
Read books are in dark green.
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|12-27-2012, 07:17 PM||#23|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Richmond, BC
Device: Sony PRS-650
Just Read & Enjoy What I'm Reading
My 2013 Book List
1. Gone #2: Hunger by Michael Grant
2. Gone #3: Lies by Michael Grant
3. Gone #4: Plague by Michael Grant
4. Gone #5: Fear by Michael Grant
5. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
6. After The End by Bonnie Dee
7. Shadow Children #1: Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
8. Shadow Children #2: Among The Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
9. Shadow Children #3: Among The Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
10. Shadow Children #4: Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
11. Shadow Children #5: Among The Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
12. Shadow Children #6: Among The Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix
13. Shadow Children #7: Among The Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix
14. Places In The Dark by Thomas H. Cook
15. Abandon by Blake Crouch
16. Passage #2: The Twelve by Justin Cronin
17. Lorien Legacies #3: The Rise Of Nine by Jobie Hughes
18. Gone #6: Light by Michael Grant
19. Flu by Wayne Simmons
20. Darkest Powers #1: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
21. Darkest Powers #2: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
22. Darkest Powers #3: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
23. Darkness Rising #1: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
24. Darkness Rising #2: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
25. Darkness Rising #3: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Last edited by yakuzaboss; 12-31-2013 at 06:19 PM.
|12-27-2012, 08:04 PM||#24|
Riders win the Grey Cup!
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Device: jetBook Lite, Kindle 4
Finish 12 books in 2013.
As I did in 2012, I expect to read a great deal of short stories in 2013.
Because the publishing industry defines an "avid reader" to be someone who buys 12 books per year, my goal will be to finish 12 books in 2013.
1...1/06...The Wrecking Crew - Kent Hartman
2...1/16...The Rebel League - Ed Willes
3...2/02...Class - Paul Fussell
4...3/01...How to Brew - John J. Palmer
5...3/28...The Complete Joy of Home Brewing (Third Edition) - Charlie Papazian
6...4/03...Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man - Carl Barks
7...4/20...Brewed in Canada - Allen Winn Sneath
8...4/26...Crimes & Punishment, Life as a CFL Official - Neil Payne
9...4/30...The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit - E. Michael Jones
10...4/30...My Walk with Jesus and Friends - Sterling W. Marriner
11...5/04...The Glory of Their Times - Lawrence S. Ritter
12...5/06...The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool - Richard Yancey
I've reached my goal!
13...5/07...The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line - Richard Yancey
14...5/09...Hop Variety Handbook - Dan Woodske
15...5/19...Noises Off - Michael Frayn
16...5/25...On the Trail of the Assassins - Jim Garrison
17...6/06...Auntie Mame - Patrick Dennis
18...6/29...The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories - Otto Penzler, ed.
19...7/17...Rediscover Catholicism - Matthew Kelly
20...7/22...Otley - Martin Waddell
21...7/30...Before the Machine - Mark J. Schmetzer
22...8/14...The Hidden Hand - Carroll John Daly
23...9/05...The Adventures of Cardigan - Frederick Nebel
24...11/20...When Baseball Was Still King - Gene Fehler
25...12/15...100 Grey Cups - Stephen Brunt
Last edited by GA Russell; 12-16-2013 at 01:16 AM. Reason: update
|12-27-2012, 10:10 PM||#25|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Device: Kindle 2 International & Sony PRS-T1
Goal: Just Read Stuff (preferably stuff I've bought) for personal reasons, not "work"
In the meantime, linkage to last year's missed goal: 2012
P = read in paper
GN = graphic novel
$ = paid actual money for
♥ = rather enjoyed
√ = recommend
1. Préludes au Trône de fer: Le chevalier errant suivi de L'épée lige by George R. R. Martin; translation of the Dunk & Egg prequel adventure novellas The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword by Paul Benita & Jean Sola. P $ 7/10 ♥ √
一. Le chevalier errant; adaptation of The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin, with art by Ben Avery, Mike S. Miller, & Mike Crowell, translated by Nolwenn Le Feunteun. P GN $ 7/10 ♥ √
2. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin 7/10 ♥
3. Heroics for Beginners by John Moore P $ 7/10 ♥ √
4. Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey P 4/10
5. The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt $ 6.5/10 ♥ √
6. The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf by Tia Nevitt $ 6/10 ♥
7. Immersion by Aliette Bodard 6.5/10
8. Mono no aware by Ken Liu 7.5/10 ♥ √
9. Mantis Wives by Kij Johnson 6.5/10
10. Blackout by Mira Grant 8/10 ♥♥ √
11. San Diego 2014 by Mira Grant 6.5/10
12. The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross P 7.5/10
I. The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross R $
II. The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross R $
III. The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross R $
IV. Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff R $
V. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff R $
VI. Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff R $
VII. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey R $
VIII. Oathbreakers by Mercedes Lackey R $
IX. The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey R $
X. Oathblood by Mercedes Lackey R $
Last edited by ATDrake; 12-31-2013 at 07:13 PM.
|12-28-2012, 10:44 AM||#26|
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Troy, NY
Device: Kindle 3, Android tablet, Aluratek Libre Pro
2013 Goal: Finish something, including the fantasy decade reading challenge
Part of the list that previously appeared here should have been attributed to #22 above (alucarda). It was borrowed because it was a very good idea, not because I am "lazy."
Last edited by dadalo; 12-29-2012 at 08:51 PM. Reason: Due to the problematic remarks that followed.
|12-28-2012, 01:51 PM||#27|
Join Date: May 2011
Device: Sony PRS-300, Sony PRS- T3S
Read 52 Books in 2013
As last year read & enjoy 52 books in 2013.
1. Cold Vengeance (Prendergast #11): Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
2. Life Of Pi: Yann Martel
3. Damaged (Maggie O,Dell #8): Alex Kava
4. Bad luck & Trouble (jack Reacher #11): Lee Child
5. The Autumn Dead (Jack Dwyer #5): Ed Gorman
6. Locked In (DS Jessica Daniels #1): Kerry Wilkinson
7. dear alix (Jackson hole short Stories): Lisa McCllendon
8. A Book of Remarkable Criminals: Henry Brodribb Irving
9. Guilt (Alex Delaware #28): Jonathan Kellerman
10. Schism: Andrew Bliss
11. Buried (DS Thorne #6): Mark Billingham
12. Death Message (DS Thorne #7): Mark Billingham
13. 11.22.69: Stephen King
14. The Alchemist's Secret (Ben Hope #1): Scott Mariani
15. Below Zero (Joe Pickett #9): C. J. Box
16. From the Dead (DS Thorne #9): Mark Billingham
17. Good as Dead (DS Thorne #10): Mark Billingham
18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5): J. K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6): J. K. Rowling
20. The Other Daughter: Lisa Gardner
21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7): J. K. Rowling
22. The Accident: Linwood Barclay
23. Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries #1): Patricia H. Rushford
24. Like A Charm: Edited by Karin Slaughter
25. The Snow Child: Eowyn Ivey
26. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Jules Verne
27. Left to Die (Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli #1): Lisa Jackson
28. Chosen to Die (Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli #2): Lisa Jackson
29. Born to Die (Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli #3): Lisa Jackson
30. Hotwire (Maggie O,Dell #9): Alex Kava
31. Don't Look Back (Inspector Konrad Sejer #2): Karin Fossum
32. Afraid to Die (Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli #4): Lisa Jackson
33. Fireproof (Maggie O,Dell #10): Alex Kava
34. War Horse (War Horse #1): Michael Morpurgo
35. Nothing to Loose (jack Reacher #12): Lee Child
36. On the Road: My Life in 8 Journeys: Richard Hammond
37. Detroit: Lisa D'Amour
38. Ready to Die (Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli #5): Lisa Jackson
39. Another Year: Ann Pratchett
40. Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas #5): Dean Koontz
41. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself: Linda Brent & L. Maria Child
42. Mind Reader: Nathan Pennington
43. Cemetery Lake: Paul Cleave
44. Alone (D D Warren #1): Lisa Gardner
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|12-28-2012, 03:33 PM||#28|
It's about the umbrella
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: Sony 505| K Fire | KK 3G+Wi-Fi | iPhone 3Gs |Vista 32-bit Hm Prem w/FF
2013 Goal - to keep track of what I have read and try to reduce my TBR pile
Israel Zangwill - The Big Bow Mystery Read by Adrian Praetzellis [LibriVox] ~
Kenneth Grahame - The Wind in the Willows Read by Shelly Frasier [Audible (Tantor)] - free ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet Read by Bob Neufeld [LibriVox] - free ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Read by Alan Cumming [Audible] - free ♥ ♥ ♥
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander - free ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★
Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest - performed by L. A. Theatre Works - April 2012 - free - Audible ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Mrs. Mike by Ben and Nancy Freedman - Nov 2013 - free ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★
Memoirs of a Korean Queen - Yang Hi Choe-Wall [18th century palace chronicles] - free Oct 2013 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★
Elysa Hendricks - The Sword and the Pen [Time Travel Fantasy]- free Apr 2013 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★
Filed under "Well, apparently I will still read about anything." I downloaded and read Natural Bed Bug Treatment: How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Without Toxic Chemicals or Insecticides (Kill Bed Bugs Fast Without Poisoning Yourself or Your Family) (Organic Pest Control) by Tvedten, Stephen. **Note: Don't read this unless you plan on: spending about 3 hours searching for bugs that aren't there, washing and drying everything in the hottest settings, and driving yourself crazy wondering why you had to know what the old bedtime saying really means - "Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite." **
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★ highly enjoyed
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥★ much enjoyed
♥ ♥ ♥★ enjoyed
♥ ♥★ OK
♥★ not interesting/didn't finish/deleted
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|12-29-2012, 05:36 AM||#30|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Device: Kobo Touch
My reading list
Not sure about a specific goal (reading should be fun and relaxing and nothing I have to do because of some stupid goal I set), but I want to keep track of all the books I read in 2013!
After thinking about it, I want to read all the MobileRead Book Club selection books!
My reading list:
Finished January 2013
- "Blackout" by Marc Elsberg
- "The Hundred-Year Lie" by Randall Fitzgerald
Last edited by Turnstone; 01-14-2013 at 05:08 AM.
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