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Old 08-09-2018, 04:06 PM   #27406
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Finished eBook "Temple" by Matthew Reilly. Fun Indiana Jones type of adventure story, over the top at times, significant publication errors due to poor/nonexistent proofreading (these errors worsen near the 2/3 to 3/4 point in the eBook).

Just started eBook "Bloodline" by James Rollins. Book #8 of Rollins' "Sigma Force" series. Action/Adventure novel of good guys (ex-military folks formed into a secret gov't team) vs. bad guys in international settings. Don't know much about the plot yet as I just started, but I've never ever been disappointed in a James Rollins book (and I've read many). IMHO, he is the grand master of this genre. I hope this one will live up to the high standards set by his previous novels.
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:18 PM   #27407
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Just finished Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Not my favorite of his works but still very enjoyable. I can see how reading it in the 90s would have been even better.

Not sure what to read next. I hate/love this part.....
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:14 PM   #27408
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I've just finished Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, the first in the Vampire Academy series. My sister has been wanting me to read this series for years. It was a fun and quick read. I'll put the series on my active list, but I already know there is a chance that I will drop it from the list after a couple of books.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:24 PM   #27409
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I just finished The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. I really enjoyed this, which surprised me. It's not a genre I would normally pick up, but I came to it on a recommendation and knew almost nothing about it before I started reading. By the time I realised what it was, I was enjoying the ride and kept enjoying it through to the excellent conclusion.
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:44 PM   #27410
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I just finished The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. I really enjoyed this, which surprised me. It's not a genre I would normally pick up, but I came to it on a recommendation and knew almost nothing about it before I started reading. By the time I realised what it was, I was enjoying the ride and kept enjoying it through to the excellent conclusion.
I really enjoyed it too. Have you considered the next in the series (not directly related to the first, but set in the same world, and actually a prequel of sorts), The Boy on the Bridge?

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Old 08-12-2018, 06:02 PM   #27411
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Ah, good old Modesty Blaise. One thing you can be sure of -- you'll get exactly what you expect and want when you read one of these. NOT great fiction, but certainly great fun. A personal 5-star read, within my own terms of reference. And, although I can certainly tell you all sorts of failings of this series, it fills a need quite nicely, thank you.
Have you ever managed to find digital versions of the books Charlie? I can't locate any, and I'm keen to try the series, but I know when I buy DTB versions, I rarely get round to reading them, as I much prefer reading on my Kindle.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:35 PM   #27412
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Finished Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts, now reading Never Use Futura by Douglas Thomas. This is a book about fonts, and despite that, I have not gotten terribly bored yet.

Darn it, Orlok, as if I didn't have enough to read, I am now adding two M. R. Carey books to my TBR.
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:38 PM   #27413
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I really enjoyed it too. Have you considered the next in the series (not directly related to the first, but set in the same world, and actually a prequel of sorts), The Boy on the Bridge?
It's on my reader but not yet started*. I'm currently reading The Great Halifax Explosion for the book club.

* Kate Atkinson's Life after Life, that I see you discussed a bit earlier, is on my reader too, and also the first of her books Behind the Scenes at the Museum. I need give up work if I'm going to keep up with everything I've been adding lately.
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Old 08-13-2018, 01:19 AM   #27414
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Have you ever managed to find digital versions of the books Charlie? I can't locate any, and I'm keen to try the series, but I know when I buy DTB versions, I rarely get round to reading them, as I much prefer reading on my Kindle.
I was able to find some OCR'd PDFs at OpenLibrary. Not all, but several. They're pretty poor. I've been going through and editing them as I read them, but it's a lot of work. Even with a good set of Regex.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:42 PM   #27415
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Next will be Lightning by Den Koontz. Library book.
I'm afraid this book has become dated. I may have enjoyed it, if read, in 1988 but now it seems stale. A long build-up to the final scene that offers no real twist. It's basically bad people chasing good. There was not the scary suspense I've come to associate with Koontz. Rated C- [2 stars].

Next undecided.
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:13 PM   #27416
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Just flew through Origin by Dan Brown. A real thriller although I got the feeling it hasn’t ended and the next Brown book will pick up where this one left off. Give it four and a half stars.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:50 AM   #27417
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AStill (re-)reading All Creatures Great and Small.
Which was fun, but not enough to make me want to re-read the rest of the books.

I've been on holiday, and got through quite a few books.

On Ordeal by Diane Duane - another three short stories in her Young Wizards universe. Vey good.

The Angry Tide by Winston Graham - more excellent late 18th century Cornish adventures of the Poldark family.

Man-Kzin Wars V by Larry Nivel et al. - more tales from the wars. Interesting.

Shanji by James C Glass - a Baen freebie I got ages OK. OK, but the plot was poor.

The Fourth Crow by Pat McIntosh - an excellent mediaeval Scottish mystery.
The King's Corrodian by Pat McIntosh - another in the series, but with a little bit too much logical experimentation IMO.

Artemis by Andy Weir. Good sf fun on the Moon, with quite a few plot holes, and with a female protagonist who didn't ring true to me. But whether that's Andy Weir's fault or mine, is hard for me to say.

Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates Splendid detective mystery novel set in early 20th Century Australia. The rest of the series are on my wish list.


Now starting on Seeing a Large Cat, the 9th in the Amelia Peabody series.

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Old 08-16-2018, 11:03 AM   #27418
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And excellent it was too.

Still (re-)reading All Creatures Great and Small.
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Which was fun, but not enough to make me want to re-read the rest of the books.
That was my take on it when I read it a couple of years ago. Made me nostalgic for the TV series, but not enough to want to read more of them.

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This is Cocaine Blues in North America, and you're right, a splendid detective series. Highly recommended. (And there's an excellent Australian Broadcast Company (ABC) series based on the novels that I can also recommend. )
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:29 AM   #27419
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Having finished The Secrets of Station X, by Michael Smith, an excellent look at the code-breakers of Bletchley Park that was quite an eye-opener in many ways (who knew there were so many different variants of the Enigma machine?), a book nominated for the New Leaf Book Club War theme, I thought it would be fun and interesting to read about codes from the other side of the equation, creating them. So I'm currently reading Between Silk and Cyanide, by Leo Marks who spent the WWII years creating and deciphering codes for the SOE. I'm about 1/3rd of the way through it, and I'm enjoying it immensely. Yet another example of how the book club's focus on Themes, rather than Genres, is leading to wonderful discoveries.
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I just finished Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia. A lot of long chapters, but fun fun fun!!!!!!! I gave it 5 stars on goodreads.

I need something light after that so I'm gonna read Rancher's Dream by B.J. Daniels. One of my purchases from this month. Yes, I'm going from monster hunting to western romance. lol
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