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Old 02-19-2018, 10:45 PM   #26911
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Read the novella All Systems Red by Martha Wells. Apparently, this will be a series with more installments expected this year. I liked the theme and the writing was witty and precise. Lots of android introspection but not enough to throw me out of the story. This wasn't bad at all. Rated B- [4 stars].
Total of four installments, IIRC... and isn't the "android introspection" the whole point? Like, it's not called "The Murderbot Adventures." Diaries mean introspection.

I finally finished the indie superhero novel I started reading in August. Neat premise, solid story, good characters, awful editing, and it ends on a cliffhanger (with the sequel still unpublished). Not recommended.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:27 AM   #26912
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Since my last post I have read:
  • Carrie Vaughn's Bannerless
  • Jason Lutes' Berlin: City of Stones
  • Carson McCullers' "A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud"
  • Stephanie Powell Watts' "Unassigned Territory"
Okay, doing a great job of posting on my challenge thread list, but keep forgetting to double it up here... Since my previous post, I have read:
  • Edger Keret's short story "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door"
  • John Allison's comic Giant Days: Not on the Test Edition, Vol 2
  • Oliver Goldsmith's book The Vicar of Wakefield
  • Phillip K. Dick's story "The Hanging Stranger"
  • A.A. Milne's only foray into the detective novel The Red House Mystery
  • Nnedi Okorafor's story "The Baboon War"

I am currently reading Virigina Woolf's To The Lighthouse and Isaac Asimov's I, Robot.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:28 AM   #26913
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Last night I finished In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Good mystery/thriller. Next up is Star Trek: The Next Generation Hearts and Minds by Dayton Ward.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:31 AM   #26914
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Finished Neogenesis. Excellent. With many series, the plot starts to slow down as the series progresses. Not so with the Liaden Universe.
Now also reading I, Claudius by Robert Graves.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:33 PM   #26915
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Total of four installments, IIRC... and isn't the "android introspection" the whole point? Like, it's not called "The Murderbot Adventures." Diaries mean introspection.
I generally don't care for diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, etc but I do enjoy Wells' work so I was hoping this series has some android adventure (it is called a murderbot, after all) along with the internal thoughts.

However, I really dislike serials. Seems like a money grab to me. Four installments at $3.99 each comes out to be $16 for a 600 page book.

Edit: Looking at Amazon I see the pre-orders are currently going for $9.99 each. Hopefully, prices will drop when released.

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Old 02-20-2018, 01:10 PM   #26916
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Well, Wonder wasn't really wonderful. OK, but no better. I'd say 3 stars at best. I didn't want to abandon it, but it was close. This trilogy really didn't live up to the promise of the first book.

Next up, Devices and Desires, the 8th Adam Dalgliesh book from P.D. James. This, at least, I know I can count on!
Still reading Devices and Desires on audio, but meanwhile I read E. R. Braithwaite's To Sir With Love. The movie was very closely based on the book, and it was a pleasure to revisit it. But also a bit of a downer, seeing so many of the issues that Braithwaite dealt with still a major problem.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:43 PM   #26917
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Finished Cold Welcome, thanks to a (to me) unexpected holiday... Now reading Mustaine by David Mustaine, another rock memoir; this time by the former Metallica guitarist and Megadeth founder/frontman.
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:02 AM   #26918
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Decided on Wen Spencer's Alien Taste. My first with this author. I really liked the first half. Great characters and their relationships. Non-traditional. Interesting plot and mystery. However, the second half forced me to suspend belief too often. Several unusual human responses and huh? moments added to it. Fast pace, fortunately. Can someone actually ride a motorcycle at speeds of 200 mph through Pittsburgh while maintaining control? Enjoyed it overall despite the ending. Rated C [3 stars].
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:15 AM   #26919
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Not her best, IMHO. But try Eight Million Gods of you want something fairly far out, but fun. Or Tinker, if you want pure fantasy.
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:41 AM   #26920
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Now also reading I, Claudius by Robert Graves.
And also Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookshop.

I rarely have so many books on the go!
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:10 PM   #26921
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I've just finished 'Why we sleep' by Matthew Walker. If you fancy some entertaining and enlightening non fiction it's available on Amazon UK
why we Sleep
£4.99.
Just finished this and it was excellent and extremely informative. Had no idea sleep was as complex and important as the author so eloquently describes it. This should be mandatory reading for everyone.

Only problem I had with it was wanting to take a nap every time I put it down. LOL
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:25 PM   #26922
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I just finished Neal Stephenson's D.O.D.O. book and loved it. I can not believe I read such a huge book in under 3 weeks. I am now reading The Firm by John Grisham
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:42 PM   #26923
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Read another recent (and impulse!) buy, The Fog Diver by Joel N. Ross. An airship adventure for tween readers. Well written for that age and fun action scenes. The lost references to our modern day world were comical, i.e. Elvis Parsley. I do think the Matt Cruse series and Westerfeld's Leviathan were better. This book ends on a cliffhanger and you know how much I love that. Rated C- [2 stars]

Next, something more grown-up, Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers. A freebie I picked up somewhere.
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Old 02-22-2018, 02:03 PM   #26924
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When you get done, please come and share your thoughts in the book club thread, we'd love to hear what you think.
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When you get done, please come and share your thoughts in the book club thread, we'd love to hear what you think.
Indeed. That's one reason the discussion threads stay open, because new people find books and we all get to revisit them. Thanks for that reminder, Dazrin.
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