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syn:
copy/paste/update from the old list. feel like i missed one between 6 and 7 (trespasser, eeny meeny) but it must not have been memorable, because i can't think what it might've been*, **.

eeny meeny was terrible. tried to be something in the vein of thomas harris's silence of the lambs/hannibal etc, failed on all counts. do not waste your time.

a man called ove was great. translation from a swedish author. comedy/drama about an elderly man trying to deal with events in his life. would try to put in more descriptors but don't want to be spoilery. think there was a movie based on this last year, which we'll have to look for.

time salvager- set in ~2500?  terrible title and clearly a first novel, but got better as it went along. lost points for being a cliffhanger, but will look for the sequel if i remember to (i'm assuming the author planned one, based on the ending).

goodhouse; another first novel. much better writing than time salvager. near future scifi, extremely believable. strong gattaca flavor to it.

pandora's star; maybe 100 pages in. space opera, established british scifi author. still introducing characters. seems like hamilton's one of those guys that's outgrown his editors. 

1. death's end, cixin liu/ken liu  - 4.5/5
2. central station, lavie tidhar  - 3.5/5
3. blood song, anthony ryan  - 4/5
4. tower lord, anthony ryan  - 3/5
5. queen of fire, anthony ryan  - 3/5
6. the trespasser, tana french  - 3.5/5
7. the magician's assistant, anne patchett 2.5/5
8. abomination, gary whitta   4/5
9. eeny meeny, m.j. arlidge  - 1/5
10. a man called ove, fredrik backman   - 4/5
11. time salvager, wesley chu   - 3/5
12. goodhouse, peyton marshall  -  3.5/5
13. pandora's star, peter hamilton  -- in progress

*edit: remembered the missing book. the magician's assistant had well realized characters and was well written, but was not really my kind of story. about a woman dealing with the death of her partner and discovering/meeting his extended family after his death. one of my wife's books (as was a man called ove and eeny meeny, for that matter).

** forgot a second book in that span as well. abomination, by gary whitta. fantasy, set in england roughly 1000 years ago. was a pleasant surprise. could easily see this set in the diablo world. gory violent supernatural goodness. maybe a bit predictable but that's ok. :)

Reigns:
Copied from other forums... and new books:

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams - 3/5.  Collection of apocalyptic stories.  A few worth reading.  A few not.  Nothing that you haven't seen before.  Worth one read - not worth keeping the book.
Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 3.5/5.  This was fun and interesting, but really only if you like Norse mythology.  Basically a retelling of the classic myths.  No, not the Marvel versions.  :D  I recommend it due to the subject and Gaiman's ability to paint vivid pictures unless you want original work.
The Rising, by Kelly Armstrong - 4/5.  The conclusion to the Darkness Rising series, it's quite fun if you read her women of the otherworld series.  Otherwise it's a standard teen series - the first she tried after her more adult oriented urban fantasy.  The conclusion was a bit weak which kept the score down, but otherwise it was more or less satisfying.  Sort of one of those good enough for fanboy books - which I am.

April

* = reread
1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien - 5/5 *
2. Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L Hughes - 4/5
3. The Haunting of Cassie Palmer, by Vivien Alcock - 2.5/5
4. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
5. Reckoning, by Lili St. Crow - 4/5
6. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman - 3/5
7. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
8. Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs - 4.5/5
9. The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
10. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams - 3/5
11. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 3.5/5
12. The Rising, by Kelly Armstrong - 4/5

nanenj:
R...r...read?  How does I read?! x_X;

More seriously, i've enjoyed a number of books, I posted about one I really enjoyed, but most of them are in audiobook form as of late.  I listen on the commute into work.

I just signed up for a book crate, finally got suckered into one of those subscription things.   Means I'll get at least 8 more books this year to read.

I think the most adult thing I'm going to read/listen to though is 'This book is full of spiders' and possibly 'What the hell did I just read:  A novel of cosmic horror', however, I'm pretty sure that those are only considered adult on the most crude level.

I should compile a list, and I may, with ratings of what I've gone through already this year.  That requires energy I don't have at 6:00am though :P

Jazz:
Yay!  Finally back in!

Two new books, both by Bill McKibben

Eaarth   The premise is that we have already changed the planet enough due to global warming to warrant the new name.  Details many of the recent changes, but is already a bit dated.

Oil and Honey   Details the work against the Keystone XL pipeline and the growth of 350.org, alongside stories of a local organic honey farmer.  Makes a strong case for local focus to adapt to the changing climate.  This aligns with studies on species survival of mass extinctions- those that were spread over the entire globe tended to find a place and way to survive in small communities and repopulate.

1) Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
2) Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
3) Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne
4) Grunt by Mary Roach
5) Red Star Rogue by Kenneth Sewell and Clint Richmond
6) Being a Beast by Charles Foster
7) Neuromancer by William Gibson
8) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
9) Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke
10) The STEM Leader Guide- Practical Advice for Creating a STEM School by Hans Meeder
11) Hyperion by Dan Simmons
12) The Universe Within by Neil Shubin
13) The Sea Wolf by Jack London
13) Eaarth by Bill McKibben
14) Oil and Honey by Bill McKibben

Reigns:
I love that Jazz's # 8 is the  8)  lol
So I decided it was time to reread something I really enjoyed - something I haven't read in a while.  This time I went for a series - the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Brust#Vlad_Taltos.  I started reading it back in the 80's (book one was published in 83, but I picked it up a bit later).  Still love it.  And it's still being added to, abeit with several years between each book. 

Jhereg, by Steven Brust - 5/5.  Vlad is an assassin whose father bought his way into the house of the Jhereg in the Dragaeran empire, gaining a title and a link to the imperial orb, which allows them to use sorcery, as opposed to the normal withcraft that Easterners would use.  Despite hating Dragaerans, all of Vlad's friends are of that species - except his familiar, Loiosh... who is also a jhereg, from whence the house takes its name.  Incidentally Dragaerans call themselves human, and Vlad (who would be human to us) is an Easterner.  So there's a plot too... but I'll leave that for you to find.  Fantastic book.  Fantastic series.
Yendi, by Steven Brust - 5/5.  Follow up to Jhereg.  Also fantastic.  Fills in a lot of the history that's assumed in the first book.  Again, an actual plot to this one as well.  It's a fun read.  FYI a yendi is a poisonous snake in the Dragaeran empire.  Random facts because why not.  :D


--- Quote from: Reigns on April 18, 2017, 09:51:45 AM ---
April

* = reread
1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien - 5/5 *
2. Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L Hughes - 4/5
3. The Haunting of Cassie Palmer, by Vivien Alcock - 2.5/5
4. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
5. Reckoning, by Lili St. Crow - 4/5
6. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman - 3/5
7. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire - 4.5/5
8. Silence Fallen, by Patricia Briggs - 4.5/5
9. The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
10. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams - 3/5
11. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman - 3.5/5
12. The Rising, by Kelly Armstrong - 4/5
13. Jhereg, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
14. Yendi, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *

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