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Re: 2017 reading list
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2017, 08:40:35 PM »
finished pandora's star. 3/5 stars? dunno. the writing is bad and the book would be better with some major edits, but i'm a sucker for space opera and there's an interesting story buried in there. about 2/3 the way through the sequel (judas unchained). pretty much the same criticisms. this is a 1000 page book that would be better being around 500-600 pages.

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  - barely 3/5
14. judas unchained, peter hamilton -- in progress

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« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2017, 09:08:41 AM »
I was starting to feel lonely.  :D

So I finished Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series, at least as far as it goes.  There's another book coming out this fall. 
Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5.  I enjoyed this one a good bit.  Any time you've got a friend of the protagonist being charged for practicing elder sorcery, which carries a death penalty of course, you're going to have some intrigue.  I'd have given this a 4.5 but the reasoning was a bit convoluted.  Still a very fun book.  And I almost gave it the 4.5 anyway because Brust included brief outtakes at the end that were absolutely hilarious; basically satire about other fantasy series.
Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5.  This one was perhaps my least favorite of the Taltos books.  It's broken up into three main parts, which are scattered around the history of the other books.  Although the first two were interesting, the third was written in the style of the Khaavren romances, his other series set in the same world.  It's a very different, and might I say rather annoying, voice.  Still, it answered quite a few nagging questions including the identity of Aliera's daughter's father.  And, you know, how somebody who doesn't actually have a child could have a child, especially one who pops up long before she ever could have existed.  The Gods fuck with everything, don't they?  :D  Also incidentally, I'm not 100% sure I've read this book before.  It seems familiar, but I don't actually remember it.  We'll say I did.
Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5.  This one was much more in line with earlier, more exciting books.  Vlad finally does something about the problem he's had with the Jhereg that for half the series.  That's all I'm saying.  But it was fun!  And I am 95% sure that I did NOT read this one before. 

So now I wait for Vallista.  And in the meantime I'll reread some Fred Saberhagen that I liked as a kid.  Actually I already started that. So...

The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5.  It's an old series that I enjoyed as a kid.  And I'll flat out admit that if I did not, this would probably lose a half a star.  it starts slow an can be a bit of a grind at times.  But by the second half of the book it gets more interesting, and the 2nd and 3rd books are quite a bit better.  All three have also been collected into a collection called The Complete Book of Swords, which is how I recommend reading it actually.  But for me, I'm rereading it one book at a time.  Because, you know, reasons.  Oh and incidentally I'd give a higher rating to all three books together than I'd give to them separately.  It works better that way.

...And, we're done with May. 

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* = 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 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *


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Re: 2017 reading list
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2017, 08:27:17 PM »
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan   This was a stunning walk through the history of the Great Lakes and their battle with invasive species to be a healthy ecosystem.  Perhaps the best written non-fiction I have read in the past three years.  The book was fascinating and just flowed so well, with the prose varied but not obtuse.  If I gave stars, this would be 5 stars.

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
15) Grace Without God by Katherine Ozment
16) The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

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« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2017, 01:30:13 PM »
Okay, so I read the second book of the swords trilogy.  The second one is the least likable.  I mean, I still like it (anything that's a 3/5 qualifies as roughly average but good enough to keep.)  But I don't love it.  3/5
Looking forward to the third one.  I should be able to start tonight. 

Still not sure why I like the series as much as I do, when the individual books are just kind of decent.  But I do!   ::)

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* = 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 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *

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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2017, 11:54:56 AM »
So as I mentioned before, the third book of swords is quite a bit better.  And overall I'd give the anthology The Complete Book of Swords a solid 4 * rating.  And now we're done with memory lane and I'm on to something else. 

I may go read the books of lost swords (there's three or four of those) if I get the urge.  But for now I need something I haven't read before. 

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* = 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 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *
29. The Third Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhaen - 4/5 *

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« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2017, 02:42:14 PM »
finished judas unchained by hamilton. grand but bloated space opera. not great, but good enough that i picked up the first couple books in a follow-up series by the same author, the dreaming void and the temporal void. realized after getting about 5 pages into the dreaming void that i've read it before, maybe 5 yrs ago. stuck with it (with a fair amount of skimming); wanted to see how much difference knowing the backstory made (turned out not much) and also a refresher before going on to the next book, since i obviously didn't remember it that well. par for the course-- middling to above average space opera, maybe a little less bloated than the previous two books. about a chapter in on the temporal void now.

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  - barely 3/5
14. judas unchained, peter hamilton - 3/5
15. the dreaming void, peter hamilton - 3.5/5
16. the temporal void, peter hamilton -- in progress.

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« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2017, 03:41:06 PM »
You know, I have one of Peter Hamilton's books in my unread books pile.  It's been there a while though, and I don't remember which one it was.  That's kind of sad...
But not TOO sad, since I have about 150 other books in that self-same pile.   ::)
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2017, 03:43:30 PM »
So I finally got around to reading The Martian, by Andy Weir.  Yes, everybody who said it was amazing was right.  Yes, I loved the movie too, but liked the book even more.  Yes, there's no need for me to offer further praise for a book that half of GO has read.  But hey - I had to wait until I was ready for it, right? 
And yes, I'm giving it a 5. 

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* = 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 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *
29. The Third Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhaen - 4/5 *
30. The Martian, by Andy Weir - 5/5

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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2017, 05:35:17 PM »
Overdue for an update:
17) Harness the Sun by Philip Warburg   Got in a half priced store, finished it as I am heading up the Solar Campaign of the Chicago chapter of 350.org.  Older information (2015...is older in the current climate) but great stuff if interested in solar energy.

18) SW: Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig  The battle of Jakku.  Worth the read, but left a lot still unanswered between this and Force Awakens.

19) SW: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn  A stand-alone Thrawn book?  Written by Zahn?  Take my money.  Read in 36 hours.  Enjoyed every minute, even with the changes in the new canon.

20) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein   Ugh.  From the pidgin Russian to the hard core libertarian themes...was a struggle to finish.  But I persevered.

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
15) Grace Without God by Katherine Ozment
16) The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
17) Harness the Sun by Philip Warburg
18) SW: Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
19) SW: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
20) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein

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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2017, 09:51:16 PM »
loved heinlein when i was a kid. think a lot of it probably went over my head at the time, and a lot of the rest of it probably hasn't aged very well. half tempted to re-read a few of them, but not sure i want to be disappointed...

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« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2017, 10:46:10 AM »
I need to go back and reread some Heinlein one of these days.  I don't really remember it at all.
Incidentally I love that #8 on Jazz's update is the 8) emoji
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« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2017, 10:48:25 AM »
So I picked up a book by an author I've never heard of, Laurie Notaro.  She had decent reviews on Amazon and other places so what the heck?  Spooky Little Girl started out interesting, got boring in the middle, then got interesting again later on.  The end was a bit too abrupt and pat for me however.  I liked it just fine, but don't know if I'd read it again.  I think the urge to reread is required to hit a 4, so 3.5

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* = 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 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
18. Athyra, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
19. Orca, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
20. Dragon, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5 *
21. Issola, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
22. Dzur, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
23. Jhegaala, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
24. Iorich, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
25. Tiassa, by Steven Brust - 3.5/5 *
26. Hawk, by Steven Brust - 4.5/5
27. The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3.5/5 *
28. The Second Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen - 3/5 *
29. The Third Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhaen - 4/5 *
30. The Martian, by Andy Weir - 5/5
31. Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro, 3.5/5

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« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2017, 02:08:17 PM »
I love the 8) as well, its why I haven't tried to change it.  Plus, cool book for it to happen on.

21)  The Radium Girls by Kate Moore   Incredibly researched and written to tell the stories of the girls and young women who painted radium numbers on watches and clocks in the roaring 20s and who suffered tremendous pain and hardship from the radium poisoning.  While it was often depressing, the writing and story telling was amazing.  Highly recommended.

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
15) Grace Without God by Katherine Ozment
16) The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
17) Harness the Sun by Philip Warburg
18) SW: Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig
19) SW: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
20) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein
21)  The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2017, 01:01:01 PM »
As a family, we decided to greatly restrict our technology use for the summer, which has been absolutely fantastic for the kids. As a result, I've been reading a lot more than usual. In the past ten days I've read:

Clapp's Rock - an older, Canadian political satire about a politician from Newfoundland. It was meh.

American Gods - this was a re-read. Fantastic book, really made me want to watch the show.

A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel - a lovely, meandering romp through the history of reading. The book has a near complete lack of structure, which is entirely in line with one of the key themes in which the reader ultimately contextualizes books and their information. Chapters are loosely organized around different metaphors and perspectives on books and reading, and Manguel is more concerned with the journey than the destination. Which makes it excellent summer reading.

The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot - Lemony Snicket might say that (tongue-in-cheek) that Eliot is "too opaque" for many to understand, but we both know that's part of the charm of his poetry.
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« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2017, 09:51:06 AM »
The only one of those I've read is American Gods.  I need to reread that myself.  But I will say that I watched the first episode or two of the show and couldn't get into it at all.  Just no interest.  Shame that. 
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