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Title: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn on April 09, 2017, 07:11:16 PM
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. :)
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on April 18, 2017, 09:51:45 AM
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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: nanenj on April 19, 2017, 06:02:03 AM
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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on April 19, 2017, 07:54:21 PM
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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on April 21, 2017, 01:07:38 PM
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


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
*
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on April 26, 2017, 05:10:38 PM
So I've read the next two Steven Brust books in the series, Teckla and Taltos.  Teckla is probably the one I dislike the most out of the first 9 or 10.  Still worth a 4.  Not sure why I don't like it - maybe to much angst?  I love Taltos though.  Good stuff.  It's basically a fill in of all the backstory that they talked about and alluded to in the other books.  Solid  5 there.  Eagerly moving forward now. 


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 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *


Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on April 28, 2017, 04:31:36 PM
Read the next book - Phoenix, by Steven Brust.  Good - not the best.  Still very enjoyable.  4/5   Actually probably about a 4.25 because it's better than Teckla.  But... details.

Know what? I'm tired.  That's all I have to say. 

Quote from: Reigns

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 *
15. Teckla, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *
16. Taltos, by Steven Brust - 5/5 *
17. Phoenix, by Steven Brust - 4/5 *

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn on April 28, 2017, 08:45:16 PM
still working on pandora's star. someone please get this author an editor. i do not need multiple pages on how/why vineyards came to exist on some fucking planet that plays no significant role in the story other than that's where one minor character chose to live. maybe 2/3 of the way through, somewhere around page 500-600. there's an interesting story buried in there, but SO MUCH PADDING.

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on May 01, 2017, 11:11:16 AM
still working on pandora's star. someone please get this author an editor. i do not need multiple pages on how/why vineyards came to exist on some fucking planet that plays no significant role in the story other than that's where one minor character chose to live. maybe 2/3 of the way through, somewhere around page 500-600. there's an interesting story buried in there, but SO MUCH PADDING.

lol
Maybe he's related to Hemmingway?   ;D
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on May 01, 2017, 11:15:38 AM
So I finished up Athyra, by Steven Brust, right before we hit May.  So by my own standards I get to put it in April even though I'm posting on May 1.  Yay - lol. 
Let me note something about this book however -- it's written mostly from the point of view of a peasant character who was introduced in this book, whereas all previous books were written from the point of view of the main character, Vlad Taltos.  I hate when authors do that.  Honestly I just do.  However... as I did when last I read this book I found it annoying for about 10 pages, and then quickly got lost in how engaging the story was.  The long and short of it is that Brust actually managed to make it a refreshing change for the series.  So despite myself... I enjoyed the change.  Again.  4.5/5 - and just verging on that perfect 5.  Not QUITE there, but a very enjoyable book overall. 

Quote from: Reigns

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 *
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 *

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on May 05, 2017, 10:38:17 AM
Some esoteric crap in Orca, by Steven Brust, but I liked it anyway.  4.5/5
Sorry - too damn tired to go into details today.

MAY

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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 *

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn on May 05, 2017, 09:17:33 PM
still working on pandora's star. someone please get this author an editor. i do not need multiple pages on how/why vineyards came to exist on some fucking planet that plays no significant role in the story other than that's where one minor character chose to live. maybe 2/3 of the way through, somewhere around page 500-600. there's an interesting story buried in there, but SO MUCH PADDING.

lol
Maybe he's related to Hemmingway?   ;D

heh. i wish. :)
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on May 10, 2017, 02:25:19 PM
Next in the series is Dragon, by Steven Brust.  This one was a bit different as well; Vlad joins the army.  Well, sorta.  He had a grudge and a mission and, well, it all went from there.  Plus Steve-O has talked about this event in the backstory parts of multiple other books.  It was time to tell it as its own story.  I liked it, obviously.  Brust's habit of going back and forth between current events and events in Vlad's past from book to book (and sometimes even in one book) annoys some, but I find he's one of the few authors who does so seamlessly enough that it doesn't interrupt the narrative.  4.5/5 here as well.

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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 *

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on May 17, 2017, 08:45:25 AM
So I've read three more Steven Brust books.  Issola is my favorite of those - one of my favorites in the series in fact.  It brings to a head one of the underlying threads that has been running through the series since it began.  Dzur was pretty good, but not good enough to bee great.  Jhegaala was my least favorirte.  Honestly the story was just a bit confusing and it was lacking in many of the regular supporting characters that I enjoy so much.  By necessity, but no others emerged that were actually interesting.  It was one of those fill in what happened in the the past, when Vlad went back to the land of his ancestors.  I was glad to have the backstory filled in, but I'd have preferred the story be better.  So 5,4 and 3.5 (more a 3.75), respectively.  Luckily the next one I just started is quite a lot better.  After that I have only one more.  Oh woe and sadness.  Whatever shall I read?  :D

That's a hint to others to start posting your books, dammit!  I need suggestions!  I can't just read the nearly 150 unread books in my office -- there might be something better!

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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 *


Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on May 30, 2017, 08:21:43 AM
Wow, this has become the Reigns Reader.  Time to change that a bit.

Grace Without God by Katherine Ozment  The spark for the book started when the author was looking out her window at a Greek Orthodox Easter procession with her 4 year old son, who asked why they weren't there.  "We're not Greek Orthodox."  "What are we?"  "We're nothing." That response soured her, so she began investigating religions and secular organizations to find out what it was they were missing by having moved away from religion and raising their kids secular.  The writing can be a little clumsy at times, but it is heartfelt and well organized throughout her search.

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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn 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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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. 

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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 *


Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz 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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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!   ::)

JUNE

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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 *

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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. 

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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 *

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn 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.
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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.   ::)
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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. 

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz 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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn 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...
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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
 ;D
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz 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
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: narsica 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.
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns 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. 
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on July 17, 2017, 09:58:25 AM
Okay, so I was provided with the next Seanan McGuire book, which of course I had to read immediately.  It's Down Among the Sticks and Bones, a prequel of sorts to Every Heart a Doorway, which I read last year and gave a 4.  For the new book I'd give it a 3.5 overall, but a 4 if you're a fan of the author and liked the old book.  Speaking of which, I also reread Every Heart a Doorway because they're both short books (which is a lot of the reason they didn't get higher scores.)  Still a 4.  Ironically though if you read them both together I'd give that combination a 4.5.  THAT would make a good story, or rather stories.  And despite it all I'd love to read a third book in this setting.  You COULD read them out of order, but honestly I think you get more out of it if you read them in the order that McGuire wrote them. 

JULY

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *


Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Godji on July 17, 2017, 10:52:53 AM
I am far too disorganized to maintain such a list myself, but two books I read recently interesting enough to mention here :

-John Dies At The End. It's... hard to describe really, kind of like Lovecraft under acid. Fantastic/horror story, but with a completely wacky tone which had me laughing out loud numerous times. Difficult to recommend too, since I can see this clearly being hit or miss. Try the first chapter, available here (https://www.7novels.com/241746-john-dies-at-the-end.html) to get an idea, it's quite representative.

-A Wealth Of Humans, by Ryan Avent. I had been intrigued by some of his articles (https://www.1843magazine.com/features/why-do-we-work-so-hard, https://www.1843magazine.com/features/escape-to-another-world) so decided to get his book. You're most likely used to hearing that "machines and computers are destroying/stealing jobs". Well, this is a quite interesting essay on how technological progress has impacted work and more specifically the value of work, and some reflexions, mixing the extremely optimistic and the downright scary on how it may force us to consider some aspects of a "post-work" society. Not necessarily agreeing with all of his musings, but at the very least a good synthesis to feed your own reflexion.
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: narsica on July 19, 2017, 10:47:29 PM
Two more books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being which I hadn't read since high school. It was... not as good as I remembered. Also, God, Medicine, and Suffering by theologian Stanley Hauerwas, which was a decidedly nontraditional take on the whole theodicy thing.

I'm finding that I'm drawn to doing a lot of rereading of books that I haven't read in ages. I've been eyeing Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, which I haven't read in ages. Also Sickness unto Death by Kierkegaard. But I do need to knock some more titles off my unread shelves. Ugh. TOO MANY CHOICES.

Quote

1. Clapp's Rock by William Rowe
2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3. A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
4. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
6. God, Medicine, and Suffering by Stanley Hauerwas
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on July 25, 2017, 10:34:56 AM
Godji - I just looked up John Dies At The End and it looks way too bizarre not to own.  It's now on my wish list.  Thanks for the heads up on that!  (This is why I read these threads btw)
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on July 25, 2017, 10:42:49 AM
I finally got my hands on Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop, the newest book of The Others.  It took a bit after it came out because I thought I already had it and just couldn't find it.   ::)  Anyway, as always it's an extremely good read.  I heartily recommend this series for anyone who wants good quality series of non-standard fiction.  Humans are prey in these books, for the most part.  And the world belongs to The Others, although sometimes people forget that.  I like the inversion.  4.5 instead of 5 because it's not a constant reread.  But the whole series qualifies as 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
31. Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro, 3.5/5
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on July 25, 2017, 02:21:15 PM
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway  Took 5 weeks to read 400 pages.  I really enjoyed Old Man and the Sea, and wanted to try another Hemingway.  I flew through the first 120 pages...and then the style just overwhelmed me.  Very staccato- short sentences, punchy formatting.  It just overwhelmed me.  So I took a break and returned.  Finally pushed through to the end.  The machismo and flat female characters are hallmarks of his, but this was too much for me.  Will have to move on to another author.

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on July 26, 2017, 02:09:03 PM
Jazz - a tip of the hat to you for pushing through.  I've personally always found Ernest Hemingway to be, well, horrid. 
You know, I was going to give a long, involved metaphor to make it look like I had given my opinion much thought and deserved to be commenting on a writer of classics...
No.  Horrid works better.  :D
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on July 26, 2017, 02:16:54 PM
So I've been trying to go through and catch up on old series that I used to like but lost track of - or just never got back to.  (See Steven Brust).  That being said I dug out my copy of C.E. Murphy's Urban Shaman which I'd read back in 2006 or so, and quite enjoyed.  I then read a novella and two more books before losing track of the series entirely.  Well, since I've finally gotten my entire library up and organized this year after putting it off for nearly a decade, I decided to give it another go.  Not only did I dig that particular book out and give it another read, but I also ordered all of the subsequent books in the series - another 4 I think?  Regardless, caught up I shall be once I finish, barring earthquake, drought, zombie apocalypse or other disasters of the natural or supernatural kind. 

For this book specifically I still quite enjoyed it - although not perhaps as much as I did the first time around.  At one time I'd have gushed about the writer and the story and handed it a big, fat, glowing 5.  Now I still quite enjoyed the story, the characters in general and the feel of the book, but I have to admit that at times things felt just a bit rushed.   Things started out pretty quickly and escalated from there.  Don't get me wrong - Murphy gave you enough backstory and context that she did pull it off.  I just like my books to build to a crescendo.  That way the denouement feels satisfying - not just like you can finally take a break.  So a 4 is all I can hand it at this point.  Ironically though I'm quite eager to move on with the rest of the series.  I suppose that's because a 4 still qualifies as a book I did quite enjoy - as I believe I mentioned.  :)  Overall if you like urban fantasy this is a book that I would recommend.  But it's not one that will convert readers, like The Dresden Files or some of McGuire's works for instance. 

Quote from: Reigns

* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Godji on July 26, 2017, 07:46:21 PM
Bizarre perfectly sums up John Dies At The End indeed Reigns!

I picked up, but probably won't start anytime soon, its sequel, "This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It". Title sets the tone.
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn on July 30, 2017, 06:49:41 PM
finished book 2 in hamilton's void series. took a break and read the windup girl; decent post-apocalypse (sort of; more post-environmental/economic collapse than say, nuclear winter type stuff) scifi. back to space opera with the conclusion of the void series...

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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 -- 3/5
17. the windup girl, paolo bacigalupi  -- 4/5
18. the evolutionary void, peter hamilton -- in progress
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on July 31, 2017, 12:14:51 PM
Bizarre perfectly sums up John Dies At The End indeed Reigns!

I picked up, but probably won't start anytime soon, its sequel, "This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It". Title sets the tone.

On a whim I threw it into my wish list.  The next day my wife bought it for me.  lol
So apparently I will be reading it, at least eventually.
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on July 31, 2017, 12:19:39 PM
So I read the book that contains CE Murphy's novella that relates to The Walker Papers.  It isn't necessary, but does fill in some big holes if you skip it.  This past weekend I finished up Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy.  The piece by Lackey isn't the type I'd normally like, but I found -- once again -- that I liked it anyway.  The piece by Lee was pretentious, as is every piece of her writing that I've ever seen.  It wasn't horrible, but it certainly wasn't something I'd read if it wasn't in the middle of the book I already WAS reading.  The last piece, by Murphy, was quite enjoyable.  I'd give the various novellas, in order, a 3, a 2.5 and a 4.  Overall that nets the book a 3... mostly for having to wade through other things I wasn't feeling right about skipping.  :D

* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on July 31, 2017, 12:22:56 PM
Needed some new blood after Hemingway.  I had bookmarked this list (http://www.listchallenges.com/npr-top-100-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books) from NPR years ago and decided to make some headway.  I was at 31 of 100, so decided to request the top five I haven't read from the local library system.  Went in to get them, and browsed for a few more quick reads.

23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis   The story of Jyn Erso.  Superfast read (400 pgs in under 6 hours)  Get to see her relationship with Saw and his decline, and her entanglements with both the rebels and the Empire.  Not bad.

24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card  I had wanted to read this before the movie came out, and never did.  Gives me a greater appreciation of both.  The film had to prize battles over introspection and characters, but the book does the opposite.  Going to request the next two in the series after I'm done with this batch.

Up next: Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn on August 15, 2017, 08:22:11 PM
finished hamilton's void series. pretty much par for the course. take any comment about the previous books and apply them here (middle-of-the-road space opera, decent story, but did each book really need to be that fucking long??? i can't believe i read 2000 pages of this series, well over 3K if you include the precursor series. oh well).

started and finished talon of god by wesley snipes (yes, THAT wesley snipes) and ray norman... this was a gag gift from one of my sisters. i was stubborn and read it anyway. truly horrible. i've stopped reading far better books than this. at least it was a fast read.

up next, the fifth season by NK Jemisin.

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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 -- 3/5
17. the windup girl, paolo bacigalupi  -- 4/5

18. the evolutionary void, peter hamilton -- 3/5
19. talon of god, wesley snipes & ray norman -- 0/5
20. the fifth season, n.k. jemison -- in progress
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on August 20, 2017, 02:26:17 PM
25) Watchmen by Alan Moore   Felt just like the movie, which is good for the movie.  First ever graphic novel, and not certain I like the medium.

26) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  Nothing like I expected.  The prose is lush, the monster is amazing, and the moral crises are phenomenal.  One of the best books of the year.

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25) Watchmen by Alan Moore
26) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on August 26, 2017, 08:03:26 PM
27) Reimagining the Science Department by Wayne Melville, Doug Jones and Todd Campbell    A coworker put forth the thought that we are completely unproductive from 3-4, so it has become the professional reading time.  This is the first fruit of that set aside.  Really helpful and practical book that has made me feel much better about the work I am doing now as an administrator.

28) Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl  Suggested by my counselor.  The first 100 pages of 154 are a recollection of the author's time in various concentration camps.  Incredibly moving.  The final 54 are his synopsis of logotherapy, which he is the father of.  The basic tenet is that meaning is different for each individual, but can be found via action in the world, by experiencing something or encountering someone, and our attitude towards unavoidable suffering.  Incredibly thoughtful and a good way for me as a non-religious person to center myself when struggling.

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25) Watchmen by Alan Moore
26) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
27) Reimagining the Science Department by Wayne Melville, Doug Jones and Todd Campbell
28) Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on September 01, 2017, 01:46:51 PM
So I read the next three C.E.Murphy books - Thunderbird Falls, Coyote Dreams and Walking Dead.  I liked all three, with Walking Dead being my favorite.  I'd throw them a 4, 4 and 4.5.  Been waiting on the next book after those for weeks now.  It's... annoying, as that will be the first one I've not read before.  So I'm reading some Kelley Armstrong now while I wait.

* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on September 04, 2017, 12:50:46 PM
29) The Princess Bride by William Goldman  If you love the movie, and have never read the book, do yourself a favor and get it sometime.  Absolutely delightful with a twin narrative of the story line and author talk.  I actually giggled out loud numerous times while reading.

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25) Watchmen by Alan Moore
26) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
27) Reimagining the Science Department by Wayne Melville, Doug Jones and Todd Campbell
28) Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
29) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on September 13, 2017, 03:37:03 PM
29) The Princess Bride by William Goldman  If you love the movie, and have never read the book, do yourself a favor and get it sometime.  Absolutely delightful with a twin narrative of the story line and author talk.  I actually giggled out loud numerous times while reading.

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25) Watchmen by Alan Moore
26) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
27) Reimagining the Science Department by Wayne Melville, Doug Jones and Todd Campbell
28) Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
29) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

You know, I've had that book sitting there waiting for me for literally years.  I'll have to move it up in the queue.  Currently I'm in the middle of the Urban Shaman series AND reread IT AND reading an anthology.  So... yeah.
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on September 13, 2017, 03:44:14 PM
While waiting for the next Urban Shaman book to arrive from the shipping limbo it had been (and still is) lost in, I read the last book in the Cainsville series, by Kelley Armstrong: Rituals.  4/5.  It was nicely written as others were, but the end felt forced.  Honestly I liked it, but was left a bit unsatisfied.  I wasn't even sure that it WAS the last book until the very last pages.  But whatever - decent series with a hurried ending. 

September

* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: syn on September 15, 2017, 10:52:59 PM
up next, the fifth season by NK Jemisin.

that book was great, tentative 5/5. it won the hugo last year, and deserved it. book 2 in the series (the obelisk gate) was also very good. i actually went out and bought book 3 (the stone sky) rather than try and get it from the library. author published these things quickly... will update my list later on.
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on September 27, 2017, 04:30:04 PM
So the latest Seanan McGuire book came out - The Brightest Fell, which is an October Daye novel.  It's a whole lot of fun and also contains a novella at the end focused on a minor character, April O'Leary, who is a Dryad who lost her tree and was grafted into a dying server along with pieces of said tree before either died - making a new species.  The novella was actually even more fun than the Novel.  5/5 for sheer fun.


* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on October 06, 2017, 12:51:08 PM
So I finished up an Anthology called Urban enemies.  The stories therein are all told from the point of view of the bad guys in popular urban fantasy series.  Authors include such favorites of mine as Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Sean McGuire and Carrie Vaughn. It wasn't bad. Wasn't fantastic, but a small cut above the normal anthology drivel.  I'd hand this one a 3.5.
I also FINALLY got the next book in the Urban Shaman series.  Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy was a lot of fun, and I'd say it was slightly more well put together than the last of her books.  This one I'd hand a 4.5, the upgrade being mostly due to increased cohesiveness of the plot. 

And now that I have that book, I can read the other 3 Urban Shaman books I've had languishing in my library for months.  I'm well into the next one already.   ;D


* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on October 10, 2017, 02:45:20 PM
Read the next in the series - Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy.  Liked it as much for the same reasons - 4.5/5
Yes, that's all I have to say.  I have a headache.   >:(


* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on November 01, 2017, 03:27:41 PM
So I've read the next couple of The Walker Papers, by C.E. Murphy.  Raven Calls was a good read that took things in some slightly new but not unexpected directions.  Another solid 4.5.  Mountain Echoes wasn't as interesting to me, for a lot of reasons.  Still good, but more predictable than I'd like.  Down to a 4 for this one.  And then there was No Dominion: A Garrison Report, which was a novella and a bunch of short stories put together to make a book.  Most of it was told from the point of view of the main character's best friend, who is also an important character in the series.  Very nice change of pace and important to fill in some of the blank spots I think.  I'll also give this a 4 although it verges on that extra .5
The very last book is up next.  We'll see how we end up.


* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
45. Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
46. Mountain Echoes, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
47. No Dominion: A Garrison Report, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5

Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on November 04, 2017, 11:31:26 AM
A bunch of titles, and not sure how I feel about counting the graphic novels as stand alone books.  Meh, they're published separate, so be it.

30) Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris  Finally completed the trilogy.  Morris is a gifted writer who helps you understand the times as well as the man.  The machinations in the Republican Party that led Roosevelt to found the Bull Moose party make the current news about the Democratic primary seem like child's play.  The force that was Teddy Roosevelt is in evidence throughout, including how he wielded his influence as a former president against a sitting president whom he completely disagreed with.  The larger historical context about the run up to WWI was fascinating.  In school it was "Archduke shot, Europe in Chaos, Lusitania sunk, US to the rescue."  No mention of the fact that it was over a year between the Lusitania and US entering, the concerns over Russia flipping sides with the Bolshevik revolution, or Japan using the opportunity to land grab.  Truly magnificent series.

31) Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison by Haden Blackman
32) Vader Down by Jason Aaron and Keiron Gillen
33) Darth Vader- The Shu-Torin War by Keiron Gillen
32) The Empire, Legends Vol 1 by Various
33) Kanan, the last Padawan by Greg Weisman    Here are the graphic novels.  I had heard from a friend there was some good stuff here.  Indeed, it was entertaining as hell to see Vader's power grow.  In one scene in Vader down he is surrounded by over a thousand rebel soldiers, advised to surrender, and responds "All I am surrounded by is fear.....and dead men." as he ignites his lightsaber.  I may read some more as they are fun, fast reads, and the artwork is excellent.  I don't know that I would ever read a graphic novel when a regular version is available, but as standalones, they were a blast.

34) Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson  Another new novel, told via flashbacks to Phasma's origins.  Perhaps not the greatest of the new books, but entertaining nonetheless and helps fill in how the First Order functions.

EDIT:  35)  Caesar's Last Breath by Sam Kean    IMHO, Kean is the best popular writer on science topics.  Fantastic accounting of how gases behave, the evolution of our atmosphere, and what it means for daily living.  The title premise is that in every breath, we likely inhale a molecule or two that Caesar exhaled in his last breath.  Stunning writing, combined with attempts to make the huge numbers understandable

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25) Watchmen by Alan Moore
26) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
27) Reimagining the Science Department by Wayne Melville, Doug Jones and Todd Campbell
28) Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
29) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
30) Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
31) Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison by Haden Blackman
32) Vader Down by Jason Aaron and Keiron Gillen
33) Darth Vader- The Shu-Torin War by Keiron Gillen
32) The Empire, Legends Vol 1 by Various
33) Kanan, the last Padawan by Greg Weisman
34) Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson
35)  Caesar's Last Breath by Sam Kean
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on December 05, 2017, 12:41:55 PM
I've spent far too much time back and forth with my mom's health issues to do a ton of reading.  But I finished The Walker Papers at least.  Shaman Rises was about what was expected.  Enjoyable but not mindblowing.  I don't mind.  I started this series literally years ago and it was nice to read the conclusion.  It was even vaguely satisfying.  4/5


* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
45. Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
46. Mountain Echoes, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
47. No Dominion: A Garrison Report, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
48. Shaman Rises, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Jazz on December 28, 2017, 03:49:34 PM
36)  Rama II by Arthur C Clarke and Gentry Lee   A second Rama spacecraft approaches.  How will Earth respond?  The book gets bogged down in the first 160 pages with character development that is later unresolved, but the last 260 flies off the page.

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
22) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
23) SW: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
24) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25) Watchmen by Alan Moore
26) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
27) Reimagining the Science Department by Wayne Melville, Doug Jones and Todd Campbell
28) Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
29) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
30) Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
31) Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison by Haden Blackman
32) Vader Down by Jason Aaron and Keiron Gillen
33) Darth Vader- The Shu-Torin War by Keiron Gillen
32) The Empire, Legends Vol 1 by Various
33) Kanan, the last Padawan by Greg Weisman
34) Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson
35)  Caesar's Last Breath by Sam Kean
36)  Rama II by Arthur C Clarke and Gentry Lee
Title: Re: 2017 reading list
Post by: Reigns on January 11, 2018, 12:50:45 PM
So here is my last update for 2017
Stories of your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang, which I give a 4 out of five.  This anthology was fantastic... at first.  Then it hit a major low point with the title story, which was what was turned into the movie Arrival, which I loved.  However, the actual story was very thin.  Fascinating, but thin.  He followed it up with some more mediocre pieces and then a few more good ones.  So in truth this is a mix of 5* and 3* stories for me.  4 seems about right. 

I didn't hit the book a week tier that I always try and get to.  :(


* = 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
32. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire 3.5/5
33. Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire - 4/5 *
34. Etched in Bone, by Anne Bishop - 4.5/5
35. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
36. Winter Moon, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy - 3/5*
37. Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
38. Coyote Dreams, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5 *
39. Walking Dead, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5 *
40. Rituals, by Kelley Armstrong - 4/5
41. The Brightest Fell, by Seanan McGuire - 5/5
42. Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise - 3.5/5
43. Demon Hunts, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
44. Spirit Dances, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
45. Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy - 4.5/5
46. Mountain Echoes, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
47. No Dominion: A Garrison Report, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
48. Shaman Rises, by C.E. Murphy - 4/5
49. Stories of your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang - 4/5