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Re: 2018 Reading List?
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2019, 04:23:09 PM »
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15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5.
16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5.

2019:

1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5
2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5
3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5
4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5
5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke. 5/5


5. Finished Semiosis. excellent. human colony on a new planet. each chapter told by a character in subsequent generations, tho there is some back and forth between generations near the end and a few sections are told from an alien's POV. interesting structure, interesting story, interesting take on a first contact situation. best book i've read in a while. would be deserving of a hugo win.

6. Binti: home, by Nnedi Okorafor-- in progress. longer than the initial novella, tho not by much. good follow-up story. will probably be finishing it in the next day or two. would probably have finished it the other night if i didn't get yelled at for keeping the light on too late.
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Re: 2018 Reading List?
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2019, 09:12:52 PM »
As I am in a reading phase at the moment, I will throw my hat into the ring. 

1. The Core (Demon Cycle #5). Peter V. Brett. 3.5/5. The final chapter (sort of) of the Demon Cycle series was a bit of a let down after the earlier books
2. Hellhole trilogy (Hellhole, Hellhole: Awakening & Hellhole: Inferno).  Herbert B & Anderson K, J. 3/5.  Political, Sci-fi thriller with a few aliens thrown into the mix.  A vague "The Expanse" feel about it.
3. The girl with all the gifts. M. R. Carey. 4.5/5.  A great twist on the "zombie" genre.  The movie is a poor imitation!
4. The boy on the bridge. M. R. Carey. 4.5/5.  A prequel to The girl with all the gifts; maybe not quite as good, but a great read none-the-less
5. Fellside.  M.R. Carey. 3.5/5.  A supernatural thriller set in a women's prison; not usually my cup of tea, but it was well worth the read
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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2019, 07:55:40 PM »
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15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5.
16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5.

2019:

1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5
2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5
3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5
4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5
5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke. 5/5
6. Binti: home, by Nnedi Okorafor 4/5

7. Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor 4/5
8. Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds 4/5
9. Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynolds. 3/5

10. Dissidence, by Ken Macleod-- in progress

Read another (Lagoon) by Okorafor, not connected to the Binti series. Alien ship lands in the water off Lagos, Nigeria; social unrest ensues. The city was practically a character by itself.

Read two by Alastair Reynolds, Revenger and a direct sequel. Not obviously connected to his previous series. Far future SF, set in this solar system although that wasn't clear until he mentioned a few place names in the second book. not an optimistic outlook here-- think of the expanse after a dozen cycles of societal collapse. more of an adventure flavor than his other stuff, some horror mixed in but that's not unusual for the author. Revenger stood well enough on its own; Shadow Captain ended with a cliffhanger. Next book not out yet... :(

About halfway through Dissidence, first book in the Corporation Wars trilogy by Ken Macleod. Also far future hard SF.
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Re: 2018 Reading List?
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2019, 08:25:43 PM »
About to start the Borne series. Have had it for a minute, but wanted to get thru a re-read of the Ranger's Apprentice series first. After Borne, it's about time for my yearly Dune series re-read.

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« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2019, 05:31:48 AM »
do you ever enjoy the first 2 chapters of a book, read them over and over, and not move on?

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« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2019, 10:36:06 AM »
I am slowly going through one of my favorite series I read as a kid: The Chronicles of Prydain.

I'm also reading a ton of comics and graphic novels. It's been fun getting back into those. :D

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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2019, 05:13:18 PM »
Ah...the Book of Three and the adventures of Taran.

It is what got me into Fantasy.  I enjoyed reading these books to my kids.  Good memories.

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« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2019, 07:03:10 PM »
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15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5.
16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5.

2019:

1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5
2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5
3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5
4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5
5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke. 5/5
6. Binti: home, by Nnedi Okorafor 4/5
7. Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor 4/5
8. Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds 4/5
9. Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynolds. 3/5

10. Dissidence, by Ken Macleod 3/5
11. Make Me, by Lee Child  2/5
12. Noumenon, by Marina Lostetter, 3/5

13. Tiamat's Wrath, James Corey

Finished Dissidence, by Ken Macleod. Far future hard SF, the struggle between human intentions and developing AI/emergent sentience. Decent enough story. Pretty flat characters. Have the rest of the trilogy and will get to it eventually, but it's not exactly burning to be read right now.

Read a Jack Reacher book (Make Me). probably the worst Reacher book I've read, after reading a few. more or less the definition of a vacation read. utterly forgettable. nice job if you can get it, for the author.

Read Noumenon, by Marina Lostetter. another novel that's basically a collection of short stories about successive generations on a mission to another star. similar to both medusa uploaded and semiosis in that regard. not as good as either of those, but still a decent read.

up next is tiamat's wrath, the next book in the expanse series. every time i see the title, i think of the shield from d2. had a hard time finishing noemenon when i knew i had this one waiting...
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