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Old February 28 2012, 07:01 PM   #391
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Finally started reading Supergods by Grant Morrison. Enjoying it so far. (I've made it through the Marvel revolution and am just up to the debut of Kirby's New Gods.)
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Old February 28 2012, 09:50 PM   #392
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I'm about two thirds of the way through Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn. Next up, That which Divides by Dayton Ward.
If you havent already read it, Timothy Zahn has a Star Wars novel called "Survivor's Quest" I read this back to back with Outbound Flight and it was awesome.

Just thought I would throw that out there
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Old February 29 2012, 04:57 AM   #393
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Here's what I read in February:

02/04/2012 33 ⅓: Zaireeka by Mark Richardson
02/05/2012 Toyman by E.C. Tubb
02/08/2012 33 ⅓: The Who Sell Out by John Dougan
02/10/2012 33 ⅓: Pet Sounds by Jim Fusilli
02/10/2012 The Yellow Cabochon (na) by Matthew Hughes
02/11/2012 Hastur Lord by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross
02/12/2012 Kalin by E.C. Tubb
02/13/2012 Phallos (na) by Samuel R. Delany
02/14/2012 The Space-Born by E.C. Tubb
02/15/2012 Exile’s Song by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Adrienne Martine-Barnes
02/17/2012 The Stress of Her Regard (audiobook) by Tim Powers
02/20/2012 Space: 1999: Born for Adversity by David A. McIntee
02/25/2012 The Shadow Matrix by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Adrienne Martine-Barnes
02/25/2012 A Time to Cast Away Stones (na) by Tim Powers
02/28/2012 Space: 1999: Resurrection (audiobook) by William Latham

Started out the month reading some of the 33 ⅓ series of monographs on "classic" albums. The book on Flaming Lips' Zaireeka was a fun read, especially considering I've never listened to the album as intended (it comes on 4 CDs and you're supposed to cue up the 4 disks on 4 CD players to play simultaneously, so the final mixdown happens in your living room. Or something like that.) The other 2 33 ⅓ books are about albums I've listened to literally thousands of times. No new insights really, but it was fun reading along while listening.

Two Space: 1999 titles. Resurrection is the first book Powys published. It's pretty dire. Fanfic -- and not good fanfic at that. McIntee's Born for Adversity was lots lots better. It's the first Space: 1999 book that I'd actually recommend to someone who's not a die-hard fan of the show.

A trio of Darkover books -- I'm reading all the "Modern" Darkover titles again in preparation for a new book (by Deborah J. Ross) that's supposed to be out later this year. This was my third attempt to read The Shadow Matrix and I finally got through it. It's awful, but at least now I can say I've read every Darkover novel. Yay...?

Three E.C Tubb titles. The first two were books 3 & 4 in the Dumarest of Terra series. The third was an interesting take on life aboard a "generation" ship, written in the mid-'50's. It might have been an influence on Logan's Run.

I came down with a miserable sinus cold early in the month -- that's how I was able to read a book a day for a week or so -- I was doing nothing but blow my nose and read on my Nook. One of the books I read that week was Delany's Phallos, which is really something you have to experience. It's allegedly a review/summary/academic treatise on a nonexistent gay porn novel from 1969. Delany is awesome. He has a new book coming in the next couple months.

The Stress of Her Regard and A Time to Cast Away Stones are related works by Tim Powers (they're also related to The Anubis Gates). Powers's forthcoming Hide Me Among the Graves is related to all three, so I'm getting ready for that as well.

The Matthew Hughes is his latest Luff Imbry novella, published as a small stand-alone hardcover. Wonderful, if expensive for the word count. Hughes has 2 novels coming out in the next few months (One is a gaming tie-in under the pseudonym "Hugh Matthews" he uses for tie-in writing.) I'm detecting a pattern that I wasn't conscious of during the month, reading books to get ready for new books coming in the next few months. I'm weird like that.

There's one more day in the month, but I know I won't finish anything else by tomorrow. I've wrapped up a bunch of reading "projects" this month, and I fully intend on getting back to Trek soon. Typhon Pact, DTI and the latest from Ward (e-bought just today) and Cox are all begging for my attention. March may just be their month!
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Old February 29 2012, 06:00 PM   #394
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If you havent already read it, Timothy Zahn has a Star Wars novel called "Survivor's Quest" I read this back to back with Outbound Flight and it was awesome.

Just thought I would throw that out there
Not yet, but it is now on the list, thanks
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Old February 29 2012, 08:26 PM   #395
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I've read, without a choice, Saidiya Hartman's "Lose Your Mother"...

Next on my list (for leisure) is either "Tunnel in the Sky" or "Adventures of an Artificial Woman."
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Old March 1 2012, 12:21 AM   #396
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I subscribe to a free service called tracknewbook.com. It e-mails me whenever one of my favorite authors has a new book coming out. It occasionally sends me some odd suggestions, though. Christopher in particular has led to some of the more interesting book recommendations.

author > christopher bennett

Espresso Fiction: A Collection of Flash Fiction for the Average Joe by Kaj Anderson-Bauer, Melanie McDonald, Brian Cooper and Jacqueline Delibes (Feb 14, 2012)

Description: Dive into a world full of shrinking husbands, one-night stands, and President Lincoln doppelgangers.

author > christopher bennett

Lit Bite Poems "Mature & Pliant" (The Lit Bite Series) by Legro Bennett and Christopher Clutter (Nov 21, 2011)

Description: What price poetry? What price breakfast, lunch, dinner, a latte? Got poem?
Poetry makes your mind, body, and soul go in all directions! Affordable, yes!


Peter David tends to lead me to porn recommendations, bible studies, and some book about overcoming trauma through yoga.
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Old March 1 2012, 12:37 AM   #397
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Oh...kay....
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Old March 1 2012, 12:51 AM   #398
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Two Space: 1999 titles. Resurrection is the first book Powys published. It's pretty dire. Fanfic -- and not good fanfic at that. McIntee's Born for Adversity was lots lots better. It's the first Space: 1999 book that I'd actually recommend to someone who's not a die-hard fan of the show.
When time permits, I want to read one of those Powys Space:1999 novels.
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Old March 1 2012, 12:54 AM   #399
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Oh...kay....
Those two recommendations got sent to me due to your last name. Both books have an author named Bennett (Expresso fiction having a short story author named Eleanor Bennett).
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Old March 1 2012, 01:23 AM   #400
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Two Space: 1999 titles. Resurrection is the first book Powys published. It's pretty dire. Fanfic -- and not good fanfic at that. McIntee's Born for Adversity was lots lots better. It's the first Space: 1999 book that I'd actually recommend to someone who's not a die-hard fan of the show.
When time permits, I want to read one of those Powys Space:1999 novels.
Born for Adversity is the one to read, of the 3 I've read so far (I read Survival by Brian Ball last spring and can remember exactly NOTHING about it. That doesn't seem to indicate that it's exceptionally good. Or exceptionally bad, for that matter.)

There are another 3 Powys titles I haven't read yet -- the duology Omega and Alpha, by William Latham (the same guy who wrote Resurrection) and The Forsaken, by John Kenneth Muir, who also wrote the episode guide Exploring Space: 1999, which I thought was... lacking, so I'm in no hurry to read any of those.
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Old March 1 2012, 01:41 AM   #401
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Two Space: 1999 titles. Resurrection is the first book Powys published. It's pretty dire. Fanfic -- and not good fanfic at that. McIntee's Born for Adversity was lots lots better. It's the first Space: 1999 book that I'd actually recommend to someone who's not a die-hard fan of the show.
When time permits, I want to read one of those Powys Space:1999 novels.
Born for Adversity is the one to read, of the 3 I've read so far (I read Survival by Brian Ball last spring and can remember exactly NOTHING about it. That doesn't seem to indicate that it's exceptionally good. Or exceptionally bad, for that matter.)

There are another 3 Powys titles I haven't read yet -- the duology Omega and Alpha, by William Latham (the same guy who wrote Resurrection) and The Forsaken, by John Kenneth Muir, who also wrote the episode guide Exploring Space: 1999, which I thought was... lacking, so I'm in no hurry to read any of those.
Thanks for the recommendations.
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Old March 1 2012, 02:16 AM   #402
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I finished Bioshock: Rapture not long ago. It's pretty good, not great, but interesting. Though the video games provide some information on Rapture's downfall, it was interesting to see more detail about what exactly happened. I found a bit hard to believe so many characters seemed to already be a bit crazy when arriving in Rapture, even though they were insane by the time of the games. I just expected to see rational people going crazy over time. Though, I suppose you'd have to be a little crazy to move to a secret underwater city with an economy based on unregulated capitalism and little to no government, and few laws (no murder or theft allowed). Also, because it's been a few years since I played the games, I kept going online to see what characters looked & sounded like, thus slowing me down in my reading. But that's more my problem than the book's. I was also disappointed none of the information/storyline/characters from the downloadable add on, Minerva's Den, for Bioshock 2 was included in the story. So, overall, it was an enjoyable read, but nothing amazing, with a few missed opportunities.

I'm about to start Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions.
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Old March 1 2012, 04:25 AM   #403
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I've got 40 or so pages left in Genesis Wave, Book 3. Not that the first two were strong, but they were enjoyable. This third entry is just a weird mashing up of random stuff. I don't get the point of it at all, and there's rather a lot to wrap up. A weak effort to space out the Duology to a Trilogy. It's one of those instances (like Gemworld) where it may have been a better decision to have only one book instead of spreading the story thin over 2 or more books.

I have Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil on tap right now, and then Genesis Force to finish out those two cycles. From there I'm planning to do DS9: Rising Son, TNG: A Hard Rain, VOY: Homecoming, DS9: Prophecy and Change, VOY: The Farther Shore and DS9: Unity. Then I'll probably take a break from Trek lit for a bit before getting into the post-Unity DS9 stuff and the A Time To... stuff.
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Old March 1 2012, 03:36 PM   #404
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Two Space: 1999 titles. Resurrection is the first book Powys published. It's pretty dire. Fanfic -- and not good fanfic at that. McIntee's Born for Adversity was lots lots better. It's the first Space: 1999 book that I'd actually recommend to someone who's not a die-hard fan of the show.
When time permits, I want to read one of those Powys Space:1999 novels.
Born for Adversity is the one to read, of the 3 I've read so far (I read Survival by Brian Ball last spring and can remember exactly NOTHING about it. That doesn't seem to indicate that it's exceptionally good. Or exceptionally bad, for that matter.)

There are another 3 Powys titles I haven't read yet -- the duology Omega and Alpha, by William Latham (the same guy who wrote Resurrection) and The Forsaken, by John Kenneth Muir, who also wrote the episode guide Exploring Space: 1999, which I thought was... lacking, so I'm in no hurry to read any of those.
I'm glad people are reading the 1999 books. It was fun to do.
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Old March 1 2012, 10:23 PM   #405
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^^

Which one did you write? (If you mind me asking...)

I personally find Powys interesting since they are (or were?) a very small, family-owned, independent book company, and they were(or are?) able to get writers to create stories for a prominent licensed product.

From what I understand, they have original titles by authors as well.
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