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Old March 29 2014, 08:22 AM   #3466
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

I just started reading my first Trek novel, DS9's Avatar, part of the Twist of Faith omnibus. Looking forward to getting deeper into it.
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Old March 29 2014, 11:04 AM   #3467
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In the last 60 pages of "Death in Winter" by Michael Jan Friedman (2005) and for non-fiction, I finally have gotten over halfway through "Counseling Children" (6th ed.) by Thompson, Rudolph, & Henderson (2004). Also recently read "No Dominion" by Christopher L. Bennett which is at the site of "Daybreak Magazine" and shall have to think of some way to support the cause. But then in my darker moods I might prefer to support the cause at dark-mountain.net instead. Decisions, decisions.

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Old March 29 2014, 01:37 PM   #3468
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Now reading The Joyful Beggar by Loius de Wohl. It's a historical novel about St. Francis.
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Old March 31 2014, 08:12 AM   #3469
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Well, the first quarter of the year is ending soon. I managed to hurry two more novels read. "Fire on High" (NF #6) by Peter David (1998) and "Q & A" by Keith R. A. DeCandido (2007). The latter book's afterword includes a comment "about whom I can't say enough kind things." Such could be an example of compromise formation or a back-handed compliment. May need correction if it can successfully done. Or, it could be taken as the genuinely kind words as intended. I really enjoyed "Q & A" and found "Fire on High" a nice contrast with "Death in Winter" and reading the newer books is more and more enjoyable. Not just a "goal gradient" effect of the rat which is nearing the end of the maze or the student nearing the end of their program.
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Old March 31 2014, 04:24 PM   #3470
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Posted my review of Mission Gamma, Book 4: Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson.

Right now, finally finishing up The Book Thief after taking a brief break to read Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett. Review of that one coming soon!
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Old March 31 2014, 05:59 PM   #3471
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Kertrats47 wrote: View Post
Posted my review of Mission Gamma, Book 4: Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson.

Right now, finally finishing up The Book Thief after taking a brief break to read Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett. Review of that one coming soon!
Nice review of Lesser Evil ,It's one of my favorite of the Ds9 Mission Gamma books.
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Old April 1 2014, 01:05 AM   #3472
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Finished The Martian by Andy Weir yesterday. Great read. A little too technical in some places which can be a little taxing. Still, though I was very much addicted to it, I think I read the last 1/4 in one sitting when I was just meaning to read a single chapter. I wish there was a bit of denouement to it, though. A little coda or such, just to tie up some ideas from the book. (A joke about potatoes or something?) Quite a few good lines and humor throughout, too.

I'm currently a chapter into Children of the Storm. Glad we're getting back to a "normal" dynamic with the Voyager crew though. This one has been highly suggested by the board members and since it seems free from having to throw off the Golden-relunach shackles, I'm quite looking forward to it.
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Old April 1 2014, 05:18 AM   #3473
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Posted my review of Mission Gamma, Book 4: Lesser Evil by Robert Simpson.

Right now, finally finishing up The Book Thief after taking a brief break to read Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett. Review of that one coming soon!
Nice review of Lesser Evil ,It's one of my favorite of the Ds9 Mission Gamma books.
Thanks! I quite enjoyed it myself.
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Old April 1 2014, 06:27 AM   #3474
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After finishing Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel the other day, I've decided to take a break from Trek novels after reading practically nothing but those since December. So earlier today I started The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which has been waiting patiently on my shelf for several months now.
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Old April 1 2014, 03:41 PM   #3475
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Just finished Christopher's Tower of Babel, and have jumped back into Avatar #1 from the DS9-R. Also reading through Robert Kirkman's Invincible series. Currently on TPB#4.
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Old April 2 2014, 02:04 PM   #3476
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Finished Gabriel Chevallier's La Peur, about World War 1, which seemed appropriate in this centenary year. Though better known for Clochemerle, Chevallier has written a pretty evocative and effective fictionalised memoir here, which I think actually outdoes Remarque's more famous All Quiet On The Western Front.



The story of a French soldier in WW1, It's by turns humourous, and moving, and very believable of course. I was surprised at how similar in structure it is to Sven Hassel's more infamous WW2 books, albeit with less sex, gore, and swearing. It has that same thing where characters tell stories from in between the episodes depicted, though Chevallier's narrative is a lot more upfront about these being tales he'd recorded from other people than Hassel's ever were. I did definitely come away with the impression, though, that Hassel has read this and consciously tried to do a more X-rated version of it.



Otherwise, it's a good read with a sympathetic character - except for a chapter of douchebaggery where he feels the urge to establish intellectual dominance over some nurses because he thinks that he, as a man, is inherent;y superior. To some degree the undoubtedly heartfelt refelctions of the nature of society at war do tend to slide into a sort of 1920s socialist propaganda tract, but that's of course a product of it's time - it was written in the 20s and published in 1930.

The last line, meant to be a final touch of humour, though, when written at the end of the 20s, is amazingly creepy when read in the post-Nazi era...


Anyway, I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a spot of WW1 centenary reading.
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Old April 2 2014, 06:13 PM   #3477
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I'm reading The Elite, book 2 in the Selection series by Kiera Cass.
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Old April 3 2014, 12:12 PM   #3478
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Finished "No Time Like the Past" and am about 3/4 through "Declassified."
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Old April 3 2014, 01:42 PM   #3479
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Just picked up "The Eye of God," the latest Sigma Force novel by James Rollins, to read on an upcoming plane flight.
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Old April 3 2014, 02:58 PM   #3480
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Finishing up A Winkle in Time today
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