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Old May 3 2014, 12:36 AM   #1156
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Re: What are you reading?

just finished The Taking by Dean Koontz
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Old May 6 2014, 04:05 AM   #1157
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I got some new books for my kindle...the first one was free...Season of the Harvest, by Michael Hicks, it's a trilogy, so I had to get the other 2. They are, Bitter Harvest for 2.99, and Reaping the Harvest, for 3.99.

So far, the first book is great! It's scifi.
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Old May 6 2014, 04:37 AM   #1158
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Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. the Dune stuff by these two guys has been very hit or miss with me. so far this book has been decent.
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Old May 6 2014, 06:07 AM   #1159
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I finished In the Presence of Mine Enemies last night. While it was well-written, and an interesting take on a possible alternate history, I found the plot utterly predictable. I enjoyed it, but I don't know that I'll reread it any time in the next ten years (whereas I think I've reread every other Turtledove novel that I own, that I've already read, at least once or twice).

I moved on to The Apocalypse Codex, by Charlie Stross - it's part of a series called The Laundry Files. I think I would describe it as James Bond meets H.P. Lovecraft - the main character is a government agent whose job is to stop supernatural disasters from occurring, all the while knowing that at some point in the future, the walls of reality will come down and unmentionable monsters will walk the Earth (referred to within his agency as Case NIGHTMARE GREEN).
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Old May 6 2014, 08:22 PM   #1160
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I'm still working on The Martian - 64% complete right now. It's slow going because baby is taking up most of my time now, and when I finally get a quiet moment I tend to just pass out. But, a couple pages a day anyway. It has a balance of terror and humor that really appeals to me.

The Laundry Files seems familiar. If it's a Tor series, I probably read a short story from it when it was the freebie of the week. As I recall, it was somewhat scary with a dash of weird sexual stuff. And unicorns.
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Old May 6 2014, 08:26 PM   #1161
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Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. the Dune stuff by these two guys has been very hit or miss with me. so far this book has been decent.
I am not surprised.
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Old May 11 2014, 12:26 AM   #1162
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WOW! The Harvest trilogy, by Michael Hicks, is the best trilogy I have read in a very long time! It is cover to cover action and thrills...and science fiction, too. It's about a world food shotage; I won't say any more, but GET these books! I got them for my kindle because the first one was free...I'm so glad I did.
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Old May 11 2014, 02:40 AM   #1163
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TorontoTrekker wrote: View Post
I finished In the Presence of Mine Enemies last night. While it was well-written, and an interesting take on a possible alternate history, I found the plot utterly predictable. I enjoyed it, but I don't know that I'll reread it any time in the next ten years (whereas I think I've reread every other Turtledove novel that I own, that I've already read, at least once or twice).
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That's the "Nazi Germany won, and then collapsed like Soviet Russia" novel, right? Turtledove does love his historic parallels.

I've just started The White War, on the Italo-Austrian front of World War I. It's part of my year-long reading quest to understand parts of the war I've long ignored (which is everything beyond the western trenches, airplanes, and submarines).
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Old May 11 2014, 10:14 PM   #1164
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The Last Dogs: Dark Waters by Christopher Holt. It's #2 in a 4-book series, The Last Dogs.
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Old May 12 2014, 02:35 AM   #1165
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I am listening to The Absolutely True diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, narrated by Sherman Alexie.

My current dead-tree book is Amarcord by Zoran Zivkovic. It is a collection of short stories with the common theme of memory. Previous short story collections by Zivkovic I have read had different themes (mist, books, music, time) ,
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Old May 12 2014, 07:08 AM   #1166
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The Laundry Files seems familiar. If it's a Tor series, I probably read a short story from it when it was the freebie of the week. As I recall, it was somewhat scary with a dash of weird sexual stuff. And unicorns.
No, that's something different - but I think I want to read that! (Charlie is published by Ace.)

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I finished In the Presence of Mine Enemies last night. While it was well-written, and an interesting take on a possible alternate history, I found the plot utterly predictable. I enjoyed it, but I don't know that I'll reread it any time in the next ten years (whereas I think I've reread every other Turtledove novel that I own, that I've already read, at least once or twice).
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That's the "Nazi Germany won, and then collapsed like Soviet Russia" novel, right? Turtledove does love his historic parallels.
That pretty well sums it up - and while I couldn't put my finger on it earlier, the parallel to the Soviet Union's collapse may be exactly what made it so predictable for me.

They're way down the reading list, of course, but I picked up a couple more books yesterday (like I needed any more, but as I said to the clerk who was helping me look up publication dates, "I was in the mall for other reasons, but this bookstore is here, so I'm here"): The Fractal Prince by Hannu Ranajmiemi - I read his debut novel, The Quantum Thief, last year - and Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer. I'd never heard of the book, or him, before, but when I read the back cover blurb:

A regular guy travels back in time to King Arthur's court after hacking reality... what could possibly go wrong?
I thought, I have to read this.
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Old May 12 2014, 09:56 AM   #1167
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^^ Yeah, I can't stop buying books, either. I was at B&N, looking for something for my Mother, when The Doctor and the Dinosaurs caught my eye. It looks great in and of itself, but I mainly got it because I'm afraid it may be too similar to something I'm writing.
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Old May 12 2014, 04:44 PM   #1168
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Started the 10th Anniversary edition of American Gods today...
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Old May 13 2014, 06:58 PM   #1169
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The Wounded and the Slain by David Goodis
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Old May 13 2014, 08:56 PM   #1170
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This'll be book #36 for 2014, which has to be some sort of record for me.

I had my kindle down to only 6 unread books before going on another book-buying spree. It's up to 3 pages again. I think I'm also annoying my emergency!roomate by responding to everything he says with 'I just read a book about ___' and then telling him all about it.
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