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Old February 4 2014, 12:22 PM   #3196
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Not reading Trek novel currently. Read first third (Volume I of III, 1861) of "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens and just read first third (Part I of II, 1969) of "The Philosopher's Stone" by Colin Wilson. It is an enjoyable break. It is good just being capable of reading these books.
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Old February 4 2014, 07:39 PM   #3197
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I just finished A time to kill by David Mack this book was certainly a fast paced read.Next to finish this series A Time for war , A Time for peace by Keith DeCandido.
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Old February 4 2014, 11:34 PM   #3198
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Finished the first two Mission Gamma books, Twilight and This Grey Spirit. I continued my re-read of The Cadfael Chronicles with The Leper of St Giles, Saint Peter's Fair and The Virgin In The Ice.
I read more Agatha Christie short stories, and the novel Sparkling Cyanide.
And I finally managed to finish reading The Hobbit. I'm still of the opinion that it's not a very good book.

I enjoyed the first few DS9 relaunch books a lot, but I'm struggling a bit with Mission Gamma - The station-bound plotlines are interesting, but i'm finding the gamma quadrant stuff a bit of a slog. I'll probably take a break from it for a while before reading books 3 and 4.
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Old February 4 2014, 11:45 PM   #3199
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And I finally managed to finish reading The Hobbit. I'm still of the opinion that it's not a very good book.
It works better if you read it when you're a child. Or better still, have it read to you by a parent.
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Old February 4 2014, 11:47 PM   #3200
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And I finally managed to finish reading The Hobbit. I'm still of the opinion that it's not a very good book.
It works better if you read it when you're a child. Or better still, have it read to you by a parent.
Fair point.
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Old February 4 2014, 11:50 PM   #3201
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And I finally managed to finish reading The Hobbit. I'm still of the opinion that it's not a very good book.
It works better if you read it when you're a child. Or better still, have it read to you by a parent.
This is an actually true story. As a child, around 8 or 9 I think, I spent a day home from school experiencing incredible pain somewhere in my lower abdomen, absolutely excruciating. That evening, my mom decided to take me to the ER. We got in, saw a nurse who asked about what was hurting, and said we'd have to wait a couple hours to see a doctor. So my mom started reading me The Hobbit, since I was in too much pain to nap.

And four hours later, mom still reading me The Hobbit, the doctor came in... and the pain was totally gone. Hadn't even noticed it stop. I felt fine.

Seeing no reason to stay, we went home, and it never recurred.

So apparently that novel is magic, when read to you by a parent...
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Old February 5 2014, 02:12 AM   #3202
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My father, who was an inveterate ham and loved doing bad-guy voices, really relished playing Gollum. He had this neat way of giving the name a swallowing quality that wasn't too far from how Andy Serkis does it, although less raspy.
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Old February 5 2014, 11:47 AM   #3203
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Last May I bought a kindle and since then I have been reading on and off the Stargazer series which I never read in dead-tree format. Finished it yesterday with a reread of Reunion and it was an enjoyable series for the most part.
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Old February 5 2014, 02:32 PM   #3204
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Since i finished off Protectors, i've jumped back into my IKS Gorkon re-read
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Old February 5 2014, 02:37 PM   #3205
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When I was a child I though The Hobbit was a great book up untill bilbo gets knocked out, and weird after that

Haven't read it in almost twenty years though.

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Since i finished off Protectors, i've jumped back into my IKS Gorkon re-read
Just finished that the other week myself after that review thread popped up! Reading them back to back is an even better experience then reading them as they came out back in the day. After I finished Klingon Empire I was really pining for a sequel anew.
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Old February 5 2014, 06:03 PM   #3206
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Since i finished off Protectors, i've jumped back into my IKS Gorkon re-read
Just finished that the other week myself after that review thread popped up! Reading them back to back is an even better experience then reading them as they came out back in the day. After I finished Klingon Empire I was really pining for a sequel anew.
Well, A Singular Destiny does feature Klag and the gang in the post-Destiny time frame........
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Old February 5 2014, 06:37 PM   #3207
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I just finished Worlds of Deep Space 9, Volume 2 - Trill and Bajor. I thought it was two fairly decent stories, but I thought the two parts were going to be more interconnected. Oh well, I was wrong! They each stand alone just fine and that's all that matters to me. I don't read TrekLit expecting them to be the best books ever written, I read them solely for plain old entertainment and fun.
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Old February 6 2014, 06:15 AM   #3208
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And I finally managed to finish reading The Hobbit. I'm still of the opinion that it's not a very good book.

I enjoyed the first few DS9 relaunch books a lot, but I'm struggling a bit with Mission Gamma - The station-bound plotlines are interesting, but i'm finding the gamma quadrant stuff a bit of a slog. I'll probably take a break from it for a while before reading books 3 and 4.
I started reading The Hobbit shortly before the first movie came out and got about just as far as the film does when I saw the film. I continued on for another 40 or so pages before stopping completely. It wasn't so much bad, but I found it to be too cursory. Whole sequences are just summaries of things that happened. Or in the case of the rock giants, two sentences. I appreciate it as a work of Tolkien's - that cave scene is fantastic - but I don't think it compares to other works, even something reconstructed like Children of Hurin. As Chris says, it's probably best if encountered early in life. There's a very clear divide between my friends over people who read it as a kid and loved it and people who read it later and are more mixed on it.

As for the Mission Gamma books, I too found the station stuff more interesting. Cathedral is pretty good though. I will admit, though, that I found the fourth book's Gamma Quadrant portion to be uninteresting. However the station stuff in it is quite good.

I just finished out Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire. This was quite a slog. It feels very bloated. There's really no reason for it be a 500 page tome! The unfortunate thing is that there's a decent book buried in it somewhere. It feels like a draft work that should have been edited down. There are some entertaining mistakes throughout. White-Blue is referred to as Blue-White a few times. Several female officers are called Mister, without any precedent of this being something Riker does. In a particularly eyebrow raising typo, Keru thinks back to the time the Gorn killed Sean Hawk! There's also just a lot of repetition: every mention of the Typhon Pact comes linked to a full listing of the members, a question followed "s/he wanted to know," Vale constantly thinking about her time as an ex-police officer using the exact same wording.

The book is just a problem from the plot right down to the book assigning four different names to the McGuffin. (Five if you count the one time it's called an ecocaster.) The motivations for the second Gorn ship don't make sense and end up feeling like redundancy. Oddly enough, this was one of the few times Keru didn't feel out of step with the rest of crew, just constantly arguing against everything. This does come at the expense Christine Vale, who ends up coming off as Debbie Downer, just constantly thinking about the worst outcome. It becomes less pragmatism and just morbid after a while. Anyway...

Also tore through Doctor Who: Time Trips: Into the Nowhere by Jenny Colgan, one of the new eBook novellas they're putting out. It was pretty enjoyable. Colgan really got the right feel of The Doctor and Clara, but sometimes their individual reactions seemed off. Clara, especially, comes off as kind of meek and afraid which doesn't mesh with her as presented. Not the greatest, but some fun concepts. Oddly enough, it appears to be set between Day of... and Time of the Doctor.

Not sure what's up next for me, either Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire or Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto, the writer of True Detective.
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Old February 6 2014, 02:50 PM   #3209
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Home early because of a snowstorm, yesterday, I ended up watching "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Following that, I picked up "Ex Machina" and have started rereading that.
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Old February 6 2014, 08:01 PM   #3210
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Since i finished off Protectors, i've jumped back into my IKS Gorkon re-read
Just finished that the other week myself after that review thread popped up! Reading them back to back is an even better experience then reading them as they came out back in the day. After I finished Klingon Empire I was really pining for a sequel anew.
Well, A Singular Destiny does feature Klag and the gang in the post-Destiny time frame........
I'd completely forgotten about that. guess THAT ending kinda eclipses everything else in my memory. Will try to dig it out for a reread this weekend.

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I just finished Worlds of Deep Space 9, Volume 2 - Trill and Bajor. I thought it was two fairly decent stories, but I thought the two parts were going to be more interconnected. Oh well, I was wrong! They each stand alone just fine and that's all that matters to me. I don't read TrekLit expecting them to be the best books ever written, I read them solely for plain old entertainment and fun.
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