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Old June 11 2014, 12:11 PM   #3766
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

I'm reading The Heavens Before (Genesis Trilogy) by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow and really enjoying it. It's about the times of Noah in the Bibie.
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Old June 11 2014, 03:33 PM   #3767
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About a 1/3 of the way through Greg Cox's "No Time Like the Past" My friends picked on me for getting this because it sounded "fan fictiony" to them but I thought it sounded fun and reading it I feel like I'm back in the 90s during Trek's heyday
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Old June 12 2014, 06:40 AM   #3768
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I finished the Gateways series with the exception of the second book, and overall I was pretty happy with my purchase and reading experience. If I get some internet time that doesn't involve typing on my tablet, I'll give a more in depth view of my literary experience. All I'll say for now is I think the final book tied the series together satisfactorily, and I was OK with how it all turned out. Predictable ending, but I expect that from most TrekLit series. Its cool. I was disappointed that the last 20% of the eBook was just a list of Trek books in order, something I can easily get off the internet, I was hoping for more story.

Since I was satisfactorily entertained by this crossover series, I decided to start the Invasion! series. We'll see, reviews and synopsis' look interesting!
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Old June 12 2014, 08:19 AM   #3769
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I finished Skin Game a few days ago. Now I'm making my way through The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I tried Elantris a few years ago but had a hard time getting into it. But I've heard so many good things about this one and Words of Radiance, its sequel, that I figured I ought to give Sanderson a second chance.

What a huge book, though! Over 1200 pages in paperback!
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Old June 12 2014, 06:46 PM   #3770
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Finished TLE: One Constant Star. Still working my way through TOS: Serpents in the Garden and enjoying "Reservoir Ferengi" in Seven Deadly Sins.
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Old June 12 2014, 10:23 PM   #3771
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I've just finished One Constant Star and Serpents in the Garden. Gonna jump back into the DS9 relaunch with Section 31 - Abyss.
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Old June 12 2014, 10:29 PM   #3772
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I was disappointed that the last 20% of the eBook was just a list of Trek books in order, something I can easily get off the internet, I was hoping for more story.
Now, sure, you can, but the book was published in 2001, when such things were not as readily nor reliably available online as they are now.
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Old June 12 2014, 11:50 PM   #3773
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I'm reading The Last Dogs: Journey's End by Christopher Holt and Allen Douglas.
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Old June 13 2014, 12:22 AM   #3774
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Finally finished I, Jedi. I enjoyed it (well, most of it; at times it came dangerously close to feeling like a Mary Sue written by Corran Horn), but it took me a full month to read it. I'm now enjoying Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel. Up next will most likely be X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar.
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Old June 13 2014, 02:51 AM   #3775
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Finished The Eternal Tide today. What a fantastic read. Great character beats, great drama. This one coupled with the DS9 Duology before it really were a wonderful one-two-three punch. I can't wait to see what else happens to the Voyager crew!

I started Brinksmanship today, too. A nice, breezy two chapters with some good moments. It moves at a nice clip without sacrificing too much in terms of character. Starting in on this one means I have 9 more books before I'm current on 24th Century Treklit. (Well, I guess 10 since there'll be that Immortal Coil sequel at the end of the month. Plus that ebook that ties into Cold Equations series and the Titan ebook.)
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Old June 13 2014, 03:13 AM   #3776
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I just finished C.S. Lewis' That Hideous Strength, which is an odd combination of anti-science fiction, Christianity, and British mythology. Essentially there's a malevolent research institute taking over a tidy English village, and their stated ambition is progressive social engineering -- finding scientifically superior ways to curb crime, that sort of thing. Their real goal is to create a new race of men, freed from the vile stuff of organic bodies, and then cleanse the Earth of that messy, messy nature. Fortunately for humanity, the heir of King Arthur is looking to wake up Merlin, so he can be posessed by angels/Greek gods/spirit-things guarding the planets and destroy the work of the bad angel/greek god/spirit thing, Satan, who is really behind this nefarious plot. Essentially the book is an argument against various aspects of modernity (moral relativism, the treating of nature as an antagonist to be conquered, and so on) with a plot that's more mythic than scientific, even if concerns space. I would have found it less confusing had I read the two books set in space before this, but I like my SF more to the point.

I then read The Abolition of Man, which makes the same moral/philosophical arguments without Arthur and space-beings.

Next up is Power, Inc: the Epic Battle Between Big Business and Government.
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Old June 13 2014, 06:31 PM   #3777
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i'll be going on vacation this weekend, so I'm gonna take along Star Trek: Destiny and Star Trek: Crucible for trek reading. I'll also be taking some wars reading with Darth Plaguies. and for a bit of non-trek reading on the side, Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes. I usually tend to take a mini-library with me on vacation. I know I'd never get through everything. but I like to have different options for myself.
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Old June 13 2014, 07:56 PM   #3778
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I was disappointed that the last 20% of the eBook was just a list of Trek books in order, something I can easily get off the internet, I was hoping for more story.
Now, sure, you can, but the book was published in 2001, when such things were not as readily nor reliably available online as they are now.
Yeah, I get that. I just felt cut off, being only at the 80% mark and expecting more. I wouldn't have felt that way if I was at 98% and the list showed up. That reflects nothing on the authors, just the way the novel was translated into eBook. It's a minor point, but obviously I was enjoying the book if I was disappointed that it was over earlier than I thought it would be.
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Old June 13 2014, 08:38 PM   #3779
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I just finished The 34th Rule. I really enjoyed it. I actually did the audio book due to my commute; Armin did an awesome job. Thinking about hitting up Legends of the Ferengi next.
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Old June 14 2014, 01:39 AM   #3780
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Yeah, I get that. I just felt cut off, being only at the 80% mark and expecting more. I wouldn't have felt that way if I was at 98% and the list showed up. That reflects nothing on the authors, just the way the novel was translated into eBook. It's a minor point, but obviously I was enjoying the book if I was disappointed that it was over earlier than I thought it would be.
Fair point. And speaking as 1/6 of the author of the book, I'm glad you liked it.

As for me, I'm in the midst of What It Was by the great George Pelecanos. He's one of the best there is at evoking a particular time and place (often through magnificent descriptions of clothes and music and cars), and I love that his characters are almost always lower-middle-class or lower on the economic spectrum.
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