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Old August 26 2014, 03:05 PM   #4036
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Re: So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Caught up with a few lately.

MR MERCEDES by Stephen King was mostly OK, a nice enough crime thriller rather than horror, but still somehow lacking. It was somewhat slow and padded, and we know King can do better than that from the modern pulps he's done for Hard Case Crime, but worst of all, every twist - especially the fridging - was spectacularly obvious and predictable. So, always nice to read his writing, but could be way better.

THE LOVECRAFT ANTHOLOGY VOL. 1 is a graphic novel from Selfmade Hero, edited by Dan Lockwood. Doing HPL in a visual medium is always an iffy prospect, because the creatures are supposed to be so freaky that they will drive viewers mad, and any actual visual representation of them is just too twee- I mean, just look at the chibi Cthulhu's you can get. This set of seven adaptations starts off making exactly that mistake, and using the typical Cthulhu design, put edited versions of the narrations. It soon improves, however, after two or three stories. The art is variable, and experimental might be a kind word to use, yet all fits their stories, so I can't complain: it all does the job it's meant to. The collection does improve as it goes on, with The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Rats In The Walls doing the best job at conveying the Lovecraft feel.

ADVENTURES WITH THE WIFE IN SPACE by Neil (and occasionally Sue) Perryman is a fun read, covering the life of a Dr Who fan, and how one of the best Dr Who blogs came about. Thankfully it's not just a compilation of the blog, but a memoir. It's a bit weird reading a memoir written by someone who's neither a celebrity nor a world changer in some field like science or military campaigning or whatever, but it is funny, sometimes touching, sometimes wince-inducing in an all too understandable way (I doubt it really will convey to non-fans just how vicious some of fandom is, but it has its moments) and ultimately reassuring that real people are actually just good people. Definitely recommended, and - a bit like About A Boy or something - I can kind of see this becoming a 90 minute TV docudrama someday. Maybe for the 75th anniversary...
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Old August 26 2014, 04:15 PM   #4037
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Picked up three months worth of comics yesterday. Really enjoying the new Ms. MARVEL comic and the BUFFY comic is more fun than it has been for awhile.
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Old August 26 2014, 04:48 PM   #4038
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I'm about half way through "I shall fear no evil" by Bob Heinlein.

After that, it's the next Seekers novel and then (probably) the latest Andy McDermott novel, Kingdom of Darkness.
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Old August 27 2014, 09:37 AM   #4039
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As part of my re-reading the Titan series I just started "Destiny" yesterday. It actually tastes better the second time
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Old August 27 2014, 08:24 PM   #4040
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I'm reading Star Trek Seekers book 2.
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Old August 28 2014, 06:12 AM   #4041
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Book 2 is out? I pre-ordered, I'll have to check on that. I'm currently reading the second Vanguard novel, "Summon The Thunder". I like it just as much as the first novel in the series. I usually find a little comfort in the familiarity of the characters in novels directly based on the various TV series, but the characters in Vanguard are well-written and easy to identify with. After 1.2 novels, I already feel as comfortable with them as I do McCoy, Picard, Tuvok or Kira.
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Old August 31 2014, 05:28 PM   #4042
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I just posted my review of Seekers #1 by David Mack, and right now I'm reading Seekers #2 by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore. Loving this new series so far!
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Old August 31 2014, 09:59 PM   #4043
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I'm almost done with TOS: The More Things Change. It's like an episode of the second-five-year-mission series we never got.
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Old September 3 2014, 12:59 AM   #4044
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Reading again DESTINY because when i started to read trek lit i read DESTINY first because i thought it was a TITAN continuity only , then i got trapped in a temporal loop and after reading all the books after the trilogy now i read those before. so i ended up re reading all the stuff , because now makes sense lol
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Old September 3 2014, 02:11 AM   #4045
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I'm nearing the end of Tunnel Through the Stars, then on to Tales of the Dominion War.
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Old September 3 2014, 04:11 AM   #4046
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Reading the final trade paperback of Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi today. Force Storm seems to be a good finale to that series. Very excited to start on the free copy of Star Wars: A New Dawn that I received today.
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Old September 3 2014, 02:58 PM   #4047
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Marika wrote: View Post
Reading again DESTINY because when i started to read trek lit i read DESTINY first because i thought it was a TITAN continuity only , then i got trapped in a temporal loop and after reading all the books after the trilogy now i read those before. so i ended up re reading all the stuff , because now makes sense lol
I'm reading "Destiny" again too

About half way through Book 3.

In my case Destiny was one of the first Trek lit books I ever read, so now, when I am familiar with the crews and whatnot after reading all those other things, Destiny tastes a lot better than the first time (and it was delicious back then too!).
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Old September 3 2014, 03:36 PM   #4048
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ADVENTURES WITH THE WIFE IN SPACE by Neil (and occasionally Sue) Perryman is a fun read, covering the life of a Dr Who fan, and how one of the best Dr Who blogs came about. Thankfully it's not just a compilation of the blog, but a memoir. It's a bit weird reading a memoir written by someone who's neither a celebrity nor a world changer in some field like science or military campaigning or whatever, but it is funny, sometimes touching, sometimes wince-inducing in an all too understandable way (I doubt it really will convey to non-fans just how vicious some of fandom is, but it has its moments) and ultimately reassuring that real people are actually just good people. Definitely recommended, and - a bit like About A Boy or something - I can kind of see this becoming a 90 minute TV docudrama someday. Maybe for the 75th anniversary...
Sue's Who reviews are pretty much the most accurate I've seen.
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Old September 3 2014, 03:38 PM   #4049
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I'm reading Star Trek Seekers book 2.
I am as well.
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Old September 3 2014, 04:23 PM   #4050
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Marika wrote: View Post
Reading again DESTINY because when i started to read trek lit i read DESTINY first because i thought it was a TITAN continuity only , then i got trapped in a temporal loop and after reading all the books after the trilogy now i read those before. so i ended up re reading all the stuff , because now makes sense lol
I'm reading "Destiny" again too

About half way through Book 3.

In my case Destiny was one of the first Trek lit books I ever read, so now, when I am familiar with the crews and whatnot after reading all those other things, Destiny tastes a lot better than the first time (and it was delicious back then too!).
exactly!
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