So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Lonemagpie

    Lonemagpie Writer Admiral

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    Finished the first Dresden Files book, Storm Front, by Jim Butcher. I enjoyed that - not as revolutionary as I expected from a series with such a good rep among genre fans, but a good mix of the sort of blend of genres I expected, and yet somehow being a little offbeat and original.

    I like the humour in it, and the magic system is pretty good. I also thought it did a great job of introducing everything in such a way that the reader feels they're revisiting something they're already into- there's just the right balance to the background that it doesn't feel like infodumping new concepts. Very well done in that regard.

    The plot wasn't that challenging, but just right to draw the reader in and get them hooked - which it has done, cos I now definitely intend to continue with the series!
     
  2. Snaploud

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    I just finished A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock.
     
  3. Reanok

    Reanok Commodore Commodore

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    I'm reading Star Trek Vulcan by Kathleen Sky.
     
  4. JD5000

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    Finally finished the DS9 novel "Warped" by K.W. Jeter last night. Now I can research about the author and put my two cents into the review thread. Overall I really liked it, as far as episodic novels go I give it a 9/10.

    Next up is the TNG novel - excuse me, First GIANT Novel - "Metamorphosis" by Jean Lorrah. Seems promising, a few pages in.
     
  5. Skywalker

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    Glad you liked it. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. The first couple of books are a bit simple and low-key with their plots, but the series grows in both depth and complexity as it progresses. :techman:
     
  6. Snaploud

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    I just finished Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies.
     
  7. Kertrats47

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    Just posted my review of Titan: Absent Enemies. Pretty great!

    Nearly finished with Greg Cox's No Time Like the Past. Two Trek releases in one month! My cup runneth over!
     
  8. Endgame

    Endgame Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I finished a classic by B. F. Skinner: "Walden Two" which was originally published around 1948 and reissued with a new preface around 1976. Cool positive utopia of sorts. Also recently acquired first three of Dresden Files. Currently reading "Science and Human Behavior" also by B. F. Skinner from about 1953. Maybe read "Objective: Bajor" by John Peel sometime soon too.
     
  9. CaffeineAddict

    CaffeineAddict Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Finished reading the third "A Time To..." duology, A Time To Love and A Time To Hate, Titan: Absent Enemies, and Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side.

    The "A Time To..." books were OK, but I was frequently brought out of the story by the constant formatting issues in the Kindle edition - paragraphs flow into each other wihout any proper separation, so there is no hint that we've changed scene, and it's now a completely different set of characters talking.

    I enjoyed Absent Enemies a lot, it was a good fun story.
     
  10. Patrick O'Brien

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    American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. Anyone read this? I heard it is a great book. I am only 10% in but I find it enjoyable and well written.
     
  11. JD5000

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    I haven't, but I'd like to check it out. Been a fan of Neil Gaiman since reading Sandman graphic novels in high school in the 90's. I'd be very interested to read his novel work, and should probably re-read Sandman. I know that at 15, I didn't get everything I could out of that very imaginative series of books.

    Thanks!
     
  12. Lonemagpie

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    I've read it - fantastic book, basically my favourite of his.
     
  13. C. Cole-Chakotay

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    I'm finished up Struck by Jennifer Bosworth. Next up, The Wind, The Road, and The Way by Jenny L. Cote. :)
     
  14. Lonemagpie

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    Reading The Poisonous Seed by Linda Stratmann, and can't help hearing the narration in my head as if it was an audiobook read not by Linda, but by Helene Joy (Julia Ogden in Murdoch Mysteries)...

    (this is a bonus, not a complaint, I might add)

    I just find it odd, cos I know Linda, and thus know what she sounds like, and find it strange to "hear" someone else's voice...
     
  15. JD

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    I started reading some of the scenes in the Curran's POV companion to the Kate Daniels series by Gordon Andrews. It's not really a narrative, it's just a few scenes from the different books told from POV of the main character's love interest Curran, instead of Kate who narrates to majority of the stories in 1st person. I only read the first one so far, but it is interesting to get the scenes from Curran's perspective, and to see how he sees Kate compared to how she sees him.
     
  16. Patrick O'Brien

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    Great! I thought it was shaping up to be a winner:techman:
     
  17. Patrick O'Brien

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    I may have to check out the Sandman graphic novels, so thank you:bolian:
     
  18. JD5000

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    Sharing is caring, rock on!
     
  19. Jedi Ben

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    Finished Open Secrets - had felt it was very much a transitional book until the last third when it suddenly hit the gas and sped up considerably! Reading the Vanguard books feels akin to the DSN Relaunch before Pocket dismissed Marco Palmieri (still think that was a huge loss to the books). There's a great sense of soaring ambition plus ability to realise it and it's great just watching it unfurl book by book.

    Have Precipice downstairs on the to-read pile to be picked up.
     
  20. BritishSeaPower

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    Finished out Nic Pizzolatto's Galveston late last night. Really good. A punchy, Hemingway-esque type of writing. You can definitely feel the germ of True Detective in here. Now starting in on the The King in Yellow by R.W. Chambers. A little bit into the first short story and enjoying it. There's a fun prediction of a war with Germany sometime before 1920, though the cause is an invasion of Samoa and the Philippines.

    I may also start Indistinguishable from Magic

    Yes, do check out Sandman, some great storytelling in there.
     

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