What are you reading?

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  1. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Okay, I did see the Golem. Several times. That was sure a different kind of Golem. :rommie: The book was very good, though different from what I expected-- I was expecting more Golem and more Hollywood and wasn't anticipating a police procedure with deleted scenes from the Old Testament. Very enjoyable, though; I could hardly put it down.

    Now I am reading a collection of old stories from Astounding.
     
  2. mari

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    Husband bought me Hyperbole and a Half the book for Xmas - I'm already familiar with most of Allie's stories but the expansions and additional illustrations are nice, and I've had to stifle giggles a few times (don't want to wake the baby!!).

    He also bought me a book about Beatles lyrics, which will likely be occasional reading rather than a read-it-through-at-once book.

    I stalled out on the two I'd been reading on Kindle... Season of the Harvest and Only Superhuman. Season of the Harvest lost me with the over-explaining, particularly of acronyms. I seriously don't care, just get on with the story! Only Superhuman I guess I am just not in the right frame of mind for right now, which is too bad because I'm 70% done and I did like the premise.

    I plan on getting Scalzi's Lock In pretty soon. I read the free companion story on Tor.com and definitely need to read the book.
     
  3. Owain Taggart

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    Reading The Explorer by James Smythe. I got it because the description made it sound like it would be a survival story like The Martian, but it turned out to be something completely different. It's basically about a journalist who gets chosen to go on a space mission to document it, and when everyone slowly gets killed off, he ends up being the only one left on the ship with no idea how to operate it. That's what made me think of The Martian. But it's somewhat of a time-traveller's paradox story once the accident happens, and he's trapped in a time loop, watching everything happen again from a different viewpoint, gaining more insight into what actually happens each time around. So, in that sense it's sort of like Groundhog Day meets Interstellar. The beginning is rather bleak and slow and I wasn't sure at this point if I liked it, but the further the story went on, it picked up steam and I've been really liking it.
     
  4. Jedi_Master

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  5. auntiehill

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    The Autobiography of Mark Twain.
     
  6. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I thought I might do a summary of the books I read in 2014 (my top reads, authors new to me etc). Should I place it in this thread or should I start a new thread "Book Read in 2014"?
     
  7. auntiehill

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    Should probably do it here, I think.
     
  8. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    OK my summary for 2014

    2014 BOOK SUMMARY

    In 2014 I finished reading/listening (or both) to 162 books of which 137 were fiction and only 25 were non-fiction. Because there are so many I won't list all of them.


    My top 5 fiction reads were

    The Martian by Andy Weir which I learnt about in this thread. Excellent book and I hope the movie that is due for release in 2015 will do it justice.

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman. My favourite Gaiman book so far.

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

    The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien. One of the oddest books I have ever read. I will never again be able to look at a bicycle without thinking of this book.

    Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Set in the 1980s, 14 year old June's much loved uncle has died of AIDS and her mother blames his partner, Toby, for his death. In their grief June and Toby form a friendship which they keep secret from her family.


    My top non-fiction reads

    Ned Kelly: A Short Life by Ian Jones. A well researched biography on the famous Australian bushranger.

    The Dig Tree by Sarah Murgatoyd. Another well researched book on the tragic and ill-prepared expedition of the explorers Burke and Wills.

    Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses[/i] by Helen Rappaport. I think that Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia were 'bought to life' by the author.


    The authors I read most were -

    Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I read the first two books of the Pendergast series in 2013. I also read several other books by them including some of their solo works. All up I read 23 their books in 2014.

    Josh Lanyon. A new author for me.Enjoyable cozy mysteries by a gay writer. Books are a little slashy but most are quite funny. A couple of them were ghost stories. Most were short enough to finish in a day.

    Other authors that I read for the first time -

    Chinle Miller. Miller is a geologist who writes the Bud Shumway murder mysteries.

    Michael Ridpath. Murder mysteries set in Iceland. His protagonist is a policeman who was born in Iceland but who moved to America as a child following the death of his mother. Many years later he is seconded to the Icelandic police force to teach them about American police procedures.

    Peter May. I read his trilogy that is set on the Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides)

    Iain Banks. I read The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road. I will read more of his Scottish books - I am not sure about his science fiction.

    James Bowen. True stories of a drug addict who is helped on the road to recovery by an injured stray cat he takes in. I read three Streetcat Bob books this year.



    I had a few rereads such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Black Cloud, Blight (by Mark Sonders), Miracle in the Andes.

    I, and a handful of other Trekbbs members had a group read of the novel Virus by Graham Watkins.
     
  9. Tora Ziyal

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    Finished the first book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and just started the second one. I don't think they're as good as Harry Potter, but they're fun to listen to in the car. Read (very well) by Jesse Berns.

    Maybe. Maybe not. Hehehe. ;)
     
  10. Velocity

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    Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
     
  11. RJDiogenes

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    Heh. Yeah. :D You missed my later post:

    :D
     
  12. Smellincoffee

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    The original one? :D or the new one? I started re-watching Cosmos myself to whet my appetite for a particularly difficult science book I had to read.

    Top ten books I read in 2014...
    The Gift of Good Land, Wendell Berry
    Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front Porch Anarchists, Bill Kauffman
    The Martian, Andy Weir
    Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Brant Pitre
    ST Eugenics Wars: To Reign in Hell, Greg Cox
    Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love, Joseph Pearce
    Human Scale, Kirkpatrick Sale
    A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, William Bernstein
    The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919, Mark Thompson
    Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
     
  13. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    The Neil DeGrasse Tyler's Cosmos. I watched the Carl Sagan one many years ago.

    I didn't forget Sagan - I had a Sagan finger puppet as a decoration on my
    tree and one of my all-time favourite reads is his Demon Haunted World.
     
  14. Smellincoffee

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    One of his most popular! How does the new Cosmos compare? I'm waiting until I can find a cheap used copy online.

    Edit: A Sagan Christmas ornament? :D That is awesome.
     
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    A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland by Charles Lachman.
     
  16. Miss Chicken

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    I know I really like Sagan's Cosmos at the time. I imagine it would seem out of date now. I think the new Cosmos is probably as good, or nearly as good.

    Of course, neither have had the same impact on me as watching the first man step unto the moon back in 69 when I was 11 years old.
     
  17. Tora Ziyal

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    I'm glad you enjoyed it, too! I gather from the online reviews that people either love it or hate it -- nothing in between. I saw somewhere that it's supposed to be the start of a series. One book was fascinating, but I really didn't find the cop interesting or appealing enough to want to follow him.
     
  18. RJDiogenes

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    True. While I enjoyed it, it never occurred to me that it could be a series (which is something I often think when I like something). I'm not sure where they could go with a series, since all the elements were tied so tightly together. But if another volume comes out, I'll certainly give it a look.

    The collection of Astounding stories I'm reading now is pretty lame, unfortunately. The first story was weak and the second story was so badly written that it was hard to follow (though it predicted Independence Day pretty strongly). The third story was by Hugh B Cave, so at least it was entertaining. That's as far as I've gotten. The editor also really fell down on the job. The stories must have been OCR'd from the original magazines, because the caption to the page one illustration is incorporated into each story as a random paragraph-- pay attention, dude! :rommie:
     
  19. Miss Chicken

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    I am alternating between the Audible and Kindle version of The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters. The Audible version is narrated by Peter Berkrot.

    An asteroid is on a collision cause with the Earth and the world is panicking. Many people have abandoned their jobs, crops have been left to rot, and fuel has become scarce. Some people have decided to try and complete their bucketlists while others are committing suicide. Detective Henry Palace is sticking with his job and is called into what seems to be just another suicide but Palace thinks it is a murder.

    First book in a trilogy.
     
  20. May 20

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    I'd agree that the Percy Jackson series isn't quite as good as the Harry Potter series, but it is very enjoyable. Percy and crew are very popular with my kids. Both kids have read all 10 books dealing with the Greek and Roman demi-god children. Novels that have kids begging for more are worth their weight in gold-pressed latinum to me.

    I'm reading Jodi Picoult's The Pact right now. I just started it last night.