What are you reading?

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  1. Wereghost

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    Children Of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

    Before that, Riverrun to Livvy: Lots of Fun Reading The First Page of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake by Bill Cole Cliett. The title’s a bit tongue-in-cheek given that page one is basically the Wake itself in microcosm and that Cliett’s book also factors in plenty of biographical information regarding Joyce as well as references to the Wake’s themes and to its many multi-level puns and portmanteau words. I found it hugely entertaining all-in-all.
     
  2. Unicron

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    Not sure if anyone else follows the Nevernight Chronicle, but I'm glad the last book will finally be available soon. Jay Kristoff posted an article on his blog where fans of the series can get a special PDF (Three) of a deleted sequence for the last book, if they send a proof of pre-order his way. I might look into it.
     
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  3. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I have just finished Plod On, Sleepless Giant by Michael P McVey which I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot is rather original IMO.

     
  4. PSGarak

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    I just finished Elizabeth Hand's Wylding Hall. I didn't find it at all worth the hype, but at 145 pages, it wasn't much of a time sink. I'm also working through Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening. Unexpected pleasant surprise of that book is his wry, dry Maine farmer humor. There's not too much info in it that will be of much use to me. Our climates and topography are extremely different. Still, it was an informative read and I may incorporate his terracing method since my yard slopes a good bit.
     
  5. Owain Taggart

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    Earlier this week I finished The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons. For one thing, I'm really glad I read it as it was a lot of fun. It's a Sherlock Holmes adventure in the U.S. Didn't so much like the whole existential crisis thing Holmes was feeling and I liked the Moriarty twist at the end even less, but for what it's worth, it's just a really well-written adventure, and it's fun to see Holmes rubbing elbows with some historical figures of the period.
     
  6. Delta Vega

    Delta Vega Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I haven't read a novel for absolute yonks.
    I used to buy books like old Penguin Classics, but never read them, just to say that I owned a particular copy.
    If pushed to say the last book I actually read it would probably be "Brideshead Revisited" by Evelyn Waugh or "Heart Of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, easily back in the 1980s.
     
  7. KimMH

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    Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett. It is delightful as everyone says.
     
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  8. Miss Chicken

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    Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It is the first book in a new series and centres on the character of the archeologist Nora Kelly. I liked Nora when she appeared in the Pendergast books and also in Thunderhead.
     
  9. PSGarak

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    I'm about to start Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. I liked what I heard about it in a review on NPR a while back, then it fell off my radar with the book clubs I was running at the library. Now that one of them has been passed on to someone else (thank dog,) I have a little more free time for reading what I want to read.

    Editing to say I finished it in one sitting. I really liked the style of the writing. My only complaint is that things tie up a little too neatly. For a story that had so much realism, I found that somewhat jarring.
     
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  10. rhubarbodendron

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    Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. I've read that one when it came out, 15 years ago, but have forgotten most of it so that this time is as thrilling as the first time was :)
     
  11. PSGarak

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    Just finished Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh. It was a delightful little read with a fable-like quality. Currently working through Julia Elliot's anthology, the Wilds, and about to start Cherie Priest's modern Southern Gothic the Toll.
     
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  12. C. Cole-Chakotay

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    I'm making my way through the Game of Thrones book series. I'm reading book #4 and should start book #5 in the next day or so.
     
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  13. Miss Chicken

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    The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. I have just finished reading about the first victim, Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols.
     
  14. cultcross

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    Same, I'm about a fifth of the way into Dance with Dragons.

    While the story is as gripping as the TV show, I do find Martin's writing style quite annoying - he is very repetitive in turn of phrase ('many and more', 'dark wings dark words', 'words are wind', everyone's full title and/or nickname), and the latter books were in desperate need of a good editor.
     
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  15. Kira Nerys

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    "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg.
     
  16. Miss Chicken

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    I am listening to Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, narrated by Robert Petkoff.

    The story is set during a zombie apocalypse and the story is being told by a pet crow named S.T. (Shit Turd) who, along with a dog named Dennis, must venture into the outside world after their owner turns into a zombie. It has been quite funny so far.
     
  17. Nyotarules

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    VOY A pocket full of lies
    BTW Was/Is there a follow up novel to the TOS episode A private little war?
     
  18. PSGarak

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    I just finished Jennie Melamed's well written but very depressing Gather the Daughters. I'm about 1/3rd through a re-read of Matt Ruff's brilliant Lovecraft Country. Trying to decide on what new book to pick up next.
     
  19. Avro Arrow

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    Yes: Serpents in the Garden, by Jeff Mariotte.
     
  20. rhubarbodendron

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    Watching the Peaceful Galaxy Skies, a collection of ultra-short SciFi written by children during a school project. Some definitely have potential and we may expect interesting literature from those young writers in a decade or two, but the violence in almost all of the stories is rather shocking.
    It can be found here: https://www.superherosupplies.com/c...s/products/watching-the-peaceful-galaxy-skies
    I can also recommend Too Many Cooks by a different group of very young writers in the same project. It's an anthology of short stories about food from the authors' perspective. This collection, too, has its highs and lows but on the whole it makes a very good read.
    https://www.superherosupplies.com/collections/books-cards/products/too-many-cooks