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Please let us know what you think of it. I‘m still very much on the fence about The Stars are Legion and therefore need some help deciding if I should buy The Light Brigade.
I liked The Light Brigade a lot (finished last night), I'm not a huge military sci-fi fan these days, but it's a good story nevertheless.

I've now begun The Vorrh, by Brian Catling. There's a foreword by Alan Moore which I didn't read because, as you might expect, it's half the size of the book ;)
 

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Is that the one where this old bloke has a son called Number Ten Ox?
(Or possibly Number One Ox!)
I have misty memories of reading it
I believe it was Number ten Ox. It's been quite a while since I read it. :)
 

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I liked The Light Brigade a lot (finished last night), I'm not a huge military sci-fi fan these days, but it's a good story nevertheless.

I've now begun The Vorrh, by Brian Catling. There's a foreword by Alan Moore which I didn't read because, as you might expect, it's half the size of the book ;)
Of interest :)

1. Map of Time
2. Map of the Sky
3. Map of Chaos
all by Felix Palma
 

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Might I suggest James Rollins ?:)
you might but i just like Amazonia by him. The others not really. Don't ask me why lolo. it's like the books by brad taylor. never really got my interest.
 

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Only nine titles finished in the last 8 days. I've really been slacking this last week. :)

"The Tyrant's Tomb," book 4 of The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.
As already mentioned, this was the culmination of the setup for the humbling of Apollo. Great series, even if it is YA fiction.

"Midnight Blue-Light Special," "Half-Off Ragnarok," "Pocket Apocalypse," "Chaos Choreography," "Magic for Nothing," "Tricks for Free," "That Ain't Witchcraft," and "Imaginary Numbers," books 2 through 9 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
Just finished the latest in the series and it has taken a dark turn. Much darker than is normal for McGuire's urban fantasy work. If not for the latest in the October Daye series, this one might have taken over the top spot for "Favorite Series (at least for now)." It might have anyway, if not for the sudden, brutal cliffhanger ending. I hate cliffhanger endings with a purple passion.

111 Titles finished so far this year, knocking my pace back to ~545 for the year.

For the complete list:
"Slow Bullets" by Alastair Reynolds.
"Illuminae," book 1 of The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman.
"Gemina," book 2 of The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman.
"Obsidio," book 3 of The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman.
"To Be Taught, If Fortunate" by Becky Chambers.
"Act of War," book 13 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
"The Black Prism," book 1 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.
"The Blinding Knife," book 2 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.
"The Broken Eye," book 3 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.
"The Blood Mirror," book 4 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.
"The Burning White," book 5 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.
"A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World" by C. A. Fletcher.
"The Vault of Dreamers," Rosie Sinclair book 1 by Caragh O'Brien.
"Birthmarked," book 1 of the Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh O'Brien.
"Prized," book 2 of the Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh O'Brien.
"Promised," book 3 of the Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh O'Brien.
"The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" by Claire North.
"Touch" by Claire North.
"A Serpent's Tooth" book 9 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"Spirit of Steamboat," book 9.5 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"Any Other Name," book 10 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"Wait for Signs," book 10.1 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"Dry Bones," book 11 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"The Highwayman," book 11.5 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"The Rook," book 1 of The Checquy Files by Daniel O'Malley.
"Stiletto," book 2 of The Checquy Files by Daniel O'Malley.
"The Decoy Princess," book 1 of the Princess Contessa duology by Dawn Cook (aka Kim Harrison).
"Princess at Sea," book 2 of the Princess Contessa duology by Dawn Cook (aka Kim Harrison).
"Face It" by Debbie Harry.
"Skulduggery Pleasant," book 1 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
"Playing with Fire," book 2 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
"The Faceless Ones," book 3 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
"Dark Days," book 4 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
"Artemis Fowl," book 1 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Arctic Incident," book 2 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Eternity Code," book 3 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Opal Deception," book 4 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Lost Colony," book 5 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Time Paradox," book 6 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Atlantis Complex," book 7 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Last Guardian," book 8 of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"The Fowl Twins," book 1 of the Artemis Twins series by Eoin Colfer.
"Skinwalker," book 1 of the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter.
"Gifted Thief," book 1 of the Highland Magic series by Helen Harper.
"Honour Bound," book 2 of the Highland Magic series by Helen Harper.
"Veiled Threat," book 3 of the Highland Magic series by Helen Harper.
"Last Wish," book 4 of the Highland Magic series by Helen Harper.
"The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide and The Seeing Stone," books 1 and 2 by Holly Black.
"The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda's Secret and The Ironwood Tree," books 3 and 4 by Holly Black.
"The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wrath of Mulgarath," book 5 by Holly Black.
"Casino Royale," James Bond book 1 by Ian Fleming.
"Live and Let Die," James Bond book 2 by Ian Fleming.
"Die Trying," Jack Reacher book 2 by Lee Child.
"Tripwire," Jack Reacher book 3 by Lee Child.
"Nevernight," book 1 of The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff.
"Godsgrave," book 2 of The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff.
"Darkdawn," book 1 of The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff.
"The Very First Damned Thing," book 0.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"The Confession" by John Grisham.
"The Litigators" by John Grisham.
"And I Darken," book 1 of The Conqueror's Saga by Kiersten White.
"PERfunctory afFECTION" by Kim Harrison.
"Junk" by Les Bohem
"The Regional Office is Under Attack" by Manuel Gonzales.
"This is How You Lose the Time War" by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.
"Black Crow, White Snow" by Michael Livingston.
"Kingdom of Needle and Bone" by Mira Grant.
"Alien: Echo" by Mira Grant.
"The Deserter" by Nelson and Alex DeMille.
"Thin Air" by Richard K. Morgan
"Metrophage" by Richard Kadrey
"The Hidden Oracle," book 1 of The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.
"Camp Half-blood Confidential" supplemental to The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.
"The Dark Prophecy," book 2 of The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.
"The Burning Maze," book 3 of The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.
"The Tyrant's Tomb," book 4 of The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan.
"The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks" by Rob Sheffield.
"Sparrow Hill Road," book 1 of the Ghost Roads series by Seanan McGuire.
"The Girl in the Green Silk Gown," book 2 of the Ghost Roads series by Seanan McGuire.
"Discount Armageddon," book 1 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Midnight Blue-Light Special," book 2 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Half-Off Ragnarok," book 3 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Pocket Apocalypse," book 4 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Chaos Choreography," book 5 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Magic for Nothing," book 6 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Tricks for Free," book 7 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"That Ain't Witchcraft," book 8 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Imaginary Numbers," book 9 of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.
"Finale," book 3 of Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
"New York Dead," book 1 of the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods.
"The Color of Magic," book 1 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"The Light Fantastic," book 2 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Equal Rights," book 3 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Mort," book 4 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Sourcery," book 5 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Wyrd Systers," book 6 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Pyramids," book 7 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Guards, Guards," book 8 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"The Devil's Breath," book 3 of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series by Tessa Harris.
"The Lazarus Curse," book 4 of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series by Tessa Harris.
"Shadow of the Raven," book 5 of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series by Tessa Harris.
"Secrets of the Stones," book 6 of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series by Tessa Harris.
"Rocannon's World," book 1 of the Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.
"Planet of Exile," book 1 of the Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.
"Bitches and Brawlers," book 4 of the Steampunk Red Riding Hood series by Melanie Karsak.
"Howls and Hallows," book 5 of the Steampunk Red Riding Hood series by Melanie Karsak.
"Thief's Covenant," book 1 of the Widdershins Adventures by Ari Marmell.
"False Covenant," book 2 of the Widdershins Adventures by Ari Marmell.
"Lost Covenant," book 3 of the Widdershins Adventures by Ari Marmell.
"Covenant's End," book 4 of the Widdershins Adventures by Ari Marmell.
"Steampunk Banditos," book 7 of the Felix Gomes series by Mario Acevedo.
 

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I finished C. J. Cherryh's Merchanter's Luck (good stuff), and now I'm starting Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the Stars. It's some years since I last read much Clarke, so it will be nice to revisit.
 

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Having a re read of The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. Its one of my favourite films, I remember seeing it as a teenager and being fascinated. Years later I read the book.
 

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Having a re read of The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. Its one of my favourite films, I remember seeing it as a teenager and being fascinated. Years later I read the book.
Take my advice, avoid the sequel he recently wrote!
 

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I've always felt, when reading A Wizard of Earthsea, which by the way I love, is that the main character is not Ged so much as it is Earthsea itself.
That's an interesting approach, I'll keep it in the back of my mind! I'm nearly halfway and am enjoying it far more than the first time and definitely more than The Dispossessed. It's a very different style from the trendy doorstoppers of today (more Broken Sword than LOTR), but it's sort of a perfect contrast to the Tad Williams I just finished.

It might pay to star with the first one, then (Raise the Titanic). I found that the subsequent books get weaker and stuck on jingoistic BS, so I stopped reading them after a few.
Even when not sequential, the idea of jumping into the middle of series gives me the shivers. I'm still annoyed that they re-numbered the Narnia books!
 

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It was actually Tad Williams who told me (not me personally, he was teaching a one day class on writing the fantasy novel and I was part of the class) that in fantasy sometimes the setting is one of the main characters. It made so much sense, fit a number of books so perfectly, that I remembered it, and later came to the conclusion that with some books the setting is THE main character.
 

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I'm reading a crime novel now,
Quite ugly one morning by Christopher Brookmyre
Full of black humour so far...
 

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I think I really enjoyed the first 4 or 5. Havent read any new ones for at least 10 years. He started to get less funny after that.
Jack Parlabane is an interesting character.
 

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It was actually Tad Williams who told me (not me personally, he was teaching a one day class on writing the fantasy novel and I was part of the class) that in fantasy sometimes the setting is one of the main characters. It made so much sense, fit a number of books so perfectly, that I remembered it, and later came to the conclusion that with some books the setting is THE main character.
I felt much the same way when I saw 1917 several weeks back. The real star of the movie wasn't one of those two guys sent on that mission, it was No Man's Land. I felt like I was watching high quality video from another world.
 
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