October Reading Thread

Hugh

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A.E. van Vogt "The Anarchistic Colossus" (1977)
Tedious to the nth degree. Sigh.
 

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I am on a Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde re-read (and thanks to a thread years ago on Chrons for introducing me to Jasper Fforde - I think it was possibly Chris Penycate who did that). Part way into Something Rotten.
Oh boy.
Adore the awful puns of peoples' names.
Love the way he handles writing early English by putting it in seriously Gothic script but writing in modern English - rather crude modern English, St Zvslk being the unsavory git that he is.
And then there is the absolutely hilarious, and cutting, send up of large corporates, the PR departments of large corporates, and the kind of politicians who give politics a bad name. Particularly enjoyed the TV show "Evade the Question". Two or three pages of sheer genius of the way politicians behave in front of a camera.
 

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15 days since my last update and 30 titles finished. Somehow, in my last update, I got the short count correct (17) but failed to include five of the titles in the totals for the year.

“That’s not What I Meant!” by Deborah Tannen.
A short non fiction title on conversational styles and how what we say isn't always indicative to others of what we meant to say, even if it's crystal clear to us.

“Brain Droppings” by George Carlin.
“Napalm and Silly Putty” by George Carlin.
“More Napalm and Silly Putty” by George Carlin.
I've been a George Carlin fan since I was in high school, more years ago than I care to think about, but these books were rather shocking. Much of the material is familiar from his many HBO specials, but I was surprised by how cynical his humor can actually be.

“Battle Ground,” book 17 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
Mr. Butcher is sending a very mixed message with this book and the last. On his web site he still claims that the series will run to 20-something books, but he also says he's going to end it with an apocalyptic trilogy. This book feels very much like book two of an apocalyptic trilogy, continuing the themes present in book 16 that first made me think he may be drawing the series to a close. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

“The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Inter-dimensional Insurance Agent,” book 1 of the Tom Stranger series by Larry Correia.
“A Murder of Manatees: The Further Adventures of Tom Stranger, Inter-dimensional Insurance Agent,” book 2 of the Tom Stranger series by Larry Correia.
Seriously fun fluff fiction. No grand themes or thoughtful prose, just a rollick through the multi-verse with the best insurance agent in all the parallel universes.

“The Integral Trees,” book 1 of The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven.
“The Smoke Ring,” book 2 of The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven.
This is a third (or fourth, or maybe fifth) reading of these books. I'm not sure the science of an atmospheric torus around the stellar remains of a dead star is plausible, but it's quite entertaining.

“The Sin Eater’s Daughter,” book 1 of The Sin Eater’s Daughter series by Melinda Salisbury.
This on has been languishing on Mount TBR for a long time now. I should have left it languishing. It's a less than stellar YA romance, not the YA action/adventure fantasy I was led to believe it was. I'll be reading reviews from trusted sources before bothering with any more of the series, and honestly don't expect to finish it.

"Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box,” book 0.17 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Countdown,” book 0.33 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Everglades,” book 0.50 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats,” book 0.67 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“All the Pretty Little Horses,” book 0.87 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Feed,” book 1.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Deadline,” book 2.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Blackout,” book 3.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“How Green this Land. How Blue this Sea,” book 3.20 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell,” book 3.40 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Please do not Taunt the Octopus,” book 3.60 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Coming to You Live,” book 3.80 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Feedback,” book 4.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
This is, in my not so humble opinion, the greatest zombie fiction series ever, and I'm not really even a big fan of zombie fiction. Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire's horror pen name) writes fantastic, engaging prose and tells a darned good story at the same time.

“The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ” by Philip Pullman.
I read this book when it first came out and decided to re-read it to see if I was missing all the vile parts that got so many people heated over it. I didn't. Honestly, not the best Pullman has ever done, but nowhere near as blasphemous as I've been told it is.

“Big Red Tequila,” book 1 of the Tres Navarre series by Rick Riordan.
“The Widower’s Two Step,” book 2 of the Tres Navarre series by Rick Riordan.
Before Apollo had his trials and before Percy Jackson dealt with the Lightning Thief, there was Tres Navarre. I'm not sure what made Mr. Riordan switch from adult fiction about the unlicensed private investigator Tres Navarre and start writing kids books (very good, re-readable kids books) when he was already winning awards. With only seven books in the series, I think I'll be wishing there were more, or that he'll return to writing them.

“A Killing Frost,” book 14 of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.
The best urban fantasy series going, period!

“Gwendy’s Button Box” by Stephen King.
A thought provoking tale of power and temptation by an author that goes for the gross out far more often than the thought provoking narrative.

“A Thief of Time,” book 8 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“Talking God,” book 9 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.


With these, I have broken my old personal record of titles read in a year. The old total was 402, these titles bring me to 404 for the year leaving but a single title to be read between now and the end of the year to reach my stated goal. I'm not sure, but I'm thinking I can probably manage that. :)
 

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The running list:
“StarBridge,” book 1 of the StarBridge series by A. C. Crispin.
“Silent Dances,” book 2 of the StarBridge series by A. C. Crispin.
"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.
“The Castle in the Mist,” book 1 of the Tess and Max series by Amy Ephron.
“Carnival Magic,” book 2 of the Tess and Max series by Amy Ephron.
“The Other Side of the Wall,” book 3 of the Tess and Max series by Amy Ephron,
“I Hunt Killers,” book 1 of the I Hunt Killers trilogy by Barry Lyga.
“Game,” book 2 of the I Hunt Killers trilogy by Barry Lyga.
“Blood of my Blood,” book 3 of the I Hunt Killers trilogy by Barry Lyga.
"To Be Taught, If Fortunate" by Becky Chambers.
“Summerlost” by Ally Condie.
“The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe” by Ally Condie.
“Ice Wolves,” book 1 of the Elementals series by Amie Kaufman.
“Scorch Dragons,” book 2 of the Elementals series by Amie Kaufman.
“Battle Born,” book 3 of the Elementals series by Amie Kaufman.
“The Night Realm,” book 1 of the Spell Weaver series by Annette Marie
"The Shadow Weave," book 2 of the spell weaver series by Annette Marie.
"The Blood Curse," book 3 of the spell weaver series by Annette Marie.
“Taming Demons for Beginners,” book 1 of The Guild Codex: Demonized, by Annette Marie.
“Slaying Monsters for the Feeble,” book 2 of The Guild Codex: Demonized, by Annette Marie.
“Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped,” book 3 of The Guild Codex: Demonized, by Annette Marie.
“Three Mages and a Margarita,” book 1 of the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie
“Dark Arts and a Daiquiri,” book 2 of the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie
“Two Witches and a Whiskey,” book 3 of the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie
“Demon Magic and a Martini,” book 4 of the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie
“The Alchemist and an Amaretto,” book 5 of the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie
“Druid Vices and a Vodka,” book 6 of The Guild Codex: Spellbound, by Annette Marie.
“Lost Talismans and a Tequila,” book 7 of The Guild Codex: Spellbound, by Annette Marie.
“Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors,” book 1 of The Guild Codex: Warped, by Annette Marie.
“Inside Jobs” by Ben H. Winters.
“Supermarket” by Bobby Hall.
“A Hundred Thousand Worlds” by Bob Proehl.
“The Escape Artist” by Brad Meltzer.
"Act of War," book 13 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
"Code of Conduct," book 15 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
"The Athens Solution," book 15.5 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
"Foreign Agent," book 16 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
"Use of Force," book 17 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
"Spymaster," book 18 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
"Backlash," book 19 of the Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor.
“Legion,” book 1 of the Legion trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
“Skin Deep,” book 2 of the Legion trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
“Legion: Lies of the Beholder,” book 3 of the Legion trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
“Beezer” by Brandon T. Snider.
"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.
“The Demon Next Door” by Bryan Burrough.
"A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World" by C. A. Fletcher.
“Lightless,” book 1 of the Lightless series by C. A. Higgens
“Supernova,” book 2 of the Lightless series by C. A. Higgens
“Radiate,” book 3 of the Lightless series by C. A. Higgens
"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.
“Summertide,” book 1 of the Heritage series by Charles Sheffield.
“Divergence,” book 2 of the Heritage series by Charles Sheffield.
“Transcendence,” book 3 of the Heritage series by Charles Sheffield.
“Convergence,” book 4 of the Heritage series by Charles Sheffield.
“Antibodies” by Charles Stross.
"The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" by Claire North.
"Touch" by Claire North.
“The Sudden Appearance of Hope” by Claire North.
“84K” 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.
"An Obvious Fact," book 12 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"The Western Star," book 13 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"Depth of Winter," book 14 of the Longmire Mysteries by Craig Johnson.
"Land of Wolves," book 15 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.
“A City Dreaming” by Daniel Polansky.
“Under the Bright Lights,” book 1 of the Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell.
“Muscle for the Wing,” book 2 of the Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell.
“The Ones You Do,” book 3 of the Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell.
“Long Road to Mercy,” book 1 Of the Atlee Pine series by David Baldacci
“A Minute to Midnight,” book 2 Of the Atlee Pine series by David Baldacci
"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.
“That’s not What I Meant!” by Deborah Tannen.
“The Singularity Trap” by Dennis E. Taylor.
"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.
"Mortal Coil," book 5 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
"Death Bringer," book 6 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
"Kingdom of the Wicked," book 7 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
"Last Stand of Dead Men," book 8 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
“The Dying of the Light,” book 9 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.
“Bellman and Black” by Diane Setterfield.
“Old Bones,” book 1 of the Nora Kelly series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
“Curious Toys” by Elizabeth Hand.
"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.
“The Supernaturalist” by Eoin Colfer.
“The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemmingway.
"Skinwalker," book 1 of the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter.
“Soulless,” book 1 of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
“Changeless,” book 2 of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
“Blameless,” book 3 of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
“My French Whore” by Gene Wilder.
“Brain Droppings” by George Carlin.
“Napalm and Silly Putty” by George Carlin.
“More Napalm and Silly Putty” by George Carlin.
"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.
“Wishful Thinking,” book 1 of the How to Be the Best Damn Faerie Godmother in the World (Or Die Trying) series by Helen Harper.
“Wish List,” book 2 of the How to Be the Best Damn Faerie Godmother in the World (Or Die Trying) series by Helen Harper.
“As You Wish,” book 3 of the How to Be the Best Damn Faerie Godmother in the World (Or Die Trying) series by Helen Harper.
“Best Wishes,” book 4 of the How to Be the Best Damn Faerie Godmother in the World (Or Die Trying) 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.
“White Cat,” book 1 of the Curse Workers series by Holly Black.
“Red Glove,” book 2 of the Curse Workers series by Holly Black.
“Black Heart,” book 3 of the Curse Workers series by Holly Black.
"Casino Royale," James Bond book 1 by Ian Fleming.
"Live and Let Die," James Bond book 2 by Ian Fleming.
“The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.
“The Sea Wolf” by Jack London.
“Brown Wolf” by Jack London.
“The Engines of God,” book 1 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“Deepsix,” book 2 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“Chindi,” book 3 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“Omega,” book 4 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“Odyssey,” book 5 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“Cauldron,” book 6 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“Starhawk,” book 7 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“The Long Sunset,” book 8 of the Academy series by Jack McDevitt.
“A Talent for War,” book 1 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“Polaris (2004),” book 2 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“Seeker,” book 3 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“The Devil's Eye,” book 4 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“Echo,” book 5 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“Firebird,” book 6 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“Coming Home,” book 7 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“Octavia Gone” book 8 of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt
“The Eye of Minds,” book 1 of The Mortality Doctrine by James Dashner
“The Rule of Thoughts,” book 2 of The Mortality Doctrine by James Dashner
“The Game of Lives,” book 3 of The Mortality Doctrine by James Dashner
“Midnight Son” by James Dommek Jr.
“LIFEL1K3,” book 1 of the Lifelike series by Jay Kristoff
“DEV1AT3,” book 2 of the Lifelike series by Jay Kristoff
“TRUEL1F3,” book 3 of the Lifelike series by Jay Kristoff
"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 World is Full of Monsters” by Jeff VanderMeer
“A Quiver Full of Arrows” by Jeffrey Archer
“The Monster of Elendhaven” by Jennifer Giesbrecht
“Storm Front,” book 1 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Fool Moon,” book 2 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Grave Peril,” book 3 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Summer Knight,” book 4 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Death Masks,” book 5 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Blood Rites,” book 6 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Dead Beat,” book 7 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Proven Guilty,” book 8 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“White Night,” book 9 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Small Favor,” book 10 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Turn Coat,” book 11 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Changes,” book 12 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Ghost Story,” book 13 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Cold Days,” book 14 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Skin Game,” book 15 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Peace Talks,” book 16 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Side Jobs,” anthology 1 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Brief Cases,” Anthology 2 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
“Battle Ground,” book 17 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
“Terminal Alliance,” book 1 of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series by Jim C. Hines
"The Very First Damned Thing," book 0.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"Just one Damned Thing After Another," book 1 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"A Symphony of Echoes," book 2 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"When a Child is Born," book 2.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"A Second Chance," book 3 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"Roman Holiday," book 3.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"A Trail Through Time," book 4 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"Christmas Present," book 4.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"No Time Like the Past," book 5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"What Could Possibly Go Wrong," book 6 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"Ships and Strings and Wedding Rings," book 6.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"Lies, Damn Lies and History," book 7 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"The Great St. Mary’s Day Out," book 7.2 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"My Name is Markham," book 7.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"And the Rest is History," book 8 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"A Perfect Storm," book 8.5 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"An Argumentation of Historians," book 9 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
"Hope for the Best," book 10 of The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor.
“The Forever War,” book 1 of the Forever War series by Joe Haldeman.
“The Forever Peace,” book 2 of the Forever War series by Joe Haldeman.
“Forever Free,” book 3 of the Forever War series by Joe Haldeman.
“The Ruins of Gorlan,” book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Burning Bridge,” book 2 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Icebound Land,” book 3 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Battle for Skandia,” book 4 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Sorcerer of the North,” book 5 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Siege of Macindaw,” book 6 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“Erak’s Ransom,” book 7 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Kings of Clonmel,” book 8 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“Halt's Peril,” book 9 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Emperor of Nihon-Ja,” book 10 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Lost Stories,” book 11 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Royal Ranger,” book 12 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Royal Ranger: The Red Fox Clan,” book 13 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“The Royal Ranger: Duel at Araluen,” book 14 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
“Playing for Pizza” by John Grisham
“Calico Joe” by John Grisham
"The Confession" by John Grisham.
"The Litigators" by John Grisham.
“Witness to a Trial” by John Grisham
“The Whistler” by John Grisham
“The Racketeer” by John Grisham
“Kid Lawyer,” book 1 of the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
“The Addiction,” book 2 of the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
“The Accused,” book 3 of the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
“The Activist,” book 4 of the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
“The Fugitive,” book 5 of the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
“The Scandal,” book 6 of the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
“The Accomplice,” book 7 of the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham.
“Carmilla” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
“The Fullness of Time” by Kate Willhelm.
"And I Darken," book 1 of The Conqueror's Saga by Kiersten White.
"Now I Rise," book 2 of The Conqueror's Saga by Kiersten White.
"Bright We Burn," book 3 of The Conqueror's Saga by Kiersten White.
"PERfunctory afFECTION" by Kim Harrison.
“Battle Royale” by Koushun Takami
“The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Inter-dimensional Insurance Agent,” book 1 of the Tom Stranger series by Larry Correia.
“A Murder of Manatees: The Further Adventures of Tom Stranger, Inter-dimensional Insurance Agent,” book 2 of the Tom Stranger series by Larry Correia.
“The Integral Trees,” book 1 of The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven.
“The Smoke Ring,” book 2 of The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven.
"Die Trying," Jack Reacher book 2 by Lee Child.
"Tripwire," Jack Reacher book 3 by Lee Child.
"Running Blind," Jack Reacher book 4 by Lee Child.
"Echo Burning," Jack Reacher book 5 by Lee Child.
"Junk" by Les Bohem
“It Burns: The Scandal Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chili” by Marc Fennell
“Nut Jobs” by Marc Fennell
“The Raven Boys,” book 1 of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
“The Dream Thieves,” book 2 of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
“The Raven Boys,” book 3 of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
“The Raven Boys,” book 4 of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
"The Regional Office is Under Attack" by Manuel Gonzales.
“Too Much and Never Enough,” by Mary L. Trump, PH.D.
"This is How You Lose the Time War" by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.
“The Sin Eater’s Daughter,” book 1 of The Sin Eater’s Daughter series by Melinda Salisbury.
"Black Crow, White Snow" by Michael Livingston.
“Elric of Melnibone,” book 1 of The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock.
“The Sailor on the Seas of Fate,” book 2 of The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock.
“In the Shadow of Spindrift House” by Mira Grant
“Rolling in the Deep,” book 0.5 of the Rolling in the Deep series by Mira Grant.
“Into the Drowning Deep,” book 1 of the Rolling in the Deep series by Mira Grant.
“Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box,” book 0.17 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Countdown,” book 0.33 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Everglades,” book 0.50 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats,” book 0.67 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“All the Pretty Little Horses,” book 0.87 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Feed,” book 1.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Deadline,” book 2.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Blackout,” book 3.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“How Green this Land. How Blue this Sea,” book 3.20 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell,” book 3.40 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Please do not Taunt the Octopus,” book 3.60 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Coming to You Live,” book 3.80 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
“Feedback,” book 4.00 of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant.
"Kingdom of Needle and Bone" by Mira Grant.
"Alien: Echo" by Mira Grant.
“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
“Rendezvous” by Nelson DeMille.
"The Deserter" by Nelson and Alex DeMille.
“Binti,” book 1 of the Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor.
“Binti: Home,” book 2 of the Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor.
“Binti: The Night of the Masquerade,” book 3 of the Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor.
“Eye for Eye” by Orson Scott Card.
“Space Boy” by Orson Scott Card.
“Moon Called,” book 1 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Blood Bound,” book 2 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Iron Kissed,” book 3 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Bone Crossed,” book 4 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Silver Borne,” book 5 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“River Marked,” book 6 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Frost Burned,” book 7 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Night Broken,” book 8 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Fire Touched,” book 9 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Silence Fallen,” book 10 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Storm Cursed,” book 11 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“Smoke Bitten,” book 12 of the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
“The Firework-Maker’s Daughter” by Philip Pullman
“The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ” by Philip Pullman.
"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.
“Big Red Tequila,” book 1 of the Tres Navarre series by Rick Riordan.
“The Widower’s Two Step,” book 2 of the Tres Navarre series by Rick Riordan.
“The Deep” by Rivers Solomon.
"The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks" by Rob Sheffield.
“Trick of the Light,” book one of the Trixter series by Rob Thurman
“The Grimrose Path,” book 2 of the Trixter series by Rob Thurman
"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.
“Every Heart a Doorway,” book 1 of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.
“Down Among the Sticks and Bones,” book 2 of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.
“Beneath the Sugar Sky,” book 3 of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.
“In an Absent Dream,” book 4 of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.
“Come Tumbling Down,” book 5 of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.
“A Killing Frost,” book 14 of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.
"Finale," book 3 of Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
“Blockade Billy” by Stephen King.
“Gwendy’s Button Box” by Stephen King.
“Pure Drivel” by Steve Martin
“Wildside” by Steven Gould
"New York Dead," book 1 of the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods.
"Dirt," book 2 of the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods.
“Gideon the Ninth,” book 1 of the Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir.
“Harrow the Ninth,” book 2 of The Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir
“Stories of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
“Truckers,” book 1 of the Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett
“Diggers,” book 2 of the Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett
“Wings,” book 3 of the Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett
"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.
"Eric," book 9 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Moving Pictures," book 10 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Reaper Man," book 11 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Witches Abroad," book 12 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Small Gods," book 13 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Lords and Ladies," book 14 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
"Men at Arms," book 15 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet.
“Only You Can Save Mankind,” book 1 of the Johnny Maxwell series by Terry Pratchett.
“Johnny and the Dead,” book 2 of the Johnny Maxwell series by Terry Pratchett.
“Johnny and the Bomb,” book 3 of the Johnny Maxwell series by Terry Pratchett.
"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.
“The Blessing Way,” book 1 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“Dance Hall of the Dead,” book 2 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“Listening Woman,” book 3 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“People of Darkness,” book 4 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“The Dark Wind,” book 5 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“The Ghostway,” book 6 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“Skinwalkers,” book 7 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“A Thief of Time,” book 8 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
“Talking God,” book 9 of the Navajo Mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
"Rocannon's World," book 1 of the Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.
"Planet of Exile," book 2 of the Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.
"City of Illusions," book 3 of the Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.
"The Left Hand of Darkness," book 4 of the Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.
"The Dispossessed," book 5 of the Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.
“I Shudder at Your Touch,” a horror anthology.
“The Gravedigger’s Brawl” by Abigail Roux
"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.
“Of Sand and Malice Made,” book 0.5 of The Song of the Shattered Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu.
"Steampunk Banditos," book 7 of the Felix Gomez series by Mario Acevedo.
“Three Parts Dead,” book 1 of the Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone.
”Two Serpents Rise,” book 2 of the Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone.
”Full Fathom Five,” book 3 of the Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone.
”Last First Snow,” book 4 of the Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone.
"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.
“Undivided,” book 4 of the Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
 

Ian Fortytwo

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I'm currently reading Blue Moon, by Lee Child. One of our book group reads.

By the way I am not currently going as they are flagrantly breaking the rule of six. However they email the chosen books.
 

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the thread, I started the month with Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K Jerome in which three friends -- and Montmorency the fox terrier -- take a fortnight’s holiday to row up the Thames from Kingston to Oxford and back. An odd mix of comic set-pieces, a travellers’ guide to the river and places of interest, funny and would-be-funny-but-not ramblings about other things, lyrical pieces of writing (usually immediately undercut with deliberate bathos), and odd dashes of high Victorian sentimentality and religiosity. There are some hilarious bits with hysterically funny lines, and the book as a whole is rarely dull and deservedly a comic classic, though that unfortunately can't be said for its sequel which I read later in the month, Three Men on a Bummel. This time the three men (without Montmorency, alas) cycle through Germany. Again it's a strange mix of travelogue, humorous asides and some very funny set pieces, but overall it's not as satisfactory, and the plethora of lighthearted generalisations about Germany and the Germans -- with comments about duty and obedience to anything in uniform -- read very differently now, with the history of two World Wars in mind, than when Jerome wrote them in 1900.

Humour, of a sort, continued with Queen Lucia by EF Benson, the first in what became known as the Mapp & Lucia series. Imagine PG Wodehouse crossed with Jane Austen but lacking the charm and delight of the one and the humanity of the other, and instead of good-natured but silly young rich characters involved in convoluted plots, there are malicious and stupid middle-aged rich characters who revolve around their own vanities. I picked up two omnibus volumes cheap, so I'll be reading the other stories in due course, but I'm not rushing to finish them.

I then turned to the very unfunny The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, the first novel in her Broken Earth series. This was a second attempt at this -- I dumped it after only a few pages when I tried it a couple of years ago, as the second person POV of the beginning coupled with the narrator's supercilious tone rather put my back up. It still did, but I pushed on this time. Some interesting world-building with the brilliant idea of orogenes able to manipulate the Earth's crust, though I never bought into the social, technological and political arrangements of the world. I was also underwhelmed with the structure of the three POVs and their female characters, since to me the link between them was obvious from the start. More importantly, I found the main adult characters, and most of the minor ones, wholly unsympathetic if not actively unpleasant, and though I read to the end of the book, I really didn't care what happened to any of them or what will happen to the survivors, and I'm not interested enough in the world to want to read any more of the series.

And another second attempt at an SF I couldn't get on with the first time round, with the slim novella The Word for World is Forest in which Ursula Le Guin makes her abhorrence of war and colonisation very clear, but at the expense of producing something that is a polemic rather than a fully realised, subtle and complex story. The indigenous peoples of Athshe live in perfect harmony with nature and themselves on their forested world, violence being virtually unknown, and technology of any kind beyond bow and arrow unthinkable (undreamable, rather, since everything comes to them via dreams), but the humans who crossed the galaxy to colonise the planet are rapacious, tree-destroying, timber-selling slave-owners, the main baddie being a one-note psychopath in the military who rapes, murders and fire-bombs his way through the story. So far, so Avatar, but here the peace-loving natives are led by one of their own, and Le Guin doesn't glorify the violence they inflict as they trade atrocity for atrocity -- not only on the loggers and army who have oppressed them, but on hundreds of women who have only just arrived -- and she also makes it clear they will themselves pay the price of learning how to kill.
 

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galactic bus driver list is always interesting but i'm beguinning to feel to make a list of the books i don't read. by that i mean books i begui and then put aside for not being to my taste or just plain bad :)
We all have our own tastes. That's one of the great things about sites like this. I can pick over other people's reading list and add (or not) anything that catches my fancy. As another fan of the Dresden Files, though, I think I you would enjoy the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.
 

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We all have our own tastes. That's one of the great things about sites like this. I can pick over other people's reading list and add (or not) anything that catches my fancy. As another fan of the Dresden Files, though, I think I you would enjoy the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.
i tried listening.... it didn't caught my interest
 

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I finished Tamsyn Muir's Harrow the Ninth. I'm not sure what I really expected to follow on the from the end of the previous book but it certainly wasn't this. It was a bit of a struggle in the early stages because the main character is really confused about what is going on and while the reader has some information they don't have there is also a lot of confusion. There's also quite a bit of unreliable narration going on, which isn't really concealed to the reader but it didn't make it any easier to get into the book. The latter stages of the book were a big improvement and at times managed to be as compelling as some parts of the first book, and in retrospect a lot of the things that happened in the earlier parts of the book (and in the first book) do end up making a lot of sense in the end. I think Harrow herself may have been a more interesting character when we couldn't see inside her head but there was some good character development for the supporting cast, including both new characters and some that I wouldn't necessarily have expected to see again after the first book. Overall I think the second half did save the book but it's a pity that it took a couple of hundred pages for me to start enjoying reading it as much as the first book.

I've now started Susanna Clarke's Piranesi which coincidentally is another story about a character with memory issues in a vast and mysterious structure although other than that not very similar to Harrow the Ninth. It's also not much like Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell but it is good so far.
 

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We all have our own tastes. That's one of the great things about sites like this. I can pick over other people's reading list and add (or not) anything that catches my fancy. As another fan of the Dresden Files, though, I think I you would enjoy the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.
might i suggest E. William Brown, john conroe, laurell hamilton, james e. wisher, richard kadrey, benedict jacka?
 

BAYLOR

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Congo by Michael Crichton

don't forget the outsiders. and probably some of then are chutulu
Would suggest The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson Its terrific book and it a quick read and it's a classic. A book greatly admired by Lovecraft.

I'm reading Keith Claire's The Tree Wakers, following a recommendation from Liz Williams.
It's strange... and written very much in "old fashioned" style.
If you find a copy of it . I very much recommend The Manitou by Graham Masterton It was published about the midd 1970's spawned a very crappy movie adaptation and a number sequel books.

I'm currently reading The Long Good-Bye, by Raymond Chandler.
Great book , Chandler never disappoints. :cool:

Night has a Thousand Eyes by Cornel Woolrich

The Black Dahlia by James Elroy

Both terrific reads. :cool:
 

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Started this after finding it in a neighborhood roadside library:
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Nothing to trade for it so will return it when I'm done.
 

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I just finished The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. It's been a long time since I've been so glued to a high fantasy that I haven't been able to put it down until I finished it.

It occurred to me that ever since I discovered Tolkien, I've had a certain disdain for other high fantasy because I tend to think it is all an imitation. I have read and re-read the History of Middle Earth, and went from loving Middle Earth to feeling "stuck" there. So I've leaned more toward sci-fi, horror, and urban fantasy. But this book isn't remotely like LOTR, and was extremely captivating. I think it's about time I got out of the mindset that there is something wrong about high fantasy.
Try the Flat Novel of Tanith Lee
1. Night's Master
2. Death's Master
3. Delusion's Master
4. Delirium's Mistress
5. Night Sorceries

These are nothing at all like Tolkien

Also
Mythago Woods by Robert Holdstock The beginning of the Ryhope Woods series
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart A fantasy novel of Ancient China
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
 

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Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa by Keith Richburg, a bureau chief for the Washington Post, and Dickens's Hard Times, a second reading after about 40 years.
 

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Finished The Last Monument by Michael C. Grumley. Not a bad book, I gave it four stars out of five. It is a little like Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and a little like Indiana Jones without the excesses of either of those. Unfortunately, not as gripping as either of those either.

But the trouble might be with me. I am really struggling to find books that appeal to me. I seem to be jaded or too picky. It seems that lately nearly every book I pick up has a plot which sounds like a hundred other books I've read. Or the main characters are one of these: too detestable to warrant following, too cookie cuter, or too something. And then there are the books that have a multitude of story lines and characters, so much so that I need a score card to keep them all separate and I wonder why I should have to work so hard. I'm sorely tempted to go back and read the opening books of Honor Harrington Series, for a sixth time.

Right now I'm looking at Resistance a compiled 3 book series by our own Nathan Hystad. I suspect that I've read at least part of the first book but when I jumped ahead it wasn't making sense, so maybe I quit? That does not bode well but in my present funk I think I'll try to sort it, because at least the first part of the first book sounds like something I'd like.
 

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I'm still plodding on with Dean Koontz Elsewhere but tbh I don't think I'm going to finish it, it's much too hackneyed/formulaistic and it's getting tiresome.

Maybe I need something funny instead to lighten up?

Or a hard hitting mil sci fi as a change of pace?
 
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