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My plan is to finish Stewarts Merlin trilogy

Today at the local bookstore I found a copy go The Midwich Cuckoos. John Wyndham it's a new modern library edition . Before this I had not seen a copy of the book in a store in over 35 years.. Ive not read this book .
 

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My plan is to finish Stewarts Merlin trilogy

Today at the local bookstore I found a copy go The Midwich Cuckoos. John Wyndham it's a new modern library edition . Before this I had not seen a copy of the book in a store in over 35 years.. Ive not read this book .
the original movie from the 50's it's good.
 

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I'm planning to start Warbreaker when it arrives sometime later today. After that I will need to start finding some more books.
 

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I have just downloaded the new Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London novel. I cannot recall the title.
 

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A.E. van Vogt "Slan" (1940/6)
Rattles along well doesn't it?
Given van Vogt said he used to progress his stories by waking himself up several times a night and musing on them, I always wonder which bits of the story emerged when the author was half-asleep. Then again, maybe I continue the process by reading while half-asleep.
 

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I read Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars. I had mixed feelings about it. I liked the characters and it was interesting to see things from the perspective of some who had been supporting characters in previous books, but I felt the plotline wasn't as compelling or entertaining as in the Six of Crows books. There are two plotlines which don't really interact at all, I thought Nina's plotline with its mix of mystery and prison escape elements was the more interesting of the two but I thought that Nikolai and Zoya's plotline was weaker. In some ways it's an odd complaint to make about a fantasy story but the extensive discussions and revelations about how magic works in the world ended up being a bit dull.

I'm now reading Ben Aaronovitch's latest Rivers of London book, Amongst Our Weapons. As with the previous books in the series it is very enjoyable to read so far.
 

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I'm currently reading Skallagrigg, by William Horwood.
It's great, isn't it?
I read it a good while ago
 

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I'm currently reading The Foot Soldiers (2022) a spy thriller by Gerald Seymour, it's a sequel to the crocodile hunter.
 

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I’m reading Henry Miller’s The Air-Conditioned Nightmare and really enjoying it.

Basically he just talks a lot of crap about America. He loves America, but I think he just hates Capitalism. He says a lot of insightful things, for example about balancing career and art, like we can’t produce timeless masterpieces in our consumer-obsessed economy because artists are by nature, poor. In his time, that is, when people didn’t have a lot of free time or government hand outs and had to struggle to survive. I wonder what he would think about America today.

Has anything really changed?
 
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The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran. Not sure if it will turn out mystery, horror or fantasy or some combination, but the first person narrator has hooked me and I'd rather be reading than at work.

(Not that that's unusual.)

(Okay, it's my default state, but it's more intense than usual.)
 

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Finished Verity by Colleen Hoover. I'd say much of the hype is warranted, as it was creepy and disturbing as described. If I'd read this in a weekend like most thrillers, the impact might have been greater, but after a family bout with COVID that derailed me for 2 weeks, the momentum wasn't really there and I found the ending less satisfying.

For now, I've resumed my travels with Paksenarrion as she begins training with the Girdsmen.
 

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I'm currently reading The Foot Soldiers (2022) a spy thriller by Gerald Seymour, it's a sequel to the crocodile hunter.
It was a bit meh, the spy hunter is too much of a George Smiley clone IMO.

Now it's Bright Morning Star by Simon Morden
"Sent to Earth to explore, survey, collect samples and report back to its makers, an alien probe arrives in the middle of a warzone. Witnessing both the best and worst of humanity, the AI probe faces situations that go far beyond the parameters of its programming, and is forced to improvise, making decisions that have repercussions for the future of our entire world"
 
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It was a bit meh, the spy hunter is too much of a George Smiley clone IMO.

Now it's Bright Morning Star by Simon Morden
"Sent to Earth to explore, survey, collect samples and report back to its makers, an alien probe arrives in the middle of a warzone. Witnessing both the best and worst of humanity, the AI probe faces situations that go far beyond the parameters of its programming, and is forced to improvise, making decisions that have repercussions for the future of our entire world"
Thanks for this. I have it queued up and will get to it soon.
 

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Thanks for this. I have it queued up and will get to it soon.
I'm maybe 100 pages into it now and have got accustomed to it's decidedly odd style.
It hasn't actually been said yet, no countries have been named, but I'm getting a distinct feeling that the alien robot has landed in the Ukraine a few days after the Russians invaded.
 

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I'm maybe 100 pages into it now and have got accustomed to it's decidedly odd style.
It hasn't actually been said yet, no countries have been named, but I'm getting a distinct feeling that the alien robot has landed in the Ukraine a few days after the Russians invaded.
of course it did... where else would it be? it's like if the devil came to earth...what better lace than sin city to appear?
 
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