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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #180 on: April 29, 2015, 09:01:38 AM »
That sounds great!


Just what I need, more books to add to my towering "to be read" pile.  ;)
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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #181 on: June 01, 2015, 11:37:08 AM »


Peter F Hamilton - The Naked God
I have just finished the final book in this trilogy. An epic tale if inter galactic worlds, wars, lifeforms and technology. This series is one of the most amazing things I have ever read. It seems I have been living and travelling in these worlds for over a year as I ploughed my way through the astounding, mind boggling existence in these three massive books.

Now onto Red Rising - Pierce Brown which is reminiscent of the Wool trilogy. Possibly even better. Loving it.

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #182 on: June 22, 2015, 08:32:20 PM »
Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking
An insightful memoir concerning loss.

Peter Clines - The Fold
Super cool sci-fi/wierd-fi story about a group of researchers who build a portal. Won't say more. Between this and his book, 14, Peter Clines might be one of my new favorites. I need to check out his ex-heroes series.


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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #183 on: June 27, 2015, 09:23:30 AM »
Chris, thanks for the heads up on the Peter Clines books. I just bought them & added them to my Kindle queue.  It might be awhile before I get to them because of a bunch of new stuff coming out all at the same time.

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #184 on: July 16, 2015, 02:40:11 PM »
I'm eager to hear what you think about the Peter Clines books, Dave. I just re-read (or re-listened on Audible) 14 again and loved it.

Just started the new book from Ernest Cline, Armada. Loving it so far.



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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #186 on: September 06, 2015, 07:24:44 PM »
Finally getting around to The Fold by Peter Clines.  Very good so far.

Just finished The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson.  I really like everything RCW has done before but this one didn't do much for me.  A few interesting ideas but nothing that really connected with me.

Also finished The End Of All Things by John Scalzi.  It was okay, just too much dialogue. In fact it was almost all dialogue. I listened to the audio book version so I suppose it's possible it was slightly different than the printed version but not that different.  There is some action but just not enough to make up for the tons of exposition.  I know Scalzi's books are easy reads and most do have a lot of dialogue but this took that to an extreme.

Other recent books...
The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross - good new twist in his Laundry series.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson  -  enjoyed this one pretty well, just too long.

In the queue...
Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey
Beacon 23 by Hugh Howley
Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #187 on: September 08, 2015, 11:40:10 AM »
Been ploughing my way through Metro 2033. A post apocalyptic tale set in the Moscow Underground. Hard work, maybe something lost in the translation but finding it repetitive and fairly boring. Some good bits though. 3/4 of the way through and it is getting a bit better.

Also reading this..


A lad gets itchy feet whilst living on the 60th parallel on Shetland and decides to go round the world along the 60th parallel. Greenland, Northern Canada, Alaska,Siberia, St Petersbug, Scandanavia and returning to his home island. Excellent read. Itchy feet inducing.

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #188 on: September 20, 2015, 07:42:34 PM »
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A poignant little work of astounding, besieged humanity. Every American should read it. Every lover of language too.

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #189 on: December 01, 2015, 01:18:29 PM »
I've gotten bitten by the reading bug again (finally).

* The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
  ... my mini review:   https://ello.co/johnkochnorthrup/post/wXHdk9uBqfSAnsRp9w2TdQ

* King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard
  ... my mini review:   https://ello.co/johnkochnorthrup/post/ei0v9kAjLwrIF5Pe4Vny5A

I finished the 2nd Edgar Rice Borroughs Mars book and am half way through the 3rd. Mini reviews later but... in a nutshell.

Book 1 - Excellent fun. Had me wanting to keep reading all the way through.
Book 2 - also Excellent. Exploring parts of Mars hinted at in Book 1.
Book 3 - ...and... ok this is getting old. Unless the back half saves the book - this one was phoned in. (or telegraphed more likely).
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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #190 on: January 28, 2016, 06:28:37 PM »
Just finished Cormac McCarthy's Outer Dark.

This was McCarthy's second novel, but the trademarks of his Blood Meridian-era style are already in full swing here. This dude knows imagery, cadence, metaphor, and general sensory immersion like no one else writing today. Every page is a harrowing language-gasm. It's a shorter novel, also, and thematically tighter than the works that follow it. In some ways this makes it a more satisfying read than those books (though it's still not as a good, all in all, as Blood Meridian). In general, I was pleasantly surprised. I'd been under the impression that McCarthy only really came into his own with Suttree. This book disabused me of that.

Also, it's grim as all hell, of course, so...you know...caveat lector.

Next up:
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #191 on: January 29, 2016, 01:41:12 AM »
I've not long finished the 'Mistborn' trilogy by Brandon Anderson.

Based in a fantasy world that may or may not have been earth at some point in the past - but very different now.

I found books 1 and 2 very well written, there were a lot of twists and turns in the whole series, most of which had clues laid out, almost hidden in plain sight. After a few of them I found myself trying to work it all out and still not getting them.....

Book 3 was still well written and full of the twists, but trying to pull so many threads together was always going to be a difficult job to do.

anyone else read them?

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #192 on: April 19, 2016, 04:56:59 PM »
Nice. Nice. Nice. Congrats, Mike.


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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #193 on: April 22, 2016, 11:28:07 AM »
Oh, wow... thanks! I mean, thanks for buying a copy, and for the congratulations.


I had been wondering if I should mention the book here. Not push it, but let people know. This has been keeping me very busy for a while, and now it's starting to appear in the world. Pretty exciting!


Anyway, thanks again and I hope you'll find some enjoyment among the pages.
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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #194 on: April 22, 2016, 07:37:54 PM »
Probably belongs in "Forum Members' Projects" Mike.  ;)   8)

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Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Reply #195 on: April 24, 2016, 06:12:46 AM »
 8) yes, forum members projects should be fine  8)