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Old 05-23-2017, 06:27 PM   #1151 (permalink)
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The Regional Office is Under Attack! https://g.co/kgs/QzYv6s

I've been reading three books at a time lately, one on my phone (Hitchhiker's Guide), one on my Kindle (The Book of Joan), one on my iPad (Ready Player One again). Today I got back to reading The Regional Office is under Attack! by Manuel Gonzalez on my laptop (Kindle app). I keep waiting to fall in obsession with one of them. They're all good books. Maybe I'm too distracted by politics atm.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:55 PM   #1152 (permalink)
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I'm ordering this tonight too, it's going to be the topic of the next book discussion in New Babbage for late June. (Not my event but I rent in New Babbage so meh, there's mah disclosure)

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Old 05-23-2017, 10:01 PM   #1153 (permalink)
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OMG. I LOVE that book. I get totally lost in it every time I get it down off the shelf. I have a colossal, two-volume Annotated Sherlock Holmes, too, but I haven't seen it for sale for years.
If you mean the 1988 edition, Amazon, Alibris, Powells all have it used for cheap.
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Old 05-23-2017, 10:30 PM   #1154 (permalink)
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Angels and demons , a book written by Dan Brown
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Old 06-05-2017, 03:15 PM   #1155 (permalink)
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Another comic; I'm sorry. ^_^

"Space Boy", set a little way in the future, following Amy's life, which we see first on a mining colony, before the family unexpectedly finds themselves shipped back to Earth - which, of course, she's never known for herself. The Artifact, meanwhile, appeared a little while back, of unknown origin and purpose, orbiting a black hole. A colony ship of sorts is/was on its way, having taken about 300 years to reach it, given its sheer distance, and the absence of cryogenic freezing at the time of launch.

It's essentially (so far, at least, being only the first few parts in) a slice-of-life tale, based around Amy, her family, a couple friends, and a mysterious boy saved from some unknown catastrophe, nigh endlessly slipping on through space.

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Ep. 1 - 1 | Space Boy

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hrmm. Dresden Files, which I wrote fairly negatively about a while ago, turned out to get quite a bit better around book 6 or 7, so now I'm on the last one. This is a problem because I'm going to take care of my parents' house for a week and what I do out there is read, but I don't really have anything.
A series like the Dresden Files would have been perfect (if way too little for a week, but still) and I feel like reading something similar (and preferably at least as long) but I have no idea what that would be.
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And just started (on audiobook) 'Head Full of Knives by Luke Smitherd'.

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Reading through the trilogy of Midnight, Texas by Charlaine Harris who wrote the Sookie books (which I didn't read but are what True Blood was loosely based on.) It's being made into a series for NBC airing at the end of July. I thought it was important for me to read it before the show aired so that I could be frustrated about all the things that are different... ''She's suppose to be older and plump... And he's much taller in the books'', etc and so forth.

Actually, I'm almost through with the 2nd in the trilogy, and it's pretty good. Light summer reading.

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Ok, I've finished this one. I have to say, I agree with most of the reviews I skimmed through, it's good, until Part 3, then its... really mediocre, possibly bad.

I have no idea what the process was in writing this book but Part 3 feels like it was written by a different person as part of a different story. And the first two parts are so nicely self contained. You could just stop and have a great hard scifi story. Part 3 skews way more off into more fantastical sci-fi, it craps all over a very critical issue of parts 1 and 2
and just feels completely superficial. Maybe as a separate sequel book, that ws a bit more fleshed out on story, it would have worked better. I think the more jarring part is the total change in tone and writing style.

I also find it incredibly unrealistic how little changed in the time between parts 2 and parts 3, considering how much the early parts tried to hold onto realism.
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Ok, I've finished this one. I have to say, I agree with most of the reviews I skimmed through, it's good, until Part 3, then its... really mediocre, possibly bad.

I have no idea what the process was in writing this book but Part 3 feels like it was written by a different person as part of a different story. And the first two parts are so nicely self contained. You could just stop and have a great hard scifi story. Part 3 skews way more off into more fantastical sci-fi, it craps all over a very critical issue of parts 1 and 2
and just feels completely superficial. Maybe as a separate sequel book, that ws a bit more fleshed out on story, it would have worked better. I think the more jarring part is the total change in tone and writing style.

I also find it incredibly unrealistic how little changed in the time between parts 2 and parts 3, considering how much the early parts tried to hold onto realism.
I gave up on it before getting to the 3rd part mentioned in reviews. Too many useless technical details about the ship. I don't need to know the number of LED lights and what colours they come in. I wish he had written a blog post about the dream spaceship he would like to build if he had Elon Musk's money. He could have gone into detail and invited other geeks to debate him about all the ingeneering possibilities, and then left the actual story parts in the book Maybe I would have preferred the last part...
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I'm reading Hunger by Roxane Gay. I just finished The Handmaid's Tale. Still also reading The Book of Joan, which is hard to get through because the beginning of it is similar to the plot of Seveneves, which I didn't like. It was so different from the beginning of the book I couldn't finish it.
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Infomocracy by Malka Older

Really good. And relevent to the present political situation around the world. On the cover, another author describes it this way,
"A fast-paced post-apocalyptic political thriller... If you always wanted to put The West Wing in a particle accelerator with Snow Crash to see what would happen, read this book."

It's the author's first novel, and her backstory is pretty impressive.
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Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development, ranging from field level experience as a Head of Office in Darfur to supporting global programs and agency-wide strategy as a disaster risk reduction technical specialist. She has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali, in the last three as Team Leader. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011...
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Reread the first 23 (and a half) novels of the Anita Blake series and they're more enjoyable than I remembered, despite things still falling completely apart in Incubus Dreams (#12). The series does kind of recover from there, despite all the tedious sex (which you can't just skip because sometimes there's something relevant to the story in there), but it's hard not to miss the early Blake character.
Not quite sure if I just got used to skimming all the sex scenes and so didn't find them as annoying as the first time I read the series or if I just knew what to expect and didn't get as disappointed.

Curiously, the last one I read, Jason (#23), is all about sex, and feels like some sort of sex ed story, but in some ways it's not as painful as the earlier novels. Maybe it works because it has a very narrow focus or something. Also, I have no idea why it's called Jason.
(Dancing (#22.5) has no sex at all, amazingly, but it is a short story).


And now I don't know what to read again. Lately I've mostly read series with 15+ novels, and I kind of want to continue doing that, but they're not so easy to find.
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:27 PM   #1167 (permalink)
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I am having a lot of fun reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. It's a mixture of Real Housewives, Dallas, and Pride and Prejudice set in present Singapore - so do not expect anything deep or highbrow. There are many footnotes to explain words and expressions in different Asian languages which he peppers about here and there. I know that can irk some, but I loved it. Really, I didn't expect to like this book so much.

I had heard the author in an interview to too long ago, promoting a thirdone in the serie and also an upcoming movie (What To Know About The Cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians') so when I saw it on the shelf at the library, I picked it up. I was in the middle of reading other stuff, but I just wanted to read a few lines, just to see... and I was hooked.

It takes a little while at the beginning because of so many characters, you think you will be overwhelmed, but it quickly focuses on the main characters. If you don't enjoy mindless and a bit trashy summer reading, probably not for you.
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