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The fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

Epic stuff going on in this series

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Still reading The Map of Time, but also started reading a volume of Bunny Drop or Library Wars in the evenings. 

 

Bunny Drop is a slice of life manga that follows a 30yr old bachelor who ends up raising his 6yr old aunt. Sounds pretty tame by manga concept standards, right? For the most part the chapters are predictable, but it has its good moments sometimes. Currently on vol 4. 

 

Library Wars takes place in a not so far off future Japan where censorship by the government has got the libraries up in arms. Literally. Libraries have set up a special defense force to protect their collections. There's of course a romance sub element done in a more humorous than serious way. As an avid reader, the passion that comes through for the freedom to read is great to see. Wished I'd have started this sooner. Currently on vol 5. 

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End of Days: Chronicles of Brothers Series

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I just finished up a couple of rereads. The first was Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green, a cosmic horror noir with a deep, dark sense humor. Horror noir. Even my mind stumbles over that pair, let alone my tongue. Anyway, I liked this one better the second time around and immediately followed it up with the sequel Agents of Light and Darkness. I can see this series getting better with each entry and look forward to picking up #3.

I also reread Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore. Moore is one of my favorite authors and it's a real joy to go back when it's been 6 or 7 years since I checked in with his stuff.

Now I just need to decide where to go next. There's 3 books on pause I could finish or maybe something new.

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This is a pretty good book, not the best of Stephen King's work but good nonetheless.

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Read this because I think we're going to see a repeat of this next year...3 Stars since the author couldn't keep his political bias out of the pages.

 

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Written during the Hunt for Red October phase...not even close to being as good...3 Stars.

 

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Got a few since my last check in here. Reread the first two in the Earthsea Cycle, Wizard of Earthsea and The of Atuan. I forget how much I love these two in particular and will probably go on to the others soon enough. I had a long train ride so I was able to get through the latest Dresden Files book, Brief Cases, in mostly one sitting. It's a collection of short stories and not all of them hit the mark, bit when you're 16 books deep in a series they're all interesting in their own way. Also read The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clark. At first I was excited because the back described it as one of his favorite novels to write, but it just didn't capture me as some of his other works did.

 

I'd like to invite all the readers here to check out the reading event over in the Community Events section running this month. I've extended the sign-ups until the end of this week so if you:re interested in discussing some books come check it out!

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I recently finished up The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. The book is about two guys who grew up in the same neighborhood, around the same age, with the same name. The only difference is that one Wes Moore (the author) grew up to be a veteran and a scholar. The other Wes Moore ended up in prison for a nasty crime. The book delves into social issues and drug issues in the urban areas of the 70s-90s and how it affected each of them. It also discusses how they were raised and how that factored into their success (or lack of). I think the book is a great read, it's short but a powerful story. About 3 hours to finish. 

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Been thinking about finally starting on the Malazan Books of the Fallen, but I am aware if I DO, probably will have to put aside any other entertaiment for a month or 3 so not so sure I will start just yet.

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I started reading the first Sherlock Holmes book, A Study In Scarlet, after i watched Sherlock enjoyed it. I'm currently on chapter 6, and i'm satisfied with my purchase. Also Ii got the box set, and the books have a really nice design.  

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Currently reading Cannibalism by Bill Schutt and listening to the audiobook of When to Rob a Bank by Steven B Levitt & Stephen J Dubner.

 

Both books are super interesting and I highly recommend!

 

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I just finished reading NOS4A2 by Joe Hill and really enjoyed it so I figured I'd give Heart Shaped Box a shot.

 

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Recently finished Bellevue, a microhistory of a notorious name when it comes to mental health. But that's such a small piece to this hospitals long history. Each chapter covers different wars, practices, plagues, movements, & so forth in an interesting telling of this structures key role in medicine. 

 

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& on the non-fiction trend, I'm also reading War Dogs. It's a bit a blend of historical information & recounts of military dog stories. 

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Just finished...Rather good. Explains a lot of the how's and why's on Germany's loss in WWII...I give it 4 stars. The book gets 1 additional star alone for the appendixes in the back of the book. I'd like to find the rest of his series of books now.

 

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Just started....time for some relaxation in my reading...

 

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Started chapter 1 of volume 5 of Goblin Slayer (Light Novel) which I got to continue soon.

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On 7/27/2019 at 1:21 AM, Feral said:

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The audio book is AWESOME....read by Wil Wheaton, which somehow really sells the book and helps to put it over the top. REALLY enjoyed it along with his other book Armada

 

Just completed Baphomet's Meteor. Wasn't great...wasn't bad either...Alternate History/Parallel Universe styled Sci-Fi. I give it 3 Stars.

 

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Next up....God Told Me To.

 

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3 hours ago, PSXtreme_ said:

The audio book is AWESOME....read by Wil Wheaton, which somehow really sells the book and helps to put it over the top. REALLY enjoyed it along with his other book Armada

Hell yeah it is. I've listened to the audio book twice and this is my first time actually reading it. I hear Wil Wheaton's voice in my head as I read lol.

 

I've listened to Armada, liked it but not as much as Ready Player One. 

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1 minute ago, Feral said:

I've listened to Armada, liked it but not as much as Ready Player One. 

Same here..just didn't have the same hook that RPO did...

 

BTW: for those of you who like to check out electronic versions (audio or e-Books) you can usually get them for free from your local public library online and d/l them. You just need to get a library card and then follow the d/l instructions. The size of your library depends on the wait time or availability of titles, but usually they have all the popular works. You can also get older public domain works free from sites like https://archive.org/ without having to pay a monthly fee. They have an AWESOME collection of old school Sci-Fi works that probably you have never heard of, including works which originated in defunct magazines like Galaxy, Astounding, Fantastic and Amazing Stories

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Journey to the end of the night by Louis Ferdinand Celine, loving the Bardamu so far

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Should have this excellent thriller finished in the morning & then onto:

 

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It may not be Rex Stout writing, still an excellent possible prequel for his series. Had to pick it up after being introduced to the A&E version with Timothy Hutton playing Archie. 

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