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Old 12-14-2017, 10:41 PM
The_Mess The_Mess is offline
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I eat books like I eat chocolate - currently eaten:

Autonomous: A Novel by Annalee Newitz - damn good bit of sci-fi that combines multiple themes concerning patent bullshit/injustice, biotech-punk and implications of human like AI and how it interacts with humans + Ai and human slavery, along with a slightly non-gloomy take on climate change.

Provenance by Ann Leckie - eh, not as good as the Ancillary trilogy she did, but it does show more of the world she's built. A bit too slow for my tastes.

Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey - another excellent read from them that skips 3 decades of time to great effect and finally fires off the Chekhov's Gun thread started in Nemesis Games concerning the missing Martian Navy crews and ships. The ending's a downer, but sets up the plot lines of the next book nicely. Which I wont spawn this time :P

Currently reading:

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - not my usual fare, but heard good things and so far it hasn't turned me off.
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Old 01-04-2018, 02:12 AM
The_Mess The_Mess is offline
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Ya'll are slow readers :P


- The Briefing by Allen Stroud - short fiction set in the Phoenix Point Universe. Got the second entry now, just need to read it. Counts despite skipping most entries because I re-read them on the web last month :P

- Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - not your usual urban fantasy vampire novel, mainly because it's a) not erotica heavy and b) actually goes above ans beyond the call of duty vis writing.

- Necrotech (SINless 2) by K C Alexander - continuing on from the events of the last book, Nanoshock, this one opens with Riko fisting a nun (christian, but from a cult that really loves sex and syphilis, but is also very patriarchal) and continues with the often violent fun ride from there. Blistering pace makes it an easy read, though Riko doesn't get much in the way of resolution, poor badarse just can't catch a break. That and certain plot point is still unresolved, though suspect the 3rd book will address it given the ending sentence.

Next up:

- Rereading Empire Games by Charles Stross to prepare me for what's next.

- Dark State by Charles Stross - releases next week and oh boy am I wanting it, especially given the reviews make is sound f*cking brilliant: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-r...-empire-games/

- whatever else I can get around to with Factorio eating up my time.

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Old 01-05-2018, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by The_Mess View Post
Ya'll are slow readers :P
Yes, I am a slow reader. I read about 20 to 40 pages an hour (German books use a more spacious layout than English ones), whereas others read twice as fast. And usually I limit myself to read while I commute.

I just finished the Bartimaeus Sequence, which I started about six weeks ago. Although I had read it before, it was like reading it for the first time, because I had forgotten almost everything. I was so thrilled by the story that I broke with my commute-only rule. Otherwise it would have taken me until February or so.

The third part reminded me partly of the Aetherials' story in GD. This is one of the best stuff I have ever read. Next up will be the fourth book, which goes into Bartimaeus's past. I hope it can keep up with original trilogy.
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:05 AM
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Default Listening to Harry Potter Audio

I am not reading it, but....i am currently listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I have listened to the other 6 and love them so far.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:41 AM
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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Haven't finished it yet, but it is a really nice one!
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:44 AM
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Gobbled down:

Empire Games by Charles Stross - reread to prepare for the sequel which was;

Dark State By Charles Stross - devoured basically in one sitting, pretty late into the night. At it's core, it's a near future spy thriller crossed with parallel universe sci-fi, and the story threads launched in Empire Games are starting to bear dread fruit, while a princess seeks to escape an arranged, imperial marriage by defecting to the revolutionary commonwealth that rose up against her family as a new thread. All set on a backdrop of the threat of cross-universe nuclear war as the USA and the Commonwealth warily start to try and talk, all in the face of the death of the First Man of the Commonwealth (and leader of the revolution), Adam Burroughs, and the succession crisis that will follow as the the Commonwealth's politics are put to the test while the USA is definitely interfering in it vis the end chapter. Oh and of course, the Chekov's Gun set in the first book concerning a certain earth mass black hole is fired to ominous effect, with some very disturbing implications.

All and all, a bloody good read the the threads that go through to the sequel, Invisible Sun, look like a lot of "fun" to see to their ends, middles and twists.
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