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I just read the first part of The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross (as discovered by The Laundry), but have yet to read the 2nd part novella. Now I'm on to the 4th book in Madeleine L'Engle's Time series- Many Waters. I can't believe these books never came across my radar as a youngster. They're wonderful! I'll probably return to Stross after this interlude.
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Last book I read was Master & Commander by Patrick O'Brian (good).

I am currently reading: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (Horrible) and Excession by Iain Bank (not sure yet).

I have been thinking about reading The Atrocity Archives for some time, perhaps I will soon.

But before that I have to read some "regular" literature. Perhaps something Norwegian or something by Coetzee.
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Well I tried reading the Star Wars novel Death Troopers, and it reminded me why I don't normally read Star Wars novels, it was pretty bad.

So I've picked up the Warhammer 40K novel Space Wolf. I've only read a bit of it but it is well written a has a good start.

Next I'm going to try Star Wars again but in a series that I do like by reading the third part of the Darth Bane Trilogy.
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I'm in the middle of a book called "Zombie Apocalyose". Good luck figuring out what that's about ;)

The next thing I'll read is probably book 1 of the Morningstar Strain. Also zombie novel. I've been thinking of trying to get my hands on some Battlestar or Supernatural books. Yes, I know these books often suck, but I'm lacking BSG and Supernatural fixes ;)
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Jeffrywith1e wrote:
I just read the first part of The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross (as discovered by The Laundry), but have yet to read the 2nd part novella.


The novella's worth it. I just finished The Jennifer Morgue which is the follow-up to The Atrocity Archives. That one also contains a short story in which Delta Green gets a mention.

I am currently re-reading Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber. It's the first of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books which I discovered via Deities & Demigods back in the day.
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It's been a while, but last one was Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis. Pretty good.

Next up is probably Storm Front by Jim Butcher or The Traitor's Hand by Sandy Mitchell.

Edit: Forgot that I read The Colour Out of Space last week. But it probably doesn't count as a novel anyway.
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Last Novel (i.e. fiction... I tend to read a lot of personal development and self-help books) was a re-read of God Emperor of Dune (so awesome!).

I'm currently reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Not sure what I'll read next.

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The last ones I read were some Star Wars novels: The Thrawn Trilogy. Next will be these: World War Z, Neuromancer, the Foundation Trilogy, and Snow Crash.cool
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The last ones I read were some Star Wars novels: The Thrawn Trilogy. Next will be these: World War Z, Neuromancer, the Foundation Trilogy, and Snow Crash.:cool:


I thought you'd already read World War Z, Sarge? Is it a re-read, or was I mistaken?

Good luck with The Foundation, by the way. I couldn't get through the first one.
My mistake. Thought of the Valis (I believe) trilogy. The one by Philip K Dick.
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Engoduun wrote:
The last ones I read were some Star Wars novels: The Thrawn Trilogy. Next will be these: World War Z, Neuromancer, the Foundation Trilogy, and Snow Crash.cool

World War Z is a great read. thumbsup I wonder if you'll find that Neuromancer and Snow Crash have not aged as well as Asimov's works...

As for me, I prefer to read non-fiction, and actually I read so few novels that I cannot remember the last one. But lately I've been struck by a strange desire for a fantasy novel – doubly strange, because I usually don't enjoy fantasy. So, I bought The Blade Itself, and I admit that I'm liking it so far.
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I'm currently reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Not sure what I'll read next.

After finishing Rand, you simply must read Ruff's Sewer, Gas & Electric.

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Brichs wrote:
Engoduun wrote:
The last ones I read were some Star Wars novels: The Thrawn Trilogy. Next will be these: World War Z, Neuromancer, the Foundation Trilogy, and Snow Crash.cool


I thought you'd already read World War Z, Sarge? Is it a re-read, or was I mistaken?

Good luck with The Foundation, by the way. I couldn't get through the first one.
My mistake. Thought of the Valis (I believe) trilogy. The one by Philip K Dick.

No, not yet. I started once, but couldn't find the time.

About Neuromancer and Snow Crash: we'll see.
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Engoduun wrote:
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Engoduun wrote:
The last ones I read were some Star Wars novels: The Thrawn Trilogy. Next will be these: World War Z, Neuromancer, the Foundation Trilogy, and Snow Crash.cool


I thought you'd already read World War Z, Sarge? Is it a re-read, or was I mistaken?

Good luck with The Foundation, by the way. I couldn't get through the first one.
My mistake. Thought of the Valis (I believe) trilogy. The one by Philip K Dick.

No, not yet. I started once, but couldn't find the time.

About Neuromancer and Snow Crash: we'll see.


I know the feeling I've been reading "Ender's Game" and Book 1 of the Honor Harrington series (Basilisk Station, which is loosely based on some of the Naval commanders of the French Rev and it's peeps) for months now. I seem to surf instead, aaaaahhhh BGG I HATE YOU!!!!!
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Slysally wrote:
Engoduun wrote:
Brichs wrote:
Engoduun wrote:
The last ones I read were some Star Wars novels: The Thrawn Trilogy. Next will be these: World War Z, Neuromancer, the Foundation Trilogy, and Snow Crash.cool


I thought you'd already read World War Z, Sarge? Is it a re-read, or was I mistaken?

Good luck with The Foundation, by the way. I couldn't get through the first one.
My mistake. Thought of the Valis (I believe) trilogy. The one by Philip K Dick.

No, not yet. I started once, but couldn't find the time.

About Neuromancer and Snow Crash: we'll see.


I know the feeling I've been reading "Ender's Game" and Book 1 of the Honor Harrington series (Basilisk Station, which is loosely based on some of the Naval commanders of the French Rev and it's peeps) for months now. I seem to surf instead, aaaaahhhh BGG I HATE YOU!!!!!
I could not get into Honor Harrington and I really tried. Read that first one and half of the second and found them so dry. I found Vorkosigan fills the sci-fi hole I was trying to fill with Honor Harrington, nicely. (Another series discovered via RPG books).
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Hmmm, I will have to research Vorkosigan.
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Graphic Novel - I just finished Bio Meat: Nectar, a manga about genetically altered creatures who eat anything and multiply very quickly. This was done as the world population has grown so large that this is the only way to continue to to grow meat enough to feed the world while removing the garbage that has built up because of this. One creature gets loose and thus begins the devastation of Tokyo. Survival horror meats lunch ^_^

As for normal novels, I think it was How Few Remain, a novel by Harry Turtledove about an alternate history United States where the South won it's freedom, but further down the line a Second War Between the States begins when the CSA annexes part of Mexico and Texas. This is the first book in a series of books that follows this alternate history through the first and second world wars. Very interesting series for those who enjoy alternate history (looking at the Wargamers here). ^_^
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I've had a busy couple of months, so most of my reading at the moment is for my monthly book group.

The last book I read was Phonogram: Rue Britannia, a graphic novel about Britpop and magic which, if I'm honest, I didn't enjoy all that much.

Our next book is The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks, which I'm more optimistic about.

I'd echo the recommendations for World War Z; it was almost certainly the best book I read in 2010.
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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks - well worth the read if you're a scifi fan.

Thinking I'll hit Michael Moorcock's Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles next.
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Hmmm ... that's a good question. It's been awhile, as I've mostly been reading non-fiction and game rulebooks\supplements of late. The last fiction I read, I believe, were Russell Kirkpatrick's fantasies Across the Face of the World and In the Earth Abides the Flame. Eventually I will finish the trilogy with The Right Hand of God,but I now have a pretty good pile of fiction to read. First up will probably be Glen Cook's latest Garrett novel, Gilded Latten Bones, although I really want to read two books by Dan Simmons, A Winter Haunting and The Terror, and there's The Fabric of Sin by Welsh author Phil Rickman, who is little known in the USA. That should keep me busy for awhile!.
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Yo

The last novel that I read was Cory Doctorow's Little Brother - I really enjoyed it and slurped it down in one sitting. You can download the book to read for free in a variety of electronic formats from that link.

Right now I'm reading Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat - delightful Chinoiserie.

Next up is An Instance of the Fingerpost - evidently it is an In A Grove-like mystery set in Oxford, which is very cool because I'll make sure that I run past all of the places mentioned since I live in Oxford.

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Michael Moorcock's Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles next.
I saw that. Not sure how I feel about mixing Doctor Who with the Eternal Champions. Peanut butter and chocolate?
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So far this year, I've read:

The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross (meh)
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (excellent)
Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio (ugh)

Next up will either be A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin or The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr.
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Jeffrywith1e wrote:
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Michael Moorcock's Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles next.
I saw that. Not sure how I feel about mixing Doctor Who with the Eternal Champions. Peanut butter and chocolate?


There's only one way to find out if it tastes any good...
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I just finished reading Zombie Apocalypse. It's a great little collection of written accounts of a Zombie Apocalypse. Kind of like World War Z, only not in interview form, but instead in the guise that someone has collected these written accounts afterwards.

This morning, I started Plague of the Dead, the first volume of "The Morningstar Strain". So far, so good.

I think my next read is going to be Stephen King's new short story collection, Full Dark No Stars. I tried it once before, but the first story rubbed me the wrong way.
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I don't enjoy stories about people killing their spouses over petty grievances. Especially not when they appear to be proud of the fact...


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I've just finished "The Dark Volume" by G.W. Dalquist.

Next up will be the latest Ian C. Esselmont, Stoneweilder - especially as it sets up The Crippled God by Steven Erikson - which is the final volume in the Tales of the Malazan book of teh Fallen series. Which I cannot recommend highly enough.

(for those who have mentioned Iain M. Banks - does anyone else find his books (which i really like) have a tendancy to end a little... flat?)
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