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This week's reading

If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress. Science fiction, the follow-up to Tomorrow's Kin. It has been 10 years since Earth was visited by the 'aliens' who left us with plans for building our own ship to follow them home. A group of scientists, diplomats and a squad of rangers (to provide protection) are chosen to go. However when the spaceship arrives at the destination things are a lot different to what they had expected.

The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt. Science fiction, the follow-up to The Wrong Stars. Another fun space-opera(ish) adventure.

Of Sand And Malice Made by Bradley Beauliu. Fantasy novella set in the same world as his Twelve Kings series however this can be read as a standalone, and can be read first.

Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Science fiction, fifth in the Retrieval Artist series.
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After watching the "Annihilation" movie this weekend, I'm giving the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy (Authority) another try.

Of course, I'm already a little over halfway into the book, so I'm trying to remember what had happened up to this point.
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After watching the "Annihilation" movie this weekend, I'm giving the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy (Authority) another try.

Of course, I'm already a little over halfway into the book, so I'm trying to remember what had happened up to this point.



I still haven't gotten around to watching the movie, and I'm not sure I want to. I liked the books when I read them, but they are so weird and atmospheric, I have a hard time imagining that the movie could get across the same feeling... so I keep putting off watching it.
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Kull Exile of Atlantis by R.E. Howard. Next will probably be Conan the Barbarian the complete original tales by the same.
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After watching the "Annihilation" movie this weekend, I'm giving the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy (Authority) another try.

Of course, I'm already a little over halfway into the book, so I'm trying to remember what had happened up to this point.



I still haven't gotten around to watching the movie, and I'm not sure I want to. I liked the books when I read them, but they are so weird and atmospheric, I have a hard time imagining that the movie could get across the same feeling... so I keep putting off watching it.


I wasn't in a rush to see it for the same reason, but I was surprised. The visuals and soundtrack are a real trip. The movie answers some things a bit more directly than the first book (which it gets away with by veering from the story a little), but you will still be weirded out pretty much constantly.
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A really good fantasy monster hunting novel with a whole lot of first nations mythology woven in. The author is NA indigenous so it's not bolted on, it feels alive and infuses even the subtle details of the monster and magic. Also, she's a Nebula & Hugo award winner, and a Locus finalist... so I'm not alone in liking this one
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Last read was The Outsider by Stephen King, which was quite good and creepy.

Next up will likely be City of Brass, which sounds pretty interesting.


City of Brass was great!

Looking at The Grace of Kings next.
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Just finished Glen Cook’s new Black Company novel, Port of Shadows .

I enjoyed the return of the Black Company. It is an excellent book, that leaves fans of the series with more questions than it answers.
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Just finished All Systems Red the first book of the Murderbot Diaries, which was hilariously awesome. I love the author Martha Wells, so it was no surprise I'd enjoy it - but I didn't realize how awesome it would be. Handed it to my husband to read too, and he polished it off in a day. Now I need to check out the rest from the library.

Now I'm reading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I do so love books with intelligent ships.
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"Sailor on the Seas of Fate" (Elric #2) is done.

"The Weird of the White Wolf" (Elric #3) is on the bedside table, but I'm waffling about starting "Caliban's War" (Expanse #2) instead.
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Ladies' Bane (by Patricia Wentworth), an old mystery novel in the "Ms. Silver" series. It was an OK, easy, fast read. But so telescoped it was not a mystery.
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A collection of macabre and monster fic that's mostly okay with some excellent shorts and some snoozers. I think horror works best when it has time to simmer so the fact that a few do rise above is good news!
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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, second part of four in the trilogy. Strange but fun. Next up is Life, the universe and everything.
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Or is it five...? (Definitely not 6!)
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Or is it five...? (Definitely not 6!)

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So 5+ a short story. I guess that really is 5.25 or so.

Currently reading Tank Girl Classics #1 AND still muddling through Ender's Game. I need a squirrel emoji. No squirrel, so... Beer!

Wait... I don't have any beer. oh well. A tankard of tea it is...
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Jack Chalker's Changewind trilogy, the story of two young ladies from a world very much (but not exactly like) 1980's earth. They soon discover that they are pawns in a war between to master sorcerers, and one of them is called to a greater destiny than she ever suspected. This series show Chalker's usual preoccupations on full display. Issues such as sexuality, body image, colonialism, the dynamics of power, and the concept of radical physical transformation (often into another race or being altogether) are all explored again here, with Chalker's usual combination of cynicism and compassion. Worth a read if you're not familiar with his work, and not bad, but nothing essential if you've already read some of his other material, such as the Well of Souls or Dancing Gods series.
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I'm currently reading Elysium Fire and really enjoying it. I really enjoyed The Prefect as one of my favorite books in the Revelation Space universe, a nice mix of Sci-Fi and detective story - and this sequel seems to be in the same vein.
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Gave up on the struggle that is the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy. Skipped to near the end to get to the point where something actually happens.

Not going after the third book.
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adularia25 wrote:
I'm currently reading Elysium Fire and really enjoying it. I really enjoyed The Prefect as one of my favorite books in the Revelation Space universe, a nice mix of Sci-Fi and detective story - and this sequel seems to be in the same vein.


I loved the Revelation Space series. Listened to it all on audio, with the fabulous narration of John Lee. Need to check the library to see if they have Elysium Fire -- assuming it is also set in The Glitter Band?
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Gave up on the struggle that is the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy. Skipped to near the end to get to the point where something actually happens.

Not going after the third book.


I found the office politics setting of that second book somehow comforting. Yes it was slow and desolate, but the narrator trying to figure out Area X mirrored the reader's trying to understand it as well.

Third book picks up -- partially because it has multiple narrators instead of a single one -- but if you didn't like the second don't push through it. It is a tough series, very muddy.
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And I am currently reading The Complete ElfQuest. So when I name a future pbf character Treestump or Skywise or Redlance, that's the origin.
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I'm currently reading Elysium Fire and really enjoying it. I really enjoyed The Prefect as one of my favorite books in the Revelation Space universe, a nice mix of Sci-Fi and detective story - and this sequel seems to be in the same vein.


I loved the Revelation Space series. Listened to it all on audio, with the fabulous narration of John Lee. Need to check the library to see if they have Elysium Fire -- assuming it is also set in The Glitter Band?

Oh yes, like The Prefect it is set in the Glitter Band and is a murder mystery featuring Field Prefect Dreyfus. I'm almost done with it - so far I've enjoyed how the story has unfolded.
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vyran wrote:
After watching the "Annihilation" movie this weekend, I'm giving the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy (Authority) another try.

Of course, I'm already a little over halfway into the book, so I'm trying to remember what had happened up to this point.



I still haven't gotten around to watching the movie, and I'm not sure I want to. I liked the books when I read them, but they are so weird and atmospheric, I have a hard time imagining that the movie could get across the same feeling... so I keep putting off watching it.

I have only seen the movie and not read any of the books (yet). I can say that "weird and atmospheric" would be a good description of the movie, so you may be pleasantly surprised.

In terms of my own reading, the last read was The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross. I am not sure what will be next.
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I just finished Vicious, by V.E. Schwab



I really liked her previous series (A darker shade of magic), but this one didn't do the same thing for me.
It was a comic book-y plot, based somewhere on Earth (one imagines) rather than in a fantasy world.
Disappointing.

I'll be reading David Sedaris' Calypso next.
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A duology from Sean Russel, Beneath the Vaulted Hills and The Compass of the Soul. Set in a world much like our own in the age of Sail, with the addition of magic. However, in this world, magic is dying out, largely because it is being deliberately hunted down by the last surviving mage, who believes that an apocalypse will ensue if it is allowed to continue to exist. It implies much more than it states in many cases, and leaves a lot of plot threads ultimately dangling. The first book is the better of the two, with as good a realistic depiction of the dangers of spelunking as anything I've ever read. It wasn't bad, by any means, but ultimately unsatisfying at the end.
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