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Old May 22nd, 2011, 01:34 AM   #1851 (permalink)
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Now reading Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber...just started, shaping up to be really good.
I must say it's a bit daunting to start reading a future history where all of humanity, every last interstellar colony plus Earth itself, has been wiped out to a man. (!)
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 09:09 AM   #1852 (permalink)
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I picked up Hunger Games for the plane ride to New Orleans last week. It's good - good enough that I spent a couple of days in NO fruitlessly looking for this second book but had to wait til I got home to hit the bookstore - but it's a teenager's version of The Running Man/The Long Walk, and I don't find the protagonist especially likable, plus she's conveniently adept in all the "right" skills. The people around her are a lot more interesting, and how they're handling a manipulative authoritarian government that has *no* problem laying the smack down on people who don't play the party line.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 11:18 AM   #1853 (permalink)
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Now reading Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber...just started, shaping up to be really good.
I must say it's a bit daunting to start reading a future history where all of humanity, every last interstellar colony plus Earth itself, has been wiped out to a man. (!)
I'll be interested to hear what you think of this. I've picked up the series in hardcover as its appeared on the discount racks but haven't started it yet. I'm about to finish Cussler's "Deep Six" then I'm returning to the second part of "Team of Rivals". After that, don't know.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 12:41 PM   #1854 (permalink)
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:19 PM   #1855 (permalink)
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I picked up Hunger Games for the plane ride to New Orleans last week. It's good - good enough that I spent a couple of days in NO fruitlessly looking for this second book but had to wait til I got home to hit the bookstore - but it's a teenager's version of The Running Man/The Long Walk, and I don't find the protagonist especially likable, plus she's conveniently adept in all the "right" skills. The people around her are a lot more interesting, and how they're handling a manipulative authoritarian government that has *no* problem laying the smack down on people who don't play the party line.
I read the first book recently and only thought it was okay, but the second one sounds much more interesting - I'm just hesitant to read it because I heard that Mockingjay took a huge nosedive in quality.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:33 PM   #1856 (permalink)
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 04:29 PM   #1857 (permalink)
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This one keeps coming up as a "recommended for me" selection on my Kindle, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Is it worth obtaining?
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 07:58 PM   #1858 (permalink)
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Finished Tanya Huff's Blood Debt and Blood Bank -- really excellent, they're fast reads. She doesn't get anywhere near enough credit in the vampire/horror world for this series.
Especially since she largely created vampire-based urban fantasy and frankly did it better than most. I like how Henry doesn't particularly whine, nor does he act like a "bad boy." And when he does show angst, it's over stuff that is relateable (like how Huff's vampires are by nature solitary).

I wish more contemporary vampires had a similar balance.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 08:29 PM   #1859 (permalink)
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I wish more contemporary vampires had a similar balance.
And I wish they'd get that shit off my SF/F shelves and move it over to smut where it belongs!
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 08:21 AM   #1861 (permalink)
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 11:02 AM   #1862 (permalink)
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This one keeps coming up as a "recommended for me" selection on my Kindle, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Is it worth obtaining?

Steve Berry is one of my favorite adventure/thriller writers. TJK is his 10th book and 7th with Cotton Malone as the main character.

If you haven't already, I would suggest going back and starting with "The Templar Legacy" and working your way forward if you enjoy it.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 12:02 PM   #1863 (permalink)
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Steve Berry is one of my favorite adventure/thriller writers. TJK is his 10th book and 7th with Cotton Malone as the main character.

If you haven't already, I would suggest going back and starting with "The Templar Legacy" and working your way forward if you enjoy it.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 01:18 PM   #1864 (permalink)
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Finished off Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" over the weekend. Overall, a very satisfying read with a couple of twists that I probably should have seen coming and enough stuff to build on a sequel.

I'll also be finishing off Orson Scott Card's "The Memory Of Earth" soon.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 01:38 PM   #1865 (permalink)
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Just finished the latest in the Noble Dead series. It was slow compared to the rest but had a fantastic finish!

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Old May 23rd, 2011, 09:53 PM   #1866 (permalink)
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And I wish they'd get that shit off my SF/F shelves and move it over to smut where it belongs!
Tanya Huff's vampire books are not smut, or even particularly "romantic." They are vampire books before the genre got overrun with that stuff. "The good old days."
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Old May 24th, 2011, 03:46 PM   #1867 (permalink)
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Tanya Huff's vampire books are not smut, or even particularly "romantic." They are vampire books before the genre got overrun with that stuff. "The good old days."
I didn't mean Tanya Huff particularly, just the entire genre generally speaking, which IS mostly smut with a sloppy coat of "makin' it up as I go" fantasy.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 01:20 AM   #1868 (permalink)
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I'll be interested to hear what you think of this. I've picked up the series in hardcover as its appeared on the discount racks but haven't started it yet.
I'm about a fifth of the way into the first book and it's starting to shape up nicely. The somewhat daunting challenge of overturning the heavily-engrained planet-wide religion on Safehold should make these pretty enjoyable.
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I didn't mean Tanya Huff particularly, just the entire genre generally speaking, which IS mostly smut with a sloppy coat of "makin' it up as I go" fantasy.
Sounds like Carol Nelson Douglas' Delilah Street books. I got the first as a freebie and it had promise, so I picked up the second one, Brimstone Kiss. Boy, that was a mistake. The plot just went nowhere and I felt like I was wasting my time.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #1870 (permalink)
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I didn't mean Tanya Huff particularly, just the entire genre generally speaking, which IS mostly smut with a sloppy coat of "makin' it up as I go" fantasy.
Yeah, that stuff is like the third-tier hair metal of vampire fiction.
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Ugh...my company is putting us through "accountability training" so I have to read "Change the Culture, Change the Game." lame.
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An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham. It's part of a 4 part epic fantasy series that is vaguely Asian in flavor. The series has been very enjoyable so far. Nota bene: the series does NOT go Summer, Autumn, Winter then Spring as one would think, knowing that Summer starts the cycle. The actual order is Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring.
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About halfway through Off Armageddon Reef, really enjoying it.

I think I'll end up liking Weber's Honor Harrington series a bit more, but that's mostly because I like well-executed spaceborn SF. I have some friends who preferred these books instead (Safehold series) and they were more into planet-bound, medieval settings than 'hard' SF.
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I set down House of Chains because I got a new book. My parent's got me an Amazon gift certificate for my B-day, so I bought a good condition, used copy of Glen Cook's Red Iron Nights. It's a Garrett P.I. novel that's been out of print for a while. It's the one I'm missing in that series. New copies are listed for over $100 on e-bay. I wasn't going to buy it, but with the gift cert, I got a nice used copy for $40. It's probably not worth it, but I love that series, and it wasn't like I was spending my money, so it was worth it to me. I'm reading that now.
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