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Nov 21, 2011 07:45PM

16548 Does anyone know if it's possible to mark a thread or specific comments in a thread as "unread" after one has read them? I accidentally clicked on a thread with "whole series spoilers" in the Honor Harrington thread and I wonder if I can "undo" that.
Thanks.
Nov 21, 2011 07:37AM

16548 Finished Cart and Cwidder in a day last week, then started a 70s spy novel that I quit about a fourth the way through it. Just didn't appeal to me and I put it in the box to go to the used book store--not even saving it to try again at some other point. Not finishing a book I've started is almost impossible for me, so this was a big step.

Next up is book 2 in the Dalemark Quartet and lots of magazines that have been piling up.
16548 Helen wrote: "Totally distracted by little additions to your name bars! I have it and will probably read it largely because Kathi likes it! Don't know when I'll get to it though as I'm really behind."

Yikes! While I rely on others' recommendations, it never occurs to me that people pay attention to mine--thanks, Helen!
16548 DEFINITE SPOILERS... and random thoughts...

No space battles, but that doesn't mean there aren't conflicts galore. This is, so far, my favorite of the Honor Harrington books that I've read. Several places I found myself tearing up...lots more emotional depth in this story than the first three in the series.

I will enjoy getting to know the head of Honor's Grayson bodyguard better--he's smart, stubborn, and good at his job!

I hope it's not too long before Honor finds someone to love. She's a more fully realized character when she has someone besides Nimitz to love.

Pavel Young's brother may or may not carry on a vendetta against Honor, but it will not have the layers of hate and humiliation that the feud between Pavel Young and Honor had, and that's good. Time for the series to move beyond that relationship.

Can't quite bring myself to give the book as 5 star rating. As much as I like her, Honor is still, and probably always will be, just a little too perfect
16548 Done, and it's my favorite so far.
Nov 14, 2011 11:16AM

16548 It was a booking weekend for me--4 used book stores and LOTS of books, including a copy of this month's BOTM, City of Bones. My project for this afternoon is to enter them in the Library spreadsheet and shelve them...
Nov 13, 2011 09:32AM

16548 Picked up one of the short story collections that has a War of Light and Shadow story in it, the 2nd and 3rd books in the Stormlord trilogy by Glenda Larke and some random books by Catherine Asaro, Jack McDevitt, Barbara Hambly, Penman Sharon, Mercedes Lackey, and others...
Nov 13, 2011 09:27AM

16548 I finished Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and was underwhelmed. Lowest score I've given a book in a long time, and I'm a very easy scorer in general.

Now starting the Dalemark books by Dianna Wynne Jones.
Nov 06, 2011 08:28AM

16548 I finished Field of Dishonor for this month's series read and now am starting Blood Games. I'm not a fan of vampires and horror, but I thought I'd give it a go. I know it's part of a longer series, but from what I've been able to figure out, since this is one of the early books both chronologically and in order of publication, it shouldn't be much of a problem.
Nov 02, 2011 07:45AM

16548 Not to buy now but on my list to look for when I have $$ and see a good price:
Bear, Elizabeth: The Sea Thy Mistress (pap)
Card, Orson Scott: The Lost Gate (pap)
Huff, Tanya: The Wild Ways (#2)
Lackey, Mercedes: Beauty and the Werewolf (Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms)
Maguire, Gregory: Out of Oz (#4 Wicked Years)
McDevitt, Jack: Firebird (Alex Benedict)
Preston / Child: Gideon’s Sword (pap)
Reichert, Mickey Zucker: I, Robot: To Protect
Sanderson, Brandon: The Alloy of Law
Nov 02, 2011 07:12AM

16548 I'm also having trouble finding reading time, so I'm still working on my FirstReads win, All Men of Genius by Lev A.C. Rosen.

After that I'll probably read our next Honor Harringon book, Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4) by David Weber. That's about as far as I can plan for now.

Not reading either of our 2 BOTMs this time.
16548 Not reading but maybe the discussion will prompt me to add it to my "looking for in used book stores" list.
Oct 31, 2011 08:03AM

16548 Kevin wrote: "Today I went to the monthly end of the month book sale at the local library. I got the whole eight books in the Ender's Series, along with Dragonlance Chronicles and Dragonlance the Lost Chronicles..."

Wow! That's quite a haul!
Oct 28, 2011 07:14AM

16548 I'm reading one of my FirstReads wins, All Men of Genius and liking it far more than I expected.
16548 Done with this, liked it, think the sees is getting more intriguing.
16548 OK, so I finished the series as published so far. While I loved the build-up and the end of Fortress of Dragons, I was very dissatisfied with Fortress of Ice.

YES--SPOILERS!!!!

Cefwyn's two sons, one illegitimate, take center stage in this installment of the Fortress series. While Tristen, Cefwyn, Paisi, and Uwen make appearances, the story revolves around the two young men as they learn about themselves and each other.

I found Otter/Elfwyn to be a most frustrating character, mostly because he didn't seem to learn from his mistakes until very, very late in the game. He's a puzzle, not only to himself, but to the other characters and to the reader, and Cherryh's hints and clues are hard to follow, at least for this reader.

Three other points were irritating to me as well. First of all, Tristen repeatedly talks about becoming a dragon in Fortress of Dragons, which I don't recall happening. Secondly, in that same book, it's made quite clear that Hasufin Heltain is not the main source of evil or wickedness, but rather a point of entry and action in the world for some greater dark power, but in this book (Fortress of Ice), Hasufin is clearly the main "bad guy" with Orien and Tarien as his minions. And lastly, Tarien did not name her son Elfwyn, that was Tristen's doing. These deviations from the established story were jarring.

My favorite part of the book was Emuin's reentry into the storyline!

But the main reason I didn't rate this book higher is because it ends so unsatisfactorily. Fortress of Dragons, perhaps because it wrapped up the major story arcs to that point, was more satisfying. The fact that this book is so open-ended tells me there will be more, but the wait may be long, from what I understand.
Oct 10, 2011 07:41AM

16548 I finished The Short Victorious War and I think Fortress of Ice will be next, although I may not get it started for a while. Busy couple of weeks starting today!
Oct 05, 2011 10:32AM

16548 Re: keeping a database/spreadsheet updated...

I don't find it particularly time-consuming. When I get new books (new to me, anyway), I add them to the spreadsheet before I shelve them, and it doesn't take long. When I finish a book, I mark it "read" in the spreadsheet at the same time that I write a review or at least rate it. If I'm keeping the book, I reshelve it. If not, I mark it "gone" and put it in a box to sell back to the used book store.

I don't have my ebooks added yet, however, mostly because I only have a few. I should add them now while I DO only have a few, right?

I keep a separate list of books I'm looking to buy, either new releases or older books that I want.
Oct 04, 2011 08:07AM

16548 I had all the fiction books I owned in an old Appleworks database. I created the fields (title, author, copyright, genre, type--hardcover, paperback, ebook--whether it's part of a series, where it's located--loft, library, lower level or "gone" which means I've sold or given it away but I keep the title in the list so I don't buy it again!, and whether my husband and/or I have read it). That was ages ago and I input all data by hand on a laptop, sitting by my shelves. Of course, at that point I owned hundreds, not thousands, of books.

Last year, thanks to help here at Beyond Reality, I imported that data into a good old Excel spreadsheet and that's how I have the information now. Using Documents to Go, I can load it on my iPod or iPad so I have it when I'm shopping.

Like Shel, I used bibliophil.org, but only to track the books I read each year. When bibliophil.org's website got weird, I started using a Google Docs spreadsheet just to track the books I read each year.

Here at Goodreads, I imported my bibliophil.org lists and also have on my shelves the books I've read since I joined Goodreads. But other than my FirstReads shelf, I do not have any books listed here that I own but have not yet read, nor do I have books that I read prior to keeping track at bibliophil.org.

OK, more than you wanted to know...
Oct 02, 2011 11:07AM

16548 I finished Fortress of Dragons (Fortress, #4) by C.J. Cherryh and started The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3) by David Weber on my iPad. Then I think I'll read Fortress of Ice (Fortress, #5) by C.J. Cherryh to complete that series (as far as it is completed). I have a couple First Reads wins but I'm not sure what I'll read next.

I read American Gods by Neil Gaiman back in 2006 and will follow along the discussion here but am not going to reread it. Not reading Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant either.


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