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Most Read Authors? (118 new)
Feb 18, 2015 05:51PM

4170 Interesting. Because the Robotech serialization was 26 books, Jack McKinney is my #1 author.

#2 Margaret Weis w/24
#3 Peter David w/23
#4 Douglas Preston w/22
#5 Isaac Asimov w/17 (the short story collections on here count as one book!)
#6 James Rollins w/17
#7 E.E. Knight w/16 ( (those two have gone up, I haven't updated Goodreads in awhile.)
#8 F.Paul Wilson w/16
#9 Ben Bova w/15
#10 David Weber 15
Anne McCaffrey squeaked in at #11 w/14.
Nov 06, 2014 02:58PM

4170 Jeff Carlson has some good short story collections, and John Joseph Adams edits some good anthologies!
Seattle people? (17 new)
Oct 31, 2014 02:59PM

4170 Worth a shot!
Seattle people? (17 new)
Oct 25, 2014 09:14PM

4170 Nice to see more Seattle-area folk starting to represent! (Bothell here.) I've wanted to head down to the Tacoma group, but couldn't for the first two meetups, and now my work schedule has changed and I'll be working Sundays at least until the start of new year.
Oct 13, 2014 09:39PM

4170 Loved the Clone Wars overall (though certain episodes were quite lackluster). Rebels, so far, is fun. I agree that Star Wars could be so much more than Jedi characters. The Rebels characters are each quite interesting character themselves (though I'm partial to Chopper).

The first episode of Rebels was neat in that, while Lothal is the main setting of Rebels, we got to see Kessel as well.

The animation takes some getting used, just like it did with Clone Wars, and will probably get better as the series grows - but those Wookies... oh, those Wookies... those character models were not good.

I'll stick with it though. Love me some Star Wars!
Oct 13, 2014 09:28PM

4170 I subscribe to several "free and cheap ebook" emails that let you pick your preferred genre or genres for a daily list of free and cheap ebooks. There's often crossover between the emails. I'm very choosy of the titles I'll buy, even if it's for free. But I've found plenty of good stuff, even indie/self-pubbed stuff that has been really good from those kinds of sources.

Booksends, BookBub, The Fussy Librarian, eReaderIQ Daily, Early Bird Books...

Pretty sure I found most of those from another post on the S&L forums...
Oct 13, 2014 09:19PM

4170 Yay! More peeps recommending Rachel Aaron!
Also: agree with more James S.A. Corey.
And John Joseph Adams would be neat too!
Oct 12, 2014 10:17PM

4170 Jim C. Hines (again)
E. E. Knight
Rachel Aaron (Rachel Bach)
Myke Cole (again)
Jack McDevitt
seriously, Rachel Aaron - I mean, come on! Sword, and Laser! (Eli Monpress series, excellent, and Paradox series, excellent!)
...more to come as I think of them...
Quick Burns (250 new)
Sep 29, 2014 05:54PM

4170 Future of Pyr is a Science Fiction buffet? "... independent booksellers that their customers are hungry for science fiction again..."

(This book lover never stopped being hungry for SF.)
Sep 28, 2014 08:31AM

4170 How'd the September meetup go?
Quick Burns (250 new)
Sep 24, 2014 09:44PM

4170 Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy optioned for TV! http://www.blastr.com/2014-9-24/kim-s...
Sep 21, 2014 09:01PM

4170 I'm more of a laser myself (burned myself out on sword awhile back after reading a bunch in a row), though I have always liked both SF and F.

I, too, don't read along with the group - I'm just here (hear?) for the conversation and podcast. I love the book discussions and use them to decide on books to add to my TBR pile. I do have sword books in my TBR pile - I just keep putting them off.

What I'd really like to read? A really good space opera that has dragon characters in it. Dragons that fly, talk, breath fire, maybe even have magic. Something like Pern, but far into Pern's future where they've rediscovered all their forgotten tech and have taken to the stars again and begun exploring and having space battles and colonizing other planets such.

Firefly with Dragons is what I'd like. Let's go there!
Quick Burns (250 new)
Sep 21, 2014 07:46AM

4170 Lou Anders is leaving Pyr to be a full-time author.

Aug 21, 2014 08:32AM

4170 Cross posting from the quick burns thread for some discussion: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/20/the...

I like the casting choice for Avasarala, kinda close to what I pictured in my head.

The choice for Holden is much different... I guess I had a more generic image in my head. This actor initially looks too young and soft, but we'll see once the show starts. Maybe he'll nail it.
Quick Burns (250 new)
Aug 20, 2014 04:33PM

4170 @SyfyPR: Casting news for @JamesSACorey's #TheExpanse series- Shoohreh Aghdashloo + Steven Strait! Read on: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/20/the... via @James_Hibberd
Aug 01, 2014 07:05PM

4170 Depending on my schedule (starting a new job in September), I might make the jaunt down to Tacoma from north of Seattle for some socializing, though I rarely read along with the same books as S&L.
Quick Burns (250 new)
Jul 19, 2014 07:04PM

4170 Not sure if this is news, but Del Rey recently put out a free Star Wars 2014 Sampler on Kindle with short selections from their four upcoming new Star Wars novels set in the new continuity.

Edited blurb:
"This free eBook sampler is the perfect way to prepare for the next exciting era of Star Wars storytelling! Del Rey is proud to present the first wave of novels that are part of the official Star Wars film canon, created in collaboration with the newly formed Lucasfilm Story Group. These four books are set during and before the original trilogy: A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. TARKIN by James Luceno brings a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life. HEIR TO THE JEDI by Kevin Hearne tells a thrilling new adventure written entirely from Luke Skywalker's first-person point of view. LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S. Kemp When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their awesome martial skills to prevail."
Jul 19, 2014 06:54PM

4170 Eon, by Greg Bear, and it's sequel Eternity, are two of my favorite books! I love McDevitt's series' too.
Jul 06, 2014 08:46AM

4170 That's neat!

I'm not a writer, but socializing would be nice (even for this introvert!).
Jul 05, 2014 09:49AM

4170 I'm just north of Seattle.
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