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What Else Are You Reading? > What Else Are You Reading - February 2012 Edition

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message 1: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 1075 comments Just asking what everyone is reading in the shortest month of the year?

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Bob Shacklock (Shack) | 103 comments Just started Empire State and The Magician King

message 3: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (SeanOHara) | 2146 comments Finally received my copy of Blue Remembered Earth from the mysterious lands beyond the sea.

message 4: by Tom (new)

Tom Cameron | 25 comments I am going to read Empire State, The Help, Friday Night Bites, Summer Knight, and one other book that has yet to be unveiled (by my in-person book club).

message 5: by Alfredo (new)

Alfredo | 62 comments I am reading, and thoroughly enjoying Seeing Further: Ideas, Endeavours, Discoveries and Disputes — The Story of Science Through 350 Years of the Royal Society I don't think I'll read anything else till I am done. Side note, since the book has nice color graphics I am ditching my Kindle and reading it on an iPad.

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Kate O'Hanlon (kateohanlon) | 778 comments I'm racing through Chill, which is a good, stranded for hundreds of years on a broken down generation ship, calcifying into a feudal society where the AI thinks it's an angel story, but I'm pretty sure it's going to have 'second book problems' which frequent readers of trilogies are all too familiar with.

After that I can get in to The Song of Achilles, which better be good because I've been meaning to buy it for ages.

message 7: by Gregg (last edited Feb 01, 2012 02:55AM) (new)

Gregg | 14 comments I just started Dragon Wing and as a little experiment I actually got an audible account and am trying it out on 11/22/63. Still not sure how I feel on audio books, but I will give it a try if for no other reason than to actually see what the big deal everyone keeps talking about is.

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Been | 125 comments Just finished reading The Faceless Ones and was planning on starting a different book from my reading challenge, perhaps Stranger in a Strange Land or Northern Lights/The Golden Compass. But then the ending happened, and now I want to leap straight into Dark Days. I guess I'll need to mull it over some more first.

message 9: by Billthebloody (last edited Feb 01, 2012 06:16AM) (new)

Billthebloody | 8 comments I'm currently just about to finish Graham McNeil's The Outcast Dead, (as a Warhammer novel it has oodles of swords and lazers!). After that I will probably start The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

message 10: by Andy (new)

Andy (Andy_M) | 279 comments I am reading Empire State and I will get going on Neverwhere soon. I just finished Simon Pegg's memoir. I give the last a "meh" rating.

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Nick (Cykoduck) | 25 comments Empire State while continuing with 11/22/63, Red Mars. I'm hoping to finish all 3 shortly into Feb, so then hope to get back to The Blade Itself. Really hope to find another "harder" sci-fi

message 12: by Icelord (last edited Feb 06, 2012 05:42AM) (new)

Icelord | 35 comments Just finished Fatal Alliance and now reading the next of The Old Republic novels that has recently been published, Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic, #2).

I started playing SW:TOR in December and I am enjoying the novels as a little bit of backstory for the game.

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Kris (KVolk) | 796 comments Finishing Empire State then need to do some searching of the to be read list....

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Nick (Whyzen) | 1290 comments Finished Rule 34. Starting Empire State. Want to finish Elantris since I should have some time to do so now. Hope to have enough time to at least start The Neverending Story.

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Keith (Teleport-City) | 305 comments Going to split time between finishing Use of Weapons and starting Empire State, which I hope will play into my penchant for dressing like I just stepped out of Boardwalk Empire.

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Tassie Dave | 1269 comments Finished Bitter Seeds on the 1st.

Started How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and Good Omens today (the 2nd)

I'm trying to read a few of the Sword and Laser picks I missed before the next book is chosen.

Really enjoyed Bitter Seeds. Enough that I will get the sequels when they are released.

message 17: by William (last edited Feb 01, 2012 02:09PM) (new)

William | 9 comments I'm currently reading The Walking and Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ. When I finish those I'm planning to read The Gods Themselves.

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Docxen | 19 comments i'm reading "extraordinary engines" edited by nick gevers first story i liked second story not so much hoping it gets better.

message 19: by Gregg (new)

Gregg | 14 comments Finished Dragon Wing, so heading on to book 2 Elven Star . . . and picking up Furies of Calderon as kinda a warm fuzzy coming home (haven't read it in 2 years).

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Soo (Silverlyn) | 35 comments My reading meandered and I finished: Cathy's Book If Found Call 650-266-8233 by Jordan Weisman Cathy's Key by Jordan Weisman Cathy's Ring by Sean Stewart
and 3 Megan Hart novels. Out of the 3, I really thought Switch was beautiful.

The Cathy Trilogy is a hoot! Book 3 is amazing! Anything I griped about in book 2 was totally put to rest in book 3. I really enjoyed reading that trilogy and I hope more interactive novels are written.

Need to Wrap Up: Flame Within (Bonded Fantasy, #7) by Mima Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Then Reading: Firelight (Darkest London, #1) by Kristen Callihan Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, #1) by Jennifer Rardin Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1) by Jackie Morse Kessler Envy (Empty Coffin, #1) by Gregg Olsen

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Mark (MarKOn10th) | 4 comments Currently book reading Alloy of Law by Sanderson, audible listening to Rabbit, Run by Updike. Just finished (yesterday) Side Jobs by Butcher and listening to Ready Player One by Cline. (I joined the group after you guys all read it, and it looked cool. It was fun.) Empire State looks intriguing.

message 22: by Ken (new)

Ken (kenwong) | 10 comments Almost finished with Reality 36: A Richards & Klein Novel and will follow up with something in the Warhammer 40k universe either The Word Bearers Omnibus or Eisenhorn and some indie authors

message 23: by Dennis (new)

Dennis Matheson (tanstaafl) | 31 comments In dead tree format, Terminal World

From Audible, Beneath the Dark Ice

Sitting at 80% on the Kindle but I haven't gotten back to it lately (which probably says something), Dourado

message 24: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Martinson | 24 comments I'm reading; Rule 34, Inheritance and Sex At Dawn so far this month but I'm sure that list will expand.

message 25: by Liam (new)

Liam Johnstone (hadaad) | 27 comments The City and The City to myself and Ramona The Brave and The Book Of Three to my daughter.

message 26: by Been (new)

Been | 125 comments Yeah, I ended up starting Dark Days. I'm still planning on putting the last 2 books on hold after this one, but if they keep on being this damn good then I'll probably end up riding it out all the way to the end (for now anyway).

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Denis Pedersen | 58 comments just finished The Night Circus ... avoid at all cost... at least it was an easy read.

message 28: by Gregg (new)

Gregg | 14 comments Left my kindle (actually both of them) at a relative's house (they are coming back to me soon) so I am reading an analog copy of The Android's Dream

message 29: by Christian (new)

Christian Petrie (ChrisWDP) | 20 comments Currently Reading: Empire State and Doctor Who: Venusian Lullaby

Books on the list to read this month:
From the Ashes
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
One Day

I have a longer list of books to read, but unless something else comes up, those are the ones marked for this month.

message 30: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tberggie) Still in Phoenix Rising, and a few random graphic novels i recently got, The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects,then going to get started on Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

message 31: by Marshall (new)

Marshall Thompson | 9 comments I finished Neverwhere a couple days ago and just started Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. After that I want to get through A Game of Thrones before the Feb pick.

message 32: by Nevan (last edited Feb 03, 2012 12:57PM) (new)

Nevan Prendeville | 143 comments Going to retry Catch-22. Reading a classic novel shouldn't be this difficult.

message 33: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 1399 comments Finished The Desert of Souls (excellent!) and started a novella, Living With The Dead by Darrell Schweitzer.

message 34: by Will (new)

Will (longklaw) | 258 comments Finally got back into 11/22/63. Gonna try out the audio book of Blood Oath during a long drive the week after next.

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terpkristin | 3243 comments I finished reading the first Dunk and Egg tale, The Hedge Knight the other day and started reading the second, The Sworn Sword. I'm also still listening to Inheritance. In typical Paolini style, he uses a lot of words and doesn't add value in terms of revealing character details we don't already know or moving the plot (at least, so far).

message 36: by Bree (new)

Bree (breeatlast) | 52 comments Just finished Grave Secret, now looking to plow through the rest of Leviathan (which seems to be going quickly, thank goodness). Still chipping away at Rule 34 and just started listening to The Iron Duke on audiobook. I don't think I can let myself move on to Empire State until I have knocked a few things off my plate. =/

message 37: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3243 comments Well actually I just finished The Sworn Sword so now I'm reading the last Dunk and Egg tale (for now), The Mystery Knight.

message 38: by Gregg (new)

Gregg | 14 comments Got through Warp Speed, then got my kindle back yesterday so I was able to finish up Elven Star and Furies of Calderon. So I am heading into Fire Sea and Academ's Fury.

And I am trying so hard with my audio book of 11/22/63 I just don't think audio books are for me.

message 39: by Derek (new)

Derek Knox (snokat) | 274 comments Mummi wrote: "just finished The Night Circus ... avoid at all cost... at least it was an easy read."

I enjoyed that book! A nice poetic fantasy. Reminded me of the tv show Pushing Daisies, in atmosphere and style. It was nice to see a romantic fantasy without swords, fireball, and sex every 3 pages. Made for a nice break.

message 40: by Denis (new)

Denis Pedersen | 58 comments Snokat wrote: "Mummi wrote: "just finished The Night Circus ... avoid at all cost... at least it was an easy read."

I enjoyed that book! A nice poetic fantasy. Reminded me of the tv show Pushing D..."

To each his own I guess ;) I didn't give me anything, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it :)

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Amy Pilkington | 104 comments Just finished The Burning Sky, which was a disappointment. Am reading The Sparrow now and liking it much better.

I'm considering re-reading something once I finish that, since I've been so busy with work and stuff and feel like I need a mental break. It'll probably be either The Gone Away World or The Passage.

message 42: by Denis (new)

Denis Pedersen | 58 comments Now Reading: Ender's Game :)

message 43: by Chad (new)

Chad | 7 comments Re-reading Temporary Duty by Ric Locke. I read it when it first came out last year but now a lot of others are reading it so i decided to give it another go. Tried to start Pattern Recognition but just couldn't get into it.

message 44: by Kate (last edited Feb 05, 2012 11:26AM) (new)

Kate O'Hanlon (kateohanlon) | 778 comments I finished The German today and between that and Enter, Night I don't want to read about any more terrifyingly claustrophobic and bigoted small North American for a good long while. They're giving my an ulcer.

I think I'll take a mental break and read The Last Colony next.

message 45: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (JennyK89) I thought The Night Circus was beautiful. I gave it 4 or 5 stars.

Im still finishing up reads from last month on audio and Kindle, but the first book I've started this month is Spin in print.

message 46: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 1399 comments Busy weekend -- finished Living With The Dead, then tore through Sky Pirates byWilliam King (his latest ebook) and am now just about to wrap up The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and start The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.

message 47: by Denis (new)

Denis Pedersen | 58 comments Just finished Ender's Game , quick and fun read ;)

Starting on The Passage now (I wanna see what the fuzz is about) ;)

message 48: by Bree (new)

Bree (breeatlast) | 52 comments I think you should read Children of God immediately afterwards. I was so intent on it I think I picked it up and started reading the same day I finished The Sparrow.

Amy wrote: "Just finished The Burning Sky, which was a disappointment. Am reading The Sparrow now and liking it much better.

I'm considering re-reading something once I finish t..."

message 49: by Linguana (new)

Linguana | 137 comments Being almost completely new to the laser part of this, I'm trying to catch up with some Sci Fi. Finished To Your Scattered Bodies Go a couple of days ago.
And when I started the first pages of Lev Grossman's The Magicians I found myself hooked... so back to sword, once again. :)

message 50: by Ken (new)

Ken (kenwong) | 10 comments Planning to read the Eisenhorn Omnibus, Giant Thief and Incursion for now.

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