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message 1: by Angie (new)

Angie | 342 comments So far I plan on reading:
The Lightning Thief
Eleven on Top
Dead and Loving It
The Hobbit Graphic Novel

message 2: by Lara Amber (new)

Lara Amber (LaraAmber) | 665 comments Well I'm 93% of the way through rereading Ship of Destiny, which I should finish tonight. Then it's off to rereading the next Robin Hobb trilogy and the Twilight series my boss has decided to lend me.

I, Robot
The Crown Conspiracy
Fool's Errand
Golden Fool
Fool's Fate
New Moon
Breaking Dawn

I've got a slew of first chapters downloaded on my Kindle for reading. I'm not sure where I'm going next, I'm sure I will take a break for something not fantasy/sci-fi. I may start on Killing Floor since they just gave away a volume for free.

Can I just say, HOLY FRAK I LOVE MY KINDLE. I'm pretty much reading non-stop and going through books like crazy. It's like digital crack. We were driving back to town after attending a funeral and we're out in the middle of nowhere on the highway and I finish my book. Less then 2 minutes later I've gone online, bought another book, downloaded and resumed reading. It's in my purse wherever I go, I don't have to touch another back issue People in my life!

Lara Amber

message 3: by Libby (new)

Libby | 271 comments I already finished the The Crown Conspiracy and loved it! I’m now waiting on my copy of Avempartha which I’ll dive right into. I can't wait to talk about these.

I am currently reading through Watchmen one issue at a time and struggling to finish Robert Rankin’s The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.

Also planning to read these in April:
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
City of God by E.L. Doctorow (1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die – Goodreads group)
You Suck by Christopher Moore

After that who knows – my rule of thumb is to purchase any book that looks interesting and put it on my “to be read shelf” at home. Whenever I finish one, I go and select another. Choice of novel can be pretty mood dependant so it’s hard to plan too far in advance. However, I do like to rotate the heavy thinking novels or tragedies with lighter hearted works. It’s nice to rotate genres for variety. My favorite aspect of Goodreads is how many great new books I’m learning of due to the recommendations of others. I’m really broadening my home library without wasting money on bad books (yes, they do exist).

message 4: by Jon (last edited Apr 06, 2009 10:56AM) (new)

Jon (jonmoss) | 894 comments I'm trying something new for myself this month - a reminder personal event to keep me on track:

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny- finished 4/4/2009
A Song for Arbonne by
Guy Gavriel Kay - in progress
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka
Armor by John Steakley
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

and possibly Avempartha if I can squeeze it in.

message 5: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 883 comments I'm currently working on:

The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov (This includes I, Robot plus a slew of other robot stories...)
Mistborn The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Upon finishing those, I plan to work on the following for GR group readings:

Neverwhere: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
Storms of Vengeance by John Beachem
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Carrie by a fellow named Stephen King

and once it arrives, I'll slip Avempartha by Michael J. Sullivan in there.....

message 6: by Libby (new)

Libby | 271 comments Chris - I'd love to know what group is reading Good Omens. It's brillant. If you haven't read it you'll really enjoy it.

message 7: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 883 comments Libby wrote: "Chris - I'd love to know what group is reading Good Omens. It's brillant. If you haven't read it you'll really enjoy it."

I've read it once before, but it has been years....the group is the Fantasy Book Club on GR.....

message 8: by Bill (new)

Bill (kernos) | 426 comments Well I am reading The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. I finally found reasonably priced used HB of the other 2 books of his First Law Trilogy and will read them when they arrive.

Then or in the meantime I will be be reading the Robin Hood trilogy by Stephen Lawhead, the first book is Hood


message 9: by Libby (new)

Libby | 271 comments Chris wrote: "Libby wrote: "Chris - I'd love to know what group is reading Good Omens. It's brillant. If you haven't read it you'll really enjoy it."

I've read it once before, but it has been years....the gro..."

Found it - thanks

message 10: by Cassie (new)

Cassie (cassielo) | 36 comments Lot of good books planned for this month.

1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
2. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
3. Charlie Bone and the Beast and Charlie Bone and the Shadow by Jenny Nimmo
4. First Meetings in Ender's Universe by Orson Scott Card
5. Foundation, Dune, or Good Omens. I haven't decided which of the three to start first.

message 11: by Gail (new)

Gail | 6 comments Just finished Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh. I loved it-- So would anyone who likes Kim Harrison, Rachel Caine or even the early Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Except it ends better than most of Caine's or Harrison's books...

message 12: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 101 comments I just finished The Crown Conspiracy for BOTM and loved it! I also am going back to Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince trilogy (Sunrunner's Fire) this month, Avempartha when I get it in the mail, and maybe finally a short one, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, an autobiography about a man that had a stroke and suffers from what is known as "locked in" syndrome. He is fully aware and conscious, but he can't voluntarily move except for blinking his left eye. There was a movie out last year about this book. Looked intriguing.

message 13: by Judy (new)

Judy (judygreeneyes) | 103 comments I'm in the middle of a fun fantasy" "His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik. Think Britain and France fighting during the time of Napoleon, except the major nations of the world also have trained, intelligent dragons to help fight. Like an Anne McCaffrey story set back in time in our world.

message 15: by KristenR (new)

KristenR (klrenn) | 127 comments I'm reading Bed-knob and Broomstick with my daughter now, and The Phantom Tollbooth is up next.

As for me, I'm currently reading I, Robot and The Crown Conspiracy....up next is Jane Eyre and Crystal Rain probably followed by The First Men in the Moon and What Dreams May Come.

message 16: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (Sandikal) I just finished Hammered by Elizabeth Bear and think I may have found a new favorite author.

message 17: by Cicero (new)

Cicero | 48 comments I just finished a highly enjoyable re-read of all five books of "The Hitchkiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

I plan to read this month the following:-

"Tigana" by Guy Gavriel Kay

"The Hedge Knight" and "The Sworn Sword" by George R.R. Martin (these are two novellas set in the world of ASOIAF found in the anthologies Legends I and II edited by Robert Silverberg).

"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Stienbeck

message 18: by Laurel (last edited Apr 05, 2009 02:47PM) (new)

Laurel My goals for this month are:

American Gods
The Stormcaller
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Judging Eye
The Gargoyle
The Well of Ascension
Gardens of the Moon
Too Many Curses

I most likely will not make it to some, and will pick up one I hadn't planned. But, those are the goals.

message 19: by Catamorandi (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) I plan on reading:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
LOTR trilogy
Shadow of the Wind

message 20: by Moonglum (new)

Moonglum | 6 comments I just finished Spin, by Robert Charlse Wilson. It was a Hugo winner a couple years back, and is excellent SF. I have just started The Yiddish Police Mans Union. I am trying to catch up on the Hugo winners/nominees.

message 21: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) I just started World Made by Hand A Novel by James Howard Kunstler. It has already given me things to think about and I like that.

message 22: by Matt (new)

Matt | 8 comments For April:

The Mistborn Trilogy by B. Sanderson
The Judging Eye by R. Bakker
and finishing off the Y: The Last Man graphic novels
I'm sure some random scifi will spring up in between too.

Between work and school, my reading time has dropped way down =(

message 23: by Derek (new)

Derek | 20 comments I am also reading A Feast of Crows by GRRM and Blood Meridian by Cormac Macarthey.

message 24: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (Sandikal) I just started The Terror A Novel by Dan Simmons. It makes me feel really cold.

message 25: by Stuart (new)

Stuart (stuartellis) | 28 comments I read The Terror last year and thought Simmons did a brilliant job. It reminded me of an account of Scott's expedition by a survivor that I had read a bit before (The Worst Journey in the World) - there's a sort of relentless rhythm that pulls you along.

Not reading much this month, but hopefully will manage Look to Windward and The Iron Dragon's Daughter.

message 26: by Osvaldo (new)

Osvaldo Ortega (OOrtega) Dhalgren
The Odyssey
The Last Gentleman
The Book by Alan Watts

If anyone would like to join the Dhalgren discussion on the book's page I would appreciate it. I am thinking that this book should not be ventured alone.

message 27: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (Sandikal) Stuart wrote: "I read The Terror last year and thought Simmons did a brilliant job. It reminded me of an account of Scott's expedition by a survivor that I had read a bit before ([b:The Worst Journey in the World..."

I'm really hooked so far. It's not the type of book I normally read, but I am so engrossed by it. Early on, I had to look up the Wikipedia article about the Franklin expedition because I knew nothing about it. Needless to say, I now know the outcome, but it's interesting to see where Simmons is taking the story.

message 28: by [deleted user] (last edited Apr 13, 2009 08:33PM) (new)

Derek wrote: "I am also reading A Feast of Crows by GRRM and Blood Meridian by Cormac Macarthey."

I read Blood Meridian last summer and found myself horribly depressed. It;s a mean ugly picture of death. Unrelenting. Enjoy.

I just finished Patrick Kilgallon's gather the weeds. Dystopian Horror. I cried. And put up a review. He is a goodreads author.

message 29: by Arthur (new)

Arthur (Astra) About 1/2 into The Time Traveller's Wife.
Well, I am not impressed so far.

Nice idea, I like the romantic bit but I dislike all the unnecessary bits about art, music, literature etc. I am not familiar with most of them and these bits are very boring and have nothing to do with the story line.

message 30: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) | 883 comments Just finished Mistborn this weekend, then ran right thru Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn. Read half of Carrie last night and started Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand today. Once I breeze thru these quick reads, I'll be looking at getting epic again with Avempartha and [book:The Well of Ascension|68429

message 31: by Richard (last edited Apr 16, 2009 08:35AM) (new)

Richard (ThinkingBlueCountingTwo) | 256 comments Playing catch-up with some classic recommendations.

Just finished A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge, and enjoyed reading everyone's comments from previous months, and The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Re-read I, Robot and found it a different experience than when I was 13 (a very long time ago).
Currently reading The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein and The Diamond Age Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson. Both seem to be rated as a must-read by the SF loving community, and so far I must agree.

message 32: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) Just started Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist

CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) A few days ago I finished reading Charisma by Michael G. Coney.

Pretty good. It has time-travel (parallel worlds), a murder mystery, boats, a hotel, and a love story. The only thing I didn't really like was the setting, the seaport feel of it dragged for me, but other than that I really enjoyed the book.

message 34: by Jon (new)

Jon (jonmoss) | 894 comments I finished Blaggard's Moon yesterday but didn't get a chance to start my next adventure to Grimspace because my daughter bought a piano and found a small army of young men to move it home for her. :)

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Bronwyn (nzfriend) | 55 comments So far I've read:
-How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
-Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
-The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
-Hatter M. by Frank Beddor with Liz Cavalier

And I'm currently reading:
-Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
-Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
-Bleak House by Charles Dickens
-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

I haven't really been on much of a sci-fi/fantasy kick lately. It comes and goes.

message 36: by Lara Amber (new)

Lara Amber (LaraAmber) | 665 comments Well I finished my reading list for April above and am now reading Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels.

When I finish that I will probably dive into some deep piece of non-fiction, I've got several histories & science books on my to-read list.

Lara Amber

message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Currently reading Simon Scarrows third installment in the REVOLUTION Series. It's called FIRE AND SWORD and like his others works very good. If you like millitery history with some epic battles then you can't go much wrong with Scarrow.

message 38: by Cornelia (new)

Cornelia | 2 comments I am currently reading Dancing with Werewolves which is really good. But I want to read some Steam Punk. I could use some recommendations for good Steam Punk books. Has anyone read The Diamond Age or Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson?

message 39: by Cathy (new)

Cathy  (Cathygreytfriend) | 122 comments I loved Diamond Age. I actually listened to it the first time as an audio book borrowed from the library. I liked it enough to buy it and read it again. There are so many details and stories going on at once, it's worth more than one read to pick it all up. I have a lot of trouble with Quicksilver though. I just can't get into it. That's pretty much where Stephenson splits for me, I really love everything before, but nothing after.

message 40: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (Sandikal) Cornelia wrote: "I am currently reading Dancing with Werewolves which is really good. But I want to read some Steam Punk. I could use some recommendations for good Steam Punk books. Has anyone read The Diamond Age or Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson?"

I'm still 120 pages from the end of Quicksilver. I just can't bring myself to finish it. Even worse, it's followed by two equally large tomes. Go with The Diamond Age. I think it's a done-in-one book.

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Before They Are Hanged (other topics)
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Lord of Light (other topics)
Armor (other topics)
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George Bryan Polivka (other topics)
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Roger Zelazny (other topics)
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