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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Zoe, Jeann and I are starting a buddy read of the second omnibus in Hugh Howey's Wool series on Thursday, November 28th! Everyone's welcome!

As usual, it's read at your own pace and use spoilers!! And most of all, HAVE FUN ;)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I will try to join in, just have to finish Wool first!


Jeann (Happy Indulgence)  (happyindulgence) | 258 comments Sounds amazing! I'll pick it up soon, can't take my eyes off The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead sitting on my desk lol


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Woot!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Has anyone started this yet? I will finish up Wool today!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Lol I was wondering when someone would post! I'm still working on Inkheart, so haven't started Shift yet. It's up next for me though!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
I just reread these not too long ago so I'll pop in and chat!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Okay, I finished part 6, and am now 31% into the read. Overall, I didn't enjoy it as much as Wool (so far), but things picked up by the end of this story. The politics thing was a little strange and boring, but once things got going--wow!! I'm pretty sure that Anna (view spoiler)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I was also a little annoyed (view spoiler)


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
I liked Wool better too, but Shift explains it all with Dust really bringing it all together!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Ahh, I'm not getting enough reading time to finish Inkheart! I really want to get to this one soon :)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
No worries, David, I'm not going to be reading this fast, I have so many other books I need to get to as well :) I will be reading like a speed demon the next couple of weeks! One week till my read-a-thon! WOOT!


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Zoe Cannon (zoecannon) I'm at 10%, but will probably be getting through this one slowly - I also need to reread Hunger Games and Catching Fire so I can go see the movie! I'm finding it much easier to get into Donald's sections than Troy's so far, but that will probably change once I get more used to the Troy sections. Also, I suspect that (view spoiler).


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Ahh, I'm behind! Should finish Inkheart today and then I'll start :)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Are you enjoying Inkheart?


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
YES!! Inkheart was really good! I felt maybe it was a bit too long and descriptive, but I was pretty blown away by it :) I just finished, so I'm ready to join you guys on Shift!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Woot! I'm so happy you liked it. I agree somewhat on the longishness, but it was easy for me to get absorbed in that world, really the author could keep me there as long as she wanted :) The second book isn't quite as good, but I really LOVED the last book--for that one, most of it is inside the fantasy world itself.

Woot, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the first part of Shift. Its starts off slow, but really picks up by the end.


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Oh, it was definitely worth the read, I just thought as a middle grade it would be more like the length of The False Prince. But I definitely got lost a few times in the story!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Yeah I think of it more as a YA series than MG...seems a little more adult to me. I can never figure out why some things are labeled MG, they seem so much like YA..marketing thing I'm assuming!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Yeah, I'm with you! I have trouble too, but I guess the lines get more and more blurred these days :)


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
11%! I have a pretty strong feeling that (view spoiler)

Jenny, I've actually found myself really engaged by the beginning. I think it's because I've really been itching to see the world before it became the way it was in Wool, so getting the Then and Now chapters is really working for me. But I definitely get how you think it started a bit slow...not much happens, it's more of a slow build up :)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I read through it pretty quick, but yeah, it was a pretty slow build up. But I loved the last half of that part, it gets really good and very intense! And we get to learn a lot more about the whole system. The world building is really well done in this series, I love that!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
I knew it!!! My prediction was right! Done with the First Shift :) Really loved it!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Yup you were :) I really loved it, too!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
I think Second Shift was my favorite of the 3 Shift novels! And you do realize you can count each part as a book read, right? Including Dust, you will have read 9 books! :-)

I read them all individually the first time through and then counted each omnibus as 1 the second time through.


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Yay, good to know Karen, I'm going to start Second Shift in a little bit!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
LOL! I'm including them as 1 for each omnibus, but then I include all my novellas as 1 each, so it balances out :)


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
I've started Second Shift, but just barely. Really looking forward to seeing where this all goes!


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Yes, I've just been doing the Omnibus as well, but I did that for all the Delirium stories. Its not like I need to really add books at this point, I made my yearly goal a long time ago!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Ha! You definitely don't need the extra books, superstar!


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Zoe Cannon (zoecannon) Finished the first novella! I'm not sure how I feel about it yet - a lot of the origin stuff just didn't quite ring true for me, and the way the memory drug worked seemed implausible. The writing was good though - Hugh Howey has a very distinctive style.


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
But what about (view spoiler) I must say, things are getting even more interesting in Shift 2, hope you like it a little better Zoe!

I'm at 50% overall, which I'm assuming is about halfway through Shift 2 as well as the Omnibus (view spoiler)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
Oh, David that was so so sad, I felt so bad for Donald!! I just finished Second Shift....it was crazy good, LOVED it! I'm 61% through the Omnibus right now!

THE ENDING OF SECOND SHIFT...OMG! (view spoiler)


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Can you believe this world Hugh has created!!?? Scary, so scary. It makes you wonder if we'd just accept that life as the norm?


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Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Keep going guys. I was very satisfied by the end of the series! ;-)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I KNOW!!! The world building in this is AMAZING, I have no trouble picturing any of it! The characters feel so real...I am really loving this series! I'm holding tight till the end!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
SO GOOD!! I'm getting almost zero reading time right now as I'm struggling just to fit in writing time, but I'm up to 58% now on the Omnibus! When Donald (view spoiler)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
OMG YES!!! (view spoiler)

And David, you are almost done with Second Shift, the third novella starts at 61% in the omnibus!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
David wrote: "SO GOOD!! I'm getting almost zero reading time right now as I'm struggling just to fit in writing time, but I'm up to 58% now on the Omnibus! When Donald went OUTSIDE, I was like AHHHHHHHH!!!! But..."

That part pretty much blew me away too, David.


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Ah you've got to be right, I'm surprised Donald didn't think of that actually. If he didn't die, I guess that means (view spoiler) Ooh cool, I'm ready for the Third Shift!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "David wrote: "SO GOOD!! I'm getting almost zero reading time right now as I'm struggling just to fit in writing time, but I'm up to 58% now on the Omnibus! When Donald went OUTSIDE, I was like AHH..."

Lol! It's such a fun read :)


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
It really is a fun read, hoping to read some more tonight yet!


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Soooooo, have you ever built a Lego kit, like a scene from The Hobbit, or a Star Wars ship? (Yes, that's what I build with my grandson!) When you start out, there are tons and tons of little pieces. And then when you get into the middle, you start seeing it coming together, and then by the end, as you snap and click the pieces into place, the pieces literally click, snap, snap, and click into place. That's what happened for me with this series. Just click, click, snap... all the pieces fell right into place. ;-P

(Yes, I'm sure that's a terrible analogy, but my brain is tired!) hahahahh...


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Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
That's actually a really good analogy, Karen! Makes total sense! I never built from a Lego kit, by the way, I always did free form :) And I usually made really funky houses!


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Zoe Cannon (zoecannon) Gah, I'm so behind! I haven't started Second Shift yet - I'm trying to reread Catching Fire first so I can hopefully go see the movie sometime this week...


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "Soooooo, have you ever built a Lego kit, like a scene from The Hobbit, or a Star Wars ship? (Yes, that's what I build with my grandson!) When you start out, there are tons and tons of little piece..."

I agree, that's a really GOOD analogy! I was watching a kid work on a Lego Star Wars set a week ago in Kuala Lumpur, and I couldn't help being jealous of him! I'd love to go back to my lego-building days!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Zoe wrote: "Gah, I'm so behind! I haven't started Second Shift yet - I'm trying to reread Catching Fire first so I can hopefully go see the movie sometime this week..."

That's OK, Zoe! I haven't been reading anything but Shift and I'm still plodding along because I'm only getting in 30 minutes a day before bed. But it is SO GOOD! I'm obsessed with this book :)


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Zoe Cannon (zoecannon) David wrote: "Zoe wrote: "Gah, I'm so behind! I haven't started Second Shift yet - I'm trying to reread Catching Fire first so I can hopefully go see the movie sometime this week..."

That's OK, Zoe! I haven't b..."


Hugh Howey is such a good writer! It's tough going back and forth between this book and the Hunger Games series, because they're both so good and yet they're so different. It's more than a little jarring to go from Donald's voice to Katniss's voice or vice versa :P


Karen’s Library | 11320 comments Mod
Zoe wrote: "David wrote: "Zoe wrote: "Gah, I'm so behind! I haven't started Second Shift yet - I'm trying to reread Catching Fire first so I can hopefully go see the movie sometime this week..."

That's OK, Zo..."


Ohmygosh, Zoe! Two completely different voices and worlds! Both are such incredible stories too!


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David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
LOL that would definitely be weird! I can never seem to focus on more than one book at a time :)


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