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What Else Are You Reading? > What Else Are You Reading - March 2016

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message 1: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6742 comments Mod
March is here despite leap year's best efforts to prevent it. What are you reading this month?


message 2: by Leesa (new)

Leesa (leesalogic) | 639 comments Re-reading Leviathan Wakes. I first listened in audio, and now I'm reading it e-style.

Lazing my way through Neuromancer, e-style

Lazing my way through Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus, old school

Listening to All the Birds in the Sky

When I forget my iPod, I'm listening my way through The Addictive Brain

Comics: catching up on Lazarus, Ghosted, and reading the trade for Abbadon


message 3: by Brendan (last edited Mar 01, 2016 07:09AM) (new)

Brendan (mistershine) | 930 comments Finished Cyteen, which was great. Finished The Iron Dragon's Daughter, which was weird! Now about 5% of the way through All the Birds in the Sky, which has been cute so far.


message 4: by Michele (last edited Mar 01, 2016 08:52AM) (new)

Michele | 1154 comments Last month I read -

I reread the entire Expanse series - the show inspired me, love this series

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead - really liked this one

The Warded Man - liked it and will eventually continue the series.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - took me a bit to get into it, then it was fun.

Clean Sweep - fun, and not what I expected

The Last Policeman, Countdown City, World of Trouble - this trilogy was excellent

Angel with the Sword - a reread, it's been a long time since I last read it, still good - I like Cherryh's style


and I just finished A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark - another one I really liked and not quite what I expected

Up next All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jim Belushi


message 5: by AndrewP (new)

AndrewP (andrewca) | 2469 comments Phill Wrote (in Feb 2016 thread) Given this and Radiance and a few other laser picks over the last year or two I'm beginning to wonder when science fiction went from being the literature of science geeks to being the literature of artsy hipsters.

I think that goes along with the dumbing down of the education system.


message 7: by Geoff (new)

Geoff (geoffgreer) AndrewP wrote: "Phill Wrote (in Feb 2016 thread) Given this and Radiance and a few other laser picks over the last year or two I'm beginning to wonder when science fiction went from being the literature of science..."

I think that's a sweeping generalization. There's still plenty of 'literature of science' to go around.


message 8: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 3910 comments I picked up The Dreaming Void. It's paradoxically less convoluted (my main problem with the Commonwealth series) and somewhat less interesting, at least so far. I'm glad that the first book isn't the 1,000 page tome that Pandora's Star was, but large portions of the book fall flat for me. I really couldn't care less about the dreaming sequences. Possibly that will change later on. Hamilton really pulled it together well in Judas Unchained so perhaps that will occur in book 2 and 3.


message 9: by Louie (new)

Louie (rmutt1914) | 878 comments Geoff wrote: "I've recently finished:
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov - Really liked it. Good intro to his robot laws."


That's funny cause I plan on reading Isaac Asimov's I, Robot: To Preserve by Mickey Zucker Reichert. The third and final book of her I, Robot prequel trilogy.


message 10: by Kristina (new)

Kristina | 588 comments Working on this months pick, so far so good! I also have pre-orders on Lady Midnight and Javelin Rain so I'll jump on those as soon as they get here. Also want to try Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


message 11: by Aildiin (new)

Aildiin | 148 comments Finished All the Birds in the Sky, loved it !

Almost done with Steal the Sky, it's ok.

Next is City of Blades which I am really looking forward to due to the reviews of my friends.
But most of all I am waiting to hit the library Saturday where Morning Star is currently on hold for me and I can't wait to get my hands on it !


message 12: by Richard (new)

Richard | 99 comments This last month I've read:

Leviathan Wakes, because The Expanse TV show wasn't grabbing me and I was hoping the book would help me find more of an appreciation. It worked. I really liked this book. *****

The Once and Future King read surprisingly well for it's age, though a little disjointed from section-to-section in some cases. ***

Arrow's Flight re-read. I think it says something about Lackey's writing that I could get drawn into what's little more than a character story where nothing else really happens. ***

Darwin's Radio. I don't think I'm a Greg Bear fan after reading a couple things by him. He's got good ideas, but I don't get into his characters. I still want to attempt Moving Mars at some point, and someone gifted me Mariposa which I'll also read if I can slog through MM. **

Moving Pictures was pretty unsatisfying in the Discworld run. Too much bad Hollywood parody was drug it down, but it did get better at the end. ***

The Ghost Brigades felt really light on story compared to Leviathan Wakes, but it drew me in just a touch more. ****

Star Wars: Tarkin tells a story of Tarkin and Vader working together framed by a story of Tarkin's coming of age. I really liked the coming of age chapters, the story set in the "present" not so much, probably because they would jump to the POV of the "antagonists" (which feels like a weird word to apply to the good guys even though it's a villain story) which I didn't care about, same problem I had with Lords of the Sith. ***

Lightspeed: Year One was a great collection of stories, only one or two didn't grab me out of a large collection. ****

Non-genre:
Tortilla Flat- The most interesting aspect of this book is how the character Pilon can take any situation, find the most self-serving action, and reason how that action is the "holy" one. But about two-thirds of the way in I'd had my fill and was just waiting for it to end. ***

The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate gave an interesting interpretation of the Creation. ****


message 13: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 2254 comments About to finish C.J. Cherryh's Russian ghost story trilogy with Yvgenie.


message 15: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (esqinc) | 29 comments I'm currently reading multiple books which I don't normally do.

Main book I'm reading is The Way of Kings and I'm really enjoying it so far (though I'm only about 1/10 through it). I'm also occassionally reading bits of The Complete ElfQuest, Volume One. Last I'm going ahead and starting Mirror Dance because I can't keep myself from continuing the Vorkosigan saga.


message 16: by Sumant (new)

Sumant Re-reading the Wheel of time, here is my review of Eye of the world.


message 17: by Walter (new)

Walter Spence (walterspence) | 707 comments Just finished The Very Best of Charles de Lint, a lovely and poignant collection of (mostly) urban fantasy tales.

Now reading The Girl with All the Gifts while waiting for All the Birds in the Sky to come in at the library.


message 18: by Colin (new)

Colin Forbes (colinforbes) | 480 comments Recently finished The Man in the High Castle - very disappointed. Didn't enjoy at all. Sorry Tom!

Have put A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms on hold until I can finish All the Birds in the Sky.

Speeding through the audiobooks for Shift and Dust during my commutes and any other time I'm free to listen. Really enjoying this series.


message 20: by Keith (new)

Keith (keithatc) Taking a brief break from scifi and and reading Gomorrah, an account of the Camorra gangs in the suburbs around Naples and basis for the movie Gomorrah. It's harrowing reading.

Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano


message 21: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2693 comments Started No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. It's fascinating so far and makes for a nice change of pace from SFF.


message 22: by Darren (new)

Darren Walter wrote: "Just finished The Very Best of Charles de Lint, a lovely and poignant collection of (mostly) urban fantasy tales.

It's so good!

Started in on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which I have had so long in my kindle queue that I actually purchased it twice.


message 23: by Ju (new)

Ju Transcendancing (transcendancing) It's just been the last week of semester so I was reading a book I'd been saving for comfort and love-of-series reading, the latest book in the Elantra Chronicles 'Cast in Honour' Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra, #11) by Michelle Sagara by Michelle Sagara. It was wonderful.

I'm still partway through 'Radiance' by Valente, but my ARC has expired and the ebook is *expensive* so I'm not sure what to do about that. Also still in the middle of Orwell's '1984', but now that I'm on break I might actually have the brain to finish it. Whole chunk of books I want to read, just waiting for the mood to hit :)


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2844 comments I've started a review copy of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. I don't read a lot of horror but was excited to read a novel by this author after only reading his stories.


message 25: by Ju (new)

Ju Transcendancing (transcendancing) Have also started 'Shards of Honour' by Bujold as part of a rereading project I'm doing - I'm 3 chapters in and so in love all over again.


message 26: by Walter (new)

Walter Spence (walterspence) | 707 comments Finished The Girl with All the Gifts, now reading Magic.


message 28: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Richter (stephenofllongbeach) | 1322 comments I am listening to Roadside Picnic written in 1973, but it has been translated from Russian just lately.


message 29: by Joel (new)

Joel | 235 comments I just started the audio book version of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. I'm enjoying it, but it is quite different from what I was expecting.


message 30: by Karl (last edited Mar 06, 2016 11:57AM) (new)

Karl Smithe | 77 comments Recently finished Ready Player One.

Ready Player One

I liked it for its portrayal of 2044 from a teenagers point of view. Today's teenagers should be middle-aged then. So this book would help them be forward thinking now. Also it is about computer technology. We are evolving but not deciding how to make a cybernetic society. Who is in control?


message 31: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6742 comments Mod
I finished listening to my audio "reread" of The Great Hunt and enjoyed it even more the second time. (My Review)


message 32: by Sky (new)

Sky | 665 comments 45 more days until my wife is due. I read The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind. It was excellent reading about how and when infants learn, though even being only about 10 years old, the sections on computer learning/ML/AI were vastly outdated :)

Next up in learning how babies learn and infant minds develop are The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life, and What's Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life.

I am still working my way through Toll the Hounds though by not reading any other fiction at the same time I am making much faster progress than the last book. I am hoping to finish it before The Last Mortal Bond comes out in about a week.

Manga wise I read more volumes of Hikaru No Go, Inuyasha, Naruto, and Attack on Titan, because my library has complete sets of them.


message 33: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (nevets) | 1541 comments I assume a re-read of the first volume of Saga, Volume 1 is going to be happening in the next month or so as well. You know just in case you need to go on the run with the new little one. ;-)


message 34: by Sky (new)

Sky | 665 comments John (Nevets) wrote: "I assume a re-read of the first volume of Saga, Volume 1 is going to be happening in the next month or so as well. You know just in case you need to go on the run with the new littl..."

I just planted our getaway ship in case things hit the fan :)


message 35: by Fredrik (new)

Fredrik (fredurix) | 217 comments I'm reading Pay Me, Bug! which I got through an e-book bundle, so I didn't know anything about it other that the odd and frankly off-putting title. Turns out it's a pretty good sci-fi heist story, about crew of smugglers who have to break into a heavily guarded facility in a theocratic space empire.


message 36: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 3910 comments After the Commonwealth saga, I decided to give the Void trilogy a try. I wish I hadn't. Where Commonwealth was slow, it paid off over time. I'm now 25% of the way into the third book and the only thing keeping me going is that I hate to give up on a story. It's dull as dishwater. The "Void" sequences leave me cold, as if Hamilton had another book in mind and shoehorned it into this property.


message 37: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (apsalar) | 43 comments Halfway through Reaper's Gale, one more book and I'm finally on to part of the series I haven't read yet. Reading Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight, a bit outdated at times but still interesting and beautifully written.

And just started to listen to Hyperion, been looking forward to it.


message 38: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 2254 comments Finished Yvgenie and, just for the heck of it, started a Pathfinder Tales novel, The Worldwound Gambit by Robin D. Laws.


message 39: by Mark (new)

Mark Kaye | 122 comments Currently reading Temple of the winds. Really good book so far.


message 40: by AndrewP (new)

AndrewP (andrewca) | 2469 comments Mark wrote: "Currently reading Temple of the winds. Really good book so far."

That's one of the better ones of the series.


message 41: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8291 comments Just started American Craftsmen American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle by Tom Doyle. Up to chapter 4 and it's very good so far. This is the book I was hoping the terrible Myke Cole book would be.


message 42: by Dharmakirti (last edited Mar 09, 2016 11:25AM) (new)

Dharmakirti | 942 comments Mark wrote: "Currently reading Temple of the winds. Really good book so far."

The series gets really bad after that book.


message 43: by Phil (new)

Phil | 1137 comments Finished Windhaven by George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle. This was more like 3 novellas with the same protagonist than a novel but it was a fine book. The back story had a Pern feel to it and that carried over to the whole thing.
This was Tuttle's first novel and as far as I can tell, Martin's second. The first part of this was nominated for the best novella Hugo in 1975.
I'd recommend this if you've run out of Pern books to read.
Starting Leviathan Wakes.


message 44: by Walter (new)

Walter Spence (walterspence) | 707 comments Reading Dan Simmon's The Terror for another group while waiting for the S&L BotM to come in at the library via interlibrary loan.


message 45: by Dharmakirti (new)

Dharmakirti | 942 comments Walter wrote: "Reading Dan Simmon's The Terror for another group while waiting for the S&L BotM to come in at the library via interlibrary loan."

Dear Lord, please don't ever let me get scurvy.


message 46: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Nagy | 379 comments listening to Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn, it's pretty good so far.

Finished up The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant and Undeath and Taxes both were quite fun, light hearted series of supernatural/paranormal short stories involving a vampire accountant.


message 47: by Aildiin (last edited Mar 10, 2016 10:00AM) (new)

Aildiin | 148 comments Finished City of Blades
It was great !
Currently 70% through Morning Star. It is good and was my most anticipated book of the year, but it's probably only going to get 4 stars because it's too much like the previous book, there's no innovation ( it might be a case of too much excitement for a book on my side).

Reading Two Serpents Rise at the same time, which I am enjoying so far.

I read one of the Tor.com novellas too Envy of Angels and it was really fun. I shall endeavor to read more of those.


message 48: by Dharmakirti (new)

Dharmakirti | 942 comments I'm back to reading the books I set aside last month I set aside so I could read The Sword of Shannara .

Titus Groan only 40 pages left! Really good, but a very slow read. Peake's prose is gorgeous and it demands that I pay close attention, so reading 10 pages can take me an hour.
The Madness Season
The Metamorphoses of Ovid


message 49: by Brendan (last edited Mar 10, 2016 11:42AM) (new)

Brendan (mistershine) | 930 comments Dharmakirti wrote: "Titus Groan only 40 pages left! Really good, but a very slow read. Peake's prose is gorgeous and it demands that I pay close attention, so reading 10 pages can take me an hour."

That was also my experience with that book.

Oh, yeah and I'm currently reading Mind of My Mind as I work my way through the Patternmaster series.


message 50: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 2254 comments Brendan wrote: "That was also my experience with that book."

Someday I'll reread the trilogy. Maybe not this year, but next?


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