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message 1: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6782 comments Mod
Jvyy nalbar ernq guvf? Ebg13 vf cerggl fvzcyr. V'z fgvyy abg n ebobg gubhtu.


message 2: by Phil (new)

Phil | 1140 comments Did you have a stroke Rob? Or are you trying to speak to Cthulu?


message 4: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6782 comments Mod
Brendan wrote: "[spoilers removed]"

:)


message 5: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6782 comments Mod
Phil wrote: "Did you have a stroke Rob? Or are you trying to speak to Cthulu?"

Can't it be both?


message 6: by Trike (new)

Trike | 8462 comments Can you use that on phones and pads? Without downloading yet another app, I mean?


message 8: by Phil (new)

Phil | 1140 comments Ah. I thought that might be a possibility but I dismissed it.


message 9: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 3948 comments Well, that was fast. Done with Rappaccini's Daughter. A pretty good, chilling tale. The creepy feeling in full day seems to lay the ground for some later horror. I could make the case for this being a partial inspiration for Lovecraft's "The Colour Out Of Space."

I particularly liked the end where the idea of (view spoiler)

I'm particularly surprised because Hawthorne has been such a dull read for me before. I forced myself through The Scarlet Letter, skimming the great majority of the self-indulgent part set in Salem. While I could see the artistry of construction in The Scarlet Letter, the story just let me flat. Yeah, blah blah conflicted, blah blah moral illness causes actual illness, don't care.

I'm from suburban Boston, having moved away after college. I know the pull Hawthorne refers to, of feeling an almost overwhelming nostalgia for places I've lived before, even though they are no better and perhaps worse than the place I'm in now. I know the places he refers to and the situations explored. It still wasn't enough to have me enjoy The Scarlet Letter. The entire reading experience grated on me. As a result I have never read The House of Seven Gables and don't expect to. So Rappaccini's Daughter was an unexpected pleasure.


message 10: by Geoff (new)

Geoff (geoffgreer) I've just gotten into The Uplift War by David Brin in my quest of reading the Hugo winners.

Also started this month's pick which I didn't expect to enjoy so quickly.


message 11: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (j-boo) | 322 comments I missed my chance to reply in the September thread, but I saw that Rick has Borne as a TBR. I thought that one overall was pretty good, can't wait to see what you have to say about it!


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AndrewP (andrewca) | 2479 comments I'm going to be reading Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars on my flight to England tomorrow


message 13: by Rick (new)

Rick | 2790 comments Jessica - Borne's next I think. I started The Fifth Season finally the other day and it's great.

I tried an indie read that was actually promoted in the Author Promo section here because it sounded interesting and it was surprisingly good - The Cronian Incident. Review to come but definitely something to check out if you like solar system space opera SF.

And something that I utterly forgot I'd placed on hold came off hold, John Le Carré's A Legacy of Spies.


message 14: by Rick (last edited Oct 01, 2017 01:26PM) (new)

Rick | 2790 comments John taloni:

I saw you posted this ni the last month's thread but it's frozen so...

"Finished up the fourth "Agent Cormac" Polity book, Polity Agent. I like these books fine, but they are taking on a sameness because [it is all Jain Tech all the time. (hide spoiler)] I kind of wonder when they will get to the point. Book 4 ends about where Book 3 ended, after introduction of some new characters and a lot of wheel spinning."

They do take some of the same feel on. The Agent Cormac books actually have a stopping point for that arc (at least for now). If you want more Asher you might like The Technician etc. Also, I can't remember, but have you read all of the Transformation trilogy (starts with Dark Intelligence)?

I think Asher mentioned on his site that he's going to dive more into (view spoiler) which I think he does need to resolve somehow. He also has a story out (ACEPHALOUS DREAMS in The Gabble: And Other Stories) which expands a bit on the Csorians, another ancient civilization which could become interesting.


message 15: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6782 comments Mod
I finished listening to Crooked Kingdom and really enjoyed it - ★★★★☆ - (My Review)

I also finally finished Helliconia Spring, but that one not so much - ★★☆☆☆ - (My Review)


message 16: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 2267 comments Finished Provenance (which was great) and, in honor of the season, decided to reread H.P. Lovecraft, beginning with Collected Fiction Volume 1 (1905-1925): A Variorum Edition.


message 17: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) | 1627 comments Almost halfway through Ace of Skulls, the final book of the Tales of the Ketty Jay series. I don't want this to end :((


message 18: by Stephen (last edited Oct 03, 2017 08:57AM) (new)

Stephen Richter (stephenofllongbeach) | 1327 comments October is a great month for short stories collections, Coming out in the next few weeks, The Book of Swords, new stories from Scott Lynch, Robin Hobb and GRRM, Canto Bight all stories based in the casino city of Canto Bight which is featured in the next Star wars movie and From a Certain Point of View another Star Wars book which has a story by Nnedi Okorofor about the monster in the trash compactor, from the creature's point of view, Plus a ton of other writers, including Wil Wheaton !
 


message 19: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) | 1627 comments Stephen wrote: "October is a great month for short stories collections, Coming out in the next few weeks, The Book of Swords, new stories from Scott Lynch, Robin Hobb and GRRM, [book:Canto Bight|35..."

I cant wait for The Book of Swords....for Lynch story especially.

The Star Wars book, is it Disney canon or Legends?


message 20: by David H. (new)

David H. (farrakut) Are they still publishing Legends stories? I thought all the old EU was automatically Legends and everything new is new Disney canon.


message 21: by Stephen (last edited Oct 02, 2017 02:57AM) (new)

Stephen Richter (stephenofllongbeach) | 1327 comments Everything "NEW "now is Disney canon and the people in charge of that aspect of the Empire are doing a bang up job. Besides the names you expect there are some " you got to be kidding me " In Canto Bight you have known Star Wars author John Jackson Miller ( the great book A New Dawn about the first meeting of Kanan and Hera) but Saladin Ahmed and Mira Grant are intriguing choices. From a Certain Point of View gives stories from Pierce Brown, Ken Liu , Meg Cabot, plus a ton of other writers. 40 stories and the book is 496 pages, so snappy stories.


message 22: by Keith (new)

Keith (keithatc) It's October, so...back into dwelling on old horror films with The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936.

The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936 by Jon Towlson


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Brendan (mistershine) | 930 comments Read: To Your Scattered Bodies Go, which I didn't really enjoy. Main character was tremendously self-absorbed, female characters were peripheral and quickly discarded by the narrative, the central mystery was simply not engaging. The version i bought contains the sequel but i don't think i'll be needing it. ★★☆☆☆.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, which also unfortunately didn't work for me. Public domain character fan-fiction just isn't my jam, and neither is the millionth book set in Victorian London. I thought the interjections by other characters would have worked better as footnotes/annotations, since why would a novelist record what she and others are saying out loud as she's writing the story directly onto her manuscript? That would be such a mess. ★★☆☆☆.

Currently reading: The Drowned World, Shards of Honor


message 24: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (johntaloni) | 3948 comments Rick wrote: "They do take some of the same feel on. The Agent Cormac books actually have a stopping point for that arc (at least for now). "

Yeah, it looks like it will resolve in book five, so I will definitely read through that. There's several other Polity books at the library so I'm likely to read those too. At a slow reading point I might even *shudder* PAY to read the others! :)

They've been solid books and have been good insomnia fodder. They flow along nicely. It's just a bit slow for me. This isn't a new complaint, Peter Hamilton can drive me nuts even as I devour his works. The fun as heck "Maggie for Hire" books have a lengthy dull boring storyline about an elf queen. So I find the overall arc development a little slow, but the books are fun enough.


message 25: by Rick (new)

Rick | 2790 comments Checkout some of his short fiction - the stories in The Gabble are good and some of the Spatterjay stuff scratches the Neal Asher itch without being directly about the Polity (same universe but not related to the Cormac or Jain stuff). But yeah, his prose has a style that can slow one down.


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message 27: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 6782 comments Mod
Lariela wrote: "Just started The Thousand Names by Django Wexler."

That's a really good series, especially The Price of Valor and The Guns of Empire


message 28: by Paul (new)

Paul  Perry (pezski) | 490 comments Another month with several group reads:

A Morbid Taste for Bones (and i'm supposed to be leading the discussion, so I really should start it)

Invisible Man

Papillon

Red Sister


Just coming to the end of a re-read of Helliconia Spring, and about two thirds of the way through Lovecraft's Monsters. which is a generally excellent Cthulhu Mythos compilation, but it is edited by the awesome Ellen Datlow


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Paul  Perry (pezski) | 490 comments AndrewP wrote: "I'm going to be reading Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars on my flight to England tomorrow"

This is one of my favourite series! Hope you enjoy the book - and your visit to our fine, if fractured, isle. Where is it you're visiting?


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George Stubock (stubocka) | 13 comments I just finished the Name of the Wind and I could not have enjoyed it more. I love reading about intelligent good people. As cliche as that sounds. There's also something about the way Patrick Rothfuss writes, the words just flow off the page. Looking forward to starting The Wise Man's Fear.

But right now I need something shorter and and not as dense. On to Abomination by Gary Whitta. Confession: I read half of this a year or so ago. Starting over. That twist. It just stays with you.


message 31: by Rick (new)

Rick | 2790 comments So I finished the Fifth Season finally (I was waiting for all 3 to be out) and... zomg. 5 stars, really needs a 6th.

A book I've been waiting for came off hold at the library so I'm of SFF to read A Legacy of Spies. After that, finally, Borne.


message 32: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (nevets) | 1551 comments George wrote: "Looking forward to starting The Wise Man's Fear.

But right now I need something shorter and and not as dense."


Considering even the audio book for that is over 24 hours, you might want to give it a bit, but it is worth the wait. If you do want a shorter Rothfuss story in the same world I also highly recommend The Slow Regard of Silent Things It is all about Auri, and written in a bit of a different style then the main trilogy, but I found it very enjoyable.


message 33: by TRP (last edited Oct 04, 2017 03:58AM) (new)

TRP Watson (trpw) | 201 comments I'm planning a bit of Star Wars fanfic for NaNoWriMo so, on Tom Merritt's (kind of) recommendation, I've been reading Aftermath by Chuck Wendig and Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

I've been finding them a bit unsubtle and even aggressive. I am listening to the audiobooks which have mood music and sound effects which might be the cause of those feelings. Also they're both mostly written in the present tense which a little unfamiliar to me and doesn't feel suitable for quiet interior characterisation.


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Patrick Samphire (patricksamphire) | 3 comments I'm reading The Invisible Library (yes, I'm behind) as well as re-reading Promise of Blood and reading a manuscript for a friend. I already knew I liked Promise of Blood, but I'm really enjoying The Invisible Library too. There's not enough of this light, fun stuff in fantasy (although there's plenty of it in romance and middle grade).


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Trike | 8462 comments Patrick wrote: "I'm reading The Invisible Library (yes, I'm behind) as well as re-reading Promise of Blood and reading a manuscript for a friend. I already knew I liked Promise of Blood, but I'm really enjoying Th..."

I really liked the sequel, too. The third book is definitely on my to-read pile, but I've already read two books that start with B this year.

In a similar vein, I'd recommend Bookburners. It hits the same notes: a secret society of librarians hunting down rare books. It's also light and fun.


message 37: by Kyle (new)

Kyle | 12 comments Hi all! I've been combing these threads for awhile for reading ideas, hopefully I can help others with my reading list.

I just finished A Closed and Common Orbit, Underground Airlines and Angel Catbird, Vol. 1. I also finished Crispin's Model: A Tor.com Original today. That last one is a great choice for an early Halloween read. It definitely makes me look forward to reading more from Max Gladstone.

Currently reading something decidedly non-Sword or Lasery: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor


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Paul  Perry (pezski) | 490 comments Kyle wrote: "Currently reading something decidedly non-Sword or Lasery: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor ."


Groovy.


message 39: by Unionjill (last edited Oct 05, 2017 02:11AM) (new)

Unionjill | 12 comments At the moment I am currently reading From A Certain Point of View which is providing some interesting background to the events of A New Hope - it is just making me want to watch Star Wars again though.

I'm also continuing to reread the Harry Potter books in preparation for a trip to the WB studio tour later this month - currently I'm up to the Goblet of Fire.

And I'm also reading Republic of Thieves as it just came into my local library.


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Ruth | 1041 comments After reading The Way of Kings earlier this year I'm slowly gearing myself up to read Words of Radiance. It's a 48-hour long audiobook... I think I may end up buying the ebook as well so I can Whispersync it and get through it a bit faster! An expensive way of doing things but then it is 4x as long as a normal book so I'll be getting my money's worth.
Ideally I want to read it before Oathbringer comes out in November, although I might need a bit of a break in between.


message 41: by Fredrik (last edited Oct 05, 2017 04:29AM) (new)

Fredrik (fredurix) | 217 comments I've started reading The Vagrant. It's .. good! I think. The writing is evocative, with a vividly described world and nicely understated action. It's told like a travelogue of a lone swordsman carrying a toddler through a world taken over by demonic invasion. So kind of like Warhammer 40K meets The Road? With a hint of Lone Wolf and Cub? And some Mad Max? Yea, that seems about right.


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Phil On The Hill (philonthehillexon) | 238 comments Rob wrote: "Jvyy nalbar ernq guvf? Ebg13 vf cerggl fvzcyr. V'z fgvyy abg n ebobg gubhtu."
Will anyone read this? Rot13 is pretty simple. I'm still not a robot though


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Phil On The Hill (philonthehillexon) | 238 comments Reading Last Days and I must say that it is creeping me out a bit.


message 44: by Louie (new)

Louie (rmutt1914) | 881 comments Kyle wrote: "Currently reading something decidedly non-Sword or Lasery: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor"

I am curious to read his follow up to that, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor.


message 45: by Kyle (new)

Kyle | 12 comments Louie wrote: "Kyle wrote: "Currently reading something decidedly non-Sword or Lasery: If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor"

I am curious to read his follow up to that, [book:Hail to the Chin: Fur..."


I had no idea there was a sequel out, Louie! Thanks for pointing that out. I'm curious about that one as well. I really like Bruce Campbell so I'll stick it out on the current read but it's getting to be a bit of a slog. Definitely only recommended for fans of Bruce Campbell.


message 46: by Keith (new)

Keith (keithatc) This one has been a long time coming: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


message 47: by Rick (new)

Rick | 2790 comments Keith wrote: "This one has been a long time coming: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson"


Sounds interesting but... $13. 160 pages. Uh... no.


message 48: by Colin (new)

Colin Forbes (colinforbes) | 493 comments Finished up Charles Stross's The Delirium Brief. Good storytelling as always. The political machinations are horribly believable even if the extra-dimensional horrors are thankfully fictional. Nice to return to Bob Howard's PoV after a few books based around other characters.

Having finished off this month's title already, I looked at what was un-listened-to in my Audible library and came up with Ringworld, one I've been meaning to try for ages.


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Robin Hobb | 30 comments Excellent choice!
I bought a copy recently for my grand-daughter. It is good on so many levels. Mystery, creepy story, sister story, old house tale. I will always love this one.Keith wrote: "This one has been a long time coming: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson"


Keith wrote: "This one has been a long time coming: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson"



message 50: by Scott (new)

Scott (dodger1379) | 125 comments It’s the month for classics as I am currently reading Firestarter by Stephen King and Foundation by Asimov.


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