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message 1: by Pam (last edited Apr 29, 2018 06:32AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments As with the last 3 years, I'll be doing an 'official' Goodreads challenge for an arbitrary number of reads ... and will, if I reach that target, just carry on as I am trying to read and get rid of (to charity shop) a lot of physical books to generally declutter.

Didn't do so well on 2017 as by end November I was 31 books behind. I don't know why I managed 150 in 2016 when doing the GR challenge to read 100. Thought I would easily do it again but I think having to re-read my own novel several times as part of the editing process impacted my other reading

Here's the first of 2018 - The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. Reading what others have said, I seem to be in a minority in being underwhelmed by this book - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2241030811.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Should have said by way of an introduction that having fallen 35 books short of my 150 book 2017 target, I've decided on a more modest 100 books for this year's challenge.


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I've heard good things about that as well. Interesting to read your thoughts. The things you have put as negatives would annoy me as well so I think I'll give that one a miss for now


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Finished a science fiction novel yesterday which I'd mean to get round to for years, having read the first chapter as a Nebula award winning novella: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre. Review follows - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1367354168.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read the next 2 books in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence - The Dark Is Rising - review here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1397626371 and Greenwitch - review here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2271955168.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments A catchup on three recent reads:

book 4 in Susan Cooper's 'The Dark is Rising' series, The Grey King - review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1398214675.

John Gordon's Skinners - reviewed: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286677865.

Daphne DuMaurier's The King's General - review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286690965.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments And another catchup on 2 crime novels -

the first historical, set in Cromwell's Commonwealth by S G MacLean - The Seeker - review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286720286.

and Val McDermid's - Fever of the Bone - review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2293439001.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read another Val McDermid but was even less impressed than with the last one - Trick of the Dark - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2299322215.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read a short story collection by Joan Aiken, A Touch of Chill and posted a review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286721341.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Also read Val McDermid's The Skeleton Road and posted review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2299321398.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Now read a Richard Bachman aka Stephen King - The Regulators and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2304068044.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read a short work by Stephen Baxter which is a follow up to H G Wells' War of the Worlds and apparently a prequel to Baxter's own novel-length sequel - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2319711846.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read a short story collection Amazons edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2337053129.


message 17: by Pam (last edited Apr 11, 2018 03:51PM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Big catchup:

A re-read of Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus which I reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1414020222.

Then read a self published book which I really enjoyed but can't add it to GR as it has no ISBN.

Then a "biography" which I wasn't keen on - 1963: A Slice of Bread and Jam: One boy’s year of adventure, crippling poverty, abuse and an encounter with The Moors Murderers by Tommy Rhattigan and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2352912628.

Then read a very enjoyable humour-horror read for Star Trek fans by Kevin Anderson - Night of the Living Trekkies - reviewed here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2338197844.

Then a John Gordon novel, The Ghosts Of Blacklode and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2358173551.

And a Cabbalistic and futuristic fantasy by Liz Williams, The Poison Master, reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2358348975.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Just finished a Ramsey Campbell short story collection, Dark Feasts: The World of Ramsey Campbell and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2358402880.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read the sequel to Rider at the Gate by C J Cherry - Cloud's Rider and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2228499001.

Also read: Fox's Earth by Anne Rivers Siddons, and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2370498624.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read a couple more:

The House on Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell, reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2376656367
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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2376683257


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read Eclipse by Margaret Tabor - nothing about an eclipse, but more an alternative universe tale - and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2378838777.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Catching up on some May reads - Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge - reviewed here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2379070372.


message 26: by Pam (last edited May 13, 2018 05:24AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2389312087.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read Louise Cooper's The King's Demon and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read Waking Nightmares by Ramsey Campbell and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2394463640.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Just read The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2394487674.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read Grave Concerns, book 2 in the Drew Slocombe cosy crime series by Rebecca Tope, and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2409077080.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Reading a fantasy trilogy by R A MacAvoy. So far read books 1 and 2: Damiano - reviewed https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1381969927 and Damiano's Lute - reviewed https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1381970298.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Completed the R A MacAvoy trilogy with Raphael and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1381970361.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Re-read book 1 of Mary Renault's two book series based on the myth of Theseus - The King Must Die: A Novel - and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2423816387.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read book 2 of Mary Renault's Theseus series - The Bull from the Sea - and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2431484129.


message 42: by Pam (last edited Jun 24, 2018 05:03AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read book 1 of Tanith Lee's Secret Books of Paradys - The Book of the Damned and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2432456016.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read book 2 of Tanith Lee's 'The Secret Books of Paradys' - The Book of the Beast- and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2432456637.


message 44: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read two very different books:

Memory by Margaret Mahy, review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2437971448

The Exile Waiting by Vonda McIntyre, review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2437987231.


message 45: by Pam (last edited Jul 01, 2018 05:10AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read a short story collection - Mango Shake edited by Debjani Chatterjee and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2439123382.

Then did a retrospective review of volume 1 of a Louise Cooper YA trilogy, as I've just read volume 2 - Daughter Of Storms and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2441623871.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read volume 2 of the Louise Cooper YA trilogy - The Dark Caller and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2441623301.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read volume 3 of the Louise Cooper YA trilogy - Keepers Of Light and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2441657359.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Finished Traveling with the Dead by Barbara Hambly and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1406034683.


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Pam Baddeley | 1294 comments Read Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1725519485.


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Greg | 7485 comments Mod
Pam wrote: "Re-read book 1 of Mary Renault's two book series based on the myth of Theseus - The King Must Die: A Novel - and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...."

Good to see you liked this Pam - I bought a copy and hope to read it soon!


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