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message 1: by Nick (new)

Nick (doily) | 975 comments Please let us in on what you are reading in June 2018!


message 2: by Jim (new)

Jim Mcclanahan (clovis-man) | 485 comments Just finished Project Barrier by Daniel F. Galouye. A nearly forgotten SF author. He received the Cordwainer Smith award for notable deceased writers. His imagination and story telling skills were impressive.


message 3: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) The Moon and the Other. Highly interesting societal experiment on the moon. Loving the worldbuilding so far.


message 4: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3364 comments Mod
I just finished Stone of Tears for a different group’s discussion, and hope to start Semiosis for our group read this weekend. After that, it will be The Bone Doll's Twin for another group’s discussion and probably one of the novellas of The Expanse.


message 7: by Random (new)

Random (rand0m1s) | 899 comments Finsihed Artemis
Starting Semiosis today.


message 8: by Mary (new)


message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim Mcclanahan (clovis-man) | 485 comments Continuing with Tales of Dying Earth and finishing The Star Seekers by Milton Lesser. The latter is one of the 1950s Winston SF novels for young readers. I loved them when I was a kid. Embarking on my second childhood.


message 10: by Bill (new)

Bill Burris (wburris) Last month I finished Foundation and Foundation and Empire. This month I have been reading Second Foundation and should be finished tomorrow.

Actually I am reading this version: The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3) by Isaac Asimov , which I got in the late 70s. This is at least my 3rd read. Its amazing how little I remember of the book 20 years after my previous read. Its wore out and missing the cover, so due for the recycle bin after this read. I also have this version: Foundation / Foundation and Empire / Second Foundation / The Stars, Like Dust / The Naked Sun / I, Robot by Isaac Asimov , in case I decide to read the trilogy again.

Next on my list is Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth.


message 11: by Ken (last edited Jun 07, 2018 11:12AM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1367 comments Finally finished The Illearth War, the second Covenant book. Can't say I liked this one too much. Nothing really happened, at least Covenant wise.

Started Captain Vorpatril's Alliance


message 12: by Christine (new)

Christine | 620 comments I just finished The Girl in the Tower which I greatly enjoyed; I especially like a trilogy which has a satisfying ending even though there is a third volume to come. Now starting Semiosis


message 13: by Bill (new)

Bill Burris (wburris) I finished The Foundation Trilogy and Foundation's Edge.

I am now reading A Deepness in the Sky.

I still have one more Foundation book: Foundation and Earth, to read in the near future.


message 14: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3364 comments Mod
Bill wrote: "I am now reading A Deepness in the Sky.."

Ooh, I really liked that book. Interested to see what you think!


message 15: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3364 comments Mod
I’ve read:
The Bone Doll's Twin, 9/10, excellent! Excited to read the next 2 books in this trilogy.
Passage to Dawn, 5/10, so-so. The Drizzt books are getting ridiculous, IMO.
Not Less Than Gods, 8/10, Edward Alton-Bell’s more thorough backstory.
The Ship Errant, 6/10, OK, but less captivating than I had hoped.
The Vital Abyss (8/10) and Strange Dogs (4/10), novellas of The Expanse. Obviously, I liked one far better than the other!
Currently out of genre with The Golden Horn, book one of The Last Viking trilogy.


message 16: by Ken (last edited Jun 18, 2018 06:38PM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1367 comments Finished Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, it was ok. Liked Ivan but I am pretty much convinced that Bujold cannot write a romance if her life depended on it

After the sad news abut Anthony Bourdain I am now reading
A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal


message 17: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1367 comments Kathi wrote: "I’ve read:
The Bone Doll's Twin, 9/10, excellent! Excited to read the next 2 books in this trilogy."

Havent got around to reading this but I really enjoyed Lynn Flewelings stuff


message 19: by Silvana (last edited Jun 20, 2018 07:09PM) (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) Guardians of the Whills - my second junior Star Wars novel, new canon. So far I feel like it serves better as a double episode in SW Rebels.

Also in the middle of reading all Hugo nominated novelettes. A Series of Steaks is fantastic.


message 20: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) Kathi wrote: "Bill wrote: "I am now reading A Deepness in the Sky.."

Ooh, I really liked that book. Interested to see what you think!"


Count me in. I am still considering to continue with the series or not.


message 21: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2387 comments Mod
I'm in end-of-school-year-crunch mode, which usually finds me re-reading old favorites and this year is no different. I'm currently revisiting Valdemar with Winds of Fate.


message 22: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1367 comments Silvana wrote: "Count me in. I am still considering to continue with the series or not"

All three books are different, Deepness is a prequel and its good, the last book he published The Children of the Sky is the weakest of the three. It takes place after the events of Fire and it felt to me at the time that it was part of a larger story, good but felt there should of been more


message 23: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3364 comments Mod
Regarding Vernor Vinge’s Zones of Thought series, I loved the first two, although A Fire Upon the Deep was more challenging for me to understand. I gave 5 stars to it and A Deepness in the Sky, and 4 to the third book, The Children of the Sky. My review of the third book stated: “A slow start and some convoluted story-telling with an unsatisfying ending, but so many wonderful concepts and some unique characters.”


message 24: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) thank you, Ken and Kathi. I will still consider continuing then.


message 25: by Random (new)

Random (rand0m1s) | 899 comments Finished Semiosis last night. I'm starting All Systems Red a little early as my schedule is making it difficult to keep up with the group.

Vacation 2nd week of July. I'm going to try to get caught up on my text books in my queue which have been suffering. Well ok, I'm hoping to at least. :D


message 26: by Christine (new)

Christine | 620 comments Now on vacation with lots of waiting in airport time, I finished All Systems Red which I enjoyed; now reading Bandwidth


message 27: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (last edited Jun 23, 2018 07:01AM) (new)

Kathi | 3364 comments Mod
I finished The Golden Horn by Poul Anderson, 6/10. I have loved many of his books, but this was so-so. Then I read The Silent Blade by R.A. Salvatore, one of the better Drizzt books, 7/10. Last night I finished The Ship Avenged by S.M. Stirling, 6/10, a good adventure but I found it hard to care about most of the characters and their fate. My favorite was the ship’s computer/AI, Rand.

Since I will be on vacation for 2 weeks next month, with intermittent online access and reading time limited to airports and airplanes, I think I will get a jump on the books I am reading for various discussions in July: for a different Goodreads group: Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind and Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling; and for this group, A Discovery of Witches, All Systems Red, and a reread of Assassin's Apprentice.


message 30: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) The Menace from Earth, and Other Stories doesn't have as many good stories as The Green Hills of Earth, but a few make the rest worth it. I particularly like the title story. Still, I only gave it a 3 star review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 31: by Sue (new)

Sue Burke (sueburke) | 9 comments I'm reading all the Hugo-nominated short fiction. I haven't loved every story for one reason or another, but they're all worth reading.


message 33: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) Finished with Autonomous by Annalee Newitz which everyone must read.

Starting The Scar by China Mieville.


message 35: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1367 comments Silvana wrote: "

Starting The Scar by China Mieville."


ooooh You are in for a treat, very unusual and good book


message 36: by Bill (new)

Bill Burris (wburris) I am enjoying A Deepness in the Sky very much. I am half way and I am thinking I will give it 5 stars.

I am reading this one before A Fire Upon the Deep, because some of my friends are reading it now.


message 37: by Sue (new)

Sue Burke (sueburke) | 9 comments Bill wrote: "I am enjoying A Deepness in the Sky very much. I am half way and I am thinking I will give it 5 stars.

Fully worth 5 stars!


message 38: by Ken (last edited Jul 03, 2018 08:01AM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1367 comments Finished A Cook's Tour, not bad, sort of faded away at the end, I think he was tired of the cameras and always having to be on.
BTW, with hindsight as your guide you can see the darkness in him that eventually took him

Started, well almost done All Systems Red

I liked the book so I went looking for the rest, and for Novella's they are expensive


message 39: by Random (new)

Random (rand0m1s) | 899 comments Ken wrote: "Started, well almost done All Systems Red

I liked the book so I went looking for the rest, and for Novella's they are expensive ."


Seriously. On the ebook side it was $3 for the first, $10 for the rest. For around 150 pages. I don't care how good it is, it isn't going to happen.

Maybe if the prices eventually fall.


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