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message 1: by Candiss (new)

Candiss (tantara) | 1207 comments Please tell us what you are reading, or plan to read, in November.


message 2: by Jim (new)

Jim Mcclanahan (clovis-man) | 480 comments Currently wading through The Windup Girl and also re-reading Atta The Brain Stealers by Francis Rufus Bellamy. The latter is the front part of an Ace double which I read when I was about twelve. Fun to go over it again. I may have to read the Leinster also. :)


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Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
I just finished Wonders of the Invisible World, a collection of short stories by Patricia McKillip. I'd never read any of her short fiction before, and it's just lovely, though I still think I prefer her novels.

Still in a short story kind of mood, so I'm reading the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, which I'd downloaded for free when it was released - these are all of the pieces by new authors that were eligible for the 2014 Campbell awards. Seemed like a cool way to see who the up-and-coming writers are.


Michelle {Book Hangovers} (bookhangoverz) I'll be participating in the BOTM with Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1) by China Miéville because I just love China Miéville

And today I just started reading Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll by Jonathan Carroll becauseNeil Gaiman wrote an awesome review recommending it.


message 6: by Ken (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) Was planning to read The Earl of Brass, and put it on my schedule, but since I'm in the editing phase of my current work-in-progress, I'll be reading mostly that. Should be able to get back to my regular reading later this month.


message 7: by Tani (new)

Tani | 132 comments I'm having a bit of book ADD right now, but Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs has been doing a pretty good job of holding my attention. Her urban fantasy/paranormal romance is some of my absolute favorite.


message 8: by Rotuma (new)

Rotuma | 3 comments I am currently reading Greg Bear's The Way Trilogy. I am half-way through Eon.

Once I finish this Trilogy, I will start David Brin's Uplift Series.


message 9: by Helen (new)

Helen I finished The Dark Tower and now I'm on A Shadow in Summer, which is brilliant.


message 10: by Ken (last edited Nov 08, 2014 06:07PM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments Finished Zealot, the "Historical" Jesus Christ book. Interesting. There is some stuff I never heard off. Book suffers from historical documents not existing. A lot of the information in the book is a sort or read between the lines
Good read anyway

Started Burning Paradise


message 11: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
Rotuma wrote: "I am currently reading Greg Bear's The Way Trilogy. I am half-way through Eon.

Once I finish this Trilogy, I will start David Brin's Uplift Series."


You have some good reading on tap!


message 13: by Tani (new)

Tani | 132 comments Lindsey, I loved Ready Player One! How are you liking it so far?

I'm back to focusing on Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith, which I'm enjoying, but which has been requiring so much focus that I'm struggling to get through it.


message 14: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey | 382 comments Tani wrote: "Lindsey, I loved Ready Player One! How are you liking it so far?"

Not sure. It's a cool premise and I love all the geeky trivia, although the other pop culture references aren't really resonating with me. I'm incredulous that a teenager could know this much about a decade he didn't live through (which, admittedly, I only partially did, so maybe I'm just too young to appreciate it?). Plus, I'm getting a slight misogyny vibe (of an ignorant, not malicious, quality) which always throws me out of suspension of disbelief.

Which was probably way more than you asked for!


message 15: by Dawn (new)

Dawn (dawnv) Finally reading Ender's Game my son has been asking me to read it for sometime and I am really enjoying it! Poor kid.


message 16: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments I finished Burning Paradise. Very good. Enjoyed it a lot.

Started on a Rebus mystery
Resurrection Men


message 17: by Tani (new)

Tani | 132 comments Lindsey wrote: Not sure. It's a cool premise and I love all the geeky trivia, although the other pop culture references aren't rea..."

Oooh, I forgot about the misogyny. Yeah, I definitely felt that too. That was definitely my least favorite part of that one.

I have to admit, I know almost nothing of the '80s, having been born in the latter half of that decade, so I didn't really know a lot of what he was talking about on my own, but I did get some good discussions with my fiancee, who knew every game that was featured. And I was such an obsessive fangirl type as a teenager that I could totally understand how he knew so much.

But of course, that's the great thing about books! Everyone's experience is so different that it makes it almost as interesting to talk about the books as it is to read them. :)


message 18: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
I've just started The Children of the Sky, sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep. So glad our BOTM pushed me to read the Zones of Thought books.


message 19: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments Let me know what you think sbout Children
I was rather unimpressed with that one.


message 20: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
My son took an exceptionally long nap this afternoon and I had the luxury of reading through Hawk in one sitting!


message 21: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Bergeron (scifi_jon) | 4 comments I just finished reading Slaughterhouse-Five. What an amazing book. Kicking myself that it took me so long to read it.


message 22: by Sumant (new)

Sumant I am done with first book in first law and here is my review.


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

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
Shel wrote: "My son took an exceptionally long nap this afternoon and I had the luxury of reading through Hawk in one sitting!"

What a treat for you! How was the book?


message 24: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
Kathi wrote: "Shel wrote: "My son took an exceptionally long nap this afternoon and I had the luxury of reading through Hawk in one sitting!"

What a treat for you! How was the book?"


Vlad is back in fine form! Return to Adrilankha and lots of revisiting old friends, and a fiendishly clever scheme as always :) One of the better ones, I think!


message 25: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (last edited Nov 17, 2014 08:48AM) (new)

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
Shel wrote: "Vlad is back in fine form! Return to Adrilankha and lots of revisiting old friends, and a fiendishly clever scheme as always :) One of the better ones, I think! "

Oohh, can't wait. Well, I may have to wait till after the holidays. I'm trying to not buy new books till then, although I broke down and finally ordered Initiate's Trial when I was ordering CDs for my sister for the holidays. It just kind of snuck into the order. ;)


message 26: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
Funny how that happens, LOL!


message 27: by Chris (new)

Chris Dietzel (chrisdietzel) | 72 comments Jonathan wrote: "I just finished reading Slaughterhouse-Five. What an amazing book. Kicking myself that it took me so long to read it."


That's exactly how I felt after reading it the first time. I then went on a very long Vonnegut binge. You might want to check out Cat's Cradle as well.


message 28: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
I'm reading Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, YA fiction (not spec fic). I can't even remember where I read about it or who recommended it to me, but it grabbed my interest enough to request it from the library and my digital loan just came in. So far it's been a quick read, I started it Monday and I'm a little more than halfway through.


message 29: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments Finished Resurrection Men, another good book.
Started on The Bear and the Dragon
Been watching some Spy TV shows lately and feel
like reading it to.


message 30: by Christine (new)

Christine | 604 comments I just finished Fool's Assassin and all I can say is "wow!!". Robin Hobb writes a great story. I really like the way she puts reminders in to story to help you recall previous books (unlike Lev Grossman who just presumes you remember the previous books which you read a year ago). Now I'll start on Annihilation


message 31: by Deedee (new)

Deedee | 136 comments I've been reading The Lies of Locke Lamora during the month of November. I shall finish soon.


message 32: by Kurt (new)

Kurt Rocourt (krocourt) | 38 comments I'm reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. I will rewatch Blade Runner afterward to see what was different from the book. After that is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams I might not watch that movie. Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughan will be after that.


message 33: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments Kurt wrote: "I'm reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. I will rewatch Blade Runner afterward to see what was different from the book...."

It's almost totally different. I read it when I saw the movie in the 80's and I didnt recogise it.


message 34: by Sumant (new)

Sumant I am done with Prince of thorns from broken empire trilogy and here is my review. I really hated this book.


message 35: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
I finished Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands and liked but didn't love it (mild spoiler)... (view spoiler)

Now I'm reading some nonfiction, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, which I'm just loving. Mary Roach is a fantastic popular science writer.


message 36: by Tani (new)

Tani | 132 comments Christine wrote: "I just finished Fool's Assassin and all I can say is "wow!!". Robin Hobb writes a great story. I really like the way she puts reminders in to story to help you recall previous books..."

I'm so glad to hear that! I was very excited to hear about it, but I've been hesitant to read it because it's been so incredibly long since I read the previous books!


message 37: by Rotuma (new)

Rotuma | 3 comments I have just started Eternity by Greg bear.

Eternity by Greg Bear


message 38: by Tani (new)

Tani | 132 comments Just finished Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith. I struggled mightily with this one, but it was worth it. There was some amazing world-building! I do wonder if I might have had an easier time if I'd read the Inda books prior, though.

I am now going back to Migration by Julie E. Czerneda, which I put aside back in September. Quite a belated return!


message 39: by Richard (new)

Richard | 3 comments I just finished the first book Age of the Seer: Epic of Ahiram -- Book One in a new series the "Epic of Ahiram". I am enthralled and cannot wait for the next book. I am glad I did not wait for the give away to read this.


message 40: by Christine (new)

Christine | 604 comments I just finished Annihilation; I did not like this book but will give it 2 stars since I did finish reading it. I have no desire to read the next two volumes (why didn't the author publish this with all three books in one volume???). Next up is The Last Policeman


message 41: by Deedee (last edited Nov 23, 2014 07:39PM) (new)

Deedee | 136 comments Christine wrote: "I just finished Annihilation; I did not like this book but will give it 2 stars since I did finish reading it. I have no desire to read the next two volumes (why didn't the author publish this with all three books in one volume???). Next up is The Last Policeman"

Agree with you Christine on Annihilation. I gave it 1 star even though I finished it. I really liked The Last Policeman, so Enjoy!

I've finished The Lies of Locke Lamora. I gave it 5 stars, really 4.5 stars. I'll read the sequel sometime.

I'm thinking about starting Heart of Iron. I've had this book here for awhile. Now that I know better who the Decembrists were in *real life*, I can appreciate an alternate history where they won their confrontation. (In real life, the "Decembrists" wound up in Siberia.)


message 42: by Ken (last edited Nov 26, 2014 12:58PM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments Well I tossed Clancy's The Bear and the Dragon. Third time I have tried to read it and could not finish it
The book was written so smuggly. I couldnt take it any more.

I am starting Existence


message 43: by Tani (new)

Tani | 132 comments I finished up Migration by Julie E. Czerneda today, and started right in on the final book in the series, Regeneration. The other books have had slow starts, so I'm hoping to avoid that by keeping myself firmly in the story. Also, I am quite eager to see how the story ends. It's been a fun ride. :)


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