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message 1: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
Please let us know what you're reading this month!


message 2: by Anomander (new)

Anomander | 34 comments Started reading Greg Egan's first SF novel, Quarantine.


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message 4: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronbacardi) | 302 comments Started reading EVE: The Empyrean Age, Tony Gonzalez's first novel. I didn't realize until reading the acknowledgments that it's a book based on a MMPORG from Iceland called Eve. Even as stand-alone space opera, it starts out well.


message 5: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 2986 comments Mod
Peregrine wrote: "Finished reading Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy; started Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman."

Ooh, I liked Neverwhere a lot! Hope you do, too.

I'm reading Memory for our Miles' series readathon, then Pulse by Jeremy Robinson, a book I got through FirstReads several months ago that I haven't yet read and reviewed. Time to get at it!!


message 6: by Jon (last edited Mar 02, 2010 08:35AM) (new)

Jon (jonmoss) | 626 comments I'm currently enjoying Miles in Love by Lois McMaster Bujold.

The other handful of books for March include:

This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman Breath and Bone by Carol Berg The Red Wolf Conspiracy (Chathrand Voyages, #1) by Robert V.S. Redick The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) by Laurie R. King Same Kind of Different As Me A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall

I update my current-month shelf after I finish reading each book so its contents change frequently.


message 7: by Bookbrow (last edited Mar 02, 2010 12:15PM) (new)

Bookbrow | 93 comments Kathi wrote: "Peregrine wrote: "Finished reading Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy; started Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman."

Ooh, I liked Neverwhe..."



I have Neverwhere in the shelf, good to hear that it is fine, as is expected by Gaiman. I am enjoying Soccernomics (non-genre book by Simon Kuper)and The Iron Dragon's Daughter by Michael Swanwick I am about to crack the Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb Then I am onto I Am Legend by Richard Matheson I am looking forward to these reads this month.


message 8: by Christine (new)

Christine | 585 comments I found I couldn't stop thinking about Hidden Warrior which was sitting on my shelf and finally abandoned The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I'm really enjoying HW and have this month's two books on my bookshelf as well.


message 9: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 338 comments I'm reading Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, a short story anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction. So far, all the stories have been very good. I just finished the Octavia Butler selection and it made me cry.

I heard an interview with Carrie Vaughn on the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast from Tor and was interested enough to download the audiobook of Kitty and the Midnight Hour. I was trying to listen to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and I would have thrown it out the window if it had been a dead-tree book. This was my second attempt to listen to this book. I got further this time, but it was still boring and it gets more annoying as it goes along. Thank goodness I didn't pay money for it. (It was a giveaway from iTunes last year.)


message 10: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) Those Kitty books are great, Sandi. I've read the first 5 so far...


message 11: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 338 comments Chris wrote: "Those Kitty books are great, Sandi. I've read the first 5 so far..."

I am really enjoying reading The Dresden Files books and this sounds like it's along the same lines. I just hope Vaughn doesn't get too racy.


message 12: by Laurel (new)

Laurel I love March - its the month I often get the most reading done, outside of summer holidays. Here is my wishlist!

Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington, #5) by David Weber Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington, #6) by David Weber American Gods by Neil Gaiman To Ride Hell's Chasm by Janny Wurts Children of God (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Mary Doria Russell Eon (The Way, #1) by Greg Bear Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga, #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon


message 13: by Chris (new)

Chris  (haughtc) Sandi wrote: "Chris wrote: "Those Kitty books are great, Sandi. I've read the first 5 so far..."

I am really enjoying reading The Dresden Files books and this sounds like it's along the same lines. I just hope Vaughn doesn't get too racy. ..."


I think you'll be pleased....


message 14: by Marty (last edited Mar 02, 2010 09:03PM) (new)

Marty (martyjm) | 310 comments besides the two for this group I am also reading Worlds of Weber and nonfictionThe Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed. very slowly on that last one. I will have to get through some of these before I pick what to read next but I am going to see if I have the next Miles entry on my shelf....


message 15: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
I just started Petrodor by Joel Shepherd last night and am loving it so far. I enjoyed the first book in this series, Sasha - and think I may nominate this one for Book of the Month here, next time we take nominations.


message 16: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (sleo) | 1141 comments Bookbrow wrote: "Kathi wrote: "Peregrine wrote: "Finished reading Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy; started Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman."

Ooh, I li..."


I just finished Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy and absolutely loved it! Hope you enjoy Assassin's Apprentice!


message 17: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 338 comments Chris wrote: "I think you'll be pleased."

I'm halfway through listening to Kitty and the Midnight Hour and I'm loving it. I really like the way she describes the change from human to wolf.


colleen the convivial curmudgeon (blackrose13) I'm currently reading Dark Lady's Chosen (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #4). After this I'm planning on starting either Boneshaker or Desperation.


message 19: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1346 comments Marty wrote: " nonfiction[book:The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Nev..."

Thats funny, watching public TV and they had a documentary about the history of Math and they talked about this "group" Interesting


message 20: by Marty (new)

Marty (martyjm) | 310 comments Ken, I wish I had seen that. I'll keep an eye out for a rerun.....


message 21: by Jim (last edited Mar 06, 2010 08:40PM) (new)

Jim Shannon (envaneo) | 37 comments I'm currently reading Karen Traviss's City of Pearl and later if this doesn't pick up I'll be reading L.E. Modesittt Jr's The Eternity Artifact During the 2nd half of the month

Actually Pearl is picking up a bit more after all


message 22: by Ken (last edited Mar 04, 2010 03:18PM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1346 comments Marty
Here is a Link for the BBC website


The Story of Maths

Its not a big part of the epiode there is a 5 min or more about it. Believe it was the final episode


message 23: by Jim (new)

Jim Shannon (envaneo) | 37 comments @ Sandi-- Are the Kitty books on audio book format now?


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message 25: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 338 comments Jim wrote: "@ Sandi-- Are the Kitty books on audio book format now?"

Yes, they are. I downloaded the first one from Audible. I think it was produced in 2009.


message 26: by Jim (new)

Jim Shannon (envaneo) | 37 comments Sandi, just curious: What is the running time of these audio books?


message 27: by Christine (new)

Christine (chrisarrow) Chris wrote: "Those Kitty books are great, Sandi. I've read the first 5 so far..."

I'll second that assessment of the Kitty books. They're good because they are nothing more than what they are advertised as.


message 28: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (sleo) | 1141 comments Jim wrote: "Sandi, just curious: What is the running time of these audio books?"

I just put one in my shopping cart at Audible. They average 8 hrs.


message 29: by Marty (new)

Marty (martyjm) | 310 comments Ken wrote: "Marty
Here is a Link for the BBC website


Thanks!


message 30: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
I finished Petrodor by Joel Shepherd and enjoyed it very much. A great sequel to Sasha - this is turning out to be a great series.

Next up I'm finally getting to Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay - very exciting!


message 31: by Jim (new)

Jim Shannon (envaneo) | 37 comments Thanks


message 32: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2040 comments Mod
I just finished The Unicorn Hunt, which was as brilliant as I expected it to be. I am dying to get back to the Miles books but I've got one a memoir to read for my book club first (The Glass Castle)

Stefan, I am VERY jealous that you have your hands on Under Heaven already! Is it an ARC?


message 33: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
Yes, I was lucky enough to get an ARC through FanLit. I'll also be interviewing Kay for the site in the next few weeks, together with another reviewer for that site. I'll post a link here once the interview is up.


message 34: by Anton (new)

Anton (genrebending) Filling up some holes in my classic sci-fi education, reading Joe Haldeman's The Forever War.


message 35: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronbacardi) | 302 comments I started John Barnes's Orbital Resonance today, and am about halfway through it. It reminds me of "Podkayne of Mars", but even more of Alexei Panshin's fine book Rite of Passage. I am starting to think that phrases like "heir-apparent" or "successor to Heinlein" are not always meant as compliments.... Still, it's fast-moving and full of angst; decent fluff. Maybe I should have reread the Panshin instead.


message 36: by Ken (last edited Mar 09, 2010 12:55PM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1346 comments I was at my favorite bookshop on Friday last and they had to pull the arc of the shelf and rub it in. She was planning on reading as soon as she could. It will only be another 3 weeks till it comes out in Canada, I can wait


message 37: by Kerry (new)

Kerry (rocalisa) | 486 comments I finished Blackout and really enjoyed it. It did end on a cliffhanger, so now I'm waiting for All Clear to come out in October.

For a lighter, quicker read, I'm now zipping through Fantasy in Death. I'm not sure what will be next. I'm hoping to have Shalador's Lady arrive on my doorstep by the end of the week.


message 38: by Anomander (new)

Anomander | 34 comments Finished Quarantine and Permutation City, two novels by Australian sci-fi author Greg Egan. I felt that they both start out strong but get weaker in the second half.

Just read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms which is well written and is getting rave reviews but personally the story didn't grab me.

Starting out on Ash by Mary Gentle.


message 39: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (sleo) | 1141 comments It looks pretty good, though. I put it on my 'to read' list along with 100,000 other books, lol.


message 40: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 2986 comments Mod
Anomander wrote: "Starting out on Ash by Mary Gentle."

I liked the Ash books a lot and I bought a bunch of other Mary Gentle books that I have yet to read. To me, the Ash books are genre-bending, not fitting neatly into any specific category.


message 41: by DivaDiane (new)

DivaDiane | 169 comments I'm just getting back into reading after a 6 month hiatus (my son was born 5 months ago!). I had started Janny Wurts' To Ride Hell's Chasm just before and am now jumping back in. I'm so looking forward to it. It feels like I've been standing at the edge of a lake for 6 months not getting to imbibe!

I loved the Farseer Trilogy, the especially the LiveShip Trilogy and the Tawny Man Trilogy by Hobb. Didn't so much enjoy the Soldier Son Tril, though. My husband and I are reading The Dragon Keeper out loud to each other.


message 42: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
Congratulations, Diane - and welcome back! :)


message 43: by Ken (last edited Mar 12, 2010 06:59PM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1346 comments Anomander wrote: "Starting out on Ash by Mary Gentle. "

One of my all time favorite fantasy books
Absolutely loved the book. There is a kinda sequel, takes place in the same world Ilario: The Lion's Eye


message 44: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 2986 comments Mod
Ken wrote: "There is a kinda sequel, takes place in the same world Ilario: The Lion's Eye."

And another Iliaro book, too--Ilario: The Stone Golem: A Story of the First History, Book Two


message 45: by Kerry (new)

Kerry (rocalisa) | 486 comments I've just started Shalador's Lady by anne Bishop and I'm loving being back with this characters and in this world.


message 46: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 338 comments Genre-wise, I just finished Tim Power's Three Days to Never. It was much more accessible than Declare or The Anubis Gates, but just as weird.

I've started Boneshaker and I'm going to highly recommend that everyone read it for next month's discussion. It's a blend of science fiction, fantasy, Western, and post-apocalyptic fiction. It's really, really good so far. I'm a bit over halfway through it.


message 47: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2040 comments Mod
I finished The Glass Castle (a memoir) for my book club and really enjoyed it, and now I'm back to SF with Miles, Mystery & Mayhem.


message 48: by Ken (last edited Mar 14, 2010 09:53AM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1346 comments I finished City of Night: A Novel of The House War and enjoyed it immensely.

Started on The Lost Symbol I have grave grave concerns about it but I liked the ideas behind DaVinici, so here is hoping.


message 49: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1346 comments Kathi wrote: "And another Iliaro book, too--Ilario: The Stone Golem: A Story of the First History, Book Two"

Its the same book, In the US it was split up of 3 or 4 books, In UK and Canada they were one book. The Lions Eye


message 50: by Jim (new)

Jim Shannon (envaneo) | 37 comments Update, I'm about to finnish reading "City of Pearl" and willl be reading "Crossing the Line" book 2 of the Wess'har series. I might even read a anthology in there some where as well.


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