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message 1: by Veronica, Supreme Sword (new)

Veronica Belmont (veronicabelmont) | 1680 comments Mod
Right now, I'm reading Best Served Cold, Shadow & Claw, Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food.

I wanted to get started on The Heroes, but I wanted to read the other standalone novel first to get all the references (ironic, no?).


message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul Kelly (ptekelly) | 206 comments Hi

Mindstar Rising
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

But I need to now reread Good Omens as I was away for a while and missed the read along :)


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message 4: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (seanohara) | 2365 comments My Audible account just rolled over, so let's see what I'm going to pick up.... Ooo, they have novels by Amber Benson. I loved her on Buffy. I'm still pissed at Joss for killing Tara. So looks like I'm reading Death's Daughter.


message 5: by Brian (new)

Brian (maeglin73) | 20 comments Equal Rites, at least at the moment. Not sure what I'll be reading later in the month, though. Daemon, perhaps?


message 6: by Keith (new)

Keith Kelly (nedkelly) | 79 comments Picking up The Wise Man's Fear asap and getting stuck in! :)


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Probably read through the entire Nightside series by Simon R. Green.

And, since I'm an idiot and never pay attention to release dates, I'll be hitting the store tonight to grab a copy of The Wise Man's Fear


message 8: by Israel (new)

Israel | 80 comments Picking up The Wise Man's Fear tonight and disappearing into it. Before I do, I am trying to finish up Leviathan Wept and Other Stories, which is singlehandedly getting me back into short stories after years of avoiding them.


message 9: by Djangelic (new)

Djangelic | 9 comments currently reading A Fire Upon the Deep. It actually took me a bit to get into it, but now I am loving it. It starts the book with a nonhuman race, but you dont figure that out till a few pages in, when you basically clue it together. Now, I am hooked :)


message 10: by Paul (last edited Mar 01, 2011 10:47AM) (new)

Paul (Tivan) | 14 comments Hello all,

im currently reading Lord of Light, Earth Strike: Star Carrier: Book One
and rereading The Cage


message 11: by Jordy (new)

Jordy also reading The Wise Man's Fear
loving it so far!


message 12: by Adam (new)

Adam (jademason) | 23 comments Finishing up Good Omens and will follow that with Anansi Boys. Will likely finish out the month with Tomorrow, When the War Began.


message 13: by Boots (new)

Boots (rubberboots) | 499 comments I wanted to finish the rest of the book of the new sun so I started reading Sword & Citadel yesterday.


message 14: by Mlybrand (new)

Mlybrand Lybrand | 22 comments Game of Thrones on my Kindle, A Gladiator Dies Only Once by Steven Saylor from the library, and The Last Days of the Incas as my audiobook when I am running.


message 15: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 1081 comments Going to start reading on Thursday The Collected Stories of Drizzt, can't wait!


message 16: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Ivy | 25 comments I'm trying to read Boneshaker at home but I just can't get into it. I either fall asleep or get distracted by pie. I started Law of Nines at work and am making a bit more progress on that.


message 17: by Michael (new)

Michael Minutillo (wolfbyte) Finally finished Good Omens (good read but not the best from either author). Still working my way through Last Argument of Kings in which I love the characters and hate the plot somehow. A friend lent me his copy of Permutation City after I confessed that I hadn't read it so that is probably next.


message 18: by Franz (new)

Franz (freelunch) | 5 comments Started Wise Man's Fear tonight. Also reading best served cold. A little disappointed that the narrator for The First Law series isn't narrating Best Served Cold.


message 19: by Kate (new)

Kate O'Hanlon (kateohanlon) | 778 comments I've lost my copy of Shadow and Claw, I suspect it may be under my bed, but it's all fine and dandy because I've gotten really stuck in to The Lies of Locke Lamora


message 20: by Tom (last edited Mar 02, 2011 09:59AM) (new)

Tom (tomcamp) | 34 comments I'm about halfway through the third book of the Emberverse novels of The Change by S.M. Stirling, A Meeting at Corvallis. The Change novels are a very entertaining series based on, well, The Change, an event that isn't explained, but which stops all electric and combustion devices from working. So, no cars, computers, phones, guns or bombs, etc. Basically we are taken back to a 15th Century existence. Swords, bows, crossbows, horses... What's not to like?!


message 21: by David (last edited Mar 02, 2011 11:12AM) (new)

David Akers (davidakers) | 2 comments Eon, by Greg Bear, which was recommended to me, but has taken over half way through the book to really grab me.

After that, probably Heartfire by Orson Scott Card, followed by either The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis or Dismissed With Prejudice by JA Jance (non-sword non-laser).

-David


message 22: by Amy (new)

Amy Pilkington | 104 comments Right now, I'm working on Under the Poppy: A Novel, which is taking me forever, but that's mostly my fault. I should have picked something less artsy to read while dealing with a stressful schedule. It's very good, but slow going.

Obviously The Wise Man's Fear is on the to-do, but since I splurged and order a signed first edition, I'm not comfortable with the Kindle price ($9.99 or less, and I'd have bought both), so it'll have to wait until the book arrives.

Deathless is out this month too, so I'll be reading that. Otherwise, I have 20 unread books on my Kindle to choose from.

I'm also taking part in this: http://warandpeacereadalong.wikispace... and so will be reading War and Peace all year. At 16%, I'm quite enjoying it.


message 23: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 1081 comments David wrote: "Eon, by Greg Bear, which was recommended to me, but has taken over half way through the book to really grab me.

After that, probably Heartfire by Orson Scott Card, foll..."


Eon, a really twisted and surprising ending, that smack right into you.


message 24: by Don (new)

Don McDonald (dmmacs) | 114 comments The Shadow of the Torturer and Before They Are Hanged (reading some of the books from before I found the group). Still tinkering around with Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions but still can't convince myself to read this over the other books.


message 25: by John (new)

John Cole | 5 comments Just started reading The Last Ring-Bearer

Written by a Russian scientist, it is basically Tolkien's Lord of the Rings from the Mordor point of view. Very interesting take - and reminds us that those who win the wars write the history books, and not always in a totally truthful way.

I'm only about 50 pages into it, but would recommend trying it to everyone.

It's free. From the link you can download a pdf. I'm reading it in iBooks on my iPad.


message 26: by Anne (new)

Anne Schüßler (anneschuessler) | 834 comments I got my Kindle on Tuesday and the first book I put on it was The Name of the Wind. So far I'm impressed with both the Kindle AND the book, so I'm pretty happy.

Next on the list is The Passage, and then I'll hope to be on for the next Sword and Laser book - whatever that will be as well as for a couple of free classics that I found for the Kindle.


message 27: by Martin (new)

Martin (mafrid) | 50 comments Currently reading The Left Hand of Darkness and then I'll try to get unstuck and finish 1984, before lighten things up with Nancy Holzner's 2nd book in the Deadtown series; Hellforged.


message 28: by Curt (new)

Curt Taylor (meegeek) | 107 comments Finishing up The Windup Girl and have not decided whats next. I did dl a copy of The Last Ring Bearer and from previewing the first couple of pages, looks good. May go with The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. I know not in our niche, but still on to read list.


message 30: by Joe (last edited Mar 03, 2011 01:34PM) (new)

Joe Deisler | 50 comments I just finished Bitter Seeds and enjoyed it a great deal and cannot wait for the sequel to come out.

Now I am reading Cat's Cradle for the second time. I first read it in high school and still to this day say it is my favorite Vonnegut book, but recently it has come to my attention that I remember very little of it, so I decided to give it another go and see if it lives up to my memories -- I feel like it will.


message 31: by Wayne (new)

Wayne | 3 comments I'm in culinary school, and when our bookstore closed I got to pick up The Flavor Bible and Culinary Artistry for half price. Missed out on one of the last copies of Ad Hoc at Home though. But between those and Good Omens, my plate is full! /highfiveamillionangels


message 32: by Christopher (last edited Mar 03, 2011 10:49PM) (new)

Christopher (cbb4autigers) | 96 comments I just finished The Heroes. I reread The Name of the Wind and now I am about half way through A Wise Man's Fear. Pat Rothfuss so amazingly personable and a real down to earth person.

I have tried the High King of Montival, and I can't seem to get into it yet. And I just read the SF library's entire collection of Morrison comics.

If you live around here, and I know it is so uncool now to use it, but the Public Library has a great selection of new SF/F titles as well as the classics. why I am telling anyone,? Now the wait list will be longer!


message 33: by Lindis (new)

Lindis Russell (lindyloudawn) Righ not I am reading Tenth Grade Bleeds from the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer, Sweep Volume II by Cate Tiernan , and Dragonfly in Amber from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon!


message 34: by Larry (last edited Mar 04, 2011 02:26PM) (new)

Larry (lomifeh) | 88 comments Been listening to the Stories audiobook edited by Neil Gaiman and also decided to pick up Before They Are Hanged. Also going to finally get Sword and Citadel read.


message 35: by Andrew (new)

Andrew (frontline) | 129 comments Not to be predictable, but... I'm still reading The Mists of Avalon. I made a lot of progress last month though. I'm down to the last book.


message 36: by Elie (new)

Elie Harriett | 56 comments I just finished reading Interstellar Patrol by Christopher Anvil. Decided to do a complete 180 and I'm going for a "somewhat" current event/political book (meaning the copyright is 2000 but it is still relevant). Book is called The Baby Boon. It is about the discrimination against the childless adults in America. Might have been written eleven years ago, and have a blurb on the back by Ann Coulter (which would normally mean I wouldn't even glance at the book, let alone read it), but I'm amazed how accurately it captures my feelings and experiences of being "childless by choice."


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2858 comments I have a stack of the Nebula Award finalists to start in on, but spending a rainy morning reading The Sweet Life in Paris: A Recipe for Living in the World's Most Delicious City by David Lebovitz, just to take a break from my fantasy reading spree. (I knew it was getting bad when I suggested creating a map with realms to help people understand where to go for various tech needs on campus)


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Sandi (sandikal) | 1212 comments I am listening to Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton. It's really long and the narration is very monotone, so I'm breaking it up by interspersing chapters of shorter novels. Right now, my relief audiobook is Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.

In text, I'm reading Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber. I'm liking it so far, but it's driving me nuts with the names of the men on Safehold. They're all names that are common in English, but Weber seems to think it's clever to spell them oddly. So, Peter becomes "Paityr" or "Payter" (English accent). Harold becomes "Haarahld". Norman becomes "Nahrmahn". You can figure it out if you say it aloud, but it really slows down the reading.


message 39: by Tom (new)

Tom (tomcamp) | 34 comments Sandi wrote: "I am listening to Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton. It's really long and the narration is very monotone, so I'm breaking it up by interspersing chapters of shorter novels. Right n..."

I loved Pandora's Star. Judas Unchained is not as good, but definitely worth the read.


message 40: by Rob (new)

Rob Falcon | 9 comments I am almost done with A Clash of Kings and LOVING IT...and awaiting book 3 from J.L. Bourne in the zombie book series done in diary format from a Naval aviator...AWESOME...book 3 just went to editing!!!


message 41: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 1212 comments Tom wrote: "I loved Pandora's Star. Judas Unchained is not as good, but definitely worth the read."

I think I would probably be enjoying Pandora's Star better in print. The story is too complex for audio and the narrator is way too monotone. I will probably read Judas Unchained on my Nook. I have The Dreaming Void in audio, so that will be a listen. I got the audiobooks during Audible's $4.95 sale, so I really shouldn't complain too much.


message 43: by Tony (last edited Mar 10, 2011 09:11AM) (new)

Tony (tuco74) | 5 comments So, right now it's Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, and Cautionary Tales by Stephen Tobolowsky.

Outliers starts out really well, but I'm about halfway through, and Gladwell has taken leave for Mars with some of his theories. Still fun, none the less.

Just barely started Grave Peril, but hopes are high, because I really dug the previous book, Fool Moon (gnarly werewolf scene in the police station, in that one).

Cautionary Tales was two bucks on Kindle. It's short, but so far it's had me near unconscious from laughing several times, and you can't put a price on that.


message 44: by Gregory (new)

Gregory (gfitzgeraldmd) | 36 comments The Wise Man's Fear as many seem to be.


message 45: by Thommunist (new)

Thommunist | 1 comments The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes it seems to be based off that fox show House. This is going to be awesome!


message 46: by Tamahome (last edited Mar 06, 2011 09:36PM) (new)

Tamahome | 6253 comments I read the beginning of Alan Dean Foster's The Human Blend in the store. It seemed pretty good, genetic manipulation out of control, and a morally bankrupt central character. Now I can't find the book, lol.

Ugh, when I click 'add book', it jumps to the top.


message 47: by Michael (new)

Michael Minutillo (wolfbyte) Thommunist wrote: "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes it seems to be based off that fox show House. This is going to be awesome!"

ROFL. I always thought that too


message 48: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4142 comments Hmm looks like I forgot to update lately. :) I finished Shadow & Claw on Saturday and started The Wise Man's Fear on my Kindle on Sunday (full disclosure, I hadn't planned on starting TWMF until this week, because I had planned on picking up Pokemon White on Sunday but my car had other ideas).

I'm also still working through A Short History of Nearly Everything in audio. I'm enjoying it though don't have as much time to listen these days.

The ADWD announcement has really changed my reading plans. Once I finish A Short History of Nearly Everything, I'm planning on getting TWMF on audio as well, to maximize "reading" time, and then re-read the Song of Ice and Fire books in Kindle and audio (I have both already as well as dead tree editions), as I hope to finish the re-read not too long after ADWD comes out.


message 49: by Philip (new)

Philip (heard03) | 383 comments A little more than halfway through the audio version of The Name of the Wind. Nick Podehl's narration is excellent. It's much easier to follow than The Shadow of the Torturer, with a much more likable cast of characters.


message 50: by Will (new)

Will (whami) | 10 comments I finished The Fabulous Riverboat and want to take a break from Riverworld before the next one. Just started On Basilisk Station.

Still reading The Fall of Hyperion on audio for the commute.


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