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Hélène's 2018 ROOTs

2018 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES)

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1h-mb
Edited: Sep 15, 3:10pm Top

Welcome to my 2018 ROOT thread :)

One rule to rule them all : a book is a ROOT if I've owned it for more than a year.
Books can be paper book, audiobook or ebook.


2connie53
Jan 2, 2:13pm Top

Welcome Hélène. Happy ROOTing.

3h-mb
Jan 2, 2:25pm Top

Thank you. I'm reading A fire upon the deep by Vernor Vinge which has been waiting on the shelf for six years!!! It's important to get a good start, isn't it?

4h-mb
Edited: Jan 2, 3:00pm Top

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5tess_schoolmarm
Jan 2, 3:10pm Top

Happy Rooting in 2018!

6floremolla
Jan 2, 7:38pm Top

Good luck with your ROOTing!

7rabbitprincess
Jan 2, 9:05pm Top

Bienvenue, Hélène, et bonne lecture!

8h-mb
Jan 3, 4:23am Top

Thanks! I'm still reading Vinge : it's a big book.

9cyderry
Jan 3, 9:55am Top

glad you're with us!

10FAMeulstee
Jan 3, 10:14am Top

Happy reading in 2018, Hélène!

12h-mb
Edited: May 21, 10:16am Top



April
None this month. Shame on me ! ;)
May
Bayou moon by Ilona Andrews
Iron dawn by Matthew Stover
The gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany
June

13h-mb
Jan 4, 8:14am Top



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14h-mb
Jan 4, 8:16am Top



October

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December

15connie53
Jan 4, 8:47am Top

Ohh, that's real nice with those pictures.

16MissWatson
Jan 4, 10:54am Top

Welcome and thanks for those pictures. The books look so well organised!

17h-mb
Jan 4, 11:03am Top

These are my bookshelves and I do try and organize them. But it's hopeless :)

18MissWatson
Jan 4, 11:10am Top

I know about hopeless. Mine are hopelessly overflowing to the floor...

19h-mb
Jan 4, 11:53am Top

>18 MissWatson: Well, it isn't quite as hopeless here. They stick to the shelves. ;)

I just finished A fire upon the deep by Vernor Vinge : it never grabbed me in spite of lots of great ideas. Zones of thoughts, alien races (top notch), plot : everything is fine but the prose didn't fit with me.

20Familyhistorian
Jan 4, 3:26pm Top

Those bookshelves look pretty organized to me. Already one ROOT in, looks like your ROOTing is going well in 2018!

21h-mb
Jan 7, 10:09am Top

Second ROOT of the year, the extraordinary Stories of your life and others by Ted Chiang.
I usually don't like short stories but that's a five stars book. I had to stop and catch my breath between stories. The prose is understated but the rational tone amplifies the effect of the strange concepts and emotion. And then the structure of the text parallels the stories : these stories are diamonds perfectly chiseled.

22Jackie_K
Jan 7, 1:49pm Top

Welcome to the group, and a belated happy new year!

23h-mb
Jan 7, 1:58pm Top

Thank you!

24h-mb
Jan 13, 5:47pm Top



3.5 stars
(I don't remember how to make the stars)

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Noirish cyberpunk is'nt my cup of tea but this one is very well made. The plot is convoluted and action-packed, the world, a realistic dystopia. At the same time, he raises questions about what it is that makes a person's identity.

25h-mb
Jan 28, 9:40am Top



The bridges by Tarjei Vesaas

3 stars

Short chapters where thoughts and emotions of the characters follow action. But it's nothing like a psychological study. The norwegian landscape echoes the desires and doubts of the characters, wrapped in a very poetic prose.

26h-mb
Feb 4, 1:26pm Top



Gagner la guerre by Jean-Philippe Jaworski

4 stars

What an adventure! Beautiful prose.

27MissWatson
Feb 5, 4:27am Top

>26 h-mb: I have never heard of the author before, but the book has some very positive reviews. Sounds like my kind of story...

28h-mb
Edited: Feb 8, 3:04pm Top

There's richness and pace of the language and it's action packed for all the descriptions.

29floremolla
Feb 5, 6:43am Top

>26 h-mb: sounds interesting, I wish my French was up to it!

30h-mb
Feb 5, 7:26am Top

>29 floremolla: I had to pick up the dictionary many times while reading this book and this doesn't happen often - if I do say so myself. And french is my first language! Baroque effervescence :-)

31h-mb
Feb 8, 3:04pm Top



Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper

2 stars

Plebeian prose but fun to read. Everything runs smooth for Kalvan.

32h-mb
Feb 12, 2:13pm Top



Unclean spirits by M.L.N. Hanover

2 stars

I don't really like Urban Fantasy and this one is a common plot with common characters.

33h-mb
Feb 18, 3:39pm Top



The Knight: A Tale from the High Kingdom by Pierre Pevel

3.5 stars

Well written, full of twists and turns, with an ambigous hero.

34h-mb
Feb 23, 2:01pm Top



Moonheart by Charles de Lint

3.5 stars

A fine novel which balances magic and mythology in contemporary settings.

35h-mb
Edited: Mar 1, 1:33pm Top



Some kind of fairy tale by Graham Joyce

3 stars

An unusual fantasy novel, told by an unreliable narrator. On the one side, it's a fantastic tale, on the other, it's a mystery about ordinary folks.

36h-mb
Mar 10, 5:09am Top



Titan by John Varley

3 stars

An extraordinary journey but it didn't grab me.

37connie53
Mar 11, 4:48am Top

Hi Hélene, good job on the ROOTs reading!

38h-mb
Edited: Mar 11, 4:54am Top

Yes, I'm rather glad of the total :) I decided to play the AlphaKit and SFFKit Challenges with ROOTs. It means three books at least per month - and more probably five.

39h-mb
Mar 19, 2:19pm Top



Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

4 étoiles

I like what Mitchell does with his characters, the variety of the prose and types of narration. In fact, I liked everything I read in this novel :) A discovery of a new author for me.

40h-mb
Mar 24, 9:48am Top



Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

2.5 étoiles

I'm not fan of UF but the settings and characters are good and make me want to know more.

41h-mb
Mar 26, 1:27pm Top



Le crépuscule des elfes by Jean-Louis Fetjaine

3 stars

A traditional heroic fantasy which links the myths of the Tuatha De Danann and Arthur.

42Lisa805
Edited: Mar 26, 8:50pm Top

Great progress, Hélène. That is nice you enjoyed Cloud Atlas so much. I am afraid to even attempt it, after watching the movie.

43h-mb
Mar 27, 3:17am Top

I didn't see the movie but I'm looking for it now.

44floremolla
Mar 27, 4:00am Top

>39 h-mb: glad you enjoyed Cloud Atlas, it's one of my favourite books - I've read all of Mitchell's work, some of which I've liked better than others. I like how characters reappear in his novels and events are linked. Hope he's got something new coming out soon... :)

45h-mb
Mar 27, 4:58am Top

This was my first book by Mitchell but it won't be the last. I've an eye on The Bone Clock.

46connie53
Edited: Mar 31, 2:54am Top

>44 floremolla: The same here. >39 h-mb: If you liked Wolkenatlas you will love his other books too.

47h-mb
Apr 2, 2:02pm Top



Yesterday's kin by Nancy Kress

4 stars

"First" contact and family problems on small and grand scale ;)

48h-mb
May 11, 10:12am Top



Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

3 stars

I like the setting with the "edge" stuck between magical and mundane world.

49h-mb
May 11, 10:19am Top

I'm some sort of contrary girl. I decided to take part in challenges to "attack" my TBR pile and last month I read anything except the books I intended to read ! Needed some freedom.
Result = 0 ROOT :(

50rabbitprincess
May 11, 5:10pm Top

>49 h-mb: That happens a lot! As long as you're enjoying what you *are* reading, that's what counts :)

51connie53
May 14, 1:44am Top

>50 rabbitprincess: What she says! I loved the book in >48 h-mb: too.

52h-mb
Edited: May 21, 10:17am Top



Iron dawn by Matthew Stover

3 stars

A mix of Sword & Sorcery with a late Bronze Age background.

53h-mb
May 21, 10:26am Top



The gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany

3 stars

A description of an imaginary pantheon written in short paragraphs, like an incantation.

54h-mb
Sep 15, 3:07pm Top

I've been terribly remiss in my reading of ROOTS and my reading anyway. So here's to redeem myself :



Le mythe d'Er by Javier Negrete

An interesting mix of fantasy et SF, mythology and history.

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