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1sten
Feb 10, 2008, 12:47pm Top

My list for 2008.

2sten
Feb 10, 2008, 7:39pm Top

1. Watchmen by Alan Moorre
2. Lies, Inc. by Philip Dick
3. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
4. Gangster Conspiracy by Steve Perry
5. Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
6. With the Lightnings by David Drake
7. The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
8. J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
9. Ghost by John Ringo
10. Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
11. Lt. Leary Commanding by David Drake
12. Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich
13. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
14. The Way to Glory by David Drake
15. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton

3sten
Feb 12, 2008, 2:18pm Top

16. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

4sten
Edited: Feb 15, 2008, 12:56pm Top

17. Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs

5sten
Edited: Feb 16, 2008, 2:11pm Top

18. The Far Side of the Stars by David Drake

6sten
Feb 17, 2008, 10:56pm Top

19. So You want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

7mamachunk
Feb 18, 2008, 2:16pm Top

The Traveler BY: John Twelve Hawks was an excellent book...although at times I had trouble with it...hope you enjoy it....

mamachunk

8sten
Feb 21, 2008, 2:35pm Top

I did enjoy it, thank you. It is one I will have to read again later to fully get, but I also think it will bear repeated reading.

9sten
Edited: Mar 1, 2008, 4:45pm Top

20. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton

10sten
Mar 2, 2008, 1:42pm Top

21. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

11sten
Mar 4, 2008, 10:27am Top

22. Realtime Interrupt by James P. Hogan

12sten
Mar 4, 2008, 3:56pm Top

23. Unseen 1, It Begins by Richie Tankersley Cusick

13sten
Mar 5, 2008, 11:53am Top

24. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton

14sten
Edited: Apr 26, 2008, 9:50am Top

25. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
26. What's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie

eta - correct book at #25

15sten
Mar 12, 2008, 10:08pm Top

27. Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco

16sten
Mar 18, 2008, 4:34pm Top

28. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

17sten
Mar 18, 2008, 4:35pm Top

29. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

18sten
Mar 20, 2008, 10:40am Top

30. Artemis Fowl, The Artic Incident by Eoin Colfer
31. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

19sten
Mar 22, 2008, 6:53pm Top

32. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff

20sten
Mar 24, 2008, 11:41am Top

33. Rose Princess by Hideyuki Kikuchi

21sten
Mar 26, 2008, 11:27am Top

34. Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child
35. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

22sten
Mar 28, 2008, 8:48pm Top

36. Devil Inside by Jenna Black
37. The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak

23sten
Mar 30, 2008, 4:10pm Top

38. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs

24sten
Apr 1, 2008, 10:37am Top

39. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton

25sten
Apr 3, 2008, 10:08am Top

40. Shakespeare's Trollop by Charlaine Harris

26sten
Apr 4, 2008, 9:45am Top

27alcottacre
Apr 5, 2008, 7:41am Top

#25: I love the Shakespeare series by Charlaine Harris. Glad to have found another fan here on LT.

28sten
Apr 5, 2008, 11:18am Top

I read a Sookie Stackhouse last year and enjoyed it. However, I didn't know the Shakespeare was also a series. Now I will have to get the rest of them. (Darn! a good excuse to get more books)

29sten
Apr 5, 2008, 11:20am Top

42. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur

30alcottacre
Apr 6, 2008, 1:05am Top

#28: I know it's a hardship having to buy more good books, but try to grin and bear it. :)

I don't know if you know it or not, but besides the Lily Bard and Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris also has two other series revolving around characters named Harper Connelly (this is the newer of the 2) and the other features Aurora Teagarden.

31sten
Apr 6, 2008, 10:56am Top

Sometimes it is hard to find a new author. Then I need to find out which of their characters I can relate to. All the books I need to double-check for compatability. Oh well, we do what we can. :) Thanks for the heads-up on the other two. Take care.

32sten
Apr 6, 2008, 10:56am Top

43. Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs

33sten
Apr 7, 2008, 9:54am Top

44. Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton

34sten
Apr 8, 2008, 9:41am Top

45. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
46. Truckers by Terry Pratchett

35sten
Apr 9, 2008, 1:59pm Top

47. Diggers by Terry Pratchett
48. Wings by Terry Pratchett

36sten
Apr 10, 2008, 11:49am Top

49. R is for Richochet by Sue Grafton

37sten
Apr 11, 2008, 10:05am Top

50. A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix

38sten
Apr 12, 2008, 9:59am Top

51. Artemis Fowl, the Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
52. Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick

39sten
Apr 16, 2008, 9:52am Top

53. Blood Brothers by Steven Barnes

40sten
Apr 18, 2008, 5:51pm Top

54. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

41sten
Apr 20, 2008, 11:57am Top

55. S is for Silence by Sue Grafton

42sten
Apr 26, 2008, 9:45am Top

56. Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs

43sten
Apr 27, 2008, 9:23am Top

57. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

44sten
Apr 30, 2008, 9:07am Top

58. Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

45sten
May 1, 2008, 9:39am Top

59. Key to Conflict by Talia Gryphon
60. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

46cerievans1
May 1, 2008, 4:49pm Top

Wow! 60 books already I am in awe.

47sten
May 2, 2008, 10:58am Top

Thanks. I like to read and see where the books can take me. Sometimes an author does a better job than others, but they all manage to take me somewhere I wouldn't be able to go without them. I am lucky in that I usually get to read for two or three hours each day. Like Alcottacre, joining LT has expanded what I read and more choices are always good.

48sten
May 2, 2008, 10:59am Top

61. Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff

49sten
May 4, 2008, 11:28am Top

62. The Harlequin by Laurell Hamilton

50sten
May 5, 2008, 12:32pm Top

63. Paths to Otherwhere by James Hogan

51sten
May 6, 2008, 5:58pm Top

64. A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

52sten
May 7, 2008, 2:17pm Top

65. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs

53sten
May 8, 2008, 8:30pm Top

66. Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff

54sten
May 11, 2008, 11:29am Top

67. Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs

55sten
May 13, 2008, 8:19pm Top

68. Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur

56sten
May 15, 2008, 7:48am Top

69. Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

57sten
May 16, 2008, 6:59pm Top

70. Flash by L.E.Modesitt Jr.

58sten
May 19, 2008, 11:44am Top

71. Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris
72. Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris

59sten
Edited: May 28, 2008, 7:46am Top

73. Key to Conspiracy by Talia Gryphon

60sten
May 21, 2008, 12:30pm Top

74. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong

61sten
May 21, 2008, 7:55pm Top

75. Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman

62sten
May 23, 2008, 1:15pm Top

76. Clone Alliance by Steven L. Kent

63sten
May 27, 2008, 10:02am Top

77. Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair

64sten
May 29, 2008, 7:42am Top

78. Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
79. Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff

65sten
May 29, 2008, 4:35pm Top

80. The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff

66sten
May 30, 2008, 8:15pm Top

81. Class Dis-Mythed by Robert Asprin & Jody Lynn Nye

67sten
Jun 3, 2008, 7:43am Top

82. Von Neumann's War by John Ringo

68sten
Jun 3, 2008, 9:59pm Top

83. Agyar by Steven Brust

69sten
Jun 6, 2008, 8:42am Top

84. Dust by Joseph A. Amato

70sten
Jun 9, 2008, 6:00pm Top

85. Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

71Whisper1
Jun 9, 2008, 7:10pm Top

ok, I am very envious. How do you have time to read all these books.

I am also very impressed.

72sten
Jun 12, 2008, 7:43am Top

Well, I ride the bus for two hours each workday, then I am single so I can read at night to relax instead of watching the tv. Also, lately, I have been reading really light books.

73sten
Jun 12, 2008, 7:46am Top

86. Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn
87. The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff
88. The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff

74sten
Jun 13, 2008, 7:47am Top

89. Darkling by Yasmine Falenorn

75sten
Jun 17, 2008, 7:49am Top

90. Long Hot Summoning by Tanya Huff

76sten
Jun 18, 2008, 7:44am Top

91. Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane

77sten
Jun 19, 2008, 7:44am Top

92. The Forlorn Hope by David Drake

78sten
Jun 21, 2008, 9:34am Top

93. Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook

79sten
Jun 23, 2008, 3:03pm Top

94. Dark Nocturne by Hideyuki Kikuchi

80sten
Jun 25, 2008, 7:47pm Top

95. Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur

81sten
Jun 26, 2008, 7:44am Top

96. The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell

82sten
Jun 26, 2008, 8:33pm Top

97. An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclear

83sten
Jun 27, 2008, 9:36pm Top

98. The Lost Fleet: Fearless by Jack Campbell

84sten
Jun 28, 2008, 7:46am Top

99. The Undead Kama Sutra by Mario Acevedo

85sten
Jun 29, 2008, 5:23pm Top

100. The Lost Fleet: Courageous by Jack Campbell

86sten
Jul 1, 2008, 7:45am Top

101. Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur

87sten
Jul 1, 2008, 11:11pm Top

102. Healer by F. Paul Wilson

88sten
Jul 2, 2008, 7:48am Top

103. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

89Whisper1
Jul 2, 2008, 9:35am Top

Hi Sten
I am VERY envious that you have read so many books this year. What is your secret? How do you have the time?

90sten
Jul 4, 2008, 9:39am Top

Well, I don't really know. I can read fast, I also can read for short periods of time. For instance, while standing in lines. I also read while riding the bus to and from work. Then I usually read instead of watching tv in the evenings. It is so easy to get lost in a good book!

91sten
Jul 4, 2008, 9:41am Top

104. Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
105. Implant by F. Paul Wilson
106. High Wizardry by Diane Duane

92sten
Jul 9, 2008, 10:18am Top

107. Sword of Orion by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

93sten
Jul 11, 2008, 5:06pm Top

108. Replay by Ken Grimwood

94sten
Jul 12, 2008, 9:43am Top

109. Cold Copper Tears by Glen Cook

95sten
Jul 15, 2008, 5:44pm Top

110. The Apocalypse Troll byDavid Weber
111. Doc Sidhe by Aaron Allston

96sten
Jul 16, 2008, 7:51pm Top

112. Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami

97sten
Jul 16, 2008, 9:21pm Top

113. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

98sten
Jul 20, 2008, 7:29pm Top

115. The Lost Fleet: Valiant by Jack Campbell
116. A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris
117. Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
118. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris

99alcottacre
Jul 21, 2008, 1:05am Top

Sten, How are you liking The Lost Fleet books? I have them on my TBR list.

100sten
Jul 23, 2008, 8:26pm Top

I am enjoying them so far, good characters and a good story well told. Jack Campbell also considers light speed and a few technical issues (lightly!) which I have always thought would be important in space battles but usually get short shrift.

101sten
Jul 23, 2008, 8:28pm Top

119. Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn
120. Cross the Stars by David Drake

102alcottacre
Jul 23, 2008, 11:00pm Top

Frankly, I am glad he is not much on the technical details, because sometimes the authors seem to get so caught up in those they forget the book they are writing!

103sten
Jul 24, 2008, 8:38pm Top

I agree, some authors get such a good idea they forget that the primary purpose is to tell stories, and personally I get much more excited by ideas if they aare personified by people.

104sten
Jul 24, 2008, 8:39pm Top

121. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

105sten
Jul 28, 2008, 7:45am Top

122. Crusade by David Weber
123. A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster
124. March Upcountry by David Weber

106sten
Jul 30, 2008, 7:46am Top

125. 1632 by Eric Flint

107sten
Jul 31, 2008, 7:46am Top

126. 1633 by Eric Flint

108sten
Jul 31, 2008, 10:13pm Top

127. Boundary by Eric Flint

109sten
Aug 4, 2008, 2:32pm Top

128. 1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint

110sten
Aug 5, 2008, 9:21pm Top

129. Ring of FIre by Eric Flint
130. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

111sten
Aug 6, 2008, 7:55pm Top

131. Grantville Gazette: I by Eric Flint

112sten
Aug 8, 2008, 7:42am Top

132. A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo

113Whisper1
Aug 8, 2008, 9:40am Top

Sten

I'm very envious of your large list. I'm also VERY impressed!

114sten
Aug 11, 2008, 9:20am Top

I think I am ahead of this time last year. It is fun posting and watching others count as well.

115sten
Aug 11, 2008, 9:21am Top

133. Spook Country by William Gibson
134. Apocalypse 2012 by Lawrence Joseph

116sten
Aug 12, 2008, 7:46am Top

135. Gust Front by John Ringo

117sten
Aug 14, 2008, 8:58am Top

136. Echoes of an Alien Sky by James P. Hogan

118sten
Aug 14, 2008, 9:43pm Top

137. I Dare by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

119ronincats
Aug 14, 2008, 11:27pm Top

What's frustrating is that you read all these books and never put an impression! What did you think of I Dare? Have you read the earlier books, or is this a first dip into the Liaden universe? I see you read their young adult, Sword of Orion. How about Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books? The Wizardry books by Duane? The two Huff series, Summoning and Valor? These are all books I have liked a lot, especially the first three authors. Then I see you have read a lot of Eric Flint and John Ringo--I have only tried one Ringo and couldn't get into it, haven't been able to get into David Weber other than the Honor Harrington books, and haven't tried Flint. Since we read a lot of the same think, if I know you like the first set of books, I might try some of the others you like--if you like them! Does that make sense?

120sten
Nov 17, 2008, 2:37pm Top

138. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
139. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

121FlossieT
Nov 18, 2008, 5:23pm Top

>30 alcottacre:: Aurora Teagarden - what a name!!

(Just belatedly catching up with some 75 threads I seem to have missed... lots of Pratchett this year too, I see. I don't think I've read a new Pratchett since somewhere around Discworld #14. sigh. Ah the happy days of youth etc etc etc)

122sten
Nov 18, 2008, 7:00pm Top

140. Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
141. Nation by Terry Prathett
142. Only You can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett

Several years ago I read Pratchett, but he didn't catch me. Then last year I found the whole Discworld Series being re-issued. Caught me this time for sure.

Aurora Teagarden. You are right, What a name! Also really like the author.

123ronincats
Nov 18, 2008, 11:21pm Top

Hey, Sten, we share 304 books, including some of my very favorites! I'm glad you came back to Pratchett--he isn't always great, but when he is good, he is very, very good!

124TheTortoise
Nov 19, 2008, 7:00am Top

Sten did you like or dislike any of these books? Who knows?

- TT

125sten
Nov 19, 2008, 12:07pm Top

143. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
144. T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton

Right now, I am the only one who knows. Which, for me, is usually sufficient. This is the first year I have looked at what I have read. I would like to start putting down quick impressions, but like all things I need to work up to it. Going away for a few days, so have fun and good reading.

126blackdogbooks
Nov 20, 2008, 7:38pm Top

We will look forward to some of your quick impressions next year, if you work up to it by then. I really understand the "workign up to it" thing. It took me a long time to open up to sharing my deep thoughts about my reads. This group has been very open and understanding and supportive, creating a safe environment for that kind of thing. Take your time.

127alcottacre
Nov 21, 2008, 3:13am Top

I understand the 'working up to it' as well. I do not do in-depth reviews and said so at the start of my thread. I pretty much just say whether or not I liked the book. Since it is my thread, I figure I can do whatever I like with it (within reason), and review (or not) at a level that I am comfortable with.

128Prop2gether
Nov 21, 2008, 2:03pm Top

Check any thread--you'll find many styles of listing or commenting on books. We pick the ones which work for us and ask questions. Lots and lots of questions from this group.

129suslyn
Nov 22, 2008, 12:47pm Top

Realized I'd read thru here, but never posted. Am doing so now so I can find your thread more easily. Looking forward to the extra info when you can get to it. I don't say much, usually. And, lol, it's very likely that my "enjoyed it very much" comments do little for anyone, but at least I can look back for myself and see what I thought at the time. Cheers.

130sten
Dec 2, 2008, 2:20pm Top

145. Grantville Gazette: II by Eric Flint
146. Grantville Gazette: III by Eric Flint
147. Grantville Gazette: IV by Eric Flint
148. Grantville Gazette: V by Eric Flint
149. Grantville Gazette: VI by Eric Flint
150. Grantville Gazette: VII by Eric Flint
151. Grantville Gazette: VIII by Eric Flint
152. Grantville Gazette: IX by Eric Flint
153. Grantville Gazette: X by Eric Flint
154. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
155. Maximum Ride: School's Out-Forever by James Patterson
156. Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett
157. Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett
158. Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
159. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
160. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

131Whisper1
Dec 2, 2008, 2:36pm Top

WOW! That's a lot of books by the same author.

Congratulations!

132suslyn
Dec 3, 2008, 12:22pm Top

I enjoyed 1632 very much but was not so in love with the following books, but I didn't get far. Would you say I should persevere? You did -- are you glad?

133sten
Dec 3, 2008, 3:29pm Top

1634, the Baltic War I really enjoyed. The Grantville Gazette are collections of short stories, most of which started as fanfic. The best thing about the Grantville Gazette is they were available to be downloaded to my Kindle, so when I got trapped without the internet and away from my books they were available. I read them on Baen Free Library to make sure I wanted to buy them.

134sten
Dec 3, 2008, 3:44pm Top

161. Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris
162.1634-The Ram Rebellion by Eric Flint
163.1634-The Baltic War by Eric Flint, David Weber
164. 1634-The Bavarian Crisis by Eric Flint
165. 1635- The Cannon Law by Eric Flint
166. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
167, 168. Liaden Unibus 1 and Liaden Unibus 2 by Sharon Lee
169. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and other Extreme Sports by James Paterson.
170. Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris

135suslyn
Dec 3, 2008, 8:07pm Top

Thx -- I love the Baen Free Library :)

136sgtbigg
Dec 4, 2008, 2:58am Top

Are the Grantville Gazettes worth reading? I had been keeping up with the regular series but I got lost when 1635 came out before 1634. I think The Baltic War is the next one in the series I need to read.

137sten
Dec 5, 2008, 5:12pm Top

Well, I liked them. Eric Flint says they are alot like a soap opera. The small details of lives which are off the main track of the story. There are some continuing series in the Gazettes which I quite enjoy. Others not so much. But I get something out of each one I read, so I keep going back for more.

138sten
Dec 5, 2008, 5:13pm Top

171. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
172. Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo
173. Vorpal Blade by John Ringo, Travis Taylor.

139suslyn
Dec 6, 2008, 4:08pm Top

I hope you do the 2009 group too. Even though I haven't commented much I've enjoyed your list. And, i keep finding things to read here!

140sten
Dec 7, 2008, 11:49am Top

I am planning on joining. I will also try to say something about each of the books I read. I have spent so many years downplaying how much I read and what I read that it is a little confusing when people want to know what I think about books.

141sten
Dec 7, 2008, 11:51am Top

174. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
175. Bedlam Boyz by Ellen Guon
176. Kicking the Sacred Cow by James P. Hogan

142suslyn
Dec 7, 2008, 2:17pm Top

lol msg 140: 'I have spent so many years downplaying how much I read and what I read that it is a little confusing when people want to know what I think about books.'

I love this. You're definitely in the right place!

143alcottacre
Dec 8, 2008, 1:55am Top

#141 sten: Did you like Magic Bites? It looks pretty good.

144TadAD
Dec 8, 2008, 8:22am Top

>143 alcottacre:: I'm not sure I'd give Magic Bites a "good"...more a "pleasant". The two books in the series so far are a little slight and the author is a big fan of the "cryptic comments will have you read the next book to find out what the heck the author means" game.

145sten
Dec 8, 2008, 3:05pm Top

I would have to agree with TadAD, both books are a little slight, but a pleasant read if you don't expect any depth.

146sten
Dec 8, 2008, 3:12pm Top

177. Cally's War by John Ringo
178. Ring of Fire II by Eric Flint
179. Sister Time by John Ringo

147alcottacre
Dec 8, 2008, 3:21pm Top

Sounds perfect for those times when my brain just needs a break! Thanks to both of you for your input.

148sten
Dec 9, 2008, 6:50pm Top

180. Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
181. Scout's Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

149sten
Dec 10, 2008, 6:18pm Top

182. Grantville Gazette XI by Eric Flint
183. Grantville Gazette XII by Eric Flint
184. In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz

150sten
Dec 11, 2008, 3:53pm Top

187. March to the Sea by David Weber
188. March to the Stars by David Weber
189. Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow

151suslyn
Dec 11, 2008, 3:58pm Top

i enjoyed the series in 187 & 188

Have you read Weber's excalibur alternative? I wish there were a sequel to that one. I read his Insurrection and being only mildly underwhelmed bought the sequel -- it was not very good. Sad because i felt there was good material there for a good series.

152sten
Dec 12, 2008, 2:37pm Top

No, I haven't read that one. I will have to keep an eye out for it. I like most of his work and am very glad he is so prolific.

153sten
Dec 12, 2008, 2:40pm Top

190. We Few by David Weber (to finish that series)
191. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
192. Night Passage by Robert B. Parker

154alcottacre
Dec 12, 2008, 4:51pm Top

#153 sten: What did you think of The Dangerous Days of Daniel X? The reviews appear to be mixed. I enjoy Patterson's Women's Murder Club and Alex Cross novels, but this one does not look like it is in that vein.

155blackdogbooks
Dec 13, 2008, 6:44pm Top

Did you like Jesse Stone in his debut. I read one of the later ones and have now just picked up Parker's debut of the character. Got sucked in by one of the TV movies starring Selleck (I was a big Magnum, PI fan)

156sten
Dec 14, 2008, 6:27pm Top

#154 alcottacre: I really didn't care for it that much. Others have done the alien savior of earth better. I did enjoy maximum ride, even though others have done recombinant dna better. I like patterson's mysteries better, but I think he wrote these for his son who doesn't like to read, so on the days you don't want to think very deeply, these are perfect.

157sten
Dec 14, 2008, 6:30pm Top

#155 balckdogbooks: I did the same thing, watched Selleck play Jesse Stone and thought I might like the books better. (I usually do!) For Xmas I am getting the movies and the books. Just to compare. Already looking forward to it.

158sten
Dec 14, 2008, 6:38pm Top

193. Dread Brass Shadows by Glen Cook
194. Grantville Gazette XIII by Eric Flint
Somebody asked about reading the Gazettes. They are fine, available on Baen website, but I prefer the Ring of Fire anthologies.
195. When the Devil Dances by John Ringo
196. Hell's Faire by John Ringo

159suslyn
Dec 14, 2008, 6:46pm Top

I've never read Glen Cook but got some in my last load of books -- how did you find him?

160Whisper1
Dec 14, 2008, 6:55pm Top

sten
196 books! Wow! Keep it up and you will be in the league of Stasia!

161TadAD
Dec 14, 2008, 8:15pm Top

>159 suslyn:: I think Cook's books are very good. His Garrett series (which Dread Brass Shadows is in) are very funny semi-homages to the Nero Wolfe books. His various Black Company/Dread Empire stuff is classic, dark fantasy and his new Instrumentalities of Night series is proving enjoyable so far.

162suslyn
Dec 14, 2008, 8:25pm Top

thx tad

163alcottacre
Dec 14, 2008, 11:36pm Top

#160: Linda, I have a league?! Cool beans!

164TheTortoise
Dec 15, 2008, 6:48am Top

>163 alcottacre: Stasia I think this book was named after you: Seven League Boots!

You stride across the world of literature in your Seven League Boots leaving us all behind. Hot dog and Cool beans!

- TT

165alcottacre
Dec 15, 2008, 8:02am Top

#164 TT: Now, don't you know TT that I had to add Seven League Boots to Continent TBR?

166sten
Dec 16, 2008, 2:36pm Top

197. Magyk by Angie Sage
198. Watch on the Rhine by John Ringo

167ronincats
Dec 16, 2008, 3:51pm Top

I am really enjoying the Magyk series by Angie Sage. It doesn't make my top tier of children's fantasy series, but does make the B list. What did you think of it?

168alcottacre
Edited: Dec 17, 2008, 4:40am Top

#166-167: I am reading the Magyk series through as well. I just picked up Queste from the library today. I would be interested in what you think of the books, too.

Another of the young adult series that I am reading this year is the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. If you have not read them, I recommend them.

169sten
Dec 17, 2008, 2:19pm Top

199. Gunslinger by Stephen King
200. Death in Paradise by Robert Parker

170sten
Dec 17, 2008, 2:23pm Top

Sometimes I read books in order to challenge what I think. Other times, particularly after a migraine, I just want something easy to read which takes me out from where I am. Magyk was like that, a very easy read, but with fun characters and a straight-forward plot. I did enjoy it and hope to find the rest. I have looked at the Ranger's Apprentice series but not picked them up yet. I guess I will soon now. Thanks.

171sten
Dec 18, 2008, 2:11pm Top

201. Stone Cold by Robert Parker
202. Old Tin Sorrows by Glen Cook
203. Grantville Gazette XIV by Eric Flint

172sten
Dec 19, 2008, 7:47pm Top

204. Grantville Gazette XV by Eric Flint
205. Cobra by Timothy Zahn

173sten
Dec 20, 2008, 7:12pm Top

206. Grantville Gazette XVI by Eric Flint
207. Human Resource by Pierce Askegren

174sten
Dec 21, 2008, 3:57pm Top

208. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison

175sten
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209. Nothing to Lose by Lee Child

176alcottacre
Dec 22, 2008, 5:08am Top

Glad to see another Jack Reacher fan. I love Lee Child's books.

177sten
Dec 22, 2008, 3:20pm Top

I also love Lee Child's books, he tells a very good story. I am thinking of doing the 999 challenge with one category being manly men, with Jack Reacher being the exemplar. He is a man without being a misogynist, which is really not easy to write.

178sten
Dec 22, 2008, 3:27pm Top

210. I am Legend: And Other Stories by Richard Matheson

179sten
Dec 23, 2008, 3:35pm Top

211. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

180Whisper1
Dec 25, 2008, 4:43pm Top

sten
Did you see the movie I am Legend? I'm wondering how it compared with the book.
Would you recommend the book?

Happy Holidays!

181sten
Dec 26, 2008, 2:29pm Top

I did see the movie. The movie was good, I preferred the book. The focus in the book was on just a regular guy and the ending was really different, only a Richard Matheson would come up with something like that. I like most of what I have read by him.

Happy Holidays to you and everyone else as well.

182sten
Dec 26, 2008, 2:31pm Top

212. Death in Paradise by Robert Parker
213. Cobra Strike by Timothy Zahn
214. Clone Elite by Steven Kent

183suslyn
Dec 27, 2008, 3:40pm Top

I just finished Deadman's Switch by Zahn. I haven't read Cobra Strike -- how was it? Deadman's Switch was very different from the other Zahn books I've read and pretty good.

184sten
Dec 29, 2008, 6:12pm Top

Cobra Strike is part two of a trilogy with Cobra and Cobra Bargain. It is military sf, but more about the societal upheaval of having certain members of society who are very well trained and equipped, and scary to most others. Mix in a few aliens, add some odd culture humans, good story.

185sten
Dec 29, 2008, 6:14pm Top

215. Sea Change by Robert Parker
216. Flyte by Angie Sage
217. Physik by Angie Sage
218. Grantville Gazette XVII by Eric Flint
219. Grantville Gazette XVIII by Eric Flint

186sten
Dec 30, 2008, 1:44pm Top

220. High Profile by Robert Parker

187suslyn
Dec 30, 2008, 2:44pm Top

Hey Sten, I received a mess of R Parker books in my shipment of random stuff I received. Did you like it?

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