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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
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.
#25: I love the Shakespeare series by Charlaine Harris. Glad to have found another fan here on LT.
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)
#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.
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.
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.
78. Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
79. Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
ok, I am very envious. How do you have time to read all these books.
I am also very impressed.
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.
I am VERY envious that you have read so many books this year. What is your secret? How do you have the time?
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!
Sten, How are you liking The Lost Fleet books? I have them on my TBR list.
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.
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!
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.
I think I am ahead of this time last year. It is fun posting and watching others count as well.
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?
>30: 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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
>143: 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.
I would have to agree with TadAD, both books are a little slight, but a pleasant read if you don't expect any depth.
Sounds perfect for those times when my brain just needs a break! Thanks to both of you for your input.
182. Grantville Gazette XI by Eric Flint
183. Grantville Gazette XII by Eric Flint
184. In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz
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.
#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.
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)
#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.
#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.
I've never read Glen Cook but got some in my last load of books -- how did you find him?
196 books! Wow! Keep it up and you will be in the league of Stasia!
>159: 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.
#164 TT: Now, don't you know TT that I had to add Seven League Boots to Continent TBR?
#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.
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.
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.
Did you see the movie I am Legend? I'm wondering how it compared with the book.
Would you recommend the book?
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.
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