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adam.currey - catching up in a hurry

100 books in 2018 challenge

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1adam.currey
Oct 10, 10:50pm Top

Hello all,

New here and never done the challenge thing before. I'm up to about 80 so far for the year - can I still play? Is that cheating?

Adam

2adam.currey
Oct 11, 10:58pm Top

Ok, so if this isn't stretching the friendship, a quick catchup of my reading year so far:

(numbers at the end are my star ratings)

#1 2018-01-03 The Sacred Bones "Byrnes, Michael" 4
#2 2018-01-06 The Murder of King Tut "Patterson, James" 5
#3 2018-01-13 Pompeii "Harris, Robert" 3
#4 2018-01-14 The Alchemist's Secret "Mariani, Scott" 4
#5 2018-01-19 The Mozart Conspiracy "Mariani, Scott" 4
#6 2018-01-21 The Tunnel: A Ben Hope Story "Mariani, Scott"
#7 2018-01-22 The Doomsday Prophecy "Mariani, Scott" 3.5
#8 2018-01-26 The Heretic's Treasure "Mariani, Scott" 4
#9 2018-01-28 The Shadow Project "Mariani, Scott"
#10 2018-02-04 The Lost Relic "Mariani, Scott" 4.5
#11 2018-02-09 The Sacred Sword "Mariani, Scott" 3
#12 2018-02-16 Fire and Fury "Wolff, Michael"
#13 2018-02-17 The Armada Legacy "Mariani, Scott"
#14 2018-02-18 The Nemesis Program "Mariani, Scott" 3.5
#15 2018-02-20 Passenger 13 "Mariani, Scott"
#16 2018-02-21 The Forgotten Holocaust "Mariani, Scott" 3.5
#17 2018-02-24 The Martyr's Curse "Mariani, Scott" 4
#18 2018-02-25 The Cassandra Sanction "Mariani, Scott" 4
#19 2018-02-26 Bring Him Back "Mariani, Scott"
#20 2018-03-01 Decoy "Mariani, Scott"
#21 2018-03-04 Star of Africa "Mariani, Scott" 3
#22 2018-03-09 The Devil’s Kingdom "Mariani, Scott" 3
#23 2018-03-11 The Babylon Idol "Mariani, Scott" 3.5
#24 2018-03-16 The Bach Manuscript "Mariani, Scott" 4.5
#25 2018-03-17 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry "Tyson, Neil deGrasse" 2.5
#26 2018-03-23 Walking The Shadows "James, Donald" 2.5
#27 2018-03-31 The Rembrandt Secret "Connor, Alexandra" 2.5
#28 2018-04-01 The Left Hand of God "Hoffman, Paul" 4
#29 2018-04-06 The Magdalene Cipher "Hougan, Jim" 2.5
#30 2018-04-13 The Keeper "MacDonald, Eileen" 3
#31 2018-04-15 The Crystal Skull "Scott, Manda" 3.5
#32 2018-04-17 Shutter Island "Lehane, Dennis" 3
#33 2018-04-20 The Second Messiah "Meade, Glenn" 2.5
#34 2018-04-25 The Key "Toyne, Simon" 2.5
#35 2018-04-29 The Demon Code "Blake, Adam" 3
#36 2018-05-07 The Inca Prophecy "d'Hage, Adrian" 2
#37 2018-05-12 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo "Larsson, Stieg" 3
#38 2018-05-18 The Villa of Mysteries Hewson, David" 3
#39 2018-05-24 The Templar Legacy "Berry, Steve" 4
#40 2018-05-27 The Alexander Cipher "Adams, Will" 4
#41 2018-05-30 The Sword of the Templars "Christopher, Paul" 3
#42 2018-06-07 Black Order "Rollins, James" 3.5
#43 2018-06-09 The Moscow Cipher "Mariani, Scott" 4
#44 2018-06-24 The Stand "King, Stephen" 3
#45 2018-06-30 Temple Of The Gods "McDermott, Andy" 2.5
#46 2018-07-03 Winter Is Coming "Kasparov, G. K." 3
#47 2018-07-07 The Narrows "Brogden, James" 5
#48 2018-07-09 The Gilded Seal "Twining, James" 4
#49 2018-07-14 The Lazarus Vault "Harper, Tom" 4
#50 2018-07-15 The Lost Throne "Kuzneski, Chris" 3.5
#51 2018-07-21 A Gentleman In Moscow "Towles, Amor" 5
#52 2018-07-29 The Art of The Lord of the Rings "Tolkien, J.R.R." 4
#53 2018-08-03 Diatribes, Volume 1: 50 Essays From a Godless Misanthrope "Lugeons, Noah" 3
#54 2018-08-04 Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress "Pinker, Steven" 2
#55 2018-08-11 Uprising "Mariani, Scott" 3
#56 2018-08-14 The Cross "Mariani, Scott" 3.5
#57 2018-08-19 The Future of Humanity "Kaku, Michio" 3
#58 2018-08-22 The Illustrated Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Edition "Hawking, Stephen William" 4
#59 2018-08-24 Diatribes Volume 2: 50 More Essays from a Scathing Atheist "Lugeons, Noah" 3
#60 2018-08-29 God Is Not Great "Hitchens, Christopher" 4
#61 2018-09-02 The Secret Supper "Sierra, Javier" 3.5
#62 2018-09-02 A Man And His Watch "Hranek, Matt" 3
#63 2018-09-05 Sword Of God "Kuzneski, Chris" 4
#64 2018-09-08 The Museum of Lost Art "Charney, Noah" 3.5
#65 2018-09-09 The Order of Time "Rovelli, Carlo" 3
#66 2018-09-15 The Noah's Ark Quest "Morrison, Boyd" 4
#67 2018-09-15 The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches "Schmidt, Ryan" 4
#68 2018-09-16 The Woman In The Window "Finn, A. J." 5
#69 2018-09-19 The Exodus Quest "Adams, Will" 3.5
#70 2018-09-22 Copper Kiss "Neale, Tom" 2.5
#71 2018-09-23 Conspiracies Declassified: The Skeptoid Guide to the Truth Behind the Theories "Dunning, Brian" 3
#72 2018-09-24 The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa In Theory And Practice "Hitchens, Christopher" 3.5
#73 2018-09-29 Letters To A Young Contrarian "Hitchens, Christopher" 3
#74 2018-09-29 Is Christianity Good For The World? "Hitchens, Christopher" 2.5
#75 2018-09-29 The Eden Legacy "Adams, Will" 3
#76 2018-10-01 Prayer For The Dead "Oswald, James" 3
#77 2018-10-02 Mortality "Hitchens, Christopher" 4
#78 2018-10-05 The Temple Mount Code "Brokaw, Charles" 2
#79 2018-10-07 The Girl On The Train "Hawkins, Paula" 4.5
#80 2018-10-09 The Trial Of Henry Kissinger "Hitchens, Christopher" 3

3ronincats
Oct 13, 9:17pm Top

Of course you can! Welcome to the group.

4adam.currey
Oct 14, 6:13pm Top

Thanks!

5adam.currey
Edited: Oct 14, 10:35pm Top



#81
The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry

A fairly typical "action thriller with historical references." Fast-paced and absorbing, although there is a rather lot going on, to the point where I'm not entirely sure all the threads were tied up by the end of the book, because I lost track. Still, a good read if this is the sort of genre you like. Alexander The Great's burial site, ancient cures for HIV, would-be Third-World despots, secret societies, this book has a lot going on.

I enjoy this sort of book as I can be entertained, and also learn some real history even though it's a fictional novel.

6adam.currey
Oct 20, 5:20am Top



#82
Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne

Many books I read are somewhat formulaic and predictable - you know what role the characters play and early on already have a basic outline of the plot in your mind. This books is not one of them. From the outset, and right throughout, I didn't really know who these people were, where the story was heading or what to expect. I found it somewhat refreshing and it made for an interesting read. Things take unexpected turns and things aren't what you think.

****

7adam.currey
Oct 21, 4:10am Top



#83
The Ship by Stefan Mani

This book feels as though it's been rather misrepresented, or at least mischaracterised. If you see it simply as a suspense drama, it's passable, if a little slow and clunky. Presented as a horror book with the tagline "a journey into terror and madness" it fails completely. Stefan Mani is apparently known as "The Icelandic Stephen King" but I can only conclude this reputation was gained from earlier books, because he certainly doesn't deserve it from this one.

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