Majkia's (Jean's) Garden of Books
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Hi everyone. Happily back for more ROOTing in 2016. Planning on 50 ROOTs this year because I'm going to read some tomes, okay quite a few tomes, to get some series off the shelves.
I'm counting gifts/ERs as ROOTS no matter when I get them. Also counting anything I own before 2016.
1. The Thousand Names - Django Wexler - ROOT from 2014
2. Fellowship of Fear - Aaron Elkins - ROOT since 2012
First Quarter Roots
1. A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen ROOT, RTT Theme
2. Zer0es - Chuck Wendig - ROOT, DeweyCAT, AlphaKIT Z
3. Toll the Hounds - Steven Erikson - TBR Challenge, ROOT, SFFFKIT
4. An Expert in Murder - Nicola Upson - - ROOT, AlphaKIT, BingoPUP
5. Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham - - AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, ROOT, BINGO DOG (survival story)
6. Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal - - ROOT, BingoPUP, RTT
7. A Dangerous Talent - Charlotte Elkins - - ROOT, BingoPUP, AlphaKIT
Jean, seems like you have everything planned out neatly. I haven't finished my thread setup yet, but I will soon.
Thanks everyone. Good luck! I do love this time of year when everyone is all excited and planning and plotting their reading!
>10 majkia: It really is contagious to see everybody so busy with ROOTs 2016.
Great to see you again, Jean. I'm deep into series, too and if not enough I started two new ones to me. Which are calling out to get all of those books. So some future ROOTs will find their way. *grins*
I'm going to do the same with ER books because I let them linger too long, I really feel obligated to do better and counting them as ROOTS may help. Good luck!
My only problem is entries to series I'm reading. I try to wait to find them on sale, which tends to make them non-ROOTs.
And, oh yes. I feel guilty reading non-ROOTs! Amazing! I blame the Russian Orthodox side of the family for the deeply ingrained guilt complex....
You have to blame someone or something for that, very good, Jean. and those new books can count as ROOTs in 2017 (if you can wait that long)
an ER book is a book won in LibraryThing's Early Reviewer monthly offerings. See http://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list
1. A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen - ROOT, RTT Theme, BingoPUP - about a spy
First book of the year, a hold over from 2015 which I just couldn't finish in time.
Enjoyable cozy mystery with a likable if somewhat dizzy heroine who muddles her way through, as the queen asks her to look into the mysterious occurrences surrounding the visiting princess from Bavaria.
Lighthearted even if there are a couple of murders. Love her granddad.
>24 majkia: I think her granddad is one of the best characters in those books.
Happy New Year, Madjkia. I hope you have a great reading and ROOTing year in 2016.
>24 majkia: I love her granddad too! This is one of my favorite series to read every year, they're always enjoyable.
Good luck ROOTing this year!
2. Zer0es -Chuck Wendig
Hackerpunk. Young hackers are caught and offered an out. Don't go to jail, instead go to work for the government. When they get there, they start to question just what the heck is going on. What is going on becomes more and more bizarre the deeper and better they hack.
Interesting premise with AI and goverments vying for dominance and just what can go wrong when they do.
3. Toll the Hounds - Steven Erikson
Erikson is a master at winding threads upon threads through and around each other. Complex motives, deeply emotional themes, and amazing characters are forced to find their way through a landscape torn by war, greed, selfish desire and horror. But there is always hope.
At 850 or so pages, it was a slow read for me, mainly because it is so dense and deep at times, not to mention attempting to keep all the threads and the characters straight in my head.
4. An Expert in Murder - Nicola Upson
Good start to a series. Set in London between the wars, Josephine Tey is a well known playwright. She meets a young girl on a train down to London and things go from great to horrid in a flash.
Lots of confounding and confusing information presented so that the mystery was difficult to guess which is a very good thing. I enjoyed the main characters and they were well drawn and fully fleshed out. The theater setting was intriguing too.
>33 Caramellunacy: Yes, the heroine of the book is the actual Josephine Tey. I confess to not knowing much about her personal life but it seems to stay fairly close to that, at least according to the author.
>32 majkia: I've only read book four of this series and I liked it very much.
5. Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
Horror tale about a dystopia where nearly everyone goes blind from watching a spectacular meteorite display. Holds up well and is just as scary now as it was back in the day when I first read it. Also, the original movie is terrific.
6. Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
A period spy thriller starring the less than perfect (and that's a good thing) Maggie Hope. This round Maggie is assigned to protect the young Princess when MI5 believes there is a plot to kidnap her.
I had some issues with this book
Still, I'll read a least a few more if not the whole series since I enjoy the characters and enjoy the books.
7. A Dangerous Talent - Charlotte Elkins
First in the Alix London series, a series about art forgery and theft. I love stories about art so I enjoyed this quite a bit. Colorful setting, not so much romance that it bothered me, and a pretty good mystery to boot.
8. Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey -
- SF/SFFKIT, AlphaKIT, BingoDog, ROOT
Third Book in The Expanse Series. I just love this series and find the books nearly unputdownable.
James Holden, the guy who always seems to find himself in the middle of a major mess, mostly not of his own accord, is such a great character. He's far from perfect, and knows it. He doesn't see himself a a mover and a shaker, more a poor guy who keeps stepping into it, and can't quite understand why that is. At the same time, when he finds himself faced with unbelievable odds or incredible aliens, for that matter, tries his hardest to do what he thinks is right, regardless of whether anyone else sees things his way. He just hopes his crew, at least, will come around to his way of thinking.
This time round, Holden is determined to avoid the mysterious object deep in space that has Mars, Earth and the Belters scrambling to reach it and control it. He wants nothing whatever to do with it. But then he finds himself and his ship and crew maneuvered into having to go precisely there.
He blames the protovirus which seems to have some weird control over him for this and hates his being controlled by it.
And from there, things go pear-shaped.
9. Jumper - Steven Gould
When a teenager is threatened with serious bodily harm by his abusive father, he 'jumps' through space and arrives at a place where he feels safe. Finally driven into real fear, he runs away, and finds his way in the world to discover he can 'jump' at will.
Afraid, and alone, he fumbles his way toward adulthood while searching to learn if he is unique or if there are other jumpers out there.
Not bad for a coming of age story. Characters are likeable and the storyline, although not constantly filled with action, still kept me reading.
Is that what the movie is based on?
>43 avanders: I saw that movie and no, the plot is nothing whatever like this particular book. Maybe the concept was taken from it.
Oh weird! It sounds like there are some strong similarities with the concept..
The movie was OK; the book sounds interesting :)
>36 majkia: My mother told me she heard this "book" on the radio back in the early 1950''s, before her family had a TV. She said it was in 15 min. installments and was horrifying with the scream, shrieks, etc.
>46 tess_schoolmarm: Oh, that's interesting. I never heard it was on the radio!
10. The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher - - ROOT, SF/SFFKIT, AlphaKIT
Steampunk adventure story featuring a wildly inventive world where some people are crossed with creatures, and where cats talk and plot alongside humans, with aeronauts who lock ships of the air in mortal combat and aetheriests see the future whilst giving up their sanity.
Can't wait for book 2!
>48 majkia: Oh no, I've only heard good things! This one may become a ROOT for me very soon... ;)
11. The Doomsday Key - James Rollins - ROOT from 2013, AlphaKIT
Good entry to the Sigma Force series. This time they're searching for a cure to a runaway fungal agent that is killing folks across the world. And the Guild is involved from the start. But why? And how?
Pretty much non-stop action, with the usual twists and turns. I do like the crew too.
12. Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie - TBR Challenge, ROOT
Fourth in the First Law Series. Joe Abercrombie's world is bloody, uncompromising and full of death and destruction. Not to mention a lot of gallows humor.
A former female general is saved on the brink of death after she'd been betrayed by her boss, so she is determined to kill everyone who was involved in her and her brother's betrayal. She assembles quite the group to help her including a former prisoner, a poisoner and his assistant, a Northman who wants to become a better man, and a couple of others who join up along the way.
But what will drive her if she ever does manage to kill all 7 of her enemies. And it won't bring back her dead brother either.
Abercrombie is strong on characterization and world building. Even if not one person you meet along the way has more than a trace of praise-worthy traits, you still find yourself hoping somehow they'll manage to survive the experience.
13. Lockstep - Karl Schroeder - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SF/SFFKIT
Quite different from the usual far future sci fi I've read, this one postulates that FTL is never solved and so hibernation is the only way to travel to distant stars. And, beyond that, setting entire planets or groups of nation-states on scheduled 'lockstep timelines' where the society is awake for a few weeks or months, then hibernate for different lengths of time, allow humans to trade and visit other similar societies.
Lots of political and religious overtones as well as family dynamics color the action and the people involved.
What with being busy with working the polls and training poll workers, my reading has really slowed. Hoping to fix that now!
14. The Courbet Connection - Estelle Ryan - ROOT from 2015, BingoPUP
Genevieve Leonard series, book 5
Good entry to the series, with the team being assisted by another non-neurotypical young man, which gives Jenny a chance to grow more in her dealings with people. The case is grim, with the team trying to discover missing college students, one of whom is a friend of one of their own.
We're RVing again at St George Island State Park in Florida. We were rained out all weekend but Monday was gorgeous.
Very nice! We vacation often in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. It looks like a white sugar sand beach?
15. Dust of Dreams - Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen 9
Postitioning that many characters to participate in the downfall of the Crippled God makes my head hurt! Wow. As usual, bloody, philosophical and often damn depressing to see otherwise sane folks think violence and war answers anything.
Looking forward to slogging my way through The Crippled God so I can finally get to The Forge of Darkness!
16. A Trick of the Light - Louise Penny - ROOT from 2013
Seventh book in the Gamache series. As usual, murder happens in the tiny, apparently most dangerous town, in Quebec. And, as usual, the murder is about art. But it is also about light and dark and forgiveness and pain.
>59 majkia: That one is on my shelve since three years waiting to be read.
17. Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris - AlphaKIT, ROOT - 4th in the Sebastian St Cyr series
More complexity added to poor Sebastian's life. So of course he dives into a puzzle bought to him by Hero.
The series attempts to paint the misery of the time, and here it delves into the horrors that arise for women, of many different social standings.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Calente
DNF - Did Not Finish.
I've tried this for a week and I still don't care what happens to this girl. Giving up. Will count as a ROOT but as nothing else.
>62 majkia: At least you gave it a good try, Jean! And that's what makes it a ROOT in my eyes.
18. The Crippled God - Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen 10 and Last
The last book of the Fallen. Amazing.
As usual, finishing a wonderfully complex and fascinating series is sad even if it is also satisfying.
Amazing that Erikson can wrap up such a series that had so many characters, threads and motives and themes. Not everything was wrapped up, there are still questions in my mind, but it was surely enough of closure to feel satisfied and still surprised. THe series certainly didn't go where we all must have believed it would go when we started out on this journey.
And, of course, it said a lot about the human condition, our prejudices, our fears, our conceits and yes, our hopes.
In a mere 1200 pages.
Wow, great job, Jean. I can understand the feeling. I feel a bit like that now I've finished the Otherland series by Tad Williams. I'm just missing some of the characters.
19. Half a Crown - Jo Walton Last in the Farthing Trilogy
Fine ending to an unsettling alternate history trilogy where Germany won WWII and holds sway over most of the world.
20. Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
Very interesting take on alternate/parallel worlds. This one has Neanderthals beating out our types rather than the other way round.
>64 majkia: wow, sounds great! The .. 10th book in the series has 1200 pages?! Wow - I thought the Otherland Series was long & involved! ;)
>66 majkia: ... I did not know Farthing was the start to a trilogy. I have it on the shelves as a gift from my LT Secret Santa this past year :)
I love speculative fiction, so I hope I enjoy that one too!
22. Trapped - Kevin Hearne - 5th in the Iron Druid series.
Not my favorite of the series, but I do love Oberon and he didn't disappoint. Also, seeing the rise of a new Druid was very cool. I also get a great kick out of all the quick bows to favorite books and TV series and movies he throws into the dialog.
I listened to the audio because I love how the narrator does Oberon.
22. The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack - Mark Hodder - steampunk
A steampunk novel wherein a travel from the future keeps appearing and frightening the Victorians. Sir Richard Burton is tasked by the crown to look into the matter. Not to mention keeping an eye on some of the other weirdness happening in London.
Certainly imaginative regarding alterations in the timeline, in some of the more well known Victorians and what they are about (Darwin, Nightinggale etc).
First in a series. I just might have to continue this series to see if it remains quite so imaginative.
23. Devil Colony - James Rollins - Sigma Force 7
ROOT and AlphaKIT
7th in the series. Lots of action as well as a surprising amount character development for a thriller series. That's what I like about it most. The main characters are so complex and well drawn that they are far from the norm for the genre.
Pages read: 3109. Largest month page total to date (this year anyway)
Books read: 8 - all 8 were ROOTS
Longest book: The Crippled God - 1200 pages
Shortest book: Half a Crown and Trapped - each at 320 pages.
2 mysteries, one period mystery, only current day mystery, one thriller, 4 SFF, 2 Sci Fi
One Five star read: The Crippled God.
One Did Not Finish: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland - I just found it boring.
Biggest surprise book: The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack - fun steampunk and very imaginative.
>72 majkia: lol I love that description: " a travel from the future keeps appearing and frightening the Victorians" ;) I'll look forward to seeing if you like the series as it continues (assuming you do continue w/ it :))
>73 connie53: have you read them?
>77 connie53: ditto! Congrats on reading so many pages last month!
I was recommended Spring Heeled Jack when I was last in Bath - I happened across the wonderful Mr. B's Emporium of Reading Delights and one of the very helpful employees thought I might like that one. I'll have to pick it up!
>79 Caramellunacy: Ooooo you went to Mr. B's!!! Did you do the book spa?
>80 rabbitprincess: I wish I had had that much foresight - it was one of those places I just happened across. Though I have told the husband that if he is ever having trouble coming up with a present for me, I would LOVE the personalised book subscription.
I mean, seriously, personalised books, brown paper packages tied up with strings, SEALING WAX!
all of these words are enticing me... Mr. B's Emporium of Reading Delights? Book Spa?? What are these wonderful things? I will have to go to google to learn more..... :)
ETA: I did my looking and now I'm completely dumbfounded.
Oh my, now that does look nice... Really nice... I think I need to go to Bath some time...
I was in Bath in 2005. I think it was the most beautiful of all the cities I have been in: the Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths, the "circular city", Alexandria Park, and a bridge area...I can't remember the name! I loved the Roman Baths and the Abbey and the quaint cobblestone streets that we walked around on and ate our first true "fish and chips" in England; surprisingly and sadly they were no different than in the U.S!
>86 tess_schoolmarm: Well, I would like to visit Bath anyway, for seeing the sights - but a lovely bokeshop like that does add something ;)
Man I also went to Bath.. I think in ... 2002? And it was amazing. But I didn't know about the Emporium or the book spa! ;)
I've been to Bath twice, no maybe thrice. Did not know about the Emporium, alas. I loved the city too.
25. The Abyss Beyond Dreams - Peter F. Hamilton Part of The Commonwealth Universe series.
TBR Challenge, ROOT from 2015, SF/SFFKIT
There is a weird void in the Galaxy that seems threatening and is periodically grasping ships and taking them into itself. Who else but Nigel Sheldon, one of the creators of the Commonwealth, to ask to look into it and see if he can't neutralize it's powers.
I love this series, for it's elaborate world-building and imaginative creation of societies morphed to thrive in a universe so very different from the one we know, and yet be reasonable and understandable. He peoples these worlds with characters who are intriguing, deep and complex. Not to mention the science!
>90 majkia: sounds like a great read! Ending a review with "Not to mention the science!" is always a way to pique my interest.... ;)
>91 avanders: LOL. Yeah, I like it when the author can come up with some scientific explanation for their world, the way it is, the things they can do. It doesn't have to be real, but I do like logical and believable, even if I know it probably isn't actually possible, or at least not possible in the world the way we know it. But then, magic is just science we don't know yet, so...
>92 majkia: me too.. I feel the same way -- even if it's not true, just so long as it's somewhat believable, I'm happy :)
25. The Alphabet House - Jussi Adler-Olsen
ROOT from 2015, AlphaKIT
Rather grim tale of two English pilots shot down over Germany and their prolonged attempt to survive the war. I kept thinking I'd seen this movie. It is an older book of his, from 1997, although from the look of things, only newly translated.
Definitely not for those who want sunshine and ponies.
26. The Flanders Panel - Arturo Perez-Reverte
ROOT from 2012
A thriller that follows a restorer, who is working on a painting called 'Game of Chess'. When her old lover is killed, she's driven on to discover what the painting is about, and asks her friends to help her understand the message she finds hidden in the painting, "who killed the knight". The more she delves into the mystery, the more danger she finds herself in.
I enjoyed the complexity of the set up, and particularly the whole lets figure out which piece took the knight and did someone actually kill the knight who is one of the players in the game of chess.
I love puzzles and this was definitely a complex and changing one!
>95 majkia: oooooh, I loved that book when I read it. Glad you enjoyed it!
27. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey - The Expanse Book 4
- 4 stars
A ROOT and an SF/SFFKIT entry.
Scientists and corporate entities have been beaten through the Ring that opened up new worlds by hopeful folks who want to settle on one of these new worlds. Earth and the OPA approach Jim Holden and the crew of the Rosie and ask them to go through the Ring and act as mediators between the angry corporate ship headed there and the colonists.
Jim has been reluctant to have anything to do with that Ring, but as usual gets back into a corner and maneuvered into accepting the assignment.
Before the Rosie can get there, violence breaks out between the colonists and the corporate security forces so the crew lands in the middle of a fight they'd hoped to avoid.
From there things go even more pear-shaped when the planet decides to blow up.
Then it becomes a question of whether any of them can survive, and can they all manage to put aside their distrust and hatred and work together to do it.
Super series, and this is a solid, if different entry to the series. Excellent characters and world-building, and the series remains one of my favorites as a result.
>99 majkia: whelp. added the 1st in the Expansion series to my wishlist.... Is this book part of that series?
Part of the Expanse series if that's the one you mean. Starts with Leviathan Wakes.
29. Red Bones - Ann Cleeves Third in the Shetland books
Third entry in the Shetland books. Complex families, stories intermingled with lies, secrets and betrayals. Pasts that rear up unexpectedly, that take over and touch the residents of the Shetland islands. Like everywhere else, really.
The mystery is complex and I confess I guessed wrong about the killer, and never did guess the basic why of it.
I love her ability to make the islands come alive.
TBR Challenge, ROOT, RandomCAT
30. The Protector's War - S.M. Stirling - Emberverse 2, Nantucket 5
TBR Challenge, ROOT from 2013, AlphaKIT
It is year 8, after The Change. People are trying to survive, relearning how to grow their own food, protect themselves from marauders and warlords. The Bear Killer Clan and Clan Mackenzie are separate but close, with a mutual pact to assist when the self-styled Protector once again sends his forces to conquer them.
Lots of details with regard to primitive survival, and a surprisingly strong emphasis on worship of the Goddess.
Characters are well drawn and strong, and the plot is clear and pointed, with one small exception at the end.
It has cliff hangers though so beware. I'm having to hurry up and read the next book in the series right now!
31. A Meeting at Corvallis - S.M. Stirling - 3rd of the Emberverse series
Third entry to the Emberverse, finishing up the series about the first 10 or so years after The Change. No one knows quite what happened, but on one fine evening, suddenly machines all stopped working at once. There followed massive upheaval and a few hearty folks who struggled to survive. These three books covered several small enclaves in the Pacific Northwest, and how they managed to put together a follow on civilization.
Lots of interesting learning to make-do, reinvention of primitive techniques for survival and lots of interesting approaches to governance.
TBR Challenge, ROOT
32. The Rainaldi Quartet - Paul Adam - ROOT, TBR Challenge
Admittedly, I have a thing about the forging, stealing, creating, or collecting of works of art. You have only to look at my TBR Challenge to figure this out. ;) This time out, it's all about the violins.
Gianni is a luthier from Cremona. When a close friend of his, another luthier, is killed, he teams up with another close friend, who is the local detective, to find out just why he died and who dunnit.
I confess to knowing essentially nothing, not a damn thing, about violins, well, other than they sound terrific in the hands of an artist. So this was a crash course in fiddle terminology and creation as well as an eye opening treatise on how easily one could forge an Stradivari for instance.
I enjoyed the book, liked the menus and felt envious about them, and found the mystery, more the why of things than the who, kept me entertained throughout.
>107 majkia: Sound like a lovely book. I too like books about music/art. This is a BB for me
>107 majkia: "Admittedly, I have a thing about the forging, stealing, creating, or collecting of works of art."
THIS! It's like catnip...
33. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
When monuments somehow displaced from the near future begin appearing around the world, a small cadre of scientists begin trying to figure out how and why it is happening. The story follows this group of people as they try to make sense of the Kuin monuments while the world falls apart around them.
Hard science, intriguing characters and unfortunately believeable human reactions to the situation, make the book fascinating, in an aghast kind of way.
AlphaKIT, ROOT from 2013, SF/SFFKIT
34. Red Rising - Pierce Brown First in the Red Rising Trilogy
Darrow, a Red, is a miner. He and his people are low caste and have little to aspire to, only to survive the harsh mines of Mars. But there is an underground who hopes to overthrow the Golds who control the human worlds. And one day Darrow finds it.
Many folks compare this to The Hunger Games, but the world Darrow occupies is much harsher and less clear. Lies and controls and madness seem to be mixed together to hold the society where it is.
Darrow's struggle to survive, and to find a way to destroy this society is harrowing and appalling in its violence and cruelty. But then, the Golds haven't had to deal with a Hell Diver and they have no idea the chaos one wild uninhibited young man can wreak.
>114 majkia: I read that and really enjoyed it as a more involved/complex YA dystopian.. glad you enjoyed it too! And now I guess I need to read the 2nd one. I just got annoyed because I won it as an early reviewer (here on LT? I think so....), but it was never sent to me. So I kind of boycotted it. I will pick it up cheap at a used bookstore or the library sale one of these days ;p
We are spending June and July at Eden Gardens State Park here in Florida, about an hour from home. Jim is volunteering here. Beautiful park, except for the yellow/dog flies that I am badly allergic to. Hopefully they will be gone in a week or so. Meanwhile, slathering up with Avon Skin-so-Soft bug spray.
Well, it looks beautiful and cool and I'd like to take a nap under those trees. I know it's not really cool but it does look like it in that shade.
34. Seventy-Seven Clocks - Christopher Fowler Bryant and May #3
Bryant is his usual irascible self and May his usual long-suffering but accepting self. This mystery begins when a man dressed as if he'd been moved through time from the past, destroys a painting on display. And, as the first act hints, the roots of the crimes are in London's Victorian past.
I really enjoy this series. Refreshing to an elder shown as bright and competent rather than as angry old farts to be got round.
>116 majkia: Wow! I want to go there too! I really love that house and the garden is beautiful.
36. Nexus - Ramez Naam
Excellent book of the fairly near future, whee a street drug is enhanced by a young scientist so that it can connect minds. The US government is on a crusade to block this drug and to stop any humans from being changed into enhanced post-humans and goes after the scientist and anyone he cares about or who helps him.
Lots of neuroscience, lots of action, intriguing ideas, characters well-drawn.
37. Fated - Benedict Jacka -
- ROOT, AlphaKIT
Fun book, and a series I'll continue. Alex runs a 'magic' shop. He's a diviner, rather than a mage, which has it's drawbacks. However, since he can see the future he's in high demand from competing forces looking for a magical artifact.
Told in first person, with lots of humor. Enjoyable all round.
38. Red Gold - Alan Furst Night Soldiers Book 5
Alan Furst's series is about normal, everyday people stuck in the middle of Hell, when Europe goes to war. Some of them survive, some don't. Some find a way to work in the resistance, some try to escape, some help with that.
He presents the situation, not idealized with brave, beautiful people who are incredible spies, but instead as people who barely manage to find ways to survive, and do what little they can to help the cause of defeating Hitler. Fear is always present and one never knows who is knocking on your door, or who will be knocking it down.
#126 How odd! When I used 'more' to fix the touchstone, the correct book was listed as number one, and Jane Eyre was second. Very odd!
39. The Dreaming Void - Peter F. Hamilton
This is a re-read. I began reading book 2 of the Void Trilogy and realized how much I'd forgotten so went back to it.
Far future sci fi with complex characterization, intricate plotting and fascinating aliens and reimagined human societies.
40. The Temporal Void - Peter F. Hamilton Second in The Void Trilogy
ROOT from 2014, TBR Challenge, RandomCAT
Peter F. Hamilton continues to amaze with his elaborately constructed world-building, and complex imagination. Characters are numerous and deeply drawn and live in a world so different from ours, and yet, still colored by our internal faults, prejudices and hatreds. Still, hope and joy and love are there too, and the desire to strive above what limits us and succeed in changing the universe.
41. Fortress in the Eye of Time - C.J. Cherryh
ROOT from 2012, SF/SFFKIT
Ambitious beginning to a series, with lots of complex world building and a main character who knows nothing - less even than Jon Snow.
I thought it was awfully wordy, and would have liked less internal dialog and more action. The story itself was interesting and I can see why so many folks like it. Interesting take on magic and sorcery.
EEp. Obviously I've not been keeping up.
Since the last update I've read:
41. The Evolutionary Void - Peter F. Hamilton
42. Artifact - Gregory Benford
43. The Fallen Blade - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
44 The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi
45. Spartan Gold - Clive Cussler
46. Bloodline - James Rollins
47. Echo - Jack McDevitt - ROOT, AlphaKIT
48. At the Sign of the Crow and Moon - Mitchell Hogan
49. Crucible of Souls - Mitchell Hogan
50. Hammerfall - C.J. Cherryh - DNF
51. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey
I'm counting Hammerfall even if I did not finish it. I hereby give up on Cherryh. I forced myself to finish Fortress in the Eye of Time but couldn't stand another 100 page sojourn through the desert with Hammerfall. One way was enough! I really like her ideas but her writing makes me crazy. It feels/seems repetitive to me, and I just want to get on with the story without pages and pages of stuff that seems overdone. Just my opinion of course.
Also what to say that Nemesis Games was terrific. The best of The Expanse series so far, and it totally blew me away, as it blew away a lot of other things! Talk about following events to their logical extensions. Can't wait for Babylon's Ashes - so aptly named now that I've read its predecessor.
With regard to non-bookly things, we had a death in the family, I went on a 10 day trip to eastern Europe where I took a Danube cruise that was wonderful (except I never ever want to see Heathrow ever ever again), came back with a horrible cold, worked the Florida Primary election (training, early voting, and precinct voting) and we're already beginning to gear up for the Presidential election beginning next week. No promises I'll be updating much with that going on. Our hours will be much much longer for Early Voting (number of days as well as hours worked) so I'll be a lump of exhaustion after November 5th.
Counting Shadow of the Wind as a ROOT but it was a Did Not Finish for me. After 100 pages I wasn't looking forward to much in it.
>139 majkia: You got further than I did! I will try it again, as I want to see what the fuss is all about, but the first couple of chapters really didn't do a thing for me.
>141 connie53: Yes, reading tastes are so individual, aren't they! And that is cool!
Warchild - Karin Lowachee
Rarely do I award 5 stars to anything, but War Child deserves them. A sci fi book that delves into the horrors of child abuse and looks at how it colors their lives from thereon out. There are triggers for child abuse here, certainly, but it is handled carefully and in a non-exploitative manner. Kudos to Karin Lowachee for a masteful job.
Along with the obvious, the tale is a space opera with a lot of action, a complex plot, and incredibly thoughtful character development. No paper cutout characters in this tale
Brat Farrar - Jospehine Tey.
This year I started reading a mystery series by Nicola Upson that features Josephine Tey as the female lead as she and her friend Archie solve mysteries. The one I finished just before I started Brat Farrar, the second in the Upson series Angel with Two Faces was so very similar to Brat Farrar. They are both about twins, both about mysterious, possibly suicidal deaths, both set in a similar setting (the south of England) and both were very much horsey kinds of tales
I really enjoyed Brat Farrar. Although I'd figured out the mystery very early on, I was still compelled to read onward because I wanted poor Brat to come out of the story with some sort of hopeful ending, and it just didn't seem as if he could manage it.
Both stories were, also, very psychological rather than procedurally complex. I much prefer my mysteries focusing on the people's motivations and thoughts than the murders so I was quite happy about it.
A Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice and a Kewl Yule to you and yours, Jean.
Yearly wrap up:
79 total books
Long Live Malaz! The Crippled God was the end of the Book of the Fallen. Incredible he was able to wrap up all those threads!
And Dancer's Lament was the start of a new trilogy about a few of the characters in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Wonderful, funny and imaginative.
Also, the best Sci Fi series currently being written IMHO, The Expanse. Latest read, Nemesis Games.
Warchild by Karin Lowachee. Marvelous.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson was quite the story of an apocalypse.
And last but not least Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Keep rising when necessary, folks!
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