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2020 - Majkia (Jean) in Margaritaville

This is a continuation of the topic 2019 - Majkia's Geeky Reading - Part 2.

The Green Dragon

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1majkia
Edited: Today, 7:31am Top



Does everyone know Jimmy Buffett? If you aren't that familiar, us fans are known as Parrot Heads.
Flip flops and blue jeans. It's 5 o'clock somewhere! I'm dreaming of tropical places to read.

Long live the Conch Republic!












2majkia
Edited: Today, 7:19am Top

1st Quarter Reading


1. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson 🎵 (reader: Michael Kramer) Series: Mistborn #2 pages: 815 - SFFKIT, ROOT, BFB
2. The Bayern Agenda - Dan Moren - Pages: 384 -Series: The Galactic Cold War #1 -ROOT, SFFKIT - ROOT from 2019
3. Dispel Illusion - Mark Lawrence - Impossible Times #3 - 🎵 (reader: Matthew Throw) - pages 234
4. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers - Series: Lord Peter Wimsey #1 - 🎵 (reader: Roe Kindall - pages 224 - ROOT, BingoDog
5. Age of Myth - Micheal J. Sullivan - Series: Legends #1 - 🎵 (reader: Tim Gerard Reynolds - pages 432 - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, Focus Series
6. Un Lun Dun - China Mieville - pages 498 - ROOT, SFFKIT, AlphaKIT
7. Ancestral Night - Elizabeth Bear - Series: White Space #1 - 🎵 (reader: Nneka Okoye) - pages 512 - BFB, ROOT, SFFKIT, AlphaKIT

3majkia
Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 4:32pm Top

2nd Quarter Reading

4majkia
Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 4:33pm Top

3rd Quarter Reading

5majkia
Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 4:34pm Top

4th Quarter Reading

6majkia
Edited: Jan 14, 9:48am Top

Planned Series



SFF
1 Lightbringer Series Brent Weeks SFF 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 #1 - The Black Prism (re-read)
2 Demon Cycle Peter V. Brett SFF 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 #1 - The Warded Man (re-read)
3. Craft Sequence Max Gladstone SFF 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, #1 - Three Parts Dead
4. Legends of 1st Empire Michael J Sullivan SFF 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 #1 - Age of Myth
5. Laundry Files Charles Stoss SFF 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 #2 - The Jennifer Morgue
6. His Dark Materials reread Phillip Pullman SFF 1,2,3, 0, 0.5 #2 - The Subtle Knife
7. P.C. Grant Ben Aaronovitch SFF 6,7 #6 Lies Sleeping
8. Powder Mage Brian McClellan SFF 4,5,6 #4 Sins of Empire

Sci Fi
9 The Academy Jack McDevitt Sci fi 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 #4 - Omega
10 Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds Sci fi 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 #2
11 Greg Mandel Peter F. Hamilton Sci fi 1, 2, 3 #1 - Mindstar Rising
12 Confederation Tanya Huff Sci fi 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, #1 - Valor's Choice
13 The Retrieval Artist K.K. Rusch Sci fi 1, 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. #1 - The Disappeared
14 Heris Serrano Elizabeth Moon Sci Fi 6,7
15 The Lost Fleet Jack Campbell Sci Fi 2,3,4,5,6 #2 Fearless

Mystery/Thriller

16 Ian Rutledge Charles Todd Period mystery 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, #12 - The Red Door
17 Dept Q Jussi Adler-Olsen Contemp mystery 7, 8 #7 - The Scarred Woman
18 Seb St Cyr C.S. Harris Period mystery 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 #10 - Who Buries the Dead
19 Sigma Force James Rollins thriller 13, 14 #13 - The Demon Crown
20 Pendergast Preston/Child thriller 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, #11 - Cold Vengeance
21 Flavia Alan Bradley Period mystery 9, 10 #9 - The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
22 Gamache Louise Penny mystery 10, 11, 12 #10 - The Long Way Home
23 Cooper & Fry Stephen Booth mystery 3,4,5 #3 - Blood on the Tongue

7majkia
Dec 30, 2019, 4:39pm Top

Wishing everyone a wonderful new year and great reading. Raise a glass!

8drneutron
Dec 30, 2019, 4:58pm Top

Do I know Jimmy Buffett? Yup, yup! Tin Cup Chalice, A Pirate Looks at Forty, Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season, on and on goes the list...

Welcome back!

9Narilka
Dec 30, 2019, 10:05pm Top

Happy reading in 2020!

10Peace2
Dec 31, 2019, 8:52pm Top

Best wishes for 2020, may plenty of great reads come your way!

11majkia
Jan 1, 12:43pm Top

Thanks all for dropping by. Happy New Year!

We're beginning the year RVing at one of our favorite campgrounds, Eastbank, on Lake Seminole just across the Florida border in Georgia. Our daughter and her husband are camping with us.

12quondame
Jan 1, 9:39pm Top

13Sakerfalcon
Jan 2, 6:10am Top

Happy new year! May it bring you good times and great books!

14Marissa_Doyle
Jan 2, 9:38am Top

Happy New Year! I always enjoy following your thread.

15majkia
Jan 2, 12:59pm Top

1. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson 🎵 (reader: Michael Kramer) Series: Mistborn #2 pages: 815 - ROOT, BFB, SFFKIT

I struggled a bit with this. I'm not certain why. Perhaps because I'm not crazy about the reader. He's not very good at discriminating between characters or showing much emotion.

Not sure I'll continue with this series.

16clamairy
Edited: Jan 2, 5:46pm Top

Hope your 2020 is full of amazing reads.

>15 majkia: Have you already read a print of ebook version?

17majkia
Jan 2, 6:32pm Top

>16 clamairy: No I hadn't read it before I listened to the audio.

18YouKneeK
Jan 2, 6:34pm Top

>15 majkia: I remember enjoying that series quite a lot when I read it several years ago, but that’s practically all I remember aside from the magic system. I remember almost nothing about the story itself. I’d like to re-read it someday, but I’m of course now stubbornly avoiding all Mistborn-related books until he finishes all the subseries he plans for it. :)

19clamairy
Jan 2, 6:45pm Top

>17 majkia: Maybe try switching to print if the narrator stinks.

20libraryperilous
Jan 3, 7:35pm Top

I've read one of Sanderson's books and didn't care for his writing style. I might try him again later. The magic systems always sound interesting.

I'm dreaming of tropical places to read.

Story of my life, although I'm not a Parrot Head, just a surfer girl. :)

Happy 2020 readings!

21hfglen
Jan 4, 4:34am Top

>1 majkia: I have to smile every time I see the message in the graphic. I've been in flip flops most of the time since you posted that. Right now it's in the low 30s Celsius and sunny. But then this is the southern hemisphere.

22haydninvienna
Jan 4, 6:58am Top

>1 majkia: Of course if you were from my part of Down Under, you’d be in thongs, but I can see that being open to misconstruction.

23majkia
Jan 4, 7:04am Top

>21 hfglen: Enjoy your summer! And long live flip flops.

>22 haydninvienna: LOL. Some folks here call them thongs and indeed that always raises a snicker.

24majkia
Edited: Jan 4, 7:09am Top

>18 YouKneeK: Yeah, I have no idea what other series mesh with the Mistborn books. I have books of his in other series but no idea if they are related. I guess I should check? Heh.

>19 clamairy: Yeah. Pondering that. However I don't own the ebook and the library doesn't have it, so I might force myself to listen to Hero of the Ages.

>20 libraryperilous: Yeah, the magic system is quite imaginative. And, ain't nothing wrong with being a surfer girl ;)

25majkia
Jan 4, 7:07am Top

2. The Bayern Agenda - Dan Moren - Pages: 384 -Series: The Galactic Cold War #1 -ROOT, SFFKIT - ROOT from 2019

An interesting story. Lots of action but also lots of plots within plots and intrigue. Not exactly 007 style espionage, but actually more interesting.

26Narilka
Jan 4, 5:46pm Top

>24 majkia: I just saw someone in my GR's book club also complain about the narrator for the Mistborn series and they had to switch to regular reading to enjoy it. A narrator can make or break your enjoyment of any audio book. Kind of like having a good translator can do the same for foreign language works.

27majkia
Jan 4, 7:26pm Top

>26 Narilka: Oh, I agree. A narrator is so cruicial if you are listening to a book. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. It does piss me off that I've paid for the audio and hate it. Maybe i'll ask audible for a refund on Hero of the ages and then buy the ebook.

28Narilka
Jan 4, 7:29pm Top

>27 majkia: Audible is really great about returns as long as you don't abuse it. I had no issues returning the occasional title in the past.

29majkia
Jan 4, 8:25pm Top

>28 Narilka: Well, darn. They won't let me return it because I bought it more than 1 year ago. Well, actually in 2016. Darn.

30Narilka
Jan 4, 9:39pm Top

>29 majkia: Oh shoot :(

31majkia
Jan 5, 2:23pm Top

3. Dispel Illusion - Mark Lawrence - Impossible Times #3 - 🎵 (reader: Matthew Throw) - pages 234

What a fun series, full of nostalgia and imaginative twists.

32majkia
Jan 7, 10:25am Top

4. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers - Series: Lord Peter Wimsey #1 - 🎵 (reader: Roe Kindall - pages 224 - ROOT, BingoDog

Fun, light-hearted, intro to Lord Peter Wimsey and his piffle.

33MrsLee
Jan 9, 9:31am Top

>32 majkia: Is that the one which begins, "Oh, damn!" :)

34majkia
Jan 14, 10:30am Top

35majkia
Edited: Jan 14, 2:11pm Top

5. Age of Myth - Micheal J. Sullivan - Series: Legends #1 - 🎵 (reader: Tim Gerard Reynolds - pages 432 - ROOT, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, Focus Series

Full of interesting characters, and imaginative world building.

36majkia
Edited: Jan 14, 6:35pm Top

January 15th is my 13th Thingaversary. The haul, in order to meet my obligations:

The Fated Sky: A Lady Astronaut Novel -Kowal, Mary Robinette
Lady Astronaut (2)
Dressed for Death: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Leon, Donna
Commissario Brunetti (3)
Murder at Archly Manor: High Society Lady Detective, Book 1 Rosett, Sara
High Society Lady Detective (1)
Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder Book 2) McClellan, Brian - Gods of Blood and Powder (2)
Jade War (The Green Bone Saga 2) Lee, Fonda
Witch Of The Federation (Federal Histories Book 1) Anderle, Michael
The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War 2) Kuang, R. F
A Case of Blackmail in Belgravia (A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure Book 1) Benson, Clara
The City in the Middle of the Night Anders, Charlie Jane
Escape to Osprey Cove Book 1 of The Osprey Cove Lodge Series Gold, Luisa Marietta
Steel Crow Saga Krueger, Paul
Mutineer (Kris Longknife 1) Shepherd, Mike
The Ten Thousand Doors of January Harrow, Alix E.

One to grow on:
The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellowes

37libraryperilous
Jan 14, 7:47pm Top

Happy early Thingaversary! I hope the haul lives up to its promise.

38clamairy
Jan 14, 10:13pm Top

Happy Thingaversary! Enjoy your well-deserved loot!

39haydninvienna
Jan 14, 11:43pm Top

Happy thingaversary! If you get to The City in the Middle of the Night any time soon, let us know if it’s any good. I’ve just read the first one, All the Birds in the Sky, and thought it was terrific.

40quondame
Jan 14, 11:51pm Top

>39 haydninvienna: I found a good deal of interest in The City in the Middle of the Night but the abusiveness of the central relationship kept it from being a favorite.

41Sakerfalcon
Jan 15, 7:39am Top

>40 quondame: Seconded.

42MrsLee
Jan 15, 8:37am Top

Happy Thingaversary! I have at least 10 in the Commissario Brunetti series. I've only read one, but I liked it. The rest I purchased on my Kindle when they were on sale for my mother. She was a big fan.

43majkia
Jan 16, 6:52am Top

>40 quondame: Oh dear. Not good news. Well, won't be the first book I DNF'd for that reason.

Otherwise, thanks kindly for all the well wishes. I wish you all great thingaversaries as well.

44majkia
Jan 16, 9:31am Top

6. Un Lun Dun - China Mieville - pages 498 - ROOT, SFFKIT, AlphaKIT

What an imaginative book! Binjas! Webmister! Curdle!!!

Highly recommended.

As usual, China Mieville does not disappoint. And, you can also almost see The City & the City being created.

45libraryperilous
Jan 16, 12:54pm Top

>40 quondame:, >41 Sakerfalcon: Thirded, and the author's defense of it when questioned was pretty gross.

46quondame
Jan 16, 3:57pm Top

>45 libraryperilous: Can you supply a pointer to her defense?

47Peace2
Yesterday, 11:23pm Top

>36 majkia: Quite the thingaversary haul - may you enjoy your time with your acquisitions.

>44 majkia: This one is somewhere on my TBR pile, your comments make me want to move it up the pile so I get to it sooner.

48majkia
Today, 7:23am Top

>47 Peace2: Hope you enjoy it!

49majkia
Today, 7:23am Top

7. Ancestral Night - Elizabeth Bear - Series: White Space #1 - 🎵 (reader: Nneka Okoye) - pages 512 - BFB, ROOT, SFFKIT, AlphaKIT

I really enjoyed the philosophy and internal debates regarding guilt and forgiveness, obligations, consequences, and needs. Not the usual Space Opera but still great.

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