Yearly Targets 2018

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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2018, 10:46:11 pm »
Wilshire, it seems as if me and you are the only one to read books around here anymore....
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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2018, 02:21:57 am »
Oh, I'm always reading something, MSJ. I'm just so random; I pick up one book, switch to another book, etc. Not good with lists.

But I have started "The Worm Ouroboros" by E. R. Eddison. Written in 1922, the style is "densely ornamented and deliberately archaic". In fact, its dialogue is very Shakespearian. A most difficult and offputting read.
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« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2018, 12:55:13 pm »
Haha, I'm sure there are others MSJ :) .

Finished Ready Player One. (3)
It was a fun, quick read. Like a Dan Brown novel set in a videogame. Kept me interested throughout, with a lot of funny moments. I'd give it a 4/5 for entertainment value. Its not a deep "thinking man's" book but worth the read for something light and funny.

Onward, to Ancillary Justice. Looks like this will be another quick one.
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« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2018, 03:26:04 pm »
Oh, I'm constantly trying to find time to read. I should be done LTG soon which will put me at (2). I picked up The Wheel of Osheim again recently and got a couple chapters in... But probably moving onto Disciple next.
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« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2018, 11:31:44 pm »
Forgot, but I finished When true Night Falls (2), right after the new year.
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« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2018, 10:36:21 am »
My goal is 35 this year. I have read 6 book these first weeks of the year so I think I will do it.

I’m reading the Kalevala now - excellent stuff.
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2018, 12:14:26 pm »
I've read this year so far.

Wolf in Shadow
The Last Guardian- Jon shannow trilogy David Gemmell
Bloodstone

Waylander
Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf- David Gemmell
Hero in the Shadows

The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend
The Legend of Deathwalker                      David Gemmell
White Wolf
Legend

Notorious- Jack Slack

and the weak suffer what they must- Yanis Varoufakis.

Untouchables: Dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard- Michael Gillard Laurie Flynn.

Storm in the Sword- David Gemmell.

Midnight Falcon-David Gemmel

Raveheart - David Gemmell

StormRider- David Gemmell

This concludes Gemmel January for me.

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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2018, 01:07:28 pm »
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (4)
Very interesting book. I don't really know what I was expecting, but it was quite unusual. I liked it, probably worth reading the sequels, but ti didn't blow me away or anything thing.
I'll give it a 3.5/5

Artemis by Andy Weir (5)
The new one by the guy who wrote The Martian. It was ... OK. Didn't have the same punch as the first one, but a fun, quick read. Very convincing characters, notably the main character is a woman, which I was surprised he did such a good job with. Its got some of the same humor that made Martian so endearing, but not as much of the 'science' that also contributed to the success of the previous novel.
3/5
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« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2018, 04:08:26 pm »
Quality Gemmell reads, themerchant :).
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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 11:03:55 pm »
Finished Light, Time, and Gravity (2). I think I have a better handle on it this time. And for some reason it thrills me that I still have years before I'm of the age that Bakker wrote his books. It's easily been a couple years since I've reread LTG and those specific years gave me new perspective on that particular novel.

I might bang out The Wheel of Osheim as a palate cleanser before I dig into Disciple of the Dog and Bakker's various shorts... I can't decide if I want to read the Atrocity Tales chronologically or as they were published concurrently as I do my TSA reread.
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« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2018, 11:09:38 am »
Just finished Academ's Fury(3). Good, not as good as the 1st. Sticking with and moving onto the next in the series. There's a lot of potential here.
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« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2018, 06:29:25 pm »
Quality Gemmell reads, themerchant :).

Reading storm in the sword today. :)

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« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2018, 02:49:25 am »
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« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2018, 01:19:39 pm »
Well, finished Cursor's Fury(4) A week ago and forgot to post. It was good, and the intrigue continues to ramp up. Tavi, the main character, and his ummm, problems continue to get more and more complicated. I recommend the series to anyone.
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« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2018, 01:38:44 pm »
Uh, let's see.

I've been partaking in this live online lecture series on the writings of PKD (and various philosophic implications) and have been reading one a week.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Three-Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, UBIK, and A Scanner Darkly so far puts me at (6). I'm still working through DG, though I asked the SO to spring on the paperback for me so it'll be quicker finishing now (also have a paperback of Memories of Ice on hand), and still only about half-way through Disciple.
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