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Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:58 am 
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yes.. the black box is new. i have read all the bosch books. i like haller, but i like the bosch books more and would totally recommend them.
i haven't read john sandford in a while. i am about 3-4 books behind in both davenport & flowers.


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yes.. the black box is new. i have read all the bosch books. i like haller, but i like the bosch books more and would totally recommend them.
i haven't read john sandford in a while. i am about 3-4 books behind in both davenport & flowers.


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Sounds great! Looking forward to your thoughts on the Fringe finale.

Yes, I like the Harry Bosch character a lot. With Sandford, I'm also a little behind. I am 2 behind with Flowers, 3 with Davenport.

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I finally read Stephen King's "The Mist". I don't know why I waited so long. It's a cool story and sits in that Sci-Fi/Horror genre that I seem to enjoy so much. I remember thinking the ending to the Frank Darabont directed film was brutal and shocking but gutsy. A quick read of the original novella found in the "Dark Forces" (1980) collection made me realized how much more I prefer King's original ending.

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Finished up Connelly's Chasing The Dime - good thriller following a molecular biotech geek in charge of a company searching to create something that could eliminate diseases, a molecular biochip essentially. After splitting with his girlfriend, he moves to another apartment with a new number and gets lots a wrong numbers all requesting Lily. Lily turns out to be an escort that's gone missing, and this mystery perks the protagonist's interest. The guy gets wrapped up in something way over his head - would've been easier to just change his number, but something from his past haunts him and makes him open this can of worms.

Also finished up two Lewis Carroll stories - Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded. Sort of reminiscent of Alice, as there is a blend between reality and fantasyland, or in this case, Fairy land. Sylvie and Bruno are interesting little fairies, siblings, that can only be seen when in an "eerie" state of consciousness or full dream state. Fun quips and play on words/dialogue/expressions all throughout.

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Khoury brings an entertaining read with a sequel to his first Templar book. It serves its purpose and is fun to read about the potential hidden information of the Templars and Catholicism.

Always good to read some Lincoln - this Tribute is simply a collection of letters from all nations providing condolences for the loss of Lincoln and giving accolades for what he accomplished as POTUS.

Up next: Sherlock Holmes collection, Charlaine Harris' True Blood Omnibus II (features 3 Sookie Stackhouse novels).

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Finished The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. Also read through some of the stories from His Last Bow. Sherlock Holmes stories are always fun and engaging reads.

Also killed off 2 of 3 novels from the True Blood Omnibus II - Dead To The World and Dead As A Doornail. I can actually say that I prefer the show to the books. Reading through the books, I feel like the show captures the essence but brings more of an edge to it.


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Finished The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. Also read through some of the stories from His Last Bow. Sherlock Holmes stories are always fun and engaging reads.

Also killed off 2 of 3 novels from the True Blood Omnibus II - Dead To The World and Dead As A Doornail. I can actually say that I prefer the show to the books. Reading through the books, I feel like the show captures the essence but brings more of an edge to it.


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okay.. in the middle of two books:
stephen king's under the dome
i don't know, i just couldn't get into it and i read a lot. maybe the length is intimidating me??

f paul wilson's the black wind
part of his secret histories timeline. i read through most of repairman jack and thought i'd read this and sibs. it's good but it was a chore getting through world war 2. i have about 100 pages should finish it eventually.

also read (and finished) barry lyga's i hunt killers
really liked this one. about a 17 yr old whose dad is famous serial killer who taught him the trade and now he helps police find and catch other killers.

currently reading the anatomist's apprentice by tessa harris
usually i don't like eighteenth century stories, but this one is about one of the beginning of forensic science. i thought it might be similar to caleb carr's the alienst.


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okay.. in the middle of two books:
stephen king's under the dome
i don't know, i just couldn't get into it and i read a lot. maybe the length is intimidating me??

f paul wilson's the black wind
part of his secret histories timeline. i read through most of repairman jack and thought i'd read this and sibs. it's good but it was a chore getting through world war 2. i have about 100 pages should finish it eventually.

also read (and finished) barry lyga's i hunt killers
really liked this one. about a 17 yr old whose dad is famous serial killer who taught him the trade and now he helps police find and catch other killers.

currently reading the anatomist's apprentice by tessa harris
usually i don't like eighteenth century stories, but this one is about one of the beginning of forensic science. i thought it might be similar to caleb carr's the alienst.



I read Under The Dome - I really enjoyed it. The ending, aka the cause of the Dome, is ehh...but I tend to find that some of King's stories are more about the adventure than the end. So I actually enjoyed the journey more than its completion, but still recommend it. I'm definitely going to check out the television series this summer.

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Read through a several H.P. Lovecraft stories. Definitely some interesting and bizarre stories. The last one I read, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadathwas just so strange. Various beasts and creatures found in the dreamscape of Randolph Carter, who is in search of Kadath, realm of the gods.

Finished the last Stackhouse book in the Omnibus - not bad actually. I sort of got into them the more I read the stories. I still prefer the show to the books, but they were entertaining enough.


Up next: Another Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead Reckoning, Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man.

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Finished Dead Reckoning, Bradbury's The Illustrated Man and The Golden Apples of the Sun. The Sookie Stackhouse book was entertaining enough, but Bradbury's stories are simply fantastic. I loved just about all the stories incorporated in both the collections, and even recalled some of them which I had seen in The Ray Bradbury Theater.

Up next: Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon.

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Wrapped up quite a bit in the last 2 months -- Read Jules Verne for the very first time ever. Pretty interesting tale of travel in a balloon, quite the adventure story. Looking forward to reading the other notable novels in the future.

Then I went over to some Mark Twain and read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper. I enjoyed both stories and loved how each had a certain atmosphere that sucked me into those particular worlds. It's funny, reading Tom Sawyer I would sometimes think about TZ's 'The Bewitchin' Pool' and 'A Stop at Willoughby'.

I also finished up Michael Connelly's The Drop. I've been enjoying the Harry Bosch novels a lot. Definitely up there with Sandford's Lucas Davenport.

Currently, I'm reading Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo (again, love the period and atmosphere) and John Sandford's 'Buried Prey'.

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3 months gone, along with some books/stories: Sandford's Buried Prey and Shock Wave; several stories by Edgar Allen Poe; Chelsea Cain's The Night Season; Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned.

Always love reading Sandford's Davenport and Flowers novels, interesting crime thrillers with likable characters.

Cain started this series with a female version of Hannibal Lecter; this novel was a departure from that character as she is incarcerated but still follow the protagonist Archie Sheridan.

Always good to read some of the classics, Poe and Rice for the atmosphere of the season. I had started The Count of Monte Cristo in August, read through about a quarter of it, so far so good, love the time period.

Currently reading Cheslea Cain's Kill Me Twice and Stephen King's Carrie.

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I just re-read Poul Anderson's first novel, "Brain Wave," which is now an SF classic. The premise is all mammals' intelligence goes up 400--500% because the Earth has finally left a cone of cosmic particles projected from galactic center (after being in it, this cone-shaped force field, for several million years) and their nervous systems are finally operating at "normal" speed. Of course Society collapses within days, along with farms, where animals are no longer stupid enough to be exploited, eaten, etc. The ape family is now as smart as a human with an IQ of 80 or so, dogs, pigs, elephants are no slackers either. On one level this is a very smart disaster end-of-world story since you might think if everyone had an IQ of around 450 to 600 there would be utopia. Anderson thinks it through in less obvious ways, such as, why would a bus driver keep driving his bus? A printer keep printing newspapers? And so on. Written a half century ago, Poul (a conservative) did his level best to play fair with communists, racial prejudice and the like. His only real blind spots were sexism and religion (they are hardly discussed vis. a world with enormous IQs), which may be more to the publisher's taste then his. I am fortunate enough to have know Poul (and his lovely wife, Karen), and can attest he was a very broad minded man, even when cursing in his native tongue when his drink orders came back wrong at SF cons.


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The problem with short story compilations is that it takes me forever to finish them because I tend to pick and choose and will leave some stories unread for long periods of time. I just finished up two of them, one of which has been on my bookshelf for a long time...

Dark Forces (1980 - edited by Kirby McCauley) - This include Stephen King's "The Mist" which is the only novella in this collection and is easily the best story. The other stories are okay. I can recall "Where The Summer Ends" by Karl Edward Wagner the most vividly.

Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary (2009 - edited by Carol Serling) - A bit of a letdown. Favorite stories were "The Art of the Miniature" by Earl Hamner and "Ants" by Tad Williams.

I also tore through Robert Bloch's This Crowded Earth (1958). I really enjoyed it. It's about an overpopulated Earth and the measures taken to try and save the human race. The ending didn't go where I wanted it to but it was still a good read.

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In no particular order are some of my favorite SF anthologies and the editors' names:

A CENTURY OF SCIENCE FICTION DAMON KNIGHT
Great overview, contains rarities, like "What's It Like Out There?" which was rejected by editors due to it's "downbeat" depiction of space travel, little known classics by Big Names, and surprises. Paperback, try eBay or Amazon; long out of print

A GREAT TREASURY OF SCIENCE FICTION ANTHONY BOUCHER
2 volumes, hardback, offered through SF Book Club back in the day. Contains 4 vital SF novels, including "Brain Wave" Poul Anderson, "The Weapon Shops of Isher" A.E. Van Vogt; also many important shorter works inc. Phil Dick's 1st short story, Bradbury's "Pillar of Fire" novella, and more. Essential reading.

DANGEROUS VISIONS/AGAIN DANGEROUS VISIONS HARLAN ELLISON
The two books that changed SF, liberating writers from most (but not all) censorship; contains important works by Big Names and new comers. Very controversail at the time. Hardback, paperback

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Any antho edited by Judith Merril; "The World's Best SF" a long series ed by Carr/DAW, "Orbit" a long series ed by Damon Knight. All out of print; worth an eBay or Amazon Used search.


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Nov/Dec completed: Finished off Cain's Kill Me Twice - another good Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thriller. Honestly, I'd like to see the first novel made into a movie of some sort, but ONLY if Tricia Helfer plays Gretchen Lowell. She is the only woman I can see playing that role.

Finished King's Carrie and completed 2 of 3 parts of Salem's Lot; the final part to be completed next Halloween.

Read through Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities - first read this story in high school and hated it. I love Dickens' other novels (Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield), but just don't care much for this one. I will say that I didn't hate it as much reading through now, but I certainly didn't enjoy it the way I did his other stories. So let's say "I don't like it" and leave it at that.

Finished Raymond Khoury's The Devil's Elixir - I've been enjoying Khoury's books; again, a relatively easy read of crime thrillers, most of which follow characters Tess Chaykin (archaeologist) and Sean Reilly (FBI agent). He's written a couple revolving around the Templars. This one follows a drug lord trying to concoct a super drug hallucinogen that was discovered by a Jesuit priest centuries ago while submerged in an indigenous culture. The other notion here is that reincarnation exists, though plots are created to make it almost believable. Khoury's topics are usually pretty interesting, and I was entertained here.

Current reading: Chuck Palahniuk's Tell-All; Lewis Carroll's Verse (collection of poetry).

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Christmas brought a number of books that should keep me busy until the summer:

Chuck Palahniuk - Tell-all, Doomed
Ken Follett - World Without End, Winter of the World (cannot read this as it's book 2 in the century trilogy; need to get book 1 Fall of Giants)
Stephen King - Doctor Sleep
David Epstein - The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
Billy Crystal - Still Foolin' Em (gift to my wife and I from her aunt & uncle - had it autographed by Billy Crystal at a local bookstore signing)

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir - Muir reviews Science Fiction, Horror and general geek culture like no other and this book is another example of how well he breaks things down.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay - This was originally written in 1841 and isn't the easiest thing to read. I hope I can get through it because it has been interesting over its first 100 pages or so. People...the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury - It is embarrassing that I have read so little of Bradbury, but I am going to work to remedy that. I'm two short stories in and I've enjoyed them both. "The Veldt" is commonly mentioned as a Bradbury favorite. I liked it but it didn't blow me away. Not disappointing, but kind of a letdown given the raves. The second, "Kaleidoscope" was a sometimes violent yet ethereal tale of an unfortunate crew of space travelers. Quite cool.

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It's been a few months since my last post so I've torn through a lot. Finished the Palahniuk books I mentioned above; read through some Lewis Carroll - "Verse" which included 'The Hunting of the Snark' and 'Phantasmagoria', a bunch of poems, and a couple other stories; continued on with more of 'The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln', which includes all letters and correspondence from all nations at the time of Lincoln's assassination; completed the Sherlock Holmes collection, finishing off with 'The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes'; Michael Connelly's '9 Dragons' - a Harry Bosch novel; Alan Furst's 'Mission to Paris' - another good noir-ish spy novel during Hitler's reign.

Currently, reading H.P Lovecraft - some really good stories like 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward' and the well-known 'The Colour Out of Space' and 'The Dunwich Horror', amongst others. Also reading Billy Crystal's 'Still Foolin' Em' - some funny stuff here, as Crystal talks about his life and getting old. Chapters about his life are interrupted with chapters that play like stand-up bits. I'm enjoying it.

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I've also been re-reading Lovecraft stories, and stories inspired by his, by Clark Ashton Smith and others.

And as usual in April, I've been reading here and there about (to me, at least) one of the great "Fortean" subjects, the 1897 "Airship" (April was the biggest month for it).


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After Lovecraft and Billy Crystal's book, I sunk into some Jules Verne. Read through 'A Journey to the Center of the Earth' and 'From the Earth to the Moon' - both interesting stories, going in separate directions. One travels deep into the center of the Earth and the other seeks exploration outside of it. I've enjoyed these adventure stories from Verne. Also read David Epstein's The Sports Gene - a fascinating read about the possibility of locating genetic connections in athleticism. It's the nature v. nurture debate in the development of an athlete. Epstein circles through all forms of sport and athletics from baseball to running to dog-sledding with notations from interviews and research articles. It was a very enjoyable read.

Currently started Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry FInn and Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie.

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After Twain, I read a couple Hemingway books - The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell To Arms. Never read either of them before, but enjoyed them both quite a bit.

After Tuesdays With Morrie, I stuck with some non-fiction: The Sports Gene by David Epstein; Mariano Rivera - The Closer. Both were interesting reads, the former quite fascinating, and the latter great to learn more about a core Yankees player, best closer ever.

Followed all those up with current reading: Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, Ken Follett's World Without End.

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The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury - I finally finished this. It didn't hurt that my wife got me a Kindle for Christmas.

Bradbury's writing is a bit flowery and soft sometimes but many of the stories here deal with space travel, brought into worlds where visiting other planets is nearly as common as driving a car. My favorite stories were "The Veldt", "Kaleidoscope", "The Long Rain", and "Zero Hour".

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Finished reading Lucifer's Hammer (1977) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. It's a pretty good story, at least until the comet strikes with its resulting catastrophes. It becomes less interesting as tribes of survivors battle for resources and territory. There were also just too many characters. I'd probably give it a "6" on a 1-to-10 scale.

After the 600+ pages of "Lucifer's Hammer", I figured I'd go for a quick 300-pager. So I'm currently reading the latest by A.G. Riddle called "Departure". It seems like I may have an easy-read on my hands. I haven't read any of Riddle's books so I don't know if he's a respected author or anything. I guess that's not important anyway.

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"Classics" I've gone through since my last post: further along with Dumas' 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (not nearly finished); Edgar Allen Poe's collection of short stories, King's 'The Shining' and 'Salem's Lot'; Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and collections of short stories; Dickens' 'Great Expectations'; Lewis Carroll short stories. Currently reading through the remainder of 'The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln' which is a collection of correspondences from all nations throughout the world expressing remorse.

Fiction I've read through since my last post: Follett's 'World Without End' - very good sequel to 'Pillars of the Earth' taking place a couple centuries later with later relatives of characters from PotE; King's 'Doctor Sleep' - also a sequel, to my favorite 'The Shining', and I was very pleased with this continuation about 20-30 years after the incident at The Overlook Hotel; Nelson Demille's 'The Quest' - fun and quick read about the quest for the Holy Grail; Michael Faber's 'Under the Skin' - haven't seen the artsy indie film starring Scarlett Johansen but I've heard it's bizarre and almost completely different than the novel - the book was fantastic and I recommend it to those interested in science fiction and sociological satire. Currently reading Follett's 'Fall of Giants' - another thousand pager, the first of his "Century Trilogy", which begins in early 20th century just before WWI. I always enjoy his historical fiction; he does a nice job weaving fictional characters with historical figures and events.

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"Fiasco" and "The Gamble" by Thomas E. Ricks

"Beyond Baghdad" by Ralph Peters

"Chasing Ghosts" by Paul Rieckhoff

"The Fighting Never Stopped" by Patrick Brogan

"The Threatening Storm" by Kenneth M Pollack (A self proclaimed Council on Foreign Relations book :yack: )


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Finished 'At The Mountains of Madness' by H.P. Lovecraft. Currently reading Jules Verne's 'Round the Moon' and still going through Ken Follett's 'Fall of Giants'. I've slowed down quite a bit lately....have to try picking up the pace again.

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read the martian by andy weir
i usually like to read the book before the movie comes out. it will be interesting how they film this.

now reading the intern's handbook by shane kuhn. it's about a guy who works for a company that sends assassins to go undercover as interns at companies to get their targets to trust them so they can kill them.


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