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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Finished:



Reading:



and bits and pieces of this, when I have time.



I read Paradise Lost many years ago in a college English Lit class. I didn't really appreciate it back then and since the Sandman Slim series and another book I have in my "to read" pile kind of build upon the idea in Paradise Lost, I wanted to go back and read it again.
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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Wprking on A Song Of Ice And Fire Book 4
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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

I've been curious about the Dexter books. Are they collections of short stories or are they full length novels?
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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Originally Posted by Vryce
I've been curious about the Dexter books. Are they collections of short stories or are they full length novels?
Full stories.
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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Originally Posted by Vryce
Finished:



Reading:



What did you think of Aloha From Hell?

Also, let me know your opinion of War for the Oaks. It is the granddaddy of urban fantasy imo.
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I think I am gonna start the Jack Reacher novels tomorrow . Starting in order with book #1( Killing Floor). Anyone read the "Reacher novels? thoughts?
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I read the first Reacher novel and couldn't really get into it. I finished it and didn't have the urge to read the rest of them. Although I have readall of The Spenser novels and thoroughly enjoyed them.
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How is this? I have started it a couple times but haven't been hooked. Does it start out slow and ramp up?
Pretty disappointing. I finished reading this the other day and was pretty underwhelmed. It just isn't a consistent enough story. The beginning is rather slow and it does pick up but I don't care about many of the characters. There are several WTF moments in the book as well. I'd read it if you read the first two just to complete the trilogy. There is action in the last third of the book though. The only character I liked in this book was Mr. Quinlan. He had a backstory that was pretty interesting as well.

About to start reading:

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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Originally Posted by sleepyhead55
I had no idea this was released. I read the first two so I guess I'll finish it off. I'll need to go back to figure out what happened in the first two books.

Originally Posted by Vryce
I've been curious about the Dexter books. Are they collections of short stories or are they full length novels?
As mentioned, full length stories. Definitely less consistent in quality than the show, but I have to admit I am enjoying the latest one. Some have been weak, especially Dexter In The Dark.

Originally Posted by pelenor
I read the first Reacher novel and couldn't really get into it. I finished it and didn't have the urge to read the rest of them. Although I have readall of The Spenser novels and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Same with me. I read the first one, and I honestly can't remember finishing it, but I was disappointed with it. Apparently the series does get better so I'll eventually go back to it.
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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Originally Posted by xmiyux
What did you think of Aloha From Hell?

Also, let me know your opinion of War for the Oaks. It is the granddaddy of urban fantasy imo.
I really enjoyed Aloha From Hell. I'm curious if there are going to be more books in the series. I originally thought it was just a trilogy, but the ending kind of left it open for more.

So far, War for the Oaks is pretty good. The opening was a little slow, but I can understand that it was going for some setup of the back story and character development. It's funny reading it since it seems to be set in the late 80s/early 90s I think. When the characters went to a club, First Avenue, I chuckled a little as I went to that club once with my college roommate and his fiancee when I was in town to be in their wedding as a groomsman. I'm about halfway through the book.
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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Originally Posted by pelenor
I read the first Reacher novel and couldn't really get into it. I finished it and didn't have the urge to read the rest of them. Although I have readall of The Spenser novels and thoroughly enjoyed them.
I've read all the Reacher books. The first is actually the weirdest, because it's in the 1st person. He wrote one other book in the series (I think it was only one) in the 1st person as well, but otherwise it's all 3rd person from there on out. They read a lot better as 3rd person.

Finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which I thought was great. Looking forward to the movie.

Just started this:



It's a little preachy but I'm enjoying it.
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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Finished:



Enjoyed it thoroughly



Reading:

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Re: What are you reading? (January 2012)

Finished:
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs



Started:
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

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Just finished:



About to start:

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Started:
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson


Is this continuing the main storyline of Dune or are they doing prequels and stuff now? Basically, what sisterhood is there? The Benes?
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Originally Posted by sleepyhead55
I'm tackling this trilogy now. Thanks to getting frustrated by some pokey authors *coughGRRM* I don't touch multi-book series until they're done. I'm not terribly impressed, though it's ok and fast reading so I'll finish the thing. Did del Toro do much of the writing on this, or is it one of those deals where the other guy mostly wrote it but the publishers are piggy-backing on del Toro's name to sell more copies?

Other books I finished over the holidays:



Cheesy fun that pretty much throws everything but the kitchen sink at the reader. Good follow-up to the previous "Patient Zero" (which I recommend if you want to read a cross between "24"-style anti-terrorist thriller and zombie horror). Though like that book, sticklers for realistic characters and action scenes should look elsewhere "Dragon Factory" did have one "realistic" touch I chuckled at:
Spoiler:
all throughout the book, there's a countdown to when the villains' "Extinction Wave" kicks off the death of 5/6's of the Earth's population. But the heroes stop it long before the deadline, with a comment by Joe Ledger (the narrating character) saying something to the effect of: what were you expecting ... the clock to go down to the final second? That stuff only happens in bad movies/books!


Also,



I'm a bit behind in my China Mieville, probably put off by the disappointing "Iron Council". So I'm glad to see him move on from the Bas Lag setting and try something new. I'm back on board with this book. Reading (and seeing movies) as much as I do, it's thrilling to occasionally experience truly original ideas ... and this book has it. You start off thinking you're reading a regular murder police procedural (set in a fictional Eastern European country). Until little strange-seeming details about the world keep hitting you, and you realize it's anything but a routine story. Readers who demand nothing being left to the imagination will probably be upset (and I'm sure Amazon is filled with plenty of negative reviews like this). But those open to something different should find something to enjoy and remember.
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Started this morning, at 30% now. Fascinating. This is a remake of Game Over.

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