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What Are You Reading? (June 2019)

Old 06-02-19, 02:34 PM
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What Are You Reading? (June 2019)

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My 4th book by Daryl Gregory (after Spoonbenders, Pandemonium, and The Devil's Alphabet). I have to catch up with his others, since I've really enjoyed everything he's done. While all are in the general sci-fi/fantasy area, every book has been very distinct. And while they're entertaining, every book has depth to it that takes them beyond standard genre fare.
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Some interesting concepts in it. Enjoyed it muchly.
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Children of Dune
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Old 06-04-19, 05:52 PM
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China Mieville has been one of my favorite writers over the last 20 years. But I'm not sure what's been going on with him recently. He hasn't published a novel in 7 years, instead getting into more political and historical writing. Of course he should write what he wants, but I'm not interested in that. This is technically in the "new weird" genre that he's been a major force in, but I found it extremely unsatisfying. While it has moments of creepy effectiveness, the world and story is too undeveloped. That would be ok for me in a short story, but not a 100+ page novella. His other recent novella, The Last Days of Paris, sounds dreadful but his most recent collect, Three Moments of an Explosion, sounds like it will have more of the writing that I grew to love.
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We read - and all really enjoyed - The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean for our book club. Fun pick, good writing, accessible history with lots of learning you actually want to know.
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Finished this today:



I read a lot of Heinlein when I was younger, but never came across this one. Good stuff - typical Heinlein. Maybe I've become too sensitive to PC attitudes or whatever, but the ending kinda creeped me out.
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I thought this was just great. Gregory is an excellent writer, I thought his take on the "zombie" story was fascinating: here, the ravenous killer phase of zombie-dom is only in the first 24-48 hours after being turned. After that, the person pretty much goes back to normal mentally (although they're still dead). In this world, the original zombie outbreak of 1968 (Romero's movie is considered a documentary) was contained. But afterwards there are tens of thousands of living dead trying to get on with their lives (made very difficult since, fearing another outbreak, authorities kill the living dead on sight). This book really goes all over the place: part coming-of-age family drama, part action thriller, part prison drama, political thriller ... and a little bit of zombie horror too.
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Taking a break from reading The Design of Everyday Things to read Charlie Chan Carries On. Charlie Chan doesn't even appear until the book is more than half over.

I read Sirius by Olaf Stapleton a couple of weeks ago. A 1940s scientist makes a dog as intelligent as a person, and raises him beside his daughter. A combination of "a naif comments on society" and "the populace attacks anyone they don't understand".
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Yeah, I'm getting through a lot of reading these days Finished:

This is a little outside my genre comfort zone (it's a straight mystery/suspense thriller ... nothing fantastical or horror about it). But short chapters and an easy writing style made it a quick fun page-turner, silly at times. I liked how plot twists kept coming, right until the end (some I could coming, and others I couldn't).
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I don't read many older books (this was published over 30 years ago), but somehow this author slipped through my cracks (despite me really being into hard sci-fi when this must've been on the bookshelves). Unfortunately I didn't really care for it. I just didn't like the writing style. If I didn't know the author was British, I would've suspected that English wasn't his first language (or that this book was a sub-par translation). The writing seemed stilted, not helped at all by the author's predilection for Thesaurus-busting words that stopped me cold at least once a page. If it wasn't a short book (~250 pages) I would've bailed.
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Finished Children of Dune, started God Emperor of Dune
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Started Starship Troopers today. For all the Heinlein I read when I was younger, somehow I never this this one!
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One of the lesser Brian Keene books I've read. Still an entertaining enough read (especially for horror fans), but falls well short of the previous Dark Hallow (which this book reminds the reader of by referencing it continually). And ...


Somehow I don't think I've read this before. Strong stuff, especially when seen through the lens of the author's own experiences in the Vietnam War.

Considering its standing as a modern classic, it's kind of amazing that this has never been adapted (either for tv or movies). Apparently its been in development hell for over 30 years (and since the most recent news is from 4 years ago, it doesn't sound like its any closer to being made). Maybe there was concern that an allegorical ultra-violent sexed up military sci-fi might appear too close to Starship Troopers? Which would be ironic since this novel was seen as the counter-argument to Heinlein's book. Anyway, the movie Starship Troopers is now over 20 years old so I think there's some space. And there are plenty of novel elements in this book (such as the key theme of time dilation).
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I finished The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. It's worth reading, and it's free on the internet.

I read The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham. It wasn't one of my favorite books by him. It had some good parts, but overall it was meh.

I tried reading Fanny Hill by John Cleland, and I got bored and quit after a few dozen pages.

I ran out of things to read, so I re-read Owls Don't Blink by Erle Stanley Gardner writing as A.A. Fair. It's one of the best Cool and Lam stories. The solution to the mystery is complex but makes sense, nobody acts stupid to advance the plot, and Donald Lam is believably smarter than everybody.
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I had never heard of it until it went on sale on amazon and someone posted about it here in Book Talk. I loved it and read every other Haldeman book I could find. Some great stuff out there.
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A personal favorite!
I agree. The Sisters Brothers is a great book.
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