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So, did you like it? Or did the series go too far "out there" for your tastes (especially after how grounded it began with the first book)?
Loved it, overall. But yeah, the last couple hundred pages entered into some bizarre-yet-convenient ideas that made me think of an over-reaching Marvel Universe (comics, not movies) mini-series. The whole trilogy brought out a lot of heavy concepts, but didn't go as far as to lose me in the science or ideas. I would recommend these books to anyone into science fiction. But now, having finished it knowing that a TV series is being planned based on it ... ehhh. That's gonna take some serious writing to make that work. My opinion is that this is best left to the printed page as trying to adapt a story of this magnitude would be too difficult.

Conversely, I'm now reading HG Wells First Men in the Moon, which is a whiplash change in direction as far as science is concerned! While First Men is entertaining and fun, I would classify it as fantasy since the science in it is so far outdated and wrong.
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Jules Verne complained about the science in the HG Welles novels. Verne wrote hard SF based on current science and technology, and he considered the Welles books fantasies.

Of course Welles didn't care about the science. He was writing about colonialism and class structure and things like that. He only created other worlds to better explain his ideas. The technique worked, and it still works today (see: The Handmaid's Tale).

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Finished my Judge Dee collection by Robert van Gulik.
Necklace and Calabash, Poets and Murder. Both were good. Necklace and Calabash was one of the best. There are only two Judge Dee books that I haven't read, an early novel and a book of short stories. I'm having trouble finding them with a white covers. I want a matched set.







The Hour Before the Dawn by W. Somerset Maugham, 1942. It was not one of his better novels. About halfway through I realized that it was wartime propaganda about how wonderful the British were, and how they can overcome adversity. He still manages to squeeze in a little of the deep dive into character that he likes, but it was mostly about a landed family Doing The Right Thing.



Started Nightmares and Dreamscapes, a short story collection by Stephen King. So far it looks like "the B-sides collection with a new unreleased song". Spotty and uneven.

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Picking my reading back up after trying to maximize viewing for the October Horror Challenge. With so many headache-inducing real world things going on, I needed something escapist. Finished:


I really liked it. It fit the bill for what I was hoping for. A big fantasy story of dragon wars, monster fights, magic, witches, prophecies, pirates, and good fighting evil. Thankfully just a big stand-alone story too.
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Picked it up at a library book sale. Once I started I learned it's categorized as YA - though I'm liking the concept/writing so far.
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Assassin's Fate - Robin Hobb

The last in a series of 16 books, and the disparate trilogies are all coming together in a fantastic way. I started this series quite a while ago without knowing anything about it, even starting in the middle accidentally. I'm glad I did, as it's been (mostly) a good read all the way through.
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Im currently reading Star Trek New Earth book 4 Flaming Arrow
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I decided that I might as well use these strange times to prepare myself to level up in my career. So Iím putting the sci fi aside and tackling these. All the testing dates are suspended right now, but it would be nice to feel test-ready whenever the time does come.

This new certification is supposed to eventually be like the sleep medicine equivalent of a nurse practitioner. Iíd be able to see patients myself rather than the actual sleep doctor having to see everyone. But the concept it still technically theoretical until some proper ICD-10 codes are developed for it.


Iíve been back at these (among other resources) over the last couple of weeks since I finally paid for the test and scheduled a date. After Thursday morning Iíll know if Iíve been wasting my time. I did get 87% on a practice test, though, so I feel reasonably ok about it right now.
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Finished:

While ok, this was a big step down from the Three Body Problem trilogy. It could've been the translation, but the writing and characterizations felt stilted. Eventually it gets to some brain-expanding ideas and events, though most of the book is lot more grounded than other things I've read by the author. Maybe that's the problem with going through an author's works in reverse order. His one other translated novel, that was written before this, is Supernova Era. But looking at many negative reviews, I'm thinking I may just not read it and wait for Cixin Lui to write new things.

I started:

This is a "classic" that I had never read (in fact, I don't think I've read anything by Zelazny). About 70 pages in, and I'm finding it tough going. Though reading reviewer comments, I get the sense that starting in confused disorienting jumble manner was intentional. Hopefully it gels as I get further into it.
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Lord of Light is a lot easier the second time through. All the information you need is there, but some of it isn't given until the last third of the book. For all that, it's a great book.

Mrs Danger bought a stack of Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. So far I've read:
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Diving back into the Codex Alera series:


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