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Old 06-07-20, 11:09 PM
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Finished:

I'm Sorry, I Love You: A History of Professional Wrestling (Jim Smallman)
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Just finished Watership Down. Not sure what's next.
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Finished The Chinese Lake Murders and The Chinese Nail Murders.







I'm reading them in the order written instead of chronological order following Judge Dee's career. I think it's better this way, because the writing is becoming better as I go along.
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Old 06-14-20, 10:12 PM
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Started I Know This Much is True today. I recently skimmed an article in the paper about the Netflix show, which discussed how Mark Ruffalo had been interested in it due to the book - and I got more interested in reading the book than watching the show (which I might check out afterward). It's a big-ass book and I'm only two chapters in, but I'm hooked!
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It took me a while due to life, but finished The Mad Ship - Robin Hobb. I liked it a lot more than the first book in the series, which is what happened with the first in the Farseer trilogy.

Moving on to the last in the trilogy, Ship of Destiny.
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Old 06-20-20, 11:53 AM
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A few things finished since my last post. First, wrapping up the last three books of Daryl Gregory that I hadn't read:



I think this one review blurb sums up Gregory excellently: "One of the most consistently interesting and yet least predictable writers of the last decade". A highly recommended author by me, especially for those who enjoy fantasy/sci-fi with a literary bent. Of course, Harrison Squared is a novel that's something different by him ... a YA Lovecraftian horror-adventure. The other two are shorter works (We Are All Completely Fine is a novella and Unpossible his only short story collection). While I liked it, I think Gregory's writing works better in the longer novel format. With all of the superhero-related stories in Unpossible, it's surprising that hasn't been the topic of a novel (yet).

I also caught up with a classic (that I never read):

Great stuff. I like how the "old school" books pack so much into relatively short books. At first, a time-travel romance seems an odd fit for Asimov. But the book had surprises and twists, and ultimately Asimov works on huge themes.
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This has been sitting on my bookshelf for over a decade. Skeleton Crew is one of my most favorite reads, so am curious as to how this compares.
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Finished Sapiens, started Homo Deus:




I really loved the early part of Sapiens that covered the other Homo species, and followed Homo Sapien from the hunter/gatherer stage up to the advent of agriculture. The middle part became a slog as it delved into the various forms of governments mankind has created. Iím looking forward to getting into the sequel as it covers topics more in line with my interests, such as ways we may use technology to slowly transition to a post-human state.

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Still working on I Know This Much is True. Over half-way - it's a huge damn book at close to 900 pages. And as depressing as it can be, I'm totally engrossed by it. Let's see if the last 400 pages hold up as well!
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A couple of books that I finished:

I really enjoyed the author's "Divine Cities" trilogy (which was the first thing of his that I read) so I'm working my way backwards. I liked this a lot too, though it was a different genre (instead of steampunk fantasy this was a small-town set fantasy/sci-fi/horror).

Followed that up with ...

Very "buzzy" best-seller that was a quick easy read (short, snappy chapters and less than 300 pages). I liked having the setting of a mental institution for a mystery/thriller, with a therapist trying to breakthrough with a murderess who doesn't speak about the truth of her case. I'm also a sucker for a good twist ending, so I wanted to enjoy it with the book before the inevitable spoiling by a movie adaptation (though I'd be interested in seeing how it would be handled due to differences in how information is conveyed in books versus movies).
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wishbone, coincidentally I'm just reading Barnaby Rudge, among other things. Its reputation is that of one of Dickens's lesser works, but I find it no less engaging than any of his "major" books.
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Finished I Know This Much is True tonight. I really need a change after that one! Got a dog training book I'm gonna start into tomorrow.
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wishbone, coincidentally I'm just reading Barnaby Rudge, among other things. Its reputation is that of one of Dickens's lesser works, but I find it no less engaging than any of his "major" books.
I have been rereading books from high school and college although I suspect I skimmed them for class instead of reading them. Great Expectations was senior English (British Literature), the last period of the day, and we had a few jokers in our class. "Grendel" and "Hrothgar" were favorite incorrect answers given since we had studied Beowulf prior to Dicken's book.
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