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What are you reading? 2020

If we're only seeing 20-30 posts on the monthly threads, I think we should just have an annual thread.

I read Log Cabin Lady, by Anonymous, a short autobiography of a woman who was born in a log cabin on the frontier, married a diplomat, and interacted with royalty and prime ministers from the late 1800s up to the end of World War I. I thought it was fascinating.
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But then who will get the glory of being the first to finally create a new thread each month?!

I am still reading Mad Ship by Robin Hobb and still loving it, but also picked up Sons of Cain at the library, an investigative historian's take on the socio/evolutionary roots of serial killers, which is pretty fascinating. Another library grab was Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Illustrated History, which I'll crack here and there.

I have been logging a minute or two of 'quiet time' while reading Cinema Sewer Volume 4 by Robin Bougie. If you're into cinematic sleaze, Bougie does it right.

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I'm reading Eric Idle's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
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Whatever happened to the original Fist of Doom?

I started Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham.

(It's not about kinky sex.)
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Started Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday.

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Whatever happened to the original Fist of Doom?
Dad unfortunately passed. I briefly had a son, Fist of Doom III, but he was taken away far too young. Then I miraculously was raised from the dead!

Serious answer: I didn't post for years, and IB apparently removed me from the system. Then I created a new account (Jr), which stopped working. Third time's a charm, so I tried a new account (III) which eventually stopped working. On a lark, I tried logging in on my phone and voila!
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Just completed Jedi Lost not to long ago and now I'm reading Thrawn: Alliances.
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Finished the second book of the "Divine Cities" trilogy:

I very much like these books and will certainly read the third (City of Miracles) soon.
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I am still reading Mad Ship by Robin Hobb and still loving it,
I'm about 1/3 of the way through Ship of Magic. So far, there doesn't seem to be even one decent person, aside from maybe Brashen. The quickened ship hasn't left port yet, so I hope it picks up a bit, and at least one person comes along that isn't a self-centered ass.
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Good lord, I can see why Of Human Bondage is considered Maugham's masterpiece. I'm a quarter through the book and it's long and humorless. Every other book I've read by him had a since of humor about it. But we know that critics don't consider comedy part of Great Art.
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I'm about 1/3 of the way through Ship of Magic. So far, there doesn't seem to be even one decent person, aside from maybe Brashen. The quickened ship hasn't left port yet, so I hope it picks up a bit, and at least one person comes along that isn't a self-centered ass.
It definitely picks up, and one character does emerge as more likable/heroic than not. But thatís what I love about it, the characters are all complex, and flawed, and feel very real.
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Finished Tragedy of the Moon (Asimov) and started Grumbles From the Grave, which is about Robert Heinlein's correspondences and fan mail replies and other stuff I'll find out as I go. It was edited by his wife after his death - at his request. I picked up the book in 2007 at a local bookstore that was closing (landlord being a dick and raising rents to untenable levels) - but never got around to reading it. As the last part of Tragedy included Asimov's ship-bound trek to watch the launch of Apollo XVII with other SciFi authors in attendance, Heinlein was discussed, which got me thinking about this book I never read.
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Avenue of Mysteries - John Irving
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So far this month I've read through:
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Up Next:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
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Asymmetry was good. Loved part 1, about quirky characters having a May-December fling, with her contemplating her future. Part 2 set up an interesting premise with an Arab-American dealing with a post-9/11 world but kind of went nowhere.

Surprised this was my first time reading Treasure Island. Loved the language and characters - A good yarn.

Starting Damned by Chuck Palahniuk.
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Finished:

Excellent conclusion to the series. If anyone's looking for some new fantasy with a non-traditional setting (the world is like early 20th century) with interesting characters and huge action set-pieces this has my high recommendation. While each book is it's own self-contained story, it's still best to read starting with the first (City of Stairs).

After spending a month on this trilogy, I'm in the mood for something different ... a shorter mystery/thriller by an author who I recently tried for the first time and enjoyed (Ruth Ware).
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Finished Heinlein's Grumbles from the Grave. Not something I would recommend to anyone other than a complete Heinlein fan. It was semi-interesting, but I'm now very burned out on reading other peoples' correspondences. With that and the essay book by Asimov behind me, I'm really ready for a novel! Not sure what yet; my selection of owned books is narrowing down.

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