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Subject: Currently Reading *APRIL!*
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 11:47 PM ET
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well i didn't see a thread with this topic:

just finished Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1) & Fearless (The Lost Fleet, Book 2) by Jack Campbell

both  were good and for me a quick read . I enjoyed them so much that i looked here and the next books in the series are not available but on several peoples wish list  so i went to amazon ( and i think i did it through a link here ) and ordered  the next in the series. These are the books i ordered. :) 

by Jack Campbell

Courageous (The Lost Fleet, Book 3) Paperback

Valiant (The Lost Fleet, Book 4) Paperback

Relentless (The Lost Fleet, Book 5) Paperback

 

By Mcdevitt

The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel (Hardcover)

 

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 3:05 AM ET
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DH and i both read and enjoy The Lost Fleet series.  i've got the fifth one on my WL, but one of us will probably end up breaking down and buying it instead of waiting long enough to get it through here.  :)



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Subject: reading
Date Posted: 4/4/2009 12:30 PM ET
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Hi George!

I'm still reading Mind Over Ship by David Marusek.  Only half way thru and still trying to figure out this universe, but it is interesting reading.

Also started Conspiracies by F Paul Wilson.  Also pretty good.

Subject: Strugatsky brothers
Date Posted: 4/4/2009 4:26 PM ET
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DEFINITELY MAYBE; A MANUSCRIPT DISCOVERED UNDER UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES,  by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, 1978.

The Strugatsky brothers were the most important Russian science fiction writers of the Soviet era, and they remain immensely popular in that part of the world today. Unfortunately, here in the US, they have never really achieved the recognition I think they deserve. In this novel, some minor scientists who happen to live in the same apartment building find their ability to work disrupted by a piling up of fortunes and misfortunes beyond coincidence. Over a period of three days, not sure if they can trust the veracity of each other's accounts, they compare notes, and begin to suspect a conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The pressure on them to abandon their work reaches unbearable levels, and they begin to crack. This is a mystery and story you might expect of a Philip K. Dick novel, but with vodka as the mind-altering drug of choice.

-Tom Hl.



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Date Posted: 4/6/2009 5:49 PM ET
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I'm about to start Dauntless! It's my first "military science fiction" besides the Ender books, so I'm excited. I'm hoping it's my next series.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 7:22 PM ET
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I read Rebel Ice by S.L. Viehl. It's the 6th in the Stardoc series. It was not so good, and I ended up skimming most of it.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 7:35 PM ET
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I have been really slow with reading lately.  I'm getting back into the Stardoc series as well...I'm on #5 (Eternity Row) and I still haven't finished The Doomsday Brunette by John Zakour that I started last month.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 10:28 AM ET
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The Lost Fleet is shaping up to be my next series to collect- and I'm not even done with Dauntless. :-) Glad I remembered this board when I was at B&N yesterday- it's the reason I gave it a shot. I didn't think I'd like military, but I thought about the first post and decided to go for it.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I'm reading The Stars Down Under by Sandra McDonald. I expected to love this series, but I'm having serious difficulty with it.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 9:54 PM ET
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Sarah S -

Give a try to Elizabeth Moon's Once a Hero.

The series actually starts with Hunting Party, if you like to read in order.

Wonderful;, wonderful books!

 

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 11:35 AM ET
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Thanks Karen, I've never read any of Elizabeth Moon's books, except when she wrote with Anne McCaffery. I'll definitely check those out.

I finished Dauntless, and I ordered the 2nd book off of here, along with the other 3 off of Amazon. :-) I won't get them until May because I clicked the "send in as few packages as possible."

Right now I'm reading The Black Sun. Can't remember who it's by, it's not in the room with me.

Thanks for the great suggestions!!

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Date Posted: 4/8/2009 5:38 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/8/2009 7:48 PM ET
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ok got the books in and started

Courageous (The Lost Fleet, Book 3) (PB) Started

Valiant (The Lost Fleet, Book 4) (PB)  Next

Star Strike (Book 1 of The Inheritance Trilogy) (PB) Started

The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel (Hardcover)  Next  

 

actually got two sets of the book #3 & book #4 lost fleet and released one set already . one of those deals where i found them locally for a good deal after i already ordered them.  :)  well the more books the merrier  :)

 

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 1:37 AM ET
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I have finally screwed up my courage and started reading all of the Honor Herrington books from 1 thru whatever.  I've put it off for a long time as there are so many.

 

dave

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 4:33 PM ET
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The last book I finished was Hammered by Elizabeth Bear.  It was excellent, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Subject: April sf
Date Posted: 4/9/2009 8:11 PM ET
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THE TIDES OF GOD, by Ted Reynolds, 1989.

In the 33rd century, after another round of Dark Ages, humanity has finally emerged with a utopian society built on the use of reason. Our more advanced alien allies loan us our first starship, on the condition that the crew hunt down and destroy a common enemy. The aliens tell us that this mysterious enemy is that long-forgotten entity, God. Twice before, it has passed Earth, each time driving us down into centuries of irrationality and bloody religious fanaticism, and it's headed back again. Now, if this were a James Morrow novel, that alien would actually be God. But in this, it is an unknown force that projects psychological belief in itself as God. Having no direct weapons, the projected madness is its only defense, as it causes the crew to turn on itself violently. Other than this one major innovative concept, the novel is a fairly routine space opera, with plenty of action and interpersonal intrigue. Somewhat more troubling, the author seems to have simply aligned several concepts without really examining their interrelationships, along the lines of reason=athiesm=libertarian sexual mores. At one point, I found myself cheering on the "breakdown" of the "rational" system of attachment-free sex. So while somewhat interesting in its portrayal of two extremes of human society, this book does not deserve the powerful acclaim implied by its cover blurbs.

-Tom Hl.

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 8:13 PM ET
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Just finished The Forever War by Joe Haldeman - very excellent!  As I don't real much military sci-fi, it got me thinking about how some of the Lost Fleet books were on my Reminder list and I might check it out... then a few days later I am in this thread and I see all these glowing Lost Fleet comments!  I may have to get Dauntless and check it out!

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 6:56 PM ET
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ok finished up  Courageous & Valiant  of "The Lost Fleet" and wrote reviews for both of them, even though i'm not much of a review writer. It seems my luck to always start a series and not have the books that finish the series  lol  i have ordered book #5  but we don't even know if it will end there.  you know it sounds like another series i read a few years back and started that series with book 1 & 2  and had to wait for the other  5 or 6 books of the series  lol  oh well ..  time to finish a book and start another .

next up 

Star Strike   

The Devil's Eye

Echos of an Alien Sky

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:19 AM ET
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Just finished River Rats by Caroline Stevermer.  It is a YA SF.   Been meaning to read it for years as I really liked her College of Magics/Scholar of Magics books.   Was fun.  Not great, but fun.  Would recommend to kids.  A post apocalypse river boat with music. 

 

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 3:23 AM ET
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i *think* i remember reading there were six books planned for The Lost Fleet series.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 2:38 PM ET
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I'm about 3/4 of the way through with "The Devil's Eye"  by Jack Mcdevitt and i know there are a bunch with this on their wish list, so I should be finished in a day or so. I don't think i've ever written a bad review for McDevitt but this one ( unless the story changes in the last 80-100 pages ) will probably get one and rate as one of the lowest from this author. The Storyline takes about 100 pages just to setup and from then it slowly developes. The story by far delves into the political dynamics of a distant planet Salud Afar, which stands outside the Galactic disk and whose night sky is dominated by only one star.   will finish the review under the book name when i finish it.

Next up:

Star Strike   

Echos of an Alien Sky

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 3:46 PM ET
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Getting back to this forum finally. Hello everyone...

And what do I find but that you all are reading the same books that I am! That's why I love this place so much!!!

I've recently read one thru four of The Lost Fleet series and am waiting for the 5th book to come out. I really like the way the author keeps increasing the scope of the storyline as the books go on.

And in that same way I am enjoying currently reading Elizabeth Bear's Worldwired, the third in the series that starts with Hammered. Each book steps up to a bigger stage and you just get to know the characters even more. Good stuff.

Also reading an oldy by Andre Norton - Star Soldiers which combines Star Guard and Star Rangers. Very good, it doesn't seem dated at all.

Oh and I want to second Karen's recommendation of Elizabeth Moon's series. They are GREAT!!



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Date Posted: 4/16/2009 2:05 AM ET
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well i have finished "The Devil's Eye" and finished my review, and the book is posted so whoever is next up should get it. 

now starting :

Star Strike 

Echos of an Alien Sky

The Gateway Trip " Tales and Vignettes of the Heecee" 

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 2:22 AM ET
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Currently reading This Is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow.

Planning to read Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt next.

I'm sticking to apocalypse fic as much as I can lately. I read the EOTW thread here and have been accumulating books in this genre, so I'm always looking for deals. Not that I'll ever get through the stack of books I already own, even if I live to be 300 years old.  =P

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 9:46 AM ET
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I'm finishing up Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series with the book Victory Conditions. Pretty good so far, I'm about midway through. I've really enjoyed this series, Moon's politics and space warfare is engrossing without being heavy-handed. I prefer her style to David Weber's which I thought went into too much scientific and tactical detail, pulling me out of the story every time he went into lengthy descriptions.

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