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Subject: Currently Reading December!
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:14 PM ET
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Well, it's a new month and I guess we need a new thread: I just finished my firsr SF book of the month, Araminta Station by Jack Vance.  I've been reading it for a long time in short chunks.  It was long and meandering, but fascinating.  Ths is the first book I've read by Jack Vance, and I loved it.  I'll have to look for more...starting with the sequel, Ecce and Old Earth.  There is a third book, Throy, as well, that I might have to buy...I am on the WL, bt there haven't been any copies posted in the last few months.

I've also started the third Confederation book, Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff, and I'm working on a few others...notably Smoke and Ashes,  also by Tanya Huff, and The Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton.  Both of those are more paranormal, though.



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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:26 PM ET
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I am reading Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair. She is a new author for me and I am really enjoying the book. A freighter captain helps the military turn out a traitor, with a bit of romance thrown in. It's been keeping me entertained. I think I'll have to pick up a few more of hers to read.

Subject: Twilight
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 3:48 PM ET
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Finished Forbidden Planets, editor M.Kaye (short stories).  It had a Jack McDevitt story about the Noks, Hutchins is briefly mentioned.  Only halfway into Blood Lines by T. Huff.  I saw a TV show about the plight of bookstores (local bookstores) having a hard time staying in business.  I figure next time I go downtown I'd stop by my local shop and see if they have any Tanya Huff books. 

Anyways, last time I was downtown almost every store had a sign in the window (Welcome Twilight fans).  FYI, I live in a town near Forks, WA.  So I pulled my head out of my book cave, said whaaa?  I'd seen Twilight as an e-book on the Seattle King County library web site but it didn't catch my interest.  I went to pull it down today and whoa - I'm on a huge wait list.  So ended up downloading book two of the series by Stephanie Meyers.  I don't get it, what's the big deal?  There are lots of vampire books out there and I just can't figure why this one is so popular.........  So to keep with this thread.......... also reading New Moon by S. Meyer.  It's OK......  

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You know how these things go, the book got kinda popular, picked up as a movie, now it's mega-popular. I have Twilight in my TBR but I haven't started it yet. I'm just not sure about the storyline. The whole "vampires in school" thing seems kinda silly. But I'm curious so I guess I'll try it eventually.

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Date Posted: 12/3/2008 5:08 PM ET
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So, was Forbidden Planets good otherwise?  I have that one on my WL.  Believe it or not, when I was a little kid I thought "The Forbidden Planet" was the scariest movie ever.  My Dad was big into old sci-fi movies so I saw quite a few of them as a youngster.

Subject: Forbidden Planets
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 7:15 PM ET
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Forbidden Planets - well, six stories, pretty good but the book wasn't a keeper for me.  Alan Dean Foster had a story about Midworld and I've always liked Midworld.  Robert Reed had his usual weird stuff......... Good authors like Allen Steel and N Kress.  I rated it 4 outa 5 stars.......

Forbidden Planet was great!  Are you looking forward to the new The Day the Earth Stood Still?  'Cepting I don't have an IMAX theatre near me to go see it.... sigh......



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Date Posted: 12/3/2008 8:47 PM ET
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Read Otherness (short stories) by David Brin, and it went straight back into my PBS bookshelf. Wasn't impressed at all.

Just finished One Jump Ahead by Mark Van Name. Pretty darn good for a first novel. Military SF with a teased-at back story that makes you want to know more. Looking forward to getting his second book.

Came home from LosCon with a *bunch* of new reading material - stuff that people never seemed to release to PBS and I got tired of waiting :-)

Next up is Gerrold's Involuntary Human or Kress's Dogs, I think.

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Date Posted: 12/3/2008 10:11 PM ET
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I don't know about the new The Day the Earth Stood Still.  It looks like it could be OK, but I'm going to keep comparing it to the original...which I probably saw every few of months for most of my childhood :-p

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 4:07 AM ET
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i've started Kris Longknife: Intrepid by Mike Shepherd.  it took a few chapters, but now the action is picking up.  i think this is the sixth in this series, which i have very much enjoyed so far.

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I just ordered the first two in the Kris Longknife series. Glad to hear that you like the series, Ellen, since we seem to have similar tastes.

I finished The Devil's Due by Jenna Black which is paranormal, or urban fantasy, not science fiction. It's third in a series about a woman exorcist and was pretty good. For me, it is a series that is getting better as it goes along.

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Date Posted: 12/4/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I had the first exorcist book by Jenna Black (can't remember the name) but just couldn't get into it - too much S & M.  But I figured it must be a popular series as the book had a Walmart sticker.

I had much excitement yesterday.  UPS delived an Amazon box, my Shadow of the Scorpion by Neal Asher was delivered.  I've been waiting for this book for over a year.  Everything else goes on hold...... 

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Came home from LosCon with a *bunch* of new reading material - stuff that people never seemed to release to PBS and I got tired of waiting

I can relate to that.  Lucky you to have LosCon close. I'm hoping that the Worldcon will come to Seattle in a few years.  It's up for vote against uh either Reno (?) or Las Vegas (?).  Anyways, I'm gonna save my money for that one.  If Seattle Worldcon doesn't happen, I'll drive down to Powell's in Portland and just go crazy. 

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Date Posted: 12/4/2008 1:45 PM ET
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Did someone here say they likes the Stardoc books?  I just picked up the first last night...as if I need more to read.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 3:25 PM ET
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Yeah, that was me that liked the Stardoc books. I've got the first 6 (although I've only read the first 4) and I've really liked them so far. I think there are 8 published so far in the series. There's a lot going on in these books, action and drama-wise, which is how I like it.

 

I read the first of Jenna Black Exorcist book and traded it. I thought that the S&M in the first book was just a cheap way to build tension, and the book didn't impress me at all. Then I read the second in the series and liked it a lot more and figured I'd keep reading the series. Now that I've read the third I'm thinking this is one of those series that just got off to a bad start. I'm hoping the fourth keeps up the momentum. I had picked the books up hoping they'd have more of a gothic feel, considering its about demons and an exorcist, but I've found that the main characters job has little to do with the storyline. Kinda disappointing, but I am entertained reading them.



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Date Posted: 12/4/2008 7:07 PM ET
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MAN I wish I had the time to read as much as everybody else, I'm jealous as all get-out.  I'm dipping in and out of short story collections at the moment: Bradbury's S is for Space, Heinlein's Expanded Universe, Asimov's Bicentennial Man and Other stories, The Book of Frank Herbert, The Worlds of Frank Herbert, The Philip K. Dick Reader.

To be honest, I'm probably shelving all of these to run through the Harry Potter books while I wait for my copy of the new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard.  Today I was successful in the Amazon.com contest to receive one of 1000 discounted copies.  There's a chance that I might be fortunate enough to have been one of the first 35 orders completed, which means I have a shot at getting an autographed copy  <jump up and down in circles and hyperventilate>.  Only way to find out is to wait until next week when the book arrives.  I'm not holding my breath, but I am crossing my fingers as hard as I can.  Nope, not signed.  Still, It's a Collector's Edition, and it's fantastic. 



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Date Posted: 12/5/2008 3:53 AM ET
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i like the StarDoc books as well, except for one or two later in the series, but the most recent one was somewhat back on track.

Sarah, i'm glad you liked the third Morgan Kingsley book by Jenna Black!  i've got to go get a copy soon.  i really like this series, and since we do seem to like many of the same things i'll probably like the third one too.

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 1:35 PM ET
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I'm working my way through two series. I'm halfway through "Fifty Degrees Below" by Kim Stanley Robinson and I have "Sixty Days and Counting" waiting. In between I'm reading the "Shadow" novels in Orson Scott Card's Enderverse, just finished "Ender's Shadow" and I'm waiting for "Shadow of the Hegemon" to show up. I'll probably not want to read the next books in that series back to back so I think I'll alternate those with F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series - I just bought "By the Sword" but I'm starting to lose track of his timeline, so I'll start over from the beginning to refresh my memory.

Then I have Jack McDevitt's "Odyssey" and "Seeker" waiting, and S.M. Stirling's "A Meeting at Corvallis" but I don't remember the previous books in those series all that well either, so I have a lot of re-reading to do.

Subject: McDevitt and further reading
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 2:11 PM ET
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Then I have Jack McDevitt's "Odyssey" and "Seeker" waiting, and S.M. Stirling's "A Meeting at Corvallis" but I don't remember the previous books in those series all that well either, so I have a lot of re-reading to do.

I think the McDevitt "Benedict" books can pretty much stand on their own so if it was me I wouldn't reread.  I see from your wish list you already know there's a new Benedict book coming out.  I like that series, mystery in space sorta.  And I've only read one Repairman Jack novel, I was kinda hoping those books would also be pretty much stand alone.  

I finished Shadow of the Scorpion by Neal Asher.  Delicious!  Early years of Ian Cormac, many questions answered.  I highly recommend this series.  Now starting on the 4th Vickie Nelson book, Blood Pact and about 40 pages into Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff.

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The earlier Repairman Jack novels - hmmm maybe the first six or so? - can be read without too much regard to the timeline, although it works a lot better if you've at least read The Tomb first. But he's really tightening up the story leading to the end of it (Nightworld, which he wrote a long time ago). Now there's so many references to the previous events I'm finding myself a little lost. I don't mind, they are nice snappy reading and I can finish one in a long afternoon, very pleasant to revisit.

I've never read Neal Asher, I'll have to take a look.

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Date Posted: 12/7/2008 5:10 PM ET
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I was trying to get the Repairman Jack books to read in order.  I have The Keep and The Tomb which are the first two.  If anyone wants them, I could probably read them fairly quickly and repost if you want.  The rest of the first six are on my WL, but the lines don't look to be moving and I'll probably end up getting them from the library if I can.



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I just finished The Devil's Eye by Jack McDevitt.  I found it hard to put down and better than the last couple.  Now I have to wait for a whole year for a new one.

I have Kris Longknive, Intrepid which I'll probably read next.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 12:12 PM ET
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Forbidden Planet, I cant even imagine the # of times in my life I have seen that movie.  I think it may be why I like science fiction so much. 

Someone mentioned the Ender books.  I read them a long time ago and now there are new ones out.  Are they good enough for me to re-read the originals or do you have to in order to understand them?

I am a huge Dune fan and I am thinking about the new Dune books also,  I am not sure if I am up to re-reading so many books.  I have so many new ones on my list.

Of course when I say new ones some of them are  just new to me.  I have recently discovered alternative history and have several S. M. Stirling and Harry Turtledove series going. 

I also like time travel and I recently finished The Doomsday Book, Connie Willis. and Millenium, Jack Varley both of which I liked.

I got burned out on vampire books with Anne Rice and if I was going to read a vampire book again I would read hers. So much for Twilight.  Although I will definitely see the Day the Earth Stood Still.

I had a period of time between my job & my grandsons I wasnt reading much or watching tv unless you count cartoons.  I have been watching in order StarGate from the beginning.  This weekend I will finish Season 10, Disk 5.  I rewatched all three years of Millenium also.  My daughter-in-law hates "science fiction" but she is glued every week to Heroes - go figure.

All of you have mentioned some authors I am new to, so I have some research to do.  I have read all of Asimov, Bear, Clarke, Pohl, Dick, & many others so now that I get to read like I want to I am searching for new authors.  I like more hard science fiction & havent really gotten in to fantasy..

By the way, why do our Sci-fi books come up so slow-I am thinking of trying to find some locally in Half-Price Books to feed the available lists, or hit some garage sales.  Surely Austin, Tx (where I live) has some conscientious sci-fi fans.

 

 

 

 

Subject: Further reading
Date Posted: 12/13/2008 12:12 PM ET
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Finished Mind Spider and Other Stories (Fritz Leiber) and Smoke and Shadows (Tanya Huff).  Smoke and Shadows was great, looking forward to the next two books. 

Got Caine Black Knife (Matthew Woodring Stover) in the mail yesterday.  This is the third book in his series, Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle being books #1 and #2.  I read Heroes Die last year and loved it, I rated it as the BEST READ of the year.  This is a mix between fantasy and SF (and yes, the mix actually works).     

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from Purplewitch: By the way, why do our Sci-fi books come up so slow-I am thinking of trying to find some locally in Half-Price Books to feed the available lists, or hit some garage sales.  Surely Austin, Tx (where I live) has some conscientious sci-fi fans.

hmmm, interesting question.  Are SF readers just not willing to trade away the "good" books?  Are they thinking of saving for a reread?  Are the "good" books languishing on massive TBR piles?  I'm thinking, all of the above. 

Subject: Blood Pact - Tanya Huff
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 12:15 PM ET
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Just finished.  Very intense - liked it ! !

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"Are SF readers just not willing to trade away the "good" books?  Are they thinking of saving for a reread?  Are the "good" books languishing on massive TBR piles?"

You mean you DON'T save all the good ones? <grin>

My bookshelf is the full of the ones I didn't think I'd ever want to re-read again.   Not that they are bad, but the ones I really like are in shelves alphabetized by author and in boxes in the attic — they are not languishing at all, but patiently waiting for my hands to lovingly turn their pages again.  Every few years I pull them out and savor their words another time.  I can't imagine not having my William Gibsons or Kurt Vonneguts to go back to later.  What is nice is to go back and reread a series or an author all in chronological order.  The last one I did like that was Niven's known space series, with the Ringworld books right at the top of the list.  I tend to go back and forth between the harder science-fiction end of things and mysteries, though a bit of stuff like Fritz Leiber's swords and sorcery or Jack Vance's Dying Earth series (Eyes of the Overworld is a much-reread favorite) is certainly nice to mix in . . .  

Oh, and by the way Matt - I remember watching Forbidden Planet as a tyke.  I first saw it while my Dad watched it one night on our (B&W) TV while I quietly hid in the hallway behind his chair when I was supposed to be in bed.  I think it was scary because they never SHOW the monster with cheezy special effects — they made your imagination figure it out from the reflections of the laser-fire, or the footsteps made by the invisible in the sand, or the steel door being deformed from the other side . . . and we all know our imagination is better than 1956 hollywood special effects. When I finally saw it in color at the theater years later I was surprised at how campy (but with added layers of meaning/innuendo) it was to my older perceptions after having read Shakespeare's Tempest, which it was a retelling-of.  <grin>

Don

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:18 PM ET
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Forbidden Planet is a retelling of The Tempest?  Now I'm going to have to watch it again.  I am a huge Shakespeare fan as well.

I've started reading a graphic novel called The Watchmen that one of my co-workers loaned me.  It apparently won a Hugo award, but it's definitely not the sort of thing I usually read.

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