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« on: January 01, 2014, 06:35:30 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 10:19:49 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 12:59:47 AM »

Last year's accomplishments...nine novels and two autobiographies. While that's fewer books than previous years, I think the number of pages may be comparable thanks to the length of each book in my reading of almost half the Wheel of Time series last year. Most of this year will probably be spent on finishing the WoT, but I do plan on working some others in along the way...


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A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time - Book Seven) - Robert Jordan - January 20
The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time - Book Eight) - Robert Jordan - March 6
Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time - Book Nine) - Robert Jordan - May 13


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Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time - Book Ten)

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 02:05:07 AM »

I read 32 which was two more than my goal of 30 for last year and an all time high for me. I could have done more but I had a busy December and ended with a tome (very interesting though!) about Marie Antoinette when I could have polished off a couple of regular sized novels. If you have Goodreads then please add me from the Goodreads thread.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 04:01:50 AM »

Spoiler alert:

I'm illiterate. (does it show?)

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2014, 05:46:48 AM »

Finished reading:

1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
2. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly


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Police by Jų Nesbų
A Clash of King's by George R.R. Martin (paused)
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2014, 07:28:48 AM »

Currently reading book four of the Dark Tower.   I've got a decent backlog of books and need to get back to them before I get any more.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2014, 03:05:24 PM »

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

This was a good read and focused on the lives of Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Margaret of Anjou.  You get a good look at where they were from, the players in their lives, and their impacts on those around them.  It's a good attempt to personify these women who are seen, a lot of times, as just another set of royal names on the chessboard of history.  It's enough to intrigue me that I want to do more reading at a higher level about the history of England and Europe during that period to get a better feel for their parents, husbands, children.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2014, 10:04:38 AM »

So far this year

Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
Cyberstorm - Matthew Mather
Black Scars - Steven Montano
The Penal Colony - Richard Herley
The Butterfly Forest - Tom Lowe
Deity - Steven Dunne
The Unquiet Grave - Steven Dunne
Vampire - Kevin Ashman
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2014, 08:54:49 AM »

Books Finished
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First Counsel by Brad Meltzer
The Map of The Sky by Felix J. Palma
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
A Darker Shade of Sweden by Various Authors


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The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Map of Bones by James Rollins
14 by Peter Clines
Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2014, 12:37:23 PM »

I am off to my slowest start ever

I'm halfway through my first book of the year and the only reason I'm reading it is because my son accidentally bought it on amazon: Sycamore Row.

Fortunately, it's John Grisham and I haven't read him in since The Client and his style is very readable.

Still, it's kind of boring so far.
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2014, 10:27:49 PM »

I just finished A Quiet American. Amazing, amazing book. I wonder if this book is on the curriculum in American high schools? (I assume the author is American). It feels amazingly prescient. How was this book written before the Vietnam War started? It's a quick read so I highly recommend anyone who hasn't read it to go out and get it.

Currently reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Had no real idea what this was about before I started but I guess it's going to be one long drug trip? As someone who has never gotten high, I find it a little difficult to identify with the characters and imagine what they're experiencing. I am finding myself a little skeptical that anyone could continually take so many different drugs at the same time and not die of an overdose though. I wonder if the movie is any good?
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2014, 02:14:41 AM »

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

Aside from the unsourced speculation about the "grays" and craft of the Roswell crash, the book does have a lot of good information about the history of the actual aircraft and nuclear testing that went on out in the Nevada desert.  There was enough overlap between this text and Red Eagles that I believe the majority of the book to be well-sourced and true.

The stuff about the Roswell crash being a Soviet drone piloted from a remove aircraft and "piloted" by Dr. Mengele's teenaged science experiments?  Not so much.
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2014, 03:46:47 PM »

I finally am carving out some personal reading time.   I am about 600 pages into the first Game of Thrones book.   biggrin   I really, really missed reading for pleasure instead of just for work.
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2014, 10:35:50 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2014, 11:41:23 PM »

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2014, 10:48:08 AM »

If I didn't scroll through this thread, I would not have remembered that I was reading that grisham book.  I am about 1/2 way through Rothruss' first book. It's good, but apparently not a must read in my mind...

I have literally not finished a book this year.

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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2014, 03:19:04 PM »

I've read a few, but after two zombie post-apoc fiction books in a row, I think I'm taking a break from them for a while.  The first was Apocalypse Z: Dark Days, which was a sequel to this one and not half as enjoyable.  Part of it is due to the change of perspective and the ragged approach to story-telling.  Also, I don't think the translation from Spanish was done all that well this time. 

I did read Hugh Howey's Sand which sets up a great premise for a post-apoc, just like Wool did beforehand.  It's a more concise book than Wool was and doesn't lead up to a sequel series, which is actually refreshing for a change. 

Going back to my other I've tried and bailed on The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke.  It's one of his earlier books but it's really dry.  I was hoping for something akin to Runner by William C. Deitz, as in a story set in a post-civilization timeframe in the far future. 

I decided to go back to the Expanse novels and am now reading Caliban's War. 
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2014, 07:04:02 PM »


The German Empire, 1870-1918 by Michael Sturmer

A light read at 192 pages of a half-sized book complete with a dramatis personę and index, but a good introduction of the German Empire and the modernization of the land, effects of unification, and the lead up to the first world war.

It's not really enough of a study to let me feel that I truly understand the forces at play.  I guess it's more of a Cliff Notes to let me know if I want to do more reading in the area.
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2014, 07:04:09 PM »

The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground by Michael Harris

This is a rather unvarnished look at Harris's year on Eniwetok during the Operation Redwing tests.  It's as much of a character study of the enlisted men, the corruption of the officers, and the complete whitewashing of any dangers that the men were subjected to by being within viewing distance of the 1956 nuclear weapons testing.

This is a personal account by a PFC, not a detailed historical account by a historian, and is as much a biography.  I felt like I learned some things about the US military at that time, but not necessarily what I was looking for.  I don't regret reading the book, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone unconditionally.
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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2014, 03:55:29 PM »

Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2014, 02:57:00 PM »

On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War by Col. Harry G. Summers, Jr.
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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2014, 12:59:19 AM »

Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2014, 12:36:49 AM »

Shadowrun: Into the Shadows

A neat little set of stories that Michael A. Stackpole ties together into a good story of Seattle in 2050.
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« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2014, 03:43:29 AM »

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If I didn't scroll through this thread, I would not have remembered that I was reading that grisham book.  I am about 1/2 way through Rothruss' first book. It's good, but apparently not a must read in my mind...

I have literally not finished a book this year.

Crazy.
Have you finished Name of the Wind?  I really liked that one, and it may have been a timing thing or something for me and I feel the 2nd book is weaker but still enjoyable.  Just curious what you thought.
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« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2014, 03:22:50 PM »

I'll join in!

Finished:

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman
Good to Great by Jim Collins
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Last Expedition: Stanley's Mad Journey Through the Congo
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« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2014, 07:43:41 PM »

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
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