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I finished Choke Hold this morning and it was a much better entry in the Destroyer series. Now, having temporarily depleted my readily-available Destroyer books, I'm about to start Life Signs, a Firefly novel by James Lovegrove. This is a story I've been waiting for years to find out about, as it goes into detail about Inara's hinted-at medical issues. It takes place in the time span between the end of the Firefly series and the beginning of the Serenity movie, which is exactly where I like my new Firefly stories to take place, when we still have the full complement of crew. (I'm a bit ticked at the current set-up of the ongoing comic book series, where there's been a time jump and all sorts of unexplained things have taken place that's split the main group into several different factions - that's not at all to my liking.)

Johnathan
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Exploring Eberron by Keith Baker.

Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Still reading The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.

Still reading Night of the Hunter by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How a Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.

Still reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

Still reading Emma by Jane Austen.

Still reading Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray.

Started reading Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.
 

I finished Bebergal's Appendix N: The Eldritch Roots of Dungeons and Dragons. Really great collection of Appendix N tales and works that feel like they could have been on the list. Was super-glad to finally read Margaret St. Clair's "The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles."

I then read Seanan McGuire's Beneath the Sugar Sky. Another amazing novella in the Wayward Children series.

Now I'm re-reading L. Sprague De Camp's The Fallible Fiend.

As an aside, I've been doing another library purge and reorganization and this is tough. Some stuff is going to the nearby little library, some to a box in the attic (as much as I love the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, I am not likely to tackle the 11,000+ page series anytime soon). I had gotten into a bad habit of putting books in front of books on my shelves, and stuff was starting to get lost in the shuffle (Like the Fallible Fiend). Stopping doing that is making for some hard and honest decisions about what I want to keep.
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Finished reading Exploring Eberron by Keith Baker.

Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Still reading The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.

Still reading Night of the Hunter by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How a Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.

Still reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

Still reading Emma by Jane Austen.

Still reading Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray.

Still reading Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.

Started reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Started reading Tasha's Cauldron of Everything by Wizards of the Coast.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Finished Shadows of the Self, by...that guy. Mistborn. I didn't realize that it was #2 in a sequal trilogy to the original trilogy, so while it was fairly engaging, there were clearly Important Characters that did nothing, and lots of unanswered questions/backstory. Also, I remember the magic system but not the religion, so I gotta reread Mistborn now. Or soon. When I find it.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Read Secret Life Of Addie LaRue by VE Schwalb. Very highly recommended if you have exactly the same taste in books as I do lol.

Now reading The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. Not sure how I missed this one; but I believe it was the book he wrote after Snowcrash (unrelated). Stephenson is up and down for me. I really liked Snowcrash, was bored to tears with Cryptonomicon, enjoyed Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. So far Diamond Age is shaping up to be in the "enjoy" category.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Read Secret Life Of Addie LaRue by VE Schwalb. Very highly recommended if you have exactly the same taste in books as I do lol.

Now reading The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. Not sure how I missed this one; but I believe it was the book he wrote after Snowcrash (unrelated). Stephenson is up and down for me. I really liked Snowcrash, was bored to tears with Cryptonomicon, enjoyed Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. So far Diamond Age is shaping up to be in the "enjoy" category.
Cryptonomicon was a snoozefest. He had a story, he just sorta sauntered it along. Snowcrash & The Diamond Age are my two favorites of his.
 



I finished Firefly: Life Signs and it was the best of the three I've read thus far, but I also discovered two others have been published that got past me somehow - I'll have to keep my eyes out for those. In the meantime, I'm about to start Interworld, a story that crosses multiple different universes. It's a Young Adult novel, which would normally make me a bit leery, but in this case I think I need not worry: it was written by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves, two authors whose solo works I've really enjoyed.

Johnathan
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I'm about to start Interworld, a story that crosses multiple different universes. It's a Young Adult novel, which would normally make me a bit leery, but in this case I think I need not worry: it was written by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves, two authors whose solo works I've really enjoyed.

Johnathan
I enjoyed the first Interworld.
 






KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Finished Shadows of the Self, by...that guy. Mistborn. I didn't realize that it was #2 in a sequal trilogy to the original trilogy, so while it was fairly engaging, there were clearly Important Characters that did nothing, and lots of unanswered questions/backstory. Also, I remember the magic system but not the religion, so I gotta reread Mistborn now. Or soon. When I find it.
Great series!

Alloy of Law is the first in that second series (called Mistborn Era 2 by us fans). Like the first book of the original trilogy, it stands up on its own, while working to allow a series to develop after, so a lot of the new characters are introduced in Alloy of Law. The religion in Era 2 though is wholly new, and you won't find it in Mistborn. Not that I would discourage you from rereading it! It's wonderful, and I need to read it again too.
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Finished reading The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.

Still reading Night of the Hunter by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How a Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.

Still reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

Still reading Emma by Jane Austen.

Still reading Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray.

Still reading Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Tasha's Cauldron of Everything by Wizards of the Coast.

Started reading The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan.
 

HawaiiSteveO

Explorer
Great series!

Alloy of Law is the first in that second series (called Mistborn Era 2 by us fans). Like the first book of the original trilogy, it stands up on its own, while working to allow a series to develop after, so a lot of the new characters are introduced in Alloy of Law. The religion in Era 2 though is wholly new, and you won't find it in Mistborn. Not that I would discourage you from rereading it! It's wonderful, and I need to read it again too.
The first one is better value, includes second linked novella as well as other great stuff.

You shouldn't read Secret History until you've finished the first 3 though - spoilers.

There's always another secret...

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (The Kharkanas Trilogy (3)) eBook: Sanderson, Brandon: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store

Mistborn: Secret History eBook: Sanderson, Brandon: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store
 

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