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So what are you reading this year 2021?

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
An online boardgaming group I'm part of did a Secret Santa for books. I just received Blindsight by Peter Watts. Haven't read anything by him before, excited to crack it open.
 

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Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
An online boardgaming group I'm part of did a Secret Santa for books. I just received Blindsight by Peter Watts. Haven't read anything by him before, excited to crack it open.
Ooooh. I like his stuff; but it's not for everyone. I'll be interested to hear your reaction after you are done...
 

Finished reading Wagner's The Dark Crusade. I liked it a whole lot more than the previous collection of Kane short stories I re-read a little bit ago. I think the difference is that in this tale, Kane isn't really the center of the story, but one of a number of players. And moreover, Kane makes mistakes here. In the short stories, it frequently ended up just being story after story about how much smarter, stronger, and more powerful Kane was.

Now I'm giving the first Black Company novel, by Glen Cook, a re-read.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Read Dave Grohl's The Storyteller in two nights.......I'd say I liked about 80% of the chapters. You can only read so many paragraphs about smoking and drinking and name dropping. He certainly loves Paul McCartney! Anyway, good, not perfect, book.
 


KahlessNestor

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

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Still reading An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire.

Still listening to Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Critical Role: Tal’dorei Campaign Setting by Matthew Mercer.

Still reading The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones.

Still reading The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.

Still reading Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl.

Still reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.

Still reading Matchlock and the Embassy: A Thirty Years’ War Story by Zachary Twamley.

Still reading The Black Ice by Michael Connelly.

Still reading Rise of the King by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan.

Still reading Ghost Story by Jim Butcher.

Still reading ReDawn by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson.

Still reading Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith and Kin by Marieke Nijkamp.

Finished listening to Sunreach by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire.
 

Richards

Legend
I just started The Official Prisoner Companion, a behind-the-scenes book on the making of Patrick McGoohan's 17-episode TV show, The Prisoner. My oldest son saw it in a used book store and knew I'd like it (and he was so right!) so he picked it up for me as a Christmas gift.

Johnathan
 

Richards

Legend
I'm now halfway through The Scorpion's Tale, a suspense novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It's part of the Agent Pendergast shared universe, featuring archaeologist Nora Roberts and FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, both characters from previous books in his series. They were both featured in a previous novel, Old Bones, so it looks like Preston and Child are using these two as the start of a new series-within-a-series. Which is fine, but I tend to prefer Agent Pendergast over these two. Still, this has been a decent read thus far.

Johnathan
 


Mercurius

Legend
Re-reading Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, although stalled out a bit over the last week. Will get back into it shortly but I got distracted by...

The Road to Corlay by Richard Cowper. Really enjoying this. Beautiful prose, and a nice sf-fantasy mode that isn't focused on violence or action. I think you could categorize Cowper as at least a cousin species to the British New Wave, though this trilogy was written at the tail-end of that era, in the late 70s and early 80s. Probably enjoyable to readers of Le Guin, Crowley, Zelazny, etc.

The short version: it is 3000 AD, 1000 years after the Drowning which saw Britain not only split into multiple islands (and the Seven Kingdoms), but fall back into a theocratic Medieval state. I'm only about 60 pages in, but it seems to be about the emergence of a new mystical religion that is repressed by the Church Militant.
 

Erekose

Eternal Champion
Read Dave Grohl's The Storyteller in two nights.......I'd say I liked about 80% of the chapters. You can only read so many paragraphs about smoking and drinking and name dropping. He certainly loves Paul McCartney! Anyway, good, not perfect, book.
I did pretty much the same thing and came to the same conclusion! 😂
 

Finished Cook's The Black Company. Still holds up, and quite obviously influential. A few of the turns of phrase haven't aged as well, but they are thankfully limited.

Now I'm reading Jonathan French's The True Bastards, the second in the Lot Lands series. At almost 600 pages, it's a bit longer than any book I've read in a while.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Got non-e copies of the last two Nero Wolfe books for Christmas (and the cook book) to finish my collection and finished my reread of the series. I was trying to read them in order, but missed the fact that the books with the collected novellas need to have their parts split up between the surrounding books. Guess I'll have to read them again...
 



Nellisir

Adventurer
I have just started Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell - which is all it took to convince me I needed to read it. It's a much smaller work, oddly enough about a boy living in a mansion of infinite size.

Johnathan
How are you liking it? I keep forgetting that exists when it comes time to make a book list.
 



KahlessNestor

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

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Still reading An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire.

Still listening to Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Critical Role: Tal’dorei Campaign Setting by Matthew Mercer.

Still reading The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones.

Still reading The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.

Still reading Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl.

Still reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.

Still reading Matchlock and the Embassy: A Thirty Years’ War Story by Zachary Twamley.

Still reading The Black Ice by Michael Connelly.

Still reading Rise of the King by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan.

Still reading Ghost Story by Jim Butcher.

Still reading ReDawn by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson.

Still reading Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith and Kin by Marieke Nijkamp.

Still reading Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire.

Started reading The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.
 

HawaiiSteveO

Blistering Barnacles!
Maybe 100 pages in Promise of Blood (Powder Mage book 1) by Brian McClellan, great start enjoying it so far. Couldn’t pass up all 3 books kindle version $8.99 .
 

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