What are you Reading? Debonnaire December 2019 edition

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
Finished up Feist's Magician: Master. It was okay. Decent, even. Not sure if I waited too long between reading the first and second volume, but it felt a bit muddled for me.

Next up is Okorafor's Binti: Home.
 

Janx

Adventurer
I finished a book at the end of the month and started up Craig Johnson's latest Longmire book. Whose title I don't recall, but it's about a wolf a leg, and a lie.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Had a sleepless night last night & read The Chinese Bell Murders (Robert van Gulk) and Abhorsen (Garth Nix).

The Chinese Bell Murders was solid, as usual for a Judge Dee book. Abhorsen was...a disappointment. It very much concludes the second book. Doesn't stand on its own at all; just reads like a continuation and honestly doesn't add much. Shame.

Started This Alien Shore, by CS Friedman. She's not an overly prolific author, but what I've read of hers has been good - I loved Black Sun Rising when I was younger* (the Michael Whelan cover art didn't hurt).

*It's been years since I read it. I might still love it. :)
 

vpuigdoller

Explorer
The Lost Mark, of the Mark of Death Eberron series. The beginning was rough but it has gotten way better as it progressed. I'm enjoying it.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
Dark Black and Blue: The Soundgarden Story by Greg Prato. So far so good and I'm up to chapter 12. I dont know anything about about the author but I believe from being a fan of the band and their music that theres alot of truth to whats written. Its not mostly a tell all, at least so far, as other band biopics Ive read. It centers mainly on the band and their music. It was published 9/17/19 so Im expecting it to be rather complete as Kim Thyail has recently said besides possibly finishing the album they working on before Chris Cornells death there is little to no chance of the band continuing.
 

carrot

Explorer
Just finished The Elements Bond (book 7 of the Elemental Academy) by DK Holmberg. This has been a really hit and miss series... It was a real struggle towards the end as it lost all sense of tension, jepardy and indeed clarity. The lead character is constantly failing to use his "magic" (or shaping) but then tries again in a slightly different way, and usually has to repeat that process a few more times until finally something happens. The first couple of times you can live with, but by the 10th time it was all getting rather tedious. It's a shame because there were some good ideas in there. Apparently there is a sequel series. I think I'll avoid that one.
 

Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
Doing a re-read of 1984 by Orwell. First thing that comes to mind is that today Winston wouldn't have a job. Algorithms would do it for him. Also, the parallels with the current surveillance capitalism and a surveillance state isn't the same. Except Maybe in China.
 

NeuroZombie

Explorer
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman. It will be followed by the Next 25 years, of course.

Pretty interesting if you're a Trek fan. It tells the behind the scenes story of Trek via direct quotes from the people that were actually invloved.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman. It will be followed by the Next 25 years, of course.

Pretty interesting if you're a Trek fan. It tells the behind the scenes story of Trek via direct quotes from the people that were actually invloved.
Ive always heard Shatner was insufferable towards the other cast, does it say?
 

NeuroZombie

Explorer
It has hinted at it, but its more that he was hired to be the star of the show and he let everyone know that he was the star. The book goes more into the writers and directors, how Rodenberry handled (or mishandled, as the case may be) the show, how Gene Coon kept the show going (truly the unsung hero of Trek, IMHO) and such.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
It has hinted at it, but its more that he was hired to be the star of the show and he let everyone know that he was the star. The book goes more into the writers and directors, how Rodenberry handled (or mishandled, as the case may be) the show, how Gene Coon kept the show going (truly the unsung hero of Trek, IMHO) and such.
Ive just heard things over the years is why I asked. I havent watched the original series in probably 30 years since iit was on WPIX in the 80s...Odd Couple, Honeymooners followed by Star Trek, those timess hold a special place in my heart.
 

NeuroZombie

Explorer
Ive just heard things over the years is why I asked. I havent watched the original series in probably 30 years since iit was on WPIX in the 80s...Odd Couple, Honeymooners followed by Star Trek, those timess hold a special place in my heart.
Yeah I've heard the same thing over the years and I am sure it was more of an issue then the book got into. The writers are in the film industry so I bet hey didn't want to get too much into it and risk alienating themselves.

I watched TOS in syndication in the late 70's early 80's as well. My wife decided she was ready to watch ST from the begining so watched all of TOS in the last year. We're on Season 3 of Next Gen now ;)
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
You dont see the OTS in syndication much these days, at least not here in Buffalo. I will say that all you see now is 19 hrs of Pawn Stars, 14 hrs of Friends. Theres not many decent TV shows after the year 2000. Its all marathons and competition programming and not llike a good half hour or hour of the Twilight Zone. You cant even smoke on TV anymore like Rod Serling, its a shame.
 

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
Never heard of it, why the second book?
I just finished the first, there are four: The Snow Queen, World's End, The Summer Queen, and Tangled Up In Blue; it's good science fiction, an Arthur C Clarke quote compares it to Dune, I don't know if I would go that far, but it's good.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
It's on the beeb here (BBC America), sort of a fancy edition with cleaned up special effects.
I dont mean to derail the thread
I just finished the first, there are four: The Snow Queen, World's End, The Summer Queen, and Tangled Up In Blue; it's good science fiction, an Arthur C Clarke quote compares it to Dune, I don't know if I would go that far, but it's good.
I tried to read Frank Herberts Dune enough times to where his writing is strange, kind of out of sorts. But his Sons and Kevin J Anbersons Prequel to Dune were great. I read all 6 books.
 

cbwjm

I can add a custom title.
I'm so close to finishing Kevin J Anderson's the dark between the stars, book 1 of the saga of shadows. I probably would have finished it last night of not for me needing sleep so I can work the next day.
 

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