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What are you reading this year 2020?

I finished A Maiden's Grave this morning and it was simply fantastic - interesting twists and turns throughout, some of them easy to see coming and some of them coming out of nowhere (but fully logical once you got the full story - that's one of the things I really like about Deaver's writing).

Now I'm reading The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver, one of his newest - it's the first novel in a new series about a guy named Colter Shaw who makes his living collecting rewards for missing people. He's an expert tracker and was raised by his family in a survivalist compound; I'm just a couple chapters in so far so I haven't gotten the full back story on that just yet. But I'll be flying tomorrow so I'll have plenty of time to read on the plane.

Johnathan
 

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I just finished the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It's a good, competent, interesting book, while it does have some strange, unanswered questions.
 

Finished Poul Anderson's The High Crusade. What a rollicking read, what a bonkers read. Medieval English knights get a hold of a spaceship and hijinks ensue.

Now I think I'm going to read Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Finished Poul Anderson's The High Crusade. What a rollicking read, what a bonkers read. Medieval English knights get a hold of a spaceship and hijinks ensue.

Now I think I'm going to read Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway.
Will be interested to hear your reaction to Every Heart a Doorway. I'll withhold comment until you are finished, except to say it's a quick read. More like a novella than a novel.
 

KahlessNestor

Explorer
Finished reading Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals.

Started reading Terry Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight.

Started reading Coolidge by Amity Shlaes.

Still reading Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer.
 

It was a quick read, that's for sure. But it packed such a punch; I loved it. Magical and wondrous, but also melancholy, as it should be. Every Heart a Doorway succeeded at something that (I think) The Magicians failed at - getting at portal fantasy from a modern perspective while still maintaining that sense of wonder and discovery (I enjoyed that series, but the cynicism sabotaged some of the things it was trying to get at).

Now I'm onto another portal fantasy-related tale, Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold. Somehow I made it out of the 80s with never having read it, despite being a Shannara fan.

Will be interested to hear your reaction to Every Heart a Doorway. I'll withhold comment until you are finished, except to say it's a quick read. More like a novella than a novel.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
It was a quick read, that's for sure. But it packed such a punch; I loved it. Magical and wondrous, but also melancholy, as it should be. Every Heart a Doorway succeeded at something that (I think) The Magicians failed at - getting at portal fantasy from a modern perspective while still maintaining that sense of wonder and discovery (I enjoyed that series, but the cynicism sabotaged some of the things it was trying to get at).

Now I'm onto another portal fantasy-related tale, Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold. Somehow I made it out of the 80s with never having read it, despite being a Shannara fan.
Yes, you hit it on the head with Every Heart (EHaD). I really liked it. However, she's spun a series out of it, which I've resisted reading so far. I felt like EHaD was SO good, that reading sequels may only detract. I really liked the Magicians as a mashup of CS Lewis and Bret Easton Ellis; but they did decline as they went forward as I didn't really find myself liking any of the characters.

Terry Brooks never read. Take that back, I started Sword of S back in the 90's, and got bored. I think I gave it my standard 100 pages, and then jumped. Maybe I need to try again.
 

I finished up The Never Game - it was good and I'm looking forward to reading the sequels, as it was the first book in a new series - but I'm currently out of Jeffery Deaver novels again and thus have turned my attention to the small stack of books I've picked up at library book sales. I just started Babylon 5: Thirdspace mainly because I'm a fan of the author, Peter David, not only for his Star Trek novels (which have been some of the best in that line, in my opinion) but also for some of his standalone novels and even before that the Marvel comic books he wrote. (His multiyear run on The Incredible Hulk was fantastic.) So far it's been good; his depictions of established characters are as good as ever (although it's taking me some time to recall who some of the lesser-known characters are - it's been quite awhile since I watched the "Babylon 5" series) and it looks like the main plot involves discovering some ancient alien artifact of incredibly dangerous power. I'm enjoying it so far.

Johnathan
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Finished Faery in Shadow, by CJ Cherryh...same comments as always with her; my head hurt, the writing is convoluted, the characters need to get some f*ing sleep. Nothing memorable about this one; dunno if it was done to fill a contract or what. Started Bait of Dreams by Jo Clayton - it's definitely my throwback year. I've loved some of her stuff; been unimpressed by others, but haven't read any of it in decades so why the heck not.
 

Apparently I missed the fact there were Books of the South in the Black Company series, and read one out of order. Now, where can I find a used hard copy with everything closed up? Sigh. I own a TON of ebooks, but I really prefer hard copies. But as a person looking for work, new isn't a good idea right now. I wonder if the library has them (heck, I don't even know if the library is open!)
 

Apparently I missed the fact there were Books of the South in the Black Company series, and read one out of order. Now, where can I find a used hard copy with everything closed up? Sigh. I own a TON of ebooks, but I really prefer hard copies. But as a person looking for work, new isn't a good idea right now. I wonder if the library has them (heck, I don't even know if the library is open!)
Not the library, alas.....
 


Finished Brooks' Magic Kingdom for Sale-Sold. Really surprised I didn't get to it sooner. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's no deep tale, but it has plenty of charm and heart.

Now I'm reading David Mogo, Godhunter, by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. It's described as Nigerian God-Punk, and that sounds hecking interesting.
 
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dragoner

Dying in Chargen
Just finished Norton's "The Last Planet (Star Rangers)" written in 1953, it is high quality standard SF, and the whole "collapsing empire" theme is well done.
 


I started a new urban fantasy novel last night, "Queen of Shadows" by Dianne Sylvan. According to the back cover, it's going to have the practically obligatory handsome vampire love interest (sigh), but what appealed to me was the main character: an empath scraping a living as a singer in Austin, Texas, manipulating the audience's emotions to feel good while listening to her music. That's not something you see every day. I'm one chapter in but it got interesting right from the get-go. Of course, handsome vampire love interest just showed up so I'll bet we take a little side trek into just how dreamy he is for awhile, but I'm interested to see what happens with the main character.

Johnathan
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I started a new urban fantasy novel last night, "Queen of Shadows" by Dianne Sylvan. According to the back cover, it's going to have the practically obligatory handsome vampire love interest (sigh), but what appealed to me was the main character: an empath scraping a living as a singer in Austin, Texas, manipulating the audience's emotions to feel good while listening to her music. That's not something you see every day. I'm one chapter in but it got interesting right from the get-go. Of course, handsome vampire love interest just showed up so I'll bet we take a little side trek into just how dreamy he is for awhile, but I'm interested to see what happens with the main character.

Johnathan
I actually read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series (basis for the True Blood tv show). I found it pretty enjoyable. I'm ok with romance; as long as the action or mystery is solid - which in the Southern Vampire series it was.
 

I've heard good things about the Sookie Stackhouse series (from a former boss) - I may have to look them up, although having watched the TV show (at the same boss's recommendation - she even loaned me the first three seasons on DVD) I imagine there wouldn't be much in the way of surprises for me.

Johnathan
 

Finished David Mogo, Godhunter. For a book under 400 pages, it packs a lot into it. Magic, gods, the apocalypse.

I'm back to Saberhagen's Empire of the East now, with Changeling Earth. The one specifically mentioned in Appendix N (the third book in the series, oddly).
 

KahlessNestor

Explorer
Finished reading Terry Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight. I have the next Discworld book Snuff coming from Amazon

Finished reading Coolidge by Amity Shlaes.

Started reading William Tecumseh Sherman: In Service of My Country by James Lee McDonough.

Started reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow after watching the musical twice this weekend.

Still reading Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer. I'm in the Sanderlanche ending, so almost done.
 

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