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majkia

majkia

Joined October 2016

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“Books! Best weapon in the world!“ - The Doctor
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Typical crazy Scalzi fun scifi. Much like his book [Redshirts] he expands an existing idea and runs with it. Great fun.

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The Kill Call | Stephen Booth

This series is deeply focused on the area (the Peak district), its history, its geography, its people. The mysteries are well thought out, and effective at keeping you guessing. And such interesting characters.

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This was a surprise. I suggested the Library purchase this book and when they did they set me as first in line for the copy.

I do love this series. I particularly love Joyce's wild unfiltered train of thought mutterings. Great characters, the mysteries are almost reduntant. Almost. ;)

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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I do love this series. Simon is so fascinating, maddening and way too much like me, alas.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan

I'm sure I should have liked this more than I did. I know a bunch of people who need to read this, to remember what the Nazis were like, but other than that, I thought it a little bit of a slog. But worth the slog.
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Kings of the Wyld | Nicholas Eames

Fun 'getting the band back together' story. One of the guys (all retired) finds out his daughter is at risk as she'd followed in Daddy's footsteps, and gone off hunting demons in the wyld. The guys go after her to save little Rosy.

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Nophek Gloss | Essa Hansen

I love the concepts and most of the characters, and it's very imaginative. My problem is the main character who begins at 14 and acts like it. But then he's supposed to be 'augmented' which will age him to 20 and update his brain and emotions as well. Except, even after the augmentation, instead of a competent adult, we're still stuck with a 14 year old in a grown body, who is just utterly stupid all round.

So, anyway, DNF for me at about 50%.

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Hmmm. What to say. I loved the concept and it was beautifully written. But it is also a bit slow going, and I figured out the ending long before the book ended. Still, enjoyable.

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No one can quite torture her characters (especially Fitz) - and her readers - quite like Robin Hobb. As usual, Fitz is full of plans but, alas, life intervenes. But he's back with the Fool and searching for little Bee.

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In Plain Sight | Dan Willis

What a fun SFF cozy type of mystery. I liked the characterization and the mystery was convoluted enough to confuse me. Altogether a very pleasant read.

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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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Interesting look back at the communist purges in the artistic community. Lots of historical references as usual with Vidal's work. The mystery was confusing enough that I was never certain I'd figured it out.

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I love this series. The mix of military guys with brains and loyalty and bravery get me every time.

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Indian style cozy with a baby elephant sidekicking the retired inspector. A fun, fanciful read.

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Shards of Earth | Adrian Tchaikovsky

My heavy duty meds (knee surgery 2 weeks ago) made this one difficult for me. I'll need to re-read when I get the rest of the series.
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Grey Mask | Patricia Wentworth


DNF

I understand that there are many stupid people in the world, but I don't have to read about them. The protagonist is stupid and the potential victim is even worse. I'd stab her myself if I had to listen to her drivel for more than a minute.

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Bridge Burners! Malazan! Toblakai! And even a few special folks make a short appearance!

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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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As I'm due for knee surgery on Tuesday, going ahead and posting this. Hopefully by August 2nd I'll be together enough to participate.

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I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. And was floored by the last minute twists and turns.

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Bob's Saucer Repair | Jerry Boyd

Fun first contact. Snarky humans meet snarky ... human aliens. When Nikki's saucer nearly crashes Bob comes to her rescue. The rest, as they say, is history.

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The Family Trade | Charles Stross

This is a re-read so I can read the rest of the series. Really enjoyed the modern sci fi take on the Merchant Princes of Italy.

Great main character and interesting world-walkers she meets. Lots of action, and Miriam is no wilting violet, even if the women of her new-found relatives are expected to be pretty, well-spoken and obedient. NOT.

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One Way | S. J. Morden

This is actually a re-read. Great story, lots of twists, great characters, and on the moon!

Convicts sent to the moon to erect a NASA base. Things deteriorate.

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Artemisa | Andy Weir

[Artemis] - Andy Weir

What a fun caper story, complicated by being set on the moon in the only colony there. Escape is well, limited? Anyway, great characters, complicated plot and science!

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One Way | S.J. Morden
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Salzburg Connection | Helen Macinnes

Old time spy drama from the cold war, with Nazis and Commies and US and British spies all converging on a tiny lake in Austria that holds a box.

Brought back some old memories from the 60s and 70s. Including my trip in 1970 still with spies running around Europe. And everywhere else I suppose.

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The Starless Crown | James Rollins

Great book. Impressive world-building and Rollins, master of the thriller, created a plot that never slows.

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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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What a horrible book. Apparently the lesson is that women should remain poor because money teaches them to stand up for themselves, and we can't very well have that.

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Darn it! This book follows the money, as they say, looking for bombers and assassins, and didn't check back in on the Moon and Miles and DeRicci at all. Now gotta hurry and read the next one too.

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Lady Audley's Secret | Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Hmm. Some jarring dialogue based on the times, but at least a pretty good mystery, even if seeing how women were treated then is a bit painful, not to mention downright scary in a few instances.
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I love this series. So good on the psychological effects of shell shock, and the economic and cultural changes right after WWI.
Great mysteries and great characters.

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Lady Audley's Secret | Mary E Braddon
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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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Anniversary Day | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Wow. I really enjoy this series. Lots of atmosphere, great characters, and impressive world-building - in this case, world-destroying. Eager for the next book.

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Why attempting to help her friend, Belinda, our heroine gets ordered by the queen to go to a meeting in Italy to check up on her errant son and Wallace Simson. Needless to say, murder and mayhem ensue.

A fun series, which often makes me laugh out loud.

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Powerful book.

Very well done alternate reality where women are being held down because there were witches in the world. But three sisters find the ways and the words and decide to bring back the magic and free their sisters from men who beat and control them.

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Dance Hall of the Dead | Tony Hillerman

Very interesting with lots of Navajo and Zuni cultural, religious and psychological details.

Interestingly, I was also reading Once and Future Witches, so I was reading two books with culturally diverse ideas about witches.

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Redemption Ark | Alastair Reynolds

Reynolds can weave a complex story with far future imaginings. Advances in medicine, and longevity, genetic uplift of non-humans (in this case monkeys and pigs), and alien tech no one can really figure out - either how it works, or what it's for.

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He Who Fears the Wolf | Karin Fossum, Felicity David

Very interesting murder mystery, with the focus on the criminals rather than the detectives or their investigation. Psychological and complex. Thoughtful,

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“Once you‘ve got wings, you‘re having too much fun to bother with sentience.”
Werst nodded thoughtfully. “That explains most of the pilots I know.”

Excellent wrap up to the series. I'll miss Gunny Sergeant Torin and Craig and the gang. Especially Alamber.

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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Kammbia1 Anniversary Day is a solid novel and a part of my favorite series, The Retrieval Artist Series. 5mo
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Wow. Took a couple of chapters to get my head out of the Rainwilds and back to FitzChivalry, but once I did.... And... she's still awfully good at torturing the poor guy.

Complex and wonderful characters, twists and turns, and terrifically written story.

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Robert Charles Wilson
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Lots of fun YA series, with a well drawn world, and characters you care about. And, bonus, not a lot of romance.

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Did Not Finish. Odd. I generally love books from this time period, but I found the women characters so annoying and entitled, I couldn't keep reading it.

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The Darkness | Ragnar Jonasson

Very atmospheric, with a complex mystery with twists and surprises galor. And the ending... Sort of saw it coming but still...

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Hmmm. I'm a hard science fan, and particularly of AI and trans humans, but I found the plot hard to follow and the unreliable narrators making it harder to follow along.

Fascinating ideas though.

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A Study in Silks | Emma Jane Holloway

A refreshing change up to Sherlockian pastiche. A bit steampunk, but not a lot, great characters, very good writing, and a plot that moves along quite spiffily.

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