February Reading Log

Stasis 1.1 Beta & Stasis 1.2 Beta – EW Osborne

I’ve read some of the things Osborne has written under a pen name, and liked them. And this one is involving an apocalypse. Only, it’s starting at the beginning: people suddenly fly into a rage, and don’t stop until they’ve killed someone. Once someone is dead, they go int a catatonic state, and are harmless. Creepy, but harmless.

Stasis 1.1 and 1.2 cover the beginnings of this apocalypse, following several characters as they begin to find out things aren’t what they seem. Kristine is an intrepid reporter who’s dying to crack a big story. Christopher has a secret related to the “Seed” a sort of dreamscape mapping implant that most people have. Randall is trying to convert people for the end of the world as he sees it. Penelope is trying to find out the medical cause for it, while her co worker is becoming obsessed with the problem.

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Would You Rather?

Drop your favorite book in the toilet -or- watch it fall into the wood chipper?
Wood chipper. At least then I wouldn’t be tempted to try and salvage it.

Read only 1 book a year but remember everything -or- read 100 books a year and remember nothing?
100 books a year and not remember them. To be honest, 2/3 of what I read I don’t remember.

Read only the first page of a book -or- read only the last page?
Last page, I don’t mind spoilers.

Get locked in a Library -or- locked in a bookstore?
Bookstore! I prefer more recent books, and bookstores have them in abundance.

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January Reading Log

My goal for 2017 is 60 books, like last year. Also like last year, I’m hoping to be well past 60 by year’s end. 60 books means 5 per month, and as of right now, I’m a little behind. I finished 4 books in January. I’m not worried. I usually start the year off being busy, without a lot of time for reading, and then cram more books in.

1984 – George Orwell
May as well get this one out of the way. I re-read 1984 because of a swap. I asked a librarian friend to recommend a book, and this is what she recommended. I’d already read it, but it’s been a few years, so I thought it was worth revisiting.

I’m not a huge fan of the book. I consider a lot of it to be a slog. Just because it’s a slog and I don’t enjoy reading it doesn’t mean the book doesn’t have value. If you coupled 1984 and Brave New World, I think you’d have a really good picture of the state of the U.S. Right now. That scares the hell out of me.

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November Reading Log

Enemy – K. Eason

This one was picked for me for a swap on Swap Bot. I honestly can’t think of much to say.

Set in a high fantasy world, one of the main characters, Snow, is what I’d guess to be a Drow, or dark elf. Her people live underground, are matriarchal, and the gods sound like Drow gods. Snow is trained in healing as well as magic, and is what seems to be a drug runner. She arrives in a town where everyone has been slaughtered, and ends up having to fight against a contingent of soldiers. While there, she meets an outcast from another land, and they end up teaming up to… fight for or against gods?

I don’t know, it started to blur together, and I don’t remember the last 25% of the book. The writing was fine, but the world took a little bit to grasp, and I think I wasn’t in the mood for high fantasy. I can’t tell you much about it, other than it was simply okay, and Snow’s weird flying snake thing was neat.

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October Reading Log

 

Only 4 books in October. One was Outlander, which is plenty long, so I don’t feel too bad. I split that book into audiobook and ebook, listened to two on audiobook, and then read the fourth as an ebook. I kind of wish I had a paper book to read that month, but I have 3 to read this month, so it’s all good. Plus, audiobook and ebooks can be consumed in places that paper books can’t be.

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

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September Reading Log

So, 6 books read this month, and none of them audiobooks. I don’t know why, but I didn’t want to listen to audiobooks at work this month. Seems pretty heavy on the Young Adult this month, with what could be considered 2 memoirs thrown in. One less YA, and I could have claimed full house.

The Body Institute – Carol Riggs

In the future, being more than 20 pounds overweight for more than 3 months will get you fined. The good news? You can always go to the Body Institute and get a Reducer to help you out. Your mind gets stored, and the Reducer takes over your body, exercising and eating right, to help you lose the extra weight. Three to six months later, you’re back in your own body, which is now thin and toned. Sounds, great, right? Too bad there’s a few problems.

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August Reading Log

10 books! I was busy

Robopocalypse – Daniel H. Wilson

I was looking for more books told like World War Z – a sort of oral history of a cataclysmic event. Someone online mentioned Robopocalypse was told in a similar way, so I checked it out. It is similar, but not as good.

It’s set in the future some time, with self driving cars, and domestic robots that help out around the house, run errands, deliver mail, etc. A scientist creates an AI that is self aware, and said AI sets out to preserve life at all costs, even if that means eliminating humans to save other lifeforms.

The book’s okay, but not that great. Each chapter begins and ends with a note from the main character of the book, which pulled me out of the story every time. Also, the book centers mostly around the people in the US, with only a few chapters of a reoccurring character in Britain. I would have liked to have seen how the world handled the robot apocalypse.

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July Reading Log

I was busy this month. I read a lot of shorter stories and novellas this month, making my total 10. One was a re-read so I could read the next book and finish a series. Another was an audio drama that I didn’t realize wasn’t a book. One was a collection of predictable short stories, and I finally got around to two books that have been on my “want to read” list for months.

A productive month, even if I could have chosen better books to read.

Guys in Love – L.A. Witt
This was a Bookbub freebie. It’s 4 short stories about guys who fall in love with another guy, usually someone who’s unobtainable, or someone they previously had a relationship with. It’s pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, and it’s only okay.

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June Reading Log

I managed 8 books in June, which is quite a lot for me. Granted, some of them are short stories, or novellas, but at least I’m reading. One of these is a collection of short stories, otherwise there would have been a lot more read this month.

Armada – Ernest Cline
We get it, Ernest Cline. You’re nostalgic for the 80s.

That was the primary thought going through my head as I listened to Armada. This book is chock full of 80s references, much like Ready Player One. Unlike Ready Player One, all of these were annoying.

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May Reading Log

So, I technically managed 5 books this month, but one of them is the last 1/3 of a series that I’ve already covered. Two of the other books are parts 1 and 2 of a 3 part series (with part 3 to be released this month).

Love and Decay, Volume Eight – Rachel Higginson

The final volume of the third season of Love and Decay ties the last 2 2/3 seasons together. Reagan, Haley, The Parkers, and the others in their group are in Mexico, trying to get to Columbia. Of course, nothing’s as easy as it seems, and they’re still fighting enemies from the former US, as well as new problems in Mexico.

I really liked this series, and didn’t want it to come to an end. The last volume was the hardest to read: there’s a LOT going on that’s not easy on all the characters. They have to face the Big Bad of the previous 2 seasons, plus all the crap that’s going on in Mexico. In the last episode, they make it to Columbia, and it’s been a harrowing journey.

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