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I actually read some fiction this month! I started off with

Bad Monkeys

by Matt Ruff, who is one of our own here. It was a good book, but doesn't quite compare with either Sewer, Gas, Electric or Set This House in Order. After that, I moved on to

Mister B. Gone

by Clive Barker, whom I haven't read in many years. It was nicely creepy, though not terrifying, and also disturbing in its graphic depictions of violence. But it wouldn't be a Clive Barker novel without that. Finally, I finished reading

InterWorld

by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves, which I started about two months ago. It was an OK novel, given that it was a YA novel, and seemed slightly simplistic in parts, and it seemed to be more Reaves than Gaiman. And guess why I picked up the novel in the first place?
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I only managed to read two books in December as I was lucky enough to be too busy gaming.

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett, I enjoyed this book although I sort of felt it was a bit meandering and never really got to where it wanted.

The First Installment of Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn, picked this up because there were favourable reviews on this in previous what did you read threads. It is damn fine and I really enjoyed it, I am half way through the second book which is even better than the first.

So it is two hits from recommendations from these threads in: Tales of the Otori and The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak and one miss in The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
 
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Because of a post earlier this year about books I actually started an excel sheet to keep track of what I've read. So in December I read the following:
The History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage: Great non-fiction book looking at the six beverages that have changed civilization, beer, wine, distilled spirits, coffee, tea and Coke. A fascinating book that I highly recomended.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde: An odd one that I loved. Recomended by a friend its about a Literature Tech named Thursday Next who has to stop an arch-villian from kiddnapping Jane Eyre (yes the fictional character) It was wonderful! Can't wait to read more of his work.

Star Wars: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss: One of the expanded universe star wars books, fun reading, even if not the greatest stuff out there.

Star Wars: Inferno by Troy Denning: See above, continuing the story of the rise of a new Sith Lord

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: A friend asked for a fiction book to read over break and I gave him this, which of course made me want to re-read it too. One of my all time favorite Sci-fi books and great for people who dislike sci-fi as much as for fans of the genre.

Star Wars: Fury by Aaron Allston: Another Star Wars, not bad but not the best by far.

The Truth by Terry Pratchett: Needed something to read in the car so I snagged an old stand by. Love Pratchett, doesn't matter how many times I read his books they still make me laugh.

Anyway thats my December books, would have read more but was enjoying the holidays and playing on my new DS lite.
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I read rules. Lots and lots of rules ... mostly after the 25th.
 
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The only book I ended up having time to read was Memories of Ice by Stephen Erikson.
 
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Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Great book, although I wish he would write more about new places other than Ankh-Morpork.

About to start to read Hobby Games: 100 Best.
 
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Confessor by Terry Goodkind. Finally got through this entire series. Overall, in the entire series I enjoyed the first 3 or 4 the best. It just became too pedantaic and preachy towards the end with intermittent bursts of action. The Chainfire trilogy ending the series was kind of anti-climatic to my tastes.
 
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Redwall - by Brian Jacques. Yes its a kids book but still fun to read.
 
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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett,,,apt for the time of the year
Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs mmmmmm bones

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The World of Physics by John Avison !!!!!
a Xmas present from an admirer
im still trying to figure out whether I should keep him or not


 
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Another bumper month for me

Three Lions And Three Hearts by Poul Anderson
Now Wait For Last Year by Philip K. Dick
Fountains Of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
Saturn Returns by Sean Williams
Past Magic ny Ian R. McLeod
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
Titan by John Varley
Time Patrol by Poul Anderson
Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
VALIS by Philip K. Dick
Rats And Gargoyles by Mary Gentle
Timescape by Gregory Benford
The Architecture Of Desire by Mary Gentle
Phantoms At The Phil - The Second Proceedings by various (inc. Chaz Brenchley from whom I bought the book). It is a collection of ghost stories (including audio CDs of them being read by the writers).
The Hollowing by Robert Holdstock

A lot of rereads this month so no details unless someone asks.
 
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Star Wars: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss: One of the expanded universe star wars books, fun reading, even if not the greatest stuff out there.


Have you read Karen Traviss's non Star Wars books? They are The Wess'har Wars series? I thought they were pretty good and chomped through them in a matter of months. I haven't read any Star Wars stuff so I can't do a proper comparison.
 
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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
I read it with my wife on our honeymoon. A nice re-read for me, seeing how much the series has changed from then to Night Watch. My wife's second Discworld book.

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.
A nice and easy read. I got it in a lot of books on eBay and read it after I finished the other Discworld books I have.

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett.
Read it with my wife. Reading together is something we enjoy doing, neither of us being a fan of TV.
 
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I didn't get in much reading in December, with school finals up to the 14th, then a dash to get all of my Xmas shopping done, then Xmases and other events at various households; but, I'm heading out on vacation tomorrow, so I hope to get a couple of things read in the next week.

The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven

N-Space by Larry Niven
 
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I'm trying to get more non-comics reading done in 2008. For December I think all I did was finish Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
 
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Hard Boiled Cthulhu - a series of Cthulhu stories written in the hard boiled fashion
Science Friction - Michael Shermer, a series of essays
The Bible - I think you may know this one
Victory at Vimy - Ted Barris, a book about the Canadian's at Vimy Ridge in April of 1917

There are at least two other books I read last month, but I don't recall their titles yet.

Something that was organised amongst my friends this year was a book exchange. We swapped some of our favourites in a gift exchange style. 7 of us brought 5 (or more!) books and drew numbers to see who would pick first. Since there were so many books (around 40) we all participated (12 of us).
 
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I finally finished:

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey - by Chuck Palahniuk

Take Fight Club add Charles Manson and a dash of Darkly Dreaming Dexter and you get Rant.
 
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Because I'm disillusioned with most modern fiction, I decided to read (and reread) some Newberry Medal winners and honorees to see if my memory was playing tricks on me. Nope, they are better and not necessarily just for kids.

Kira-Kira
A Midwife's Apprentice
Jacob I Have Loved
Catherine, Called Birdy

 
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Still just Sci-Fi for now, till I finish off my must read list. Ironically the book I read in Dec isn't on there.

Eternity - by Greg Bear

It was terrible. Eon was pretty good, but this one was just strange. It's like there was no climax, not that it built up into nothing, it just didn't build up at all. Not satisfying at all for me, I won't go into why I hated it too much cause I don't want to spoil it for anybody that might read it.
 
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andyl wrote:
zackdale wrote:

Star Wars: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss: One of the expanded universe star wars books, fun reading, even if not the greatest stuff out there.


Have you read Karen Traviss's non Star Wars books? They are The Wess'har Wars series? I thought they were pretty good and chomped through them in a matter of months. I haven't read any Star Wars stuff so I can't do a proper comparison.


No I haven't I'll give it a shot though!
 
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Hunters of Dune then started Sandworms of Dune
 
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Confessor by Terry Goodkind. Finally got through this entire series. Overall, in the entire series I enjoyed the first 3 or 4 the best. It just became too pedantaic and preachy towards the end with intermittent bursts of action. The Chainfire trilogy ending the series was kind of anti-climatic to my tastes.
Ah!
I finished the first (Wizard's first rule) last evening - and that was my main read in december :
Good to know I don't have to read all of them, but just quit as soon as the first becomes boring - I understand it won't get any better. Great book, however, this one. Some minor gripes about story inconsistencies, but fun to read.
 
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zackdale wrote:
andyl wrote:
zackdale wrote:

Star Wars: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss: One of the expanded universe star wars books, fun reading, even if not the greatest stuff out there.


Have you read Karen Traviss's non Star Wars books? They are The Wess'har Wars series? I thought they were pretty good and chomped through them in a matter of months. I haven't read any Star Wars stuff so I can't do a proper comparison.


No I haven't I'll give it a shot though!


The first one was City Of Pearl - which was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2005. There are four (so far) subsequent novels.
 
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Needed something to read in the car


surprise Good God, Man, watch the road!!!!
 
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Wow, a lot of Terry Pratchett this month... am I the only one who is not impressed with his writing? I only read one book (forgot the title, but it involved the Grim Reaper Mort). It was amusing, but I found it to be forgettable fluff, on par with TV sitcom humor. Maybe I should try another...

For me, I read:

The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora by Michael Nesmith
That's right, THAT Michael Nesmith. The book is a semi-comic, disjointed, semi-spiritial, new-age-y mess about a musician named Nez trying to track down a blues singer who might be a man, might be a woman, possibly an ancient Native-American legend. Not great to begin with, but falls to pieces when he ends up breaking up a child porn ring and battling the ATF.

Napalm and Silly Putty
by George Carlin
Last month I reread Brain Droppings and felt it was more cranky and vicious than Napalm, so I decided to reread Napalm. A little more mean-spirited than I remembered, but definately more laugh-out-loud funny than the other. A great bathroom read (yup, that's where I read it. Not in one sitting...)

Galaxy Blues by Allen M. Steele
This was a serialized novel in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Just finished the final installment. A pretty good book set in Steele's Coyote universe.
 
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Wow, a lot of Terry Pratchett this month... am I the only one who is not impressed with his writing? I only read one book (forgot the title, but it involved the Grim Reaper Mort). It was amusing, but I found it to be forgettable fluff, on par with TV sitcom humor. Maybe I should try another...


That was my sense of the one Discworld book of his I read, the title of which escapes me completely at the moment (it was over 10 years ago). I enjoyed the few books of his that he wrote for kids, specifically the Diggers series. But I think the jump in interest has to do with his announcement that he has progressive Alzheimer's.

Regarding Discworld, though, I would probably read more of that series if there just weren't so darned many of them out there. I've toyed with the idea of starting the World of Time series, but figure I already have ENOUGH to read, without adding another immense series to the pile.
 
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