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dustydigger
Posted 2021-06-30 5:28 PM (#23224)
Subject: Our reads July 2021



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Another month,another pile of books

Dusty's Tbr for July.
Eric Frank Russell - Sentinels from Space
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Pirates of Venus
Robert A Heinlein - The Man Who Sold the Moon/Requiem
E E Doc Smith - Grey Lensman
Maureen MacHugh - China Mountain Zhang
Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus
Larry Niven - Lucifer's Hammer
Anne McCaffrey - The Coelura
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daxxh
Posted 2021-06-30 10:07 PM (#23225 - in reply to #23224)
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My July reading goal is going to be finishing all the books I started in June: The Ministry For the Future, A Desolation Called Peace, Freedom, A Friend of the Earth. I also have A Call to Vengence and Project Hail Mary.

Not sure how I managed to start so many books (there are two other non-scifi books as well).
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spoltz
Posted 2021-07-02 9:48 AM (#23232 - in reply to #23225)
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Hey dusty, I loved China Mountain Zhang! I really loved the form of intertwining short stories.

I started The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal, who I just saw was named the chair of the next WorldCon after it had a bunch of resignations. That's the last of the Hugo/Nebula nominees I have to read.

I will also be reading Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffery for my book club. We're having an outdoor gathering on the 13th just to meet up with all the members in person again after almost a year and a half. Then we're going to have our regular online discussion on the 15th, for which we only get about 12-15 participants.
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dustydigger
Posted 2021-07-04 7:50 AM (#23237 - in reply to #23232)
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I had gotten mixed up,thought it was a Mythopoeic winner from 1972. So instead of Joy Chant's book Red Moon and Black Mountain set in ancient china I found myself in a future where China has financial,cultural and political power over the world. ! lol. I am enjoying it a lot though. Impressive worldbuilding and tech, which dont overshadow the snapshots of everyday life of the young protagonist. .This form reminds me somewhat of C J Cherryh's Alliance Universe where we do a close scrutiny of the intense lives of often flawed and lonely people looking for a home..They may not change the world on a high scale,they not superheroes,but we are happy at the end because they are satisfied at where they have arrived. I'm only 30% through Zhang's tale but I hope he does succeed!
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deimosremus
Posted 2021-07-07 4:58 PM (#23262 - in reply to #23224)
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My TBR for July:

Children of Dune (Finished)
Our Lady of Darkness (Finished)
The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (Finished)
Doctor Rat (Currently Reading)
The Farthest Shore
Lord Foul's Bane
Gloriana

Might add some more if I manage to finish all of these!
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daxxh
Posted 2021-07-25 1:43 PM (#23318 - in reply to #23262)
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I finished the following so far this month:
Freedom - Daniel Suarez (good, but a little scary)
A Call to Vengeance - David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope (excellent end to the trilogy. Need to read the first Honor Harrigton book.)
Strange Dogs - James SA Corey (very good - need to read the novels)
A Friend of the Earth - TC Boyle (ok only for the climate change part. Really didn't like the characters.)
Not Less Than Gods - Kage Baker (Good even though the main character in this one was not my favorite character in the main series.)

I am almost done with A Desolation Called Peace which I am really liking so far.

I miss all the time I had to read at the beginning of the year. Oh well. I am enjoying the hot, wet climate as I spend a lot more time outside now (vs the cold, wet climate I moved from.)

Edited by daxxh 2021-07-25 1:46 PM
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devilinlaw
Posted 2021-07-25 11:30 PM (#23319 - in reply to #23318)
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here's what i've finished so far this month:

novels
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Star Wars - The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Star Wars - The High Republic: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott
Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe
The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells

short fiction/novellas
Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell
Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

anthologies
Tau Ceti by Kevin J. Anderson & Steven Savile
New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

here's what's still on deck for this month or heading into August:

novels
Circe by Madeline Miller
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells

short fiction/novellas
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Beaneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire
A Meeting with Medusa by Arthur C. Clarke
Sailing to Byzantium by Robert Silverberg
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dustydigger
Posted 2021-07-27 8:08 AM (#23322 - in reply to #23319)
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So many reallife issues this month that I decided to leave heavy stuff,or long books,till next month. Had a nice nostalgic return to Pern. I read all the full length McCaffrey tales long ago,but my library never got short stuff,novella setc. I found the Open Library had quite a few books I hadnt read,so I plugged some gaps.
I also read some Heinlein short stuff too..I know it is the norm to bash RAH for sexism,authoritarianism,and lots of other isms,these days,and he certainly became a creepy old man,but I still find his 40s and 50s stuff readable and fun.The pendulum swung so far away from his great fame and iconic status to a rather unfair assessment IMO. Maybe someday the pendulum will swing back to somewhere in the middle.But you cant take away his importance and influence.Just decide to reaad nothing of his written after 1970 and things will be fine!
hmm......I just checked out the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction article on RAH and was pleased to see a very fair assessment of RAHs work.
I have also enjoyed some 30s and 40s SF pulp novels. Such fun! Slide rules? check.
Cigarettes? check. EVERYBODY smoked in space back then!
Welding equipment for those pesky meteorite holes? check.Everyone seemed to cobble together their own spaceship and whizzed around the solar system quite nonchalantly.Apart from the odd mad scientist,most scientists,and especially enginers were so respected in SF back then. Nasty contrast with today
Actually,I recently read Neal Stephenson's Seveneves,and loved the first section of the book where they built the space station etc. Yep,the welding kit was still prominently in use!Mankind wouldnt have survived without it
Anyway my reads helped to soothe my troubled mind.I suppose I should get back to heavier stuff in August.
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spoltz
Posted 2021-08-02 2:49 PM (#23335 - in reply to #23224)
Subject: Re: Our reads July 2021



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Wow, I missed updating in July.

It was a good month for book selections. Almost everything I read I gave 4 or 5 stars.

The 5 star books were:
Who Fears Death - Nnedi Okorafor
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within - Becky Chambers
Midnight Robber - Nalo Hopkinson

The 4 star books were:
All You Need is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka (the novel not the manga)
Devolution - Max Brooks
The Only Good Indians - Stephen Graham Jones
The Relentless Moon - Mary Robinette Kowal

The only other book I read was Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey, one of the rare books by her I didn't care for.

Onto August!
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