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Our reads in May 2024
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dustydigger
Posted 2024-05-01 2:59 AM (#29523)
Subject: Our reads in May 2024



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Beware the tottering TBR. What are you reading this month?
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dustydigger
Posted 2024-05-01 3:12 AM (#29524 - in reply to #29523)
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April was a shocking month for reading,my auto immune attack continued,my eyes were full of nasty green gunk,and I could only read in snatches. had eye tests on 25th and there is some improvement,I will have to get tests and new specs prescription on 23rd May,so maybe I can get back to proper reading in June.Fingers crossed.
For now,I will just go slow,and complete the books on my April list I never finished.
my May list:
Clifford D Simak- The Werewolf Principle
C J Cherryh - Hellburner
Poul Anderson - The Broken Sword
Darcy Coates - The Hollow Dead
Jorn Lier Horst - Dregs (nordic crime for a challenge)
We'll see if I can add more if the eyes are up to it.
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daxxh
Posted 2024-05-01 10:10 PM (#29527 - in reply to #29524)
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May Books

Night Without Stars - Peter F. Hamilton - excellent so far.
Station Eternity - Mur Lafferty
Empress of Mars - Kage Baker
Hunger in the Soul - Mike Resnick
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Bird Song - Anne Hillerman
Searching for Savanna - Mona Gable

Hamilton books are long, so I may not get through all of these.
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dustydigger
Posted 2024-05-08 4:19 PM (#29917 - in reply to #29527)
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Clifford D Simak's The Werewolf Principle wasnt among the very best work of Simak,but even lower level Simak has interesting themes,sympathetic characters,some philosophy and of course lovely descriptions of nature,so I enjoyed it a lot. Ending was a bit rushed and perhaps not credible,but still a nice read. I have a mini goal of trying to fill all the gapsi n my Simak novels.17 down,about 7 or 8 to go,if I can locate free pdfs online.
Also read C J Cherryh's Hellburner,I think this is my 3rd read,and at last I am making a bit more sense of the highly complicated Alliance wars,so many factions and groups,and with Cherryh's style of immersion in the characters mind so we only know what he knows,you have to keep alert and on your toes to grasp what is happening. Probably in a couple of years when I next reread I will understand even more! lol.
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daxxh
Posted 2024-05-25 7:41 AM (#29940 - in reply to #29917)
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I actually finished all the books on my list! I think that is a first.

Night Without Stars by Peter Hamilton was excellent Space Opera. I haven't read Pandora's Star yet and am looking forward to reading the first book in this universe. ( Yes, I started this "series" in the middle with The Dreaming Void trilogy. Not the first time.)

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty was a fun read. I like mysteries and this was a whodunit on a space station full of interesting non- humans. There's a sequel that I will be reading.

Empress of Mars by Kage Baker was good - kind of a space western.

Hunger in the Soul by Mike Resnick was also a good adventure with a lesson in human nature thrown in. I have more Resnick on my TBR. How did it take me so long to discover this guy?

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut was a meh for me. I think I read this at the wrong time in my life.

The other two were non-genre so I won't elaborate on them other than to say I enjoyed them.

I am reading Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh. So far, I find the main character a brainwashed and whining person; however, that may serve a purpose. I like this book so far.
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dustydigger
Posted 2024-05-29 7:14 AM (#29947 - in reply to #29940)
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Apart from some fluff stuff,run of the mill but fun kindle unlimited reads,and a so so nordic crime novel read for a challenge I have only to report on one other read,my third attempt at Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword. Now 80 pages in and I hate it. Little fondness for nordic myth anyway,except when filtered and romanticised like Tolkien :0)
So cold,brutal - and brutish- disliked even the so called hero . I have decided not to finish it,something I rarely do,barely even once a year,but I feel the need to take a shower to wash away the nastiness . About 10 pages at a time is my limit. As you may guess,I am so not a fan of grimdark,and even regular so called epic fantasy leaves me cold. I have been filling gaps in my Anderson shelf,so thought I should read this,but nope. Back to SF for me!
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