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Tetsujin

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Have used this COVID downtime to try to ploy through the Wheel of Time series. I’m barely even halfway through so selfishly, assuming I keep up this pace, I need the state of emergency to last until somewhere around Mid-July to give me ample time to finish reading.
 

Warhawk

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Just finished The Last Odyssey by James Rollins. I like his characters and he definitely keeps the action moving and I found it enjoyable. But this one had a major portion of the book revolve around almost "magical" creatures supposedly built over 1,000 years ago that were just too much for me to fully buy into. I liked some of his other stuff better in that respect. While his other books also tend to have some fantasy/sci-fi twist to them, I could more easily accept the premise or implementation in most of the others.

I do REALLY enjoy that after the end of the book he goes into the real history of the items, people, places, and events that form the basis of his plots. In this case, things like Greek Fire, astrolabes, Leonardo da Vinci, history on the Greek Dark Ages, World War Zero, the Vatican, etc., etc.
 

Warhawk

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Just finished Crooked River by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - the latest Pendergast novel from these two. Enjoyed it overall - seems like they are transitioning some characters into the ongoing story lines more after killing off a couple in previous books.
 
Admittedly not a big reader, but last 2 I read were A Long Way Gone, an autobiography by a former African child soldier, and Mystic River . Both were great: as much as I loved mystic river the movie, the book was even better.
 

VF21

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Just finished Crooked River by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - the latest Pendergast novel from these two. Enjoyed it overall - seems like they are transitioning some characters into the ongoing story lines more after killing off a couple in previous books.
DOUGLAS PRESTON... Duh. I saw an Audible book offering from James Prescott and mistakenly thought it was the same author as the Pendergast guy, who you turned me on to a few years ago. (My defense is that it was late at night and I didn't bother to check). I bought the book with my free credit for the month. I'll let you know how it turns out. :p
 

VF21

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Any Audible subscribers here who would like to be gifted "The Stand" by Stephen King (full length edition with all the restored content). I just got a notice from Audible that I can gift it to a fellow subscriber. First come, first served. If you're interested, drop me a PM with your email addy. It's pretty danged good -- the reader is incredible.
 

Warhawk

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I saw that Apple TV+ has a series coming out based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. While I don't have a subscription to watch, I was inspired to go back and read those dusty books sitting on my shelf. While on vacation I finished the two prequels he wrote (Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation). On to the original trilogy next!

If you aren't an Asimov fan, his Robot books were tied into the Foundation series but I did not read those as well. Sticking with Foundation books right now. :)
 

Capt. Factorial

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I saw that Apple TV+ has a series coming out based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. While I don't have a subscription to watch, I was inspired to go back and read those dusty books sitting on my shelf. While on vacation I finished the two prequels he wrote (Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation). On to the original trilogy next!

If you aren't an Asimov fan, his Robot books were tied into the Foundation series but I did not read those as well. Sticking with Foundation books right now. :)
The original Foundation trilogy is pretty great, just read it for the first time last week!
 

Warhawk

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The original Foundation trilogy is pretty great, just read it for the first time last week!
It's probably been 20-30 years or so since I last read the series. I've carted the books around intending to re-read them and seeing that they are turning it into a show inspired me to do so.

Some of his Robot series is pretty good, too.
 

bajaden

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Stephen King used to be my favorite author. Back in 1978, he wrote an incredible book called The Stand about a weaponized strain of the flu that wipes out almost all (99.4%) of civilization. "In 1990, The Stand was reprinted as a Complete and Uncut Edition. King restored some fragments of texts that were initially reduced, revised the order of the chapters, shifted the novel's setting from 1980 to 10 years forward, and accordingly corrected a number of cultural references. The Complete and Uncut Edition of The Stand is considered to be King's longest stand-alone work. The book has sold 4.5 million copies." (Wikipedia)

I just got the audio version of the latter edition. Listening to it, I was drawn in once again by a true wordsmith. King at his best, without a doubt. The pictures he paints are so vivid you can almost touch them. The character development is unbelievable. With a total of over 47 hours, this one book is longer than most trilogies I've listened to. I'm already 10 hours in and totally immersed in the narrative.

Of course, the timeliness cannot be ignored. For some reason, I keep picking post-apocalyptic novels. I'm just glad to have rediscovered vintage Stephen King in the process.
In my humble opinion, The Stand is the best book King ever wrote, and I've read most of his books. The effort to bring it to the screen was pitiful in my opinion, but that's not a surprise. They did a better job with The Shining.
 
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bajaden

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Have used this COVID downtime to try to ploy through the Wheel of Time series. I’m barely even halfway through so selfishly, assuming I keep up this pace, I need the state of emergency to last until somewhere around Mid-July to give me ample time to finish reading.
I'm currently on book five of the Wheel of Time series. Great books but if you not into fantasy or 1000 page books, their probably not for you. Robert Jordan was a very creative writer. I would call the Wheel of Time series a combination of Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones, with a few other bells and whistles thrown in.

My grandson asked me who my favorite author was, and that was difficult to answer. I finally came down to Nelson DeMille. I wish he wrote more often. Maybe he needs to rub elbows with Patterson, who I think writes about a book a day. He barely beat out James Rollins and Michael Connelly. I would have had Vince Flynn in there but unfortunately he's no longer with us.

By the way, for those that don't know, and someone may have mentioned it one of the earlier posts, The Wheel of Time series is being made into a series by Amazon and it's reported that it will be the most expensive TV series in the history of television. Can't wait!
 

bajaden

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I saw that Apple TV+ has a series coming out based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. While I don't have a subscription to watch, I was inspired to go back and read those dusty books sitting on my shelf. While on vacation I finished the two prequels he wrote (Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation). On to the original trilogy next!

If you aren't an Asimov fan, his Robot books were tied into the Foundation series but I did not read those as well. Sticking with Foundation books right now. :)
I think I've read all the Foundation books, but not the prequels. I've read a lot of Asimov's books, I Robot, Caves of Steel etc. But the Foundation series was the best.
 

bajaden

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I just finished Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion Into the American Museum of Natural History by Douglas Preston. A pretty easy read, this very interesting book delves into the beginnings of the museum as well as the stories behind some of the artifacts they keep there (from dinosaur bones to meteorites to stolen jewels to cultural histories of now-lost societies to all kinds of animals). The discussions on the expeditions they mounted (from the arctic north to Indonesian islands, Africa, eastern Asia, and across the US) and histories of the collections are equally fascinating. Blended in are bits and pieces of a "walking tour" of the facility. Definitely recommended.

An interesting tidbit - as told by wikipedia:



Relic largely takes place inside the American Museum of Natural History.
I read Relic a thousand years ago, but it's a very good book and will have you looking under your bed before you go to sleep. The movie version wasn't bad for low budget film and no big star.
 

Warhawk

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I'm currently on book five of the Wheel of Time series. Great books but if you not into fantasy or 1000 page books, their probably not for you. Robert Jordan was a very creative writer. I would call the Wheel of Time series a combination of Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones, with a few other bells and whistles thrown in.

By the way, for those that don't know, and someone may have mentioned it one of the earlier posts, The Wheel of Time series is being made into a series by Amazon and it's reported that it will be the most expensive TV series in the history of television. Can't wait!
Thanks for mentioning that series. It is one I have always wondered about but never tried. I'll likely queue it up after I finish the Foundation books.
 

Warhawk

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I think I've read all the Foundation books, but not the prequels. I've read a lot of Asimov's books, I Robot, Caves of Steel etc. But the Foundation series was the best.
The prequels essentially deal with Seldon trying to formulate psychohistory mathematics and assembling the first members of the Foundation, if you are interested.
 

bajaden

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The prequels essentially deal with Seldon trying to formulate psychohistory mathematics and assembling the first members of the Foundation, if you are interested.
I would definitely be interested, but they would have to get into my pecking order. I only have 9 more Wheel of Time books to go after this one, those will be followed by a Michael Connelly book and then the new Nelson DeMille book. My hope is that I live long enough to read them all. Always something to look forward to...
 

Warhawk

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Just finished the Foundation trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation).

Time to dig into the sequels! Next up: Foundation's Edge.