View Poll Results: How many books have you completed in the year 2017?

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    Originally Posted by Avalanche3319 View Post
    Is it just me or have the Audible "daily deals" been straight up shat all year?
    garbanzo

    u ever peep the free channels and books tho?> I didn't even realize they offered so much free content

    its for prime users tho I should mention...but who doesn't have prime in 2018 lol

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    1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman - 10.0.
    2. Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar #1) by Harlan Coben - 8.0.
    3. Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu - 6.0.
    4. Sourdough by Robin Sloan - 8.5.
    5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling - 10.0.
    6. Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben - 7.0.
    7. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson - 10.0.
    8. Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben - 8.0.
    9. The Nowhere Man (Orphan X #2) by Gregg Hurwitz - 6.0.
    10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - 7.5.
    11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling - 10.0.
    12. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew P. Walker - 9.0.
    13. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein - 6.5.
    14. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke - 7.5.
    15. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov - 8.0.
    16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling - 10.0
    17. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King - 7.5.
    18. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - 8.0.
    19. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffany (Adaptation), Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling - 7.5.
    20. The Oracle Year by Charles Soule - 7.5.
    21. Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #4) by Harlan Coben - 8.5.
    22. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion - 10.0.
    23. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - 6.5.
    24. The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) by C.S. Lewis - 9.5.
    25. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis - 9.5.
    26. The Shining by Stephen King - 9.5.
    27. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) by Michael Crichton - 8.5.
    28. Night Shift by Stephen King - 7.5.
    29. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 6.0.
    30. The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves #2)by P.G. Wodehouse - 8.0.
    31. Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump by Terry Pluto - 7.0.
    32. The Bad Guys Won! by Jeff Pearlman - 7.5.
    33. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - 6.0.
    34. Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story by Ariel Teal Toombs, Colt Baird Toombs, Craig Pyette - 8.0.
    35. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 7.5.
    36. Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997 by Terry Pluto, Tom Hamilton - 7.5.
    37. Wonder by R.J. Palacio - 8.0.

    Wonder was a neat book. I liked how it was told from a bunch of different character's perspectives. August was a great charming character and seeing how he develops personally throughout the story was well told.

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    Long time no see everyone! The wife and I are finally settled into the new house enough that we have some time to relax a little bit here and there. I lost a couple months of reading while getting everything squared away at the house, but I am back and ready to pound some pages! Newest conquests are in bold below, and I just picked up The Lady of The Lake (Witcher Series) from the library.

    2018 Reading List
    #1 Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman 3.99/5
    #2 Blood of Elves (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski- 4.5/5
    #3 Armada by Ernest Cline - 5/5
    #4 The Time of Contempt (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski 4.5/5
    #5 Baptism of Fire (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski 4.5/5
    #6 The Tower of Swallows (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski 4.5/5
    #7 Battle Royale by Koushin Takami 4/5
    #8 Doughnut by Tom Holt 2/5
    #9 Bird Box by Josh Malerman 4.5/5
    #10 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 3/5
    #11 High Rise by J.G. Ballard 4/5
    #12 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 5/5 (3rd time through, I love this book, come at me nay sayers)
    #13 If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell 5/5
    #14 The Kind One by Tom Epperson 3.5/5

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    so I just finished book 2 of the king killer chronicles and I have to say, I feel like what I assume a heroine addict feels like when they run out of chit. there's no word on book 3 release so I really need another book to fill in. maybe a long series, I think I read these 2 in just 3 or 4 days.

    if any one hasn't read the king killer chronicles I highly recommend it. but maybe wait until book 3 is out..

    edit; I just found the lotr series with the hobit in my old book box so I'll read that and pick up something on audible to fill my time at my Tradie job.
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    Originally Posted by Med-Tec View Post
    #12 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 5/5 (3rd time through, I love this book, come at me nay sayers)
    Franny & Zooey >, come at me dikk likker. Have you read anything else by Salinger?

    Congrats on the house and the first year of married life brah!

    Originally Posted by doiliftbro View Post
    so I just finished book 2 of the king killer chronicles and I have to say, I feel like what I assume a heroine addict feels like when they run out of chit. there's no word on book 3 release so I really need another book to fill in. maybe a long series, I think I read these 2 in just 3 or 4 days.

    if any one hasn't read the king killer chronicles I highly recommend it. but maybe wait until book 3 is out..
    Now read Lies of Locke Lamora. The first 3 books are out but book 4 has been delayed something like 8 years at this point.

    I'm not starting Game of Thrones until they're all published lmao.
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Franny & Zooey >, come at me dikk likker. Have you read anything else by Salinger?

    Congrats on the house and the first year of married life brah!



    Now read Lies of Locke Lamora. The first 3 books are out but book 4 has been delayed something like 8 years at this point.

    I'm not starting Game of Thrones until they're all published lmao.
    Catcher is the only Salinger I've read, and that's the way I like it! Thanks for being a decent member of the community, I appreciate the MrBourbon seal of approval!

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    31. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

    Very enjoyable book, the story is interesting and develops in a way that really hooks you in.
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Franny & Zooey >, come at me dikk likker. Have you read anything else by Salinger?

    Congrats on the house and the first year of married life brah!



    Now read Lies of Locke Lamora. The first 3 books are out but book 4 has been delayed something like 8 years at this point.

    I'm not starting Game of Thrones until they're all published lmao.
    started lies of Locke Lamora, does it get better later into it? it's putting me to sleep half way through 2nd chapter
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    Oath of Empire series by Thomas Harlan?
    that's not it apparently
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    1: The King of Plagues (Joe Ledger #3)-Jonathan Mayberry 4/5
    2: Personal Finance for Dummies-Eric Tyson 3/5
    3: It-Stephen King 5/5
    4: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future-Ashlee Vance 5/5
    5: Crush It!-Gary Vaynerchuck 4/5
    6: How to Win Friends and Influence People-Dale Carnegie 5/5
    7: The Power of Habit-Charles Duhigg 3/5
    8: Mind Hacking:How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21 Days-John Hargrave 2/5
    9: Sell or Be Sold: Grant Cardone 5/5
    10: Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill 5/5
    11: Way of the Wolf: Become Master Closer with Straight Line Selling-Jordan Belfort 4.5/5
    12: The Game of Numbers-Nick Murray 2/5
    13: The Million-Dollar Financial Advisor-David J Mullen Jr 3/5
    14: Orphan X-Gregg Hurwitz 5/5
    15: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry-Neil DeGrasse Tyson 3/5
    16: Animal Farm-George Orwell 4/5
    17: The Art of the Deal-Donald Trump 3/5

    Currently reading The Gunslinger- Stephen King (Dark Tower #1)

    I felt like Art of the Deal was more just telling about his deals instead of telling how to make good deals. Was entertaining for what it was but definitely nothing to write home about.

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    Originally Posted by doiliftbro View Post
    started lies of Locke Lamora, does it get better later into it? it's putting me to sleep half way through 2nd chapter
    The dialogue and characters had me from page one, but yes, it gets quite a bit more tense as the book carries on.

    I can't picture a person liking Name of the Wind and not enjoying that book, but if it's not for you, that's cool too.
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    How is the Hyperion series, and also Troy trilogy by David Gemmell? Thinking about picking up both next time I go to the library. Does anyone read Star Wars books? I read the Thrawn trilogy by Zahn last year and loved it! Good reads for fans of the original movies. It takes place about five years after Return of the Jedi. I just got Vector Prime which is the first book in the New Jedi Order series and will hopefully be starting it this week
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    The dialogue and characters had me from page one, but yes, it gets quite a bit more tense as the book carries on.

    I can't picture a person liking Name of the Wind and not enjoying that book, but if it's not for you, that's cool too.
    I got it on audible so it may just be the actor. I'm about to go to work so I'll be giving it a long listen today.

    currently reading the hobbit and audibling lies of Locke Lamora

    edit; could also be that I'm still fiending for kkc #3 too lol
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    2.Verbal Judo by George J. Thompson 2/5

    3.Psych 101 by Paul Kleinman 3/5

    4.The Art Of Seduction by Robert Green 4/5

    5. So Sad Today by Melissa Broder 4/5- I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Really entertaining, its a bunch of stories from a girl about her depression, anxiety, and addictions, but she finds ways to put them very poetically and actually EXTREMELY humorous at times. DEFINITELY a lighter read than what I'm used to, which actually made it more enjoyable lol

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    1 Golden Son by Pierce Brown (9.5/10)
    2 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (8/10)
    3 The Midnight Line by Lee Child (7/10)
    4 Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (9.5/10)
    5 Morning Son by Pierce Brown (9.5/10)
    6 The Survivor by Kyle Mills (9/10)
    7 The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz (9/10)
    8 Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly (9.5/10)
    9 Anthem by Ayn Rand (6/10)
    10 One Second After by William Forstchen (6/10)
    11 A More Elite Soldier by Chuck Holton (9.5/10)
    12 The Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling (9/10)
    13 Order to Kill by Kyle Mills (9/10)
    14 Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz (8.5/10)
    15 Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills (8/10)
    16 The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer (8/10)
    17 The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (9.5/10)
    18 End Game by David Baldacci (8/10)
    19 Under the Dome by Stephen King (5/10)
    20 Alas Babylon by Pat Frank (6/10)
    21 The Target by David Baldacci (8/10)
    22 The Force by Don Winslow (8/10)
    23 The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (8.5/10)
    24 The Prisoner From Azkaban by JK Rowling (9/10)
    25 Dark of the Moon by John Sandford (8/10)
    26 The Guilty by David Baldacci (8/10)
    27 Lifelong Love Affair by Jimmy Evans (9/10)
    28 The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason (10/10)
    29 Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (9.5/10)
    30 True Fiction by Lee Greenberg (8/10)
    31 First: What it Takes To Win (8/10)
    32 Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (8.5/10)
    33 The Stand by Stephen King (6/10)
    34 Pursuit by Thomas Perry (8/10)**

    ** Can you read too many of the same genre? I started to think that way as I began this book thinking it's another Jack Reacher type book with a protagonist that gets his quarry at any cost as the bodies around him start to pile up, but about halfway through the book I started to not just tolerate but begin to like the character. It goes down to the wire, and I was actually starting to think "oh no: SEQUEL!" But not so. He wraps this up nicely.

    When I selected Pursuit, it was one of four that I was considering it. Two came from one library and the next day two came from another library. I sat down that first night and read some from Pursuit and The Sympathizer. Pursuit won as The Sympathizer seemed to be another Robin Cook type novel how the author continues page after page communicate how much smarter he is than me So now that I've finished Pursuit, I have the two other books from the second library, a third book that I was on a long waiting list for, and a fourth (paperback) book that a friend at work gave to me thinking it's a book that I will enjoy. Due to the continued waiting list on the one book, I'll start it next (no promises on finishing it as I've bailed on a few other books by the primary author): The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton.
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    ** Can you read too many of the same genre? I started to think that way as I began this book thinking it's another Jack Reacher type book with a protagonist that gets his quarry at any cost as the bodies around him start to pile up, but about halfway through the book I started to not just tolerate but begin to like the character. It goes down to the wire, and I was actually starting to think "oh no: SEQUEL!" But not so. He wraps this up nicely.
    I think it's important to read widely, but so long as it works for you I wouldn't worry too much. I think people who ONLY read "beach reading" light novels are denying themselves some of the best parts of reading.

    My fiction taste tends to run to pretty light books, action or sci-fi. But I try to read deep nonfiction and I've already read most of the classics of literature, so I'm not embarrassed to read Larry Correia, Joe Ledger books or whatever. I read nonfiction to learn, fiction is mostly for being entertained to me right now.
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    There are some really good books in audible's current sale. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Name of the Wind, Red Rising, Dark Matter, just to name a few.
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    51. The Cartel by Don Winslow

    Solid sequel to The Power of the Dog, which set the bar very, very high. More of the same intensity, entertainment value, comprehensive characterisation and plot scope with twice as much brutality. Seriously, part 1 wasn't exactly mellow, but this...

    One part that made me pause was

    Spoiler!


    Winslow nailed the prose style and structure yet again. Loved the internal dialogue, all the local slang and thought Winslow also did a great job with the range of perspectives. Fitting conclusion too.

    The only real criticism I have is that I didn't find Adan's character development very convincing/thought he was a weak-ish character overall for such a key man.

    My library copy has a quote from James Ellroy hailing this as the "War and Peace of dope-war books". Bit flattering...



    ...To War and Peace (ayyy). Srsly though - I know this might sound weird - but I got more of a Game of Thrones feel from these books (especially The Cartel).

    ---

    Next up: quite a controversial one - The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Hernstein and Murray. I'll probably read this on the side for the most part but I forgot to pick Island up so I'm cracking this open today instead.

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    There are some really good books in audible's current sale. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Name of the Wind, Red Rising, Dark Matter, just to name a few.
    Neat - thanks for awaring us m8. Just when I thought I was out...

    Inb4 no sale in the UK.
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    I thought Lies was good from the beginning and got better as it went along. Something about the way it was written seemed to draw me in. His descriptions of the world, the role food played in the books reminded me of Iron Chef, the way the group of thieves went to different jobs, guilds or families to learn how to fit in, etc.
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    How is the Hyperion series, and also Troy trilogy by David Gemmell? Thinking about picking up both next time I go to the library. Does anyone read Star Wars books? I read the Thrawn trilogy by Zahn last year and loved it! Good reads for fans of the original movies. It takes place about five years after Return of the Jedi. I just got Vector Prime which is the first book in the New Jedi Order series and will hopefully be starting it this week
    I have read all four of the Hyperion series. They are basically two different, two book series. The first is pretty crazy and is written like "Canterbury Tales" with different travelers viewpoints. The second book is a nice wrap up to the first. The third and fourth are somewhat of a continuation of but are also a two part series.
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    I read nonfiction to learn, fiction is mostly for being entertained to me right now.
    Thanks for your reply. Counting the Richest Man In Babylon as non-fiction (it's a book on finance told through a fictional situation), I've read 4 non-fiction to 30 fiction this year. I read primarily to be entertained but I should make a bigger effort to read non-fiction.
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    38. Travis Bagwell – Awaken Online: Retribution 4/5
    39. Travis Bagwell – Awaken Online: Evolution 4/5
    40. Hampton Sides – Ghost Soldiers 4.5/5
    41. N. C. Reed – Odd Billy Todd 4/5
    42. Benjamin Wallace – Junkers 3/5

    The Awaken Online series continues being pretty good but is also pretty brutal. It does pose some pretty good questions about Artificial Intelligence and immersive environments.

    Ghost Soldiers is a true story about a group of Army Rangers that rescued hundreds of POW's in the Philippines. Many of these POW's were survivors of the Bataan Death March. The conditions the POW's lived under for years were incredibly harsh and the book details the death rate of POW's under Japanese control versus the number who dies under German control. This rescue was one of the few military operations I have read about that went off with very few mistakes or problems.

    Odd Billy Todd is an end of the world story about a somewhat autistic redneck. The planning and efforts taken by Billy are surprisingly complete and this book could be consider something of a primer for how to survive after a severe plague. The characters virtually all speak with a redneck accent and it is written that way so this part of the writing does get old. I have to contrast the thoroughness of the Billy's preparations and survival techniques compared to The Walking Dead. I had to stop watching The Walking Dead after a few seasons since they were making so many dumb technical, tactical and engineering mistakes. I have no problem suspending my belief and having zombies running around. The litany of mistakes in TWD turned me off the show.

    Junkers is light hearted approach to what happens when all the robots decide to destroy humanity. There is plenty of humor, most of it is OK. The E-book includes a few chapters of book 2 that I read, but I will not keep on reading this series.
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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    51. The Cartel by Don Winslow

    Solid sequel to The Power of the Dog, which set the bar very, very high. More of the same intensity, entertainment value, comprehensive characterisation and plot scope with twice as much brutality. Seriously, part 1 wasn't exactly mellow, but this...
    Dang you flew thru that book. I did it in audio while traveling for work so I ripped thru it in 2-3 days, pretty tough to be that deep into that world. One of the most savagely brutal books I've ever read.

    I agree with your assessment that the Zetas are less relatable than Adan as the bad guys - then again I kinda thought that was his point. Great author eh?
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    1. Your Heart Belongs to Me" (2008) by Dean Koontz" #30 (Audiobook) *Medical thriller
    2. "From the Corner of His Eye" (2000) by Dean Koontz #31 (Audiobook) *Psychopath and Quantum mechanics
    3. "Bird Box" (2014) by Josh Malerman (Kindle)
    4. "Phantoms" (1998) by Dean Koontz #32 (Audiobook) *Sci Fi Horror
    5. "Prisoner B-3087" (2013) by Alan Gratz (Kindle) 
    6. "Fear Nothing" (1998) by Dean Koontz #33 (Audiobook) *the Moonlight Bay Trilogy Part I 
    7. "Seize the Night" (1999) by Dean Koontz #34 (Audiobook) *the Moonlight Bay Trilogy Part II 
    8. "The Door to December" (1985) by Dean Koontz #35 (Audiobook)
    9. "The Dead Town" (2011) by Dean Koontz #36 (Kindle) **Frankenstein Series V
    10. "Mr. Murder" (2011) by Dean Koontz #37 (Audiobook) *Clone Psychopath
    11. "Red Rising" (2014) by Pierce Brown (Kindle) *Sci Fi
    12. "Strangers" (1986) by Dean Koontz #38 (Audiobook) *Close encounter
    13. "Old Man's War" (2005) OMW 1 by John Scalzi (Kindle) *Military Sci Fi
    14. "The Bad Place" (1990) by Dean Koontz #39 (Audiobook) *Supernatural
    15. "The Ghost Brigades" (2006) OMW 2 by John Scalzi (Kindle) *Military Sci Fi
    16. "False Memory" (1999) by Dean Koontz #40 (Audiobook) *Mind control
    17 "The Taking" (2004) by Dean Koontz #41 (Audiobook) *Close encounter 
    18 "The Voice of the Night" (1980) by Dean Koontz #42 (Audiobook) *Psycho teen 
    19. "The Last Colony" (2007) OMW 3 by John Scalzi (Kindle) *Military Sci Fi 
    20. "The Eyes of Darkness" (1981) by Dean Koontz #43 (Audiobook) 
    21. "Zoe's Tale" (2008) OMW 4 by John Scalzi (Audiobook) 
    22. "The Vision" (1977) ) by Dean Koontz #44 (Audiobook) *Psycho vs Psychic 
    23. "More Than Human" (1953) by Theodore Sturgeon (Audiobook) *Outcast mutants
    24. "The Human Division" (2013) OMW 5 by John Scalzi (Kindle) *Military Sci Fi  
    25. "The Door into Summer" (1957) by Robert A. Heinlein (Audiobook) *Sci Fi  
    26. "The Forever War" (1974) by Joe Haldeman *Military Sci Fi 
    27. "The Forever Peace" (1997) by Joe Haldeman *Military Sci Fi
    28. "Inherit the Stars" (1977) - Giants series I - by James P. Hogan *Sci Fi
    29. "Foundation" (1951) by Isaac Asimov (Audiobook) 
    30. "Ringworld" (1970) by Larry Niven *Space Construct by unknown civilization 
    31. "The Gentle Giants of Ganymede" (1978)- Giants series II by James P. Hogan (Kindle)  *Sci Fi 
    32. "Neuromancer" (1884) by William Gibson (Audiobook) *cyberpunk
    33. "Giants' Star" (1981)- Giants series III  by James P. Hogan (Kindle)  *Sci Fi 
    34. "The Ringworld Engineers" (1980) by Larry Niven (Audiobook) *Sci Fi
    35. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1962) by Ray Bradbury (Audiobook) *Dark Fantasy
    36. "Relic" (1995) Pendergast book I  by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Creature Horror 
    37. "Friday" (1982) by Robert A. Heilein (Audiobook) *Artificial Person 
    38. "Reliquary" (1997) Pendergast book II by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Creature Horror
    39. "The Ringworld Throne" (1996) by Larry Niven (Kindle) *Sci Fi
    40. "The Cabinet of Curiosities" (2002) Pendergast book III by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Thriller Sci Fi 
    41. "Forever Free" (1999) by Joe Haldeman (Kindle) *Sci Fi 
    42. "Still Life with Crows" (2003) Pendergast book IV by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Thriller
    43. "Brimstone" (2004) Pendergast book V by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Thriller 
    44. "Dance of Death" (2005) Pendergast book VI by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Thriller 
    45. "The Keep" (1981) *Adversary book I by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) *Horror 
    46. "The Book of the Dead" (2006) Pendergast book VII by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Thriller  
    
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    47. "Reborn" (1990) by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) *Adversary book VI  
    48. "The Wheel of Darkness" (2007) Pendergast book VIII by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Audiobook) *Thriller
    49. "Ringworld's Children" (2004) by Larry Niven (Kindle) *Sci Fi
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    "Brimstone", "Dance of Death" and "The Book of the Dead" is a trilogy. The books are about an unorthodox FBI Agent (Aloysius)Pendergast's battle against his devious brother Diogenes Pendergast to stop latter's attempt carrying out "perfect crime".

    Book gave me revelations after revelations with endless twists and turns of the plot. Books got better and better. I'm glad to start reading this series.

    "The Keep" is the first book of another great series. A cross over of two great series by Paul Wilson, "Adversary Cycle" and "Repairman Jack" I was a fan of commercially unsuccessful movie "The Keep" (1983). The battle between good and evil with a hint of a vampire legend, ....hey, don't dismiss it so fast. I decided to read both series.
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    "The Keep" is the first book of another great series. A cross over of two great series by Paul Wilson, "Adversary Cycle" and "Repairman Jack" I was a fan of commercially unsuccessful movie "The Keep" (1983). The battle between good and evil with a hint of a vampire legend, ....hey, don't dismiss it so fast. I decided to read both series.
    I read many F. Paul Wilson books years ago. I did like some of the Repairman Jack books, but the supernatural elements got to be too much for me after awhile.

    One of my favorite authors is Blake Crouch, and Wilson worked with Crouch and a couple other authors on a fun book called Draculas.

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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    51. The Cartel by Don Winslow

    Solid sequel to The Power of the Dog, which set the bar very, very high. More of the same intensity, entertainment value, comprehensive characterisation and plot scope with twice as much brutality. Seriously, part 1 wasn't exactly mellow, but this...

    One part that made me pause was

    Spoiler!


    Winslow nailed the prose style and structure yet again. Loved the internal dialogue, all the local slang and thought Winslow also did a great job with the range of perspectives. Fitting conclusion too.

    The only real criticism I have is that I didn't find Adan's character development very convincing/thought he was a weak-ish character overall for such a key man.

    My library copy has a quote from James Ellroy hailing this as the "War and Peace of dope-war books". Bit flattering...



    ...To War and Peace (ayyy). Srsly though - I know this might sound weird - but I got more of a Game of Thrones feel from these books (especially The Cartel).

    ---

    Next up: quite a controversial one - The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Hernstein and Murray. I'll probably read this on the side for the most part but I forgot to pick Island up so I'm cracking this open today instead.



    Neat - thanks for awaring us m8. Just when I thought I was out...

    Inb4 no sale in the UK.
    lmao bodyyyyyyy gone at string everything with regard to cartel spoiler. power of the dog was my favorite but cartel was cool......one of my favorite parts was the mafia aspect in power........id like to see him tackle it in an entire book.......which I think he does in Frankie the machine or whatever? I have it but haven't touched any fiction in ages

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    Originally Posted by spikyhunter View Post
    How is the Hyperion series, and also Troy trilogy by David Gemmell? Thinking about picking up both next time I go to the library. Does anyone read Star Wars books? I read the Thrawn trilogy by Zahn last year and loved it! Good reads for fans of the original movies. It takes place about five years after Return of the Jedi. I just got Vector Prime which is the first book in the New Jedi Order series and will hopefully be starting it this week
    Hyperion I couldnt get into, pretty heavy on the philosophy but give it a try. Influences a lot of modern day sci fi just not my cup of tea.

    DARTH BANE trilogy. Darkest Star Wars book out there and breathes a fresh of breathe into Star Wars.

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