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

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    13 6.67%
  • 1-10

    83 42.56%
  • 11-20

    36 18.46%
  • 21-30

    23 11.79%
  • 31-40

    12 6.15%
  • 41-51

    6 3.08%
  • 52-60 -- Misc 52 books in 52 weeks club (2017)

    5 2.56%
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    3 1.54%
  • 71-80

    1 0.51%
  • 80+

    13 6.67%
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    Originally Posted by spikyhunter View Post
    1. Jack Reacher Night School by Lee Child 3.5/5
    2. Omerta by Mario Puzo 4/5
    3. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy Book #1 By S.D. Perry 4/5
    4. Resident Evil: Caliban Cove Book #2 3/5
    5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan 3.5/5
    6. Wild Cards By various authors, edited by George R. R. Martin 5/5
    7. Bakemonogatari: Monster Tale Part 01 By NisioIsin 4/5
    8. G*cci Mane's Autobiography 5/5
    9. Caves of Steel By Isaac Asimov 4/5
    10. The Magician's Nephew C.S. Lewis 5/5
    11. And There Were None By Agatha Christie 5/5
    12. I, Robot By Isaac Asimov 3/5
    13. A Wizard of Earthsea By Ursula K. Le Guin 3/5
    14. The Dresden Files: Storm Front By Jim Butcher 3.5/5
    15. Gears of War: Aspho Fields By Karen Traviss 4/5
    16. Wild Cards: Jokers Wild Edited by George R.R Martin 4/5
    17 Star Wars X-Wing: Rogue Squadron 4/5
    18. Tombs of Atuan By Ursula K. Le Guin
    19. The Naked Sun By Isaac Asimov 3/5
    20. Witcher: The Last Wish 4/5
    21. Jack Reacher: Killing Floor 5/5

    Loved Jack Reacher! It was my first and I was entertained the entire time I was reading it. Looking forward to more. I think I will read them in publication order
    I don't remember if it was you who asked, but publication order wouldn't be correct. Some newer books take place earlier than older Reacher novels.

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    Previous 2018 books. 52 books for the year.

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    (49) "Bad Business" by Robert B. Parker. Spenser book #31.
    (50) "Cold Service" by Robert B. Parker. Spenser book #32.
    (51) "School Days" by Robert B. Parker. Spenser book #33.
    (52) "Hundred-Dollar Baby" by Robert B. Parker. Spenser book #34.

    I honestly cannot get enough of the Spenser series. Met the goal, now to keep pushing.

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    Originally Posted by SOJA View Post
    I don't remember if it was you who asked, but publication order wouldn't be correct. Some newer books take place earlier than older Reacher novels.
    Yeah it was me. I'm still debating because I usually do everything in release order. Games, movies, books etc
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    Finished two more:

    Endurance by Alfred Lansing

    This book is an account of Ernest Shackleton and his 27 peers' two year struggle for survival after their antarctic voyage went wrong. It's amazing what Shackleton & co managed to endure. Quality read and a great example of stoicism in practice.

    Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

    Not a bad Halloween opener. I really liked the humour and dialogue throughout, which was handy as this took a while to get going

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    No guarantees that I'll like the bulk of Koontz's work (I've heard much of his work is in the love-it-or-hate it box) but so far so good. Might read Watchers sooner rather than later.

    The Shining is up next.

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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    Finished two more:

    Endurance by Alfred Lansing

    This book is an account of Ernest Shackleton and his 27 peers' two year struggle for survival after their antarctic voyage went wrong. It's amazing what Shackleton & co managed to endure. Quality read and a great example of stoicism in practice.

    74. Endurance by Alfred Lansing - 8/10
    You're a machine! Great job. I've been in a bit of a non-fiction run and might add this one in the very near future.
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    Originally Posted by spikyhunter View Post
    Yeah it was me. I'm still debating because I usually do everything in release order. Games, movies, books etc
    I've actually corresponded with James Grant AKA Lee Child, and he told me you can read it in publication order, but if you want a better experience without tripping yourself over due to the conflicting timelines, you go by the Jack Reacher world order. I went with world order because I've never liked reading newer novels that took place 20 years before the first or fifth novel in a long running series. Often times they leave me confused and wanting to reread the older books in question to understand it.

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    40. Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski. I really enjoyed the prequel Witcher book (The Last Wish), but thought this one was pretty dull. It didn't seem like anything of real consequence happened, just a bunch of Ciri training and uninteresting political dialogue. And Geralt was hardly present. 5/10.

    41. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow. Faaawk, such a good book. Gritty, visceral, and intense. To me it felt like "Sicario" meets "The Wire." I immediately bought the "The Cartel" when I finished. 10/10.


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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    Finished two more:

    Endurance by Alfred Lansing

    This book is an account of Ernest Shackleton and his 27 peers' two year struggle for survival after their antarctic voyage went wrong. It's amazing what Shackleton & co managed to endure. Quality read and a great example of stoicism in practice.

    Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

    Not a bad Halloween opener. I really liked the humour and dialogue throughout, which was handy as this took a while to get going

    The Shining is up next.
    Good stuff mane. Glad you liked "Endurance" and "Odd Thomas." And "The Shining" is still one of my all time favorite King books.
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    You boyos aware of the "Bird Box" adaptation by Netflix? Supposed to be released in December, but they just posted a tease on FB that implies it might come out tomorrow? I'm hyped. They did a great job with the Haunting of Hill House adaptation.


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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Re: Bird Box, I had no idea it was coming out this year. They're showing a December release date, and a November screening at some film festival.

    As big a name as Sandra Bullock is, there's basically zero chance they do a stunt release like that. She's up there with Will Smith for star power, I'd bet they use it as this year's "Bright".
    I bet your right. Probably a trailer dropping tomorrow.
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    Originally Posted by SOJA View Post
    I've actually corresponded with James Grant AKA Lee Child,
    I’m jealous. He is one of the few authors who never responded to my email. Haha.

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    Originally Posted by Avalanche3319 View Post
    40. Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski. I really enjoyed the prequel Witcher book (The Last Wish), but thought this one was pretty dull. It didn't seem like anything of real consequence happened, just a bunch of Ciri training and uninteresting political dialogue. And Geralt was hardly present. 5/10.

    41. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow. Faaawk, such a good book. Gritty, visceral, and intense. To me it felt like "Sicario" meets "The Wire." I immediately bought the "The Cartel" when I finished. 10/10.

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    Glad you like PotD brah, such an awesome novel. I will be reading more Don Winslow in 2019 for sure. The Cartel is nearly as good, but be warned - it's the bleakest, most violent novel I've ever read. I'm not kidding.

    Re: Bird Box, I had no idea it was coming out this year. They're showing a December release date, and a November screening at some film festival.

    As big a name as Sandra Bullock is, there's basically zero chance they do a stunt release like that. She's up there with Will Smith for star power, I'd bet they use it as this year's "Bright".
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    Just finished listening to The Firm and The Client by John Grisham. Both great books that I felt started kinda slow but really picked up. I wasn't happy with the ending for The Client but I'll deal. Currently reading The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss with a coworker. My goal was 25 books on the year and I'm sitting at 23. Will definitely crush my goal. Once I hit my goal I'm going to start the Harry Potter series. My girlfriend is such a huge fan and has all the books so I figure I should read them.

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    Once I hit my goal I'm going to start the Harry Potter series. My girlfriend is such a huge fan and has all the books so I figure I should read them.
    One of the few things in life that absolutely deserves it's massive success. That series lives up to the hype.
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    1. The Nowhere Man - Gregg Hurwitz (8.5/10)
    2. The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story - Michael Lewis (7.75/10)
    3. The Partner - John Grisham (7.5)
    4. Drop Shot - Harlan Coben (7.5)
    5. Kill Creek - Thomas Scott (7/10)
    6. Hell Bent - Gregg Hurwitz (8.5/10)
    7. Bird Box -Josh Malerman (7.5/10)
    8. The Broker - John Grisham (7/10)
    9. Red Rising - Pierce Brown (7/10)
    10. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - Dan Lyons (8.5/10)
    11. The Hidden Oracle- Rick Riordan (6/10)
    12. Fade Away - Harlan Coben (8/10)
    13. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell (6.5/10)
    14. The Survivor - Gregg Hurwitz (8/10)
    15. Cumulus - Eliot Peper (7/10)
    16. Bandwidth - Eliot Peper (6/10)
    17. Losers: The Road to Everywhere but the White House - Michael Lewis (7/10)
    18. The Runaway Jury - John Grisham (8/10)
    19. The Confessor - Daniel Silva (7/10)
    20. Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World - Brad Stone (7/10)
    21. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (7.25/10)
    22. Promise Me, Dad - Joe Biden (7.5/10)
    23. Back Spin - Harlan Coben (7.5/10)
    24. The Tower - Gregg Hurwitz (7.5/10)
    25. Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - Daniel Lyons (6/10)
    26. Camino Island - John Grisham (8.5/10)
    27. Rules of Prey - John Sandford (6.5/10)
    28. Shoe Dog - Phil Knight (9/10)
    29. The Woods - Harlan Coben (7/10)
    30. Startup - Doree Shafrir (DNR)
    31. A Painted House - John Grisham (8.5/10)
    32. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr (7.5/10)
    33. One False Move - Harlan Coben (7/10)
    34. The President is Missing - James Patterson & Bill Clinton (7.5/10)
    34. Make Your Bed - William Mcraven (6.5/10)
    35. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausche (10/10)
    36. The Woman in the Window - AJ Flynn (7.5/10)
    37. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl (6.5/10)
    38. A Short Guide to a Happy Life - Anna Quindlen (7/10)
    39: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future - Michael J. Fox (7/10)
    40. How Will You Measure Your Life? - Clayton M. Christensen (7/10)
    41. The Litigators - John Grisham (8.5/10)
    42. To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope - Jeanne Marie Laskas (7.5/10)
    43. A Man Without a Country - Kurt Vonnegut (8.5/10)
    44. The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens (8/10)
    45. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (8/10)
    46. The Final Detail - Harlan Coben (7/10)
    47. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom (7/10)
    48. Developmental Assignments: Creating Learning Experiences without Changing Jobs - Cynthia McCauley (6.5/10)
    49. Knowledge Transfer Workshop - Steve Trautman (7/10)
    50. Infinity Born - Douglas E. Richard (7.5/10)
    51. An Unquiet Mind - Kay Redfield Jamison (7.5/10): I wouldve given a higher rating for different subject matter. It was deeply interesting but inherently depressing and tense. Regardless, it provides such deep insight into manic-depressive disorder from a practicing clinical psychologist who also suffers from the illness. At times, her story was terribly sad and upsetting, but she maintains strength and an optimistic outlook throughout. Probably not a fun read, but it is insightful for those who have been impacted by mental illness directly or indirectly.

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    26. The Shining by Stephen King - 9.5.
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    29. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 6.0.
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    32. The Bad Guys Won! by Jeff Pearlman - 7.5.
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    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.
    38. The Stand by Stephen King - 7.0.
    39. Pet Sematary by Stephen King - 7.5.
    40. Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein - 8.0.
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    47. Death of the Territories: Expansion, Betrayal and the War that Changed Pro Wrestling Forever by Tim Hornbaker - 10.0.
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    I saw a review for a potential horror/ Halloween book which I really want to read now. Several people said they preferred it to The Stand.

    The book is Swan Song by Robert McCammon, anyone read it?

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    I saw a review for a potential horror/ Halloween book which I really want to read now. Several people said they preferred it to The Stand.

    The book is Swan Song by Robert McCammon, anyone read it?
    Yes, imo it's better than the stand. King can write amazing stories and characters but the guy just doesnt prune his plot, so it becomes really inflated, this is mainly the result of his style, which is letting the story develop on it's own, or in other words: make shyt up as it goes. IT has the same problem, too.

    Swan Song on the other hand has a better story, the prose is also better imo. However, Randall Flagg is a much better bad guy.
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    40. Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski. I really enjoyed the prequel Witcher book (The Last Wish), but thought this one was pretty dull. It didn't seem like anything of real consequence happened, just a bunch of Ciri training and uninteresting political dialogue. And Geralt was hardly present. 5/10.

    41. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow. Faaawk, such a good book. Gritty, visceral, and intense. To me it felt like "Sicario" meets "The Wire." I immediately bought the "The Cartel" when I finished. 10/10.


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    I bet your right. Probably a trailer dropping tomorrow.
    Yep, trailer out today. Looks pretty good imo.

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    3 The Midnight Line by Lee Child (7/10)
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    5 Morning Star 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)
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    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 Goldberg (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)
    35 The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson(8.5/10)
    36 How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (9.5/10)
    37 Open Season by CJ Box (8/10)
    38 The Dry by Jane Harper 9/10)
    39 City of Bones by Michael Connelly (9/10)
    40 Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (8/10)
    41 Winterkill by CJ Box (8/10)
    42 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (8/10)
    43 Drop Shot by Harlan Coben (7/10)
    44 The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (10/10)
    45 The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (10/10)
    46 Man of War by Sean Parnell (8.5/10)
    47 Jesus Promised Victory (8/10)
    48 12 Rules For Life By Peterson (6/10)
    49 Factfulness by Hans Rosling (8/10)**

    ** Very interesting book, and for those who haven't read it, Rosling starts the book with a series of questions regarding the state of the world today versus what it was several years ago and what it is projected to be several years from now. He gives just three choices for each question, so random chance would have you answering at least one third correctly. But for several reasons discussed by Rosling, the media has led us to have an incorrect worldview causing 90% of all test takers to score WORSE than pure random chance . . . or worse than chimpanzees quipped Rosling where they choose between three bananas marked A, B, or C

    I find myself in an unusual position. The Factfulness book had a lengthy section of references and such at the end of the book, so I finished it a bit earlier than anticipated which has left me with no book "on deck" for me to immediately begin reading in the morning. I'll go to the library at lunch and get one though.
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    45. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

    The cover of this says it's a controversial classic. I agree on the classic part but not sure what’s controversial about it (although it was written in the 50’s, so who knows).

    I’ve enjoyed all of the Heinlein books I’ve read. This one you wouldn’t think would be that interesting: It basically follows a character through boot camp, into combat, and through OCS. Yet, he’s still able to build tension and keep you interested, even when it turns into a bit of a didactic novel in parts (his conception of how society ought to be is actually interesting compared to the idiocy most sf authors espouse in there books). It’s extremely well written, he’s a great writer.
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    45. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

    The cover of this says it's a controversial classic. I agree on the classic part but not sure what’s controversial about it (although it was written in the 50’s, so who knows).

    I’ve enjoyed all of the Heinlein books I’ve read. This one you wouldn’t think would be that interesting: It basically follows a character through boot camp, into combat, and through OCS. Yet, he’s still able to build tension and keep you interested, even when it turns into a bit of a didactic novel in parts (his conception of how society ought to be is actually interesting compared to the idiocy most sf authors espouse in there books). It’s extremely well written, he’s a great writer.
    William Gibson said that when he read it he was unsettled by the feeling that the lead character would probably hate Gibson's guts.
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    Recently I didn’t think that I was going to get to 100, made it to 99 last year. However, with the Red Sox going so far into the Series, I usually read between pitches, I have been able to knock out 11 books in October. It’s a bit of a pin in that I’d rather be watching the games with some friends but it’s difficult when the Sox play extremely slow and the games start so late.

    84: Small Wars by Lee Child 8/10
    Short story providing some background to Jack Reachers career.

    85: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton 6/10
    I enjoy detective type stories and have seen this series for years so I figured I’d check it out. The story focuses on a PI, Kinsey Millhone, trying to figure out a murder that her client was wrongfully convicted of. It was an okay read and I may check out the second book in the series to decide if I’d like to continue. Reminded me of a female version of Stone Barrington. An example would be when Stone has sex it’s very forward saying things like then they both came at the same time however with Kinsey Grafton talked about how their passion was like waves crashing on the beach.

    86: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates 7/10
    Quentin is a serial killer who’s searching for a male who he can lobotomize in order to keep around for his pleasures. The book was interesting as it was told from his point of view of the killer. i picked it up because it was recommended as a scary Halloween read and it was pretty good.

    87: I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart 9/10
    Autobiography/self-help book about his Life. I’m a fan of his comedy and found this book quite funny.

    88: American Assassin by Vince Flynn 9/10
    Started to read this as I saw that it was recommended on here. Typical guy book that’s a nice entertaining read. Reminds me of a Bourne or Orphan X type of series. Looking forward to what else the series brings.

    89: Warren Buffett Speaks by Janet Lowe 7/10
    It was an okay read as it was mostly the author throwing out a topic then having a few quotes from Buffett. Found it interesting but I’d rather read the full speeches or interviews as opposed to some random snippets. One thing that I didn’t expect is that I found him kind of amusing whereas I expected his humor to be quite dry.

    90: Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods 9/10
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    3. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy Book #1 By S.D. Perry 4/5
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    5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan 3.5/5
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    7. Bakemonogatari: Monster Tale Part 01 By NisioIsin 4/5
    8. G*cci Mane's Autobiography 5/5
    9. Caves of Steel By Isaac Asimov 4/5
    10. The Magician's Nephew C.S. Lewis 5/5
    11. And There Were None By Agatha Christie 5/5
    12. I, Robot By Isaac Asimov 3/5
    13. A Wizard of Earthsea By Ursula K. Le Guin 3/5
    14. The Dresden Files: Storm Front By Jim Butcher 3.5/5
    15. Gears of War: Aspho Fields By Karen Traviss 4/5
    16. Wild Cards: Jokers Wild Edited by George R.R Martin 4/5
    17 Star Wars X-Wing: Rogue Squadron 4/5
    18. Tombs of Atuan By Ursula K. Le Guin
    19. The Naked Sun By Isaac Asimov 3/5
    20. Witcher: The Last Wish 4/5
    21. Jack Reacher: Killing Floor 5/5
    22. Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade 5/5

    The Secret Crusade covers the first AC game with a few things added. I forgot most of the story since I haven't played the game since release. Fun read I got through it in two days!
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    Yep, trailer out today. Looks pretty good imo.

    Hnnng can't wait. I hope they do keep the mystery from the book - Hollywood tends to answer ALL the questions and I think horror benefits from a little ambiguity.


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    William Gibson said that when he read it he was unsettled by the feeling that the lead character would probably hate Gibson's guts.
    That’s odd, especially since it’s explicit in the book that the Terran military is strictly voluntary and the concept of conscription is looked down on as an inferior means of building and maintaining a military.
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    Anyone read The Fireman by Joe Hill? About 20% in and it seems to be fizzeling out already. Tempted to abandon it...
    I think I bought it and never got round to it. It's pretty long if I remember right and wasn't the best reviewed, so I put it off.

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    I am more than a third of the way through the book and I AM SO BORED. Is anyone else finding this book a snoozefest? I read and loved NOS4A2 (exciting and terrifying) and am not finding an ounce of that same sense of fun in this story.
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    Abby I loved NOS4R2, and I was really looking forward to this one... but good God was this tough to get through. Like, REALLY tough.

    I thought the first 100 pages or so were pretty good. Great, actually. But then it just hits a wall and never quite recovers. Nothing happens for so long that when anything happens, ANYTHING - it doesn't matter how mundane it actually is - it almost feels like picking up a pulse from a week-old corpse before the damn thing croaks again.

    There were so many problems that I don't even know where to start - flat characterization, half-baked post-apocalyptic elements, poor/uneven pacing, a complete lack of forward momentum... I can go on. I just don't understand how you can come up with an idea this promising... then decide on exploring the least interesting aspects of it.

    I think Joe Hill is a talented writer, but I just didn't dig this one at all.

    https://www.goodreads.com/questions/...he-way-through

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    Finished Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ today

    I've been interested in gut health for a while now and have listened to a good number of podcasts on it, but I still got a decent amount of new information from this.

    The book is more of an overview of the gut and its functions rather than a guide on improving one's gut health (unlike most of the podcasts I've listened to). Despite learning some new things/ a couple of very interesting highlights I have to say I found this considerably less engaging/interesting than the podcasts overall.

    Not a bad read but I recommend Dr Rhonda Patrick's Youtube content much more


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    Just under 200 pages into The Shining and I'm not gonna lie, I'm not really feeling this so far... It's King though so I'll give it at least another 100 pages.
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