Nov. 28th, 2010 12:00 pm
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113. *Wired by Robin Wasserman
Skinned, book 3
Young Adult, Science Fiction, 400p

114. The Cat Who Played Post Office by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who, book 6
Adult, Mystery, 262 pages

115. The Cat Who Went into the Closet by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who, book 15
Adult, Mystery, 288 pages

116. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who, book 17
Adult, Mystery, 311 pages

117. The Cat Who Tailed a Thief by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who, book 19
Adult, Mystery, 247 pages

118. The Cat Who Came to Breakfast by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who, book 16
Adult, Mystery, 272 Pages

118 / 160 books (74%)
57 / 80 *new books (71%)
3 / 7 ^non-fiction (43%)
31524 / 48000 pages. (62%)
Audiobooks: 54h19m


Feb. 15th, 2010 09:39 am
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20. The Cat Who Played Post Office by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who, book 6
Adult, Mystery, 262 pages

21. *Angelmass by Timothy Zahn
Adult, Science Fiction, 531 pages

I've been told that Zahn's regular science fiction books are better than his Star Wars books, but I didn't think this was. I would have preferred more focus on fewer characters, maybe a few less random plot devices, and the twist at the end to make more sense or be more meaningful.

22. *The God Engines by John Scalzi
Adult, Fantasy, 136 pages

It's hard to say anything about this book without revealing the whole story. It's a kind of fantasy/science fiction mix. There is space travel using captured gods to power the ships and prayer and rituals have tangible effects, but things may not be quite as they seem.

This was an interesting book and well-written as always, but definitely not one my favorites Scalzi books.

23. The Cat Who Blew The Whistle by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who, book 17
Adult, Mystery, 311 pages

In some of the later books, things just start getting kind of ridiculous, and this is one of those. Everything seems rushed, there is so much going on that seems important but only happens in the background, and the characters - the reason I enjoy reading this series - take a back seat to moving the plot (such as it is) along. Not one of her best.

24. *Judge Sn Goes Golfing by John Scalzi
Android's Dream series, book 2 (chapbook)
Adult, Science Fiction, 32 pages

Short story. Judge Sn golfing and gets interrupted by people trying to assassinate him (repeatedly). Hilarious.

24 / 160 books. 15% done!

10 / 80 *new books. 13% done!

0 / 7 ^non-fiction. 0% done!

6278 / 48000 pages. 13% done!
Audiobooks: 9h03m


Jan. 24th, 2010 04:54 pm
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7. Epic by Conor Kostik
Young Adult, Science Fiction, 366 pages

(copied from my previous review)

Erik Haraldson lives in two worlds. In the real world, on New Earth, he works on a farm with his parents, where they use both solar panels and wood-burning stoves, tractors and donkeys, an odd juxtaposition of the old and the new. He also lives in Epic, a fantasy MMORPG with virtual reality interfaces that nearly every person plays. It is within Epic that business transactions and governmental issues are handled, disputes are settled, and the economy functions.

Then, of course, things start going wrong. I really liked this book, it turned out to be much, much more interesting than I expected it to be. I do have three minor quibbles: there were almost no female characters in the book and the ones that did exist were unimportant and practically invisible; a major battle near the beginning was completely omitted; and the end wrapped up too quickly. But regardless, it was a fun and enthralling SF story.

8. Chalice by Robin McKinley
Young Adult, Fantasy, 259 pages

Chalice feels more like McKinley's earlier books, like Beauty or The Blue Sword, rather than her more recent (and modern) ones. I am fascinated by the world she creates and by the way we learn about it as the story goes along, in bits and pieces as the characters learn. I like the main characters; Mirasol, who was content in her solitary woodskeeper life before she was called to her duty as Chalice, and the Master, a former Fire Priest who left his priesthood to take up his duty. They are where they are because of their love for the land and their sense of duty, but that doesn't make it easy on them (or the people around them).

I was a little disappointed by the end, though. It seems like they get off too easy somehow. I prefer McKinley's books when the end is more subtle and ambiguous.

9. Saga by Conor Kostik
Sequel to Epic
Young Adult, Science Fiction, 367 pages

(copied from my previous review)

A secret probe has arrived on New Earth, which excised Epic from their computer system and installed another game, Saga. The people of New Earth are becoming addicted to Saga like a drug. Can Eric and his unusual new friends save two worlds?

Saga was quite different from Epic; although it was set in the same universe, it was almost entirely set within Saga and the main characters are NPCs, or characters from the game. It's a good book, I liked it nearly as much as I liked Epic.

10. The Cat Who Sang For the Birds by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who... series, book 20
Adult, Mystery, 272 pages

10 / 160 books. 6% done!

2 / 80 *new books. 3% done!

0 / 7 ^non-fiction. 0% done!

2529 / 48000 pages. 5% done!

Audiobooks: 7h45m
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48. The cat who turned on and off (book 3) by Lilian Jackson Braun (272)
49. The cat who knew Shakespeare (book 7) by Lilian Jackson Braun (256)
50. The cat who sniffed glue (book 8) by Lilian Jackson Braun (288)
51. The cat who went underground (book 9) by Lilian Jackson Braun (288)
52. The cat who talked to ghosts (book 10) by Lilian Jackson Braun (288)
53. The cat who wasn't there (book 14) by Lilian Jackson Braun (288)

Lots of Qwill. Lots of murders. Lots of cats. I read these because they're fun and fluff and they remind me of my grandmother.

53 / 150 books. 35% done!

26 / 75 *new books. 35% done!

0 / 10 ^non-fiction. 0% done!

15858 / 45000 pages. 35% done!


Apr. 21st, 2009 09:04 am
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Still behind on posting. First books of April:

40. *Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (576) A/Fan

Like Well of Ascension, I liked this book very much up until the end. It was well plotted with believable characters that I cared about, in situations that made sense within the plot and the universe. I have really liked the unique magic system from the beginning of the trilogy. But the end fell flat and the final resolution really just wasn't interesting.

41. The cat who said cheese (book 19) by Lilian Jackson Braun (272) A/Mys

I'm not sure I ever exactly understood exactly what was going on in this book. The later Cat Who... books are in general not as good as the earlier ones.

42. The cat who sniffed glue (book 8) by Lilian Jackson Braun (288) A/Mys

The mystery in this book doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and the answer sort of comes out of left field, but the rest of the story is as fun as any other Cat Wh...o book.

43. The cat who could read backwards (book 1) by Lilian Jackson Braun (256) A/Mys

Qwill wants the crime desk at the newspaper, what he ends up with is the art beat. It turns out to be more exciting than he anticipated, though, when his new acquaintances start dropping like flies. He takes care of his landlord's cat - the soon-to-be-famous Kao K'o Kung - who helps him solve the case and even saves his life.

Qwill is a fun character, if a bit sexist, and this is a great start to Koko's career as a mystery solver. These books are enjoyable fluff.

44. The cat who ate Danish Modern (book 2) by Lilian Jackson Braun (192) A/Mys

Taken off the newspaper's art beat, Qwill is now assigned to the Fluxion's new interior design magazine. What could go wrong photographing interior design? With Jim Qwilleran and Koko, his unusual Siamese cat, around, what couldn't happen? Robberies, raids, murders, the list goes on. This is the book in which Qwill finds Yum Yum, his second Siamese cat.

For all the murder and mayham in the Cat Who... books, they're light and fluffy (just like a cat!).

44 / 150 books. 29% done!

23 / 75 *new books. 31% done!

0 / 10 ^non-fiction. 0% done!

13174 / 45000 pages. 29% done!


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