Beeg's 75 book challenge for 2013
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1 The Alloy of Law Brandon Sanderson
A late-era Mistborn novel that has no plans to be part of another trilogy. I think he's lying too many loose ends, but I'm excited to see him back on the planet Scadrial.
2 11/22/63 Stephen King
I can't believe it took two weeks to read this. I was able to put it down with no remorse, most of Kings work sucks me in and I don't come up for air until the last page. A page turner this was not. I'm not talking trash about Uncle Stevie, I totally enjoyed this book. I realized (after counting on my fingers) I was 6 when Kennedy was shot. I remember coming home from school and my mother in front of the TV crying and telling me "the president was shot" I started crying as well but mostly because my mother was, at 6 I don't think I was too impressed with presidents as a whole. I also thought about if I could change history where would I go and what would I do. I got nothing. The book was lovely, from a time element, I can remember a lot of those times. I liked the way he snuck Pennywise and Derry in, all bad things start in Derry, I've decided it's a portal for evil. The book was just too long, even though I enjoyed the details, I found keeping track of all the characters had me wishing for a people index page I could refer back to. I wanted to see a happy ending but Uncle Stevie rarely gives us those, mostly they escape with their lives. Mostly.
3 Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1) C.S. Friedman
This was wonderful, big fan of Miss Friedman and how the hell did I miss this series? I've started the second book and need to order the third. The story is riveting and hard to put down, too bad I had plans to get things done in my house.
4 The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
5 The Child Thief Brom
Whew, this is not your childhood story of Peter Pan, after thinking about it I never did read the book, just the Disney version with large color pictures. This book has beautiful illustrations do yourself a favor and do not put it on a Kindle. This is Lord of the flies in Never Never Land only it's Avalon complete with mist and no star on the left, Brom brilliantly weaves the two worlds together. There is no happy endings, this book belongs in the horror section as its full of gore, violence and monsters. I'm anxious to read the original book by J. M. Barrie just see how much Disney bastardized the story.
6 The Wind Through the Keyhole Stephen King
Uncle Stevie for what ever reason you like to scare us by saying you will never write again, I'm so pleased when I realize it's just a joke, you can't stop writing any more than I can stop reading. This is a story in a story in a story. Once upon a bye. The words are clever, the story is wonderful and I could have read non stop. You don't have to read the Dark Tower series for this, it stands alone just fine all by its self. Uncle Stevie rarely gives the warm and fuzzies but I have a smile and a contented feeling after finishing this book. A constant reader am I.
7 Blackout newsflesh trilogy Mira Grant
Ok, I spend the day reading, no TV no work just reading till it was time to go to bed and then I patted myself on the back for not staying up late to finish it. I reasoned with myself that it would still be there in the morning. Boy howdy do I like these books. I can't wait to read them again without the breaks in between. I love the humor, the snark, the story, the premiss, the conspiracies and best of all the zombies.
8 Bury your Dead Louise Penny
I love these books, this time we have three murders solved and the night is a strawberry.
9 Blood Oath Christopher Farnsworth
Well this was just plain fun, a vampire who's a black ops agent with a nerdy sidekick. Doesn't bog down and all the bad guys get away, the better to make sequels with my dears.
10 Legion Brandon Sanderson
I love the way this man writes, this novella features a sherlock holmes type guy that's way over crazy with invisible multiples running around as his Watsons.
I hope all is well with you. Did I read on one of the threads that you are building a house?
We have built 2 houses in our almost-22 year marriage and gone crazy both times. Plans, paint, flooring, switch plates, move this to that, move that back, we forgot to budget this, we want to go over budget on that..... and then realizing that we forgot something or made a decision we'd like to change.
No wonder you're not reading much.
I love the idea of your top 10 for last year in your this years' thread. I'm going to go back to my 2012 reads and pick my top 10 too.
How're the beta fish doing?
Hope the betas are doing well....
Should I buy stock in beta importing/breeding and habitat companies? :)
Started another book today, but my mind is on the house plans. Waiting to hear back on the house plans because when I was there last week he didn't seem to catch any of the words I was using.
a re-read, and I had forgotten most of it so it felt new. there is a new odd book out and I didn't care for the last one but wanted to see if I liked the first one as well as I remembered. I did. I also ordered it on Kindle only to realize I already owned it. This is another reason I have LJ, to catalogue my books. too bad I didn't check my bookshelf before I bought the new Brandon Sanderson book - again.
Never read any Dean Koontz....
It turns out that I have Elantris on my shelves. Apparently Sanderson has several series.
Is this one good? The ratings are good - 4.02 for 109 reviews.
I got this as an early reviewer and was thrilled to see something "new" by Robert Silverberg. First off it's not new, second it's nothing like Lord Valentine which I loved. This is based on a real life character while filling in and fleshing out his life and adventures in a full length memoir. To say it was a long journey would be an understatement, I felt like I was right along there with him wondering over and over again would we ever reach the end. It was long and tedious reading but just when I was ready to toss the book, it would draw me back in again. Sex, yes indeed, gore, you betcha. Not the usual things I think of when reading something by Silverberg.
Sounds like RL is getting in the way of your reading bigtime!
Yoiks indeed. Quality, not quantity. And house stuff is total death to relaxing and reading.
Hang in there.
Book #4 in the deadwood series, still silly, cheesy and raunchy. Still a fan as well, so I'll keep up with the series until she goes all Stephanie Plum on me.
I'm huge fan of Ms Friedman, totally loved the ColdFire trilogy reading them over and over when the mood struck me. I couldn't wait to revisit this world with promises of a prequel (I thought) to give more back ground on Tarrent (I thought) This read like a few chapters that ended up on the cutting room floor. If you wanted to know how the albino came about then you're in luck. I would have read this for free and been pleased, paying $1.99 left me feeling ripped off.
I'm still counting it because I'm waaaay behind
Still Love Georgette Heyer. Favorites include: These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, Faro's Daughter, The Quiet Gentleman, etc. etc.
Do you read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (for the record I watched 20 minutes of the first episode of True Blood and HATED IT, but I love the books.)
Again, I already own this. It's in a collection of short stories from Houses without doors which has been fleshed out and turned into a novel. It's a strange book, its part haunted house, part crazy guy goes crazier and personally I think there are some vampires in there somewhere along with the ghosts. I think it's a good book to talk about with others and see what their take is, as it has a lot of layers I'm too lazy to peel back all on my own.
You associate bodice rippers with your mother? Do tell.
I go through periods of loving "bodice rippers" but have gotten to the point where I want a good story too, with not TOO much improbability. Old Mary Balogh works, others too - too lazy to wander into the library to see the "sex" shelf as my daughter calls it.
I've added Mrs. God to my Bookmooch wishlist - maybe it'll pop up one of these days. So if I read it we can discuss it.
I'm having a reading drought - I've fallen back on the tried and true Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Reading Nothing to Lose and listening to Killing Floor.
How're the bettas? Zephyr is fat and happy. I went through the effort of trying to introduce snails into his habitat, but both died. Don't know if he attacked them or they just died. I won't make any more attempts.
I have a new fish! He's simply gorgeous - a Crown-tail Betta and now have to unplug the toaster to make room. He's very dragon looking with his spiky ends and I was inspired by the last book I read, so his name is Drake.
Still a faithful fan but these are not my favorite books, although this one is a bit better. I'm sure at some point I'll go back and read them over again without the break waiting for the next book. While looking at another Betta to save from the pet shop, I chose one that reminded me of the art work from the book, and the color descriptions of the dragons.
I'm so pleased Uncle Stevie passed his writing genes on to his son. I don't compare them as they're different just talented with ability to write books you can't put down. My eyes are bleary and begging for mercy but I was hooked and couldn't stop until the last page and even that one was sneaky.
I both love and hate when books do that to me!
Sad news, beeg - Zephyr went to betta heaven. Don't know why. He seemed off his feed last night and this morning and tonight he was dead. I'm very sad.
I had a great mothers day with the kidlet, we spent the night in the French Quarter and saw Wicked - so good. But there's no place like home.
Sigh, why can't she finish the Mageborn books? LOL This was good, a bit boggy, I forgot most of The Golden Key and had it confused with another book waiting for the tie in. Silly me. Another set of books to re-read when they are complete.
Closing on my house tomorrow, most excited, most scattered. Not seeing too much reading in my future.
12 How to talk to girls at parties Neil Gaiman
Again I already own this. I'm getting a bit annoyed by this ploy of calling something new just because it's not in the same book it started out in. Most of it is a preview of his new book which I've already ordered.
I send all good wishes!
I hope they DO start groundbreaking before your b-day.
This was very good, hard to put down and get anything done. I wish I could remember the earlier books but have to rely on the current one to keep me caught up. I'm loath to pick up another book, but it helps pass the time waiting for the next phone call from the Contractor.
A quick read before I dive into something bigger. This is provides a bit of history in the Six Duchies dealing with the Wit born and how the prejudice started. The book read more like a ballad, pictures were pretty. I think it could have been fleshed out into a better book rather than fill.
Trying to catch up on all the series I've gotten into. This was pretty ok, I'm a bit lost as it's been an on going series and I forget most of the threads, I tell myself I'll re-read them when she finishes.
Still no progress on the house, I have four stakes on the lot, I tell myself this is proof of existence as I can now see where the house will live someday...
Maybe it was because the new book by Neil Gaiman came in that made this one sloggy to get through, I almost bailed to read it. It wouldn't surprise me to find out years later a ghost writer wrote this. I didn't find it to be as well written almost amateurish at times with cliche dialogs that annoyed me. Also running through the plot were two side plots that while didn't bug me as much, they didn't really add to the story only to drag it out. I'm sure I'll read the next book but I've lost my enthusiasm for them.
#75 - cleaning house is never as much fun as reading. You made the right choice. :)
Loved this! Gearpunk and math how cool is that. I'm always blown away by this mans imagination and world building. His concepts have never been done before and are so well thought out you believe in them. YA for sure but not silly or predictable, I wish I had kids to push this off on.
It was hard to wrap my brain around the geography which made it a bit distracting. Overall concept was cool, and the writing is brilliant. The pace was off and on with that annoying explaining thing that sums everything up at the end. I still enjoyed it but it was easy to put down.
bit of a tease really, but that's ok maybe more will come of it.
I was starting to wonder if I had skipped a book, but realized I forgot huge chunks of the previous book. Not much in the way of retention, but I'm reading. Still light fluffy fun.
House is moving along, almost all blacked in. It rains every day, I have no idea how they get anything done, but it's moving at a snails pace in the mud.
I know they've made a movie of it, but quite a while back I read World War Z and really, really liked it. Have you read it?
I did read World War Z it was in my top ten list a couple of years ago - loved it! I'm not too impressed with the movie though, it looks like it borrowed the title and that was it.
So good, I hated to see it end. To me this man writes brilliantly, you see this warrior, you feel his emotions, you wish he had your back.
Big fun, I made a deal with myself after every chapter I would clean house for 15 minutes. That almost happened. Fast ride, totally held my attention until it was over.
House is moving along, waiting on bricks and a roof inspection. Ordered bathroom fixtures and painted poster boards future wall colours. Still stalking those.
this has been in my tbr pile for a couple of years and it was great timing for it, held my interest, moved fast and the story was pretty good.
I enjoyed this, fast pace, witty, I laughed out loud a couple of times. Great premiss - the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes based on Doyle's personal adventures. Something happened 3/4s of the way in, dunno, lost some momentum and the ending was a bit trite, but still worth reading.
Sorry about the death in the family and the turmoil. Sometimes reading helps, and sometimes there's too much going on to fully enjoy reading. I hope things settle down.
And, there's always so much to stress about building. I still look at the floorboards in my bathroom, after 15 years, and wish I'd been insistent that they paint them again since the first time wasn't the best. Sigh.
This has been in my TBR pile for a while, I ended up buying it and might read again, dunno. I liked it, it moved fast - sorta all over the place. The writing is well done, but sometimes the pacing was off. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but noticed there is another book, not sure when I'll get around to it.
After the cliff hanger I couldn't wait for this next book. I put the early reviewer book to the side and didn't come up for air. Contractor calls needs me to make a decision on the siding, nope, too busy I tell him. Flooring guy calls wants to know if I've decided on flooring - contractor needs to know, nope too busy right now. Appointments are knocking on my door wanting to come in, ok fine - I'll work, but then it's back to the book. The ending is bittersweet as I'm afraid this is the last one and I love Three Pines, I'm so grateful to KarenMarie for turning me on to this series.
When starting this book I was captivated, the writing is brilliant the story was catchy and I was ready for the ride. Then it stalled out, fizzled and it was a chore to finish. The footnotes are annoying in that you have to keep reading at the bottom then back up to the top, find your place only to reach another footnote. The history was great, but between the history, the story, the authors tendency to muse about himself not even the cheese could save the day. In fact I got pretty bored with the cheese, and the book.
Do you feel obligated to finish every book you start?
How the Light Gets In is due on Monday. In the meantime..... I just got Mrs. God by Peter Straub via Bookmooch and may settle in on the couch with kitties, diet soda, some mixed nuts, and the book.
I love hanging out with Uncle Stevie, nothing gets done while I'm with him - mostly. This book was easy to put down, not to say it wasn't good, it just didn't have the same hook. Maybe it was all the references to The Shinning, like as if you hadn't already read the Shining? I didn't bond with any of the characters either, they weren't as fleshed out as usual and the story was just good, not great. I will always be a constant reader but this won't be on my favorite list.
Running and looking at art, then more running and looking at art, and more running. I enjoy the history bits, truly but all the running and chasing he has going on is boring to me now - not to mention suspending my belief can only go so far.
First I wondered if I've outgrown Anne Rice, it happens books I loved when I was younger don't hold the same appeal. I just don't love the last three books by Mrs Rice and I have to say as one of her fans I'm dissapointed she's no longer doing it for me. I found this book full of whiney dialogue, while the pictures she painted were beautiful and normally I love this about her, but it's all food and pretty decorations - where's the story? I can't tell if this is to be an on going series or if we're done. Either way I don't find I care.
Nice fluffy fun has its moments.
Back to an earlier post - I read How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny a while back and thought it her best yet. I was very unhappy with The Beautiful Mystery and was leery that there might be two duds in a row, but nope! Fantastic book.
Been busy with the house?
To answer your question I hope not but don't know. Louise Penny's website doesn't say anything about it being the last book even though Penny does say its the culmination of many issues. I'm hoping it's not the last because except for The Beautiful Mystery I loved them all. I could have mostly done without The Beautiful Mystery except for the continuing development of the relationship between Armand and Jean-Guy.
Happy New Year!
How's the move going? Gone?