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Posted by: nacho
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:41:12 AM »

Gave The Late Bloomer a try for a friend. post-Ya post-apocalypse.

It has no chapter breaks! Difficult read. Gave up. Blah.

Now moving on to How to Sit, from tiny Baltimore press Mason Jar.
http://www.masonjarpress.xyz/chapbooks-1/how-to-sit-coming-soon

I like it. File under troubled DC memoir...
Posted by: nacho
« on: June 29, 2018, 10:31:21 AM »

Reading and loving An island to Oneself, in which the author strands himself on a desert island for several years after WWII.
Posted by: nacho
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:13:39 AM »

Moving on to Ghost Fleet

This is a "novel of the next world war," but it's intended to be a cautionary tale about how that war could happen, based on real world threats (such as malware disabling our security agencies, etc.). So it's both cautionary tale and jingoistic lunacy. Actually quite fun -- recommended highly for the conspiracy nut.
Posted by: nacho
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:52:58 AM »

Moving on to bubblegum!

Gunpowder Moon

Moon murder!
Posted by: nacho
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:14:21 AM »

The Fifth Season - Hugo winning fantasy. It's complicated and awesome so far.
Posted by: nacho
« on: March 30, 2018, 09:59:21 AM »

Read and finished Ray's latest:

1979

A must for Ray Robertson fans.

Now -- history! Dan Jones does:

The Templars
Posted by: monkey!
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:05:21 AM »

I’m reading through Clarkson’s collections of his Sunday Times columns.
Posted by: nacho
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:18:45 AM »

Frozen in Time - A fast, gripping book about the author's attempt to find a crashed rescue plane on the Greenland ice cap from 1942. Told from the 1942 POV and the 2012 search POV.
Posted by: nacho
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:23:06 AM »

Reading The Salt Line, A post-apocalypse, killer ticks story. It was great for the first 100 pages but then it moves into slog country... Considering quitting the book even!  A shame...
Posted by: nacho
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:17:18 PM »

Halfway through the third book in the Keiko series:

Dark Deeds

This series has always been bubblegum reading, but now it's just twee. The author is a bit too obsessed with how clever he is. Sad...
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:03:07 AM »

Coates “we Were Eight Years in Power” is great but as a collection of essays is easy to dip in and out of.

I moved on to ‘Only Yesterday,’ an informal history of the U.S. in the 1920s written in 1931. Reading a contemporary history of the 20s uniformed by WWII is fascinating. There’s this immediacy to it and a recognition of just how quickly culture and technology evolved in that decade. It also puts importance on people and events that are now all but lost to history.

https://www.amazon.com/Only-Yesterday-Informal-History-1920s/dp/0060956658
Posted by: nacho
« on: January 22, 2018, 05:07:06 PM »

Moving on to a history of time travel!

Time Travel
Posted by: nacho
« on: January 05, 2018, 10:55:21 AM »

Two reads going on now. Because of my work woes, I decided to start in on The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

This is a short, fast read. It's getting lots of press, but all it really tells you is that life sucks and then you die, shut up and accept that fact. Also, if you hate something, then change it. We could probably put the same advice together, with wittier prose, if we consolidate everyone's replies to me in my various "I hate my life/job" threads here on GS.

The other book is a popcorn beach read. Also getting rave reviews, I find it somewhat pedestrian: IQ. A black Sherlock Holmes from the hood. All hip-hop and hipster cool. A little too much so...
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:00:16 AM »

Finally finished Chuck Klosterman's "But What If We're Wrong" which should be required reading for every graduating high school senior.

Moving on from one Nacho gifted book to the next one, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.
Posted by: nacho
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:54:12 AM »

Started and...gave up on the conclusion to the EMP post-apocalypse trilogy.

The Final Day

The trilogy was bad to begin with, but EMP apocalypse is fun -- no power, everyone's in the dark, cannibal marauders. The usual. Book one was a short, fast read.

The author is a right wing survivalist nutjob. He credits himself for "starting the prepper movement," and some of thi began to soak into the second book which, nonetheless, was about 40% all out war with government troops. So that was fun.

The final book, though, is a nearly 600 page, small-print, maudlin tome that's pure fan service to the preppers. Terrible.

So, quit after 100 agonizing pages.

I am moving on to Book 7 in the Expanse series:

http://Persepolis Rising

The Expanse is my all time favorite sci-fi series so far. Book 7 marks the beginning of the end, though. The books are actually loosely organized into "trilogies," with book 6 ending the most recent arc with a bang. So book 7 begins the "final trilogy" and, jarringly, it makes a 30 year leap into the future. Something I wasn't prepared for, so it's been a rough start. That also means that it's almost stepping in as prologue to this new universe, three decades after the events we've been following for the last six books.

That feels both awkward and...interesting. It's like The Last Jedi of the Expanse series. All the old shit is out the window and it's a brave, new world for humanity. Looking back at the catastrophic events of book six, I realize that there was no way to stay in the present day with our heroes. A 30 year jump is the only thing that makes sense. So...we'll see how I feel as I roll through it.