I can keep a tally of users and total books they've read, just drop in here and say what you read and what you thought about it, should be a fun discussion I think. Oh, and I guess let me know how many systems you own or something. Maybe you'll win a prize! Probably not. Read books because it's the Chad thing to do on a website about trading videogames.
You know, it never occurred to me that uh, Dexter was a book series. I guess most of the good shows are. I'm definitely gonna read this Apolo Ohno self-bio on my bus trip up north, some time after beating MMX on the Evercade EXP but before beating Breath of Fire. I don't like the vibes so far so it's probably gonna be a hate read but I'll fudgein do it
Fellowship of the Ring is technically broken up into 2 books. I finished the first book before the end of the year, so I'm counting that as my 5th book. I met my 2022 goal! I'll be reading more in 2023.
I finished Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy on 12/29/22. What a brutal experience. McCarthy's writing really paints a picture as he doesn't scrimp with details of violence, gore, and savagery. Slow burn with a few absolute monsters of characters. Loved it but certainly not a book for everyone.
Down to 4 systems. I expect I will read significantly less with a 1-year old at home. The first 6 or so books I read last year were during her first few months last year where there is a lot of downtime and trying to be quiet between naps and feeds. Even with that 4 books should be pretty manageable.
Finally finished the first book of the year (and already half done with another). Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett, book two in the series that I started last year. Good continuation, really upping the stakes. Third book should be interesting
I forgot to post but I finished Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide #5) last weekend on a flight. Not quite as good as the last few entries. As much as I enjoyed the whole hitchhiker's odyssey I am glad to be finished. I would definitely recommend it to anybody looking for some light humor and nonsense. I had always heard how popular and ingrained in pop-culture it was and am glad I now know where it's coming from.
> Currently working on Neuromancer by William Gibson.
What If? is a lot of fun. Pretty much anything by Randall Munroe is the right level of simple, witty and effective. What If? 2 is something I plan to get to this year and am definitely looking forward to.
I'm interested in your thoughts on Neuromancer. I loved aspects of it but for some reason it dragged at points for me. I appreciate the setting and definitely understand its influence on cyberpunk setting in general. Eventually I'll likely get back to the Sprawl trilogy but it didn't click first time around which surprised me. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the background and name drop reference to Johnny Mnemonic.
Finished Into Darkness (Terry Goodkind) his last book before his death. Wrapped up the series alright I guess. There were a few sentences in the final chapters that sort of gave me goosebumps because he died not long after, just the wording.
Even though the series was wrapped up ok, it felt like it ended abruptly. Not really a cliffhanger by any means, but just felt unfinished... like ending a book mid sentence.
Thanks Terry for 20+yrs of sharing your world. RIP
I'm starting the final Dexter book. The audio book I'm listening to has like 1200 pages so that's gonna be a while. I am actually aiming for 20 books but we'll see. I got some friends on goodreads doing 50 and 100, that's pretty insane. One girl I think only reads and doesn't sleep/eat/work. lol
oh dang...already forgot about this thread somehow lol
I have two more done: -Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett; 3rd and in a series. overall liked the whole thing and had some really novel ideas (people are able to edit the world around them by 'scriving', which is just writing on things in a special language) -Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi; 3rd book in another unique series - basically murder is impossible because people come back to life. short stories and are really easy to digest
Finished Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay. It’s the final Dexter book, as you might imagine. I have a love/hate relationship with this book and it’s taken me 24hrs of digesting it to realize it.
Even with the title, part of me hoped Brian and Dexter would ride off into the sunset together. But no happy endings here for really anyone. Dexter being whose brain we’re in the entire time, his thought process abruptly stops when he dies, making the book feel unfinished. In a genius way it sort of makes perfect sense. For if we die instantly, our thoughts likely do the same. Still I had hoped for some reconciliation with Cody and Astor. The way he basically shifts out of dad mode is disgusting but makes total sense for his character also.
Sad to be done with the books and the show. I can only hope more something comes eventually.
Finished up Bel Breaker by Chris Cardenas. really interesting story...set in the distant future where gravity has gone haywire and bodies of water float way up in the air. inevitably travel and things go through them, but so does war/fighting. very interesting but a TON of terms and stuff thrown at you that's really confusing at the start.
I finished Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome last week. Silly and charming. Pretty easy ready, though I'm not sure much of it is going to stay with me.
I started Filth by Irvine Welsh immediately afterward. Really enjoying the first chunk. I love the Trainspotting/Mark Renton series. Seems like I'm eventually going to have to get through everything by Irvine Welsh.
just finished up the first book in a new series: The Queen's Opal by Jacque Stevens. its the first of 5. basic fantasy setting with humans, elves, dwarves, and what not, but with an interesting take on magic. i like it so far, and it has great reviews so i'm excited for the rest.
Perdido Street Station by China Mievielle 4/5 This book was good and bad at the same time. I was gonna give it a 3/5 then the ending sorta pissed me off to a degree, but in a good way to bump it up. The spoiler will describe the whole book in a general overview.
The book starts with Yagharek coming to New Crobuzon City, he's a Garuda which is basically a bird person. He had his wings removed in what he describes as something he did, he "took someone's choice away" and his tribe ripped his wings off. He comes to the city to find a man, Isaac who he thinks can restore his ability to fly.
Isaac is a scientist of sorts, he's a human male. He has a girlfriend named Lin, who's a beetle person. Humanoid otherwise besides a Beetle head, she can understand people who talk but only communicates via Sign Language.
Yagharek hires Isaac to help him fly again. He refuses to be remade to fly again.
There are also Remade usually, but not always, humans who are caught up in the criminal justice system and then forced to undergo a capricious and cruel alteration at the hands of New Crobuzon's bio-thaumaturges.
In the punishment factories, the prisoners' bodies are horrifically altered, limbs and other body parts replaced with steam-powered machinery, heavy mechanical metal parts, or grafted together with human or animal components. Live foxes sewn into chests, torsos attached backwards to a horse, tentacles and pistons and caterpillar treads and eyes and lizard claws fitted wantonly wherever they will go; the sadism of Remaking knows no limits.
Frog people, etc flying bat people, and other sorts of multi-diverse species.
Slake-moths are the main plot point of sorts.
Slake moths are a species of large, predatory butterfly-like creatures. Slake moths are known to exist in several extra-dimensional planes simultaneously, making them especially difficult to kill. If you look at them directly, you are hypnotized by their wings and they put their large tongue down your mouth, suck out your soul and dreams and leave you basically a zombie. After this, they excrete a pheromone in the sky that gives people nightmare dreams, which then they seek out more prey to soul/dream suck.
Isaac accidentally gets one as a slug, feeds it, and makes one.
Isaac's girlfriend, Lin gets hired by a thug, Motley to make a sculpture of him for a large sum of money she can't refuse. Motley also owns 4 Slake-Moths who produce a very expensive drug called "dreamcrap".
Isaac's Moth escapes and frees the other 4 moths.
Because Isaac had a moth, Motley thinks he wants them to sell dreamcrap so he captures Lin and rips her wings off, sends it to her apartment as a threat to Isaac. Isaac at this point thinks she's dead.
The government is corrupt and useless, but they try to hire a multi-dimensional creature called a Weaver to kill the Slake-Moths.
All this time, Yagharek is helping Isaac with the moth problem, being useful, and helpful.
The only way to fight the moths is with helmets with mirrors fitted, so you can see the moth behind you and not be hypnotized. They only feed or can see sentient things that can dream.
Eventually, a Sentient robot shows up to help them, it's called The Council. It cannot dream or anything. It creates a plan to kill the moths.
They kill the small moth Isaac fed easily with the Council's help. They also kill the other 3 in a convoluted way of sorts.
When they get to the last moth, Lin is there still making the sculpture for Motley as he's obsessed with it being finished. She knows nothing about the moths. She has been tortured, abused, and who knows what else. Isaac tells her not to turn around to look at it, but she does. It sucks her in, but Yagharek manages to free her partway.
The last one dies to massive fire spray in the end.
Lin is still alive, but basically half alive. She still makes sign language but it's random and makes no sense.
Lin, Isaac and Yagharek escape but are wanted so have to hide.
When Yagharek is out one day, another Garuda approaches Isaac and tells him not to create the device to make him fly again. He doesn't want to, but then she tells him she's the one who he "took choice away from". She tells him that in Isaac's world, it is called "rape".
Isaac is conflicted as he promised Yagharek he'd do it, then he thinks about what happened to Lin and leaves a note saying he won't help anymore. If he helps him fly again, he feels like he would be forgiving of the rape.
Yagharek knows what he did was wrong, but still feels like Isaac should have kept his deal.
Yagharek at this point decides to continue living like a wingless garuda and no longer hiding.
So yeah.... The end feels like being slammed by a freight train. The reader sees Yagharek help out, be nice, and then, bam! We find out he raped someone. This book was written before the big Grim-dark boom but does feel grim-dark I suppose. The good guys don't really win, the government is crap and useless and we get slammed into liking this character, then find out he raped someone. The writer is very left-leaning, and the politics sorta show in this book. The ending kinda reminds me of how people were so upset over The Last of Us 2 for killing a character we like when in all reality he wasn't a great person. But in that world, no one is really purely "Good".
His prose is very interesting, people seem to call it "purple Prose". I did like it, but definitely couldn't read two of his books in a row as it seems like he writes next to a dictionary.
What If? 2 - Randall Munroe More of the same as the first book. These are perfect for quick fun reads though I wasn't nearly as engaged or entertained as the first book. Not sure if it's a shift from my side or if the "schtick" has run out. Many of the answers expectedly devolve into inane extreme calculations. The artwork and quick comics are still great though. I'll continue to read anything Randall Munroe puts out almost no matter what the subject matter. His creativity and clear joy in his work is hard to knock.
Filth - Irvine Welsh I've loved everything I've read from Irvine Welsh, most notably the entire Trainspotting/Mark Renton saga. Yet again I was drawn in and really enjoyed another trip through Edinburgh. Filth is seen through the eyes of a crooked cop who has tangential interactions with some of the same characters mentioned in Trainspotting. I don't think I've ever read a book where the main character is a bigger scumbag POS than the main character of Filth, yet despite that you are somehow rooting for him. There's something endearing about a narrator that is both fooling himself and fully aware of his own bullcrap. Either way, another good read. Really curious how they made a movie out of this. Definitely interested to check it out with James MacAvoy as the main role.
Good job. I feel bad, I'm actually considering picking up an old book I never finished and then picking up the book that came after it but since the author's a tool and is too busy arguing with idiots on Facebook and clapping himself on the back for writing Trouble with Tribbles decades after the fact the series will never be finished anyways so why bother I guess...
Dead Silence - this wasn't scary at all. Very predictable ending. It was pretty mid.
Werecage - Very amusing, short read. Here is the description :
Legend says that whoever is bitten by Nic Cage and lives becomes a Nic Cage themselves...
Stanley Miller got bit by Nic Cage in the park. Things got worse from there. If his roommate Cameron and Wilford Brimley are to be believed, the world is now on a fast track to the apocalypse. Unless Stanley can save it. When the moon rises, Stanley feels the change overcome him and Nicolas Cage takes over.
With the first Cage still out there, turning more and more people into raving, angry, Hollywood action stars, can Stanley use his tenuous grasp on his own sense of self to track the source of the infection and stop it once and for all? Or are we all destined to fall victim to the curse?
Finished reading "Unlikely Friendships", I really enjoyed this and I'm on to the sequel title featuring dogs. The book is about unusual inter-species friendships. I love animals, and they even had the story about the lioness and the baby gazelle (spoiler, she doesn't eat it) that I remember seeing on some Nat Geo show over 10 years ago (probably Big Cat Diary).
Heat 2 - This takes place before and after the movie Heat, and is absolutely a worthy follow up. Heat is probably my favorite movie of all time and I was kind of hesitant to give this a try since it was released some 27 years after the movie. Seemed like it this could be a money grab riding the coattails of the movie. Nope, this story is awesome. This is co-authored by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner. I listened to the audio book which is a bit of a challenge at the start because the narrator has a voice similar to lego batman or and action movie trailer guy. There are times in the audio book when the narrator really sounds like the ones are being directed by Vincent Hanna/Al Pacino himself.
Finished Pachinko and loved every second of it. I have been putting off watching the show until finishing the book. Now I'm excited to see the series as I am a huge fan of Lee Min-ho (lead actor) and this sort of storytelling.
I'm almost done with Outlander book 9 and am trying to decide my next reads/listens. Will start something today for sure.
Finished Outlander Book 9 Go tell the Bees that I'm Gone. The title doesn't make much sense to me because I imagined someone would die, or be leaving, but they literally just told gossip to the bees. Anyway 1000 pages of a lot of nothing but being 9 books into a series it had to be dealt with.
I started Daughter of the Moon Goddess the other day and can hardly put it down. I'm going to zip through it and the sequel probably quickly.
just finished up the last book in the series that my wife and i listen to while driving: Fate's Ransom by Jeff Wheeler. funny thing is we just realized that this was actually a prequel series to another 6 book series...so at least we didn't have to think long on what to start afterwards lol
I finished Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. Brutal glimpse into the life of a few addicts. I saw the movie back in high school with some friends and it definitely stuck with me. If you have any familiarity with the movie you know what you are in for. Glad I finally read the book though I wouldn't casually recommend it to most poeple. Will likely move on to something lighter as a palette cleanser for my next book.
"Can you read a book for every system you own in 2023????"
Okay, I admit it. I don't think I can 😅
There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to do everything I want to do. I don't read that often, mainly on weekends, so it can take months to finish even just 1 book.
If only there was a way to add more hours to the day (without sleeping less). Maybe I'll get ahold of a time turner from the Harry Potter series. Yeah yeah, I know. Magic isn't real... Just kidding. I know it is. But time turners are really difficult to find.
>> I finished Two Towers. On to Return of the King now!
> I'd plus this twice if I could. Lord of the Rings series. That's a classic. Nice.
> I enjoyed the movies, and do want to read the books, but I primarily read on the
> weekends and have other books in middle of. Maybe some day.
> How was book 1 and 2?
This is my first time reading the books. I've been wanting to for a while since I love the movies. The first book was really good, but the second is much better IMO. The first book just had too many sections where Tolkien spends 10 pages describing them hiking from point A to point B, with nothing eventful really happening.
After I finished reading the first book, we watched the movie (extended, of course) with the kids because they hadn't seen it yet. Now that I've finished the second book we're going to watch the second movie this coming weekend since we have no plans (isn't that the best?)