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Mesg #99 "kbellwether's reading log 2010"
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Aiming for 50+ books this year.

  

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One: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross, kbellwether, Jan 09th 2010, #1
Two: Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues Out of ..., kbellwether, Jan 18th 2010, #2
Three, The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross, kbellwether, Jan 27th 2010, #3
Four, The Poems of Marianne Moore, kbellwether, Feb 04th 2010, #4
Five, A Night In The Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny, kbellwether, Feb 04th 2010, #5
RE: Five, A Night In The Lonesome October by Roger Zela..., RavenCorbie, May 02nd 2010, #22
Six, The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadlie..., kbellwether, Feb 06th 2010, #6
Seven, Lifelode by Jo Walton, kbellwether, Feb 14th 2010, #7
Eight, A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire, kbellwether, Mar 02nd 2010, #8
Nine, Chill by Elizabeth Bear, kbellwether, Mar 13th 2010, #9
Ten, Blackout by Connie Willis, kbellwether, Mar 19th 2010, #10
RE: Ten, Blackout by Connie Willis, bonnieann, Apr 06th 2010, #13
      RE: Ten, Blackout by Connie Willis, kbellwether, Apr 08th 2010, #15
Eleven, To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, kbellwether, Mar 26th 2010, #11
Twelve, Hunting Gound by Patricia Briggs, kbellwether, Apr 04th 2010, #12
RE: Twelve, Hunting Gound by Patricia Briggs, bonnieann, Apr 06th 2010, #14
      RE: Twelve, Hunting Gound by Patricia Briggs, kbellwether, Apr 08th 2010, #16
Thirteen, Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr, kbellwether, Apr 08th 2010, #17
Fourteen, Angel's Peak by Robyn Carr, kbellwether, Apr 08th 2010, #18
Fifteen, Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs, kbellwether, Apr 10th 2010, #19
Sixteen, Changes by Jim Butcher, kbellwether, Apr 10th 2010, #20
RE: Sixteen, Changes by Jim Butcher, RavenCorbie, May 02nd 2010, #23
      RE: Sixteen, Changes by Jim Butcher, kbellwether, May 03rd 2010, #24
Seventeen, Heat Wave by "Richard Castle", kbellwether, Apr 13th 2010, #21
Eighteen, Soulless by Gail Carriger, kbellwether, May 03rd 2010, #25
Nineteen, Changeless by Gail Carriger, kbellwether, May 03rd 2010, #26
Twenty, Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr, kbellwether, May 03rd 2010, #27
Twenty-one, The Magicians & Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett, kbellwether, May 03rd 2010, #28
Twenty-two, Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, kbellwether, May 11th 2010, #29
Twenty-three, Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear, kbellwether, May 11th 2010, #30
Twenty-four, Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear, kbellwether, May 18th 2010, #31
Twenty-five, Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear, kbellwether, May 18th 2010, #32
Twenty-six, Airs Beneath the Moon by Toby Bishop, kbellwether, May 18th 2010, #33
Twenty-Seven, Airs and Graces by Toby Bishop, kbellwether, Jun 06th 2010, #34
Twenty-Eight, Airs of Night and Sea by Toby Bishop, kbellwether, Jun 06th 2010, #35
Twenty-nine, Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy, kbellwether, Jun 06th 2010, #36
Thirty, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear, kbellwether, Jun 06th 2010, #37
Thirty-one, Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear, kbellwether, Jun 06th 2010, #38
Thirty-two, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline..., kbellwether, Jun 06th 2010, #39
Thirty-three, The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman, kbellwether, Jun 06th 2010, #40

Mesg #105 "One: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross"
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One: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

  

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Mesg #159 "Two: Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues Out of ..."
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Non-fiction research for Y2N project.

  

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Mesg #222 "Three, The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross"
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Mesg #276 "Four, The Poems of Marianne Moore"
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Thu Feb-04-10 01:59 PMby kbellwether

I may only count this as 50%, because I admit to skimming just a bit over ones I didn't care for. Has some wonderful insights, but too dense for casual reading. Unlike Eliot, whose density I tend to find intriguing even when I feel I don't really understand, with Moore I felt stymied or purposefully misled rather than intrigued. Best poem in the collection: "Roses Only"

Edit: Forgot to credit the editor: Grace Schulman.

  

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Mesg #277 "Five, A Night In The Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny"
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Wonderful! Successfully pulls off a dog's POV. Structure kind of like 24, but for the entire month of October--a chapter a day. Very different than a lot of things I've been reading lately, which is a very good thing in my mind.

  

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Mesg #684 "RE: Five, A Night In The Lonesome October by Roger Zela..."
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Yes! This is one of my favorite books. Too bad it's so hard to find. I'm always scared to death whenever I lend it to someone.

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Mesg #296 "Six, The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadlie..."
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19.5 hours of audiobook. More research.

  

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Mesg #354 "Seven, Lifelode by Jo Walton"
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After reading her Farthing series last year, her new book went on my wish list. It wasn't at all what I was expecting - with a very fractured narrative, but it was really amazing.

  

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Mesg #436 "Eight, A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire"
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Good quick read, but hardly any character development for the MC. Sneak preview of book 3 promises a more personal storyline, but it's too bad that we couldn't get a little bit more of that in this one. Otherwise, a lot of fun.

  

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Mesg #474 "Nine, Chill by Elizabeth Bear"
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Fascinating. I'll definitely be re-reading this one...this series is joyously complex and thematically dense and I'm sure I missed at least half the nuances the first time through.

  

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Mesg #499 "Ten, Blackout by Connie Willis"
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I knew that this was really only half the book, so I wasn't disappointed when I got to the end. I had a lot of trouble keeping track of the changes in POV, mostly because the chapter headers only had place and a date (sometimes only a month and not a day) and also because I don't know a lot about WW2 so I didn't have a good frame of reference for the timeline of the war. It took until about half way through the book to get it straight. It wasn't helped by the fact that there are characters introduced who are clearly time travellers like the main three characters who have chapters of their own, but we don't know their missions, their real identities, etc. (the FANY ambulance driver and the journalist who is for some completely unknown reason trying to mislead the Germans with inflatable rubber tanks). Despite these troubles, I like the story immensely and hope that all will be made clear in All Clear when it is released in November.

  

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Mesg #590 "RE: Ten, Blackout by Connie Willis"
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Is this her newest? I loved Doomsday Book and liked the one about the dog OK. Does the new one have any of the old characters?

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Mesg #604 "RE: Ten, Blackout by Connie Willis"
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Yes, to both questions. Mr. Dunworthy is back and Colin, almost all grown up, and Bhadri (sp?) the net-tech. I think Mr. D and especially Colin will have bigger roles in All Clear, as part of the story resolution. I haven't reread Doomsday Book in a couple of years, so there might be a few other secondary characters that are back too.

Apparently now she's going to work on Roswell aliens book that's been waiting for years to get written since Blackout and All Clear took so much more time than expected. I'm looking forward to seeing that, since I like her contemporary books just as much as the time travel series, especially Bellwether, which is where I got my screen name from.

  

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Mesg #525 "Eleven, To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis"
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Reread.

  

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Mesg #580 "Twelve, Hunting Gound by Patricia Briggs"
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Mesg #591 "RE: Twelve, Hunting Gound by Patricia Briggs"
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One of my favorite authors. I can't decide if I love the Mercy series best or the new Alpha/Omega.

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Mesg #605 "RE: Twelve, Hunting Gound by Patricia Briggs"
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Yea, I'm conflicted too. I think I prefer the Mercy series, just cause I love snarky smartass narrators. I tend to think of the Alpha/Omega as being more paranormal romance because of the focus on the Charles & Anna as a couple and the Mercy series being more urban fantasy since the focus is strongly on Mercy as an individual even though she's in a relationship with Adam. I'm curious if others see it the same way.

  

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Mesg #606 "Thirteen, Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr"
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Part of the Virgin River series. I came across the first book a couple years ago, and was intrigued enough to buy it & got completely hooked. It's a bit unexpected, since I don't read much contemporary romance. I tend to read historical (mostly regency) or paranormal romances. I like that she combines military characters with rather liberal/feminist politics. It's not something you typically see, which I think is a real shame.

  

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Mesg #607 "Fourteen, Angel's Peak by Robyn Carr"
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next book in the Virgin River Series

  

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Mesg #617 "Fifteen, Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs"
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Good read. I missed not having any vampires in this one, since one of the things I like about this series is the fact that we get so many different supernatural types. Interesting developments of the story, but I wish I'd gotten the Samuel & Ariana story fleshed out a bit more. As with the last installment in this series, I wished it was longer, esp. since it's in hardback. But I got a good deal, so I won't complain more than that.

  

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Mesg #618 "Sixteen, Changes by Jim Butcher"
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Did not disappoint! I know that the Dresden series can be a bit formulaic, but sometimes that's exactly what I want. I won't go into any details here--don't want to give you spoilers...although I will say that I spotted the traitor right off the bat (but this is not unusual for me...I was one of the people who figured out the plot twist in 6th Sense in the first 20 minutes of the movie). Plenty of references to Star Wars, LotR, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and I think I caught at least one from Charlotte's Web (Jim...what have you been reading lately?), and big huge changes and big huge choices for Harry, as well as a few big reveals in the overarching storyline. I can't wait to see where he goes next. Looking forward to the short story collection that's coming out next (mostly reprints, but with one or two new ones) and the RPG comes out in June. I don't really game anymore (no current friends that are into that and I don't like playing with strangers) but I may just get this one.

  

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Mesg #685 "RE: Sixteen, Changes by Jim Butcher"
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There's going to be a Dresden RPG?? *drools* I don't game anymore either, for the same reason, but I've been missing it, and I have been making some friends that *might* be into it. Although, there's also the time issue.

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Mesg #687 "RE: Sixteen, Changes by Jim Butcher"
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Getting released at Origins this year...I think that's in June. You can check out his website for details.

  

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Mesg #628 "Seventeen, Heat Wave by "Richard Castle""
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Yes, I admit it. I really like the series, so I had to read the book. At least I checked it out of the library, so no cost to me. It was alright, but mostly interesting only as a tie-in to the series. I really disliked the way the ending was written. The detective has it all figured out more than 30-40 pages from the end, and refuses to let the reporter, or the reader, in on it. I'm all for a twist, but I really prefer getting to see all the clues, so that there's a chance of actually solving the mystery before the end. So much was withheld, that while you could guess at what was going on in the wings, you didn't really have enough to go on to really know. I don't read a lot of mysteries, so maybe this is just how many of them are written...but it took a lot of the fun out of it in the end, and made the ending more frustrating than satisfying. (This must be the first time I've ever voluntarily put a book down 3 or 4 times within the last 40-50 pages.)

  

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Mesg #688 "Eighteen, Soulless by Gail Carriger"
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This was a re-read to refresh my memory before reading the sequel. You know you've read way too many steampunk novels, when you can remember which was which.

  

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Mesg #689 "Nineteen, Changeless by Gail Carriger"
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I don't think I liked this one quite as well as Soulless, but so looking forward to the conclusion in Blameless! My main dislike, was Alexia's relationships with her sister and best friend. I can see her sister being there simply as an added complication and so therefore being seen primarily as a pain in the butt. But Ivy was always endearing despite being a bit dim and having no fashion sense. In this one she was downright stupid and Alexia spent the entire book thinking she was stupid, which is not how you typically view your best friend, even when you have no soul & are generally without an innate moral sensibility. The mystery was solid and the new french inventor character was lots of fun.

  

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Mesg #690 "Twenty, Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr"
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Latest in the Virgin River series. The thing I like best about the series is that the main characters from earlier books always come back and somtimes have sub-plots of their own. Everythings not just happily ever after. Life still happens and they all have to cope with new problems. Glad I didn't read this when I was travelling last week...I would have been sniffling on the airplane.

  

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Mesg #691 "Twenty-one, The Magicians & Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett"
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I don't have the book in front of me at the moment, so I hope I've gotten the title right. I might have it backwards. At first I thought this was just going to be an alternate Britain with magic, but I was pleased to discover that it was much more complicated than that. Especially interesting are the two (or three) competing schools of magic and the strange shifts between day and night, which have no apparent connection to planetary science. Neither of these things are really overtly explained to the reader. My only complaints are ones that probably have more to do with the marketing of the book than with the book itself. In part because of the insipid cover, I did not purchase this book when I first saw it in the store. I came across it again as a used book and was willing to give it a try at a lower cost despite the cover. (Also the first couple of pages were much more intriguing the second time, which I'm sure is entirely due to my mood at the time...I'm often only interested in books when the happen to strike a chord at the moment...sometimes I don't have the patience for a slower paced start, and other times I have a very high tolerance and am captured by details and characters.) And then there's the title. I don't think I'm giving anything away to admit that we don't encounter Mrs. Quent until almost 2/3 through the book. It was a bit annoying, but if the title had been something else, it wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest. Really looking forward to the second book.

  

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Mesg #705 "Twenty-two, Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear"
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Mesg #706 "Twenty-three, Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear"
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Mesg #725 "Twenty-four, Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear"
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Mesg #726 "Twenty-five, Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear"
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Yea! Half-way to the goal and it's only mid-May.

  

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Mesg #727 "Twenty-six, Airs Beneath the Moon by Toby Bishop"
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Tue May-18-10 09:35 PMby kbellwether

Finally found a copy of this at a bookstore in Boston, along with the third in the series. I know I could have given in & ordered from amazon or borders online, but it's so much more fun to hunt them down. I picked up the second book in the series when I was in Boston a couple years ago and didn't realize until I was part way in that it was the second book. So I set it aside, because I like to read in order. Despite the pretty wingy horse on the cover which makes it look a bit like pre-teen horse-mad fiction, it's really more mature than you might think. Which is right in keeping with the other, edgier books I've read by the author, published under her real name, Louise Marley. (And I just have to mention that the way the wings are drawn on the cover-horse, I don't see how you could strap a saddle on it's back. Maybe an engineer could figure something out, but not me. Also the hooves are only slightly bigger than the nostrils which is just not right.) There's not too much I can say without giving away the plot, so I'll just say that I really enjoyed the story & thought she took it in some very interesting and unusual directions.

(Edited a few typos and repetitions)

  

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Mesg #766 "Twenty-Seven, Airs and Graces by Toby Bishop"
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Mesg #767 "Twenty-Eight, Airs of Night and Sea by Toby Bishop"
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Mesg #768 "Twenty-nine, Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy"
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Mesg #769 "Thirty, An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear"
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Mesg #770 "Thirty-one, Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear"
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Mesg #771 "Thirty-two, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline..."
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Mesg #772 "Thirty-three, The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman"
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