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Monday, January 23, 2017

9:07PM - Star Trek: Deep Space 9: The Maquis

Collects comic miniseries 1-3.

Writers: Mark Altman, Chris Dows, Colin Clayton, R. A. Jones
Artists: Rob Davis, Terry Pallot, Brian Michael Bendis, Bruce McGorkindale, Leonard Kirk, Jack Snider
Publisher: Malibu
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

12:18PM - Kristine Kathryn Rusch: the Falls

A new book in the Diving universe! It’s set on a different planet and with different characters, though so it works as a stand-alone.

Publication year: 2016
Format: Audio
Running time: 11 hours and 48 minutes
Narrator: Flora Plumb

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5:05PM - Leigh Brackett: The Ginger Star

The first book in a science fantasy series.

Publication year: 1974
Format: print
Page count: 186
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Monday, January 16, 2017

7:13PM - Star Wars: Mara Jade: By the Emperor’s Hand

Collects miniseries issues 1-6.
Writers: Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Publisher: Titan Books
This series gives us Mara Jade’s background. It’s mostly set during and right after Return of the Jedi.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

2:27PM - Leigh Brackett: The Sword of Rhiannon

A stand-alone SF/planetary romance book.

Publication year: 1955
Format: print
Page count: 141
Publisher: Ace Books
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1:30PM - Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Vectors

The second book in the six-part Double Helix series. A Star Trek: TNG series but this part is set on Terok Nor.

Publication year: 1999
Format: print
Page count: 260 + an excerpt of Red Sector, the next book in the series
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Monday, January 9, 2017

10:16PM - Xena: Warrior Princess

Collects the first Xena comics from issues 1, 2, 0.
Writers: Roy Thomas, Robert Trebor, Aaron Lopresti
Artists: Joyce Chin, Andy Lanning, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Aaron Lopresti, Hilary Barta, Jordi Ensign, Gary Martin, Tom Simmons,
This collection has three fun comics. Apparently, they’re some of the first Xena comics ever.
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

11:05AM - Isaac Asimov: End of Eternity

Stand-alone time travel novel.

Publication year: 1955
Publication year of the Finnish translation: 1987
Translator: Aulikki and Markus Lehkonen, with a foreword by Juhani Hinkkanen
Format: print
Page count: 190
Publisher of the Finnish translation: Ursa
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

2:04PM - 2017 Graphic Novel and Mange reading challenge

The 10th annual graphic novel and manga reading challenge has started and I'm joining it.

Please write a sign-up post on your blog and then sign-up below with a link to your specific sign-up post (NOT to your home page).

What counts: graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books or combinations of text and bubbles all in the same book. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable. My personal criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts. I'm not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, ask me in the comments any given month.

You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Reviews may be posted on your blog or goodreads or similar places. Several reviews may be gathered and posted in one link on your blog, but each book must be linked back here in the monthly linkies to count. Come back every month to record your progress.

Here is how the Challenge plays out:

runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that's only 1 book a month)
Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)

Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year (Are you addicted? 2 books a week!)

I'm joining at the Modern age level. Last year I managed to reach Bronze Age and I'm hoping to do the same this year. I'm going to start with Xena, Star Trek, and Star Wars collections.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

11:01AM - John Gregory Betancourt: Infection

The first book in the six-part Double Helix series. A Star Trek: TNG series.

Publication year: 1999
Format: print
Page count: 226 + an excerpt of Vectors, the next book in the series
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

7:00PM - Author! Author! reading challenge 2017

Worlds without end is hosting the Author! Author! reading challenge:

This challenge is for those wishing to delve further into a favorite author, or pursue a new discovery, by reading several books by a single author during 2017.

The "Experienced" reading level represents a commitment to read four books one author. As you move up the reading levels, each level should consist of another four books by that same author or four by another author. You can choose to read four, eight, twelve, or sixteen books by one author, or read four (or a multiple of four) by more than one author. For example, if you choose the "Virtuoso" reading level, you could choose sixteen books by C. J. Cherryh, or eight by Cherryh and eight by Frank Herbert, or four each by Cherryh, Herbert, Le Guin, and Gibson. Rereads of old favorites are also fair game for this challenge.

Reading multiple books by the same author within a fairly short timeframe can give you insights into that author's themes, style, or obsessions not apparent from an individual book. Consider sharing your insights on the forum thread dedicated to this challenge!

Challenge Details
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Challenge Span: January 2017 – December 2017

I have lots of authors I want to read more but I'm joining at first for Afficionado level with eight books, with four books from Elizabeth Bear and four from Leigh Brackett. Later, I could well end up adding more authors.

10:56AM - Pick & Mix reading challenge 2017

I'm going to join the Pick & Mix reading challenge for this year, too, with the goal of 20.

For a while now I've wanted to read (or reread) Star Trek: TNG books. This year I'm going to go through some of my collection. I'm starting with the six part series Double Helix in which the crew of the Enterprise-D battles a disease which returns every year. Each book is set during a different TNG season. And that's all I remember of the whole series.

In the spirit of Pick&Mix I'm also going to include other books which don't fit into the other challenges I'm joining.

Monday, January 2, 2017

2:51PM - Naomi Novik: League of Dragons

The final Temeraire book.

Publication year: 2016
Format: print
Page count: 417 + an excerpt of Uprooted
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Sunday, January 1, 2017


Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

10:19PM - Wrap-up of Annual Graphic Novel & Manga reading challenge

I joined the 9th Annual comic reading challenge with the lowest level, 12 books for Modern Age. I ended up reviewing 38 comics and so got up one level, to the Bronze Age.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

11:59PM - Best books in 2016

Today, the topic for Top Ten Tuesdays isTop 10 books I read this year.

I read a lot of books which received 4 stars (out of five), so it was difficult to choose. Many of them are part of a series, so I’m including the parts I read this year.

1, Seanan McGuire: Once Broken Faith
2, Terry Pratchett: Hogfather
3, Lois McMaster Bujold: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
4, Judith Tarr: Queen of the Amazons
5, Jim C. Hines: Libriomancer and its sequel Jim C. Hines: Codex Born
6, Catherynne M. Valente: The Habitation of the Blessed and its sequel the Folded World
7, Becky Chambers: The Long Way to the Small, Angry Planet
8, Leigh Brackett: Eric John Stark: An Outlaw of Mars
9, Karl K. Gallagher: Torchship and its sequel Torchship Pilot
10, Genevieve Cogman: The Invisible Library

Honorable mentions to Karen A. Wyle: Who: a novel of the near future and Jordanna Max Brodsky: The Immortals.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

10:41PM - Season's greetings

Happy holidays to everyone who is celebrating!

Friday, December 23, 2016

10:54PM - Wrap up of New Authors challenge 2016

I joined the New Authors challenge for 10 new to me writers but ended up reading 25.

Happily I liked most of them and found at least four writers I will be reading more: Karl K. Gallagher, Becky Chambers, Leigh Brackett, and Genevieve Cogman.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

1:01PM - Karen A. Wyle: Who: a novel of the near future

A stand-alone thoughtful science fiction book about what could happen if, when, people’s personalities are digitized.

Publication year: 2016
Format: ebook
Page count: 248
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

9:10PM - Wrap-up of Pick&Mix 2016

I joined Worlds Without End's Pick & Mix reading challenge for 40 books and managed to complete it.

Initially, I thought I'd use only books from my physical TBR piles but I ended up adding ebooks and audio books, too. But for every one of the audio and ebooks, I read a book from my physical TBR pile, so I did end up reducing my mountains of books by 40!

Hopefully, I can continue the trend next year.

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