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Friday, February 24, 2017

12:45PM - Diane Carey: Red Sector

The third book in the Star Trek: TNG Double Helix series.
Publication year: 1999
Format: print
Page count: 293 + an excerpt of the next book, Quarantine.
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

7:16PM - Lois McMaster Bujold: Penric and the Shaman

A novella in the Five Gods/ Chalion universe. Sequel to Penric and the Demon.
Format: Kindle e-book
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

6:15PM - Genevieve Cogman: The Burning Page

The third book in the Invisible Library fantasy series.

Publication year: 2016
Format: print
Page count: 358
Publisher: Pan Books
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

4:57PM - Genevieve Cogman: The Masked City

The second book in the Invisible Library fantasy series.

Publication year: 2015
Format: print
Page count: 339 + secrets from the library and the author’s interview
Publisher: TOR
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

2:59PM - Becky Chambers: A Closed and Common Orbit

A sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. SF book.

Publication year: 2016
Format: print
Page count: 365
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

1:25PM - Jim C. Hines: Unbound

The third book in the Magic Ex Libris urban fantasy series.

Publication year: 2015
Format: Audio
Running time: 11 hours and 41 minutes
Narrator: David DeVries

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

9:06PM - January round-up

I’m going to try this round-up thing and see how it goes.

Both Andrea’s Vintage SF month and Carl’s Sci-fi Experience ended at the end of January. I read 4 books for the Vintage not-a-challenge and for the Experience I read 11 books and two comics. Once again, both events were very enjoyable. I’m already looking forward to them again!

Challenges: Pick&Mix: 4 books, Author! Author!: 2 books, Graphic novel: 2.

Books reviewed with a link to my review:
1, John Gregory Betancourt: Infection Star trek: TNG
2, Isaac Asimov: End of Eternity Star trek: TNG
3, Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Vectors
4, Leigh Brackett: The Sword of Rhiannon
5, Leigh Brackett: The Ginger Star
6, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: the Falls
7, Leigh Brackett ed.: The Best of Planet Stories #1
8, Emmi Itäranta: The Weaver/ The City of Woven Streets

I ended up reviewing 8 books in January so that was a very good start. Of course, the Leigh Brackett books were shorter than modern ones. Reading four much older books was an interesting experience. With Asimov’s End of Eternity I ended up so frustrated when he could think of Earth millions of years in the future, but not a single society were women would be actual human beings who matter rather than ornaments and sex objects. Brackett had a few more women, at least. But, as is usual in pulp, all her characters have very tightly defined roles. Then reading (or listening rather) Rusch’s Falls where women were space ship captains, police, and engineers was a relief. So, I don’t know how much “classics” I’m going to read in the future. Fortunately, I liked the Planet stories a lot.

I’ll certainly finish Brackett’s series later when I get through the books I might nominate for a Hugo. (This year I’m going to the Worldcon for the first time and I’m already excited!) So, the next month and a half I’ll be reading much newer stuff.

Fortunately, I liked most of the books I read in January so it’s hard to choose a favorite but I’m going with Rusch’s Falls.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

8:01PM - Top 10 comics

Today, the topic for Top Ten Tuesdays is Top 10 comics/graphic novels.

I read a lot of comics, from tie-in (Star Trek, Star Wars) to superheroes (mostly Marvel, some from others) and more. Today I'm going to leave out the superheroes.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

2:24PM - Emmi Itäranta: The Weaver/ The City of Woven Streets

A stand-alone fantasy book.

Publication year: 2016
Publication year of the Finnish edition: 2015
The name of the Finnish edition: Kudottujen kujien kaupunki
Format: print
Page count: 335
Publisher of the Finnish edition: Teos
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

4:30PM - Leigh Brackett ed.: The Best of Planet Stories #1

A collection of seven science fantasy stories.

Publication year: 1975
Format: print
Page count: 212
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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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
Levels

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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