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Mad Poster
#951 Old 4th Jul 2019 at 1:22 PM
Finally finished the Left Behind series. I'd forgotten it is fourteen books in all. So, I discovered there's a sequel to it. Just started it.

The books, themselves are great, and I discovered I enjoyed it more reading them all at once.

"Fear not little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom". Luke 12:32 Chris Hatch's family friendly files archived on SFS: . Bulbizarre's website:
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#952 Old 5th Jul 2019 at 11:10 PM
I currently have "Inquisitor" by John and Carole Barrowman, last book in the Conjuror series (continuation on their Hollow Earth series) as my backpack read. The series is fun and easy reading, but it's not by any means a masterpiece, and it does have a few of the more annoying flaws I often find in YA books, like the "get out of trouble a bit too easy" card all over the place, and some things that are pushing the rules of the fantasy-in-RealWorld-setting a little too hard to be credible. I mostly got it because I wanted to see if the "Captain" could really write books, and kinda just wanted to see how the story ended.

Then there's the "Time Lord Fairy Tales" book that's taken me ages to get through (I occasionally read a fairytale or two before going to bed - they're basically short, WHO-ified recreations of old fairytales like Cinderella), and another DW book I can't remember the title of (basically the "monster book of monsters" equivalient) which I almost finished, but somehow it got buried under a pile of HP books that now have found their way into a bookshelf, so I may finally get back to it.

I also have one of the last Generation one books by Pittacus Lore (or whatever the actual author's name is) on my nightstand, but it's been rather forgotten about as I only managed to get maybe 1/5th into the book (not because it was bad or anything, but I've had a period lately of very little night-time reading).
Test Subject
#953 Old 10th Jul 2019 at 4:11 PM
I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime

Written by Joe Kenda, a retired Lt. Joe Kenda from Colorado Springs. He has a TV show called Homicide Hunter on the Investigation Discovery channel where he recounts stories of cases he has solved. He solved almost 400 cases. Really interesting show and book! I love it!
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#954 Old 23rd Aug 2019 at 1:46 AM
I got to page 18 of Instruments of Darkness and haven't picked it up since. It isn't the book; life turned into a royal PITA.

I'm still not in the mood to sit and hold a book, but I miss books in general so there is hope for Instruments of Darkness. I'm currently listening to Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella; a freebie from the library. It's a silly book, but I could use some silly.
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#955 Old 23rd Aug 2019 at 10:52 AM
"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Heard it was being made into a series with David Tennant in one of the main roles (can TOTALLY see him as Crawley! XD) so I got curious. It's not "roll around laughing" like advertised, but I've gotten some good laughs and a lot of giggles out of it.

I've tried books by Gaiman before, and they were okay (the one or two I finished, anyway), and he wrote a couple decent enough Doctor Who episodes. TP's books... I don't know, haven't read a lot from him (but did enjoy a short TV series based on some of his work). Perhaps what I needed was the combination of the two.
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26th Aug 2019 at 1:34 AM
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#956 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 12:43 PM
In the night garden: all aboard the ninkynonk
2/5 stars
Explains what happens in the second sentence, plot twist though Makka pakka doesn't get on the ninkynonk, he just wants to clean it. Not the most climactic ending. Lots of pretty colours though and the words are funny which makes little one giggle like mad.

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
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#957 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 3:43 PM
^ *gigglesnorts*

I don't think books for 0-3 year olds are supposed to appeal much to adults, but if the little one loves 'em, at least one of you get some great entertainment value out of it
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#958 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 9:26 PM
Well I did enjoy 'The Tiger who came to tea' but I loved it as a child so maybe I'm just feeling nostalgic

"Baby's first word book" was pretty disappointing though, no plot at all!

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
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#959 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 10:06 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 16th Sep 2019 at 11:34 AM.
'The Tiger who came to tea' does sound a lot more exciting (popup books are strangely enjoyable, particularly for a slightly childlsh adult - my 4 year old niece showed me one she had, and it kept me occupied for at least ten minutes ). As a child (and adult, when buying books for kids in the family) I've preferred the more interactive books, like the "see and feel" ones with patches of various textures, or popup/flap books, or books where you're supposed to find items, or books with good stories. For age 0-2 it is a good idea to have some books with thick pages so they can handle (and chew on) the book like a toy. The ones with thin pages usually don't survive unless kept safe in a bookshelf.

"Baby's first word book" - you just have to find the right one. Some are rather boring (A for Apple, etc.), but I know I had a couple more interesting ones when I was a kid.

My brothers and I actually learned to read using the same book about a truck. Last time I saw the book it had gone through several repairs and most definitely looked like it was at least 30 years old... which it was. The book had letters in a large and easy to read font, had thick pages for easy handling, was illustrated, and had some kind of plot, so it was kind of perfect for a first book.
Mad Poster
#960 Old 31st Oct 2019 at 5:11 PM
I know this forum is inactive. I read a lot; I just forget to post. But yesterday, I read the Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. It was fabulous.

It is set in a small southern town in the 1990's. The town felt familiar to me. The story had laughs in all the right places and a steady tension that grew and grew from very early on.

I INHALED that book. I read it in one day, which I seldom do, because I want to play my sims every day, so I usually alternate reading and playing. But yesterday I was ALL ABOUT reading that book.

Well worth looking into.

"Fear not little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom". Luke 12:32 Chris Hatch's family friendly files archived on SFS: . Bulbizarre's website:
#961 Old 3rd Nov 2019 at 10:06 PM Last edited by Noa1500 : 8th Nov 2019 at 6:28 PM.
It seems that this is the first book I've picked up to read in forever. Need to Know by Karen Cleveland is an espionage novel. Reading the blurb it seems to be a bog standard CIA analyst finds undercover Russian spies equals chaos plot line. Hopefully its written well and tuts out to be fun. I'll be back (eventually)

Edit: It was super meh, its the kind of story where you know what's going to happen save for a few minor details. The main character was an idiot, but emotions probs go wild when stuff like that happens so who knows. Good news is that is it was a quick read. The ending was totally expected but was kind of amusing.
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#962 Old 11th Nov 2019 at 5:16 PM Last edited by smorbie1 : 12th Nov 2019 at 4:36 PM.
Forgotten Child written by forgotten person. Avoid at all costs.

It sounds great. A woman has a car crash and wakes up with an extra kid in the car. He has almost nothing to do with the story. It's just a boring, let's call it a mystery, but it's just boring.

Last night I started reading....again.....for about the millionth time, The Once and Future King by T.H. White. It is my favorite book (not counting the Bible) of all time. It is the story of Camelot, from the Arthur's time living with his foster family to the end of his reign. It's the book from which the play Camelot was derived.

"Fear not little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom". Luke 12:32 Chris Hatch's family friendly files archived on SFS: . Bulbizarre's website:
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#963 Old 30th Nov 2019 at 10:06 PM Last edited by PANDAQUEEN : 29th Dec 2019 at 9:06 AM.
Fire Force, Volume 1.
Manga. (Action)
Author (Story and Art): Atsushi Ohkubo

Got the full book as a promo through Amazon. I wanted a comedy or the shoujo type, but it had did.

A young teenage boy with pyrokinetic powers and the trademark footprint-shaped burns known as "The Devil's Footprints" as the fire comes from his feet, joins a crew of assassins who kill people who spontaneously combust into Infernals, who were doomed to die by fire.

It's got weird aesthetics of Catholic facades and 19th century designs for vehicles.

It's by Kodansha Publishing who works on both sides of the Pacific.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
#964 Old 1st Dec 2019 at 3:40 PM
I just finished (in one night) this book that opened my eyes to something you don't really think about--
It's called Human Prey by Holly Austin Smith.
If you have kids, grandkids, kids you love, read this book. Talk to your at risk kids (there are many definitions of "at risk") about making smart choices. Girls at 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 are most vulnerable but boys can also be victims. I think a lot of young people need a self esteem boost and to realize they are special and need to develop their talents, not just expect a relationship to complete them.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers
Mad Poster
#965 Old 10th Dec 2019 at 2:25 PM
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella's books are always on the chirpy side. I knew this going in and could use some chirpy.
Mad Poster
#966 Old 12th Dec 2019 at 6:39 PM
I listened to / finished Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler yesterday as I ripped my bedroom apart and cleaned it top to bottom . I wanted something to listen to that wasn't chirpy, didn't involve YouTube or whatever; this book proved to be a good choice. It is a romance novel, but not a trashy one like you'd find at the grocery or drug store. There isn't any sex in it or anything like that. I thought I had to story figured out a few times. I was wrong every time.

Because I did like this book, I'm going to see what else Karen Schaler has written.
Mad Poster
#967 Old 12th Dec 2019 at 7:11 PM
Fallen, by Benedict Jacka.
It's urban fantasy, kinda in the same street as Dresden Files. Only just started on this one, but the previous books were good.

Just finished the Hero book by Michael Grant (in the Monster/Villain/Hero trilogy, sequels to the Gone series). The ending was strange (very open-ended) so I'm not sure what I think. I'd hoped for a better conclusion, but by the sound of it he's leaving it up to fanfiction. The rest was good, though.

Also dug up (almost quite literally - they've been hanging out in boxes under the stairs the past 3 years, turned out they were at the bottom and well hidden) my Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, which I've been looking for a while now.
I really like the overall story, but I've noticed in particular with the later series (from book 7 and on, but especially after the last book in the first "main" series - they're almost all directly connected) there's a very annoying tendency of multiple repeats of what's happened in earlier books, even earlier in that particular book, sometimes going on for page after page, which kind of halts the story progression too much. If you've gotten to the second or third or even fourth series in a long-running saga with roughly the same characters, you'd be somewhat familiar with the series already, so no need for repeating the same thing several times in each book. A casual mention is fine if a reminder could be needed, maybe a quick and slightly more in-depth recap no more than half a page if it's very important for the plot, but not 3-4 pages or more. In one of the later series, a couple of the characters are also particularly annoying, repeating the same catchphrase at least twice every chapter they're in, so that gets annoying pretty fast (especially when first "read-through" was a very droning audiobook where once you notice one of these annoying things, you notice every single instance of it, and it gets so much more annoying, because every time you read the sequels in book format, you 'hear' it in that audiobook voice... Sometimes I get the feeling the story in those books is dragged out to meet the requirement of so-and-so many pages, when you really could cut 1/3 of the writing and not even notice. Anyhow, this time around I'm kind of skimming the books, basically skipping over the boring parts and sometimes jumping straight to the good parts. Makes it easier to get through those 20+ books, most with roughly 500-900 pages, which I sincerely don't have the head for at the moment...

Also found an older series I've been meaning to complete, but I could not remember which books I had. Thought I had 3 out of 5, but turns out I have 4. Only ever read the first book, so I guess that could be the next series once I've gotten hold of the missing book.
#968 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 9:36 AM
I want to get back into reading again. Got 1984 for a start.

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#969 Old 16th Dec 2019 at 10:48 PM
Finished "Fallen". Turns out it wasn't the last book in the series, which I kind of thought it would be - but it was pretty good, and the series has kept me somewhat occupied while waiting for the next Dresden Files book (been AGES since the last one, and it's most likely coming next year - I can't wait!)
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#970 Old 17th Dec 2019 at 2:40 AM
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, Vol. 1
Manga (Slice of Life Comedy)
Author (Story and Art): Nami Sano

The story's focus is around the student known by his family name Sakamoto. Sakamoto is the guy girls want to be with and guys want to be, save for the few who can't stand his unflappable being. He usually plays the role of fall guy, defender of the class, morale booster, peace keeper. His conservative, but pretty boy looks deceive, but he pulls off the techniques in the coolest manner.

The chapters are presented as individual separate stories and are loosely connected.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
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#971 Old 21st Dec 2019 at 2:06 PM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 23rd Dec 2019 at 2:06 PM. Reason: Update
The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain. I'm only about 10 minutes in; I don't have any thoughts on it thus so far. 

EDIT:  Sloths move faster than this book.  I really want to DNF ( do not finish) it, but I won't.  I'm just going to have to make my own fun while listening to it as otherwise I'm never going to get through it. 
#972 Old 21st Dec 2019 at 9:58 PM
There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven. I needed that sort of comfort this week.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers
Mad Poster
#973 Old 21st Dec 2019 at 11:24 PM
TG's new R&K series of cliffhangers galore, quite obviously (all of them have ended with cliffhangers so far), and the next book isn't coming out until mid-January, which is really annoying because I am certain that one will also end in a cliffhanger, and the next book after that comes out in May. *frustration levels rising*

I can haz both books nowz? ME WANTZ!!!!
Oh, well... *sadface*

I read half the book before going to bed last night, and my imagination kind of took the current story, jammed it together with another of TG's stories (which is a standalone with ties into the overall universe), and made a very interesting spinoff. I was very entertained - but can't remember much now, unfortunately. It seemed good, though.
#974 Old 22nd Dec 2019 at 8:23 PM
The Legend of Drizzt: Homeland by R.A. Salvatore

Someone kept recommending this book series to me and I finally started reading it. I'm about halfway through this book and plan on continuing with the rest since I am really enjoying it. Dungeons & Dragons huh, maybe I've been missing out? I'm happy to get back into reading again as it has always been one of my passions.

Also, whenever a new chapter comes out for the manga Beastars I read that. And there's quite a few other books I'm reading of various subjects. Which reminds me, I haven't really checked out that Bob Ross book yet.
#975 Old 25th Dec 2019 at 9:22 PM
How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman. It's about he intersection of spiritulity and neuroscience. Quite early in the book.

I am getting through books quickly at the moment; yesterday I finished The End and Other Beginnings, a series of short stories by Veronica Roth about how the way relationships start can be understood through their apparent end. It was a good use of some original sci-if concepts, though it tended to be obvious what the twists would be when she used them (a couple did not, and those were the stronger stories). It was aimed at young adults, but not-so-young adults may find it interesting too.
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