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Fritz's recent reading list 2016 January to June

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2016 Reading[edit]

June 2016[edit]

  • "Sealed Orders" (1962 short story) (reread,finished,short story)

  • "Protocol" (1962 short story) (reread,finished,short story)

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Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (1994)
by Garth Ennis
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(started,graphic novel)


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James Bond Vol. 1: VARGR (2016)
by Warren Ellis (Author) and Jason Masters (Illustrator)
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(finished,graphic novel)


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Gladiator (1930)
by Philip Wylie
Kindle, Paperback
(finished,book,audio)




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Vicious (2013)
by V. E. Schwab
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(abandoned,book,audio)
Soooo much telling! It took a third of Vicious (2013) by V. E. Schwab before we got to the origins of the main characters. Way too much description of internal state and motivations (a serious pet reading peeve). So much that I almost stopped reading, but I'm not quite ready to give up yet.

Update: A bit over halfway through and I have to take a break.

Update 2: The break has turned into an abandon. Can't bring myself to go back and finish the book. I have too many other books to read. (e)


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Vicious (2013)
by V. E. Schwab
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(started,book,audio)

Recommendation: Skip AlterWorld: Play to Live, Book 1 (2014) by D. Rus (unless you want to read about how a character leveled in a MMORPG)
AlterWorld: Play to Live was dragged down by being nearly plotless and an excessive reliance on cliches (and I mean a lot of cliches). (e)





May 2016[edit]





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Strange Detective Mysteries 1 (1937)
by Various
Audio
(finished,book,audio)
  • "The Miracle Murder Case" by George Armin Shaftel -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Madame Murder - and the Corpse Brigade" by Paul Ernst -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Patents for Dr. Death" by Arthur Leo Zagat -- (finished,short story,audio)

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S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko: The Complete Collection (2013)
by Jim Steranko (Text), Stan Lee (Text), Roy Thomas (Text), Jack Kirby (Illustrations)
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(graphic novel,started)

In the opening paragraph of The Unnoticeables (2015) by Robert Brockway, the narrator goes to great effort to state that he isn't one for metaphor to reinforce his statements as true. Then proceeds in later paragraphs to extensively use metaphors.
Update: The deliberate shock factor ramped up dramatically. On top of not believing the character's response to the horror of what she was seeing (too accepting and blase by far) I felt like I was being deliberately and repeatedly poked with the "gore" and "sick sex" schtick, so I'm done with this novel. (e)

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  • "Idiot's Coffin Keepsake" by Norbert Davis -- (finished,short story,audio)

  • "The Headman's Hat-Box" by Wayne Rogers -- (finished,short story,audio)

April 2016[edit]


  • "When the Death-Bat Files" by Norvell W. Page -- (finished,short story,audio)
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Strange Detective Mysteries 1 (1937)
by Various
Audio
(started,book,audio)

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I liked Six of Crows (2015) by Leigh Bardugo, but was thrown out of the story by modern terminology every so often and this developed into a strong sense of inconsistency between the fantasy worldbuilding and references to 20th and 21st century terms and sensibilities. While the world appeared to be 19th century, terms like cargo container, tank (as in armored fighting vehicle), and scientist intruded. The magic also seemed to be simply a label that was applied to psionic powers. Which is fine, but with the anachronisms in use, it would have worked better to make the world a secondary science fiction one set in an alternate 20th century, albeit one where an alternate history starting sometime before the middle ages, possibly during Roman times. (e)
Slaves of Sleep has one of the most boring opening chapters I can remember reading. The prologue is a sort of lecture and the first few chapters cover the mundane life of the (poor little rich boy) main character. It does pick up and becomes a pretty good weird-ish action adventure story (despite a strong Mary Sue vibe). (e)

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Slayground (1971)
by Richard Stark
Parker #14
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(finished,book,audio)

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The Unnoticeables (2015)
by Robert Brockway
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(continued,stopped,book,audio)




  • "The Core" (1942) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Return from M-15" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Forgotten Tongue" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Interference" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)


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The Unnoticeables (2015)
by Robert Brockway
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(started,stopped,book,audio)

  • "Dead Center" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Dimension of Darkness" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "No Place to Go" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "King Cole of Pluto" (1940) -- (finished,short story,audio)


March 2016[edit]

  • "The Events Leading Down to the Tragedy" (1958) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Sir Mallory's Magnitude" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Remorseful" (1953) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Everybody Knows Joe" (1953) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Make Mine Mars" (1952) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Advent on Channel Twelve" (1958) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Virginia" (1958) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Last Man Left in the Bar" (1957) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Only Thing We Learn" (1949) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie" (1957) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "What Sorghum Says" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Little Black Bag" (1950) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "I Never Ast No Favors" (1954) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Friend to Man" (1951) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Cosmic Charge Account" (1956) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Theory of Rocketry" (1958) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Crisis!" (1942) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Altar at Midnight" (1952) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Marching Morons" (1951) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Kazam Collects" (1941) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Adventurers" (1955) -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "The Perfect Invasion" (1942) -- (finished,short story,audio)


5 SF stories by Mack Reynolds

LibriVox


February 2016[edit]


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Danger Club Volume One: Death (2012)
by Landry Q. Walker, Eric Jones (Illustrator)
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(finished,graphic novel)



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Rewinder (2014)
by Brett Battles
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(finished,book,audio)


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Lazarus, Vol. 4: Poison (2016)
by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Illustrator), Owen Freeman (Cover Artist)
Lazarus #4
Kindle, Paperback
(finished,graphic novel)


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Indexing (2013)
by Seanan McGuire
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(finished,book,audio)


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Lazarus, Vol. 4: Poison (2016)
by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Illustrator), Owen Freeman (Cover Artist)
Lazarus #4
Kindle, Paperback
(started,graphic novel)


Early on (approx. 20% of the way through) in A Beautiful Friendship (2012) by David Weber I became irritated with the preachy delivery and the main character being considered strictly honest (by herself and her parents) but this honesty did not extend to withholding information. While I can see this as being a sort of honest, it's rather disingenuous and (did I mention?) annoying. Don't think I can put up with this much more, so I won't be pursing the sequel. After finishing, my opinion did not change. Didn't hate it, but was a real disappointment. (e)


January 2016[edit]


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A Man of Some Repute (2015)
by Elizabeth Edmondson
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(finished,book,audio)

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Armada (2015)
by Ernest Cline
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(finished,book,audio)

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Nowhere Men, Vol. 1: Fates Worse Than Death (2013)
by Eric Stephenson (Writer), Nate Bellegarde (Illustrator)
Kindle, Paperback
(finished,graphic novel)

Zero World (cover).jpg

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The Well of Lost Plots (2003)
by Jasper Fforde
Thursday Next #3
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(finished,book,audio)

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Lost in a Good Book (2002)
by Jasper Fforde
Thursday Next #2
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(finished,book,audio)

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Nowhere Men, Vol. 1: Fates Worse Than Death (2013)
by Eric Stephenson (Writer), Nate Bellegarde (Illustrator)
Kindle, Paperback
(continued,graphic novel)


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