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Fritz's recent reading list 2016 July to December

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2016 Reading[edit]

2016 totals[edit]

Type Finished Continued Started Stopped Abandoned
Audiobooks: 97 0 1 1 4
Graphic novels: 8 0 0 0 0
Books: 6 1 1 0 0
Audio short stories: 94 0 1 0 0
Short stories: 12 0 1 0 0
Lecture: 1 0 0 0 0


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December 2016[edit]

Skylark of Valeron (cover).jpg
Skylark of Valeron (1934)
by "Doc" E. E. Smith
Skylark #3
Kindle
(reread,started,audio,book)





Skylark Three (cover).jpg
Skylark Three (1930)
by "Doc" E. E. Smith
Skylark #2
search amazon
(finished,reread,audio,book)


Skylark Three (cover).jpg
Skylark Three (1930)
by "Doc" E. E. Smith
Skylark #2
search amazon
(started,reread,audio,book)


Big Money (cover).jpg

Grave Descend (cover).jpg
Grave Descend (1970)
by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange
search amazon
(finished,audio,book)

The Green Lama by Kendell Foster Crossen

The Green Lama (series) (cover).jpg

  • "Croesus of Murder" -- (1940 short story) (started,audio,short story)
  • "The Green Lama" -- (1940 short story) (finished,audio,short story)

  • "The Girl with the Phantom Eyes"
  • "The Devil's Bible"
  • "The Corpse Screams at Midnight"
  • "The Burning Skull"
  • "The Axe-Man of Sovereign City"
  • "The God of Hate"
  • "Darkness Spreading Its Wings of Black"


  • "Grime and Punishment"
  • "The Forbidden City"

November 2016[edit]


Template:Louis L'Amour Collection (links)

Louis L'Amour Collection (finished,audio,book)

(containing seven short stories)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1205599
  • "Riding for the Brand"
  • "The Black Rock Coffin Makers"
  • "Dutchman’s Flat"
  • "The Nester and the Piute"
  • "Mistakes Can Kill You"
  • "Trail to Pie Town"
  • "Big Medicine"
  • "The Shadow Passes"
  • "Bramley Is So Bracing"
  • "Up from the Depths"
  • "Feet of Clay"
  • "Excelsior"
  • "Rodney Has a Relapse"
  • "Tangled Hearts"
  • "Birth of a Salesman"
  • "How's That, Umpire?"
  • "Success Story"
Neuromancer (cover).jpg
Neuromancer (1984)
by William Gibson
Sprawl Trilogy #1
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
(full cast,reread,finished,audio,book)


  • "Giant Killer"
  • "Palace Revolution" (1962 short story) (reread,finished,short story)
  • "Policy" (1962 short story) (reread,finished,short story)
  • "Aide Memoire" (1962 short story) (reread,finished,short story)
  • "Cultural Exchange" (1962 short story) (reread,finished,short story)

October 2016[edit]

Hellblazer- Dangerous Habits (cover).jpg
Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (1994)
by Garth Ennis
search amazon
(finished,graphic novel)

  • "The Tank of Terror" -- (finished,short story)
Real Tigers (cover).jpg
Real Tigers (2016)
by Mick Herron
search amazon
(finished,audio,book)
Real Tigers was a great example of bait and switch. I expected a thriller that showed how a bunch of losers in the MI5 overcome their situation in a, well, thrilling way. Alas, what I read was a slow (it took an hour before the first hint of a plot showed up) grinding rendition of how broken the characters were. Grinding, because the struggles of characters to deal with their issues lasted pages. That's right pages. This is a great example of how not inject a literary sensibility into a non-literary genre. This book was so off-putting and depressing that, like a bad case of indigestion puts one off eating, I had to take a break from reading. <sarcasm>Thanks, Mick Herron.</sarcasm> (e)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (cover).jpg
The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016)
by David Leavitt
search amazon
(finished,audio,book)

  • "The Tank of Terror" -- (started,short story)
  • "The Diving Dead" -- (finished,short story)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (cover).jpg
The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016)
by David Leavitt
search amazon
(started,audio,book)





  • "The Man with Two Left Feet"
  • "A Sea of Troubles"
  • "The Romance of an Ugly Policeman"
  • "Black for Luck"
  • "One Touch of Nature"
  • "The Making of Macs"
  • "At Geisenheimer’s"
  • "Crowned Heads"
  • "The Mixer"
  • "Wilton’s Holiday"
  • "Extricating Young Gussie"
  • "Bill the Bloodhound"
  • "The Diving Dead" -- (started,short story)
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Velvet, Vol. 3: The Man Who Stole the World (2016)
by Ed Brubaker; Steve Epting (Illustrator); Bettie Breitweiser (Illustrator)
search amazon
(finished,graphic novel)

I have mixed feelings about Seven Wonders. While it was a reasonable incarnation of superhero fiction, some of the plot / character twists weren't convincing. The most egregious of these was the Cowl's abandoning of his evil ways to become a good guy and member of the Seven Wonders. There just wasn't enough foundation to make it believable. I also felt that, given the extra-legal, if not simply evil behavior of the Seven Wonders should have lead to some "karmic retribution". (e)


September 2016[edit]

Velvet, Vol. 3- The Man Who Stole the World (cover).jpg
Velvet, Vol. 3: The Man Who Stole the World (2016)
by Ed Brubaker; Steve Epting (Illustrator); Bettie Breitweiser (Illustrator)
search amazon
(started,graphic novel)


The Anubis Gates (cover).jpg

Cobra Bargain (cover).jpg
Cobra Bargain (1988)
by Timothy Zahn
Cobra #3
search amazon
(finished,reread,book,audio)

Zero Cool (cover).jpg
Zero Cool (1969)
by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange
search amazon
(finished,book,audio)

Cobra Strike (cover).jpg
Cobra Strike (1986)
by Timothy Zahn
Cobra #2
search amazon
(finished,reread,book,audio)



Cobra (1985 novel) (cover).jpg
Cobra (1985)
by Timothy Zahn
Cobra #1
search amazon
(finished,reread,book,audio)

Superego (2014 novel) (cover).jpg
Superego (2014)
by Frank J. Fleming
search amazon
(abandoned,book,audio)



Perdido Street Station (cover).jpg
Perdido Street Station (2000)
by China Miéville
Iron Council #1
search amazon
(finished,book,audio)

  • "Turquoise Days"


August 2016[edit]

  • "Diamond Dogs"
  • "The Tonto Woman"
  • "The Boy Who Smiled"
  • "Trouble at Rindo's Station"



  • "Trail of the Apache" -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Only Good Ones" -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Blood Money" -- (finished,short story,audio)

  • "Saint with a Six-Gun" -- (finished,short story,audio)
  • "Three-Ten to Yuma" -- (finished,short story,audio)


Six Degrees of Assassination (cover).jpg
Six Degrees of Assassination (2014)
by M J Arlidge
search amazon
(finished,fullcast,book,audio)



Polar- No Mercy for Sister Maria (cover).jpg
Polar: No Mercy for Sister Maria (2016)
by Victor Santos
Polar #3
search amazon
(finished,graphic novel)


Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (cover).jpg
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (2013)
by Suzanne M. Desan
search amazon
(finished,lecture,audio)



Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (cover).jpg
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (2013)
by Suzanne M. Desan
search amazon
(continued,lecture,audio)


Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (cover).jpg
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (2013)
by Suzanne M. Desan
search amazon
(continued,lecture,audio)


July 2016[edit]

Polar- No Mercy for Sister Maria (cover).jpg
Polar: No Mercy for Sister Maria (2016)
by Victor Santos
Polar #3
search amazon
(started,graphic novel)


Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (cover).jpg

Polar- Eye for an Eye (cover).jpg
Polar: Eye for an Eye (2015)
by Victor Santos
Polar #2
search amazon
(finished,graphic novel)

Forty Thieves (cover).jpg
I had one major plot bump (and it happened twice) when late in Forty Thieves the Hoyts have a chance to carry out a surprise attack the Abels when they leave one of the diamond thieves gang's house, but choose not to give no compelling reason to let them go. This was followed by the a similar chumminess between the two sides in the climatic scene. Neither of which I really accepted. (e)

I almost stopped reading The Affinities (2015) by Robert Charles Wilson due to a serious lack of visible plot. I kept going and finished it, but overall I was disappointed. The plot was weak, mostly a us-vs-them, and concluded on an ambivalent and unsatisfactory note. Not a book I would recommend. (e)


Abaddon's Gate (2013) by James S. A. Corey, like the other Expanse novels so far, was slow and disappointing. I would describe it as old-school Space Opera, but not in a good way. Set centuries in the future, the technology is merely near future (except for the aliens, and their technology is indistinguishable from magic). I continue to have issues with the technology (or the failure there of) conveniently making some scenes more exciting. Blah. Despite this I have persevered on to the next one in the series hoping it will improve. (e)

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January to June


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