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  1. I only put two books on my May TBR because my goal is to do less reading and more time outside on my bike now that the weather is getting nicer here in the midwest US of A. I hope I can at least get through one of these. Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds Power of the Dog - Don Winslow
  2. I gave all four books 5 stars. Terminal List is a wild revenge tale. There’s a glossary in the back so you may have to refer to that if you need to know what the military acronyms mean. Enjoy!
  3. House of Suns was really good. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It was a little long at over 500 pages. It had a well established mystery element and epic spaceship battles that I enjoyed. It was so much more enjoyable than Neuromancer. I’m currently half way through The Devil’s Hand and I love it, so far. I think Thrillers is my favorite genre. This is book 4 in his James Reese “series”. Jack Carr is a relatively new author writing military suspense thrillers. Very similar style to Brad Thor or Vince Flynn, if you are familiar will those authors. I loved Jack Carr’s first 3 books so it’s no surprise I’m loving this one too. I don’t think I’m going to make it to my 4th book on this list by the end of April.
  4. Neuromancer House of Suns - Alastair Reynolds The Devil’s Hand - Jack Carr Dance Hall of the Dead - Tony Hillerman
  5. I was reading the book and listening to the audio at the same time so I could get it all in (audio and visually speaking) but I got really far behind with the audio and kept plowing through reading it. I referred to Wikipedia to make sure I understood the plot. I did that multiple times. I tried not to read ahead on the Wikipedia plot page so as not to spoil it for me. Wikipedia helped me get through the first half. I found the second half of the book a little easier to get through.
  6. I think it’s a cigarette. I could be mistaken though. I wouldn’t doubt it regarding the microsoft term. This book has the first instance of the term “cyberspace” though.
  7. I have to jack in and give this book a re-read one of these days. It is certainly deserving of one. Maybe then I won’t get so bogged down in all the technical jargon and frenetic pacing. Gibson writes with a unique writing cadence/style that took a while getting used to. I found myself rereading a few parts because I thought, “WTF did I just read?” or “WTF is happening here?” Actually, that happened more than I’d like to admit. I pushed on and continued to progress and finally was able to enjoy the story—especially the latter half. I found myself reading about the plot on Wikipedia due to my initial confusion. I can see why this book has so many mixed reviews. I feel like readers love it or hate it. At least that’s the impression I got from reading reviews on Goodreads. Personally, I did not love this book, nor did I hate it. I do, however, appreciate its cultural significance. I am glad I read it and I now have a better understanding of people’s fascination with it. I read this book on Kindle and was thankful for the “X-ray” feature. I was looking up words all throughout the book. What’s that term? Oh yeah, that word is a term for a cigarette. Jesus, why not just write “cigarette”? I had those thoughts for quite a few terms. Ask someone who doesn’t know the year when this book was written and I’ll bet that they will never say the early 1980s. Almost 40 years old and the technology mentioned in this book is still fresh and relevant. Amazing! I loved reading “Some Dark Holler” by Jack Womack at the end of the book. This can be read at anytime since there are no spoilers. I found it to be a fabulous tribute to Gibson and this book. My favorite character was Dixie Flatline. I also liked the “ugly as living hell” character of Ratz. What a great physical description.
  8. Book 4 was great too! I think it was my favorite so far. If I had to rank them by favorites, I would say, Book 4, Book 2, Book 1, and then Book 3. I see that Book 5 is a full sized novel, but Book 6 is going back to novella length. Highly recommend this series! I borrowed them from my local library. I’ll probably read Book 5 later in the year.
  9. Book 2 is great! I enjoyed it more than Book 1. Book 3 starts a little slow but ramps up in the latter half! Onto Book 4 soon.
  10. Yeah, those books are fun! I’m reading book #2 in The Murderbot Diaries.
  11. Your list is filling up quite nicely indeed. This book comes out in late September and would be a perfect Halloween-themed read: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward Here are two blurbs as shown on Amazon: “The buzz building around Catriona Ward's The Last House on Needless Street is real. I've read it and was blown away. It's a true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end. Haven't read anything this exciting since Gone Girl.” ―Stephen King “A chilling and beautiful masterpiece of suspense, cunningly plotted and written with the elegant imagination of a Shirley Jackson or a Sarah Waters. I was completely enthralled.” ―Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 Sorry, I’ll stop suggesting more books.
  12. Lasraik, thanks for consolidating the list. My comments regarding the books I suggested...only 1 book by William Gibson, only 1 book by Neil Gaiman, and I’m indifferent regarding the # of Dennis E Taylor books. I haven’t read any of his “Bobiverse” series, but I’m willing to try book number 1. Another book suggestion would be The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman. It comes out in May but I’m seeing quite a few rave reviews from people who have read the ARC. The blurbs on Amazon made me add it to my TBR. It’s a standalone fantasy. Buehlman has written a few horror novels too. So many books and so little time. Ha! I’m currently reading All Systems Red by Martha Wells. It’s a novella (149 pages) and I’m really enjoying it. I’m gonna read books 2 and 3 in The Murderbot Diaries series. They’re fun and the first 4 are novellas. Book 5 is novel length. If I was to suggest this book, I’d suggest the first book in the series. It’s a Hugo and Nebula Award winner.
  13. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch or We are Legion by Dennis E Taylor or Neuromancer by William Gibson or American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  14. Priest of Bones was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I look forward to continuing the series. This book checked most of the boxes that I enjoy in fantasy: strong character development, low fantasy with less emphasis on magic, intense action sequences, and lots of swearing. As the author describes, this is gangster fantasy. He states his influences come from The Godfather and The Sopranos. I love gangster movies and I really enjoyed reading this book. Thumbs up to Lazraik for kicking off 2021 with a great book! My favorite character was Bloody Anne. Gimme more Bloody Anne! To further your enjoyment of all things Priest of Bones and Peter McLean, I’ve included a few links about both. I don't believe there are spoilers in these 3 author interviews. https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2019/08/interview-with-peter-mclean/ https://civilianreader.com/2019/06/17/interview-with-peter-mclean-2/amp/ https://starlitbook.com/2019/07/02/interview-with-peter-mclean/ I’ve also listened to two podcast interviews with the author: 1) Authors on a Podcast Talking Books episode 14 2) Negative HP episode 3 One YouTube interview I found: 1) Wilshire Libraries in conversation with Peter McLean I enjoyed listening to the author and his perspective on all things War for the Rose Thorn. Plus I got a few book recommendations to add to my TBR list. Now for my spoiler thoughts:
  15. The dates for the sale: January 14th – 20th, 2021 Link: https://mlwangbooks.com/spfbo-finalist-super-sale/ There are quite a few on this list that have high ratings on Goodreads. The SPFBO was started by Mark Lawrence, author of The Broken Empire series, among many others. SPFBO: Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, a competition to find the best self published fantasy book for a given year. Another link for more info about some of 2020’s SPFBO list: http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.com/2020/09/finalists-for-6th-spfbo.html?m=1
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