sgorny: (booklover)
No spoilers! Just how you feel at whatever point you are at, reading the book.

[Poll #1234706]
sgorny: (booklover)
No spoilers! Just how you feel at whatever point you are at, reading the book.

[Poll #1234706]
sgorny: (booklover)
Two goals met... 50 books, and over 15000 pgs!

46.) Dexter in the Dark, by Jeff Lindsay - 320 pgs
I loved the other books in this series a bit more than this one. It was something about the plot, with the ancient religions aspect, that just didn't play well to me. I mean, Dexter is what he is... and ethical serial killer. Serial killers? Believable. And finding someone who understands, who helps mold him into an ethical version? A little far fetched, but believable. How many mothers & fathers love kids that are terrible, and potentially unredeemable?

I'd prefer to think the "inside shadow" is something that he sees, and imagines answering him back. Having it be a real thing? Connected to an ancient religion? ... It's a bit much for me.

However, I *did* like the ending, and look forward to the next one, coming out in October.

47.) Grave Sight, by Charlaine Harris
- 263 pgs - I've only just started it, and already it's grabbed me!
48.) Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury - 208 pgs
49.) Grave Surprise, by Charlaine Harris - 295 pgs
50.) An Ice Cold Grave, by Charlaine Harris - 280 pgs

Loved all the "Grave" books. Great original character, with a unique voice and situation. Much suspense, always thinking you know who does it, no it's that one, no that one... Great writing! Thanks, [profile] bliss_ , for the recommendation!

Stats )

I DID IT!!! I MADE IT, FINALLY!!!

Now, I wonder if I can hit 75...

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sgorny: (booklover)
Two goals met... 50 books, and over 15000 pgs!

46.) Dexter in the Dark, by Jeff Lindsay - 320 pgs
I loved the other books in this series a bit more than this one. It was something about the plot, with the ancient religions aspect, that just didn't play well to me. I mean, Dexter is what he is... and ethical serial killer. Serial killers? Believable. And finding someone who understands, who helps mold him into an ethical version? A little far fetched, but believable. How many mothers & fathers love kids that are terrible, and potentially unredeemable?

I'd prefer to think the "inside shadow" is something that he sees, and imagines answering him back. Having it be a real thing? Connected to an ancient religion? ... It's a bit much for me.

However, I *did* like the ending, and look forward to the next one, coming out in October.

47.) Grave Sight, by Charlaine Harris
- 263 pgs - I've only just started it, and already it's grabbed me!
48.) Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury - 208 pgs
49.) Grave Surprise, by Charlaine Harris - 295 pgs
50.) An Ice Cold Grave, by Charlaine Harris - 280 pgs

Loved all the "Grave" books. Great original character, with a unique voice and situation. Much suspense, always thinking you know who does it, no it's that one, no that one... Great writing! Thanks, [profile] bliss_ , for the recommendation!

Stats )

I DID IT!!! I MADE IT, FINALLY!!!

Now, I wonder if I can hit 75...

x-posted to [profile] 50bookchallenge , [profile] 15000pages , and [profile] 100ormorebooks 
sgorny: (booklover)
I'm listening to "Farenheit 451", by Ray Bradbury, on Audible.com.  Audible is a great deal, if you are in the car a lot, because you can listen to stuff you want to read, and it makes the drive much faster.  Although I've found I can read about 3 times faster than I can listen (or talk, and I'm a motor mouth).  It gives me time to either 1) read stuff I've been missing out on, or 2) reread classics (like now).  I recently listened to Randy Pausch reading his book, "The Last Lecture", which is his manifesto to everyone, including his kids, about how to live a good, fulfilled life.  I recommend it highly.  And if you quit as a member?  You still have access to your library, just not the (potentially) discounted credits.

Anyway, back to the jets.

I live in the Pacific Northwest.  And there are jets roaring overhead, not *regularly*, from Fort Lewis & McChord AFB (not to forget the PSNS, or Bangor SubBase, quite the military presence...), but with a consistent intermittancy that can freak you out... especially if you're hearing a story (Farenheit 451) that features that, too.  Life imitating art?  Hopefully, not.... although my mother's worries of childhood ("We've got a National Guard base here, there is a missle in Russia pointed at us, right now!") make me laugh...
sgorny: (booklover)
I'm listening to "Farenheit 451", by Ray Bradbury, on Audible.com.  Audible is a great deal, if you are in the car a lot, because you can listen to stuff you want to read, and it makes the drive much faster.  Although I've found I can read about 3 times faster than I can listen (or talk, and I'm a motor mouth).  It gives me time to either 1) read stuff I've been missing out on, or 2) reread classics (like now).  I recently listened to Randy Pausch reading his book, "The Last Lecture", which is his manifesto to everyone, including his kids, about how to live a good, fulfilled life.  I recommend it highly.  And if you quit as a member?  You still have access to your library, just not the (potentially) discounted credits.

Anyway, back to the jets.

I live in the Pacific Northwest.  And there are jets roaring overhead, not *regularly*, from Fort Lewis & McChord AFB (not to forget the PSNS, or Bangor SubBase, quite the military presence...), but with a consistent intermittancy that can freak you out... especially if you're hearing a story (Farenheit 451) that features that, too.  Life imitating art?  Hopefully, not.... although my mother's worries of childhood ("We've got a National Guard base here, there is a missle in Russia pointed at us, right now!") make me laugh...
sgorny: (booklover)
46.)  Dexter in the Dark, by Jeff Lindsay - 320 pgs
I loved the other books in this series a bit more than this one.  It was something about the plot, with the ancient religions aspect, that just didn't play well to me.  I mean, Dexter is what he is... and ethical serial killer.  Serial killers?  Believable.  And finding someone who understands, who helps mold him into an ethical version?  A little far fetched, but believable.  How many mothers & fathers love kids that are terrible, and potentially unredeemable?

I'd prefer to think the "inside shadow" is something that he sees, and imagines answering him back.  Having it be a real thing?  Connected to an ancient religion?  ... It's a bit much for me.

However, I *did* like the ending, and look forward to the next one, coming out in October.
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On the advice of [profile] bliss_, my next 3 books will be:

47.)  Grave Sight, by Charlaine Harris - 263 pgs - I've only just started it, and already it's grabbed me!
48.)  Grave Surprise, by Charlaine Harris - 295 pgs
49.)  An Ice Cold Grave, by Charlaine Harris - 280 pgs

And then?  Reserving the right to change order, of course...
50.)  A Strong and Sudden Thaw, by R. W. Day - 331 pgs - also recommended by [profile] bliss_
51.)  Undead and Unwed (Undead Series, Book 1), by Mary Janice Davidson - 277 pgs
-*- another series!  You know how I love them... and this one has 7 books, so far!  Of course, I *did* get the recommendation from... Star Magazine?  So who knows how I'll like it!
52.)  Are You There, Vodka?  It's Me, Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler - 272 pgs (if I can get to it before it's due back to the library on August 7th)
And there are a ton more, but I just thought I'd organize these, here.  No stats, BTW, until I finish up a few more books & hit another goal (the big FIVE-OH)!
sgorny: (booklover)
46.)  Dexter in the Dark, by Jeff Lindsay - 320 pgs
I loved the other books in this series a bit more than this one.  It was something about the plot, with the ancient religions aspect, that just didn't play well to me.  I mean, Dexter is what he is... and ethical serial killer.  Serial killers?  Believable.  And finding someone who understands, who helps mold him into an ethical version?  A little far fetched, but believable.  How many mothers & fathers love kids that are terrible, and potentially unredeemable?

I'd prefer to think the "inside shadow" is something that he sees, and imagines answering him back.  Having it be a real thing?  Connected to an ancient religion?  ... It's a bit much for me.

However, I *did* like the ending, and look forward to the next one, coming out in October.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
On the advice of [profile] bliss_, my next 3 books will be:

47.)  Grave Sight, by Charlaine Harris - 263 pgs - I've only just started it, and already it's grabbed me!
48.)  Grave Surprise, by Charlaine Harris - 295 pgs
49.)  An Ice Cold Grave, by Charlaine Harris - 280 pgs

And then?  Reserving the right to change order, of course...
50.)  A Strong and Sudden Thaw, by R. W. Day - 331 pgs - also recommended by [profile] bliss_
51.)  Undead and Unwed (Undead Series, Book 1), by Mary Janice Davidson - 277 pgs
-*- another series!  You know how I love them... and this one has 7 books, so far!  Of course, I *did* get the recommendation from... Star Magazine?  So who knows how I'll like it!
52.)  Are You There, Vodka?  It's Me, Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler - 272 pgs (if I can get to it before it's due back to the library on August 7th)
And there are a ton more, but I just thought I'd organize these, here.  No stats, BTW, until I finish up a few more books & hit another goal (the big FIVE-OH)!

Success!!!

Jul. 19th, 2008 03:30 pm
sgorny: (booklover)
(x-posted to [profile] 50bookchallenge, [profile] 15000pages, [profile] 100ormorebooks)

I did it!!! Well, at least *one* of the goals, so far...

43.) The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch - 176 pgs
This book has been said to have a lot of cliches in it, but I think it did what it set out to do - provide a good, solid look at one man's life-lessons he'd like to share with his kids, since he won't be around to teach them himself. This lecture was done about a month after he was given 3-6 months to live (pancreatic cancer). I loved it, laughed in some areas, cried in others. I highly recommend it.

44.) Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay - 288 pgs
The first book of a 4 book (so far) series, on which the TV show is based. I watched the first season, and have yet to see the second, but I really felt I got a lot more out of the book that I didn't get in the series. Although I think they got the *perfect* actor to play Dexter.

45.) Dearly Devoted Dexter, by Jeff LIndsay - 292 pgs
Book #2 in the series. A truly terrifying serial killer out there, and even Dexter's Dark Passenger feels a little insignificant in his shadow. Fascinating reading!

And on to #46 - Dexter in the Dark (320 pgs). Unfortunately, somehow I got the large print one, and I feel like it's SCREAMING AT ME!!! But hopefully, I'll get used to it.


Stats )

Success!!!

Jul. 19th, 2008 03:30 pm
sgorny: (booklover)
(x-posted to [profile] 50bookchallenge, [profile] 15000pages, [profile] 100ormorebooks)

I did it!!! Well, at least *one* of the goals, so far...

43.) The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch - 176 pgs
This book has been said to have a lot of cliches in it, but I think it did what it set out to do - provide a good, solid look at one man's life-lessons he'd like to share with his kids, since he won't be around to teach them himself. This lecture was done about a month after he was given 3-6 months to live (pancreatic cancer). I loved it, laughed in some areas, cried in others. I highly recommend it.

44.) Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay - 288 pgs
The first book of a 4 book (so far) series, on which the TV show is based. I watched the first season, and have yet to see the second, but I really felt I got a lot more out of the book that I didn't get in the series. Although I think they got the *perfect* actor to play Dexter.

45.) Dearly Devoted Dexter, by Jeff LIndsay - 292 pgs
Book #2 in the series. A truly terrifying serial killer out there, and even Dexter's Dark Passenger feels a little insignificant in his shadow. Fascinating reading!

And on to #46 - Dexter in the Dark (320 pgs). Unfortunately, somehow I got the large print one, and I feel like it's SCREAMING AT ME!!! But hopefully, I'll get used to it.


Stats )

Book club!

Jul. 6th, 2008 07:48 pm
sgorny: (booklover)
(for [profile] 50bookchallenge  , [profile] 15000pages  , [profile] 100ormorebooks  )

41.) The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein - 221 pgs
Is it possible for me to count the ways I love this book? I love the philosophical comments that are provided by Enzo, the narrator (and a dog looking back at his life). His yearnings to be human, trying to learn more so he can start off ahead in his next incarnation (which he's sure will be as a man), where he will get his most heartfelt wishes - opposable thumbs, and a facile tongue.

There are many lines in the book I love, resonate for me, and probably for a large number of people.

"That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny."

"Any problems that may occur have ultimately been caused by you, because you are responsible for where you are and what you are doing there."

"People, like dogs, love repetition. Chasing a ball, lapping a course in a race car, sliding down a slide. Because as much as each incident is similar, so it is different."

I highly, *highly* recommend this book to anyone. You will gain insights, and start looking at your pets, wondering what they are thinking.

42.)  Brokeback Mountain, by Anne Proulx - 64 pgs
I saw the movie, but reading the book?  Even better, they are more natural men, not as "beautiful" as the two actors portrayed them, but much more real. 



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Book club!

Jul. 6th, 2008 07:48 pm
sgorny: (booklover)
(for [profile] 50bookchallenge  , [profile] 15000pages  , [profile] 100ormorebooks  )

41.) The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein - 221 pgs
Is it possible for me to count the ways I love this book? I love the philosophical comments that are provided by Enzo, the narrator (and a dog looking back at his life). His yearnings to be human, trying to learn more so he can start off ahead in his next incarnation (which he's sure will be as a man), where he will get his most heartfelt wishes - opposable thumbs, and a facile tongue.

There are many lines in the book I love, resonate for me, and probably for a large number of people.

"That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny."

"Any problems that may occur have ultimately been caused by you, because you are responsible for where you are and what you are doing there."

"People, like dogs, love repetition. Chasing a ball, lapping a course in a race car, sliding down a slide. Because as much as each incident is similar, so it is different."

I highly, *highly* recommend this book to anyone. You will gain insights, and start looking at your pets, wondering what they are thinking.

42.)  Brokeback Mountain, by Anne Proulx - 64 pgs
I saw the movie, but reading the book?  Even better, they are more natural men, not as "beautiful" as the two actors portrayed them, but much more real. 



Stats )
sgorny: (booklover)
A meme from my sister, [personal profile] hsifeng :

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
sgorny: (booklover)
A meme from my sister, [personal profile] hsifeng :

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
sgorny: (booklover)
34.) Turning Tables, by Heather & Rose MacDowell - 336 pgs (finished 05/24/08)
Review: Great novel about a quick learner working in the high-end restaurant business, learning about herself after a fall from business grace. Good summer read.
35.) P.S. I Love You, by Cecelia Ahern - 470 pgs (finished 05/27/08)
Review: Liked this book. As someone who thought they were dying, and tried to plan out a recovery for their spouse, it hit a chord with me.
36.) Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Book 16), by Laurell K Hamilton - 340 pgs (finished 06/08/08)
Review: Laurell must be having quite the randy sex life, because Anita sure is. No one is free of her call, and she gets another surprising animal to call. Definitely hot, and I now am jonesing for the next one, as yet unannounced/unplanned. *cries*

37.) Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (reread) - 512 pgs (finished 06/17/08)
38.) New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (reread) - 608 pgs (finished 06/23/08)
39.) Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer (reread) - 640 pgs (finished 06/29/08)
Wanted to re-read the above 3, because there is a new one coming out August 2nd (Breaking Dawn). And I can't wait! Although I *do* kind of hate how she strung Jacob along, although he was a willing accomplice. I don't have a clue where she is going from here. The only excerpt I've read (I've got to find that Eclipse with the sneak peak!) just says she's engaged, driving an expensive (Edward's?) car, and everyone is staring at her. You can bet, since each book is, like, 600 pgs, there will be twists and turns. I bet she'll end up with Edward, but Jacob will come back, there will be some kind of trouble between Edward & Jacob, or Edward & Bella, and she'll go with Jacob for a while, but return to Edward.

And as convoluted as that sounds? It will probably be. But I can't wait to read it!

40.) Falling Out of Fashion, by Karen Yampolsky - 275 pgs (finished 06/29/08)
Review: Much like Turning Tables, or The Devil Wears Prada, except about a woman who founds an eponymous lifestyle magazine, and the twists, turns, back-stabbings, and risings-above that occur. Written by an insider. As they say, great summer read!

Stats )

Wow, I only managed to make it through 30 books last year, but I've 1) been putting in a concerted effort, and I'm very goal-oriented, 2) been on the computer less, and 3) watched less TV. So, since I've got some kind of mental ADD (definitely not physical!), I gotta keep chugging along.

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sgorny: (booklover)
34.) Turning Tables, by Heather & Rose MacDowell - 336 pgs (finished 05/24/08)
Review: Great novel about a quick learner working in the high-end restaurant business, learning about herself after a fall from business grace. Good summer read.
35.) P.S. I Love You, by Cecelia Ahern - 470 pgs (finished 05/27/08)
Review: Liked this book. As someone who thought they were dying, and tried to plan out a recovery for their spouse, it hit a chord with me.
36.) Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Book 16), by Laurell K Hamilton - 340 pgs (finished 06/08/08)
Review: Laurell must be having quite the randy sex life, because Anita sure is. No one is free of her call, and she gets another surprising animal to call. Definitely hot, and I now am jonesing for the next one, as yet unannounced/unplanned. *cries*

37.) Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (reread) - 512 pgs (finished 06/17/08)
38.) New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (reread) - 608 pgs (finished 06/23/08)
39.) Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer (reread) - 640 pgs (finished 06/29/08)
Wanted to re-read the above 3, because there is a new one coming out August 2nd (Breaking Dawn). And I can't wait! Although I *do* kind of hate how she strung Jacob along, although he was a willing accomplice. I don't have a clue where she is going from here. The only excerpt I've read (I've got to find that Eclipse with the sneak peak!) just says she's engaged, driving an expensive (Edward's?) car, and everyone is staring at her. You can bet, since each book is, like, 600 pgs, there will be twists and turns. I bet she'll end up with Edward, but Jacob will come back, there will be some kind of trouble between Edward & Jacob, or Edward & Bella, and she'll go with Jacob for a while, but return to Edward.

And as convoluted as that sounds? It will probably be. But I can't wait to read it!

40.) Falling Out of Fashion, by Karen Yampolsky - 275 pgs (finished 06/29/08)
Review: Much like Turning Tables, or The Devil Wears Prada, except about a woman who founds an eponymous lifestyle magazine, and the twists, turns, back-stabbings, and risings-above that occur. Written by an insider. As they say, great summer read!

Stats )

Wow, I only managed to make it through 30 books last year, but I've 1) been putting in a concerted effort, and I'm very goal-oriented, 2) been on the computer less, and 3) watched less TV. So, since I've got some kind of mental ADD (definitely not physical!), I gotta keep chugging along.

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sgorny: (Bowie smoking)
Last night, I finished Blood Noir, by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake, Book 16).

Already I'm jonesing for the next one.

And can't find anything out there indicating any future book in the series.

*yearns*
sgorny: (Bowie smoking)
Last night, I finished Blood Noir, by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake, Book 16).

Already I'm jonesing for the next one.

And can't find anything out there indicating any future book in the series.

*yearns*
sgorny: (booklover)
For [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge, (& [livejournal.com profile] 15000pages & [livejournal.com profile] 100ormorebooks):

30.) Orbiter, by Warren Ellis & Colleen Doran, 100 pages
Review: Interesting graphic novel about a shuttle that returns 10 years after it left. It's loss shut down the NASA space program. Where was it, and what happened while it was gone?

31.) Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, Book 1), by Jennifer Rardin, 320 pgs
32.) Another One Bites the Dust (Jaz Parks, Book 2), by Jennifer Rardin, 336 pgs
33.) Biting the Bullet (Jaz Parks, Book 3), by Jennifer Rardin, 336 pgs
Overall Review: I really like this series. First off, the writing is very good. The character development is good, and I like the world she has created. Jaz Parks is an assassin, working for the CIA, and assigned to protect Vayl, a vampire (and Wraith), who eventually becomes more to her than just a job. In Book 1, they have to stop a vampire-to-human Red Plague. In the second, a set of "dragon armor" is stolen, making the wearer apparently unstoppable, and they have to recover it. In Book 3, she is reunited with her twin brother, also a spec ops guy, on an undercover mission in Tehran to take out the Wizard, a terrorist.

I really like these books, and can't wait until the 4th one (Bitten to Death) comes out on August 12th, 2008.
Stats )
sgorny: (booklover)
For [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge, (& [livejournal.com profile] 15000pages & [livejournal.com profile] 100ormorebooks):

30.) Orbiter, by Warren Ellis & Colleen Doran, 100 pages
Review: Interesting graphic novel about a shuttle that returns 10 years after it left. It's loss shut down the NASA space program. Where was it, and what happened while it was gone?

31.) Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, Book 1), by Jennifer Rardin, 320 pgs
32.) Another One Bites the Dust (Jaz Parks, Book 2), by Jennifer Rardin, 336 pgs
33.) Biting the Bullet (Jaz Parks, Book 3), by Jennifer Rardin, 336 pgs
Overall Review: I really like this series. First off, the writing is very good. The character development is good, and I like the world she has created. Jaz Parks is an assassin, working for the CIA, and assigned to protect Vayl, a vampire (and Wraith), who eventually becomes more to her than just a job. In Book 1, they have to stop a vampire-to-human Red Plague. In the second, a set of "dragon armor" is stolen, making the wearer apparently unstoppable, and they have to recover it. In Book 3, she is reunited with her twin brother, also a spec ops guy, on an undercover mission in Tehran to take out the Wizard, a terrorist.

I really like these books, and can't wait until the 4th one (Bitten to Death) comes out on August 12th, 2008.
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