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Vote for, read, and chat about each monthly book.
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  2. I finished this morning and I really enjoyed it and @Reed Rothchild is spot on. I can also appreciate how it combines a very simple premise (the search for an object) with a very complex mechanic (time travel). It doesn't get bogged down in the delivery, despite it getting a little timey-wimey toward the end.
  3. I knew the author sounded familiar. I read The Ophiuchi Hotline a while ago. Well, copy acquired and taxes done. Here we go.
  4. I watched the movie again last night, right after I finished reading the book again. I remember reading about the movie online at one time and saw it getting a lot of hate that I think is both understandable to a degree, but also blown way out of proportion. There is a lot to like about it in spite of the fact that 1.) A lot was changed, sometimes even by necessity, 2.) A lot was left out, which I almost always detest in book to movie conversions, by which I simply mean to point out that this is typical. And 3.) The film certainly contains a few distinct flaws. For example: there are thankfully brief points at which the soundtrack is totally out of character for a sci-fi film of this wonderfully bleak tone. Anyway, a good reboot/remake of this would be dope and in the meantime, I'd recommend it to anyone who has read the book. One of the best parts is how much it clearly influenced 12 Monkeys which is another long time favorite.
  5. A Very Short List Of Salient Points And Random Quips I've Enjoyed Reading, Recording And Now, Sharing. I don't think there's much at all here in the way of hard-spoilers but just in case-
  6. My pleazsh. I very much agree about the quick, easy pacing; it's one of the factors that makes this book so much fun to read, and a significant part of why I thought to recommend it.
  7. I'll be picking up my copy this weekend, I don't imagine it will take me long to get through.
  8. Even worse, I'm reading four other books at the same time (though 2 are audiobooks in my car). The secret is to never have one second of downtime ever.
  9. Finished it, and I liked it quite a bit. Fast-paced, super easy to read, and relatively short. Can't tell if anyone else is actually participating this month, but I recommend you do. Thank you @PII. I knew of the movie since Scream Factory released it years ago, but the book hadn't been on my radar.
  10. Alright, mine's arriving today, and I plan on jumping right in.
  11. Been looking for a good excuse to re-read this one. "I sent one of the team back to the future...." p. 31 Use of this phrase predates the movie of the same title, though I wouldn't be surprised at all if it had been used earlier in some other author's work. Also, in this book, this team member just happens to have been sent "back to the future" from the year 1955.
  12. I'm already reading a ridiculous number of books, but this looks to be pretty short. Trying to acquire it now.
  13. Meet April's book: Millennium by John Varley In the skies over Oakland, California, a DC-10 and a 747 are about to collide. But in the far distant future, a time travel team is preparing to snatch the passengers, leaving prefabricated smoking bodies behind for the rescue teams to find. And in Washington D.C., an air disaster investigator named Smith is about to get a phone call that will change his life...and end the world as we know it.
  14. I've some how picked up multiple copies and a trilogy collection of it, I should probably actually read it haha
  15. I absolutely loved Homeland when I read it 25 years ago. Wonder how well it holds up, or works as a standalone read.
  16. @DoctorEncore @Gloves@Reed Rothchild @doner24 @G-type @PII @Hammerfestus @Aguy@WalterWhiteJr. @Krunch @AdamW @BattySalem @JamesRobot @LtCasual @fox @Rhapsody98@FireHazard51 @drxandy @darkchylde28 @ZeldaFreak@Shmup @Badhairz @RH
  17. Kicking this one off a bit early! Poll closes: 3/31/22 @ midnight est Your eligible bachelor and bachelorettes are: Homeland The Legend of Drizzt #1 by R.A. Salvatore Drow ranger Drizzt Do'Urden, first introduced in The Icewind Dale Trilogy, quickly became one of the fantasy genre's standout characters. But Homeland first reveals the startling tale of how this one lone drow walked out of the shadowy depths of the Underdark, leaving behind a society of evil and a family who want him dead. It is here that the story of this amazing dark elf truly began. Red Rising by Pierce Brown Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge. Millennium by John Varley In the skies over Oakland, California, a DC-10 and a 747 are about to collide. But in the far distant future, a time travel team is preparing to snatch the passengers, leaving prefabricated smoking bodies behind for the rescue teams to find. And in Washington D.C., an air disaster investigator named Smith is about to get a phone call that will change his life...and end the world as we know it.
  18. Finished it as well. I'd call it middle-of-the-pack for King, which is still rather good. It's hard to penetrate his top 20. Enjoyed the story overall. I could see people objecting to some of the stuff King did with Jerome, and I feel the major death didn't get the proper gravitas it deserved, but that's a common problem with action/thriller/crime stories. Compared to most of the newer King I've read, it holds its own with pacing and storytelling. I'll probably start Finders Keepers in the next few months. Also, the girl across from me in the ski lodge is reading Hyperion.
  19. Well, I strained my left calf muscle skateboarding Saturday afternoon which gave me plenty of time to get this book going. No Spoilers opinion below
  20. The hold I placed at my library 2 weeks ago finally came in so I'll be starting this over the weekend.
  21. That would be an impressive feat. I look forward to seeing the list when it's done. A lot of the audiobook versions of Stephen King novels are really well done. I listened to the whole Bill Hodges series plus The Outsider. It's hard to say which is my favourite King novel but this series definitely ranks up there as one of my favourites.
  22. Yesterday I had the revelation that I should finish reading and rank EVERY Stephen King book. Right now I'm about 20 away, and he puts out about 2 a year, so it's still a tall order. Luckily I'm going to start taking advantage of my library's audiobooks to pull double time and work through books on my commutes. Right now I'm listening to Hearts in Atlantis (2 discs done) and reading Mr. Mercedes (90 pages in). I think I could pull it off by the end of next year. ...though there's also the issue of remembering and assessing stuff I read 25+ years ago...
  23. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King In the predawn hours, in a distressed American city, hundreds of unemployed men and women line up for the opening of a job fair. They are tired and cold and desperate. Emerging from the fog, invisible until it is too late, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Months later, an ex-cop named bill Hodges, still haunted by the unsolved crime, contemplates suicide. When he gets a crazed letter from "the perk," claiming credit for the murders, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, fearing another even more diabolical attack and hell-bent on preventing it. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of eccentric and mismatched allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
  24. I really enjoyed Mr Mercedes so voted for that one. Red Rising sounds like an interesting book, so I've added that to my to read list. Probably won't have a lot of time to read next month but if Mr Mercedes is the book I'll be able to participate in the discussion

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