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But that's what I've been reading. I've read all the way through "Dead in the Family", which I think is Sookie Stackhouse #11. I'm enjoying the books much more than season 5, which is painfully awful. I like how the series emphasizes the town and community of Bon Temps, LA which has a Wal-Mart, but no other restaurants except Merlotte's. Someone open a pizza place there, please.

I finished reading "A Thousand Sons" which is a Warhammer 40k novel about the legion that was blasted to near-nothingness by Leman Russ & Co. Lots of hermetical references and sneaky cameos by the HP Lovecraft mythos.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". It was fun and it worked pretty well as "flipside of history", but not done as beautifully as Tim Powers can.

The non-junk was the Hunger Games trilogy. Once you start reading these, it's impossible to stop. The second one was very much a second act and the third one is just a tornado. I like Katniss, a lot. She really does come across as a teenaged girl forced into too much responsibility too early, and when her happy ending comes, it's a long time in doing so, just like real life.

I started Neal Stephenson's "Reamde" last night. After being absolutely unable to get into "Cryptonomicon" and giving up 200 pages in, I am delighted to report that I have a hard time putting this one down, too. I loved "Snow Crash" (read it in one sitting on a bus from Ottawa to Pembroke, Ontario) and "The Diamond Age" so "Cryptonomicon" seems to have been an anomaly.

I'm reading "Reamde" as a hardcover I picked up at a book swap. As for the rest, I love my Kindle.

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garpu
Jun. 30th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I should actually finish the Baroque trilogy. Dissertation kind of got in the way of it, but I was liking what I read.

Hunger Games: love it. I'm halfway through the 2nd audiobook, and if you think it's a trilogy about a love story or the Hunger Games, you'll be disappointed. It's obvious the author's setting up some sort of civil war arc.

I'm also reading "Cold Magic". It's interesting so far, but a bit hard to switch gears from after the Hunger Games.

Also read "Chemistry of Tears," but the narrator needs a boot up the ass. Gah. I've never been so annoyed by a narrator.
kwokj
Jun. 30th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
*******POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR REAMDE and HUNGER GAMES*******
*******POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR REAMDE and HUNGER GAMES*******

I *loved* Reamde. I missed the jacket blurb reference to "global war on terror" or however they put it, so when the first inkling of jihadists appeared it blew my mind and I actually stopped to put the book down for a second so I could jump up and down and cackle.

Reamde is one book that I wished I had an e-reader for. It's such a brick.

I recently finished the Hunger Games Trilogy, too. What did you think of Katniss's vote?
azelmaroark
Jun. 30th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
It's a shame you can't see the movie because JLaw is a flawless queen and the only person who could have played Katniss.

Fandom is pretty divided on the ending, but I'm fine with it, no surprise. But I'm of the "Katniss is actually super motherly" school of thought. I think this is especially true of movieverse Katniss and the way Jennifer plays her, but there's plenty in the book, too.
wombat_socho
Jul. 1st, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
Is A Thousand Sons part of the Horus Heresy story arc?
kishiriadgr
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. It's the Thousand Sons' fall from grace.
wombat_socho
Jul. 2nd, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Someday when I have a lot more money (I already have the time :/) I want to read those.
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