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Robbie Parry
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Revisiting Asimov I find he has a taste for big dates -- these stories are set some 10,000 years in the Future -- without the accompanying technology. His vehicles and the like seem more appropriate to a few centuries hence, rather than a few millennia.

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This is sort of why I prefer vague or unspecified dates in sci-fi (sometimes!).
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After reading the first Foundation book, I had zero desire to read anymore.

I am currently reading I, Robot. There is some interesting stuff, but all the characters talk like clichéd figures out of 1950s movies. I guess everything is a product of its time.

Also reading:

These Are the Voyages, Season 3
Beatles Anthology
The Pythons: Autobiography
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Hillbilly Elegy - J. D. Vance
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James Best
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Had a disappointing start to the year so far

The much blurbed new thriller "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn which again proves that blurbs are not worth the money they are printed upon.  And I need to stop reading books that are still riding the Gillian Flynn wave. (For the record, I liked "Gone Girl" and liked the "Vertigo"-style twist of having the mystery break in two midway.) "Window" one is  a screenplay in novel form, right with a villain who explains every last detail of their plan.

After that, "Eileen" by Otessa Mosfegh that drew praise and awards and I honestly have no idea why.  

Now am reading "The Beguiled" by Thomas Cullinan.  I have not seen either film adaptation yet so am going into it with a fresh pair of eyes.
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Reading this:




Learning a lot, including whether "Union Flag" or "Union Jack" is the appropriate terminology, what to refer to the flag as depending on context, etc.

The first chapter was about the US flag; the second chapter covered the Union Flag; and now I am at chapter 3, the EU flag. 

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Continuing the trend...
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Reading this for the first time after recently purchasing it at Ollie's Bargain Store and enjoying it quite a bit. 

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THE FANGS OF FREELANCE
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I got that one, too, Shane!
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Second-hand bookstore in the market had this, I can't wait to get stuck in:


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I got that one, too, Shane!

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Brian, if you're anything like me, you probably bought that and quite a bit more. I went in planning on spending only 100 dollars and spent about 140, but even with that there was more stuff that I wanted. I wish they'd had more JB stuff, but the only things I got there that were JB related was the World of Krypon tpb collection and a Tales of the New Gods collection containing stories by Byrne and other writers and artists. About to crack open that World of Krypton right now. Been a few years since I've read that!
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This is an odd collection of short stories featuring the New Gods, several of which are written and drawn by JB. There are also stories from Mark Evanier and Steve Rude (from a Mister Miracle Special I believe), and stories from the Orion series by Walt Simonson, some of which have Simonson art, and some have art by other artists with Walt writing. The art in the TPB is from such varied artists as Frank Miller, Art Adams, John Paul Leon, Howard Chaykin, and a few others. There's a never before published short Darkseid story by Mark Millar and Steve Ditko. All of the stories are quite enjoyable though my favorites so far have all been by John Byrne. I didn't realize before reading this I had never read the origin of Darkseid which is drawn and told here by JB. Also really enjoyed the Mister Miracle stories of his first century on Earth written and drawn by our host as well.

It would be great if DC would ever release a more complete collection of John Byrne's Fourth World and New Gods stories rather than the select few included here.



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Now sampling one of my favorite authors...
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Nevil Shute's "A Town Like Alice."  
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SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King and Owen King

"Timely" doesn't begin to cover it...
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Pluto was always my favourite planet as a kid (I enjoyed its mystique and wondered just what was on that planet). So I'm about to start this:


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It has been a very long time since I read anything by James Ellroy, but when I found out that he was starting a second LA Quartet series I decided I might as well see if it was going to be worth the wait...
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Hey James,
I love Ellroy's books. I have been waiting to re-read Perfidia until right before the next one but I don't know when it will be. I can't find any news.

I'm reading 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson. I was completely unaware of him as a youtube sensation. I turned on the radio halfway into an interview, and was so intrigued that I pulled over and wrote his name down. Just getting into it, but interesting so far.
 
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Starting "Born a crime" by Trevor Noah


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I love Ellroy's books. I have been waiting to re-read Perfidia until right before the next one but I don't know when it will be. I can't find any news.

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Charles:

Rumor has it the sequel to PERFIDIA will be released in hardcover this coming September with THE STORM as the tentative title. But that is not solid confirmation, so I will keep digging on my end.

I have read Ellroy's trilogy featuring detective Lloyd Hopkins and thought it was good stuff. But I really enjoyed the four novels in his first LA Quartet series, although they are so densely plotted that re-reading them isn't something I have considered for quite some time.

The last Ellroy novel I read was AMERICAN TABLOID, which was very good but by the time the sequel came out I had moved on to other authors. Maybe PERFIDIA can bring me back into the fold :-) 

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Thanks for the info.
At the risk of sounding obsessive, James, I have read the Underworld Trilogy (American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood's A Rover) about 5 times. I also read White Jazz 3 or 4 times.
 Ellroy is not the only author I re-read like that. I have read LeCarre's Smiley works many times, as well as Charles McCarry's Paul Christopher (and family) novels. 
While very different, all 3 authors describe the interior and exterior so well that it doesn't seem to matter that I know how they end. They also have such intricate plotting that it's simply impossible to remember it all! 
I have to be careful walking by my my bookshelf. I know that looking up one detail in any of those books could lead to several months of re-reading the entire set. I never regret doing so, but it does keep me from reading (or doing) something else.  


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Just finished Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

Starting 'The Art of Asking' by Amanda Palmer.
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