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Books We Are Reading 2019 [merged]

rolanddarktower08

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Guy Leschziner - The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep - I'm reading this mainly for personal reasons (sleep disorders) but it is fascinating on its own. Author is a neuroscience MD (duh) specializing in sleep disorders.
 

Arethusa

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I checked with my pro writer friend.

"Pantser" means someone who writes fiction without a prepared outline or plan.

It does NOT mean didn't do the research.
 

RAM

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THE PERILOUS ADVENTURES OF THE COWBOY KING - A NOVEL OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT AND HIS TIME
by Jerome Charyn has a cover that made me think this was turning TR into some sort of pulp hero (and that frankly is why I bought it). However it is instead a rather deep first person account of his life up to the point he becomes president. The times are well told- especially the political corruption. The final passage with Josephine the cougar evoked genuine sadness. Rarely does a book so defy my expectations and compel me to enjoy it. Yeah I recommend this one.
 

Kreuzritter

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Mutants & Masterminds: Height of The Storm
by Aaron Rosenberg

In a bit of a twist from ye olde RPG tie-in novels, Height is a surprisingly low-stakes, street level and personal supers story, detailing four lives changed by a major in-setting event and what they choose to do with their new gift. acceptable, but nothing stands out as particularly memorable, but I could totally see this story as a two-issue arc of Astro City
 

RAM

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A SONG FOR QUIET
by Cassandra Khaw is a 103 page novella with Lovecraftian elements. Set in the same world as her previous novel, it is more raw unflinching horror with superb characterization. Yes, I am going to read more by her. NOTE: This is not for the easily shocked/ spooked/whatever.
 

Arethusa

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Finished all the MurderBot novellas. I can see why they are well thought of.
I know, right? I love the voice, and how little Murderbot understands themself. It’s so refreshing to read someone so heroic who is truly oblivious to it.
 

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Winter Jacket (Winter Jacket #1) by Eliza Lentzski
So-so lesbian romance about a college professor getting into a relationship with a former student of hers. It's narrated by the professor, who I didn't find a very appealing person. This did not help the book, which also suffered from a poor editing job. When your POV character is supposed to be teaching writing, she should know what words mean, and use them correctly.


A Peace Divided (Peacekeeper #2) by Tanya Huff
When mercenaries take a bunch of scientists hostage on a remote world, and demand the science types find them a possibly mythical ancient weapon they believe is on the planet, Strike Team Alpha - along with some unusual allies - are sent to resolve the issue.

This is a rock solid SF adventure yarn.
 
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