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1Petroglyph
Editado: Out 1, 2014, 9:50 am

It's October, the tenth month of the year already. What science fiction work(s) are you reading this month?

I've just started Mary Gentle's Ash: A Secret History.

2divinenanny
Out 1, 2014, 9:59 am

I'm reading The Martian at the moment, which (so far) is only SF in the way that it takes place in the near future.

3iansales
Out 1, 2014, 10:08 am

Started Mindjammer this morning.

4paradoxosalpha
Editado: Out 1, 2014, 11:01 am

I just finished reading a novel (Pynchon's Inherent Vice), and I'm contemplating some sf for my next read. I think it's between Empty Space and Blameless in Abaddon.

5Sakerfalcon
Out 1, 2014, 12:23 pm

Finished my travels in Ivory and am sorry that Doris Egan only wrote the three books. It's a fun science/fantasy world with great characters.

6isabelx
Out 2, 2014, 2:13 am

I'm still listening to Hydrogen Sonata. Nearly half way through now.

7johnnyapollo
Out 2, 2014, 5:22 am

Now reading Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre

8calm
Out 2, 2014, 5:37 am

I'm on Pennterra by Judith Moffet.

9paradoxosalpha
Out 2, 2014, 8:26 am

Read the first chapter of Blameless in Abaddon yesterday. I have a feeling this one may turn out to be a lot like Only Begotten Daughter, a book I was impressed and entertained by, but that also bummed me out severely.

10Shrike58
Out 2, 2014, 8:41 am

Finished up The Severed Streets (B) this morning. Not quite as good as the first book in the series but the dramatic set pieces are rather good but the author gets points for being willing to get to grips with real political conflict.

11imyril
Out 2, 2014, 11:48 am

Just settling into The Rook. There's been a few early niggles in the writing (Americanisms, which I find really distracting in a London book, and some poor editing), but the story itself is shaping up well.

12artturnerjr
Out 2, 2014, 12:00 pm

No SF going at the moment. My "currently reading" stack is kind of a grab bag: collections of short horror fiction, a book of interviews with musicians discussing their favorite music (Listen to This!), and The Communist Manifesto. (Well, one of the horror collections (The Dark Descent) does contain stories by several noted SF writers (Ellison, Bradbury, Dick, etc.), so I guess that kind of counts.)

13seitherin
Out 2, 2014, 3:46 pm

14MartinWisse
Out 3, 2014, 1:40 am

I set myself the task of reading a week of Andre Norton novels, starting yesterday with The Zero Stone, continuing today with Ordeal in Otherwhere.

15SChant
Out 3, 2014, 3:17 am

Racing through the new Charlie Stross Laundry novel The Rhesus Chart - highly entertaining. Also got Dangerous Women from the library.

16markhagner
Out 3, 2014, 9:18 am

Just started a paperback I must have bought over 10 years ago Battlestation by David Drake.

17andyl
Out 3, 2014, 9:32 am

Currently reading The Terrorists Of Irustan by Louise Marley

18Sakerfalcon
Out 3, 2014, 1:14 pm

I've just started Old man's war, which is this month's group read at the Green Dragon.

19nrmay
Out 3, 2014, 8:22 pm

Now reading Lock in by John Scalzi and liking it so far.

Recommended on this site and also by a stranger in a NYC bookstore who noticed me considering it.

20justifiedsinner
Out 4, 2014, 12:28 pm

Reading A Door into Ocean a bit too long and verging on the preachy but much better than the dreadful The Highest Frontier.

21Shrike58
Editado: Out 6, 2014, 10:26 am

Finished The Golem and the Jinni (A) this morning; more New York historical romance than urban fantasy but very impressive for a first book.

22divinenanny
Out 6, 2014, 10:36 am

Loved The Martian and started MaddAddam last night. Kudos for the short recap of Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood at the start of the book, I wish more multi-part books/series would do this.

23iansales
Out 6, 2014, 12:11 pm

24seitherin
Out 6, 2014, 10:33 pm

Finished Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and started The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach.

25kiparsky
Out 6, 2014, 10:56 pm

>24 seitherin: The Carpet Weavers is pretty amazing. I find myself raving about it from time to time - bad habit, but it's very raveworthy. I've got a few more of his on my shelf, but since they're in the original and my German is a bit slow, I haven't got on to them yet.

I actually don't have any science fiction open at the moment. I think the next up will probably be the Hydrogen Sonata, but I've been really itching to re-read a bunch of Sturgeon, so that might take precedence.

26seitherin
Out 6, 2014, 11:14 pm

>25 kiparsky: Amazon has Eshbach's Lord of All Things in English. I have that one. They also list a book called One Trillion Dollars but I don't know anything about that one. As for The Carpet Makers, this is my second time thru the book. I really liked it the first time thru and tried to talk people into reading it.

27divinenanny
Out 7, 2014, 4:29 am

>26 seitherin: I have only read One Trillion Dollars (in Dutch De erfenis van Fontanelli) and wasn't too impressed. I also have Het Messias-Mysterie (Das Jesus Video), but I can't remember if I've read it or not.

28seitherin
Out 7, 2014, 11:29 am

>27 divinenanny: Unfortunately, I'm monolingual so I'm forced to wait until things come out in English which doesn't happen often enough, in my opinion. If you haven't read The Carpet Makers, I do recommend it.

29nrmay
Out 7, 2014, 11:52 am

Starting The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The sequel to his 5th Wave

30imyril
Out 7, 2014, 11:52 am

I've finished up The Rook, which I ended up enjoying immensely after a slightly shaky start, and I'll look forward to future Checquy instalments.

Next up: back to the Culture for Look to Windward.

31johnnyapollo
Out 8, 2014, 5:19 am

Reading Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre

32majkia
Out 8, 2014, 6:55 am

Just started Dervish House. So far, so good.

33paradoxosalpha
Editado: Out 8, 2014, 9:29 am

>32 majkia:

I loved it. McDonald's ability to sustain those parallel threads until they tied together has me looking back on it with wonder that they were all in the same novel.

34iansales
Out 9, 2014, 2:23 am

Finished All Those Vanished Engines. Good book but one for the fans, I think, as a familiarity with his oeuvre definitely aids reading it. Started Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own, a women-only anthology of stories reprinted from Asimov's - and it's laid out just like the stories were laid out in the magazine. Odd.

35imyril
Out 10, 2014, 10:51 am

Picked up The Lady Astronaut of Mars as a bit of a distraction, and loved it. Short and sweet, about a sextagenarian astronaut who is unexpectedly given one last shot at going back into space - but must decide whether she can bear the cost. Keep a hanky handy (if you're me, anyway!)

36MartinWisse
Out 10, 2014, 1:41 pm

Just bought and finished Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. It's just as good as her first novel.

37lansingsexton
Out 10, 2014, 4:15 pm

Reading Bob Shaw's The Ragged Astronauts. Interesting technological and ecological themes in a nicely imagined astronomical setting. Shaw's The Two-Timers and A Wreath of Stars are two of my favorite SF novels.

38drmamm
Out 10, 2014, 9:09 pm

Just started Surface Detail. Off to a good start.

39johnnyapollo
Out 11, 2014, 10:41 am

Reading Killbox by Ann Aguirre...

40mart1n
Out 11, 2014, 10:48 am

Reading The Iron Jackal in which our hero gets lamped with a blatant plot device that ramps up the pace of the excitement, adventure and really wild things. So that's all good then.

41seitherin
Out 11, 2014, 9:27 pm

Finished The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach, which is still a favorite, and started Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna.

42johnnyapollo
Out 12, 2014, 9:08 am

Reading Aftermath by Ann Aquirre...

43davisfamily
Out 12, 2014, 6:19 pm

Finishing Armageddon's children, then who knows...

44RobertDay
Out 13, 2014, 7:51 am

>38 drmamm: How strange! Me too - though in my case, it's part of my Banks Memorial Culture Re-read...

45seitherin
Out 14, 2014, 9:21 am

Finished Eclipse Two edited by Jonathan Strahan. Not so much a fan.

46Unreachableshelf
Out 14, 2014, 7:41 pm

47SChant
Out 15, 2014, 3:53 am

Reading The Girl with all The Gifts. Very enjoyable so far.

48iansales
Out 15, 2014, 6:09 am

49divinenanny
Out 15, 2014, 9:14 am

Finished MaddAddam (4 stars because it is in the Oryx & Crake series, but if it wasn't then it would've been 3)
Finished Shades of Milk & Honey (4 stars, but then again, I love Jane Austen and I love fantasy. Kind of like a less gory Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Finished Annihilation (5 stars and immediately ordered the other two books in the trilogy)

Started The Long Mars

50karspeak
Out 15, 2014, 12:07 pm

>49 divinenanny: Annihilation looks fun, I'll give it a go, thanks for mentioning it.

51divinenanny
Out 15, 2014, 3:07 pm

>50 karspeak: Think weird. Capital W.

One of the reviewers on Goodreads gave it one star because it reminded them of The Road. For me that was actually a recommendation. And it didn't remind me of The Road at all.

52zjakkelien
Out 16, 2014, 8:46 am

>46 Unreachableshelf: And, how do you like them? I haven't read those yet, but am a fan of Octavia Butler in general...

53ChrisRiesbeck
Out 16, 2014, 1:18 pm

Finished Chasm City, started Journey to the Center. The noir style seemed a bit frothy for Stableford then I noticed it was dedicated to Lionel Fanthorpe.

54karspeak
Out 16, 2014, 2:50 pm

>51 divinenanny: Now I'm even more intrigued...

55AlanPoulter
Out 19, 2014, 9:49 am

Loved Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson, am one of the few who did not like The Martian by Andy Weir, am now starting the collection Reach for infinity.

56Unreachableshelf
Out 19, 2014, 10:05 pm

I loved The Parable of the Talents but liked The Parable of the Sower a little less. I wonder if I'd have liked it better if I read them in the correct order. (I was in NYC, I went to The Strand, they didn't have the first book, I had to buy something.) They both seem extremely prescient, but The Parable of the Talents struck me as having more of a unified narrative arc. Of course, The Parable of the Sower is the beginning of a series and has to set things up, but there was supposed to be a third book that Octavia E. Butler never got to write, yet Parable of the Talents feels complete.

57zjakkelien
Out 20, 2014, 3:22 am

>56 Unreachableshelf: Ah, I didn't know that. IN any case, I'll make sure to read them in order...

58johnnyapollo
Out 20, 2014, 5:27 am

Reading Endgame by Ann Aquirre...

59iansales
Out 20, 2014, 6:48 am

Currently reading Across the Acheron. Review to appear on SF Mistressworks later this week.

60divinenanny
Out 20, 2014, 7:26 am

Reading Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman now. Mainly because I loved A Canticle for Leibowitz. I'm not quite sure what I think of this one yet. On its own (without remembering Canticle) it is an ok book. Could do with a bit more editing (I believe one of the characters suddenly appeared in a carriage halfway along a route...).

61trav
Out 20, 2014, 10:50 pm

I just finished Scalzi's Lock In which was fun. I have just picked up Haldeman's Old Twentieth and it's off to a solid start with the first 30 pages.

62ChrisRiesbeck
Out 22, 2014, 6:53 pm

63DugsBooks
Editado: Out 22, 2014, 10:15 pm

At the library I picked up The Martian by Andy Weir {easy way to learn some current science so I hear?} and Star Wars A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller { Might be the most recent SW?, bone up on some SW triva- just a casual amount ;-) } . I am not sure when I will be able to read them I have to do a lot of other stuff.

64EnidaV
Out 23, 2014, 8:59 am

I'm reading The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction but I've only finished one story, by Gardner Dozois who also edited the book. It was called Salvador and was a bit like a surreal SF Full Metal Jacket. I just started the next story, Trinity, by Nancy Kress and it's creeping me out (in a good way).

65Unreachableshelf
Out 23, 2014, 12:58 pm

I'm just starting on Ancillary Sword.

66imyril
Out 23, 2014, 2:35 pm

I'm just starting on Ancillary Justice :) Playing catch up!

67lansingsexton
Editado: Out 25, 2014, 12:41 am

>64 EnidaV: Salvador by the late lamented Lucius Shepard.

68artturnerjr
Out 23, 2014, 5:18 pm

>64 EnidaV:

I have the companion volume to that one (The Best of the Best, Volume 2: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels). Have no idea when I'll get to it, though.

69DugsBooks
Editado: Out 23, 2014, 9:56 pm

Read a bit of Star Wars New Dawn and I think it is "young" YA oriented - maybe 12 - 13 year olds? Not that intriguing so far for me. Reminds me a little of Ron Hubbard .

70SChant
Out 24, 2014, 4:12 am

>66 imyril: me too! So many interesting books around these days I can't keep up.

71andyl
Out 24, 2014, 4:37 am

I've just read Tricia Sullivan's Shadowboxer. Very different to her previous work but still very much worth reading. I guess it is also YA.

72anglemark
Out 24, 2014, 6:05 am

I'm very much looking forward to it. Yes, I think Tricia describes it as YA.

73iansales
Editado: Out 24, 2014, 7:19 am

>71 andyl: Not deserving of the accusations thrown at it by Requires Hate's supporters, then? (I'm guessing Tricia rewrote it heavily after getting feedback from RH back in 2012.)

74EnidaV
Out 24, 2014, 4:12 pm

Oh dear! I'm reading it using the Overdrive app on my IPhone which puts the editor's name at the top of the page. Thank you for putting me straight because I was just about to put a whole lot of Gardner Dozois books on hold at my library!

75EnidaV
Out 24, 2014, 4:19 pm

Sorry I'm airheadedly (to coin a word peculiarly suited to me at the moment) replying to lansingsexton's comment which correctly points the amazing story "Salvador" was not written by Dozois but by Lucius Shephard.

76isabelx
Editado: Out 25, 2014, 1:08 pm

I've just finished Interference which is more horror than sf, but the plot is triggered by Orson Welles' radio play of The War of the Worlds.

Next up is The Shadow Academy for the Early Reviewers, set in a future Britain that has returned to forest after some kind of apocalyptic event. I'm not sure yet if it is the future of our world or a future alternate history, as all the place names seem to be based on their original Roman names.

Edited to say: I've read a bit more of TSA and only some of the place names are Roman.

77DugsBooks
Editado: Out 26, 2014, 11:35 pm

I Just finished Star Wars New Dawn and while the beginning is not very engaging >69 DugsBooks: an interesting story develops after a while and it has an action packed finale. The story takes place years after the clone wars end and the evil empire is in control with the main character being a Jedi youngling survivor of the destruction of the Jedi headquarters.

::edit in :: I just noticed while channel surfing on TV that the characters in New Dawn are already in an animated series with the cartoon series way ahead of the book in time line it appears.

78Sakerfalcon
Out 27, 2014, 10:03 am

I'm reading the anthology Dangerous women, which has a mix of SF, fantasy and "realistic" stories, all very good so far. I think I'm going to skip the Dresden one though as it is set later in the sequence than I've reached in the novels.

79paradoxosalpha
Out 27, 2014, 10:29 am

I just finished Blameless in Abaddon and wrote my review. I've got Empty Space in my bag ready to start.

80iansales
Out 27, 2014, 4:27 pm

Just started Mars Evacuees.

81DugsBooks
Editado: Out 30, 2014, 1:27 pm

Finished The Martian by Andy Weir over the weekend and it was great. On the verge of not being SF as others have stated because it is in the near future with mostly current technology but a more engaging adventure story because of it. If not familiar with the tale it revolves around a guy stranded on Mars in an "Apollo 13" disaster type story as many have said. I noticed that it is well on its way to being a movie while poking about on the internet.

82johnnyapollo
Out 28, 2014, 5:04 am

Reading Exo by Steven Gould...

83SChant
Out 31, 2014, 7:43 am

Having enjoyed my re-read of Again, Dangerous Visions a couple of months back I'm now about to start the original anthology, Dangerous Visions. Here's hoping it also lives up to my teenage memories!

84rgurskey
Out 31, 2014, 9:51 am

Finished Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton. It was a good read although very long.

85paradoxosalpha
Out 31, 2014, 10:03 am

I've been surprised and pleased that Empty Space actually picks up and continues the plot lines of both predecessor books Light and Nova Swing. Since those two were mostly disjunct stories, though in related settings, I thought the third might continue the trend. But it looks as if this book will actually develop, if not resolve, enigmas introduced in the earlier stories.

86iansales
Out 31, 2014, 3:10 pm

Read Wasp, was completely unimpressed. Bloody men in hats science fiction. Then read Daughters of Earth, which is an excellent sf anthology, one of the best I've come across.

87RandyStafford
Out 31, 2014, 5:58 pm

In preparation for reviewing Peter F. Hamilton's new Commonwealth novel, I've finally started his Manhatten in Reverse

88drmamm
Out 31, 2014, 11:17 pm

I guess I'll close out the month saying I just (as in 11:00pm on October 31st) finished Surface Detail, which I enjoyed very much. Tied with Use of Weapons as my favorite Culture novel (ironic, isn't it?).

What added some emotional heft is the late Mr.Banks describing all kinds of different versions of the Afterlife through Prin and especially Chay. I actually got choked up a little during some of those chapters, thinking how close he was to his own Afterlife.

The "twist" at the very end was clever - although I had to google the reference, it had been so long. Nothing like "he was dead the whole time" or anything overly shocking. More like "I've heard that name before but I can't quite put my finger on where..."

89seitherin
Nov 1, 2014, 10:48 am

90Ann_Louise
Editado: Nov 1, 2014, 6:07 pm

I read "The Martian", too. Couldn't put it down. Liked it MUCH better than "Gravity". Also, right now reading "City" by Clifford Simak.

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