Book Thread 2018^H9


Cool, sounds like a quorum. I’ll start a thread.


I just finished Michael Lewis’ The Fifth Risk. It’s basically an ode to government agencies that you had no idea about, and the passionate faceless bureaucrats that do that work. I really enjoyed it, but I finished it in only one month. It’s definitely one of the shortest books I’ve ever read. I loved it. I loved reading about all these people, and why they had a passion for their particular field, and why they all joined government in order to help people in their own various ways. I just wish there was more of it in the book. This book felt like the first 3 teasing chapters of a 10 chapter book. I want the other 7 missing chapters Michael Lewis! You hear me? There’s still so many government agencies you haven’t told us about yet!


I heard the author on Stay Tuned with Preet and the book sounded like it could be interesting.


Finished Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon ast night. Fair enough, quick read. Set in Khazaria in the tenth century, it follows some mercenaries as they get involved in some adventures and intrigue.


I’m in, normally manage 2 or 3 books a week if on a roll.


Great, the thread’s here: Qt3 2019 Reading Challenge


I loved this book. It’s a memoir from Ellie Kemper, who most of us probably know as Kimmy from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the tone is very much what I expected from the actress capable of portraying a “mole woman”. It’s not very long, it’s very amusing, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed any of Ellie’s work even a little bit.


The Stone Sky, the third book of the Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemison.

Good stuff. This was a trilogy that paced out the revelations of its mysteries pretty well… so you always felt you knew as much or more than the main characters, but were aware that there was more going on beneath the surface.

The story ended in a vaguely-dissatisfying way, but that pretty much fit with the gritty grimness of the overall story tone. I’m looking forward to more from this author.


I felt the ending was extremely satisfying, and fitting, given the overall series. YMMV.

I consider this a highly recommended trilogy for both sci-fi and fantasy lovers.


Gentlemen of the Road is a pastiche on Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series. I generally like Chabon, but I thought this book was a bit dull.


Yeah, which is why I found it to be an okay read. It was pretty short so it wasn’t a big problem for me. I’ve got some of his other stuff on my to-read list, but there’s a lot of stuff above it in the pile.


I am trying (once again) to listen to The Slow Regard of Silent Things, but I simply don’t like Rothfuss I guess. Every sentence of his is crammed full of adjectives and adverbs. Everything is a superlative. The “most” this or the “best” that. Kvothe (not in this book to be fair, but elsewhere in the series) is also a huge fucking Mary Sue! Bleh.


I read the new Richard Morgan novel, Thin Air. More atmospheric* SF noir, this one set on Mars after a few hundred years of failed terraforming. You can breathe in the canyons, but not on the surface, and the society is a corrupt, faked up frontier under colonial control from Earth.

Not bad, though a slow start due to all the terminology and setting stuff. Once again the hero is an improbably superheroic badass and the female characters are more or less disposable and othered, but the story is well told and the writing is good.

*ha ha see what I did there.


I read the first book in the murder bot diaries by Martha Walls - they had the first book, all systems rejd, on sale.

While I enjoyed it, it was very short. I read it on a 2.5 hr plane ride. Looking at the rest of them, it’s 3 more books, or more importantly, another $30 - and other than the last book, they all clock in on a short 160 pages.

I feel like this is similar to the Jack Campbell’s lost fleet series - I feel like I’m getting fleeced.

Can anyone say if I getting to the end is worth another $30?


So, I remember the first one was very well received by the members of this thread. Kindle just decided to notify me about the sequel:


I have no idea about that particular series, but I can say that whenever I ask myself a question like that, the answer is nearly always “get the books from the library.”


I’ve been wondering the same thing. I liked the first book, but they are priced higher than books twice the page count. That said, I prefer it when authors get to the point and don’t bloat out books, but $12.50 for a 160 page book seems off. I’ve added book 2-4 to my amazon kindle list, so I’ll watch out for a sale.

Edit: Replying to @Tman, which for some reason didn’t happen. Stop posting so many replies while I am typing you guys!


It’s a novella series. Hopefully priced lower than novels from Tor?


I have read all four, and I enjoyed them immensely but also strongly disagree with the pricing that has been chosen for them. I don’t know if it was her call or her publisher’s, but it seems pretty out of whack.


No author has any say whatsoever in setting price with a traditional publisher.