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Majkia's Brobdingnagian Books

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1majkia
Redigerat: sep 9, 2019, 8:49am

I hoped for 10 BFB books in 2018 and read 13. This year I'll try for 15!




1. The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larrson - 752 pages - 🎵 (Simon Vance)
2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson - 832pages - 🎵 (Simon Vance)
3. The Far Pavilions - M.M. Kaye - 960 pages - 🎵 (reader: Vikram Adam)
4. Shadow's Edge - Brent Weeks - 636 pages - 🎵 (reader: Paul Boehmer)
5. A Crown for Cold Silver - Alex Marshall - 688 pages - 🎵 (reader: Angele Masters)
6. The Neutronium Alchemist - Peter F. Hamilton - 758 pages - 🎵 (reader: John Lee)
7. The Price of Valor - Django Wexler - 656 pages - 🎵 (reader: Richard Poe)
8. Anathem - Neal Stephenson - 981 pages - 🎵 (reader: William Dufris)
9. The Fall of Dragons - Miles Cameron - 688 pages - 🎵 (reader: Neil Dickson)
10. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan - 832 pages - 🎵 (reader: Kramer/ Reading)
11. Not Alone - Craig A. Falconer - 738 pages - 🎵 (reader: James P. Cronin)
12. 1632 - Eric Flint - 608 pages - 🎵 (reader: George Guidall)
13. 27. The Naked God - Peter F. Hamilton - 1360 pages - 🎵 (reader: John Lee)

2connie53
dec 30, 2018, 3:45am

Hi Jean, good to see you back in this group too.

3frahealee
dec 30, 2018, 7:24am

Same here, exactly. All the best with your new year's worth of efforts!

4MissWatson
jan 3, 2019, 6:38am

Good to see you, Jean! Happy reading!

5LisaMorr
jan 6, 2019, 10:53am

Hi Jean! Learned about this group from your 2018 category challenge thread, and have decided to join!

6majkia
jan 6, 2019, 11:54am

>5 LisaMorr: Welcome!

7johnsimpson
jan 6, 2019, 3:11pm

Hi Jean, nice to see you back again my dear.

8majkia
jan 14, 2019, 7:18am

1. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larrson - Series: Millennium Trilogy #2

I listened to the audiobook read by Simon Vance.

Tricksy, with lots of diversionary tactics, these books keep you reading and wondering just how things can possibly turn out well. The main character, Lisbeth, is a troubled young woman who has no idea how to back down. You come at her and she comes right back at you with all her strength, intelligence and ability.

Characters are interesting, flawed and complex. They interact in surprising ways and the plot is hard to predict.

Really enjoyed it and hope to read the last of the trilogy soon.

9connie53
jan 15, 2019, 1:35pm

And then there are some more, Jean

Wat ons niet zal doden and De man die zijn schaduw zocht both by David Lagercrantz who picked the writing up when Stieg Larson died.

10majkia
jan 15, 2019, 1:39pm

>9 connie53: I've seen them listed. Are they as good as the initial series?

11connie53
jan 15, 2019, 1:43pm

I don't know, I have them on my shelves but they are slowly growing into ROOTs.

12majkia
jan 15, 2019, 4:35pm

13Yells
jan 19, 2019, 2:33pm

>9 connie53: I haven't read the continuing novels but as per my husband, 'they don't hold a candle'.

14majkia
jan 19, 2019, 3:06pm

>13 Yells: Oh that's disappointing.

15connie53
jan 20, 2019, 2:52am

>13 Yells:,>14 majkia: That really is. But I will give them a try eventually.

16majkia
Redigerat: jan 27, 2019, 11:43am

2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson Series: Millennium Trilogy #3

832 pages

I listened to the audio version read by Simon Vance.

Boy, is the title ever appropriate. All the threads come together and we see more clearly just how everything fits together. Elisabeth grows and evolves, the plot threads come together well, and the book was a satisfactory finish to a very complex and involved story.

I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy. Every book was well done.

17majkia
feb 22, 2019, 12:56pm

3. The Far Pavilions - M.M. Kaye - 4* - 🎵 (reader: Vikram Adam)

Enjoyed the audio very much. The reader very effective.

This was a re-read for me, having first read it in the 1990s. Held up pretty well, although it has more romance in it than I remembered. Still, well crafted story, with a plot that keeps moving, and much character growth.

18majkia
mar 29, 2019, 2:02pm

4. Shadow's Edge - Brent Weeks - 636 pages - Series: The Night Angel #2

🎵 (reader: Paul Boehmer)

Good second book of a trilogy, with character development continuing, lots of action, and a plot that keeps moving.

19majkia
maj 2, 2019, 12:19pm

5. A Crown for Cold Silver - Alex Marshall - 688 pages Series: The Crimson Empire #1

Lots of gallows humor saves this book from being too like others that follow the adventures of those attempting to overthrow a kingdom.

Some interesting magic, lots of demons, and interesting characters.

20majkia
jun 5, 2019, 5:16pm

6. The Neutronium Alchemist - Peter F. Hamilton - 758 pages - 🎵 (reader: John Lee) Series: Night's Dawn #2

As with most Peter F. Hamilton, tons of sciency stuff, complex and crossing timelines, and plotlines, not to mention lots of excitement. I'm eager to finish this trilogy.

21majkia
jun 21, 2019, 3:18pm

7. The Price of Valor - Django Wexler - 656 pages - 🎵 (reader: Richard Poe)

Third in the Shadow Campaigns series.

22majkia
jun 30, 2019, 10:21pm

8. Anathem - Neal Stephenson - 981 pages - 🎵 (reader: William Dufris)

I confess to being a major NS fangirl. I love the math and the science and the philosophy and all of it.

Quotes:
"Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."

"Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways."

Monks in space!

23bryanoz
jul 1, 2019, 2:07am

Must get to Anathem sometime this year, thanks for the reminder Jean.

24LisaMorr
jul 17, 2019, 10:41am

>22 majkia: Love those quotes!

25haydninvienna
jul 17, 2019, 10:51am

>22 majkia: >24 LisaMorr: Even if NS has come in for a bit of non-love on LT recently, I think the first quotation makes me at least a bit interested in reading Anathem.

26LisaMorr
jul 17, 2019, 6:13pm

>25 haydninvienna: Yeah, me too.

28majkia
jul 20, 2019, 6:59am

9. The Fall of Dragons - Miles Cameron 🎵 (reader: Neil Dickson) - 688 pages
Series: Traitor Son Cycle #5

The last book of the series, ends a very satisfying and well done series. Nicely imagined world, characterization is well done, and the story lines are complex and surprising.

29majkia
Redigerat: jul 29, 2019, 1:07pm

10. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan - 832 pages - 🎵 (reader: Kramer/ Reading)

Hmmm. Not overwhelmed with this book. Interesting, but nothing special. Does the series get better? Generally speaking they do, at least for awhile. I'll probably consider at least one more book of the series, but at the moment I can think of dozens of books I'm more eager to read than the sequel.

30majkia
Redigerat: aug 1, 2019, 7:31pm

11. Not Alone - Craig A. Falconer - 738 pages - 🎵 (reader: James P. Cronin)

What an interesting First Contact novel. Emphasis is on Earth's reaction - political and social, rather than tech and the aliens.

Definitely going to continue the series.

31majkia
aug 17, 2019, 1:12pm

12. 1632 - Eric Flint - 608 pages - 🎵 (reader: George Guidall)

Interesting tale of how one little section of West Virginia, finds itself moved through time to Germany in 1632.

A bit more mil strategy than I like, but other than that, very well worth the read.

32majkia
sep 9, 2019, 8:50am

13. The Naked God - Peter F. Hamilton - 1360 pages - 🎵 (reader: John Lee)

Final wrapup to the Night's Dawn trilogy. Complex, fascinating visions of the far future.