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Emery's 2016 Reading Challenge log

Postby Whiterook » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:53 pm

OK, I'm in this again.... but this year, I'll plan on 15 as my goal! I want to keep the good habit going, and that seems a realistic goal to shoot for, considering my schedule these days. I just started a new book.... while I'm on my Christmas vacation, which extends into the new year, I have some wonderfully needed downtime, and this weekend, I've really been relaxing nicely with this new book and a warm fire in the fireplace!
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Re: Emery's 2016 Reading Challenge log

Postby McCoy » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:40 am

Look at all the time you'll get to read later on when you retire!
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Postby Whiterook » Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:08 pm

McCoy wrote:Look at all the time you'll get to read later on when you retire!


:D Oh Yeah!!!!! I'll be loving that! Especially so if I get to retire where I want to retire .... somewhere warm all year long, LOL! Reading under a palm tree sounds about perfect, mate!
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Postby Whiterook » Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:23 pm

Book #1

The Martian

by Andy Weir
2014

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LOVED this book! I ate it up!!!

I loved the movie, but the book went so much deeper... Yet I can say, the movie was pretty on track with the novel. The notable exception however, was the ending of the book, which was totally different from the movie; and I have to say, I liked the movie's ending better.

I love a story told from the first person perspective; and even more, a story that revolves around one person's desperate struggle to survive. This ticked all thee boxes!

Of all the books I've read over the past year, this was the PERFECT start on the Challenge. It is also THE book I most highly recommend as: You gotta read this!
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Postby Whiterook » Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:25 pm

Book #2

Paul Gauguin, His Life and Art

by John Gould Fletcher
1921

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An interesting read. I know more about Gauguin than any other Master Artist, so I was pretty well versed up to the point where he first went to Tahiti. But I was not aware of all the details of that first trip to the exotic isles, and what happened afterwards. An amazing and yet, tragic life.

I think I most, took away a greater understanding off his disdain, of not complete disgust for cosmopolitan French society of the day; and his unrelenting tenacity in not following the ass of the artist in front of him like a Pavlovian dog, but rather struck out in a unique and brave style so misunderstood by those that claimed they knew what art was *supposed* to be.

In Master Gauguin, I now see sides I never knew were there in his personal history and talents. Onee of those is his proficiency es in woodworking and mill working, especially with the building of his own island home with sculpted details.

Even if you're not into Fine art, this is a look into a tortured soul who fought all the odds with gusto.
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Postby Whiterook » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:48 pm

Book #3

Rising Tides
by Taylor Anderson

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The fifth book in the series, Captain Matthew Reddy of USS Walker (and supreme Commander of the Alliance with some of this Earths' inhabitants, has found an unlikely ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. These are the descendants of the East Indiamen ships that traveled though a strange squall's vortex to an alternate Earth, and whose society is loosely based on the sailing folk from between the 17th and 19th Century.

Now, the Alliance are searching for a traitor who abducted nurse turned minister of Medicine Sandra Ticker and young Princess Rebecca MacDonald of the New British Empire. It is soon obvious that the New Britain Company is attempting to overthrow the throne. Reddy must navigate through a tempest of politics, deception, and betrayal if he is ever going to save the hostages and live to fight another day...

This series is a thrilling read, and I'm quite enjoying each new book. Even 5 (now 6, as I am at the start of the next currently) books in, the characters and action is still fresh and engaging. Recent series books I'd Sstarted petered out after two or three....whereas this one is still going strong!
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Re: Emery's 2016 Reading Challenge log

Postby Duncan » Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:28 pm

I was wondering about The Martian. I haven't seen the movie. I may check out the book sometime.

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Postby Whiterook » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:57 pm

Duncan wrote:I was wondering about The Martian. I haven't seen the movie. I may check out the book sometime.


LOVE LOVE LOVE the movie, and the book was just as good. You can however, see that Hollywood definitely put its own spin in parts, but they stayed pretty true to the script.

I love this book so much, I am planning to hunt down a 1st edition hard bound.
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Postby Whiterook » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:59 pm

Yes people....I'm STILL on the same book! I am the slowest reader in the challenge, and I accept that. :lol: Of course, if I weren't reading so many RULEBOOKS!!!!!!!! :shock: :D
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Postby Whiterook » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:15 pm

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Firestorm
by Taylor Anderson

Book 6 of the Destroyermen series, this book finds the Designated Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, Matt Reddy now contending with a new threat; the Dominion—humans whose lust for power matches the Grik. But even though the Grand Alliance recognizes the danger of the Dominion, it must deal with the land-based Grik first, leaving the Imperial navy—and USS Walker—with little assistance.

As war rages, more Japanese ships come through the time-space maelstrom that the Americans call The Squall. One is a “Hell Ship,” carrying prisoners of an Imperial Japan that is growing ever more ruthless in the face of looming defeat. Escorting it is a new, state-of-the-art destroyer, whose officers recognize no rules of war.

Fighting on two fronts, Reddy is plunged into a firestorm of loyalty, betrayal, and sacrifice. But nothing can prepare him for a devastating new Grik weapon—a weapon that could wipe out all who oppose them…

A look at the cover of the book will pretty much tell you what's up..... All book long, I kept thinking, the end of the book will see these bad boys....which it did :D

Really enjoying the series, though I think it's time for a little time away from it....six books in is feeling a little claustrophobic at this point :lol:
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