Clif's 100 in 2015
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Anyway here I go ... far better late than never I suppose. My apologies for my spotty presence here and elsewhere over the last months ... life getting in the way and all.
my list of things read ... in no particular order.
1. Ancillary Justice
2. 1632 Eric Flint
3. The Time Machine HG Wells
4. The Puppet Masters
5. Starship Troopers
6. Dawn Octavia Butler
7. The Cuckoo's Calling Robert Galbraith
8. Master and Commander Patrick O'Brian
9. Hard Magic Larry Correia
10. The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester
11. The Professor Robert Bailey
12. Five Days That Shocked the World Nicholas Best
13. Man in a High Castle Philip K. Dick
14. Annihilation Jeff VanderMeer
15. Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery Kurtis J. Wiebe
16. Redshirts John Scalzi
17. Sex Criminals Vol 1 Matt Fraction
18. Three Body Problem Cixin Liu
19. Karen Memory Elizabeth Bear
20. Skin Game Jim Butcher
21. Mr. Mercedes Stephen King
22. The Girl With All the Gifts M.R. Carey
23. Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 G. Willow Wilson
24. The Strangler Vine M.J. Carter
25. Lock In John Scalzi
26. The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison
27. Terms of Enlistment Marko Kloos
28. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
29. Saga Volume 1 Brian K. Vaughn
30. Lines of Departure Marko Kloos
31. Seveneves Neal Stephenson
32. Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel
33. The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss
34. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
35. Doctor Sleep Stephen King
36. The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu
37. Saving Mars Cidney Swanson
38. Monster Hunter International Larry Correia
39. Robert Heinlein's Expanded Universe Robert Heinlein
40. Frontier Justice: The Survivalist #1 Arthur Bradley
41. Anarchy Rising: The Survivalist #2 Arthur Bradley
42. The Red Thumb Mark R. Austin Freeman
43. The Eye of Osiris R. Austin Freeman
44. Starman Jones Robert Heinlein
45. Citizen of the Galaxy Robert Heinlein
46. Long Road to Survival: The Prepper Series Lee Bradford
47. The Mystery Of 31 New Inn R. Austin Freeman
48. A Silent Witness R. Austin Freeman
49. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Becky Chambers
50. Conversations With Spirits E.O. Higgins
51. Helen Vardon's Confession R. Austin Freeman
52. The Shell Collector Hugh Howey
53. Parnassus on Wheels Christopher Morley
54. Beacon 23 Hugh Howey
55. The End of All Things John Scalzi
Not-Books, but worth mentioning
1. If You Were a Dinosaur My Love Rachel Swirsky
2. Parasite Planet Stanley G. Weinbaum
3. Unlocked John Scalzi
4. Beacon 23: Little Noises Hugh Howey
5. Beacon 23: Pet Rocks Hugh Howey
6. Beacon 23: Bounty Hugh Howey
7. Beacon 23: Company Hugh Howey
a few questions still remain about the world/universe Ms. Leckie has created ... but am hopeful that these will be cleared up or at least expanded upon in the future installments.
Brilliant! 5 stars!
anyhow ... the story was terrific, once you get past the suspension of disbelief and the rah rah America's the best stuff (which to be fair isn't all that obnoxious). I DID kind of think that those 1600's era peasants sure did pick up modern warfare tools and gadgets awfully quickly ... but still fun!
two by Heinlein ... Starship Troopers which I still love! and The Puppet Masters ... eh not as much as I used to ... the boy-girl relationship was particularly galling this time around (perhaps revealing something about my growth as an individual human being .. who knows?)
Master and Commander yes my all time favorite not science fiction book series! Is due for a reread! And just as wonderful as I remember!
Went in prepared to dislike it ... prepared to say it wasn't worth the effort and perpetuated all sorts of stereotypes etc etc.
But I can't do it. I liked it. It's not GREAT .. it's not Hugo-worthy. But ... I liked it and want to read more.
which is the thing that I really hate about this current culture war in SFF ... that I can't just read things that I like .. I now have to wonder which side of the divide the author is coming from and just how big a jerk are they about it, etc etc. And to be honest I think Correia is a jerk ... at least the bit I get from his online persona. So I probably won't be buying any more of his stuff ... I'll just use the library!
and again .. I liked it. A lot. But other than that the protagonist was female ... I couldn't really see the female influence on the story. I must be blind to that sort of stuff ...
true story ... I don't know when I first read and reread Starship Troopers ... probably as middle teen (early 70's) ... but I never ever wondered about Johnny (Juan) Rico's nationality or race. Not until years and years later when I saw it discussed by others as an example of Heinlein's literary color-blindness. When I first read the book ... it made NO difference to me at all what color he was.
The same thing with Octavia Butler's protagonist. Her name is Lilith Iyapo ... it would never have occurred to me that she was black or Nigerian or whatever had I read this book twenty years ago. As I look back on my reading .. especially in science fiction, I must have thought that regional names and descriptions weren't really regional but just a result of planet Earth being multi-cultural in the future ...
I'm sure I've expressed myself badly here ... and it's getting overly long ... so I'll leave it for now.
I've only briefly looked into "puppygate". These things usually just make me read more books by women, or GLBTI authors, or authors of colour, etc. Every time some idiot complains about non-white-straight-men doing well AND they point at a particular author, it increases the size of my wishlist. :)
So thank you to all the idiots out there for introducing me to Cherie Priest, Mary Robinette Kowal, Saladin Ahmed, G. Willow Wilson, and for reminding me about Lois McMaster Bujold!
(I've read one Octavia Butler, and I feel like I'm letting down a lot of people when I say it didn't do much for me.)
the puppygate thing is great entertainment! And yes, it has opened up a lot of new (and not so new but never read i.e. Octavia Butler) authors to me. So that's good! Mike Glyer at File770 has been more or less acting as a nexus for all puppygate related news. One of the best parody sites is Alexandra Erin's blog wherein she writes scathing book reviews from a puppy's perspective.
oops edited to fix the link to Alexandra Erin's blog ... sorry bout that
Man in a High Castle by Philip K. Dick. What can I say? This isn't rocket ships and ray guns science fiction ... but I guess that wasn't really ever Dick's style (which is probably why I never really *got* him). But it is quite good as a portrayal of what might have been ...
I think I'm at the 48% mark for Ancillary Justice too, I was enjoying it very much intellectually, but now I'm suddenly gripped. Had to hop off the tram this morning and spend a couple of minutes on the platform so I could finish the chapter.
I didn't like Philip K. Dick as a teenager, but not sure if I want to retry him just yet.
Rat Queens Vol. 1 Kurtis Wiebe; graphic novel so of course it's sexy and vulgar and well ... graphic. Good stuff! Read as part of the Hugo packet; the first in the graphic novel category so, at this point, I have no idea if it's the best ... or the worst of the bunch. Also I can claim very little experience or expertise in graphic novels ... so ..
Fun stuff ... and I *did* greatly enjoy some of Butchers earlier versions of this story. And then I got tired ...
the puppies are banging the drum HARD for this story to win the Hugo this year. I'm not sure if it's actually for *this* book in particular, but rather they think that Butcher deserves a Hugo for the series in general, and this is that opportunity. But for me it ranks nowhere close to Three Body Problem as worthy of a Hugo. And I haven't read Ann Leckie's entry yet ...
In other words ... We very much enjoyed this book and we highly recommend it!
I've read three of the five Hugo noms for best novel. My ranks so far ...
1. The Goblin Emperor
2. Three Body Problem ... these two are very close
3. Skin Game ... a distant third at this point, but not a No-Award
I have left Ancillary Sword which may easily beat out one of the top two ... and The Dark Between the Stars which frankly, I'm not expecting much from ... which I consider extremely unfortunate.
the second book Lines of Departure was nominated by the puppy slate for Hugo best novel but Kloos took himself off of the nom list ... and was replaced by Three Body Problem which is, IMO, far superior in quality. So yay! for that.
It's a commitment and an effort, but I cannot recommend the story highly enough!
It's little wonder that King has had his struggles with drugs and alcohol ... with stories like that in your head, you'd want something to block them out.
sadly the gun porn, Mary Sue-isms, obvious political message ... never goes away, and knowing now what I know about the author ... well ... I'll pass on future installments. His writing may get better, but the message is still the same.
My last couple of the year are 2015 publications ... The End of All Things by John Scalzi ... excellent Scalzi as always but I wish he'd let some things go ... the inevitable potshots at the culture wars for example. Also I'm working through The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu; sequel to The Three Body Problem ... and should easily finish by the end of the year.
see you all on the other side and have a happy/great/festive New Year!