Garett Hornwood

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  1. I finished William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight on Monday, it was really thorough and very enlightening. Also on Monday I started The Martian by Andy Weir, I'm really into the book and even though I know how it ends (I didn't see the movie but it's really easy to guess how it will) that doesn't diminish how much I'm enjoying the read so far. This past Saturday I finished Loony Coon by Sam Campbell, which is the eighth book of his Living Forest series. I'll be starting the ninth, Fiddlesticks and Freckles this coming Friday as my weekend read for the next two weeks. And today I started Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) as my home read, which is I'll read at least 10 pages a day but at home only. I read Lawson's second book Furiously Happy several years ago and enjoyed it so much I had to get her first. My current home read of Walt Whitman is non-existent and I need to have a home read that I'm actually progression on, so I decided to just start the next book on my home list. Whitman is my last book of poetry, which isn't mythological in nature, and whenever I do finish it (probably 2020 at the rate I'm going) it'll be my last.
  2. I finished The Lost Realms by Zecharia Sitchin yesterday, this was a reread and once again my memories of what I read 18 years ago were badly incorrect. That doesn't mean I didn't like the book, it's just okay and that was it. I've started reading William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George R. Knight. This is a religious read about Christian theology and evangelism in the U.S. in the early 1840s.
  3. I finished Snuff yesterday and I thought it was good, especially with the point-of-view virtually all from Vimes. It was better than Thud! and thus a good book to end the Watch series of Discworld books. I started rereading The Lost Realms by Zecharia Sitchin, the fourth book of his Earth Chronicles series on his ancient astronaut theory. Today I started my next weekend read of Sam Campbell's Living Forest series, Loony Coon, the eighth book of the series.
  4. *Attempted to post yesterday, but didn't go through* Finished Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov on Thursday and it was a good as the first book of the original trilogy, especially as the "meh" of Foundation and Empire. I finished The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake by Sam Campbell, the seventh book of his Living Forest series, and found it as enjoyable as the first six. I started Snuff by Terry Pratchett as part of my read through of Discworld, somewhat sad that this is the last Vimes book and I have only two more in the series after this book.
  5. I finished The Wonder That Was India by A.L. Basham, while it was very informative (though some of it outdated) there was some sections that were somewhat of a slog to read which accounts for the two weeks it took me to get through the 518 pages of text. Last weekend I finished Sam Campbell's Moose Country, the sixth book of his Living Forest nature series. This past weekend I started the seventh book, The Seven Secrets of Somewhere Lake. On Friday I finished Rise of the West by W.H. McNeill which I started on January 1. This was a nearly 900 page book I read at home, at least 10 pages a day. This book was published almost a decade after Basham's book above, but it was never a slog to read. Tomorrow I'm starting Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov. I have to agree with you that it was the weakest, but after enjoying the first two book so much this was just "okay" to me personally.
  6. I finished Games of State on Friday, it was a good idea poorly executed. I began the sixth installment of Sam Campbell's Living Forest series, Moose Country, on Friday and got halfway through by Saturday. I'll finish the book next weekend. And I began The Wonder That Was India by A.L. Basham, this a history of the Indian subcontinent until the coming of the Muslims in roughly the 15th century.
  7. I started off the month with I Shall Wear Midnight finishing it on Sunday, really loved it and was glad Pratchett kept the point-of-view focus narrow compared to previous books. On Saturday I finished the fifth book of Sam Campbell's Living Forest series, On Wings of Cheer, another pleasant nature book filled with animal tales and misadventures. I'm currently rereading Games of State, the third book in the Op-Center series from the 90s and early 00s.
  8. I finished Politics by Aristotle, while it was an thought-provoking read it was also incomplete and disorganized. However my two complaints are do mostly to factors not under Aristotle's control as some of the lecture went missing over the millennia as well as parts being order incorrectly. I just finished Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov, unfortunately I liked it less than the first Foundation book mainly because the two novellas somewhat exposed how flat Asimov's characters are (though this was more in the last two-thirds of the book in "The Mule"). Also the big reveal at the end of "The Mule" wasn't really a mystery, though Asimov might not have meant it to be a mystery to readers only for the characters BUT it was a long slog. However I am interested in the Second Foundation, so hopefully it'll be better. I've started reading I Shall Wear Midnight as part of my read though of Discworld. In my home reading, I read A Tippy Canoe and Canada Too by Sam Campbell which is the fourth book of his Living Forest series.
  9. On Tuesday I finished The Wars of Gods and Men by Zecharia Sitchin, overall it was fine but what a difference 18 years makes from when I first read it as a high school senior. I've started Politics by Aristotle.
  10. Finished Unseen Academicals, it was fine but felt the story was all over the place with too many voices I guess the best way to describe it. Now rereading The Wars of Gods and Men by Zecharia Sitchin, the third book in his The Earth Chronicles ancient astronaut theory series. Also started A Tippy Canoe and Canada Too by Sam Campbell, the fourth book of his Living Forest nature series, as my weekend read yesterday. I'll finish it next weekend.
  11. I'm still reading Unseen Academicals, I'm almost 75% of the way through. Yesterday I finished reading Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo--and Still-Mo by Sam Campbell. This is the third book in Campbell's Living Forest series and honestly it just shows that my memories in childhood on this series can't be relied upon as I thought the titular animals were raccoons not red squirrels, but that's why I'm reading them right now.
  12. I finished Foundation on Monday and enjoyed it very much, there is a reason its considered a classic and I know why now. I've started Unseen Academicals as part of my read through of Discworld, I'm 20% of the way in. I hope you succeed finding the two-volume history, I've looked for two books in particular since 2000 and finally found them in 2016 (I was really happy when I did).
  13. I completed Mirror Image by Jeff Rovin last Tuesday, it was the standard 90s old guard hardliners threatening to return Russia back to the Soviet era thriller. While there was a nice idea for a story, it felt like Rovin was just "building" the world that the series Op-Center existed and not concentrating on a very well written story. I then read A Brief History of Seventh-day Adventists by George R. Knight. It was a 156 page book the summarized 170+ years of history written for an Adventist audience, its something I usually read at home but I'm clearing things off my TBR pile at every opportunity. Last weekend I finished reading Too Much Salt and Pepper by Sam Campbell, this is the second book of the Living Forest series. It was a nice little book to read for two weekends, especially the misadventures surrounding the titular porcupines. I started reading the third book of the series, Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo--and Still-Mo, this weekend. My primary that I started yesterday is Foundation by Isaac Asimov, I'm over a third of the way through and am enjoying it. I've had Heart of Europe: A Short History of Poland by Norman Davies on my bookshelf from probably a decade. The history of the country and the Poles themselves is one of the areas of history that is on my "bucket list" to learn more about (along with a better understanding of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese history) but actually opening the book and reading it is something I haven't been able to actually do. I need to change that.
  14. I finished Making Money and frankly while I love the character of Moist von Lipwig, you can tell that Pratchett's writing was beginning to suffer because the overall plot as well as all subplots all basically meandered and eventually came together in a mishmash sorta way. I've begun rereading Mirror Image by Jeff Rovin, this is the second book on the Tom Clancy's Op-Center series.
  15. Well Beowulf did not take long, basically not counting translator Seamus Heaney's introduction it was a one-day read, but it was very good. I've started Making Money by Terry Pratchett as part of my Discworld read-through. It began rather slow, but I'm 42% into it now and Moist is beginning to do his thing. I enjoyed Moist's first book and right now I'm enjoying this one, personally I like the character and wish Terry had begun writing him earlier because the quality of writing does seem lower. This weekend I started reading the second book of Sam Campbell's Living Forest series, Too Much Salt and Pepper (they're porcupines). I'm about halfway through and will finish it next weekend.