Garett Hornwood

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  1. March Reading 2017

    Given that fantasy is classified as a subgenre under the Speculative Fiction umbrella, I don't understand the argument but whatever. As for your opinion on the book, you didn't like it and I did, we're both enjoyed to our opinions. --- I finished The Night Circus this past Sunday, as I said above I did enjoy it but I'm going to have to reread it because I'm pretty sure I missed some nuanced details that would have added to my enjoyment. I've also read Blood Stain (Volume Two) by Linda Sejic, this is a print version of a webcomic of the same name on DeviantArt. Since I enjoy the webcomic, I absolutely loved this. And on Friday/Saturday I read Herald of the Midnight Cry by Paul A. Gordon, a short biography of early/mid-19th century American preach William Miller and a history leading up to the Great Disappointment. Given it's short length it is more an introduction both of the man and the Millerite movement as a whole, there are other books that go more in-depth on both. Currently I'm reading The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents as part of my read-through of Discworld, I haven't read Pratchett since December and loved finally being back on the Disc. I'll be finished by tomorrow, but already I sorta disappointed that this is basically a "one-off" book and not the first of a series of it's own. Through apparently it has some minor connection to the "Death" series, but I haven't come across the evidence to support that. Then after Maurice, I'll be doing my first re-read of the year with Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea by Thomas Cahill, the fourth of his Hinges of History series.
  2. March Reading 2017

    I didn't mean to take two weeks between the OP and this one, but here's what I've done so far this month... I first completed Lighter of Gospel Fires, a short young adult biography of a 19th century preacher. Next I finally completed The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume II), it was very good but I still haven't figured out why it took me so long to finish it. Last weekend I read A Bold One for God, a short young adult biography of Scottish Reformer John Knox which was not very good. And yesterday I completed Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth, a book looking at the bloody events that the varnish and gloss of popular history has hidden about the Revolutionary period in the United States. Today I started The Night Circus, this is actually my first full fantasy book of the year. While I love history, it's refreshing to step away for a while.
  3. Ways to introduce Aegon earlier into the story.

    Aegon can make a cameo appearance in AGOT Daenerys III as she remembers Viserys insisting on taking a boat, Shy Maid, across the Rhoyne or one of it's tributaries while the rest of the khalasar fords the river somewhere (they have to get from Pentos to the Dothraki Sea somehow). Dany remembers the young blue haired boy and his father, but no interaction between the two or anything. Just a random encounter that no one realizes is important until ADWD.
  4. March Reading 2017

    I'm around 150 pages left in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume II by Edward Gibbon. I've been enjoying it, however I can't believe I'm still reading it since it didn't take me this long to reading Volume I. So what are you continuing or starting this month?
  5. 2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    My 2017 40 Book Challenge (January Update) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White Centuries of Changes by Ian Mortimer Dangerous Women 1 edited George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead Well I might have read as many books in February as in January, however it was a frustrating month because the book I've been reading almost the entire month isn't on this list. Anyway to the statistics: 6/40 overall and 6/30 first time reads.
  6. February Reading 2017

    Last weekend (Friday more than Saturday), I read In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead, it short young adult book about a nine month period in Armistead's life in which he joined his father digging for a lost gold mine. At only 96 pages, it was really short and I really wish it had been more but Armistead was writing this almost 40 years after it happened and he couldn't agree with his father on some stories he would have liked to included. I'm still plugging away at The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume II), no idea about why it's taking me longer than Volume I but it's getting pretty depressing because I'm enjoying it. With around 150 pages left, I will definitely finish early in March but still I thought I would have gotten it finished.
  7. February Reading 2017

    I finished The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White on Monday, since it's taking me a lot of time to get through The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume II) I'm going to be reading that essentially exclusively at both work and home until I complete it.
  8. February Reading 2017

    Finished Dangerous Women 1 yesterday, I found it a mix bag overall but I did like The Princess and the Queen which was the reason I purchased the book in the first place. Given that I'm ardent history reader, the whole "history" aspect was exactly up my alley. I've started The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume II by Edward Gibbon, which actually covers books 3 & 4 from his original work.
  9. February Reading 2017

    Surprised that there wasn't already a thread, but here it is and with that... I've started reading Dangerous Women 1, the first of three paperback editions of the anthology edited by GRRM and Dozois. Since 1 has "The Princess and the Queen" it's the one I purchased since I was only interested in ASOIAF material. I'm still working my way through The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White as my home read. So what are you reading this month?
  10. January Reading 2017

    Last night (Jan. 31) I finished Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer. I thought it was a very good book, thought-provoking yet very readable for a general audience as well. Since it's a new month I'll post on the February thread about what I've started reading.
  11. 2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    My 2017 40 Book Challenge (January Update) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
  12. January Reading 2017

    I finished two books today, the first was Don Quixote and I enjoyed the central narrative very much, stuff not directly related to DQ and Sancho was somewhat annoying. The second was The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White. Tomorrow I'm starting Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer which was a Christmas gift from my aunt, who had no idea that I've been wanting to read one of Mortimer's biographies of English monarchs for year so anything by him to get a sense of his writing style is welcome. While Mortimer is my primary read, my home read is The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White which is the last of her Conflict of the Ages series that I've been reading for the last few months.
  13. 2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    I'm always conservative when it comes to challenges but I'm aiming for 40 books total, even though I'll probably reach it sometime in October like the last two years, with at least 30 as first time reads.
  14. January Reading 2017

    I'm starting the year off with Don Quitoxe as my primary read--the book I take to work to read during breaks and lunch--and The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White as my first home read, pretty obvious where I'm reading it.
  15. 2016 Reading Self-Challenge

    Update of books read in December: The Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1 by Edward Gibbon My Turn by Johan Cruyff The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett Voices of the Rocks by Robert M. Schoch The Wastle Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot The Hitler Options edited by Kenneth Macksey For the year I've completed 58/40 a new personal record and six out of the seven books I finished this month were first time reads.