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  1. Garett Hornwood

    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    I finished Red Rising by Pierce Brown on Sunday. The headline for my Amazon review is literally: Sorry, I already read The Hunger Games (it was better). To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement and the less said the better. I've started reading The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt, I've been wanting to read this book since seeing it on the shelf in my high school history teacher's office my senior year almost 20 years ago. It's a very detailed look at the 20+ year existence of a political party and as a history nerd I don't know what can be better.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    I finished rereading When Time Began by Zecharia Sitchin, overall it was alright for his work but there were more issues in his theories and conclusions that stood out more than previous installments of his book series. I started reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown, I'm roughly 40% into the book and frankly without going into spoilers it feels that it's just like another series except "In Space". I have the other two books in the first trilogy, but if I'm not really impressed by the end of this book then I'm not wasting my time with Golden Son and Morningstar.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    Okay a full week into September I've completed two books so far. The first was Lamarck's Revenge: How Epigenetics is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution's Past and Present by Peter Ward, I got this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program and after I finished it I wish I hadn't won. When Ward basically had an agenda to lionize one scientist (Lamarck) and demonize others (particularly Charles Darwin) to the determent of actually explaining what epigenetics is to a readers satisfaction. The second book was Pacific Vortex! by Clive Clussler, this was the first Dirk Pitt story Cussler wrote but the sixth published. I listened to several audiobooks featuring Pitt but this was my first one actually reading through. There are several cliches and some plot holes, but it was a nice quick read that kept me entertained. As my primary book I'm currently rereading When Time Began by Zecharia Sitchin, this is the fifth book of his Earth Chronicles series about his ancient astronaut theory. My home-only read is Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives edited by Margaret Weis, which I started last month am about 40% because I'm currently in a funk while at home when I try to read else I would have been finished with this book already.
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    August '18 Reading- (Insert Clever Subtitle)

    A quick end of the month wrap up of what I've read since my last post. I finished Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny on the 16th, it's not perfect but I enjoyed the book and would read it if I ever get through my TBR pile. I finihed Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton on the 18th and found it an excellent Bible study book over the course of two weekend. And earlier this week I finished Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works, this was a book of philosophical and theological material from the late 1000s/early 1100s by the aforementioned Anselm; the least said of this the better.
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    August '18 Reading- (Insert Clever Subtitle)

    Last week I was on vacation and spent some of the time reading some short books, here's a quick list: The Book of Acts by Wilson Paroschi, Jedi the Last (William Shakespeare's Star Wars Part the Eighth) by Ian Doescher, Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry, Tournament Upstart by Thomas J. Dygard (REREAD), and Game Plan by Thomas J. Dygard (REREAD). I'm currently reading Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny as my primary book, I'm reading Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives #1 edited by Margaret Weis as my home only read, and I'm reading Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton as my weekend read.
  6. I'm starting the month by reading a biography about Seventh-day Adventist pioneer Joseph Bates by George R. Knight, this book is a part of a series on Adventist Pioneers and Knight is the preeminent Adventist historian and Bates is someone I've never learned much about except connected with others. I'm also continuing my reading of Tacitus' The Histories, which covers the 'Year of the Four Emperors' aka 69 AD...well that's what has survived because only the first four books survived whole along with a part of Book 5. Most likely the entire piece was a history of the Flavian Dynasty (Vespasian, Titus, Domitian), but the events of how the Flavians got into power survived through history. Anyways I'll have both books finished Saturday at the latest, next week I'm on vacation and I haven't decided on what exactly I'll be reading but it'll probably be short books that I've had on TBR pile for a while just to get out of the way. So that's how I'm starting the month reading, what are you up to?
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    I finished two books in the last few days to round out the month of July. First was rereading Balance of Power by Jeff Rovin, which is the fifth book of the Op-Center series, and while it's not the greatest action-thriller it is the best installment of the series (but given some of the poor books before it that's not saying much). Yesterday I finished Abraham's Other Son: Islam Among Judaism & Christianity by Philip Samaan. It's a very informative book, but unfortunately the structure of the book makes it seem likes it's three different books that were pieced together.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Finished Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett on Tuesday. I really enjoyed it even with some jokes clearly beyond their expiration date. I've started a reread of Balance of Power by Jeff Rovin, this is the fifth book of Tom Clancy's Op-Center series.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Alright, since my last post I completed Edgedancer which I really enjoyed and am glad I did before Oathbringer comes out in MMP in October (supposedly, could be interrupting Amazon wrong). This was also my 45th book of the year, which meant I achieved my book challenge for the year and now I'm wondering if I'll be able to set another personal record. Since that was my "home" exclusive read, I chose Tacitus' The Histories and am currently almost a third through. I began Abraham's Other Son: Islam Among Judaism & Christianity by Philip G. Samaan. I had a class from Dr. Samaan in college and am close to campus and picked up this book for free. This is a weekend only read and am only a third of the way through. Yesterday I "finished" Ulysses by James Joyce. For the first 45% of the book, I was able to follow things but then I just lost track of what was going on. Eventually I decided to just start skimming my way through to say I looked at each page. The best way to express my experience is to say, "I came. I read. I failed." I'll be starting Good Omens tomorrow. Cool good to hear. Might have been a better experience. I agree with you on the first three. Each time I'm in the bookstore and I pass the history section, I've wanted to grab this book.
  10. It depends on why you would want to read it. Personally I have a history degree and am very interested in history including reading the classics even though the information in them are now outdated. So naturally I read the unabridged version. If you're just reading Gibbon as a general reader then I say abridged. If you're a history nut like I might be called then I recommend the unabridged. I actually read this book a few years before I finally got Gibbon, so I could see the definite bias of Gibbon and centuries of further research as shown by Norwich when comparing the two.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Alright, I started the second half of the year by finishing The Stuart Age by Barry Coward. This was an overview of England from 1603-1714 and I thought it was really good. I personally wished it would have had more military happens for the English Civil War and maybe the continental wars but given it was an overview I realize there are more specialized books that can offer that. I'll be starting James Joyce's Ulysses tomorrow, so both excited and dreading it as I have no idea what I'm in for. On Sunday I began reading Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson as my next "home" read, since this focuses on Lift who will probably show up in Oathbringer (that I'll be reading this fall once it comes out in mass market paperback) I wanted to get this read well before then. I'm roughly 70% of the way through already. Before I posted here I posted on the June thread because I couldn't make it over there this past Saturday to finish off the month. Since the book I finished on Saturday still happened in June, I feel no guilty in making a post in July on a June thread about a book I finished at the end of June. But to each their own. I quoted you in my above referenced post on the June thread. After Ulysses, I'll be reading Good Omens. This'll be my 42nd Pratchett book (all of Discworld) and my second Gaiman book (American Gods), so I'm interested to see how the two work together. Thanks for the snippet review.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    This will be a short recap about how I ended June before going to the July. I finished Myths of Adventim on the 30th, this was a weekend home read that took most of the month. It was alright, but it was focused on education which the front cover and back cover only implied was among the topics to be discussed not "the" topic. And that was June. I'm going to be reading that sometime in July myself.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    Last Tuesday I finished Zecharia Sitchin's Genesis Revisited, he was very precise about explaining how "recent" (1990) scientific discoveries supported his ancient astronaut theory. A nice companion piece to his series and a nice little diversion read. Last Wednesday I finished Orbit of Discovery by Don Thomas, a former NASA astronaut who wrote about his second space shuttle flight as well an autobiography. I bought the book after hearing him speak at a local college on "Pi Day" (March 14) before he headed to where I went to high school, glad I bought book. On Thursday I started reading The Stuart Age: England 1603-1714 by Barry Coward, been interested in this period of history for a while and finally getting to know it better.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    On Friday I finished Typee by Herman Melville and thought it was alright. It's not something I would reread, but it was a better reading experience than Moby Dick. Then I read The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett to complete my read through of Discworld. Though it was emotional to say goodbye, I enjoyed the story and thought it was the perfect wrap up of the series even though Terry wanted to continue writing it. I've started Genesis Revisited by Zecharia Sitchin, this is a companion volume written 14 years after the first book of his ancient astronaut theory series began and he's denoting how recent (1976-90 time frame) scientific discoveries show that his interpretation of Sumerian accounts of the beginning of the Solar System are correct. Luckily Sitchin does not repeat what he wrote in The 12th Planet, which was my biggest fear when I began reading this.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    I started off June by finishing two books that I started in May, but at different times. The first was Organizing for Mission and Growth by George R. Knight, which was the third and last book of mini-histories about the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. That was Saturday, on Sunday I finished Augustine of Hippo's City of God which is one of the foundation texts of medieval Christianity and Western European medieval philosophy. Part I (Books 1-10) is the better section of the overall work as I was forced to skim the majority of Part II (Books 11-22) because I kept arguing with Augustine's theological points which slowed down my reading and frankly once I hit the point I was going to finish the book ASAP. Anyways, my current primary read is Herman Melville's Typee, a friend of mine recommended this book after learning that I didn't like Moby Dick and wasn't interesting in other Melville title. To be fair I didn't dislike it, but the infodumps of 19th-century whaling at numerous places throughout the book which have nothing to do with the plot is just plain annoying. However, I'm digressing as Typee is semi-autobiographical of Melville's time on Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. I'm roughly 70 pages from the end and while I'm not "OMG this is 5 stars" impressed, I'm not feeling frustrated like I did with MB though to be fair it's two different genres but then again MB was a story interrupted by material not connected to the story...okay I'm going to stop before I continue my ranting.
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