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Red Rising (Pierce Brown)
I must've missed this post before. I love this series. Started as a trilogy but now he's expanded it. Book 5 due later this year.
 

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More sci fi stuff--

I've gotten hooked on a short 4 book series of novellas, quick reads, called the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. I cruised thru #1 and #2, just got #3 and #4 from the library and should finish soon.

This one will take A LOT longer. I enjoy the tv series The Expanse. It's based on a series of novels. I think there are 8 of them, and they're each in the 500 to 600 page range. I've read the first 2 but taking a break for a bit.
 

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Just finished book 5 (Dark Age) of the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. Holy cow, that was EPIC! 752 pages, biggest book I've ever read. In his typical fashion it was breakneck, non stop pacing. The series has always contained some violence and brutality, but he cranks up the dial in that department in this one. This is not for sensitive or easily offended readers. But the guy can tell a story. Although I haven't read any GRRM, I think it's kind of like Game of Thrones...in space, and on Mars and Mercury and throughout the solar system.
 
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Going through Cryptonomicon currently and really liking it, so thanks @nelsonmuntz. I enjoyed Tana French's crime series beginning with In The Woods for a breezy read.
 
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Just finished book 5 (Dark Age) of the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. Holy cow, that was EPIC!
You are a faster reader than I am. I am around half-way through with Book 5 and have really been enjoying it. I liked, but didn't love, Book 4. I find Book 5 to be a welcome return to the Reaper in all his baddassery.
 

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Just finished the Old Man's War series. Good summer reads.

Just read the lastest installment in the Reacher series. Very good read. It is the definition of page turner. I think I went through it three days. Really looking forward to the next one which is coming out in October.
 

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You are a faster reader than I am. I am around half-way through with Book 5 and have really been enjoying it. I liked, but didn't love, Book 4. I find Book 5 to be a welcome return to the Reaper in all his baddassery.
The multiple point of view characters in Book 4 was kind of clunky. Switched w/ every chapter, was a bit disjointed, and some of the character arcs just weren't as interesting as others. In Book 5 he follows an individual character for several chapters, until he reaches a more natural stopping point before switching. Also I found all of the character's stories more interesting this time around.

About a third of the way thru I was kinda wrecked, had to take a break for about a day. But then I couldn't put it down and plowed thru the rest of the way. Stayed up too late several nights working on it.
 

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Just finished the Old Man's War series. Good summer reads.
John Scalzi is another author who is a heck of a storyteller. I've enjoyed some of his stand alone novels in addition to that series.
 

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I've got a geopolitics thing going this summer, with some baseball thrown in. Loved the Shamsky book on '69 Mets, "After the Miracle". Brought back a ton of memories.

"Winter Is Coming" - Gary Kasparov (yeah, the chess grandmaster). How Putin came to be and how Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama administrations helped him build his stranglehold. Basically every US prez has been a wimp since Reagan. Interesting parallels can be drawn vis a vis how fascism can come to power in US, as several steps in that process are already happening.

"The Devil's Chessboard" - history of Allan Dulles, the OSS and early CIA. Not done with this one yet as it's near 700 pages. But there are so many "holy sheet!" moments in the first half, it shouldn't take long to get through the second half. I don't consider myself particularly naive regarding what government does, but how Allan Dulles basically ran his own foreign policy department is opposition to FDR's WWII goals is eyeopening. Few people know that there was a serious plot to overthrow FDR in 1932 and install a fascist government funded by major banks/industrialists. Dulles either instigated or was in the background for seemingly every foreign policy initiative of the 30s/40s. Also helped a ton of Nazis escape while ignoring the Holocaust. Special kind of creep, although he foresaw the Soviet problem before most others.
 

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I really only read for pleasure on vacation. Knocked off two during our vacation a few weeks ago: Where the Crawdads Sing and Jeff Tweedy's memoir, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back).

The former was a good summer fiction read. Different than I was expecting, more of a "chick book" imo (and every woman I know who has read it loved it), but definitely interesting enough to recommend, with the added bonus of a decent murder mystery and courtroom drama.

The latter was much better, funnier and more interesting than I expected. Very interesting guy with several good insights and laugh-out-loud observations. If you are a Wilco fan it's a must. If not, still a very interesting read.
 
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I only read non-fiction. Two recommendations there would be:

Live from New York: The Complete Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told By It's Stars, Writers and Guests


Interview style storytelling through all the years of SNL, up through I think about 2014-2015. Great if you're mid-40's to mid-50's and grew up with SNL.

A History of the World in Six Glasses


A great look at the impact of the world's economy through 6 beverages -- beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. For instance, Coca-Cola was the first beverage you could produce the syrup, then anyone with a seltzer gun or bottling plant could produce it. And they feel it was important to our success in the WWs because the soldiers could hold the iconic bottle, sip a familiar taste and feel like they were home for a brief moment.
 
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I only read non-fiction. Two recommendations there would be:
Live from New York: The Complete Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told By It's Stars, Writers and Guests

Interview style storytelling through all the years of SNL, up through I think about 2014-2015. Great if you're mid-40's to mid-50's and grew up with SNL.
A History of the World in Six Glasses

A great look at the impact of the world's economy through 6 beverages -- beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. For instance, Coca-Cola was the first beverage you could produce the syrup, then anyone with a seltzer gun or bottling plant could produce it. And they feel it was important to our success in the WWs because the soldiers could hold the iconic bottle, sip a familiar taste and feel like they were home for a brief moment.
I saw the Six Glasses book at B&N the other day and was really interested by it. Added it to my list.
 

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