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Long time reader right from early childhood on. Can still remember what the Dewey Decimal system and card catalog files are. :) Mostly fiction, SF, historical, some military. Very limited horror.
Moved list from Goodreads early Feb 2023. Looks like I started using that in 2016. List is so not complete.

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reviewed Paladin's Strength by T. Kingfisher (The Saint of Steel, #2)

T. Kingfisher: Paladin's Strength (Hardcover, 2021, Argyll Productions) 5 stars

He’s a paladin of a dead god, tracking a supernatural killer across a continent. She’s …

I liked it, I really did.

5 stars

Read book 3 first which I should not have done but what can I say. then read book 1 which was good and where I should have started. Book 2 here was really enjoyable. So many interesting characters and the author seemed to take some time letting the story roll out. sorry to see it end.

Nevil Shute: On the Beach (Paperback, 1967, Scholastic Book Services) 4 stars

A novel about the survivors of an atomic war, who face an inevitable end as …

How do you say you enjoyed an old end of the world story?

4 stars

Not sure how many times I've read this over the years. Once a decade? And it still ends the same. Very 1950's writing but since I'm reading old Asimov and Clark SF it fits right in.

started reading On the Beach by Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute: On the Beach (Paperback, 1967, Scholastic Book Services) 4 stars

A novel about the survivors of an atomic war, who face an inevitable end as …

Cold war , end of the world book written in the late 1950's. I think I picked up this book in 1967- 1969 and for some reason have hung on to it. So why not read it again while the world is once more in turmoil.

reviewed Paladin's Hope by T. Kingfisher (The Saint of Steel, #3)

T. Kingfisher: Paladin's Hope (Hardcover, 2021, Argyll Productions) 4 stars

Piper is a lich-doctor, a physician who works among the dead, determining causes of death …

Mostly Ok

3 stars

I read this just after finishing Nettle & Bone which i loved. This was a bit of a let down. That plus I think this is book three of a series is coloring my perceptions here. Saying that, I liked the world built here with both humans and gnoles. Dr Piper's occupation was nicely thought out. So yeah, mostly OK.

Arthur C. Clarke: The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (2001) No rating

It wasn’t enough that I’m reading Issac Asimov’s the Complete Robot. 500 plus pages of robot stories, which is quite good but needs to be put down every couple few stories. I came across this huge 100 story collection of Arther C Clarke. So now I can trade off. Plus we went to see Dune part two the other day. Just plain Wow. So I should probably reread that too.

reviewed Sacred Clowns by Tony Hillerman (Leaphorn & Chee #11)

Tony Hillerman: Sacred Clowns (2009) 5 stars

First there was the trouble at Saint Boneventure boarding school. A teacher is dead, a …


5 stars

This might be the best of his books so far. (I’m reading them in order). Lots up with Chee and Janet, Chee and Leaphorn and Leaphorn and the professor. Interesting history and conflict. And one act by Chee that is perfectly him.

Dick Francis: Risk 4 stars

When he wakes in a pitch-black room with his hands bound, Roland Britten—accountant and champion …

Typically good Dick Francis

4 stars

Very enjoyable book combining racing and an accountant. Trouble ensues. I say typical in the title above not as a put down. This is a good, well thought out and nicely described to put me in the story. I liked it. Only wish it didn't go by so fast.

Lothar Günther Buchheim: Das Boot (Paperback, 2007, Cassell) 5 stars


Seriously Good

5 stars

Excellent story telling with this book. You could almost see this as a group of scenes on being on a WWII German U-Boat. It's not just battle after battle, really conveys the details on what a u-boat was and how it's kept up. Lots of crew scenes too not just the officers.
One tiny bit was the difficulty of maintaining your focus on a 8 hour shift being a lookout on the bridge. Even down to how heavy the binoculars felt after a couple of hours. Well with my time reading and was hard to put down.

started reading The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov: The Complete Robot (1983) 4 stars

The Complete Robot (1982) is a collection of 31 of the 37 science fiction short …

I just read the forward written by Issac Asimov. Talked about where he came from and what he had done. Which was much more than writing SF. I may have known some of this years ago but holy crap what he accomplished is wild.