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Currently trying to finish a bunch of library books before they're due. I'm partway through: The Devil: A New Biography by Philip Almond, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes by Chris Hadfield, Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts v.1 by Patrick McCarthy, and The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan by Kacem Zoughari. So far, some of them are better than others, but none of them are terrible.
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Posted 12/31/14
I finished A Storm of Swords and I'm on A Feast for Crows. I'm guessing Stannis is going to give the Night's Watch a big meal.
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I finished The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami. It's a short read with an interesting twist. Definitely worth your time to try.

I also finished The Martian by Andy Weir. This is an excellent near-future, hard SF book. The book opens with Mark Watney being stranded on Mars during the Ares 3 mission. A good chunk of the book is told through Mark's log entries as he describes his attempts at survival. The book is funny, moving, and incredibly researched. The book isn't as technical as you may fear, and what parts are technical are narrated in a clear, but amusing fashion by Mark. In fact, all the characters are good in their own right. While a book like this tends to drive away people that claim they don't like SF, I'd highly recommend they give it a try.

Next up: Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano
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Posted 1/2/15
I am currently reading Insurgent in the Divergent series. I just finished Divergent, which is the first book. I'm hooked!
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Posted 1/3/15
Currently rereading Christopher Paolini's Eragon and will read the following three books in the series afterwards.

Also reading Wilbur Smith's Power of the Sword.

Next on my list will be one of Terry Brooks' many Shannara trilogies.
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Posted 1/4/15 , edited 1/4/15
Finished Inio Asano's "Nijigahara Holograph". Wow. What a change from his previous works. I love Asano's stories, but this really is hard to get through. It is not a happy story, but worth reading. The story revolves around a town where legend tells of a monster that will end the world. Jumping between two timelines, you learn how all the characters are connected and the meaning of the glowing butterflies. I recommend it, but this is not a story for everyone.

Here's a more complete review, along with the first couple chapters:
http://comicsalliance.com/nijigahara-holograph-inio-asano-review-manga-fantagraphics/

Next up, something more light-hearted: "Night Broken" by Patricia Briggs.
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Posted 1/6/15
Just finished Neuromancer by William Gibson
Up next is catching up on manga.
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Posted 1/7/15 , edited 1/7/15
for the forum poster: i have finished reading:

Woes of a True Policeman - Roberto Bolano

The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides

currently reading:

Freeware - Rudy Rucker





Teviston wrote:

Just finished Neuromancer by William Gibson
Up next is catching up on manga.



that's great! i am a huge fan of the man






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Posted 1/7/15
Currently reading:
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings & Leigh Eddings

Recently finished:
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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Just finished reading SAO Book 3, Fairy Dance.
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Posted 1/9/15
Finished Baka to Test 7, 8, 9 & 9.5
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Posted 1/12/15
Finished "Night Broken" by Patricia Briggs. It's book 8 in the Mercy Thompson series, and another fun read. If you want an inventive urban fantasy story then you can't go wrong here.

Next up: "The Bloodbound" by Erin Lindsey.
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Posted 1/12/15 , edited 1/12/15
Re-reading No god but God by Reza Aslan
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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
Done with No God But God.
Up Next: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
Here's all the books I've finished in the past week (The bottom book is the book I finished most recently)
Trapped
The Shamer's Daughter
Obsidian Mirror
Trapped was pretty flat and boring. Not because of the concept (6-- I think-- teenagers are stuck in their high school during a week long blizzard and try to survive), but because of the characters. Even the most boring plot line can be half-redeemed by good characters and interaction, but this book's characters were basic and super forgettable. The Shamer's Daughter was pretty good, and the Obsidian Mirror was pretty confusing at first (but in a good way) and it was really well paced and kept me really interested. Now I'm reading a book called Cold Fury that's about this girl whose parents/dad (dunno) was a mobster and her whole family gets killed, so she's on the run and wants revenge. When I first picked up the book, I thought, "This is either going to be a major train wreck or a super awesome book." 8 pages into the book, it's kinda leaning towards the former, but I'll keep reading it.
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