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10. The Path of Daggers (WoT #8) - not bad, though it still dragged a bit in the middle.



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19. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor.

20. Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold. Five stars, my favorite Miles Vorkosigan book by far. 



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21. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. Clone murder mystery on a generation ship. So, so, so good. 



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35. The Dragon Reborn, by Robert Jordan

*tugs braid*
*smoothes skirt*
*sticks out tongue*

Jordan can't write women for ****, can he?

36. Monstress volume 1: Awakening, by Marjorie Lou
37. War Stories volume 1, by Garth Ennis
38. War Stories volume 2: by Garth Ennis
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11. Number: The Language of Science by Tobias Dantzig.

I'm slogging through Winter's Heart; the braid-tugging and skirt smoothing are still there, and most of the women characters fear another woman will pop out of her dresses lately, they're so low cut. No wonder they want to make WoT into a tv series.



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12. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. 



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22. Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston.



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1. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning (Daniel Handler)

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room (Daniel Handler)

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window (Daniel Handler)

4. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill (Daniel Handler)

5. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy (Daniel Handler)

6. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator (Daniel Handler)

7. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village (Daniel Handler)

8. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Hostile Hospital (Daniel Handler)

9. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival (Daniel Handler)

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope (Daniel Handler)

11. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto (Daniel Handler)

12. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril (Daniel Handler)

13. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End (Daniel Handler)

14. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Robert Bellarmine)

15. The Complete Works of Tertullian (Tertullian)

16. The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages (Scott Hahn)

17. The Happiest Toddler on the Block (Harvey Karp)

18. Introvert Survival Tactivs (Patrick King)

19. The Man Who Could Be King (John Ripin Miller)

20. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (Nicholas Meyer)

21. Shadows on the Sun (Michael Jan Friedman)

22. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (Daniel Handler)

23. Meddling Kids: A Novel (Edgar Cantero)

24. A Study In Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)

25. The Last of August (Brittany Cavallaro)

26. Heaven Starts Now (John Riccardo)

27. Kubrick's Game (Derek Taylor Kent)

28. The Canary Trainer (Nicholas Meyer)

29. Wayne of Gotham (Tracy Hickman)

30. Unoffendable (Brant Hansen)

31. The Ripper Legacy (David Stuart Davies)

32. Golden Prey (John Sandford)

33. Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (Agatha Christie)

34. The Whitechapel Horrors (Edward B. Hanna)

35. The Whitechapel Vampire (Dean Turnbloom)

36. Unbound (Neal Lozano)

37. Dust and Shadow (Lyndsay Faye)

38. The Gift of Failure (Jessica Lahey)

39. Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1

40. Afterlife with Archie Vol. 2

41. The Employee's Guide to the EEOC

42. Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert (Patricia Cornwell)

43. The Return of Moriarty (John Gardner)

44. The Ignatian Workout for Lent (Tim Muldoon)

45. Waiting to Be Heard (Amanda Knox)

46. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War (Joseph Loconte)

47. Cross the Line (James Patterson)

48. Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons on Cana and Calvary (Fulton Sheen)

49. They Do It With Mirrors (Agatha Christie)

50. Nemesis (Agatha Christie)

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23. Inferno Squad by Christie Golden. The first Golden Star Wars book I've actually really liked. 



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AAAAARGHHHH! Every year I start posting in this thread, but then stop about three months in. So behind.

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51. Batman Arkham Knight

52. The Westing Game

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13. Winter's Heart (WoT #9) - not bad, started to drag about half way through, but pretty good finish. It's getting hard to remember all the characters, even reading them back-to-back. I couldn't imagine having multi-year gaps between volumes at this point. Sometimes I have to find a WoT wiki just to understand who is who and what they're doing.



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Oh good, I'm still on the fourth and am constantly wiki-omg characters.

Do character interactions between genders ever get better? Every single one, even if a character it just THINKING about someone of another gender, is completely saturated with "men are so stupid!" or "women are so mysterious and manipulating!" It's such childish and frustrating to read.

I will say though it's really cool to be reading this on the heels of someone else doing it as well.
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As of WH, the gender interactions haven't noticeably changed as far as I can tell. Some of the characters are married now, and have mellowed a bit, but otherwise the interactions are the same. It just isn't as irritating anymore, probably because I skip to the dialogue, and those kinds of statements don't typically show up in characters' speech. 

 

Upon reflection, as far as Aes Sedai are concerned, they are mysterious and manipulating, deliberately so, much like the Bene Gesserit of the Dune series (but not as effective in their machinations, IMO). The reader is exposed to so many characters that are AS, AS-wannabes, or just interacting with AS on a regular basis that most of the characters would be heavily titled toward the women-are-mysterious-and-manipulating point of view. The women characters are written as wanting to be seen that way. 

 

I'm going to start Crossroads of Twilight in a couple of days. I'm getting tired of fantasy, having been at it since December, but I'm not quitting until I'm done with WoT. Then I'll probably steer clear of any fantasy stories for a good long while. 


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Oh good, I'm still on the fourth and am constantly wiki-omg characters.

 

Things are just ramping up on that front.

 

 

 

Upon reflection, as far as Aes Sedai are concerned, they are mysterious and manipulating, deliberately so, much like the Bene Gesserit of the Dune series (but not as effective in their machinations, IMO).

 

No, they really don't hold a candle to the Bene Gesserit as far as scheming goes.  The Bene Gesserit were a whole lot better at reading the lay of the land and reacting to it even if they failed at times.  They lost their way thanks to Leto II, but they managed to survive and continue scheming despite it all.

 

The Aes Sedai are much more subject to infighting, as the very concept of Ajahs led to both internal conflict and tunnel vision.  And that's even before taking into account the whole Black Ajah problem.  A good chunk of the difficulties for the protagonists in the books basically stems from Aes Sedai dysfunction, arrogance, and questionable leadership.



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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince /JK Rowling
 
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1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / JK Rowling
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / JK Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / JK Rowling
4. Mistress / James Patterson
5. Revival / Stephen King
6. Throne of Glass / Sarah J. Maas
7. Crown of Midnight / Sarah J. Maas
8. Heir of Fire / Sarah J. Maas
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson
10. The Girl who Played with Fire / Stieg Larsson
11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest / Stieg Larsson (9/2)
12. The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern (9/6)
13. The Gods of Guilt / Michael Connelly (9/24)
14. The Girl in the Spider's Web / David Lagercrantz (10/4) 
15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / JK Rowling (10/12)
16. Flawed / Cecilia Ahern (10/27)
17. The Lincoln Lawyer / Michael Connelly (10/30)
18. 9 Dragons / Michael Connelly (11/5)
19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / JK Rowling (11/17)
20. The Reversal / Michael Connelly (11/26)
21. The Closers / Michael Connelly (12/2)
22. 1984 / George Orwell (12/4)
23. Echo Park / Michael Connelly (12/14)
 
I'm jumping on this train very late this year. I know I've read more than this but the titles have fallen out of my head!

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14. China: A New History by John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman. Finally! 



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24. Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold. This was was really dark, but really good. 7 Vorkosigan books down, 7 more to go. (I skipped three unrelated ones.) 



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39. Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
40. The Shadow Rising, by Robert Jordan
41. King Rat, by China Mieville
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I'm so happy that the Vorkosigan Saga just won a Hugo for Best Series! Good job, Lois! Write more, please.

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36. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. [On Mara's recommendation upthread]

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Awesome! What did you think?

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I liked it. Didn't love it, and I'm not sure why. It has everything I love in hard sci-fi.

37. Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

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25. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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15. The Hammer of God by Arthur Clarke. Needed a break from the fantasy.





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