Print Story My turn for what I read in 2014
By Vulch (Thu Jan 01, 2015 at 03:06:35 PM EST) shelves full of books, tablets full of electrons (all tags)
After reviving my Goodreads account at Gedvondurs suggestion I set a goal of 150 for the year, at midnight last night the count was 138 containing 52,776 pages. On top of this are a number of shorter works from the Hugo voters pack (Which also meant I read the first third of Neptune's Brood and Parasite twice) plus the usual magazines.

Looking at the list March was light due to Journey to the West and December because I'm about a third of the way through Thomas Pickettys Capital in the 21st Century, though I've taken breaks for Just So Stories and Princess of Mars (John Carter got its UK TV Premiere over christmas) before carrying on.

According to the Goodreads stats I five-starred four books during the year, I've mentioned The Martian by Andy Weir and What If by Randall Munroe in Mr Escargots diary and can add Broken Homes which is the fourth in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovich and The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis which is sort of a House of Cards but with polite Canadians.

Other highlights, Twelve Days on the Somme came from the College project on the First World War, the author Sidney Rogerson is a former student, and The Dark Colony by Richard Penn is a story of what can be hidden in almost plain sight when asteroid belt colonies are limited by real technology, it appears to be self published via Amazon and there's a second volume available.

I've been reading more e-books this year, I still prefer actual books but (a) Angry Robot celebrated the release of their hundredth title by selling 100 bundles of those 100 books for 100 quid and (b) I switched my blood doning from whole blood every 4 months to platelets every 3 weeks (and along the way picked up an official diagnosis of 'White Coat Syndrome' or 'I'm a wuss' as my pulse rate and blood pressure shoot up every time I'm at the doctors or the Blood Donor Centre) which involves being strapped to a machine for around an hour with only one arm available to hold reading material and turn pages. There's a definite limit to how much daytime TV I can tolerate when I'm not being paid for watching it.

And the books...













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1.) Polite Canadians is redundant. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jan 02, 2015 at 12:58:47 AM EST
2.) Stop giving that hack Jeter money. It encourages him.
3.) "Asteroid Belt Police" - Meh. Niven did it first.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

1. True by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jan 02, 2015 at 08:13:58 AM EST
2. It was part of the Angry Robot bundle so his percentage of the whole pound shouldn't encourage him too much.
3. But the Goldskins had magic fusion drives.

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i am vodka and i appfove this mewsage by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Jan 03, 2015 at 03:11:43 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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