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text 2017-07-21 13:45
Finished Chapter Ten
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi

I'm still finding this amusing.  I'm not sure if everything I'm finding funny was intended to be.  So far, despite it being a booklikes book club read, I think I'm the only one reading this for the book club.

 

Some random snippets:

 

 

 

 

Feel free to join the booklikes Virtual Speculation Book Club read of Old Man's War at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation .

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text 2017-07-19 00:24
Reading progress: on to Chapter 7
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi

Well, at least now there is a drill sergeant so presumably starting basic training.  

 

Mentally, I just got myself stuck by hearing the sergeant's voice as being exactly the same as Sergeant Carter's from the Gomer Pyle tv show.  I now cannot unhear that.

 

 

and before that voice:

 

 

Feel free to join the booklikes Virtual Speculation Book Club read of Old Man's War at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation .

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text 2017-07-14 18:51
Schedule Question for book club TOR Monthly Free eBook
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Reminder: any edition of the book can be read (do not have to download the free ebook from publisher TOR/Macmillan).

 

Should we read the books as soon as announced or start them the next month?

 

"As announced" would mean reading this one now through middle of August.

 

"Next month" would mean an August read, giving people time to get book and adjust reading plans.  Bookclub would show current read plus mid-August when next announced would show a next book.

 

Will anyone be joining me in reading Kushiel's Dart or is this month's freebie of no interest (or already read, it is an older publication)?

 

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 

 

Get book free at http://ebookclub.tor.com/  (you will be asked for email address and receive notice of each month's freebie).

 

Feel free to join in the bookclub read at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/book/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .

 

Publisher page for book details is https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765342980 .

 

Source: >booklikes.com/book-clubs/book/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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text 2017-07-14 18:18
Finished Chapter 6
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi

I like John, the protagonist.  I still like the writing and enjoy the way it reeks of some favorite classic SF writers.  A bit hokey and convenient with the sudden friendships (which of course include those who are "in the know" aka infodump potential), but that can happen with recruits.

 

Overall, lighter and funnier than I was expecting (admittedly, not yet into basic training or combat).

 

But also creepier.

 

Seriously, these CDF powers-that-be seem squicky.  It's good that they do reveal to the recruits some realities like 75% not making it through their term of enlistment, that the two-year term signed up for with caveat that if needed could be up to ten years was going to be the full ten years, that there are few allies in the discovered intelligent aliens … better that such had been revealed before signing on the dotted line.

 

The casual talk of need for colonies meaning that already inhabited by intelligent aliens planets would be invaded -- none of the recruits seem to even blink.

 

It even creeps me out that the first thing all recruits do with their new bodies is have sex, with strangers, mostly in public places because of roommate situations.  Not that I don't think most wouldn't -- particularly if old age and health issues had impacted things like getting an erection or just plain old having a dry spell.  But everyone?  All of them?  The first thing everyone does with a renewal of health and youth?

 

It just creeps me out wondering what the CDF did to the ones who would never consider public sex, who had other sexual traumas causing issues, whose belief systems (and they did mention that representative clergy from the earth religions were on board and available for counseling) or personal preferences prohibited such hookups ... did they just not make the transition to new bodies or were their brains modified?  Didn't anyone want to do other  enjoyed activities age and ill health had caused them to give up?

 

Yeah, I know, overthinking an actually brief part of the book.

 

Feel free to join the booklikes Virtual Speculation Book Club read of Old Man's War at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation 

 

 

Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline CareyThe Blinding Knife - Brent Weeks  Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me The Blinding Knife while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey;  the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation
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text 2017-07-13 19:20
Book Club Read: TOR Monthly free ebook
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

I'm glad this month's free ebook from TOR is this first in series (Kushiel's Legacy) one because I keep meaning to get around to reading it.  Friends rave about it.

 

Get book free at http://ebookclub.tor.com/  (you will be asked for email address and receive notice of each month's freebie).

 

Feel free to join in the bookclub read at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/book/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .

 

Publisher page for book details is https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765342980 .

 

Not positive it will be everyone's cup of tea who joined the booklikes bookclub for the TOR monthly freebie; supposedly pretty explicit and a dark fantasy.  The "dark fantasy" isn't always what I am in the mood to read — hence why I kept putting it off.

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/book/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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