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url 2017-08-14 18:25
Going Rogue! Free range reading ... nominate and vote any book for the Sept. thru 2018 books the booklikes TOR ebook club will be reading
Tor.com Publishing's 2017 Hugo Finalist Bundle - Carrie Vaughn,Kij Johnson,Victor LaValle,Nina Allan,Seanan McGuire,Fran Wilde,Kai Ashante Wilson,N.K. Jemisin,Alyssa Wong
Dark Run - Mike Brooks
The Adventures of Little Fuzzy: From the Original Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper - Benson Parker,H. Beam Piper,Michael Whelan,David Wenzel
The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth (Dark) - David McIntee
Fool's Assassin - Robin Hobb
The Quiet War - Paul J. McAuley
The Phoenix in Flight - Sherwood Smith,Dave Trowbridge
Alien Tango - Gini Koch

With TOR putting their monthly ebook freebie program on hold, our booklikes bookclub is going rogue, off the grid, off schedule, free range ... nominate and vote for any books that might be remotely suited for TOR (speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction ...).

 

Above, I displayed some of the currently nominated ones; visit the link and scroll down to nominate, vote and edit your voting. (Or click the "Next Books" tab in the bookclub if you lose this post/link.)

 

Books with most votes will be our September book, the next most likley the October book  (will look at current voting in case that changes during September) ..

 

Vote for as many as you like. Nominating a book automatically votes for it. If you click "Remove" that will remove your vote, not the book.

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/next/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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url 2017-08-14 17:20
TOR.com eBook Club freebie for August

So, looks like TOR has put the ebook club on hold until 2018 when a new one is being introduced. Haven't abandoned the booklikes bookclub for it—but, new ones are on hold until TOR brings it back or members want to backtrack through older offerings or nominate pretty much any SF/Fantasy book for the next reads.  

 

At https://ebookclub.tor.com TOR sayS:

July 2017 concludes the first year of the Tor.com Ebook Club.

Thanks for subscribing and downloading!

 

We'll be taking a break to gear up for the club's second year, kicking off in 2018.

 

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text 2017-08-06 01:13
Reading progress the 25% I committed to ... Nope, No, NO! … DNF
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Phèdre once more hints that if she had only known then what was to come … ya know what?  I don't give a shit what's to come.  DNF.

 

I realize I let my impression of her childhood as being groomed into child trafficking color my opinion of this.

 

But, holy cow, what is in this for me to get into?  I'm not bowled over by the writing -- it's decent but hardly immersive or that excellent.  I don't like the society, the characters, the storyline of pandering out these kids even though as promised at the 25% mark she at least is sounding more adult, the so-called politics that are supposed to be such hot shit with this pederast's wet dream and justification of child abuse and slavery.

 

I usually DNF very quickly.  I held out hope that this one might pick up enough to make me forget the beginning chapters because so well-recommended and because was reading for a booklikes bookclub August read.  I hate to bail on a bookclub read ...

 

Ugh.

 

If you do want to join in the bookclub read, it's at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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text 2017-08-01 23:07
Reading progress: Chapters 1-6
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Well, I have a friend whose reading tastes I normally share who adores this series.  I can already see where it could grow into some very complex, interesting politics/worldbuilding.

 

Right now, kinda meh on it.  I knew going in the main character would like pain (and nothing squicky like torturing or molesting children is happening although the system is exploiting them and risking such things ).  She has just turned 10 -- not unusual for fantasy genre books to start with someone's childhood -- where I expect it gets more interesting as she gets older.

 

Just basically right now she's been sold by mother to be raised in a temple(?) that's basically a brothel and then sold into what amounts to slavery from what I'm reading ("indentured servitude" for a decade or so if had been permitted to stay in the whorehouse ... er ... temple).  May say something about my reading tastes, but not that shocking or that interesting yet.  

 

Again, there are glimpses of a larger story where I can see this being a series I can get into.  Just not that exciting yet, she's not old enough to be that interesting or aware yet, and from her child's viewpoint not much known of this world yet.  

 

Very early in book.  I can get interested in a series if I can get interested in a character, a plot line, or the worldbuilding -- so, we'll see.  (I am past the days of hearing that book #2 or #5 or whatever in a series will hook me, I do need to remotely like the first book.)

 

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Reading this in August for bookclub http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .

 

Feel free to join in; any edition can be used.

 

Find more book clubs at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs .

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text 2017-08-01 20:35
Care to join a booklikes bookclub read?
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Reading this in August for bookclub http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .

 

Feel free to join in; any edition can be used.

 

Find more book clubs at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs .

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