Reading List #4

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of my reading list! Now, I skipped over one book in the process of going through my last read, and I’m ok with that.  As much as I do like sticking to lists and following a set plan from time to time, there are just some times where I’m like “alright, I can skip that one”.  And it’s not like the book isn’t on my reading list as it is, I just didn’t have the book to read it.  I’m sure it’ll show up on here again.  And speaking of, here is a very long list of books to come.  This should take me to that magical 50 books read this year.  Wish me luck!

Reminder: all covers come from Goodreads.

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Oooh, I Want to Read This #16

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Now, a quick question before I dive into this week’s selection: do any of you schedule yourself time to read? Since the new year rolled over, and my work schedule has straightened out a little bit, I have started to get in the habit of reading for 45 minutes in the morning, usually starting at 8:45. It helps me not only work on getting through my TBR pile, but also gets me going on getting my day focused.  I was just curious if any of you did the same thing, but maybe for longer periods of time? Let me know!

Anyway, on to the books, and remember, covers and synopsis come from Goodreads.com.

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If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with “The World of Ice and Fire”.

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.

Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, “The World of Ice and Fire” is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

First off, has anyone seen this book in person? The cover on this thing is GORGEOUS! I’m not one to gush over covers, but dang, this thing is a beauty.  Anyway, I love A Song of Ice and Fire series, and to have a book that covers the very extensive past of this monstrous series is a good thing.

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“Thou shalt kill.”

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I was tipped off to this book by Beth, who said that I might be up my alley.  And after reading the synopsis, I have to say that yes, yes it is right up my alley.

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Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…

But the museum’s directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

This was a very intriguing read when I first picked it up, and I really enjoyed getting to meet Agent Pendergast for the first time.  I really want to pick up more in this series, but first, I need to start at beginning, and take it one book at a time.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today folks.  Did you enjoy the selections for today? Are you a reading schedule reader? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #9

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Are you ready for some more books? I certainly am! Even though that I don’t read often, I still love reading.  And, I love the feel of the paper between my fingers. How about you guys? Do you like holding an actual book in your hands, or are you a fan of the digital era? Anyway, onto the books!

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I’ve had this series for quite a while now, and I’ve read the first two, but never got around to picking up the third one.  But that ends soon folks! Well, after I re-read the series.  After all, I’m gonna need a refresher.  And I love the interesting premise of the series, and I really want to know how it ends!

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So, it’s no secret that I pre-planned the entire month of December well ahead of time.  So, as I got to the end of my list, which have been prepped weeks in advance, I find myself asking this question: How did I stumble upon this book? Then, I read the synopsis.  And realize that it doesn’t matter how I found it, but that I’m excited to read it.  It’s intriguing, and feels right up my alley.

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Is anyone else feeling rather impatient about the wait for The Winds of Winter? I could go back and re-read through all of these books again, taking just as much time I did the first time I read through them, all in order to be caught up for Winter.  That, or I could finish the five books, and STILL be ahead of Mr. Martin.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you folks today.  Are you ready to start hunkering down for the long winter’s reading sessions? I sure am.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want to Read This #6

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Oooh, I Want to Read This”.  Have I tickled your fancy yet? I hope that I’ve at least given you one recommendation for a future read.  I know that I’m ready for some great reads on my “to-read” list.  Speaking of, time to give you my weekly choices! Here we go!

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Looking at the list of authors that have contributed to this short story anthology, and there are some very heavy hitters here.  Including those on the cover seen above, we’ve got other authors like Terry Pratchett contributing a story set in Discworld, George R.R. Martin’s “The Hedge Knight” and an entry in Raymond E. Feist’s The Riftwar Saga.  Holy heavy hitters in the genre of fantasy.

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Well, this is one of the quintessential series that science fiction fans have to read. Or at least, that’s what I think anyway.  I haven’t heard very many bad things about this book, and after all, this was the winner of the  “Best All-Time Series” Hugo Award, which even Asimov thought he wasn’t going to win, expecting it to go to “The Lord of the Rings”.  So, for this to beat out another outstanding series, I’m ready to dive right on into this series.

Short and sweet today.  Find something you want to read? Got any suggestions for any future reads? They just may end up here at a future date.  Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.