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Ubik (Philip K. Dick)

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Didn't care much for the first half. A solid chunk of the satire rings true, but Dick's distant future of 1992 is too gaudy to take seriously; it serves only as a noisome distraction, taking me out of the story. But by the halfway point, once we enter into the mindfuckery, the narrative gets engrossing. Overall, it's the second least impressive PKD novel I've read.

6.5/10
"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be."

Bhagavad Gita 2:12
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I haven't historically been much of a book reader, but I started getting into ebooks in 2018 and have read quite a bit.

The Avalon: Web of Magic series by Rachel Roberts is good fun, if you like magical girls, and an animated TV series is in development, with the goal supposedly being to adapt all 12 novels.

I've also read the first 4 (of 5) books of The Teen Witch Chronicles by Laura Marie, a fairly typical urban fantasy high school series (in book 4, Emily blatantly acknowledges the plot exists only because she's sticking her nose in other people's business).

I've also read the first 2 Unicorns of Balinor novels by Mary Stanton. It's fairly nice (not much depth to them), and I plan to read all 8 books, even though I know it just stops instead of having a proper ending.

I've also been reading the Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana Paxson. It started with The Mists of Avalon and was then followed by a bunch of prequels. My goal is to read the entire saga in chronological story order. I started with The Fall of Atlantis, an earlier Bradley novel that Paxson retroactively connected to the Avalon saga (supposedly based on an idea from Bradley). Despite the title, Atlantis doesn't actually fall in the novel. For that, you have to wait for Ancestors of Avalon, the direct sequel. This novel describes the settlement of the Atlantean refugees in Britain and the founding of Avalon (although it's not named as such yet). Then I took a detour to read Bradley's The Firebrand, a novel about the Trojan War from the point of view of Kassandra. I did this, because the next chronological Avalon novel takes place after the Trojan War, and some Trojans are said to have settled in Britain, so I thought Paxson might have referenced the novel. Nope. The only reference is to a scene toward the end of the novel, and that's only because the scene in question is in the original myth. Last year, I finally started reading Sword of Avalon, and I'm still only a little over halfway through it, because holy hell does it drag. It's technically about the forging of Excalibur, but large portions of the novel are spent away from Avalon (and the women), especially with a forced detour to ancient Greece to pick up the smith that's gonna forge the sword (although it was satisfying to see the victors of the Trojan War get their asses kicked). So that's where I'm at right now.
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Recently finished reading.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: It was alright, not mind-blowing, but it did make me wanna clean up my closets a bit and I have now trash bags full of clothes to give away. However, a lot of things in her book I won't bother to do nor apply because it doesn't fit me and who I am, and also a lot of things she relates were a bit cringey and questionable, but I could also feel how heartfelt she was about her beliefs. 6/10



Bleu Puzzle by Nathalie Dau: a tiny novel of a hundred pages that was extra-fantasist in a good way, even though the writing felt a bit over-the-top for nothing at times. Still an overall pleasant ride though. 6/10



The Woman with the Colt 45 by Marie Redonnet: Another tiny novel of a hundred pages that turned out to be a fresh surprise, the writing style was definitely peculiar yet good and entertaining, following the story of coming of age and independence of a middle-age women during wartime, and I really enjoyed it lots. 7/10

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(04-17-2020, 06:45 AM)lamath Wrote: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: It was alright, not mind-blowing, but it did make me wanna clean up my closets a bit and I have now trash bags full of clothes to give away. However, a lot of things in her book I won't bother to do nor apply because it doesn't fit me and who I am, and also a lot of things she relates were a bit cringey and questionable, but I could also feel how heartfelt she was about her beliefs. 6/10

 Yep, I read this (got it cheap) after watching her Netflix series. While I'm not gonna follow her advice, her enthusiasm is apparent. I actually highlghted the novel (digitally) a lot, not the useful advice but the rather off-the-wall comments.
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I just finished the prequel book for Star Trek Picard. It was really good and I would recommend it to any Star Trek fan. Like all the best sci-fi, it's a compelling story with lots of social commentary.
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it's cool
i liked it
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Two days ago, I finally finished Sword of Avalon and started on Ravens of Avalon, which skips ahead around 1,200 years. This one is based on an actual historical person (Boudica) and events (the Roman conquest of Britain), whereas the previous books were more mythological and took place in largely unknown times, so this should be interesting. I'm also finding, despite it not being too much shorter than Sword, I'm making faster progress on Ravens (it takes far less time to reach my daily reading goal of 1%).
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Stargate: Rebellion (Bill McCay)

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As a tie-in novel, and a tie-in novel to a movie as flawed as Stargate, no less, Rebellion certainly isn't a masterpiece. Character development for the returning characters from the film is nonexistent; the terrestrial villains are all one-dimensional and interchangeable; and continuity with the movie is sloppy (Having read the film novelization, I can tell McCay had, too, but hadn't watched the film itself prior to writing this book.). On the plus side, Hathor is a decent villainess (a little shortsighted, perhaps, but still far more effective and intimidating than her SG-1 counterpart); the insight into the inner workings of Ra's empire was refreshing; and I much prefer McCay's cynical depiction of the US military to the naive depiction of SG-1 & its spinoffs. I highly recommend it to fans of the movie who don't care for SG-1/are interested in a more film-faithful continuation.

7/10
"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be."

Bhagavad Gita 2:12
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I really enjoyed the full McCay series of Stargate sequels. They're an interesting look at an alternate universe to the one shown in SG-1. Although, confusingly, one book in the series references the show, but not by name.
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Fun fact: He also wrote a Star Trek: The Next Generation tie-in novel Chains of Command
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Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (Marcus J. Borg)

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IMHO, Borg makes a very compelling case for who the historical Jesus was and what his message really was about. Everyone who conflates conservative Christianity with Christianity in general — believers and non-believers alike — should read this for a new perspective.

9/10
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