Briggs Land, Vol. 2: Lone Wolves by Brian Wood by Brian WoodBrian Wood(1 day)
Read as single issues. Collects issues #7-#12. #100booksin2017
Grace Briggs is now the leader of the largest antigovernment secessionist group in the United States, having outmaneuvered both Federal law enforcement and an attempted takeover by white power stormtroopers. But troubles at home remain, and when a chance encounter with innocent civilians blows up into an ugly hostage situation, the privacy and integrity of Briggs Land is compromised. Meanwhile, Jim Briggs, humiliated at losing control of the family, seeks revenge.
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The Book of Swords by Gardner DozoisGardner Dozois(8 days)
An excellent collection of stories by a great bunch of authors , some of whom I had already read and some of whose stories I’m reading for the first time. 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction — and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.
  • The Best Man Wins by K.J. Parker
  • Her Father’s Sword by Robin Hobb
  • The Hidden Girl by Ken Liu
  • The Sword of Destiny by Matthew Hughes
  • “I Am a Handsome Man”, Said Apollo Crow by Kate Elliott
  • The Triumph of Virtue by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Mocking Tower by Daniel Abraham
  • Hrunting by C.J. Cherryh
  • A Long, Cold Trail by Garth Nix
  • When I Was a Highwayman by Ellen Kushner
  • The Smoke of Gold Is Glory by Scott Lynch
  • The Colgrid Conundrum by Rich Larson
  • The King’s Evil by Elizabeth Bear
  • Waterfalling by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Sword Tyraste by Cecelia Holland
  • The Sons of the Dragon by George R.R. Martin
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Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim LebbonTim Lebbon (Audible)(6 days)
I got this as a freebie from Audible in Jan 2017. This book bridges the gap between the first two Alien movies: #Alien and Aliens.
As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors…. Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.
With a full cast production, I liked the additional special effects which greatly enhanced my enjoyment of this #audiobook during my daily commute. #100booksin2017  


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This weekend, I finally got around to meeting the #Inhumans Royal family from Atillan, both in comic form and on television. I’m glad that I missed out watching the premiere on IMAX. The feature wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would be. Good that I saved around 500 bucks. I then read the book, Inhumans by Paul Jenkins & Jae Lee. This seemed to be the source that has been adapted for the television series. I think I’ll give this series a shot and then read the rest of their adventures.


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Night of Knives by Ian Cameron EsslemontIan Cameron Esslemont
Drawing on events touched on in the prologue of Steven Erikson's landmark fantasy Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous chapter in the unfolding story of the extraordinarily imagined world of Malaz.
I read this on the train from Mysore to Chennai. I finished this book right after the train crossed Bangalore.
The small island of Malaz and its city gave the great empire its name, but now it is little more than a sleepy, backwater port. Tonight, however, things are different. Tonight the city is on edge, a hive of hurried, sometimes violent activity; its citizens bustle about, barring doors, shuttering windows, avoiding any stranger’s stare. Because tonight there is to be a convergence, the once-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon – an occasion that threatens the good people of Malaz with demon hounds and other, darker things… It was also prophesied that this night would witness the return of Emperor Kellanved, and there are those prepared to do anything to prevent this happening. As factions within the greater Empire draw up battle lines over the imperial throne, the Shadow Moon summons a far more ancient and potent presence for an all-out assault upon the island. Witnessing these cataclysmic events are Kiska, a young girl who yearns to flee the constraints of the city, and Temper, a grizzled, battle-weary veteran who seeks simply to escape his past. Each is to play a part in a conflict that will not only determine the fate of Malaz City, but also of the world beyond…


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