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TBR for May 2009

Well, April is over and it was a pretty rough month for me, personally. A lot of ups and downs; a lot of new stressors and pressure placed on me. But I managed to survive and for the most part, keep my sanity. (Although I am sure a few people would have a few CHOICE comments to make on my sanity…. ::glances with suspicious eyes:: yeah, I am talk to you…. ). 


And I even managed to read a few books while I was at it. (Although the sad part is that 3 of the 4 books were read exclusively AT WORK…. ). Luckily, with the tv seasons coming to a close, I will find myself with more time on my hands, so I can spend more time reading… (I REALLY miss the days of sitting on a raft in a pool, with a novel in one hand and a little drink with an umbrella and fruit on a sword in the cup holder… ah, the good of days of summer… Maybe I will have to find a place to put up my hammock and sit in it and read, like I did when I was in college and between classes….).


So, here is the list of books I managed to read this month…



· Star Wars: New Jedi Order- Agents of Chaos- Hero’s Trial- James Luceno; the 3rd book in the New Jedi Order Saga from earlier this decade. This book examines Han Solo’s ongoing grieving for the loss of ________________. At the same time, a plot to attack and kill the Jedi is hatched by the invading Vuuzhan Vong forces. Meanwhile, a new twist is introduced in the novel- a possible new ally against the invaders? Overall, the series is starting to pick up, a bit. Up to now, there hasn’t been much involving Luke Skywalker- the series seems to be focusing more on the Solos and other members of the Jedi Order, but at the conclusion of this book, one gets the feeling that Skywalker is going to show who is the BMF Jedi around…


· ST: DSN- Rising Son – S.D. Perry; I am steadily getting caught up on my DSN novels . (Like the New Jedi Order saga, I hope to be caught up on things by the end of the year… HOPEFULLY). Now, this book never really struck me as one that I was looking forward to reading. (Sorry, but Jake Sisko has always struck me as the Small School Bus version of Wesley Crusher). But, I knew that in order to read the other books, I had to read this one. But once I started, it was pretty good. My first thoughts when meeting the crew of Even Odd’s were- hello, anyone thinking “Firefly”? A crew of misfits, who go around “salvaging” stuff from around the quadrant, while avoiding the authorities….


· Who Moved My Blackberry? – Lucy Kellaway; As I have said before, one of my reading weaknesses is journals and diaries. Well, with the 21st century comes the newest versions- blogs and e-mails. This novel falls under this newest category. During the course of one year, the reader is introduced to the successes and failures of Martin Lukes, a director of Marketing at a Global company (that seems to do NOTHING… I am wondering if this the same company that Dilbert works for…). Using messages sent by e-mail, blackberry, and text messages, one watches the guy struggle to get ahead in a company that seems to be going nowhere, making a name for himself and subtly undercutting his coworkers, while trying to avoid all responsibilties at home with his family. (At one point, while reading the book, there is a section about the company wanting to find a new name for itself; the next day, at my RW job, we got a similar memo about trying to come up for a name for a new process we are starting… The irony of it was NOT lost on me). I would HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a few laughs at the ridiculous of the corporate world.


· Rainmaker- John Grisham; As I said a few months back, I am trying to get back into the books I read when I was younger and more naïve. And Grisham legal thrillers DEFINITELY fit this category- I read my first Grisham novel (The Firm) in 1992, and for a few years, I made it a point to read each one as it came out that year. Sadly, this practiced stopped and only recently had been picked up again. The Rainmaker is one of the books I first started reading back when it came out (I use to sneak reading the book while babysitting the neighbors kids; their Dad is a lawyer and LOVED reading the books). But sadly, I never managed to get very far into the book. And what was worse was that I had to sit and watch the movie, with the Ex Wife, before I had a chance to read the book. (This is a BIG Ross NO-NO… I try to read a book before I see the movie). So, while I had an idea how the trial would end, I was surprise by what happened AFTER that. (The movie failed to give the complete ending of the book… so I was surprised by part of what happens). And while the idea of a client dying from cancer did hit home a little to close for me right now, I still managed to enjoy the book.


And here is the ones for May:






Trek Related

· ST: Day of Honor Saga- Various Authors

· ST:Enterprise- Rosetta- Dave Stern

· ST:Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind- David Mack

· ST:TNG Genesis Wave Book 3 – John Vornholt

· ST: DSN- Rising Son – S.D. Perry

· ST: DSN Left Hand of Destiny Book 1-

· ST:TOS # 13 Wounded Sky- Diane Duane

· ST:Voyager #17 Death of a Neutron Star- Eric Kotani

· ST: Mirror Universe Shards and Shadows- Various Authors

· ST:Voyager Full Circle- Kirsten Beyer

· Star Trek- Alan Dean Foster



Star Wars Related

· Star Wars: Clone Wars- Shatterpoint – Matthew Stover

· Star Wars: New Jedi Order- Agents of Chaos- Hero’s Trial- James Luceno

· Star Wars: New Jedi Order- Agents of Chaos- Jedi Eclipse- James Luceno

· Star Wars: Clone Wars- Wild Space- Karen Miller


Doctor Who/ Torchwood

· Monsters Inside- Stephen Cole

· Winner Takes All- Jacqueline Rayner

· Deviant Strain- Justin Richards

· Only Human- Gareth Roberst

· Stealers of Dreams- Steve Lyons

· Stone Rose- Jacqueline Rayner

· Feast of the Drowned- Stephen Cole

· Resurrection Casket- Justin Richards

· Made of Steel- Terrence Dicks


· Torchwood: Slow Decay- Andy Lane


Media Tie In Novels

· Quantum Leap: Pulitzer- L. Elizabeth Storm

· 4400: Vesuvius Prophecy- Greg Cox

· 24 Declassified: Veto Power- John Whitman

· Red Dwarf Omnibus- Grant Naylor

· Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: Child of the Hunt

· Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen- Alan Dean Foster


Sci Fi

· Earth- David Brin

· Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat- Harry Harrison


Military/ Adventure

· Op Center: Line of Control

· Net Force: Spring Board - Steve Perry & Larry Segriff

· Splinter Cell - David Michaels

· Special Forces - Tom Clancy

· Last World War- Dayton ward


Comic Book Related books

· Batman: Dead White - John White

· Captain America: Liberty's Torch

· Wolverine: Weapon X- Marc Cerasini

· DC Universe: Helltown

· Spiderman: The Darkness Hours- Jim Butcher

· Spiderman: Down These Mean Streets- Keith R.A. Decandido

· Lois and Clark- C.J. Cherryh

Fiction /Mystery/ Legal Thriller

· Camel Club- David Baldacci

· Up Country - Nelson DeMille

· Department Thirty- David Kent

· The Company- Robert Littell

· Assassini- Thomas Gifford

· Conspiracy- Allan Topol

· Avenger-Frederick Forsyth

· Inside Ring- Mike Lawson 

· Then We Came to the End- Joshua Ferris

·Monkey's Raincoat- Robert Crais

· K is for Killer- Sue Grafton

· Four to Score- Janet Evanovich

· Blowfly - Patricia Cornwell

· Violets are Blue- James Patterson

· State of Fear- Michael Crighton

· Hard Rain- Barry Eisler

· Cruel Justice- William Berhardt

· The Red Box- Rex Stout

· The Gun Seller- Hugh Laurie

· Tunnel Vision- Sara Paretsky

· One Fearful Yellow Eye- John D. MacDonald

· Two for Tanner- Lawrence Block

· Black Betty- Walter Mosley

· Rising Phoenix- Kyle Mills

· Dinosaur Club- William Heffernan

· Morning for Flamingoes- James Lee Burke



Sherlock Holmes Novel

· A Slight Trick of the Mind- Mitch Cullin

· Sherlock Holmes: the Missing Years- Jamyang Norbu

· Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorized Biography- Nick Rennison

· Shadows over Baker Street- Various


Nonfiction/ Humor

· Dragons of Eden- Carl Sagan

· Nerds 2.0.1

· Dilbert Future - Scott Adams

· Why Do Men Have Nipples- Billy Goldber & Mark Leyner

· Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex- Billy Goldber & Mark Leyner

· Just Checking: Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive Compulsive- Emily Colas




( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 3rd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
My mother read Who Moved My Blackberry? back when it came out and loved it; she kept on quoting the jokes at me.

Personally, I thought that the New Jedi Order didn't really take off until Edge of Victory: Rebirth, but from there on out it was pretty much fantastic. I think you're going to see a continued focus on the younger Jedis in lieu of Luke, though. Did you read Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor? Now there's a Luke BMF book if there ever was one.

May. 6th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I LOVED the book- I actually had to stop myself from reading it all in one night...
Something about seeing this sort of self-deluted character really amused and entertained me to no end.

And as for Star Wars: New Jedi Order books- well, I started the first book back when it came out in '99.. then decided to pick up the series 10 years later..
(I am thinking I might need to create a character sheet, to use a book mark, to keep track of who is who, what is what, and where the force is..)
I picked up the Luke Skywalker novel when it came to the library, and started reading it... yeah, from the beginning, Luke did havce a certain BMF feel to himself...
However, I ended up having to return it and put it on the TBR later list..
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