Roundballnz (Alex) Wanderings thru time ..... lets try again

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Roundballnz (Alex) Wanderings thru time ..... lets try again

gen. 5, 2020, 3:27 am

Okay here's to ending 2019 a very random reading year ..... 2020 is here & I intend to read more consistently, rather than mindlessly goofing off on SM ( its been my guilty pleasure in 2019 cause reasons ....)

apologise for dropping off the grid in LT land .....

Editat: gen. 5, 2020, 3:28 am

Normally, my reading is heavily slanted toward Speculative fiction, science fiction and fantasy genre reading, with Historical, Crime & Lit in there as well .....

Read off my shelves (BOMBs) & libraries first, but I say that every year & fail miserably due to my Inner Magpie - look shiny new thing .... but last 2 years have been vast improvement on previous attempts

You won't find me in the challenges, but will pop in & chat when the moment takes me ....

75+ Books probably not as am slow reader & life gets in the way, but you never know miracles do happen, I did hit 50+ last year so my reading is coming back to life ...

Oh yeah if you haven't guessed am based down under (NZ)

In my spare time I complete Ultra marathons .... so expect the normal dips of quietness

Editat: gen. 5, 2020, 3:34 am

Series I want to complete - ongoing:


Peter Hamilton reading - challenge ?

So I have read/listened to:

Great North Road - which I loved but I don't think everyone does ???
The Void trilogy - The Dreaming Void The Temporal Void The Evolutionary Void

Commonwealth universe:
Commonwealth Saga - Pandora's Star Judas Unchained

Commonwealth universe continued: The Abyss Beyond Dreams A Night Without Stars

The Abyss Beyond Dreams - Read
A Night Without Stars -Read

Nights dawn: The Reality Dysfunction - Read

Then Nights dawn: The Reality Dysfunction The Neutronium Alchemist The Naked God

Followed by:

Confederation - start A Second Chance at Eden

lastly Fallen Dragon

Sounds right ????


Dave Hutchinson:

Europe in Autumn
Europe at Midnight
Europe in Winter
Europe at Dawn


N.K Jemisin:

The fifth season - READ - love it ! - currently re-reading
The Obelisk Gate
The stone sky


Then Some Ken macleod:

Corporation wars : Dissidence Insurgence Emergence

Engines of light: Cosmonaught keep , Dark light , Engine city


Transformation Series:Neal Asher

Dark Intelligence (Transformation, #1)
War Factory (Transformation #2)
Infinity Engine (Transformation, #3)


More to come .......

gen. 5, 2020, 3:30 am


gen. 5, 2020, 3:31 am

I'll be back .....

gen. 5, 2020, 5:09 pm

Welcome back!

gen. 5, 2020, 8:49 pm

Enjoy your reading this year!

gen. 5, 2020, 8:56 pm

Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

gen. 6, 2020, 11:17 am

Happy New Year, Alex!

gen. 6, 2020, 12:33 pm

Happy reading in 2020, Alex!

gen. 9, 2020, 9:45 am

Happy 2020, Alex!

gen. 9, 2020, 1:05 pm

Happy New Year, Alex!

gen. 10, 2020, 1:05 am

Hey Alex- how is that summer reading coming along???

gen. 11, 2020, 8:55 pm

Incoming Audiobooks:
Dark Emu def worth a listen with what is currently going on in Australia
Reality is not what it seems

Current library haul:
The wild places another great one by Robert Macfarlane
Mountains of the mind
The Rise of ultra runners
10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world

trying a new thing of taking at lunch break, that is not a gym time break ... did it once & did not kill me, so maybe once a week 🤓

Book reading is light as head into my main event, but I have good intentions, hence audiobooks as well

Happy new year everyone .....

gen. 11, 2020, 9:51 pm

Hi Alex - I'm currently listening to Hamilton's second Salvation book. I'm not hugely invested in this trilogy and probably should have waited for all three books. I really enjoyed both Fallen Dragon and Great North Road. My current speculative focus is Neal Stephenson, there are at least 3 of his I want to get to once I'm done with Salvation Lost.
Anyway good luck with your 2020 reading plans.

feb. 22, 2020, 11:09 am

Missing you over here, Alex.

març 28, 2020, 3:53 am

Alex !

abr. 5, 2020, 10:51 pm

Hope you have had a lovely, peaceful, safe and healthy weekend, Alex

abr. 12, 2020, 1:12 am

I wanted my message this year to be fairly universal in a time we all should be pulling together, whatever our beliefs. Happy Celebration, Happy Sunday, Alex

abr. 12, 2020, 1:12 am

And a belated birthday wish here too. I did wish you on FB as you don't seem to visit here much these days!

juny 20, 2020, 5:42 am

Since the last half dozen messages over here are mine, Alex, I am guessing you have rather given up on us all.

Hope you are ok.

nov. 23, 2020, 3:36 pm

Just popping by to say that I see you have The political Years by Marilyn Waring listed amongst your books! I am reading this at present, it is so interesting. It is giving me good lessons about how it was for my mother when she was my age and younger, fancy being a woman in Muldoon's New Zealand an the 1970s!!

des. 5, 2020, 4:44 pm

I am back ..... fell into a deep book funk & well we all know 2020 has been a tough one - been too exhausted to read ... podcasts & now audiobooks have been my way back.

sometimes you need to right book to bring you back for me that was Ministry of the Future (see LT touchstones are still as bad as ever ) Kim Stanley Robinson

I am not going to promise to catch up with you all ... but will be more active come 2021 version of the group 🤓

des. 5, 2020, 4:48 pm

>22 LovingLit: Yes 1970's were ... ummm interesting times to live in NZ .... sometimes i think, we have not changed as much as we like to think .. ( Fact we gave propertied woman the vote first, but since then .... well not so great)

des. 5, 2020, 5:22 pm

Great to see you posting Alex. Missed you mate.

des. 6, 2020, 12:30 am

Hey, Alex, good to see you here!

des. 9, 2020, 4:12 am

>24 roundballnz: it dawned on me just how parochial (word of the day!!!) the whole of NZ is/was when I read Sue McCauley's Other Halves many years ago. It was a book I saw on many of my friends' parents shelves, everyone seemed to have it. Even though it's fiction, it is so telling of how backwards our collective thinking was in the 80s!

PS I recommend The Political Years still :)

des. 12, 2020, 8:44 pm

>27 LovingLit: Other Halves now that brings back memories .... Lived thru 70/80's stuff NZ todays is/can be very different, but that stuff is still there if you scratch the surface esp outside main cities. One of the reasons i live in Auckland, you can be different here ...

Current reading haul from library
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
Apeirogon took it back last time as ran out of time so perfect for reading over possible xmas/summer break in between training 🤓

des. 12, 2020, 8:44 pm

>26 ronincats: Thanks ..... will try catch your thread

des. 25, 2020, 11:52 am

I hope you get some of those at least, Alex, as we all look forward to a better 2021.

des. 28, 2020, 4:53 pm

>30 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul - all best for 2021 - lets see what it brings

maig 23, 2021, 4:08 am