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📚 The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle (1892) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published January 1892.

Goodreads Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie Award winner for best narrator Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first-rate Yuletide whodunit “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”. Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.

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📚 Blade Runner (Blade Runner Book 1) by Philip K. Dick (1968) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Blade Runner (Blade Runner Book 1) (aka Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)” by Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968.

Goodreads A final, apocalyptic, world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending the majority of mankind off-planet. Those who remain, venerate all remaining examples of life, and owning an animal of your own is both a symbol of status and a necessity.

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📚 Jingle Bell Pop by John Seabrook (2018) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Jingle Bell Pop: How to Make A Holiday Hit” by John Seabrook, first published December 6th 2018.

Goodreads It seems like every year, the holiday season arrives earlier and earlier. Before Halloween’s ghosts and ghouls have even had their chance to come out of the shadows, sleigh bells and ribbons begin to materialize at the mall and towering tinsel-tinged trees appear in our living rooms. But the most telltale sign of the arrival of yuletide festivities is the unceasingly merry melody of the seasonal songbook, from “Silent Night” to “Santa Baby.

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📚 The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (1823) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, first published in 1823.

Goodreads Rascal Flatts performs a famous Christmas poem for patients at a Nashville children’s hospital - and the result is pure magic. For over a decade, country music superstars Rascal Flatts have built a special relationship with the kids at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through annual performances and fund-raisers. In 2018 they poured their hearts into a reading of Clement C.

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📚 The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1894) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Christmas Hirelings” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, first published in 1894.

Goodreads A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season. First published in 1893, The Christmas Hirelings is a delightful short tale of compassion and redemption.

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📚 The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 by Arthur Conan Doyle (2010) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Book 3" by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 2010.

Goodreads Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest.

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📚 Paradox Bound by Peter Clines (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Paradox Bound” by Peter Clines, first published September 26th 2017.

Goodreads Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town’s still got a video store, for God’s sake. So why doesn’t Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he’d ever admit it, but maybe he’s been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who’s roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires.

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📚 Light Falls by Brian Greene (2016) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein” by Brian Greene, first published October 25th 2016.

Goodreads Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein’s discovery of the general theory of relativity. Featuring an original score by composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Pollock), Einstein’s electrifying journey toward his greatest achievement is brought vividly to life.

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📚 Deliverance by James Dickey (1970) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Deliverance” by James Dickey, first published in 1970.

Goodreads The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state’s most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

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📚 All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries Book 1) by Martha Wells (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries Book 1)” by Martha Wells, first published May 2nd 2017.

Goodreads In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.

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📚 Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden (2014) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Alien: River of Pain (Alien Series)” by Christopher Golden, first published November 25th 2014.

Goodreads Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 - resting place of the Nostromo and the xenomorph she first encountered - has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

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📚 Pet Sematary by Stephen King (1983) ★★★★★

Finished reading “Pet Sematary”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published November 14th 1983.

Goodreads Never before available on unabridged audio! Dexter’s Michael C. Hall reads this classic horror story described by Publishers Weekly as the “most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written”. When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true.

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📚 Everything All at Once by Bill Nye (2017) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem” by Bill Nye, first published July 11th 2017.

Goodreads Bill Nye has been the public face of science for more than 20 years. In Everything All At Once, the New York Times bestselling author issues a call to arms meant to rouse everyone to become the change they want to see in the world.

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📚 The Playground by Ray Bradbury (1953) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Playground” by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1953.

Goodreads “The Playground” was part of the first hardcover edition of Ray Bradbury’s legendary work Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. In the story, Charles Underhill is a widower who will do anything to protect his young son Jim from the horrors of the playground - a playground which he and the boy pass by daily and the tumult of which, the activity, brings back to Charles the anguish of his own childhood.

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📚 The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1) by Patrick Rothfuss (2007) ★★★★★

Finished reading “The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1)” by Patrick Rothfuss, first published March 27th 2007.

Goodreads “My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in.

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📚 The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895) ★★★★★

Finished reading “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells, first published May 7th 1895.

Goodreads So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears.

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📚 Cosmos by Carl Sagan (1980) ★★★★★

Finished reading “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan, first published in 1980.

Goodreads Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

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📚 Island by Aldous Huxley (1962) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Island” by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1962.

Goodreads In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there.

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📚 Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Alien: Out of the Shadows (Alien Series)” by Tim Lebbon, first published December 17th 2013.

Goodreads 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.

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📚 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) ★★★★★

Finished reading “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (Middle-Earth Universe)” by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published September 21st 1937.

Goodreads In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

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📚 Dark World (Undying Mercenaries Book 9) by B.V. Larson (2018) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Dark World (Undying Mercenaries Book 9)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.

Goodreads Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the three hundred rebellious worlds they left behind. But many light years away on the far side of disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They’re stealing our planets, one at a time.

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📚 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, first published in 1952.

Goodreads Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.

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📚 Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (0180) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius, first published in 0180.

Goodreads Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus' own emotions.

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📚 West Cork by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde (2018) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “West Cork” by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde, first published February 8th 2018.

Goodreads This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

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📚 Alien by Alan Dean Foster (1979) ★★★★☆

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📚 The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (2014) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica, first published July 29th 2014.

Goodreads I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will. One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger.

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📚 Blood World (Undying Mercenaries Book 8) by B.V. Larson (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Blood World (Undying Mercenaries Book 8)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2017.

Goodreads A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep three hundred rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth’s legions are sent to BLOOD WORLD. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat.

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📚 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, first published in 1954.

Goodreads Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

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📚 Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (1959) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing, first published January 1st 1959.

Goodreads This is a new reading of the thrilling account of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice.

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📚 Alien: Covenant by Alan Dean Foster (2017) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Alien: Covenant (Alien Series)” by Alan Dean Foster, first published May 23rd 2017.

Goodreads Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

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📚 The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium Book 5) by David Lagercrantz (2017) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium Book 5)” by David Lagercrantz, first published September 7th 2017.

Goodreads The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side.

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📚 Rogue World (Undying Mercenaries Book 7) by B.V. Larson (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Rogue World (Undying Mercenaries Book 7)” by B.V. Larson, first published June 13th 2017.

Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn’t been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

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📚 Damocle by S.G. Redling (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Damocle” by S.G. Redling, first published May 28th 2013.

Goodreads When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet—a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns—is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society.

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📚 Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki (2015) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism” by Fumio Sasaki, first published June 12th 2015.

Goodreads Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo—he’s just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.

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📚 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1932.

Goodreads Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider.

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📚 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil Degrasse Tyson, first published May 2nd 2017.

Goodreads What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos.

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📚 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari (2016) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari, first published September 8th 2016.

Goodreads Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war.

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📚 Origin (Robert Langdon Book 5) by Dan Brown (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Origin (Robert Langdon Book 5)” by Dan Brown, first published October 3rd 2017.

Goodreads Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure.

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📚 The Dispatcher (The Dispatcher Book 1) by John Scalzi (2016) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Dispatcher (The Dispatcher Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published October 4th 2016.

Goodreads One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life. Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper.

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📚 Artemis by Andy Weir (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Artemis” by Andy Weir, first published November 14th 2017.

Goodreads Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

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📚 So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport (2012) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” by Cal Newport, first published January 1st 2012.

Goodreads In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.

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📚 The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Book 4) by David Lagercrantz (2015) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Book 4)” by David Lagercrantz, first published August 27th 2015.

Goodreads Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son’s well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder’s advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team, and Blomkvist and Salander themselves.

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📚 Alien: Covenant Origins by Alan Dean Foster (2017) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Alien: Covenant Origins (Alien Series)” by Alan Dean Foster, first published September 26th 2017.

Goodreads The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying two thousand colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is make-or-break investment for the corporation-and for the future of all mankind.Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission.

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📚 Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin (2008) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin, first published October 16th 2008.

Goodreads A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time.

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📚 Home World (Undying Mercenaries Book 6) by B.V. Larson (2016) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Home World (Undying Mercenaries Book 6)” by B.V. Larson, first published May 24th 2016.

Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill’s legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path.

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📚 1984 by George Orwell (1949) ★★★★★

Finished reading “1984” by George Orwell, first published June 8th 1949.

Goodreads Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life–the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language–and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell.

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