Reads

Reflections on what I am reading

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The Bullet That Missed — Latest Read

My latest read was The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman. This is the third book in the Thursday Murder Club Mystery series. Osman introduces several new characters and blends two plotlines in this entry of the series. The character and plot development are not as solid in this entry, but it does enough to entertain.
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Australian Shepherd Training: The Katz Way

My latest read was The Australian Shepherd Training: The Katz Way which provides a different perspective on how to effectively train your dog than many of the "food-bribe" methods that are so popular today. It is well worth a read if you are training a new puppy or struggling with behavior issues with an older dog.
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Teach Your Herding Breed To Be A Great Companion Dog

Finished up Teach Your Herding Breed To Be A Great Companion Dog - From Obsessive To Outstanding by Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell. We love our new family member Bogie, but training has been a bit challenging. This book focuses on explaining the unique instincts and behaviors of herding dogs, and how to channel them in a positive way.
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The 5am Club — Latest Read

My latest read was The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma. A friend in London told me she was trying this program and recommended the book. It is a self-help book that advocates for waking up at 5 AM daily to achieve success and well-being. It is told as a "story". Gave me some food for thought, but not sure I buy it.
Devin Gray Series

Wide Awake — Latest Read

My latest read was Wide Awake by Steven Konkoly. This is the third book in the Devin Gray series. This one was a very fast read. There was lots of military tech and action like the earlier books. The plot development was shallow and predictable.
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Failure Mode: Expeditionary Force #15

I finished Failure Mode by Craig Alanson this week. This is book #15 in the Expeditionary Force series. It had been positioned as the last book in the series, but Alanson has announced that a sixteenth book, Aftermath, is planned for this December. Ending can be difficult. This one has its flaws, but Alanson did ok. I will miss the Joe and Skippy show.
Match Game by Craig Alanson

Match Game: Expeditionary Force #14

Just finished Match Game by Craig Alanson. This is book #14 in the Expeditionary Force series. I have been powering through the last half of this series all summer. This one moves the story in an unexpected direction as Alanson wraps up the series. Will be interesting to see how he ties it all up.
Expeditionary Force Book #13: Fallout by Craig Alanson

Fallout: Expeditionary Force #13

Just finished Fallout by Craig Alanson. This is book #13 in the Expeditionary Force series. I have been reading one of these each month for the past year to stay immersed in the storyline. This one leverages all the elements that Alanson has used to make this an enjoyable series.
Brushfire by Craig Alanson

Brushfire: Expeditionary Force #11

My latest read was Brushfire by Craig Alanson. This is Book 11 in the Expeditionary Force series. This is a solid story with many plot turns setting the stage for the last third of the series. I am reading through the last two-thirds of this series as a long summer read.
Expeditionary Force Mavericks

Expeditionary Force Mavericks: Deathtrap and Freefall

My latest "read" was actually the two books in Craig Alanson's Expeditionary Force Mavericks series, Deathtrap and Freefall. This is a spin-off of Alanson's Expeditionary Force series. Like the main series, Alanson's world-building and story arcs in the Mavericks series are well done. The development of some of the key characters from the early books in the main series was solid. It was actually a nice break from the "Joe-Skippy" show in the main series.