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It is even better!!! Thank you so much for your fabulous recipe!! I made some of this over the weekend for my freezer. Of course I had to sample it before freezing, and it is yummy. Thanks again for another fabulous recipe. I made this last week and it was wonderful! I had half a package of baby bellas to use up and found this recipe. I had some leftover rotisserie chicken so used cups of that too. My husband and brother-in-law who lives with us fought over the leftovers! Vegetable barley soup with ginger, parsley and carrot tops.

Just made this and it turned out great. I had everything but the mushrooms so I added ground beef. Mushroom Barley Soup Toothsome Bites. I keep coming back to your recipe. Bon Appetit - The Blueprints. Mushroom Barley Soup plantook. Barley Mushroom Soup plantook. I had some barley to use up and this sounded great. Just for fun I added one tablespoon of heavy cream. I love this recipe! The flavours are great together and you can add in other vegetables that you might have on hand.

I added green beans and they added great colour and taste to this already wonderful soup! I have made it several times now. Found this recipe on Pinterest and have been itching to make it. Well, tonight was the night and WOW! Even my husband raved about it, and he is a regular carnivore!

He never missed the meat though, as this is so savory. It made a big pot so we will be eating on it for several days to come.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. The only thing I do different is do are least 3 packages of baby Bella mushrooms, I do about 5 carrots and a little extra thyme and I double the barley.

I love mushrooms and carrots. Thanks for the recipe very hearty soup. Don't Miss a New Recipe! Mushroom Barley Soup Recipe 5. Mushroom Barley Soup Print Recipe. This healthy and hearty soup is easy to make and is perfect for a cold day! Serves Prep Time: In a medium pan, bring 4 cups of water and the 1 cup of barley to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for minutes, or until the barley is soft. You can make this the night before.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Add the carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until they are soft. Add the vegetable broth, water, bay leaves, and fresh thyme. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked barley and cook for 15 minutes or so. Remove the bay leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Fall Soup Vegetarian Winter. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Lori — January 6, 6: Jessica How Sweet — January 6, 6: This looks delish, Maria! We have like 6 feet of snow so now is the perfect time for this.

Erica — January 6, 7: Cookin' Canuck — January 6, 7: I always forget about barley, and I have some, I just never think to use it. The Food Hunter — January 6, 8: Gaby — January 6, 8: My parents are obsessed with it too! Dana — January 6, 9: Pam — January 6, 9: Rosa — January 6, 9: Eat — January 6, 9: Estela Weekly Bite — January 6, 9: This soup looks like the perfect meal! Scorpio Woman — January 6, 9: Sounds and looks yummy, Maria! I love making soups in the winter months! Kelly EvilShenanigans — January 6, Megan — January 6, Shannon — January 6, Natalie The Sweets Life — January 6, Rachel S[d]OC — January 6, Alta — January 6, 1: Tiffiny Felix — January 6, 2: Liesl — January 6, 2: Thanks for the inspiration!

Sheila — January 6, 3: Jaime — January 6, 6: Bridgett — January 6, 7: Nicole — January 6, 8: Lesley Lifting Life — January 6, 8: Barabara Bakes — January 6, 8: That really does look warm and delicious!

Perfect for our weather! Kitty — January 6, 9: I luv soup to make, but my favorite is not so healthy made from lots of cream and milk! Brooke — January 7, 6: Natashya — January 7, 7: Lori — January 7, 8: All told, if you guys haven't enjoyed the first novel, then get on it. The second is just as delicious and its satisfying all types of unfulfilled SF niches for us.

View all 9 comments. Mar 15, Pouting Always rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have this awful habit of reading books that are part of series out of order because I end up getting on of the books out of order and then I'm too lazy to try and read them chronologically, so I haven't read the first book in the series. That said I really really want to now. Even knowing what will happen I want to read the first one and any subsequent ones that's how much I enjoyed this one.

The format was different and the story wasn't told directly but through logs and reports which usually I have this awful habit of reading books that are part of series out of order because I end up getting on of the books out of order and then I'm too lazy to try and read them chronologically, so I haven't read the first book in the series. The format was different and the story wasn't told directly but through logs and reports which usually is off putting for me, but I think here it only added to the plot line.

It helped maximize the action and storyline and kept me engaged the whole time I was reading. I wasn't even expecting that I would get attached to the characters because the way it's written is less personal than a narrative where one has the opportunity to really understand their character but wow I loved the characters honestly.

The science was also believable which is always a problem with science fiction because sometimes they stretch things so much I'm like come on. Overall really enjoyed this book, looking forward to eventually reading the first one as well, as soon as I can get the number of books I currently own down to like maybe View all 18 comments.

Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature along with two other excellent reviews from my co-reviewers at FanLit, who gave it 4. Our anonymous and dry-witted handler is still pulling strings and manipulating events and people be This SF sequel to last year's Goodreads Choice nominee Sleeping Giants , is on sale as of April 4, Our anonymous and dry-witted handler is still pulling strings and manipulating events and people behind the scenes.

Vincent Couture and Kara Resnick are still in a relationship, and still the only people on earth who can pilot Themis, the two hundred foot tall alien robot that scientists found and assembled. And now, it appear, the EDC will get its chance. For a week the new robot, called Kronos, stands motionless and silent while humanity in general, and the British Parliament in particular, argues about what to do.

Finally the British military calls in tanks and soldiers to confront Kronos with a show of military force, hoping that those who control the robot will choose to leave.

Kronos turns its head. And then all hell breaks loose. More giant robots mysteriously appear around the world, and are wholly uncommunicative about their intentions … but not so much, unfortunately, about their combat abilities. Humanity is in trouble, and at an alarming disadvantage. The characters we know and love or, in the case of a couple of them, love to hate all play a role in the events of Waking Gods. There are some truly surprising character arcs during the events of this novel.

The handler character is still nameless, but discloses an intriguing background. Kara is as impulsive and smart-mouthed as ever, but shows a new side of her personality when she gets some astounding and highly personal news.

Rose is a darker character in her new iteration. But the answers to the questions about how and why she was brought back may give her a new purpose.

There are also a couple of key new players: While Waking Gods retains the same file-based structure and interview and report-based narrative style as Sleeping Giants , the focus shifts from the wonder of discovery and research about an alien artifact and the political ramifications of that discovery, to more of a science fictional disaster film vibe.

Waking Gods is an epic story, global in its scope. And with that last sentence in the novel, Neuvel had better be planning on publishing a third book soon! For those who've read the first book, the author has published some additional "Lost Files" online: It's worth it if you're a really big fan of Sleeping Giants and particularly of the mysterious handler.

I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for a review. Apr 08, Philip rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought SG was decent enough, with some interesting ideas, but I enjoyed this so much more.

To anyone thinking about picking this up: It's a great production with a full cast of voice actors and it elevates the story so much. In SG I thought Neuvel's authorial voice was a bit uneven and a little inexperienced, but it seems much more confident a 4. In SG I thought Neuvel's authorial voice was a bit uneven and a little inexperienced, but it seems much more confident and comfortable here. Now that the characters and the plot have been introduced, Neuvel is left with a lot more room to expand personalities and play with the pure sci-fi awesomeness of the plot.

Each of the characters come into their own, especially Vincent and Kara, and our "nameless friend" continues to be an infuriatingly fascinating enigma. One thing I'm especially impressed with is that Neuvel, who has an extensive background in linguistics and a "dabbling" in robotics, does a great job of balancing the more technical sciencey elements of the story with straight up robot aliens.

It's quick, exciting, unabashedly alien melodrama without being mindless. A difficult feat, but Neuvel achieves it. View all 15 comments. Apr 25, Trina Between Chapters rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am absolutely devastated that this is over and we don't even how long we have to wait for the third book yet. Another mind boggling ending that I can't wait to get the explanation for!

Honestly this is a new favorite series of mine because of the audiobook listening experience. The story is told through audio files so the audiobook format is perfect. Feb 05, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it it was amazing. View all 4 comments. You would not sacrifice your principles for a greater good. I would not stop to think about it. Franklin, are an idealist. What would people like me do without ideals to defend? I'm not sure if I'm being harsh or merciful with this rating; I suppose I'll let you all judge after my review.

Science fiction is always so convoluted. Hav —And therein lies the fundamental difference between us. Have any of you noticed that? No matter what book you're reading, there's so much deus ex machina.

It's like the one consistent feature of the genre. This book takes deus ex machina to a higher level; not only with an unprecedented reliance on it as a plot device, but also through the inclusion of literal machine gods. That was, in fact, a joke. Maybe that's unfair, though: I could excuse the deus ex machina and simply praise how twisty the plot is. I could, but I don't want to. Honestly, I didn't find this one quite as addicting due to my reading slump. If I had gotten through this in a day, maybe I'd be praising the whole book right now.

But to be honest, the longer I read it, the more annoyed I got. This series relies far too much on its gimmicks. Not just the formatting; the whole explaining-things-through-metaphors has honestly gotten a bit old. I still find the conversations interesting, and often amusing as well, but I have to admit they feel overdone at this point. We get it, you have a damn creative storytelling format.

These deaths ARE a lot more long-lasting, with less deus ex machina. I totally thought the dead characters would be back immediately. As a result, the initial deaths didn't blindside me or make me feel upset. Also, because this is so stupid: What, do they have fucking hairstyles? Do they have breasts? Would they really be different sizes?

What does this even mean? Why the fuck would they have gender roles the same as ours? Since I've talked so much about my dislike for the gimmicky style, I do want to give over a brief section for what I did like about this book. First of all, I do think this series manages to be quite fast-paced, with a few twists that are particularly shocking and aren't just a blatant deus ex machina. There's something to be said for a series that keeps me reading through annoyance.

I have to admit, though, this book took me far longer than book one. Second, I do really like the sarcastic narrative style of our omniscient narrator. There's a biting sarcasm to his dialogue that I really love.

His sense of humor is just my style. What do you think? I enjoy squirrel stories and found yours very entertaining. You conveyed the desperation of Little Larry really well and I was saddened by the news of his demise. With that in mind—and I hope you will not judge me too harshly for my lack of perspicacity—what could this possibly have to do with the aliens in London?

Ignoring every single nitpick I've listed before, because I want to talk about the major flaw of this book. My issue with this book— no, this series— is it doesn't accomplish its purported focus on human dynamics. Neuvel is trying to convey the desperation and strength of humanity in the face of adversity. But I don't think he gets to the heart of it like I want him to. He tries to keep this story human, but the characters don't read human enough.

Not only are the main characters too close to the chosen-one archetypes to be relatable , I find that due to the odd medium, the character's voices barely come through on page. I like both Vincent and Kara, but both make so many odd decisions I can't really get a handle on who they are. I do enjoy Rose; she's certainly got the best character growth, if anything.

And I also like our omniscient narrator. But even these two characters just don't quite feel real. In a story about humanity's strength, this is such a major flaw. So, now that I've reached the end of the unpopular opinions train: I didn't like it that much, I considered giving it 2 stars, I think this series is incredibly overhyped, and I'm frankly a little annoyed. I'll read book three, but I don't know how to get past my annoyance.

View all 16 comments. Giant robot "mecha" fans, Robot science fiction readers. Well, that escalated quickly! This is undoubtedly one of my favorite reads this year. Waking Gods took me to an exhilarating, nonstop ride. More fast-paced than its predecessor and even darker too. The second installment in the Themis Files is a great mix of robot science fiction and apocalyptic thriller. What really amazed me in this novel is the depth of the characters. It would take a handful of descriptions or flashbacks or other literary devices in order to build character but this series sh Well, that escalated quickly!

It would take a handful of descriptions or flashbacks or other literary devices in order to build character but this series showed it through its epistolary format, through its dialogues. It is basically what you read is what you get and what I got was a profound set of characters. Oh, and sweet pop culture references, Mr. More points to you! I could have easily read this in just a few hours if I did not have classes to attend to.

If there is anything bad that I would say is that I hated how it quickly ended with a cliffhanger. Now I have to wait for another year for the next book. View all 8 comments. Apr 28, Ahmed Ejaz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Waking Gods is the second amazing book in Themis Files series. I loved it more than the last one. Feel safe to read. Before years ago, they had left Earth with Themis left behind so that we would use it to protect ourselves from extraterrestrial enemies.

They had also left a group of th Waking Gods is the second amazing book in Themis Files series. They had also left a group of their people who could pilot Themis. When no enemy came, they ordered that group to return Themis BUT that group had children with humans by then and the aliens wanted to kill the decendants of the group of aliens they had left.

Because they didn't want to cause hindrance in the development of human beings. They wanted us to develop ourselves on our own without the help of their advanced knowledge. Tell them ten times, a hundred times. Do it while you can. And if we somehow survive this, keep doing it.

But this book got very bloody at various points. There were numerous deaths. But it was acceptable. I did love it. But some of the things weren't my cup of tea. Every scientific fact was a great fun for me except for Genetics. I had to read the genetic-facts twice or thrice to get them.

This isn't the author's fault at all. Me and Bio just can't get together. Bio is very mind-numbing for me. But I got the concept of what the author was trying to tell. When I read him in the last book, I felt that author couldn't be able to do justice with his personality. Like he was all powerful. But now in this book, Sylvain proved me wrong.

He really did answer all my queries. Sylvain did a right thing. But they didn't think for a sec that there would be a lot of people on Earth than a "handful" which might share their genes?

Ayssa, an earthen geneticist who couldn't be more intelligent than them, told us what they should have known way before. I am not complaining that it should not have been in the way it is in the book. But this fact made me to think over and over again.

Then I made peace with patients. I thought maybe, a very doubtful maybe, that aliens would enlighten me about it in the last book. From her talking, I felt that she was a stammerer. It felt very natural while I was reading her character. I hadn't read a stammering character before. It was a first time. And I am impressed by the real feeling of her stammering while reading.

Burns' Seagull's tale was metaphysically amazing. Just astonishing to be exact. I wasn't expecting that but it was great. Almost everything has resolved in these two books of Themis Files series. Last one would be little different with respect to plot I think. I am sure it would be more awesome. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land. View all 6 comments. This book gave me a headache. View all 12 comments.

Feb 16, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: I do like it, but, there is just something about it that is. The format is a bit unusual and might take a bit to get used to. After 2 books I am still not quite sure if I am used to it.

It is kind of a dossier format similar to the Illuminae Files, but Illuminae Files handles it a bit more comfortably for me. The story is very unique and fascinating. The author gets bonus points for creativity. The fact that I have been bringing up points from this story is a sign that it has me thinking. For that, it is quite worth giving it a shot. It is worth trying the first book in the series to see if it is for you.

I am definitely not comfortable recommending it to anyone because it is too outside the box for me to confidently do so.

I'm also salty that my fave character died. May 27, Morgannah Mayfair rated it it was amazing. Re-Read in anticipation of Only Human. I enjoyed this book even more the second time around! I am partial to physical books especially when they are epistolary in nature. This time I read a physical copy and soon found myself lost once again in The Themis Files. This one not only makes it to my "favorites" shelf but it also will be immediately placed on my "desert island" shelf.

T Re-Read in anticipation of Only Human. This is not a spoiler because on the very first page of this amazing second book in the Themis Files we have a new giant, it is a male, and it is in the middle of London. Why is it there?

Where did it come from? What's going to happen next? I love it when a book, especially a second book instills a sense of mystery from page one. Second books have a very tough task ahead of them.

For the most part they must: If the first installment releases with success, then it would be very smart for the next book to be published as soon as possible. This might sound easier than it actually is, considering the writing process and luckily we didn't have to wait too long to receive this new installment. Here is where things can get interesting for some authors. The sequel has to take the next logical step in the plot.

Out of all the possible scenarios, the most logical one must reign supreme, or else the author might lose some readership. If the story leads the reader into something that is unbelievable it damages the authority of the writing and it might deter some readers from reading further on into the series. By staying logical, it helps readers maintain a connection, and helps create a good sequel.

A sequel should always stay true to the first book. This element is very similar to the previous point because, by deviating from the original, readers will disconnect with the story and stop reading.

Everything about the story, including the plot, setting, and characters has to stay true to what the reader feels is believable, otherwise the author is putting the reader into a sort of limbo. A sequel should surprise its readers.

There is nothing better than reading a book and getting so shocked that you want to throw the book at the wall. Waking Gods was so amazing and ticked off all these things and then some. Many thanks to Net Galley for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review. View all 3 comments. Jun 21, Connor rated it liked it Shelves: I listened to this as an audiobook which was interesting. I liked some of the narrators, but not all of them.

I think reading the first book with my own eyes worked out bette [3. I think reading the first book with my own eyes worked out better which I know is an unpopular opinion.

Jan 16, Imane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 18, Carlos rated it it was amazing. ALl i have to say and that i can say is that if you loved the first book in this series you will love this one. You will see old and new characters and we get more of what we liked on the first book. All i can say is that the wait i had the amazing chance to read an ARC of this book thanks to the folks at Netgalley.

All i can say is that the wait for this book is so worth it and i applaud the author for masterminding a world such as the one on the series. This book is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stagnant field of Sci-fi.

I listened to Sleeping Giants last year and absolutely fell in love with not only the audiobook but also the story.

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