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Author Topic: [Feb 2014] The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay - Who's reading with us?  (Read 9462 times)

Offline Arry

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Just a reminder, it's now February and I hope to see people join in on this one. I am about 1/3 done and am really enjoying it. Honestly, I'm surprised I haven't heard this book recommended much on this forum. But if it keeps up, I'll likely change that. :)

Also, I want to point out that the first section is less than 25%. The Parts for this book didn't line up quite as cleanly as some and so the first section is only about 19% (if you have a Kindle). I somehow completely forgot this, and read straight through, made my notes, then checked to see where the second week ended and realized I had already read half. Ah well, just wanted to point it out incase anyone else might run into it.

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Offline Victoria Hooper

Well, January's reading did not go quite as planned. My Angry Robot internship was fantastic (seriously, so good!  :D) but didn't leave much time for reading (internship about 8am-4pm, then second job til about 9 or 10pm, then reading acquisitions til bed!) So I'm... let's see, I'm at page 78 in Gardens of the Moon.

Hmm. Really not sure what to do at this stage. I'm enjoying it, but it's a big book, and Lions is also a big book and I really want to be able to take part this month. What do people think? Is Gardens of the Moon something I can read at the same time as Lions, or are they just both too weighty to read together? I could abandon Gardens for now and come back later in the year when I have time to dedicate to it. I know people have said it's a hard read, but I've been finding it ok in the first 78 pages. How did others find it? How are people finding Lions so far?

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Wow! That would be amazing to have an internship with Angry Robot! Sounds like a lot of work/long days, but bet it was worth it. :)

As for what to do with your current reads. I have to say, if it were me, I'd rather switch to the current book to be able to participate in the discussions while they are happening. Comments are always welcome after the month is up, but they typically get way less of a response, are not as interactive as they are while others are reading and discussing at the same time. If this months book was 'meh', I might not admit that, but I think you'll really enjoy this one (I am so far). Both GotM and Lions have been really good books, you probably can't go wrong with what you choose. If you don't like to put a book down before you finish, then obviously, maybe you should stick with GotM, but if that is not an issue, then come join us for Lions :) Unless you want to read both at the same time. They might be too weighty to read together, but then, they are also quite different. GotM is way more fantastical and action-y. Lions is more of a historical fantasy, closer to K. J. Parker or Miles Cameron (but probably 30 less POVs than Red Knight ;) )
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Oh SO totally worth it!  ;D

Yeah, I think I'll switch to Lions and put Gardens aside for now. Was leaning towards that decision anyway and you're right, it's more fun to participate during the actual month. Plus, you had me at K.J. Parker! Very excited to read Lions. Will defo come back to Gardens as soon as I can though.  :)

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Oh SO totally worth it!  ;D

Yeah, I think I'll switch to Lions and put Gardens aside for now. Was leaning towards that decision anyway and you're right, it's more fun to participate during the actual month. Plus, you had me at K.J. Parker! Very excited to read Lions. Will defo come back to Gardens as soon as I can though.  :)

Yeah! And, it's not really K. J. Parker, but it's closer to that style of book. :)
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Oh SO totally worth it!  ;D

Yeah, I think I'll switch to Lions and put Gardens aside for now. Was leaning towards that decision anyway and you're right, it's more fun to participate during the actual month. Plus, you had me at K.J. Parker! Very excited to read Lions. Will defo come back to Gardens as soon as I can though.  :)

I'm on a break from Gardens so maybe we can pick it up again together!

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Hasn't arrived yet. (I ordered it about 10 days ago...)
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Going to start this one a little later than I normally do, but I'll catch up :)
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Finished Lions of Al-Rassan early. Love it!

The discussions are kind of quiet, so I thought I would post my review on the off chance it might persuade more people to join us: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2014/02/12/the-lions-of-al-rassan-by-guy-gavriel-kay/

It's not too late to join in! :)
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Offline Jeni

Gonna try and give this a go. Really enjoyed Tigana - as much for the prose as the story and managed to read that in less than 2 days... don't think I'm back to my usual reading pace yet, but should be able to catch up to the bookclub schedule by the end of the week.  :)