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What did you read in August 2020?
« on: September 02, 2020, 10:21:22 AM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it
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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2020, 10:23:32 AM »
As expected, in August I read just one book!

Toll the hounds, Steven Erikson, book 8 of the Malazan series.
5/5 and many comments on the readalong section.
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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2020, 02:05:14 PM »
Seven books. all borrowed (mostly from Prime Reading, which I was letting lapse at the end of the month). My stats are flattered somewhat by finishing a 900-page book right at the start of the month:

Swan Song - Robert R McCammon - Stoker-winning post-apocalyptic horror epic. Horror is not my thing, but it was readable enough and I enjoyed it.

Cities in Chains (System Apocalypse #4) - Tao Wong - Moving into a new phase of the LitRPG saga. Still fun.

The Poppy War (Poppy War #1) - R F Kuang - I liked the start of this China-inspired fantasy, but didn't think much of the second half.

Exile (Exile #1) - Glynn Stewart - SF about a small fleet exiled thousands of light-years through a one-way wormhole. So-so.

Coast on Fire (System Apocalypse #5) - Tao Wong - Still enjoying it.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse #1) - Dennis E Taylor - Fun SF about a cryogenically frozen guy turned into an AI and put in charge of a space probe.

All the Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson #1) - J T Ellison - Crime. It's the modern serial killer style I don't normally like, and my reasons for reading this are too terrible to go into*, but even though I spotted the killer early and it's hard to see US cops as the good guys these days, I kind of enjoyed it anyway. Which is good because I still need to read the second one.


*OK, a while ago I did a foolish exercise where I read books with numbers in the titles in consecutive numerical order. I started with 0 and made it to 13 before I ran out of ideas. Recently I have picked up books for 15 and 16 (Clare North and K J Parker), and it seemed like it would be nice to join them up. The second Taylor Jackson book is called 14. I told you it was a bad reason.

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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2020, 04:15:39 PM »
First watch by Dale Lucasa  not very good cop buddy story 2/5

Fate Lashed by Josh Erikson an enjoyable uf 5/5

Too like the lightning by Ada Palmer AVOID THIS BOOK, just awful. 1/5

Empire of Gold by S A. Chakraborty  fun Trilogy about djinn 4/5

Lord of secrets by Breanna Teintze nice book felt a bit YA at times. 4/5

Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior #1)by Larry Correia Epic fantasy , I enjoyed it 4/5

The City of Lost Fortunes (Crescent City #1)by Bryan Camp a poor uf 2/5

The Traitor Baru Cormorant(The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson  starts off well then goes down the plughole 2/5

How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It (The Siege #2) by K.J. Parker 5/5

Poison City (Delphic Division #1) by Paul Crilley  so-so UF 3/5

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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2020, 04:41:18 PM »
Too like the lightning by Ada Palmer AVOID THIS BOOK, just awful. 1/5
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Empire of Gold by S A. Chakraborty  fun Trilogy about djinn 4/5
Oh I've heard many good things about this one, I might give it a try!
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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2020, 04:59:16 PM »
Half of the books by Glynn Stewart, but not Exile

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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2020, 09:48:44 PM »
Half of the books by Glynn Stewart, but not Exile
:) It wasn't one of the series that I'd seen recommended (Starship Mage and Duchy of Terra, I think) but it was the one that came up on Prime Reading.

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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2020, 11:02:02 PM »
Have to agree with @eclipse about Too Like the Lightning. It got a lot of love and hype, but had so many things wrong with it. I struggled through to the end, but didn't enjoy it at all.
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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2020, 11:02:31 PM »


*OK, a while ago I did a foolish exercise where I read books with numbers in the titles in consecutive numerical order. I started with 0 and made it to 13 before I ran out of ideas. Recently I have picked up books for 15 and 16 (Clare North and K J Parker), and it seemed like it would be nice to join them up. The second Taylor Jackson book is called 14. I told you it was a bad reason.

Have a look at
14 by Peter Clines, it may help
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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2020, 04:28:17 AM »
I was gearing up to try Too Like the Lightning, which I understand is a challenge of a book, but it's disappeared from the e-collections of my libraries so I guess it will have to wait a bit longer...

In August I read:
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser, which was a beautiful fablesome fantasy that I suppose is technically YA, but it felt more like an old-school fantasy-for-all-ages, where the youth of the protag is not so much about "connecting with younger readers" as a device for limiting awareness of the world so that layers of wonder could be discovered. It was also a fun romp of pirates and a wayward scion and other hijinks, and I loved every bit of it.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss, which was perfectly competent and delightful and just not my thing at all - it was just a bit too committed to its concepts of style at the detriment of deep development of story and character (for me) and also, I don't like Sherlock Holmes. (I know, it's a significant character failing.)

The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis, which was just as much fun as the Falco books with a sharper feminine edge that I really appreciated.

And I literally just finished Alexandra Rowland's A Choir of Lies, which I mentioned in the discussion about unreliable narrators, because it's a fascinatingly structured narrative-nest of a book, which works for something that is a rumination on the construction and philosophies and power of stories. It's also an intriguing story of tulip mania, broken hearts, and healing from both. Quite possibly far too thoughtful and not enough action for many readers, but I really enjoyed it. (I think it probably stands fine without having read the first one, though you get a lot more weight to the history of the main character if you have read A Conspiracy of Truths.)

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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2020, 08:53:18 AM »
Not an efficient month, but still..

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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2020, 03:54:18 PM »
Auguest was a productive month in my reading year.

The Lost City of Ithos (Mage Errant #4) by John Bierce
Ends the series well. A bit of YA'ish story with one of the best world building I've read. Light and Fun read.

Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire
Picked this from SPFBO. Decent read, but the characters and prose needs more work.

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2) - Tamsyn Muir
After a swashbuckling book in Gideon, Tamsyn went a bit overboard with this. Initial 75% was a chore and quite complex monologue all dedicated to self pity. THe last quarter is the saviour and sets the stage nicely for next book.

Clear Sky (Painting the Mists, #1) - Patrick Laplante
A Xianxia/Cultivation novel, that I didn't like anything about.
   
The Dragon's Banker by Scott Warren
A economics based fantasy book (like Orconomics) nice read that keeps you guessing all the way till the climax. Really liked this.

Traveler's Gate Trilogy by Will Wight
#1 - House of Blades
#2 - The Crimson Vault
#3 - City of Light

Decent trilogy, but let down by characterization. Ok ok.

Ethereal Earth Trilogy by Josh Erikson
#1- Hero Forged
#3 - Blight Marked
#3 - Fate Leashed

Quite a good urban fantasy like no other. A very good mix of action and fantasy elements. Liked this.

Cradle Series by Will Wight
#1 - Unsouled
#2 - Soulsmith
#3 - Blackflame
#4 - Skysworn
#5 - Ghostwater
#6 - Underlord
#7 - Uncrowned

Though technically this is called a Cultivation book, this really is not. The characters, worldbuilding and plot are all epic. Loved this.

A Thousand Li by Tao Wong
#1 - The First Step
#2 - The First Stop
#3 - The First War

Standard cultivation fare. Decent read.
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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2020, 08:26:21 PM »
I read All Systems Red, and started Gideon the Ninth (got about half way through). That's all I've managed in the month, watching NCIS has been my go-to method of relaxing at the moment, can't watch that and read at the same time!  ;D

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Re: What did you read in August 2020?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2020, 02:55:29 AM »
I got a bit of reading mojo going again and managed 4 books for August.

I binged Theodora Goss with The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerising Girl this is the 3rd and final of her Athena Club series. While I've enjoyed all of the adventures, including the short story that kicked the whole thing off, I kind of felt she'd stretched the whole concept to breaking point and maybe just a little beyond, so it was the right time to finish it. I also read Goss' short story collection In The Forest of Forgetting which aside from filling other gaps (she's on the Angela Carter level of reimagining fairy tales) also gave me all of her Emily Gray stories. I'd love to see a full length novel about her and the other characters she encounters.

I also polished off A User's Guide to Make Believe by Jane Gallagher. It was an ok look into how dangerous virtual reality could be. I finished it, but wouldn't read it again and it hasn't prompted me to seek out anything else by the same author.

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher. An easy comfortable read, for all that it's half a book and left me on a big cliff. Fortunately there won't be a long wait for Battle Ground. Ir was nice to hang out with Harry and his friends for a bit. I've said this before and I still stand by it, Butcher's Dresden Files are the literary equivalent of fast food; they're nice to have every so often as a treat, but you wouldn't want a steady diet of it.



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