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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13380 on: March 28, 2020, 08:35:15 AM »
I'm reading Erin Morgenstern's The starless sea, and I'm really enjoying it!!
It just keeps getting better!
Thanks to those of you who recommended it, you know me better than I know myself, @xiagan  ;)
Finished.
Speechless, it was definitely the right book at the right time :D

I'm having a little break this weekend and re-reading "Little Women" ;D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13381 on: March 28, 2020, 08:58:05 AM »
I'm having a little break this weekend and re-reading "Little Women" ;D

I watched the latest film of little women at the cinema over Christmas , loved little women when I watched the Claire Danes version years ago.

Never read the book.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13382 on: March 28, 2020, 09:14:25 AM »
I'm having a little break this weekend and re-reading "Little Women" ;D

I watched the latest film of little women at the cinema over Christmas , loved little women when I watched the Claire Danes version years ago.

Never read the book.
When I was a child/young teenager I had a version of the book that was the prose on one side of the book, and on the other side, on alternate pages, it was sort of a comic book version. I remember reading that part before I was old enough to read the actual book...
 I wonder where that is now, hehe
I've since watched 2 versions of films, but not the latest one.
The copy I'm reading was an offer from the Radio Times, this one and the following book (which I've never read but know bits of the story) - I wanted to keep a copy.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13383 on: March 29, 2020, 04:04:38 AM »
Awaken Online #1 - Catharsis
Awaken Online #2 - Precipice
Awaken Online #2.5 - Retribution
Awaken Online #3 - Evolution
Awaken Online #3.5 - Apathy
Awaken Online #4 - Dominion
--- Travis Bagwell

Overall: +9

Is this an story about a sentient AI trying to identify itself?
Is this a story about a boy becoming a man?
Is this a Necromancer character trying to dominate a game?
Is this a story about society's fear of future of AI development?

It's all rolled into one. Add in themes of class divusion, school bullying etc and you get a nice hot pot of a books that stands out in the genre famous for mediocre tropes. If you've loved playing as Necromancer in any games, you'll be sure to love this book. Epic battles with Zombies, death knights, bone lords and other whatnots of undead makes this a cracking read.

Writing/Plot/Pace: +8

The author has a way with writing battle scenes. The story starts off with a story that seem to be laden in cliches, but quickly morphs in to a cracking rollercoaster ride to hell. The book switches between game world and real world and manages to keep you guessing as to how the story progress in both. What set it aside for other LitRPG books, is the out world story that's as interesting if not more than in-game story. You get the enthusiasm of some developers of AI, the fear of others, the popularity among young public and fear among older people, psychological impact of games on people (remember call of duty vs mass shooters story?) the game masterfully tackles all of the above and more.

What's missing is an epic antagonist, but you don't feel it much. There's some other minor gripes on some recurring themes, but nothing to detract from the plus points.

Characters: +8
not much in Book 1, but as plot goes, you see the both the in-game and out-world characters developing which is cherry on cake. The development is organic and despite some minor flaws, it's been well done. You are left waiting to see how the out-world vs in-game events impact the characters both ways, which is very intriguing and pleasant to read.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13384 on: March 29, 2020, 04:05:27 AM »
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13385 on: March 29, 2020, 04:43:09 AM »
After much sidetracking on my part, I'm finally restarting The Ace of Skulls (Ketty Jay #4). It's looking good so far.  :D

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« Reply #13386 on: March 29, 2020, 06:04:22 AM »
I'm finally on the final book in the Dune series (at least of the books written by Frank Herbert).

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13387 on: March 29, 2020, 02:33:02 PM »
I finished Blade's Edge by Virginia McClain. It was pretty readable, and an interesting setup, but I don't think I ever want these good guys to make any plans that involve me. I'd probably put it third of the three SPFBO finalists I've read so far, but it's still decent and the standard has been high.

Agatha Christie break now, and then probably the next finalist, Fortune's Fool by Angela Boord, which is my March KOLL loan, so has a pseudo deadline.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13388 on: March 29, 2020, 03:08:35 PM »
@Idlewilder The Culture books are just incredible. And then you have his other space operas not set in the Culture verse but also equally amazing like The Algabraeist. 
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13389 on: March 30, 2020, 04:58:15 PM »
False Value improved a lot after the first part. Not quite my favourite in the series, but it was nice to have a fairly standalone investigation.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13390 on: March 30, 2020, 07:26:07 PM »
I'm currently reading 'Black Leopard Red Wolf'. It's quite a surreal book.