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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10410 on: May 15, 2017, 12:37:33 AM »
I too dnf malice and when I was raising similar concerns here, eclipse brought up a bunch of quotes of people struggling with the book's beginning. Some said it came good, others didn't. So who knows.

I should be reading Mort.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10411 on: May 15, 2017, 12:58:29 AM »
Reading Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. I'm about 126 pages in, and I'm enjoying it. Mainly because of the writing. It's got a lot of humor in it, with a possible near future as the setting, and a fun plot that I can't pin a solid direction on.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10412 on: May 15, 2017, 01:42:19 PM »
I'm 60% into Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle, after 15 days, which puts me on schedule to finish in another ten days. That feels way too long, but I guess that is 650 pages in two weeks, which seems about average for me. I'm enjoying it a great deal, but it's really really long. It doesn't feel very much like regular fantasy - it's kind of grimdarkian (yeah, I made that up), but also feels more like a historical novel than a fantasy, and it seems to me that historicals are less prone to soft-pedaling the unpleasantness of the past, which maybe takes it out of the grimdark zone, for me - but Ash is a great character and the story is pretty interesting.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10413 on: May 15, 2017, 10:26:54 PM »
Finished 'the Great Ordeal' and found it probably the weakest book in the series so far. I think that weirdness and confusion has passed a certain threshold, and I do not love the story that much as to search for all the hidden things. Still, cannot wait for the final book.

Now, it is time to rejoin Fitz for a final time. Here I come.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10414 on: May 15, 2017, 10:43:36 PM »
Reading Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. I'm about 126 pages in, and I'm enjoying it. Mainly because of the writing. It's got a lot of humor in it, with a possible near future as the setting, and a fun plot that I can't pin a solid direction on.
David Wong is pretty much like that. I didn't mind Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, but I much preferred John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders, especially the latter.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10415 on: May 16, 2017, 12:28:11 PM »
I finished Fool's Assassin (book 1) yesterday, and started Fool's Quest (book 2) also yesterday.
(I saw online that I'm number 2 in the library queue for book 3, but they're ordering 2 copies, so...)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10416 on: May 16, 2017, 01:15:21 PM »
Reading Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. I'm about 126 pages in, and I'm enjoying it. Mainly because of the writing. It's got a lot of humor in it, with a possible near future as the setting, and a fun plot that I can't pin a solid direction on.
David Wong is pretty much like that. I didn't mind Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, but I much preferred John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders, especially the latter.
Will definitely check those out as long as the ending doesn't ruin my enjoyment of this book.

Edit: And I'm finished, and the ending was awesome! Really enjoyed this one. A good 4.5/5.
Lots of good humor, fun characters, cool action, layered with glimpses of what our future will most likely look like, without the supervillains I think. But still. You have self-driving vehicles, 3-D Printing integrated with construction, and people I'm an annoying spammer. Ignore me and don't click this link! A Mod will ban me as soon as they can!ing themselves everywhere they go. Seems perfectly plausible. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys light sci-fi with humor and plenty of action.

Now on to Stranger of Tempist by Tom Lloyd. Mage guns sound interesting.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10417 on: May 16, 2017, 08:42:46 PM »
^ The Iron Goat*, definitely! Jen moves up a notch from the Copper Promise :D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10418 on: May 16, 2017, 10:47:19 PM »
Reading Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. I'm about 126 pages in, and I'm enjoying it. Mainly because of the writing. It's got a lot of humor in it, with a possible near future as the setting, and a fun plot that I can't pin a solid direction on.
David Wong is pretty much like that. I didn't mind Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, but I much preferred John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders, especially the latter.
Will definitely check those out as long as the ending doesn't ruin my enjoyment of this book.

Edit: And I'm finished, and the ending was awesome! Really enjoyed this one. A good 4.5/5.
Lots of good humor, fun characters, cool action, layered with glimpses of what our future will most likely look like, without the supervillains I think. But still. You have self-driving vehicles, 3-D Printing integrated with construction, and people I'm an annoying spammer. Ignore me and don't click this link! A Mod will ban me as soon as they can!ing themselves everywhere they go. Seems perfectly plausible. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys light sci-fi with humor and plenty of action.

Now on to Stranger of Tempist by Tom Lloyd. Mage guns sound interesting.
The style of the two earlier books is similar to Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, but they're totally unrelated. Different characters and setting. They're a duology. I initially picked up This Book is Full of Spiders and liked the beginning so much that I sought out John Dies at the End and read it first, so as not to be spoiled.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10419 on: May 17, 2017, 05:58:06 PM »
Just finished Peter Mclean's Drake and Peter Newman's The Seven. Both fantastic and highly recommended.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10420 on: May 17, 2017, 10:33:23 PM »
And Stranger of Tempist by Tom Lloyd is a DNF.
It has an interesting beginning. It really draws you in. and maybe, just maybe, if I had only read the interludes where that story takes place, I would've been interested. But the main story is how they get to that point. I figured it wouldn't last too long. Just introduce the company and how Lynx got there, show-off a bit of the magic system, then show me what I need to know. Instead, it's a bunch of mercenaries going around doing mercenary thing. Or sometimes it's just Lynx touring the city and helping the author worldbuild. Or maybe it's the girl, I already forgot her name, observing mercenaries doing mercenary things, and realizing how much her life sucks. It is not, however, the fun book I was expecting.
I have no idea how it made it up so high on the Fantasy-Faction list for 2016. Last year with the 5th Season, that at least made sense to me even if I didn't enjoy it. It's a story with a lot of political parallels, and people love that sort of thing. But for this... No clue.

Now to start on something I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy, since I've already read something by him. John Dies At The End by David Wong.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10421 on: May 17, 2017, 11:58:02 PM »
Just finished a book called Glyphbinder by this guy named @tebakutis . Don't know if you've heard of him?  ;)  The best self published novel I've ever read. Now, granted, it's also the only self published novel I've read, but it's still a strong book. Although the use of 'honey' between romantic partners threw me off. Is that a thing? I thought only nineties pop-punk bands said that.

Anyway, next up I'll be tackling Dune for the first time. Should be an experience.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10422 on: May 18, 2017, 12:12:28 AM »
And Stranger of Tempist by Tom Lloyd is a DNF.
It has an interesting beginning. It really draws you in. and maybe, just maybe, if I had only read the interludes where that story takes place, I would've been interested. But the main story is how they get to that point. I figured it wouldn't last too long. Just introduce the company and how Lynx got there, show-off a bit of the magic system, then show me what I need to know. Instead, it's a bunch of mercenaries going around doing mercenary thing. Or sometimes it's just Lynx touring the city and helping the author worldbuild. Or maybe it's the girl, I already forgot her name, observing mercenaries doing mercenary things, and realizing how much her life sucks. It is not, however, the fun book I was expecting.
I have no idea how it made it up so high on the Fantasy-Faction list for 2016. Last year with the 5th Season, that at least made sense to me even if I didn't enjoy it. It's a story with a lot of political parallels, and people love that sort of thing. But for this... No clue.

Now to start on something I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy, since I've already read something by him. John Dies At The End by David Wong.

If something can be both a massive surprise and exactly what I expected, this is that. I figured this was exactly your sort of high octane fantasy book but, at the same time, I also found this very disappointing and a huge letdown after the opening. I liked it better than you, but not that much.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10423 on: May 18, 2017, 04:02:46 PM »
Just finished a book called Glyphbinder by this guy named @tebakutis . Don't know if you've heard of him?  ;)  The best self published novel I've ever read. Now, granted, it's also the only self published novel I've read, but it's still a strong book.

Thanks so much, man! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Although the use of 'honey' between romantic partners threw me off. Is that a thing? I thought only nineties pop-punk bands said that.

Haha, that's the first time I've heard that feedback.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10424 on: May 18, 2017, 05:58:57 PM »
I call my wife "honey."
Among other things.
Some of them to her face.
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