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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11685 on: May 08, 2018, 11:21:36 PM »
We spend the whole day here: https://www.vabali.de/online/en/ and I managed to read the first 215 pages of City of Miracles. :)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11686 on: May 09, 2018, 04:24:04 AM »
I picked City of Blades back up. I got used to his present tense but I still find the subtext disturbing. It also feels very recycled in a lot of ways, Savage religions, inhumane buraucracy, signe is the new vohannes, but she gets more space to spread the "civilization through commerce" message that makes squirm uncomfortably and want to go back to watching action movies about things exploding

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11687 on: May 09, 2018, 07:24:08 AM »
I picked City of Blades back up. I got used to his present tense but I still find the subtext disturbing. It also feels very recycled in a lot of ways, Savage religions, inhumane buraucracy, signe is the new vohannes, but she gets more space to spread the "civilization through commerce" message that makes squirm uncomfortably and want to go back to watching action movies about things exploding
You need to finish it (get's better imho) because the MC of the next book is Sigrud. Isn't that a motivation?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11688 on: May 09, 2018, 12:31:12 PM »
I picked City of Blades back up. I got used to his present tense but I still find the subtext disturbing. It also feels very recycled in a lot of ways, Savage religions, inhumane buraucracy, signe is the new vohannes, but she gets more space to spread the "civilization through commerce" message that makes squirm uncomfortably and want to go back to watching action movies about things exploding
You need to finish it (get's better imho) because the MC of the next book is Sigrud. Isn't that a motivation?

I had insomnia so I finished it. I'm thinking I probably won't read the third one. Blades wasn't a bad book but there are things that its built on that leave me feeling not glad I read it. The Ol***s bit at the end of the first book redeemed it for me but this one... It seemed to go the opposite direction.

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also I was really hoping Sigrid would get to kill Biswal, or at least do more damage than just 4 soldiers. He was so... obedient... when it came to Saypur

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11689 on: May 09, 2018, 04:51:59 PM »
Reading The Name of the Wind, finally! A good chunk of the way through, enjoying it so far.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11690 on: May 10, 2018, 12:44:31 AM »
A Veil Of Spears by Bradley Beaulieu, book 3 of the Song of the Shattered Sands.

This is easily one of my favourite series to emerge from the past few years. The worldbuilding, the plotting, the characters, all near-perfect. Even the flashbacks, of which there are a fair few, never seem forced or jarring. And the books take me a fair while to get through, which is a nice change of pace from what I've been reading elsewhere lately.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11691 on: May 10, 2018, 09:59:19 AM »
On my third attempt at reading Gardens of the Moon and nearly finished it.

Great book once you can get past the first 150-200 pages.

I really liked the characters & the world it's set in hence the perseverance!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11692 on: May 10, 2018, 01:19:35 PM »
I've been trying to make a push on my long-standing challenge to read all the BSFA winners. I finished this year's winner, The Rift by Nina Allan, a few days ago. It was good, a bit odd. It reminded me of Graham Joyce's brilliant Some Kind of Fairy Tale early on. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about it except that several people I respect thought it was good, so I didn't really have any idea where it was going to go. It starts off in modern day Manchester, and I didn't even know if it was going to be SF or fantasy.

After that I started Grainne by Keith Roberts (or more correctly Gráinne if the forum can handle accents), which won the BSFA in 1987. So far it seems weird and literary and maybe hard work, and I don't know where it's going. I think it's described as slipstream, which means it might not really go anywhere and might not contain any fantastical elements. At least it's short.

That will leave me with three winners and one pre-requisite which I intend to read next.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11693 on: May 10, 2018, 02:06:54 PM »
On my third attempt at reading Gardens of the Moon and nearly finished it.

Great book once you can get past the first 150-200 pages.

I really liked the characters & the world it's set in hence the perseverance!
@ZeroEcho99, great, right? :D
I'm now almost finishing book 2, and I'll start book 3 right away (then I might do a break and read something else hehe)


I've been trying to make a push on my long-standing challenge to read all the BSFA winners. I finished this year's winner, The Rift by Nina Allan, a few days ago. It was good, a bit odd. It reminded me of Graham Joyce's brilliant Some Kind of Fairy Tale early on. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about it except that several people I respect thought it was good, so I didn't really have any idea where it was going to go. It starts off in modern day Manchester, and I didn't even know if it was going to be SF or fantasy.
@DrNefario, have you seen the interview with her on the main site?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11694 on: May 10, 2018, 10:31:31 PM »
I've been trying to make a push on my long-standing challenge to read all the BSFA winners. I finished this year's winner, The Rift by Nina Allan, a few days ago. It was good, a bit odd. It reminded me of Graham Joyce's brilliant Some Kind of Fairy Tale early on. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about it except that several people I respect thought it was good, so I didn't really have any idea where it was going to go. It starts off in modern day Manchester, and I didn't even know if it was going to be SF or fantasy.
@DrNefario, have you seen the interview with her on the main site?
I hadn't, actually. I kind of stopped going via the front page after I had some problems with it not working properly on my aged iPad. Thanks for pointing it out.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11695 on: May 11, 2018, 04:35:43 AM »
Finished Throne of Glass. Quite more enjoyable than what I had expected, but after I've finished it the details doesn't really seemed to stick to my mind. Moving on to book 2, Crown of Midnight.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11696 on: May 12, 2018, 08:20:02 AM »
The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams. Hoping to be done by the next SRFC where Jen is reading. Anyone else coming along? @Peat ?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11697 on: May 13, 2018, 10:43:12 AM »
Finished City of Miracles last night. Great book, interesting ending. Present tense wasn't bothering me at all. ;)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11698 on: May 13, 2018, 02:39:09 PM »
After that I started Grainne by Keith Roberts (or more correctly Gráinne if the forum can handle accents), which won the BSFA in 1987. So far it seems weird and literary and maybe hard work, and I don't know where it's going. I think it's described as slipstream, which means it might not really go anywhere and might not contain any fantastical elements. At least it's short.

That will leave me with three winners and one pre-requisite which I intend to read next.
Slight change of plan after finishing Grainne, which was technically interesting, but didn't really work for me as a story. I decided I was in the mood for some fantasy, so I swapped my next two books and have started The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes. Which seems to be exactly the kind of book it sounds like, and I'm enjoying it so far. I had to read this soon because it's a Prime Reading loan and I've decided not to renew my Prime subscription for a while. It turns out I do have a month more than I thought I had, though, so there wasn't too much of a rush.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11699 on: May 13, 2018, 03:05:26 PM »
On my third attempt at reading Gardens of the Moon and nearly finished it.

Great book once you can get past the first 150-200 pages.

So I need another two runs at the book  :-\