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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12915 on: October 27, 2019, 12:16:44 PM »
Murderbot is awesome, Sanderson less then awesome.

Do you think the murderbot novel be twice as expensive as the shorts .. ouchie
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12916 on: October 27, 2019, 12:25:18 PM »
Coming to the end of the audiobook of The Last Wish.   What do I listen to next?  Sword of Destiny or Blood of Elves?
Absolutely Sword of Destiny. That book sets up the whole important background for Blood of Elves.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12917 on: October 27, 2019, 03:05:39 PM »
Are the MurderBot novellas related to an Emilie series? That's what I found in my library for Martha Wells.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12918 on: October 27, 2019, 04:19:54 PM »
Sanderson less then awesome.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12919 on: October 27, 2019, 04:53:43 PM »
Sanderson less then awesome.
Whew.  I feared I might be the only one on this forum who felt this way.   ;D

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I’m reading The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child.

The Mc discovers he can time travel a few minutes back in time after a tragic event in his early teens. He is a bit immature at the start of the novel but matures as he grows older. Also this story is set in Birmingham in England where I live nearby. it gives of a 90s English vibe which is a change of pace for me with mentions of rolos and cds .
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12920 on: October 27, 2019, 07:06:18 PM »
Not fantasy but didn’t fancy starting anything else after The Black Prism so have started Dispatches by Michael Hert and on my commute am listening to The Defence by Steve Cavanagh, it’s a crime court thriller. Fast paced, slightly unbelievable easy listen. Listened to one of them before Thirteen and enjoyed also.


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12921 on: October 27, 2019, 07:31:52 PM »
Sanderson less then awesome.
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I’m reading The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child.

The Mc discovers he can time travel a few minutes back in time after a tragic event in his early teens. He is a bit immature at the start of the novel but matures as he grows older. Also this story is set in Birmingham in England where I live nearby. it gives of a 90s English vibe which is a change of pace for me with mentions of rolos and cds .

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12922 on: October 27, 2019, 10:00:29 PM »
The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12923 on: October 27, 2019, 10:45:08 PM »
Finished Chasing Graves. Good start and nice concept but was glad to get to the end.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12924 on: October 28, 2019, 01:09:49 PM »
I finally finished The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan yesterday (and also realised it was Mariam not Miriam). It's a great book, kind of odd, and maybe not something I'd recommend to a general fanasy reader. On the literary end of the genre.

I've started one of my regular Agatha Christies to follow it, The Clocks, which shouldn't take too long, and then I think I'm likely to be starting The Black Prism by Brent Weeks, unless I decide I need to squeeze anything else in between.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12925 on: October 29, 2019, 05:10:07 PM »
Finished The Way of Shadows. Started Shadow's Edge
Kallor shrugged. 'I've walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I've commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I've spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12926 on: October 30, 2019, 10:35:50 AM »
Vengeful (Villains #2)
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When I finished Vicious, I was disappointed about it's length and wished the author wrote more. The wish was fulfilled in Vengeful, but sadly turned to be a step down.

Vengeful continues to story of Eli & Victor, but the plot gets stereotypical and X-Men'esque with battle between Eos vs secret govt agency hunting and researching them, which is as close to stale in this genre.

The writing style is crisp as before and the way author weaves the story is superb and you just let yourself get pulled into the narrative. It's just that a major chunk of the book after the initial introduction meanders into flashbacks after flashbacks and at some point inertia sets in and you get to wondering when the story get back on track. The character building is superb, but the fact that it adds no value to story (I didn't get to know Eli any better than at end of Book 1) kinda puts a dampener on the proceedings.

It was just after 60% into the book, that the author finally brings us back to the plot at hand and within a short time leads to the grand finale. A few quick twists in actions which gets you back to edge of your seat and you end up with a climax which feels a rip off straight out of X-Men: The Last Stand and then finally the book finishes off with an open ending, perhaps for a potential sequel.

Like a good Hollywood movie that falls short of great, the plot and pacing bring down what could have been a stellar sequel. For me personally, the interactions between the protagonists was the highlight of book 1 and that was missing and pushed to the fringe by the new elements herein. I can understand the need for fresh plot, but this just feels cliched.

6/10
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12927 on: October 30, 2019, 07:31:29 PM »
Bought All Systems Red, Murderbot #1.

About to start now...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12928 on: October 31, 2019, 06:48:10 AM »
Vengeful (Villains #2)
- V.E. Schwab

When I finished Vicious, I was disappointed about it's length and wished the author wrote more. The wish was fulfilled in Vengeful, but sadly turned to be a step down.

Vengeful continues to story of Eli & Victor, but the plot gets stereotypical and X-Men'esque with battle between Eos vs secret govt agency hunting and researching them, which is as close to stale in this genre.

The writing style is crisp as before and the way author weaves the story is superb and you just let yourself get pulled into the narrative. It's just that a major chunk of the book after the initial introduction meanders into flashbacks after flashbacks and at some point inertia sets in and you get to wondering when the story get back on track. The character building is superb, but the fact that it adds no value to story (I didn't get to know Eli any better than at end of Book 1) kinda puts a dampener on the proceedings.

It was just after 60% into the book, that the author finally brings us back to the plot at hand and within a short time leads to the grand finale. A few quick twists in actions which gets you back to edge of your seat and you end up with a climax which feels a rip off straight out of X-Men: The Last Stand and then finally the book finishes off with an open ending, perhaps for a potential sequel.

Like a good Hollywood movie that falls short of great, the plot and pacing bring down what could have been a stellar sequel. For me personally, the interactions between the protagonists was the highlight of book 1 and that was missing and pushed to the fringe by the new elements herein. I can understand the need for fresh plot, but this just feels cliched.

6/10

I'd warned you beforehand, since I've read two of V. E. Schwabb's trilogies, is that she almost always started out book 1 as something extremely original with great quality to boot, only for that quality to drop massively in the second to third books. There was one duology I wrote by her that I gave book 1 five stars, while I gave the second book one star. It was that massive of a drop, seriously.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12929 on: October 31, 2019, 07:45:20 AM »
I'm rereading Dune. It's been a while since I last read it, but the story's still good.