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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5625 on: March 14, 2015, 06:19:00 PM »
I'm about 25% through Promise of Blood, enjoying it quite a lot.

Lots of action, lots of intrigue, lots of interesting and well-explained magic. The writing quality is excellent, McClellan manages to put in a huge amount of worldbuilding and politics without any of it getting in the way of the unusually fast pace of the opening. The only time I noticed it was when the members of the council were introduced, which was a bit awkward.

No real connection to any of the characters yet, but it's been enjoyable enough that that doesn't matter. It could be because of the large cast, guess I'll find out as things go along!
You could (and should) read his short stories that take place in the same world and are connected to the story. They are entertaining and flesh out some of the characters.

I finished the Kingdom of Gods and the novella The Awakened Kingdom by Nemesin. Very good, both.
Trigger Warning is next I think.
Yeah I noticed those - but should they be read before or after reading the books? I know they're before in terms of chronology, but I just assumed they'd be better read after the books  :-\
Depends. Some are before the books, some after book one, some independent... I read most after book one but it wouldn't have hurt to read some before. The girl of hrush avenue for example is cool to read before.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5626 on: March 14, 2015, 06:42:56 PM »
I'm about 25% through Promise of Blood, enjoying it quite a lot.

Lots of action, lots of intrigue, lots of interesting and well-explained magic. The writing quality is excellent, McClellan manages to put in a huge amount of worldbuilding and politics without any of it getting in the way of the unusually fast pace of the opening. The only time I noticed it was when the members of the council were introduced, which was a bit awkward.

No real connection to any of the characters yet, but it's been enjoyable enough that that doesn't matter. It could be because of the large cast, guess I'll find out as things go along!
You could (and should) read his short stories that take place in the same world and are connected to the story. They are entertaining and flesh out some of the characters.

I finished the Kingdom of Gods and the novella The Awakened Kingdom by Nemesin. Very good, both.
Trigger Warning is next I think.
Yeah I noticed those - but should they be read before or after reading the books? I know they're before in terms of chronology, but I just assumed they'd be better read after the books  :-\
Depends. Some are before the books, some after book one, some independent... I read most after book one but it wouldn't have hurt to read some before. The girl of hrush avenue for example is cool to read before.
Hmm... well I've got the novels out of the library so I guess I'll just read the short stories after  :P
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5627 on: March 15, 2015, 04:59:16 AM »
Since Friday I've read The Wee Free Men & A Hat full of Sky, and I'm now onto Wintersmith.  And when I finish that, I'll go onto I Shall Wear Midnight.

Hopefully by then I'll feel a bit better, and will go back to Codex Reborn by Jim Hines.  Otherwise I'll probably read Nightwatch.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5628 on: March 15, 2015, 08:51:20 AM »
Since Friday I've read The Wee Free Men & A Hat full of Sky, and I'm now onto Wintersmith.  And when I finish that, I'll go onto I Shall Wear Midnight.

Hopefully by then I'll feel a bit better, and will go back to Codex Reborn by Jim Hines.  Otherwise I'll probably read Nightwatch.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5629 on: March 16, 2015, 05:55:58 AM »
Currently finishing "Cinder" which is an easy and pleasant modern remix of Cinderella with Sailor Moon, starring a young female character who is a mechanic and a cyborg, working to pay her nasty step mother's bills in New Beijing from the far future.

It's not high end literature but good fun, short, and an absolute fan service for a chick like me who used to watch every single Sailor Moon anime episode on TV  8)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5630 on: March 16, 2015, 01:31:48 PM »
Finished Brian McClellen's The Crimson Campaign last night. Starting The Autumn Republic today. Loving this series!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5631 on: March 16, 2015, 02:46:13 PM »
Just finished Daniel Abraham's A Shadow In Summer and I absolutely loved it, despite the slow beginning. I think I will go on straight to the following book in the series, A Betrayal in Winter  :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5632 on: March 16, 2015, 05:39:59 PM »
Finished Pauline M. Ross's The Fire Mages.  Now jumping back into the Foreigner universe with C.J. Cherryh's Inheritor.  Quite an extensive (and a bit snore-worthy) 'previously' segment on this one, but I'm past it now.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5633 on: March 17, 2015, 04:52:18 AM »
Currently re reading one of my favorite series : Malazan Book of the Fallen. First time I read it, felt that there was so much I was missing! Second time around I realised how much I had missed. Fantastic series, Fantastic Author.

Could not recommend it any more!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5634 on: March 17, 2015, 09:50:42 AM »
Just finished Promise of Blood. Really liked the gunpowder fantasy setting and magic. The writing was excellent, and though it took a while to care about the characters the pace was really fast so it held my interest all the way through. I think the only disappointment I felt was that it ended up with gods and shit like that being important - I think the first half of the book where it looked like it'd avoid that kind of stuff was much stronger than the second half.

Can't wait to start the second book :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5635 on: March 17, 2015, 12:54:24 PM »
I'm just finishing Carey's (or rather, Careys') City of silk and steel and it did improve from my earlier comments. There's still quite a hint of a roundabout way of telling stories, though, not going straight to the point, and having lots of 'storytelling' that doesn't really appeal to me.
Still a good read :)

I'll then start Lawrence's Prince of fools ;D, I think I'm now ready for his non-Jorg books hehe
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5636 on: March 17, 2015, 02:58:46 PM »
Started Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and I'm hooked. I like the writing and all the characters are cool and deep. Though I'm a bit scared of its size (about 140 parts/chapters last I checked). Some long books tend to be boring but not all (I was wishing Words of Radiance was longer before I got done).

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5637 on: March 17, 2015, 04:01:07 PM »
Started Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and I'm hooked. I like the writing and all the characters are cool and deep. Though I'm a bit scared of its size (about 140 parts/chapters last I checked). Some long books tend to be boring but not all (I was wishing Words of Radiance was longer before I got done).
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5638 on: March 17, 2015, 04:55:56 PM »
I'm just finishing Carey's (or rather, Careys') City of silk and steel and it did improve from my earlier comments. There's still quite a hint of a roundabout way of telling stories, though, not going straight to the point, and having lots of 'storytelling' that doesn't really appeal to me.
Still a good read :)

I should have mentioned that it was inspired by the storytelling of the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, with stories told inside stories, although only in parts. Glad you've enjoyed it!  :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5639 on: March 17, 2015, 05:30:20 PM »
I'm just finishing Carey's (or rather, Careys') City of silk and steel and it did improve from my earlier comments. There's still quite a hint of a roundabout way of telling stories, though, not going straight to the point, and having lots of 'storytelling' that doesn't really appeal to me.
Still a good read :)

I should have mentioned that it was inspired by the storytelling of the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, with stories told inside stories, although only in parts. Glad you've enjoyed it!  :)

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