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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8190 on: April 07, 2016, 12:45:28 AM »
Just finished Lee Child's Make Me... not fantasy, but just to prove I do read books!

What did you think? Recent Reviewers on Amazon are lretty harsh.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8191 on: April 07, 2016, 06:36:27 AM »
Decided I wouldn't continue with the Acts of Caine. Based on the reviews I've read, I wouldn't care about the plot. I don't care about the ogre guy he's trying to help.
So I tried The Earthborn Trilogy. Did not finish.
While it raised some interesting questions, I was 100 pages in and the plot was headed in a pretty straightforward direction. We must leave Earth. To accomplish this, we must do this, which will make us go on an adventure overcoming various obstacles until we reach our goal.
But wait, isn't that every book? Not really. Normally I think the story is heading one way, and then the author flips it on me. This definitely happens before I'm 100 pages through. And if not, at least the action is engaging enough for me to carry on. there wasn't any slight twist that diverted the plot from it's normal course. It felt more like a si-fi movie I might go see just because, rather than a book I want to read.
Next I'll try Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. I've heard a lot about this from you guys. I'm curious to see what happens.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8192 on: April 07, 2016, 08:14:36 AM »
Just finished Lee Child's Make Me... not fantasy, but just to prove I do read books!
You mean apart from what you review for F-F, right? Or are you telling us you don't actually read the books you review? ;)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8193 on: April 07, 2016, 02:13:47 PM »
Just finished Lee Child's Make Me... not fantasy, but just to prove I do read books!
You mean apart from what you review for F-F, right? Or are you telling us you don't actually read the books you review? ;)

No, I read those :) I just get less chance to read than I used to!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1602591362?book_show_action=false - reviewed it on Goodreads and had a few chats on Facebook about it with Steve McHugh.

I like Jack Reacher books for the pure entertainment they are. Simply and cleverly written with pacey sentences/chapters. Is it as good as the first and/or early ones... probably not, but only in the way that after 17 books you know exactly what to expect.... which is also part of the charm.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8194 on: April 07, 2016, 02:14:51 PM »
Just finished Lee Child's Make Me... not fantasy, but just to prove I do read books!

What did you think? Recent Reviewers on Amazon are pretty harsh.

Reviews are reviews... everything is subjective. There is nothing new in the book... but that's why you read them.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8195 on: April 07, 2016, 05:51:22 PM »
Finished Dark Star.

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A unique gritty tale of a dark world and a cop that's snarky as hell. Pretty awesome setting and it reads quick from start to end (also known as "pageturner").
The pacing towards the end went a bit too fast but otherwise it was a pretty good read.  :)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8196 on: April 07, 2016, 10:48:13 PM »
I have been reading this very long but interesting book about Waterloo but have broken it up with some other reads, two KJ Parker novellas, the Dracula Cha Cha Cha and reading the Tarantino does Redwall novella you have all been raving about.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8197 on: April 07, 2016, 11:27:27 PM »
Nearing the end of Snakewood. I read Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang at A level, and the influence really shows.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8198 on: April 08, 2016, 08:48:14 AM »
Reading Wolf's Brother now, after finishing The Reindeer People. Really enjoying it, and fascinated by Hobb's approach - she really is the master of the slow burn followed by the sudden, what-the-chuff-is-happening-oh-god-no punch to the gut.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8199 on: April 09, 2016, 04:26:06 AM »
Just finished Retribution Falls. 4/5
Definitely a good read. I have to say, I was more interested in the subplots than anything else. That's why I'm continuing with the series. I think the airships and magic system are pretty cool though, and there were some nice little surprises along the way. I'm curious to see what comes next, especially for Jez and Crake.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8200 on: April 09, 2016, 06:57:09 AM »
Finished yesterday A Natural History of Dragons, and moved on to the next book in the series, well under way already, The Tropic of Serpents.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8201 on: April 09, 2016, 01:18:03 PM »
A double finish for me today:

The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle - Well-regarded first encounter space opera. I found it uneven, with a slow start and some lulls, but overall my feelings are mostly positive. It was an interesting story and seemed pretty well thought through.

Wastelands - John Joseph Adams (ed) - Over on my parallel short story track, I accidentally timed the end of this enjoyable post-apocalyptic anthology perfectly. Mote... was my 1974 book in my chronological SF challenge. My 1975 book is going to be Ursula Le Guin's collection The Wind's Twelve Quarters, which I can now start tomorrow.

I'm intending to start Promise of Blood by Brian McLellan as my next main book, unless I have a sudden change of heart before this evening.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8202 on: April 09, 2016, 02:51:18 PM »
Received my ARC of Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay, first time reading him and looking forward to it. :)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8203 on: April 09, 2016, 04:43:57 PM »
I'm intending to start Promise of Blood by Brian McLellan as my next main book, unless I have a sudden change of heart before this evening.
I think you'll love it!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8204 on: April 10, 2016, 12:08:04 AM »
I read The Builders. Have to say I found it rather tame compared to this movie my Mum sat me and my siblings in front of as small children.

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