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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7215 on: December 21, 2015, 01:00:50 AM »
Probably unrelated, but I was in Goodreads and the recommendation tab showed: "Because you read Prince of Thorns, a few more recommendations for Science Fiction."
I was like, "what?"

Well, there are some science fiction elements in the trilogy. It's post-apocalyptic and some technology does show up, though it is treated as mysterious in a manner more typical to fantasy.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7216 on: December 21, 2015, 02:29:21 AM »
Finished The Aeronaut's Windlass, despite what others here have said I quite liked it.

Also read The Call by @Eli_Freysson, which was good fun. Definitely recommended if you want something fast-paced and entertaining. I also posted a review on GR8)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7217 on: December 21, 2015, 09:12:43 AM »
Just finished Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. Quite disappointed in the end.
Everything went fine, catching my interest (though never lighting me on fire either), until he started doing something annoying repeatedly :

He would make one character disclose full backstory details to another, but cut the narrative along with said character before you could get the whole thing.
It started once 50% in the book, then happened more than 5 more times!!! Seriously starting to piss me off then. But I also saw a problem coming as details sipped through these interrupted revelations : besides the fact that characters started acting on reasons and principles I knew nothing about, I started feeling like the "big reveal" might not be as good as the dragging suspense made it to be.

And sure enough, when I reached the end, none of it made sense to me. In this respect Sanderson is clearly right. In his worlds, outcomes make sense because you know the rules of the game. You can see playing out something you could have foretold, but didn't. It feels more realistic and gratifying.
In this sci-fi, the whole ending is a chunk of info dumping to explain to you what's so wondrous, who the bad guys were all along, why this and that look awesome or are scientifically super strange, ect.
So when at last I knew as much as the other characters, I never went "Ooooh!"... nor even "Aaah".
More like "huh".

Well, apparently moving on to some Sanderson now!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7218 on: December 21, 2015, 01:20:17 PM »
I finished What Remains of Heroes by David Benem yesterday, my second of the SPFBO finalists. I was fairly impressed, I have to say. I thought it was of trad-pub quality, and I'm interested to see what happens next. If I have any slight criticism it's that I did feel it lacked a bit of drive in the middle. I can't really put my finger on why, it just seemed to lack a bit of tension/suspense.

On to Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut next, to see out the sixties in my chronological SF challenge.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7219 on: December 21, 2015, 03:29:40 PM »
I'm about halfway through The Bane Chronicles. It's hardly perfect, but it is a lot of fun to read, and a great way to ease into my mornings.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7220 on: December 21, 2015, 05:27:45 PM »
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Started Twilight Watch (?????? #3) by Sergei Lukyanenko , I'm quite enjoying this post Soviet series even if it is a bit bizarre in places

Wait what there is a 3rd  :o

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7221 on: December 21, 2015, 07:04:59 PM »
Finished The Martian, by Andy Weir. Very good.

There's still time for another book I think.

Decided to go with Bloodrush, by Ben Galley. Unless this goes extremely fast, it will be my last read of the year.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7222 on: December 22, 2015, 06:02:31 AM »
Just finished Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. Quite disappointed in the end.
Everything went fine, catching my interest (though never lighting me on fire either), until he started doing something annoying repeatedly :

He would make one character disclose full backstory details to another, but cut the narrative along with said character before you could get the whole thing.
It started once 50% in the book, then happened more than 5 more times!!! Seriously starting to piss me off then. But I also saw a problem coming as details sipped through these interrupted revelations : besides the fact that characters started acting on reasons and principles I knew nothing about, I started feeling like the "big reveal" might not be as good as the dragging suspense made it to be.

And sure enough, when I reached the end, none of it made sense to me. In this respect Sanderson is clearly right. In his worlds, outcomes make sense because you know the rules of the game. You can see playing out something you could have foretold, but didn't. It feels more realistic and gratifying.
In this sci-fi, the whole ending is a chunk of info dumping to explain to you what's so wondrous, who the bad guys were all along, why this and that look awesome or are scientifically super strange, ect.
So when at last I knew as much as the other characters, I never went "Ooooh!"... nor even "Aaah".
More like "huh".

Well, apparently moving on to some Sanderson now!

I read the whole Revelation Space trilogy, and I kind of felt it was a waste of time. Of the three, the second book was probably the best, but all my memories of the series are severely tainted by one of the worst endings I've ever read. It was like Reynolds couldn't think of how to end it, so he pulled a solution out of nowhere. Maybe it was foreshadowed, but I was skimming so much (out of boredom) that I didn't catch it.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7223 on: December 22, 2015, 01:49:28 PM »
Also read The Call by @Eli_Freysson, which was good fun. Definitely recommended if you want something fast-paced and entertaining. I also posted a review on GR8)

I appreciate that, Raptori. :)

Myself, I am currently halfway through Amy Bai's Sword. So far it is holding up well. The base story elements are simple, but there is nothing wrong with simple stories as long as they are well told.

I also recently finished Iron and Velvet, the first Kate Kane, Paranormal investigator book by Alexis Hall. Normally I loathe urban fantasy with the same elements as IaV, but I enjoyed this one to a surprising degree. That is partly due to the cynical, hardened but ultimately sympathetic protagonist, and partly due to deliberate mockery of the stereotypical UF elements. To me the standout feature of the novel is Kate's vampire ex-boyfriend, who lives up to every brooding vampire cliche in existence . . . and consequently is the biggest douchebag in the universe: A faux-chivalric, stalker drama queen who does the Batman thing of sneaking up behind people and waiting for a dramatic moment to startle them by announcing himself.

As for Kate herself, she is just badass enough while still being far from the top of the supernatural power ladder.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7224 on: December 23, 2015, 03:52:15 AM »
Started reading The Way of Kings yesterday, since the votes decided so, but this new Novic book just shot up in my tbr pile since its flashy cover caught my eye :


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7225 on: December 23, 2015, 05:22:55 AM »
Started reading The Way of Kings yesterday, since the votes decided so, but this new Novic book just shot up in my tbr pile since its flashy cover caught my eye :



It is a nice cover and a very good book, too.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7226 on: December 23, 2015, 11:41:46 AM »
I love covers like that.
So few of them... but maybe that let's the really good one stand out better from the dreck.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7227 on: December 23, 2015, 03:06:44 PM »
I love covers like that.
So few of them... but maybe that let's the really good one stand out better from the dreck.

Last time I picked up a book after its golden cover caught my eye, it was Sorcerer to the crown, and I dropped it out of annoyance and boredom!
But at least I know Novik and like her previous work so I'm not too worried.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7228 on: December 24, 2015, 11:47:52 AM »
Currently i am reading chasing tomorrow.. it is sequel of if tomorrow comes written by sidney sheldon..

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7229 on: December 24, 2015, 01:02:09 PM »
I finished Douglas Hulick's Sworn in Steel yesterday and it's super, even better than the first book!
Funnily enough, I noticed it had a caption from Fantasy Faction inside, comparing it to Brent Weeks and Scott Lynch. At first I didn't get the Lynch link, but yes, towards the end.
@ultamentkiller, I think you'd like these (there are 2 books, but they can be read as standalones - although if you plan to read both, read the other first)

I've now started John Gwynne's Malice, and it's got amazing promise in the beginning :)
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