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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11820 on: July 10, 2018, 02:46:56 PM »
Reading the latest from Terry Brooks, The Skaar Invasion. Brooks rarely disappoints, and this is shaping up to be a cracker of a book.

I've been thinking of reading this one, but waiting for the price to drop to a normal level  :)

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« Reply #11821 on: July 10, 2018, 02:51:17 PM »
I'm currently reading Black Man by Richard Morgan (Thirteen in the US). It's very good: so far, it feels like a more violent Blade Runner with less philosophy and more social satire.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11822 on: July 10, 2018, 02:56:51 PM »
I've been reading well known fantasy writers who I should have read a long time ago but never did. At the moment I'm reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series (on book three at the moment).

I envy you. I wish I could read Mistborn again for the first time.

I'm enjoying them. Do any of these characters return in other books?

The second Mistborn series is set 300 years after Hero of Ages, but the legacy of the characters is very much felt and talked about. I won't say too much in case you haven't finished book 3 yet, but the others are very much about new characters.

Mistborn: Secret History is a prequel/sequel/sidequel novella that does feature a familiar character, but you may not enjoy it unless you're heavily invested in the inner workings of the Cosmere (like I am).

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11823 on: July 11, 2018, 10:22:48 AM »
I've been reading well known fantasy writers who I should have read a long time ago but never did. At the moment I'm reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series (on book three at the moment).

I envy you. I wish I could read Mistborn again for the first time.

I'm enjoying them. Do any of these characters return in other books?

The second Mistborn series is set 300 years after Hero of Ages, but the legacy of the characters is very much felt and talked about. I won't say too much in case you haven't finished book 3 yet, but the others are very much about new characters.

Mistborn: Secret History is a prequel/sequel/sidequel novella that does feature a familiar character, but you may not enjoy it unless you're heavily invested in the inner workings of the Cosmere (like I am).

I enjoyed both a great deal.

Just bought Anthony Ryan's Legions of Flame, finally Mark's Red Sister (didn't until now because I didn't get the cover I wanted) and Eames' Kings of the Wyld. :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11824 on: July 12, 2018, 09:25:06 AM »
I've been reading well known fantasy writers who I should have read a long time ago but never did. At the moment I'm reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series (on book three at the moment).

I envy you. I wish I could read Mistborn again for the first time.

I'm enjoying them. Do any of these characters return in other books?

The second Mistborn series is set 300 years after Hero of Ages, but the legacy of the characters is very much felt and talked about. I won't say too much in case you haven't finished book 3 yet, but the others are very much about new characters.

Mistborn: Secret History is a prequel/sequel/sidequel novella that does feature a familiar character, but you may not enjoy it unless you're heavily invested in the inner workings of the Cosmere (like I am).

I was just thinking about the Wax & Wayne series and you happened to mentioned them. Woo hoo coincidence!  ;D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11825 on: July 12, 2018, 11:04:19 AM »
Now I'm starting Pratchett's Thief of time, one of the books I got in Scotland :D

This is fast (pun intended ;)) becoming one of my favourite Discworld books ;D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11826 on: July 12, 2018, 01:58:01 PM »
Now I'm starting Pratchett's Thief of time, one of the books I got in Scotland :D

This is fast (pun intended ;)) becoming one of my favourite Discworld books ;D
@Lady Ty, have you read it? Miss Susan is fabulous!

Yes I love it  ScarletBea, and definitely a great fan of Miss Susan. Also has another of my special favourite Discworld characters, who turns up all over the place in these books and always busy sweeping up.  ;D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11827 on: July 12, 2018, 02:41:31 PM »
I've just finished Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Easy 5/5.

What a crazy story. Some parts really had me mind boggled. I also loved how exposition here was so well crafted. I could write a few more paragraphs about it, but nah... just gonna grab the sequel right away.

Yeah, The Fall of Hyperion, here I come!

If I had to make a guess about a certain event:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The mystery of the Shrike is a central part of the plot. One line of thinking is that it's a human weapon from the future sent back to prevent the AI domination after it extinguishes humanity. The other line is that it's the Ouster's weapon for the almost the same thing. I couldn't help but notice the only line not even mentioned briefly is that it's actually the AI's weapon sent back and that the AI's actually lost to humanity/ousters and that liberating the thing is actually the AI's very plan to rewrite the future with them as winners, ironically with humans causing their own doom and preventing their own future victory and all their fear of Hyperion actually planned to cause humans to go to it and free the thing thinking it's their salvation.

After all, it's the AIs who control the most advanced technology, including the farcasters. It's mentioned multiple times how the All Thing and everything humans use for prediction (allowed by the AIs) is super rudimentary and that they have far more power in that regard (the Lamia storyline).

So it seems pretty flimsy that humans would develop something as advanced as time travel, the time tombs and the Shrike and send it all back. Much more chance that the AIs built it (it's even said how they know time-space way more than humans think). And since AIs like emotion or maybe the human most perfect part of consciousness, even them might believe it's actually not theirs (since they can't quantify it in their predications) and not even consider it might be theirs. Huh.

I would be mind blown. We'll see.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11828 on: July 12, 2018, 10:43:08 PM »
I love Thief of Time. It's one of the best from that Pratchett epoch. ;)
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« Reply #11829 on: July 15, 2018, 02:21:47 PM »
Finished The traitor God. I am impressed.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11830 on: July 16, 2018, 07:43:02 PM »
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.  So far it is like a Roland Emmerich screenplay but it makes sense.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11831 on: July 17, 2018, 08:44:16 AM »
Finished Red Sister. Really loved it. No idea what bothered so many of you with that book...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11832 on: July 17, 2018, 09:02:18 AM »
Finished Red Sister. Really loved it. No idea what bothered so many of you with that book...
Oh, it's not 'bothered' per se, it is a very good story and of course, very well written - it just feels, how can I put it, more normal? Themes we've read about multiple times?
It's a good book, just not great, on the expectations I had based on his previous books. I guess the problem was the expectation, hehe
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11833 on: July 17, 2018, 09:43:21 AM »
So the internet is out at my place for at least a week if not two, my back is also out so I'm completely bed-ridden and I'm taking a moment to read PDFs on my phone I never got around to, starting with Tolkien's On Fairy Stories.

He goes on this really interesting rant about the idea that fairies are diminutive, tracing the roots of several ideas.  I found this passage especially interesting: "Fairy, as a noun more or less equivalent to elf, is a relatively modern word, hardly used until
the Tudor period. The first quotation in the Oxford Dictionary (the only one before A.D. 1450) is significant. It is taken from the poet Gower: as he were a faierie. But this Gower did not say. He wrote as he were of faierie, “as if he were come from Faërie.” Gower was describing a young gallant who seeks to bewitch the hearts of the maidens in church.". So, the first recorded instance of the word fairies was of a lecherous dude seducing women, which is hyper-heterosexual, if not hypermasculine.  But today we use it as a pejorative term for gays implying hyperfeminity in dudes.  I thought that was super ineresting

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11834 on: July 17, 2018, 01:39:31 PM »
Finished Red Sister. Really loved it. No idea what bothered so many of you with that book...
Oh, it's not 'bothered' per se, it is a very good story and of course, very well written - it just feels, how can I put it, more normal? Themes we've read about multiple times?
It's a good book, just not great, on the expectations I had based on his previous books. I guess the problem was the expectation, hehe

Entirely what @ScarletBea said. The book is perfectly good, nothing bothered me about it, but because it was written by Mark Lawrence and I absolutely loved the two previous trilogies, Red Sister felt a bit less mind-blowing. My partner ended up loving it and so we got Grey Sister after all, and he loved that as well. I'll probably reread the first one and the following two when the entire trilogy is finally out.

I finished Terry Pratchett's Maskerade (one of the average Discworld books), and will now finally get started with Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, which I am very excited about.
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