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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11880 on: August 07, 2018, 09:22:45 PM »
In the middle of Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar. Interesting style but quite good so far!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11881 on: August 08, 2018, 10:39:16 AM »
The last book I read was Sword of Truth #1, I really enjoyed it adn look forward to the other entries of the series, even though I heard that they get weaker over the time.

But now I am reading Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan, I never read any of his works before and got this one recomended. I can´t judge it now cause I started yesterday. The beginning was nice and it seems promising enough to be a good read.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11882 on: August 08, 2018, 09:37:36 PM »
Age of Myth is great!

I admit that I read Sword of Truth and the following installments and were gripped by them. But looking back, the series shoves too much political/philosophical opinions (Ayn Rand mostly) down one's throat, is too full of self-righteous justice, rape and BDSM. The author is unfortunately neither good nor kind (he mocked an artist who made one of his book's covers publicly on Facebook for example) and when the hero saves the world from an unimaginable horror there is a book later another even bigger horror to defeat.

To not talk you completely out of it, the series definitely has strong moments, epic scenes and I don't think that it gets weaker. For me it was the opposite.

To conclude, I love @pornokitsch's review of the Sword of Truth because it is so hilarious: http://www.pornokitsch.com/2010/07/underground-reading-wizards-first-rule-by-terry-goodkind.html
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11883 on: August 09, 2018, 08:23:25 AM »
Age of Myth is great!

I admit that I read Sword of Truth and the following installments and were gripped by them. But looking back, the series shoves too much political/philosophical opinions (Ayn Rand mostly) down one's throat, is too full of self-righteous justice, rape and BDSM. The author is unfortunately neither good nor kind (he mocked an artist who made one of his book's covers publicly on Facebook for example) and when the hero saves the world from an unimaginable horror there is a book later another even bigger horror to defeat.

To not talk you completely out of it, the series definitely has strong moments, epic scenes and I don't think that it gets weaker. For me it was the opposite.

To conclude, I love @pornokitsch's review of the Sword of Truth because it is so hilarious: http://www.pornokitsch.com/2010/07/underground-reading-wizards-first-rule-by-terry-goodkind.html

I got the book (Sword of Truth) from some yardsale a year earlier. I managed to read a few pages, put it off for other novels, come back and read another few pages and puts it off again. I probably should get back to finish it one day.  :P

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11884 on: August 09, 2018, 09:26:35 AM »
I only read the first book (Sword of Truth) so far so I can´t give a review about the whole series, but from what I heard is that all books are about Richard Cypher as main character and I do imagine that its hard to write 18 books (especially at that length theses books are) without messing some things up. When I continue the series I will see it and I hope that they will all be as great as the first one.

What I really liked are the characters, that they thought about their actions and the actions of others and reflected on them, I like the the first rule of the wizards, that people only believe what they want to believe and don´t really care if it´s true or not. I like that because sadly that is how it is in the real world (for most people).

Especially for kind of lazy people like me it was easy to navigate since the map was very small, straight forward and if you think about it really a joke with 3 countries all in about the same size and shape. Overall I think the book is very straight forward and simple, there are the good ones, that one bad dude they need to stop. The focus is obviously on the characters and the way they act and think.

About authors (same with bands, musicians, actors, painters, any sort of artist, etc), I rarely look up much about their lives or how they act towards others because I saw it too often that people judge the work of people by judging the people themselfs and not their work. Countless times I heard people saying "this book sucks because the author is such a mean person so all he does is bad", I don´t need to like a person to like what he does. However, I do sometimes look up a little more about peoples lifes, but mostly only to understand them a little better and maybe get inspirations myself or look for new inspirations.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11885 on: August 10, 2018, 03:31:06 AM »
I've just finished The Lies of Locke Lamora. Again, what a cleverly written story. The witty & humorous banter between Locke and his crews, the ingenious cons they came up with, the sprawling city and its gangs, I love every single moment of it. I am in love with how Locke made people dance to his ingenious lies, conjuring cities and plagues out of the air as if it is nothing. An absolute, amazing, 5-star recommendation!

I don't have Red Seas and Red Skies with me right now, but I'm more than looking forward to continuing the series!  :D


PS. Have anyone heard when is the fourth book coming out, though?

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11886 on: August 10, 2018, 06:28:38 AM »
I've just finished The Lies of Locke Lamora. Again, what a cleverly written story. The witty & humorous banter between Locke and his crews, the ingenious cons they came up with, the sprawling city and its gangs, I love every single moment of it. I am in love with how Locke made people dance to his ingenious lies, conjuring cities and plagues out of the air as if it is nothing. An absolute, amazing, 5-star recommendation!

I don't have Red Seas and Red Skies with me right now, but I'm more than looking forward to continuing the series!  :D


PS. Have anyone heard when is the fourth book coming out, though?
Ah yes the 4th book. Rumours keep floating around about its impending publication, but like with its predecessor I believe nothing until I see it on a shelf in a book store.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11887 on: August 10, 2018, 08:23:17 AM »
I'm now reading Anthony Ryan's last Draconis Memoria book, The empire of ashes!
I was first (only?) on the list to get it from my library as soon as it was published/ordered, hehe

I'm not sure if it's me or if it's the story, but I'm finding this book quite uneven. Some parts keep me reading, others are a bit meh :-\ I loved book 2, so this is being a bit of a disappointment... I've got about 1/3 left and it is picking up, so maybe it was just the beginning
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11888 on: August 13, 2018, 06:18:48 AM »
Have anyone read a Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Sparks? I started it yesterday, and it was quite the unusual book.

The prose is very unique, not really descriptive but flows very well in short bursts/ fragments. The dialogue, as many people have said, reminded me of a stage play in a respect. There are also tons of genuinely good dark humor here as well, along with the POV saying at least five 'fuck' on at least every page.

I'd recommend this to people looking for something out of the usual for a change.   8)   

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11889 on: August 13, 2018, 08:03:48 AM »
^ That's one of the "still unread books at home" I've got :-[

I know @Rostum sang its praises lots last year :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11890 on: August 13, 2018, 02:05:51 PM »
I've got Court of Broken Knives waiting in the wings, too.

Along with almost everything else I haven't read, to be honest.

Anyway, I finished 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough on Saturday. A very enjoyable thriller, but much less speculative than I imagined. It was published by Gollancz, and nominated for the August Derleth Award by the British Fantasy Society, but I don't think I'd really count it as horror. It does complete my consecutive numbers challenge, which started with Agatha Christie's Towards Zero last July, though.

I then started The Terminal Experiment by Robert J Sawyer, representing 1995 in my chronological SF challenge. Some elements of the plot seem familiar to me, so I'm wondering if I've actually read it before. I don't remember any of the detail, though. There's something indefinable that annoys me about Sawyer's writing. The ideas are fine, but it's kind of the attitude. I'm not wholly enjoying it, so I've decided to blitz through it and get it done.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11891 on: August 13, 2018, 02:37:41 PM »
Old Man's War, book 1 in a sci-fi series by John Scalzi.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11892 on: August 13, 2018, 04:06:59 PM »
I'm reading the book Tatterdemalion by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

I heard about it because an artist whose work I adore, Rima Staines, did illustrations for it.

It's set in a future world where an unknown catastrophe has destroyed the earth and the story is told from the POV of a boy called Poppy who can only talk to wild animals and who befriends a magical elephant that rolls around on wheels. As they travel across the ruins of America, they listen to the stories told by all the people they meet and it gradually paints a picture of what happened after the catastrophe and all the events up to present day, so each chapter is almost like its own little story.

It's a rather quirky novel, but I'm enjoying it so far. Currently almost half way through.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11893 on: August 14, 2018, 01:48:32 PM »
I then started The Terminal Experiment by Robert J Sawyer, representing 1995 in my chronological SF challenge. Some elements of the plot seem familiar to me, so I'm wondering if I've actually read it before. I don't remember any of the detail, though. There's something indefinable that annoys me about Sawyer's writing. The ideas are fine, but it's kind of the attitude. I'm not wholly enjoying it, so I've decided to blitz through it and get it done.
I finished this last night. It was readable enough not to be hard work, but I never really liked it. Philosophical differences.

I'm moving on to Will Wight's Unsouled, which should be a fairly quick palate cleanser.

I was sort of intending to read Jane Eyre next - yeah, ok, partly so I can read Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair - but I've decided to multitask that one, and read it in parallel, in the background. It might get promoted to "main book" if I find myself gripped.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11894 on: August 14, 2018, 03:00:42 PM »
Court of Broken Knives is dark and quirky and does not read like a debut a genuine 5 star book.