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Offline Bender

Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11985 on: September 19, 2018, 01:10:09 AM »
Has anyone read the new Black Company book? How was it?
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Offline ZeroEcho99

Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11986 on: September 20, 2018, 03:00:50 PM »
Dear god Crossroads of Twilight is a chore!!

I've heard it was the worst book out of the series and I've managed to get past the dreaded bath scene!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11987 on: September 21, 2018, 06:56:27 AM »
Dear god Crossroads of Twilight is a chore!!

I've heard it was the worst book out of the series and I've managed to get past the dreaded bath scene!
Easily the worst book. You'd be better off reading a synopsis, remember these are hours of your life you'll never recover-

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« Reply #11988 on: September 21, 2018, 08:40:36 AM »
Crossroads of Twilight enraged me. It is a pointless, unarguably terrible book best replaced with a paragraph of description.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11989 on: September 22, 2018, 07:53:43 AM »

I didn't hate it.  i was frustrated that it didn't get as far as i wanted it to, but I definitely didn't feel the same as most people do.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11990 on: September 22, 2018, 08:09:15 AM »
When I reread the series a few years ago, I didn't skip it.
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« Reply #11991 on: September 22, 2018, 11:42:26 AM »
I had an unexpected day in bed with a cold yesterday, and managed to finish Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan. It was an odd blend of cyberpunky AI stuff and planetary SF, with said AI bring crucial to the survival of the colony. I'm not totally sure I followed it all, but it was strangely compulsive.

I'm now reading Pilgrimage to Skara by Jonathan S Pembroke, which was the least popular of last year's SPFBO finalists. I'm quite enjoying it so far. It has a bit of a Wild West feel.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11992 on: September 22, 2018, 09:06:53 PM »
Just picked up The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs.

Question for the Yanks here.  Is this a very famous American children's novel?  Just I had never heard of it before this month and the movie being released and I am usually good with Children's literature.  Surprised to see it was first published in 1973!  The first few pages have been magical.
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« Reply #11993 on: September 22, 2018, 10:24:24 PM »
Read the first 5 James N Cook surviving the dead books on kindle  above average zombie Porn.

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« Reply #11994 on: September 24, 2018, 02:07:35 PM »
Read the first 5 James N Cook surviving the dead books on kindle  above average zombie Porn.


That sounds interesting? lol  ;D

I've just finished The Court of Broken Knives. Pretty much a fantasy novel with the theme/ tone of a Greek tragedy. Some of them are quite despicable, really, even with my standards and my liking of imperfect characters like Jorg and Jalan. Many of the main actual scenes could be summed up as people shouting, "Death!", "Kill!", and madly butchering one another. Not sure if I'm gonna read the follow up.

Also, starting Red Seas and Red Skies. Woo hoo!  :D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11995 on: September 24, 2018, 03:58:11 PM »
I had an unexpected day in bed with a cold yesterday, and managed to finish Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan. It was an odd blend of cyberpunky AI stuff and planetary SF, with said AI bring crucial to the survival of the colony. I'm not totally sure I followed it all, but it was strangely compulsive.

I'm now reading Pilgrimage to Skara by Jonathan S Pembroke, which was the least popular of last year's SPFBO finalists. I'm quite enjoying it so far. It has a bit of a Wild West feel.
It didn't take me long to finish Pilgrimage to Skara, due to it being quite short, me having already started it, and still taking it quite easy from my minor illness. It was OK. The writing seemed fine, the story was interesting - one of those post-apocalyptic fantasies where it might really be SF - but there were some flaws in the human relationships.

Next it's time for my monthly crime, and I've strayed from Agatha Christie this month to read The Black Echo by Michael Connelly, the first Harry Bosch book. I bought an omnibus of 14 of them last month, when they had a mysteriously low price, and I think I owe it to myself to get started.

After that, I'll be onto the final book of my chronological SF challenge: Teranesia by Greg Egan, a writer I used to like when he was just starting out, but kind of stopped reading for no particular reason.

Then I'll be free of my challenges, and will be able to read whatever I feel like. Which means I'll probably come up with something new, so I have some kind of guidance and don't just flounder around unable to make a decision. OK, I've still got reddit bingo.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11996 on: September 24, 2018, 06:38:06 PM »


I've just finished The Court of Broken Knives. Pretty much a fantasy novel with the theme/ tone of a Greek tragedy. Some of them are quite despicable, really, even with my standards and my liking of imperfect characters like Jorg and Jalan. Many of the main actual scenes could be summed up as people shouting, "Death!", "Kill!", and madly butchering one another. Not sure if I'm gonna read the follow up.

Also, starting Red Seas and Red Skies. Woo hoo!  :D

Death! Death! Death!

The sequel is more of the same, possible even more evil and twisted. Of course, that's why I enjoyed it so much. ;)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11997 on: September 25, 2018, 02:12:05 AM »
I finished The Drowning Girl by CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan. 4/5

I almost dropped this various times during the first 30% of it, but then the story got a lot better.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11998 on: September 25, 2018, 11:42:43 PM »
Dear god Crossroads of Twilight is a chore!!

I've heard it was the worst book out of the series and I've managed to get past the dreaded bath scene!

It's over. Knife of Dreams has so much of Mat and Tuon that I love that book. Better times are around the corner.
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Offline DrNefario

Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11999 on: September 26, 2018, 02:50:42 PM »
Next it's time for my monthly crime, and I've strayed from Agatha Christie this month to read The Black Echo by Michael Connelly, the first Harry Bosch book. I bought an omnibus of 14 of them last month, when they had a mysteriously low price, and I think I owe it to myself to get started.
The downside of reading on the Kindle from a 14-book omnibus is that I have no idea where I am in this book. It turns out The Black Echo is about twice as long as I thought it was. For some reason I had picked up the idea that it was about 250 pages, so would be a quick break like the Agatha Christies, but it turns out it's over 450, and I'm no longer confident I'm going to finish it this month.

I'll give it a try though. The weekend should help.