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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12165 on: December 03, 2018, 10:04:16 PM »
I love snark-- and @tebakutis  you're the master of it!!  But this fell flat more me.  I thought your own stuff was way better :)

That is high praise. Thank you. :)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12166 on: December 04, 2018, 10:01:55 PM »
I am still enjoying Startide Rising, but the wind was blowing over the fen tonight and it had the bite of winter in it.. so I made some tea and made my return to the Realm of the Elderlings - just started Fool's Quest. Very excited! :)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12167 on: December 05, 2018, 08:06:58 AM »
I am still enjoying Startide Rising, but the wind was blowing over the fen tonight and it had the bite of winter in it.. so I made some tea and made my return to the Realm of the Elderlings - just started Fool's Quest. Very excited! :)

(I tried to attach a picture but got a "The upload folder is full" error message.)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12169 on: December 06, 2018, 05:50:54 AM »
I've just started The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan and absolutely loving it. I'm intrigue by the world and age the novel is set in (especially since I don't usually read flintlock-era fantasy) and the unique magic system from drinking drake's blood. I think I'll have to get my hands on more flintlock fantasy.  :D 

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12170 on: December 06, 2018, 08:06:07 AM »
I've just started The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan and absolutely loving it. I'm intrigue by the world and age the novel is set in (especially since I don't usually read flintlock-era fantasy) and the unique magic system from drinking drake's blood. I think I'll have to get my hands on more flintlock fantasy.  :D
Oooh you're in for a treat! I also loved book 2, although the last left me a bit underwhelmed, but it's a great series :D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12171 on: December 07, 2018, 03:05:51 PM »
So I did end up picking up The Poppy War again. And got quickly sucked in as it went into full fledged Shamanism territory, and did it incredibly well.

Then lost interest when the war started.

Then regained interest when the Shamanism became important again.

The darkest parts of this book are, for once, among the best. Its darkness for a reason and Exhibit A of how Fantasy can be great at tackling real world problems - there's not much appetite for a book on the Rape of Nanjang and other instances of Japanese cruelty, but there is an an appetite for a fantasy book that includes them tactfully in an interesting story. I can see how it would jar but it didn't jar me.

And then I raced through the ending so I could end it.

I really don't know what to think about this book. It feels like 5 different books in once, some breathtakingly good and others that I would not finish. I suppose that taken as a journey I'm happy I read it and read it all. I'm happy enough to have read it that I was mildly excited to see a publication date for the sequel.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes, but with reservations.

In a weird way, I'd say the book is a lot like Eye of the World. Its an interesting story with an emphasis on internal growth and truama that's somewhat let down by the decision to start it in a super cliched way that doesn't really add much unless you're a fan of that cliche for the sake of that cliche.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12172 on: December 08, 2018, 08:59:34 AM »
Finished Tool of war. I have started The weight of the crown on kindle  and Snakewood.

Tool of war is an off shoot from the Ship Breakers and a continuation from the Drowned Cities and was very readable, but I don't think it compares well with some of his other works.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12173 on: December 09, 2018, 11:53:46 PM »
I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 5/5

I knew there was a movie about it and this was really popular, but I wasn't really expecting much, considering I heard it was all about the 80s.

What a great surprise. You don't need to catch up some references (though some you'll definitely identify - Ultraman, Godzilla, etc) and I don't think everything was 80's (unless Neon Genesis Evangelion was made in the 80's).

This is most likely how I believe some people would do if VR became as powerful as this, but the book went even further than that, also showing the really bad side effects if you get addicted to it. It wasn't just romanticizing games and movies.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12174 on: December 10, 2018, 07:57:24 AM »
I've now started In the vanishers' palace, the new self-published book by Aliette de Bodard.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12175 on: December 10, 2018, 01:15:28 PM »
I finished my foray into general fiction, and have moved on to The Grand Tour by Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. This is the second of the Cecelia & Kate historical fantasies of manners. I'm enjoying it so far, although I think it might be longer than I thought.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12176 on: December 10, 2018, 03:11:25 PM »
After finally finishing The Wheel of Time series I've got a few to catch up on and started with Bloody Rose. 

If it's half as good as Kings of the Wyld it will be brilliant!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12177 on: December 10, 2018, 06:53:02 PM »
Finished The Winter Road. While I still enjoyed the world and the plot, I'm afraid I don't rate it very highly. I found the writing oddly hard to follow. I think it was deliberate, to have a less-educated narrator, but it didn't work for me.

I'm now on book 12 of Gaunt's Ghosts, hoping my nearly-empty tbr will last me until my birthday.  (The problem with asking for nothing but books is that you have to stop buying them yourself  ::) )

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12178 on: December 11, 2018, 03:23:30 PM »
I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 5/5

I knew there was a movie about it and this was really popular, but I wasn't really expecting much, considering I heard it was all about the 80s.

What a great surprise. You don't need to catch up some references (though some you'll definitely identify - Ultraman, Godzilla, etc) and I don't think everything was 80's (unless Neon Genesis Evangelion was made in the 80's).

This is most likely how I believe some people would do if VR became as powerful as this, but the book went even further than that, also showing the really bad side effects if you get addicted to it. It wasn't just romanticizing games and movies.

I loved RP1. Due to its success, there are boatloads of people who will tell you Ernie Cline is a horrible writer and RP1 is a horrible book, and I do have some critiques (the movie did some things better and some things worse) but overall, RP1 hit all my happy buttons and I'm happy Cline gets to live every nerd's dream of having his book made into a super cool movie. I look forward to the sequel!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12179 on: December 11, 2018, 04:14:34 PM »
I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 5/5

I knew there was a movie about it and this was really popular, but I wasn't really expecting much, considering I heard it was all about the 80s.

What a great surprise. You don't need to catch up some references (though some you'll definitely identify - Ultraman, Godzilla, etc) and I don't think everything was 80's (unless Neon Genesis Evangelion was made in the 80's).

This is most likely how I believe some people would do if VR became as powerful as this, but the book went even further than that, also showing the really bad side effects if you get addicted to it. It wasn't just romanticizing games and movies.

I loved RP1. Due to its success, there are boatloads of people who will tell you Ernie Cline is a horrible writer and RP1 is a horrible book, and I do have some critiques (the movie did some things better and some things worse) but overall, RP1 hit all my happy buttons and I'm happy Cline gets to live every nerd's dream of having his book made into a super cool movie. I look forward to the sequel!

Re: the movie, WTF was Rush?! (as in, where in the f...)
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