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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12225 on: January 06, 2019, 11:21:00 PM »
Started Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed a few nights ago. Shaping up to be really interesting.
One of my favourite Le Guin books.

This is sitting on my kindle to read ... was on offer over Xmas.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12226 on: January 06, 2019, 11:26:05 PM »
Thomas Cromwell: A Life by Diarmaid Maculloch. Set in a fantasy land called England.  About a man who rises up from humble beginnings to become the chief advisor to the king and makes big changes in the kingdom.  Have a sneaky feeling things will end badly for him.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12227 on: January 09, 2019, 02:47:40 AM »
Finished Tad Williams Bobby Dollar trilogy. Liked book 1, but series went downhill from there. Barely readable Book 2 and had to skip read Book 3. Awful.
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« Reply #12228 on: January 09, 2019, 12:21:23 PM »
Started Scythe By Neal Shutterstorm. Almost DNF'd it at first, but then it proved to become quite interesting. It's about an unique world with a highly respectable occupation, the Scythes, playing the major role in decreasing the world population in a world without death.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12229 on: January 09, 2019, 03:19:11 PM »
Started John Dies at the End. Delightfully Twisted.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12230 on: January 09, 2019, 04:22:40 PM »
Started John Dies at the End. Delightfully Twisted.

I resent that title.  8)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12231 on: January 09, 2019, 06:06:33 PM »
Started John Dies at the End. Delightfully Twisted.

I resent that title.  8)
Well, "John MK lives forever" is the sequel ;D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12232 on: January 09, 2019, 08:37:17 PM »
Started John Dies at the End. Delightfully Twisted.
Great book. I thought that the sequel This Book is Full of Spiders was even better.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12233 on: January 10, 2019, 03:01:16 AM »
I've only seen the movie

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« Reply #12234 on: January 10, 2019, 09:46:54 AM »
Was it worth seeing?

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12235 on: January 10, 2019, 12:03:04 PM »
Yes.
It's like taking acid but without the risk of permanent psychosis and flashbacks.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12236 on: January 10, 2019, 12:06:45 PM »
I just finished Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. Its a slow starter for me, but it really sparks and takes off towards the middle and its a great twisty book... until it decides that how I want to finish a really fun mystery book is with a giant fight that takes forever. That is most incorrect. But it didn't detract too much.

What did detract a little was the black and white nature of many characters and other elements; I ask those who've read his other stuff, is that him or is that just him writing YA?


I'm now reading Forge of Darkness by Eriksen. The style - a deliberate throw back to narrated detail heavy epic fantasy - is quite stodgy and offputting. I'd probably not be reading this if I didn't want to give Eriksen a go all the way through and my library wasn't short of the first two books of Malazan.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12237 on: January 10, 2019, 12:12:06 PM »

I'm now reading Forge of Darkness by Eriksen. The style - a deliberate throw back to narrated detail heavy epic fantasy - is quite stodgy and offputting. I'd probably not be reading this if I didn't want to give Eriksen a go all the way through and my library wasn't short of the first two books of Malazan.

I've almost finished Forge of Darkness on my own re-read of Malazan. This and Fall of Light are definitely my least favourite parts of Malazan, so it'll be nice to get them out of the way first. The worldbuilding is really superb, next-level stuff, but the rest is a real struggle to keep my eyes from glossing over. If I read one more soldier's three page soliloquy on the futility of civilisation, I may just scream.

regarding the style of these prequels though, I did read an article somewhere about how it's modelled on Shakespearean dialogue. So each sentence is broken into fragments the length of a breath. Doesn't make it any easier to read, but it's certainly interesting.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12238 on: January 10, 2019, 12:31:34 PM »

I'm now reading Forge of Darkness by Eriksen. The style - a deliberate throw back to narrated detail heavy epic fantasy - is quite stodgy and offputting. I'd probably not be reading this if I didn't want to give Eriksen a go all the way through and my library wasn't short of the first two books of Malazan.

I've almost finished Forge of Darkness on my own re-read of Malazan. This and Fall of Light are definitely my least favourite parts of Malazan, so it'll be nice to get them out of the way first. The worldbuilding is really superb, next-level stuff, but the rest is a real struggle to keep my eyes from glossing over. If I read one more soldier's three page soliloquy on the futility of civilisation, I may just scream.

regarding the style of these prequels though, I did read an article somewhere about how it's modelled on Shakespearean dialogue. So each sentence is broken into fragments the length of a breath. Doesn't make it any easier to read, but it's certainly interesting.

I can't help but be reminded of B. R. Myers' "A Reader's Manifesto" and its attack on affected and pretentious prose. I thought I loved language for language's sake, but I guess there's a limit and here it stands; prose stops beings interesting when it's hiding what's interesting about the message, instead of displaying it.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12239 on: January 10, 2019, 01:44:16 PM »
What did detract a little was the black and white nature of many characters and other elements; I ask those who've read his other stuff, is that him or is that just him writing YA?
Peat, I think it's him writing YA.
I mean, his Greatcoats series wasn't exactly a dark, convoluted picture of life, but I really enjoyed that one - I still haven't read his other books.
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