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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13575 on: May 14, 2020, 09:22:07 AM »
Guess I'll have to take a look at the next one; I probably hadn't been going to, but I trust you.

...no pressure. :D

Yes pressure from me, please give the next one a chance ;D
Dropping by and saw this, read this whole series and they get better and better.

Only problem is, as pointed out by someone else at the time, getting hold of these in the UK is hard. I really don't know why they're not up as Kindle.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13576 on: May 16, 2020, 02:15:03 PM »
I've reached book 11 in my readthrough of Honor Harrington. After a few books that i didn't enjoy so much, it seems like this one is a step up to the quality of the earlier volumes.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13577 on: May 16, 2020, 07:24:07 PM »
I've finished Anne Lyle's trilogy and it was still great!
Definitely recommend to those who like fantasy set in the 17th-ish century, all Will Shakespeare and rapiers (and skraylings) ;D

I've now started Samantha Shannon's The priory of the orange tree and from the first few pages, it's looking really promising!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13578 on: May 16, 2020, 10:33:32 PM »
I've just finished Chris Wooding's 'The Braided Path'. Barely anyone seems to have heard of the series. I keep looking up reviews of it online to see if anyone else shared my thoughts on it and I can barely find a thing.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13579 on: May 18, 2020, 01:52:52 PM »
I finished Spark City by Robert J Power, the bottom-of-the-table finalist in the most recent SPFBO. I didn't hate it. It was a bit odd - it almost felt like 3 or 4 different books stuck together, and it was long enough for that, too - but it was readable enough. There's a bit too much still unknown about the world, after over 700 pages, and some of the underlying assumptions could be dubious if they don't have a good in-fiction explanation. I'm not sure if I want to carry on with the series. I'm also not sure I'd have put it last of the five books I've read from this year's final. It wouldn't be better than 4th, I don't think, but none of them have been bad.

Then I read Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie, which was a complete dog. Awful. A strong contender for her worst book, I think. It's another thriller, and I never really like her thrillers, but this one is disjointed and reactionary, and just plain bad. The leads go missing for a long stretch, during which some absolute nonsense is introduced - Hitler surviving the war, a secret weapon that makes people nice - almost enough to make it qualify as fantasy. I persevered only out of stubbornness and the fact that it was short. (I decided I'd rush through it yesterday and get it out of the way.)

Next up is Lifelode by Jo Walton. This won the Mythopoeic Award when it originally came out, but it was pretty much impossible to get hold of because it was a small press book produced for a convention. It was recently made available as an ebook.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13580 on: May 18, 2020, 02:59:59 PM »
Completed Books 2020 till date

Fantasy:

Divinity's Twilight by Christopher Russel (Divinity's Twilight #1)
Along the Razor's Edge by Rob J Hayes
Never Die by Rob J Hayes
The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
The Prince of Cats by Daniel Olson
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (The Book of the Ice #1)
The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington (The Licanius Trilogy, #1)
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Empire of Chains by Ryan Muller (World in Chains, #1)
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French (The Lot Lands #1)
Diamantine by Andrew Rowe (Weapons and Wielders, #2)
God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston (The Age of Tyranny #2)
Bolan's Quest: Legend of the Black Sword by Paul Simmonds

The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S Belcher (Golgotha, #1)
The Shotgun Arcana by R.S Belcher (Golgotha #2)

Paternus: Rise of Gods by Dyrk Ashton (The Paternus #1)
Paternus: Wrath of Gods by Dyrk Ashton (The Paternus #2)

Into the Labyrinth by John Bierce (Mage Errant #1)
Jewel of the Endless Erg by John Bierce (Mage Errant #2)
A Traitor in Skyhold by John Bierce (Mage Errant #3)

Lit RPG:

Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko (Ascend Online #1)
Hell to Pay by Luke Chmilenko (Ascend Online #1.5)
Legacy of the Fallen by Luke Chmilenko (Ascend Online #2)

Death March by Phil Tucker (Euphoria Online #1)
Nightmare Keep by Phil Tucker (Euphoria Online #2)
Killer Dungeon by Phil Tucker (Euphoria Online #3)

Catharsis by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online #1)
Precipice by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online #2)
Retribution by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online #2.5)
Evolution by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online #3)
Apathy by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online #3.5)
Dominion by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online #4)
Unity by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online #4.5)
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Ember by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online Tarot #1)
Flame by Travis Bagwell (Awaken Online Tarot #2)

Reborn Apocalypse by L.M Kerr (Reborn Apocalypse #2)
Reborn Apocalypse by L.M Kerr (Reborn Apocalypse #3)

Ritualist by Dakota Krout (The Completionist Chronicles #1)
Regicide by Dakota Krout (The Completionist Chronicles #2)
Raze by Dakota Krout (The Completionist Chronicles #3)


Sci-Fi:

Network Effect by Martha Wells (Murderbot #5)
Devil's Road by Gary Gibson
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13581 on: May 18, 2020, 03:56:17 PM »
^ @Bender, we normally do a "half year check-up" at the end of June, that's where we'll post lists :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13582 on: May 18, 2020, 04:52:09 PM »
It's ok. Just surprised myself I completed my quota this soon.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13583 on: May 18, 2020, 06:20:53 PM »
You don't have anything better to do ;D
And they're not monsters of 1000+ pages hehe
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13584 on: May 18, 2020, 09:10:22 PM »
Finished The Traitor Baru Cormorant. It's okay. A solid debut, especially in the thematic department, but it's not a story that's entirely my cup of tea. It has a few problems character development wise, but the premise (particularly colonization through economic means) is fun to explore. However, it needs a strong dose of plot direction, as it felt like three separate books for each act, rushed at that, and probably needed some more time to develop characters, plot, and intrigue.

Started Rebirth by Christopher Russell. Heard good things about this one and hope I enjoy it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13585 on: May 19, 2020, 01:39:58 PM »
Now starting Beneath the Twisted Trees by Bradley Beaulieu. The Shattered Sands series is one of my favourite of recent years, and I've waited too long before getting into the second half of it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13586 on: May 20, 2020, 09:20:49 AM »
I've now started Samantha Shannon's The priory of the orange tree and from the first few pages, it's looking really promising!
Argh, I just want to continue reading more and more, but I get a headache!
This book is SO GOOD :D :D

And it's a standalone, which is a rarity nowadays! I'm around page 300 of 800, and things are *happening* and I just want to bring them all together and make them do things and... and...

I think, from what I know, that I'll recommend it to @Lady Ty, to @Alex Hormann, @Peat, @JMack, @cupiscent ...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13587 on: May 20, 2020, 09:49:25 AM »
I've now started Samantha Shannon's The priory of the orange tree and from the first few pages, it's looking really promising!
Argh, I just want to continue reading more and more, but I get a headache!
This book is SO GOOD :D :D

And it's a standalone, which is a rarity nowadays! I'm around page 300 of 800, and things are *happening* and I just want to bring them all together and make them do things and... and...

I think, from what I know, that I'll recommend it to @Lady Ty, to @Alex Hormann, @Peat, @JMack, @cupiscent ...

Already ahead of you ;) Well, not ahead, I'm only 10% in, but I am reading and it does feel fun. Going to have to concentrate on other books for now.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13588 on: May 20, 2020, 11:29:31 AM »
I think, from what I know, that I'll recommend it to @Lady Ty, to @Alex Hormann, @Peat, @JMack, @cupiscent ...

Good call, it was one of my favourite books of last year and I put it on my Hugo nomination ballot. :) Amusingly, my husband is also reading it right now, and he isn't really enjoying it. Then again, he isn't really an earnest-fantasy sort of guy. So I think he's finding the ways in which Priory is being mythic and sort of... that thing where a piece of media more sort of delivers a dramatic tableau than a realist action sequence? That doesn't bother me so much as long as the character and plot beats are compelling, but it drives him nuts.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13589 on: May 20, 2020, 11:34:04 AM »
I've now started Samantha Shannon's The priory of the orange tree and from the first few pages, it's looking really promising!
Argh, I just want to continue reading more and more, but I get a headache!
This book is SO GOOD :D :D

And it's a standalone, which is a rarity nowadays! I'm around page 300 of 800, and things are *happening* and I just want to bring them all together and make them do things and... and...

I think, from what I know, that I'll recommend it to @Lady Ty, to @Alex Hormann, @Peat, @JMack, @cupiscent ...

I've heard mixed things about that one, but I'll have to give it a look.
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