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Here it is: The what did you read in April thread.
Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions. This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 12:55:57 PM »
Here are my April reads:

Smiler's fair, Rebecca Levene
This book was oh so good!!!
I picked it up from the library just on a whim, without any expectations or detailed knowledge of the plot, just because I'd seen the name here in the forum and I think on the list of best books.
It was great!
There's a refreshing newness of characters that I really enjoyed, settings and world, and I can't wait for the next book.

Old man's ghosts, Tom Lloyd
The second of the series, can still be read independently of the previous.
Even though I love Tom's books, I kept getting distracted on this one and not really diving into the story, I was never able to be fully involved. Lots of demons, fights, and strange politics, never quite fully developed. Maybe a case of right book at the wrong time...

The vagrant, Peter Newman
I wrote my long opinion of it in another thread, if people are interested. Funnily enough, it's a book that has remained with me, and I think I'm much more appreciative of it now than on the day I finished it. I keep thinking back on small details, and remembering small plot pieces. There will definitely be re-reads...
Also, I keep wanting to give the vagrant a voice, in my brain.

The book of Orm, A.J. Dalton +2
A book of short stories, of adventure and fairytales, on the style of Gemmel, to whom Dalton dedicates this volume. They are very good and varied, ranging from the few pages of the "Non-Dragon", a story I loved and that I can imagine telling to my little niece before sleep, to the longer ones of "Knight" and "Warrior of Ages", that could easily continue into a longer book.
His prose, as usual, is amazing, and paint pictures in your brain for every single scene.

The skull throne, Peter V. Brett
Again, a book I wrote about at length in another thread. In my opinion, the best of the series since the Painted Man, it turned things around and took events to a whole new level. Old characters much more likeable, amazing new ones.


General thought on the month: a good combination of new and familiar authors!
When you pick up a book by an author you've read previously, you more or less know what to expect, even if it's a new series, a new world - yet they still surprise you :)
And then there were the 2 new authors with amazing books, a sense of novelty in all the good meaning of the word. With them, we can discuss about the 'future of fantasy' in the other thread until the cows come home, but out there, there will still be amazing new people writing amazing new books :D
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 01:28:43 PM »
I read no SF&F at all this month, as a self-imposed challenge. I'm looking forward to wallowing in my comfort zone again in May. :)


For the record, I read:

The Four Last Things - Timothy Hallinan (crime)
Battle Flag - Bernard Cornwell (historical, war)
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie (crime)
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel (historical)
The Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes - ed. Mike Ashley (crime)
Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong - David Walsh (non-fiction)

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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2015, 01:29:26 PM »
I had a fairly decent month, read a short novella by Brandon Sanderson which was pretty good, then two really enjoyable series. The Legend of Eli Monpress was really fun - the writing was a little flawed, especially at the beginning, but they were enjoyable in spite of that and improved a lot as the series went on. The Tales of the Ketty Jay were brilliant - engaging characters, wonderful setting, and some of the best adventure/action stories I've read for a long time.

Perfect State
by Brandon Sanderson -

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron -
The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron -
The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron -
The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron -
Spirit's End by Rachel Aaron -

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding -
The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding -
The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding -
The Ace Of Skulls by Chris Wooding -
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2015, 02:38:45 PM »
Light month this month, spent most of my free time doing work around the house getting it ready to sell.

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb - This was an excellent followup to Assassin's Apprentice.  Fitz continues his development as the world around him starts crumbling.  I got slightly annoyed at Regal's character, his actions were not subtle (even if the people of the world thought they were it did not come across that way on the page) but no one with any authority was calling him on his BS. 

Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb - At times this book was more like a chore to read than a joy like the previous two books were.  I did not really enjoy the endless travelogue of Fitz being miserable, some of it was necessary for his character development but at some point you just have to get on with things.  The ending saved it a little bit but Regal's ending made me even more annoyed.  I'll still read her other series based on the first two books of this one but this one has made me less eager to jump right into them.

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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2015, 06:16:07 PM »
Marked (Mindspace Investigation #3) by Alex Hughes Light sci-fi uf mystery

Vacant (Mindspace Investigation #4) by Alex Hughes Light sci fi uf mystery, enjoying the series so far  :)

Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations #5-6) by Michael J. Sullivan Okay fantasy reminds me slightly of the old Dragonlance novels

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North Intelligent time travel book but bit disappointed with the end and dragged in places

Old Man's War (Old Man's War #1) by John Scalzi  Okay space Opera novel might continue with the series, undecided at the moment

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff Japanese Steampunk with a griffin, I was looking forward to reading this and it was just not for me unfortunately

She Who Waits (Low Town #3) by Daniel Polansky   Fantasy Noir, best book I've read all year

A Drink Before We Die: A Low Town Short (Low Town) by Daniel Polansky

Thraxas Under Siege (Thraxas #8) by Martin Scott Comedy mystery, Best Thraxas book I've read so far  :)


Best book for me this month She who waits , Most disappointing book for me Stormdancer
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2015, 06:20:44 PM »
The vagrant, Peter Newman
I wrote my long opinion of it in another thread, if people are interested. Funnily enough, it's a book that has remained with me, and I think I'm much more appreciative of it now than on the day I finished it. I keep thinking back on small details, and remembering small plot pieces. There will definitely be re-reads...
Also, I keep wanting to give the vagrant a voice, in my brain.

Hi @ScarletBea was just wondering if you read Peter Newman old Monthly contest story http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28dec-2011%29-winter/december-2011-writing-contest/

Just look at him now  :)
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2015, 06:41:27 PM »
Hi @ScarletBea was just wondering if you read Peter Newman old Monthly contest story http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28dec-2011%29-winter/december-2011-writing-contest/

Just look at him now  :)

Yes, I'd noticed when you first found it, hehe - lovely story!
I asked him to come around the forums some more, but he doesn't have much free time at the moment :-\

Does this mean that in 3 years one of our regulars will have a book out? yay :D
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2015, 06:59:20 PM »
Does this mean that in 3 years one of our regulars will have a book out? yay :D
Or perhaps it would've taken him less than three years if he had hung out here more?  ;D
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2015, 07:30:53 PM »
April was a good month for books. I had one colossal failure, but the rest were amazing (or near to).

  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu -   Loved this one. Such a different style of storytelling, and it worked quite well for me. It gave the story the feel of a real legend. For some reason I expected this to be a slow/heavy read and was surprised to find myself sucked in rather quick. 
  • The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu - This series is the perfect blend of action, humor, politics and aliens. This third one is no exception
  • The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham - I've been meaning to read this one for years! It was really good, so I'm hoping to make time for the others in the series at some point
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - Read this one with the book club. It has some great strong female characters. I wish I had listened to it with my boys because I expect they'd have gotten a kick out of it.
  • The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs - This book gets the very rare 1 star rating from me. How rare? I had to look. In my 3 years on Goodreads, I have only granted 1 other out of the 247 ratings. To sum it up many things irked me, very little amused me and nothing really informed me. I could rant some, but I'll refrain and move on.
  • When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord - I absolutely loved this one. It is dark and touching and the protagonist is fascinating. I need to find the time to read The Reapers are the Angels now (which was recommended to me on this forum, I just haven't gotten to it!) It was written under Gaylord's pen name Alden Bell
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2015, 07:49:01 PM »
The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding. I enjoyed this one even more than Retribution Falls. I'm so glad Fantasy Faction pointed me toward this series.

Murder at the Kinnen Hotel and [Hope's End by Brian McClellan. I really enjoyed these two Powder Mage shorts, especially the second one.

Control Point by Myke Cole. This one was action-packed and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it.

Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson. I liked it, but the Legion stories are probably my least favorite by Sanderson. They're still very good, just not his best in my opinion.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. This was a very good YA fantasy (the second in a series).

Deathstalker by Simon R. Green. Okay, this is pretty much the cheesiest, most ridiculous space opera ever, but it was a lot of fun to read.

The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley. I liked this one even more than the first. There was more action, and also some great revelations toward the end.

A Warrior's Path by Davis Ashura. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I especially liked the way Ashura made the magic and the society so inextricably linked.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. I have mixed feelings on this book. I recognize that it did a very good job of doing what it intended to do. However, I didn't always care for the more distant narrative style.

The Dagger's Path by Glenda Larke. This is another one I enjoyed quite a bit. It suffered a little from second book syndrome, but I actually think it was a better read than the first.

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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2015, 01:30:56 AM »
I read 7 books in April, although one was a novella, but it's on topic so I'll put it in here as well.

The Copper Promise by Jen Wlliams. Many of us know Jen here as sennydreadful. This was a real fun book, a dash of sword and sorcery and some good old fashioned swashbuckling adventure. Puts the fun back into fantasy and isn't ashamed to do so.

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant. Mira Grant is best known for writing about zombies, this is about mermaids, although be warned after reading it you never look at Ariel in quite the same way ever again.

Unbound by Jim Hines. The 3rd book in his Magic Ex Libris stories. I didn't find it up to the same high standard of the first two. I think the concept has been stretched to breaking point and beyond.

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente. The word witch has done it again. A truly beautiful story that has much more meaning that just the words on the page.

Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire. My first disappointment with this series. I may have marked it harder than others because she set it in Australia and peopled it with Aussies. Hopefully she's got this out of her system now, and she can stop writing about Alex, because she really doesn't do male MC's all that well.

Imajica by Clive Barker. Huge book, probably could have used a lot less pages, but it still remains an astonishing piece of world building.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. I don't think I need to say any more there, everyone knows these two.
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Re: What did you read in April? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2015, 02:26:45 AM »
I had a big reading month in April, and mostly enjoyed it.
  • She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky - I agree with @Eclipse, this book was fantastic. Noir, grimy, gritty... it's The Wire in fantasyland.
  • The Widow's House by Daniel Abraham - I honestly think this series is the best epic fantasy being published right now. For my money, it's got the intricacy of Game of Thrones but better discipline and delivery.
  • A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner - I love this series. It's immaculately tight, and both ruthlessly Machiavellian and strongly emotive in character.
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison - I'm reading the Hugo nominations. This was an extremely good book, and a little surprising in how optimistic it is in the current fantasy-trend climate.
  • The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan - I was sad about how disappointing I found this second installment, having really enjoyed Promise of Blood. But I found this overburdened with meaningless action, and light on emotion and motivation that was shown and not told. Plus I wanted to slap all the major male characters multiple times, and the female characters were all evil or entirely defined by their relation to the male characters. Very sad, won't be reading on.
  • God's War by Kameron Hurley - I both enjoyed this and think it's a fascinating book with a lot of extremely true things to say about gender, humanity, society, and government. The heroine is cast in the hard, ruthless, charismatic James-Bond mold, her support cast are all intricate and fascinating, and the world is challenging but very rewarding.

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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2015, 09:40:59 PM »
Stormlord's Exile (Glenda Larke)
The first book was pretty cringey and I could instantly tell why Larke isnt a super highly regarded or popular author in fantasy. A lot of it was the adults being all written like 20-year-olds. Eventually I think she got more used to her characters (or I did at least) and the books got more enjoyable. 2nd book was kind of a slog but it picked up here. Overall I enjoyed the books - though there were a lot of flaws - but I'm in no hurry to read more by the author.

Half the World (Joe Abercrombie)
I got the first book for free and liked it, otherwise I never would have picked this series up since I didnt like First Law. This is a nice quick read and I enjoyed the characters. The books dont really have enough depth for me to consider them favorites or best of the years (I was surprised seeing the first one ranked so highly on this site) but it was definitely fun.

The Skull Throne (Peter V Brett)
This series is just getting progressively worse and worse imo. There were like 6 chapters of the characters I actually wanted to read, where the story actually was progressing, and 40 chapters of politics and characters who don't contribute anything. Its starting to remind me of Wheel of Time. It's like instead of getting to the final battle with the bad guy we spend book after book on Rand conquering this and that place and Aes Sedai bickering.

The Reindeer People (Megan Lindholm)
This is my first read of Robin Hobb under her actual name, not pseudonym. I guess I was expecting some sort of difference that would lead her to use another name, but couldnt find much - the writing style is obviously the same. As usual she takes on difficult situations and characters and really makes them come to life. In this book she takes on an over-protective mother of an autistic son. The descriptions of the world the characters live in are beautiful and make the book come to life. Currently reading book 2 of the duology.

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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2015, 01:17:46 AM »
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson  Awesome book. Jumped into my top 5 books I've ever read.

Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson  Great book as well. Can't wait for the 3rd in this series.

Return of the Crimson Guard - Ian Esslemont  One of the Malazan books not written by Steven Erikson. Not bad. Not as good as Erikson, but not bad.

The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson  Finally! This series is getting good again.

Ender's Shadow - Orson Scott Card  Really good. Just as good as Ender's Game. Wish I had read it sooner.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss  Loved his first two books in the Kingkiller series. This one is a bit different. I still liked it. It's weird and kinda sad.

The Many Deaths of the Black Company - Glen Cook  Unexpected ending. Love the Black Company books. Hope he continues the series soon. I hear there are two more coming but not for a few years.

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