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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2016, 02:58:54 AM »
The Iron Jackal by Chris Woodinville - This was pprobably my favorite Ketty Jay novel so far.   I enjoy how with each book a different character gets the development spotlight.   Also while you know there are going to be hijinks it doesn't feel like the same type of thing keeps happening from book to book which is nice.

The Price of Valour by Django Wexler - I think this is one if the best active series and wish it got more buzz.   This was probably the best book of the series even though if I never see Jane again I won't complain.

The Martian by Andy Weir -  I really enjoyed the book but feel like it's one of those rare cases where the movie was better.   I wonder if I would feel the same if I read the book first but I feel like the movie had better pacing.

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson - ........ Sanderson is one of my favorite authors but I don't think this was a good showing, particularly how much I enjoyed Shadows of Self.   While I plowed through it and lost myself I'm the story like I do with all of his books nothing about it stuck with me at all.   It's not a bad book, I just don't feel like it's very good.

Mistborn: The Secret History by Brandon Sanderson -  Not a good Sanderson run for me.   I liked the actual story but still can't figure out the purpose.   Sanderson said in the introduction that it was time to start answering questions but I can't think of a single question I had that it answered.

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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2016, 05:18:26 AM »


The Price of Valour by Django Wexler - I think this is one if the best active series and wish it got more buzz.   This was probably the best book of the series even though if I never see Jane again I won't complain.


The Shadow Campaigns is an amazing series.  I love the way the author has slow played the more fantastical elements of the story thus far, but fully expect things to get wild in Guns of Empire! With only 3 of the 5 books out, I suspect more folks will be hooked onto the story by the time the last book is released in 2017.  Many people like to wait until a series is completed before getting into it, and in fact I am one of those folks (since I need to read the books back to back in order to remember anything..AT ALL lol).  The only reason I started this one when I did is due to the fact I thought it was only going to be a trilogy lol

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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2016, 03:13:54 PM »
I preferred the book The Martian and its trial-and-error vs the film where everything seemed to work first go.  Either way, it's a great, fun story.`

This month's books:

The Emperor's Blades, Brian Staveley. While it began a bit slowly, the end of this book had me shaking with anticipation as I was reading it. Really, really great stuff. I liked the world it took place in too. To me it always felt like evil was lurking just off-screen or what have you. 5/5

Star Wars: Darth Plageuis, James Luceno. It started off decently enough. The tone of it quickly became too prequel-y for me and I totally lost interest once it became "here's what really happened in the The Phantom Menace. 3/5

The Desert Spear, Peter V. Brett. It had its highs, and it had its lows. There's some frustrating inconsistencies within the world, and for a book about demons that come out of the ground at night and attack, there seemed to be a dearth of action. All and all, it was pretty enjoyable but nowhere near the first one. 4/5

Forge of Darkness, Steven Erikson. This was a letdown. I love the Book of the Fallen. It's the reason I got into fantasy. But this didn't do much for me. What made MBotF work for me was how massive its scope was. There's so much going on in so many places with so many people. The plot moves fast as hell because it has to. But when you scale it down and just make it about one certain thing, it doesn't really work. It's like Sanderson without a magic system, or Abercrombie without biting sardonicism. There were portions of this where I wasn't really clear on what was happening and I found myself not really caring. And way, way too much philosophizing. That all said, it's still a really well-written book, and I will definitely check out the next one, albeit with more realistic expectations. 3/5
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2016, 03:21:23 PM »
I have a goal of reading 12 books this year.
And a related one of actually getting going with the Book Club again.

I find I spend so much time on laptop/iPhone/iPad that it's been very disruptive to reading. So I'm going quite slowly through any list (such as the stack of books beside my bed).

Still, in January, I read @Eli_Freysson's "The Call" and really enjoyed it. I've reviewed it elsewhere on the site, so I won't repeat that here. But I really enjoyed it, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys good tropes done really well.

On audio, I just finished a mystery novel: "The Brutal Telling" and found it quite interesting, and quite useful for my own Fantasy writing.
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2016, 05:58:37 PM »
The New Watch #5 by Sergei Lukyanenko I enjoy this Russian urban fantasy but the sexiest undertones is a bit off putting at times

The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter (Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #1) by Rod Duncan ( Steampunk Mystery didn't really work for me

Another Day (Every Day #2) by David Levithan very Disappointed with this novel the author changed his MC from Book one to tell exactly the same story from a different POV it didnt work for me (body jumping story)

Daughter of the Sword (Fated Blades #1) by Steve Bein Urban Fantasy and Historical fiction set in Japan It was okay but I prefered the flashback of the historical events in Japan then the current storyline

Bright Orange for the Shroud: A Travis McGee Novel (Travis McGee #6) by John D. MacDonald I like my man Travis ! I prefer him to Jack Rancher sometimes can get dated attitudes but it was written in the 60s I think.

The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Anthony Horowitz Really good mystery novel featuring a famous detective

To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird) by Harper Lee Brought this for my dad on his last birthday as he enjoyed the film, I decided to read it this month

Tyrant (Tyrant #1) by Christian Cameron Disappointing Historical Fiction novel set in Greece I think I stick to his Fantasy series The Traitors Son Cycle under the author's other name  Miles Cameron which I love

Hawk & Fisher (Hawk & Fisher #1) by Simon R. Green Okay fantasy detective work by a pair of honest Guards in a city of corruption. I think the Guards are Married,  I know some people look for Married MCs

Note: four of my books I read this month had a female MC or five if I count to kill a mockingbird. I just wanted to point this out to people who say fantasy is the domain of straight white males MCs  ;D
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2016, 06:12:40 PM »
I love these threads because:
- they give me a better insight of forum members, based on what they liked/didn't like
- I find people with similar tastes to mine
- I increase my TBR list
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@ScarletBea Well I've read you list and I can't make out what you favourite fantasy sub-genre is  :D Mines quite easy to guess at  ;D
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #36 on: February 02, 2016, 06:24:13 PM »
Well, that can't be assumed just with one month, it's building up :)

I think my tastes are more defined by what I don't like, hehe: urban fantasy, horror and romance.
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2016, 06:26:37 PM »
I don't think anyone likes Paranormal Romance here  ;D
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #38 on: February 02, 2016, 06:31:30 PM »
I wasn't even thinking about the paranormal kind - sometimes I see reviews on the main site that make me think of Mills & Boon or similar ;D or the rewritten fairytales ones.
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2016, 11:44:24 PM »
Not a particularly good month for me, mostly spent finishing off the Drenai series.

Various Drenai - David Gemmell: Overall, 3/5. Tended to get a bit repetitive.

A Song for Arbonne - Guy Gavriel Kay: 1/5. Heard a lot of good things about the author, but wasn't for me.

Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch: 1/5. Decided to give this a second chance. The world's vaguely interesting, but I just couldn't get past the writing style.

Truthwitch - Susan Dennard: 4.5/5. Ended the month on a high, although the ending did feel slightly rushed. Maybe a bit too much setting up for book two.
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #40 on: February 22, 2016, 10:57:10 PM »
In the order I finished them:

Crimes against magic (McHugh)
Entertaining Urban Fantasy! That series might be a nice snack to tide me over until the nexry Dresdovel...

Red Plains and Tales from the stone road (GR Matthews)
Asian themed fantasy I really loved! I can't get enough of Matthews writing style. I liked The stone road (First in the series), loved the Blue mountain and was amazed by The red plains. And the short stories only give even more depth to the story! I can't wait for his next book that will be the second in his other (dystopian) series.

Riddle Master of Hed (McKilip)
Not really my cup of tea - well written, but not enough action to keep me focussed on the story.

Black Cross and Black Martlet (JP Ashman)
Great debut - started of a bit slow, but picked up pace very fast and had me completely sucked in in no time! Couldn't put it down and eagerly await the next installment. Good characters, a lot of action, bloody but in a good way, and some emotional trauma suffered while reading. ;)

Dragons of Autumn twilight (Weis)
Good when judged as a classic and taking into account when it was publihed. When judged by modern standards it was a bit predictable and missing a few pages where the concentration slacked didn't really matter, as it is a quite linear quest plot.

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« Reply #41 on: February 22, 2016, 11:03:24 PM »
I don't think anyone likes Paranormal Romance here  ;D

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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #42 on: February 22, 2016, 11:04:48 PM »
In the order I finished them:

Crimes against magic (McHugh)
Entertaining Urban Fantasy! That series might be a nice snack to tide me over until the nexry Dresdovel...

Red Plains and Tales from the stone road (GR Matthews)
Asian themed fantasy I really loved! I can't get enough of Matthews writing style. I liked The stone road (First in the series), loved the Blue mountain and was amazed by The red plains. And the short stories only give even more depth to the story! I can't wait for his next book that will be the second in his other (dystopian) series.

Riddle Master of Hed (McKilip)
Not really my cup of tea - well written, but not enough action to keep me focussed on the story.

Black Cross and Black Martlet (JP Ashman)
Great debut - started of a bit slow, but picked up pace very fast and had me completely sucked in in no time! Couldn't put it down and eagerly await the next installment. Good characters, a lot of action, bloody but in a good way, and some emotional trauma suffered while reading. ;)

Dragons of Autumn twilight (Weis)
Good when judged as a classic and taking into account when it was publihed. When judged by modern standards it was a bit predictable and missing a few pages where the concentration slacked didn't really matter, as it is a quite linear quest plot.

I used to love Dragons of Autumn Twilight. @pornokitsch has been doing a reread of it on the Tor website. You should check it out.
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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #43 on: February 23, 2016, 01:46:14 PM »
I read it when it was new, and daren't go back.

Although I am planning to read the Icewind Dale trilogy this year. Or at least, as much of it as I can bear.

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Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2016, 12:23:26 AM »
I read it when it was new, and daren't go back.

Although I am planning to read the Icewind Dale trilogy this year. Or at least, as much of it as I can bear.

 Re Dragons of Autumn Twilight I re-read it a year or two back and just put my mind back into when I first read it. Then I was less critcal and there was less to compare. I loved it just for what it is, then and now,hope you can too.
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