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Title: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: night_wrtr on January 31, 2016, 04:11:21 PM
Well, this was my most productive reading month I think ever. Which makes sense, since I have not been writing too much, but that will change soon and my reading will fall back to a crawl.

10 Books in January:

FireBlood - Jeff Wheeler (3 stars)
A few struggles early on, but the story finds traction later. I don't want to spoiler anything, but I don't feel like there was a real conclusion. It feels like a set up for book 2. I'll read the next book because I enjoyed the story, but I think more could have been done to satisfy a few things left open in this one.

The Kick-Ass Writer - Chuck Wendig (4 stars)
A book on writing that is fun to read? If you've read Chuck's blog, you know what you're in for. If not, you should take a spin. His humor isn't for everyone, but he mixes that with great advice for those of us working hard as unpublished writers.

Stormdancer - Jay Kristoff (4 stars)
Great setting with a strong lead character. It was something different, which I loved.

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction - Philip Athans (3 stars)
Genre specific advice that is pretty basic stuff.

Forgotten Soldiers - Joshua P. Simon (4 stars)
I enjoyed the read. The first half of the book made me angry, but that was due to what the characters were going through. A soldiers life is hard, something we shouldn't forget. I would have given 5 stars, but the ending was not an ending for me. I'll move on to the next book, regardless. Great writing.

Wayward Soldiers - Joshua P. Simon (4 stars)
The story is great, but again with the ending. It feels like this should all be one long book, but instead, it was divided into chunks.

what if? - Randall Munroe (3 stars)
Lots of crazy questions, but most are pretty interesting.
My favorite: "Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?"


Dryad-Born - Jeff Wheeler (4 stars)
Better improvement from the first installment, with lots of exciting scenes. I enjoyed the characters and the magic, which is a strength of the book. Looking forward to reading the next one!

Half The World - Joe Abercrombie (5 stars)
Now that was a damn good story. The writing was great. The characters excellent. And let's not forget one of the best fight scenes I've ever read!

The Palace Job - Patrick Weekes (3 stars)
I'm giving credit for creativity and several good jokes, but really the issues kicked me from the story too many times.

The good:
Unicorn shapeshifters, talking warhammers and a bizarre world. There is even a zombie...

The bad? the other?:
POVs all over the place and the characters are not very deep. A couple were memorable, but still not as developed as they should have been. The audiobook helped to keep the characters separate with accents, but I still had a hard time distinguishing one from the other.

The plot was slow to start, then skipped around, which assisted in the confusion of the story. I finished the book, but about 75% through it started to lose me.



I expect to finish Resurrected Soldiers - Joshua P. Simon tonight at some point, so that might make 11!  8) :o
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: ScarletBea on January 31, 2016, 07:02:33 PM
Here it is: The what did you read in January thread.
(since it had already started in the other thread hehe - @xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148), could you please move night_wrtr's post here?)
 
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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Lanko on January 31, 2016, 07:19:20 PM
I had 11 books in January. However, half of them were very short (~200 pages) and two of them I was already halfway through. One I even had started in 2014!

MY FAVORITE: Beyond Redemption, by Michael R. Fletcher. Magic system is based on insanity. Pyromaniacs gain fire abilities. People with multiple personality disorder can make clones of themselves. People who wants attention all the time becomes so needy they mind slave people, and so on. The prose also flows extremely well.

The others:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman. 5/5.
Full of symbolisms, memories and such. A book that you probably can reread years later and go "yeah, I know".

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids, by Michael McClung. 3/5.
This is currently winning, and most likely will win the SPFBO. I can understand why, but I had some problems with character motive and her sidekick.

Sins of a Sovereignty, by Plague Jack. 3/5.
The grimdark of the SPFBO. Very graphical in the beginning, but actually loses the graphical violence by the end. However, it has a plot twist that you really won't see it coming.

Beyond Redemption, by Michael R. Fletcher. 5/5.
 My favorite of the month.

Murder in Mesopotamia, by Agatha Christie. 5/5.
More like 4/5, a lot of suspects don't get "screen" time, but I was in high spirits for catching the culprit  ::)

Crossover, by Paul Proffet. 3/5.
Starts good, a mob guy and a girl who can see the future. Guy is marked by the mob. Girl goes to demon world when she sleeps. But it lost tension and characterization when a ton of people and faction started joining.

What Remains of Heroes, by David Benem. 4/5.
I think this is the only one who can win the SPFBO over Thief. It has one of the worst first chapters I remember, and starts very cliché. But later on the expected clichés never happen and you get a bit surprised. Now I'm wondering if the author started like this on purpose.

The Emperor's Soul, by Brandon Sanderson. 5/5.
Really awesome book. Even better for someone to start with Sanderson. It's very short, yet he put so much substance in it. Would be the month's pick if Beyond Redemption wasn't there.

Sixth of the Dusk, by Brandon Sanderson. 5/5.
Even shorter than the above. ~60-70 pages. But awesome worldbuilding. It hints to a very Avatar feel, and in only 60 pages Sanderson puts to shame Cameron's 60 year old dream.

The Face Of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme, by John Keegan. 5/5.
I was looking for the psychological effect of battles, before, during and after. It has plenty of technical stuff as well, but I really liked what I read. Very curious things, such as the wounded not receiving treatment right away as everyone thought they did, precautions on where you slept (or you could be mistaken for dead), the aftermath results, conscriptions, etc.

And the other one was a philosophy/political book with no translation to english  :P
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: ScarletBea on January 31, 2016, 07:21:56 PM
Here are mine (since I don't plan to finish anything tonight):

Pyramids, Terry Pratchett
A re-read to start the year, it was fab. I didn't remember anything at all, and the physics/quantum connection was super (I love that)

Valour, John Gwynne
Book 2 of his series, I loved it. And I love how he picks up a 'traditional trope' (I've heard this described as 'the Belgariad as it should have been written') and turns it on its head. I think it was Marc who wrote in his main site review 'if you like your heroes and villans black and white' (or something similar), but I don't agree at all with this. Yes, the reader knows (although there were still moments where I had my doubts), but some characters don't, and that brings a whole light into the actions.
Also, John writes perfect and realistic battles, in my basic opinion!

Starborn, Lucy Hounsom
Her first book, quite enjoyable. A restricted set of characters, a small number of locations, makes a nice difference from most books. Good ideas, and while it's book 1 of a trilogy (book 2 just got a cover reveal on the main site), it actually works quite well as a standalone.

(and I'm just a little over halfway through Ruin, John Gwynne - to be included in next month's list, hehe)
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: eclipse on January 31, 2016, 07:35:41 PM


The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids, by Michael McClung. 3/5.
This is currently winning, and most likely will win the SPFBO. I can understand why, but I had some problems with character motive and her sidekick.


Her wizard friend was way overpowered it sometimes felt he was the one doing everything.the story was okay I think I placed it forth in my list out of the ten novels but I felt there were three far better books better than this one in my view.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: xiagan on January 31, 2016, 07:48:22 PM
(since it had already started in the other thread hehe - @xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148), could you please move night_wrtr's post here?)
 
Sure. Will be the first post in this topic though (posting time matters). Hope you can live with the introductory post being second. ;)
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Raptori on January 31, 2016, 07:56:44 PM
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
The Humans by Matt Haig (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)
The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
The Price of Valour by Django Wexler (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-empty.png)
Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson (http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-full.png)(http://www.aiuacreative.com/images/star-half.png)


I also re-read The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson. (http://boincstats.com/image/emoticon/happy.gif)


...I don't think I'll write out my thoughts for each book this time. (http://www.zsoc.com/images/smilies/zsoc/serious.gif)
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Lanko on January 31, 2016, 08:00:31 PM
I wish Goodreads had half-stars.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: eclipse on January 31, 2016, 08:05:12 PM
Megan Whalen Turner not heard of her.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Raptori on January 31, 2016, 08:11:36 PM
Megan Whalen Turner not heard of her.
When I first joined here, I asked for some recommendations for something with atypical setting, likeable characters with grey morals, plus a bunch of other stuff, and The Thief was recommended (by one person). Haven't ever encountered it anywhere else, so I was a bit wary about trying it, but was really impressed. I posted about it in a little more detail in the currently reading thread just after finishing. (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/what-are-you-currently-reading/msg128695/#msg128695)  ;)
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Nighteyes on January 31, 2016, 08:28:14 PM
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

My 3rd read of this novel.  A definite classic but not my favourite by either writer.

Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell


Sharpe falls afoul of the army and some nasty officers, is recruited by Wellington's spymaster to go on a top secret mission, gets the girl, loses the girl, saves the British army during a lovingly recreated true historical battle and gets promoted.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes


Very clever novel, but not a comfortable read. 

Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell


Sharpe falls afoul of the army and some nasty officers, is recruited by Wellington's spymaster to go on a top secret mission, gets the girl, loses the girl, saves the British army during a lovingly recreated true historical battle and gets promoted.

The Three by Sarah Lotz

Another clever and very creepy novel.  Loved how much of it was left to the reader to decide. 

Sharpe's Fortress by Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe falls afoul of the army and some nasty officers, is recruited by Wellington's spymaster to go on a top secret mission, gets the girl, loses the girl, saves the British army during a lovingly recreated true historical battle and gets a telescope from Wellington.

Filmish by Edward Ross

A history of film theory told through the medium of the comic strip.

Sandman:Overture by Neil Gaiman

Excellent prelude to the Sandman series.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Annomander Matt on January 31, 2016, 08:32:08 PM
Had a really strong start to the month, before taking of the last 10 days or so. Still was able to rock thru 13 novels and one novella:

The Black Star (Cycle of Arrawn) - This was an OK series in my mind. Can't quite place what I felt was missing...

Caine's Law (Acts of Caine) - Absolutely loved this series. Definitely unique in the fantasy genre.

All 6 Books of Codex Alera - Another series that I absolutely loved.  Really hope that Butcher can find time to revisit Alera in the future.

5 of the 6 books of The Godling Chronicles - Standard farmboy chosen one trope that started off a little slow, but as the world building and history started getting  sprinkled in during books 3-5 I found myself really enjoying it.

Precessional Integrity (Riyria) - Fun little short story with Royce and Hadrian
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Mr.J on January 31, 2016, 08:46:20 PM
Novels:
A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab - 5/5
Really enjoyed it, a lot of fun and magical frolics in alternate London's. I pre-ordered the sequel straight away.

The Vegetarian, by Han Kang - 5/5
Not a fantasy, a translated work from South Korean author Han Kang, a really dark, touching, twisted little book about a woman's shocking decision to dare challenge what is expected of her. Gripping and emotionally disturbing.

Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence - 4/5
A hell of a book, brilliantly written, very compelling. I still don't like Jorg.

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente - 4/5
Really fun fairyland story, great world, great characters and very intelligent and knowing take on the fairy story. Lots of great imaginative words and mythological creatures I'd not heard of too.

The Emperor's Soul, by Brandon Sanderson - 5/5
A novella, but still. Fantastic book, amazing central character, fascinating magic system and powers, a really engaging and compelling story. A great introduction to Sanderson for me!

Comics:
Saga: Volume 5, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - 4/5
Another great volume, not the best by any means considering the previous trades, but still really entertaining and just shows how good the rest are.

Moon Knight: Vol 1 - From the Dead, by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey - 4/5
Love Moon Knight, such a weird fucked up guy. Some amazing art and fight scenes in this, bit short though.

Alias, Volumes 1 & 2, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos - 5/5
So great, such awesome stories, fun dialogue. Amazing character. Love Jessica Jones.

Bitch Planet, Vol 1 - Extraordinary Machine, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine de Landro and many others - 4/5
Really great feminist sci-fi story, refreshing read, sympathetic and kick ass characters. Plot is not its strong point.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Yora on January 31, 2016, 09:13:00 PM
Kull: Exile of Atlantis: Robert Howard's first attempt at writing about a barbarian who becomes king of a great nation. Interesting read for historical reasons, but I think Conan is the much better and entertaining series.

The Desert of Souls: This one I really liked! I am constantly looking for new fantasy books of my prefered style and this is one of the cases where I found exacrly what I was looking for. It's not highly refined literature and overall I think the author was a bit too cautious and lacking audacity, but it's still a great adventure tale of swordfights, monsters, and sorcerers. You get these so rarely these days and here's a great example of how it's done.

Tales of the Jedi: I've read this comic series before some years ago and I had remembered it being a lot better than it really is. People who are big fans of the ancient Old Republic will probably find it quite interesting to see many of the often referenced events and people firsthand, but as a story it's really very bad and the art is very weak.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: ScarletBea on January 31, 2016, 10:05:53 PM
I love @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272)'s summaries of Sharpe: I've never read one, but now it feels I know them all ;D
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Revan on January 31, 2016, 10:18:11 PM
1) The First Law: Red Country (Joe Abercrombie) 4/5
2) Star Wars: Tarkin (James Luceno) 3/5
3) The Lions of Al-Rassan (Guy Gavriel Kay) 4/5
4) Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) 2/5
5) American Gods (Neil Gaiman) 3/5
6) Long Price Quartet: A Shadow in Summer (Daniel Abraham) 3/5
7) Long Price Quartet: A Betrayal in Winter (Daniel Abraham) 3/5
8) Long Price Quartet: An Autumn War (Daniel Abraham) 4/5
9) Long Price Quartet: The Price of Spring (Daniel Abraham) 4/5
10) Mistborn: Bands of Mourning (Brandon Sanderson) 2/5
11) Mistborn: Secret History (Brandon Sanderson) 3/5

My favorite was probably The Lions of Al-Rassan followed by An Autumn War, while I thought that Neverwhere and the third Wax and Wayne book weren't that great.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Nora on January 31, 2016, 10:35:27 PM
My month was a bit slowed since I started by finishing with The Way of Kings.

Then read :

Words of Radiance, Sanderson. 4,5/5

Dark Star, Oliver Langmead. 4/5 I'd say. It grows on me retrospectively. It's an epic poem sci fi/noire. Sad stuff that feeds one's subconscious with gritty images and good ideas.

Uprooted, Naomi Novik, 4/5

Sixth of the Dusk, Sanderson. 5/5

Lock In, John Scalzi. 4/5. Great stuff, though I'll say while Scalzi has an amazing talent, he doesn't seem to be able to write different voices for shit. Everyone talks exactly in the same competent, concise manner, using the same vocabulary, even the guy with IQ70.  ::)

The Chysalids, John Wyndham 4,5/5. Read that in 24h, was great classic stuff, will certainly add The day of the triffids to my tbr now.

Only read some 50% of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August before I put it on hiatus. It's not bad, it's just dragging on forever with no action and I don't have the patience for it just right now.

Also read in Comics, all the available work in the series :

Trees by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard - 7/10
Saga by Fiona Stables and Brian K. Vaughan - 9/10, it's awesome balls. Started a bit "huh, wtf am I reading?" and really got sucked into it!
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: OhTheSqualor on January 31, 2016, 10:42:13 PM
I read:

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks - loved it
The Gentleman Bastards 1-3 - really finished the tail end of these.  Loved the heck out of it.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; I'm a fan of his writing, and it was a very good book.  Be warned it's very much lit-fic.
Moonwalking With Einstein by Josh Foer - follows the author's descent into the wide world of memory championship training.  Very, very interesting, very good book, highly recommended.

And some medical stuff (bleh).
I reviewed Prism and Bastards on my blog, but they were both fairly brief reflections.

Cheers,
Chris
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Ryan Mueller on January 31, 2016, 11:26:37 PM
1. Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. This is good urban fantasy, but I'm not blown away by it like many around here. Maybe it's too British for me. I don't know. 7.5/10

2. Centrifugal, The Hope of Elantris, and The Eleventh Metal by Brandon Sanderson. These three short stories are not Sanderson's strongest. I enjoyed the second two, but I thought Centrifugal was very rough. Of course, he did write it back in high school. 5/10, 7/10, 7/10

3. Dawn of Swords by David Dalglish and Robert J. Duperre. Slow start, but I enjoyed the second half of the book. It's a bit too much of an origin story at times. 7/10

4. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. I think I would have liked this one more if I'd read it when I was a kid or when I hadn't read so much fantasy. Good for what it is, but it didn't blow me away. 6.5/10

5. Changes by Jim Butcher. My favorite Dresden book so far. 10/10

6. Planetfall by Emma Newman. I loved the way this one blended some interesting science fiction ideas with a very character-focused story. It felt much more human than a lot of science fiction. 9/10

7. Talion: Revenant by Michael A. Stackpole. I really enjoyed this one. It gave me a main character worth rooting for, and I like the way Stackpole managed to weave two different timelines together. 9/10

8. The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett. The best book in the series since the first, but still not at the same level. There's still a bit too much "drama" for my tastes. 8/10

9. Shadow Raiders by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes. I really enjoyed this one. The start was a bit slow, but then it really picked up. I usually enjoy stories that combine Steampunk and high fantasy. I think fans of Jim Butcher's Cinder Spires (and maybe Chris Wooding's Ketty Jay series) would find a lot to like here, though it isn't at the same level as either of those. 8/10
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: tebakutis on February 01, 2016, 12:07:09 AM
7. Talion: Revenant by Michael A. Stackpole. I really enjoyed this one. It gave me a main character worth rooting for, and I like the way Stackpole managed to weave two different timelines together. 9/10

I'm a big Stackpole fan. If you enjoyed Revenant, definitely pick up the series that follows it up, beginning with Fortress Draconis. Good stuff!
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: cupiscent on February 01, 2016, 12:38:30 AM
I was one of the recommenders of Megan Whalen Turner (I am sure there was another person, but maybe that was on another board...) so YAY, I am so glad you enjoyed it, @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840). I love those books egregiously. They are so tight, so slender, but they cut so deep. A stiletto of fantasy fiction.

In January I read:
Half the World (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24999760-half-the-world) by Joe Abercrombie, which was GREAT; I enjoyed the first one, but Thorn and Brand were characters who just made this book amazing
Redemption in Indigo (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7005878-redemption-in-indigo) by Karen Lord, which was also (but differently) great; I have a low tolerance for magic realism (which is often fantasy-without-rules, which seems cheap to me) and parable-myth-fiction (which is often condescending) but this uses elements of both to be cheeky, canny and utterly delightful.
Uprooted (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25532530-uprooted) by Naomi Novik, which I really enjoyed with some minor reservations about a couple of story elements.
Ink and Bone (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25090918-ink-and-bone) by Rachel Caine, which was conceptually great (Library of Alexandria dystopia!) but didn't grab me in the delivery.

And I'm currently reading NK Jemisin's The Fifth Season which is so challenging as a new mother, but absolutely as good as everyone has been telling me it was.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Raptori on February 01, 2016, 02:03:23 AM
I was one of the recommenders of Megan Whalen Turner (I am sure there was another person, but maybe that was on another board...) so YAY, I am so glad you enjoyed it, @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840). I love those books egregiously. They are so tight, so slender, but they cut so deep. A stiletto of fantasy fiction.
Thanks for recommending them - I'll definitely be doing the same!
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Elfy on February 01, 2016, 05:18:47 AM
January seems to have been a big reading month for a few of us. I got through 13 books. One was historical fiction and one was kind of hard to classify , but it's based on a fantasy concept so I guess it qualifies.

There's a few categories here. 1 was Star Wars related stuff: Chuck Wendig's Aftermath. I quite liked this. It's about an adventure that takes place just after the end of Return of the Jedi and also uses interludes to examine the results of the fall of the Empire around the galaxy. It's the first of a trilogy and I'll definitely be looking for the next books in it. Then I looked at Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka, it's 3 stories, each one covering a character from The Force Awakens and showing something that happened to them prior to the film. Very lightweight, but still with some nice background to the new film. I finished the Star Wars kick with Alan Dean Foster's novelisation of The Force Awakens. It mostly follows the film, but there are two scenes that are not in the film and one answered a question I had from the film, so that was good to see.
Another category was my reread program. In December I decided to reread Harry Potter and read the final 3 books in the series during January. Not much I can really say about them, other than they're still quite enjoyable reads, although it is easier to see some of the flaws this time around. I also started rereading Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy (hi @MrJ) and managed to get through The Amulet of Samarkand and The Golem's Eye. Always fun to spend time with the sarcastic djinni and interesting that Stroud made Nathaniel fairly unsympathetic.
The historical was Captain in Calico by George MacDonald Fraser, best known for his Flashman series. He actually wrote this about 10 years before the first Flashman and never got it published. His children found it after his death. If I didn't know that this couldn't be the case I'd swear that the people behind Black Sails had seen it. It's a swashbuckling pirate novel featuring 2 actual historical pirates in Jack Rackham and Anne Bonney.
Other things were:
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong. This is the guy behind the John novels (John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders), this isn't a John novel. It's fun and packed with events, but it stretches credibility too far too often and Zoey isn't as interesting a protagonist as John, David and Amy are.
Black Wolves by Kate Elliott. I really wanted to like this, but just couldn't. I found it well written, but too long, filled with  characters I didn't really care about and got the impression that the story had rather gotten away from the writer.
The Shotgun Arcana by R.S Belcher. I really liked Belcher's first Golgotha novel (The Six-Gun Tarot) and this was even better. If they ever make a film of it, Quentin Tarantino has to direct it.
I finished off with A Travel Guide to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros by Daniel Bettridge. It's written kind of like a Lonely Planet guide only to Westeros. It's a lot of fun and any fan of either the TV show or the books would get a grin out of it.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Lady Ty on February 01, 2016, 06:10:35 AM
A mixed month, some outstandingly good and some definitely otherwise. Not all fantasy as I also enjoy certain crime writers.

The Magicians - Lev Grossman. I well believe that many have enjoyed this, but not for me and left unfinished. 1/5

Cards on the Table - Agatha Christie. This was fun, four of AC's sleuths together to solve a closed room murder.5/5

Malice Book 1 of The Faithful and the Fallen - John Gwynne. Excellent, careful detailed scene setting with action and some very interesting and varied characters.5/5

Staked - Kevin Hearne, Iron Druid Chronicles.Excellent, jam packed with action,endearing, annoying or horrendous characters. Loved every minute on audible. Doubt I could ever be disappointed in these books. Totally addicted and will be writing proper review on GR later.6/5 ;D

The Road to Little Dribbling- Bill Bryson. The least said the better. I have never ever given a bad review before this one, usually just leave stars and don't comment if I dislike a book. 0/5 unfinished.

Falling in Love -Donna Leon,  Commissario Brunetti. Excellent, another loved long running crime series set in Venice with Brunetti, his family and colleagues.5/5





Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Saraband on February 01, 2016, 07:43:22 AM
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, JK Rowling - A nice little collection of short-stories related to the Harry Potter universe, including the famous. Tale of the Three Brothers. It's a really quick read, and worthwile if you're a fan.

Ivanhoe, Walter Scott - This was a reread. It was actually the first full-length novel I ever read as a child, and ever since I moved to Scotland I have been wanting to read something by Walter Scott. I had a very different impression of it - don't know if it would have stuck with me if I only read it now, but as a child it was what lit so many sparks that make my personality today, so it will always be an important book to me.

The Art of the Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien [edited by Hammond & Scull] - Absolutely loved this. It offers lots of information and context into various drawings and paintings by Tolkien, and expands on some of the lore itself. I'd recommend this to any real fan of Tolkien's work.

The Story of Kullervo, JRR Tolkien - The story itself is very short and unfinished, but it is an incredible snippet into Tolkien's first steps as a writer and storyteller. There are some essays and commentary by the editor, and they are key to understand how Kullervo later developed into one of the most memorable and tragic characters in Tolkien's legendarium, Húrin Turambar.

Started Small Gods by Terry Pratchett, but will only finish it in February!
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: ScarletBea on February 01, 2016, 10:25:13 AM
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
 :D
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: DrNefario on February 01, 2016, 01:42:39 PM
King of Thorns - Mark Lawrence - Bigger and deeper than the first book. I didn't totally buy some of the solutions, but still pretty great.

Luna: New Moon - Ian McDonald - Family/corporate machinations on the moon. Good stuff. The ending was a bit OTT, and there's a long wait for the next book.

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman - Run-of-the-mill Gaiman, which is still better than most other people.

Dumb Witness - Agatha Christie - An OK Poirot. I can barely remember what happened in it, now. I expect someone died.

Aztec Century - Christopher Priest - Alt-history where Britain is conquered by the Aztec Empire. So-so.

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury - Classic collection of linked shorts, which still works despite being ridiculously dated.

Priest - Matthew Colville - SPFBO finalist, which I liked a lot. My favourite of the three I've read.

Dinosaur Beach - Keith Laumer - Short twisty time-police novel. Mediocre.

Without a Summer - Mary Robinette Kowal - I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first two, but it was still above average.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Arry on February 01, 2016, 01:59:08 PM

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes


Very clever novel, but not a comfortable read. 

The Three by Sarah Lotz

Another clever and very creepy novel.  Loved how much of it was left to the reader to decide. 

Loved both of these. Highly recommend Broken Monsters by Buekes and Day Four by Lotz as well.


Here's what I read.  A little bit of a slower month for me, but still got in 5 (and am halfway through The Devil You Know by K. J. Parker, I should finish up shortly and over a third of Last Mortal Bond, which is enough to feel like another whole book) :)

The Rising by Ian Tregillis - I don't know that I loved it quite as much as The Mechanical, I think because The Mechanical felt a bit more philospophical and this one a bit more action oriented. But then, it may be because the first laid all the groundwork and the second has a lot of repercussions going on. Still a great series, and I highly enjoyed this one as well.

Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher - Absolutely loved this one. Dark, but funny. Very original magic system, lots of broken characters that you want to root for.

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis - This was a really fun read. The book is not releasing until April but I had it on hand and wanted something lighter to follow Beyond Redemption. It features court politics, nefarious shadows, intrigue, etc. Definitely recommend.

The Alchemy of Chaos by Marshall Ryan Maresca - Another fun book. This is the second in the Maradaine series (features a magic school, street gangs and a vigilante).

Six of Crows by Leigh Barduga - Overall this was a good read. At moments it felt a bit to YA for me (but it is YA).
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Captain Blobby on February 01, 2016, 04:18:52 PM
So I don't ready at the rate some of you read. I have no idea where you find the time!

Here's what I read, I didn't give them ratings as I'm not a reviewer in the slightest.

Lord of Ashes by Richard Ford- Third installment of the Steelhaven trilogy. I bounced off this quite hard. There were few characters I liked and I felt that as a story about a besieged city, it focused on the wrong things.

Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos- Again a third installment. I'm a sucker for a good military SF, particuarlly when it has land warfare. This one didn't have land warfare as much as the last two books but I loved it all the same. Unusually for me I breezed through this in three days.

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence- On the whole I enjoyed this one. Got a bit tired of Jal constantly reminding us that he is a coward however.

God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha by Kameron Hurley- Had a brilliant first line. I enjoyed what I read but I just never picked it back up, nothing really made me want to go back to it.

So a very mixed month for me, trying things I wouldn't otherwise choose. For February I have a few new authors to try, K.J Parker, Neal Asher perhaps and I want to make a start with the LA Quartet by James Ellroy but honestly I'm not the sort to plan my reading in advance. For now though I'm re-reading The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: ultamentkiller on February 01, 2016, 10:39:59 PM
I haven't read much this month. I'm kind of sad about it. Only 5 books, one of which was a graphic novel. School gets in the way of everything fun.
The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan: The first in Riyria Chronicles, it was interesting. The beginning dragged a bit since there was no mystery about the man in the hood, but it picked up. the most interesting plotline was Gwen's. I loved seeing how The rose and the Thorn began, as well as The House.
The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan: This one was awesome! Learning about Reuben was fun, and seeing Hadrian and Royce deal with everything was great. In a way it was sad. They had no idea how their actions would effect them later on down the road. They only did what they thought was right, but they're partially to blame for everything that happened in Riyria Revelations. I just loved not knowing everything that would happen, and I love Hadrian and Royce, so it worked.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: Good book. I'm sad to see the movie flop. The concept was cool, but nothing special as far as plot twists go. I predicted both of them. 3/5
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey: Much better sequel. The plot twists were really good, the characters and action scenes were great, and all that good stuff. My only complaint is that the characters aren't much better off than when they started. They've come back to exactly where book one ended, but with some minor changes. I have no idea how he's going to wrap things up in just one book. 4.75/5
The Magicians: Ugh. I couldn't finish it. I wanted to read it because of the TV show, but when I gave up the main conflict hadn't even started, and I was a good ways into the book. If I wanted to watch someone go through life and struggle, I would write a book about my own experiences, or talk to other people. No, I read books for the fight. I want to see how characters overcome the odds if they do at all. I'm not here to read a biography.
Currently reading The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan. I'll talk about that next month I think.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Hedin 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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Annomander Matt 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
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: noisomethrone 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
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: JMack 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 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40309)'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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: eclipse 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
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: eclipse 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
 :D

@ScarletBea (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=32020) 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
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: ScarletBea 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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: eclipse on February 02, 2016, 06:26:37 PM
I don't think anyone likes Paranormal Romance here  ;D
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: ScarletBea 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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Alex Hormann 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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Kitvaria Sarene 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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Nighteyes on February 22, 2016, 11:03:24 PM
I don't think anyone likes Paranormal Romance here  ;D

Ummmm ... Elfy.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Nighteyes 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 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=87) has been doing a reread of it on the Tor website. You should check it out.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: DrNefario 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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: Lady Ty 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.
Title: Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought
Post by: JMack on February 27, 2016, 04:14:02 AM
I don't think anyone likes Paranormal Romance here  ;D

Does finding Deborah Harkness's "A Discovery of Witches" to be the most wonderfully idiotic book - so bad it's hysterical - count for "loving" that paranormal romance? It's a goldmine of bad writing.