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Title: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on January 04, 2011, 09:25:12 AM
Thought I'd start this thread so we can discuss what we're currently reading, whatever the book!!   ;D

I'm reading the first book in Terry Brooks' The Word and the Void trilogy, Running with the Demon.  I've slowly been working my way through all the Brooks' books and I have to say, this book is very good - different to his Shannara books, but in a good way.  It's set in America with only touches of magic so far.  Easy to read and the characters are well thought out.
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Post by: Overlord on January 04, 2011, 09:44:38 AM
Currently I am reading;

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
Brilliant, Brilliant Writer, his writing style is phenomenal and I can see how he gets away with taking over WoT and producing a 1000 page+ book because simply he is just 'readable'. Mistborn itself is very good so far, maybe like a few others not relating to the 'main' character quite as much as I would like - I kinda want to strangle her and say 'TRUST HIM DAMMIT!!!!' but it is shaping up (about 40% through now).

Tootless by J.P. Moore
Unique, Different and Enjoyable. The writing style is hard to adapt to because there is not much dialogue and you are mainly reading 'thoughts' as opposed to actions and events for the first few chapters. Also, because it is told to you by a zombie, it is fairly vivid. Once you adapt to the stye though and understand the story it is very enjoyable. It's quite a short read (about 250 pages?) and the story pushes itself along nicely. About 20% through?
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Post by: LaMattie on January 04, 2011, 12:58:10 PM
Starting off this year with a Harry Potter re-read. But that's just to grease the rust off the wheels, as I have loads to read afterwards.
When I'm done with HP, I plan on:
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (always such a bother to figure out how to spell the name).
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.
I'm also in the middle of Firebrid by Mercedes Lackey, which I started quite a long time ago and could never finish since it was practically worse than bad. I have only 50 pages left though, seems a pity to quit now.
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Post by: ganstream1 on January 04, 2011, 02:23:32 PM
The Black Prism

Somehow I find it hard to press on... must be the after effect of Kraken...
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Post by: michaelramm on January 04, 2011, 09:08:53 PM
Currently I am about halfway through The Erevis Cale Trilogy by Paul S Kemp. It is set in the Forgotten Realms and it is an omnibus of his three book Erevis Cale Trilogy. It is an awesome read. The only Forgotten Realms that I had read previous to this was Salvatore's Dark Elf and Icewind Dale trilogy with his super drow Drizzt Do'Urden.

Yesterday I got and started In the Name of the Wind (Rothfuss) and The Lies of Locke Lamora (Lynch) from the library. I have read the Prologue's and first 2 chapters in each and they both have me hooked big time! I got each of these based solely on the good reviews from GoodReads and the forum here. I cannot wait to get more into both of these.
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Post by: Obtuse on January 04, 2011, 10:39:01 PM
I'm 138 pages into the final volume of Kate Elliott's Crossroads trilogy, Traitors' Gate. As with the first two volumes I am enjoying the story greatly. Elliott's world building is great here just as it was in her Crown of Stars series. She always provides a wonderful history for her worlds and that history serves as a framework for her narrative, not just as window dressing. Her characters, while sometimes a bit melodramatic, are convincing and enjoyable.

@ChristinaJL - I read the first Shannara trilogy, didn't care for it much and have avoided Brooks since. However, a little while back someone assured me that his later Shannara stuff is much better and suggested that I should give him another try. I've added all the remaining Shannara books to my list, but haven't got to them yet. What are your thoughts? Does it get better?
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Post by: Itachimaru on January 04, 2011, 10:53:24 PM
Paul Kearney "The ten thousand" page 89 of 456, but I can tell you already,Damn this is good!
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Post by: kcmay on January 05, 2011, 02:10:14 AM
I started The Magic of Recluce yesterday. I found it hard to get into the first few pages, but it's starting to grab my interest now. I'm only at chapter 2, so I have high hopes for it.

(Hi btw. I think this is my first post.)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on January 05, 2011, 09:29:46 AM
I finished the Terry Brooks book yesterday, it only had 342 pages, so I whipped through that one quickly!!   ;D  @Obtuse - I've enjoyed most of Terry Brooks' books, but I have heard other people who weren't keen on his original Shannara trilogy enjoyed the Word and the Void series.  Although the original books were published 1977-85 - maybe that's why people aren't so keen, as this is 30 years old now, but I like the old stuff!!

Started Steven Erikson's first Malazan book Gardens of the Moon and have read the prologue and most of chapter one.  Got to say, he writes really well, so I think I'm going to love this series!!   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on January 05, 2011, 09:51:54 AM
I finished the Terry Brooks book yesterday, it only had 342 pages, so I whipped through that one quickly!!   ;D  @Obtuse - I've enjoyed most of Terry Brooks' books, but I have heard other people who weren't keen on his original Shannara trilogy enjoyed the Word and the Void series.  Although the original books were published 1977-85 - maybe that's why people aren't so keen, as this is 30 years old now, but I like the old stuff!!

Started Steven Erikson's first Malazan book Gardens of the Moon and have read the prologue and most of chapter one.  Got to say, he writes really well, so I think I'm going to love this series!!   ;D

Christina, do you know what Terry Brooks first fantasy book was?

Malazan is HUGELY popular, one of the top 5 Fantasy series I would say... :)
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Post by: Noona on January 05, 2011, 11:03:36 AM
I've just finished Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, and eagerly waiting for the next in the series to come into the library (darned out of print books!).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on January 05, 2011, 12:07:10 PM
@Overlord, his first book was the Sword of Shannara, but he wrote a prequel later, and the Word and the Void series is before in the time sequence, I'm guessing?
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Post by: Sharpy on January 05, 2011, 12:08:26 PM
He wrote Sword of Shannara in 1977
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Post by: Goose on January 05, 2011, 12:25:09 PM
Paul Kearney "The ten thousand" page 89 of 456, but I can tell you already,Damn this is good!

I enjoyed that book aswell, but not sure if i should buy the next installment(Korvus) as it was ment to be a stand alone!
HOWEVER, look into The Mark of Ran (The Sea Beggars, #1) also by Paul i love those books, although its not historical fantasy like 10k, sadly something went wrong with his publisher i read on his forum so the last book is delayed. I think he is a really underestimated writer, I also got several of his other books on my wishlist.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lyz on January 06, 2011, 05:07:45 AM
Currently, I'm reading Myst: The Book of Ti'Ana again (hehehe, I'm prepping for the movie). After that, I have no idea what I'm going to read... But I have Waking the Witch and The Reckoning, both by Kelley Armstrong and ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor in my "to-read" pile.
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Post by: Overlord on January 06, 2011, 05:48:53 AM
Currently, I'm reading Myst: The Book of Ti'Ana again (hehehe, I'm prepping for the movie). After that, I have no idea what I'm going to read... But I have Waking the Witch and The Reckoning, both by Kelley Armstrong and ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor in my "to-read" pile.

I quite liked Kelley Armstrong but decided to give it a bit of a rest after I read 'Haunted'. I quite enjoyed that book though, it was 'different'. I'm not really a huge fan or Urban Fantasy books usually but Kelley Armstrong is certainly talented. I think I'll catch up with her works some time... I have her book about the Chaso Demon - is it; InnerDemons or something like that?
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Post by: Lyz on January 06, 2011, 05:56:49 AM
Oh, yeah; "Personal Demon". I vaguely remember that one; it's been a while since I've read it. I love the "Women of the Otherworld" series; mostly the books about the werewolves, though. She writes them exactly how I think they should be; people who morph into wolves, not half-wolf / half-man beasty things. :P The novellas that she posts on her website (some of which she's collected in a few novels ["Men of the Otherworld" and "Tales of the Otherworld"]) are also pretty damn fantastic.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on January 06, 2011, 05:58:07 AM
Oh, yeah; "Personal Demon". I vaguely remember that one; it's been a while since I've read it. I love the "Women of the Otherworld" series; mostly the books about the werewolves, though. She writes them exactly how I think they should be; people who morph into wolves, not half-wolf / half-man beasty things. :P The novellas that she posts on her website (some of which she's collected in a few novels ["Men of the Otherworld" and "Tales of the Otherworld"]) are also pretty damn fantastic.

That's the one... I didn't even knew she had a new series out... What is her best book in your opinion?
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Post by: Lyz on January 06, 2011, 06:06:38 AM
What is her best book in your opinion?

Oh, no... Honestly, I think the best one of that series is "Bitten". But I'm terribly biased; I love Elena and Clayton's characters, so I'm a sucker for any book with them in it. Plus, as I said, I love her werewolves... So I lean towards those books. "Bitten", "Stolen", "Broken" and "Frostbitten", and the short story "Beginnings" in "Tales of the Otherworld" are my favorites.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: seanmfisher on January 06, 2011, 11:55:08 AM
I'm reading 'A Cavern of Black Ice' by JV Jones. I'm  quite enjoying it although it took me a while to get into it. About 2 thirds of the way through.
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Post by: Bryndled1 on January 07, 2011, 12:52:06 AM
I was reading To name the wind Patrick rothfuss (you can find all my patrick grrr posts around, but it IS a great book) put it down as its next months book club contender. Picked up The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson for the january book club read, always down for another re-read! also downloaded 3 brett weeks books to my kindle as somehow he completely missed my radar, but as there have been so many GLOWING reviews of the man I must bow to the Greater Forum Consensus. so I have something to do this weekend.
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 07, 2011, 08:15:39 AM
I've just finished Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, and eagerly waiting for the next in the series to come into the library (darned out of print books!).

Sadly, Carey's series goes downhill…she gets a little too involved with trying to make it an alternative England. 

Hmmm…currently reading 'Extraordinary Engines', a steampunk short story anthology.  Just finished the latest installment in the Shadowmarch series from Tad Williams. It was…well, it finally hooked me about 4 chapters from the end, but I keep thinking something's off in his game with this series. 
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Post by: michaelramm on January 07, 2011, 02:28:24 PM
Currently I am about halfway through The Erevis Cale Trilogy by Paul S Kemp. It is set in the Forgotten Realms and it is an omnibus of his three book Erevis Cale Trilogy. It is an awesome read. The only Forgotten Realms that I had read previous to this was Salvatore's Dark Elf and Icewind Dale trilogy with his super drow Drizzt Do'Urden.

Yesterday I got and started In the Name of the Wind (Rothfuss) and The Lies of Locke Lamora (Lynch) from the library. I have read the Prologue's and first 2 chapters in each and they both have me hooked big time! I got each of these based solely on the good reviews from GoodReads and the forum here. I cannot wait to get more into both of these.

I am hoping to finish Dawn of Night today. It is the second book in The Erevis Cale Trilogy. Then I will start going through The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I am enjoying what I read. I stopped In the Name of the Wind since it looks to be the group read in February. I may send it back to the library since I am pretty positive that I will like it enough to own it.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on January 07, 2011, 06:41:50 PM
I am reading Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. Gotta finish this series now so I can move on :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on January 07, 2011, 08:38:02 PM
I am reading 'Among Thieves' by Douglas Hulick... due out April 1st 2011.

I am going to do a review once done, but let me tell you that I lost myself in it for 6 hours straight this evening... It is better than I had even imagined and I had set my hopes very, very high indeed!
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Post by: GSarnak on January 08, 2011, 05:55:47 AM
I'm currently reading THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel. A bit late, but better late than never right!?  ;)
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Post by: Overlord on January 08, 2011, 05:57:23 AM
I'm currently reading THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel. A bit late, but better late than never right!?  ;)

Haha, not a problem about being late ;)

How are you finding that book? Is it fantasy? Not heard of it... :(
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 08, 2011, 07:22:23 AM
Clan of the Cave Bear is fantastical historical fiction, maybe?

And I've just received a late Xmas present, Gordon Dahlquist's sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters … The Dark Volume.  So I'm putting the short stories aside and starting that. 
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Post by: redhead on January 08, 2011, 03:41:02 PM
I just picked up Blood of Ambrose by James Enge. 
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Post by: Itachimaru on January 08, 2011, 04:15:07 PM
I just picked up Blood of Ambrose by James Enge. 

I read that a few years back. There's a second book out but I didn't pick it up. I think it starts a bit strange, difficult to follow but in the end I did finish it so wasn't that bad... Ugly lay-out tho!

In the mean time I've got nothing to read anymore. Guess I'll cheat and start "The name of the wind" a little early
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Post by: Itachimaru on January 08, 2011, 09:37:39 PM
Just ordered (2seconds ago) :

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
The Fallen Blade - Jon Grimwood
Lost Gate - Orson Scott Gard
The Windup Girls - Paolo Bacigalupi

So I guess I'll be reading them soon!
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Post by: Bryndled1 on January 08, 2011, 09:45:43 PM
I have tried so hard to read orsen scott card, I just cant get into him at all.
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 09, 2011, 05:22:15 AM
I have issues with Card's understanding of the way the world works, so I just …yeah.

You will LOVE The Windup Girl.  Dark, not quite fantasy (although I'd put it in the Steampunk category), but brilliant.  Seriously.  I couldn't stop reading it.  So amazing.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on January 09, 2011, 09:44:13 AM
Yesterday I read Terry Brooks' A Knight of the Word and today I'm on Angel Fire East.
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Post by: Overlord on January 09, 2011, 09:46:34 AM
Yesterday I read Terry Brooks' A Knight of the Word and today I'm on Angel Fire East.

Christina is the only person I know who reads more books in a year than she lives days... lol!
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Post by: Blodeuedd on January 09, 2011, 01:02:10 PM
Sadly no fantasy, not enough books at home to quench my thirst.
So I am reading A Quick Bite by Lyndsay Sands
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Post by: Noona on January 09, 2011, 02:38:26 PM
It's a shame to hear that about Carey's books Missoularedhead :(
I'm about halfway through Kushiel's Chosen now and enjoying it so far anyway :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on January 09, 2011, 06:46:09 PM
Christina is the only person I know who reads more books in a year than she lives days... lol!

Only 5 so far by the 9th of this month!!   :P
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Post by: Overlord on January 09, 2011, 09:19:14 PM
I am on book three of the year; 'Sea of Ghosts' by 'Alan Campbell' - due out in April I believe.

Quote
When the last of the Gravediggers, an elite imperial infiltration unit, are disbanded and hunted down by the emperor they once served, munitions expert Colonel Thomas Granger takes refuge in the unlikeliest of places. He becomes a jailer in Ethugra – a prison city of poison-flooded streets and gaols in which a million enemies of the empire are held captive. But when Granger takes possession of two new prisoners, he realises that he can’t escape his past so readily.

Ianthe is a young girl with an extraordinary psychic talent. A gift that makes her unique in a world held to ransom by the powerful Haurstaf – the sisterhood of telepaths who are all that stand between the Empire and the threat of the Unmer, the powerful civilization of entropic sorcerers and dragon-mounted warriors. In this war-torn land, she promises to make Granger an extremely wealthy man, if he can only keep her safe from harm.

This is what Granger is best at. But when other factions learn about Ianthe's unique ability, even Granger's skills of warfare are tested to their limits. While, Ianthe struggles to control the powers that are growing in ways no-one thought were possible. Another threat is surfacing: out there, beyond the bitter seas, an old and familiar enemy is rising – one who, if not stopped, will drown the world and all of humanity with it . .
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 10, 2011, 06:43:14 AM
Noona, some people love her stuff, but I just thought it was a bit one-note.  She's a masochist…I get it.  Does she do anything besides that? 
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Post by: Blodeuedd on January 10, 2011, 08:16:27 AM
Just started The Conqueror's Shadow by Ari Marmell
Only read a few pages yet but it's looking good so far
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Post by: jswinds on January 10, 2011, 08:53:03 AM
About 80 pages into Sanderson's first Mistborn book. It's going well so far.
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Post by: Noona on January 10, 2011, 10:22:31 AM
Noona, some people love her stuff, but I just thought it was a bit one-note.  She's a masochist…I get it.  Does she do anything besides that? 


Hahaha I do see what you mean!
I still can't help but like the characters though, not sure how I'm going to feel about the second series though where it changes.
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Post by: Sharpy on January 10, 2011, 12:32:56 PM
Just started the Necroscope series for the fourth time and loving it just as much as the 1st time round.
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Post by: redhead on January 10, 2011, 12:35:10 PM
should be finishing up Enge's Blood of Ambrose later today.  slowish start, but the 2nd half is awesomeness.
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Post by: michaelramm on January 10, 2011, 02:32:07 PM
Finished Dawn of Night (Forgotten Realms Erevis Cale trilogy) by Paul S Kemp.
Reading The Lies of Locke Lamora in earnest (about to start chapter 4) now.
Holding off on In the Name of the Wind for February Book Club read.
Downloaded American Gods by Neil Gaiman to son's nook to see if I like using the nook, will start today also.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on January 16, 2011, 04:26:47 PM
Since the Terry Brooks' books I've read Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (very good), Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton (also very good).  Today I finished Trudi Canavan's the Magician's Apprentice, which will definately not be a re-read - very slow, not much action and pretty dull.  I thought it would add to the Black Magician Trilogy, but I could easily have not read it, as I didn't think it added much to the plot of those books.   ::)

Tonight I'll be starting the second WoT book, the Great Hunt, which I am looking forward to.   ;D
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Post by: Tiffany Kysis Tackett on January 16, 2011, 08:01:48 PM
I have a bad habit of having 5+ books open at a time, and switching between them when one starts dragging.  Often times, this ends up with me not finishing a bunch of books.  I'm working on finishing all the ones I've started right now.  It's really hard to stop myself from starting new ones, but I'll manage... hopefully.

The open list: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Name of the Wind, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Hooked, The Forest for the Trees, On Writing, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, A Clockwork Orange, The Fire of Fiction, All the President's Men, and Collapse.

Some of those books I may never finish.  Like A Clockwork Orange and HP.  I'm working down the rest of the list, though.
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Post by: michaelramm on January 17, 2011, 02:17:53 AM
Started Mockingjay last night, hope to finish it tomorrow.
American Gods and Midnight's Mask (Erevis Cale Trilogy #3) are on tap after that.
Got Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians (Brandon Sanderson's YA books) at the library yesterday as well.
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Post by: DarkWind on January 17, 2011, 03:39:19 AM
Finished Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray yesterday.
Currently working on The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V. S. Redick and I've started re-reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss in preparation for the release of Wise Man's Fear on March 1st.  Oh, and S. Morgenstern's The Princess Bride, just to lighten things up a bit ;)  (I have a short attention span lol)
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Post by: Zziz on January 17, 2011, 05:15:48 AM
I'm reading the first Harry Dresden book. It's awesome so far!
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Post by: Overlord on January 17, 2011, 05:55:39 AM
I'm reading the first Harry Dresden book. It's awesome so far!

They seem really popular, I will check them out at some point... My head is spinning with what I am currently planning to read before University gets all intense again!!! I try not to go too crazy during University time because otherwise I will end up answering the questions wrong and crossing things over:

Who ruled the Roman Empire in 34BC:
"Frodo Baggins... ah crap... erm... Godking Usalah? Aghhh...." ;)
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 17, 2011, 06:26:46 AM
34BC?  Hmmm…Antony, if I'm not mistaken.  Although I could be wrong.

As for what I'm reading, I picked up Johannes Cabal the Necromancer on a whim and cannot wait to go back to it.  The premise is so outrageously silly, but the writing matches the wit I expected.
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Post by: Overlord on January 17, 2011, 08:20:18 AM
Technically it was no one because they didn't have rulers as such... when Caeser made himself ruler it was literally for about 5 minutes before he got stabbed for it. Romans hated the idea of one person having overall power. Anthony shared the rule of the Roman Empire with Octavian (around 34BC so very good!) before he killed himself in 30BC... Too many civil wars to even begin going further into it than that... ;)

Sounds pretty cool - I love Necromancers, but I suppose the definition of what a Necromancer is changes a lot as per author and so on
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Post by: billdoor on January 17, 2011, 01:24:48 PM
Still reading Way of Kings, I've had a couple of book group interruptions to slow me down and managed nothing whatsoever over Christmas.

On my to read list, I've got the 2nd Malazan book and the new Thomas Covenant hardback. after that the world is my mollusc.
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Post by: Rhevian on January 17, 2011, 01:32:26 PM
Read so far this month:
Robert Ludlum: The Bourne Supremacy
Charles Stross: The Fuller Memorandum
Derren Brown: Confessions of a Conjuror
Guy Gavriel Kay:Ysabel
Dominic Green: Smallworld
Brandon Sanderson: The Final Empire
Jeff Vandermeer: Finch
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Post by: Noona on January 17, 2011, 02:47:53 PM
I've just finished Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, so that's one trilogy of hers complete. Next on the list is possibly the Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore, I read Ingo a while ago and The Tide Knot is due back in the library tomorrow, I'll see how much time I get to read today and if I can be bothered renewing it. Other than that I'm moving on to Mistborn book 1 for the book club :)
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Post by: thebeatpoetic on January 17, 2011, 04:44:45 PM
Just finished Erikson's Dust of Dreams, book 9 in the Malazan series, along with Brandon Sanderson's The Final Empire. I was going to start a re-read of another series while I waited to re-read The Name of the Wind, and then I found some mentions on this site about Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy. I started Way of Shadows a couple days ago and I'm already 4/5ths of the way done. It's a dark, but very very good book.

What I should be (and some point have to be) reading:
-Fundamentals of Hydrology
-Statistical Research Methods
-Macroeconomics: Canada in the Global Context
-Anthropology: The Human Condition

I'm sure you can see why Brent Weeks work has distracted me....  :P
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Post by: michaelramm on January 17, 2011, 11:13:21 PM
Finished Dawn of Night (Forgotten Realms Erevis Cale trilogy) by Paul S Kemp.
Finished The Lies of Locke Lamora.
Finished Mockinjay today.
Starting either American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Midnight’s Mask by Paul S. Kemp, or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone tonight.
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 18, 2011, 06:29:41 AM
Technically it was no one because they didn't have rulers as such... when Caeser made himself ruler it was literally for about 5 minutes before he got stabbed for it. Romans hated the idea of one person having overall power. Anthony shared the rule of the Roman Empire with Octavian (around 34BC so very good!) before he killed himself in 30BC... Too many civil wars to even begin going further into it than that... ;)


meh, he was the named Imperii.  And Gauis Julius was actually emperor for a bit more than five minutes.   ;D And there were a couple of emperors who held on for quite a bit there….the triumvirate and Caesar/Augustus hooey not withstanding.  (hey, this is stuff I know….)
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Post by: Overlord on January 18, 2011, 08:07:19 AM
Technically it was no one because they didn't have rulers as such... when Caeser made himself ruler it was literally for about 5 minutes before he got stabbed for it. Romans hated the idea of one person having overall power. Anthony shared the rule of the Roman Empire with Octavian (around 34BC so very good!) before he killed himself in 30BC... Too many civil wars to even begin going further into it than that... ;)


meh, he was the named Imperii.  And Gauis Julius was actually emperor for a bit more than five minutes.   ;D And there were a couple of emperors who held on for quite a bit there….the triumvirate and Caesar/Augustus hooey not withstanding.  (hey, this is stuff I know….)

:P Yeah... I will take your word for it because you obviously know more than me ;) I just know about Cleopatra/Anthony type era because I'm studying it... Whatever the case; Rome was very much against overall rule and every time someone tried it things got messy =/ It must have been a pretty scary time to live because of all the war... it seems endless... even worse a good part of it was civil war too right?

Finished this month; Mistborn: Book 1, Amongst Thieves, The Heroes.
Currently Reading: Soul Born & Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
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Post by: Sanna on January 18, 2011, 10:07:59 PM
I started (and finished) The Horse and his Boy this evening. I think that is one of my favourites in the set. Now just to decide which one to read next.
Narnia is like comfort food. It's a bit sweet and gooey, but sometimes it's just irresistable.
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 19, 2011, 08:49:04 AM
Cleopatra is an interesting woman.  There you go, authors.  Fantasy novel during the Roman imperium.  That I would read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on January 19, 2011, 10:33:02 AM
Cleopatra is an interesting woman.  There you go, authors.  Fantasy novel during the Roman imperium.  That I would read.

I already started one ;) Will PM you it when I get it into presentable condition if you like?
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Post by: Rhevian on January 19, 2011, 01:17:11 PM
...Fantasy novel during the Roman imperium...

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's "Blood Games" has her vampire Saint Germain in Nero's Rome
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Post by: Itachimaru on January 19, 2011, 04:05:53 PM
Just finished "The lost Gate" by Orson Scott Card and I enjoyed it a lot! Gonna go and find more of him to read.
Now starting on "the windup girl". Curious what that will be, with all the award-winning and so on...
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Post by: frankiehunter on January 19, 2011, 05:36:15 PM
started the painted man a week ago - its hard to get in so far - hope its getting better...
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Post by: Overlord on January 20, 2011, 04:18:39 AM
started the painted man a week ago - its hard to get in so far - hope its getting better...

How far are you through? I was hooked within about 8- pages... :P
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Post by: gotangst on January 20, 2011, 05:13:04 AM
Right now I'm reading Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks. After this series I'm debating on picking up something by Brandon Sanderson, or looking at some indie stuff that I'm coming across from Twitter friends.  (It depends on if I splurge and get a Kindle  ;) )
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 20, 2011, 05:37:47 AM

I already started one ;) Will PM you it when I get it into presentable condition if you like?
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OOOH!  That would be good.  Although if it's before June, it won't get read, since I'm on the last push of my dissertation!
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Post by: Zziz on January 20, 2011, 05:54:50 AM
Going to start Magician: Master by Feist tonight. Everyone seems to really love it. I didn't think Apprentice was to die for, but apparently this one is the better of his, so I'm ready to dive back into the Midcymia.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on January 20, 2011, 08:06:33 AM

I already started one ;) Will PM you it when I get it into presentable condition if you like?

OOOH!  That would be good.  Although if it's before June, it won't get read, since I'm on the last push of my dissertation!
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Is it history that you do?

I think you made the right choice gotangst ;)
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 20, 2011, 10:31:48 AM
Indeed.  Medieval Europeanist by trade, pre-modern everything by dint of needing to get paid.
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Post by: Noona on January 20, 2011, 12:21:42 PM
Reading Mistborn book 1, feeling very atmospheric given the unrelenting fog outside the window :P
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Post by: Lyz on January 20, 2011, 06:39:52 PM
I finally finished The Book of Ti'ana. I don't get much time to read; mostly when I'm at work, and even that isn't very much. So I'm working on World War Z by Max Brooks right now, which is FANTASTIC. This man is a freaking genius.

Next on my list is another slow read-through of Feed by Mira Grant, before starting The Name of the Wind for the book club. That'll be my big focus next month, since I haven't read it yet. :)
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Post by: frankiehunter on January 20, 2011, 07:20:26 PM
started the painted man a week ago - its hard to get in so far - hope its getting better...

How far are you through? I was hooked within about 8- pages... :P

hmm, on page 370,  i like it, the description of the places is amazing, I also like the characters, but the way of shadows was so full of action and i really miss Kyler :-( I should not compare these books...
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Post by: Overlord on January 21, 2011, 08:06:49 AM
Book 2 was personally my favourite, I loved the whole price in the prison aspect... one of the most brilliantly done pieces of atmospheric writing I have ever encountered personally :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on January 21, 2011, 09:16:27 AM
I'm about 100 pages into Rowena Cory Daniells' The King's Bastard and it's good so far. 
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Post by: michaelramm on January 21, 2011, 08:22:28 PM
Finished Dawn of Night (Forgotten Realms Erevis Cale trilogy Book 2) by Paul S Kemp.
Finished The Lies of Locke Lamora.
Finished Mockinjay.
Finished Midnight’s Mask (Forgotten Realms Erevis Cale trilogy Book 3) by Paul S Kemp Today
Starting Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson and American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Will try to get to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone before January ends and 3 group reads begin in Feb.

Also, today, I have decided to have Monthly Trilogy Reads where I read (or re-read) an entire trilogy in a single month. I am starting in March with Icewind Dale by RA Salvatore, and will continue through the end of the year. I am still mapping out the trilogies that I am going to read, but some will include:

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (only read book 1)
Celtic Crusades by Stephen R. Lawhead
Twilight War by Paul S. Kemp
Night Angel by Brent Weeks (only read book 1)
Lord of the Rings (a yearly read for me)
Legacy of the Drow by RA Salvatore
Gentleman Bastards (0, 1, 2) by Scott Lynch (only read book 1)
First Law by Joe Abercrombie

That leaves one slot left. I will have to go search to see if I am missing anything or not.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on January 22, 2011, 02:16:59 AM
Working on The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J Sullivan (Ok but not great, but I'm not super far in yet) and Canticle by Scholes (this series intrigues me, and I'm hearing book 3 is mind blowing in it's awesomeness so looking forward to that).

My back list that I already own is far too long to mention :(.  I need more hours in the day between day job, writing, and reading.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on January 23, 2011, 09:18:39 AM
I started Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold last night, loving it so far. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: webba77 on January 23, 2011, 05:10:45 PM
At present, i'm reading William Morris's "The Wood Beyond the World". Certainly a must-read for fantasy lovers. I recently started Lord Dunsany's "The King of Elfland's Daughter", which I believe is recommended reading for any aspiring fantasy writer.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: redhead on January 24, 2011, 06:59:47 PM
I'm about halfway through James Enge's The Wolf Age.  There is a lot I like in this novel. . . . and some stuff that's just not working for me.
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Post by: Bryndled1 on January 24, 2011, 07:03:56 PM
somebody sent me to forgotten realms last week and now I've crushed the first 7 books.. waiting for my roomie to give up the next book. they read slow. going to console myself w/ nights of villjamur and the weight of blood that has been sitting idle on my kindle ever since.
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 25, 2011, 08:29:32 AM
Having finished Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, I've decided to go back a bit, and tonight, I start Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray.  I figure it's fantasy, given there's magic of a sort involved.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on January 25, 2011, 10:15:34 AM
I am reading Warrior by Zoe Archer. Not fantasy, but historical paranormal romance. All taking place in Mongolia while they search for a magic object..and I am bored. Though I did liek when the bad guys released Thor's Hammer, that was pretty cool
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Post by: OneChapterMore on January 25, 2011, 11:53:15 AM

Will try to get to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone before January ends and 3 group reads begin in Feb.


:mad: - Philosopher's Stone damn you :D


Gentleman Bastards (0, 1, 2) by Scott Lynch (only read book 1)


0? What is the noughtth book?

May I suggest the Assassin's Apprentice trilogy by Robin Hobb to add to it?


I'm currently reading Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Rhevian on January 25, 2011, 12:17:53 PM
Re the 0th book:
The Bastards and the Knives apparently contains two novellas, but is not released yet:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1321351.The_Bastards_and_the_Knives
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Goose on January 25, 2011, 12:35:46 PM
Cleopatra is an interesting woman.  There you go, authors.  Fantasy novel during the Roman imperium.  That I would read.

There's like one million of those?
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Post by: michaelramm on January 25, 2011, 01:46:24 PM
May I suggest the Assassin's Apprentice trilogy by Robin Hobb to add to it?

I read Assassin's Apprentice last year, and was not impressed with it at all. I will try to read it again, but not until some of the new (to me) stuff that I want read gets read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on January 25, 2011, 02:11:18 PM
Look What I'm reading at work - Bargain of the year? ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on January 25, 2011, 06:28:38 PM
Look What I'm reading at work - Bargain of the year? ;)

Good bargain!!  How's it going so far?   ;D

I started listening to Tad William's Shadowmarch on my iPod this morning, good so far, although I have about another 27 hours to go or something!!   :o
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Post by: Noona on January 25, 2011, 06:44:11 PM
Nice one Overlord! I have yet to read those myself, I literally have three big bags of unread books on my floor though so it may well have to wait...


Just finished the second Mistborn book which I started on Sunday...I was seriously tempted last night just to stay up however late to finish it but I managed to resist. Went into town and bought the third one today.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Itachimaru on January 25, 2011, 06:46:06 PM
Look What I'm reading at work - Bargain of the year? ;)

You can read books at work...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on January 25, 2011, 06:53:53 PM
Look What I'm reading at work - Bargain of the year? ;)

You can read books at work...

Certainly can... have my own office ;) I am really enjoying it so far :) The prelude was damned cool - in fact I think probably one of the best preludes I have read ;)
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Post by: missoularedhead on January 26, 2011, 05:21:14 AM
Cleopatra is an interesting woman.  There you go, authors.  Fantasy novel during the Roman imperium.  That I would read.

There's like one million of those?

But Goose, are any of them actually GOOD?  I would argue that the vast majority of them are not.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on January 27, 2011, 10:35:51 AM
I started readiing David Dalglish's A Dance of Cloaks last night.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Dance-of-Cloaks/dp/B003ZUYP80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296124506&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Dance-of-Cloaks/dp/B003ZUYP80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296124506&sr=8-1).  If you love assassin books, check this one out, it's really cheap for the kindle at amazon and I'm enjoying it so far.   ;D
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Post by: Bryndled1 on January 27, 2011, 06:15:04 PM
Im nearly done with weight of blood also by david dalglish, also cause it was cheap on amazon. I am very pleasantly suprised. there is nothing "new" about the story and its not the Epic fantasy that I am crazy for. but its good and it moves along nicely and Im suprised at my empathy with the main character. I dont generally go for the bad hero with redeeming qualities but mr dalglish pulls it off nicely.
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Post by: redhead on January 27, 2011, 10:28:51 PM
recently finished Jon Armstrong's  Grey, it was INSANE,  now reading Hood by Stephen Lawhead, for osmething a little more chilled out.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: silversun on January 28, 2011, 01:49:41 AM
I'm about halfway through The Gathering Storm, which I am REALLY liking a lot more than the previous books.  I just started the series this summer.  I can't actually tell much of a difference from Sanderson's and Jordan's writing - Sanderson did a good job.
I'm also reading Dragons of the Dwarven Depths (Weis & Hickman).  I read Dragonlance when I was 14.. I remember then that the books seemed so hard, but compared to other fantasy out there they now seem kind of dry and not very well written.  I guess I just have to push through with this one.
Next I'm going to read Deadhouse Gates - I finished GotM a few weeks ago.
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on January 28, 2011, 02:58:38 AM
I finished an old 70's paperback Howard collection called "King Kull" earlier tonight which was fun, and I've been a bit stumped about what now to be honest. It's a coin toss between The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint, which I've had on my shelf for ages, or Avillion by Robert Holdstock, which I've been putting off for a while, possibly because once I've read it I know there's no more new Holdstock for me to read...
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Post by: Blodeuedd on January 28, 2011, 09:29:11 AM
Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs. I would call it light fantasy, it's not fantasy romance, and it is not epic fantasy :)
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Post by: Zefiris on January 28, 2011, 11:19:53 AM
Soon I will be Invincible

Tis a superhero fantasy and it's awesome. I really recommend it to anyone who likes superhero stories :)
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Post by: Overlord on January 28, 2011, 03:11:09 PM
Soon I will be Invincible

Tis a superhero fantasy and it's awesome. I really recommend it to anyone who likes superhero stories :)

Superhero set in modern times or in a fantasy setting?
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Post by: ChristinaJL on January 28, 2011, 03:54:01 PM
I've been reading some short sci-fi stories by Johnny Smith today.  Good, but kind of depressing in an apocalyptical way!! 
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Post by: AJZaethe on January 28, 2011, 07:08:25 PM
Currently reading a Game of Thrones, trying to finish it before the series premier in April.  But it is so hard to get into.  So many names assaulting you in the beginning.  It is so hard to keep track of.  I mean, I can.  But why is it so hard! U_U
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Post by: Overlord on January 28, 2011, 07:20:25 PM
Currently reading a Game of Thrones, trying to finish it before the series premier in April.  But it is so hard to get into.  So many names assaulting you in the beginning.  It is so hard to keep track of.  I mean, I can.  But why is it so hard! U_U

Hey... I am reading GoT too, but I got into it easy!

This website really helps if you do need a hand: http://concord.wikia.com/wiki/A_Game_of_Thrones:_Prologue

It is basically a step by step guide and it has a link to a short, spoiler free summary of every character mentioned in that chapter.
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Post by: Noona on January 28, 2011, 08:59:43 PM
Just finished the Mistborn trilogy :D You know it's got to be good if I read a whole trilogy in just over a week.
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Post by: Overlord on January 29, 2011, 06:14:31 AM
Just finished the Mistborn trilogy :D You know it's got to be good if I read a whole trilogy in just over a week.

Without spoilers - :P - are books 2 and 3 better than the first? :)
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Post by: Noona on January 29, 2011, 10:11:41 AM
Just finished the Mistborn trilogy :D You know it's got to be good if I read a whole trilogy in just over a week.

Without spoilers - :P - are books 2 and 3 better than the first? :)

They're certainly more complex and I was much more into it, I couldn't stop reading. I enjoyed the first one a lot though, but from what I seem to recall you said about the first one on the book club thread I think you'd enjoy the second and third more than the first. :) If that made any sense :P
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on January 30, 2011, 08:17:30 AM
Mistborn trilogy is great... until the end of the trilogy.  The whole thing soured for me when I finished it.  It felt very Deus ex machina to me.  Won't say anymore than that, but you'll see what I mean when the ending comes.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on January 30, 2011, 08:59:41 AM
Well it is not fantasy, but it has vamps ;)

A bite to remember by Lynsay Sands

Paranormal romance, a girl needs books with romance too  ;)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on January 30, 2011, 12:13:15 PM
I just finished Storm Glass by Maria Snyder, a bit meh for me, not really my type of story.  I found Opal rather annoying!!  I've now been very naughty and started the Rothfuss book as I didn't want to rush another book by Tuesday and just couldn't help myself.   :o
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Post by: Mark Lawrence on January 30, 2011, 09:18:10 PM
Currently reading 'The Red Wolf Conspiracy' by Robert Redick  &  Andrew Marr's 'The Making of Modern Britain, also Bill Waterson's 'The Complete Calvin and Hobbes' book 2.

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Post by: MTMaenpaa on January 31, 2011, 03:07:34 AM
I tend to go through a book or two a week, and I'm usually reading a couple books at a time.  So here's the list:

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
Drawing of the Three by Stephen King (reading now)

and I got some stuff from the library today:

Tuck by Stephen Lawhead
The Wastelands by Stephen King
The Broken Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin
Mesopotamia  (Dictionaries of Civilisation)(Non-fiction)

I also recently finished Dreadnought by Cherie Priest and High King of Montival by S.M. Stirling
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Post by: Caylinn on January 31, 2011, 06:47:01 PM
I'm currently reading The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie, hoping to finish up the First Law trilogy before I pick up The Heroes. But I didn't foresee the publisher announcing a sale for the Best Served Cold ebook for $2.99 so I picked that up too! Now I'm thinking of tackling that one first.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on January 31, 2011, 06:51:00 PM
I started the second Mistborn book today, much more like it!!   ;D
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on January 31, 2011, 07:21:59 PM
Currently reading 'The Red Wolf Conspiracy' by Robert Redick 

This book description sounded interesting to me, how is it?

Game of Thrones is amazing and painful at the same time.  The names definitely get easier as you see them more, but sometimes the book just kind of drags...

Currently reading Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks.
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Post by: Jatix on January 31, 2011, 09:36:34 PM
Currently re-reading all of Robyn Hobb's work.
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Post by: Overlord on February 01, 2011, 05:42:47 AM
Currently re-reading all of Robyn Hobb's work.

Have you read; 'Dragon Keeper' ? That sounded awesome! :D
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Post by: halfhand2 on February 01, 2011, 10:05:32 AM
Mistborn still ::)
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Post by: Overlord on February 01, 2011, 12:32:59 PM
Mistborn still ::)

Still? :P I'm a little behind the book club, I won't be starting 'Name of the Wind' until Thursday as I have some uni bits and pieces to finish up :( I also have about 200 pages of Game of Thrones to do...
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Post by: Noona on February 01, 2011, 09:45:04 PM
Reading Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt, in fact I'm well over halfway through. Interesting intro for me to steampunk! I'm liking it so far anyway. Should be finishing it tomorrow and then I need to decide whether to re-read the Name of the Wind for the book club at the start of the month or at the end so I can coincide it with getting Wise Man's Fear :P
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Post by: Araxen on February 02, 2011, 01:09:16 AM
King of the Crags came out today so I just started reading it today. The Prologue I found very very funny!
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Post by: Overlord on February 02, 2011, 04:48:21 AM
King of the Crags came out today so I just started reading it today. The Prologue I found very very funny!

Is that the sequel to Adamantine Palace?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Araxen on February 02, 2011, 04:50:44 AM
King of the Crags came out today so I just started reading it today. The Prologue I found very very funny!

Is that the sequel to Adamantine Palace?

Yes, it is.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: halfhand2 on February 02, 2011, 12:30:29 PM
Mistborn still ::)

Still? :P I'm a little behind the book club, I won't be starting 'Name of the Wind' until Thursday as I have some uni bits and pieces to finish up :( I also have about 200 pages of Game of Thrones to do...

I did mention i read slow  :'( , Good thing I've already read Name of the wind :)
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Post by: JennyBeans on February 02, 2011, 02:56:45 PM
Right now I'm reading Jim C. Hines Goblin Quest. It's typical quest fantasy from start to end, but the main character, Jig the goblin, is pretty quirky. About 30 pages from finishing.
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Post by: Athena on February 02, 2011, 03:03:48 PM
I'm reading "The Mask of Apollo" by Mary Renault. Excellent piece of historical fiction set in ancient Greece. Anyone else read it?

Next on my (huge) stack of library books is Blindsight by Peter Watts... or maybe The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly... or perhaps A Clash of Kings... it kinda depends on my mood when I finish the current book. I've been known to read several books at a time, and it's tempting to start another already now, but I've been trying to quit doing that because it DOES get a bit confusing when suddenly you've got five stories going at once. o_O
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Post by: michaelramm on February 02, 2011, 03:39:26 PM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5622/Feb1_Reading.JPG)

I may add The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Jemesin) and Magician: Apprentice (Feist) as other GR group reads.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChrisMB on February 02, 2011, 03:44:02 PM
Just finished R.A. Salvatore's Icewind Dale trilogy.

Currently, I'm reading the Legend of the Dragonrealm omnibus, but for some reason I'm having trouble getting into it. It's well-written and I like the characters, but something's keeping me from delving into it with the vigor I took to Icewind Dale.
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Post by: Overlord on February 02, 2011, 03:52:42 PM
Just finished R.A. Salvatore's Icewind Dale trilogy.

Currently, I'm reading the Legend of the Dragonrealm omnibus, but for some reason I'm having trouble getting into it. It's well-written and I like the characters, but something's keeping me from delving into it with the vigor I took to Icewind Dale.

I'm tempted to buy the Icewind Dale Trilogy... is it good? Worth reading ahead of Wheel of Time? :P
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on February 02, 2011, 04:01:14 PM
The Icewind Dale Trilogy is great.  Written back before Salvatore's action scenes got overly complex trying to one-up the previous fight.  I used to be a big fan of the Forgotten Realms, before I realized there was so much better written literature out there, but I still think the Drizzt books are entertaining and very much worth reading (for the most part).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Passiko on February 02, 2011, 04:15:54 PM
Icewind Dale trilogy is a very good read. Very quick as well. I'd say read that series before WoT. But there's like over twenty books featuring Drizzt right? Great character, but it gets old after a while.
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Post by: ChrisMB on February 02, 2011, 04:24:09 PM
I would highly recommend it, especially if you could get it as an omnibus-type collection like I did. I think I'm going to try to collect books in this style now, just to save my depleting space.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: HotdogMcGoo on February 02, 2011, 04:33:17 PM
Icewind Dale trilogy is a very good read. Very quick as well. I'd say read that series before WoT. But there's like over twenty books featuring Drizzt right? Great character, but it gets old after a while.

Yeah there are a ton and I agree that it does get repetitive - even to the extent that the same plot twists happen after a while.  But it's nice to go back to an easy 300 page novel every once in a while just to whittle away the queue.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on February 05, 2011, 08:36:03 AM
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
It's says on the side that it's paranormal romance, but it has this Urban Fantasy feel to it so far, ugh, I hate figuring out those genres, they are the same in the end
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Post by: redhead on February 05, 2011, 02:39:39 PM
i'm reading Cowboy Angels by Paul McAuley.  parallel universes = FTW (for the weird)!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 05, 2011, 03:18:28 PM
I finished Dragon Keeper this afternoon and started on Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he links the Word and the Void to the Shannara series.   ;D
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 05, 2011, 03:20:00 PM
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
It's says on the side that it's paranormal romance, but it has this Urban Fantasy feel to it so far, ugh, I hate figuring out those genres, they are the same in the end

I think lately the line got blurred…UF and PR have sort of become the same thing.

I'm still plugging away on The Portrait of Dorian Gray.  So far, it's proving to be more of a portrait of Wilde's own aesthetic, but it's not bad.  But I will say it had a very slow start!  ;D
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Post by: Overlord on February 06, 2011, 05:19:17 AM
I finished Dragon Keeper this afternoon and started on Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he links the Word and the Void to the Shannara series.   ;D

Would you recommend Dragon Keeper? Have you read any of her other books?

I'm still reading Name of the Wind & Game of Thrones... perhaps two longest books... ever :P
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Post by: Bryndled1 on February 06, 2011, 05:29:34 AM
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller by Philip Athans ,R.A. Salvatore

Somebody Picked this up on good reads and since I have to read EVERYTHING that everyone else is reading, I bought it too. While I have no intention of writing a novel myself, I found it really useful for looking at the pieces of a novel and making it easier for me to define " why".
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Post by: Passiko on February 06, 2011, 06:01:36 AM
I finished Dragon Keeper this afternoon and started on Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he links the Word and the Void to the Shannara series.   ;D

Would you recommend Dragon Keeper? Have you read any of her other books?

I'm still reading Name of the Wind & Game of Thrones... perhaps two longest books... ever :P



Longest books ever? I keep forgetting you havnt read the wheel of time series yet. Lol
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Post by: Overlord on February 06, 2011, 06:04:25 AM
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller by Philip Athans ,R.A. Salvatore

Somebody Picked this up on good reads and since I have to read EVERYTHING that everyone else is reading, I bought it too. While I have no intention of writing a novel myself, I found it really useful for looking at the pieces of a novel and making it easier for me to define " why".

I've read that :) It's quite interesting but I felt certain parts were a little vague... also I wish there was more content written by Salvatore. Good read though :)
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Post by: Bryndled1 on February 06, 2011, 06:13:50 AM
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller by Philip Athans ,R.A. Salvatore

Somebody Picked this up on good reads and since I have to read EVERYTHING that everyone else is reading, I bought it too. While I have no intention of writing a novel myself, I found it really useful for looking at the pieces of a novel and making it easier for me to define " why".

I've read that :) It's quite interesting but I felt certain parts were a little vague... also I wish there was more content written by Salvatore. Good read though :)

I agree that its not the definative work on the subject. I'd almost say that it is closer to developed outline, A sort of "if your weak in the area you should look closer at this subject"
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on February 06, 2011, 07:17:57 AM
I really enjoyed Salvatore's story at the end.  Rest of the book wasn't BAD but it was a pretty meh writing book, all told.

Also finally getting back to Erikson, started Midnight Tides.  God his language is so... thick.  Not in a bad way, but now that I'm no longer used to it reading such dense language is weird.
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Post by: Bryndled1 on February 06, 2011, 07:23:02 AM
The curse of the kindle. I have not purchased so many new books in such a short time span ever. Going to the book store was a sort of ritual experience for me. Now instead of perusing endless shelves of joy. I get amazon.com, with built in recommendations, and look what we have on sale! and my husband (who is absolutely no help) " BUY IT" I love the man but he really shouldnt indulge my addictions like he does.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 06, 2011, 08:52:25 AM
Would you recommend Dragon Keeper? Have you read any of her other books?

I'm still reading Name of the Wind & Game of Thrones... perhaps two longest books... ever :P

I enjoyed Dragon Keeper, it was the first of her books I'd read.  I picked it up at Waterstones as I liked the dragon on the cover. 
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Post by: Overlord on February 06, 2011, 09:07:36 AM
Would you recommend Dragon Keeper? Have you read any of her other books?

I'm still reading Name of the Wind & Game of Thrones... perhaps two longest books... ever :P

I enjoyed Dragon Keeper, it was the first of her books I'd read.  I picked it up at Waterstones as I liked the dragon on the cover. 

A Dragon image or 'Dragon' in the title is all you need to sell a book to me, lol.
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Post by: Noona on February 06, 2011, 10:10:04 AM
I've borrowed Dragon Keeper and the other one from the library yesterday, will get around to reading it at some point :)

Just finished the Rise of the Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt, there were martians :D Starting a re-read of the Name of the Wind today.
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Post by: strangerbabble on February 06, 2011, 04:14:27 PM
I finished Dragon Keeper this afternoon and started on Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he links the Word and the Void to the Shannara series.   ;D

Would you recommend Dragon Keeper? Have you read any of her other books?

In my opinion RH's Farseer Trilogy is one of the most enjoyable series I have ever read, certainly one of the more memorable!
I didn't think she could ever match it, then she did with the Liveship Traders. Astonishing!

I thought the Soldier Son trilogy was much weaker, I finished it simply because I'd begun tbh, but am delighted by the Rain Wild Chronicles so far (not least as it's a return to a much-loved world  :))



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Post by: strangerbabble on February 06, 2011, 04:25:00 PM
I finished Dragon Keeper this afternoon and started on Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he links the Word and the Void to the Shannara series.   ;D

I found the link to be more satisfying than I imagined it would be, but i'm currently really struggling to find the will to finish Bearers of the Black Staff (first of the Legends of Shannara). Not feeling the love Mr Brooks! (especially as I have a copy of Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings sitting staring at me!  ;D)
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Post by: Passiko on February 06, 2011, 04:30:51 PM
I finished Dragon Keeper this afternoon and started on Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he links the Word and the Void to the Shannara series.   ;D

I found the link to be more satisfying than I imagined it would be, but i'm currently really struggling to find the will to finish Bearers of the Black Staff (first of the Legends of Shannara). Not feeling the love Mr Brooks! (especially as I have a copy of Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings sitting staring at me!  ;D)


Black staff that boring? It's one of my next to read
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 06, 2011, 04:48:29 PM
Noona, is the newest Hunt book set in the same world as Court of the Air/Kingdom Beyond the Waves?
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 06, 2011, 04:52:01 PM
I found the link to be more satisfying than I imagined it would be, but i'm currently really struggling to find the will to finish Bearers of the Black Staff (first of the Legends of Shannara). Not feeling the love Mr Brooks! (especially as I have a copy of Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings sitting staring at me!  ;D)

I finished Armageddon's Children this afternoon, I enjoyed it.  But what a place to leave the book, complete cliffhanger especially regarding Hawk.   :o  I've got Way of Kings to read too, might start that one, or shall I wait till tomorrow and see if my Mistborn 3 book turns up?  Decisions decisions.   ;D
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Post by: strangerbabble on February 06, 2011, 04:59:47 PM
I found the link to be more satisfying than I imagined it would be, but i'm currently really struggling to find the will to finish Bearers of the Black Staff (first of the Legends of Shannara). Not feeling the love Mr Brooks! (especially as I have a copy of Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings sitting staring at me!  ;D)

I finished Armageddon's Children this afternoon, I enjoyed it.  But what a place to leave the book, complete cliffhanger especially regarding Hawk.   :o  I've got Way of Kings to read too, might start that one, or shall I wait till tomorrow and see if my Mistborn 3 book turns up?  Decisions decisions.   ;D

Argh! wait for Mistborn 3!  :o ;D
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Post by: strangerbabble on February 06, 2011, 05:11:19 PM
I finished Dragon Keeper this afternoon and started on Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he links the Word and the Void to the Shannara series.   ;D

I found the link to be more satisfying than I imagined it would be, but i'm currently really struggling to find the will to finish Bearers of the Black Staff (first of the Legends of Shannara). Not feeling the love Mr Brooks! (especially as I have a copy of Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings sitting staring at me!  ;D)


Black staff that boring? It's one of my next to read

Just so disappointing so far (I'm on p 245 of 351) and it reads like a childrens book :( - lots of irrelevant detail over plot substance (IMO).


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Post by: Noona on February 06, 2011, 06:02:07 PM
Noona, is the newest Hunt book set in the same world as Court of the Air/Kingdom Beyond the Waves?

Yep, I think it's set something like 6 years after The Court of the Air.
I haven't read Kingdom Beyond the Waves yet (for some reason I ended up with Rise of the Iron Moon first) but I've ordered it. :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 06, 2011, 06:37:50 PM
Argh! wait for Mistborn 3!  :o ;D

I decided to start Deadhouse Gates, the second Malazan book instead.   ::)   ;D
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 06, 2011, 07:06:24 PM
Just finished the third Dark Tower book.  I've got a stack and I don't know what to hit next:

N.K. Jemisin - Broken Kingdoms
Stephen R. Lawhead - Tuck
Steven Erikson - Midnight Tides (halfway through, considering starting over)
Stephen King - Dark Tower IV
(Some unnamed other thing that may or may not exist)
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Post by: strangerbabble on February 06, 2011, 07:09:20 PM
Dark Tower IV  ;D
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Post by: strangerbabble on February 06, 2011, 07:15:09 PM
So, I'm struggling through Bearers of the Black Staff and am sorely tempted to start one of the following - all sitting patiently on my bookshelf  :)

Brandon Sanderson - Way of Kings
Brent Weeks - Black Prism
Stephen Donaldson - Against All Things Ending

Any suggestions?
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Post by: Bryndled1 on February 06, 2011, 07:22:30 PM
So, I'm struggling through Bearers of the Black Staff and am sorely tempted to start one of the following - all sitting patiently on my bookshelf  :)

Brandon Sanderson - Way of Kings
Brent Weeks - Black Prism
Stephen Donaldson - Against All Things Ending

Any suggestions?

Way of kings! though I did here black prism is amazing.
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Post by: strangerbabble on February 06, 2011, 07:26:46 PM
Way of Kings it is then!  ;D
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on February 06, 2011, 08:17:37 PM
Dark Tower IV is my favorite book in the series. 

Currently reading the non-fiction The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on February 07, 2011, 05:16:00 AM
MTM: I've really enjoyed NK Jemison's first two books so I'd go there next.

stranger: glad to hear you went with WoK.  I have mixed opinions on Sanderson, but that book I loved a great deal, and plan on rereading to break down what he did that made it work so well at some point.
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Post by: Overlord on February 07, 2011, 10:15:17 AM
My Reading list for this month:
Prince of Thorns (finished)
Game of Thrones
Name of the Wind
Adamantine Palace
Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Steven Brust's first trilogy

Looking a long way off right now as Name of the Wind is way longer than imagined.
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Post by: Itachimaru on February 07, 2011, 10:41:49 AM
Looking a long way off right now as Name of the Wind is way longer than imagined.

And way better??

Reading name of the wind offcourse, will try to finish windup girl after that. Then it's just cruising to the release of Wiseman's fear!
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Post by: Overlord on February 07, 2011, 11:09:50 AM
Looking a long way off right now as Name of the Wind is way longer than imagined.

And way better??

Reading name of the wind offcourse, will try to finish windup girl after that. Then it's just cruising to the release of Wiseman's fear!

I'm not sure really... certainly very good but not what I expected... I was expecting an action story about a king killer... lol. It so far is nothing like that, not a bad thing - just is strange because I was expecting action and have... I don't know what yet really. It's quite unique and I'm only 20% through so looking good :)
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Post by: Sam Browning on February 07, 2011, 12:46:09 PM
Finished the Silver Spike by Glen Cook last night and the ending was brilliant, moved back to Joe Abercrombies' First Law - Before They Are Hanged, still have so many books to get through that i bought around Christmas before i can even move onto the new recommendations from everyone here. Busy Busy, work doesn't help either taking my book reading time!
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Post by: tadk on February 07, 2011, 01:10:15 PM
Just finished re-reading Mooncrow by Jack Massa
Re-reading Web Mage by Kelly McCullough
Starting The Windupgirl by Paolo Bacigalupi
on the fiction side
Nothing in progress on the non-fiction side currently
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on February 07, 2011, 02:49:33 PM
I wish I could read more than one book at a time.  I've tried to before and I just can't handle it!   ::)  I don't know if it has to do with not liking having to choose which book to read when I sit down for the night or I just don't like to divide myself between so many things because then I have trouble finishing them.  I think I might start up the book club book tonight though just so I don't fall too far behind schedule.
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Post by: waltw on February 07, 2011, 06:25:04 PM
I recently finished reading the Rain Wilds Chronicles (Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven) by Robin Hobb and have moved into The Heros by Joe Abercrombie. I'm less than 50 pages into it but already like the familiar faces from his past work.
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 08, 2011, 07:28:57 PM
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson - I feel its gonna be the start of a fantastic journey together :)
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Post by: Bryndled1 on February 08, 2011, 07:31:43 PM
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson - I feel its gonna be the start of a fantastic journey together :)

Just be prepared for a slow start, but of course once it gets going...
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 08, 2011, 07:39:39 PM
the opening sequence was amazing with the assassin taking out the king! 

I am reading it really slowly so i can savour it all! :)
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Post by: LittleChard on February 10, 2011, 09:06:48 AM
I'm currently reading "The Painted Man" by Peter V. Brett. There's been a lot of hype surrounding this book. It doesn't live up to all the inflated claims (like "best novel ever!") but it's a good book; very readable engaging storyline.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 10, 2011, 09:19:03 AM
I'm 3/4 of my way through the second Malazan book now, and I have to say, I'm impressed.   ;D  I really like the different points of view and all the various tribes/areas of the world, they really make it seem vivid.  Very gritty, but the range of characters mean I'm not getting bored even though it's a long book.  Might have to crack on and finish it today if I can just to find out what happens.  I'm enjoying the military angle to the book as well, since I did a lot of military history at school. 
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 10, 2011, 09:44:56 PM
Finished Dorian Gray (the ending was somehow satisfying and yet…not), and about to start in on Ricardo Pinto's The Third God, which is the last in his Stone Gods of the Chameleon trilogy.  I had no idea it was out, so I'm really excited to get my hands on it.  Think sorta kinda Mayan theology with magic and conquest.  Still trying to figure out who the Cortes figure is, though.
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Post by: pornokitsch on February 10, 2011, 10:40:24 PM
I'm actually glad to hear an endorsement of that series - I randomly picked up the first volume and haven't cracked the spine on it yet. It had one of those back covers that was like "THE MOST FAMOUSEST SERIES EVER AND HAS SOLD A BILLION COPIES", and then, looking at the publishing page, it really had gone like 1787 printings.

...and I'd never heard of it. So, anyway, glad to know you like it. I'll move it up a shelf...
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 10, 2011, 10:52:03 PM
It's got some rough edges, to be sure, but the magic/fantasy element is pretty unique.  problem is, I started reading it, and realized I'd have to go back and re-read a bit…it's been a while!
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on February 10, 2011, 11:34:44 PM
Starting Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny and Name of the Wind.
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Post by: redhead on February 11, 2011, 12:59:39 AM
just started Mark Hodder's The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.
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Post by: BrandonMarkham on February 11, 2011, 04:05:03 AM
Just bought the first five books of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Gardens of the Moon is a fun read!!!!!
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 11, 2011, 05:09:59 AM
just started Mark Hodder's The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.

Oh, no fair!  That's not out here until towards the end of March!  I've been reading the snippets he posts on twitter, and I loved the first book.  Do let me know how it is!
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 11, 2011, 05:59:51 AM
Starting Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny and Name of the Wind.

Lord of Light is one of my absolute favorites.
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Post by: Overlord on February 11, 2011, 08:41:26 AM
Still Name of The Wind and just about to finish Game of Thrones... My reading list is gigantic right now, I've slowed right down because of University, but I keep getting parcels falling through the letterbox!!!!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 11, 2011, 09:25:43 AM
Just bought the first five books of The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Gardens of the Moon is a fun read!!!!!

I just finished his second one yesterday, they're very good.  I've only got the next one though, so I might have to stock up.   ;D

Started Adrian Tchaikovsky's The Sea Watch last night and I love it so far - Stenwold Maker is such a good character and as a "hero" he makes me smile because he's short, tubby and middle aged.   :D  Adrian writes really well, his work is full of imagination, I love the Kinden, such a great idea.  It certainly makes a change to all the assassin novels I seem to have read lately.   ::)
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Post by: Blodeuedd on February 12, 2011, 09:10:34 AM
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
It's steampunk romance and it kicks ass, it even has zombies infesting all of Europe, wohoo
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Post by: Zziz on February 12, 2011, 04:03:27 PM
Everlong by Elizabeth Hand.

I don't really dig it so far, and am looking forward to being completed. Now if only I didn't have another 200 pages to trudge through...
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 13, 2011, 10:49:54 AM
I started the third Mistborn book last night, Hero of Ages - it has a good start!!   ;D
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Post by: ganstream1 on February 13, 2011, 11:42:46 AM
Finished Jim Butcher's Fool Moon yesterday. Right now, I'm alternating between reading The Black Prism and Daniel Abraham's A Shadow in Summer.
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Post by: Noona on February 13, 2011, 01:52:12 PM
Just finished Maria V Snyder's Glass series, whilst they're not amazing they're quite cool little stories, it only takes me a few hours to read each so they're kind of like big short stories :P
Starting Karen Miller's Empress today, I know a lot of people didn't like it but I bought it ages ago from a charity shop so I've not got a lot to lose!
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Post by: Bryndled1 on February 13, 2011, 03:29:11 PM
I am not reading anything! I shouldnt even be loitering here. but hadnt checked in in days.. ok back to work! *sigh
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Post by: Autumn2May on February 13, 2011, 05:58:14 PM
I started Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher yesterday.  Really good so far! :)  The magic in the book is really interesting and the characters are great!  Still too early to say much about the plot, but I like it so far. :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 16, 2011, 07:26:07 AM
Just finished The Way of Kings by Sanderson and Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt.

Now reading Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. 
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 16, 2011, 08:57:41 AM
I'm reading Memories of Ice, the 3rd Malazan book.   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on February 16, 2011, 11:01:59 AM
Three Chapters left of Game of Thrones and about 1/2 way through Name of the Wind... Been busy with University this week so not read as much as I would have liked... Well unless you include Cleopatra related books.
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 16, 2011, 11:06:25 AM
Three Chapters left of Game of Thrones and about 1/2 way through Name of the Wind... Been busy with University this week so not read as much as I would have liked... Well unless you include Cleopatra related books.

Are these first time reads or rereads?
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 16, 2011, 05:50:20 PM
Just finished Dark Tower IV and Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue.  Now I'm reading Dark Tower V and was recently handed Holly Black's Tithe.
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Post by: strangerbabble on February 16, 2011, 10:30:24 PM
Finally finished Bearers of the Black Staff (thank God!  :-X  Urk)

Already devouring The Way of Kings, but tormented by my as yet unopened copy of Black Prism which is tapping it's dust sheet impatiently at me from the bookshelf...  :D
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on February 16, 2011, 11:36:01 PM
Just finished Dark Tower IV and Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue.  Now I'm reading Dark Tower V and was recently handed Holly Black's Tithe.

How did you find Rosemary and Rue? Both my sister and a friend of mine have recommended it to me and their tastes are pretty divergent. A third thumbs up will probably push me into buying it...

I'm currently reading Blind Panic by Graham Masterton. Another entertaining instalment in his Manitou series.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 17, 2011, 02:06:18 AM
I really enjoyed Rosemary and Rue, for several reasons.  The lead is still a private detective, and she's following a case, but it seems less hard-boiled than usual.  The subject matter is good as well, offering a rather international approach to the Courts of Faerie.  I enjoyed the writing immensely, hungry for the next books in the series.  October Daye may be one my new female leads in urban fantasy.

Of course, I'm also partial to it because its set in San Francisco, where I call home nowadays and I'm acquainted with Seanan personally.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on February 17, 2011, 09:21:29 AM
I was meant to read Lily of the Nile, a story about Cleopatra's daughter, but instead I also started reading Spellwright by Blake Charlton, I just had to  :D
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Post by: Corvus on February 17, 2011, 11:07:22 AM
After having not read it for many years, I've recently started rereading The Hobbit.

Once that is done I'll have to see what I'm in the mood for.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on February 18, 2011, 08:30:37 PM
List!!!

I'm currently:

260 odd pages through Mistborn: Hero of Ages
350-400 pages through Dune
150 pages through Ender's Game (which is just as awesome as it waslast year, and the year before, and the year before... seriously, read it)
Massively struggling with Brisingr
Haven't picked up The Name of the Wind because of the above :(.
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Post by: darkshiara on February 18, 2011, 08:35:25 PM
For the most part, I'm only focusing on Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind at the moment for reading.  I got a late start =)
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Post by: Darthair on February 18, 2011, 11:27:35 PM
Currently I'm reading Small Favor (10th in the Dresden Files series), by Jim Butcher and re-reading The Lies of Locke Lamora (which is always amazing :P ). I'm also waiting to get my copy of Name of the Wind, which I should get sometime next week.
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 19, 2011, 02:17:47 AM

150 pages through Ender's Game (which is just as awesome as it waslast year, and the year before,

Yes it was, but then read Children of the Mind - felt I was being indoctrinated to become a Mormom :(
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 19, 2011, 03:29:58 AM
Finished The Third God, and about a chapter into The Heroes.  Man, I love Joe Abercrombie's writing style.
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 19, 2011, 03:57:51 AM
Finished The Third God, and about a chapter into The Heroes.  Man, I love Joe Abercrombie's writing style.

Reading Heroes too, lets see who finishes first! :)
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 19, 2011, 07:51:25 AM
Given that I have two chapters due by next week, I'm going to guess you'll finish it first!  :)
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Post by: Overlord on February 20, 2011, 04:45:44 AM
I finished 'The Heroes' already - Do I win by default? :P

Finished Game of Thrones - review going up on the main site soon. My thoughts in summary though... an amazing book ruined by one of the most anti-climatic endings I have ever experienced... How you can kill a main character (not too much of a spoiler as there are 8 main characters) and write it with almost no emotion and almost no reaction to the death confuses me. That being said that was one poor part of what otherwise was an amazing book... you will see my full thoughts in a few days :)

Now reading 'Name of the Wind' pretty much exclusively. Been whizzing through it, it really picks up around chapter 20 and I'm enjoying it far more now then I was 10 chapters ago, looks to be getting better and better :D
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Post by: Zziz on February 20, 2011, 05:41:37 AM
I finished 'The Heroes' already - Do I win by default? :P

Finished Game of Thrones - review going up on the main site soon. My thoughts in summary though... an amazing book ruined by one of the most anti-climatic endings I have ever experienced... How you can kill a main character (not too much of a spoiler as there are 8 main characters) and write it with almost no emotion and almost no reaction to the death confuses me. That being said that was one poor part of what otherwise was an amazing book... you will see my full thoughts in a few days :)

Now reading 'Name of the Wind' pretty much exclusively. Been whizzing through it, it really picks up around chapter 20 and I'm enjoying it far more now then I was 10 chapters ago, looks to be getting better and better :D

There are three books of reaction...
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 20, 2011, 06:10:25 AM
I was so freakin' mad when they killed Eddard!  Though I'm sure they only way they got Sean Bean to play him in the series is because he dies.  Sean Bean must always die (LotR, Goldeneye).
  But Zziz is right, there are 3 more books of reaction to that.  And more POV characters introduced.
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Post by: Overlord on February 20, 2011, 06:44:02 AM
I finished 'The Heroes' already - Do I win by default? :P

Finished Game of Thrones - review going up on the main site soon. My thoughts in summary though... an amazing book ruined by one of the most anti-climatic endings I have ever experienced... How you can kill a main character (not too much of a spoiler as there are 8 main characters) and write it with almost no emotion and almost no reaction to the death confuses me. That being said that was one poor part of what otherwise was an amazing book... you will see my full thoughts in a few days :)

Now reading 'Name of the Wind' pretty much exclusively. Been whizzing through it, it really picks up around chapter 20 and I'm enjoying it far more now then I was 10 chapters ago, looks to be getting better and better :D

There are three books of reaction...

Ahhhh. Maybe it was just underplayed then. I thought perhaps he meant to write one book and then thought 'oh crap... there is no way I'm ending this!!!' then began to try expanding upon it. Just got that impression... I guess I'll see this reaction when I start on the next one. I'm going to read one every year in hope that I may have more hope of finishing the series without the huge waits you poor guys have had, lol ;)
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Post by: Itachimaru on February 20, 2011, 07:51:02 AM
Reading the heroes as well (well just started)

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I finished 'The Heroes' already - Do I win by default?

Finished Game of Thrones - review going up on the main site soon. My thoughts in summary though... an amazing book ruined by one of the most anti-climatic endings I have ever experienced... How you can kill a main character (not too much of a spoiler as there are 8 main characters) and write it with almost no emotion and almost no reaction to the death confuses me. That being said that was one poor part of what otherwise was an amazing book... you will see my full thoughts in a few days

Finished Game of Thrones 11 years ago, so still have some credit??  ;D , Have you started reading the other novels? For your reading experience I would suggest not waiting to long for the other volumes..
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Post by: Overlord on February 20, 2011, 07:54:07 AM
Reading the heroes as well (well just started)

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I finished 'The Heroes' already - Do I win by default?

Finished Game of Thrones - review going up on the main site soon. My thoughts in summary though... an amazing book ruined by one of the most anti-climatic endings I have ever experienced... How you can kill a main character (not too much of a spoiler as there are 8 main characters) and write it with almost no emotion and almost no reaction to the death confuses me. That being said that was one poor part of what otherwise was an amazing book... you will see my full thoughts in a few days

Finished Game of Thrones 11 years ago, so still have some credit??  ;D , Have you started reading the other novels? For your reading experience I would suggest not waiting to long for the other volumes..


Nah, I was thinking of reading one a year (ish) I have written 2 A4 pages of notes to keep me up to date... the problem is, if I read all of them now, I'm going to have to wait what 5-10 years for the series to conclude? =/
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Post by: Blodeuedd on February 20, 2011, 08:27:16 AM
I am reading The Dragon's path by Daniel Abraham. Must try to finish it today  ;D
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Post by: pornokitsch on February 20, 2011, 08:16:17 PM
Finished Game of Thrones 11 years ago, so still have some credit??  ;D , Have you started reading the other novels? For your reading experience I would suggest not waiting to long for the other volumes...

I agree. Especially volumes 3 & 4, it really helps to read those back to back.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on February 21, 2011, 09:48:59 AM
I am reading Crux by Moira Rogers
Magic, shapeshifters and evil plans, might be paranormal/urban fantasy mix, I should check..subgenres, sigh
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 21, 2011, 04:07:20 PM
I finished Wolves of the Calla last night.  Trying to decide whether or not to read Song of Susannah next, or if I want to pick up the next October Daye.
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Post by: Sam Browning on February 21, 2011, 04:35:01 PM
Finished Before They Are Hanged last night and now to start Last Argument of Kings tonight but Sand Dan Glokta is my least favourite character so I'm struggling to get it going  :-\ but I will persevere, and take a break from Abercrombie for a while and back to Mr. Cook.
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Post by: Autumn2May on February 21, 2011, 07:12:35 PM
I just started Storm Front by Jim Butcher.  Which I will hopefully finish by the time The Blade Itself gets here. :)  Also need to decide what book I want to review next. :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 22, 2011, 09:17:38 AM
Just finished Heroes - put my thoughts in Book Specific so I don't put people off with spoilers.

Now for the Lies of Locke Lamora!
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Post by: Ice Bear on February 22, 2011, 01:17:39 PM
Reading a chapter a day of Shadowheart ...... still enjoying the series and hoping that the ending does not disappoint.
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on February 22, 2011, 01:50:55 PM
About to start Best Served Cold.  I'm really excited, Abercrombie is probably my favorite author right now.
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Post by: Autumn2May on February 24, 2011, 12:30:10 AM
Just started The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, cause my The Blade Itself isn't here yet and apparently I got through Strom Front too quickly. :)  You guys are a bad influence on me. :P
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Post by: rebeccaljames on February 24, 2011, 01:21:57 AM
I am reading Fountain Society by Wes Craven.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on February 24, 2011, 08:57:55 AM
Dragon Blues by Edie Ramer  :)
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Post by: Overlord on February 24, 2011, 12:03:22 PM
Just started The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, cause my The Blade Itself isn't here yet and apparently I got through Strom Front too quickly. :)  You guys are a bad influence on me. :P

One of the best books I've ever read.... really is fantastic, the second is better too... simply amazing series.
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Post by: Autumn2May on February 24, 2011, 02:09:23 PM
Just started The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, cause my The Blade Itself isn't here yet and apparently I got through Strom Front too quickly. :)  You guys are a bad influence on me. :P

One of the best books I've ever read.... really is fantastic, the second is better too... simply amazing series.

Good to know. :)  My husband bought this whole series outright, so I already have the rest of the books this time. :)
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Post by: Overlord on February 24, 2011, 02:14:09 PM
Just started The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, cause my The Blade Itself isn't here yet and apparently I got through Strom Front too quickly. :)  You guys are a bad influence on me. :P

One of the best books I've ever read.... really is fantastic, the second is better too... simply amazing series.

Good to know. :)  My husband bought this whole series outright, so I already have the rest of the books this time. :)

I did too and I lent them to my sister all three in one go... we all finished them one after the next in about 3/4 weeks - it really is that good :P
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Post by: Autumn2May on February 24, 2011, 07:12:28 PM
Just started The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, cause my The Blade Itself isn't here yet and apparently I got through Strom Front too quickly. :)  You guys are a bad influence on me. :P

One of the best books I've ever read.... really is fantastic, the second is better too... simply amazing series.

Good to know. :)  My husband bought this whole series outright, so I already have the rest of the books this time. :)

I did too and I lent them to my sister all three in one go... we all finished them one after the next in about 3/4 weeks - it really is that good :P

I almost lent them to my sister first since I was going to read The Blade Itself for book club, but then decided against it. So now I'm half way through The Way of Shadows and I finally got The Blade Itself in the mail. :P  I guess I better pick up the pace if I want to be done for book club! :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 25, 2011, 08:42:03 AM
I'm still plodding through Steven Erikson's Memories of Ice.  For some reason, I'm struggling to get through this one, it's soooo long and the action is slower than in his first two books.  I'm not that keen on the whinging Mhybe character either, there could be less of her internal thoughts.   ::)
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Post by: Overlord on February 25, 2011, 08:50:25 AM
I'm tearing through Name of the Wind now... I think it's an amazing book. You can almost see Rothfuss' writing improve as the book goes on and the story just gets better and better. People say Kvothe is too brilliant, etc - but I think it is quite believable... he has a reason to be driven and a reason to push himself harder than others... not to mention the life experience.

I hope to finish it over the weekend :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 25, 2011, 10:29:00 AM
I'm tearing through Name of the Wind now... I think it's an amazing book. You can almost see Rothfuss' writing improve as the book goes on and the story just gets better and better. People say Kvothe is too brilliant, etc - but I think it is quite believable... he has a reason to be driven and a reason to push himself harder than others... not to mention the life experience.

I hope to finish it over the weekend :)
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Post by: DBASKLS on February 25, 2011, 06:57:40 PM
Hyddenworld by William Horwood.

Haven't read a William Horwood for years but enjoying this. It's quite gentle, but a pleasant change from the high fantasy/medieval type books I've been reading recently.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on February 25, 2011, 08:31:27 PM
200 pages through Perdido Street Station, having finished both Dune and Ender's Game

Also reading Mistborn 3...
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Post by: Overlord on February 26, 2011, 05:03:37 AM
200 pages through Perdido Street Station, having finished both Dune and Ender's Game

Also reading Mistborn 3...

That is an awesome grouping of books right there! How did you enjoy Dune and Ender's Game? A forum member is sending me Ender's Game sometime this/next week :D Also Perdido Street Station - good?
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Post by: Nighteyes on February 26, 2011, 08:10:25 AM
Perdido Street Station = Awesome
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Post by: Badfaith on February 26, 2011, 01:37:47 PM
I'm on Hyddenworld: Spring by William Howood. I'm only 70 pages in but it's beautifully written so far :o) I need to read faster!

I'm still gutted that I've not had a new book to read from the monthly book!! I'll suggest loudly for next months x
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Post by: JoHenn on February 26, 2011, 04:26:04 PM
Just finished Sherwood Smith's "Coronets and Steel" (and hope the next one comes out soon). I usually have several books going in several genres at a time. I expect the next fantasy I'll start will be Devon Monk's Magic at the Gate or, if I can buy it today, Kim Harrison's Pale Demon.
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Post by: JoHenn on February 26, 2011, 04:29:44 PM
I'm tearing through Name of the Wind now... I think it's an amazing book. You can almost see Rothfuss' writing improve as the book goes on and the story just gets better and better. People say Kvothe is too brilliant, etc - but I think it is quite believable... he has a reason to be driven and a reason to push himself harder than others... not to mention the life experience.

I hope to finish it over the weekend :)

I LOVED that book! I think I have to re-read it now, before The Wise Man's Fear comes out...I can't wait!
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Post by: markaw00 on February 26, 2011, 04:51:08 PM
I'm currently reading "Black Sun Rising" of The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman.

This has been one of the most enjoyable fantasy novels I've read in the past few months. The world building is unique to the novel, and the magic system is a little mind bending. I've noticed a few different concepts that Peter V. Brett borrowed for "The Warded Man." It's made me appreciate this book all the more.

I'm going to take a break from the series once "Wise Man's Fear" hits the shelves, but I can't wait to devour books 2 and 3 of the series.
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Post by: Overlord on February 26, 2011, 04:52:59 PM
I'm currently reading "Black Sun Rising" of The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman.

This has been one of the most enjoyable fantasy novels I've read in the past few months. The world building is unique to the novel, and the magic system is a little mind bending. I've noticed a few different concepts that Peter V. Brett borrowed for "The Warded Man." It's made me appreciate this book all the more.

I'm going to take a break from the series once "Wise Man's Fear" hits the shelves, but I can't wait to devour books 2 and 3 of the series.

Interesting.... The Painted man is one of my favourite series ever... so you've got me wanting to know more now :D What is Coldfire about then? :) Which is the better of the two series? (Painted Man and Coldfire?)
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Post by: markaw00 on February 26, 2011, 05:25:15 PM
I'm currently reading "Black Sun Rising" of The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman.

This has been one of the most enjoyable fantasy novels I've read in the past few months. The world building is unique to the novel, and the magic system is a little mind bending. I've noticed a few different concepts that Peter V. Brett borrowed for "The Warded Man." It's made me appreciate this book all the more.

I'm going to take a break from the series once "Wise Man's Fear" hits the shelves, but I can't wait to devour books 2 and 3 of the series.

Interesting.... The Painted man is one of my favourite series ever... so you've got me wanting to know more now :D What is Coldfire about then? :) Which is the better of the two series? (Painted Man and Coldfire?)

They're two totally different stories. Therefore, I don't think you can say one is better than the other. Coldfire is a mixture of sci-fi and fantasy. It's set millions of years in the future when man has had to abandon earth, and have sought refuge on a planet in another galaxy. This planet has a force called fae at work. Fae is a power that can take your dreams or nightmares and make them flesh. There are different types of fae so you must be cautious about trying to take advantage of it. In some places dark fae rule and will take your dreams and manifest the exact opposite. People don't go out at night, and ward their houses, because there are demons that live at night. They feed off people's pain and pleasure. Once they eat a person's pain and pleasure they leave the person emotionless.

The story revolves around four characters: a priest, a sorcerer, a woman, and a hunter. They have set out to the demons homeland called the Rakhlands. I won't go into what their mission is because I don't want to spoil the plot.

One thing I liked about The Warded Man more than Coldfire is that Brett paces his book much faster than Friedman. C.S. Friedman spends a lot of time developing her characters. Her writing is also very descriptive. I think she rivals Robert Jordan for most descriptive writer. That doesn't bother me, however. I think it brings life to the story.

I'm surprised I haven't heard more talk about the Coldfire Trilogy. I guess it's on of those that's unfortunately overlooked.
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Post by: Autumn2May on February 26, 2011, 05:59:47 PM
Just finished The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.  Good book! :)  But umm....why didn't anyone warn me that it's kind of be continued at the end?  I was up till 4am because I needed to see what happened and it just stopped. :P  Now I have to start the next book and The Blade Itself together! :)  These books should come with warning labels...
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Post by: Overlord on February 26, 2011, 07:06:15 PM
Just finished The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.  Good book! :)  But umm....why didn't anyone warn me that it's kind of be continued at the end?  I was up till 4am because I needed to see what happened and it just stopped. :P  Now I have to start the next book and The Blade Itself together! :)  These books should come with warning labels...

The sequel is even better and number three is very good two, not as good as three but it definitely 'ends' things ;) You will like number 2 a lot if you enjoyed the first... did I not tell you it was a trilogy...? Oops... :P He is writing a prequel and distant sequel eventually too :)
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Post by: Noona on February 26, 2011, 09:56:43 PM
Reading the Legends anthology of short stories - I enjpyed the Dark Tower short story a lot more than I'd have expected and am now thinking of reading the series. Largely the short stories are a way of killing reading time until Tuesday when Wise Man's Fear comes out, and it doesn't matter hugely if I haven't finished the anthology before then.
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Post by: missoularedhead on February 26, 2011, 10:43:25 PM
re the Cold Fire trilogy…I liked it a lot…maybe 4/5 for the whole thing, but it does this turn in the middle, and becomes sci fi (this harkens back to our conversation about Pern).
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Post by: ChristinaJL on February 28, 2011, 05:33:21 PM
I started A Darkness Forged In Fire by Chris Evans.  I'm enjoying it so far - it's a military fantasy (think Sharpe with elves and wizards) and I like his take on the Elves, especially the main character who is so not your typical elf.   ;D
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on February 28, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
Finished reading A Local Habitation and An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire and thoroughly enjoyed them.  Still working my way through Song of Susannah by Stephen King.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 05, 2011, 03:26:54 PM
Just finished Joe A's Before they are hanged and am now onto Robert Jordan's The Dragon Reborn - WoT book 3.   ;D
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Post by: Blodeuedd on March 05, 2011, 06:44:28 PM
The cold kiss of death by Suzanne McLeod  :D
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 06, 2011, 07:50:04 PM
I lost interest in Song of Susannah but I've moved on to Steven Brust's Paths of the Dead.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 07, 2011, 07:06:53 AM
Finished lies of locke lamora. Now about to immersed myself into the universe of the culture with surface detail. Oh yeah. . . Its gonna be frigging great . . .
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Post by: missoularedhead on March 07, 2011, 07:25:26 AM
Starting Wise Man's Fear in about an hour…just finished The Heroes.
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Post by: Overlord on March 07, 2011, 10:24:32 AM
Starting Wise Man's Fear in about an hour…just finished The Heroes.

Started it last night, couldn't wait anymore... purchased it for my e-reader until it arrives. About 300 pages in... I've never read a book at this pace before... I read over 150,000 words in a day :O Literally can't put it down.

Next book is:  Book 1, Songs of the Earth, Elspeph Cooper :)
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Post by: pornokitsch on March 07, 2011, 07:30:49 PM
Next book is:  Book 1, Songs of the Earth, Elspeph Cooper :)

I think that's my next not-weirdly-antiquated read (I like me my early 1900's) as well.

I'm going to wait until the noise dies down a bit before starting Rothfuss. Judging by the volume of noise, that might mean holding off for some time!
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Post by: Marsha A.Moore on March 08, 2011, 05:34:26 AM
I'm reading Anne Bishop's Daughter of the Blood of her Black Jewels Trilogy. I'm liking it a lot, despite the fact she doesn't include much at all in the way of setting, which I usually need/enjoy.

Marsha

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Post by: Dornish First Sword on March 08, 2011, 07:55:22 AM
At the moment I am reading Tome of the Undergates  by Sam Sykes.
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Post by: Overlord on March 08, 2011, 10:34:40 AM
At the moment I am reading Tome of the Undergates  by Sam Sykes.


Having spoken briefly to Sam on Twitter I would be really interested in hearing how you find this one :)
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Post by: ibeeeg on March 08, 2011, 01:07:31 PM

Started it last night, couldn't wait anymore... purchased it for my e-reader until it arrives. About 300 pages in... I've never read a book at this pace before... I read over 150,000 words in a day :O Literally can't put it down.

Next book is:  Book 1, Songs of the Earth, Elspeph Cooper :)

I cannot wait to start this book, but I must. I have a two other books that I need to get further into before I start Wise Man's Fear.  I would like to chuck those reads, but I cannot.  On a different note: I will be attending Patrick Rothfuss's author event tomorrow night (Wednesday). have only heard great things about the event; I look forward to it.


I am currently reading TIGANA by Guy Gavriel Kay, and VILLETTE by Charlotte Bronte. Started LORD OF CHAOS by Robert Jordan yesterday (a buddy read with a friend). 


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Post by: Nighteyes on March 08, 2011, 01:11:18 PM
I am currently reading TIGANA by Guy Gavriel Kay

My money is on Tigana being April's Book Club Book, so you could put that on the backburner, for Wiseman's Fear.

And as for Bronte, surely they have Clift Notes? ;)
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Post by: pornokitsch on March 08, 2011, 03:23:31 PM
At the moment I am reading Tome of the Undergates  by Sam Sykes.


Having spoken briefly to Sam on Twitter I would be really interested in hearing how you find this one :)

It is awesome... interview with Mr. Sykes goes up next week on my blog. It was one of the most fun I've ever gotten to do...
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 08, 2011, 03:57:30 PM
I started Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings this afternoon and have read a few chapters - loving it so far.  I do like how he builds up his worlds.   ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 08, 2011, 04:06:33 PM
Hey christina. You are in for a treat!my favourite book that I very read this year so far!
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Post by: ChrisMB on March 08, 2011, 07:04:13 PM
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Reading this for my next review. Hope you guys will like it.


(http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p223/arthasvsleon_2006/Steampunkd-front-cover.jpg)

I'm reading this as a bit of light reading and something to take my mind off the hectic nature of the last few weeks. I've also always wanted to get into steampunk, so this seemed as good of an introduction as any other.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 08, 2011, 07:36:34 PM
Hey christina. You are in for a treat!my favourite book that I very read this year so far!

Good to hear!!   ;D
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on March 08, 2011, 08:43:34 PM
The Blade Itself for the book club and I'm having a fourth tilt at The Dragon & The George by Gordon R. Dickson, since one of my all time favourite childhood memories* is (very loosely) based on it. I want to like it, I really do, but I've yet to make it past page 100 without wandering off and reading something else.

* The animated TV movie The Flight of Dragons, for the uninitiated.
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Post by: Overlord on March 09, 2011, 11:12:54 AM
I started Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings this afternoon and have read a few chapters - loving it so far.  I do like how he builds up his worlds.   ;D

I'd be interested in hearing how it compares to Mistborn :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 09, 2011, 01:47:29 PM
I'd be interested in hearing how it compares to Mistborn :)

It's different so far - no paranoid Vins for a start!!   :D
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Post by: OneChapterMore on March 09, 2011, 02:53:53 PM
Currently working my way through Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson and The Blade Itself for the bookclub.

Also reading Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel as well...
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Post by: Overlord on March 09, 2011, 03:22:49 PM
Currently working my way through Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson and The Blade Itself for the bookclub.

Also reading Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel as well...

How are you finding the breakout novel in a fantasy sense? Will it help your fantasy writing do you think? :)
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Post by: OneChapterMore on March 09, 2011, 06:53:21 PM
I've only read up to chapter 3 so far, but it is very interesting.
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Post by: halfhand2 on March 10, 2011, 03:26:50 PM
The Sea Watch (Shadows of the Apt, Book 6)


Loving the last two books of this series, spider curtains FTW.
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Post by: missoularedhead on March 11, 2011, 06:27:55 AM
Just finished Wise Man's Fear -- on to some sci fi next…Iain Banks' latest Culture novel.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 11, 2011, 06:30:57 AM
Just finished Wise Man's Fear -- on to some sci fi next…Iain Banks' latest Culture novel.

We are on the same book - if I slow down a bit, we could end up on the same page! :)
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Post by: missoularedhead on March 11, 2011, 06:32:28 AM
Unless you're a really fast reader, probably don't need to slow down. I finished Wise Man's Fear in 2 days.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 11, 2011, 06:35:32 AM
I am a fast reader, but quite busy at the moment!  :(  Damn work.  Sunday and Monday are my reading days as don't work....

I started the novel on Monday night, and just over 300 pages in --- will def be finished by either Sunday evening or Monday lunch time. 
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Post by: Overlord on March 11, 2011, 07:53:37 AM
200 pages of Wise Man's Fear left for me :D
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Post by: Noona on March 11, 2011, 07:00:49 PM
Just finished the Dark Tower book 1, but unfortunately book 2 isn't in the library at the moment so I might buy it, haven't decided yet. While I wait for it to be borrowable (or until I give in and buy it) I'm reading The Rivers of London :)
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Post by: Overlord on March 12, 2011, 06:51:15 AM
Just finished the Dark Tower book 1, but unfortunately book 2 isn't in the library at the moment so I might buy it, haven't decided yet. While I wait for it to be borrowable (or until I give in and buy it) I'm reading The Rivers of London :)

What was Dark Tower like? :D
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Post by: Noona on March 12, 2011, 09:11:58 AM
So far I thought it was quite good, compelling enough that I want to read the next one soon but, so far, not quite enough to make me run out and buy the rest of the series. The first one is very short though, I'm thinking I'll have more of an impression after the second one :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 13, 2011, 11:25:39 AM
Just finished "Surface Detail" and now starting on "Red Seas Under Red Skies"
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 13, 2011, 11:39:15 AM
I've nearly finished The Way of Kings - think it ties for my favourite book this year with Adrian Tchaikovsky's The Sea Watch.  I'll be onto The Lies of Locke Lamora next.   ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 13, 2011, 12:58:21 PM
@Christina. The Way of Kings was really special.i predict that Stormlight Archive will be Sanderson's masterpiece.At the rate you read you are gonna be finishing 'Red Seas Under Red Skies' at the same time as me!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 13, 2011, 04:30:23 PM
The Way of Kings was really special.i predict that Stormlight Archive will be Sanderson's masterpiece.  At the rate you read you are gonna be finishing 'Red Seas Under Red Skies' at the same time as me!

It could well be.  His worlds have to be amoung the most imaginative out there.  His books are much more my style than some of the other authors I've read this year, but funnily enough I'm really enjoying Scott Lynch and I also like Joe Abercrombie who are nothing like Sanderson really.   ;D
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Post by: Gothos on March 13, 2011, 09:00:23 PM
Just started reading the name of the wind, it took until the end of chapter ten until the book really started to grab me. But now I think i'm falling under the same spell that most people have regarding Patrick Rothfuss work.
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Post by: Overlord on March 14, 2011, 08:31:55 AM
Finished Wise Man's Fear (review soon)! My next books for review are Songs of the Earth, The Hobbit, EarthSea Quartet, Assassin's Apprentice, Tigana.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 14, 2011, 05:48:43 PM
550 pages into Red Seas Under Red skies. Started it yesterday evening and just cant put it down. If it weren't for the wife, dog, food and the dramatic news on tv right now it would already be finished.really cracking read. Also in good news, my copy of Wiseman's Fear is in jakarta and should be with me by the weekend. Cost a small fortune but its my birthday next week, so treating myself.i m getting to close to my 30s now, so birthdays are beginning to get depressing, so burying myself for a day in the book will be a real treat.   
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Post by: Shamrock on March 14, 2011, 05:54:44 PM
I am currently reading 'Salem's Lot, I read The Dark Tower series last year and one of the characters in Wolves of Calla is Father Callahan who is originally a character from 'Salem's Lot. I'm really enjoying it, next I want to read The Stand also by Stephen King.
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Post by: Overlord on March 15, 2011, 09:37:01 AM
Couple chapters into the Hobbit - amusing... quite different than I expected... it certainly isn't G.R.R. style epic like I thought, it's quite amusing :)
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Post by: Shamrock on March 15, 2011, 09:40:10 AM
Another book that has to go onto my must-read list, The Hobbit... this list will one day topple down and smother me. I need to read faster!!!
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 15, 2011, 10:35:01 AM
Couple chapters into the Hobbit - amusing... quite different than I expected... it certainly isn't G.R.R. style epic like I thought, it's quite amusing :)

The Hobbit is basically a series of adventures featuring Bilbo and the dwarves that Tolkien made up as he went along to entertain his kids!  It wasn't until years later he wrote the stories down as one stand alone book, then he spent several more years expanding the mythology and creating Lord of the Rings. 
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Post by: Overlord on March 15, 2011, 11:54:08 AM
Couple chapters into the Hobbit - amusing... quite different than I expected... it certainly isn't G.R.R. style epic like I thought, it's quite amusing :)

The Hobbit is basically a series of adventures featuring Bilbo and the dwarves that Tolkien made up as he went along to entertain his kids!  It wasn't until years later he wrote the stories down as one stand alone book, then he spent several more years expanding the mythology and creating Lord of the Rings. 

Thanks for that information... I guess Lord of the Rings is written in a completely different voice?
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 15, 2011, 12:54:58 PM
Not really - but the construction of the story is really different as is the tone...
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 15, 2011, 03:08:47 PM
Think I m gonna re read my favourite Batman story: "The Long Halloween".
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Post by: elvenfascist on March 15, 2011, 03:47:01 PM
I'm reading some 'Conan' at the moment. Good ol' Conan, by Crom.
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Post by: Overlord on March 16, 2011, 08:09:44 AM
Getting through the Hobbit, it's alright. I like the narration, but definitely a kid's book. Re-reading Songs of the Earth so I can do a good review of it (due out in June) very cool, complicated Fantasy.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 16, 2011, 05:49:16 PM
Finished rereading The Long Halloween. wiseman's fears has not arrived yet, so gonna re read The Killing Joke. Have to save up for some new batman graphic novels!
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Post by: AlexEatsBooks on March 16, 2011, 06:12:45 PM
Half-way through The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - every bit as good as everyone says and more ^.^
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 16, 2011, 06:20:48 PM
@alexeatsbooks. Have you ever read The Jungle Book?i think a knowledge of that book helps you appreciate The Graveyard Book even more.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 16, 2011, 09:10:33 PM
Started Joe A's Last Arguement of Kings and boy, is this one even darker than the first two in the series.   :o
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Post by: AlexEatsBooks on March 17, 2011, 01:20:35 PM
@alexeatsbooks. Have you ever read The Jungle Book?i think a knowledge of that book helps you appreciate The Graveyard Book even more.

Aaah, interesting! I know the story of the Jungle book from the movies (although I've never read the book :S *bad bookseller!*) but yes, I can see the connections now :p awesome.
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Post by: Rhevian on March 17, 2011, 01:34:35 PM
I'm currently reading The Steerswoman's Road, by Rosemary Kirsten (loaded to me by a friend) It's SF, but starts out with a fantasy-like setting: a pre-industrial world, with wizards, dragons, barbarians, etc.

"If you ask, she will answer. If she asks, you must reply. A steerswoman will speak only the truth to you, as long as she knows it—and you must do the same for her. And so, across the centuries, the Steerswomen— questioning, searching, investigating—have slowly learned more and more about the world through which they wander. All knowledge the Steerswomen possess is given freely to those who ask. But there is one kind of knowledge that has always been denied them: Magic."
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 17, 2011, 07:12:59 PM
Steven Brust wrote a Firefly novel, released for free under Creative Commons.  I'm reading it now, highly recommend it to any Firefly or Brust fans.

Linkage here:  http://dreamcafe.com/myownkindoffreedom.html (http://dreamcafe.com/myownkindoffreedom.html)
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Post by: Noona on March 17, 2011, 07:33:46 PM
Haven't managed to get a-hold of the second Dark Tower book yet, a friend offered to lend it to me but I haven't seen him since last weekend, if I don't see him by monday I'll just buy it from work. :)

Since then I've read Jim Butcher's Fool Moon and Ben Aaranovitch's The Rivers of London, very enjoyable and am eagerly awaiting Moon over Soho now :D
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Post by: Shamrock on March 17, 2011, 08:38:51 PM
The Drawing of the Three is good, but the following two: The Wastelands and Wizard and Glass were my favourite in The Dark Tower series. I can't wait for the next book next year :)
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on March 17, 2011, 08:42:20 PM
Haven't managed to get a-hold of the second Dark Tower book yet, a friend offered to lend it to me but I haven't seen him since last weekend, if I don't see him by monday I'll just buy it from work. :)

Since then I've read Jim Butcher's Fool Moon and Ben Aaranovitch's The Rivers of London, very enjoyable and am eagerly awaiting Moon over Soho now :D

Are you in the UK? If you are, you can have my copies of Dark Tower 2, 3 & 4. I'm unlikely to be reading them again, so they're just taking up space ATM. Drop me a PM or email if you want 'em and I'll get along to the post office.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 17, 2011, 11:14:49 PM
The Drawing of the Three is good, but the following two: The Wastelands and Wizard and Glass were my favourite in The Dark Tower series. I can't wait for the next book next year :)

Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Dark Tower series finished? 
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on March 17, 2011, 11:24:42 PM
The Drawing of the Three is good, but the following two: The Wastelands and Wizard and Glass were my favourite in The Dark Tower series. I can't wait for the next book next year :)

Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Dark Tower series finished? 

It threw me for a loop at first as well, but some quick googling brought up this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Tower:_The_Wind_Through_the_Keyhole (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Tower:_The_Wind_Through_the_Keyhole)
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 17, 2011, 11:41:36 PM
Guess I ought to go ahead and finish the series then... Song of Susannah is just so strangely written.  Drags a little bit, for me.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 18, 2011, 04:50:41 AM
Finally reading Wise Man's Fears and 200pages in.its an enjoyable read but so far its been a bit of a Harry Potter for me. Good but it seems a bit over hyped. So far the story has treaded much the same path as the first one. Was hoping for so much more. . .  Lets hoping things will improve soon and its just setting me up for some big surprises.
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Post by: Shamrock on March 18, 2011, 04:54:05 AM
Haha sorry should have linked it, Stephen King posted this, this week:
http://www.stephenking.com/promo/wind_through_the_keyhole/announcement/ (http://www.stephenking.com/promo/wind_through_the_keyhole/announcement/)

Urgh, Song of Susannah almost killed me. For me it was the worst book of the series. But good luck with it :)
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Post by: Overlord on March 18, 2011, 05:39:57 AM
Still reading the hobbit... not really enjoying it to be honest... I guess it's a kid's book so can't expect too much from it, the narration is great but there is nothing really there to enjoy... it's very flat, lol. I guess maybe I expected too much from a book written for children :P At the same time I am about half way through my note taking re-read of Songs of the Earth and will then be moving on to either Mistborn 2 or American Gods by the looks of things.
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Post by: Noona on March 18, 2011, 07:20:18 AM
Haven't managed to get a-hold of the second Dark Tower book yet, a friend offered to lend it to me but I haven't seen him since last weekend, if I don't see him by monday I'll just buy it from work. :)

Since then I've read Jim Butcher's Fool Moon and Ben Aaranovitch's The Rivers of London, very enjoyable and am eagerly awaiting Moon over Soho now :D

Are you in the UK? If you are, you can have my copies of Dark Tower 2, 3 & 4. I'm unlikely to be reading them again, so they're just taking up space ATM. Drop me a PM or email if you want 'em and I'll get along to the post office.

I've attempted to PM you, hopefully it's worked :D
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 18, 2011, 09:27:40 AM
I started World War Z by Max Brooks last night, very interesting so far, I like how it's a series of interviews from different perspectives.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on March 18, 2011, 11:41:30 AM
Finally delving into the Brent Weeks trilogy almost through the first one have the other two lined up ready to go after that.
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Post by: Overlord on March 18, 2011, 12:48:49 PM
Finally delving into the Brent Weeks trilogy almost through the first one have the other two lined up ready to go after that.

You won't regret it ;)

World War Z looks cool :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 18, 2011, 03:39:19 PM
World War Z looks cool :)

I've nearly finished it now, it's good.  I've never been one for zombie shoot 'em up movies (except Shaun of the Dead, that was quite amusing) but this book focuses on the human story of the war and it's got lots of different POVs so it's interesting.
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Post by: missoularedhead on March 19, 2011, 04:06:06 PM
Just finished Surface Detail (interrupted by dissertation stuff), and now onto Mark Hodder's The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.  Yippee!
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on March 19, 2011, 09:25:41 PM
I've got a couple of spare hours at last, so I'm about to toss a coin to decide whether to go with The Heroes or The Wise Man's Fear.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 19, 2011, 10:09:02 PM
Just got Feed by Mira Grant and The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins from Kit.  Picking up Seanan McGuire's Late Eclipses at the release party today.

Also picked up John Scalzi's The God Engines, Emma Bull's Bone Dance and the Haunted Legends collection from the library.  Don't know what to read first.
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Post by: The Mad Hatter on March 19, 2011, 10:22:04 PM

It's not officially out yet, but I've got a copy :)

Don't ask how. If I told you, I'd have to kill you.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 20, 2011, 09:22:49 AM
I'm reading Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, it's good so far. 
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Post by: Shamrock on March 20, 2011, 04:25:25 PM
I bought myself Coraline (the graphic novel) today and I'm almost done with 'Salem's Lot. Struggling with the last 15%, seems like the book just won't end. Looking forward to reading Coraline next as I decided to leave The Stand for awhile.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 20, 2011, 05:10:11 PM
Stephen King is fun to read and has a great imagination but he does have a lot of flaws. The biggest one for me is that he cant end books!the stand for example is superb and the best of his that I have read but has a simply lame ending.
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Post by: Autumn2May on March 20, 2011, 10:38:56 PM
I'm going to be starting The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey now that I've finished the book club book.  If you missed reading The Blade Itself for book club, I would suggest you read it on your own.  The beginning is slow, but it's worth the read. :)
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on March 20, 2011, 11:44:02 PM
The coin decided on The Wise Man's Fear. I've pretty much devoured the whole thing at this point. There's only a couple of hundred pages left, but I can't see it going rapidly downhill from here. I can't recommend it highly enough. Saying that, if you have problems with grip or pain in your arms/shoulders, you may want to wait for the paperback. This monster combines a fine read and a good workout into one activity. ;D
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Post by: Gothos on March 20, 2011, 11:48:48 PM
The coin decided on The Wise Man's Fear. I've pretty much devoured the whole thing at this point. There's only a couple of hundred pages left, but I can't see it going rapidly downhill from here. I can't recommend it highly enough. Saying that, if you have problems with grip or pain in your arms/shoulders, you may want to wait for the paperback. This monster combines a fine read and a good workout into one activity. ;D

Tell me about it, I keep having to pause to pop my knuckles and change positions, but every cramp and ache is well worth it.
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Post by: Overlord on March 21, 2011, 11:27:35 AM
The coin decided on The Wise Man's Fear. I've pretty much devoured the whole thing at this point. There's only a couple of hundred pages left, but I can't see it going rapidly downhill from here. I can't recommend it highly enough. Saying that, if you have problems with grip or pain in your arms/shoulders, you may want to wait for the paperback. This monster combines a fine read and a good workout into one activity. ;D

Tell me about it, I keep having to pause to pop my knuckles and change positions, but every cramp and ache is well worth it.

Certainly an amazing book. I read the first 650 pages in about 2 days but the next 200 took me about a day, there was a definite slow in pace and not sure I liked the change in Kvothe after he slept with the Fae girl at first... he seemed to have become too dark minded too quickly. But by page 850 I was tearing through the pages again and finished it the day after. Probably one of the best books I have ever read and I am dying to read the final installment of his 'King Killer' days.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 21, 2011, 03:35:53 PM
Just finished Wise Man's Fears.agreed with Funky Scarecrow.a great book well worth a re read in a couple of months and will give us all months of discussion threads.though def starts a bit slow but by the time he is chasing the wind its a cracking read. But need some advice on my next one. Eye Of The World, Magicians or a non fantasy read?   
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Post by: Autumn2May on March 21, 2011, 03:44:02 PM
I'm supposed to be writing a query today, but it's too gloomy out.  Instead I shall start on a book my husband suggested The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey.  It's supposed to be a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is my favorite fairytale.  Husband and sister highly suggest it; I'll let you know how it is. :)
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Post by: ibeeeg on March 21, 2011, 03:56:58 PM
I'm supposed to be writing a query today, but it's too gloomy out.  Instead I shall start on a book my husband suggested The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey.  It's supposed to be a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is my favorite fairytale.  Husband and sister highly suggest it; I'll let you know how it is. :)

Please do. I am interested in that book, and love modern retelling of fairytales.



I really need to get to Wise Man's Fear but I am not quite ready for it. I am still absorbing The Name of the Wind which I finished about a month ago.

This month has been wacky for me in regards to reading. I have finished two books, true,  but they were YA and quick reads. Otherwise, it seems that my reading time has been limited much this month.

I am still reading Tigana; still loving it.

I am also reading Lord of Chaos which is part of a buddy read, we are going through it on a slow pace. Hope be done with it by beginning of April or so. Have to say, I do indeed really like the Wheel of Time series, but man, the series takes commitment. I would love to read at least one book per month but each book in this series is so hefty with much detail that I just cannot keep a one book/month pace.  Those who have read WoT, which book was your favorite in the bunch?  So far, being on book 6, my favorite is The Shadow Rising.

After Tigana, I am trying to decide which one I should read next.
1. The Blade Itself
2. A Wizard of Earthsea
3.The Last Unicorn
4.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (not fantasy, but on my list nonetheless)

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Post by: Nighteyes on March 21, 2011, 04:02:05 PM
The Girl With the Dragon tattoo is very good. I would recommend that as a nice change of direction after a heavy fantasy month.
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Post by: waltw on March 21, 2011, 05:05:32 PM
I'm chipping away at Shadows Edge (Book 2 of the Night Angle Trilogy by Brent Weeks). I'm not as deeply invested in it as I was the first book, so it is taking much longer.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 21, 2011, 05:08:11 PM
I started the 4th Malazan book House of Chains this morning, it's another 1000 page book, so I may be a while.   ;D
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Post by: Autumn2May on March 21, 2011, 05:43:47 PM
I'm supposed to be writing a query today, but it's too gloomy out.  Instead I shall start on a book my husband suggested The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey.  It's supposed to be a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is my favorite fairytale.  Husband and sister highly suggest it; I'll let you know how it is. :)

Please do. I am interested in that book, and love modern retelling of fairytales.

I certainly will.  I'll probably be doing a review of it for the site. :)

Quote
I am also reading Lord of Chaos which is part of a buddy read, we are going through it on a slow pace. Hope be done with it by beginning of April or so. Have to say, I do indeed really like the Wheel of Time series, but man, the series takes commitment. I would love to read at least one book per month but each book in this series is so hefty with much detail that I just cannot keep a one book/month pace.  Those who have read WoT, which book was your favorite in the bunch?  So far, being on book 6, my favorite is The Shadow Rising.

After Tigana, I am trying to decide which one I should read next.
1. The Blade Itself
2. A Wizard of Earthsea
3.The Last Unicorn
4.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (not fantasy, but on my list nonetheless)


The Last Unicorn is an easy read and a good story. :)  The Blade Itself starts off slow, but it's worth the read.  Check out the March bookclub thread if you decide to read it, lots of good discussions going on. :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 21, 2011, 05:53:53 PM
@Christina. A 1000page book?that will keep you busy for 2days then!;-)
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Post by: Overlord on March 21, 2011, 05:58:01 PM
I'm chipping away at Shadows Edge (Book 2 of the Night Angle Trilogy by Brent Weeks). I'm not as deeply invested in it as I was the first book, so it is taking much longer.

I enjoyed number 2 more than the 1st, but then book 1 is all about Kylar pretty much and book 2 becomes more of a multiple view-point type book so if you don't like some of those characters / are less interested in them I can see how you reach that conclusion.

Last Unicorn is on my list too after Rothfuss said we had to read it and his books suck in comparison, lol (I am sure this is not true but he said it and I need to find out!)
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 21, 2011, 06:00:21 PM
Watch the film!its great! And there is a talking tree in it!remind you of any moments in Wise Man's Fears?
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Post by: Autumn2May on March 21, 2011, 06:13:29 PM
Watch the film!its great! And there is a talking tree in it!remind you of any moments in Wise Man's Fears?

The movie is good because the author wrote the screenplay as well. :)  Plus you gotta love Rankin/Bass films.  The art and music in them is always really cool. :)
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on March 22, 2011, 01:43:37 PM
I'm chipping away at Shadows Edge (Book 2 of the Night Angle Trilogy by Brent Weeks). I'm not as deeply invested in it as I was the first book, so it is taking much longer.

I was the same way.  I think it really picks up at the end and sets up the third book really well, but I was consistently frustrated at how stupid Kylar acted throughout the book.  I liked all the other characters' points of view though.

Just finished Best Served Cold (woo, that was intense) and am about to start A Feast For Crows.  Might have to put it down halfway through to read the Kite Runner though for a different book club.  I'm thinking after Feast I'm gonna read some shorter books for a while.
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Post by: Autumn2May on March 22, 2011, 02:12:52 PM
I'm chipping away at Shadows Edge (Book 2 of the Night Angle Trilogy by Brent Weeks). I'm not as deeply invested in it as I was the first book, so it is taking much longer.

Just finished Best Served Cold (woo, that was intense) and am about to start A Feast For Crows. 

Jealous...  I need to get Best Served Cold, soon. :)  It seems I've started 3 or 4 series since I joined the site.  Don't you guys ever read any standalone books?? :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 22, 2011, 04:05:13 PM
@Christina. A 1000page book?that will keep you busy for 2days then!;-)

2 days and I've not finished yet!!   :o  Although I was out mountain biking today so maybe tomorrow.   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on March 23, 2011, 08:33:29 AM
@Christina. A 1000page book?that will keep you busy for 2days then!;-)

2 days and I've not finished yet!!   :o  Although I was out mountain biking today so maybe tomorrow.   ;D

LOL - I'm still reading through The Hobbit and American Gods, although I've dipped into the Earth Sea books and a few other things. Sadly I'm struggling this month as I have a lot of university work (poetic technique related stuff).
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Post by: missoularedhead on March 25, 2011, 03:54:35 PM
Finished Hodder's latest (brilliant book…and Charlie Stross and his 'steampunk doesn't critique empire' can go stuff it).  Now, on to the complete Sherlock Holmes. Classic steam, or just classic? I'll find out!
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Post by: Jeryn on March 25, 2011, 09:13:53 PM
I live in a small Texas town without a bookstore, so I either order online or make special trips to the bookstore about 45 minutes away. My last trip two weeks ago got me Wise Man's Fear and Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, and tomorrow I'd planned on getting Jim Butcher's latest until I learned on this site that release had been delayed. Now I'm getting Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns, China Mieville's Kraken and Abercrombie's Best Served Cold. In the meantime, I'm reading some of my backlog of F&SF issues.
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Post by: ibeeeg on March 25, 2011, 09:32:06 PM
This month has much to be desired in way of reading. ie. it sucks. I have not made the head way with a few books that I have wanted. My mind keeps being distracted by life stuff. So, to try and bring back my reading groove, I am reading an ARC that my daughter has read and will be released on April 5th. 

Kat, Incorrigible  by Stephanie Brugis
The back cover reads:  "Take one part magic, two parts adventure, and a dash of cross-dressing, add two unwed sisters, a bumbling father, and a stepmother with her petticoats in a twist, and you're in for an unlikely adventure through nineteenth-century England like Jane Austen never dreamed." 

So far, 75 pages into 295 page book, the read is good, and very entertaining.  Interestingly, I did not read the back cover of this book before just now with writing the description here (I usually do not read back covers) and yesterday I did mention to my daughter that the the book feels a bit Pride & Prejudice for kids...not in the plot but more in the overall feel, and the way the sisters interact; hard to describe.  It is a nice mix of that feeling and fantasy with the magic for which the read is just getting into.  I hope I can finish reading the book with the thought that this is a fun, entertaining, wonderful fantasy book for kids, and probably mostly for girls.  Then, I hope I can once again dig myself into my own books and not become distracted with feeling a bit ADDish with my reading; feeling the need to jump from one book to another.

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Post by: Overlord on March 26, 2011, 05:52:19 AM
I am now on to Mistborn Book 2 :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 26, 2011, 06:19:59 AM
I am now on to Mistborn Book 2 :)

Eye of the World, dude!
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Post by: Overlord on March 26, 2011, 06:38:15 AM
I am now on to Mistborn Book 2 :)

Eye of the World, dude!

I thought about it but you seem pretty far into it?
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 26, 2011, 07:43:26 AM
about half way, and the wife is going away for a few days, so will just be me, Muttley and lots of reading.  Though might get back into watching The Wire.
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Post by: Shamrock on March 28, 2011, 06:13:40 AM
I'm reading Switched by Amanda Hocking, it's really not very good. Oh well just waiting for the first of April so I can buy Lies of Locke Lamora and The Wise Man's Fear to read next month :)
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on March 28, 2011, 12:01:52 PM
I'm chipping away at Shadows Edge (Book 2 of the Night Angle Trilogy by Brent Weeks). I'm not as deeply invested in it as I was the first book, so it is taking much longer.

Just finished Best Served Cold (woo, that was intense) and am about to start A Feast For Crows. 

Jealous...  I need to get Best Served Cold, soon. :)  It seems I've started 3 or 4 series since I joined the site.  Don't you guys ever read any standalone books?? :)

I wish!  After the last book and the current one I am definitely ready for some short, quick reads to actually whittle away at my to-read list.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 28, 2011, 12:29:16 PM
For those complaining about heavy reads and first in a series for Book Club, can I ask that you get behind the light but very funny Carpe Jugulum for May's book club? Just finishing The Eye Of The World.
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Post by: Rhevian on March 28, 2011, 12:35:16 PM
I'm reading Wolfsangel by M.D.Lachlan - it's a new twist on a werewolf story, with a viking setting, linked to the myth of the Fenris wolf.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on March 28, 2011, 01:57:18 PM
Working my way through The Wise Man's Fear.

It's excellent.
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Post by: Shamrock on March 28, 2011, 02:25:39 PM
Working my way through The Wise Man's Fear.

It's excellent.
I'm going to read it after I finish Lies of Locke Lamora for the book club next month. I'm really looking forward to it. Read a few duds since Name of the Wind so I'm looking forward to something good :)
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Post by: AlexEatsBooks on March 28, 2011, 03:12:32 PM
While holidaying in Scandinavia I've been going through the Joshua Fies series by M.G. Harris (a YA author) and now just about finished with The day of the Triffids by John Wyndham which I have really been enjoying! Yay, holiday reading!!
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Post by: ibeeeg on March 28, 2011, 03:16:18 PM
I'm reading Wolfsangel by M.D.Lachlan - it's a new twist on a werewolf story, with a viking setting, linked to the myth of the Fenris wolf.
How are you liking this one?  I am interested in reading it.


Working my way through The Wise Man's Fear.

It's excellent.
I'm going to read it after I finish Lies of Locke Lamora for the book club next month. I'm really looking forward to it. Read a few duds since Name of the Wind so I'm looking forward to something good :)
Me too.  I think by time I am done with Lies of Locke Lamora that I will be ready to move onto The Wise Man's Fear. I am really looking forward to reading it; almost too much which makes me worried that my expectations are set way too high.


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Post by: Shamrock on March 28, 2011, 03:26:36 PM
I'm going to read it after I finish Lies of Locke Lamora for the book club next month. I'm really looking forward to it. Read a few duds since Name of the Wind so I'm looking forward to something good :)
Me too.  I think by time I am done with Lies of Locke Lamora that I will be ready to move onto The Wise Man's Fear. I am really looking forward to reading it; almost too much which makes me worried that my expectations are set way too high.
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Yeah I agree, but oh well I can't help but have high expectations :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on March 28, 2011, 05:49:12 PM
Just started The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. Hopefully by the end I will have a better feel for the series as a whole.
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on March 28, 2011, 05:58:24 PM
Just started The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. Hopefully by the end I will have a better feel for the series as a whole.

Ahem! Fixed that for you. :P
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lyz on March 28, 2011, 06:03:31 PM
Just started The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. Hopefully by the end I will have a better feel for the series as a whole.

Ahem! Fixed that for you. :P

I'm pretty sure they meant it the way they said it. :P

As for me, I'm working my way through "Autumn" by David Moody. I'm loving it, but I'm kinda partial to zombies as my living-dead creature of choice. :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on March 28, 2011, 06:20:52 PM
Damn. Seem to have typing tourettes. Actually the series is getting under my skin now. For sure Robert Jordan is not the most talented writer ever, but he spins a good yarn and at the time nobody else had done anything quite so epic. Can see why there is such a cult following around it.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 28, 2011, 07:12:44 PM
Just finished John Scalzi's The God Engines, a weird, dark space opera.  The piece itself was a novella, about ships powered by enslaved gods.  Very well written.

Also finished The Hunger Games and thought it was pretty damn excellent.  Now I need to head back to the library for something else to read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lyz on March 28, 2011, 07:19:10 PM
Just finished John Scalzi's The God Engines, a weird, dark space opera.  The piece itself was a novella, about ships powered by enslaved gods.  Very well written.


This sounds really interesting; I may have to check that out.

Also, I'm glad you enjoyed The Hunger Games. I'll have to poke through my collection and see if I have anything else I can send your way. :P
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Post by: strangerbabble on March 28, 2011, 09:26:20 PM
Finally caved and re-ordered Game of Thrones. Truly, 14 years between reads does not bode well for full appreciation of the peaks and troughs of the HBO adventure  ;)
Now for some rather hurried page turning...
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 28, 2011, 11:50:32 PM
My trip to the library proved fruitful:  Jeff Vandemeer's The Third Bear, Mike Resnick's The Buntline Special and Catherynne M Valente's The Habitation of the Blessed.
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Post by: Bahl on March 29, 2011, 08:51:14 AM
Finished The Heroes from Joe Abercrombie last week, I'm now reading The Crippled God by Steven Erikson. Bloody brilliant so far!
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Post by: Shamrock on March 29, 2011, 09:09:41 AM
Finished The Heroes from Joe Abercrombie last week, I'm now reading The Crippled God by Steven Erikson. Bloody brilliant so far!
Another South African on the forum. Yay :)
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Post by: Bahl on March 29, 2011, 09:48:10 AM
Yep! Looks like a nice site and a nice Forum. I think I'll like it here.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on March 29, 2011, 09:52:08 AM
Just finished The Wise Man's Fear. OMG, it was amazing.

A little off-shoot from my fantasy reading, I've decided to read As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

Also taken out Feed by Mira Grant from the Library based on you lot's discussion..
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Post by: Shamrock on March 29, 2011, 09:56:11 AM
I dusted off my copy of The Earthsea Quartet and started re-reading the Wizard of Earthsea, last time I read it was in high school. So hopefully I will enjoy it as much as I remember I did.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on March 30, 2011, 02:31:49 AM
Finally getting back to Erikson, working on Midnight Tides now.
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 30, 2011, 06:17:07 AM
Yep! Looks like a nice site and a nice Forum. I think I'll like it here.

For sure, its nice to pop in and chat about your latest fantasy read rather than boring your real life mates about it! 

Also great place to get recommendations as well!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 30, 2011, 08:50:19 AM
I finished Erikson's House of Chains last night and I started Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux - really enjoying it so far, it's very easy to get into with likeable characters and plenty of action.  Oh and elves too.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on March 31, 2011, 08:52:32 AM
I finished Soul Born and I have to say I really enjoyed it - an interesting take on high fantasy as it was quite dark and the characters all had shades of good/evil.  Decided to start Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies last night.  Not sure what I think of it so far, it's well written but not really picked up speed yet, but I'm guessing it will do soon.   ;D 
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 31, 2011, 08:55:09 AM
Not picked up speed?  Are you an adrenaline junkie? RSURS IMO is unrelenting!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on March 31, 2011, 08:55:43 AM
Not picked up speed?  Are you an adrenaline junkie? RSURS IMO is unrelenting!

I did say I hadn't got far, all they've done is cheat at cards so far.   :D
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 31, 2011, 08:57:04 AM
Not picked up speed?  Are you an adrenaline junkie? RSURS IMO is unrelenting!

I did say I hadn't got far, all they've done is cheat at cards so far.   :D

And that in itself is awesome!
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Post by: ibeeeg on March 31, 2011, 01:19:15 PM
Not picked up speed?  Are you an adrenaline junkie? RSURS IMO is unrelenting!

I did say I hadn't got far, all they've done is cheat at cards so far.   :D

And that in itself is awesome!
Ha...I am thinking that you, the_hound, will or already does like Mat from WoT.  Cards are played a whole lot with Mat.   :D
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Post by: Overlord on March 31, 2011, 03:21:16 PM
Only about half way through Mistborn Book 2, but it's like 100x better than the first :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on March 31, 2011, 03:37:53 PM
I think I liked the second one best too.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on March 31, 2011, 04:15:36 PM
Any thoughts on my article Marc?

I'm powering through Feed by Mira Grant at the moment. its truly excellent, a great portrayal of 'scientific' zombies, with a good MC and realistic SCs, clever background and plot scheme. Also its really easy to read!

Excellent so far!
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on March 31, 2011, 05:46:44 PM
Any thoughts on my article Marc?

I'm powering through Feed by Mira Grant at the moment. its truly excellent, a great portrayal of 'scientific' zombies, with a good MC and realistic SCs, clever background and plot scheme. Also its really easy to read!

Excellent so far!

Feed is awesome!  Can't wait for the next books.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 01, 2011, 03:30:02 AM
Any thoughts on my article Marc?

I'm powering through Feed by Mira Grant at the moment. its truly excellent, a great portrayal of 'scientific' zombies, with a good MC and realistic SCs, clever background and plot scheme. Also its really easy to read!

Excellent so far!

Feed is on my list of books to get, though I have enough of a backlog I'm waiting for the ebook price to go down since it seems silly to pay MORE for a DRMed ebook than the paper copy) or when a good coupon comes up just buy it in paper from B&N/Amazon, either/or.

Also ended up detouring from Erikson (not finding myself in the mood for his long descriptive style currently) and read Last Stormlord (not as good as I'd heard, but not awful, just not good enough I'm sure I'll pick up the next book) and Game of Cages (coming to freaking LOVE Harry Connolley's work, I tear through them in no time flat). Only other books I tear through as fast as Connolley's that I can think of right now are Dresden Files books.
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Post by: frankiehunter on April 01, 2011, 08:18:32 PM
Finished the Traitor Spy 1 - a bit disappointing but not bad.
And now... I will start the "Song of Fire and Ice 1" and I'm really excited, there are so many good critics about this book!
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Post by: Overlord on April 02, 2011, 05:09:45 AM
Sorry to hear about Traitor Spy being disappointing... Trudi Canavan has just never lived up to that first trilogy *sigh* I hope she pulls it out of the bag with Rogue because she is such a talented author and nice lady in general.

I've been reading a book called 'In the Shadow of Swords' - it is by a guy named Val Gunn. I got sent it to review and really wasn't expecting much from it - I thought it would probably be like a lot of the books I get sent and have not heard of before - but this one has really been enjoyable. It's kind of like 'Assassin's Creed' in many ways - very dark.

In other news it inspired me to purchase Assassin's Creed brotherhood ;)
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Post by: vgunn on April 02, 2011, 07:45:20 AM
I've been reading a book called 'In the Shadow of Swords' - it is by a guy named Val Gunn. I got sent it to review and really wasn't expecting much from it - I thought it would probably be like a lot of the books I get sent and have not heard of before - but this one has really been enjoyable. It's kind of like 'Assassin's Creed' in many ways - very dark.

In other news it inspired me to purchase Assassin's Creed brotherhood ;)

Assassin's Creed (setting, characters) did help to fuel my desire to write the book, though I never actually played the game. The films  Syriana and Munich, along with the books The Gemini Contenders by Robert Ludlum and Shibumi by Trevanian had the most influence for this story.
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Post by: frankiehunter on April 02, 2011, 10:00:04 AM
Sorry to hear about Traitor Spy being disappointing... Trudi Canavan has just never lived up to that first trilogy *sigh* I hope she pulls it out of the bag with Rogue because she is such a talented author and nice lady in general.
I read many bad critics about the Traitor Spy, but I wanted to give it a chance, and I also hope the the next book is better...
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Post by: Overlord on April 04, 2011, 08:37:55 AM
I've been reading a book called 'In the Shadow of Swords' - it is by a guy named Val Gunn. I got sent it to review and really wasn't expecting much from it - I thought it would probably be like a lot of the books I get sent and have not heard of before - but this one has really been enjoyable. It's kind of like 'Assassin's Creed' in many ways - very dark.

In other news it inspired me to purchase Assassin's Creed brotherhood ;)

Assassin's Creed (setting, characters) did help to fuel my desire to write the book, though I never actually played the game. The films  Syriana and Munich, along with the books The Gemini Contenders by Robert Ludlum and Shibumi by Trevanian had the most influence for this story.

*GRIN*

I didn't even know you posted on here Mr Gunn :P As you can tell... enjoying the book ;)
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on April 04, 2011, 09:33:21 AM
I cashed in an Amazon gift card, so I'm waiting on the final two books of the Hunger Games series.

Currently re-reading Dragon by Steven Brust, in anticipation of the newest Vlad book, Tiassa.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 04, 2011, 09:43:21 AM
I cashed in an Amazon gift card, so I'm waiting on the final two books of the Hunger Games series.

Currently re-reading Dragon by Steven Brust, in anticipation of the newest Vlad book, Tiassa.

What is the release date on Tiassa in the US?
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 04, 2011, 09:55:12 AM
Just logging off now to go and read Mark C Newton's City of Ruin which I got for mother's day!!!   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on April 04, 2011, 09:59:03 AM
Just logging off now to go and read Mark C Newton's City of Ruin which I got for mother's day!!!   ;D

Awww... Why don't they have a son's day!?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MTMaenpaa on April 04, 2011, 10:01:44 AM
I cashed in an Amazon gift card, so I'm waiting on the final two books of the Hunger Games series.

Currently re-reading Dragon by Steven Brust, in anticipation of the newest Vlad book, Tiassa.

What is the release date on Tiassa in the US?

Tiassa is already out, just waiting on Amazon :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bahl on April 04, 2011, 10:53:28 AM
Just logging off now to go and read Mark C Newton's City of Ruin which I got for mother's day!!!   ;D

I quite enjoyed this book.
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Post by: vgunn on April 04, 2011, 04:24:49 PM

*GRIN*

I didn't even know you posted on here Mr Gunn :P As you can tell... enjoying the book ;)

Glad to hear :) I'm excited to read your review!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 04, 2011, 05:17:25 PM
I quite enjoyed this book.

I'm quarter of the way through already, sadly I had to stop to take the kids swimming, but I'm loving it so far.  I really love how MarkCN writes - he's so imaginative and his characters are great.   ;D  I loved the first book too, a great idea to combine the fantasy world with detective story and other elements too.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 04, 2011, 05:22:33 PM
Awww... Why don't they have a son's day!?

I had to buy it myself though as the kids are thankfully too small to order stuff on amazon, ROFL!!  You should try some MarkCN being a fellow Brit, he's fab.   ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 05, 2011, 12:58:58 PM
Is this thread ever gonna get a sticky?  Still on The Great Hunt .... been busy
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on April 05, 2011, 01:25:23 PM
Is this thread ever gonna get a sticky?  Still on The Great Hunt .... been busy

Your wish is my command. :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 05, 2011, 02:50:47 PM
Finished 'The Hobbit' - my thoughts are 'hmmmmm'.

Again... I know it's a kids book, but I'm still a bit confused by it. I guess because it was the first real fantasy people really picked up and enjoyed as a family. I struggled with the narrative a bit - the final chapters were quite good, but the early chapters seemed almost like a cartoon... which I guess again is the 'kids' element.

However, having read the first chapter of Lord of the Rings it seems to have that same almost patronising style of narration - I will press on though :P
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Post by: Autumn2May on April 05, 2011, 02:57:26 PM
Finished 'The Hobbit' - my thoughts are 'hmmmmm'.

Again... I know it's a kids book, but I'm still a bit confused by it. I guess because it was the first real fantasy people really picked up and enjoyed as a family. I struggled with the narrative a bit - the final chapters were quite good, but the early chapters seemed almost like a cartoon... which I guess again is the 'kids' element.

However, having read the first chapter of Lord of the Rings it seems to have that same almost patronising style of narration - I will press on though :P

The beginning of The Lord of the Rings is boring. :)  It gets better. :)
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Post by: ibeeeg on April 05, 2011, 03:39:48 PM
Finished 'The Hobbit' - my thoughts are 'hmmmmm'.

Again... I know it's a kids book, but I'm still a bit confused by it. I guess because it was the first real fantasy people really picked up and enjoyed as a family. I struggled with the narrative a bit - the final chapters were quite good, but the early chapters seemed almost like a cartoon... which I guess again is the 'kids' element.

However, having read the first chapter of Lord of the Rings it seems to have that same almost patronising style of narration - I will press on though :P

The beginning of The Lord of the Rings is boring. :)  It gets better. :)

I completely agree. Actually, while it did pick up for me, I thought the first part (book one) of The Fellowship of the Ring was not very engrossing. I stopped after the first part, and still need to read the second part.  I hear that the following two books of LOTR are much, much better. I shall see once I finally get there.   :)

On a slightly different note; Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien is excellent.  These are letters that Tolkien wrote to his children on a annual basis. He left the letters (from Santa) to be found by the children on Christmas morning.  We read this book every December as a family read aloud. We do not read the full book every year; pick and choose letters to read.  They are fun letters with illustrations.

For my current read:
The Lies Lamora Locke. I am not far into the read, but am finding it to be very intriguing. I am liking the flow of the story; the pace is fabulous.  Once I manage to read chapter 5, I will then write more of my thoughts over in the book club thread.

I almost finished with Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan.  That is book 6 in the Wheel of Time series.  The first part of the book was a bit slow going, but fortunately it picked up and I am now fully engrossed, and am anxiously wondering what the next move will be for the characters.   There have been some curve balls thrown into the plot.   :)

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Post by: Nighteyes on April 05, 2011, 04:13:22 PM
I think overlord that cos you only got into fantasy in the 21st century, you are going back now to the classics having being raised on a diet of fast paced gritty fantasy novels so you are finding the older books now a bit slow paced and idealised.a new avenue for you to explore might be the early pulp fantasy from Howard etc. 
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 05, 2011, 04:15:29 PM
I very ordered my copies of The Dragon Reborn and The Shadow Rising from Jakarta. Gonna be 4 weeks though :-(but have some other things to read in between.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 05, 2011, 04:44:13 PM
I very ordered my copies of The Dragon Reborn and The Shadow Rising from Jakarta. Gonna be 4 weeks though :-(but have some other things to read in between.

I've got a copy of Shadow Rising upstairs to read once I've finished Mark CN's book (City of Ruins, which is very very good by the way.   ;D)
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Post by: ibeeeg on April 05, 2011, 04:52:16 PM
I very ordered my copies of The Dragon Reborn and The Shadow Rising from Jakarta. Gonna be 4 weeks though :-(but have some other things to read in between.

I've got a copy of Shadow Rising upstairs to read once I've finished Mark CN's book (City of Ruins, which is very very good by the way.   ;D)

It will be interesting to know what you two think of Shadow Rising; my favorite book in the series.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 05, 2011, 04:53:09 PM
It will be interesting to know what you two think of Shadow Rising; my favorite book in the series.

I'm sure I'll like it, the storylines are good so far.   ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 05, 2011, 05:02:03 PM
I ve heard a few people say the fourth is best.
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Post by: pornokitsch on April 05, 2011, 10:08:23 PM
I think overlord that cos you only got into fantasy in the 21st century, you are going back now to the classics having being raised on a diet of fast paced gritty fantasy novels so you are finding the older books now a bit slow paced and idealised.a new avenue for you to explore might be the early pulp fantasy from Howard etc. 

That's not a terrible idea. I'm not saying that JRR Tolkien isn't great ('cause he is) (although Fellowship is seriously boring), but REH is a completely different style. And equally magnificent in his own way. The new Gollancz collections are magnificent, although I think some of the great Conan stuff is also easy to find for free online.
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Post by: Noona on April 05, 2011, 11:23:24 PM
Just finished the Lies of Locke Lamora, awesome book :D
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 06, 2011, 08:42:09 AM
Well I finished MarkCN's City of Ruins last night and what a fantastic book - best I've read in a while and I've read Lynch, Rothfuss and Sanderson this year.  And I got such a nice DM from Mark on twitter thanking me for liking his book too.  I do like it when authors take the time to interact with their readers.   ;D

Anyways, I'm now onto WoT4 and have read the first chapter, looking good so far.  Hoping to get lots of reading done today as I've been scuppered from my cycling plans by a horrible cold.   ::)
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Post by: trixy-vj on April 06, 2011, 03:36:32 PM
Ive just finished reading Robin Hobb's Farseer books. I liked them but I wasnt happy with the ending, i much prefer the books with a happy ending.
Ive been looking for an author who's writing is similar to David Eddings. If anyone has some recommendations for me please let me know!
Thanks   
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 06, 2011, 03:44:59 PM
@trixy-vj
Try Sean Russell 'The Swan Wars'. Also you do know Fitz gets another trilogy to put things right?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Tenfingers on April 06, 2011, 09:47:26 PM
I'm a quarter through Swords And Dark Magic, a short-story collection that came out last year.
Started off really well, but the last couple I've read were disappointing. Still, there are a Scott Lynch and a Joe Abercrombie to come...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: pornokitsch on April 07, 2011, 09:18:07 AM
I'm a quarter through Swords And Dark Magic, a short-story collection that came out last year.
Started off really well, but the last couple I've read were disappointing. Still, there are a Scott Lynch and a Joe Abercrombie to come...

I forget what order everything is in, but I really, really loved a few of those stories. The Lynch one was the hands-down highlight of the collection, the KJ Parker wasn't that far behind and I really liked the James Enge as well. The Abercrombie is, of course, also very good.
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Post by: Bahl on April 07, 2011, 10:50:50 AM
I took a beak from the Crippled God, not because there is anything wrong with it, it's just I've been waiting so long for the bloody book that I do not want to miss anything...

For light reading I'm cruising through Pratchett's Small Gods again.
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Post by: quippley on April 07, 2011, 04:31:34 PM
I'm talking my time reading "Wise Man's Fear" simply because I'm so busy with other things, plus I really wanna savor this book, and not rush through it.  I really believe Patrick Rothfuss is such a great writer; his prose is simple wonderful.

I also just grabbed a lot of older fantasy stories--stuff that inspired other writers I would like to emulate in my stuff.  (Austin Kleon's recent blog (http://www.austinkleon.com/2011/03/30/how-to-steal-like-an-artist-and-9-other-things-nobody-told-me/) mentioned doing that sort of thing--great advice).  So I hunted down a few stories that inspired Tolkien:

The Prose Edda
The Well at the World's End
She
The Black Douglas
and so on

The nice thing about finding older fantasy is that its all in the Public Domain and free via iBooks or Kindle!
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Post by: missoularedhead on April 07, 2011, 05:28:32 PM
Is that the Henry Hagar She?  That book cracks me up.
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Post by: quippley on April 07, 2011, 06:58:04 PM
Yeah havent read it yet
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 07, 2011, 07:21:45 PM
Just started Here Comes The Sun by Tom Holt
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Post by: OneChapterMore on April 08, 2011, 01:09:40 PM
Have currently lost Rendezvous with Rama - its buried somewhere at my girlfriend's house.

However, I'm poking my way through both Howard's End is on the Landing by Susan hill ( A book about reading only books you own, not buying them) and also Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Drying Ink on April 08, 2011, 03:12:25 PM
I'm just rereading Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice while I wait for The Wise Man's Fear... That book always surpasses my expectations on a reread, for some reason. Since I was on the Farseer reread, I wrote my first magic systems column on the Skill as well, which went up yesterday at Grasping for the Wind.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 09, 2011, 12:45:30 AM
Working on Among Thieves now. Not blowing my mind, and there's something I can't put my finger on that's slightly offputting about it, but overall I'm enjoying it. Be very curious to see how it plays out.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on April 09, 2011, 04:58:04 PM
I haven't read anything since I finished the Lies of Locke Lamora on Tuesday :O This is very unusual for me! I've barely been in the house though, I haven't been home except to eat or sleep since Thursday morning.
Today I've started on the Left Hand of God...I know everyone says it's awful but it's been in my to-read pile for quite some time and I thought I'd best get it over with :P
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 11, 2011, 09:01:26 AM
Just finished my Tom Holt. It was okay but not fantastic.gonna give Lloyd Grossman The Magicians a spin. 
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 11, 2011, 10:34:01 AM
Starting to struggle a bit with WoT 4 - the Shadow Rising, not much happened in the first 300 odd pages and my version has 1000 pages in it.   :(  Might have to take a break mid-book and read something else. 
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Post by: Sensei on April 11, 2011, 03:03:00 PM
Sam Sykes Tome of the Undergates. Its got the longest bloomin sea scrap Ive ever read and its violent, witty and its all about adventurers. Great book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on April 11, 2011, 06:28:05 PM
Finished LHOG, am now starting Jacqueline Carey's second trilogy and hoping I enjoy it as much as the first. :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 12, 2011, 09:53:39 AM
Sam Sykes Tome of the Undergates. Its got the longest bloomin sea scrap Ive ever read and its violent, witty and its all about adventurers. Great book.

I've heard good thinks about Sam and I see him about Twitter all the time... I think he lives on the thing ;)

I have to say that in contrast to many people, I think Mistborn book 2 was FAR better than the first... the first was very much a book that I'd seen before, but book 2 feels fresh and exciting. The growth of Vin was important and I think just generally the story is more interesting, more intriguing and harder to figure out. I also like the fact there are less fights because Sanderson doesn't write fight scenes all that well... book 1 had way too many and it just didn't work. This feels more Game of Thrones like and I love that... I may even jump straight into book 3 :D
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Post by: Bahl on April 12, 2011, 09:56:51 AM
Tome of the Undergates was definitely interesting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Blodeuedd on April 13, 2011, 09:29:08 PM
I am reading Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan, gotta read a bit of fantasy romance before getting back into the epic stuff  ;)
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on April 14, 2011, 06:30:45 AM
Reading A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files, a very strange yet interesting Weird Western.  I think magical cowboys are the new zombie, discuss.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on April 14, 2011, 12:42:39 PM
And now I am reading Kiss Me, Kill Me, a bunch of paranormal and urban fantasy short stories
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 14, 2011, 04:14:24 PM
The thousand autumns of thomas de zoet by David Mitchell.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on April 15, 2011, 07:12:39 AM
The thousand autumns of thomas de zoet by David Mitchell.
Isn't it Jacob de Zoet? :) At least it's not The Great Cunt again. Haha.
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Post by: Nighteyes on April 15, 2011, 07:21:58 AM
The thousand autumns of thomas de zoet by David Mitchell.
Isn't it Jacob de Zoet? :) At least it's not The Great Cunt again. Haha.

Damn it, totally dyslexic!  Looking forward to it though - all about Japan and The Dutch East Indies Company.  Just read the intro so far. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 15, 2011, 07:45:50 AM
Finished Among Thieves which I ended up liking, and now working on Catching Fire from the Hunger Games trilogy. Really good stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 15, 2011, 10:03:00 AM
I'm reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time :) I've seen the film and therefore never read the book due to it appearing a bit 'girly', however I'm really enjoying the narration of the book :D
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Post by: Mayo12 on April 15, 2011, 11:26:31 AM
First post!!

I'm currently reading a book I imagine a bunch of you have already read but I've been avoiding for about 3 years...I gave in a bought George R.R Martin's 'A Game of Thrones'. I was holding out for so long as I was really hoping the whole series would be finished before I started them, but since the guy is taking an eternal amount of time writing the next one I couldn't resist any more.

I must say, as I expected it would be since everyone loves it, it's fantastic so far.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on April 15, 2011, 12:49:51 PM
Marc - Mistborn 2 is better than 1 and 3. 3 is just a kick in the teeth though:(.

Also, Alice in Wonderland (and Though the Looking Glass) are wonderful.

Just finished both Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) and Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke) (reviews for here being written!) and am starting on Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and Before they Were Hanged by Joe Abercrombie...
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Post by: Autumn2May on April 15, 2011, 01:45:47 PM
I'm reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time :) I've seen the film and therefore never read the book due to it appearing a bit 'girly', however I'm really enjoying the narration of the book :D

Wonderland is cool, but I like Looking Glass better.  Looking Glass is more dream-like and less linear in a way.  More like a real dream rather than a story you tell about a dream. :)
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Post by: Naminé on April 15, 2011, 06:23:33 PM
Pat Rothfuss "Wise Man's Fear". I'm a bit behind with my reading... Just thinking about "The Heroes" by Joe Abercrombie still sitting unread on my bookshelf makes me mad. Stupid bachelor thesis, stupid. >:(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 15, 2011, 06:51:30 PM
I'm reading Alice in Wonderland for the first time :) I've seen the film and therefore never read the book due to it appearing a bit 'girly', however I'm really enjoying the narration of the book :D

Wonderland is cool, but I like Looking Glass better.  Looking Glass is more dream-like and less linear in a way.  More like a real dream rather than a story you tell about a dream. :)

It's pretty good so far... I've purchased a lot of 'classic' stuff... Princess and the Goblin is next on my list :D
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 15, 2011, 08:01:38 PM
I'm still plodding my way through WoT4 - got to say it's picked up now that all the main characters have left Tear and i'm enjoying it again.  Only 200 pages to go then I can read Douglas Hulik's book.   ;D
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 16, 2011, 10:55:51 AM
Finished Catching Fire and immediately bought MockingJay (god I love the future, just order on the nook and instantly downloaded). At first I was not a fan for reasons that would be big spoilers, but in the end I enjoyed it. Highly recommend the series.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on April 17, 2011, 09:13:46 AM
I started Shadow Chaser by Alexey Pehov, or well I have read the glossary at the back  :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: AllegedlyWriting on April 18, 2011, 02:56:47 AM
I am currently reading David Eddings The Seeress of Kell which is the fifth and last book in his Malloreon series. Once I finish with that I will be moving on to Gardens of the Moon or A Game of Thrones.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 18, 2011, 06:29:25 AM
@the user directly above me. Thats a mad mixing of writers there. Going from Eddings to Martin or Eriksson, is like going from reading Enid Blyton to Brett Easton Ellis
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 18, 2011, 06:42:23 AM
@the_hound: haha yeah, Eddings is so light and fluffy, while the other two are gritty and dark and bloody, I can't imagine jumping from one straight to the other without something more in the middle between.

Meanwhile, finished MockingJay yesterday and bought and am about to start Black Blade Blues which I've heard is really fun, and looking for more UF as that's the genre I'm working on a story for right now it came up on my radar again so I'm giving it a spin.

If anyone has any UF that is light to non-existant on the romance you can suggest I'm all ears, other than Dresden Files (already read and preordered the next one).
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on April 18, 2011, 07:37:17 AM
@the_hound: haha yeah, Eddings is so light and fluffy, while the other two are gritty and dark and bloody, I can't imagine jumping from one straight to the other without something more in the middle between.

Meanwhile, finished MockingJay yesterday and bought and am about to start Black Blade Blues which I've heard is really fun, and looking for more UF as that's the genre I'm working on a story for right now it came up on my radar again so I'm giving it a spin.

If anyone has any UF that is light to non-existant on the romance you can suggest I'm all ears, other than Dresden Files (already read and preordered the next one).

You should check out Seanan McGuire's October Daye books.  First book is Rosemary & Rue.  The first couple books are whodunnit but that begins to change in the 3rd and 4th books.
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Post by: missoularedhead on April 18, 2011, 09:10:36 AM
You might try Gail Carriger's Soulless.  It's fluffy steampunk. And that isn't a bad thing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 18, 2011, 09:15:10 AM
Nothing wrong with mixing up your writers. I just went from the high fantasy of Robert Jordan, to the comedy stylings of Tom Holt to the dark Urban fantasy of Grossman. But also worried when I hear an Eddings fan is gonna give Martin a spin.They are in for a bigger shock than all those old ladies who decided to watch that lovely ballet film 'Black Swan' for their annual trip to the cinema. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 18, 2011, 09:26:35 AM
I'm reading:
Clash of Kings and Voyage to Arcturus. Both very good so far :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 18, 2011, 12:22:46 PM
Clash of Kings is superb!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Sensei on April 18, 2011, 01:30:34 PM
Just finished American Shaolin by Matthew Polly, which is not fantasy but definately worth reading if you've ever thought of dropping everything and disappearing for a couple of years to live amongst the Shaolin. Enlightening and funny are the two words I would use to describe this true story.
So now I am reading Shogun. Big book but easy to read and beautifully written.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on April 18, 2011, 02:51:28 PM
I've given up on The Lies of Locke Lamora, I was so excited to read it but I'm battling to get anywhere. So I'm going to leave it for awhile, and I picked up Joe Hill's Horns this morning which I will start reading tonight :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 18, 2011, 04:48:03 PM
I finally finished WoT 4, that took me 10 days as it was so long.   :D  I started Tigana last night and I'm liking it so far.   ;D
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Post by: strangerbabble on April 18, 2011, 08:47:36 PM
Re-reading A Clash of Kings and glancing apologetically at Stephen Donaldson's "Against All things Ending" which has been parked since I rediscovered the sheer unmatched JOY that is ASOIAF!  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 19, 2011, 10:15:52 AM
Re-reading A Clash of Kings and glancing apologetically at Stephen Donaldson's "Against All things Ending" which has been parked since I rediscovered the sheer unmatched JOY that is ASOIAF!  ;D

Also reading Lord of the Rings now... I'm doing chapter of Clash of Kings and chapter of Lord of the Rings alternating :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChrisMB on April 19, 2011, 07:57:26 PM
I'm currently reading Brandon Sanderson's Warbringer and Gail Z. Martin's The Summoner. In my off-time I'm reading Steampunk'd.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on April 20, 2011, 03:09:44 AM
I picked up Joe Hill's Horns from the library today.  66 pages in and rather enjoying it. 
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 20, 2011, 03:50:44 AM
I'm currently reading Brandon Sanderson's Warbringer and Gail Z. Martin's The Summoner. In my off-time I'm reading Steampunk'd.

Be curious to see your opinion on The Summoner. I flat out did not enjoy that book, so interesting to see what others think.

Meanwhile I finished Black Blade Blues (fun read overall) and picked a random non-fantasy book from the freebies I downloaded on my nook to read for a change of pace... and not feeling it so far. Trying to give the book a chance because of my pro-speculative fiction bias before calling it dead ;)
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Post by: Autumn2May on April 20, 2011, 03:59:51 AM
Re-reading A Clash of Kings and glancing apologetically at Stephen Donaldson's "Against All things Ending" which has been parked since I rediscovered the sheer unmatched JOY that is ASOIAF!  ;D

Also reading Lord of the Rings now... I'm doing chapter of Clash of Kings and chapter of Lord of the Rings alternating :D

Where are you in Lord of the Rings?  How are you liking it compared to The Hobbit?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on April 20, 2011, 06:51:47 AM
I picked up Joe Hill's Horns from the library today.  66 pages in and rather enjoying it. 
Great minds read alike :) I also got it this week, not far in because I had an assignment due but this weekend that book will be devoured!
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on April 20, 2011, 06:56:15 AM
I picked up Joe Hill's Horns from the library today.  66 pages in and rather enjoying it. 
Great minds read alike :) I also got it this week, not far in because I had an assignment due but this weekend that book will be devoured!

We'll have to start a new thread for it once we've finished.  Our own mini bookclub
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Post by: Overlord on April 20, 2011, 09:14:13 AM
Re-reading A Clash of Kings and glancing apologetically at Stephen Donaldson's "Against All things Ending" which has been parked since I rediscovered the sheer unmatched JOY that is ASOIAF!  ;D

Also reading Lord of the Rings now... I'm doing chapter of Clash of Kings and chapter of Lord of the Rings alternating :D

Where are you in Lord of the Rings?  How are you liking it compared to The Hobbit?

I have to say that Lord of the Rings has blown me away. I will admit here that after reading 'The Hobbit' my hopes and dreams were completely slashed... I'd heard so much about Tolkien and loved the films, but always avoided the books... Like 'Game of Thrones' - when something is talked up soooooooo much, there is almost a fear that upon reading it, it will not live up to expectations.

The Hobbit seemed to fit this fear that I had already set up for myself... it was so linear and single character focused that I thought perhaps Tolkien, although a create creator of worlds and language was just not a create story-teller. HOWEVER, 'The Hobbit' is of course a kids book, that is basically a narrative written into a book... although I did know this... I thought perhaps Tolkien would use this same narration style in 'Lord of the Rings' and almost decided to not read it until next year....

However... I went with it and am so far so, so impressed. The book is VERY detailed, but it flows so much better and the narrative is fantastic. I love the dialogue too... it is FAR better than expected :)
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Post by: emedwards on April 20, 2011, 12:44:46 PM
Every now and again, you come across a book.  An old book, or a new one - but new to you.  Settling down, with unknown expectations you begin to read.  And then, at some point, you're thrown into a state of complete amazement.  It doesn't happen very often, too frequently the surprise I feel is the curdling of disappointment.  But, every now and again...

I've just picked up Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert.  Reading it in the heat of the garden, I couldn't believe how incredible Chapter I was, the whole of which is one long feast among the exotic and hated Mercenaries who have gathered (or have been sent in this case by a war-weary and hostile Carthage, their employer) at the palace of the great general Hamilcar.  The slow build up from wonderment at the opulence and civilization of their surroundings, to wanton gluttony, and the slow descent into drunken madness and mayhem was brilliantly rendered, quite literally in this sense, producing a jewel-like vision which two days later, still makes me stagger with the excellence of it.  Unforgettable.

If the rest of book is half as good as that first scene/chapter, than Flaubert will have produced another masterpiece in my opinion. And if it isn't, then he's still written something that contains the sort of magisterial wonder I'd give my back teeth to someday produce.

Highly recommended.

E.

"The trees behind them were still smoking; half-burned carcasses of apes dropped from their blackened boughs from time to time into the midst of the dishes. Drunken soldiers snored open-mouthed by the side of the corpses, and those who were not asleep lowered their heads dazzled by the light of day. The trampled soil was hidden beneath splashes of red. The elephants poised their bleeding trunks between the stakes of their pens. In the open granaries might be seen sacks of spilled wheat, below the gate was a thick line of chariots which had been heaped up by the Barbarians, and the peacocks perched in the cedars were spreading their tails and beginning to utter their cry."  - Salammbo, Flaubert

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Post by: Autumn2May on April 20, 2011, 01:31:17 PM
Re-reading A Clash of Kings and glancing apologetically at Stephen Donaldson's "Against All things Ending" which has been parked since I rediscovered the sheer unmatched JOY that is ASOIAF!  ;D

Also reading Lord of the Rings now... I'm doing chapter of Clash of Kings and chapter of Lord of the Rings alternating :D

Where are you in Lord of the Rings?  How are you liking it compared to The Hobbit?

I have to say that Lord of the Rings has blown me away. I will admit here that after reading 'The Hobbit' my hopes and dreams were completely slashed... I'd heard so much about Tolkien and loved the films, but always avoided the books... Like 'Game of Thrones' - when something is talked up soooooooo much, there is almost a fear that upon reading it, it will not live up to expectations.

The Hobbit seemed to fit this fear that I had already set up for myself... it was so linear and single character focused that I thought perhaps Tolkien, although a create creator of worlds and language was just not a create story-teller. HOWEVER, 'The Hobbit' is of course a kids book, that is basically a narrative written into a book... although I did know this... I thought perhaps Tolkien would use this same narration style in 'Lord of the Rings' and almost decided to not read it until next year....

However... I went with it and am so far so, so impressed. The book is VERY detailed, but it flows so much better and the narrative is fantastic. I love the dialogue too... it is FAR better than expected :)

It is very different than The Hobbit.  I had a feeling you might like it. ;)  I actually ignored it for a while myself.  My dad was constantly trying to get me to read it, but since I'd seen the cartoon, I was sure it couldn't be that interesting since I already knew the ending.  I was wrong.  ;D  And now Lord of the Rings is one of my favorites. :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: OneChapterMore on April 21, 2011, 04:40:58 PM
Currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and also Embassytown by China Mieville.

Both are excellent - Embassytown exceedingly complicated with great world-building, The Great Gatsby simply wonderful.

Finished 'Forbidden' by Tabitha Suzuma, which is a YA book, a touch odd (about concensual incest), very touching and a seriously sad ending. Good though.
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on April 21, 2011, 04:50:06 PM
Presently reading, The Fallen Blade, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, but am probably going to tandem read for the first time in my life (for pleasure!) and start either Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves, or Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path. I have far too much to read!
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Post by: emedwards on April 21, 2011, 07:26:48 PM
Michael Cisco's The Great Lover finally arrived in the post today. I've cracked it open even though I'm not done with Salammbo - and already I can say, a stunning start.  I loved Cisco's The Narrator, but already I'd wager good money that his newest may well be his best yet.  Heady and strange both come to mind.

Highly recommended - and I'm looking forward to finishing it tonight or tomorrow.

E.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 23, 2011, 10:07:30 PM
Finished the non-fantasy book I was reading (total crap, and not just because it was out of genre, the twist was not reasonably predictable based on prior knowledge, utter garbage) and since read The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish. Not amazing but interesting read. Need to figure out what I'm going to read next though...
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on April 23, 2011, 10:45:04 PM
Finished the non-fantasy book I was reading (total crap, and not just because it was out of genre, the twist was not reasonably predictable based on prior knowledge, utter garbage) and since read The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish. Not amazing but interesting read. Need to figure out what I'm going to read next though...

If you're still looking for Urban Fantasy, you should check out Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim or Butcher Bird.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 24, 2011, 02:24:31 PM
Still enjoying Lord of the Rings... I'm on course to finish the trilogy in around 10-12 days... which is pretty good for me :)

I like that the books are quite different to the films, it means I am still experiencing a lot of new stuff... however - I must say that book 1 was VERY close to the film, so props to Mr Jackson for that, very impressed :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ladypembroke on April 24, 2011, 05:56:15 PM
I am currently reading "Cast in Silence" by Michelle Sagara, trying to catch up on the series before the next one comes out later this year.

I joined 3 book clubs that are all reading different fantasy books next month.  It's going to be a very rough month for me.  LOL
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 24, 2011, 06:05:44 PM
Finished the non-fantasy book I was reading (total crap, and not just because it was out of genre, the twist was not reasonably predictable based on prior knowledge, utter garbage) and since read The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish. Not amazing but interesting read. Need to figure out what I'm going to read next though...

If you're still looking for Urban Fantasy, you should check out Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim or Butcher Bird.

I actually didn't like Sandman Slim... and I'm not sure why. The fact I don't know why bugs me, but I finished it going "ungh" and swore off the author.
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Post by: Silvergilt on April 24, 2011, 07:12:59 PM
The White Goddess by Robert Graves
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: OneChapterMore on April 25, 2011, 02:31:28 PM
Currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and also Embassytown by China Mieville.

Both are excellent - Embassytown exceedingly complicated with great world-building, The Great Gatsby simply wonderful.

Finished 'Forbidden' by Tabitha Suzuma, which is a YA book, a touch odd (about concensual incest), very touching and a seriously sad ending. Good though.

Finished The Great Gatsby, and excellent it was too. A classic for a reason I guess. I've read 200-odd pages of Embassytown, and its oh-so-complicated. I have to have a lighter read next to me, just in case the headache becomes too much. Therefore, I've picked up A Game of Thrones as my 'lighter' read... I've shamefully never read it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 25, 2011, 06:32:44 PM
Bit of a loll in LotR right now, so broke it up with some 'Princess and the Goblin' - gotta love 1800's Fantasy :D
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 26, 2011, 03:55:52 PM
Just finished Tigana which I really enjoyed, it's beautifully written.  Now onto Among Thieves by Doug Hulick which is a bit different to Tigana, although very good as well so far.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on April 26, 2011, 03:58:35 PM
Just finished Tigana which I really enjoyed, it's beautifully written.  Now onto Among Thieves by Doug Hulick which is a bit different to Tigana, although very good as well so far.   ;D

If you enjoy AT, make sure you check out Jhereg by Brust ;)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 26, 2011, 04:00:31 PM
If you enjoy AT, make sure you check out Jhereg by Brust ;)

I'll add him to my wishlist, it's got quite small at the moment.  Nearly reached my 52 books read for this year already.   :o
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Post by: Noona on April 26, 2011, 08:31:46 PM
Finished Kushiel's Mercy last night - it took me a whole 2 weeks to read the trilogy which is pretty slow for me but I had several days where I had no chance to read at all. I'm quite glad I read it fairly slowly though because I enjoyed this second trilogy almost as much as I loved the first and I realised when I finished that I won't read anything new about the characters again and I actually felt quite sad! :P

Reading The Hunger Games now, I haven't quite found it impossible to put down yet but the writing style is quite compelling.
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Post by: ibeeeg on April 26, 2011, 08:52:24 PM
I am done reading Lord of Chaos, book 6 in Wheel of Time. I did a buddy review with a friend which was fun.

I am almost done reading Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. This is a middle grade fantasy read. I like the story, but am tired of being told what is going on. I am wondering if most middle grade books have the tendency to tell instead of show.

I am going to start a YA (I think it is YA) book called Wild Geese by Caroline Pignat.  After I am done, I need to choose what will be read next: The Blade Itself,  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or The Wise Man's Fear.

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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 27, 2011, 12:22:41 AM
So, finished weight of blood and it's first sequel by Dalglish, few annoyances but overall a fun read if you like gritty dark-ish fantasy books. Now starting to read Beowulf as I feel like digging into some of the classic myths before starting to do serious world building after throwing out my prior project plan to start over with something more epic in nature. Though if it takes too long will have to back burner it come may to tear through Feed :)
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Post by: Shamrock on April 27, 2011, 08:11:18 AM
After I am done, I need to choose what will be read next: The Blade Itself,  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or The Wise Man's Fear.
I read The Blade Itself quite a long time ago, haven't read the other two. The Wise Man's Fear is on my kindle waiting to be read. I'm getting The Woman in Black this week, I'm so excited to read it.
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Post by: missoularedhead on April 27, 2011, 08:42:42 AM
I have to admit that I have been on the same book for 3 weeks now...that's rather...unusual for me. No time to read, stupid deadlines!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 27, 2011, 08:49:42 AM
Still on The Thousand Autumns of Jacob do Zoet - also quite slow for me.  Book 1 was quite slow reading, but book 2 is just magnificent.  David Mitchell has such a great feel and understanding of Japan, not so much on Dutch traders though! 

Also I did sneak in Ben Elton's Blind Faith.  Okay, his attempt to write a 1984.  The problem with Ben Elton is that his books are basically whatever is currently pissing him off, blown up to extremes to get the readers annoyed at those things too.  Here it is Evangelical Christianity, Social networking and Junk Food.   Yesm these things annoy me, but not to the extremes they annoy Mr Elton!
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on April 27, 2011, 05:32:00 PM
After finishing The Fallen Blade last week, I've now moved onto Gail Z. Martin's The Sworn - partially as I'm reviewing it for another site, but mainly as I wanted to give her a try. So far, I am actually sold, and plan to get a hold of her first series.
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Post by: ante_d on April 27, 2011, 09:18:25 PM
The Hundred Thousands Kingdoms. Find it surprisingly intriguing even though it's not really my type of fantasy. Easy read mostly, pages keeps flipping

Also reading the first part of the Mistborn series, but haven't really gotten into it, so it's on hold for now...
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on April 28, 2011, 12:08:25 AM
The Hundred Thousands Kingdoms. Find it surprisingly intriguing even though it's not really my type of fantasy. Easy read mostly, pages keeps flipping

Also reading the first part of the Mistborn series, but haven't really gotten into it, so it's on hold for now...

If you're enjoying 100k kingdoms I def recommend the sequel. Was a bit different but still a good read. Anxious to see how the next book plays out.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lyz on April 28, 2011, 12:10:29 AM
Currently, I'm reading FEED by Mira Grant (again, for our May book club; this is read #3). I'm also reading through a collaborative story that I'm working on with some friends of mine. I've come to the discovery that collaborative stuff is haaaaard work. :P
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Post by: Overlord on April 28, 2011, 08:05:00 AM
I am starting Feed on May 11th - I've set myself the challenge of reading LotR and His Dark Materials before that date... so I have a bit of work to do yet, lol.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 28, 2011, 08:51:31 AM
Finished Among Thieves last night (great read by the way, I preferred it to the Lynch books  ;D) and started on The Light of Burning Shadows: book 2 of the iron elves by Chris Evans.  I'm whizzing through this as well as it's another good book.
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on April 28, 2011, 09:29:47 PM
Ah, another reader of the Iron Elves series!
I've been reviewing the series for the Ranting Dragon, and nobody I seem to talk to has even heard of them. A good series.
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Post by: Shamrock on April 29, 2011, 06:00:32 AM
I finished Horns last night, today I'm starting Zoo City by Lauren Beukes which won the Arthur C. Clarke award on Wednesday. Yay!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on April 29, 2011, 09:48:23 AM
Ah, another reader of the Iron Elves series!
I've been reviewing the series for the Ranting Dragon, and nobody I seem to talk to has even heard of them. A good series.

I really enjoyed them, I need to know how it all ends now.   ;D

Started The Skinner by Neal Asher last night for a bit of a change.  It's also good so far!
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on April 29, 2011, 03:42:43 PM
Just finished reading Red seas under red skies, really enjoyed it. Now starting on Nights of Villjamur.
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on April 30, 2011, 12:37:16 AM
Nights of Villjamur is fantastic. I am a huge Mark C Newton fan. Very eagerly awaiting The Book of Transformations this summer.

Incidentally, I've had Red Seas Under Red Skies started for a while...but it got left behind amidst much better fantasy. I'm a little sad about this, as I wanted to really enjoy the series after LLoLL, but...he seems to have failed to capture my attention in the second book.
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Post by: Noona on May 01, 2011, 11:34:02 AM
Finished the hunger games, i liked it and the world was wonderfully creepy. Will get the sequel when I'm next in town. Then i read moon over soho which was probably even better than the rivers of London which is quite impressive. Can't wait for the next one to be released in November :)

Moving on to red seas under red skies next, got some time on my hands so hoping to get through the ever-increasing pile of unread books on my floor!
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 01, 2011, 02:29:29 PM
Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes. Took me awhile to get into...200 long battlescene at the beginning o_O
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Post by: Drying Ink on May 01, 2011, 02:30:44 PM
I'm looking forward to reading Moon Over Soho as well: I enjoyed Rivers of London even though it had a few flaws in my opinion - chiefly in the loss of the fantastic voice in the later half of the book, as I ended up saying in my review. Still, I've ordered Moon Over Soho and hopefully it'll come soon...
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 01, 2011, 06:08:04 PM
Not fantasy but Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday. Definitely intriguing.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 01, 2011, 06:48:25 PM
Took a detour from Beowulf and read First Lord's Fury. Sadly probably the second worst book in the series (the first being the worst). Seemed a rushed way to end a series that showed so much promise (books 3, 4, and to a lesser degree 5 were awesome). Figure I'll finish Beowulf then start on the book of the month.
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 01, 2011, 08:45:22 PM
Finished the Salmon book. Very interesting and a bit of a thought provoker if a bit unsubtle at times. Now pulled out a very bad crime novel called "The Art of Murder". The tag line just cried out read me! "the most famous killer in history has a disciple . . . In 21st century London".
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 02, 2011, 02:11:18 PM
Onto Odds and Gods by Tom Holt now. Storming through books now after being held up for a while by the beautiful but very lyrical "Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet"
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 02, 2011, 06:49:25 PM
I started the club read Feed today.  Interesting so far.
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Post by: missoularedhead on May 02, 2011, 07:27:39 PM
Just started Stephen Hunt's Rise of the Iron Moon.  I've missed my steampunk!
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on May 02, 2011, 11:22:48 PM
Happened on a free copy of Matt Forbeck's Vegas Knights, which seems to be some enjoyable popcorn, so I'll give that a go.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on May 04, 2011, 01:03:12 AM
Finished Nights of Villjamur, more than a little impressed. Loved lots of things about it and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Started on the Summer Tree earlier today already impressed, (not a suprise at all i have high expectations).
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 04, 2011, 08:11:53 AM
Just read 'Family Way' by Tony Parsons.  Do enjoy reading his books despite not being any fantasy elements there at all!
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Post by: pornokitsch on May 04, 2011, 08:18:23 AM
Happened on a free copy of Matt Forbeck's Vegas Knights, which seems to be some enjoyable popcorn, so I'll give that a go.

I just nabbed a copy in their latest ebook sale, also starting that soon...
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Post by: Bahl on May 04, 2011, 11:07:16 AM
Started a wise man's fear after finishing the Crippled God. Holy crap it was good.
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 04, 2011, 11:59:16 AM
My copies of Dragon Reporn, Shadow Rising and Carpe Jugulum (yeah, just like Manyoo booking hotels in London on the eve of FA Cup Final, I shot the load early with that one!) are on there way! Hopefully will be here by tomorrow!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 04, 2011, 02:31:21 PM
Started reading The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham last night after finishing Feed, now this is more like it.  Interesting characters and lots of imagination.   ;D
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Post by: OneChapterMore on May 04, 2011, 06:34:36 PM
Didn't like Feed? Shame on you!

I too shot the load early (crude turn of phrase that, but I like it!) with Carpe Jugulum. Might read it for some light relief later this week, after I finish Embassytown by China Mieville
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 04, 2011, 07:14:51 PM
Didn't like Feed? Shame on you!

it was ok, too much politics and not enough action for my taste!!  I preferred World War Z.   ;)
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Post by: Lyz on May 04, 2011, 07:15:58 PM
Didn't like Feed? Shame on you!

it was ok, too much politics and not enough action for my taste!!  I preferred World War Z.   ;)

I can understand this; I felt the same way, sometimes, but I've read FEED more than once... I just gets better every time, I think.
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Post by: Noona on May 04, 2011, 10:00:20 PM
Just finished red seas under red skies and was about ready to agree with the general consensus that it was enjoyable but not quite the lies of locke lamora, until  the final few chapters which were excellent. Loved both books, can't wait for republic of thieves :D
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 04, 2011, 11:55:51 PM
Just finished feed, and noticed he sequel is coming out the end of this month. Even with the complaints I have with it (they risk being spoilers so I won't say) I tore through the end of it fast and want more.
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Post by: Overlord on May 05, 2011, 08:46:35 AM
Looking to Finish Lord of the Rings on Saturday and then will start Feed a little earlier than planned! :D
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Post by: Winter on May 05, 2011, 09:26:42 AM
I am supposed to be reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time, but after a hundred some pages of nothing much going on and more terrible songs than I could ever hope to stomach, I have taken an extended break. I just finished up The Narrator by Michael Cisco, which has been due for review since sometime late last year. A difficult read, but rewarding. Cisco's prose is superb.

Now, I am taking a slight step away from fantasy and will either be reading Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife or David Albahari's Leeches, though both do contain minor fantastic elements.
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Post by: Overlord on May 05, 2011, 10:04:08 AM
I am supposed to be reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time, but after a hundred some pages of nothing much going on and more terrible songs than I could ever hope to stomach, I have taken an extended break. I just finished up The Narrator by Michael Cisco, which has been due for review since sometime late last year. A difficult read, but rewarding. Cisco's prose is superb.

Now, I am taking a slight step away from fantasy and will either be reading Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife or David Albahari's Leeches, though both do contain minor fantastic elements.

Must admit I skip the poems (mostly), but I actually quite enjoyed it. To save time I will post what I consider the negative points of the book that I e-mailed a friend earlier below:

I think Lord of the Rings is very good, I actually read the two towers pretty quickly (although I always skim-read the lengthy descriptions), but there are things wrong with that book. Most importantly A LOT happens without explanation and purely for Tolkien's convenience. Examples: When the wraith stabs Frodo... why not just kill him?. How come every time an Orc army get hold of Frodo they don't just kill him? Yes... they are under orders to capture, but the Orc's have already proven they don't care much about Sauron's word. Gandulf... How on Earth does he die and come back? I wasn't happy with that... he just 'came back' with no real explanation. It annoys me because it makes me question whether anyone can really die... and if there is a power for good, so strong it can bring back the dead... why not just destroy the ring/Sauron itself? =/

I think a lot of people saw these 'holes' and as a result modern writers do tighten up their events and that can only be a good thing.

As it goes though, the book is 95% positive, we were just discussing the negative aspects of the book. Probably the only book to date that can basically be a long walk and yet still keep a reader (or most readers) glued to it :)
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Post by: OneChapterMore on May 05, 2011, 11:54:32 AM
Just finished feed, and noticed he sequel is coming out the end of this month. Even with the complaints I have with it (they risk being spoilers so I won't say) I tore through the end of it fast and want more.

Spoiler tage it damn you! I want to see :) ([ spoiler] [ /spoiler] witout the spaces)
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 05, 2011, 12:00:20 PM
Woo Hoo back to fantasy land:

Dragon Reborn, Shadow Rising and Carpe Jugulum have arrived!

Rebel Alliance book club anyone for 'Carpe Jugulum'?  :D
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 05, 2011, 06:22:19 PM
Just finished feed, and noticed he sequel is coming out the end of this month. Even with the complaints I have with it (they risk being spoilers so I won't say) I tore through the end of it fast and want more.

Spoiler tage it damn you! I want to see :) ([ spoiler] [ /spoiler] witout the spaces)

Alrighty. Fair warning to anyone else, do not read if you have not finished Feed or simply don't care to have a major portion of the core plot spoiled. No, really
Tate being a major player for the bad guys was obvious by the second incident at the latest. I kept telling myself it could not be him because it was so obvious. Fortunately everything else was good enough I wanted to keep reading anyway.
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 05, 2011, 08:21:39 PM
100 pages into Dragon Reborn. Really enjoying The Wheel of Time now. Think I like reading from Perrin's POV way more than Rand's.
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Post by: ibeeeg on May 05, 2011, 08:35:44 PM
100 pages into Dragon Reborn. Really enjoying The Wheel of Time now. Think I like reading from Perrin's POV way more than Rand's.
Without looking back at my review, I am fairly certain I had the exact thoughts as you in regards to Perrin vs Rand.  Also, Dragon Reborn brought me more into the story as far as commitment level on my part to actually read all 13 or 14 massive books. (I keep forgetting the actual length of this series).  Look forward to reading what you think about this book.
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Post by: missoularedhead on May 06, 2011, 05:17:15 AM
Finished Stephen Hunt's Rise of the Iron Moon, and am reading his The Secrets of the Fire Sea. I do love his steampunk.
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Post by: Shamrock on May 06, 2011, 06:15:26 AM
Finishing off Zoo City this morning. Absolutely love it! Then I'm starting The Woman in Black :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 06, 2011, 08:45:50 AM
I finished Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path last night - very very good.  Great characters and different storyline for fantasy, so very promising start to the series.  Now onto Son of Heaven by David Wingrove, which I picked up for a £1 on amazon!!
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 08, 2011, 08:43:56 AM
In my continued need to jump from book to book like a madman, just finished Peter V Brett's Desert Spear. Highly enjoyed it. Gave me a lot to chew on for my own writing thoughts as well.
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Post by: Overlord on May 08, 2011, 09:24:19 AM
In my continued need to jump from book to book like a madman, just finished Peter V Brett's Desert Spear. Highly enjoyed it. Gave me a lot to chew on for my own writing thoughts as well.

Read that last year, really, really great book. Completely exploded the world of the demon cycle and grew it about 500%.

Finished Return of the King... hmmm.... erm... fantastic until book 6. I feel the book should have had one more scene after the ring was destroyed... what came after seemed very, very, very forced. It seemed almost as if Tolkien though "Brilliant... I've finished my book! Now I am going to make a rushed statement about industrialisation before I move on to my next project!". Was a bit of a slog for me, but I did it!

Now on chapter 5 of Feed... :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 09, 2011, 09:12:29 AM
I started Power's On Stranger Tides last night, it sounded interesting - fantasy and pirates, oh and it was cheap at amazon, lol!   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on May 09, 2011, 09:22:37 AM
About 1/3 through Feed... Really enjoying it :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 09, 2011, 01:18:39 PM
Just finished both Dragon Reborn and Carpe Jugulum. Now onto The Shadow Rising.
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Post by: Cheerwell on May 10, 2011, 08:36:08 AM
Imager's Challenge by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

A little preachy at times, a little too complex at others, but I can't (And won't) put it down.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on May 10, 2011, 03:02:47 PM
Finished reading Feed tonight (was an interesting book to say the least). Just starting on Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters. The first steampunk novel I've read I find the steampunk idea quite fascinating and am rather chagrined to find how little of it there seems to be available on the kindle.
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Post by: Toc the Youngest on May 14, 2011, 04:15:56 AM
Just started The Dragon's Path
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 14, 2011, 06:22:33 AM
Just started The Dragon's Path

A few people here seem to have read and enjoyed this, but no one has a dedicated thread for it, telling us why they liked it ....
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Post by: Shamrock on May 14, 2011, 06:42:28 AM
I'm reading a staple favourite series of mine. The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on May 14, 2011, 03:32:43 PM
So tonight I finished up on Whitechapel Gods not my favourite book of the year but interesting the mixing of genres was good. As of about ten minutes ago I am starting Storm front by Jim Butcher, I've been hearing so much about this Harry Dresden fellow for so long now and picked up a paperback copy in a second hand store yesterday nice and cheap.
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Post by: Autumn2May on May 14, 2011, 03:34:32 PM
I'm in the middle of rereading The Last Unicorn. :)
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on May 15, 2011, 10:10:18 AM
Reading God's War by Kameron Hurley.  Very dark, gruesome twist of sci-fi and fantasy.  Alien world, strange magics, creepy insects and religious zealotry.  10 chapters in and enjoying the hell out of it.  After that I'm going to read The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern.

Looking forward to Deadline and the new Bordertown anthology at the end of the month, so I can spend my birthday winnings.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 15, 2011, 11:17:18 AM
I am reading Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs and I am loving it. Gotta love good Uf that breaks your heart
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Post by: brandonmlindsay on May 15, 2011, 04:32:54 PM
I just finished Knife of Dreams, and I'm in the middle of The Unremembered by Peter Orullian and The Crippled God by Steven Erikson. The Unremembered is a lot like Eye of the World and Sword of Shannara, so if you like books like them, you might want to give it a shot. Anything by Steven Erikson, of course, is unlike anything else ever written.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 16, 2011, 10:24:02 AM
I'm starting David Dalglish's A Dance of Blades next.
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 16, 2011, 10:27:41 AM
So the unremembered rips off Lord of the Rings big time?
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Post by: brandonmlindsay on May 16, 2011, 02:46:49 PM
I wouldn't say LotR specifically, although there are some general similarities, of course. There is almost a one-to-one correspondence between the characters in the Unremembered and EotW. Vendanj = Moiraine (or Allanon). Mira = Lan. Tahn = Rand. Sutter = Mat. I've met Peter Orullian a few times and he's a nice guy, so I really tried to like The Unremembered, but I actually decided to put it back on the shelf just last night and start reading a real WoT book.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 16, 2011, 05:19:23 PM
I'm starting David Dalglish's A Dance of Blades next.
How did you enjoy Dance of Cloaks? I'm on book 3 of the half-orc series which isn't amazing but overall a fun read, and so curious about his other books in the same world.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 16, 2011, 05:30:24 PM
How did you enjoy Dance of Cloaks? I'm on book 3 of the half-orc series which isn't amazing but overall a fun read, and so curious about his other books in the same world.

It's a very good story depicting the relationship between a father and son amongst assassins and magic. Well written and very enjoyable.  I've also read the first book in the half-orc series and enjoyed that one too.  The Dance books are set in the same world, I think.  Definately worth a read if you enjoyed his orc stuff.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 16, 2011, 06:34:09 PM
It's a very good story depicting the relationship between a father and son amongst assassins and magic. Well written and very enjoyable.  I've also read the first book in the half-orc series and enjoyed that one too.  The Dance books are set in the same world, I think.  Definately worth a read if you enjoyed his orc stuff.

Yeah set in the same world, and Hearn shows up in book 2 of half-orcs so as I understand it he's doing the back story for that character, since the relationship with his father comes up pretty heavily.
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Post by: Lyz on May 16, 2011, 09:35:17 PM
Started Graceling by Kristin Cashore over the weekend. It's really good. :D
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Post by: Cheerwell on May 17, 2011, 09:14:58 AM
Started Graceling by Kristin Cashore over the weekend. It's really good. :D
You'll have to let me know what it's like when you're done. I've had it sat on my shelf for a short while but I've not gotten around to it yet.

In terms of fantasy, I'm currently reading The Magic Kingdom of Landover: Volume #1 by Terry Brooks. I'm a few chapters into it and it's better than I was expecting, not that I was honestly expecting much.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on May 17, 2011, 04:04:24 PM
Started on Empire in black and gold this evening.
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on May 17, 2011, 05:23:15 PM
Just finished Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves -- brilliant read!

Now starting Alan Campbell's Sea of Ghosts, and hoping to speed-read before my The Order of the Scales (Stephen Deas) wings its way here (it was despatched earlier than planned!).
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Post by: ibeeeg on May 17, 2011, 05:28:35 PM
Started Graceling by Kristin Cashore over the weekend. It's really good. :D
I loved Graceling. This reminds me, I have Fire sitting on my bookshelves. I should read that one soon.

I have just set aside The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I just cannot get into the story. Although, I hear that it does pick up after the initial slow start. I will try again later.

I am now going to start reading The Fiddler's Gun by A. S. Peterson
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 19, 2011, 09:10:00 AM
I just started Green Rider by Kristen Britain last night. Can't say anything yet, read 2 pages ;)
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Post by: missoularedhead on May 19, 2011, 09:55:39 AM
Ooh, I actually liked that one quite a bit!  Currently reading Michelle West's City of Night
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 20, 2011, 10:41:30 AM
Green Rider is good, I would certainly not have done what she did  :o
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 21, 2011, 01:21:09 PM
Blood of Requiem by Daniel Arenson is what I am starting today
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Post by: Overlord on May 21, 2011, 06:44:43 PM
Still reading and enjoying Clash of Kings... it's another step up in terms of story... getting a bit complicated now... I'm having to draw charts and everything ;)
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Post by: missoularedhead on May 22, 2011, 07:38:28 PM
Finished City of Night (I do like Michelle West!), and, in a fit of reading and dissertation avoidance, finished Incarceron, as well.  Have to say, Incarceron is impressive.  It's a YA novel, which you would think you could see coming a mile away, but indeed, I was blown away by the ending. I highly recommend it!
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Post by: Autumn2May on May 22, 2011, 10:32:30 PM
My brothers got me a Kindle for my birthday! ;D  So now that I can read ebooks, I started Ravenmarked by our own Amy Rose Davis. :D
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Post by: elvenfascist on May 23, 2011, 01:15:42 AM
Working on 'The Court of Air' by Stephen Hunt but I just picked up a copy of 'Historical Lovecraft' on Smashwords and that has been calling to me more :E
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 23, 2011, 02:54:52 AM
Finished Death of Promises by Dalglish last night, and today started on Labyrinth by Kat Richardson. Omnomnom more books!
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Post by: Overlord on May 24, 2011, 08:58:07 AM
My brothers got me a Kindle for my birthday! ;D  So now that I can read ebooks, I started Ravenmarked by our own Amy Rose Davis. :D

Would you like to review it once you are done? :)

I am still reading Clash of Kings and Northern Lights... quite slow right now as I'm going an Essay on Christianity and it is requiring a TON of research *sigh*
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 24, 2011, 09:35:19 AM
Yesterday I read Necropolis Rising by Dave Jeffery (interesting British zombie story with a bit of a twist) and then started on Fire of Heaven by Robert Jordan.  Shadowplay arrived this morning and I'm trying to resist the temptation to start a second book at a time.   ::)
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 24, 2011, 11:19:52 AM
I started book 2 in the Green Rider series: First Rider's Call by Kristin Britain
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Post by: ibeeeg on May 24, 2011, 11:53:22 AM
I started book 2 in the Green Rider series: First Rider's Call by Kristin Britain

What did you think of Green Rider?  It is my favorite out of the first three that I read. I do want to read the fourth book, Blackveil.
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Post by: Autumn2May on May 24, 2011, 02:54:55 PM
My brothers got me a Kindle for my birthday! ;D  So now that I can read ebooks, I started Ravenmarked by our own Amy Rose Davis. :D

Would you like to review it once you are done? :)


Sure!  Sounds good to me. :)
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 24, 2011, 07:01:02 PM
I started book 2 in the Green Rider series: First Rider's Call by Kristin Britain

What did you think of Green Rider?  It is my favorite out of the first three that I read. I do want to read the fourth book, Blackveil.

I enjoyed it book 1 and I think I like book 2 even more :)
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Post by: Lyz on May 24, 2011, 07:34:58 PM
Started Graceling by Kristin Cashore over the weekend. It's really good. :D
You'll have to let me know what it's like when you're done. I've had it sat on my shelf for a short while but I've not gotten around to it yet.

Review up on my website here (http://steponephoto.net/reviews/graceling/)! I liked it, quite a bit; I thought the characters were fun, and it was nice to see them grow and really come into themselves. :)
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Post by: missoularedhead on May 25, 2011, 06:20:07 AM
Finished (in one day, in 15 minute chunks between hour long diss sprints) Alice Seabold's The Lovely Bones.  The next day, in the same way, I read The Poisoner's Handbook, which is a great pop history book about the first truly professional medical examiner in NYC, and his chemist. I highly recommend it!

And now, I've just barely breached KJ Parker's The Hammer.
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Post by: HotdogMcGoo on May 25, 2011, 02:23:46 PM
About 200 pages left in Beyond the Shadows.  I haven't had time to read much lately and it's killing me, I can't wait to finish this excellent trilogy.
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Post by: Shamrock on May 25, 2011, 04:13:26 PM
I finished The Shining today, and I've finally decided to read The Hobbit. Only 20 pages in but I am enjoying it.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on May 26, 2011, 09:01:33 PM
Opted to reread Roger Zelazny's Hugo-winning Lord of Light, which is one of my all-time favorites.  Tales of Hindu Gods and a trickster Buddha wrapped around some crunchy sci-fi.  An interesting take on religion and philosophy, as well as colonization.  Highly recommend it.

Edit: Several hours later  I returned from the bookstore, my plans for writing and reading Lord of Light now derailed because Welcome to Bordertown is out.  13 years was way too long to wait.
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Post by: Overlord on May 27, 2011, 08:58:09 AM
Reading Way of Kings.... trying to finish it in 5 days in preparation for my interview next Friday... not looking likely so far... such a huge, huge, huge book... luckily it is bank holiday in the UK the next 3 days, so might get some time.
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Post by: Nighteyes on May 27, 2011, 12:22:17 PM
Actually WOK is a quite quick read, you think it will take a while, but you end up zipping through it. 
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Post by: OneChapterMore on May 27, 2011, 01:57:16 PM
I need to read WoK...

I finished A Clash of Kings and Prince of Thorns, as well as my non-fiction book, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Read it if you care about factory farming at all....).

Now starting on The Great Railroad Bazaar by Paul Theroux and Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander. Need a fiction book though - The Left Hand of God is the only decent fantasy available in Italy though... Is it any good, or should I just buy the Assassin's Creed book?
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 27, 2011, 07:09:49 PM
Alien Tango by Gini Koch
No idea what genre it is..some sort of sci-fi romance/contemporary mash-up ;)
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Post by: Oli on May 27, 2011, 10:31:27 PM
I'm re-reading The Book Of The New Sun for the third time. It's a lot of book, but I'm convinced Gene Wolfe is the best author I've read in any genre. Apart from the other writers I was convinced were the best ever while I was reading their work...
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on May 28, 2011, 05:22:56 PM
I'm going to start the first Mistborn novel, as I've been hankering to read some Sanderson.

Though I would be reading The Book of Transformations after seeing it in Waterstone's today, if I'd not been waiting on a copy of a limited edition run of the book from an indie publisher! Believe me...the temptation to buy it anyway was huge. I am a massive Mark C Newton fanboy!!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 28, 2011, 06:04:31 PM
Though I would be reading The Book of Transformations after seeing it in Waterstone's today, if I'd not been waiting on a copy of a limited edition run of the book from an indie publisher! Believe me...the temptation to buy it anyway was huge. I am a massive Mark C Newton fanboy!!

I'm impatiently waiting till 3 June as I've got Book of Transformations on pre-order for my kindle.   ;D
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on May 28, 2011, 06:36:06 PM
Though I would be reading The Book of Transformations after seeing it in Waterstone's today, if I'd not been waiting on a copy of a limited edition run of the book from an indie publisher! Believe me...the temptation to buy it anyway was huge. I am a massive Mark C Newton fanboy!!

I'm impatiently waiting till 3 June as I've got Book of Transformations on pre-order for my kindle.   ;D

I caved in! I bought the hardcover from Amazon today. I guess when the shiny, LTD ED arrives, I'll simply switch over and read the 'better' one. I am a shameless Mark C Newton fanboy...shameless. (I also bought all other eds of his previous Red Sun novels that I didn't have...just to collect the covers!)


Hoping to read some very new fantasy (to me) over the summer, having bought out of my comfort zone just now and purchased some different things! Lots of new books coming soon. : )b
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Post by: Blodeuedd on May 29, 2011, 01:50:09 PM
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I do like freaky dystopia worlds
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 29, 2011, 05:49:24 PM
In a mood so took a brief detour from Labyrinth (even though I'm almost done with it) and read GGK's Under Heaven. Such an amazing book.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on May 30, 2011, 05:00:27 AM
Finished Labyrinth and have since started Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Overall fairly entertaining so far (roughly 1/6th of the way through) though he goes a little more thick on exposition then I care for these days, as I've come to believe in more slowly and carefully layering this sort of thing on. But overall I'm enjoying it and plan to keep reading. Plus the other two books in the trilogy will be out shortly, which is a plus. Only other series I've been interested in I saw this treatment for was Weeks' Night Angel, though I only found it just as the third book came out.
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Post by: Overlord on May 30, 2011, 08:35:26 AM
Though I would be reading The Book of Transformations after seeing it in Waterstone's today, if I'd not been waiting on a copy of a limited edition run of the book from an indie publisher! Believe me...the temptation to buy it anyway was huge. I am a massive Mark C Newton fanboy!!

I'm impatiently waiting till 3 June as I've got Book of Transformations on pre-order for my kindle.   ;D

Do you fancy doing a review once it is out? :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 30, 2011, 10:55:04 AM
Do you fancy doing a review once it is out? :)

I'm rubbish at reviewing books, so that would probably be a no.  lol. 
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Post by: ChristinaJL on May 30, 2011, 10:59:06 AM
Yesterday I finished WoT 5, read Hollowland by Amanda Hocking and started on Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton.

The Amanda Hocking book was a very quick read, thought I'd give another YA book a go and enjoyed this one.  It was kind of typical female kick ass/zombie story but very readable and the characters were quite well done.

This is my first Hamilton book, but I'm whizzing along as it's really interesting.  Good world building and characters so far.
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Post by: Rhevian on May 30, 2011, 11:42:20 AM
I'm currently half way through The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, but I'm finding it hard going. I don't mind the violence, the profanities, the heresy - it's just Bullington's writing style that makes it so easy to put down.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on June 02, 2011, 06:54:41 PM
Yesterday I read and loved Brent Week's Durzo short story and then plodded onwards with Peter F Hamilton's Pandora's Star (which I'm loving but which is very long!!).  Tomorrow I've been persuaded to defect (by Mark CN, Leo and Pornokitsch!!!) into reading Book of Transformations by Mark CN which I'm looking forward to immensely!!   ;D  ;D  ;D

Oh and today I also bought a kindle version from amazon uk of Peter V Brett's Bryan's Gold and the Bazar short story, but that will have to wait a week.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on June 02, 2011, 06:58:47 PM
Started  Kraken (only a chapter in so far, didn't have much time yesterday between nap and writing) and soon will probably read Week's new short story/novella whatever as well.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on June 03, 2011, 02:53:03 AM
Finishing up Lord of Light, working on a re-read of Welcome to Bordertown and starting on Mira Grant's DEADLINE.  Happened to run into Ms Grant when I went to pick up my copy today and she was kind enough to sign it for me.
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 03, 2011, 04:59:22 AM
Just read Chart Throb by Ben Elton and now reading Lustrum by Robert Harris
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Post by: Blodeuedd on June 03, 2011, 05:07:28 PM
Cold Magic by Kate Elliott, hoping it will be good..and cool!  ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 03, 2011, 05:10:51 PM
Paddington Here and Now by Michael Bond
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on June 04, 2011, 07:36:42 AM
Briefly detoured from Kraken to read Perfect Shadow by Weeks. If you've read and enjoyed the other Night Angel books, this short novella is a neat read, seeing how Durzo got tied in with Mama K
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Post by: qazkatarin on June 04, 2011, 01:47:23 PM
Among Others by Jo Walton. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through it and, while I really like the magic system, it feels very much like I can hear the author expressing her own opinions of classic SF/F.
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Post by: Shamrock on June 04, 2011, 03:07:54 PM
Paddington Here and Now by Michael Bond
Do you have the hardcover box set? I love paddington!
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 04, 2011, 05:04:32 PM
No. I read them all as a kid, but the latest one was a present from my Mum a couple years back. I think it was the first to be written in 30years!does Paddington count as Urban Fantasy?
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Post by: Kristina on June 04, 2011, 08:26:35 PM
I have shamefully hidden the fact from everyone I know that after all these years of being a fantasy fan, I've never read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. However, last night I finally started The Fellowship of the Ring and I love it so far!
I read the Hobbit back in high school and then again last January to see if I would appreciate it more as an adult, but I'm still not crazy about how he wrote it. Does anyone else feel the same way? I enjoyed the story, just not the style. The Fellowship of the Ring seems to be written a lot better and is much more enjoyable.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Trilogy and getting on the same page with just about everybody :)
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on June 04, 2011, 09:40:51 PM
The Hobbit was written in a time when books for children were expected to sound either patriarchal or maternal depending on the age and/or sex of the audience they were intended for, so to modern readers it can feel very patronising. The Oz books, Narnia and the likes of Swallows & Amazons and Peter Pan also suffer from the same problem. Writers of that era didn't even to attempt to engage their readers as equals, since they considered children to be, to all intents and purposes, a bit stupid*. It jars a bit to read something of that era as an adult, but there's often still a very good story buried in there somewhere.

* Right in one respect (most small children lack the acquired academic knowledge of young adults and grown ups), but utterly wrong in oh so many others (I don't recall I've ever heard so many exclamations of "That's just stupid!"or "Why would anyone even do that?" as when trying to read an Enid Blyton to my niece).
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Post by: Shamrock on June 04, 2011, 10:53:40 PM
No. I read them all as a kid, but the latest one was a present from my Mum a couple years back. I think it was the first to be written in 30years!does Paddington count as Urban Fantasy?
That's a good question, I suppose so? I mean he lives with a family in London so it must be. I got a box set at a book sale a year or two ago with a Stephen Fry quote on the cover. Stephen Fry FTW.

I read the Hobbit back in high school and then again last January to see if I would appreciate it more as an adult, but I'm still not crazy about how he wrote it. Does anyone else feel the same way? I enjoyed the story, just not the style.
I read The Hobbit this week, tried to read it a few years ago and I couldn't bear it. So I finally decided to try again and this time I actually finished it. Really not a huge fan, way too little dialogue for my liking. I don't see what all the fuss is about honestly.

And I just bought Kraken on my kindle this afternoon. Boyfriend got an iPad this week, so this means I won't be missed while I sneak off to bed to read Kraken.
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Post by: Overlord on June 05, 2011, 11:39:39 AM
I have shamefully hidden the fact from everyone I know that after all these years of being a fantasy fan, I've never read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. However, last night I finally started The Fellowship of the Ring and I love it so far!
I read the Hobbit back in high school and then again last January to see if I would appreciate it more as an adult, but I'm still not crazy about how he wrote it. Does anyone else feel the same way? I enjoyed the story, just not the style. The Fellowship of the Ring seems to be written a lot better and is much more enjoyable.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Trilogy and getting on the same page with just about everybody :)

I had the exact same feelings... in fact... if you look up my posts you will find out I said almost just what you said... I really wasn't crazy on the Hobbit... but Fellowship of the Rings seemed almost as if another writer had taken up the world... ended up reading the complete LOTR series faster than I read the Hobbit :D
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 05, 2011, 08:25:15 PM
Just finished Lustrum by Robert Harris. Fascinating. Never realised what a ruthless bastard Julius Caeser was.
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Post by: Shanothaine on June 06, 2011, 12:50:56 PM
Hi all!

I'm currently busy with Spellwright by Blake Charlton. I must admit that I am loving it, perhaps a bit too much :D

I think it's well-written, and he did a brilliant job at inventing his magic concepts. Truly cool!

Peace!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on June 07, 2011, 09:35:37 AM
I'm currently reading How I won the yellow jumper by Ned Boulting.   :D
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Post by: Overlord on June 07, 2011, 02:49:34 PM
Just purchased: Shadow Prowler and God Killers today :P
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on June 07, 2011, 03:39:05 PM
I finished reading DEADLINE last night and wow!  Mira Grant managed to follow up FEED in the best way possible, and now I don't want to wait another year for BLACKOUT.  If you loved FEED, you've got to read DEADLINE.
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Post by: Autumn2May on June 07, 2011, 04:22:40 PM
Just finished Ravenmarked by Amy Rose Davis. :)  Good story!  Can't wait for the next one. :)  Now I just have to write up my review for it.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on June 07, 2011, 05:59:29 PM
The Forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan. Zombies!
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Post by: Overlord on June 08, 2011, 08:58:55 AM
The Forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan. Zombies!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many mixed reviews about that one - can you let me know what you think? :)
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Post by: ibeeeg on June 08, 2011, 01:11:32 PM
The Forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan. Zombies!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many mixed reviews about that one - can you let me know what you think? :)

I am curious too.


For me, I am reading A Crown of Swords (book 7 in Wheel of Time)  I am liking this book a lot and more so than Lord of Chaos (book 6).
I am also reading The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber.  That title is a mouth full, but very fitting.  This is a victorian gothic paranormal story with a touch of romance. I think that is probably the best way to describe. Ghosts, prophecy, supernatural talents,  I like it; holding my interest plus I am finding the flow and feel of the story to be a bit eerie yet not. the romance part is very minor (so far). The feel of the story is slightly reminding me of the The Parasol Protectorate series; slightly.



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Post by: Nighteyes on June 08, 2011, 01:58:38 PM
Just about to embark on Lord of Chaos
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Post by: Blodeuedd on June 10, 2011, 07:21:04 AM
The Forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan. Zombies!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many mixed reviews about that one - can you let me know what you think? :)

I am curious too.



I am rather torn in the end. I liked it, easy to read, fast to read. But there were some things like the whole romance mess, people not saying what they want (in the romance mess) and the end. Oh and the fact that it ended rather abrupt but the next book is not even about the main character any more, instead about her adoptive daughter or something. Still zombies! ;)
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Post by: Shanothaine on June 10, 2011, 08:48:32 AM
Just a quick question ito of currently reading: are you aware of the #fridayreads trend on twitter? Go check it out - it is run by @thebookmaven - and it really is quite cool!

Have a great weekend!

Peace out!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on June 10, 2011, 10:14:53 AM
I started on Kraken yesterday.  Interesting so far!!!   ;D
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Post by: rsullivan9597 on June 12, 2011, 03:50:50 PM
Finally getting around to Wise Man's Fear. Really enjoyed Name of the Wind. I'm also reading Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1) as I want to compare contrast how the story is modified when St. Martin's Press re-releases it.
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Post by: Overlord on June 13, 2011, 03:39:55 PM
I am onto black halo after realising my Kraken on the ereader was poorly formatted. Just asked a friend for my hard copy back!!!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on June 14, 2011, 04:54:37 PM
Gave up on Kraken as it wasn't my kind of thing, started Deadline instead!!
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Post by: billdoor on June 15, 2011, 03:13:56 PM
Treading water until next month when GRRM book finally hits my door mat by re-reading Stephen Donaldon's GAP series. First re-read since it was completed too :D
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Post by: Cuthbo on June 16, 2011, 11:56:14 AM
Robin Hobb's "Fools Errand" which I heartily recommend. Robin Hobb is up there at the top with Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin! :)
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Post by: Overlord on June 16, 2011, 12:26:45 PM
Robin Hobb's "Fools Errand" which I heartily recommend. Robin Hobb is up there at the top with Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin! :)

As high as Martin? Really? Wow... I need to read one of her books... I keep meaning to and then something else comes up... hmmmmm.
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 16, 2011, 12:30:18 PM
I love Robin Hobb too.  Nasty Pornokitsch says she ain't all that, but even he admits crying when a certain character got in in Fool's Errand.  :P

I think Autumn2May and Mark Lawrence are also  MASSIVE fans. 

Without really thinking about I realised the other day I've read 14 books by her, and still have another 3 on the pile (but as Megan Lindholm).

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Post by: ibeeeg on June 16, 2011, 01:10:00 PM
I love Robin Hobb too.  Nasty Pornokitsch says she ain't all that, but even he admits crying when a certain character got in in Fool's Errand.  :P

I think Autumn2May and Mark Lawrence are also  MASSIVE fans. 

Without really thinking about I realised the other day I've read 14 books by her, and still have another 3 on the pile (but as Megan Lindholm).



I have not read Hobb, but would like to change that. Which book should I start with?


I am currently reading FIRE by Kristin Cashore

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Post by: Nighteyes on June 16, 2011, 01:20:42 PM
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb is the first. 
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on June 16, 2011, 02:34:00 PM
I just finished Roil by Trent Jamieson and just picked up Germline by T.C. McCarthy.  Still struggling through The Dragon's Path.  It's wonderfully written, but at the end of every chapter I just don't feel like reading the next one.
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Post by: Overlord on June 16, 2011, 03:29:20 PM
Just picked up Gail Z Martin's book - The Sworn... looks quite good... another one to add to 'the pile' lol.
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Post by: Autumn2May on June 16, 2011, 05:24:37 PM
I love Robin Hobb too.  Nasty Pornokitsch says she ain't all that, but even he admits crying when a certain character got in in Fool's Errand.  :P

I think Autumn2May and Mark Lawrence are also  MASSIVE fans. 

Without really thinking about I realised the other day I've read 14 books by her, and still have another 3 on the pile (but as Megan Lindholm).



Sorry, you're thinking of someone else. :) Though she is on my too read. :)  Of course...most things are on my to read...
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Post by: Autumn2May on June 16, 2011, 05:27:23 PM
Also I just remembered I finished my last review so now I can start on my copy of Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux that I won on the boards a week or so ago. :)  And I need to dig through the to read pile that has been sitting on the corner of my desk for the last 3 months. ::)
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 16, 2011, 05:37:58 PM
Who am I thinking of then?Christina perhaps . . .
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Post by: Lyz on June 16, 2011, 05:42:22 PM
I just recently started Kushiel's Dart. It's not bad, but it's not as wonderful as I was hoping. I think I'll probably hold out until the end to make a real judgment on it, though.  :-\
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on June 16, 2011, 06:00:26 PM
I just recently started Kushiel's Dart. It's not bad, but it's not as wonderful as I was hoping. I think I'll probably hold out until the end to make a real judgment on it, though.  :-\

I wrote a review (http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/05/kushiels-dart-jacqueline-carey.html) on it a few weeks ago if you're at all curious.

Short story - it's really long, the sex is intense, gets exciting at about the 450 page mark, ends about the 900 page mark, then gives you another 120 pages of wrap up and setup for the next book.  It's exhausting.  The good parts are good, the rest is a slog.

In my humble opinion.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on June 16, 2011, 06:22:21 PM
Who am I thinking of then?Christina perhaps . . .

Nope, not me.  I read her Dragon's Keeper book and wasn't overly impressed - it was ok, but not inspired me to pick up anything else of her's.
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 16, 2011, 06:27:01 PM
Well d'oh!its the tenth in an ongoing series.it would be like reading winter's heart as your first WOT novel! Yes. They are sold as stand alone trilogies but I think reading them out of sequence is just gonna confuse the reader. 
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 16, 2011, 06:28:37 PM
Also Dragon Keeper is the weakest in that sequence by quite a margin
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 16, 2011, 06:34:28 PM
I found the person by scrolling through old topics. Misssoularedhead!
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Post by: Noona on June 16, 2011, 07:34:36 PM
I loved the kushiel's...series from start to finish but I think it can be quite divisive. (that is a  real word, right? :p)

I've not posted here for a while but recently I've read plugged by eoin colfer (not fantasy), kraken and the hobbit, and i'm currently reading the first in the keys to the kingdom series by garth nix. So far it's good but not quite the old kingdom trilogy, although that series is a lot to live up to!
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Post by: Autumn2May on June 16, 2011, 08:03:54 PM
I found the person by scrolling through old topics. Misssoularedhead!

Okay, yup.  I remember Missoula talking about her now. :)
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on June 17, 2011, 01:55:47 AM
Robin Hobb is certainly an interesting author to read. I tore through the Farseer trilogy and Tawny Man as they came out, though never bothered with Liveship Trader or the newer stuff, been spreading myself out more instead to experience as many voice in the genre as possible. However for anyone looking for well written but newer fiction in the genre to read, I'm another who will highly recommend checking out Assassin's Apprentice and if you like it going from there.
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 17, 2011, 04:33:59 AM
You have to read the Liveships Trilogy!some people argue its better than the Assassin books. Certainly a lot less angst and way more action.It has pirates! 
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Post by: shigzeo on June 17, 2011, 10:51:52 AM
I had to take a break from fantasy and speculative fiction for a while. I've hunkered down with U2 in one ear, and James Joyce's 'The Dubliners' in my eyes.

You have to read the Liveships Trilogy!some people argue its better than the Assassin books. Certainly a lot less angst and way more action.It has pirates! 
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Post by: OneChapterMore on June 17, 2011, 06:02:45 PM
And I'm back...

5 weeks of travelling meant lots of book reading:

Eating Animls - Jonathan Safron Foer Persuaded me to (finally) become a veggie. Bloody brilliant, well written and convincing. 5*
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin Wow. Next! 5*
Prince of Thorns - Mark Lawrence A solid debut, with a brilliant plot; a few rookie mistakes - some irritating pacing and scene changes. Perhaps needed to be longer. 3.5*
The Great Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux The greatest of great travel writers, with his (apparently) best book. Very good, some annoyances, only dated slightly. Worth a read, particularly if travelling. 4*
The Left Hand of God - Paul Hoffman Oh God. Make it stop. A good plot, with great action ruined, absolutely ruined, by the writing style and shortened length. Oh and the odd world, with random bits of real-life thrown in. I was glad when it was over, and that shouldn't happen. 2*
Glover's Mistake - Nick Laird Shhhh... Romantic Chick-Lit which I read to my girlfriend at night. Was pretty solid for the most part, with a rubbish ending. Not world-fire-setting 2.5*
Transition - Iain Banks Great idea, great world. Some character viewpoints (The Philosopher, Adam) superfluous except for minor exposition and interesting stories unto themselves. Could have done with a tighter plotline. 4*
The Chrysalids - John Wyndham Another rubbish ending! Another that needed to be longer! Though this was made up for by the wonderful book itself, an absolute classic and deservedly so. 4.5*
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman Great novel, very interesting, very different, very imaginative. Up there with the greats. 5*

Currently reading Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie, though I've managed to leave it at my girlfriend's house, so am going to start Stardust by Neal Gaiman, as a prelude to American Gods, whcih I'll read at some point soon.

EDIT: I hve discovered a second copy of BTAH while looking for Stardust. Hooray!
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 17, 2011, 06:14:49 PM
You are reading some crackers there Moonshine!
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Post by: Shamrock on June 17, 2011, 10:29:18 PM
Gave up on Kraken. Seriously not my kind of thing. Picked up Assassin's Apprentice and Left Hand of God.
Thanks hound for the awesome recommendation :)
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Post by: Lyz on June 17, 2011, 10:36:38 PM
I just recently started Kushiel's Dart. It's not bad, but it's not as wonderful as I was hoping. I think I'll probably hold out until the end to make a real judgment on it, though.  :-\

I wrote a review (http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/05/kushiels-dart-jacqueline-carey.html) on it a few weeks ago if you're at all curious.

Short story - it's really long, the sex is intense, gets exciting at about the 450 page mark, ends about the 900 page mark, then gives you another 120 pages of wrap up and setup for the next book.  It's exhausting.  The good parts are good, the rest is a slog.

In my humble opinion.

hahaha, Well, I suppose that's a good way to put it. I just hit page 275, and I feel like it's starting to get interesting. At least, to the point where I'm wondering who, exactly, is plotting what and how far are they going to go to get it. I'm also intrigued by the introduction of someone who appears to be a new "main" character.

So... It's keeping me entertained, for sure. It's looking like one I may put down for a bit soon, though; I do find that it's taking me a while to get through it, and I have other books to read for reviews!
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Post by: Overlord on June 18, 2011, 09:57:15 AM
Gave up on Kraken. Seriously not my kind of thing. Picked up Assassin's Apprentice and Left Hand of God.
Thanks hound for the awesome recommendation :)

Who dares to recommend Left Hand of God on Fantasy-Faction!?!?!?!?!? lol (Everyone knows how much I despise that book!)
*grin*

Assassin's Apprentice will be read after Clash of Kings, Black Halo and Storm Front :)

Clash of Kings is getting really, really interesting at the moment. I love how all the characters are so, so different that it is almost like reading 5 books at once. Fantastic :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on June 18, 2011, 12:29:43 PM
I recommended Assassin's Apprentice not Hand of God. . . Wait till you read A Clash of Swords Overlord. Possibly my favourite book ever written.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 18, 2011, 04:57:23 PM
I recommended Assassin's Apprentice not Hand of God. . . Wait till you read A Clash of Swords Overlord. Possibly my favourite book ever written.

Over half way Mr Hound :) Good so far. I love that we have Dragons now... I'm reading:
Storm Front
Black Halo
Clash of Kings
Eon - The Two Pearls of Wisdom

After I have finished these ones I am going to stop reading so many books at the same time, lol.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on June 18, 2011, 05:31:43 PM
Still plodding my way through Mira Grant's Deadline - it's not grabbing me overly so far, so I've picked up The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell just to cheer me up even more.   :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 18, 2011, 05:41:32 PM
D'oh! I meant a Storm of Swords
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on June 18, 2011, 07:53:30 PM
Gave up on Kraken. Seriously not my kind of thing. Picked up Assassin's Apprentice and Left Hand of God.
Thanks hound for the awesome recommendation :)

Who dares to recommend Left Hand of God on Fantasy-Faction!?!?!?!?!? lol (Everyone knows how much I despise that book!)
*grin*

Assassin's Apprentice will be read after Clash of Kings, Black Halo and Storm Front :)

Clash of Kings is getting really, really interesting at the moment. I love how all the characters are so, so different that it is almost like reading 5 books at once. Fantastic :)
Yup Hound recommended Assassin's Apprentice and a friend from varsity recommended Left Hand of God. So when I went to the bookshop they had both, and my boyfriend was rushing me so I bought both. Will let you know what I think of both of them :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WizardofWestmarch on June 19, 2011, 07:36:00 AM
Started (and finished) Hexed by Kevin Hearne today. Don't expect it to win any awards, but it is a damned fun read, with getting booty from Goddesses (not in explicit detail) and lots of bad ass sword swinging.

And still in a mood to read, grabbed Deadline and started in on that.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 19, 2011, 09:22:12 AM
Quite enjoying 'Storm Front'. Essentially what Jim Butcher has done is taken a Phillip Marlowe novel (Raymond Chandler) and re-written it with Magic. The character is almost Phillip Marlowe... just without the gun.

I love Phillip Marlowe and I love Fantasy so pretty much a perfect combination for me :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 19, 2011, 09:24:10 AM
Quite enjoying 'Storm Front'. Essentially what Jim Butcher has done is taken a Phillip Marlowe novel (Raymond Chandler) and re-written it with Magic. The character is almost Phillip Marlowe... just without the gun.

I love Phillip Marlowe and I love Fantasy so pretty much a perfect combination for me :)

Just an example, one of the most familiar lines to me in 'The Big Sleep' by 'Raymond Chandler':
Carmen Sternwood: You're not very tall are you?
Philip Marlowe: Well, I, uh, I try to be.

You could certainly see Dresden saying that couldn't you? ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: deejrandom on June 19, 2011, 11:53:34 AM
I just finished The Big Sleep. Awesome book, enjoyed it very much.  I've always enjoyed Noir in movies but haven't read many of those types of hard boiled books.  After playing L.A. Noire and reviewing it, I decided to give Raymond Chandler a try. (Well that and after hearing Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming discuss the craft of writing in an old BBC broadcast.)

I just started Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks and am also rereading the Dark Tower series by King.  I just received the first Dark Tower Graphic novel in the mail and that made me want to read the whole story again. 

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WizardofWestmarch on June 19, 2011, 05:55:02 PM
Quite enjoying 'Storm Front'. Essentially what Jim Butcher has done is taken a Phillip Marlowe novel (Raymond Chandler) and re-written it with Magic. The character is almost Phillip Marlowe... just without the gun.

I love Phillip Marlowe and I love Fantasy so pretty much a perfect combination for me :)

Just an example, one of the most familiar lines to me in 'The Big Sleep' by 'Raymond Chandler':
Carmen Sternwood: You're not very tall are you?
Philip Marlowe: Well, I, uh, I try to be.

You could certainly see Dresden saying that couldn't you? ;)
It's like most PIs :P. The usual comparison I've heard, for example, is to Spencer of Robert Parker's Spencer for Hire series (which were a tv show in the states at one point).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 19, 2011, 08:03:11 PM
Quite enjoying 'Storm Front'. Essentially what Jim Butcher has done is taken a Phillip Marlowe novel (Raymond Chandler) and re-written it with Magic. The character is almost Phillip Marlowe... just without the gun.

I love Phillip Marlowe and I love Fantasy so pretty much a perfect combination for me :)

Just an example, one of the most familiar lines to me in 'The Big Sleep' by 'Raymond Chandler':
Carmen Sternwood: You're not very tall are you?
Philip Marlowe: Well, I, uh, I try to be.

You could certainly see Dresden saying that couldn't you? ;)
It's like most PIs :P. The usual comparison I've heard, for example, is to Spencer of Robert Parker's Spencer for Hire series (which were a tv show in the states at one point).

Indeed! I think the whole PI thing was huge in America a while back and a lot of people have fond memories of that time. Perhaps the authors working in that kind of voice are on to a good thing because some of those films, tv series and books still get mentioned today :)

Shadows Edge is amazing! :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: deejrandom on June 19, 2011, 10:18:48 PM

Indeed! I think the whole PI thing was huge in America a while back and a lot of people have fond memories of that time. Perhaps the authors working in that kind of voice are on to a good thing because some of those films, tv series and books still get mentioned today :)

Shadows Edge is amazing! :)

I'm working on a story with the same voice as those old hard-boiled books. We'll see how it works out...  Have the plot laid out, just need to start the actual writing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 20, 2011, 12:10:16 PM

Indeed! I think the whole PI thing was huge in America a while back and a lot of people have fond memories of that time. Perhaps the authors working in that kind of voice are on to a good thing because some of those films, tv series and books still get mentioned today :)

Shadows Edge is amazing! :)

I'm working on a story with the same voice as those old hard-boiled books. We'll see how it works out...  Have the plot laid out, just need to start the actual writing.

I would say check out people like; Hulick, Brust and of course Butcher. Reading successful work and popular work in the style of what you are trying to do can really help and improve your writing - also it might give you ideas on what has already been done.

I love writing first person personally :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lor on June 20, 2011, 03:36:47 PM
Right now I am reading Black Halo by Sam Sykes; I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of both Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo, and I have been loving both of them. I find the character-orientated story is just sucking me in. Also, there have been plenty of laugh out loud moments that have been getting me funny looks from my parents.

Also re-reading The Black Prism, my best friend got me it for my Christmas and again I found myself sucked in and actually caring about the characters, it's been a while since I've found a book like that, at least since I read Patrick Rothfuss' books last year.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 20, 2011, 03:56:41 PM
Right now I am reading Black Halo by Sam Sykes; I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of both Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo, and I have been loving both of them. I find the character-orientated story is just sucking me in. Also, there have been plenty of laugh out loud moments that have been getting me funny looks from my parents.

Fantastic book indeed. We have an interview with Sam Sykes soon - if you haven't read it yet; Pornokitsch did a really enjoyable one recently too :)

Also re-reading The Black Prism, my best friend got me it for my Christmas and again I found myself sucked in and actually caring about the characters, it's been a while since I've found a book like that, at least since I read Patrick Rothfuss' books last year.

I struggled a bit with Black Prism. I think the next book will be ten times as good, but I really didn't like Black Prism until the last 50-100 pages, just didn't compared to Night Angel :(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bahl on June 20, 2011, 03:58:18 PM
Black Prism wasn't that good hey. Hopefully it gets better. I got a feeling that the magic system was more important than the characters, and that's not how I like my fantasy.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 21, 2011, 06:12:35 AM
Just finished 'The Warded Man' by Peter V Brett, and now reading 'Desert Spear' by Peter V Brett. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: deejrandom on June 21, 2011, 12:05:59 PM

Indeed! I think the whole PI thing was huge in America a while back and a lot of people have fond memories of that time. Perhaps the authors working in that kind of voice are on to a good thing because some of those films, tv series and books still get mentioned today :)

Shadows Edge is amazing! :)

I'm working on a story with the same voice as those old hard-boiled books. We'll see how it works out...  Have the plot laid out, just need to start the actual writing.

I would say check out people like; Hulick, Brust and of course Butcher. Reading successful work and popular work in the style of what you are trying to do can really help and improve your writing - also it might give you ideas on what has already been done.

I love writing first person personally :)

Thanks for the suggestions. One thing that started me down this road is Simon R. Green's Nightside series. His is a more comic take on the whole PI thing (more or less) but it made me want to write some stories with that voice.  Of course I've read a ton of sci fi using that idea and watched many movies but have never read much actual Detective Fiction.  I'mlooking in to reading  The Maltese Falcon next.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shanothaine on June 21, 2011, 01:12:34 PM
I recently downloaded The Light of the Earth as seen from Tartarus by Annie Bellet - it's a sci-fi novella. I haven't finished it yet, and I don't generally read (or like, for that matter) sci-fi - but so far it's quite alright. My only complaint is the long title, because it doesn't fully dispaly on my Kindle :D

Oh, and it's a free download, if anyone is interested. I got my copy from Smashwords - [http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41200 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41200)]
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 21, 2011, 02:03:51 PM
Just finished 'The Warded Man' by Peter V Brett, and now reading 'Desert Spear' by Peter V Brett. 

How did you find it? :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 21, 2011, 02:10:22 PM
Enjoyed it.  Liked the concept and the gritty realistic elements, but found it bit frustrating as was basically another heroes origins story, and slightly uncomfortable with the similarities between the culture of Karisia (is that right?) and that of fundamentalist Islam. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 21, 2011, 02:12:41 PM
Enjoyed it.  Liked the concept and the gritty realistic elements, but found it bit frustrating as was basically another heroes origins story, and slightly uncomfortable with the similarities between the culture of Karisia (is that right?) and that of fundamentalist Islam. 

I get you - book 2 might blow your mind a little at first, but stick with it. I think your complaints about book 1 will completely change with book 2. Book 2 is nothing like the first (same world - completely different means of story-telling within it). I hope you enjoy it :) Although you may find more of the Islam type culture pretty early on ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WizardofWestmarch on June 21, 2011, 03:36:39 PM
Enjoyed it.  Liked the concept and the gritty realistic elements, but found it bit frustrating as was basically another heroes origins story, and slightly uncomfortable with the similarities between the culture of Karisia (is that right?) and that of fundamentalist Islam. 

I get you - book 2 might blow your mind a little at first, but stick with it. I think your complaints about book 1 will completely change with book 2. Book 2 is nothing like the first (same world - completely different means of story-telling within it). I hope you enjoy it :) Although you may find more of the Islam type culture pretty early on ;)

Except for the fact it is another origin story ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Blodeuedd on June 21, 2011, 09:16:26 PM
Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk
I am enjoying it so far, though I read ebooks so slowly
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mr Soul on June 22, 2011, 02:29:39 AM
Strangely enough I only have one book I'm in the process of reading. Kraken by Miéville.

On deck:

Wolfsangel, Lachlan
Return of the Crimson Guard, Esslemont
The Unremembered, Orullian
The Cloud Roads, Wells
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on June 22, 2011, 03:08:09 AM
I was currently reading Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux until my husband stole my Kindle to read Dresden books. :P  So until I steal it back, I'm reading an ARC copy of Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis that I won in an Angry Robot Books contest. :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bahl on June 22, 2011, 07:54:37 AM
Re reading Gardens of the Moon by Erikson.

The in laws gave me some non fantasy for my Bday (Conversations with Nelson Mandela and a book on a high profile murder and trial in SA - Killing Kebble), and my wife banned me from buying any new fantasy until I finish them! Now I just have to start on the things...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on June 22, 2011, 10:15:34 AM
Finished the keys to the kingdom series (by garth nix) - it didn't have quite the brilliance of the ols kingdom trilogy but I rather enjoyed it :)

 today I start the way of shadows at last, it's been in my tbr pile since november!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on June 22, 2011, 10:56:55 AM
Re reading Gardens of the Moon by Erikson.

The in laws gave me some non fantasy for my Bday (Conversations with Nelson Mandela and a book on a high profile murder and trial in SA - Killing Kebble), and my wife banned me from buying any new fantasy until I finish them! Now I just have to start on the things...
I also have Killing Kebble on my to-read pile... let me know what you think. I've got quite a lot of reading to do before I get to it though.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 22, 2011, 11:30:19 AM
Finished the keys to the kingdom series (by garth nix) - it didn't have quite the brilliance of the ols kingdom trilogy but I rather enjoyed it :)

 today I start the way of shadows at last, it's been in my tbr pile since november!

Two new Old Kingdom books next year :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on June 22, 2011, 11:44:08 AM
Finished the keys to the kingdom series (by garth nix) - it didn't have quite the brilliance of the ols kingdom trilogy but I rather enjoyed it :)

 today I start the way of shadows at last, it's been in my tbr pile since november!

Two new Old Kingdom books next year :D

oooh, that's good to hear! I'll be looking forward to that :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Toc the Youngest on June 23, 2011, 01:09:13 AM
I just finished Dragon's Path, which I enjoyed a lot.  I also just finished up the first book of the Chronicles of the Raven and started book 2.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 24, 2011, 09:32:06 PM
Finished The Desert Spear. Very much expands on the first book and is superior for me. Now gonna give Lord of Light another try. I know its good but its a challenging read. Dont know much about Hindu gods and only dip into sci fi from time to time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on June 25, 2011, 06:47:28 AM
I finished Assassin's Apprentice, now I'm going to read The Left Hand of God. Really don't have high expectations but I'll read it anyway :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: OneChapterMore on June 25, 2011, 02:45:56 PM
May I just tell you it's very poor and leave it at that?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 26, 2011, 09:09:32 AM
I finished Assassin's Apprentice, now I'm going to read The Left Hand of God. Really don't have high expectations but I'll read it anyway :)

Please don't hate me or the website once you've read it ;P
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cheerwell on June 26, 2011, 10:50:13 AM
I'm reading two books at the moment. Chances are that I'll sit down and read much more of one of them at some point tomorrow or Tuesday (Yay for days off).

The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin #1) - Daniel Abraham
The Towers of the Sunset (The Saga of Recluce #2) - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Roojets on June 26, 2011, 06:35:52 PM
Just finished Dragon Haven, Book II of Robin Hobb's latest series and loved it. 
Now am reading the First of Robert Jordans Wheel of Time books and The Slow Train to Milan (non fantasy) by Lisa St Auben de Teran.

Will have to do a re-read on Assassins Apprentice, it will be good to revisit the beginning of Hobbs stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nick14 on June 26, 2011, 06:55:16 PM
Reading a hard copy of the Grey King by Susan Cooper, the fourth book of The Dark is Rising, also trying to get into some sci-fi with the eBook version of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy, kinda hard though, as I have been almost exclusively reading fantasy for almost ten years, and then also trying to rush through the Harry Potter audiobooks before the last movie is released, but I might not make it, as I am only halfway with the goblet of fire :(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 26, 2011, 07:13:23 PM
Good call on Susan Cooper Nick14. Been nearly 20 years since I read her books though!will have to reread sometime
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on June 26, 2011, 07:46:16 PM
I finished Assassin's Apprentice, now I'm going to read The Left Hand of God. Really don't have high expectations but I'll read it anyway :)

Please don't hate me or the website once you've read it ;P
Haha, never! Not very far along, but I hope to finish it quickly so I can read Royal Assassin before my His Dark Materials box set arrives :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on June 27, 2011, 12:09:07 PM
I've started Tad Williams' Shadowplay and also a cycling book called The Full Cycle by Vin Denson.  Both very good, but obviously different.   :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 27, 2011, 12:17:47 PM
I finished Assassin's Apprentice, now I'm going to read The Left Hand of God. Really don't have high expectations but I'll read it anyway :)

Please don't hate me or the website once you've read it ;P
Haha, never! Not very far along, but I hope to finish it quickly so I can read Royal Assassin before my His Dark Materials box set arrives :)

Wasn't a huge fan of Dark Materials, stopped reading about 1/2 way through book 1. Will probably pick it up at some point but was very, very slow. Just couldn't get into it.

Now 25% through Storm of Swords :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 27, 2011, 02:20:02 PM
Storm of Swords. Possibly my favourite book of all time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 27, 2011, 03:29:33 PM
Storm of Swords. Possibly my favourite book of all time.

Some bastard just DM'ed me on Twitter and told me who dies!!!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on June 27, 2011, 03:54:37 PM
Storm of Swords. Possibly my favourite book of all time.

Some bastard just DM'ed me on Twitter and told me who dies!!!

Seriously??  Why would somebody do that??
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 27, 2011, 04:03:51 PM
Its a joke based on our twitter conversation yesterday!or I assume anyway . . . 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on June 27, 2011, 04:53:25 PM
Its a joke based on our twitter conversation yesterday!or I assume anyway . . . 

Could it be that Overlord is getting to be popular enough on Twitter to acquire trolls?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 27, 2011, 04:56:50 PM
A day after Half Blood Prince came out in the UK, a group of smart alexs stuck a banner on a bridge going over a busy motorway/freeway on which was written "Dumbledore Dies!" now thats impressive spoiling!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WizardofWestmarch on June 28, 2011, 07:42:13 AM
Working on a Summer in Shadow. I have to say it isn't a bad book by any stretch but a lot of things are bugging me about it, including how he seems to abuse the posture shorthand to handle reactions. It feels extremely lazy somehow. Also some of the characters just seem dumb, and the sad trade feels tacked on to allow for another plot line right now, but I'm going to keep going since so many raved about it on here.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 28, 2011, 07:44:14 AM
Well 80 pages in 'Lord of Light' now.   I am enjoying read a literary sci fi novel (as opposed to all my recent fantasy page turners), and wondering if Pratchett stole the idea of an orangutan librarian from it? 
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Post by: deejrandom on June 28, 2011, 08:17:29 AM
I'm about  half way through Shadow's Edge.  Good book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: iwillreadbooks on June 28, 2011, 01:01:10 PM
I just started reading Restoration by Guy Adams. It's the sequel to The World House, one of my favorite books from Angry Robot.

:)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: AlexEatsBooks on June 28, 2011, 05:54:11 PM
I'm just about finished with a book called 'Wither' by Lauren deStefano. When I bought it it was shelved under sci-fi/fantasy but I also think it could go into YA. It's seriously amazing though - a grimm/horrible dystopian novel about the aftermath of a genetics virus reducing the life span of humans to 20/25 years. 0_o
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Blodeuedd on June 28, 2011, 06:07:58 PM
I'm just about finished with a book called 'Wither' by Lauren deStefano. When I bought it it was shelved under sci-fi/fantasy but I also think it could go into YA. It's seriously amazing though - a grimm/horrible dystopian novel about the aftermath of a genetics virus reducing the life span of humans to 20/25 years. 0_o

Just thought I would mention that it actually is YA  ;D


Anyway reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and is loving it!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cheerwell on June 28, 2011, 07:40:58 PM
I'm 130 pages from the end of The Dragon's Path, which means with a bit of work I'll be able to finish it tomorrow.

I'm ambivalent about it, though. I think it's good, and if it were a debut novel it'd be very good, but I'm not sure what to make of it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: DBASKLS on June 28, 2011, 08:08:36 PM
As I only joined in March I'm reading the Feb book club book "Name of the Wind".
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: michaelramm on June 28, 2011, 08:43:39 PM
I just started Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and am contemplating Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jdiddyesquire on June 28, 2011, 09:40:13 PM
Ok...

Recently finished:

Game of Thrones re-read.
Clash of Kings re-read.
Ex-Heroes. (audio)
The Last Dragon (graphic novel)

Currently reading:

Storm of Swords re-read (60% done)
Forever War (audio)

And trying to decide between The Whitefire Crossing (http://www.nightshadebooks.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=202) by Courtney Schafer or Realty 36 by Guy Haley (http://angryrobotbooks.com/our-authors/guy-haley/guy-haley-reality-36/) for my next one.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: missoularedhead on June 29, 2011, 03:44:15 AM
Having slogged my way thru Atlas Shrugged, I am reading a non-fantasy book called Among the Truthers, which profiles the various folks who believe 9/11 was an inside job. Very interesting. But up next, I'm diving into Sean Williams' latest. I've enjoyed his past work, so something to look forward to!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 29, 2011, 11:26:32 AM
I just started Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and am contemplating Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding.

I have recently purchased both of them :D

I'm just over halfway through storm of swords... I am attempting to finish this and crows by 12th July! :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 29, 2011, 11:27:15 AM
As I only joined in March I'm reading the Feb book club book "Name of the Wind".

Such a great book! How are you finding it?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: missoularedhead on June 29, 2011, 11:30:57 AM
I can totally recommend Chris Wooding. Finished it a couple of weeks ago...very much in the vein of Lies of Locke Lamora. And it seemed to have a bit of a Firefly feel to it, as well (and yes, I do mean the Joss Whedon TV show).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on June 29, 2011, 11:47:26 AM
Just finished The Left Hand of God and now I'm going to read Embassytown.
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Post by: Goose on June 29, 2011, 12:56:35 PM
Half way through "Elves: Once walked with gods"

hasnt really grabbed me yet.. still time though!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on June 29, 2011, 01:01:41 PM
I can totally recommend Chris Wooding. Finished it a couple of weeks ago...very much in the vein of Lies of Locke Lamora. And it seemed to have a bit of a Firefly feel to it, as well (and yes, I do mean the Joss Whedon TV show).

Glad I got it then :D

Sequel is out too - although not got that one yet!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on June 29, 2011, 05:32:52 PM
Finished Soul Born and now I'm working on finishing my ARC of Hard Spell, which is a really good urban fantasy/cop story so far! :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: DBASKLS on June 29, 2011, 06:33:52 PM
As I only joined in March I'm reading the Feb book club book "Name of the Wind".

Such a great book! How are you finding it?

I'm about 7 chapters in and loving it. Very intrigued by "Kote's" past.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shamrock on June 29, 2011, 07:20:45 PM
Finished The Left Hand of God, now going to read Embassytown and then starting the Immortals series, got the first four books :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 29, 2011, 07:36:35 PM
Hey Shamrock. What about the pringles?just finished Lord of Light. Think I get why some people feel the need to blog after reading a novel. Gonna take me a while to process what I have just read. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 30, 2011, 07:11:20 AM
About to start A Crown of Swords - having spent the last two weeks with first Brett and then Zelazny, I'm in two minds approaching this one.  On one hand I am looking forward to being immersed in Jordan's world again, the other I feel a sense of dread as just heard so many negative things about the WOT novels than come after Lord of Chaos, and I found the last two a bit trying compared to the brilliant book three and book four of the saga.  I think its knowing that I will be rewarded at the end with a Brandon Sanderson trilogy that will keep me going!

Hopefully within the next month or so I will finally get hold of the Sam Sykes novels and Kraken to break things up a bit! 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Toc the Youngest on June 30, 2011, 07:34:10 AM
About to start A Crown of Swords - having spent the last two weeks with first Brett and then Zelazny, I'm in two minds approaching this one.  On one hand I am looking forward to being immersed in Jordan's world again, the other I feel a sense of dread as just heard so many negative things about the WOT novels than come after Lord of Chaos, and I found the last two a bit trying compared to the brilliant book three and book four of the saga.  I think its knowing that I will be rewarded at the end with a Brandon Sanderson trilogy that will keep me going!

Hopefully within the next month or so I will finally get hold of the Sam Sykes novels and Kraken to break things up a bit! 

I wouldn't worry about the negative stuff.  For every book someone loves there's 10 people waiting to tell you why that book sucks and why you suck for liking it.
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Post by: Cheerwell on June 30, 2011, 07:45:47 AM
After finishing The Dragon's Path by Abraham yesterday, and reading the entirety of The Snow Queen's Shadow by Jim C. Hines last night, I think I'm going to have to go back to Modesitt's The Towers of the Sunset, despite having finished three books between starting it and getting to about page 100.
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Post by: Shamrock on June 30, 2011, 08:16:47 AM
Hey Shamrock. What about the pringles?just finished Lord of Light. Think I get why some people feel the need to blog after reading a novel. Gonna take me a while to process what I have just read. 
Alas it will have to wait, I received Embassytown and the Immortals series from Pan Macmillan this week which I need to review for them :) So the pringles will have to wait unfortunately.
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Post by: Overlord on June 30, 2011, 08:20:28 AM
After finishing The Dragon's Path by Abraham yesterday, and reading the entirety of The Snow Queen's Shadow by Jim C. Hines last night, I think I'm going to have to go back to Modesitt's The Towers of the Sunset, despite having finished three books between starting it and getting to about page 100.

What did you think of Dragon's Path? It seems popular here!!! :)
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Post by: Cheerwell on June 30, 2011, 06:30:24 PM
What did you think of Dragon's Path? It seems popular here!!! :)
To cut a long story short:
The popularity is justified, if not bordering on causing the book to be overrated. It's mostly well-written, but Abraham's writing grates with me a little (He seems to favour short sentences and many paragraphs didn't feel as flowing nor as organic as they should). The characters are great, the book grips you, the plot seems to be non-existent until towards the end...

Oddly, it's about an 8/10 book for me. I really did like it, I think. Did I? I guess I did. Could have been much better, but could have been a lot worse. I don't know if this link will work for you, but here's my longer and more in-depth Goodreads review (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/178548943).
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Post by: alienx36 on June 30, 2011, 07:45:29 PM
Just finish Beyond the Shadows, last book in the Night Angel Trilogy. Awesome book, but it sucks that it's the last one...
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Post by: Overlord on June 30, 2011, 08:27:40 PM
Just finish Beyond the Shadows, last book in the Night Angel Trilogy. Awesome book, but it sucks that it's the last one...

Yep... I didn't really feel the ending, I must admit... it seemed like maybe he changed the ending to allow future books or something? I don't know, was just a little bit of an anti-climax after the amazing buildup. Good news is there are more planned in the distant, distant future.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on June 30, 2011, 08:38:04 PM
I am reading Shadow's Lure by jon Sprunk :D
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Post by: Cheerwell on June 30, 2011, 10:25:02 PM
I changed my mind about what to read straight after my earlier post. Instead of the Modesitt book, I picked up The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan and I'm already over halfway through it, despite only starting it this morning. It's quite good.
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Post by: Shamrock on July 01, 2011, 07:20:15 AM
I changed my mind about what to read straight after my earlier post. Instead of the Modesitt book, I picked up The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan and I'm already over halfway through it, despite only starting it this morning. It's quite good.
Enjoy the first trilogy, none of her other books quite live up to it. Unfortunately. That is still one of my favourite series :)
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Post by: Overlord on July 01, 2011, 10:38:13 AM
I changed my mind about what to read straight after my earlier post. Instead of the Modesitt book, I picked up The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan and I'm already over halfway through it, despite only starting it this morning. It's quite good.

One of my favourite series and picked all three up for £1.00 each in a charity shop... BARGAIN! :D
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 01, 2011, 07:44:11 PM
I really enjoyed the first book, and I finished it this lunch time (Which left me with nothing to read on the way home).

I ordered the next two, and they'll be here tomorrow, but I might read Gail Z. Martin's The Summoner tonight as I have the rest of the series coming tomorrow (Impulse buys FTW).
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 01, 2011, 07:51:56 PM
I really enjoyed the first book, and I finished it this lunch time (Which left me with nothing to read on the way home).

I ordered the next two, and they'll be here tomorrow, but I might read Gail Z. Martin's The Summoner tonight as I have the rest of the series coming tomorrow (Impulse buys FTW).
You impulse bought the summoner plus sequels? I'm so sorry. Summoner is really, really not a good book.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 02, 2011, 08:05:50 PM
Started The Passage by Cronin. Not very far in but compared to the description the set up seems completely disconnected so far. curious to see how everything ties back in.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 02, 2011, 08:11:12 PM
You impulse bought the summoner plus sequels? I'm so sorry. Summoner is really, really not a good book.
I bought The Summoner a few months back. I'm over 100 pages into it right now (16% according to Goodreads) and I'm actually quite liking it.

I like Mercedes Lackey's The Bard's Tale novels, published by Baen. Taste is not something I have a lot of.
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 03, 2011, 04:22:08 AM
Gail Carriger's Heartless came in the mail today, and I'm already done with it. Now I have to wait until March 2012 for the next one... :(
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Post by: Blodeuedd on July 03, 2011, 10:09:38 AM
Gail Carriger's Heartless came in the mail today, and I'm already done with it. Now I have to wait until March 2012 for the next one... :(

Lol, I read it on Friday, the day I got it in the mail :D


And now I am reading Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis. Never read anything like this, this old school detective story/UF
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Post by: Autumn2May on July 03, 2011, 03:49:55 PM

And now I am reading Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis. Never read anything like this, this old school detective story/UF

I'm reading this too. :) I love the way it's written, it's really different, but in a familiar way.  Which is weird. :)
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 04, 2011, 03:22:44 AM
Decided to read an indie, Ren Cummins' The Morrow Stone. It's an interesting premise, and so far, so good, although I will say he needs a bit of editing...there are some repetitive patches, and some minor inconsistencies, but I like the characters and the story so far...
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Post by: Overlord on July 04, 2011, 12:13:39 PM
Still enjoying Storm of Swords :) Nearly finished and then onto Feast of Crows, which I will read chapter by chapter alternating with Assassin's Apprentice! :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 04, 2011, 12:25:29 PM
You will probably find yourself putting AFFC aside and focusing on Assassin's Apprentice. Shall I check in on Fitz or Brienne? Not a hard choice!
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 04, 2011, 02:14:01 PM
Coming up to halfway in The Summoner now.

Did this book have an editor?
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Post by: Blodeuedd on July 04, 2011, 09:33:22 PM

And now I am reading Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis. Never read anything like this, this old school detective story/UF

I'm reading this too. :) I love the way it's written, it's really different, but in a familiar way.  Which is weird. :)

Cool  :D And I know exactly how you feel. Cos it sure is different and still familiar.



As for current book: Dead Iron by Devon Monk. Nothing like a bit of steampunk
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 04, 2011, 09:38:45 PM
Coming up to halfway in The Summoner now.

Did this book have an editor?

I warned you :P
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 04, 2011, 10:43:31 PM
thinking about Way of Kings. Although I've also got the last of the Aquasilva trilogy...
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 05, 2011, 07:32:52 AM
I took a break from The Summoner and ended up doing a cover-to-cover of Ash by Malinda Lo last night.

A very good tale, but could have been better. Ah well, I got my money's worth :D
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Post by: zaupa on July 06, 2011, 02:41:36 AM
I am almost finishing "The silver skull" by Mark Chadbourn, until now it has correspond to my spectation's of a good fantasy-historical adventure.
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Post by: Noona on July 06, 2011, 10:16:36 AM
I started reading way of shadows but got about halfway through before going on holiday (the sort of holiday without time to read, alas) so didn't read anything for a week and a half. Now reading gail carriger's books before I continue with the brent weeks - read soulless yesterday and loved it :D
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Post by: Shamrock on July 06, 2011, 10:21:41 AM
I finished Embassytown, now I'm reading Evermore by Alyson Noel. Not bad so far for YA lit.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 06, 2011, 12:01:00 PM
Not bad so far for YA lit.
Do I detect a hint of "Ew, YA"?

Still taking a break from the awesomeness that is The Summoner, because one of my most anticipated reads has arrived. Yup, I'm finally reading Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts. It's urban fantasy with a romance element that I'm actually not averse to! A miracle, it is!
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Post by: Shamrock on July 06, 2011, 03:19:50 PM
Not bad so far for YA lit.
Do I detect a hint of "Ew, YA"?

Still taking a break from the awesomeness that is The Summoner, because one of my most anticipated reads has arrived. Yup, I'm finally reading Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts. It's urban fantasy with a romance element that I'm actually not averse to! A miracle, it is!
Nah, I'm quite a big fan of YA however when the main character is a female who has lost her family or had some tragedy in her life and then suddenly there's a hot new student at her school I'm a little bit apprehensive.
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 06, 2011, 08:15:50 PM
Just finished Crown of Swords. Will belatedly join the Kraken book club tomorrow.Everyone else seems to have hated it but I enjoy weird fiction. 
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Post by: iwillreadbooks on July 06, 2011, 08:20:32 PM
Just finished Crown of Swords. Will belatedly join the Kraken book club tomorrow.Everyone else seems to have hated it but I enjoy weird fiction. 

Very surprised by the many negative reactions to Kraken. Thought it was a really good book, but if everyone liked the same things it would be pretty boring. Did you like American Gods mr hound?
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 06, 2011, 08:29:37 PM
American Gods was one of my all time favourites till I read the Sandman series, and decided that was far superior.still rate American Gods very highly though. 
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Post by: iwillreadbooks on July 06, 2011, 09:07:36 PM
Same here. It reminded me a bit of American Gods.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 07, 2011, 07:44:28 AM
I finished Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts last night (Woot!), which means... You guessed it!

Back to The Summoner!
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Post by: Overlord on July 07, 2011, 09:47:09 AM
REALLY GETTING INTO ASSASSINS APPRENTICE NOW =)
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 07, 2011, 01:33:56 PM
Just finished:

The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith (review (http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/07/greyfriar-clay-and-susan-griffith.html))

and

Germline by T.C. McCarthy (review (http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/07/germline-tc-mccarthy.html))


Started:

A Feast for Crows (re-read almost done!)

and

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Post by: ChristinaJL on July 07, 2011, 05:02:47 PM
Still reading Shadowplay by Tad Williams - I'm hampered by watching the Tour de France every day though, so this may take me a while!!
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 07, 2011, 05:13:48 PM
Absolutely loving Kraken. My home city, a detective novel, with fantasy elements and lots of literary name checks.Just heaven for me.   
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 07, 2011, 06:01:31 PM
80pages in now. And its all just exploded in a fantasy molotov cocktail. How the hell did people not like this book?unless it goes seriously downhill think this will be my favourite read of the year so far. Thank you fantasy faction book club for the recommendation. And good call I Will Eat Books with the American God comparison.
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 07, 2011, 06:04:02 PM
Started Sanderson's Way of Kings. It's rather a doorstop of a book, but, as with all of Sanderson's work, the writing is excellent and the plot is, if a bit slow, at least intriguing enough to continue.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 07, 2011, 06:29:29 PM
Started Sanderson's Way of Kings. It's rather a doorstop of a book, but, as with all of Sanderson's work, the writing is excellent and the plot is, if a bit slow, at least intriguing enough to continue.

He's really a master world builder.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 07, 2011, 07:00:59 PM
Back to The Summoner!
Finished. Finally. The last 100 or so pages redeem it a bit, but that book really did come out too early.

I don't know what to read now. I'm at a loss.
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Post by: Overlord on July 08, 2011, 08:21:53 AM
Started Sanderson's Way of Kings. It's rather a doorstop of a book, but, as with all of Sanderson's work, the writing is excellent and the plot is, if a bit slow, at least intriguing enough to continue.

He's really a master world builder.

Indeed! The beautiful art really, really helps too :)
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Post by: Tenfingers on July 08, 2011, 09:33:45 AM
Just finished The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks - very good.

Now reading Kell's Legend by Andy Remic. It's ok, relentlessly paced, but I can't help thinking there's someething missing, and I'm sure I've read about an old man with an axe before...

Still, I'm told it's worth the read, so I'll keep going.
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 08, 2011, 09:41:36 AM
Are you implying that Andy Remic might have read a few David Gemmil novels in his time? ^ ;)
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Post by: Overlord on July 08, 2011, 02:58:38 PM
Just finished The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks - very good.

Now reading Kell's Legend by Andy Remic. It's ok, relentlessly paced, but I can't help thinking there's someething missing, and I'm sure I've read about an old man with an axe before...

Still, I'm told it's worth the read, so I'll keep going.

It's really difficult when writing a novel to avoid everything that has been done before... If only we as budding authors had been born in the 1800's ;-)
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Post by: Blodeuedd on July 09, 2011, 11:20:02 AM
Star of the Morning  by Lynn Kurland
Fantasy romance..though no romance yet and it is almost over so let's just call it chick fantasy ;)
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Post by: Overlord on July 09, 2011, 01:18:46 PM
Finished Storm Front now and reading Assassin's Apprentice...
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Post by: Shamrock on July 09, 2011, 01:47:17 PM
I finished Evermore now I'm starting Blue Moon by Alyson Noel.
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Post by: deejrandom on July 09, 2011, 03:36:18 PM
Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock. 

Yah I can see much of this book filtering down in to the current 'gritty' fantasy that abounds...

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Post by: Overlord on July 09, 2011, 03:41:22 PM
Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock. 

Yah I can see much of this book filtering down in to the current 'gritty' fantasy that abounds...


Look forward to your review :)
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Post by: Jaedia on July 09, 2011, 09:18:18 PM
Currently reading Club Dead by Charlaine Harris. They're nice easy reads inbetween Song of Ice and Fire books :p

I received a couple for review today so I will be reading Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children next which does look very interesting if you don't mind slightly creepy stuff.
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Post by: ShadowProse on July 09, 2011, 09:40:55 PM
I am currently reading The Hunting of the Snark.
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Post by: Overlord on July 10, 2011, 06:02:08 PM
Digging into Assassin's Apprentice now - hope to finish it by Friday :D
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 10, 2011, 06:27:44 PM
Took a detour from The Passage to tear through Kevin Hearne's Hammered. Not a great writer, but his stories are just so damned FUN. Sexing gods and killing evil magic users and all kinds of crazy adventures.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 10, 2011, 06:45:08 PM
The Novice by Trudi Canavan.

'tis pretty good.
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 10, 2011, 06:48:26 PM
so, I finished Way of Kings, which was...long. Good, but long. It's very much the GRRM/Jordan tradition, but I can sort of see where it's going. And Overlord, the one I'm reading now is purely because of you...Brett's The Warded Man. I'll let you know.
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Post by: Overlord on July 10, 2011, 07:20:21 PM
so, I finished Way of Kings, which was...long. Good, but long. It's very much the GRRM/Jordan tradition, but I can sort of see where it's going. And Overlord, the one I'm reading now is purely because of you...Brett's The Warded Man. I'll let you know.

Currently interviewing Peter V. Brett - so once you've read it you'll have that to look forward to! (should you enjoy it) :P
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 10, 2011, 07:37:12 PM
I loved Way of Kings. Its old school but modern at the same time and I think Sanderson is disciplined enough to avoid the Jordan and Martin pitfalls of making it too complicated!
Still undecided about Brett. Great concept, and very readable but some serious flaws . . .
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Post by: pornokitsch on July 10, 2011, 08:15:06 PM
so, I finished Way of Kings, which was...long. Good, but long. It's very much the GRRM/Jordan tradition, but I can sort of see where it's going. And Overlord, the one I'm reading now is purely because of you...Brett's The Warded Man. I'll let you know.

Oooooooh. This is going to be interesting.
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Post by: Overlord on July 11, 2011, 01:03:10 PM
Really do love Paintedman, I think you'll like it. Very, very action packed book - delight to read.
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Post by: laesyff on July 11, 2011, 02:20:08 PM
I'm reading the Dragonfate series by Alexis Steinhauer. It's currently only available in ebook format. The first book was Dragon's Gold, the second is Dragon's Flight. If you enjoy dragons, fairies, and magic of every kind, it's definitely worth a read. The characters are great, the world well-imagined. I'm looking forward to reading the third when it comes out.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 11, 2011, 03:39:29 PM
Finished Lev Grossman's The Magicians over the weekends.  Loved it.

On to A Dance with Dragons tomorrow!
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Post by: Overlord on July 11, 2011, 03:55:29 PM
Finished Lev Grossman's The Magicians over the weekends.  Loved it.

 :o
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 11, 2011, 04:19:30 PM
Finished Lev Grossman's The Magicians over the weekends.  Loved it.

 :o

I should have a review out shortly.  I get why people think it's crap - I just think they're wrong.
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 11, 2011, 04:29:10 PM
I enjoyed Magicians too. Certainly not rubbish, but can understand why people dont like it. I dont mind people saying they dont like it, but just say you dont enjoy nihilistic fantasy put into a real world context, rather than simply dismissing it as rubbish. 
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 11, 2011, 04:34:13 PM
I enjoyed Magicians too. Certainly not rubbish, but can understand why people dont like it. I dont mind people saying they dont like it, but just say you dont enjoy nihilistic fantasy put into a real world context, rather than simply dismissing it as rubbish.  

That's right on.

There's also total genre commentary.  He's subverting the genre to poke fun at it while also telling what is essentially a coming of age story and/or a love tragedy that if you remove the framework of "magicians" still stands on its own.
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Post by: Dan D Jones on July 11, 2011, 09:18:18 PM
Just finished Gordon Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.  Wow.  Just wow.  It's likely not going to be to everyone's taste but I absolutely loved it.  I read Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart before that and started the second book, Kushiel's Chosen last night.  (I've already bought the other four books in the Kushiel series, so they're stacked up by my bedside just waiting for me to get to them.)
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 12, 2011, 06:58:01 AM
The Book of the Glass Eaters is pretty frantic stuff!  And what a great mystery too!  Might wait for the whole series to be finished so I can read them all in one go. 
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Post by: Shamrock on July 12, 2011, 07:08:22 AM
Started Shadowland by Alyson Noel once I'm done with this one then my review books will be finished and I can move onto other books.
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Post by: Overlord on July 12, 2011, 08:26:28 AM
Will finish Assassin's Apprentice today I expect.

Torn between 'Retribution Falls' and 'Legend'... hmm.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 12, 2011, 08:35:14 AM
I'll easily finish The Novice by Trudi Canavan today. I think I might take Huntress by Malinda Lo with me so I have something to read on the way home.
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Post by: Overlord on July 12, 2011, 09:02:48 AM
I'll easily finish The Novice by Trudi Canavan today. I think I might take Huntress by Malinda Lo with me so I have something to read on the way home.

I loved 'The Novice' when I was younger, how have you found it?
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Post by: ChrisMB on July 12, 2011, 01:37:30 PM
I'm reading Eragon just for the sake of curiosity, though I'll probably write a review for it when I finish.

For my reviews, I'm reading the Icewind Dale Trilogy.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 12, 2011, 09:28:53 PM
I loved 'The Novice' when I was younger, how have you found it?
It's one of the better books I've read this year. I finished it this morning, literally minutes before I started work (I got in, dropped my bag, pulled my book out and finished it as I was 20 pages from the end by the time I'd gotten off the bus), and it was worth every minute. I do think Trudi came close to being a bit cyclic in her writing, just as she did in the first one, but Sonea is an amazing character, even if at times I think she reacts a little oddly (Her hate for the Guild seemed to have evaporated in no time at all).
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 13, 2011, 02:11:57 AM
Overlord, I vote for Retribution Falls. I just finished The Warded Man.  I didn't hate it. Didn't absolutely LOVE it, but I didn't hate it. Although it is a bit of leap there towards the end...
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Post by: Shamrock on July 13, 2011, 06:18:11 AM
I started Dark Flame by Alyson Noel. Decided to finish the series, because I can't not finish a series.
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Post by: Overlord on July 13, 2011, 10:15:33 AM
Went with Legend because it was short and at hand when I finished Assassin's Apprentice, then going to read Retribution Falls after people on here and Twitter seem to rave about it :) I am then considering 'I am Legend' :P
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Post by: Noona on July 13, 2011, 12:19:31 PM
Well, after Soulless I had to read the rest of Gail Carriger's books (including going out to get Heartless) - I was extremely impressed, not just because they fit my sense of humour exactly but I was impressed for such short books how much I started to care about even minor characters! I passed Soulless onto my cousin who was staying while I was reading Blameless and she loves them too.

I now need to actually finish the Way of Shadows which I started before I went on holiday and before the cousins turned up on my doorstep, and then move on to Assassin's Apprentice for the book club. However I was bought the first three books of the Sandman for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and am now trying very hard to resist reading them. :P
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Post by: Overlord on July 13, 2011, 03:08:49 PM
Well, after Soulless I had to read the rest of Gail Carriger's books (including going out to get Heartless) - I was extremely impressed, not just because they fit my sense of humour exactly but I was impressed for such short books how much I started to care about even minor characters! I passed Soulless onto my cousin who was staying while I was reading Blameless and she loves them too.

I now need to actually finish the Way of Shadows which I started before I went on holiday and before the cousins turned up on my doorstep, and then move on to Assassin's Apprentice for the book club. However I was bought the first three books of the Sandman for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and am now trying very hard to resist reading them. :P

I noticed Soulless is in the 3 for £5 at the works now...

Way of the Shadows and Assassin's Apprentice, although sound similar, couldn't really be more different in terms of style. I think they will make good back to back contrasts for you :)
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Post by: Noona on July 13, 2011, 05:41:10 PM


I noticed Soulless is in the 3 for £5 at the works now...

Way of the Shadows and Assassin's Apprentice, although sound similar, couldn't really be more different in terms of style. I think they will make good back to back contrasts for you :)

Yep - I probably wouldn't have read Soulless if I hadn't got it on the cheap, but I'm really glad I picked it up!

Just read the last third of Way of Shadows, I should read Assassin's Apprentice pretty quickly now so I'll let you know what I think in a couple of days :)
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Post by: Overlord on July 14, 2011, 08:34:47 AM


I noticed Soulless is in the 3 for £5 at the works now...

Way of the Shadows and Assassin's Apprentice, although sound similar, couldn't really be more different in terms of style. I think they will make good back to back contrasts for you :)

Yep - I probably wouldn't have read Soulless if I hadn't got it on the cheap, but I'm really glad I picked it up!

Just read the last third of Way of Shadows, I should read Assassin's Apprentice pretty quickly now so I'll let you know what I think in a couple of days :)

Awesome :) Be interesting to know what you think =)
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 14, 2011, 01:07:35 PM
A friend has just loaded my laptop up with Batman and League of Extraordinary gentlemen comics, so might put Newton on the back burner and read those :)

Been reading ALOT of novels recently, and a break for comics would be fun :)
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 14, 2011, 08:56:39 PM
Started Glen Cook's Black Company.  I have to admit...the writing style is a bit...frenetic.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on July 14, 2011, 09:51:19 PM
As I'm sure many others are, I'm now reading A Dance With Dragons.  As of this post, I'm halfway through it and loving it.  Well worth the wait, and lends a better perspective to A Feast for Crows.
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on July 15, 2011, 02:22:21 AM
No Dancing with Dragons here, since I only the first two volumes of the series as yet (something which will soon be remedied). I'm into the last third of A Clash of Kings, which will be followed by Edge: The Loner, by George G. Gilman as a cleanser before my next plot or theme-heavy read. No distractions this time, definitely the pulp western.
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Post by: Goose on July 15, 2011, 07:59:31 AM
Just finished Elves: Once walked with gods (3 stars)

I found this on amazon - "Fans of Karen Miller, Emily Gee and Patrick Rothfuss will all welcome Ms. Cooper to their shelves." (PORNOKITSCH )
Songs of the Earth (Wild Hunt Trilogy 1)

So ill give it a go!
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Post by: Overlord on July 15, 2011, 08:18:11 AM
Just finished Elves: Once walked with gods (3 stars)

I found this on amazon - "Fans of Karen Miller, Emily Gee and Patrick Rothfuss will all welcome Ms. Cooper to their shelves." (PORNOKITSCH )
Songs of the Earth (Wild Hunt Trilogy 1)

So ill give it a go!

I will let Porno tell you about that one :)

I'm reading Heart Shaped Box at the moment - very cool, nothing like what I'm used to :D
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 15, 2011, 08:22:07 AM
The High Lord by Trudi Canavan.

I'm getting less and less sure about this with each page, sadly :(
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 15, 2011, 08:32:30 AM
So, my mum bought me GRRM as a surprise...so I'm planning on treating myself to it by writing for an hour on my diss, then reading a chapter, then diss...you get the idea.
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Post by: Overlord on July 15, 2011, 10:09:19 AM
So, my mum bought me GRRM as a surprise...so I'm planning on treating myself to it by writing for an hour on my diss, then reading a chapter, then diss...you get the idea.

That's kind :) I do a similar thing with my essays ;)
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 15, 2011, 09:55:37 PM
The High Lord by Trudi Canavan.

I'm getting less and less sure about this with each page, sadly :(
I've decided to... I'm not sure what, but I'm taking a break from it before I rip it in half.

I started Imager's Intrigue by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. about 20-30 minutes ago, and whilst I feel I've forgotten half of the previous two books, I've liked what little I've read. It's a good series, even if it's rather dry and heavy reading.
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Post by: Roojets on July 16, 2011, 10:09:36 AM
I'm currently reading The Royal Assassin (re-reading), and The Ayre Affair by Jasper Ford.
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Post by: Overlord on July 17, 2011, 09:23:08 AM
Finished The Last Unicorn last night - It was alright, a bit too 'ooooooh' and 'awwwww' for me - very much a visual piece with princesses and unicorns and castles and sad little wizards. I guess you can see it is a spin off of Alice in Wonderland type fiction for parents to read to their children. Didn't dislike it, but I kinda thought it would have a little bit more to it. Essentially... Unicorn wakes up and realises 'hey... where are all the unicorns?' she then decides to look for them and they are pretty much in the first place she looks :P
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Post by: Noona on July 17, 2011, 10:06:42 AM
Reading pandemonium by Christopher Brookmyre - supposedly it's a crime novel but at about 100 pages in i'd describe it as comic horror more than anything. Quite enjoying it :)
Will be reading the rest of night angel and farseer trilogy after pandemonium.
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Post by: Shamrock on July 17, 2011, 12:32:31 PM
Finished The Last Unicorn last night - It was alright, a bit too 'ooooooh' and 'awwwww' for me - very much a visual piece with princesses and unicorns and castles and sad little wizards. I guess you can see it is a spin off of Alice in Wonderland type fiction for parents to read to their children. Didn't dislike it, but I kinda thought it would have a little bit more to it. Essentially... Unicorn wakes up and realises 'hey... where are all the unicorns?' she then decides to look for them and they are pretty much in the first place she looks :P
Autumn2May might have your head for this one.
"OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"
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Post by: Autumn2May on July 17, 2011, 02:18:49 PM
Finished The Last Unicorn last night - It was alright, a bit too 'ooooooh' and 'awwwww' for me - very much a visual piece with princesses and unicorns and castles and sad little wizards. I guess you can see it is a spin off of Alice in Wonderland type fiction for parents to read to their children. Didn't dislike it, but I kinda thought it would have a little bit more to it. Essentially... Unicorn wakes up and realises 'hey... where are all the unicorns?' she then decides to look for them and they are pretty much in the first place she looks :P
Autumn2May might have your head for this one.
"OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

Nah, it's cool. ;)  It's not a very deep or complicated book.  It's just a good story, beautifully written. :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 17, 2011, 02:28:44 PM
The Last Unicorn sounds very existental. 
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 17, 2011, 02:32:51 PM
When are we opening the nominations for August bookclub? I m hoping for Sam Sykes' Tome of the Undergate. Have it all lined up to read . . . .
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Post by: Overlord on July 17, 2011, 03:17:00 PM
Finished The Last Unicorn last night - It was alright, a bit too 'ooooooh' and 'awwwww' for me - very much a visual piece with princesses and unicorns and castles and sad little wizards. I guess you can see it is a spin off of Alice in Wonderland type fiction for parents to read to their children. Didn't dislike it, but I kinda thought it would have a little bit more to it. Essentially... Unicorn wakes up and realises 'hey... where are all the unicorns?' she then decides to look for them and they are pretty much in the first place she looks :P
Autumn2May might have your head for this one.
"OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

Nah, it's cool. ;)  It's not a very deep or complicated book.  It's just a good story, beautifully written. :)

Yeah... I must admit that it wasn't really my kind of thing... but I've never been a huge fairytale fan... I gave Alice, Princess & Goblin and Last Unicorn 3/5. There isn't really enough action for me ;) Give the unicorn a ninja outfit and a sword... then we are talking 4 stars :P As Jennie (A2M) says though... the language and imagery is beautifully done.
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Post by: Overlord on July 17, 2011, 03:20:40 PM
When are we opening the nominations for August bookclub? I m hoping for Sam Sykes' Tome of the Undergate. Have it all lined up to read . . . .

Will open today :)

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/book-club/(august)-nominations-for-august's-book-club-is-open (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/book-club/(august)-nominations-for-august's-book-club-is-open)!!!/
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Post by: Jeni on July 17, 2011, 10:19:15 PM
I'm about to start re-reading 'The Skinner' by Neal Asher.  8)
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Post by: Overlord on July 18, 2011, 11:12:45 AM
Started 'Feast for Crows' today :) Also reading Legend at work ;D
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 18, 2011, 01:41:18 PM
That's The High Lord by Trudi Canavan finished, and I was very disappointed. I can now focus solely Imager's Intrigue by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., which I'm quite enjoying.
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Post by: Mr Soul on July 18, 2011, 02:48:42 PM
I tried to read The Unremembered by Peter Orullian and abandoned it last night after 125 pages. Quite disappointed in it.

So I'm going to start Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb this evening.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on July 18, 2011, 03:57:42 PM
I'm currently a third of the way through A Dance with Dragons and enjoying it so far.   ;D
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Post by: Goose on July 19, 2011, 07:30:21 AM
Finished "Songs of the earth"  by Elpeth Cooper, quite liked it, it was like a Rothfuss Light


moving on to Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan (why must i pick everything up that has something to do with assasins.. even though the first book wasn't that good i bought the sequel!)
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Post by: Overlord on July 19, 2011, 12:24:04 PM
set myself the challenge of finishing feat for crows within the week :)
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Post by: Shamrock on July 19, 2011, 12:33:31 PM
I finished Dark Flame today, and now I'm reading Night Star... then finally Everlasting.
I always manage to be one of those people that starts reading a series when all the books have been published with the exception of Dexter.
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 19, 2011, 01:00:36 PM
Finally got going with Nights of Villjamur.  Its well crafted, and interesting, but not sure if I am 'feeling' it yet, if you know what I mean.

Building up an impressive to read pile:

Got the next one by Newton to read, two by Sykes and Path of Daggers by Old Bob. 

Plus Prince of Thorns and A Dance with Harpies to read in the UK.
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Post by: Azrael. on July 19, 2011, 01:52:37 PM

I've just finished reading 'The Way of Kings' by Brandon Sanderson. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I ended up reading the second part in less than a day though, I read far too quickly.


Finished "Songs of the earth"  by Elpeth Cooper, quite liked it, it was like a Rothfuss Light

I’m just about to read ‘Songs of the Earth’ by Elspeth Cooper. ^.^

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Post by: Autumn2May on July 19, 2011, 03:25:17 PM
Started on the book club read (finally!) and I'm going to start Shadow Fox by Ashley Barnard this week as well. :)
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 19, 2011, 03:34:07 PM
Just finished Realty 36 by Guy Haley, due out in a few weeks.

Starting something from KJ Parker next.  Not sure which... open to suggestions on which of her stuff to start with.
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Post by: Lyz on July 19, 2011, 03:46:58 PM
It's been a bit since I mentioned what I was reading, I think...

Anyway. Currently listening to "Hounded" by Kevin Hearne on audio, and reading "Trader" by Charles de Lint. This is the first book by de Lint that I've read; he has an interesting writing style.
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Post by: Overlord on July 19, 2011, 03:50:21 PM
Started on the book club read (finally!) and I'm going to start Shadow Fox by Ashley Barnard this week as well. :)

Let us know what you think of Ashley's book :)
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Post by: Autumn2May on July 19, 2011, 03:51:52 PM
Started on the book club read (finally!) and I'm going to start Shadow Fox by Ashley Barnard this week as well. :)

Let us know what you think of Ashley's book :)

Of course. :)
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Post by: Ninevah on July 22, 2011, 12:10:36 AM
I'm currently half way through The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, but I'm finding it hard going. I don't mind the violence, the profanities, the heresy - it's just Bullington's writing style that makes it so easy to put down.

I hear you.  I read that a couple of months ago.  It had such promise, but fell really flat. 
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Post by: Blodeuedd on July 22, 2011, 10:29:45 AM
Elves: Once walked with men by james Barclay..eh, dunno, I am confused and not really paying attention
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Post by: Overlord on July 22, 2011, 11:16:38 AM
Elves: Once walked with men by james Barclay..eh, dunno, I am confused and not really paying attention

He posts on here if you wanna ask any questions ;P
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 22, 2011, 02:25:34 PM
Working on Hard Spell right now. The beginning put me off but I'm giving it some more time before I declare it DOA.
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Post by: Blodeuedd on July 22, 2011, 02:30:07 PM
Elves: Once walked with men by james Barclay..eh, dunno, I am confused and not really paying attention

He posts on here if you wanna ask any questions ;P

Oh really...I'd ask him to spoil the entire plotline of the rest of his books. I just want to know how the world looks after 3000 years  :P I am just bad
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 22, 2011, 08:02:54 PM
After ADWD, I decided to give myself a palate cleanser, and go with non-sff stuff.  So I'm reading Napoleon's Buttons, which is a pop history/chemistry book.  And dang if I didn't wish I'd had this book in college.  I actually understand it!  I'm trying to decide if I want to read KJ Parker's The Folding Knife or Chronicles of the Black Company next....
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 22, 2011, 08:19:04 PM
After ADWD, I decided to give myself a palate cleanser, and go with non-sff stuff.  So I'm reading Napoleon's Buttons, which is a pop history/chemistry book.  And dang if I didn't wish I'd had this book in college.  I actually understand it!  I'm trying to decide if I want to read KJ Parker's The Folding Knife or Chronicles of the Black Company next....

I just finished Folding Knife and it's amazing.  Seriously.  Should my review up before the end of the day today.  Might be tomorrow though.
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 22, 2011, 08:26:27 PM
Just finished Nights of Villjamur. And wow, really great when it gets going.if he keeps the quality going in the two sequels so far, I would say he might be my new favourite of the new generation of fantasy writers. (I consider new generation to be anyone who started their writing career post 2000) Though Abercrombie will be hard to displace and also need to read some more Mielville.   
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 22, 2011, 09:16:17 PM
I finished Imager's Intrigue by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Excellent end to the initial trilogy, and it's got me pumped for November's release of Scholar, but I can't help feel that it had a few flaws.
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Post by: Tegh on July 23, 2011, 12:26:20 AM
Currently Working on The Awakened Mage Book two of the Kingmaker Kinbreaker set by Karen Miller.  Good so far, but the first and second should have just been a single book.
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Post by: Rue-Sal on July 24, 2011, 10:14:09 AM
Just finished American Gods and I'm getting ready to read Rosemary and Rue and the August book club selection.
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Post by: Overlord on July 25, 2011, 11:06:56 AM
Will probably finish AFFC tonight... Must admit that I'm feeling a bit 'oh...' about the book.

Not bad... But it felt very, very drawn out... I mean I think he could have made the book half that length. Half the searching, half the wondering about? We seemed to get a heck of a lot of irrelevant back story too. Dunno how I feel about it really.

Legend is still very enjoyable. Should finish that Wednesday too :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 25, 2011, 11:11:58 AM
I did warn you didn't I! And I hear ADWD is a bit similar too . . . Middle parts in fantasy sagas often drag. Just see WOT.
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Post by: DBASKLS on July 25, 2011, 11:37:27 AM
Started the Zombie Survival Guide last night.

Really like the style of writing and the format. It makes a pleasant change.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 25, 2011, 12:46:30 PM
I'm reading Shadow's Lure by Jon Sprunk. It's good :)
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Post by: Ashur-is-King on July 25, 2011, 01:34:53 PM
Currently reading "ADWD" and enjoying it. At some point before long I need to get back to Glen Cook's The Books of the South in the Tales of the Black Company series. Just placed an order to Amazon for N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Butcher's Storm Front, and Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind (and also Michelle Moran's The Heretic Queen, though that's historical fiction). Yes, I'm a fantasy aficionado (and aspiring writer, at that), albeit one who is still catching up with all of the classics!

Oh, and greetings, one and all, as this is my first post here!
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 25, 2011, 01:41:53 PM
Hi there! However much fantasy you read, there always seems to be more to read! Currently on Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan. 
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Post by: Ashur-is-King on July 25, 2011, 01:51:43 PM
Hi there! However much fantasy you read, there always seems to be more to read! Currently on Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan. 

Very true! My introduction to fantasy was (surprise, surprise) Tolkien, back when I was a lad. Some years later, in high school, I rediscovered the genre and began reading Brooks  ::) Eddings and Goodkind.

I've actually tried to get into Jordan twice now: I read The Eye of the World through once, and then I tried reading it again years later. I actually would like to get into the series at some point, as I've heard so much about it. Besides, Sanderson's finishing it, and I love his work!
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Post by: Garrison68 on July 26, 2011, 04:22:41 AM
I am currently reading The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 26, 2011, 05:54:36 AM
Wheel of Time needs to be read, it is very influential, the world is massive with a cast literally in the thousands, but it does have its flaws!Eye of the World is a slow start as well to the series, as it reads very similar to the first book of Lord of the Rings.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 26, 2011, 06:05:04 AM
Put down Hard Spell for a bit and reading The Castings Trilogy omnibus, pretty good so far.
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Post by: Overlord on July 26, 2011, 08:59:57 AM
Just about done with AFFC. Now I am going to re-read 2/3 chapters of that before moving on to Legend and 'How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy'
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 26, 2011, 06:41:17 PM
Finished The Folding Knife by Parker and finally got my review written.  Tough one to write.  Now reading Grossman's The Magician King and David Chandler's Den of Thieves.
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Post by: Overlord on July 27, 2011, 09:52:49 AM
I say this nervously because I know that if missy reads it she is going to give me abuse....

But I've really rather enjoyed 'How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy' by Orson Scott Card.

Although it certainly isn't a 'guide' to writing Science Fiction and Fantasy... it is very good at extending to you the importance of thinking things through. For example; yeah... you can have a spaceship... but how far can this spaceship go? How much can it carry? How does it get around the fact that it would take around 300 years to get anywhere even moderately interesting? Hyperspace? OK... How do you access hyperspace? How was this method hyperspace first discovered? Why are you travelling that far anyway? How can you get back? Do you have enough fuel? food? etc, etc, etc.

I think from a 'planners' perspective it is a very, very good book :)

Missy will probably remind you not to pay for it though :P
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 27, 2011, 11:03:11 AM
When you say 'missy'...are you referring to ME? Goodness.  You can read Card all you want, but I reserve the right to virtually bash you on the back of your head each time you do.

*wink*
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on July 27, 2011, 11:11:19 AM
When you say 'missy'...are you referring to ME? Goodness.  You can read Card all you want, but I reserve the right to virtually bash you on the back of your head each time you do.

*wink*

I do indeed mean you - it's your new nickname! :)

*Card* OUCH!!! seems alright by his narration of his writing guide. Give me some links that'll make me hate him? ;D
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 27, 2011, 11:35:27 AM
Here's just a small sampling: 

http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html (http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html)
http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2009/05/orson_scott_card_goes_off_the.php (http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2009/05/orson_scott_card_goes_off_the.php)
http://www.nauvoo.com/library/card-hypocrites.html (http://www.nauvoo.com/library/card-hypocrites.html)

...need I go on? And oh...he gives a very large percentage of his $$ to ....you guessed it, these folks:  http://www.nationformarriage.org/site/c.omL2KeN0LzH/b.3836955/k.BEC6/Home.htm (http://www.nationformarriage.org/site/c.omL2KeN0LzH/b.3836955/k.BEC6/Home.htm)

who created this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp76ly2_NoI
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Post by: Mr Soul on July 27, 2011, 12:30:53 PM
Scattered around my reading chair right now: Assassin's Quest by Hobb. Tome of the Undergates by Sykes and two nonfiction books-- one about ants and one about bananas.

Go figure.


Edited because my stupid Droid insists the authors name is Hobby.
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on July 27, 2011, 02:07:07 PM
Just wrapped up Elspeth Cooper's Songs of the Earth (reviewed with pleasure this morning, too, on my blog! :D ), and started Jon Sprunk's Shadow's Lure last night. Awaiting my attention... well... Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns and Blake Charlton's Spellbound are due to land early-August! ...No book club for me next month. ;)
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 27, 2011, 03:18:27 PM
Tore through Ghost Story yesterday, now back to the Castings trilogy. Sad I have another ~year before the next Dresden book :(
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Post by: Overlord on July 27, 2011, 03:52:35 PM
Tore through Ghost Story yesterday, now back to the Castings trilogy. Sad I have another ~year before the next Dresden book :(

Martin fans and Rothfuss fans are going to give you a kick or two ;)
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 27, 2011, 04:03:32 PM
Tore through Ghost Story yesterday, now back to the Castings trilogy. Sad I have another ~year before the next Dresden book :(

Martin fans and Rothfuss fans are going to give you a kick or two ;)

Martin I have an excuse because he's signing this weekend so I'm buying the book then to get a sig :)

Rothfuss fans I have no respect for and they are too girly-men to matter anyway <_<
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on July 27, 2011, 05:55:04 PM
Picked up The Warded Man by Peter V Brett, Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick and Soulless by Gail Carriger.  Started reading Among Thieves first, because it just seemed like the most fun.
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Post by: WizardofWestmarch on July 27, 2011, 05:59:57 PM
Picked up The Warded Man by Peter V Brett, Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick and Soulless by Gail Carriger.  Started reading Among Thieves first, because it just seemed like the most fun.

Among thieves, while not a great book, is certainly a fun one.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on July 27, 2011, 06:13:47 PM
Tore through Ghost Story yesterday, now back to the Castings trilogy. Sad I have another ~year before the next Dresden book :(

Martin fans and Rothfuss fans are going to give you a kick or two ;)

Martin I have an excuse because he's signing this weekend so I'm buying the book then to get a sig :)

Rothfuss fans I have no respect for and they are too girly-men to matter anyway <_<

*Checks his girlishness*
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Post by: Noona on July 27, 2011, 07:09:47 PM
Unexpectedly working full time this week and so even though I'm supposed to be reading Royal Assassin I find it really hard to read big books when I can only read a few chapters a night, so I'm reading a few easier/shorter books this week instead. I already read Skulduggery Pleasant (need to get the next one soon, great kids book) and have just started reading Horns by Joe Hill in my evenings and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness in my lunch breaks. :)


Also I will quite happily admit to being a girly Rothfuss fan ;)
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on July 27, 2011, 07:35:45 PM
Picked up The Warded Man by Peter V Brett, Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick and Soulless by Gail Carriger.  Started reading Among Thieves first, because it just seemed like the most fun.

Among thieves, while not a great book, is certainly a fun one.

I thought Among Thieves was excellent. A damn good read from start to finish, and loved every second.
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Post by: Jeni on July 27, 2011, 11:23:41 PM
Started reading 'The Redemption Of Althalus' by David & Leigh Eddings on monday. Nearly half way through and enjoying it a lot.  :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on July 28, 2011, 11:12:17 AM
Unexpectedly working full time this week and so even though I'm supposed to be reading Royal Assassin I find it really hard to read big books when I can only read a few chapters a night, so I'm reading a few easier/shorter books this week instead. I already read Skulduggery Pleasant (need to get the next one soon, great kids book) and have just started reading Horns by Joe Hill in my evenings and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness in my lunch breaks. :)


Also I will quite happily admit to being a girly Rothfuss fan ;)

I started Royal Assassin last night by complete accident... Basically I was going to make a start on something else but couldn't find it. Royal Assassin was randomly by my shoes as I was about to leave so I picked it up.... ended up reading it on the drive home and then until about 10pm... on about page 200 now... even better written than the first.

I love the wolf scene :)
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Post by: Shanothaine on July 28, 2011, 12:16:47 PM
Here's just a small sampling: 

http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html (http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html)
http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2009/05/orson_scott_card_goes_off_the.php (http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2009/05/orson_scott_card_goes_off_the.php)
http://www.nauvoo.com/library/card-hypocrites.html (http://www.nauvoo.com/library/card-hypocrites.html)

...need I go on? And oh...he gives a very large percentage of his $$ to ....you guessed it, these folks:  http://www.nationformarriage.org/site/c.omL2KeN0LzH/b.3836955/k.BEC6/Home.htm (http://www.nationformarriage.org/site/c.omL2KeN0LzH/b.3836955/k.BEC6/Home.htm)

who created this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp76ly2_NoI

This is absolutely nauseating. I think I'm going to be... oh wait, too late.

On a lighter note, I'll be finishing Assassin's Apprentice today/tomorrow - and then I have to read some non-fantasy stuff, alas.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 28, 2011, 04:27:40 PM
I finished Shadow's Lure on Tuesday, and it was brilliant. I'm now reading some sci-fi, but will likely get around to Col Buchanan's Stands a Shadow in a day or so.
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 28, 2011, 07:05:23 PM
Just started Jeminson's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms...I'm intrigued!
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 28, 2011, 07:23:41 PM
Just started Jeminson's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms...I'm intrigued!

I'm a big fan of that one.  Really creative narrative.
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Post by: Overlord on July 28, 2011, 07:29:28 PM
Just started Jeminson's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms...I'm intrigued!

I see that book as 'very you'. Strong female personality and all... :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 28, 2011, 07:39:42 PM
@overlord with your love of angst ridden heroes, does that mean you are angst ridden? :-o
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 28, 2011, 09:29:57 PM
Just started Jeminson's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms...I'm intrigued!
It was, for me, one of those books where I picked it up, read a few pages, thought it was a bit naff and put it down. I've heard it get a lot of praise, but some of the things I've heard mentioned about it have put me off even more.

It's like The Windup Girl. It got a fair amount of praise, and I bought it for a book club discussion. I thought the prose was utterly horrific, and there was a certain kind of scene in it that was rather disgusting, and I've not touched it since.

I hope you get more out of it than I did, though.
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 29, 2011, 07:26:51 AM
See, I adored The Wind Up Girl...and after the scene you're thinking of (and I know EXACTLY which one), all of those folks...well, let's just say they get a VERY well-deserved comeuppance.
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Post by: Bahl on July 29, 2011, 08:12:49 AM
Reading No Present Like Time by Steph Swainson.

Got the book for free, some interesting concepts in there so far.
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Post by: Overlord on July 29, 2011, 08:59:00 AM
Really enjoying my Royal Assassin novel and alternating with Card' Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy! :)
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 29, 2011, 10:33:21 AM
See, I adored The Wind Up Girl...and after the scene you're thinking of (and I know EXACTLY which one), all of those folks...well, let's just say they get a VERY well-deserved comeuppance.
I only managed about 60 something pages, so I'm not sure if we're on about the right scene. I'm referring to the first time we encounter the titular character.
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Post by: Bahl on July 29, 2011, 10:44:20 AM
Just bought Dragons Path from Daniel Abraham. I just had to do it.
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Post by: Overlord on July 29, 2011, 11:34:39 AM
Just bought Dragons Path from Daniel Abraham. I just had to do it.

Everyone seems to be talking / reading that... not just fantasy fans, but authors too..
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Post by: Bahl on July 29, 2011, 11:49:04 AM
Yep, so it should be good. Won a copy of Sam Sykes's Tome of the Undergates, which helps, since my original one was lost/stolen. Means I can read that as well!
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on July 29, 2011, 02:28:22 PM
Just bought Dragons Path from Daniel Abraham. I just had to do it.

It is very good, if a bit slow.
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 29, 2011, 04:52:05 PM
Still on Path of Daggers and I m afraid, it stinks. The WOT certainly has its flaws, but even the most flawed books in the series had their plus points, but this one is an absolute stinker.But people have promised Winters Heart is decent, and after that just two more to get to the Sanderson books . . . 
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Post by: ChristinaJL on July 29, 2011, 05:30:14 PM
Still on Path of Daggers and I m afraid, it stinks. The WOT certainly has its flaws, but even the most flawed books in the series had their plus points, but this one is an absolute stinker.But people have promised Winters Heart is decent, and after that just two more to get to the Sanderson books . . . 

oh no, I've not even started Lord of Chaos yet!! 
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Post by: ChristinaJL on July 29, 2011, 05:31:41 PM
I'm really struggling with GRRM's ADWD - I plodded my way through AFWC in the hope that the next would be better.  It kind of is, but I'm getting bored.   ::)  Started on Roule Britannia by William Fotheringham to alleviate the boredom.   :D
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 29, 2011, 05:36:20 PM
@ChristinaJL Lord of Chaos is very slow, but comes together very well for the last 300pages. Then Crown of Swords is a good un. Just Path of Daggers stinks big time. 
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Post by: ChristinaJL on July 29, 2011, 05:41:19 PM
@ChristinaJL Lord of Chaos is very slow, but comes together very well for the last 300pages. Then Crown of Swords is a good un. Just Path of Daggers stinks big time. 

I should really crack on with both the Malazan and WoT series, but got distracted by watching the Tour de France and the 15 cycling books a friend lent me.   :o
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Post by: Overlord on July 30, 2011, 02:28:27 PM
Over half way through Royal Assassin... Just had the big Fool & Fitch speech promising big thing.... EXCITED!!!
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Post by: michaelramm on July 30, 2011, 07:02:15 PM
Just finished Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. Today I am reading The Lost Tribe of the Sith (Star Wars 7-book ebook series) by John Jackson Miller.

I will be starting The Warded Man Peter V. Brett next week. I may also read Shadowbred to start The Twilight War by Paul S. Kemp.
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Post by: Cheerwell on July 30, 2011, 07:33:09 PM
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

So far? Eh.
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Post by: Overlord on July 30, 2011, 07:40:04 PM
Just finished Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. Today I am reading The Lost Tribe of the Sith (Star Wars 7-book ebook series) by John Jackson Miller.

I will be starting The Warded Man Peter V. Brett next week. I may also read Shadowbred to start The Twilight War by Paul S. Kemp.

Retribution Falls and Elantris are pretty high up on my to read list =)
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 30, 2011, 07:43:45 PM
I m actually beginning to think about my X mas wishlist now as gonna have to majorly tighten my belt with some pending life changes coming so might not be able to justify as many book purchases between now and then and I think Elantis and Alloy of Law will be on it.
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Post by: missoularedhead on July 30, 2011, 08:03:21 PM
Finished The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and back to Chronicles of the Black Company. I have to admit, it's not really holding my interest all that much...
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Post by: michaelramm on July 30, 2011, 11:12:25 PM
Just finished Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. Today I am reading The Lost Tribe of the Sith (Star Wars 7-book ebook series) by John Jackson Miller.

I will be starting The Warded Man Peter V. Brett next week. I may also read Shadowbred to start The Twilight War by Paul S. Kemp.

Retribution Falls and Elantris are pretty high up on my to read list =)

They were both pretty good. Of course, Sanderson is always great! Retribution Falls was a group read for a GoodReads group and the first thing that I have read by Wooding. It was a quick read that sucked me in quickly. I read the last 3/4 of the book in less than a day.
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Post by: Nighteyes on July 31, 2011, 07:00:38 AM
Giving Path of Daggers a break and reading Crisis on Infinite Earths.
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Post by: DBASKLS on July 31, 2011, 10:13:01 AM
Started World War Z yesterday. I'm zipping through it. It's a real breath of fresh air!
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Post by: jeppiejepp on July 31, 2011, 12:40:44 PM
Currently working my way through Joe Abercrombie's The Heroes
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Post by: Overlord on August 01, 2011, 11:39:50 AM
Just finished Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. Today I am reading The Lost Tribe of the Sith (Star Wars 7-book ebook series) by John Jackson Miller.

I will be starting The Warded Man Peter V. Brett next week. I may also read Shadowbred to start The Twilight War by Paul S. Kemp.

Retribution Falls and Elantris are pretty high up on my to read list =)

They were both pretty good. Of course, Sanderson is always great! Retribution Falls was a group read for a GoodReads group and the first thing that I have read by Wooding. It was a quick read that sucked me in quickly. I read the last 3/4 of the book in less than a day.

He has a 'hooded man' novel out too... maybe worth checking out? :D

(http://www.chriswooding.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Braided-Path.jpg)
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Post by: Overlord on August 01, 2011, 11:40:46 AM
Just finished Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. Today I am reading The Lost Tribe of the Sith (Star Wars 7-book ebook series) by John Jackson Miller.

I will be starting The Warded Man Peter V. Brett next week. I may also read Shadowbred to start The Twilight War by Paul S. Kemp.

Retribution Falls and Elantris are pretty high up on my to read list =)

They were both pretty good. Of course, Sanderson is always great! Retribution Falls was a group read for a GoodReads group and the first thing that I have read by Wooding. It was a quick read that sucked me in quickly. I read the last 3/4 of the book in less than a day.

He has a 'hooded man' novel out too... maybe worth checking out? :D

(http://www.chriswooding.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Braided-Path.jpg)

Is that a Ring Wraith there!?!?!?!?

Erm... No... it's a Reng Reth - completely different.
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Post by: Cheerwell on August 01, 2011, 12:45:35 PM
To say that book is big is quite the understatement. It's huge.
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 01, 2011, 02:09:27 PM
I finished Shadow's Lure by Jon Sprunk last night, and I'm waiting on Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns being delivered. In the meantime, handily, the first of the Dresden Files arrived today, so depending on when PoT lands, I might've read through that.
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Post by: Vilutheril on August 01, 2011, 04:12:30 PM
PoT is great Leo, read it as soon as possible! Storm Front is a completely different kind of read but also very good! The later books are even better in my opinion.

I'm reading Fenrir by M.D. Lachlan at the moment. I've been pretty busy the last few days so I'm not too far in but so far so good. I'd also recommend the first book in the series Wolfsangel. Possibly the coolest and the scariest interpretation of a werewolf I've ever read. :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 01, 2011, 05:44:29 PM
I seem to have fallen victim to the fantasy faction curse and now have three books on the go. Crisis on Multiple Earths, Path of Daggers and Tome of the Undergates. I expect a antidote to this curse to be posted out immediately Overlord, cos right now in my head Rand has recruited the JLA and the Teen Titans to help him fight a monstrous being that has risen from the ocean is threatening to destroy all the ages of Legends. 
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Post by: heirofsalazar on August 01, 2011, 06:09:49 PM
I started Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick the other day. Absolutely loving it so far! Next on my list is probably Shadow's Lure as I loved the first book in that series.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on August 02, 2011, 12:32:50 AM
Currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, which is... difficult to say the least. It has good bits. It also feels rushed. Some great discussion of empathy for AIs and suchlike, but probably needed editting better, back in the day.
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 02, 2011, 04:05:37 AM
Do Androids... is a bit hard to read, I think, because you can't help but thinking of Blade Runner.
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Post by: Cheerwell on August 02, 2011, 08:33:51 AM
Do Androids... is a bit hard to read, I think, because you can't help but thinking of Blade Runner.
Unless, like me, you did the sensible thing and read the book a year or two before watching Blade Runner ;)
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 02, 2011, 11:20:23 PM
Finished Den of Thieves - didn't come out so good.  See blog if interested.

Reading Zoo City now, love it.

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Post by: Shamrock on August 03, 2011, 08:49:10 AM
Finished Den of Thieves - didn't come out so good.  See blog if interested.

Reading Zoo City now, love it.
Ooo... I LOVED Zoo City, got a copy of Moxyland but I'm moving so it's packed in a box until I move. Sigh.
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Post by: Overlord on August 03, 2011, 08:52:19 AM
Finished Royal Assassin now - did it in 6 days, which is pretty good because it was about 800 pages I think - so happy with that!

Reading the first Narnia book today =) Hopefully be able to finish it pretty quickly ;) Then I'm checking out Dawnthief before moving on to a few classics I think: Dragonflight, Elric, Legend, Pawn of Prophecy, etc.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 03, 2011, 08:56:11 AM
With Narnia its better to read them in published order rather than chronological order. So start with Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Also remember these are children books! Why you mention Legend?i thought you had already read that? My recommendation to you would be to read Magician by Feist. Also read Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks just so I can enjoy your scathing review of it that is sure to come!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on August 03, 2011, 11:22:26 AM
I finished ADWD last night and my cycling book the other day, so back to reading Shadowplay now.  Finally conquered the FF curse of reading multiple books and I'm not starting anything till the Tad Williams' book is finished.   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on August 03, 2011, 11:35:50 AM
With Narnia its better to read them in published order rather than chronological order. So start with Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Also remember these are children books! Why you mention Legend?i thought you had already read that? My recommendation to you would be to read Magician by Feist. Also read Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks just so I can enjoy your scathing review of it that is sure to come!

No, I am about half way through. I went off on a tangent and read Royal Assassin :)

Magician by Feist is very high on my reading list and I purchased Sword of Shannara a short while ago too, but it looks a very, very long book and I'm not sure I want to commit to the book / series just yet. I'm going to try read a few more Gemmell, Moorcock, McCaffrey, Hobb titles first :)
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Post by: Cheerwell on August 03, 2011, 11:38:42 AM
Magician by Feist is very high on my reading list and I purchased Sword of Shannara a short while ago too, but it looks a very, very long book and I'm not sure I want to commit to the book / series just yet. I'm going to try read a few more Gemmell, Moorcock, McCaffrey, Hobb titles first :)
It's not that long, I think. Oh, wait... My edition is 726 pages long. That's big for me.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 03, 2011, 11:39:50 AM
The Shannara series is shocking revelation into what sells.totally unoriginal even for the time, poorly conceived characters, ridiculous deux ex machina, and very very predictable. But Brooks is the biggest selling fantasy writer of all time after Tolkien and Rowling, and is laughing all the way to the bank. 
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Post by: Overlord on August 03, 2011, 11:48:48 AM
The Shannara series is shocking revelation into what sells.totally unoriginal even for the time, poorly conceived characters, ridiculous deux ex machina, and very very predictable. But Brooks is the biggest selling fantasy writer of all time after Tolkien and Rowling, and is laughing all the way to the bank. 

Explain to me again why you recommend I read this above all my other titles? ;) lol

I will read Magician at some point soon. It's one of the nation's favourite books for a start, but in addition I have had Twitter follows screaming at me to check it out :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 03, 2011, 11:52:23 AM
Cos you sometimes disagree and then we can have a fun argument about it!or you will feel the same and I can enjoy the scathing review you write about it! Magician is a must read, you cant be a credible overlord until you have read it! :-P;-)
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Post by: Cheerwell on August 03, 2011, 01:49:36 PM
You can't be a fantasy expert without reading Goodkind or Brooks. Why? Because you can't appreciate the good without knowing the bad. Personally, I enjoyed the one Brooks book I read (Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!), and I have six Shannara books on my shelves (My nan gave them to me), so I wouldn't class him as bad. But you have to read Goodkind and Brooks. You have to.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 03, 2011, 02:07:36 PM
You can't be a fantasy expert without reading Goodkind or Brooks. Why? Because you can't appreciate the good without knowing the bad. Personally, I enjoyed the one Brooks book I read (Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!), and I have six Shannara books on my shelves (My nan gave them to me), so I wouldn't class him as bad. But you have to read Goodkind and Brooks. You have to.

Oh God Loerwyn, lets not get the EXPERT or ADVANCED talk over here too, haha.  After the abuse I've taken over at SFFWorld the topic frightens me.
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Post by: Cheerwell on August 03, 2011, 02:17:56 PM
Oh God Loerwyn, lets not get the EXPERT or ADVANCED talk over here too, haha.  After the abuse I've taken over at SFFWorld the topic frightens me.
I wasn't bringing it over here ;)
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 03, 2011, 02:24:06 PM
She makes a good point though.you need to read the bad sometimes to appreciate the good. 
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 03, 2011, 02:28:16 PM
She makes a good point though.you need to read the bad sometimes to appreciate the good. 

Definitely. I was teasing her about the use of the work "expert" as over at SFFworld forums I asked for some help in identifying some books for the expert or advanced fantasy reader.  I was then told how intermediate I am and how narrow minded my thinking is.  It was lots of fun.
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Post by: Overlord on August 03, 2011, 02:42:20 PM
She makes a good point though.you need to read the bad sometimes to appreciate the good. 

Please... I couldn't read anymore bad this year. In twelve months I have read:
Northern Lights (1/5), The Magicians (1/5) and Left Hand of God (1/5)...

I need a rest from these kinds of books or I may give up reading and start playing video games or something ;)
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 03, 2011, 02:45:40 PM
She makes a good point though.you need to read the bad sometimes to appreciate the good. 

Please... I couldn't read anymore bad this year. In twelve months I have read:
Northern Lights (1/5), The Magicians (1/5) and Left Hand of God (1/5)...

I need a rest from these kinds of books or I may give up reading and start playing video games or something ;)
And I think Kitschy and I would give MAGICIANS 5/5 ;)
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Post by: Shamrock on August 03, 2011, 02:47:44 PM
She makes a good point though.you need to read the bad sometimes to appreciate the good. 

Please... I couldn't read anymore bad this year. In twelve months I have read:
Northern Lights (1/5), The Magicians (1/5) and Left Hand of God (1/5)...

I need a rest from these kinds of books or I may give up reading and start playing video games or something ;)
Oi vey, I loved Northern Lights and enjoyed Left Hand of God, think you should take my recommendations with a barrel of salt.  ;)
Also I am plodding through Eragon, then I'm going to read Eldest by which time my copy of Tome of the Undergates should have arrived. Hopefully.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 03, 2011, 04:28:19 PM
Sorry but Northern Lights and Magicians are NOT bad books. They have been universally praised for a very good reason. They were just not to your taste. Some books are bad, some you can see why they are well regarded but just not for you. Northern Lights and Magicians both belong to the latter. Most of Brooks, Paoulini and Goodkind's output is just bad. But even bad books have an appeal to some. Some people do just wanna read a straight forward untaxing fantasy book sometimes and they are written for that market. 
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Post by: Majin Paul on August 03, 2011, 04:28:27 PM
I just finished a Dance with Dragons a few days ago so while I'm not reading at the moment, I do plan on reading Black Powder War by Naomi Novik next.
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Post by: DBASKLS on August 03, 2011, 08:02:58 PM
Just started Mistborn:The Final Empire while I wait for my August book club book to arrive  :D
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Post by: Shanothaine on August 03, 2011, 09:26:25 PM
I'm busy with Wiccan Mysteries by Raven Grimassi ATM - it's not fantasy, but it's a seriously powerful read. Will be starting with GRRM in September, yikes!
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Post by: Overlord on August 04, 2011, 09:10:56 AM
I'm busy with Wiccan Mysteries by Raven Grimassi ATM - it's not fantasy, but it's a seriously powerful read. Will be starting with GRRM in September, yikes!

Looking to finish Legend today, Elric tomorrow and first Narnia book the day after :D
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Post by: Overlord on August 04, 2011, 09:13:29 AM
Sorry but Northern Lights and Magicians are NOT bad books. They have been universally praised for a very good reason. They were just not to your taste. Some books are bad, some you can see why they are well regarded but just not for you. Northern Lights and Magicians both belong to the latter. Most of Brooks, Paoulini and Goodkind's output is just bad. But even bad books have an appeal to some. Some people do just wanna read a straight forward untaxing fantasy book sometimes and they are written for that market. 

Just not to my tastes... to be honest I can't think of a book set in this world I like.
American Gods, Good Omens, Northern Lights, Magicians, Storm Front...

Not sure why, just can never get into books set in modern times.
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 04, 2011, 09:14:35 AM
Just finished a couple of 'Bones' novels (Kathy Reichs).  Meh...2 in 2 days.  BUT I got Black Lung Captain in the post, so I'm hoping to dig into that soon.
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 04, 2011, 09:16:05 AM

Not sure why, just can never get into books set in modern times.

Two words...Market Forces. Richard K. Morgan. Seriously.  Think corporate Mad Max.  Or maybe Arlen in a suit, with a REALLY nice car.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 04, 2011, 09:21:05 AM
And you did like Harry Potter didn't you?
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Post by: Overlord on August 04, 2011, 11:13:22 AM
And you did like Harry Potter didn't you?

I guess that's true. *shrugs* Just didn't like those books - sorry guys :P
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 04, 2011, 02:19:28 PM
I've literally just got into audio books--yes, late to the party, I know! So I'm currently juggling two books, as well as listening to the first of the Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Z. Martin. It's proving good fun so far, not brilliant, but fun. Juggling Storm Front, Dresden 1, and Prince of Thorns which... well, it's not gripped me in the first couple of chapters, so....... I am suitably surprised!! Still, there's time.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 04, 2011, 02:24:18 PM
Finished Zoo City last night.  Lots of <3's.  Little confused about the shift in plot around the 70% mark. Came out of nowhere a bit.  Probably would all make more sense on a re-read knowing the cues to look for.  Review should be along in a day or two.

Started Prince of Thorns last night on the iPad.  Reading Little, Big in a hard copy.  Listening to Forever War on the commute.  Too much?
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Post by: Jeryn on August 05, 2011, 01:54:33 AM
Just finished "Ghost Story" by Jim Butcher and enjoyed it. Issue 15 of Black Gate magazine is next.
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Post by: Shanothaine on August 05, 2011, 07:56:14 PM
I think I need a little motivation before tackling GRRM - any volunteers? :)
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Post by: michaelramm on August 06, 2011, 03:41:27 AM
Just finished The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett (AMAZING!!) I am about to start either Shadowbred by Paul S. Kemp or Star Wars: Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller...or maybe both of them!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on August 06, 2011, 10:11:43 AM
Started the Sam Sykes book club read last night, seems ok so far!!
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Post by: Overlord on August 06, 2011, 04:03:05 PM
Been reading about a bit - well over half way through Pawn of Prophecy, be surprised if I didn't finish it tomorrow... Very good book. I think you can see the 'LOTR' influence on it... the black riders and the 'oh... he is basically a few steps away from King' type story lines... but the 'overall' story line... I mean an object of almost Godlike Power... that's nothing like Lord of the Rings... ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 06, 2011, 04:27:23 PM
Bit surprised you enjoyed Eddings. It usually seems that unless he gets you young, people dont enjoy him as adult readers. Though the people who read him young, love the guy.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 06, 2011, 04:40:41 PM
Bit surprised you enjoyed Eddings. It usually seems that unless he gets you young, people dont enjoy him as adult readers. Though the people who read him young, love the guy.

Hard not to like really - very, very simple story - perhaps a little too simple by modern standards, but the lead characters are like-able and fairly typical in terms of fantasy :) Narration isn't condescending either :)
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 06, 2011, 06:35:25 PM
Bit surprised you enjoyed Eddings. It usually seems that unless he gets you young, people dont enjoy him as adult readers. Though the people who read him young, love the guy.

Hard not to like really - very, very simple story - perhaps a little too simple by modern standards, but the lead characters are like-able and fairly typical in terms of fantasy :) Narration isn't condescending either :)

I enjoyed Eddings very much... He's sort of like a familiar grandpa.
Aside from the Belgariad, The Redemption of Althalus is a good standalone.
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Post by: Elspeth Cooper on August 06, 2011, 08:34:04 PM
I read and enjoyed (and re-read, several times) Eddings when I was younger, and have fond memories of the books. I think King of the Murgos was the first trade paperback I ever bought. However, I've had absolutely no inclination to pick up any of the Belgariad/Malloreon/Elenium/Tamuli in over 15 years. Maybe I've grown out of him.
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 07, 2011, 08:22:06 AM
Well, to be honest, I'm currently reading my dissertation, catching the last minute clean up details.  Boy, is it boring.  ;D
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Post by: Overlord on August 07, 2011, 08:53:36 AM
I think the Pawn of Prophecy book I'm reading is a kind of Lord of Rings evolution... you can see how it is toning down the unnecessary and adding in the more character based action there is today. It has been great for me this year to read tons of modern stuff (1990's-2011) and then go back, read Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) and finally read the stuff in the middle (late 1960's - 1980's). You really can see threads connecting everything and how certain things are building, whilst others are falling. You see how narration has completely changed. Characters become more important than their stories... it's been probably my best year to date in terms of reading :) All thanks to FF too!
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 07, 2011, 10:13:32 AM
Thats a good take on Eddings. There were kinda two fantasy schools it seems to me. One born out of Tolkien, which you could call high fantasy, and Eddings was a key stone in that line of writers as you said. Then there was the low fantasy school founded by Howard, which was much darker and gritter. Now thanks to the likes of Martin, these two schools seemed to have come together, leading to epic fantasy but with a more real and human vibe to them. In terms of this thread, finished Path of Daggers and Crisis on Multiple Earths.now reading some JLA stuff a mate gave me, though I think I prefer super heroes on their own, and gonna read the second week of Tome of the Undergates. 
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Post by: Roojets on August 07, 2011, 12:16:57 PM
I'm reading lolita for a book group, trying to keep and open mind but its still giving me the creeps.
Re-reading The Assassins quest (Robin Hobb) and loving it.
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Post by: heirofsalazar on August 08, 2011, 03:21:04 PM
I'm currently reading Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick and absolutely loving it. There is nothing about that book I don't like and it's gotten to the point where I don't want to put it down. (It's currently staring at me from the shelf, threatening to disrupt my productivity today.)

I just finished The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin on audiobook yesterday. Well, I said finished, I gave up on it about 150 pages from the end. I just didn't like at all. It bored me rigid and the rest of the series is certainly not at the top of my to-read list. Instead, I've taken up to listening to Brandon Sanderson's Elantris, the synopsis of which really has me intrigued. Got through chapter one this morning and I can't wait to see how the story plays out from there.
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Post by: Overlord on August 08, 2011, 03:41:37 PM
I'm reading lolita for a book group, trying to keep and open mind but its still giving me the creeps.
Re-reading The Assassins quest (Robin Hobb) and loving it.

Just starting 'The Assassins Quest' myself... about to switch the audio book on for the trip to the gym :D First few chapters probably a catch up if like the first book, but will let you know how I'm finding it tomorrow :D

I'm currently reading Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick and absolutely loving it. There is nothing about that book I don't like and it's gotten to the point where I don't want to put it down. (It's currently staring at me from the shelf, threatening to disrupt my productivity today.)

I just finished The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin on audiobook yesterday. Well, I said finished, I gave up on it about 150 pages from the end. I just didn't like at all. It bored me rigid and the rest of the series is certainly not at the top of my to-read list. Instead, I've taken up to listening to Brandon Sanderson's Elantris, the synopsis of which really has me intrigued. Got through chapter one this morning and I can't wait to see how the story plays out from there.

Another author who is VERY similar and also inspired Douglas / helped his work is 'Stephen Brust' if you like AT - certainly check him out. Very similar themes (assassins) with more traditional fantasy elements (magic, dragons, etc) and the narration is almost the same style (amusingly self detrimental - obviously 1st person).
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 08, 2011, 04:27:01 PM
Much like Alek, I've started listening to Brandon Sanderson's Elantris--sharing a house with your brother will make you (happily) share audio-books. ;)
I'm also getting through--juggling with other books--Storm Front (Dresden #1) and with every spare minute I have I am dragging my way through Prince of Thorns. Honestly? Unless something happens soon, this book has lost me, and it never had me to begin with. Which I am actually devastated about.

But what I am really hankering to read once I finish up Dresden, is Peter Orullian's The Unremembered, the lovely hardback of which is sitting taunting me. I really want to read this book.
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Post by: Nyki Blatchley on August 08, 2011, 04:32:54 PM
I'm currently reading The Algebraist by Iain M Banks.  I don't read a lot of SF, but I make an exception for him - I love his mainstream novels too.  I'm currently 200 pages in, and I'm still not entirely sure what's going on, but that's a normal situation with Banks - sometimes you only find out on the final page.  There has been a hint as to what the title refers to, though.

I'm also on-and-off rereading the Chronicles of Narnia, as I recently got a single-volume copy to replace my ancient, tatty paperbacks.  Enjoying them, though they should definitely be kept away from anyone who's learning how to write.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 08, 2011, 04:35:38 PM
I love The Algebraist!but a better introduction to his sci fi might be The Player of Games. 
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Post by: Nyki Blatchley on August 08, 2011, 05:08:26 PM
Yes, I'd agree that would be a good one to start with.
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 09, 2011, 07:29:25 AM
I adore Banks....particularly The Algebraist and The Wasp Factory

Just finished Royal in Exile, the first of another trilogy by Fiona McIntosh.  Not bad, actually.
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Post by: Toc the Youngest on August 09, 2011, 08:04:46 AM
Tonight I started Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. I'm about 100 pages in and I'm really enjoying this book. It's very entertaining and really appeals to my dark and twisted sense of humor. I dont know if this book is for everyone but it's right up my alley.  I don't always like the first person but if it's done right I don't mind a bit and this one is.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on August 09, 2011, 09:37:07 AM
Last night I started Steven Erikson's Midnight Tides.  It's been a while since I picked up one of his books and I hope I can remember what's happened so far.  I'd nearly forgotten just how good Erikson is compared to some things I've read inbetween.   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on August 09, 2011, 09:56:04 AM
Assassin's Quest. WOW. Hobb's writing seems even better than ever. There is serious danger of her toppling Weeks and Brett from my top 5 authors list... seriously... Last night I was thinking very carefully about where she sat in regards to my list and she isn't quite there yet... simply because although I LOVE the story, it doesn't have quite the scope of Night Angel or the action of Painted Man.

What I will say though is that the first chapter was the best writing I have ever read. Hard to talk about it without spoilers, but describing the actions of a man with the thoughts of 'x' was just fantastic... must have been so difficult to do - but she did it... and brilliantly. Read the chapter twice and just thought 'wow...'
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Post by: Toc the Youngest on August 09, 2011, 11:17:34 AM
Last night I started Steven Erikson's Midnight Tides.  It's been a while since I picked up one of his books and I hope I can remember what's happened so far.  I'd nearly forgotten just how good Erikson is compared to some things I've read inbetween.   ;D

Nice...I love Midnight Tides.  Next to Toc the Younger, Trull Sengar is my favorite character.  Loads of new characters and plotlines in this book as most of it takes place on a new continent of Lethar. Enjoy!!
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 09, 2011, 02:00:44 PM
Last night I started Steven Erikson's Midnight Tides.  It's been a while since I picked up one of his books and I hope I can remember what's happened so far.  I'd nearly forgotten just how good Erikson is compared to some things I've read inbetween.   ;D

Nice...I love Midnight Tides.  Next to Toc the Younger, Trull Sengar is my favorite character.  Loads of new characters and plotlines in this book as most of it takes place on a new continent of Lethar. Enjoy!!

And Tehol and Bugg are bloody hilarious.
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 09, 2011, 02:07:05 PM
Assassin's Quest. WOW. Hobb's writing seems even better than ever. There is serious danger of her toppling Weeks and Brett from my top 5 authors list... seriously... Last night I was thinking very carefully about where she sat in regards to my list and she isn't quite there yet... simply because although I LOVE the story, it doesn't have quite the scope of Night Angel or the action of Painted Man.

What I will say though is that the first chapter was the best writing I have ever read. Hard to talk about it without spoilers, but describing the actions of a man with the thoughts of 'x' was just fantastic... must have been so difficult to do - but she did it... and brilliantly. Read the chapter twice and just thought 'wow...'

I'm actually getting intrigued about these books now. I have the first of the trilogy, and I'm looking into the others as audio books, too.
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Post by: Overlord on August 09, 2011, 03:37:54 PM
Assassin's Quest. WOW. Hobb's writing seems even better than ever. There is serious danger of her toppling Weeks and Brett from my top 5 authors list... seriously... Last night I was thinking very carefully about where she sat in regards to my list and she isn't quite there yet... simply because although I LOVE the story, it doesn't have quite the scope of Night Angel or the action of Painted Man.

What I will say though is that the first chapter was the best writing I have ever read. Hard to talk about it without spoilers, but describing the actions of a man with the thoughts of 'x' was just fantastic... must have been so difficult to do - but she did it... and brilliantly. Read the chapter twice and just thought 'wow...'

I'm actually getting intrigued about these books now. I have the first of the trilogy, and I'm looking into the others as audio books, too.

Assassin's Apprentice is one of the very best Audio Books I've listened to. The voice for Fitz is perfect... similar to Kvothe in Name of the Wind... they've got the readers just perfect and that is so, so essential for those titles.
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Post by: michaelramm on August 09, 2011, 04:59:10 PM
I started Star Wars: Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller the other night and then started Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick last night. I am about 40% through the first and 25% through the second. I am enjoying Among Thieves much more. Knight Errant is not that strong of a Star Wars EU book in my opinion. I think that I will finish Among Thieves tonight or tomorrow before I even pick up Knight Errant again.
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Post by: Overlord on August 10, 2011, 09:08:46 AM
Finished the first Elric book last night... 5/5. Brilliant!!! I don't actually think much of Moorcock as a person, his need to voice his angry opinions constantly. However, I can't deny that his writings are brilliant. Not only does he have the ability to put a story of epic scope into a novel 1/3 of the size of most other writers in the genre, but he does it whilst retaining and perhaps even going past the scope of their world building. To be able to have a magic system, lore, various cultures, relationships, visits to multiple realms, unique vehicles in such a small book was just fantastic. Gonna dash down to the second hand book store and pick up more :)
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Post by: Overlord on August 10, 2011, 09:09:36 AM
Should also mention I'm 28% through Assassin's Quest =)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on August 10, 2011, 09:45:04 AM
Nice...I love Midnight Tides.  Next to Toc the Younger, Trull Sengar is my favorite character.  Loads of new characters and plotlines in this book as most of it takes place on a new continent of Lethar. Enjoy!!

And Tehol and Bugg are bloody hilarious.

Yep, I've read about 20% now and Tehol/Bugg are making me laugh, as well as lots of good new characters.  I really like the way Erikson can write powerful stuff followed by lines that crack you up.   ;D
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Post by: MatNastos on August 10, 2011, 05:56:25 PM
I just picked up the "Dreaming Dark" series by Keith Baker for my Nook. Started on "The City of Towers" last night. Decent so far, but not blowing me away yet.

-Mat N.

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Post by: Noona on August 10, 2011, 07:58:16 PM
Have finally finished Royal Assassin, read a huge chunk today. Will try and get Assassin's Quest read a bit quicker!
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 10, 2011, 09:29:20 PM
Just read Tower of Babel. Is it worrying to have a thing for Wonder Woman?
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 11, 2011, 05:06:42 AM
Currently reading Napoleon in Egypt (http://Napoleon in Egypt).  There's an overuse of the word 'impecunious'.
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Post by: Ashur-is-King on August 11, 2011, 05:24:55 AM
Just started Jeminson's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms...I'm intrigued!

Oh, good for you! I just read it and I loved it. Seriously, it's one of those books that's very difficult to put down!
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Post by: Shamrock on August 11, 2011, 06:46:13 AM
I'm starting Eldest today, everyone has assured me that I just need to get through Eragon and that Eldest and Brisingr are awesome. We shall see.
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Post by: Overlord on August 11, 2011, 08:31:26 AM
Have finally finished Royal Assassin, read a huge chunk today. Will try and get Assassin's Quest read a bit quicker!

Good luck with that... it is MASSIVE... probably 1.5x or more bigger than Royal Assassin :P
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 11, 2011, 08:40:24 AM
@Shamrock Eldest is even worse! Actually think despite the many flaws and unoriginality Eragon is ok as a straight forward, non brain taxing read. but Eldest is just appalling.   
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Post by: OneChapterMore on August 11, 2011, 10:43:27 AM
Lord above Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is dull.

I. Will. Get. Through. It.

It must have won that Hugo for something...
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Post by: Overlord on August 11, 2011, 10:44:04 AM
Lord above Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is dull.

I. Will. Get. Through. It.

It must have won that Hugo for something...

It won a fair few things ;P
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Post by: Toc the Youngest on August 11, 2011, 10:59:55 AM
I'm about 50 pages into Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton.  Liking his style so far.  I've been wanting to read this for a while. Glad I finally picked it up.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 11, 2011, 11:11:14 AM
Jonathan Strange is superb, but not for everyone. If you dont enjoy older style fiction like Patrick O Brian, or classic 19th century novels, probably best not to read it. But one of those fantasy books like the Magicians which appeals to non fantasy readers.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 11, 2011, 02:15:11 PM
Lord above Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is dull.

I. Will. Get. Through. It.

It must have won that Hugo for something...

I also wore about 200 pages in... not that it's not good... I just got tired.  I'll go back to it eventually.
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Post by: OneChapterMore on August 11, 2011, 02:48:45 PM
Jonathan Strange is superb, but not for everyone. If you dont enjoy older style fiction like Patrick O Brian, or classic 19th century novels, probably best not to read it. But one of those fantasy books like the Magicians which appeals to non fantasy readers.

it's not that I don't enjoy 19th century novels. I enjoy a lot of them- Ann Radcliffe, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Dickens - I've read and enjoyed someof their works. Its just that it comes across as a bad pastiche. It's trying too hard to be something it's not. It's a story written in the 21st Century, not in the 19th, so why, for the love of God, write it in that way? And, what's more, nothing has actually happened. I don't care about Norrell as a character - he seems a boring old fart. I don't care about Drawlight, he seems a slimy old git. The only people to have even slightly come close to me liking them are Segundus and Norrell's 'man of business'.

But I'll battle on.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 11, 2011, 03:21:40 PM
The real treat is the footnotes.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 11, 2011, 03:43:34 PM
The real treat is the footnotes.

Which are totallyed F'ed in the Kindle version.  One of the real failures of the whole eBook thing.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 11, 2011, 07:53:18 PM
Which begs the question, how is Moonshine reading it? But as much as I love that book, and I really do, it doesn't come to live until Jonathan Strange enters,which oddly doesn't happen to after the 200 page mark if I remember rightly. . .
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 11, 2011, 07:54:27 PM
And I am becoming a real DC fanboy, Identity Crisis is just awesome!
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Post by: OneChapterMore on August 11, 2011, 09:59:04 PM
Wouldn't be seen dead with a Kindle :D
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 12, 2011, 07:43:34 AM
Lord above Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is dull.

I. Will. Get. Through. It.

It must have won that Hugo for something...

I read it, and for the life of me, cannot understand why it won so many awards and was considered so good.  I really don't.
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 12, 2011, 07:45:21 AM
Oh, and I picked up The Magicians today. Because I want to know why Overlord hates it so much.  And a book on Scientology, by a writer who has written some really excellent pieces on them for Rolling Stone.
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Post by: Overlord on August 12, 2011, 10:40:16 AM
Oh, and I picked up The Magicians today. Because I want to know why Overlord hates it so much.  And a book on Scientology, by a writer who has written some really excellent pieces on them for Rolling Stone.

It just kind of annoys me... I don't know why. I found it insanely slow and basically Harry Potter + Drugs... to me that equation was never going to work.
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Post by: lbgale on August 12, 2011, 02:22:09 PM
I picked up The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar.  Has anyone read it? 
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 12, 2011, 02:35:38 PM
Oh, and I picked up The Magicians today. Because I want to know why Overlord hates it so much.  And a book on Scientology, by a writer who has written some really excellent pieces on them for Rolling Stone.
Or why Jared and I think it's amazing? :D
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 12, 2011, 05:40:25 PM
The Magicians is great, I think you would enjoy it for sure. Overlord just doesn't enjoy any fantasy which is inserted into a real world context. Guess we all got types of fiction we just dont enjoy however good an example of that particular form it might be. I m reading Jeph Loeb's and Tim Sale's Dark Victory. Using a program to read comics on the laptop called ComicRack. Its free to download, and then you can read any comic in a cbr format.gone a bit nuts with it and have read some real classics from DC in the last couple of weeks: Crisis on Multiple Earths, Tower of Babel, Identity Crisis. Might do some Marvel next, any recommendations for stand alone graphic novels from them? And still on Sam Sykes, trying to drag it out over the month, so I can be active in the discussion threads on the book club. Also when are we choosing next month's book?i think we should have a rule that it must be a graphic novel next month! Would open some people here up to a new amazing avenue of fantasy.         
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Post by: Funky Scarecrow on August 12, 2011, 06:14:20 PM
Lord above Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is dull.

I. Will. Get. Through. It.

It must have won that Hugo for something...

I read it, and for the life of me, cannot understand why it won so many awards and was considered so good.  I really don't.

Seconded! (Or thirded, if Moonshine decides that life's too short and gives up) Some lovely prose in places, the idea of Newcastle and Northumberland being an independent country of sorts appeals to me greatly, but gosh, it didn't half go on. And on. And on. And on. And on. And-ohmigod-there's-still-eleventy-bazillion-pages-left. And on...

I've just started Embassytown, by China Miéville. I also found an old anthology of mystery stories I didn't know I had, which contains a couple of stories I haven't read yet, so I'll be dipping in and out of that.
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Post by: Shamrock on August 13, 2011, 07:47:33 AM
I've just started Embassytown, by China Miéville.
I enjoyed Embassytown, first Miéville I was actually able to finish.
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Post by: Overlord on August 13, 2011, 09:58:37 AM
Still reading Assassin's Quest, massive book - this is my 5th day and I'm about 7/10s through it I would say :)

Not reading it on ebook/kindle and can't remember page number :P Aiming to finish it on Wednesday(ish).

Then onto Mistborn book 3 probably, Retribution Falls and Steel Remains.
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Post by: Majin Paul on August 15, 2011, 12:42:41 PM
Just start Well of Ascension.
Anyone read the way of kings by Brandon Sanderson? i picked up the first book in a 3 for 2 offer yesterday.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 15, 2011, 12:44:22 PM
Aye. There is a whole thread on it!great book
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Post by: Overlord on August 15, 2011, 02:31:30 PM
Just start Well of Ascension.
Anyone read the way of kings by Brandon Sanderson? i picked up the first book in a 3 for 2 offer yesterday.

And A Review: http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/way-of-kings-part-1 (http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/way-of-kings-part-1)
And an Interview: http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/brandon-sanderson-interview (http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/brandon-sanderson-interview)

Started Retribution Falls today - Very Cool... complete change in pace / voice from Farseer too, which is nice after a long, long series :)
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 15, 2011, 02:58:00 PM
Was quite a weekend:

Finished - Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, by Mark Hodder
Finished - Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Almost  Finished - Forever War, by Joe Halderman
Halfway through - Blackdog by K.V. Johansen
Halfway through - Fast Forward 1, anthology edited by Lou Anders
Started - The Book of Cthulu, anthology edited by Ross Lockhart


Ready Player One was really awesome.  Writing my review now and really enjoying the process.
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Post by: missoularedhead on August 15, 2011, 07:56:19 PM
ooh, what did you think of Hodder? The second book is also out...
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 15, 2011, 08:42:45 PM
ooh, what did you think of Hodder? The second book is also out...

http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/08/strange-affair-of-spring-heeled-jack.html (http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/08/strange-affair-of-spring-heeled-jack.html)

Really liked it.
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Post by: cherie on August 15, 2011, 09:57:48 PM
I'm just a couple of pages in on Destroyer of Worlds by Mark Chadbourn. Can't help dreading what torments he's going to inflict on his characters this time...
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on August 16, 2011, 12:41:38 PM
Just got copies of The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett and The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan not sure which I'll dive into first.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 16, 2011, 05:17:37 PM
Finished Blackdog, by KV Johansen.  Yum.
Finished Forever War], by Joe Haldeman.  Awesome.  Interesting treatment of homosexuality, especially when you consider it was written in the mid 70's.

Not sure what to crack open next.
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Post by: Overlord on August 16, 2011, 07:06:43 PM
VERY slowly reading Retribution Falls (at work) and enjoying it. Narrative is very fluid and it feels kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean in the air ;)
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 17, 2011, 02:14:45 PM
Just finished the Knightfall arc. Well the first volume!Bane is gonna be awesome in The Dark Knight Rises!
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on August 17, 2011, 06:43:11 PM
While I've been away, I read Doug Hulick's Among Thieves and the first two books of Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle, plus his novella Brayan's Gold.  I also read Stephen Lawhead's Tuck, which was a very good conclusion to his Robin Hood retelling.

Right now, working on Michael Swanwick's Jack Faust.
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Post by: Toc the Youngest on August 18, 2011, 05:09:44 AM
Hopefully I will be starting on Brian Ruckley's newest book The Edinburgh Dead tomorrow. I say hopefully because the bookstore I go to is really iffy.  I ask if they have a book they say no but we can order it and you can pick it up in 2 weeks.  I say no, I can order it myself and get it in 3 to 5 days.
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Post by: Overlord on August 18, 2011, 11:40:01 AM
I have made a start on Mistborn 3 at home, Retribution Falls at work. Quite enjoying both...

Not sure I like Eland's transformation in book 3 (all I can say without spoilers) too much, too quickly I would say.
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Post by: Lyz on August 18, 2011, 03:10:43 PM
Just finished up Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire; reviews sent to the Overlord and everything! :P

I just picked up Terry Goodkind's The Omen Machine yesterday; about 75 pages through it, already. There will, more than likely, be a review for that once I finish. After that, it's off to finish the rest of the McGuire books I currently have on loan. :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 18, 2011, 06:57:26 PM
Just read New Spring as a graphic novel. All of Jordan's novels should be adapted into the comic book format, much more readable. Though bizarrely the artist changed for the last volume with disastrous results. Now into Winter's Heart. Has started well, all politics so far, but centred on advancing existing plot lines rather than introducing new ones. 
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Post by: Overlord on August 19, 2011, 10:36:20 AM
About 100+ pages through Mistborn now... I think it is clever what Brandon Sanderson has done with certain characters and too much of a change with others. Looking forward to seeing how things progress though, still 6/7's of the book to go ;)
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 19, 2011, 12:34:21 PM
Just started Peter Orullian's The Unremembered, and am thus far intrigued and happy to have some real, classic fantasy for a change. I don't give a jot if this sort of thing has been done to death; it's shaping up to make a damn good read!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 19, 2011, 12:55:43 PM
Just started Peter Orullian's The Unremembered, and am thus far intrigued and happy to have some real, classic fantasy for a change. I don't give a jot if this sort of thing has been done to death; it's shaping up to make a damn good read!

Getting mixed reviews - be interested to see how you find it :)
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 19, 2011, 01:09:27 PM
Just started Peter Orullian's The Unremembered, and am thus far intrigued and happy to have some real, classic fantasy for a change. I don't give a jot if this sort of thing has been done to death; it's shaping up to make a damn good read!

Getting mixed reviews - be interested to see how you find it :)

I expect to like it, as I'm well overdue for some so-very-almost-cliche, classic fantasy. I'm a fan of new and classic, so...! We'll see! :) I am only 30-odd pages in, but it's very classic-era so far.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 19, 2011, 01:32:11 PM
Nowt wrong with some classic fantasy provided its well written with characters you can root for. I more dislike Brooks for having cardboard cut out characters than being so cliche.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 22, 2011, 09:09:43 AM
Bad weekend for me reading wise... Girlfriend hogged me throughout it all and hardly had chance to pick up either Mistborn or Retribution falls... hoping to finish off both during the week though :)
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Post by: cherie on August 22, 2011, 09:41:21 AM
I had a random moment when I got home on Friday, I picked up my copy The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and started to read it standing infront of my bookshelves...  ::) So now I've got 2 books on the go, which I haven't done for ages.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on August 24, 2011, 02:34:32 AM
Getting the ball rolling on Fortress in the eye of time by C.J Cherryh upto chapter 4 at the moment and all I can say is WOW.
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Post by: Shamrock on August 24, 2011, 05:52:53 AM
Reading Game of Thrones. I'm really enjoying it :)
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Post by: Overlord on August 24, 2011, 10:41:43 AM
Over half way through both Retribution Falls and Mistborn Book 3 =)
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Post by: TsarevichRaven on August 24, 2011, 03:19:26 PM
I've been using Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell as a horror movie shield these last few nights whilst having a friend stay for a week. I started it a while ago, but it got put down due to new releases. About 100 pages in.

That, and I've started The Unremembered by Peter Orullian, but have been distracted by said friend being here, and intend to get some 5hrs (total) reading time in tomorrow on the train to London.

Hoping to pick up some new stuff by the bucketload in London at all the cool bookshops there.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majin Paul on August 24, 2011, 03:21:11 PM
Currently reading Hero of Ages, so far, it's a great book.
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Post by: Overlord on August 24, 2011, 03:59:49 PM
Currently reading Hero of Ages, so far, it's a great book.

Same as me - but I am not enjoying it as much as the second =(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majin Paul on August 24, 2011, 05:14:00 PM
Currently reading Hero of Ages, so far, it's a great book.

Same as me - but I am not enjoying it as much as the second =(
Eh, I'm enjoying just as much, maybe more, though that's because I enjoyed the beginning and Spook is providing some interesting story in this book.
Gotta say though, some of the best things about these books for me are the quotes above each new chapter though.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on August 24, 2011, 05:43:22 PM
Currently reading Hero of Ages, so far, it's a great book.

Same as me - but I am not enjoying it as much as the second =(

I was left with the impression the book was rather rushed compared to the first two, though I enjoyed the entire series the first novel could essentially have been a stand alone.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 24, 2011, 05:51:13 PM
Thats the whole point, Sanderson actually explores what happens after the evil empire falls. For someone who always found the Return of the Jedi an unsatisfying end to the Star Wars saga (they killed the emperor, but most of his forces are still out there and they hardly got much leeway with their tiny rebellion force to now take over as rulers of the collection of galaxies which were under his control) I found it refreshing.
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Post by: Noona on August 24, 2011, 09:23:30 PM
Decided since I had a day off I was going to read the last half of Assassin's Quest, but then went and spent the whole day in Ikea with my mum! I swear time just disappears in that place. Don't think I'll finish it tonight but I'll only have about 200 pages left for tomorrow.
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Post by: flinton on August 24, 2011, 11:28:30 PM
loved Retribution Falls and have just red black lung captain which was just as enjoyable looking forward to whent he 3rd one comes out. found them very easy to read nothing to heavy but still something that i want to pick up and see what happens

Reading the name of the wind at the moment and loving it so far nice to be reading a book which has a tavern in it (just finished zoo city didn't rate it at all) although there isnt a huge amount happening at the moment i really dont care! the story is so wonderfully put together is just carrying me along and i am very happy to follow very well done.

Looking forward the ghost story next though!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 25, 2011, 09:25:31 AM
Decided since I had a day off I was going to read the last half of Assassin's Quest, but then went and spent the whole day in Ikea with my mum! I swear time just disappears in that place. Don't think I'll finish it tonight but I'll only have about 200 pages left for tomorrow.

Are you male or female? Because generally (without trying to be sexist - but basing this on 'my' experience) women love that shop and spend the whole day there... for men (me, my brothers, my dad) time seems to slow to a halt... we can be in there 15 minutes and it feels like we have been there for 15 hours!!!! I thought it was bad when my mum dragged me round there for 30-35 minutes... now my girlfriend does the same for 3-4 hours (3-4 days in Marc time).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vilutheril on August 25, 2011, 09:45:40 AM
I'm reading 'The Steel Remains' by Richard Morgan and a historical mystery called 'A Decline in Prophets' by Sulari Gentill.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 25, 2011, 09:50:53 AM
I'm reading 'The Steel Remains' by Richard Morgan and a historical mystery called 'A Decline in Prophets' by Sulari Gentill.

Hopefully meeting up with Richard Morgan for a video interview in October... so... watch out for that :D
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Post by: Noona on August 25, 2011, 10:08:20 AM

Are you male or female? Because generally (without trying to be sexist - but basing this on 'my' experience) women love that shop and spend the whole day there... for men (me, my brothers, my dad) time seems to slow to a halt... we can be in there 15 minutes and it feels like we have been there for 15 hours!!!! I thought it was bad when my mum dragged me round there for 30-35 minutes... now my girlfriend does the same for 3-4 hours (3-4 days in Marc time).

Hehe, I'm female, and I think your observations are pretty accurate! Whilst I don't love shopping there particularly my mum really does and it does rather feel like we've spent not a lot of time in the shop and come out hours later. With lots of stuff we didn't need. My dad was commenting last night that he must have been mad to let his wife and grown-up daughter go to ikea together. :P
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Post by: Overlord on August 25, 2011, 10:52:53 AM

Are you male or female? Because generally (without trying to be sexist - but basing this on 'my' experience) women love that shop and spend the whole day there... for men (me, my brothers, my dad) time seems to slow to a halt... we can be in there 15 minutes and it feels like we have been there for 15 hours!!!! I thought it was bad when my mum dragged me round there for 30-35 minutes... now my girlfriend does the same for 3-4 hours (3-4 days in Marc time).

Hehe, I'm female, and I think your observations are pretty accurate! Whilst I don't love shopping there particularly my mum really does and it does rather feel like we've spent not a lot of time in the shop and come out hours later. With lots of stuff we didn't need. My dad was commenting last night that he must have been mad to let his wife and grown-up daughter go to ikea together. :P

Yep! I actually want a daughter... I can then not feel guilty about leaving my girlfriend to shop alone... and get them out the house for a couple of hours whilst I read or play video games or something... Win-Win! :D

(Might not make the best dad in the world... or husband.... hmmm)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vilutheril on August 25, 2011, 11:42:45 AM
I'm reading 'The Steel Remains' by Richard Morgan and a historical mystery called 'A Decline in Prophets' by Sulari Gentill.

Hopefully meeting up with Richard Morgan for a video interview in October... so... watch out for that :D

Awesome!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on August 25, 2011, 07:33:06 PM
Finished Assassin's Quest, think it might be my favourite of the three. Onto Tome of the Undergates tomorrow.
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Post by: Mavmanau on August 26, 2011, 03:36:21 AM
Has anyone else read Colin Taber's Ossard trilogy?

The first book The Fall of Ossard was recently followed up by the second in the trilogy Ossard's Hope, and I must say they are fantastic. 
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 26, 2011, 06:24:40 AM
Finished Winter's Heart. Well done,Jordan, for those who say his latter books are weak, this is a cracker. Now gonna read The Windsingers Trilogy by Megan Lindholm. Once done with that, it will be City of Ruins.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 26, 2011, 10:39:20 AM
Finished Assassin's Quest, think it might be my favourite of the three. Onto Tome of the Undergates tomorrow.

I thought it was slightly too long and repetitive, I did enjoy it though :)

100 pages left of Mistborn book 3!!! :D
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Post by: Testwood on August 26, 2011, 11:28:49 AM
Well having been thoroughly disappointed by 'A Clash of Kings' (something that I seem to be in an extreme minority about) I've turned to Terry Pratchett for solace. 'Feet of Clay' to be precise.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 28, 2011, 12:51:40 PM
Well having been thoroughly disappointed by 'A Clash of Kings' (something that I seem to be in an extreme minority about) I've turned to Terry Pratchett for solace. 'Feet of Clay' to be precise.

Certainly in the minority there ;) I thought A Clash of Kings was the best of the four I've read... the shock deaths and such... However, fantasy is a strange genre at times. In series you tend to find books that some people love and others hate... simply because one character may appeal to you more / less or the themes may be more / less interesting based on your preferences and so on. How did you rate Game of Thrones out of interest?

Just started 'The Steel Remains' hoping to finish that and Retribution Falls before September 1st for Book Club =)
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Post by: cherie on August 28, 2011, 01:03:17 PM
I don't know what to read next! I've got about eight or nine big books to read, and a few smaller ones... decisions, decisions...

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on August 28, 2011, 04:22:27 PM
Oh Cool:

You have completed your goal of reading 40 books in 2011!
40 of 40 (100%)
Wow, you're 14 books (34%) ahead! Try increasing your goal!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on August 28, 2011, 04:47:31 PM
Comic book mode today while watching sport on TV. Started with Green Lantern stories, then Batman, the man who laughs and hush. Now onto Green Arrow: Year 1
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Post by: strangerbabble on August 28, 2011, 05:14:42 PM
Just about to launch into "Against All Things Ending" by Stephen Donaldson.
This has been parked for a long time, partly because I re-read ASOIAF then devoured ADWD, and partly because...*Tiny Spoiler*...

_____________________________________________________________






...The theme of resurrection / end of all time wrapped around L.A's son is frankly exhausting.
Looking forward to geting stuck back in though  ;D
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Post by: ChristinaJL on August 28, 2011, 06:28:57 PM
Yesterday I started on Robert Jordan's Lord of Chaos and boy, is the prologue a long one!!!   :D
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Post by: Autumn2May on August 29, 2011, 02:37:15 PM
Did a lot of reading this weekend during the hurricane.  Started and finished Shadow Fox by Ashley J. Barnard.  Have to work on my review of it this week.  Then, when the power went out, I finally started Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes, because it was too dark to read on my Kindle.  I guess if I hurry I could actually finish it before book club ends on Wednesday. :)
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Post by: DBASKLS on August 29, 2011, 03:49:06 PM
Oh Cool:

You have completed your goal of reading 40 books in 2011!
40 of 40 (100%)
Wow, you're 14 books (34%) ahead! Try increasing your goal!


I wish I'd done this too! So what's that 7 books a month? I reckon I'm not far behind you ...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majin Paul on August 30, 2011, 12:13:33 PM
Just started the way of kings part one. Anyone know if the story picks up soon? I'm where Kaladin has joined a bridge crew, a bit too jumpy for me so far, I'm not sure about half of what happens lol.
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 30, 2011, 01:00:47 PM
I thought the prelude/ prologue was superb. After that it is a lot of world and character building.i personally loved it, but if you want battles and fights, its gonna be a while. 
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Post by: Majin Paul on August 30, 2011, 01:16:06 PM
Oh, I'm enjoying it, but the jumping into the future and between characters at the beginning leaves me feeling like I have no idea what's going on overall.
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Post by: cherie on August 30, 2011, 01:34:47 PM
Book #31 of 2011 (I'm trying to keep a record of what I've read this year) is MD Lachlan's Wolfsangel.
I managed to get a couple of chapters read in the car on the way down to Milton Keynes yesterday, then felt ill on the way home, so didn't do much at all for the rest of the day except feel sorry for myself! :(
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Post by: Nighteyes on August 30, 2011, 01:49:08 PM
Its a bit like Lost right?
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Post by: Overlord on August 30, 2011, 02:25:35 PM
Book #31 of 2011 (I'm trying to keep a record of what I've read this year) is MD Lachlan's Wolfsangel.
I managed to get a couple of chapters read in the car on the way down to Milton Keynes yesterday, then felt ill on the way home, so didn't do much at all for the rest of the day except feel sorry for myself! :(

I hear it is a pretty good book :)
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Post by: halfhand2 on August 30, 2011, 02:48:44 PM
Finally started A dance with dragons, good to be back in that world :)
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 30, 2011, 04:04:41 PM
Just finished this week:

A Thief in the Night by David Chandler (sequel to Den of Thieves) - meh, again. Don't think I'll read the last book. Although I've come this far.

The End Specialist by Drew Magary - Awesome, must read.

God's War by Kameron Haley - Again, awesome. Suspect she may get a Campbell nomination for this. Has some probs, but overall really well done.

Fast Forward 1 edited by Lou Anders - Good anthology if you're looking for a SciFi one.

Just started:

Night's Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe
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Post by: Fantazialuv on August 30, 2011, 05:34:45 PM
I am about halfway with my first book of Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain. So far its good. Wil see if I am still hooked after the first book
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Post by: Noona on August 30, 2011, 06:03:46 PM
About 200 pages into Tome of the Undergates and really enjoying it so far! Also reading the Ask and the Answer whilst on breaks at work, the second in Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking series.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 30, 2011, 06:16:20 PM
I am about halfway with my first book of Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain. So far its good. Wil see if I am still hooked after the first book

Great memories of those as a kid.
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Post by: Overlord on August 31, 2011, 03:37:03 PM
Should Finish 'The Steel Remains' and 'Retribution Falls' by Friday I think...
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on August 31, 2011, 04:13:29 PM
Should Finish 'The Steel Remains' and 'Retribution Falls' by Friday I think...
I'm so excited for The Cold Commands in October.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shanothaine on August 31, 2011, 08:39:26 PM
Should Finish 'The Steel Remains' and 'Retribution Falls' by Friday I think...

Random question, but how did you (as a straight man) experience 'The Steel Remains' with Ringil as gay?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Testwood on September 02, 2011, 08:24:17 AM
Certainly in the minority there ;) I thought A Clash of Kings was the best of the four I've read... the shock deaths and such... However, fantasy is a strange genre at times. In series you tend to find books that some people love and others hate... simply because one character may appeal to you more / less or the themes may be more / less interesting based on your preferences and so on. How did you rate Game of Thrones out of interest?

Just started 'The Steel Remains' hoping to finish that and Retribution Falls before September 1st for Book Club =)

I really enjoyed Game of Thrones, I thought it flowed nicely and had plenty of interesting characters. A Clash of Kings felt bloated to me; it felt a little bit like he'd achieved editor immunity with his first book!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 02, 2011, 10:06:02 AM
Certainly in the minority there ;) I thought A Clash of Kings was the best of the four I've read... the shock deaths and such... However, fantasy is a strange genre at times. In series you tend to find books that some people love and others hate... simply because one character may appeal to you more / less or the themes may be more / less interesting based on your preferences and so on. How did you rate Game of Thrones out of interest?

Just started 'The Steel Remains' hoping to finish that and Retribution Falls before September 1st for Book Club =)

I really enjoyed Game of Thrones, I thought it flowed nicely and had plenty of interesting characters. A Clash of Kings felt bloated to me; it felt a little bit like he'd achieved editor immunity with his first book!


Could be right... I seem to remember reading that G.R.R. Martin isn't under a contract or something? Kind of has free reign, don't quote me on that though - I just remember reading something about him having a free-er reign that most.

Currently I am reading Dragonflight and Nights (F-F Book Club read) :)
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Post by: Testwood on September 02, 2011, 11:44:32 AM
Could be right... I seem to remember reading that G.R.R. Martin isn't under a contract or something? Kind of has free reign, don't quote me on that though - I just remember reading something about him having a free-er reign that most.

Currently I am reading Dragonflight and Nights (F-F Book Club read) :)

That would make sense. The countless times that he describes the colours and intracacies of family banners makes me roll my eyes every time!

I'm now reading Nights of Villjamur for my first book club  :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mark Lawrence on September 03, 2011, 07:59:08 PM
Scar Night - by Alan Campbell

any fans?
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Post by: cherie on September 03, 2011, 10:45:05 PM
I've read it. It's one of those books I could do with reading again, as I can't really remember that much about it.
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Post by: DBASKLS on September 04, 2011, 06:54:22 PM
I'm reading The Girl who kicked the hornet's nest in a brief departure from fantasy.
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Post by: Bahl on September 05, 2011, 09:57:13 AM
Finished On Stranger Tides - Tim Powers and Spellwright - Blake Charlton on my travels. 90% through the Dragons Path from Daniel Abraham, will finish it when I get my Kindle back.

Now working through Sam Sykes' Tome of the Undergates again.
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Post by: Overlord on September 05, 2011, 10:34:32 AM
Scar Night - by Alan Campbell

any fans?

Hmmmmmmmm. I am 50/50 with Alan Campbell, tried Sea of Ghosts (think that was what it was called) and Scar Night - both interesting, but couldn't get into either properly. Will go back to them eventually, but was drawn away with more enticing titles at the time.
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Post by: Overlord on September 05, 2011, 10:39:35 AM
Finished On Stranger Tides - Tim Powers and Spellwright - Blake Charlton on my travels. 90% through the Dragons Path from Daniel Abraham, will finish it when I get my Kindle back.

Now working through Sam Sykes' Tome of the Undergates again.

How are you finding Dragon's Path? That is pretty high up on my reading list! :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on September 05, 2011, 10:41:18 AM
How are you finding Dragon's Path? That is pretty high up on my reading list! :)

I really enjoyed it.  Great characters, but not full of action, say like Weeks.   ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bahl on September 05, 2011, 10:46:10 AM
Finished On Stranger Tides - Tim Powers and Spellwright - Blake Charlton on my travels. 90% through the Dragons Path from Daniel Abraham, will finish it when I get my Kindle back.

Now working through Sam Sykes' Tome of the Undergates again.

How are you finding Dragon's Path? That is pretty high up on my reading list! :)

I'm actually loving it. It's quite different from the usual, but good different. Characters are done amazingly well, There is people trying to do the right thing according to themselves, but if you look at the bigger picture, their decisions cast them as the bad guys/evil. But they aren't, they are trying to be good and do good. Well, except for one dude, he's turning quite nasty and he's loving it.

It makes for some interesting viewpoints.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elijah on September 05, 2011, 11:32:28 PM
I just started Abercrombie's The Blade Itself the other day and I'm loving it!

I bought it kind of on a whim whilst at my local, based on the opinions of the wonderful people on this site, and I'm glad I did. It is, sadly, taking a back seat to packing for the move, but whenever I get a free moment (becoming more and more of a rarity) I'll have a sit down and read it. So far, only good things for Abercrombie!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 06, 2011, 08:27:58 AM
I just started Abercrombie's The Blade Itself the other day and I'm loving it!

I bought it kind of on a whim whilst at my local, based on the opinions of the wonderful people on this site, and I'm glad I did. It is, sadly, taking a back seat to packing for the move, but whenever I get a free moment (becoming more and more of a rarity) I'll have a sit down and read it. So far, only good things for Abercrombie!

Very, Very popular book that one... we actually interviewed Joe if you want to check that out :)

http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/joe-abercrombie (http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/joe-abercrombie)
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Post by: Noona on September 07, 2011, 09:47:11 PM
Stayed up late finishing Nights of Villjamur last night, today I've started Low Town - The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky. Enjoying it so far :)
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on September 07, 2011, 10:16:07 PM
So finished God's War by Kameron Hurley, read it. Seriously. It's not perfect, but just a great new voice IMO. (My review (http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/2011/09/gods-war-kameron-hurley.html))

Finished Blood Rights by Kristen Painter. My first foray into paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I figured I trust Orbit enough to try it. It was good, if a bit... lusty at times.  Review to come soon.

Still reading Night Circus - so good, but hard to read fast.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Goose on September 08, 2011, 01:51:21 PM
Scar Night - by Alan Campbell

any fans?

Just read your book, it fucking owns!

And well i only read "a sea of ghosts" by Alan Campbell and thats a damn fine book!

and now im reading Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Post by: Majin Paul on September 10, 2011, 10:50:17 AM
Just finished The way of kings books.
Now I'll be reading Elantris.
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Post by: Shamrock on September 11, 2011, 12:22:15 PM
I'm reading a galley of Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. It's great so far :)
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Post by: DBASKLS on September 11, 2011, 06:26:15 PM
Just about to start Angel's Fury by Bryony Pearce. Debut author, YA, I used to work with her husband.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Angels-Fury-Bryony-Pearce/dp/1405251352/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315761997&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Angels-Fury-Bryony-Pearce/dp/1405251352/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315761997&sr=1-1)
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Post by: betsdavies on September 11, 2011, 07:53:46 PM
Bouncing between Sharon Shinn again, Tracking the Tempest by Peeler (and having trouble getting into it), and The Wizard of OZ.
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Post by: Overlord on September 12, 2011, 10:54:29 AM
Finished Ender's Game and still making my way through Nights of Valljimur
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Post by: AnneLyle on September 12, 2011, 11:39:52 AM
Finished "The Blade Itself" on Friday - review will go out on my blog tomorrow.

Just started reading "The Road to Bedlam" by Mike Shevdon this weekend - slow start, but I'm already over a quarter of the way through!
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on September 12, 2011, 11:57:05 AM
About halfway through Summer Knight by Jim Butcher, and I picked up a copy of the first of his Codex series today nice and cheap.
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Post by: justin2209 on September 12, 2011, 12:28:33 PM
Yay a new fantasy book forum to post in!

I'm currently reading Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton. I'm about 85 pages in and it's okay so far but not really grabbing my attention yet.  I guess we will see.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: cherie on September 12, 2011, 01:29:00 PM
I'm still on Wolfsangel, nearly half way through now. I have to say that I'm struggling with this one. When a book grabs me, I'm in there, and completely oblivious to my surroundings for hours at a time, but this one... I keep getting distracted, so it's slow going at the moment.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jdiddyesquire on September 12, 2011, 02:01:10 PM
Finished Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Loved it.

About halfway through JoAnn Anderton's Debris from Angry Robot.  Liking it so far... very Mistborn feel.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 12, 2011, 02:54:30 PM
Yay a new fantasy book forum to post in!

I'm currently reading Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton. I'm about 85 pages in and it's okay so far but not really grabbing my attention yet.  I guess we will see.

Make sure you keep involved in the book club ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Sereg on September 12, 2011, 11:37:44 PM
I'm currently reading A Dance With Dragons by GRRM. Also, rereading The Stars my Destination by Alfred Bester.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on September 13, 2011, 08:45:41 AM
I've finished Robert Jordan's Lord of Chaos.  Yesterday I read Cormac McCarthy's The Road and then started on Tim Power's Declare.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Francis Knight on September 13, 2011, 05:44:16 PM
Just finished Aaronovich's Rivers of London. Loved it - the voice was nailed right at the get go and never wavered. Read the whole thing in a day and a half.

Just started Windup Girl. It's not grabbing me quite so much, but it's early days yet. The setting is vividly done.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mark Lawrence on September 14, 2011, 01:19:05 PM
Scar Night - by Alan Campbell

any fans?

Just read your book, it fucking owns!

And well i only read "a sea of ghosts" by Alan Campbell and thats a damn fine book!

and now im reading Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

Very decent of you to say so  :)  Now if you could just tell everyone else on the planet, I'd be in your debt!

I might try 'Sea of Ghosts' if 'Scar Night' continues to be good - I really like the cover on that one.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jdiddyesquire on September 14, 2011, 02:21:28 PM
Scar Night - by Alan Campbell

any fans?

Just read your book, it fucking owns!

And well i only read "a sea of ghosts" by Alan Campbell and thats a damn fine book!

and now im reading Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

Very decent of you to say so  :)  Now if you could just tell everyone else on the planet, I'd be in your debt!

I might try 'Sea of Ghosts' if 'Scar Night' continues to be good - I really like the cover on that one.

Someone's already angling for a third printing ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on September 14, 2011, 02:37:05 PM
Reading the Steel Remains - I read the first couple of chapters a couple of months ago, finally got hold of a physical copy and decided to read it before the Cold Commands comes out!

I finished Low Town: The Straight Razor Cure last night, which is sort of a gritty fantasy detective story, and I liked it. :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jdiddyesquire on September 14, 2011, 03:47:22 PM
Finished Debris last night.  JoAnn Anderton's debut from Angry Robot coming out this month.  Pretty good.  I'm getting a little bit tired of 1st person narratives this year.  It feels like everyone is doing them.  It had some Mistborn flavor to the world.  Not sure I loved the way the story came together in the end.  Review to come in a few days.

Started Spellwright from Blake Charlton last night.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 14, 2011, 05:59:52 PM
FINALLY started Wizards of Earth Sea - quite an enjoyable read so far :)

Also making my way through Nights of Villjamur - long book :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on September 16, 2011, 06:29:01 PM
Just finished Volume 1 of the Complete Case Files of Judge Dredd, interesting, but a bit like reading a really early Tintin story. I would probably recommend that most people start on Volume 2.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on September 16, 2011, 06:40:00 PM
Stayed up late last night to finish the Steel Remains. Now I think I'll start City of Ruin :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 17, 2011, 08:52:33 AM
Stayed up late last night to finish the Steel Remains. Now I think I'll start City of Ruin :)

How did you find Steel Remains? I thought it was pretty good - took a while to get going but the ending set a lot up for the sequel :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majin Paul on September 17, 2011, 11:35:47 AM
Just Finished Elantris last night which I thought was amazing, next will be Green Rider.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on September 17, 2011, 08:04:46 PM
I really enjoyed the Steel Remains, I liked Ringil and his bloody-mindedness - looking forward to the sequel and glad I don't have long to wait! He's signing in Liverpool next month so even though I haven't read any of his SF stuff I think I might go along :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: DBASKLS on September 18, 2011, 11:39:13 AM
Just started Shaowfall by James Clemens while I wait for my copy of the Nights of Villjamur to arrive.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: AnneLyle on September 18, 2011, 11:43:25 AM
Finished reading "The Road to Bedlam" by Mike Shevdon on Friday (review will appear on my blog on Tuesday) - tomorrow I will start on "Songs of the Earth" by our own Elspeth Cooper. Tomorrow, because today is a focus-on-writing day...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on September 18, 2011, 06:30:24 PM
Just finished The Fall: An Undead Apocalypse by Robert J Dupperre which I enjoyed.  Now onto Steven Erikson's The Bonehunters, Malazan book 6, so I'm slowly getting there.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Testwood on September 19, 2011, 10:11:06 AM
Now that Book Club is over, I'm on to Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Sunktokeca on September 20, 2011, 10:41:10 AM
Re-reading Time of the Twins by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, while I waited for Elfsorrow by James Barclay to arrive
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 21, 2011, 09:27:17 AM
Re-reading Time of the Twins by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, while I waited for Elfsorrow by James Barclay to arrive

Elfsorrow has been delayed until February I believe? >.<

I have been reading Nights of Villjamur still (haven't had much reading time as been in London being a tourist!!!)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on September 21, 2011, 02:08:08 PM
Don't forget to put in your suggestions for October book club.  The only person that's suggested something so far is Overlord!

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/book-club/(october)-suggestions-for-october's-book-club-is-now-open (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/book-club/(october)-suggestions-for-october's-book-club-is-now-open)!/
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: TsarevichRaven on September 22, 2011, 01:25:05 PM
I've really just been reading the Dresden Files. Read through Fool Moon, Grave Peril and Summer Knight in the last two weeks or so, and I'm almost 100 pages through Death Masks. Slowly collecting them all, but I have Blood Rites and Dead Beat already, so I can't see me breaking the cycle of Dresden just yet.

Unless Amazon sorts out the delivery date for Blake Charlton's Spellbound. But then again, I might just read in tandem, then.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 22, 2011, 07:24:21 PM
I've really just been reading the Dresden Files. Read through Fool Moon, Grave Peril and Summer Knight in the last two weeks or so, and I'm almost 100 pages through Death Masks. Slowly collecting them all, but I have Blood Rites and Dead Beat already, so I can't see me breaking the cycle of Dresden just yet.

Unless Amazon sorts out the delivery date for Blake Charlton's Spellbound. But then again, I might just read in tandem, then.

Is it true they get better and better? :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: cherie on September 22, 2011, 08:22:24 PM
Yes. Definitely.

I was pretty ambivalent after reading the first two. Had a looooong gap before I picked up the next three or four. Then another gap, after book seven or eight, I read them back to back... the only one I haven't got is the latest, as it's in hardback still, and buying that would mess up my shelves even more than the change from standard size, to larger size paperbacks has...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ShadowProse on September 23, 2011, 12:42:09 PM
I've just started reading Absorption by John Meaney. Hoping it will pick up soon as I'm not so good with space operas and this book is the first of a trilogy.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 23, 2011, 04:50:13 PM
Re-reading Elves once walked with Gods as hoping to speak with James Barclay next week for Fantasy-Faction :D Wanted to make sure I had some good questions ready for him and remembering how much I love the book. Such a complex plot and yet it is crammed into very few pages and mixed in with a ton of action so is a really, really quick read :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on September 26, 2011, 02:06:42 PM
Crossroads of Twilight. Been side tracked by life and comics, but gonna force myself to get back on track. Though might check out the new Synder Batman comic tomorrow ;-)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: akapaoloverdi on September 26, 2011, 09:37:35 PM
I've been reading Chris Woodings' "The Braided Path". Just started the third installment, and like the way the story has built over the trilogy. It's a hefty tome but doesn't feel like it as the characterisation and pacing fit the world and story perfectly. There's some nice ambiguity in the protagonists' goals and the weavers make disturbing villians. Based upon what I've read so far, I can definitely recommend it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on September 27, 2011, 08:59:23 AM
I've been reading Chris Woodings' "The Braided Path". Just started the third installment, and like the way the story has built over the trilogy. It's a hefty tome but doesn't feel like it as the characterisation and pacing fit the world and story perfectly. There's some nice ambiguity in the protagonists' goals and the weavers make disturbing villians. Based upon what I've read so far, I can definitely recommend it.

Wooding is really, really good at making books seem a heck of a lot shorter than they actually are :D I've ordered The Braided Path and The Fade too, so glad to hear that at least one of them is worth a read ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Not-So-Bloody-Nine on September 29, 2011, 11:26:41 AM
Just started reading Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch on ebook, the second in his The Gentleman Bastard Sequence. I had finished the first one, The Lies of Locke Lamora, a few days ago and enjoyed it, though it wasn't the best thing I've read. Let's see how this one goes.

I am also reading The Illearth War on paperback (or trying to), the second in Stephen R. Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I've actually been on this books for over two months, but I keep getting distracted by better novels, and haven't made much progress. In fact, I don't think I've read a page in the last month. It's reaaaaally slow.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bahl on October 03, 2011, 10:31:22 AM
Almost done with re read of Sam Sykes - Tome of the Undergates, then onto a re read of Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham with the book club. Woop!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 03, 2011, 11:05:19 AM
Almost done with re read of Sam Sykes - Tome of the Undergates, then onto a re read of Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham with the book club. Woop!

Ah - Awesome, really glad you are joining in :) I am reading that too, just finished re-reading 'The Blade Itself' - so, so awesome :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on October 03, 2011, 11:10:46 AM
After enjoying the Steel Remains I decided to try the rest of Richard Morgan's stuff (I don't really read SF as I'm quite picky), so am currently working my way through his books :)  Day off from work today so I can actually get some serious reading done!
Don't think I'll be joining in the book club this month, my TBR pile is increasing faster than I can actually read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 03, 2011, 11:24:03 AM
After enjoying the Steel Remains I decided to try the rest of Richard Morgan's stuff (I don't really read SF as I'm quite picky), so am currently working my way through his books :)  Day off from work today so I can actually get some serious reading done!
Don't think I'll be joining in the book club this month, my TBR pile is increasing faster than I can actually read.

Shame - but, what are you thinking of his other books? :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on October 03, 2011, 11:42:07 AM
After enjoying the Steel Remains I decided to try the rest of Richard Morgan's stuff (I don't really read SF as I'm quite picky), so am currently working my way through his books :)  Day off from work today so I can actually get some serious reading done!
Don't think I'll be joining in the book club this month, my TBR pile is increasing faster than I can actually read.

Shame - but, what are you thinking of his other books? :)

I am a bit disappointed to be missing out on the book club but I've been so busy recently that I'm not getting anything else read!

I really liked Altered Carbon, which is the only one I've finished so far - I'm a bit wierd about SF, I like SF films and tv shows but have never been able to get into reading it, but I liked the idea of a SF thriller with a detective story element, and when I started reading it I didn't want to stop. I've since been reading Black Man while I waited for Broken Angels to come in the post and I'm liking this one a bit less - still enjoying it but it's not quite as gripping. Won't really know until I've finished it though - I'll probably finish it today and start Broken Angels tomorrow. :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: EatthePen on October 03, 2011, 11:18:21 PM
I'm currently approaching the end of Crossroads of Twilight, which, to my despair, is the last Wheel of Time book I own, and I don't have the money to buy any more :'( I'm hoping I'll be able to get up to speed at Christmas so that I can get A Memory of Light when it comes out (next year, right?).

After Crossroads, though, I'm going back to Pat Rothfuss, because reading 'The Name of the Wind' really improved my writing the first time I read it, and NaNoWriMo's coming up...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 04, 2011, 09:58:35 AM
I am reading three books this month!

Shadow in Summer
Emperors Knife
Before They are Hanged
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on October 05, 2011, 06:41:48 PM
I'm still working my way through Steven Erikson's The Bonehunters.  Great book, but I'm taking my time over it as I've been too busy for reading during the day.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: strangerbabble on October 05, 2011, 09:56:51 PM
I am still trudging through Stephen Donaldson's "Against All Things Ending" - the (very  :-X) Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

I'm torn and weary as I have adored this momentous tale over the years, but Donaldson's writing seems to have hit a whole new sphere of elegant over-complication and it's rather like wading through treacle  :-\
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 06, 2011, 09:02:24 AM
I am still trudging through Stephen Donaldson's "Against All Things Ending" - the (very  :-X) Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

I'm torn and weary as I have adored this momentous tale over the years, but Donaldson's writing seems to have hit a whole new sphere of elegant over-complication and it's rather like wading through treacle  :-\

Doesn't sound all that fun really! What book is this? I remember reading that the first 3 are awesome, the second 3 are disappointing.

I'm making my way through a number of books right now. To be honest I'm probably reading a few too many right now!!! But I'm enjoying them all the same... I've got 5 books on the go including Othello for university! :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: DBASKLS on October 06, 2011, 07:27:38 PM
While I am waiting for my October book club book to arrive I am re-reading some Asterix books. They are just fantastic and make me LOL every time  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majin Paul on October 06, 2011, 11:59:34 PM
Just start The Great Hunt book from Wheel of Time series, finally found a copy they had that was in decent condition.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 07, 2011, 03:16:26 PM
Been reading Othello for university - not actually that bad :D

The character of Iago is just amazing... Othello is a bit easily led, but if you could fit Iago into a modern day fantasy I think you'd be onto a winner! :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on October 07, 2011, 03:23:44 PM
I finished Steven Erikson's book and started on The Crown of the Blood by Gav Thorpe.  Not the most action packed book, but pretty good so far.   ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on October 09, 2011, 12:02:34 PM
Finished the Gav Thorpe book last night and it was ok, but not brilliant.  Started on David Dalglish's The Cost of Betrayal which is his second Half-orc book.  Also just purchased Blake Charlton's Spellbound which I'm eager to start next week once the kids are at school and the house is quiet.   :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: strangerbabble on October 09, 2011, 05:16:26 PM
I am still trudging through Stephen Donaldson's "Against All Things Ending" - the (very  :-X) Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

I'm torn and weary as I have adored this momentous tale over the years, but Donaldson's writing seems to have hit a whole new sphere of elegant over-complication and it's rather like wading through treacle  :-\

Doesn't sound all that fun really! What book is this? I remember reading that the first 3 are awesome, the second 3 are disappointing.

This one is book 9 of the "Chronicles" and you are right, the first 3 are ASTONISHING!  :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 09, 2011, 05:54:59 PM
Emperor's Knife - Beautiful
A Shadow in Summer - Intriguing and picking up
Othello - Finished
Duchess of Malfi - Horribly tough reading
Before they were Hanged - Enjoyable. Not as pacey as book 1, but you can see things being sown
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on October 09, 2011, 06:00:53 PM
My family and I have been sick this week, so I've actually had a lot of reading time.  Started Peter Brett's The Warded Man.  I'm now about halfway through and loving the world in this story.  Very interesting place with very cool characters.  I'm definitely going to have to get the next book if this finishes as strongly as it seems it will.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 09, 2011, 06:18:14 PM
My family and I have been sick this week, so I've actually had a lot of reading time.  Started Peter Brett's The Warded Man.  I'm now about halfway through and loving the world in this story.  Very interesting place with very cool characters.  I'm definitely going to have to get the next book if this finishes as strongly as it seems it will.

One of my favourites as you well know - Paul as well loves that book... and my sister. Book 2 is certainly different, but I think if you can accept what Brett is doing and stick with it until half way it will reward you greatly :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: EatthePen on October 09, 2011, 11:05:06 PM
I just started re-reading 'Name of the Wind'. This was a HUGE MISTAKE. It's even better second time around, and consequently even harder to put down. And I've still got another 9,500 words of PhD thesis to write this month.

Oh, well, at least I'll be enjoying a fabulous book while I fail... >.>
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 10, 2011, 09:43:52 AM
I just started re-reading 'Name of the Wind'. This was a HUGE MISTAKE. It's even better second time around, and consequently even harder to put down. And I've still got another 9,500 words of PhD thesis to write this month.

Oh, well, at least I'll be enjoying a fabulous book while I fail... >.>

I posted in another thread that I thought 'Name of the Wind' would be a good book to re-read... good to hear my theory is correct ;) I'm going to re-read books 1 & 2, but I'm gonna wait until book 3 is announced I think. Also, upon my re-read I'm equipping myself with a highlighter and notebook :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: EatthePen on October 10, 2011, 10:08:53 AM
Notebook is definitely a good idea (I can't imagine putting highlighter all over my beautiful, beautiful book...). Let's just say that based on what I know from book 2, Rothfuss actually manages to set up the driving mystery of the book in two scenes in the first eighth of book 1, without you ever knowing. My jaw ached from dropping so much, and there's still exactly the right quantity of mystery left to be a gun to my head forcing me to buy book 3...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Goose on October 10, 2011, 10:14:40 AM
Just finished Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay , and he never disapoints really good book, best i've read from him so far.

Moving on to something abit different, Echo City by Tim Lebbon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 10, 2011, 10:36:32 AM
Just finished Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay , and he never disapoints really good book, best i've read from him so far.

Moving on to something abit different, Echo City by Tim Lebbon

I got Echo City at Fantasycon last week after hearing Mr Lebbon talk on a panel. He seemed a really good, knowledgeable guy. Really excited to see what he can do :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gothos on October 10, 2011, 10:43:26 AM
Just finished Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay , and he never disapoints really good book, best i've read from him so far.

Moving on to something abit different, Echo City by Tim Lebbon

I got Echo City at Fantasycon last week after hearing Mr Lebbon talk on a panel. He seemed a really good, knowledgeable guy. Really excited to see what he can do :)

Its an interesting book. I really enjoyed it. Its nice to read a stand alone novel once in a while, makes for a good break inbetween series.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on October 10, 2011, 05:14:12 PM
Finished The Warded Man!  Good story!  I loved the concept of the world and the characters were great. :)  Now I need to find a copy of the next book. :D

My family and I have been sick this week, so I've actually had a lot of reading time.  Started Peter Brett's The Warded Man.  I'm now about halfway through and loving the world in this story.  Very interesting place with very cool characters.  I'm definitely going to have to get the next book if this finishes as strongly as it seems it will.

One of my favourites as you well know - Paul as well loves that book... and my sister. Book 2 is certainly different, but I think if you can accept what Brett is doing and stick with it until half way it will reward you greatly :D

Book 2 would have to be at least somewhat different based on the ending of the first.  I just hope it's as good as the first one. ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 10, 2011, 05:21:24 PM
Desert Spear is interesting.  Still not quite sure what to make of it.  I think the overall structure of Warded Man is much better, Desert Spear feels a bit unfocused, and while with Warded Man it has a satisfying ending, Desert Spear kinda finishes a bit abruptly, and doesn't really seem to build towards anything.... though interesting how Brett expands the cast, fills in some more back stories etc
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 10, 2011, 06:53:44 PM
Desert Spear is interesting.  Still not quite sure what to make of it.  I think the overall structure of Warded Man is much better, Desert Spear feels a bit unfocused, and while with Warded Man it has a satisfying ending, Desert Spear kinda finishes a bit abruptly, and doesn't really seem to build towards anything.... though interesting how Brett expands the cast, fills in some more back stories etc

As you probably saw in the interview book 3 will probably follow a similar path, going back in time again and bringing an even bigger cast :P
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: squiggle on October 10, 2011, 10:29:11 PM
Just picked up The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan. Very excited about this, even more so as I wasnt expecting to be able to get hold of a copy until friday when it actually gets released.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 11, 2011, 08:17:01 AM
Just picked up The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan. Very excited about this, even more so as I wasnt expecting to be able to get hold of a copy until friday when it actually gets released.

I'm currently interviewing Mr Morgan (as we speak... literally!), so expect that to be up end of next week :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: squiggle on October 11, 2011, 03:49:53 PM
Just picked up The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan. Very excited about this, even more so as I wasnt expecting to be able to get hold of a copy until friday when it actually gets released.

I'm currently interviewing Mr Morgan (as we speak... literally!), so expect that to be up end of next week :D

ooh, exciting.looks i arrived at the right time!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on October 11, 2011, 04:32:09 PM
I got Echo City at Fantasycon last week after hearing Mr Lebbon talk on a panel. He seemed a really good, knowledgeable guy. Really excited to see what he can do :)

I quite fancy that one too, let us know how it goes.   ;)  Although my friend has just given me a whole stack of more of his cycling books to read, so it may be a while before I get to it.   :D

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: EatthePen on October 11, 2011, 11:19:27 PM
I posted in another thread that I thought 'Name of the Wind' would be a good book to re-read... good to hear my theory is correct ;) I'm going to re-read books 1 & 2, but I'm gonna wait until book 3 is announced I think. Also, upon my re-read I'm equipping myself with a highlighter and notebook :D

Okay, having finished 'Name' a second time and moved on to 'Wise Man's Fear', I have a bet for you, Lordy. Before you're half-way through 'Name', you will have completely forgotten your notebook. I'm sure you'll take copious notes on the first few chapters, but if you've got enough brain left unimmersed by the Eolian to even remember you own a notebook, I'll... something. Something drastic and as yet non-specified. Possibly involving hats.  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jeni on October 12, 2011, 12:03:36 AM
I started to read A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham ( this months book club read ) today. I had no idea what to expect as I haven't read any kind of synopsis or any reviews on the book. I managed to get through the prologue and chapter one during my lunchbreak and I am really hoping that the whole 'pose' element of communication between the characters will stop giving me flashbacks to an amusing episode of Star Trek Voyager once I get a bit deeper into the story!  :P
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 12, 2011, 09:16:23 AM
I started to read A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham ( this months book club read ) today. I had no idea what to expect as I haven't read any kind of synopsis or any reviews on the book. I managed to get through the prologue and chapter one during my lunchbreak and I am really hoping that the whole 'pose' element of communication between the characters will stop giving me flashbacks to an amusing episode of Star Trek Voyager once I get a bit deeper into the story!  :P

Hahaha - yeah, it is a bit slow up until chapter 4, but then it really picks up pace :) Make sure you stop by the book club thread and let us know how you get on :D

I posted in another thread that I thought 'Name of the Wind' would be a good book to re-read... good to hear my theory is correct ;) I'm going to re-read books 1 & 2, but I'm gonna wait until book 3 is announced I think. Also, upon my re-read I'm equipping myself with a highlighter and notebook :D

Okay, having finished 'Name' a second time and moved on to 'Wise Man's Fear', I have a bet for you, Lordy. Before you're half-way through 'Name', you will have completely forgotten your notebook. I'm sure you'll take copious notes on the first few chapters, but if you've got enough brain left unimmersed by the Eolian to even remember you own a notebook, I'll... something. Something drastic and as yet non-specified. Possibly involving hats.  ;D

Hahahaha - yeah, it'll be a challenge before! I tried to write everything down the first time round and ended up getting too pulled into the story :(
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on October 12, 2011, 10:57:19 PM
Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but life has caught up to me.  Not a lot of time to read lately, but I'm halfway through Retribution Falls and enjoying the hell out of it.   Got Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and Samuel Delany's Dhalgren on the TBR pile.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 13, 2011, 08:25:57 AM
Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but life has caught up to me.  Not a lot of time to read lately, but I'm halfway through Retribution Falls and enjoying the hell out of it.   Got Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and Samuel Delany's Dhalgren on the TBR pile.

Retribution Falls is really, really good. It's one of those books that is in-fact so good that you are scared to read the second one in fear that A) It won't be as good 2) Once you've read it - the series is gone - at least for a while. I'm currently in that stage right now ;)
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Post by: Overlord on October 13, 2011, 08:29:40 AM
Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but life has caught up to me.  Not a lot of time to read lately, but I'm halfway through Retribution Falls and enjoying the hell out of it.   Got Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and Samuel Delany's Dhalgren on the TBR pile.

P.S. Matt

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Post by: Nyki Blatchley on October 15, 2011, 03:00:15 PM
I've started on AEgypt by John Crowley (aka The Solitudes).  I loved his Little, Big and this is promising so far, though I'm not really far enough in to be sure.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on October 15, 2011, 06:22:07 PM
I finished Blake Charlton's second book Spellbound yesterday and I have to say, I was impressed.  Equally as good as his first book, interesting new characters and no second book slump.  Started on Robert Jordan's WOT 7 last night.  Slowly working my way through this and the Erikson series!!
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Post by: pornokitsch on October 16, 2011, 11:10:47 AM
Hard Case Crimes. Lots of them.
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Post by: ColinFBarnes on October 16, 2011, 11:31:08 AM
I'm currently reading David Gemmell's classic 'Legend' which I'm enjoying very much after struggling through Gaiman's American Gods.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 16, 2011, 03:37:13 PM
I'm currently reading David Gemmell's classic 'Legend' which I'm enjoying very much after struggling through Gaiman's American Gods.

I thought Gemmell's book started well but had a bit of a wobbly middle when he contemplated death a little bit too long. But still enjoyed it and his books get better as you go through them.

I also struggled with American Gods :(

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This week I have been spoilt for choice, but I've finished my university books so looking into reading through a new book by Myke Cole that is apparently 'A cross between black hawk down and the Xmen' - now... who could resist that!? :D
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Post by: Autumn2May on October 17, 2011, 01:02:51 AM
Started reading an author that Peter Brett introduced me to at NY Comic Con.  His name Myke Cole and the book is called Shadow Ops: Control Point.  It doesn't come out till next year, and we're not technically supposed to review it before January (my copy doesn't even have a cover yet!), but so far it's really good. :)  It's a military fantasy story, instead of military sci-fi.  I'm about 5 chapters in and loving it. :)
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on October 17, 2011, 01:35:18 AM
Finished up reading Retribution Falls this morning and got started reading Low Town by Daniel Polansky
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Post by: Overlord on October 17, 2011, 08:55:13 AM
Started reading an author that Peter Brett introduced me to at NY Comic Con.  His name Myke Cole and the book is called Shadow Ops: Control Point.  It doesn't come out till next year, and we're not technically supposed to review it before January (my copy doesn't even have a cover yet!), but so far it's really good. :)  It's a military fantasy story, instead of military sci-fi.  I'm about 5 chapters in and loving it. :)

Hahaha - I'm reading this too :D On chapter 9 - awesome B)
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Post by: Bahl on October 17, 2011, 09:00:35 AM
Started reading an author that Peter Brett introduced me to at NY Comic Con.  His name Myke Cole and the book is called Shadow Ops: Control Point.  It doesn't come out till next year, and we're not technically supposed to review it before January (my copy doesn't even have a cover yet!), but so far it's really good. :)  It's a military fantasy story, instead of military sci-fi.  I'm about 5 chapters in and loving it. :)

Hahaha - I'm reading this too :D On chapter 9 - awesome B)

Sounds awesome! I just ran through The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on October 17, 2011, 09:40:53 AM
I finished Retribution Falls the other day and was highly impressed.  A really fun sort of caper, and I'm going to grab Black Lung Captain next time I'm at the library.

I've foregone my TBR library stack to reread Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber.  Forgot just how perfectly written those books are.  Anyone who hasn't should pick them up.
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Post by: Overlord on October 17, 2011, 09:57:03 AM
I finished Retribution Falls the other day and was highly impressed.  A really fun sort of caper, and I'm going to grab Black Lung Captain next time I'm at the library.

I've foregone my TBR library stack to reread Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber.  Forgot just how perfectly written those books are.  Anyone who hasn't should pick them up.

The third book just came out too (the one after Black Lung) and it's called 'Iron Jackal' :)
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Post by: Autumn2May on October 17, 2011, 12:30:57 PM
Started reading an author that Peter Brett introduced me to at NY Comic Con.  His name Myke Cole and the book is called Shadow Ops: Control Point.  It doesn't come out till next year, and we're not technically supposed to review it before January (my copy doesn't even have a cover yet!), but so far it's really good. :)  It's a military fantasy story, instead of military sci-fi.  I'm about 5 chapters in and loving it. :)

Hahaha - I'm reading this too :D On chapter 9 - awesome B)

He told me he sent you a copy.  I didn't realize you'd gotten it already. XD
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Post by: pornokitsch on October 17, 2011, 04:29:28 PM
Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but life has caught up to me.  Not a lot of time to read lately, but I'm halfway through Retribution Falls and enjoying the hell out of it.   Got Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and Samuel Delany's Dhalgren on the TBR pile.

Retribution Falls is really, really good. It's one of those books that is in-fact so good that you are scared to read the second one in fear that A) It won't be as good 2) Once you've read it - the series is gone - at least for a while. I'm currently in that stage right now ;)

Black Lung Captain is even better than Retribution Falls. I'm very excited about Iron Jackal.

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Now reading Dan Abnett's Embedded.
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Post by: DBASKLS on October 17, 2011, 07:11:11 PM
I've just started Nights of Villjamur as I didn't get it til the end of September.
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Post by: Overlord on October 18, 2011, 10:29:33 AM
I've just started Nights of Villjamur as I didn't get it til the end of September.

Haha - awesome. I really enjoyed it - started intriguingly and then picked up into an actiony/pacey read. If you have any questions MarkCN is dropping by next week to answer any questions we have on the book :D

Thread here: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(september)-nights-of-villjamur/your-chance-to-question-mark-charan-newton-(author)/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(september)-nights-of-villjamur/your-chance-to-question-mark-charan-newton-(author)/)
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Post by: Nighteyes on October 18, 2011, 03:31:21 PM
Since I'm leaving Indonesia tomorrow, I had to give Crossroad of Twilight back to the friend I borrowed it from half read.  (really really bad - Jordan totally lost the plot later in his career and made things so epic that it became ridiculous to keep tracks off)

So onto a guaranteed winner for the flight home Un Lun Dun by China Meiville. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 18, 2011, 03:37:46 PM
Since I'm leaving Indonesia tomorrow, I had to give Crossroad of Twilight back to the friend I borrowed it from half read.  (really really bad - Jordan totally lost the plot later in his career and made things so epic that it became ridiculous to keep tracks off)

So onto a guaranteed winner for the flight home Un Lun Dun by China Meiville. 

We will have to arrange a meet up when you hit the UK :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on October 18, 2011, 03:43:47 PM
Since I'm leaving Indonesia tomorrow, I had to give Crossroad of Twilight back to the friend I borrowed it from half read.  (really really bad - Jordan totally lost the plot later in his career and made things so epic that it became ridiculous to keep tracks off)

So onto a guaranteed winner for the flight home Un Lun Dun by China Meiville. 

We will have to arrange a meet up when you hit the UK :)

Aye!!!  The Forbidden Planet here I come!
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Post by: Rhevian on October 18, 2011, 10:11:44 PM
Next in line for me (after The Long Price) is Iain Banks' Surface Detail then Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves
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Post by: Overlord on October 19, 2011, 08:15:30 AM
Next in line for me (after The Long Price) is Iain Banks' Surface Detail then Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves

Among Thieves is brilliant! Not read anything by Iain Banks' *blush*
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Post by: cherie on October 19, 2011, 01:15:11 PM
Got two on the go at the moment: The Blade Itself and Odd Thomas. I don't normally have two on the go, but my copy of The Blade Itself is heavy, and I don't like taking it to work with me. :D
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Post by: Gothos on October 19, 2011, 06:15:47 PM
Just started Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt. I bought it after hearing his reading at fantasycon. It was a tough one I had six books laid out and had trouble deiciding, three re-reads (one of which was Lord of Chaos part of my third Wheel of Time re-read), Jim Butcher's Storm Front and Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns. But Adrian won out in the end, I really hope I enjoy it, I want to.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on October 20, 2011, 02:10:44 AM
Finished reading Low Town early this morning and now starting on The Steel Remains.
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Post by: Kiri on October 20, 2011, 05:32:48 AM
Because I actually spoke to Dr. Jerry Pournelle, I figured I should know what his book "The Mote in God's Eye" is all about.  I recently purchased this book from Barns & Noble and intend on starting it tonight.

I am currently reading "Wizards First Rule" by Terry Goodkind.  I was a fan of the series, and figured I should read the books to fill in the gaps.  I'm nearly finished with it, and so far I'm enjoying the story telling. 
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Post by: ChristinaJL on October 20, 2011, 03:55:28 PM
Finished my WOT book this afternoon and now whizzing through Adrian Tchaikovsky's new book Heir of the Blade - great so far.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gothos on October 20, 2011, 05:25:36 PM
Because I actually spoke to Dr. Jerry Pournelle, I figured I should know what his book "The Mote in God's Eye" is all about.  I recently purchased this book from Barns & Noble and intend on starting it tonight.

I am currently reading "Wizards First Rule" by Terry Goodkind.  I was a fan of the series, and figured I should read the books to fill in the gaps.  I'm nearly finished with it, and so far I'm enjoying the story telling. 

There are a lot of people who don't like Terry Goodkind for one reason or another. The legend of the seeker tv-series would be a justified one, as it has very little in common with the books. But the books are great, I enjoyed the entire series. Also the prequal novel Debt of Bones is brilliant. I still have the new one, the Omen Machine, sitting on my book shelf waiting to be read.
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Post by: DappleBellyJosh on October 20, 2011, 08:33:11 PM
I'm pretty much a newbie to fantasy genre.

Any suggestions?

Have already read the epic Painted man, LOTR and Tom Lloyd's Twilight Reign series :)
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Post by: Gothos on October 20, 2011, 08:40:43 PM
I'm pretty much a newbie to fantasy genre.

Any suggestions?

Have already read the epic Painted man, LOTR and Tom Lloyd's Twilight Reign series :)

The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

This should be enough to get you started and then some.
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Post by: DappleBellyJosh on October 20, 2011, 08:58:23 PM
Thank you,
Will be ordering them shortly and give them a go!
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Post by: Gothos on October 20, 2011, 09:18:57 PM
Thank you,
Will be ordering them shortly and give them a go!

I envy you, I wish I could read these for the first time again.
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Post by: DappleBellyJosh on October 20, 2011, 09:26:28 PM

I envy you, I wish I could read these for the first time again.
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Haha I suppose that's the good thing about being new to this.
I get to fill my mind up with totally new experiences!

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Post by: Gothos on October 20, 2011, 09:37:50 PM

I envy you, I wish I could read these for the first time again.

Haha I suppose that's the good thing about being new to this.
I get to fill my mind up with totally new experiences!


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I look forward to hearing what you think of them. Especially the Way of Kings as Brandon Sanderson is probably the best fantasy writer out there at the moment all his books are fantastic and they hold great surprises within.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on October 20, 2011, 09:46:05 PM
I look forward to hearing what you think of them. Especially the Way of Kings as Brandon Sanderson is probably the best fantasy writer out there at the moment all his books are fantastic and they hold great surprises within.

Hmm... best plotter? Ok, I'll get behind that.  Writer?  No.  To each their own though!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gothos on October 20, 2011, 10:30:18 PM
I look forward to hearing what you think of them. Especially the Way of Kings as Brandon Sanderson is probably the best fantasy writer out there at the moment all his books are fantastic and they hold great surprises within.

Hmm... best plotter? Ok, I'll get behind that.  Writer?  No.  To each their own though!

Perhaps the best is a little strong but he definitely up in the top 5. But as you say thats all down to opinion and of course which authors you've read. ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majin Paul on October 20, 2011, 11:28:41 PM
I'm pretty much a newbie to fantasy genre.

Any suggestions?

Have already read the epic Painted man, LOTR and Tom Lloyd's Twilight Reign series :)
You should give the Mistborn books a try.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on October 21, 2011, 12:48:37 AM
Almost halfway through Black Lung Captain at the moment, Chris Wooding is looking to be one of my favourite discoveries of the year.
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Post by: EatthePen on October 21, 2011, 10:13:29 AM
Just picked up Janny Wurts' 'Curse of the Mistwraith' again, to see if it actually is as good as I remember it being. One chapter in, I have to say it looks like it might be better. I appreciate good writing so much more since starting to write frequently again.
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Post by: Overlord on October 21, 2011, 11:05:56 AM
Almost halfway through Black Lung Captain at the moment, Chris Wooding is looking to be one of my favourite discoveries of the year.

One of my favourite authors too, his other books are all very good too :) Great imagination Wood has :)

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I am reading Myke Cole's book and WOW - it totally kicks ass. I read 220 pages in a day and think I may end up finishing it by day 3 :O
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Post by: pornokitsch on October 21, 2011, 01:05:48 PM
Thank you,
Will be ordering them shortly and give them a go!

Those are all... good... but kind of "of-a-type". (Also in that line, check out the Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series)

You also might want to mix them up with something like China Miéville's The Scar and Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet, just for variety's sake. As long as you're just getting stuck in to epic fantasy, might as well explore some of the other angles too...

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Post by: jdiddyesquire on October 21, 2011, 02:48:34 PM

One of my favourite authors too, his other books are all very good too :) Great imagination Wood has :)

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I am reading Myke Cole's book and WOW - it totally kicks ass. I read 220 pages in a day and think I may end up finishing it by day 3 :O

That book is a blast.  Shame it's only coming out in MMPB.  One of those debuts I think would sell like a mofo with a bigger publishing push.
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Post by: Majin Paul on October 21, 2011, 03:12:15 PM
Just started Dragon Reborn, looking forward to reading after the ending of the great hunt.
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Post by: DappleBellyJosh on October 21, 2011, 03:17:18 PM

Those are all... good... but kind of "of-a-type". (Also in that line, check out the Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series)

You also might want to mix them up with something like China Miéville's The Scar and Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet, just for variety's sake. As long as you're just getting stuck in to epic fantasy, might as well explore some of the other angles too...



Cheers, that sounds like a good idea, will get on it once I have sped through the other recommended books
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Post by: pornokitsch on October 21, 2011, 04:41:45 PM
Like everyone else, I'm totally jealous. Lots of books on that list I want to read for the first time.

(Not that there aren't a zillion books that I haven't read yet that I want to read for a first time, but, you know...)
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Post by: Jeni on October 22, 2011, 02:00:30 AM
Got 3 books on the go at the moment:

*Kick-Ass (Graphic Novel)- Mark Millar
*The Better Angels of Our Nature (Historical Fiction set during US civil war)- S C Gylanders
*A Betrayal in Winter -Daniel Abraham....I'm trusting all the people from the October book club who said it was worth continuing with these books. I've read the prologue and it looks promising. :)

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Post by: Dornish First Sword on October 24, 2011, 05:38:05 AM
Almost finished Jhereg by Steven Brust, will be diving into the Farseer trilogy later this afternoon when I have completed it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 24, 2011, 11:27:44 AM
Almost finished Jhereg by Steven Brust, will be diving into the Farseer trilogy later this afternoon when I have completed it.

What did you think of Jhereg? I really enjoyed it... finished it in a day actually :) I checked it out after really enjoying Among Thieves and hearing they were quite similar. I think there are about 7/8/9/10 books after that one too, which is cool :D

Farseer is just awesome :) Third book I found hard going perhaps because I read all three in a row and book 3 is massive - but it was a memorable trilogy for sure :)
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Post by: ganstream1 on October 24, 2011, 04:25:34 PM
Had to put down The Black Prism for awhile... something about the middle of the novel bored the hell out of me. Or maybe it's just me.

Anyway, I'm reading Sam Sykes' Tome of the Undergates right now. Am still enjoying it and the 200 pages of fighting on ship wasn't so bad.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 24, 2011, 06:41:24 PM
Had to put down The Black Prism for awhile... something about the middle of the novel bored the hell out of me. Or maybe it's just me.

Anyway, I'm reading Sam Sykes' Tome of the Undergates right now. Am still enjoying it and the 200 pages of fighting on ship wasn't so bad.

You are not alone my friend :) I was the same... it took me a very, very long time to finish (well... about 2 weeks - but for me that is a long time!). I found it needlessly complicated and I hated the protagonist. The ending is pretty decent if you can make it though :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on October 25, 2011, 03:50:12 AM
So I sign up to a new forum and I'm reading an SF novel :(. Should be done that by the end of the week and if Snuff hasn't arrived in the mail and I can wrest it off my wife, I'll be reading Gail Carriger's Blameless (the 3rd book in her Parasol Protectorate series).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on October 25, 2011, 04:42:36 AM
So I sign up to a new forum and I'm reading an SF novel :(. Should be done that by the end of the week and if Snuff hasn't arrived in the mail and I can wrest it off my wife, I'll be reading Gail Carriger's Blameless (the 3rd book in her Parasol Protectorate series).

Nothing wrong with SF.  We have a section for that too. ;)
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Post by: gillshutt on October 25, 2011, 08:31:31 AM
I got Snuff on my Kindle so finished it a day after it arrived :) Brillant. I just hope it's not his last book.
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Post by: Overlord on October 25, 2011, 09:06:49 AM
I got Snuff on my Kindle so finished it a day after it arrived :) Brillant. I just hope it's not his last book.

Is that what people think? It will be his final book? Would be a shame indeed :( Not a massive fan myself, but I know he has a heck of a following...

I am reading: 'Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway' and Myke Cole's 'Shadow Ops: Control Point' book :)

Really enjoying both - think Writing Fiction is one of the best writing books I have read on writing to date :D
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Post by: Nighteyes on October 25, 2011, 09:21:29 AM
I got Snuff on my Kindle so finished it a day after it arrived :) Brillant. I just hope it's not his last book.

Is that what people think? It will be his final book? Would be a shame indeed :( Not a massive fan myself, but I know he has a heck of a following...

I am reading: 'Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway' and Myke Cole's 'Shadow Ops: Control Point' book :)

Really enjoying both - think Writing Fiction is one of the best writing books I have read on writing to date :D
He seems pretty fit again, and is up and about doing book signings etc, so really hope not.  (And Overlord you got halfway through Colour of Magic (which spoofs 50s/60s/70s fantasy novels that you haven't read and halfway through Good Omens with the expectation that it would be Ricky Gervais does fantasy - I really implore you to try again.  Just try Guards, Guards, trust me)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 25, 2011, 09:36:33 AM
I got Snuff on my Kindle so finished it a day after it arrived :) Brillant. I just hope it's not his last book.

Is that what people think? It will be his final book? Would be a shame indeed :( Not a massive fan myself, but I know he has a heck of a following...

I am reading: 'Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway' and Myke Cole's 'Shadow Ops: Control Point' book :)

Really enjoying both - think Writing Fiction is one of the best writing books I have read on writing to date :D
He seems pretty fit again, and is up and about doing book signings etc, so really hope not.  (And Overlord you got halfway through Colour of Magic (which spoofs 50s/60s/70s fantasy novels that you haven't read and halfway through Good Omens with the expectation that it would be Ricky Gervais does fantasy - I really implore you to try again.  Just try Guards, Guards, trust me)

I'm willing to try Mort and Guards, Guards before writing him off completely... how is that? I think that's fair ;)
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Post by: Nighteyes on October 25, 2011, 09:41:02 AM
Thats fair :-D
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Post by: EatthePen on October 25, 2011, 01:14:59 PM
I'm getting back into Janny Wurts' Wars of Light and Shadow, finally. If anything, it's even better than I remember, but this does mean I will be (okay, already have been) wittering on endlessly about it to anyone who'll even half-listen. Sorry...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on October 25, 2011, 02:12:15 PM
I think Terry Pratchett was saying on the news last week that he was in the middle of writing a couple of other books at the moment, but I'm not sure if there's a new discworld lined up for next year or not.

After finishing Snuff last week I've not really read anything, I've been playing video games instead *guilty face*. I've started reading the 4th Dresden files book today though, I have such a huge tbr pile it's depressing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 25, 2011, 03:22:21 PM
I'm getting back into Janny Wurts' Wars of Light and Shadow, finally. If anything, it's even better than I remember, but this does mean I will be (okay, already have been) wittering on endlessly about it to anyone who'll even half-listen. Sorry...

I was recently posted some Janny Wurts books... not read any yet though =/
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Autumn2May on October 25, 2011, 05:24:17 PM
Just finished my ARC of Myke Cole's Shadow Ops: Control Point.  And I'm not really supposed to say it was awesome until January, so I'll keep quiet for now. ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 26, 2011, 12:35:52 PM
Just finished my ARC of Myke Cole's Shadow Ops: Control Point.  And I'm not really supposed to say it was awesome until January, so I'll keep quiet for now. ;)

Same-Same, F-F will have a couple of Myke Cole reviews going up early January it seems? :D
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Post by: ColinFBarnes on October 26, 2011, 07:29:14 PM
I've got two Pratchett books on the go at the moment. I'm reading Small Gods and Good Omens. Just started them so no real opinions no them yet, but I'm ashamed to say these are the first Pratchett books I've read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 26, 2011, 08:35:41 PM
Small Gods and Good Omens; Two of my all time favourite books there! Enjoy!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ColinFBarnes on October 26, 2011, 08:42:19 PM
Small Gods and Good Omens; Two of my all time favourite books there! Enjoy!

Thanks, they have both come very highly recommended, so I have high hopes :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on October 26, 2011, 11:56:57 PM
Never too late to discover Sir Terry, just be glad you have.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 27, 2011, 10:12:59 AM
Finished Un Lun Dun, which was just brilliant. Now have bought Crossroads of Twilight again, and plan to finish that by next week.from what I heard its the last really poor Wheel of Time book before the series comes back to life again.   
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on October 27, 2011, 10:31:56 AM
Finished Eon now, thought it was fantastic :) First person from such a young girls perspective was new to me. Will have a full review online tomorrow :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 27, 2011, 10:40:21 AM
Eon?
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Post by: Overlord on October 27, 2011, 11:49:42 AM
It is a YA(ish) book, also released under the name: 'The Two Pearls of Wisdom'.

It is written by Alison Goodman (I posted an article by her about first pages a few days ago you may have seen)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Pearls_of_Wisdom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Pearls_of_Wisdom)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ganstream1 on October 27, 2011, 03:40:54 PM
Just finished Tome of the Undergates. It was an enjoyable read.

I'm reading Haruki Murakami's The Wind Up Bird Chronicle part 1 La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) right now.
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Post by: strangerbabble on October 27, 2011, 09:39:35 PM
I'm reading Mark of the Essence by a certain JI  ;)
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Post by: Elfy on October 29, 2011, 01:02:28 AM
I finished Ernest Cline's Ready Player One this morning (that's SF, but highly enjoyable and one of the best I've read this year), I'll have a review up on my blog soon. I'm going to start Gail Carriger's Blameless (third of her Parasol Protectorate) later today.
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Post by: Autumn2May on October 29, 2011, 01:25:07 AM
I'm reading Mark of the Essence by a certain JI  ;)

;D
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Post by: DonaldMurphy on October 31, 2011, 05:57:36 AM
Well, I am a big fan of books and I especially my hobby is reading. I have lot of collections of book in my home. My first choice for the books are fiction books and romantic books. Last week I have finished a Bermuda Triangle and I am currently reading The Master of the game. There is a huge difference between both the books. Bermuda Triangle is completely written on a Bermuda triangle and their suspense of missing planes and boats. While the Master of the game is a biography kind of book. But, yes indeed both are fabulous and everyone need to read these once. 
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Post by: Overlord on October 31, 2011, 12:18:47 PM
Been writing a book about Narrative Craft this morning, quite a few writing prompts in it that are proving useful.

One for improving description of houses: Once a day write a walk-through of a building you've visited. Try to vary it between places you can hardly remember visiting and places you've visited recently that you remember vividly. Quite liked that exercise :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on November 01, 2011, 09:37:56 AM
Finally started A Dance With Dragons.  "He drank his way across the Narrow Sea"  genius!  I drank my way across most of the Asian Continent a couple times, so i know how Tyrion feels. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Hierath on November 01, 2011, 12:24:35 PM
Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner. It's not what I was expecting, but it's no less brilliant for that. It was recommended as a pick-me-up after a bout of George RR Martin induced misery and death!
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Post by: Gothos on November 01, 2011, 10:19:02 PM
Starting Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves  ;)
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Post by: Elfy on November 02, 2011, 12:40:15 AM
I finished Gail Carriger's Blameless (the 3rd book of the Parasol Protectorate) and will get a review up on my blog soon. Highly enjoyable series, very silly, but well done. I started Chris Wooding's The Iron Jackal (3rd of the Tales of the Ketty Jay) this morning and it is off to it's now expected high octane opening.
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Post by: Goose on November 02, 2011, 09:36:48 AM
Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner. It's not what I was expecting, but it's no less brilliant for that. It was recommended as a pick-me-up after a bout of George RR Martin induced misery and death!

I tought it was so awful! and how can it have anything to do with GRRM!
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 02, 2011, 09:58:10 AM
Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner. It's not what I was expecting, but it's no less brilliant for that. It was recommended as a pick-me-up after a bout of George RR Martin induced misery and death!

I tought it was so awful! and how can it have anything to do with GRRM!

The point that the last poster was making was that it had nothing to do at all with GRRM, and made a welcome change of pace. ::)

and why did you 'tought it was so awful'?
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Post by: Goose on November 02, 2011, 11:46:47 AM
Ah Sorry, well i think someone recommended it the book club voting, because it was similar to A song about fire and ice and i had to heavy disagree there!

there's no fantasy aspect, no magic, fantasy creatures etc, but alot of  gossip intrigue, and very little action

gossip girls in writing! very boring and not my taste at all!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on November 02, 2011, 03:53:41 PM
Starting Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves  ;)

Good choice - it's an excellent book :D Let us know what you think once you are done ^^
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Post by: Gothos on November 02, 2011, 06:56:49 PM
Starting Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves  ;)

Good choice - it's an excellent book :D Let us know what you think once you are done ^^

Will do.  ;) On the fifth chapter at the moment and I can all ready tell i'm going to like it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on November 02, 2011, 09:37:45 PM
Bit of a slow start to Dance with Dragons. The first three chapters were all re reads! I read them all ages ago!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on November 03, 2011, 11:35:55 AM
Re-reading Mark CN's Nights (just skim-reading because I'm in process of writing a review and needed to remind myself of bits and pieces). Looking to start Rivers of London tomorrow ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on November 03, 2011, 10:47:45 PM
I only discovered Nights of Villjamur early this year, and it was excellent.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on November 04, 2011, 06:27:05 AM
I only discovered Nights of Villjamur early this year, and it was excellent.

Agreed! It's a nice mixture of fantasy / crimes / Sci-Fi. Kind of reminds me of the old LeGuin type prose as well. A fine novel indeed! :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jeni on November 05, 2011, 09:39:42 PM
I am reading Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch with the book club and I am really enjoying it. A lot.  ;D

I am also about to start Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay this weekend, too.  :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majin Paul on November 06, 2011, 12:02:15 AM
Just finished The Shadow Rising book from Wheel of Time which I thought was good aside from some parts which stretched on, mainly the travelling.
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Post by: Elfy on November 06, 2011, 10:27:20 PM
I only discovered Nights of Villjamur early this year, and it was excellent.

Agreed! It's a nice mixture of fantasy / crimes / Sci-Fi. Kind of reminds me of the old LeGuin type prose as well. A fine novel indeed! :)
Yes, the mystery that was being investigated gave it shades of Gorky Park for me.
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Post by: cherie on November 07, 2011, 01:38:55 PM
I am also about to start Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay this weekend, too.  :)

One of my all-time favourites. :D

I'm currently reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. I didnt intend to start this one, but I was in the spare room (one of the 3 rooms of the house where my books live), and just picked it up for some unknown random reason, and started reading...
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 07, 2011, 05:52:13 PM
I've just finished MarkCN's debut novel The Reef which I really enjoyed.  It's set in the same world as his series.  Good characters and world building as always, plus a mystery and an environmental theme running through.  Decided to give urban fantasy a go so started Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking as it was only 99p at Amazon UK.   ;D
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Post by: Jeni on November 07, 2011, 10:13:07 PM
I am also about to start Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay this weekend, too.  :)

One of my all-time favourites. :D

I'm currently reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. I didnt intend to start this one, but I was in the spare room (one of the 3 rooms of the house where my books live), and just picked it up for some unknown random reason, and started reading...

I started Tigana yesterday, and thanks to a day off work today am currently half way through and really enjoying it so far.  :)

I have a copy of Odd Thomas that has been sitting on a shelf for ages too... it's currently about 10th on my reading list, and has been for a while...  I keep finding other books I want to read first! :P
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Post by: Elfy on November 07, 2011, 10:34:49 PM
Decided to give urban fantasy a go so started Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking as it was only 99p at Amazon UK.   ;D
I started on Kim Harrison's Hollows series when I got bored of Laurell K Hamilton's exercise in soft porn with Anita Blake. The series started off promisingly, although I bailed after the 3rd book when it looked set to tread the same ground as Anita Blake. The first 3 are pretty entertaining, though and at price you can't go far wrong.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on November 08, 2011, 03:31:49 PM
Halfway through Dance with Dragons and quite happy as suspect we are now caught up on events from AFFC, and both storylines will effectively come together.  Splitting the two books was a really poor idea. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 08, 2011, 03:42:11 PM
Halfway through Dance with Dragons and quite happy as suspect we are now caught up on events from AFFC, and both storylines will effectively come together.  Splitting the two books was a really poor idea. 

Big mistake splitting them, especially given the amount of material that isn't essential to telling the larger story.  At least in my opinion.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on November 08, 2011, 05:21:18 PM
Halfway through Dance with Dragons and quite happy as suspect we are now caught up on events from AFFC, and both storylines will effectively come together.  Splitting the two books was a really poor idea. 

Big mistake splitting them, especially given the amount of material that isn't essential to telling the larger story.  At least in my opinion.

The adventures of Tyrion so far seem to serve as much purpose as the adventures of Brienne in AFFC, but then I could be spectacularly wrong. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 08, 2011, 09:12:40 PM
Halfway through Dance with Dragons and quite happy as suspect we are now caught up on events from AFFC, and both storylines will effectively come together.  Splitting the two books was a really poor idea. 

Big mistake splitting them, especially given the amount of material that isn't essential to telling the larger story.  At least in my opinion.

The adventures of Tyrion so far seem to serve as much purpose as the adventures of Brienne in AFFC, but then I could be spectacularly wrong. 

I think that's accurate.  Which have value, certainly from a world building perspective.  I sort of consider them the Chaucer sections - a look at the common man.
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 08, 2011, 09:18:41 PM
Halfway through Dance with Dragons and quite happy as suspect we are now caught up on events from AFFC, and both storylines will effectively come together.  Splitting the two books was a really poor idea. 

Big mistake splitting them, especially given the amount of material that isn't essential to telling the larger story.  At least in my opinion.

The adventures of Tyrion so far seem to serve as much purpose as the adventures of Brienne in AFFC, but then I could be spectacularly wrong. 

I think that's accurate.  Which have value, certainly from a world building perspective.  I sort of consider them the Chaucer sections - a look at the common man.

Possibly though would have worked better as short stories?  outside of the main narrative?
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 08, 2011, 09:30:33 PM

Possibly though would have worked better as short stories?  outside of the main narrative?

Yes, I'd very much appreciate a Patrick Rothfuss like 'Kvothe got a boat, it was attacked, it sank, he swam to shore'.
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Post by: Elfy on November 08, 2011, 11:13:05 PM
When you write something as big as ASoIaF and only use a rough outline mistakes like the Dance split are always a possibility. If we had a time machine I'm sure we'd go back to some time in 2001 - 02 and say 'No George, don't do it. Don't scrap the 5 year gap. Find a way to make it work, trust me on this, it will end badly for all concerned if you don't.'
On my own reading I just finished The Iron Jackal, damn, those Ketty Jay books are a fun ride. When's the next one coming out?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on November 09, 2011, 10:54:12 AM
Reading a book for university called Oroonoko, written in the 1600's. Think originally it was in French, but this is obviously an English translation. Started off very, very dull - but getting into it a bit now.

Basically about a young Prince who has a Grandfather who is the King. The Prince falls in love with the most beautiful woman in the country and obviously the King is jealous and wants her for himself. So, being King he takes her. The Prince is distraught and after trying to rescue her, he ends up sleeping with her and tainting her - the King no longer wants her so sends her off to slavery. The Prince is told though that she was killed to stop him hunting for her. Eventually, he is kidnapped and also forced into slavery... guess what happens? :P
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Post by: Elfy on November 10, 2011, 12:03:12 AM
I put a review of The Iron Jackal up on my blog. I'm happy to post it here if anyone is interested. I blew through A Christmas Carol in a day and have now moved onto Heartless by Gail Carriger. Yes I can spell eclectic.
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Post by: DDRRead on November 10, 2011, 03:02:10 AM
I'm reading Jack Vance's Eyes of the Overworld.
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Post by: Shamrock on November 10, 2011, 11:47:54 AM
I'm reading Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, it's pretty good so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: ChristinaJL on November 10, 2011, 05:02:21 PM
I'm going to start Brandon Sanderson's Alloy of Law in a couple of hours when the kids are in bed.  Looking forward to it!!!   ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on November 10, 2011, 05:15:04 PM
Is Alloy of Law out already?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on November 10, 2011, 10:14:03 PM
I started seeing Alloy of Law in the wild a week or so ago. I really need to find some time to read Mistborn.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 11, 2011, 10:08:02 AM
Is Alloy of Law out already?

It came out yesterday and since I have a kindle, I downloaded it at 9am!!   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on November 11, 2011, 11:29:46 AM
Is Alloy of Law out already?

It came out yesterday and since I have a kindle, I downloaded it at 9am!!   ;D

Waterstones had it on shelves Sunday (naughty of them I know!).

Finished my university books and now working on NANO :) Probably won't have much reading time this month :(
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Post by: Majin Paul on November 11, 2011, 05:57:51 PM
Just started reading Inheritance, so far it's good!
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Post by: Gothos on November 12, 2011, 01:00:26 PM
Finished Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves, which was excellent. Now going to move onto Allow of Law, not this weekend though. This weekend belongs to Skyrim.
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Post by: Bane of Kings on November 12, 2011, 04:57:05 PM
An advanced review copy of Age of Legend, a Time of Legends Anthology edited by Christian Dunn and published by Black Library.
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Post by: Gothos on November 12, 2011, 05:08:28 PM
An advanced review copy of Age of Legend, a Time of Legends Anthology edited by Christian Dunn and published by Black Library.

Really jealous. I saw the cover art for the book, it looks amazing. I really should have put this in my books to read for 2012, at least I don't have long to wait for its release.
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Post by: Noona on November 12, 2011, 07:31:20 PM
Is Alloy of Law out already?

It came out yesterday and since I have a kindle, I downloaded it at 9am!!   ;D

Waterstones had it on shelves Sunday (naughty of them I know!).


It wasn't embargoed, so we could put it out whenever we recieved it. :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on November 13, 2011, 11:17:33 PM
I'm currently reading Prince of Thorns and in my usual style of reading something totally different I'll give Tanya Huff's Enchantment Emporium a go after that.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 14, 2011, 09:30:27 AM
I started Ian Esslemont's Night of Knives last night and am now 3/4 of the way through it already.   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on November 14, 2011, 10:37:32 AM
I am currently reading: Candide, ou l'Optimisme, or in English: Candide: or, Optimism. A novel from the 1700's - another travel-writing novel actually. This one I haven't really 'got' so far. Seems a guy is kicked out of a castle for kissing the Baron's daughter and is now travelling the world and reflecting on the different ways of life people have across the globe. Only about 1/3 through it though, so perhaps I'll 'get' it soon... well, I hope I will as I need to do a paper on it eventually *gulp*
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Post by: Noona on November 14, 2011, 12:21:52 PM
Way of Kings, Way of Kings, Way of Kings :D
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Post by: Overlord on November 14, 2011, 02:10:13 PM
Way of Kings, Way of Kings, Way of Kings :D

Is that a re-read or first time through? I loved that book :D
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Post by: Noona on November 14, 2011, 04:27:16 PM
First time, I keep forgetting I haven't read it yet and since I'm going to see Sanderson in just over a week in Manchester I figured I'd better actually read it! Almost halfway through, it's my day off so I'm getting as much read as I can.
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Post by: Jeni on November 14, 2011, 09:42:20 PM
Started Neverwhere today  :)
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Post by: Elfy on November 14, 2011, 10:11:47 PM
I finished Prince of Thorns. I fail to see what the fuss was about, it didn't grab me, but we're all different. I just started The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff, and 60 pages in I'm already enjoying that far more than PoT.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 15, 2011, 08:59:08 AM
Finished the Ian Esslemont book which was ok, but not as good as Erikson's Malazan stuff.  Started James Barclay's Elves: once walked with gods book and I'm not sure yet, it's not grabbing me overly. 
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Post by: Overlord on November 15, 2011, 10:25:54 AM
Finished the Ian Esslemont book which was ok, but not as good as Erikson's Malazan stuff.  Started James Barclay's Elves: once walked with gods book and I'm not sure yet, it's not grabbing me overly. 

Quite enjoyed Elves :) Does take a while to get your head around who is who and what is what though
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Post by: Bahl on November 15, 2011, 10:58:41 AM
Busy with Prince of thorns, enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Gothos on November 15, 2011, 09:38:17 PM
Currently reading Agents of Artifice a Planeswalker novel by Ari Marmell. It seemed like the perfect type of book to be reading while my minds stuck on Skyrim mode. ;D
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 16, 2011, 10:46:43 AM
Quite enjoyed Elves :) Does take a while to get your head around who is who and what is what though

I read about half of the book, then gave up on it.  It's a library book so I don't feel the need to finish something I was bored with!!  I also started and gave up on NK Jemisin's first book.  So, now I'm on a re-read of Name of the Wind and I have to say second time round, I'm really enjoying it much more for some reason.  That's good as I have Wise Man's Fear to read straight after.   ;D
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Post by: Elfy on November 16, 2011, 11:30:28 PM
Quite enjoyed Elves :) Does take a while to get your head around who is who and what is what though

I read about half of the book, then gave up on it.  It's a library book so I don't feel the need to finish something I was bored with!!  I also started and gave up on NK Jemisin's first book.  So, now I'm on a re-read of Name of the Wind and I have to say second time round, I'm really enjoying it much more for some reason.  That's good as I have Wise Man's Fear to read straight after.   ;D
I read all of the Jemisin, but it wasn't for me. My wife liked it, though. I will get around to reading The Name of the Wind, well rereading it. I swam against the stream with that one too and was not greatly impressed, so reading Wise Man's Fear hasn't been a priority. It's a shame really, because Pat's a really cool bloke in person.
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Post by: Ken on November 17, 2011, 04:13:22 AM
Currently reading Agents of Artifice a Planeswalker novel by Ari Marmell. It seemed like the perfect type of book to be reading while my minds stuck on Skyrim mode. ;D
It's going to be the next book I read. Heard it's one of the better Magic books.
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Post by: Goose on November 17, 2011, 09:05:55 AM
Finished Son of Ereubus (Guardians of Legend #1), was the first book i tried from goodreads semi-new feature "recommended books" it had  4.11 average rating but i didnt like it, pretty standard fantasy with no cool twists/turns

Also finished Echo City by tim Lebbon, not my style either, i guess i've become very charater based and i didnt really found either char exciting enough!

Now ill try The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams, which is also on my goodreads recommended and heard it mentioned on this forum aswell!
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Post by: Gothos on November 17, 2011, 09:46:55 AM
Currently reading Agents of Artifice a Planeswalker novel by Ari Marmell. It seemed like the perfect type of book to be reading while my minds stuck on Skyrim mode. ;D
It's going to be the next book I read. Heard it's one of the better Magic books.

It's a great read and Jace Beleren is one of my favorite Planeswalkers in the multiverse.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 17, 2011, 04:25:23 PM
I will get around to reading The Name of the Wind, well rereading it. I swam against the stream with that one too and was not greatly impressed, so reading Wise Man's Fear hasn't been a priority. It's a shame really, because Pat's a really cool bloke in person.

I don't know why i'm enjoying it more the second time round, but I am, weird eh??  ;D
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Post by: Elfy on November 17, 2011, 10:05:10 PM
I will get around to reading The Name of the Wind, well rereading it. I swam against the stream with that one too and was not greatly impressed, so reading Wise Man's Fear hasn't been a priority. It's a shame really, because Pat's a really cool bloke in person.

I don't know why i'm enjoying it more the second time round, but I am, weird eh??  ;D
It's not really that weird. A lot of times a reread can improve a book for a whole range of reasons. I thought Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell was a boring, pointless overrated waste of paper the first time I read it. A few years later I approached the book differently, possibly with an older wiser mind, and came away from it seeing a lot of what the many others who fell over themselves to lavish praise on it saw. Conversely you can reread a book you loved as a kid and wonder why. I got that with the Narnia chronicles when I read them as an adult after having adored them as a child.
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Post by: Noona on November 17, 2011, 10:35:11 PM
Have found on our proofs shelf at work a proof copy of Prince of Thorns so I started reading that on my  breaks - interesting so far! At home I'm storming through Way of Kings (hehe, Storm-ing :P) and absolutely loving it.
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 17, 2011, 11:22:03 PM
Just wasted a week of my life on a marketing job - guess you have to try, but since I was making bugger all cash and had no time to breath - I jacked it in.  Now have time to read again!
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 18, 2011, 03:32:08 PM
Finally got a review up for LOW TOWN by Daniel Polansky.  Still working on reviews for THEFT OF SWORDS and ALLOY OF LAW.

Currently reading:

WINDS OF KHALAKOVO by Bradley Bealieu
ALL MEN OF GENIUS by Lev AC Rosen
NEVER KNEW ANOTHER by JM McDermott
EMPIRE STATE by Adam Christopher
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Post by: Mark Lawrence on November 18, 2011, 03:57:59 PM
am I the only person who reads one book at a time?
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Post by: Autumn2May on November 18, 2011, 04:17:02 PM
am I the only person who reads one book at a time?

Nope.  I also can only handle one at a time.  I don't have time to even attempt more than one book at once!
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 18, 2011, 04:36:37 PM
am I the only person who reads one book at a time?

I usually only read one book at a time.  However, at the moment I'm also reading a cycling book about the Tour de France which is completely different to the Patrick Rothfuss book I have on the go.   ;D  I read the Rothfuss book during the day when I want peace and quiet, the TdF book when the kids are around as it doesn't require much concentration.   :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Noona on November 18, 2011, 09:03:43 PM
Usually I read one book at a time with the exception of my lunch breaks at work, where I often read a YA book or something fairly light, or I read samples of books I want to look into getting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on November 19, 2011, 12:01:31 AM
At present I read about 3 at the one time. I have my regular book that I read to and from work. I have another one on the bedside table that I read a chapter or before turning in for the night and then I'm doing a read of the graphic novel Cerebus on the blog, so I read bits of that here and there.
On my own reading I just finished and blogged Tanya Huff's The Enchantment Emporium and am taking a break from fantasy with the 5th volume of Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series, called strangely enough; Conqueror. Who'd a thunk it? It's historical fiction about the Mongol empire from the birth of Genghis Khan to the death of Kublai Khan.
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Post by: Not-So-Bloody-Nine on November 20, 2011, 08:43:20 PM
Okay, so I've read two books in the three weeks of the month so far, which is something akin to a record for me. Here are my thoughts:

The Way of Kings. Very good book. I don't know if it's really to everyone's tastes, as it seems that most modern Fantasy now is geared towards being more 'gritty'. Lots of violence, lots of blood, lots of sex, lots of grey characters who have both evil and heroism within them. All that is good, of course, and I enjoy those, too (Abercrombie and Martin are among my favorite authors). Sanderson, meanwhile, seems to be more in the 'classic' Fantasy mould. Good guys are largely good, bad guys can be spotted easily enough, and we have PG-friendly alternatives to swearing ("Storm you!").

None of that is really a criticism, though. In fact, in some ways, it's actually quite remarkable that Sanderson can write a book (and a big one at that) that holds your interest despite not having some of the aforementioned 'surprising' characteristics. Of course, that could easily bring up a debate over when a surprise is not really surprising. Once you're known for twists, the twists don't really seem all that twisting, if you get my meaning.

I think there is definitely a place for authors like Sanderson. Authors who know how to spin a good tale, have a vivid imagination and a detailed world for you to immerse yourself in, and can make you feel a sense of danger and desolation while never letting go of the undercurrent of hope.

The book is not without its flaws. In particular, likely as a result of his work on The Wheel of Time, Sanderson seems to have picked up Jordan's habit of detailing unneeded minutiae like dresses and food content. On the whole, though, I found The Way of Kings to be a very engrossing novel, as evidenced by the fact that I finished this 1000+ page behemoth in about 9 days, which is unusually quick by my standards. And much like his Mistborn trilogy, the book is self-contained enough that it can be read as a stand-alone (no cliffhangers here). An excellent first entry into what will apparently be Sanderson's magnum opus, The Stormlight Archive. I would give it a solid 8 out of 10, which may go higher or lower in the future, depending on how it holds up once it simmers in my head for a bit.

And so I moved on to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss...
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Post by: Not-So-Bloody-Nine on November 20, 2011, 08:44:51 PM
My thoughts, Part Deux:

The Name of the Wind. Quite a good novel. In terms of story, one could say a whole lot doesn't seem to happen during the course of the novel, but the pace actually fits. Since the novel is structured around the concept of Kvothe narrating his life story to a scribe, the story progression seems logical to me. I would, certainly, expect some more significant developments in the second one, but on the whole this was quite a fun read.

About the only thing I didn't like about it was the non-love angle between Kvothe and Denna. Can't say that did anything for me. Nor, frankly, can I say I know what he sees in her. She seems like a bit of a slut if you ask me. And the 'mystery' surrounding her was already getting tiresome halfway through the book, so I really hope there isn't too much of the what's-Denna's-story in the next one. Just tell us and move on.

I really do like the novel, though. It certainly seems like an interesting series and I for one have not read a Fantasy novel structured in such a 'switching between present and flashback' sort of way, so I find it rather unique. The character of Kvothe is engaging enough, and I really want to know more about Master Elodin and Bast. And, of course, the events that eventually led to Kvothe hiding away in a hick town masquerading as an innkeeper. I would give this one an 8 out of 10. As always, I reserve the right to up/downgrade the rating in the future depending on how it resonates over time and, more importantly, how the series feels to me as a whole.

And now I shall be moving on to The Other Lands, the second installment in the Acacia trilogy by David Anthony Durham.
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Post by: Bahl on November 21, 2011, 01:26:49 PM
A bit between books at the moment. Maybe I'll re read a Pratchett to see me over until payday, then hit Amazon to see what I can get for my Kindle.
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Post by: Dan D Jones on November 21, 2011, 10:01:46 PM
am I the only person who reads one book at a time?

I usually have at least two books going at one time, but they're usually one fiction and one non-fiction.  Occasionally, I'll have more than one fiction work going if they're very different genres or types within a genre.  For example, if I'm reading Gene Wolfe or China Mieville or Neal Stevenson, I'll sometimes have a very light, quick-reading book in progress at the same time just to give myself a break from the heavy lifting.

Currently, I'm reading a college algebra textbook and The Prince of Thorns.  I thought at first that TPoT was going to be one of those light, quick-reading books - primarily plot-driven, focused on the action, good-but-not-great adventure yarn; a bit darker than most but still hack-and-slash, pulp fantasy.  Then you yanked the rug out from under me and things got a lot more interesting than I thought they were going to be.  Thoroughly enjoying it.
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Post by: Jeni on November 21, 2011, 10:24:32 PM
Started reading Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard today and I'm finding it highly entertaining.  ;D
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Post by: cherie on November 22, 2011, 09:11:07 AM
I'm currently half way through the last book of a trilogy by JL Bryan - it's e-book only. The first book; Jenny Pox was free on Kindle, so I thought I'd try it and see. It's quite a dark little tale about a teenage girl who can't touch anyone without infecting them with a plague, from which they usually die almost immediately. An interesting premise, and I can't go into more detail without spoiling the twist at the very end of the first book, but the first is definitely worth looking up fir the price!
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Post by: tcsimpson on November 22, 2011, 03:52:17 PM
Tome of the Undergates - Sam Sykes and getting around to finishing Beyond Shadows
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Post by: Noona on November 22, 2011, 05:07:23 PM
I finished way of kings on friday, I can only make incoherent noises as to how good it was :D
been super busy since then but have started Sanderson's Elantris. Seeing him in Manchester tomorrow, am excited!
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 22, 2011, 05:13:22 PM
Have Elantris in my too read pile too! 

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Post by: Nighteyes on November 22, 2011, 10:37:12 PM
just finished Wizard of Earthsea and shocked how much of it had stuck with me through the years. In particular the whole atmosphere of dread that LeGuin conjures as Ged desperately pursues the shadow on his tiny fishing boat.now onto Tombs of Atuan which I cannot remember if I have read or not.
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Post by: Majin Paul on November 23, 2011, 02:35:12 PM
Just started Alloy of Law which I'm enjoying so far after finishing Inheritance which I thought was great.
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 23, 2011, 02:42:45 PM
Just started Alloy of Law which I'm enjoying so far after finishing Inheritance which I thought was great.

The question which I think we all have is:  were there any small fantasy creatures that came to Eragon's aid which resembled Ewoks?  or did he have to rescue a friend from a creature who resembled Jabba the Hutt?
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Post by: Majin Paul on November 23, 2011, 03:36:41 PM
Lol. No there wasn't. There were some parts which sounded like Star Wars but only some slight similarities, overall, it's a great book, at least for me it is.
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Post by: michaelramm on November 23, 2011, 08:43:42 PM
I am about halfway through Shadowstorm by Paul S. Kemp. Then it will be onto Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and [YES, my first read] A Game of Thrones.

I also just got Theft of Swords [books 1 and 2 of The Riyria Revelations] by Michael J. Sullivan and The Sword and the Dragon by MR Mathias for an indie publishing swing.

I think that should keep me busy on this holiday weekend!
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Post by: Elfy on November 23, 2011, 10:37:02 PM
I finished Conn Iggulden's Conqueror (the 5th and final book in his Conqueror series about the Mongol empire) and have just started Cherie Priest's UF book Bloodshot.
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Post by: Jeni on November 24, 2011, 12:03:49 AM
As I finished the first Johannes Cabal book a few days sooner than anticipated , Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora will now be entertaining me for the next few days.  :)
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Post by: Elfy on November 24, 2011, 02:48:51 AM
As I finished the first Johannes Cabal book a few days sooner than anticipated , Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora will now be entertaining me for the next few days.  :)
I hope you enjoy Lies as much as many of us here seem to have. It rates highly on my best books ever list.
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Post by: Gothos on November 24, 2011, 09:19:03 PM
One third through Alloy of Law. Once again Sanderson proves why he is rated as one of the best writers out there.
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Post by: Jeni on November 25, 2011, 07:20:33 AM
As I finished the first Johannes Cabal book a few days sooner than anticipated , Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora will now be entertaining me for the next few days.  :)
I hope you enjoy Lies as much as many of us here seem to have. It rates highly on my best books ever list.

So far so [insert favourite expletive here] good  ;D
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 25, 2011, 09:30:35 AM
I have started Patrick Rothfuss' A Wise Man's Fear   ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 25, 2011, 01:23:46 PM
I have started Patrick Rothfuss' A Wise Man's Fear   ;D

Make sure you keep your copy away from any nearby horny teenage boys - they might need to have a cold shower if they read it! 
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Post by: Bane of Kings on November 26, 2011, 01:04:00 PM
Temeraire by Naomi Novik, thanks to the people at Harper Voyager.

One day I will spell the title of that book right on the first go, one day...
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Post by: LeifGSNotae on November 26, 2011, 09:07:12 PM
I am in the midst of Among Thieves, though I didn't sign up for the book discussion thread. I have to say I am not that impressed by it so far (5 chapters in). The main character is somewhat interesting, but it's like reading Paper Mario as far as visuals goes. Everyone is sort of flat and one dimensional, not to mention some of the dialog seems a bit awkward. Perhaps there is more treasure farther in the book, but it will be a while as I fight through the slog.
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Post by: tcsimpson on November 27, 2011, 07:23:56 AM
While reading Tome of the Undergates, I've decided to start up on Mistborn
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Post by: Elfy on November 27, 2011, 09:42:34 PM
I finished Cherie Priest's Bloodshot, it was largely paint by the numbers UF, but Priest is a talented enough author to make it work and make me pick up the sequel; Hellbent, when I see it. I'm reading Among Thieves after seeing recommendations here and elsewhere, hopefully I can sign up for the December discussion.
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Post by: Bahl on November 28, 2011, 09:33:00 AM
I'm reading City of Hell, a horror anthology. Quite ok so far, due to be released this week sometime.
After that, I'll tackle Among Thieves, then Black Halo of Sykes when it actually arrives in the post. Been a month, I'm starting to stress a bit.
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 28, 2011, 09:50:11 AM
After bloody Jordan and Martin totally slowed me down, been flying through books.  In the last few days I reread Wizard of Earthsea, and read Prince of Thorns and Rivers of London. 

Now taking a break from fantasy and gonna read a James Bond book by Jeffrey Deaver called Carte Blanche. 
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Post by: Overlord on November 28, 2011, 10:19:28 AM
Still enjoying Dante's Inferno ;)
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Post by: Majin Paul on November 28, 2011, 11:28:03 AM
Finished Alloy of Law which was amazing and makes me want more mistborn story and now back to Wheel of time with Fires of Heaven.
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Post by: Overlord on November 28, 2011, 11:53:57 AM
Just started an ARC of 'Giant Thief' by 'David Tallerman' - so far it is very, very, very good :) Reminds me of a Locke Lamora type narrative but in first person :)
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Post by: michaelramm on November 28, 2011, 02:18:35 PM
I am torn between starting Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan or Game of Thrones, or even The Name of the Wind. I have not read any of them and they are all pretty huge books. I also have one more book in Paul S. Kemp's Twilight War to hit (Shadowrealm) before the year is done.

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Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 28, 2011, 02:19:02 PM
Busy Thanksgiving break.  Finished both Empire State and Among Thieves.
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 28, 2011, 03:02:01 PM
look forward to your review JDiddyEsquire.along with pornokitsch you becoming my go to reviewer.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 28, 2011, 05:31:27 PM
look forward to your review JDiddyEsquire.along with pornokitsch you becoming my go to reviewer.
Thanks!

Thankfully we rarely review the same stuff.  Although he and I just had a bet (which I lost), so I have to review a book he picked.  He picked In Search of the Unknown by Robert Chambers.  Written in 1904.  Talk about old school SFF ;)
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Post by: DBASKLS on November 28, 2011, 05:55:02 PM
After bloody Jordan and Martin totally slowed me down

 ;D ;D ;D Yes they do that to you don't they!
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 28, 2011, 06:12:18 PM
I am torn between starting Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan or Game of Thrones, or even The Name of the Wind. I have not read any of them and they are all pretty huge books. I also have one more book in Paul S. Kemp's Twilight War to hit (Shadowrealm) before the year is done.



I'd recommend reading the first book in the Theft of Swords omnibus then picking something else up and then going back to the 2nd part of Theft.
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Post by: michaelramm on November 28, 2011, 09:53:03 PM
I am torn between starting Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan or Game of Thrones, or even The Name of the Wind. I have not read any of them and they are all pretty huge books. I also have one more book in Paul S. Kemp's Twilight War to hit (Shadowrealm) before the year is done.

I'd recommend reading the first book in the Theft of Swords omnibus then picking something else up and then going back to the 2nd part of Theft.

I had not thought about breaking it up like that! I am more of a get all the way through it type...although, i might just do that with some Winterfell or Sembia in the middle! Thanks for the suggestion!
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on November 28, 2011, 10:01:33 PM
I am torn between starting Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan or Game of Thrones, or even The Name of the Wind. I have not read any of them and they are all pretty huge books. I also have one more book in Paul S. Kemp's Twilight War to hit (Shadowrealm) before the year is done.

I'd recommend reading the first book in the Theft of Swords omnibus then picking something else up and then going back to the 2nd part of Theft.

I think it's easy to get burned out starting the second part right after the first.  You get all jazzed for the conclusion of book 1 only to get yanked into the build up the next book.  Screws with the pace of the read.

I had not thought about breaking it up like that! I am more of a get all the way through it type...although, i might just do that with some Winterfell or Sembia in the middle! Thanks for the suggestion!
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Post by: Overlord on November 29, 2011, 01:15:04 PM
Just started:

(http://angryrobotbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/GiantThief-144dpi-198x300.jpg)

Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.
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Post by: Dornish First Sword on November 29, 2011, 01:41:10 PM
Earlier today I started on Kushiels Dart by Jacqueline Carey
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Post by: Nighteyes on November 29, 2011, 03:06:42 PM
Just started:

(http://angryrobotbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/GiantThief-144dpi-198x300.jpg)

Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.


Just superb.  Bet that's a real big read. 
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Post by: Jeni on November 29, 2011, 11:57:57 PM
Started reading Un Lun Dun this evening and its very interesting so far. It's set in modern London, but is evoking a similar feel to YA books I've read that were written decades ago. I haven't got that far into it yet, but I think if anything tragic happens to Curdle I'll be devastated!
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Post by: Overlord on November 30, 2011, 02:14:39 PM
Just started:

(http://angryrobotbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/GiantThief-144dpi-198x300.jpg)

Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.


Just superb.  Bet that's a real big read. 

The Hound - starring at a Stand Up Venue near you! :P
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Post by: ChristinaJL on November 30, 2011, 03:51:36 PM
Make sure you keep your copy away from any nearby horny teenage boys - they might need to have a cold shower if they read it! 

none of those in my house!!!   :D
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Post by: Nyki Blatchley on November 30, 2011, 06:55:43 PM
Currently rereading Voyage of the Dawn Treader - that won't take long, then I'm planning on reading Phantastes by George Macdonald.
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Post by: Elfy on November 30, 2011, 10:16:23 PM
I completed Among Thieves this morning, that was a really enjoyable fast paced read, looking forward to the next Tale of the Kin. I started Cherie Priest's followup to Bloodshot; Hellbent.
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Post by: Gothos on December 01, 2011, 06:32:14 PM
Just finished Sanderson's Allow of Law. Great read as always when dealing with Brandon. Now starting Gardens of the Moon seems like the time for that leap.
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Post by: Overlord on December 02, 2011, 12:56:17 PM
Just finished Sanderson's Allow of Law. Great read as always when dealing with Brandon. Now starting Gardens of the Moon seems like the time for that leap.

Reading Warbreaker now, you can see my thoughts here:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/reviews-recommendations/warbreaker-sanderson's-best-novel/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/reviews-recommendations/warbreaker-sanderson's-best-novel/)
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Post by: chongjasmine on December 03, 2011, 11:55:08 AM
I am reading book 8 of the wheel of time series. Re-reading, to be exact.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on December 04, 2011, 10:41:08 AM
I'm still plodding my way through Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear and it seems to be taking forever and a day.   :D
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Post by: Overlord on December 04, 2011, 11:29:10 AM
I'm still plodding my way through Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear and it seems to be taking forever and a day.   :D

Wait till you reach Wise Man's Fear, lol :P
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Post by: Bane of Kings on December 04, 2011, 07:00:02 PM
Currently reading through the action-packed Dark Apostle by Anthony Reynolds, second in the Word Bearer Trilogy.
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Post by: Elfy on December 04, 2011, 11:29:30 PM
I finished Hellbent, and now have gone old school and am reading Dragonflight. This is the first time I've read any of the Pern novels.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on December 05, 2011, 07:57:54 PM
I finished my Rothfuss book yesterday and so started on Kevin James Breaux's Blood Divided which I'm really enjoying so far.  Makes a change from the very long Kvothe story!!   :D
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Post by: seak on December 06, 2011, 05:06:13 AM
Reading Gaiman's Stardust. Really loved the movie, as in I can watch it over and over and never tire. I call myself a Neil Gaiman fan and never read this, wow.

Recently finished the excellent Prince of Thorns and another great debut, The Whitefire Crossing.
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Post by: tombielawski on December 06, 2011, 10:17:42 AM
I'm reading the Dragonlance Chronicles and the Lost Chronicles. It's very interesting to read them in the proper sequence. The best way to read them, I've found is in the following order: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Dwaven Depthes, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Highlord Skies, Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, Dragons of Spring Dawning.

There are parts of Dragons of the Hourglass Mage that take place simultaneously with Dragons of Spring Dawning. It really puts the original series in a fantastic light and lets you in on a lot of stories that just weren't told in the original series.

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Post by: jdiddyesquire on December 06, 2011, 02:32:36 PM
Finished Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick. Pretty much the best thing to happen to the thief since Lies of Locke Lamora. I still prefer Lynch's novel, but Hulick's is the top of the class among all the novels published in its shadow. (Full review)

I've spent the last couple of day focused in on Faith by John Love and I'm about 30 pages from finished it. It's really flown under the radar. Due out January 5 is the first of Night Shade's new crop of 2012 debut authors. Here's the blurb:
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Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love's debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction!

Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems like history is about to repeat itself.

But this time, something is waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth''s ultimate warships. Slender silver ships, full of functionality and crewed by people of unusual abilities, often sociopaths or psychopaths, Outsiders were conceived in back alleys, built and launched in secret, and commissioned without ceremony. One system away from earth, the Outsider ship Charles Manson makes a stand. Commander Foord waits with his crew of miscreants and sociopath, hoping to accomplish what no other human has been able to do - to destroy Faith!
Not entirely sure what to think of it. Hope to have a long form review soon.
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 06, 2011, 05:05:36 PM
Hey, Jiddy - once I got past my snorts of disdain for "Moby Dick meets Duel' - that book sounds really intriguing.  Can't wait to read your review.  Though I rolled my eyes at "crew of miscreants and socialpath" - I supposed better than snooty do gooder Star Trek TNG onwards crews, but still very cliched!
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on December 06, 2011, 05:08:19 PM
Hey, Jiddy - once I got past my snorts of disdain for "Moby Dick meets Duel' - that book sounds really intriguing.  Can't wait to read your review.  Though I rolled my eyes at "crew of miscreants and socialpath" - I supposed better than snooty do gooder Star Trek TNG onwards crews, but still very cliched!

It doesn't quite come off that way. I actually compared it to Star Trek meets Dirty Dozen meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Silence of the Lambs. lol
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Post by: Elfy on December 06, 2011, 11:00:38 PM
I agree with Jdiddy about Among Thieves. Lies is still the best of that kind, but Among Thieves is very close. I finished Dragonflight and started Deadhouse Gates.
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Post by: Jeni on December 07, 2011, 01:18:52 AM
I am reading Among Thieves with the bookclub and its a fun, fast read so I've paused that for a couple of days and yesterday I started reading Prince of Thorns. I'm also getting through this one fairly quickly - I'll have it finished tomorrow. It's a strange one. I don't have a particular fondness for any of the characters but I'm warming to a few, including the 14 yr old psycopath that is the Prince of Thorns. Its disturbing, witty, horrific, emotional and comprised largely of truly ugly characters that are making this an utterly compelling read.
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Post by: Bahl on December 08, 2011, 07:09:38 AM
I felt need for something different so, I'm busy with Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. Space!
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Post by: Overlord on December 08, 2011, 12:40:23 PM
Currently reading 'Colour of Magic' after Paul Wiseall (assistant editor of F-F) convinced me to give it another try. Must admit, not I am a bit older, finding it more enjoyable than when I tried to read it in my teens :)
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 08, 2011, 04:05:01 PM
Currently reading 'Colour of Magic' after Paul Wiseall (assistant editor of F-F) convinced me to give it another try. Must admit, not I am a bit older, finding it more enjoyable than when I tried to read it in my teens :)

helps that you have read more fantasy now as well
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Post by: ChristinaJL on December 08, 2011, 05:55:01 PM
I'm most of the way through Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and I have to admit I'm enjoying it.   ;D
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Post by: akapaoloverdi on December 08, 2011, 07:01:16 PM
Just starting Redemption Falls.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on December 09, 2011, 10:17:21 AM
Just started Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale.
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Post by: Michael Sullivan on December 11, 2011, 12:37:09 PM
I'm most of the way through Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and I have to admit I'm enjoying it.   ;D

That was my most recent "finish" and I really enjoyed it.

Currenlty I'm reading Stephen King's Under the Dome.
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Post by: Bane of Kings on December 11, 2011, 07:45:10 PM
Received the following in the post:

The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams (Jo Fletcher Books), (Signed )
Consider Phelbas by Iain M. Banks (Orbit)
Death Masks by Jim Butcher (Orbit)
Seeds of the Earth by Michael Cobley (Orbit)

Currently dividing my reading time between TEK and Dark Creed by Anthony Reynolds (Black Library). Both are interesting stuff.

Also, what's everyone's thoughts on The Hunger Games? I own the second book in the trilogy and want to know if it's worth it getting the first.
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Post by: Elfy on December 11, 2011, 10:58:48 PM
I liked the first Hunger Games book, but didn't feel that there was really enough material there to build a trilogy around. I am looking forward to seeing how they film it next year, though.
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Post by: Overlord on December 12, 2011, 02:19:45 PM
Nearly finished Giant Thief - Mark my words... will be one of the biggest books of 2012 :)
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Post by: Noona on December 12, 2011, 03:15:48 PM
I pretty much agree with Elfy about the Hunger Games - I thought the first one was really good, and while the sequels were fairly gripping they felt much weaker. If you have the time to read them all though then there's no reason why not to!
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Post by: Jeni on December 13, 2011, 12:59:43 AM
I started reading Game of Thrones today.  :)
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Post by: Overlord on December 13, 2011, 12:30:45 PM
I started reading Game of Thrones today.  :)

Is that a re-read or first time through? If first time through... I'm jealous :D
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 13, 2011, 07:55:10 PM
Nearly finished Giant Thief - Mark my words... will be one of the biggest books of 2012 :)

Will it tower over the competition in 2012?
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Post by: Jeni on December 13, 2011, 11:05:47 PM
I started reading Game of Thrones today.  :)

Is that a re-read or first time through? If first time through... I'm jealous :D

First time  :)   

Only a few chapters in, and I'm already really glad I decided to read the book before watching the series.  ;D
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Post by: Elfy on December 13, 2011, 11:17:40 PM
I started reading Game of Thrones today.  :)

Is that a re-read or first time through? If first time through... I'm jealous :D

First time  :)   

Only a few chapters in, and I'm already really glad I decided to read the book before watching the series.  ;D
I'm a little jealous of people who are just reading this for the first time. It is the kind of series though that you can reread and often discover new things, not to mention enjoy bits that you've always liked.
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Post by: Darthair on December 14, 2011, 02:54:40 AM
Nearly finished Giant Thief - Mark my words... will be one of the biggest books of 2012 :)

Really? It must be very good then, since there are a number of big releases slated for next year. Most notable of these, perhaps, Republic of Thieves and A Memory of Light.
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Post by: Gothos on December 14, 2011, 12:09:58 PM
Finished Garden's of the Moon. I can see why some people may find this a difficult novel to get into but I absolutley loved it and I have now started Deadhouse Gates which is already shaping up to be a great read. Garden's of the Moon was that good that when my family asked me what they could get me for christmas I just gave them a list of the 15 Malazan books by Steven Erikson and Ian C Esselmont that I don't own. I couldn't think of a better gift for the new year, the Malazan series is shaping up to be a series that is up there with the Wheel of Time for me. And I've got a feeling that it will be even better. ;D
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Post by: Bahl on December 14, 2011, 12:31:35 PM
Finished Garden's of the Moon. I can see why some people may find this a difficult novel to get into but I absolutley loved it and I have now started Deadhouse Gates which is already shaping up to be a great read. Garden's of the Moon was that good that when my family asked me what they could get me for christmas I just gave them a list of the 15 Malazan books by Steven Erikson and Ian C Esselmont that I don't own. I couldn't think of a better gift for the new year, the Malazan series is shaping up to be a series that is up there with the Wheel of Time for me. And I've got a feeling that it will be even better. ;D

Enjoy it! It's brilliant.
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Post by: Michael Sullivan on December 14, 2011, 01:08:56 PM
Also, what's everyone's thoughts on The Hunger Games? I own the second book in the trilogy and want to know if it's worth it getting the first.

My wife read it first and really enjoyed it. When I started I was kinda "meh" but she encouraged me to continue (knowing my taste preferences). I'm not sure where it turned the corner for me - but by the end I considered it one of the better books of recent memory.
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Post by: JoshuaPSimon on December 14, 2011, 08:13:58 PM
Nearing the halfway point of Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia.  So far it is just as good as the first book in the series.  VERY fun read.
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Post by: Elfy on December 14, 2011, 11:12:14 PM
Nearing the halfway point of Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia.  So far it is just as good as the first book in the series.  VERY fun read.
I really want to read these, because I think they'd be a lot of fun, but I have to remind myself of the ever growing TBR pile every time I see them on the shelves of the local bookstores.
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Post by: Overlord on December 15, 2011, 02:57:28 PM
Nearing the halfway point of Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia.  So far it is just as good as the first book in the series.  VERY fun read.

WOW! Gets good reviews on Amazon :O
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Post by: Elfy on December 15, 2011, 10:15:27 PM
I finished Deadhouse Gates, still trying to get my thoughts into order about that, and I started Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, and really enjoying it. I'm only just over 100 pages in, and already had a few chuckles out of it.
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Post by: Jeni on December 15, 2011, 10:51:08 PM
I finished Deadhouse Gates, still trying to get my thoughts into order about that, and I started Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, and really enjoying it. I'm only just over 100 pages in, and already had a few chuckles out of it.

I read this recently and enjoyed it a LOT more than I expected to, even when the humour tailed off a bit towards the end. Keep an eye out for chapter 9. It was my favourite chapter!  ;D
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Post by: Michael Sullivan on December 16, 2011, 11:42:33 AM
Nearing the halfway point of Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia.  So far it is just as good as the first book in the series.  VERY fun read.

I've never heard of this...I'll definitely have to check it out as I love "fun" reads. I'm a "read for entertainment" kind of guy and some of the fantasy these days is a bit heavy and dark for my tastes.
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 16, 2011, 06:21:30 PM
Have both Temeraire and The Tombs of Atuan sitting by my bed...
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Post by: pornokitsch on December 16, 2011, 07:11:26 PM
Wooohoo!
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 16, 2011, 07:25:27 PM
Wooohoo!

Is that a Novik fan boy I hear?
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Post by: Autumn2May on December 17, 2011, 03:23:35 AM
Wooohoo!

Is that a Novik fan boy I hear?

pornokitsch, a fanboy?  Never. ;D
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Post by: Gothos on December 18, 2011, 11:44:03 AM
I finished Deadhouse Gates, still trying to get my thoughts into order about that, and I started Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, and really enjoying it. I'm only just over 100 pages in, and already had a few chuckles out of it.

I read this recently and enjoyed it a LOT more than I expected to, even when the humour tailed off a bit towards the end. Keep an eye out for chapter 9. It was my favourite chapter!  ;D

I'm reading this at the moment. On chapter seven, I guess I have something to aim for, chapter nine here I come.
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Post by: Not-So-Bloody-Nine on December 18, 2011, 01:00:15 PM
I've finished with The Other Lands. (Actually, I finished it a week ago.) I liked it a lot more than The War with the Mein; where the latter started reeeeaaally slow and really only got me hooked 2/3 of the way through, I was invested in this one from much earlier on. I don't know if this was because the whole book is that much better or whether I've just become more patient?

Either way, it was a pretty good read. I still don't really feel very connected with any of the main protagonists, and I was a little perplexed with the sudden deification of Aliver Akaran. While Aliver certainly did rile up the people in the first book, I found his sudden status as the savior of mankind to be a bit random. Or perhaps I should say 'forced'. And despite the title of the book, we saw disappointingly little of the Other Lands.

The story, however, does interest me and the pacing of this novel was much better than the first. I still wouldn't call it a great book, because I've read enough books that are simply better, but it is... decent. Let's give it a 7.5 out of 10.

I am now reading a book called The Hidden Stars by Madeline Howard.
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Post by: infidelgkcn on December 18, 2011, 07:49:12 PM
Almost finished "A Game of Thrones" I know I'm a bit late :P planning on finishing the series till the point he wrote them, then move on to other series.. Who knows maybe I'll join with you guys with the "Book of the Month" :D
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Post by: Elfy on December 18, 2011, 10:05:49 PM
Finished Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer, very good book, extremely clever and somehow made me really like a necromancer. Interesting melding of styles and when you think about it after there's a lot more to it than initially meets the eye. I started The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham. Just getting into it, but it's had a promising beginning.
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Post by: Overlord on December 19, 2011, 09:06:44 AM
I've been reading Elements of Style by White & Strunk... damned I struggle taking it all in :P
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Post by: Francis Knight on December 19, 2011, 11:31:21 AM
Sandman Slim. Loving it so far.
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 19, 2011, 05:21:29 PM
Just finished Tombs of Atuan, now onto Temeraire
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Post by: ChristinaJL on December 19, 2011, 07:22:13 PM
Just finished Tombs of Atuan, now onto Temeraire

I bought Temeraire yesterday, let me know if it's good.   ;D
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 19, 2011, 09:56:30 PM
Just finished Tombs of Atuan, now onto Temeraire

I bought Temeraire yesterday, let me know if it's good.   ;D

So far Hornblower meets dragons
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Post by: Majin Paul on December 20, 2011, 04:21:47 PM
Currently reading Lord of Chaos, about 580 pages in.
@Hound: Temeraire is an ace book to say the least.
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Post by: Noona on December 20, 2011, 06:36:21 PM
I enjoyed Temeraire too, have never gotten around to reading the rest of them though.

Have been on a bit of a reading binge lately, I've almost read 100 books this year ( :o ) and so I've been trying to reach that figure before the month is out! In the last few weeks I've read Wither by Lauren Destefano (ya), Prince of Thorns, Elantris (which I paused for a while and finished the other day), Among Thieves for the book club, Richard Morgan's The Cold Commands, Junk by Melvin Burgess (ya, not fantasy), and the No1 Ladies Detective Agency (also not fantasy!). I'm at 96 books now, currently reading Dead Beat (which is Dresden Files number 7 I think).
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Post by: Michael Sullivan on December 21, 2011, 12:08:38 PM
Sandman Slim. Loving it so far.

I've heard good things about this one...adding to my massive TBR pile. But as far as what I'm "actually reading".

I started Phoenix Rising - a steampunk novel by Tee Morris and Pip Ballentyne - it's on sale right now on kindle for $0.99 I've read just the first few chapters but found it very enjoyable.

I also started the December bookclub read - Among Thieves - so nice to be able to download from Amazon onto a kindle rather than going out to the store ;-)
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Post by: Elfy on December 21, 2011, 11:19:09 PM
I read Phoenix Rising earlier this year and it was a lot of fun. It led me onto Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series which are similar in style and genre.
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Post by: Jeni on December 22, 2011, 12:34:46 AM
I finished A Game of Thrones yesterday. Damn book took me a whole week to plough through! A distinct lack of humour and frequent unnecessary description made it a much slower read than I was expecting. Some of it I just didn't like at all. But there must have been enough that I did like, because I am now 15% through A Clash of Kings.  :)
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Post by: ChristinaJL on December 22, 2011, 12:35:29 PM
I finished Tad Williams' Shadowrise last night which I enjoyed lots.  Now onto Temeraire as I fancied something with dragons in.   ;D
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Post by: Overlord on December 22, 2011, 01:43:12 PM
I finished A Game of Thrones yesterday. Damn book took me a whole week to plough through! A distinct lack of humour and frequent unnecessary description made it a much slower read than I was expecting. Some of it I just didn't like at all. But there must have been enough that I did like, because I am now 15% through A Clash of Kings.  :)

I love Game of Thrones and I love the two that come after it, but it does seem that the books get more and more descriptive as they go through. Haven't read DoD yet, but heard description takes another jump up in depth too :(
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Post by: Nyki Blatchley on December 22, 2011, 06:56:59 PM
I've just finished Phantastes by George Macdonald (published in 1858 and excellent) and I've started rereading Lovecraft's Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (fantasy not horror)
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Post by: Elfy on December 22, 2011, 09:56:43 PM
I finished The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it jumped into my top 5 just when I thought it was settled. I just started Snuff by Sir Terry Pratchett, and that may do me for the year.
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Post by: Bane of Kings on December 23, 2011, 12:29:37 PM
Currently reading Death Masks by Jim Butcher, awesome stuff. Also, a review of Lee Child's Killing Floor up on The Founding Fields: http://thefoundingfields.com/2011/12/killing-floor-bane-of-kings/ (http://thefoundingfields.com/2011/12/killing-floor-bane-of-kings/)
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Post by: Amna on December 23, 2011, 05:44:40 PM
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Pickt it up because most people here love it and I have to say: I'm hooked! It just sucked me in and I can't wait to read part 2.
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Post by: Passiko on December 23, 2011, 07:27:52 PM
Wind up girl. Cause it just sounded interesting.
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 24, 2011, 05:57:05 AM
Finished Temeraire which was rather spiffing.and the taster chapter of the next volume sounded very good. now reading the Furthest Shore by LeGuin.
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Post by: Carlie on December 24, 2011, 11:35:22 PM
I've just finished Dust by Joan Frances Turner (quite different and pretty good) and now reading The Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca. It's a Steampunk novel and I've just finished chapter 4. I'm really into it. It's got great pacing and is quite a novel (pardon the pun) concept. Defo worth a look peeps!  :)
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Post by: Bane of Kings on December 26, 2011, 02:16:11 PM
Currently halfway through Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley. Didn't enjoy it much at first, but it's starting to grow on me. Also, for Dresden fans, here's my review of Death Masks:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2011/12/death-masks-bane-of-kings. (http://thefoundingfields.com/2011/12/death-masks-bane-of-kings.)
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Post by: Badfaith on December 26, 2011, 07:50:24 PM
Started reading 'The Escapement' by KJ Parker today! I am spending my Xmas holidays reading :o)
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Post by: Nighteyes on December 27, 2011, 12:03:35 AM
have a big pile but decided for City of Ruins
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Post by: Tym on December 28, 2011, 12:17:44 PM
I'm reading Deadhouse Gates, and I have to say it's a huge improvement over Garden's of the Moon.
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Post by: Noona on December 28, 2011, 01:55:01 PM
I have read 100 books this year! Well actually 101, I hadn't counted one, but I had counted Way of Kings as two so it rounds out :P I'm now playing video games until January.
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Post by: Autumn2May on December 28, 2011, 04:37:32 PM
Decided to read Black Halo next.  Hopefully starting this afternoon if the kids aren't bouncing off the walls. :P
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Post by: DDRRead on December 28, 2011, 05:38:48 PM
I'm reading The Seer King by Chris Bunch. It's not up to much and I'm considering dumping it. He tells you the whole story in chapter 1, and the writing isn't great. The dialogue tic he uses for the common soldiers are particularly bad.Meh.
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Post by: Jeni on December 28, 2011, 05:54:55 PM
Haven't read anything other than a tv guide for about a week! :o

I have abandoned A Clash of Kings because sometime over the next couple of days I'm going to watch the GoT tv series and I don't want to get too far ahead.

So, I am currently trying to decide between Retribution Falls and The Name of the Wind. Hmmmm.... ???
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Post by: Michael Sullivan on December 29, 2011, 01:40:29 PM
I finished The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it jumped into my top 5 just when I thought it was settled. I just started Snuff by Sir Terry Pratchett, and that may do me for the year.

For those on ereaders...Orbit has Leviathan Wakes on sale for $2.99 and it INCLUDES a copy of Dragon's Path as well - so that's two books for a really great price.
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Post by: Michael Sullivan on December 29, 2011, 01:43:27 PM
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Pickt it up because most people here love it and I have to say: I'm hooked! It just sucked me in and I can't wait to read part 2.

I read nothing but good things about NotW but I've seen some pretty scathing things said about Wise Man's Fear -in particular that the book is long and does nothing to advance what was known from NotW. I've not read it so am not working from first hand experience - maybe someone who has read Wise Man's Fear can weigh in?
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Post by: Elspeth Cooper on December 29, 2011, 03:01:43 PM
I'm currently re-reading The Steel Remains ready to leap into The Cold Commands. After that, Mount TBR has so many great choices: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Changeless, Snuff, The Emperor's Knife, Winds of Kalakhovo, Sword of Albion, argh. I may have to throw darts at the pile to choose something.
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Post by: Jeni on December 29, 2011, 09:23:21 PM
Decided on The Name of the Wind. Read the first six chapters so far, but I have to say it's not got me gripped. Still, as I've another 86 chapters and an epilogue yet to read, I'm guessing the story will kick off pretty soon, right??
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Post by: Passiko on December 29, 2011, 11:22:25 PM
Wolfsangel. It looked interesting.
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on December 29, 2011, 11:29:03 PM
Got a good haul from the library today - not sure what to read first :D

On the fantasy front, I got The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt, The Infernals by John Connolly and The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga.

On the non-fiction front I got The Wanton West by Lael Morgan, which is a book about women in the early days of Montana, and Tina Fey's autobiography, Bossypants.
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Post by: DDRRead on December 30, 2011, 04:30:02 PM
Decided on The Name of the Wind. Read the first six chapters so far, but I have to say it's not got me gripped. Still, as I've another 86 chapters and an epilogue yet to read, I'm guessing the story will kick off pretty soon, right??

I found it very slow to start with, and didn't think it lived up to the hype. In fact I'd started , stopped, and then a few months later started again. Stick with it. It does kick off and is worth sticking with.
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Post by: Amna on December 30, 2011, 04:32:53 PM
Decided on The Name of the Wind. Read the first six chapters so far, but I have to say it's not got me gripped. Still, as I've another 86 chapters and an epilogue yet to read, I'm guessing the story will kick off pretty soon, right??

It will kick off when he starts telling his tale.
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Post by: ChristinaJL on December 30, 2011, 06:04:04 PM
I've just finished the third Naomi Novik Temeraire book and started on Genus by Johnathan Trigell as it was in the 12 days of xmas kindle sale.  Have abandonned Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale for the moment as I'm 50% in and it's so slow/hard going.  Might pick it up again at some point, can anyone tell me it gets better? 
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Post by: Geri on December 30, 2011, 08:10:50 PM
Did you enjoy Poison Study? I've just finished Magic Study and am about to start on Fire Study by Maria V Snyder. I almost don't want the trilogy to finish!
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Post by: xiagan on December 30, 2011, 08:26:09 PM
Just finished The Land of the Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel (open for discussion if it's fantasy or not).
Still reading (more or less) Assassin's Apprentice (found it hard to get in, gets better, though) by Robin Hobb, Don't Panic by Neil Gaiman, Asylon by Thomas Ebel (not released in English (yet)) and Un Lun Dun by China Miéville.
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Post by: DBASKLS on December 30, 2011, 10:28:35 PM
I'm about halfway through Fenrir by M D Lachlan. It's the sequel to Wolfsangel. I'm really enjoying it - more than Wolfsangel.
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Post by: Passiko on December 30, 2011, 10:49:09 PM
Awesome. I didn't know there was a part two to Wolfsangel.
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Post by: Elfy on December 31, 2011, 06:40:54 AM
I finished S.M Stirling's Dies the Fire, have to pick a new 'before bed' book now. It was a thought provoking read, how exactly would life change and how would you survive if all technology failed worldwide? It's got me intrigued enough to read the next one in the series.
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Post by: Bane of Kings on December 31, 2011, 06:09:50 PM
Currently reading a Star Wars novel which is Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams. Not as big with Star Wars as I am Warhammer, but the three Star Wars books that I've read so far I enjoyed. Next I have 11.22.33 by Stephen King to look forward to.
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Post by: Elfy on January 01, 2012, 02:28:40 AM
I finished Snuff by Sir Terry Pratchett. I liked it and it had some very amusing moments, but it didn't quite give me the stand out feel that I often get from a Discworld. I did enjoy Young Sam's obsession with poo, though. I've just started Ben Aaronovitch's Midnight Riot. Only one chapter in and a very promising beginning, plus a Dr Who reference, which my wife informs me is just the first one.
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Post by: Amna on January 01, 2012, 04:12:28 PM
I decided to read The Painted Man while waiting for the bookstore to get my copy of Wise Man's Fear. The good news is that I like the book, the bad news is that I'm already done with it and now I have to wait till friday (if I'm lucky) for Wise Man's Fear to come in... And I can ad another title to my ever growing list of books to order  ;)
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Post by: DDRRead on January 02, 2012, 04:59:43 PM
I gave up on The Seer King and have started on The Shadow Glass by Ian Irvine. Not certain about that yet either. Ho hum.
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Post by: Overlord on January 02, 2012, 07:21:37 PM
Re-reading 'The Crown Conspiracy' by 'Michael Sullivan' in preparation for an upcoming interview :D
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Post by: Badfaith on January 02, 2012, 07:31:08 PM
Just started 'The Road to Bedlam' by Mike . I am enjoying it so far - I did enjoy the first. It's fantasy concentrating on the Fey.
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Post by: Gothos on January 02, 2012, 09:29:28 PM
I gave up on The Seer King and have started on The Shadow Glass by Ian Irvine. Not certain about that yet either. Ho hum.

Ian Irvine's Three World Cycles are great books, stick with it. Its a great series with a cool ending.
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Post by: Lor on January 03, 2012, 10:43:35 PM
I started Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie this morning, it took me a little while to get into this trilogy because I came straight out of the Legends of the Red Sun series, but now....bloody hell, I can't put it down. I'm most definitely an Abercrombie fan :)
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Post by: Bane of Kings on January 04, 2012, 01:40:21 PM
Currently reading 11.22.63 by Stephen King, on Chapter 3 - it's a fantastic start.
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Post by: Overlord on January 04, 2012, 02:20:01 PM
I started Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie this morning, it took me a little while to get into this trilogy because I came straight out of the Legends of the Red Sun series, but now....bloody hell, I can't put it down. I'm most definitely an Abercrombie fan :)

His writing is just so natural and fluent... I envy / look up to him :)
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Post by: jedw31 on January 04, 2012, 02:23:29 PM
Snuff !! Terry Pratchett. A regular Christmas treat. :)
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Post by: DDRRead on January 04, 2012, 06:29:55 PM

Ian Irvine's Three World Cycles are great books, stick with it. Its a great series with a cool ending.

Well, I only have book 1, and a huge 'to-read' pile, but I'll give it a go. If I really like it I can pick up the others. So far I'm finding Llian a bit Gary Stu(ish), but the writing is good and the world seems interesting.
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Post by: Elfy on January 04, 2012, 10:18:21 PM
I completed Ben Aaronovitch's Midnight Riot (published as Rivers of London, a much more apt title imo, in the UK) and that was a heap of fun, took a dark turn towards the end and the reveal late in the book came as a total shock. UF with a difference. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel some time in the near future. I've just started rereading Magician and right from the start I've been reminded of how good and different this was at the time when it first came out.   
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Post by: Gothos on January 05, 2012, 04:44:30 PM

Ian Irvine's Three World Cycles are great books, stick with it. Its a great series with a cool ending.

Well, I only have book 1, and a huge 'to-read' pile, but I'll give it a go. If I really like it I can pick up the others. So far I'm finding Llian a bit Gary Stu(ish), but the writing is good and the world seems interesting.

The world, history and races are the best factors in this series although Karan and Yggur are great characters. I hope you enjoy it.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on January 05, 2012, 05:23:11 PM
I've not poked in here for a while....

Recently read:

The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen

Currently reading:

Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright
The Warded Man by Peter v. Brett (!!!!)
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Post by: Nighteyes on January 07, 2012, 01:30:46 PM
Black Halo by Sam Sykes!!!!
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Post by: Bane of Kings on January 07, 2012, 05:48:14 PM
Just about to start The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

Next Two Books:

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi.
Wolfsangel by MD Lachlan.


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Post by: jdiddyesquire on January 07, 2012, 07:36:45 PM
Finished:

The Warded Man by Peter Brett
Hitchers by Will McIntosh

On to:

Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper
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Post by: Nighteyes on January 07, 2012, 08:02:04 PM
Finished:

The Warded Man by Peter Brett
Hitchers by Will McIntosh

On to:

Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper

Looking forward to your thoughts on Warded Man - a lot of great things in that book but some serious issues too - see if I can dig out the thread where a few of us had a very heated debate on it.  


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Post by: Jeni on January 07, 2012, 11:34:45 PM
Well, I finally finished The Name of the Wind. It was ok. I might have liked it more if I had read it before some of the other books I have read over the past few months, but definitely wont be featuring on any 'favourites' list of mine.

Yesterday I read Asterix the Gaul. I forgot how much I used to love these books, and have now decided to collect the lot!  :)

This evening I started Songs of the Earth (this months forum book club read) and if I continue to enjoy the rest of it as much as I've enjoyed the first 10 chapters, this probably will make it onto my 'favourites' list!
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Post by: MTMaenpaa on January 08, 2012, 08:41:14 AM
Really excited!  I managed to nab Cherie Priest's Ganymede from the library today.  The Steampunk Priestess seems to have done it again, though this time with a submersible in Lake Pontchartrain.  And pirates!
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Post by: Bane of Kings on January 08, 2012, 07:01:34 PM
Currently really enjoying The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. Fantastic, and a must buy for all of you who haven't got it yet.
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Post by: Elspeth Cooper on January 08, 2012, 09:30:01 PM
Just opened The Cold Commands to see how it began. 35 pages later, my husband shouted through the bathroom  door to ask if I was okay because I was taking so long . . .  :D
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Post by: Elfy on January 08, 2012, 10:46:10 PM


Yesterday I read Asterix the Gaul. I forgot how much I used to love these books, and have now decided to collect the lot!  :)


I've got all the Asterixes, they were fantastic books for the time, so many little visual gags.
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Post by: Passiko on January 10, 2012, 09:09:56 PM
Just finished Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Now I'm off to read this creepy looking book called the Replacement.
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Post by: Passiko on January 11, 2012, 03:28:42 AM
Just finished explosive eighteen in a day.
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Post by: jdiddyesquire on January 11, 2012, 04:43:09 PM
Finished:

Warded Man by PV Brett
Hitchers by Will McIntosh
Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper

Started:

The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
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Post by: Jeni on January 11, 2012, 11:00:44 PM
I am currently reading The Space Merchants by Cyril M. Kornbluth & Frederik Pohl
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Post by: DDRRead on January 11, 2012, 11:42:31 PM
Gave up on The Shadow Glass by Ian Irvine. Read 51 pgs, wasn't doing anything for me. Which is the second book in a row I've dumped. In my defence these are random books grabbed from a second hand bookshop, not books I've actually sought out. Anyway, the enext is another from that pile Ru Emerson's To The Haunted Mountains. I'm enjoying this one a lot more than the last two. Might actually finish it.
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Post by: deejrandom on January 12, 2012, 02:50:55 AM
A dragon age novel.  Not to fond of it.  Someone told me it is good, but I am just not getting in to it. I've also read a bunch of Phillip K. Dick recently though that isn't fantasy. (Well it might be, from a certain point of view XD)

I'm waiting on Joe Abercrombie's "The Blade Itself."  I'm really interested in reading his work.
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Post by: Toc the Youngest on January 12, 2012, 06:05:02 AM
Just finished Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan in about 2 days(loved it!) and I've got a Sam Sykes double header up next thanks to my lovely wife for those 3 Christmas gifts. Plus the new MacBook from "Santa" was not too shabby also!
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Post by: Not-So-Bloody-Nine on January 12, 2012, 08:27:33 AM
I'm about halfway through The Sacred Bands, the final book in David Anthony Durham's Acacia trilogy.

A decent read so far. I admit, I'm not a huge fan of the trilogy. I thought the first book started off very, very slow, and only really picked up in the last third or so. The second was better, but not without some flaws. This one seems about the same level so far.

I think my biggest problem is I'm finding it really hard to connect with any of the main characters. The setting and world Durham has created is actually quite interesting, but the novels are ultimately let down by the somewhat two-dimensional protagonists.

Anyway, I guess I'll have to wait and see how it all wraps up.
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Post by: Overlord on January 12, 2012, 02:15:22 PM
Very much enjoyed Myke Coles book, Elantris and Theft of Swords (which I've read in 2012). Now going to read Empire State :)
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Post by: Autumn2May on January 12, 2012, 04:39:27 PM
Very much enjoyed Myke Coles book, Elantris and Theft of Swords (which I've read in 2012). Now going to read Empire State :)

Empire State is supposed to be good!  Let me know what you think of it. :)
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Post by: oppos3d on January 12, 2012, 04:47:30 PM
just finished Elantris and am currently reading Warbreaker whilst I wait on my copy of Among Thieves to return from a friend that I let borrow it, then will be reading it.  My next major jump will be the Wheel of Time series...  cant wait!
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Post by: Nyki Blatchley on January 12, 2012, 05:47:30 PM
Having finished The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and several related stories, I've now started on Grunts by Mary Gentle.
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Post by: AnneLyle on January 12, 2012, 05:56:39 PM
Currently (slowly) reading Empire State by Adam Christopher. The slowness isn't the fault of the book, I have had a stupid inner ear infection which makes reading (and watching TV) rather tiring... :(
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Post by: Elfy on January 12, 2012, 10:15:28 PM
I finished Magician, not without it's flaws, but astonishingly good and large scope for a debut, pretty original concept for the time it came out, too. I'm currently reading Gaie Sebold's debut Babylon Steel, which was one of Solaris' 2012 releases to look out for and at just over 200 pages it is thoroughly enjoyable with lots to discover.   
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Post by: Jeni on January 12, 2012, 11:17:19 PM
Finished The Space Merchants and am now reading Storm Front.
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Post by: Khaldun on January 13, 2012, 03:36:55 AM
Just finished reading For the Win by Cory Doctorow and am now reading Hal Spacejock: Just Desserts (an absolutely hilarious series if anyone gets the chance to read it, and another self-publishing semi-success story. He's a great guy who does computer programming and has his own writing program called yWriter5, which is what I use. Definitely check out his first book if you're in the mood for Terry Pratchett but feel like reading sci-fi.
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Post by: Overlord on January 13, 2012, 08:35:54 AM
Very much enjoyed Myke Coles book, Elantris and Theft of Swords (which I've read in 2012). Now going to read Empire State :)

Empire State is supposed to be good!  Let me know what you think of it. :)

Very good and very unique I'd say :) We are interviewing the author in a few weeks - so look out for that :D
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Post by: Passiko on January 13, 2012, 11:10:12 AM
I'm reading Matched by Ally Condie. I was curious to read more dystopian stuff after the hunger games but this is turning into a love story though.
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Post by: Gothos on January 13, 2012, 10:13:17 PM
Now reading the third Malazan book, Memories of Ice its good to be back in Dujek's, Rake's and Whiskeyjack's company once again. I loved Deadhouse Gates but I was desperate to find out how the rest of the Bridgeburners were doing. What a great series this is. ;)
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Post by: Bane of Kings on January 14, 2012, 12:40:49 PM
Reading Wolfsangel by MD Lachlan, and loving it so far. Below is a review for Gollancz/Pyr's The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/01/the-blade-itself-bane-of-kings/ (http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/01/the-blade-itself-bane-of-kings/)
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Post by: Passiko on January 14, 2012, 02:10:57 PM
Reading Wolfsangel by MD Lachlan, and loving it so far. Below is a review for Gollancz/Pyr's The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/01/the-blade-itself-bane-of-kings/ (http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/01/the-blade-itself-bane-of-kings/)

Wolfsangel was great. Trying to find the sequel.

Reading Witch and Wizard right now. It's James Patterson so hopefully it's good.
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Post by: cherie on January 14, 2012, 05:32:51 PM
Finished Kat Richardson's Dow