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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11010 on: September 18, 2017, 09:59:14 AM »
Finished Jemesin's Obelisk Gate. Wow. Definitely starting the Stone Sky today.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11011 on: September 18, 2017, 10:43:43 AM »
Started Prince of Fools last night.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11012 on: September 18, 2017, 12:16:44 PM »
Finished Jemesin's Obelisk Gate. Wow. Definitely starting the Stone Sky today.
And I think book 3 is even better than 2, you'll be saying triple wow :D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11013 on: September 18, 2017, 01:23:32 PM »
I admit that I was wrong about Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It was better than I expected, and I really enjoyed it in the end. Its superficial adherence to YA tropes masks quite a different book. I would even say I got a bit of a Jorg vibe from Darrow later on, once it got going.

Sad to see, earlier in this thread, that the end of the trilogy is a bit of a let-down. I imagine I will have to read the other two books sooner or later, but I kind of felt this one stood well enough alone that there's no great rush.

I've moved on to Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, which I am enjoying a great deal. It's probably not something I'd have chosen to read if it wasn't for another of my foolish self-imposed challenges*, but this is exactly what they're for - to make me read and find new things I like. It's a contemporary/urban fantasy, involving faeries and their human associates who live in a kind of in-between world called the Nether. All things which would normally turn me off, but it's just fun. It's one of those stories where you (and some of the characters) are just thrown in, and have to try to figure out the rules as you go, and there's a lot happening all the time. It feels a little bit Dirk Gently, to me.


*I have decided to read books with numbers in their titles, in numerical order, and see how far I can get. I'm currently aiming at a rate of 1 per month. I reckon I can get to 13 without too much trouble, if I can plug a couple of gaps. Obviously I'm only up to 2 so far, but being a programmer I did start at 0 (Towards Zero by Agatha Christie in July, Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor in August).

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11014 on: September 18, 2017, 04:15:53 PM »
I admit that I was wrong about Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It was better than I expected, and I really enjoyed it in the end. Its superficial adherence to YA tropes masks quite a different book. I would even say I got a bit of a Jorg vibe from Darrow later on, once it got going.

Sad to see, earlier in this thread, that the end of the trilogy is a bit of a let-down. I imagine I will have to read the other two books sooner or later, but I kind of felt this one stood well enough alone that there's no great rush.

No, no, go to Golden Son! For me it was the best of the trilogy.

And @Nora, only now, reading back what you posted earlier, that I realized that you actually did spoil book 3! But I didn't get it at the time.
I thought you were talking about book 2, thought the hologram you mentioned was that part with Darrow/Mustang and the part about Sevro something I had missed in one of the battles.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11015 on: September 18, 2017, 05:24:11 PM »

The Lascar's Dagger[/i] by Glenda Larke -  I really like Larke's work, The Last Stormlord is always on my underrated books list.  This book was good, but her characters didn't catch me as much.  Still, a fantasy set in an age of exploration and based around a spice trade gets points for uniqueness of setting



Reading this one now

I enjoyed that series. It never quite got to the point that I loved it. I preferred the Stormlord series, but this was still a good series.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11016 on: September 19, 2017, 08:55:56 AM »
Getting distracted and flitting hither and thither. Read Carpe Jugulum - toying with a mix of Interesting Times, Thud, some beta reading, and the Robert Jordan Conans.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11017 on: September 19, 2017, 09:57:56 AM »
Been unfaithful to SFF and distracted into Crime for a week or so. First Glass Houses by Louise Penny, the  latest in the Three Pines series and possibly one of the very best out of the thirteen so far. Then some  police procedurals by Peter Grainger . Now,  finally back in the fold with Genesis by Bernard Beckett. Many thanks @Lanko, this is short but fascinating.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11018 on: September 19, 2017, 12:09:57 PM »
Now,  finally back in the fold with Genesis by Bernard Beckett. Many thanks @Lanko, this is short but fascinating.

Hope you like it! This is definitely in my top 10 list of the year, but I was wary in recommending it to others, as I feel the narrative style may not be for everyone.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11019 on: September 19, 2017, 10:45:52 PM »
I admit that I was wrong about Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It was better than I expected, and I really enjoyed it in the end. Its superficial adherence to YA tropes masks quite a different book. I would even say I got a bit of a Jorg vibe from Darrow later on, once it got going.

Sad to see, earlier in this thread, that the end of the trilogy is a bit of a let-down. I imagine I will have to read the other two books sooner or later, but I kind of felt this one stood well enough alone that there's no great rush.

I've moved on to Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, which I am enjoying a great deal. It's probably not something I'd have chosen to read if it wasn't for another of my foolish self-imposed challenges*, but this is exactly what they're for - to make me read and find new things I like. It's a contemporary/urban fantasy, involving faeries and their human associates who live in a kind of in-between world called the Nether. All things which would normally turn me off, but it's just fun. It's one of those stories where you (and some of the characters) are just thrown in, and have to try to figure out the rules as you go, and there's a lot happening all the time. It feels a little bit Dirk Gently, to me.


*I have decided to read books with numbers in their titles, in numerical order, and see how far I can get. I'm currently aiming at a rate of 1 per month. I reckon I can get to 13 without too much trouble, if I can plug a couple of gaps. Obviously I'm only up to 2 so far, but being a programmer I did start at 0 (Towards Zero by Agatha Christie in July, Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor in August).
I don't really have a comment about the books (although I did thoroughly enjoy Between Two Thorns and the rest of the Split Worlds series, I believe the 5th and final book has recently come out, too), but I do love that challenge you've set for yourself there. That's very cool and novel.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11020 on: September 20, 2017, 09:58:01 AM »
*I have decided to read books with numbers in their titles, in numerical order, and see how far I can get. I'm currently aiming at a rate of 1 per month. I reckon I can get to 13 without too much trouble, if I can plug a couple of gaps. Obviously I'm only up to 2 so far, but being a programmer I did start at 0 (Towards Zero by Agatha Christie in July, Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor in August).
I don't really have a comment about the books (although I did thoroughly enjoy Between Two Thorns and the rest of the Split Worlds series, I believe the 5th and final book has recently come out, too), but I do love that challenge you've set for yourself there. That's very cool and novel.
I agree :D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11021 on: September 20, 2017, 01:20:37 PM »
*I have decided to read books with numbers in their titles, in numerical order, and see how far I can get. I'm currently aiming at a rate of 1 per month. I reckon I can get to 13 without too much trouble, if I can plug a couple of gaps. Obviously I'm only up to 2 so far, but being a programmer I did start at 0 (Towards Zero by Agatha Christie in July, Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor in August).
I don't really have a comment about the books (although I did thoroughly enjoy Between Two Thorns and the rest of the Split Worlds series, I believe the 5th and final book has recently come out, too), but I do love that challenge you've set for yourself there. That's very cool and novel.
It kind of springs from what I'm trying to do with the Reddit Bingo. I'm attempting to do 5 themes of 5 books to make up the full card of 25 books. At the moment, my themes are going to be: Numbers, Colours, Birds, Award-Winners and Women I've Never Read Before. (The last two are kind of catch-alls since I've got to find something that works with non-fiction, graphic novels and short-stories.) So since I had some numbered books lined up anyway, I thought I'd go the extra mile and try to read some in numerical order.

Anyway, I finished Between Two Thorns last night, and really enjoyed it. The next one has gone onto my "Continued" wishlist for future consideration. Next up I think I'm going to read Brontomek! by Michael G Coney. I don't really know what it's about, but it won the BSFA in the 1976. I think it might have something to do with shape-shifting aliens based on the loosely-related books I've already read. You've got to love a book with an excalamation mark in the title.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11022 on: September 20, 2017, 09:26:05 PM »
Reading "Prince of Fools" and realizing how much I want to/should re-read the Broken Empire trilogy.
I read them a bit before I joined the Forum, I think, so it's been three years+.
Still,
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11023 on: September 20, 2017, 11:26:52 PM »
Finished a few days ago The Terror by Dan Simmons. Awesome book. Really enjoyed the whole thing. The writing was excellent, intelligent and well researched. He managed to weave the story so that people died where they were found (since the book describes events that happened, though we have no records beyond the sunk carcasses of the ships and the bodies of the buried, and word of mouth stories by local esquimeaux).
The supernatural element was interesting, and I was really scarred of how he'd manage any "reveal" of what the "Evil" is, which is often the pitfall of such monster based horror books. Turns out Simmons doesn't really treat it like a horror story, gives poignant endings to everyone, and damn was I pleased with it all. Some details were so smartly handled... It was a great pay off. I felt genuinely glad.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11024 on: September 21, 2017, 09:55:18 PM »
Finished Strange Practice. It was ok. A bit bare bones, with a main character who was a bit bland and the "practice" side of things quite eclipsed by the rather simple plot. Fun read but not deep or too gratifying.
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