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Re: What are you currently reading?
Circe by Madeline Miller will be my first read of the year. It was voted the best Fantasy book of 2018 in GR. Let's see if really is. The author also wrote Song of Achilles, which was recommended to me a fair number of times.
I really enjoyed it. Song of Achilles was also very good, although of the two I preferred Circe.

January 01, 2019, 11:51:10 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Started John Dies at the End. Delightfully Twisted.
Great book. I thought that the sequel This Book is Full of Spiders was even better.

January 09, 2019, 08:37:17 PM
Re: Favorite Fantasy Archer
Rand Al'Thor was an archer?
Tanis was an archer but now that I think back on the books I can't remember him doing anything decisive with a bow... unlike skyrim where 99% of people play a stealth archer....

@Jenny HJ  the laws of physics might be more mutable than you think.... I think it was here on another thread that someone posted this:
Didn't do a lot of it later on, but in the first book he was said to be one of the best archers in the Two Rivers area, and that was their main martial skill.

January 09, 2019, 08:38:40 PM
Re: Favorite Subgenres?
Changed mine to something more accurate since I mistook some of the categories.

High Fantasy
Low Fantasy (Instead of Dark, which I thought was Grimdark)
Sword & Sorcery

Uhh so what is dark fantasy? And what is low fantasy for that matter? This gives me the same feeling I get when I'm trying to do my taxes...
Dark fantasy as I understand it, is horror. Low fantasy I think would be stuff like Abercrombie where there’s little to no magic in it.

January 10, 2019, 06:27:36 AM
Re: Favourite Groups in Fantasy

You can't refer to my favorite crew members ever (Calo, Galdo, and Bug)  like they're just complements!  :P My love for the series
Spoiler for Hiden:
totally plummeted after their death, and the team dynamics just totally vanished, seriously.
And you really have to include Father Chains in that GB crew as well.

January 17, 2019, 08:39:50 PM
Re: Favourite Groups in Fantasy Darien Frey’s crew in Wooding’s Tales of the Ketty Jay are a fun bunch.
January 19, 2019, 02:49:32 AM
Re: Favourite Groups in Fantasy
If we're going mythic, I'd put Fionn Mac Cool and the Fianna above Arthur. Very fun range of personalities.
Oh yes, the Fianna were good value.

January 19, 2019, 09:29:52 AM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Currently reading ....
The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean, #3) by James Oswald
Police detective series set in Edinburgh where the baddy is, or is messing with something supernatural.

The Bumper Book of Peanuts: Snoopy and Friends  by Charles M Schultz
Comic strip collection.

Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle (Space Team #2) by Barry J Hutchison
Listening to the audio version of this. Funny space adventure series.
Hi Jeni, nice to see you posting. I adore Peanuts was so far ahead of its time often.

January 20, 2019, 03:30:19 AM
Re: What did you read in January 2019 I started the thread (I know it's early in the new month, but I'm in Australia and we live in the future), so I'll kick it off.

It wasn't quite the bang that January 2018 was (I think I read about 12 books then), but 9's still a good start and should keep me on track for my goal of hitting 100 for the year again.

I'm trying to reread all of the Dresden Files, so 6 of them are the Harry Dresden books (Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks and Blood Rites). I can't say a lot about these that hasn't already been said, although I was surprised at how early some characters were introduced. They do become a little formulaic, but are consistently entertaining and it's interesting to see how Butcher evolved as an author and the development of the regular supporting cast.

I also got quite into R. S. Belcher. I read the final book of his Golgotha series; Queen of Swords, less weird western than steampunk with added pirates. It was a decent ending to the trilogy, although I would have preferred the original western setting.

Continuing with the urban fantasy thing and Belcher, I also read his dark urban fantasy Nightwise. It's less Harry Dresden and more John Constantine (in fact I kept seeing the MC as John Constantine for all that he looks nothing like the TV version of the character and comes from West Virginia, not London). It was a little dark for my tastes, although I'm reading the sequel and I wasn't keen on the MC's insistence on reminding the audience of what a soulless badass he is.

I also read The Disasters by M. K. England. It's a YA SF by a debut author. Readable, but that's about it, very average and filled with inconsistent characters who seemed to get by on dumb luck most of the time and the plot spent a lot of time wandering around in the Forest of Convenience.

February 02, 2019, 04:23:46 AM
Re: What are you currently reading?
I started Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey over the weekend!
Snap! I started that this weekend as well.

February 05, 2019, 02:44:18 AM