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Re: Things you're just sick of. I'm sick of people who look at me like I'm batsh*t crazy when they ask me: "So - get up to anything last night?" and I say - "I read a book."

This may be a new phenomenon for some of you. Sadly, not for me.

September 28, 2012, 08:16:45 PM
Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
Ken Grimwood's Replay was another one I'd never heard of, but affected me deeply. It did also win the World Fantasy Award, but that was in the '80's, so maybe why I'd never heard of it.

Funny you should mention it - I just ordered it this weekend!  :)

One I can think of myself which doesn't seem to have gotten the hype it deserves (though it's only been out a few weeks) is Herald of the Storm by Richard Ford. It's very similar in style to Abercrombie, but with a bit more magic and a far more focused setting. It won't do anything for those who dislike gritty fantasy (I wouldn't really call it grimdark...) but I enjoyed it and hope it finds a wider readership.

I'm just going by recs I've seen on this forum, but another book/series which doesn't get nearly enough love on here is Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks (Landover series). It is nothing like his Shannara books. The sequels aren't really as good, but the 1st book is fantastic. Its premise is very tongue-in-cheek and quirky, but it's actually quite a dark story. Possibly the best single book Brooks has written and well worth giving a go. It's quite well known, but certainly on here I don't see it recommended often. Still the most enjoyable portal fantasy I've read.  :)

May 14, 2013, 08:45:42 AM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings There are different types of vests...

See medieval/fantasy type vest:

and the infinitely more horrifying Rab C Nesbitt vest (undershirt):

February 27, 2014, 09:55:51 AM
Re: 4-Word Reviews The Name of the Wind:

Arrogant man tells story.

February 03, 2015, 10:42:43 AM
Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open Great idea, obviously I'll be in for this (plus The Kitschies month - kudos on that one too!).

Guards! Guards! is a great one to start with but I think we did it before?

Any of the following would work:

The Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic (would suggest both together as it's one story)
Equal Rites
Wyrd Sisters
Small Gods
The Truth
The Wee Free Men
Monstrous Regiment
Going Postal

Mort is probably the ultimate entry book to the Discworld. But the others are all brilliant.

My first TP book was Going Postal which was not chronological. And what a blast. From what I can tell the novels are pretty self-contained. But I do think that those in the know should guide us to one that is strong in that way.

Even though it's a really late entry it's one of the best, imo, and actually a really good starting point. New main character, kinda it's own little trilogy, really gives a good overview of Ankh Morpork and has one of his best plots.

Xiagan - Reaper Man is hilarious, one of his funniest but having reread it last year I'd say you need a bit of grounding in the books up until that point to really get a lot of it.

And I'd be equally as happy to read Nation as amazingly I've never read it! I actually have a few of his newer novels still to read and now I'm glad of that as I've still got new pTerry to experience.  :)

March 16, 2015, 11:26:53 AM
Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open
I think I'd like to do this one too - I've got the first 10 (until Moving Pictures), so would like for the chosen book to be one of these.
Mort or Eric sound appropriate :)

Eric is so good and hilarious but I wouldn't suggest it as a book club read. It's far too short, was originally designed as an illustrated short novel and so many of the jokes revolve around the already well established (in The Colour of Magic/The Light Fantasic/Sourcery) Rincewind.

Mort is the quintessential Discworld book though - probably the 1st one that is really Discworld as we'd come to know it.

March 17, 2015, 01:36:12 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Reading Grace of Kings, which I know I already mentioned. But the more I read of it, the more I am loving. I cant remember the last epic fantasy that has captured my attention so fully. The style is beautiful, yet easy to read (for some reason, I expected a slow/heavy read), the characters seem to come to life and just seem real and intriguing, and quite curious what is going on. Still time for things to go wrong, but right now, my expectations for it are extremely high.

I really want to read this. Sadly it isn't being published in the UK and the US hardcover price is around £20. Bit steep...

I was listening to The Wee Free Men but as it is now the book club read I'll leave it for a week and then go back. Instead I picked up The Colour of Magic (new Gollancz covers are glorious) and have been drawn in again. It gets a bad rap against other Discworld books, but it's still bloody hilarious.

Also finished Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. Brilliant book - so weird and creepy, it genuinely made my skin crawl throughout. Definitely looking to read the next one, Authority, as soon as I can.

March 26, 2015, 08:41:55 AM
Re: Best Recently Released Book City of Stairs is great - really unique and definitely worth reading. I didn't think much of Traitor's Blade, though I'm in the minority - overrated imo. The Mirror Empire is very challenging.

Few suggestions from books I absolutely loved published in 2014:

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison - best new fantasy I have read in years.
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer - more like weird-horror-fantasy. Think modern day Lovecraft. Also very short.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North - timey-wimey SF thriller. Stunning book.

March 28, 2015, 08:50:02 PM
Re: The Wee Free Men - Week 1 Chapters 1 -3 Good post, erm...Nighteyes.  ???

Regarding 'headology' and it 'operating by pure, sheer bloody minded common sense' - that certainly seems to be Pratchett's favourite mode of thinking throughout the entire series, at least when it comes down to the protagonists winning out in the end. I remember in one of the earlier books (possibly Equal Rites) he is talking about the differences between wizards and witches and - headology probably not having its 'name' at this point - says something along the lines of 'Wizards use their hearts while Witches use their heads'. I'm pretty sure Granny is the one who says it. Definitely something that comes up time and time again and really a great theme to use as the backbone for his YA sequence and Tiffany.

Anyway, more specifically onto the book: Tiffany Aching is great isn't she? Such an immediately strong and believable protagonist, having just the right tone of voice to support being the main point-of-view as well as being still a little girl. She has that inquisitive forthright nature you see in plenty of kids plus she's a witch to boot, so you just know she'll be a fascinating character to follow.

There's really not much to separate this from one of his adult books. Tiffany's young and as Nighteyes/Gariath/thehound/Dom has said his adult books tend to ramble off all the time and these have a firmer plot. Apart from that this is Discworld as usual - rich, hilarious and intensely clever.

As I'm on audiobook I'm not 100% sure where Ch.3 ends. Have we met the Feegles properly by this point?

I'll assume we've met Miss Tick properly anyway. The following scene summed her up for me and had me laughing out loud:

“Miss Tick sniffed. 'You could say this advice is priceless,' she said. 'Are you listening?'
'Yes,' said Tiffany.
'Good. Now ... if you trust in yourself ...'
'... and believe in your dreams ...'
'... and follow your star ...' Miss Tick went on.
'... you'll still get beaten by people who spent THEIR time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy. Goodbye.”

I'll always, always have a soft spot for books featuring the Witches, but even just a few chapters in I can see why The Wee Free Men was so lauded and is such a fantastic entry point for kids (and really, anyone) to get into the Discworld.

I hope others are enjoying it this much!

March 30, 2015, 10:50:27 AM
Re: Your next 5 books....

Also now: Gardens of the Moon, Scott Erikson

Would that be Steven's twin brother?  ;)

Right now mine is looking like this:

1. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
2. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
3. The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
4. Authority by Jeff Vandermeer
5. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Currently reading: The Colour of Magic, Half The World, The Crimson Campaign, Fortress Frontier

April 04, 2015, 10:04:56 PM